Allagash Dubbel Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Dubbel AleAllagash Dubbel Ale

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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 AtLagerHeads
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured looking like well steeped iced tea. The flavor and taste didn't differ much from this impression either. Dark mahogany look with virtually no head, no lacing and very little nose - what was there was fairly non-descript. Just a bit on the tasty side with some nice sense from the rich malt base. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Not a great beer by any sense, but easliy drinkable in a piinch.

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

Big thanks to longpondbeerman for the big bottle of this one!

Poured a nice reddish wood color, but alas I don't know what to call it. Opaque but humming with hue from my chalice, the beer had good lace, thin ribbons of stain, and a soft and even foamy tan-colored head.

Smelled of apples, figs, and black cherries wrapped in an oak scent. The malt came in smooth and slow with a mix of chocolate and spice. Taste was woody, creamy, and with a little bit of a fruity flavor. Drinks nicely but not very interesting - the malt is obvious and pleasant but not engaging. A quiet and almost sour flavor also popped up toward the end. Had a fairly dry and woody tasting finish, and an earthy sort of spicy taste in the burp.

Watery but not too thin of a mouthfeel, this beer was real easy to drink because of its mild but equitable character. To me, this is a lighter version of a dubbel, for its not as thick, malty, and spicy as others. Good nonetheless and would probably go very well with game and subtle autumn vegetables.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle. Carefully poured it delivers a surprisingly clear, mahogany with amber-orange highlights and a short cap of creamy off-white foam. The retention is good and it leaves some thin lacing about the glass. The aroma is delicate but fresh, clean and fairly complex with notes of earth and wood, spice, grass, dried straw, mild chocolate and a subdued note of vanilla. In the mouth, it's very fine carbonation lends a gentle caress to the tongue against its medium/light body. The flavor starts with an earthy malt as the spiciness tries to work it's way through. It displays a short note of chocolate and then becomes a bit toasty, woody and biscuity before finishing with a flash of dark fruit and a flourish of drying spiciness. The alcohol is well-hidden but does reveal itself a bit towards the end of the glass. Quite nice

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Photo of beerguy101
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color. Large head. Aroma is malty and slightly nutty. A medium bodied double. Malts are fairly strong, nutty and a touch sweet. Hops are a touch bitter. Touch of fruit and clove. Nicely balanced. Slightly spicy. Touch of anise and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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

Presentation: 12oz. squat amber bottle. No freshness dating.

Appearance: Cloudy dark amber in color on the pour. Initial fizzy tannish-colored head leaves a patchwork of lace on my glass. Lots of yeast in this one.

Smell: A dark sugar-sweet fruity smell mixed with an "earthy" scent makes for quite a different smell on this beer.

Taste: As per the bottle, the 7 malts make for quite the malty flavor. Kind of a caramel-roasted toffee flavor with a dark fruity-lemon zesty profile lurking in the background. Finish is very nice, with a malty-sweet smoothness that occupies the palate for a spell.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, and very smooth.

Drinkability: Beware the 7.6% ABV! Hidden very well within the flavors. The pleasingly smooth aftertaste makes this one quite drinkable.

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

My first foray into the world of dubbels was this Allagash, which poured a deep, cloudy, brownish-red with a light chocolate head, which receded rapidly. The smell was a balanced mixture of sweet spices, tartness, and malt, and the taste did not stray much from this balance, though I would not say that the taste was as complex as the smell. There was carbonation which left my palate refreshed, but a little puzzled. The finish was suitably dry. A worthy ale (and I admit, I'm biased to Maine beers).

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Photo of pheurton
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a murky brown with hints of red. initally sizeable off white head recedes to almost nothing. leaves a decent lace in the tulip glass. the nose is sweet malts and a musty, earthy yeast. the flavor is nice...dark, fruity malts, peppery spicyness, finishes dry. my only complaint would be that it feels a little thin. overall, a very drinkable, well crafted american version of the style. recommended.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Admittingly I'm not very experienced with Dubbels, but having said that I still enjoyed this beer. It poured a nice cloudy amber with a modest head and lace that remained fairly well. The smell was very malty, but had earthy and slightly fruity tones. The taste was much the same, dominated by layers of malt, earthy, grainy, and slightly fruity. The body was pleasant, but the carbonation was a bit on the light side. All in all I enjoyed this beer, it is very solid, and definitely above average, but it is not amazing.

