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 yarnbomb
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

I just don't like this beer. Every bottle I've had tastes like rubber tires and disappointment. The drafts haven't been much better. I love Allagash but this beer makes me sad.

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Photo of Act25
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%

Allagash does belgian really well.

A: 3.75 - Hazy brown beer, with a dreamy creamy head and only a little lace. While the beer gets better as it warms, the appearance flags.
S: 4.25 Well-rounded meld of brown sugar and fruit, with a church like wood smell and dark walnuts.
T: 4.25 equal to the smell - Sweetness is tempered by spice, nuts, pepper and a wine like / tannin feel. Oaky, dusty, and very complex.

MF: 4 - Fine mouth feel long hop drying finish, gets better as she warms. Good last beer of evening. Plenty of complexity to meditate on.

Other reviewers says it cellars well.

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Photo of pat61
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Prune and dark dried fruit aromas, toffee and a hint of chocolate
Pours deep reddish brown under a thick, persistent, off-white 2" foam cap that produces classic cathedral window lace.
Dark malt toffee flavors that approach chocolate, dried fruit - primarily prune and fig, a touch of sweetness but on the dry side for a dubbel
Creamy smooth medium body with above average fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, cloudy, amber/brown color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty, bready, and slightly funky. From the Belgian yeast maybe? There are some notes of crystalized sugar and dried stone fruit, such as prunes or raisins. Toffee.

Taste: Yep, that’s a Belgian dubbel! Strong notes of malt and freshly baked sourdough bread, followed by some toffee-like sweetness, dried stone fruit, like prunes or raisins or figs, and a little bit of Belgian funk. Really, really good!

Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy, as a dubbel should be, but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 7.0%, there is a surprising little amount of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a really, really good American version of a Belgian dubbel! Malty, earthy, bready, fruity, funky, slightly sweet, delicious!

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Photo of Shroud0fdoom
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Look: Dark amber brown with red hues. Big Frothy off white head that disappeared quickly. Smell: Belgian spicy yeast, roasted malt, black wild cherries, candy sugar, toffee sweetness as the brew gets warmer. Taste: wheat, mild spicy yeast, candy sugar, cherries in the backend, roasted nut type of flavor, bread dough. Feel: medium body, boring carbonation.

Overall: this is an ok brew, the only weakness this provides is the boring carbonation, it isn’t as lively as I would have liked but it comes together nicely. This is worthy.

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

Mahogany brown to reddish with a one finger head that dissipated a little fast, nice lacing, with good carbonation

Softer aroma than expected, some hints of dark fruits, plums and prunes, figs, not much in way of spices, a little biscuit like

More cocoa than chocolate, with a little nut flavor, not as pronounced as a nut brown ale, but similar, definitely the American side of this attempt at a Dubbel

Very smooth and full mount feel, with a little alcohol at the finish, I may have had my temperature in the fridge a little too cold for this one. That being said, perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall, not my favorite from Allagash, but it is a decent American attempt that deserves a look from us. I really think that Allagash does a good job at not only representing this type, but capturing the whole spectrum of Belgian ales. An above average ale, no shame in serving this or ordering. I will go back again. A very nice break from the dozen or so IPAs you will run across tonight.

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Photo of richj1970
3.8/5  rDev 0%

A: Pours a deep mahogany brown with one finger head. Spotty lacing.

S: Biscuit malts and yeast esters. Dark fruits. Hint of spice.

T: Dark fruits. Plum, dates. Cinnamon, clove, and peppery spice. Ripe bananas.

M: Full bodied with a residual sweetness.

O: Nice dubbel. Like most things I've tried from Allegany, very well done.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear cranberry red color with some mahogany shades. Minimal off-white froth but with good retention.

(S)- Lots of biscuit-like yeast. Plenty of bubblegum meets some dark fruits and banana at the end.

(T)- Very similar to the smell with a dry biscuity yeast meets some dark fruits, banana, and subtle bubblegum.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A slight grainy feel the the beer texture-wise, but tastes great and minimal bitterness.

(O)- Not many american brewers makes a great dubbel, but this one is one of the best I have had from the states.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a. Nice brown color, cloudy, with 1.5 finger tan head. Disappears quickly into a trace skimming the top.

s. Spicier than expected - malt coriander, cinnamon

t. Coriander from the spice or the yeast, alcohol on the finish

m. For a 7% ABV it does not hide the alcohol well. Dry, alcohol finish hurts mouthfeel.

o. OK Beer - Coriander kills it for me, but if you like coriander, give this a try.

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Photo of dar482
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a light bright ruby red. Light for the style.

The aroma has cherry, Belgian yeast, sugar, and lots of spice.

