Allagash Dubbel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale
1,710 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of bamadog
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +7.6%
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%
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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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma - Malty. A bit of caramel and raisin like esters. Some cherry maybe? Mildly spicy/phenolic. No perceived hop aroma. Very little alcohol.

Appearance - Deep Amber with nice red hue. Beautiful. First pour was clear. Nice off-white head. Good retention at about 1/2 fingerwidth. A lot of visible carbonation.

Flavor - Malty sweetness up front. Dark sugars. Chocolate. Spicy phenols. Finishes dry. No perceived hops. Bitterness is low, balanced toward malt. Very little alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium-high carbonation. Dry. Alcohol, but not hot.

Overall Impression - A good, complex beer. A good example of the Belgian Dubbel style. Because it is only 7% ABV it does not have to hot characteristic that many dark Belgians have. This makes it really easy to drink. If I could buy it locally this would for sure make it into my regular buys.

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

Enjoyed on 05.29.09 from a 750ml brown bottle. Caged. Corked. Batch #76. No freshness date.

A: Deep & dark amber color. Off-white that laced a bunch. Dissipated quickly (as per usual for a Dubbel).

S: Malt. Coffee. Belgian yeast (of course). Maybe a bit of chocolate or brown sugar...

T: Dark & yeasty - the coffee & chocolate sit have front row seat.

M: Medium to full bodied. Great carbs. A bit of bitterness for a good compliment.

D: I like this a bunch. Finished the whole 750ml rather quickly. A wonderful American effort. Not very complex (as noted is many reviews), but I could tell a lot of thought went into this brew.

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Photo of mpyle
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - Allagash Dubbel, not Allagash Dubbel Reserve, but the label looks the same.

Cloudy amber color, pours a robust just off-white read with good retention.

A spicy fruitiness and some alcohol in the aroma. Yeast character dominates.

A slightly biscuity malt flavor initially, but falls a bit flat midmouth. Finishes a bit spicy bitter, but mostly clean. Needs a bit more yeast character and assertive flavors on the front end. Ferment a bit warmer?

Medium body and med-high carbonation. Mouthfeel very much on style. A bit of alcohol warming, but not overpowering or inappropriate.

From my perspective a bit of a muted dubbel, but that increases the drinkability. Finishes dry enough to invite another sip, and another sip...

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Photo of koopa
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #79 750ml caged and corked bottle.

Appearance: Iced tea / bronze body with off white 2 finger foam head. This one will really foam up without an experienced gentle pour. Lots of head retention and gobs...thats right I said gobs of lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet fruity notes along with a bready malt and clove note. The belgian yeast dominates the nose though.

Taste: Loving the flavors here...bready malt, dark fruits, beligan yeast, clove, etc. Really works well and is extremely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: closer to medium than light bodied with a nice creamy quality found in the crown.

Drinkability: I could knock a couple 22oz's back in a night.

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

Bottle marked batch #75, poured into chimay chalice.

Uncorks with a loud pop and produces a fluffy effervescent tan head on a hazy dark ruby body; nice soapy lace.

Scent is dark fruit, green raisins, herbal notes.

Taste is of green raisins, dark fruit. Sweet Belgian candy sugar. Light peppery spice. A hint of nuttiness and a touch of black licorice becomes noticeable after a while. Very slight bitterness.

Mouth is voluptous with a tingling carbonation at the front of the tongue becoming creamy and ending dryly.

Drinkbility is very good.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pooured a murky brown with one finger head that slowly crept down the glass. A mix of malts and even that yeasty Belgian smell that Belgian brewers seem to always put in their beers. Incredibly smooth was my first thought, as this chewey, almost full-bodied beer packs a lot of sweetness as it glides down the tongue and throat. Caramel, syrup, molasses (there was some stickiness as well), along with some dough/yeast and hints of orange and other citric fruits, although the sweet malts do the talking.
ABV tucked away nicely and this is a very good Belgian-style and another great beer from Allagash.

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Photo of natasharai
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with a large creamy light tan head that stands 2 cm over the top of my glass, which dissipates very slowly leaving lacing on my glass. The beer is clear with a deep reddish brown color.

Smell: Raisins, oak, berries and plum, slightly sour, a little alcohol

Taste: Sweet molasses, sweet malt, roasted malt, black cherry, raisins, a slightly tart flavor, and a little alcohol. Leaves mouth with a sweet malt/fruit flavor. As it warms some honey flavors arise.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, silky smooth, small tingle from the carbonation, leaves mouth pretty dry.

Overall: Good drinkability, nice fruity sweetness and tart flavor/aroma. The mouthfeel makes it very drinkable and keeps you wanting more.

