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.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.49/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours an opaque reddish/purple color when held up to the light. There is a one finger off white head and light lacing. The head dissipates quickly but some of it hangs around as a collar.

The smell is very malty, and yeasty, sweet and some lightly roasted malts. Nutty and fruity, plums and pears as well as brown sugar. The smell improves as the brew warms up.

The taste thankfully follows the nose with sweet malts dominating. They are followed by lightly roasted malts, yeast, nuts and fruits then finishing with brown sugar. There are some very light spicy hops on the backend but this is a malt forward brew.

Overall, a damn find Dubbel.

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Photo of JWU
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, batch #114, poured into a chalice.

A- a murky dark amber, with red hues. Very off white head that doesn't lace much.

S- Big belgian sweetness and esters, with some hints of tobacco/coffee

T- A quick bite of earthy hop is met with a big, bold onslaught of belgian candy sweetness, dark fruits, tobacco and light roast coffee. Compex to say the least.

M- Medium, tons of carbonation, and dry on the finish.

O- I love me a good dubbel, and this one is a good one.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been meaning to try Allagash for a long time and so I finally grabbed some from the shelf. This one is a Dubbel Ale with strong Belgian and Abbey Ale styles. This brewery is based in Portland, Maine and this variety has a solid 7.0% ABV.

Look-It has one of the most beautiful colors that I have seen in a long while. It has an amber color that blushes red like a cute shy girl in front of her crush. I’d also describe it as a deep copper color that is reminiscent of reddish-brown leaves in autumn. The head is thick and foamy with a vigorous pour and is an off-white color. Brilliant beer so far!

Smell-It smells of caramel and dark fruits. This malt-forward brew relies on the plentiful smells and flavors from the dynamic malt base.

Taste-I taste dark fruits like dark chocolate-covered raspberries and the lighter clementine mixed with a smoky oak, cedar, rum, cracker, bread pudding, and some yeast and buttered biscuit. I get a lot of variety from the malts which are delicious and also the miniscule hops that come through are primarily citrus and grass. I’d be impressed if you notice the hop content.

Mouthfeel-This beer is smooth, effervescent, and medium-bodied with enough sweetness to keep your attention, but is not syrupy. The carbonation is medium/low, but ambient and persistent. There is a lingering coating on the tongue which feels like a moist buttered biscuit and is absolutely pleasant. I look forward to that sensation as much as the taste itself! And that is saying something.

Overall-I’d say that this beer is a must try for anyone. The color is beautiful and the lacing is delicate and diminished. The flavor is complex and entertaining and the mouthfeel is silky smooth and zingy from the persistent carbonation. I’d say that I’m a new fan of the Allagash brewery. Cheers!

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from total wine in Charleston. Poured into snifter.
A: pours a +2 finger dense off white foam head, subtle stringy lacing, dark copper red body, carbonation
S: some dark fruits, camel, slight tart rasberry, Belgian candy sugar
M: medium dense body, with some creamy resin that stays on the tongue
T: roasted malt, dark fruits, hint of raisin, a slight burnt malt flavor, hence of subdued hops in the finish that give a slight piney resin
O: solid double ale with rich flavors

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Photo of TheElectricOne
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours darkish red, with a big billowy head that lingers awhile. Smells like plum, raspberry, and a bit of caramel. Taste is toffee, along with some dark fruits, including lots of raspberry. A really delicious dubbel.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The classic dubble. I would actually put this one a bit behind Ommegang's Abbey Dubbel. It's a bit fruity and sweet with a hint of spice, but it's surprisingly light for Allagash. Was expecting more oomph in this one.

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Photo of classixIII
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly hazy deep amber/brown. 1 finger head that hung around for awhile. Aroma - fruity and yeast some caramel. Smooth feeling, carbonation just right. Taste dark fruits, hops some alcohol. Worth a try.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark amber producing 3 fingers of foamy, light tan, moderately lasting head that leaves a nice wash of thin of lace. Aroma is dark Belgian malt, yeasty dark fruit notes, a little caramel & a hint of roast. Taste is dark bread, caramel, brown sugar, roast, some yeast, subdued dark fruit esters (prune/raisin), hints of butter & earth. Some hoppiness in the aftertaste along wit roast & a burnt hint. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low-moderate carbonation, silky & smooth.

