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Abbaye De Floreffe Double - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 82
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 19.73%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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?

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : good malted aromas.
Taste anf mouthfeel : malty, with just enough bitterness and bitterness well balanced.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Dubbel.

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Photo of rastaman
2.8/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong nose prompted my wife to think I had opened some cheese. Very yeasty smell, and a deep, dark brown color with creamy head. Fruity (raisins) character with a little bit of sour thrown in. A good dubbel, but not the best...

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Photo of marc77
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks decent, but doesn't have the depth of character that a really decent Belgian double has.

Pours walnut colour with a good sized head that works its way down to a heavy film. Lots of lace to be had.

Aroma is limited to dark vinous fruit - and not much at that. Taste is dark fruit, treacle, a hint of roastiness and alcohol. Mouthfeel is thin and brittle.

Okay, but I've had better. Nothing here to get overly excited about. Almost like a double-lite (which is a strange concept).

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Photo of NightINgale
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer looks really nice! A very pretty deep ruby red-coloured body, topped off by a nice creamy caramel head. Very good head retention and okay lacing.

S - Smells alright but not quite like a true dubbel. I'm mostly getting yeast, a bit of red grapes and some caramel and/or toffee.

T - Again, I'm getting the red grapes, which gives this beer have a certain wine-like quality. Some toasted malts; just a little bit of roastiness. Not as fruity as I'm usually looking for in dubbels (except for red grapes and a little bit of cherries). I wouldn't call it a very sweet beer, despite some of that distinctive Belgian Candi sugar sweetness up front. There is a very subtle tartness, which is quite nice. The finish is a bit dry and bitter, with no specific lingering tasting notes (except for caramel, perhaps).

M - This is where this beer really performs well. It's exceptionally smooth and creamy! Medium-bodied. No alcohol in the taste. Again, some dry red wine qualities, with a tannin illusion on the palate. All in all, it feels great to drink.

O - In my opinion, as a dubble, this is a little unorthodox, so to say, but still very drinkable and quite enjoyable. You might want to let it warm up a little, in order to appreciate all of its flavours. The lower-than-average ABV could potentially make this a session beer (as long as you like Belgian beer).

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Photo of Morris729
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of janubio
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6.3% ABV
I tried this beer on April 16, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured an opaque dark brown with a medium sized, bubbly light-brown head. The aroma was dark malt, yeast, caramel, and plums. The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, with medium carbonation. The flavour was sweet malt, some caramel, and a nioce bitter finish.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. brown bottle bought at the SAQ

A: dark brown with a beige head, some head retention.
S: strong anise (licorice) smell, some spices,
T: taste like black licorice, some caramel. very tasty
M: light body but perfect this way.
D: very drinkable, good beer

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Photo of flipper2gv
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.48/5  rDev +21.1%
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!

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Abbaye De Floreffe Double from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.