Allagash Dubbel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

very good
1,707 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 crhensel
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Bottle poured into trappist glass). Poured very dark brown with very small head, and you could smell the complexity of the malts... with a hint of cocoa(?) Flavor retained the malty sweetness, but it was not overpowering. Finished with a bitter aftertaste that provided a nice bite at the end.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Dubbel is a lovely red ochre colour and, even despite the deep brownish hue, succeeds at being a perfectly clear specimen. There is plenty of tinseled highlighting to occupy the eyes. If, instead, they should be up for a challenge I recommend trying to trace the finely knit veins of lace left behind by this huge ridge of head.

It is certainly a most spirited aroma, one replete with plenty of Belgian yeast character. In fact, I swear I've smelt this same thing somewhere else before... oh, I know! In my favourite Trappist dubbel. The malts lend sweetness as they eschew caramel and toffee. The beer is doused in cinnamon and clove and has a most musty, earthy hoppiness.

This is a well seasoned beer. Since the brewery doesn't list any spices on the ingredients list I'll have to assume all this zestful, savory flavouring is coming from the yeast. Again, clove and cinnamon are foremost with hints of brown sugar not far behind. This taste, perfectly suited to Fall weather, has me thinking of pumpkin pie and caramelized apples.

A total of seven different varieties of malts produce a whole other cast of flavours. Maple syrup and molasses are definitely on that list. Honeycomb, toffee and a whole slew of nuts (pecans and walnuts in particular) also make the cut. There's also a trace amount of dark, currant-like fruit. The candi-sugar champions sweetness over the spice or bitterness.

Once again, the yeast is doing its job with poise, firmness and confidence. Between clove and nutmeg and the form of whatever other spice it takes on, the yeast is sure to coat every square inch of the tongue with a spirited seasoning. The malts, for their part, don't seem to possess the same brashness. This is feeling a little thin.

Brewers that consistently make Belgian-style ales seem to fair better at it than those who dabble in it occasionally. Allagash is among the best (it could be argued that they are the best) American brewery that makes Belgian ales - they do it consistently and they do it consistently well. Have a taste of their Dubbel and you'll see what I mean...

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Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 58. Poured into an Allagash goblet. Appearance is brown with a rich, creamy head. Smell is of malt and dark fruits. This beer tastes like it smells, with a slight hop bitterness but mainly raisins and plums. The beer was very carbonated. This is what I am looking for in a Belgian Dubbel.

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Photo of glennl
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice three finger head with and a beautiful mahogany color. Interesting lacing that's still lingering even as i look at the empty glass.

Aroma is nearly all malt with a hint of cocoa-very nice.

Mouthfeel is thick and beer is overall well balanced.

The cocoa was more prevalent iin the aroma, but still noticeable in trace amounts in the taste. At first i thought it had a bit of a watered down finish, but I kind of changed my mind by the end of the 12 oz, I guess it's just a dry finish.

They're not lying about the complex malts--I held many sips in my mouth trying to identify exactly what was in there. This is an enjoyable, drinkable beer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clouded burgandy color with a large white head. Tiny bubble retention leaves lacey drifts.

Aroma is of wet, fall leaves and musty sawdust yeast, tangy peach and cantaloupe.

Taste is the usual caramel malts and candy sugar with some mild peach fuzz and plum in back. Sort of a burnt rust bitter.

Lightly oxidized? Though how I bought a mildly oxidized 4 pack of Allagash 5 minutes down the street in Portland is beyond me.

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Photo of weazal
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S: Cohesive aroma of coffee and brown sugar sweetness. There's an almost bright, wet pine component (or acidic coffee?). Strong bourbon vanilla notes, too.

T: Sharp carbonation stands out. Flavor starts mellow until the sweetness kicks in, climaxing with a noticeable roasted bitterness most dominantly at the end. The mouthfeel is moderately thick despite it ending fairly dry. Flavor-wise it's mostly figs, banana, and some apple.

It's nice and polished, but didn't stand out or seem like anything particularly special.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours a very nice dark brown color with ruby tinting. Very creamy head of light beige colored foam, almost two-fingers worth, sits on top. Retention is excellent and the lacing is almost curtain-like and very sticky.

The nose is somewhat subdued, but still very nice. Mild hints of dark fruits and toasted nuts. Belgian candi sugar and a nice hint of rich maltiness. Good medium yeast presence.

Mmmm....nice medium-level malt presence. Nothing overwhelming, just a nice hint of richness. Hops hit right in the middle. They're not overstated at all, but they kind of overpower the dark fruits that are trying to be noticed. A nice level of spices and a hint of yeastiness comes in at the end.
This beer has a good amount of balance going on. Unfortunately, I want my dubbels to be pretty malt forward, so while this is good, it's not my favorite.

A nice full-bodied brew. Very smooth. Medium level of carbonation, filled with tiny little bubbles. This one has a wonderful amount of creaminess, which is a highpoint for me.

7.0%abv is a little outside of the guidelines for a session beer. As well as it's hidden in this one though, this is a great, drinkable beer

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium brown haze with a huge head that stood throughout the whole drink. Scent of a spiced ale, lots of Malt on the nose, and a peppery belgian scent.