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Photo of TPoling
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Allagash Dubbel starts out dry and crisp and finishes with a port and nougat character. Brewery workers say they have been cellaring different years since they first bottled the dubbel a few years ago and found that it peaks between one and two years. I found less of the port of and nougat and more the crisp fruit hints that probably come from being a younger bottle.

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Photo of BierReise
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one in my Orval glass and it looked right at home. Deep brown and cloudy with an impressive lumpy head, just like the Belgians look. Aroma is earthy and sweet with suggestions of fruit mixed in. Mouthfeel is crisp and effervescent. Flavor is outstanding, yeasty, fruity and sweet. I'm amazed that this was brewed in Maine, it could easily pass for a fine Belgian ale.

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

Pours a hazy, dark amber color that borders on brown. Moderate off white head fades to a layer of thin foam. The aroma is a light, malty aroma with an interesting spicy note. Reminds me of a malty cola smell. The taste is very malty, with good roasted notes. True to the bottle's claim, the finish is very clean for such a malty, flavorful beer. Mouthfeel is decent, but not as memorable as other Allagash offerings. Drinkability is good, but this is a good one for me to have purchased one of. Too many other beers I like more to have more than one of these. Not a bad beer at all, just not that much better than average, and below what I've come to expect from Allagash.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch #34. Great appearance, with a dark, ruby body and a creamy, moderate-sized head. Cobweb-like lace down the glass as you drink it. Aroma is a peppery, burnt malt, with hints of chocolate and doughy bread. Beer feels very creamy in the mouth, starting with a roasty malt flavor, and developing hints of chocolate, cinamon and pepper as the palate develops. A bit fruity, with something of a red-wine like tanic quality. Finishes dry, with a rather watery feel in the mouth. A decent dubbel, and one which might improve with age, but it didn't "wow" me on this sampling.

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

Pours a cloudy brown, with a persistent white head. Aroma is malty and spicy, with caramel, coffee, chocolate, and pepper. Flavor begins slightly sour, with a rather odd combination of coffee and dried fruits, and hints of toffee. There is a fairly high amout of bitterness for the style. The moutfeel is light but rough. This is an odd Belgian Dubbel, and not one of my favorites from Allagash, but still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with ruby highlights. It forms a thick, chunky tan head. The aroma is medicinal with a bit of fruitiness. The flavor is also medicinal, and spicy. It has a light fig, raisin flavor, not as much as other Dubbels I have sampled. It is a medium-full bodied beer, which I found to be very enjoyable, just not as assertive as other Dubbels.

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

-Original Gravity: 1.064
-Final Gravity: 1.012
-ABV: 7%
-ABW: 5.5%
-Attenuation: 81%
-Real Extract: 5.24 P
-Calories: 209

Allagash in Texas. What will they think of next? Anyway, I grabbed me a bomber of the dubbel since I’d been reading Benny post about this stuff for MONTHS now. Figured it must be pretty good.

The beer poured an appetizing, translucent ruby with a big beige head. Ahh, bottle conditioning is to head retention what dry hopping is to aroma…. The nose on this beer was vinous, dusty, fruity and very spicy—like potpourri with cinnamon. The fluffy body had a raisiny, rum cake flavor, but in a “light” kinda way. If you can imagine a rum-cake-flavored angel food cake, then you’ll begin to follow me… The fairly quick finish features more of the dried spices, followed by an even drier, lingering dried fruit flavor (3 “dried”’s in one sentence? Weak…)