The flavor follows with candy sweetness, lots of Belgian spice as in pepper, an herbal quality with sage. It is a dry brew on the finish.

A decent dubbel.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dusty brown that looks amber in the light. It is pretty cloudy and has three fingers of perfect tan head creamy that rockily settles to a fat half finger. Very good; some strings of clumpy lacing.

Warm and spicy. Dark fruits, wine, hard water, cloves, some yeasty phenols.

Soft, smooth, and slightly nutty. Chocolate, rum, raisins, nuts, bubblegum, brown sugar, clove. Very good.

Almost-coating and medium to full bodied. There is a lot of prickly carbonation and a really lush, velvety feel to it. Slight, clean finish.

Very, very good dubbel.
This is a nice drinking, Belgian-tasting beer that is a pleasure to quaff. I think it tastes a lot like a brown in some respects, but the Belgian yeast characteristics, head, cloudiness, smell, etc. is all there.
Beautiful and pleasing in just about every aspect. Very solid version of possibly my favorite style.
This is the first beer I have had from these guys and I am definitely looking forward to trying more.
Will have again; well worth looking for.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Lightly hazy brownish amber color with a decent sized off white head that dissipates rather quickly. Brown sugar, clove, and pepper yeasty esters dominate the aroma. Hints of dark dried fruits round out the nose. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and a sweet lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Nice light easy drinking dubbel.

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Photo of tbraun1
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep cloudy amber with a nice rich head. Inviting. Smells like sweet caramel malts with just a hint of alcohol to bite the nose. Tastes rich with sweet biscuity malts, clove, and a little lemon bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is pleasant and resinous on the tongue. Overall, enjoyed this brew and would buy again.

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Photo of Abra
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a small, but persistent head.
Aroma is Belgian spice, yeasty, dark fruit, and malt.

Taste begins with a strong malt presence which is followed by dark fruit/yeast and a subtle touch of sweetness at the end that blends with the bitterness very nicely. Picking up on hints of chocolate, molasses, and a definite roasted nut flavor. It finishes dry and has a high carbonation level.

Overall, a very nice Belgian dubbel.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I think this bottle is fairly old...

A: Ruby with a thin bubbly head and lacing that slides down the snifter

S: Nutty and plums. I pick up a hint of noble hops - I'm probably just crazy.

T: Complex and loaded with dark fruits such as raisins, plums, and also a nutty flavor. Somewhat warming.

M: Medium bodied with a dry finish.

O: I measure most belgian beers against breweries such as Ommegang and Chimay and this surpassed both of their dubbels in my book. Complex, layered, dry, and balanced. Great dubbel.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Vin 909 in an Allagash glass

A-Pours a burnt orange red color, with one finger of head. Decent lacing.

S-Aromas are full of dark fruits including dates, figs, raisins, also some toffee and other sweet malts.

T-Taste is of dark fruits, now i get cherries, figs, raisins, and a slight nuttiness.

M-Mouthfell is well balanced great carbonation. Has a finish that is clean and smooth with very good drinkability.

O-Overall, this is a great brew away to go Allagash!

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Photo of deebo
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 750 ml bottle that is a couple years old, picked up on a trip to CA. Batch 100.

Poured into a widemouth glass, a couple fingers of a beige creamy head emerge topping a relatively clear brown brew with ruby red highlights. Great lacing. As I get the yeast out in the 2nd glass the murkiness is as expected.

Aroma cold is dubbelish-sweet malts with plenty of ripe fruit. The malt character is a little stronger than most Belgians with a stronger roasted note. The fruity esters are strong with definite notes of prune and chocolate covered raisins.

Initial taste is at about 35-40F and very smooth. The malt and fruity esters from the yeast dominate. I should let this warm up to let more flavors come out but this is damn tasty cold.

Nice mouthfeel, slight carbonation tang in the finish. Dry. Slight warming, but doesn't hit you until its way down deep.

This dubbel is a little heavier in the roasted barley malt than most. The fruitiness is definite but lacks the flavor complexity of the greats such as Westmalle. A super easy to drink dubbel with plenty of good stuff going on. Well done. Wish I could get Allagash easier here in MN, would be drinking the hell out of there beers-especially the white.

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Photo of Guden
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Medium brown with a few small specks of a head.

S- Cherry, fig, prune, toffee, cardamom, allspice, toast

T- Like the nose, pronounced fruit, toffee sweetness and spice. A bit of a sour, roasty, dry moderately bitter finish.

M- Fairly dry with moderate, prickly carbonation.

