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Allagash Dubbel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Allagash Dubbel boasts a deep red color and a complex malty taste. The finish is dry with subtle hints of chocolate and nuts. The yeast asserts itself by lending a classic Belgian fruitiness.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.01/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The bottle was about 4 months old. Poured half into a stubby fluted glass to start and, as detailed below, after drinking the first half, poured the rest into a snifter-contoured glass.

Moderate-low volume of head and some decent lacing throughout. The color is a blandish rust hue and flickers with a tea-like dullness.

Confused to detect the presence of cigarette butts in the aroma. Really, should have stopped there. It dominated the smell until I poured the remainder of the bottle into the snifter-shaped glass and the tobacco and chemicals eased off a good bit. Still left the essence of an old man's Pall Mall-soaked corduroys but something similar to raisins lingered underneath. Maybe even some malt. Improved over time.

The flavors feel artificial. Luckily, were spared of ashtray but instead find really sugary fruity qualities, artificial almond/pecan extract, and some buttery/nutty candy over a moderately malty backbone. The best of these flavors start up front and like a high roller-coaster drop dive quickly down into a spoiled prune juice funk. I shudder to think how I'd react if the alcohol were higher and/or more detectable.

Surprisingly here the mouthfeel is smooth and fairly enjoyable - not much carbonation. Just to finish it, I found it scarily easy to take this in big gulps. I don't know what's going on here, but I'd be willing to give this a shot on tap, however. Never from bottle again, though.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into my snifter.

A- a finger or so of tan head from a steady pour atop a copper brown brew. Head settles after some time to a faint ring and a few spots of cascading lace.

S- sweet and slightly spicy with some brown sugar and cloves.

T- bready and sweet with cloves and a touch of cinnamon. Belgian yeast and some stone fruits.

M- medium body with a lively carb that keeps things lite.

D- tasty for sure and a reasonably price brew from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 7-26-10.

A: Brownish-amber in color; more amber emerges when held to light. Wild, speedy, linear carbonation bubbles stand out to my eye. A 1/2 finger head resulting from a fairly light pour retains well. The lacing is great- like the waters of the ocean stirred by a terrible tempest. Also, it is sooo sticky.

S: A complex, sweet malt bill greets my nose. Two scents that stand out the most are brown sugar and cappuccino. Hiding behind those aromas are vanilla, caramel, plum, and fig. This is a decently big and quite pleasant aroma. I would use this as an air freshener.

T: There is a spiciness to the taste that I did not detect in the smell. little pepper and coriander at the beginning of the ship support the sweet malts. Like the smell, the brown sugar and cappuccino flavors are most prevalent. There is not much complexity in the flavor of this beer, but it is a pleasant dubbel and it does have a nice dry, earthy hop finish that washes the sweetness of the malts off of my palate.

M: Fairly creamy, but just a bit on the thin and watery side for me. All of the surfaces of my palate are engaged, but the MF just seems to be missing a tangible ummph.

D: This is a nicely drinkable brew. It is not the most complex dubbel out there, but it is a pleasant sipper with a reasonable price tag.

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Photo of xanok
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle into a tulip.

A-Pours cloudy, opaque brown that's almost a ruby color. Tons of thick head on this with seemingly great retention.

S-Nuts, caramel, brown sugar, molasses. Hops are pretty standard for the style, sweet and floral.

T-Oaks, dark fruit, and sweet, sweet goodness. Not very complex, but still pretty delicious. Quite spicey as well.

M-Medium, near heavy-bodied with moderate carbonation. An interesting bitterness lingers in my mouth for a few seconds after each sip. Not sure I like that.

D-Pretty smooth going down, but boy is this filling. The tired cliche of a beer being a meal applies here. The ABV is well hidden.

Notes:This isn't one of my favorite styles. I got this because it was my favorite when I did the tour at Allagash. I think this has inspired me a little seek out more dubbels.

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Photo of detlefchef
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely cloudy copper color with rich beige head that dissolves into nice suds.

Red fruits and malt on the nose with more of the same behind on the palate. Nothing wrong, per se, with this beer, but nothing remarkable either.

Not being a huge fan of particularly malty beers, I typically need some nuance along for the ride. This doesn't have much.

