Allagash Dubbel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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1,708 Ratings
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 25cl Allagash goblet.

A: Radiant, slightly hazy light-brown body; one-finger head of fine white foam; average retention and light, spotty lace.

S: Dry, bready malt dominates. Some light fruitiness from the yeast comes through on the tail end.

T: Much like the nose, but with even less yeast presence. More toastiness from the malt, and a dull, bitter finish. Not that great, actually. Disappointing.

M: Fairly light for the style, with a slightly delayed explosion of fresh carbonation. Not bad at all.

D: I find this beer somewhat boring, and therefore don't find myself eager to keep drinking it. For once I don't find the 25cl Allagash glass unduly restrictive.

Notes: I'm usually one to sing Allagash's praises, but this offering leaves me cold. Maybe it doesn't help that the last dubblel I had was the inimitable Westmalle.


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Photo of adamette
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the stubby brown 12 oz. bottle that I bought as a single from Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio for $2.25 a few weeks ago into my gold rimmed Rare Vos somewhat tall cone shaped glass since I had not used that recently. No observed "best by" date.

A Dark caramel, opaque body under a very light brown meringue like creamy head that left a curtain like lacing on the inside of the glass. 4.0

S Some malty sweetness but the most prominent smell that I get is a barley husk grain. I do not perceive too much alcohol. Interesting smell but expected more sweetness (less of the grain) and also a more prominent Belgian yeast smell. 2.5

T Like some kind of comback from the underwhelming smell, the taste redeems what I was missing in the smell nicely. There in the taste is the expected and welcomed malt sweetness (nothing extreme) along with the Belgian yeast taste that I like. This remains a dubbel on the grainy side, though, but that is just fine. ABV well hidden too. 4.5

M Nice light bread like smoothness and depth to this beer which is not only appropriate to the style but one that I like. 4.0

D Drinking these 12 ounces was easy. 4.0

Notes: A unique smell to this classic tasting dubbel, Allagash demonstrates its significant skill again with this one.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally tried Allagash Dubbel for the first time, and served in a Westmalle chalice.

Appearance is dark brown with a significant reddish hue - almost makes this brew look burgundy. Head is a perfect 2 cm, but dissipates and is pretty fizzy (small bubbles). Smell is mild - not of the fruit overtones I'm used to with a dubbel. Coffee and chocolate are both in there.

Taste is where this was disappointing - didn't have the strong belgian sugar or dark fruits. There was a mild chocolate and heavy malty flavor to this. Light carbonation and strong medium body - makes this mouthfeel very nice.

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Photo of BeerGodz
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Deep amber, cloudy, fluffy pillow-like head with unreal lacing

Smell: Yeast, cloves, plums and apple

Taste: Up front: Very malty with a slight alcohol bite. Finish: Dry and spicy

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, and a little sticky

Drinkability: Smooth and easy to drink

Overall Impression: We felt this beer's flavor was a bit weak for the style, but he flavor was reasonably complex and balanced. A good American made example that should go over well with Newbeez

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Photo of feedmechili
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Frothy, fizzy head which didn't quickly dissipate. Brown in color, like diluted cola.

Aroma of yeast, cloves, and raisins. Rich, malty, fruity spice taste, with a fizzy medium body. Good American Belgian ale. I liked it.

I have nothing more to say, but the review must be at least 225 characters.

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Photo of Andreji
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

no.5 of the american beers during the Taste of Paste event @ the stag's head in NYC.

and definetly part of a roller-coaster of tastes such a night was.

This dubbel was definetly a reminder of good things in the direction of a westmalle dubbel. the beer has a nice dark pour that is not opaque but isn't convincingly translucent either. small pale tan head, more compact than abundant.

Which generally implies a nice release of spicy malty notes present at the nose right away. not so much sweet as it is a blend of spices, some vanilla somewhere in there, very discrete above an also prevalent grassy hop feel and mouldy yeasty thing.

Taste is good, not a strong one and not dying to go for absolute sweetness, much like the trappist counterpart i mentioned before. this describes a much raw ingredient feel to it, unprocessed, you process it.