O- A decent dubbel, though far from my favorite. The yeast character comes off similar to Chimay Red but something about the finish seems muddled, with the combination of dry, roast and sour flavors. One of the better American version, but not as good as any of the true trappists.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Poured gently into an Allagash glass. The beer is mostly brown, with some copper highlights. A small head builds naturally and then recedes as I drink the beer down slowly. There is always at least a skimming of head and it leaves a pleasant lacing on the glass.

S - Faint smell, I left the bottle out for at least 30 minutes to warm, maybe that wasn't long enough. What I can detect is mild sweetness and a little bit of yeast.

T - Follows the nose with the malty sweetness, not overpowering, but clearly the dominant flavor in this beer. The yeast takes on a slight bit of banana flavor, similar to a German hefe. It's very nice.

M - Soft carbonation and a medium body make this one a pleasure to swirl around. On the dry side, and with a bit of a thrill on the tongue on the finish.

O - Excellent beer. I picked it up as part of a mix-six, so not sure how the pricing follows. I'll be looking into it again. My sense is that it's probably going to cost more than I'd like to pay on a regular basis, but hopefully I'm wrong.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearence: finger of white/tan head that retains reasonably well. Color is a cloudy, dark tan/brown. Streams of bubbles risinf to the surface.

Smell: aroma is lacking. Belgian yeast mostly. Hint of wheat.

Taste: taste is mild, in a good way. Smooth Belgian style bread, some fruit. Not too complex but still fits the belgian dubble profile. Very unique.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, slightly crisp, very carbonated.

Overall: was really pleasantly surprised. I excpected a strong belgian ale where I got something that had the flavor profile of a belgian ale but was much smoother and more drinkable then I would have guessed. Would buy sooner then I would other strong belgian beers.

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Photo of brureview
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is better at 50+F- although there are taste subtleties which are different in the 45-50F temps.

The beer poured a light tea color with a 1 finger head into a Stone Barley wine glass.
I like this glass for beers with strong accentuated tastes.

The aroma was light lemon and spice- the dominant aroma.

The mouth feel was very carbonated.

The taste and finish changed with warming. At lower serving temps, the taste was very spicy-some lemon. As the beer warmed, there was a refreshing bitterness along with a mild alcohol finish.

Overall, an excellent Dubbel. Different than Belgian brewed and with more a strong clove spicy character.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Color is a brownish red color. Small head formed on the pour with very low active carbonation in the glass while drinking. Lacing on the glass was minimal.

Smell: A robust caramel malt aroma greets the drinker. The medium bodied fruits brighten up the brew quite a bit with accents of pepper and spices. Smokey malt picked up on the back end.

Taste: the front is earthy tones of prairie grass. Dry grains, sticky dough, and medium bodied fruits provide a solid body. Bananas, clove, straw, and pepper stick around on the palate for a while after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Slightly dry, some fruity sweetness, with a slightly creamy body.

Overall: Can always count on Allagash for a solid brew. I could have used a strong malt body with maybe some more darker fruit accents. Overall very good though.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A brisk pour creates a small 1/2 finger of creamy froth that settles to a few clumps. The color is a deep caramel red.

The aroma is nicely Belgian with a sour tart note and yeasty. Very subtle malt aroma.

The taste is more of the sour tang just like it smells. The second sip produces more of the medium roasted malt taste along with some spice from the yeast. No real sweetness to this beer, very well attenuated. Peppery, berry flavors. Some earthy hops arrive on the finish.

Motuhfeel is crisp with light carbonation. Body is light/med.

Overall a nice brew to satisfy the mood for a Belgium beer and an OK value when purchased on sale.

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Photo of Curtis
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a damned fine beer. Poured a clear copper into the official kronenbourg beer reviewing glass. Tight bubbles, more resembling foam like guiness. Incredibly smooth. Mouthfeel is amazing, carbonation is perfect. Some fruit, light oak, touch of smoke.... great balance. Rich, yet subtle. Aroma has a slight wine touch to it and a little wiff of alcohol. Again, the balance covers this nicely. Smoooth.. the alabash brewers are the master craftsmen. This would make a nice pairing with a big, juicy steak.

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Photo of youngs11
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper-colored and rather translucent in appearance, visible carbonation. Half inch head displays great retention and there is good lacing.

Pretty mild aroma. Yeast is up-front in the nose, grain is apparent as well.

Taste is very balanced. Not in your face with the malt profile, and just enough bitterness to break even on the taste buds.

MF is excellent. Smooth and silky. While the carbonation is noticeable, it is not tingly at all. Feels medium bodied.

Overall I really enjoyed this brew. Excellent feel and balanced in taste. I am no Dubbel guru, but I would recommend trying one.

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