Allagash Dubbel Reserve Batch #77
The Small coastal city of Portland Maine has a bunch of small breweries that produce some great beers. One of these is Allagash Brewing Company. I recently reviewed the Allagash Trippel, which was an excellent even superb beer, sufficed to say i have high hopes for the Dubbel Reserve.
Admittedly I poured this one a bit to hard and created a huge head, although it looked pretty in the tulip glass.
Milky white dense head is what is first noticeable this beer, but that sits on a deep mahogany ale. This beer also has some lengthy head retention.
Very malty followed by an antiseptic/medicinal aroma, also some subtle notes of plumb and pepper. As the beer warmed there were some strong banana notes, not what I expected.
The beer was very malty, highly carbonated which rolls through your mouth. The middle mouth was candy like sweetness, slightly nutty, and finished with a strong dry bitterness.
A very well balanced beer for many complex flavors. The flavors change pretty dramatically as the beer warms, making this a pretty intriguing beer. However, i did feel it had a bit more bitterness then typical for the style, nonetheless a good beer.
This beer would go amazingly well with a grilled porterhouse or strip steak… no marinades, just salt, pepper, and some charcoal.
Tasting Method: 750ml Bottle
My Rating: 8.8