Well bodied but still carbonated, refreshing and fresh tasting.

a good beer any day.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy ruby-brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of biscuity malts with solid amounts of figs and raisins. Also present are mild spices and hints of brown sugar.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not quite as robust. Smooth lightly toasted biscuity malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by dark fruit flavors - figs and raisins mostly. Hints of muted clove enter into things midway through the sip along with a bit more nutmeg and brown sugar. The ending is dominated by fruit flavors. To reiterate, the flavors imparted from the spices do a nice job of being part of the supporting cast and letting the malt and yeast shine.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass fairly quickly and could have another.

Overall I thought the nose gained a bit from the cask pour but the flavor suffered a bit. Still, a solid beer and well worth a shot.

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Photo of sitarist
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours dark nut brown. Head is small and an off white color. Small amounts of lacing.

S- Smells like a good Brandy, alcohol is present but doesn't overpower. Complex with fruits, brown sugar, spice, and a hint of chocolate.

T- Not as complex as the nose. Taste like plum wine. If you really look hard there are some good flavors.

M- Thin and dry with light carbonation. Mouth-feel matches the flavors well.

D- I could have a couple/few of these.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown with a light white head, some good lace, fair-solid head retention.

S: Malt, brown sugar.

T: Very malty, molasses and candi sugar heavy. But that is really the flavour, there's no real complexity and yeast nuance that you find from the better Belgian examples. A good flavour, don't get me wrong, just wish there was more. Call me underwhelmed.

M: Nice medium-full body, smooth, not overcarbonated.

D: A solid real intro into this style. The American examples of tripels I have really liked, but the dubbels still have some work to do. Certainly one of the better priced 750s out there, so it's got that going for it which is nice.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a murky brown with a tan light head, not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is a little matly and some hops.

The taste is ok, nothing special, its pretty simple just a little malt not much else.

The feel is medium, ok drinkability.

Overall, a less than average dubbel.

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Photo of fastsrt
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle to chalice
A: reddish brown, disappointing head, no lace
S: dark fruits (figs), some booze, not much else.
T: dark fruit, chocolate and coffee, a hint of booze
M: highly carbonated, lighter body than most dubbbels, thin, this beer has a nice malt and hop balance.
D: highly drinkable,complex flavors I drank this following a Rochefort 10 which was not a good Idea because it made this brew taste like H2O, affordable at 8 bucks for a four banger. would buy again and again, this is one of my top styles and is a tasty brew. I feel that this brew is a good

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Allagash Dubbel Reserve....batch #86

Appearance-dark brown, with huge fizzy head in my chalice glass , bubbles are huge and crackling, head is almost too much but does settle.

Smell-caramel malt, spice and raisin, alcoholic heat fumes surround, final wave of malt at the end.

Taste/Mouthfeel-rush of plum and spicy caramel, warm alcohol buzz, hops do appear and mix in well, medium body, touch of raisin at the end as it goes down also mild alcoholic burn.

Drinkability-nice smoothness, body works, plenty of flavor.

Overall-great beer, very flavorful, everything works well, enjoyable to drink. Nice job by Allagash, hits the style really well.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle (batch 67) into Chimay chalice glass.

A - Poured a thick cloudy reddish amber with a nice yeasty head that hung around for a bit. Looks thick and syrupy with a sugary tint. Somewhat sticky lacing.

S - Alcohol and sugar. Some dark fruit undertones like prunes, raisins, plum. Nice and subtle as the style is supposed to be having the nose lead with sugar and a hint of cinnamon and spice.

T - Plum, raisin and fig-like. Not nearly as sweet as the nose suggests, certainly more spicey than the smell.

M - Has a bit of an alcohol bite...much more so than beers of the same style with a higher ABV. Leaves my mouth tingling with a bit of a sting which eventually evolves into a somewhat bittery dryness.

D - Not too filling or overbearing. Somewhat subtle for the style...a bit more spicey than I am used to and I feel like the alcohol jumps out a bit.