Complex, but not as complex as most of the Belgian dubbels I’ve had, nor as some of the other American dubbels I’ve had. There is however, a delicate finesse which suggests some real skill in the brewhouse. This is a well-made beer, if not quite as flavorful as some other interpretations of the style.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle, batch #33 - What a wild color this stuff pours out, it looks like darkly varnished cherrywood and the head is amazingly huge, two fingers high of tannish, fluffy whipped cream, crusty even with large pockets and divets, and it rains curtains of lace with some sticking in strings and ink-blot patches.
Aroma is quite nice with a big spicy, citrusy, orangy floral hop up front and sweet with toffee, dark fruit, and breadish notes.
Taste is spicy of orange peel and hops up front, goes super yummy smooth with great balance of malty richness. Some of the mellowing out through the middle and end has some dry dark fruits and yeast of bread lingers. Warms of alcohol a bit after a few sips. Quite complex and firmly held in its balance.
Feel is pretty close to full-medium body, firm and mellowing warm with all sorts of spicy and drying things going on.
I haven't had many dubbles, so my thoughts are quite high on this. But in that regards, no matter what, its a very darn good and drinkable dubble. Smooth and a bit sneaky, always a good feature to have in any beer.

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Photo of philipt
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 last we meet!!! I've heard so much but experienced so little from this raved about Maine brewery. Purchased the Dubbel Reserve, Tripel Reserve, and a 6 pack of Grand Cru from a store in VA.

Batch # 32, 750 ml bottle.

Deep brownish-garnet in color, and quite clear. Initial huge, pillowy off-white head that persists for a while. Smells doughy, fruity, with some nutty qualities. Hints of the yeast are captured in the aroma too. The taste is well blended and balanced. Malt and Belgian yeast are apparent. Fruit and yeast notes thoughout, but somewhat subdued. Some alcohol warming (not overpowering). And, I really hate to compare beer characteristics to wine, but this ale resembles a red wine some respects. Finishes rather dry.

This is a quality beer in Belgian style. Allagash has, thus far, lived up to all I anticipated. I can't wait to try the tripel.

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

Batch #27
750ml bottle

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany color that offers little clarity. Delicate lacing on the side of the glass is all that's left of the light tan head that started out a fair size.

Smell: The aroma's an inviting mixture of dark fruits, orange peel, baked bread, licorice, and a considerable phenolic note. Very nice...

Flavor: I'm surprised by how much of a hop presence is in this beer. It's well balanced with the malt, but I still wasn't expecting it... Has a fairly rich flavor with an assertive peppery spiciness on top. The dark fruits that were in the aroma are here: raison, plum, and fig. Faint suggestion of orange peel. There's a nice licorice touch as well. Freshly baked bread adds a touch of warmth, which is aided by the soft rush of alcohol in the finish. Phenolic burps burst forth... Finishes with a firm hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This brew is a touch on the watery side with a dry mouthfeel from the alcohol. It needs more thickness to be able to compete with the real dubbels from Belgium.

Drinkability: This is a well done dubbel. I could drink this again, but there are several from Belgium that I would buy first. While it's not in the same league as Allagash's White, Tripel, or Grand Cru, this is a very drinkable, American-made example of the style.

While many of Belgium's dubbels seem to be full-flavored assaults on the drinker's tastebuds, this one is quite laid-back and easy-going.

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

Pours a dark, hazy amber with a creamy, sticky lace. Typical Beligian aroma: grassy, earthy, and a bit tart. Taste is very earthy malt. I did not detect very much fruitiness. Clean aftertaste. Quite warming. Certainly not one of the best dubbels I've had, but not bad all around.

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

Batch #33 - 750ml bottle. Poured a nice deep red color and left a half-inch head. The initial taste was smooth, and the alcohol taste was also apparent, along with a hint of fruitiness. It had a pleasant aroma and excellent lacing on the glass down to the end. I was a little disappointed by the watery mouthfeel, and the body and character were lacking compared to other Dubbels I've tried. However, overall, I found this beer to be enjoyable and balanced. I could easily finish off 2 or 3 in a sitting, providing I lost my car keys!