Taste of bitter maltiness , It says 7 malts on the label. Mellow flavor. Not extremely belgian tasting, nor too hopped, decent balance, with a bitter afterkick.

Thick mouthfeel, drinkable, yet I wouldnt necessarily want to drink a whole bunch of these over another beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my DFH Goblet. Reads Allagash ''Dubbel Ale' on the bottle - no freshness dating indicated. Poured a murky, bark brown with a fluffy, off-white, quarter inch head - brew resonates ruby red when held up to the light. Some thick slashes of lacing adhered to the sides of the glass during the tasting - similar to a swath of paint in consistency and retention. Nose is dark malt, brown sugar some belgian yeast character and perhaps a hint of anise. Taste consistent with nose with the faintest hint of dark fruit in the mix - somewhat muted and dry finishing. Mouthfeel is medium/light in consistency with a subtle background carbonation. Somewhat lacking in flavor for a dubbel, but not bad. I'll have to give the Reserve a try to see how it stacks up.

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Photo of Thur123
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Time for review, first off...this pours a deep hazy garnet color with very little carbonation and a short lasting off-white head that sticks to the walls of my goblet slightly. Over all a very pleasant and humble looking beer. The smell is a diluted citrus with the Belgium yeast smell. There is no alcohol present, at least to my nose, at the time of the current sniff.

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First a bit of roasted malt which flows right into the complex spice character, which is actually kind of standard and not so complex. Towards the end of the taste is a subtle kind of roasted nuttiness and the sweet citrus lingers on the tongue. Over all this taste is smooth, interesting, and different. The mouth feel is a little thin and not very silky for something with this much malt character but in the end it still delivers the flavor. A good intro for me to the style, I want more dubbel.

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Photo of kegger22
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle, batch 68. Poured a reddish brown with a generous head that lasted throughout. The aroma was fruity, an upgrade from the other dubbels that I have had. The taste was malty sweet, but with bitterness at the back of the throat. The taste does nothing to distinguish itself. Flavor is not really helped as it warms. The feel was light bodied, crisp with good carbonation. Drinkability was good.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark caramel color brown, dense white head that laces nicely.

S- Dark and medium roasted malts, some apple, and a bit of spice. Somewhat reserved.

T- Roasted malt, wow this is underwhelming. I'm searching, and I can get a bit of spice and dark fruit. Decent amount of leafy hops, but this one is slightly metallic and watery too. Just a mess of a dubbel, IMO.

M- Medium body, creamy with moderate carbonation.

D- I've had better, and I wish I was drinking Ommegang. Can slug it down though... seek others.

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Photo of ToddT
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Medium brown color with ruby tint and a thick two finger beige head. Head falls slowly and is long lasting leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

S- Roasted malts, bread and light spices. Some fruit too, banana, and clove.

T- Sweet malts right away with a bitter bite of hops at the middle. The fruit and spice wants to come to the front and be known but is washed away by the hops and malt. Finish is a continuation of the hop bitterness, the fruit struggle to come out and dry final note.

M- Creamy feel and medium in body. Carbonation is good almost too much, but it doesn't cross the line here.

D- Drinkable, but not memorable. At 7.0% ABV the alcohol doesn't show though but it is a little weak for a dubbel.

If it just had the complexity of most other dubbels I've tried or something other than the hop bite, which seems out of character for the style, it could be quite good.

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Photo of tpd975
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice rich deep amber brown hue with a very small off white head that quickly dies to a tight ring. Very light spotty lace left behind as this one is consumed.

S: Tons of nice sweet summer fruit mixed with rock candy sugar. Very light spice, banana, and yeast.

T: Fruity sweetness right from the start. Very fruity pebbles like. Light spice and dark fruit in the middle. Light yeast, clove, and bananas.

M: Medium in body, nice flavors, despite the low carbonation the flavor seems to carry.

D: Pretty good. I like this one. Nice tasty sweet fruity treat.

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Photo of MVotter
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Allagash Dubbel pours into a chalice a cloudy copper, and produces a thin, tan head.

The smell is spices, breads and yeast.

The taste begins with a slightly sweet malt presence and ends with a smooth transition to mild hops. Seriously nice blend in the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium with plenty of effervescence. The carbonation lends a dryness to this brew which teases the palate into quicker, subsequent sips (hehe) ... no problem there.

Needless to say the Allagash Dubbel is an extremely drinkable brew; very pleasant experience indeed.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 73. Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass (it's all I had). (From tasting notes...had this 7/28/09.)
A: Pours a cloudy dark golden brown with 2 inch billowy light tan head.
S: Hops with roasted malt. Wish there was more here.
T: Some Belgian spice comes through here, caramelt malt, and floral hops. More hops than I'm used to for style. It's an interesting take, but not what I'd do with a dubbel.
M: Smooth and silky. Light on the tongue. Mild sharp hop bite.
D: Very drinkable, especially for style. However I'm more a fan of true/traditional Belgian Dubbels.

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Photo of cdizinno
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown amber with light tan head and mild lacing.

S: Tartness(citrus scents) and a little sweet alcohol scent.

