I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Allagash tulip glass. It was bottled on 4/3/14 and cost $3.99 ($0.33 per ounce).
Appearance: Pretty chestnut red/mahogany hue. Pours to a two-finger, off white, foamy head which retains and laces fairly well.
Smell: Estery and fruity, though surprisingly mild.
Taste: Allagash is one of my favorite American breweries when it comes
to making Belgian-style beers. Ironically enough, I’ve never actually
had their Dubbel Ale out of the bottle until now (I had it on tap at the
brewery and it was excellent). The palette is fruity, sweet and
slightly smoky. It reminds me a homebrew dubbel I made, actually.
Anyway, the taste is fine – I get a distinct cherry flavor, some plum or
other stone fruit, and maybe some fig. There’s a slightly soapy
character from the yeast, as well as some smoke or dry astringency on
the finish. I was hoping for something more robust, but this is fine.
Drinkability: While Allagash Dubbel meets the criteria for a “big beer”
at 7% ABV, it definitely doesn’t drink like something big at all. The
mouthfeel is calm, though far from flat. The texture and finish is
smooth with no alcohol warmth whatsoever. There’s not much in the way of
aftertaste, which is nice since there’s no cloying or drying sensation –
but some residual flavor would be nice.