Abbaye De Floreffe Double - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002

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Reviews by DoubleJ:
Photo of DoubleJ
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Swedes21
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - dark auburn, no visibility due to darkness, nice size head, head is off-white, some good lacing

Smell - i can smell sweetness, spices, raisin or prunes.

Taste - smooth tasting beer, i can taste the sweetness, from a fruit base. Some slight bitterness near the end, not much carbonation feel.

Mouthfeel - decent amount of carbonation adds a bitterness to the end, very nice mouthfeel. Beer remains the same, some sweet upfront with spices and prunes near the end.

Drinkability - decent beer, does not offer a lot but overall it was a nice try.

Photo of rastaman
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Maybe its the flu i had, but it was hard to detect anything else but brown sugar amd some sweet candy. Really fizzy (like coca-cola fizzy) on the tongue, with a metallic finish, not really what i was hoping for, dissapointing. Simple and candyish, got increasingly harder to drink.

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent Belgium though under average double. Spice.Smooth cream in mouthfeel, though was a bit at end of its expiry leash. Herbs, citrus, cinammon, licorish. Malts with some bittersweet character. Coca Cola ingredients. Good sour yeast sediment to close. Had agaiin 7 months later and ingredients mellowed, cinammon more pronounced and was drier. More notuiceable aroma and colour.

Photo of Filosoof
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think it its strange that the most recent reviews are not positive. Floreffe Double is a very good beer, with a lot nice aspects to smell and taste.

L: cola brown, almost black, good foamy top;
S: very inviting, touch of pineapple, banana, clove and tiny nutmeg, not too spicy like my non-favorite Rochefort.
T: quite sweet, but not irritating, round, creamy, clove;
M: lovely;
O: very complete beer.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So once again I went to the only café on Danforth to sample so nice beers for a nice price. First of the two I had that night would be this beer in question, Floreffe Double.

Greeting me upon exit from the bottle was a fine dark liquid, a pleasing ruby red in colour. On top rested a thick light brown head much the colour of foamed cream as it amalgamates with coffee. The head in its robustness stick around for a good while never quite dissipating.

A nice array of smells I'd expect from a dark Belgian next cascaded forth to my nostrils, brown sugar off the bat with roast malts, molasses and chocolate mingling within. Notes of spice and sourness were hinted at but not too prevalent. The hope profile was pretty subdued overpowered by the malts.

Rich dark roasted malt flavours filled my mouth, brown sugar again, raisins and alcohol soaked fruit. Balancing hops were there but far off in the background. A mild sourness most likely from the yeast appeared in whispers but was not unpleasant. Coffee and chocolate tastes lingered towards the end giving the beer a nice finish.
The beer went down surprisingly smooth from one of such character though a mild bite form the alcohol was present.

Overall this was a very nice dubbel.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (at room temp): Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a super huge head with perfect retention. Aroma of caramel malt with distinctive Belgian yeast. Taste is a well balance mix between sweetness, strong malt with a nice touch of caramel and some subtle sourness with light funky yeast. Body is a bit thin for the style but overall this is a very nice dubbel.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.48/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip glass, 5-6 degres celcius and warming it up as I type.

Pours a rather dark brown... almost blackish brown, amazing fluffy freakish mountain head that disipates down to a nice bulge of foam. Insane lacing, all over the glass, marking rings as the ale is being consumed, Wow, a real nice looking ale!

Aroma of belgian yast, sugar candi, figs, mango and small dark fruits. Flavor of belgian yeast, cristal malt and phenolic fruity yeast byproducts.

Yummy! I love this dubbel!

Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the pour a deep garnet to almost brown, the head massive in its size, the texture creamy smooth, the lace in portly sheets that cling mightily to the glass. Nose fruity sweet like over ripe pineapple, malt, and hints of citrus and quite pleasing to the senses. The start a nice sweet malt, the top skimpy, finish has an impressive hop spiciness, bitingly acidic, droughty long lasting somewhat alcohol bitter aftertaste.

Photo of ssmack
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown colour with a massive size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some very nice lacing running down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, dark fruits (dates?), all spice

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it feels lively on the tongue. The taste consists of malts and dark fruits with notes of all spice. It also has a bit of a peppery and minty bite to it. It finishes with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Drink - An above average beer that is worth seeking out. It was even tastier as it got to room temperature.