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Photo of zac16125
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Allagash Dubbel
750ml bottle into a chalice
Batch #110

A: Slightly hazy, dark amber, just over 1 fingers width of fluffy light tan colored head, good retention before dissipating down, leaves lots of lacing. 4.25

S: Fruity esters, caramel, doughy yeast, dark fruits, subtle spice. 4

T: Flavors are like the aroma, but not as strong. Caramel/toffee, spice, cocoa, yeasty, subtle dark fruits. 3.75

M/D:Lighter side of medium body, carbonation on the heavier end, not as smooth as many in the style, drinkability is very good though. 3.75

O: Good beer, I like the aromas and flavors that are presents, overall they are just a little muted though. Definitely worth a try though, and at a fairly good price. 4

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Photo of bmeehan
4.89/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Allagash knows what they're doing, but we all know that. I haven't had the dubbel because I feel it'll be close to their tripel, which is a good beer, but doesn't blow me away—but the Dubbel Reserve is cut from a different cloth. It pours a dark amber color and smells of fruit and sugar. It tastes of fruit and goes down very smoothly with a little bit of an edge to it that makes it unique. It says it's aged in a cellar, and I wouldn't mind taking a trip to that cellar to thank it for its great work.

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Photo of founddrama
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solidly a 4. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel but not… boldly bright like the Belgians we've been into lately. Not that I *don't* like it…

(Though to be fair, those have mostly been tripels and quads.)


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Photo of mattbk
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep amber, slightly hazy, nice head retention. Attractive.
S: Belgian yeast, slight phenol/clove, some dark fruit, plum, slight dark malts, has a bit of that burnt malt aroma I get out of American Belgian-style ales sometimes. Pretty good though. Not very, very strong. I think carbonation is a bit low on this.
T: Much more of that burnt flavor I was describing before. Very high in acidity, makes it nearly difficult to drink. Light malt, some fruitiness, more raisin-y than plum-y. Not overwhelmingly complex. LIght sweetness, as it warms, some light hop presence comes out as well, sort of earthy, reminding me of a saison a bit. On the whole, not bad, but a bit too much acidity for me, cutting the flavor of yeast, malt, etc.
M: Carbonation fairly high, also, hurting flavor. Medium light, some dryness but does hang around a little bit.
O: A decent beer, not my first choice of belgian styles or even dubbels, certainly not the worst I've had either.

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Photo of drpimento
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best thing here was appearance, which was a huge, rocky, cream-colored, long lasting head, some lace, and a clear buckwheat honey amber color. Aroma is mainly yeast, some malt, fruit, spice. Flavor's similar to nose, somewhat bittersweet along with some carbonic tang and a little metallic. The metallic affects the body leaving high points that don't fit. Maybe this beer gets a lot better with age, as the label suggests.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Red-orange in color with good clarity. Fine-bubbled sandy head. Patches of delicate lacing.

S: Toasted grain, crust, mild woody notes. Hay. Slight coffee impression. Garden herbs. Mild, faintly medicinal phenols. Plum, red currant, and candied fruit underneath it all. Earthy yeast throughout.

T: Toffee and coffee malt flavors up front. Candied fruits. Cherry. Pear. Tropical fruit esters. Slightly vinous. Earthy yeast undertone. Mild medicinal phenols. Touch of oily hops. Sweet throughout. Woody and coffee-esque malt finish with a vague spice flavor.

M: Thick body. Round and creamy. Slight sense of heft. Gentle carbonation. Smooth and easy on the palate. Nice texture. Very well structured in body and feel.

O: Nothing off or offensive about it, but it lacks the captivating complexity that I crave of the style. Perhaps the bar is set pretty high in my mind, as Chimay Rouge is an all-time favorite of mine and I tend to hold dubbels to that standard.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Look is appealing, a cloudy amber brown color. Aroma has hints of oak. Taste lacks the sweet/sugary fruitiness of other dubbels which is unexpected. Not sure I can get through more than a glass. Mouthfeel is better, light and bubbly with the expected carbonation. But I still can't get past the taste. Perhaps I'm too accustom to other dubbels but this is not what I was expecting.

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Photo of GSSW88
2.23/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

Does not have that lovely mouthfeel you get from most dubbels. Very light mouthfeel for a dubbel, much more carbonation than usual. Very powerful spices notes, almost a tobacco flavor. No real dark fruit/candy syrup flavor apparent due to heavy spice notes. Overall, very disappointing.

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Photo of Rothobinide
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dubbel Reserve Batch 109

Poured from a bottle into a 4oz snifter at a bottle share last night.

Flavor is bready, sweet and warm. Some dried fruits and nut on the palate. Overall a mild and pleasant representation of the style.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 pt 9.4 fl oz, batch 113, poured into a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown with a fluffy one and a half finger head. Dissapates to a creamy lace,

S - Malt, raisin/fig, yeast

T - Hints of chocolate, vanilla, fig, malts, some bubblegum notes.