Pairing: Simple mole of duck and eggplant

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Photo of DrewKid4
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle from Shaw's in Belmont, NH served into tulip style glass.

A: Opaque brown - dark amber with a couple inch tan head.

S: Earthy. Slight citrus due to the Belgian yeast.

T: Very earthy, with some brown sugar bittersweetness and roasted malts of a good stout. Undertones of something like pears. Great touch on all the tastebuds.

M: Reminds me of a light stout or a bock than a Belgian. Kinda on the thin side.

D: Very easy to drink for a Belgian. Would reccomend it to any casual dark beer drinker.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 12 oz. twist off bottle(twist off? - age unknown) into a wine glass. The Allagash Dubbel pours a slightly turbid mahogany with a bit of haze. A half inch of off white foam settles a bit too fast.

Nose appears rather hoppy yet soapy for the style, segueing to roasted malts. Yeast esters are light though there is an ample offering of leather and burnt malt notes.

Flavor follows with toasted/burnt malts, a bit of smoke and brown sugar. Finish is short and unexciting. Carbonation is light and gets lighter with exposure, not offering that bottle conditioning effervescence one might expect.

An interesting take on the style, yet not really impressed.

Note: Sampled side by side with Grimbergen Double. While not my favorite dubbel, it easily trounced the Allagash version.

Note: Corrected review as this was initially put on their Dubbel Reserve(750) category.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Snifter

A - Ruby red/brown color with a soapy 1-2 finger head, it dissipated shortly after pouring. It left splashy/soapy lacing but nothing big.

S - Prune & plum notes, fig, bready with clove & peppery notes. There's a nutty, caramel like maltiness that reminds me of a Payday bar, it's like that nougat center in allot of candy bars. Interesting aroma. A bit of alcohol in there as well.

T - Dark fruity flavors upfront, unfolding into nutty, nougat like flavors. I definitely get a bit of clove and alcohol towards the finish. There's a Tootsie Roll like quality in here, very different from anything Ive had, bitterness mild but noticeable.

M - Smooth & a bit oily. Soft to almost absent Co2, medium-full bodied.

D - This one had a flavor & smell profile that I hadn't experienced before. Overall it was a little strange to me but certainly not off putting, I liked it but I probably wouldn't buy this one again. Not highly drinkable to me, I could finish a bottle or two. Worth a try maybe as a single if possible.

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Photo of JosiahS
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

glass: Snifter

The color of this beer is dark brown with red and pink highlights. CO2 seems to give it a sparkle. Pour produced a half centimeter head that died down soon after. A nice ring and small film of suds sit atop the beer. small splashes stick to the glass from first sip to finish.

Smell is yeasty at first. Then it quickly turns to intense malt in the form of dark bread, baker's chocolate, sweet dates, peanuts and brown sugar. The faintest herbal hop aroma is also present.

Taste mirrors the aroma is that it has the same plethora of malt flavors. It's slightly sweet with a strong dark wheat bread flavor. Nothing really jumps out at me first or leaves the pallate last. It's well-integrated and finishes nicely.

Mouthfeel is light and velvety with low carbonation but just enough to not give the impression of a "flat" beer.

Very nice dubbel from Allagash.

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Photo of jpoder
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

a: chestnut brown, with initial rocky head that dissipates

s: chocolate, caramel, roasted malt

t: not very much depth of flavor...very one-dimensional. not even much belgian character

m: thin...would expect a bigger mouthfeel

d: this one is drinkable...but not great per the style.

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Photo of Naugros
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hazy beer runs dark garnet to brown with a light tan head that rises really tall in a tulip glass. The lace is spotty and slowly slides down the glass.

The smell is a balancing act between Belgian yeast funk and caramel malt. The result is an odor like well-worn leather...you know how leather can get a little buttery in scent...sort of like that, without the butter.

The smell does not give away the flavor. The balance is even better here. From the smell I expected this to be sweeter, but it isn't all that sweet. There's a wonderful dryness to this beer, which I find amazing considering the amount of malts said to have been used in brewing this nectar. Still, the malts do take center stage bringing some tobacco to the show behind the typical raisin-like taste in this style. But one difference is that the sweetness of raisins is missing and only the "meaty" flavor of the fruit's flesh takes center stage.