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Photo of br3wmeister
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Large creamy light tan head pillars out the top of my snifter. The head retention on this beer is amazing, there is a pillar of foam that just keeps hanging around making it difficult to take my first sip. The beer is a dark red brown in color and looks quite nice with a light behind it. I must say this is a pretty beer.

S- Nice tart aromas blends well with the grain. Ripe fruit mostly cherry, some caramel and roasted nuts as well. I also noticed some grassy and woody aromas.

T- This beer is made up of subtle yet complex flavors. Light dry woody flavors with hints of fruit, caramel and spices. Reminds me some what or a dry red wine though a lot less fruity. Mild bitter/sour aftertaste that takes away from drinability slightly.

M- Light silky and dry mouth feel very pleasant.

Overall I would say that is not the best double I have had, but it did have a lot of good things going for it. In particular I very much liked the appearance, aroma and mouth feel. worth trying but not impressive.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, slightly transparent with sediment floating throughout the beer. Nice light brown head that didn't last too long with some lacing.

S - Very malty up front but not your typical sweetness. Smells similar to a double bock with with some citrus/raisiny scent. Faint hint of spices in the background and some brown sugar.

T - All malts initially but quickly shifts to a very doughy yeast flavor, with hints of spices and dark fruits. Bit of a tart aftertaste that lingers fermented fruit and dark sugars.

M/D - Not much carbonation with a medium to light body. Very smooth and finishes up dry and clean.

Very complex and flavors all over the place that shift all the way through the beer. Once again Allagash impresses me with their take on a Belgian classic.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- looks very nice in a tulip, creamy maize tinted head has remarkable retention, thick gobs of lace, and a surface reminiscent of a quality DIPA. fire-glow orange at the bottom of the glass, blending upward to hues of crimson, scarlet, to burgundy and mahogany. excellence.

S- toasted nuts and malty sweet in the nose with hints of cocoa and soil. nice big yeast aroma as well, banana and clove, vanilla, plums, raisins, berries, concord grape, smells woodsier than most oak aged beers i've had.

T- the cocoa and deeply toasted nuts transition hevily into the tase, a little too much for my liking. this is one toasty, malty, earthy, roasted brew, as opposed to usually fruity and phenolic examples, and i think that the grain focus may dominate over the other subtle flavors, never allowing complexities to emerge. the malt however is ridiculously complex, encompassing the flavors of a red ale, a brown ale, and a porter, all into one beer. as a matter of fact, if i had any one of the aforementioned beers that tasted just like this one, i would shit my pants. any trace of yeast flavor or fruitiness lies in the nose until the finish when zesty noble hop bitterness cuts through the malt and, with much appreciation, some fig, prune, raisin, and peppercorn flavors briefly surface with a touch of acidity. an absolutely delicious brew, just not what i expected from the style. this is a VERY tough call.

MF- smooth, full, and plush, like sitting on a microfiber couch. carbonation level is great, but the grainy coffee-cocoa-malt feel gets a little bothersome near the end of the glass, as does coating bitter hop resin.

D- how to sum this one up... hard tellin. flavorful to say the least, and not the tiniest indication of alcoholic content. certainly not what i expected to taste, but quite pleasing overall, and something i would definitely like to try on tap!

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Photo of BigMike
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown with small head. Some dark orange highlights.

Smells of grapes, figs and raisins and grass clippings.
Taste is pretty much the same as the smell only lighter.

A bit too much carbonation and too little flavor make this a not so enjoyable beer. This is not something a would seek out again.

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Photo of illidurit
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet. Hazy russet brown with a modest off-white head that doesn't leave much lacing. Aroma is pretty faint but I get notes of dark breads, stone fruit, and clove. Flavor is more robust than the aroma but it's still not as deep or complex as most authentic Belgian dubbels. Figs, burnt toast, raisins, pepper, clove. Mouthfeel is a touch watery with somewhat rough carbonation. Lacking in aroma, flavor, finesse, and fullness.

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Photo of SirDrinxAlot
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy dark apple cider color with a 1 fing head with good lacing.

Smells of dried cherries, fig and light orange.

Tasted some chocolaty,coffee and fruit flavors with a slight hop flavor. Very drinkable with a smooth light carbonation. I had 2 and was feeling pretty good.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a fluted pilsner glass at the Saltwater Grille in Litchfield, Conn.

A: Poured a mahogany amber color with tawny edges and a creamy head of ivory foam. Lacing was nice and carbonation seemed adequate.

S: Smells slightly nutty and fruity, with a bit of an alcohol aroma too. Figs, dried dates and walnuts go hand in hand with the spicy, fruity floral aroma.

