Monday, August 25, 2014

Allagash Dubbel Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1160) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 25, 2014
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. 
Grade: 8/10

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