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Photo of JMD
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich mahogany color with ruby tones. Small head that dissipates quickly, and leaves some small lacing on the glass.

S: Candied fruit, brown sugar and some belgian funk.

T: Carmel malt, and ripe candied fruit. Belgian yeast and some light hops on the backend.

M: Light to medium bodied with active carbonation.

D: Not my favorite example of the style, but still a highly drinkable offering from Allagash.

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle with no date into a pint glass. My bottle indicates an ABV of 7% and also says "Dubbel Ale" instead of "Double Ale".

A: An aggressive pour yielded a 2.5 finger head which was frothy at first and then became a creamy film. The head retention was good, the lacing spare. The body is muddy, about 80% opaque. The color is a burnt dark orange or sienna brown. Tawny edges line the glass.

S: Above average malt backbone, toasted bread mixed with a brief whiff of chocolate and some sweet candied sugar. Rather complex malt structure. There were really no apparent hops to speak of. A light yeastiness of worn leather plus a Belgian funkyness/sourness.

T: The taste components sounds like this brew would have a phenomenal outcome, but the flavor combinations didn't work out to anything special. Banana bread, cardamom, clove, plum, allspice and rose water. A pretty spicy recipe. Moderately sweet.

M: The mouthfeel is odd. Light in body, thin in texture and a fizzy carbonation. The flavor duration is very short too. Not one of this brew's finer moments here.

D: Seemingly good at first, this beer ended up being pretty average in my opinion. Doesn't drink bad, but there is a lack of character that puts me off.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash makes some good brews, but I've only had their Dubbel, Tripel and white ale, and have noticed that it depends on the serving type as to how good or bad they can be.

A: This one poured a brown/amber with a small tan head and a bunch of lacing. Resembles more of a amber/abbey ale than what I have come to know as a dubbel. Still, not bad.

S: Nice! Very appetizing combination of brown sugar and malt. Not too overwhelming, not too faint. Just right.

T: Good tasting brew, but my olfactory senses deceived my palate. It's kind of watered down version of what I had detected in the smell of the brew. Not bad, but was expecting more.

M: Like I said, kind of watered down; minimal carbonation, a quick, and uneventful finish to each sip. Not many dubbels could be real session brews, but because this one lacks some taste and character, this could be a sessionable brew.

D: If this one came in six packs for less than ten dollars, then I would consider it a worthy session brew for the colder months. For me, that's both good and bad in that the brew could be more distinguished and have more character with a firmer taste and perhaps more variation in the ingredients used.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From batch #82, according to the bottle.

A: Amber brown with a big, off-white head, maybe 3 fingers, but that dissipates fast. It's very cloudy.

S: Belgiany smelling, if that makes sense. Hints of brown sugar and cooked apples. Perhaps dry fruit, too.

T: Again, belgiany, similar to the smell. I get more candi sugar flavors in the taste though.

M: Creamy with good carbonation.

D: Good, wouldn't guess 7% abv.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL corked bottle labeled Batch #79 poured into a snifter in three parts.

Appearance is deep light amber brown with a lot of haze. Two finger beige head with good retention. Smell is dark fruits and caramel. Slight bitter astrigency also present. The flavor hits first with caramel, brown sugar, plums and raisin notes. Medicinal, herb flavor comes next to balance out all the sweetness. Only a small hop presence at the end. Clean finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess and some carbonation. Drinkability is great. The clean finish, subtle flavor, and managable ABV are the reason for this.

Overall, a drinkable, complex dubbel. The medicinal flavor can wear thin at times, but it doesn't detract much from this beer.

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Photo of berley31
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a very spare head that quickly diminished to a ring on top of the beer. Body is dark brown and hazy.

S: Pretty good aroma of some roastiness, clove, and some fruit as well.

T: Slightly fruity, with hints of dark chocolate. Seems like there may be cloves in there as well. Finishes a bit dry, but otherwise a pretty smooth-drinking beer.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, with lively carbonation.

