Abbaye De Floreffe Double - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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3.64/5 rDev -0.5%
330ml bottle, from the ingenious '1/2 Meter of Beer' mixed pack from this brewery.
This beer pours a clear, dark brownish amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and yet fizzy beige head, which leaves some random splatters of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.
It smells of semi-sweet, kind of cereal-like caramel malt, sour dark fruit (maybe plum and cherries?), mildly off-seeming red wine, faint turned milk notes, brown sugar, and a weak earthy mustiness - weird, at best. The taste is sweet bready caramel malt, earthy yeast, more candied, and less sour black fruit - raisins, prunes, and dried cherries - herbal and black tea, Nordic licorice, and a small leafy, musty hoppiness.
The carbonation is rather tight in its frizziness, the body medium-light in weight, and with a metallic edge that precludes any gushing here about smoothness. It finishes fairly dry, that fruitiness going back to its tart, dried-out incarnation, with no sense of the slightly elevated alcohol being party to any of this.
A sort of strange beast, this one is, for a dubbel - maybe I could just deem it a dry version of the style, and call it a day, but that would be doing it a bit of an injustice, as there seems to be more going on here, I just can't quite pin my finger (or tastebuds, rather) on it. At any rate, this needs to be experienced to see what these Abbey brewers are really up to.
06-07-2014 04:09:33 | More by biboergosum
4.24/5 rDev +15.8%
Bought this bottle on a recent trip to Belarus. Drank it right away and it was fresh. Pour into a Leffe large wine.
Almost black as midnight but showed deep orange highlights when held up to the setting sun of Indian summer. Half inch of beige head that slowly sank. Some lacing with little retention.
A strong smell of malted milk with a touch of vinegar. Wonderful
The taste was very creamy. Spice - oregano. Fruit - prunes. A quick snap of bitter hops at the end. Very little sweetness and no alcohol taste.
A full mouthfeel. Chewy. Chalky at the end.
A complex dubbel. My tasting was much better than most of the other reviews.
10-03-2013 23:58:25 | More by ssmack
4.09/5 rDev +11.7%
Pours a murky brown, almost a black, with a creamy three fingers of tan head; drops down to about an inch. Excellent retention; even, stringy, gloppy lacing.
Mellow cereal smell and brown sugar with some sourish wine aromas. Not very interesting.
Really rich and delicious! There are definite fruit flavors but the taste on the whole is very dry and crisp. Dark fruits and tea with an earthy finish.
Well-carbonated, medium body, lingering mellow aftertaste, fairly creamy. Good.
This is quite a good beer. A little bit less sweet than other dubbels, which I liked. Looks nice, tastes very good and well-balanced, has a nice palate on it.
Would have it again, worth looking for.
07-18-2013 23:21:22 | More by TheDoctor
3.41/5 rDev -6.8%
Bottle served at Amsterdam's Belgisch Bierlokaal, poured into its branded goblet. On to the beer:
This is a dark brown beer with a sturdy head on the pour before dropping to a lace. The aroma brings confusion, as it's not as well balanced as it should. It smells liek someone threw up licorice, plum, and burnt raisin in my glass. The good news is tastes better. Balanced a little better, starting with some black licorice. Roasted plum says hello, and throughout there's vague dark fruit. The alcohol holds itself in, and it medium-full bodied with a smooth feel.
Parts of the beer are disjointed, but it is competent enough to keep on drinking.
05-13-2013 18:04:09 | More by DoubleJ
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
Served from a 330ml bottle to a tulip glass
A: Deep red/brown color. The best thing I can equate it to is prune juice. 2 finger head with rather attractive lacing and decent retention.
S: Sweet malts and mild fuityness. A little bit grape like in aroma but pretty subtle.
T: Fairly sweet and relies a lot on the malts, perhaps too much, and does not really have to much fruity esters or clove like phenolics that I like in a Dubbel. Its really not that complex and is pretty straight forward. It also has a brown sugar like flavor. Alcohol is slightly noticeable even though its not that much.
M: Finishes crisp and pretty dry as well.
O: Pretty bland in my opinion. While i'd happily drink another it was pretty boring overall. Nothing stunned me or made me go "WOW". It was very mild in character overall and when I'm drinking something of this style I want it to really pop and be a rich experience.
03-10-2013 20:30:50 | More by Haydn-Juby
Abbaye De Floreffe Double from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
83 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.