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't believe how surprised I was by Allagash's double offering. After being totally underwhelmed by Allagash's White, I wasn't expecting much from Allagash's Double. Boy was I wrong. I bought a single of it as a throw-in with a purchase of Westmalle Doubele and St. Bernardus Abt 12 and it definately held its own. Deep burgundy hue, excellent floral aromas, I was in love. I just bought a log of it for my home bar, can't wait to try it on draft! Anyone looking for a lower-cost alternative to that Chimay or Westie, check this out!

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Photo of Gusler
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #34: Ah the beauteous color of a well brewed double, a deep translucent bruin, the head impossible in size, spumescent in texture, a nice winsome tan in color, with the resultant lace a thick glutinous sheet that welds itself to the glass. Lots of malt in the nose, hints of yeast, cotton candy sweet, magnificent in its freshness, what a treat for this old schnozzle. Begins malt and sweet, the top is middling, the finish has a delicate acidity, but the hops are unremitting in their spicy bite, aftertaste is droughty and long lasting, another winner from a most magnificent brewery that just recently came back into my life.

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Photo of avylover
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice looking pour here from a 750ml bottle. Dark hazy golden/burgundy with a very nice white frothy head. The aroma is strong of salted peanuts, with some pear frutiness in the background. The taste is also nutty, with a very mild fruitiness. Alcohol is almost non-existent, but this brew has a somewhat watery mouthfeel....which makes it very drinkable. A nice change up from your typical belgian ale, but somewhat lacking in overall character. The theme here is definitely peanuts.

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

Batch #30. 750ml of Dubbel Reserve.

After the gold colored wired frame is twisted and removed along with the gold steel retaining cap, my hand strains to restrain the cork as it slowly loosened, the tension builds as the bottle tries hard to ejaculate its protector. A loud “phurp” echoes in my Apartment

An audible fizz is a surprise, as I carefully pour the beer into a clean glass. A tan brown head races up the glass and quickly builds into a foaming mass that resembles expandable insulation foam. When held to the ear, the beer continually fizzes, pops and snaps as the head slowly collapses amid turmoil of implosions within its body. After a few minutes, only lace smattered on the walls gives away the fact that any kind of head ever existed.

The nose is restrained at first, but develops as the head collapses. Yeast and Malt is dominant, with some fresh baked bread and a hint of orange and some fruits at the back end. A rather typical Dubbel Nose.

Starts with a creamy malt wake-up call that coats the mouth. This smoothly introduces a yeasty middle, with a bit of a malty kick at the finish. Smacking the lips and swallowing after the beer is consumed only confirms and reminds you how good this is. A decent level of inherent carbonation gives a good mouthfeel and aids the fruity finish that often breaks through when the beer is swirled in the mouth. The finish has a lovely dry, warming almost alcoholic ending that relaxes.

Although drinkability is good, it is not the most complex of Dubbels. That said – it is a damn good attempt at one, and I would be grateful to drink it again.

A Dubbel Thanks-Thanks Murph-Murph !

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Photo of 49degrees
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer with a very complex character. Pours a deep amber toned brown color with a suitably large (1"+) head which slowly fades to a nice surface foam coverage. Large white collar and minimal lacing.

Very traditioanl Belgian double style aromas with strong earth tones and citrusy orange smells. Slightly sour and tart in smell, but the earthy tones, oak like, round out the sourness extremely well.

Taste wise, this is very robust, perfumey and full of that trademark Belgian trademark element. Earthy, fruity, and very very enjoyavble. Doesn't bite you too hard considering the 7.6% abv, but would catch up if not suspecting the delayed punch. Would make for a nice winter warmer and in my case tonight, made for a great dinner accompaniament with roasted red peppers.

Very drinable for the style, not quite as exciting as some of the great Belgian brewed renditions of the style, but still extremely enjoyable and would definitely recommend this to someone whose looking to tackle a new brew from the style. Thanks to 'malto' for bringing the brew to the West Coast for me to enjoy, sadly, I've never seen anything from Allagash in this region. Hopefully one day, they'll start shipping their brews to the West Coast.

[ STATS:>> 750ml bottle / ABV: 7.6% abv / PRICE: N/A ]

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