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Allagash Dubbel Reserve boasts a dark malty taste. The finish is dry with subtle hints of chocolate and nuts. With time, Allagash Dubbel Reserve will mature in the bottle and acquire distinctive port and sherry characteristics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2002
Obscured copper with tons of suspended particles. Thick, clingy and compact tan head. Minimal carbonation. Damn if I didn’t smell peanut butter for a second there. Some earthy, spicy, savory aromas with brown sugar mingling about. Mellow and light on the tongue, almost cask like. Medium light body. Earthy and herbal followed by a fruity undertone that rises long after the swallow. Hints of tartness mixed in with the relatively dry body. I like the feel of this. Quite the interesting flavors going on, and this is well over 2 years aged. Funny how the ABV is higher than the Dubbel Reserve? Anyway, has an escaping dark brown sugar sweetness that builds towards the finish. Malts are dryish and counter the sweetness well. Finishes richer, a bit yeasty and mildly chalky. Sure it’s an off the wall Belgian Double but age this and see how drastically it changes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6425) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 13, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2005 12oz bottle (Dubbel Ale, 7.0%). Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium orange-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of raisin, toffee, hints of orange and cinnamon. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pleasant if restrained aroma. A bit disappointing in the mouth experience, though...a bit thin and uninspiring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - JUL 6, 2002
Color and aroma built up my expectations for a nice Belgian knock off.A little dry for a double, not bad, just not as complex as I hoped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2002
i haven’t drank too many belgians but i thought this was pretty good nuthin really special though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2002
rather raw batch#28: onery looking hulk in it’s steel headgear and potato masher bottle. pours a burley groundhog brown, murky; head was like a thin deli slice of smoked provolone, but it sank into the depths even as a steady stream of ascending bubbles kept the surface roiling in a very tiny tempest. like a dunkelweizen, big yeast aroma, cedar cigar wrapper, graham, alcohol. flavor of sweet malt and iced lemon tea, bristly carbonation is like little scrubbing bubbles. by last pour, it’s too prickly and citrus sweet. this young groundhog should have seen it’s shadow and stayed cellared a while longer. taking a tip from venom,( opps, i mean VENOM), i’ll cellar a few ’28s and let ’em mature.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2002
Nice deep color. It lacked something that other’s have. But it is still not a bad beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
baseballguy (246) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2002
Batch 26: A solid performer. I endorse muzzlehatch’s comments below: he writes so much better about beer than I do!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2002
batch 28. dark copper/amber color, huge fluffy head. a kind of ’nutty’ sweetness and hints of winey-ness. didn’t taste the alc too much. Tasted better and better as it warmed.
Earlier Rating: 2/13/2002 Total Score: 2.9
thick, complex, malty. not bad, but missing something.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5291) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2002
Sweet, like a typical Dubbbel, but finishes drier, like one might expect an American interpretation of the style. Drank from batch 26.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2289) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2002
Deep brown color; Huge, fluffy, beautiful head. Nice nose of yeast and caramel. Very mild- a bit taken aback by the mildness. Alcohol is moderate. Some very nice almond notes that were also surprising.
Earlier Rating: 3/15/2002 Total Score: 3.1
Murky brown in color; Thin head with some lingering big bubbles; Burnt raisins, caramel and yeast in the aroma. Chocolate milk. Heavy yeast mixed with the chocolate. Lots of cola hints. ’yeasty vanilla coke’ Very thin palate. Thanks to TrappistAlesRule.

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