M - Carbonation seems spot on, comes on strong with the sharp, dry finish

O - Tasty, well put together, let it warm for a bit to get to temp, seems to help it open it up some.

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Photo of Shade1951
3/5  rDev -21.1%

I found this ale disappointing. It has a nice appearance, but I am just not getting the aromas many other reviewers have alluded to. I get something quite mild and vaguely fruity.

There is something a bit acrid in the taste. Another reviewer described a flavor of burnt rubber - and while I don't find the flavor that in-your-face acrid, I can see where he was coming from.

Obviously, different people have different receptors in their taste buds. I will finish drinking this, but I can't say that I'm enjoying it.

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Photo of m_hall
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gentle pour from a 750 ml bottle (Batch 113, if you're playing along at home) into a tulip glass. Color is clear, dark honey (took care not to disturb the yeast sediement on the initial pour) crowned by a light tan three-finger head that fell to a sparse film, leaving light lacing on the glass. Naturally there was increasing haziness as the bottle was finished.

Nose is sweetly aromatic- dried fruits, malts, with just a hint of cloves. Traces of alcohol in the background, but not to nose-burning intensity.

Taste is sweet up front- caramel, candi sugar, ripe fruits and an almost chocolate note. The flavors progress into a green apple-like tartness (quite Belgian) with toasted nuts leading to a fairly dry finish that has an almost woody quality that lingers a bit. Hops are quite subdued.

Mouth-feel is moderately rich without being syrupy; not heavy, but not too light. Carbonation is medium, just enough to tingle.

An outstanding American representative of the Belgian style, faithful but memorable in its own right. This one stands up alongside Ommegang's offerings as the best of US breweries attempting this form.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper/amber color. A thin head quickly dissipates into a very thin white lace that sticks to the sides of the glass and disappears completely towards the end of the drink.
The aroma is my favorite attribute of this beer! I smell malty sweetness with hints of maple syrup, caramel, belgian candy sugar and coffee.
The taste is complex. Sweet roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, grains, a hint of spice, yeast as well as a creamy/milky finish that reminds me of a cafe au lait. The finish also has a slightly dry element.
The feel is rich, heavy, creamy and robust. It feels like a meal. Served cold, it is refreshing at the same time. The carbonation is low but still tickles the tongue.
Overall, this is a solid dubbed; a Belgian style that I love. I have thus far enjoyed all of Allagash's products, and this one is no different.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%

Thanks 302BeerGuy for this trade.

Appearance (4.25) : Has a creamy cap that's somewhere between beige and off-white. Three fingers is the number. Body is kind of a blood-orange to orange tint and 70% opacity. Nice lacing on the glass in rings.

Aroma (3.75) : Malty with some alcohol. Smell of discarded fruit rinds and some acorn. Slight wood, slight banana peel. Bouquet is weak to medium strength.

Taste (3.25) : A bit of sour and lightly metallic alcohol strikes the first blow, giving way to a wheaty bubble gum flavor on the finish. There's really only two sides to this coin. Very simple. Sour alcohol, bubble gum wheat. After a short while (say, 10 minutes) the beer takes on a medicinal taste...with slight bubble gum. I actually ended up pouring it after I finished the review.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Medium bodied, semi-creamy, mild carbonation, ends pasty on the tongue.

Overall (3.38) : Eh, it's okay. I wouldn't have it again unless there was nothing else available. It's an impressive ale, but nothing world class and nothing especially outstanding. Very simple but has a few too many metallic notes going on in the flavor profile.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass
A: Translucent amber color with a one-finger head
S: Caramel, fig, a bit of spice
T: Caramel/brown sugar, raisin/fig, a bit of wheat/yeast
F: Medium-bodied, pleasant carbonation, not too sweet
O: Solid flavors but most importantly well-balanced

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Photo of fx20736
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice at cellar temp.

Look: Turbid honeyed Ochre with a thin Beige head, scant lacing.

Smell: bruised fruits; overripe apples, peaches, raisins, sultanas

Taste:fruity like aroma with a touch of sage like bitterness

Feel: supple, slippery, smooth

overall: very good American Dubbel. I miss a strong Belgian yeast presence which holds this one back a little.

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Photo of illpass78
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a murky amber with a finger-width off-white head. Leaves spotty lacing behind. Carbonation a little more than average.

Aroma: Smells of dark fruit, especially figs, along with orange marmalade, woodiness, and malt.

Taste: Follows the nose, with figs and prunes leading the way, and some molasses and toffee present as well.

Mouthfeel: Great depth. Perfect for a slow sip.

Overall: Really tasty Belgian-style ale. Tons of flavor, nice sturdiness. Somewhat wine-like in its complexity. Allagash can do no wrong.

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