Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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3.74/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tried a bottle just a few months off the expiry date. Poured into a Chimay goblet. Beer was a pleasing red/russet hue, quite sparkly with a fair amount of brown foam that held its form well. I screwed up the pour and got a decent yeast cake floating in the glass but not a big deal. Aroma very fruit-forward, fresh grapes, plums, and oranges along with sweet bread and spicy phenols that evoke anise and clove. Palate complex and includes some interesting flavors, even in the world of ester and fusel hurling Belgian yeast strains. Starts fruity, with the aforementioned grapes, citrus, and something even sweeter like classic Belgian yeast bubblegum, blackcurrants, a hint of sour cherry. Then moves into dark dried fruit territory with dates and raisins, marmalade. Cola and anise spice flavors emerge, and the whole package is back-dropped by brown sugar. Thickish but smooth body that is maybe a bit lighter than some other dubbels, moderate carbonation that allows the flavors to all peak though and overall impression is low-key sweet malts, fruit, and some unique spice flavors. Solid offering.
Serving type: bottle
12-10-2013 03:15:09 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4.23/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a bottle into a chalice, at about cellar temperature.
It's head is kind of non-existent, with even an aggressive pour making just a tiny amount of beige fizz which settles to a ring quickly. However, it's got a pretty copper-like reddish brown body in which I can view carbonation bubbles and a lot of nice sediment, which becomes a really thick CLOUD of sediment once I pour out the last of the beer.
To me it smells like caramel, cherries, maple, and ripe apples and bananas.
It also tastes of tart green apples and ripe bananas to an extent. The finish is bready with a bit of dry hoppiness.
The carbonation is expectedly high, and the body feels kinda medium.
Not a mind-blowing Belgian ale, but nevertheless a really solid one. I'm definitely glad I got to try it.
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2014 22:32:27 | More by Kuaff
Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.