There's a bit of a bitter bite at the back sides of the tongue I find unpleasant, yet I can forgive that considering the nice, dry finish. The body is nice and the alcohol doesn't really make itself known.

Allagash has done themselves proud with this one. This can stand on its own with most Belgian dubbels, paling only to some of the best. It is appropriate to the style in every way: smell, taste, ABV and body.

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Photo of konadrinker
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a Duvel tulip.

A- Pored a mahogany color with a small head that disappeared quickly. Fair lacing.

S- Malt and chocolate with dark fruits underneath.

T- Thick malt flavor with a slightly sweet chocolate finish. A little lingering bitterness.

M - Fills the mouth with a smooth mouthfeel and nice carbonation

D- Not as complex as I expected. Not a bad drinker.

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Photo of coastiefish
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

//// Batch #84 ////

From the pour- light brown ruby color with a great 2 1/2 finger head that lingers foamy & thick.

After a few sips, head dwindles down a bit, but still hanging in with bout 1 fingers worth. Nice scant lacing.

First sip, sweet and herbal, second, I get a big woosh of an alcohol taste, but doesn't last as I drink through the 750ml. Throughout the bottle I get a sweet light malt and subtle nutty flavor. Fairly dry finish. Picking up very very light hints of bubblegum.

Im having a hard time picking up anything distinct on the nose--what can I say- it just smells like a really attractive brew.

I love drinking through that frothy head. The mouthfeel is smooth, silky and (maybe a bit too?) oily.

Is it drinkable? it is..
I anticipated a bit more complexity and bigger characteristics from this one.
Also, I was hoping to compare this batch with other reviews, but I haven't seen anyone make clear they had this batch(#).
What batch you drinkin'!?

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Photo of Amalak
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had at a beer tasting out of a bottle.
A--Good cloudy brown color with a thick, foamy head and lacing.
S--Beautiful floral and nut oak scent.
T--The taste is very true to the scent: Nutty oak with a mild floral undertone. Very beautiful. Very good balance of flavor and malt/bitter.

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Photo of bceagles39
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Great Lost Bear in Portland, Maine on May 2, 2010.

Dark amber apple cider color. Tan head. Average lacing.

Smells super sweet and malty, with cocoa.

Tastes malty. Flavorful, but not as rich or complex as I was expecting. Smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of JK4Stout
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

This dark amber ale is a good quality ale, but not the best interpretation of a dubbel style beglian. It does have a slight bite to it as it goes down, but nothing unpleasant . the after taste is incredibly clean, just as is advertised on the bottle. All in all this is a decent beer, but not worthy of the same praise that many other Allagash brews deserve.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours very rich, with respectable head (about one finger). Mahogany with a ruddy glow. Appealing. Nice tracing. Impressive lacing.

S: Hm, not very pronounced. Slightly sour with alcoholic fruits.

T: Tasty! Grainy sweetness undergirded by malts and dark fruits. Slight aftertastes [notes break off]

M: Crisp and refreshing, due to carbonation and light taste. Clean and pleasant.

D: Very high. I would be happy drinking this beer several times and again.

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Photo of silentjay
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy reddish brown with a nice fluffy, bone colored head that retains well and laces well.

definitely dark fruits are the first thing the nose picks up. raisins, dates. following is some lightly toasted bread from the malt.

taste is more malty than the aroma indicates, taking center stage over the fruity yeast. still, the fruits are present with raisins again as well as some banana. some spice is there, but is sweetened up by some chocolate and caramel flavors that linger on the tongue.

pretty high carbonation for the style. medium bodied with a sticky finish.

drinks fine. no complaints here. complex enough to keep you intrigued, but simple enough to go down smooth.

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Photo of johnwarne
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A beer haiku for you:

"Short of a Belgian;
Better than some, but not 'tops'--
Single use serving."

Hopeful--as I am with all domestics when comparing to our Belgian standards--and again one that falls just shy. This category has some of the world standards, so can't be too hard on it. Worthy of trying, not heavy imbibing.