T: Taste is fairly smooth and fruity. There's some alcohol bite, but not much. It has a bit of that dark Belgian sugar flavor to go with the dried fruits and slight hop spiciness. Tastes like an American Dubbel, not that that's a bad thing here.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, a bit sticky and spicy with a smooth finish.

D: Quite drinkable at a robust 7.6%, but it masks its strength very well. I wouldn't session this one, but it's good for a deuce, and would probably pair well with a roasted meat or red-fleshed fish.

It was lacking a bit of that Belgian punch I've come to expect from a Dubbel, but the variety of specialty malts and dark Belgian sugar made for a tasty and interesting Dubbel.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - had with a smoked roast, paired well.
A - bananna and citrus, some spices and sourness appear as it warms.
A - three fingers of white head, dark amber, slightly cloudy
M - medium, alcohol present but very subdued. Nice creaminess from the head. Medium carbonation.
T - Nice balanced flavors. Pears, very mild sourness, alcohol. Very mild spices although my pallet is not up to identifying them.
D - Very smooth beer. Alcohol is present but goes down rather easy. I like this beer.

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

Allagash Dubbel poured a cloudy Ruby/Red with all most no head. Showed good lacing. Smell was loaded with dark fruit, one of the fruity noses I can remember. Taste was of dark berries, with hints of chocolate and brown sugar. Mouthfeel was good, right for the style. Drinkability was also good. This was a nice beer, good version of the style. Allagash is one of the better Belgian Style brewers in the US.

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Photo of OldYoda
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights into my Corsendonk goblet, leaving a minimal head and little residual lacing. Very opaque with a little haze.

Smell is excellent - earthy with a distinct coffee and chocolate tone. Really sets me up to take that first sip.

Taste follows smell very closely and is coffee and chocolate. Really very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is smooth and heavy and creamy but not oily. Finishes very clean.

Drinkability is the only drawback here. At this ABV you aren't going to want more than two of these boys.

An outstanding offering from Allagash.

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Photo of Naugled
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml cork bottle served in chalice

A: average looking dubbel, dark ruby brown with some haze, thin but dense head and medium carbonation

S: pale malt and caramel upfront and sweetness

T: rich sweet roasted malt, with some hints of dried fruit and tart green apple which surprised me. very little after taste

M: rich smooth and full

D: good but a little heavy and sweet.

Over all a delicious big beer, I'd drink again

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Photo of JJBlanche
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is an all around great brew, one that I will most definitely seek out again. Indeed, as I sit here and finish my last sips of the sampler bottle I picked up, I'm already planning a trip to the brew store to re-up.

A - Amber to brown, pushing to the dark end of the spectrum as far as color/style. Some haze evident. Fairly low head that sticks around. Lacing present.

S - A very rounded smell. I'm getting some chocolaty notes, mingling with herbals.

T - Complex. Some cocoa/coffee again present. Alpine herbals -- licorice/anise. Very well balanced, and really quite fantastic.

M - Absolutely exceptional. Very smooth, but not slick or greasy. Heavy enough, but not too heavy. The mouthfeel (in concert with taste) is perhaps the most striking aspect of this brew.

D - Drinkability is good, but the 7% ABV will have most imbibers cutting this one off sooner...not that that's a bad thing. This is really a beer to be sipped and enjoyed.

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Photo of irishtjb11
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

really enjoyed this brew. allagash seems to be quite the brewery. i'm relatively new to the belgians, so i don't really have too much to compare this to. thought however, after looking around that this beer seemed to be spot on. really great dark color with a beautiful fluffy white head. great sweet fruity, wheat smells in the noise. the taste was great as well, with a nice warmth from the alcohol. there is a ligthness to the taste, that is enjoyable. lots of nice citrusy, fruity flavors offset the alcohol and wheat malt.

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Photo of bum732
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown, nice foamy head eventually settling into a fluffy haze. Smells of dark wood, some clove spiciness, some medicinals, a little brown sugar. Tastes very thin of clove like malt throughout ending with some peppery bitterness. Finishes fairly dry with not much aftertaste. Nice moderate carbonation.

I always have trouble judging dubbels. I think the smell is great, but the taste never steps up. I don't know if this a characteristic of most dubbels, but i'm not sure if i like. If i didn't know the alcohol in this, i would say this is a great sessionable belgium. That said, i'm very happy this wasn't overly sweet and boozy like many belgians. This is something i could drink multiples of.

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Photo of Voonder
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy brown (coke-like) color with pretty big light tan head. Smell - yeast, rye bread, a bit of caramel. Very earthy. Quite nice. Taste - yeasty upfront, sweet malts, some bread, smooth finish. Very creamy, very rich, great stuff. Very drinkable for ABV. I think it is my first dubbel and I'm liking it a lot!

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