D: A pretty easy-drinking dubbel... a very solid representation of the style, and lives up to the high Allagash standards.

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Photo of Minotaur
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Dubbel pours a cinnamon stick brown with very orange-copper highlights. The head is thick and beige and evaporates to a skim across the medium-dark beer leaving an attractive lacing that clings for a long time.

The aroma is surprisingly non-descript. A bit of bread aroma and a bit of pear or apple tang.

The taste is unlike most other Allagash I've tried in that it is not at all deep. There is a bitterness across the flat of the tongue and surprisingly little malt sweetness. The malt is predominantly dry and biscuit-like. There is a definite floral-herbal flavor which I find a little off-putting with the dry bitter nature of the beer; it isn't what I typically encounter or want in Belgian Dubbels. Perhaps this bottle is a bit young but the flavors are not as superbly integrated as I generally find from this brewer. I would even venture to use the term "flat" in taste.

It has an incredibly smooth and bubbly mouthfeel that is satisfying like a bite of bread. It is very drinkable despite the strangely bland taste and aroma.

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Photo of gfreed
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #45. Yet another drinkable beer from Allagash. Surprise! The color is unspectacular, and the head lasts but a brief period, even if you work hard to generate one. But the aroma is generous, full of cinnamon and cloves, oranges, apricots and other assorted fruity things with enough bread to give it some depth. The body is reasonably dense and, as you'd expect, full of fruit. There's a good deal of spicy nutmeg and cinnamon, and even a bit of mossiness. The carbonation is mild, but enough to give some bite. A family favorite.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from drhinehart- thanks!!

A: pours a dark red/mahogany with a bone white razor thin head, leaves heavy lacing, slightly hazy appearance

S: smell of candied sugar, spicy Belgian yeast, brown sugar, red fruits - cherry, strawberry, cranberry

T: taste isn't as bright and sweet as the nose, there is more presence of bready malts which team up with the sweet notes. The belgian yeast character is subdued on the tongue, the finish is slightly boozy. Not as sweet as most Dubbels I have tried, but pretty well balanced

MF: medium to high carbonation, medium body

D: This is easy drinking for the style, not cloyingly sweet but also not as complex as others of the style are, this one falls somewhere in the middle

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Photo of njbcmatt
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Despite a medium brown color, was obviously quite clear. Cream colored head mostly dissipated quickly, but still laced the glass all the way down.

S - Something piney, woodsy beneath the stronger caramel notes. A little bit of burnt sugar in there too, and I don't mean that negatively. Dried, dark fruits, maybe prune-like. A little bit of coffee in the back there too.

T- Lovely balance of alcohol, carbonation, malt and hop. I can clearly taste each of their impacts on the overall flavor. Slightly metallic, bitter aftertaste is the only negative I can even mention.

M - Lingers nicely, as I would expect in a medium-heavy medium-dark beer. Has the body I like in this style of beer.

D - Certainly the type of beer I like to drink on a regular basis, but that's more personal preference than anything else.

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Photo of TubaManJack
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am going to disagree with most of you all.While I found my four pack to be a decent representation of the style I didn't find it a standout-above average style.

Appearance- Slight sediment and low carbonation
Smell- A touch of brown sugar and slight grain scent
Mouthfeel- Slightly Metallic and carbonated.
Taste- Nothing is really standing out or distinguishing it other than a weird brown sugar taste that comes out in the mouthfeel- coating your mouth.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750. I think it was 8 or 9 bucks.

Appearance: This pours a hazy light brown-amber. Not really the prettiest color. Not unlike dirty water. The head is pretty impressive at first-- big, white, and foamy. Some pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Malty and caramelly. A little spicy. Slight hint of breadiness. A slight metallic smell.

Taste: Caramel malt. A little bit sweet. Spicy like clove and cinnamon. It finishes long, bready, and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately carbonated. Bubbly and foamy. Feels good.

Drinkability: This is a tasty, drinkable dubbel. Beats the hell out of their normal "double" which is watery and metallic.

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