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Photo of biggred1
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Russet amber with a creamy light tan head that leaves sticky lace on the glass. Belgian yeasty smell with some "circus peanut" candy and coriander aroma. Dark fruit with belgian spice and dry yeastiness. Allagash dubbel has good flavors but they could be more concentrated. Fairly light bodied for the style with seltzery carbonation. A nice drinking beer, just not on par with the best of the style.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

First taste of Allagash.

A- Kind of had to ''build'' the head by raising the bottle towards the end. The beige foam still isn't very impressive but by no means would I call it ugly, just a bit disappointing. Liquid is very nice though: A ruby mahogany if there is such a thing. Kind of hazy. Swirled the bottle for the last pour and got a nicer looking serving. Head now looks chewier and liquid is like 90% (he..) opaque. More brown than mahogany ruby. Lacing is ordinary. EDIT just checked the Allagash website : ''Allagash Dubbel boasts a dark mahogany color with ruby hues'' I love it when my reviews aren't nonsense!

S- dark fresh fruit instead of the often dried fruit I find in dubbels. A little bit of chocolate. Warming up releases a lot more chocolate.

T- A lot more chocolaty than the smell led on. Alcohol fits in nicely. I can taste the water a lot more than other dubbels I've tried. Interesting because it's light yet tasty. Label doesn't state anything about hops but I get some grassy, woody, nuttiness that seems to be hop induced. Maybe this is wrong for the style but I am really enjoying the hoppiness.

M- High carbonation. Smooth and dry. Doesn't foam up as much as other dubbels. I'd say this is more of good pale ale mouthfeel.

D- Very high. I'd down a few of these easy. Some dubbels are so delicious, they're easy to drink, this one is just so light and crisp it's easy to drink.

Really feels like a mix of a pale ale and a dubbel with so much hoppiness and not that much yeast character.
Glad I tried it with an open mind (not really craving belgian and kind of hop hungry).
Would buy it again.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- dark brown and slight light can bee seen when held up, a bit murky and bit cloudy, when held up to light also almost reddish brown, pours a nice thick foam tan head

Smell- malty smelling nose, caramel, brown sugar, overall a sweet not ultra complex nose

Taste- upfront good amount of sugar and sweet maltiness, on the finish though it is kicked in its place by a firm spice and bitteness, nice enjoyable balance of bitter and sweet balance,

Mouthfeel- medium bodied with very dry finish for the style

Drinkability-did find this beer very easy drinking, good balance of sweet malts and spice, one that you could probably enjoy drinkin all nite, very nice example

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and spices. Taste is mild, malty, a tad bland. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a good but unspectacular beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.84/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After several hours of playing FIFA 10, it's time for a beer. And after a night of going with a spiced dubbel, I'm going with a classic American dubbel. 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Like many beers I pour, it looks good. Dark carmel brown color, creamy looking, with a bone white head on top that leaves some good spots of lacing. Odd husky chocolate raisin aroma. More husky dark malted notes in the aroma. As time progresses, the huskiness is slightly smoothened out.

There's hardly any yeast presence in its taste. It's all about the malt, but the malt is haywire. Chocolate malt comes out first. A little caramel, and then out comes some rough grainy flavors, making this beer distracting at times. Dry astringent malty flavors stick to the tongue. The texture is fine with a medium feel and tiny bubbles that buzz up the tongue, but the aftertaste lingers with husky malt that not entirely pleasant.

In the overall picture, it's a decent beer. Compared to other dubbels, this is towards the bottom of the latter of what I've tasted. Now deciding between Allagash Dubbel and last night's Siamese Twin...ummm, I'm not sure which I'd choose.

Reviewed on: 02-12-2010 07:38:32

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #87

Appearance: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with a head that is solidly Belgian in character; plenty of lace patterns line the sides of the snifter

Smell: Brown sugar, figs and clove, with an underlying woody/nutty aspect

Taste: Opens with a woody, brown sugar character that adds some figgy fruit and clove spice by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors are decidedly mellow, with some sweet tobacco on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not the most complex dubbel out there, this is much better than their regular Double and is among the better American examples of the style as it is neither cloying nor overly alcohol-laden

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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 1,712 ratings
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