Photo of marc77
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby in hue w/ excellent clarity when held to light, topped by a tan, formidably thick, creamy, well retained head. Attractive, intricate lace is left. Perfumed, pungent, sweet star anise is perceived at first in aroma, then mellows and yields to a signature ester profile comprised of banana and mellow clove. As the beer breathes, chocolate malt surfaces along with subdued dark caramel malt. Overall, the star anise augments what would otherwise be a pedestrian dubbel aroma. Caramelized dark candi sugar sweetness is perceived upfront, and is ensued by dryish prune and an assertive combination of nutty malt and bubblegum esters reminescent of marzipan. Star anise retains its perfume like character, but is much more mellow that the aroma implies and provides a pleasantly floral and bright contrast to the yeast esters. Dry, powered cocoa like chocolate emerges mid palate, but is overshadowed by dark fruitiness. Moderate in body, w/ a smooth, but slightly chalky mouthfeel. Finishes minerally and dry, w/ light bittersweet chocolate briefly lingering on the palate. Floreffe Double is an enjoyable and flavorful brew. Although lacking in complexity overall, the star anise provided a unique complement to the malt profile. With more body and / or malt backbone this would be excellent.

Photo of EmperorBevis
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark looking treat with a cola brown body with big foamy tan head.

Lovely dessert sweet aroma of nutmeg, blamange and burn't toffee.

The taste too is sweet butter fudge with rich dark flavours not very fruity more toffee strange hint of balsamic vinegar.

Thick mouthfeel very low carbonation.

A strange fish, tasty, heavy, sweet but enjoyable.

Photo of cfrancis
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with a beige head. Aroma is malt, floral and sweet honey. Taste is well balanced. Smooth mouthfeel with a little bitterness from alcohol. Flavours of honey, fruit, malt and hop. Nice little beer, enjoyed the triple more. purchased at the SAQ

Photo of karait95
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: amber dark looking, bold body with a big very light brown head that dissipates not too fast leaving some rocky traces behind, carbonation is rich and forms a permanent layer over the beer.

S: not doubts that dark fruits are inside, something like prunes with a malty backbone.

T: also nice, well elaborated with concordance to the standard for the style, dark fruits flavors with low but present hops and barley.

M: not to sweet, some extra sweetness would be accepted, even started balanced changing at the end and showing some bitterness on the back of the mouth.

Photo of Everydayoff
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a goblet by freshness date.

A:
Deep mahogany brown to almost shade of black with some ruddy tinge, thick frothy tan head forms up with moderate retention. It collapses to foamy film on top along with some lacing patches. Carbonation seems to be high.

S:
Caramel, phenolic spice, trait of herbal and hop along with dark fruits remind me of grape and raisin.

T:
Rich malty flavor ranging between a note of caramelized and roasted, sweetness is upright by the use of canesugar as well as from tangy dark fruits. Spiciness is derived from phenol while hop tries to cut in with a moderate pinch of bitterness.

M:
The body is medium to rather bold with lively crisp from good and well suit amount of carbonation to provide silky smooth and a bit sticky mouthfeel, dry finish.

O:
This is a mild alcoholic Dubbel but is still so tasty and so drinkable, definitely worth a pick.

Photo of janubio
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate colour with red hints when held to the light. A good reddish creamy head that fades soon, leaving some lace.Aroma is cherries, vanilla, dark fruits. Do I detect some tobacco? Sour flavor, taste of cherries, flowers, vanilla 3essence, dry and sour.

Photo of Barraclou
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Double - Dubbel Floreffe - Bière d'abbaye brune, 6.3%, 330ml brown bottle.

Appearance: A very dark / almost black ale without head. Very light carbonation. It looks like a stout.

Smell: It smells dark fruits with some malt and caramel perfume.

Taste: A good mix of roasted malts and fruits. Not really bitter, but lots of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. It is very smooth and creamy to feel.

Drinkability: It is a very good beer. I enjoyed to review it.

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color dark brown, almost black.
Head huge but short-lived.
Delicately floral aroma of ginger with a big question mark, hard candy, caramel, coffee faint accents.
The taste is intense caramel, plums, delicate acidity like fruit, and coffee bitterness in the finish. Beer quite pleasant with well hidden alcohol.
It lacks body and maybe a little too saturated, but generally I recommend them.

Photo of flipper2gv
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep brown color fully translucent with a good amount of foamy beige head. Retention is good and lacing is ok.

S: Big spicy bread character upfront. Quite a good amount of brown sugar, caramel and molasses. Strong smell of cloves, anise and light cinnamon. A bit lackluster.

