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Abbaye De Floreffe Double - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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83
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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002)
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Reviews by Jeffo:
Photo of Jeffo
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jeffo, Sep 07, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Swedes21
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Swedes21, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of rastaman
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

rastaman, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of biboergosum
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

biboergosum, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Griffith, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of mattfancett
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%

mattfancett, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

Sammy, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Ciocanelu, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of Filosoof
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Filosoof, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -17.8%

brinch, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Reinheitsgebot71, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of bloberglawp
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
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!

bloberglawp, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Beer-Ed
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Beer-Ed, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Gusler, Nov 18, 2002
Photo of ssmack
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

ssmack, Oct 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

patre_tim, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Caudalie
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Caudalie, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

spinrsx, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of marc77
3.98/5  rDev +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.

marc77, Oct 13, 2002
Photo of DreamDeath
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
Photo of vhmf1978
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

vhmf1978, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

EmperorBevis, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -11%

safaricook, May 02, 2014
Photo of cfrancis
3.48/5  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

cfrancis, Nov 16, 2009
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Abbaye De Floreffe Double from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.