T&M: Malt with a little tartness. Slight sweetness. The after taste is slightly oily and dry. Warming alcohol taste that lingers.

decent dark belgian style. Not my favorite style but very drinkable. This is now called 'dubbel' ale. Not reserve and is slightly different than earlier rating with a 7.0% abv.(as opposed to 7.6%) Seven different malts and a special sugar help to make this a very complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DawnL
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at an Allagash tasting on 7/23/2009. It was a rooftop bar - hard to get anything off the nose when the wind was whipping the aroma of the beer across the isle of manhattan!

What Allagash had to say:
Dark mahogany color with ruby hues and a complex malty taste. Dry finish with hints of chocolate and nuts. 7% abv

What I had to say:
Malts are upfront with citrus hops on backend. It has a watery finish with good bitterness that lingers. It's a solid brew that needs food to bring out some of its underlying characteristics. This is a very drinkable brew.

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

Poured from 750mL brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass. Batch 77 on front label. Purchased at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Very dark mahogany brown with amber edges with 1-finger french vanilla head that disappears quickly and leaves rare tiny spots of lace.

S: Leathery and herbal are the first descriptors that come to mind. Some licorice and dark fruits like figs and raisins are there with a little clove.

T: Flavor is good but a little ambiguous. Dark fruits and herbs dominate with a dry, leafy hops finish. Spices are evident with cloves being most noticeable. Serviceable flavor but nothing earth-shattering.

M: A little thin -- more substantial feel would do wonders for this beer. Carbonation is average for the style with a dry, leathery aftertaste.

D: Pretty good all around but pretty good doesn't really cut it for the price. I have been a little let down by the Allagash lineup in general -- their Tripel was good but easily beaten (kind of like this brew) and their White, which is their cheapest at $8.99 a 4 pack is their best. I wish I liked these beers more because they are accessable and not out of bounds for price.

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Photo of Trappissed
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not too happy with this one. Smelled like spices and surprisingly a little boozy as well. In the flavor I was getting: caramel, leather, tobacco, prunes, and figs. A little touch of yeast and spices. Tobacco actually stood out quite a bit, and not in a pleasant way. First letdown from Allagash, but I won't let it deter me from trying more of their brews in the future.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Initially a sweet and spicy aroma. This is followed by a richer toasty (almost burnt toast) malt that's also somewhat sweet, almost caramel. Bits of alcohol.
Head is very short-lived. Cloudy dark reddish brown color with minimal lacing.
I like the body. Above moderate feel with a nice viscousness (if that's a word). Very fine bubbles.
Flavor isnt' quite as complex or interesting as aroma. Nice malt flavors that are a little dull. Mild yeast spiciness. Small darker fruit up front. Touch of sweetness. A bit sour at finish. However, a reasonably long finish. A note of alcohol with a warmth felt inside.
This is not too bad. Good drinker. Patience required as this beer (and style in general) is nuanced and subtle.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark copper brown with a thick smoooth tan head. Nice appearance and very inviting.

Banana malt nose with light hints of spice. Again, inviting.

Then you taste it. A bit thin, watery mouthfeel. Short flavors lime acid citrus character/flavors. Medium acidic sour flavors. Short flavors; short balance; little character and a short lightly sour finish. Allagash has many better.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass at Fries Cafe in Cincinnati.

Appearance: Pours a deep toffee brown with a one finger head that fades quickly to a slight skim on top; body is cloudy and just looks a little thick and chewy; oily lacing clings briefly but certainly does not last and slips back into the drink.

Smell: Smells of deep malts that are a little like burtn toast, yet there is a sweet aspect as well - a little like caramel; also a bit of a candied fruit (fig/prune) aspect as well.

Taste: Strong presence of the burnt toasty malts; a little musty as well; a very slight caramel sweetness attempts an appearance but super-subdued; slight hint of alcohol as well (but it's a little on the rubbing alcohol side...); figgy and pruney as well.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation; fairly dry -- al ittle cottony even on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Not bad in flavor and the mouthfeel is interesting. I really enjoyed smelling this beer more than anything.

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Photo of TLove
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

750ml, Batch 82, bought at World Market for $6!

Appearance: Dark amber with light head and creme lace.

Smell: Caramel and raspberries that runs up nose with strong carbonation.

Taste: Well-carbonated and beautifully structured with a bit of spicy anise and dark fruits. Has a touch of sweet maple syrup on the end, which balances the strong front.

Finish: Acidic and hard in the mouth, but really flows well to the finish with a touch of sweetness and a dark complexity.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a thick, murky rose-brown color. Head disappears almost instantly. Color is amazing, thickness terrific. More head could have improved it.

The aroma is a nice cherry liqueur, with crystalline candy sugars. Sweet but with a dark base. Dried dates.

The taste is darkly, sugary sweet (corn sugar), dark grape wine and sour cherry notes. Nice dark malt. A little more darkly sour as it warms. A bit saccharine toward the end.

The feel is creamy and not that fizzy. Makes this very easy to chug down. Very well balanced and easy to drink considering its 7% abv. Sugary as hell but dark enough to be drinkable.

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Allagash Dubbel Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,707 ratings.
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