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Abbaye De Floreffe Double - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 38
Photo of nekronos
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
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 bloberglawp
4.48/5  rDev +24.4%
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 EmperorBevis
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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 patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of BJSmit
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of ssmack
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
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 Filosoof
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
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 Conrad
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label says the ingredients include (above the usual malt, hops, yeast, water) canesugar.
Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Looking good.
A: Deep old mahogany brown. The head is light cloudy, tawny colour, half inch thick that settled to quarter inch, and remained in the glass throughout the drink. Large and small bubbles in the head give it an uneven spread, and a mottled appearance. Nice thick lacing.
S: Sweet, candy. The alcohol hits the back of the nose. Some malt.
T: It's fun getting the moustache through the thick head for that first sip. A gentle rich flavour, not big overpowering. I could detect more tastes after the first sip: cola, molasses, spices.
M: Good effervescence. Coats the tongue nicely, and continues to sparkle in the mouth until the next sip. A medium creamy body.
D: Quite refreshing. An easy drinking brew. Watch out for that 6.3% ABV. At a price of $2.65 (Cdn) this is a good value.
Yum.

Photo of TheDoctor
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:
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.

S:
Mellow cereal smell and brown sugar with some sourish wine aromas. Not very interesting.

T:
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.

M:
Well-carbonated, medium body, lingering mellow aftertaste, fairly creamy. Good.

O:
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
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 Morris729
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a tall fluffy light tan colored head that dissipates very slowly into a thick and rocky lace that loves to cling to the glass. Nose is sweet cake-like malts and candied fruit. Medium to full in body and very smooth in texture. Taste is sweet malts and caramelized sugar followed by notes of rum-soaked raisins. Notes of bread dough and spicy hops come through towards the finish. A great double and an absolute steal at only $2.99 for a 750ml!

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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?

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of dalecooper
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of marc77
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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 karait95
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Barraclou
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Reinheitsgebot71
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Everydayoff
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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 mwagner1018
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at slightly below room temperature about 65deg F, into a Grimbergen goblet, poured a beatiful dark coffee color with great release of carbonation building to a creamy substantial 3/4 inch caramel colored lasting head.

Slightly dissapointed by the very quickly diminishing smells associated with this beer, initially sensed a sweet alcoholic strawberry and orange.

Expected a nice creamy texture from the first drink with that magnificent head, but was dissapointed that it was more airy and light, my tastes picked up some slight malts, a bitter yeastiness, and substantial watered undertones. I did enjoy the drinkability and the taste seemed to intensify with a good bite toward the bottom of the glass.

Mouthfeel was alright, the creaminess of the head left something to be desired but, overall a very drinkable, light tasting abbaye style beer.

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Abbaye De Floreffe Double from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
82 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.