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Dubbel Reserve by Allagash Brewing Company
7.00 % ABV

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Review by tavernjef on 09/02/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2010
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.

Served In: Goblet

Review by everetends on 04/07/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 15 3 7 2010
Old Review
Batch #63. 750 ml bottle purchased at Four Winds in P'cola. Poured into a goblet.

A: Poured a beautiful dark brown with just a bit of amber hues poking out the corners when held to light. Had a nice mocha head that slowly receeded to frothy ring. Leave some nice web like lacing on the glass.

S: Smell is of dark fruits (PRUNES!), roasted malt, spiced rum, cloves. Smell is faint but very interesting.

T: Taste is showcasing some prunes. Really dark fruit flavor first and foremost. Roasted malt and caramel come through and make an almost candied flavor profile. There is wood flavor, maybe cedar going on here too. Very nice.

M: Medium in body but is way too watery to me. This beer really doesn't coat the mouth or have much complexity in the feel. Alcohol is very subdued, a plus. Just doesn't seem this beer should be in the crisp and refreshing category.

D: Very nice brew. It has a great look and flavor. The feel really takes away from this beer. This could be so much more. Ah well, can't win em all.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 08-20-2008 04:00:22

Served In: Goblet

Review by joe1510 on 02/15/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 15 3 7 2010
750ml Bottle
Binny's Orland Park

Batch #43

Allagash Dubbel Reserve poured a muddy murky garnet. Faint ruby highlights when held to the light along with some lively carbonation. 1 finger off white head formed on the pour and fell down to a cap with some thick islnds floating around. This beer looks really mysterious and murky, like it's going to be packed with flavor. Leaves sheet lacing after each sip.

The nose on this beer is packed full of dark fruits. Plums and black cherries are present along with a sweet smell of candy sugars (?). There's even some pear and fig. Mild doughy aroma as well. Loaded with malt and a slight mustiness showing up toward the back.

The taste is a little more subdued than the aroma. More doughiness which is quickly followed by all the dark fruits that were found in the aroma. Especially the plums and cherries. The musty earthiness shows itself on the swallow along with a mild bittersweet chocolate. Mild hop spiciness on the swallow.

Mouthfeel is the low point of this beer. The body is on the lighter side of medium but as it moves along my palate the body seems a little thinner than I would like it.

This is an easy drinker. The flavors go so nice together it's easy to drink this faster than you should.

This is a good quality dubbel from Allagash. The mouthfeel is the only thing lacking but that's just me being picky. Overall a thoroughly enjoyable beer.

Reviewed: 2/12/07

Price: $5.99 Served In: Goblet

Review by Oxymoron on 11/29/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 2 9 11 3 6 2008
Pours a thick, mostly cloudy burnt brown color with red (and slightly orange) hues around the edge. Decent head that is pretty creamy but some bigger bubbles remain. Good lacing as well.

The smell is noticeable with a Belgium yeast smell. I noticed first apricots and other tropical fruits. Some bananas too. Other notes of sweet malt, with a touch of roasted and Belgium, and somewhat of a tart aroma. Limited spice smells and no real distinct phenols esters either.

The taste is not very Belgium at all. It has a woodsy taste with a good roasted flavor mixed with a light black malt at the end. A burnt after taste mostly. A creamy texture with touch of caramel and a sharp acidic taste that reminds me of sour apples. No sweetness here. I would have expected this beer to be drier, but maybe if I would have aged it more.

The beer is smooth with a mild body. I would have liked more flavor overall. The acidic aftertaste washes most remnants of flavor away. Although very easy to drink, no strong phenol tastes, it needs more to make it better.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 12/04/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 16 4 7 0
Pours a dark ass amber color with a thick, light colored head that faded pretty quick. The smell is pretty meh, nothing to strong standing out. nice sharp "belgian" bite to the taste and very smooth going down. I really love these friggin things. Very very drinkable.

Served In: Pint Glass

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