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Abbaye De Floreffe Double - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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BA SCORE
82
good

68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Poupae, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Haydn-Juby, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of BILF
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

BILF, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of starlight37
3/5  rDev -17.1%

starlight37, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

KalanM, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of jpworld
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jpworld, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of mtrain237
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

mtrain237, Jun 30, 2012
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.

karait95, May 30, 2012
Photo of Everydayoff
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Everydayoff, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Hoppsbabo, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of NightINgale
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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).

NightINgale, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -17.1%

brinch, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of EmperorBevis
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

dalecooper, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +10.5%

rekel, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Filosoof
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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 Beeronious07
2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

bought it at the local Beer shop in 0.33 liter bottle for somewhere around 2.2 euro, and served it at a temperature of 8 Celsius in a 330 milliliters CHIMAY goblet

A - creemee 2 finger tall head with good retention, but with not that much carbonation. very very dark red color that if not exposed on light it seems like black.

S - very discreet and its hard on me to point out what am i smelling so i will not even try on pointing fingers

T - just a little of it. not that strong bitter taste with just a pinch of sweetness hidden deep into it, and a strong bitterness as u swallow it.

M - not that much carbonation or anything else.

I'm heavily disappointed with this one. the only strong side of this beer is the color and thats pretty much the same for a lot of them.

Beeronious07, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of flipper2gv
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

flipper2gv, Mar 12, 2011
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.

Swedes21, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev +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.

spinrsx, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of TerryW
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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).

TerryW, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of cfrancis
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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
Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Jeffo
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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
Abbaye De Floreffe Double from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.