T: Sharp metallic taste is the first thing I notice in this beer. Then, it is the same spiced bread than in the smell. Again, cloves, anise and cinnamon are the spices in question. And still sweet with brown sugar, caramel and molasses. A little vinous character. A bit herbal and earthy too but too strong to make the beer better. It's a messy beer which is weird for a Belgian.

M: Medium body but strangely sticky for only 6.3% ABV and not that much residual sugars. Carbonation is high.

D: The beer was relatively easy to drink even though this might be the worst Belgian beer I had so far.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Cola brown with off white head, massive and foamy.

SMELL: Difficult to describe. A creamy sort of mix of wine, allspice, liqorice, yeast, hint of vinegar. Not as interesting as it sounds though.

TASTE: Liquorice, dandelion and burdock. Nice bitterness. I can taste the cane sugar towards the bottom, masks the metallic maltiness well. Aftertaste bread, rum and dandelion and burdock - pleasant.

OVERALL: Liquorice and dandelion and burdock are the prominent flavours. Gets better further down. A touch sticky. Excellent head to start with. Very smooth. A quality beer, no doubt, but not my cup of tea. I'd prefer an arsenal of dark fruits.

Photo of nekronos
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

More than great. I thought it was going to be a goledn alike one. But it had all the superb features of a great Belgian beer. The head, the taste the body. The botle is quite nice although simple. I would like to drink a whole box on my wedding for example.

Photo of Jeffo
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht

Into a chalice

APPEARANCE: One of the better looking dubbels out there. Pours a huge 3+ finger medium-thick looking fluffy off-white / tan head with good retention. Color is a mice deep dark maroon or sangria red with lower end carbonation in the form of tiny bubbles. Looks bistre brown from a distance with reddish hues when held up to the light. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap. A good cap remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the sides. Very pretty.

SMELL: Decent nose of caramel malt, dark fruits, raisins and dates, sweet candy sugar and lots of brown sugar. Some cool dark grape notes too. The brown sugar is more prevalent than the usual dark fruit notes. A little light on the spiciness.

TASTE: Some dark fruits, raisins, dates and dark grapes, which adds a wine-like quality. Lots of brown sugar makes it quite sweet when combined with the caramel malt. A good yeasty punch with some cool rye undertones and cherry notes make it kind of unique. A mild long lasting aftertaste is nice and the alcohol is almost undetectable.

PALATE: Medium-thicker body, medium carbonation, but only semi-creamy and smooth on the palate. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: The first sip wasn't very promising, but I started to really enjoy it about a third of the way through. Drinkability picked up at that poing. A unique and interesting taste profile, and a thing of beauty to look at. One I'll probably pick up again at some point. Give it a try if you come across it.

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate with flashes of roast pecan when held up against the afternoon sunshine. This is a bit darker and substantially more opaque than most of this style. More typical is the abundance of creamy, dense head which is continuously caught with its guard down. In its true nature, however, it can be reinvigorated with the even the slightest agitation.

In the aroma too I'm sensing it much darker than is common for a dubbel. Not to say the style isn't characteristically dark, it most certainly is, but such notions usually arise from the suggestion of dark fruit. In this case, it's the presence of heavy toasted, nearly burnt, rye bread. This is exceptionally roasty and I'm finding that it's detracting from the esters.

Fortunately, our dark rum soaked fruits are not lost in the taste. Indeed, plenty of currants, plums, raisins and red apple come to the fore with each and every sip. Their makeup is sugary and over-ripe, akin to fortified wine. The breadiness is not gone either; wholesome, filling loafs of rye and multigrain bread, along with a pinch of nutmeg, round out the flavour.

The beer drinks with a similar character to a real dark chocolate. It shares the unbending dark and bitter persona that makes no concessions in delivering a mouthfeel full of texture and taste. Like chocolate, it's suggestive of a varying array of flavours. I wouldn't say the decadence or gratification is the exact same, but this is quite a treat nonetheless.

Given the dreaded thought of ever having to choose only one style of beer to drink for the rest of my life, the dubbel would deserve some serious consideration. As this example shows, it can vary in interpretation which offers a little diversity. It pairs wonderfully with so many dishes (meat, in particular!) Moreover, it's flavorful, refined and often evolves with age ...maybe being stuck with one style wouldn't be *so* bad after all?

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Abbaye De Floreffe Double from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
82 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.