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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
86
very good

532 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 20
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-20-2000

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Ratings: 532 | Reviews: 293
Reviews by MrDanno96:
Photo of MrDanno96
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogan/ruby brown color with about a finger of off-white head. Lots of yeast floaties even after a gentle pour.

S: Lots of sweet fruit on the nose - plums, dates, and raisins. Spicy Belgian yeast and some sweet candied sugar as well.

T: Not quite as flavorful as the nose would suggest, but still tasty. The characteristic earthy spice of Belgian yeast is most prominent, with subtle fruity sweetness and hints of nuttiness mixed in. Extremely drinkable at 7% alcohol.

M: Full bodied with subtle carbonation. Dry, spicy finish.

O: A great Dubbel. The nose was the highlight for me, but everything about it is solid. Impressively drinkable for the alcohol content. Definitely something to seek out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown. huge frothy head. lots of lacing.

Smell: subtle. mild chocolate notes. hints of citrus underneath. some must/earthy notes as well.

Taste: chalky cocoa and light chocolate. semi sweet. some fig and raisin in the mix. dry towards the finish. some yeasty qualities as well.

Mouthfeel: very fresh and lively. lots of carbonation makes this one feel crisp.

Drinkability: i like this quite a bit. good complexity and great balance. not as sweet as some Dubbels which i liked.

Photo of RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance – Giant, lasting head atop a gorgeous deep brownish-orange body. This was beautiful to stare at.

Smell – Nice, spicy aromas of cinnamon, coriander, pepper, and some clove with the fresh malt and bread scents. I would have liked to have seen things a little stronger, but the main components of a good Abbey Dubbel are there.

Taste – The first thing that struck me about this taste was the utter lack of carbonation, which I’ll talk about in the mouthfeel. But, for now, let’s say that the complexity of the nose did not translate into the taste. I caught some of the spices and the basic malt backbone, but the rest was absent.

Mouthfeel – Very flat for a Belgian Dubbel. I expected carbonation up the nose here but instead found an uninspiring character that bored the pallet.

Drinkability – This is an average Dubbel Ale. I had higher expectations after the pour, but it just didn’t deliver. Good though nevertheless, just not sensational.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle to branded chalice

look (3/5) - pours a near-prefect amber colour. Decent clarity. Some really nice garnet highlights when held to the light. It lost some points on head: it fell a bit too quickly and left no real lacing. I've had a few of these with some really gross clumps of what I assume is trub, but not in this one!

smell (4.5/5) - the nose is really quite nice. Some dark fruitiness from the grain bill, a lot of plums and prunes (so some melanoidins, but it was overly sweet). The malt is complimented by the yeast aromatics: black pepper, clove, vanilla, some floral notes, and a touch of black licorice tone. A good hint of alcohol on that nose as well, but it plays well with the spice.

flavor (4/5) - similar to the nose, but leaning a bot more to the malt side of things. The combination is somewhat reminiscent of raisins; I suspect that this is a combination of the melanoidins and the yeast. Some of the previous yeast character remains. A good bit less dry on the palate as well. Little or no bitterness or hop flavor. Some alcohol heat lasts into the finish.

feel (3.5/5) - medium-full body and lower carbonation levels give an impression of being syrupy. Some lasting alcohol warmth.

The overall impression is really good! I've had many a dubbel, and though my favorite is still probably the Chimay Red, this one really gives it a run for its money: complex and rich, with a great spicy phenol profile, and a much more substantial feeling body (less carbonation). Not a session brew, but a near perfect cold-night beer in my books.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

While the head does attract some attention with its lacing atop the tawny glow, the aroma clearly distracts with tones of biscuits and candied fruit. This is a malty beer with visions of dark bread and plum pudding. Smooth upon the first sip. Fluffy medium body rolls with that smoothness. Faint medicinal phenols grab onto the taste buds--this is where it becomes interesting. Alcohol does show some warmth (peppery and estery), but not so warm that it takes away from the malt base. There is some sweetness here, but in the end, it lands semidry. Nutty yeast and ripe fruit add to the complexities, and with each sip, more flavors unfold as the beer warms up a little bit more.

Very appealing without being overly complex, the dryness does more for this beer as it is able to separate itself from the sweeter Dubbels. A bit of an underdog within its style, and should be given at least a chance--we are glad we did.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle poured into a goblet. Hazy orange/brown color with a thick white head that retained well. A fruity aroma, as well as a little caramel. Fruity taste, sweet, and somewhat yeasty. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, and thought it was a bargain at $5.95 a bottle.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dubbel to pair with a nice home cooked meal, it might not be a top notch dubbel it is enjoyable to say the least.

Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked, opened with quite a bit of energy being released. Pours murky/cloudy and chocolate in color. Lifts a long lasty puffy, dark tan head and leaves nicely developed and long lasting lacing. Nose is chocolate, raisins and rum. Flavorful and enjoyable dubbel, notes of more chocolate, pleanty of rum raisins, cafe au lait, cloves, candi sugars etc, a very drinkable and moderatly complex dubbel. Widely available and well worth a try.

Photo of Augustine
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review!!

Poured out of 750ml bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance - Very lively carbonation pours a nice white, one finger head. Dark ruby/brownish in color. Foam clings to my glass, and sticks around through the rest of the experience. Great looking beer!

Smell - Smells rich of ripe, dark fruit. Raisins and plums predominate, with faint toffee and caramel notes in the background. Enticing aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Just what you would expect from the looks and aromas. A good balance of dark fruits and toffee. The carbonation is as lively in the mouthfeel as it looks and the alcohol leaves a warming sensation in the finish. Chewy, delicious. They suggest sipping it slow on the bottle but that is easier said than done!

Overall - A great beer that I feel rewarded to have chosen out of the many other great Belgian doubles on the shelf. Balanced, lively, full of flavor and easily drinkable for the abv. Nice work Affligem I will look for your name in the future.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the LCBO. It's been a few years since I last had one of these - figured it was time to give it another go.

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Nice bright red in colour, with a thick sturdy inch and a half of head that recedes to a substantial layer. Loads of lacing sheets. A terrific looking brew.

Nose is decidedly understated - cherry, chocolate, caramel, fig. Quite pleasant, though not as potent as I remember.

Subtle again, nice and dry, with a mild acidic bitterness to the finish. A bit of cherry skin, chocolate and some other mixed bag fruits and spices provide mild character.

Mild bodied, higher carbonation, leaves a dry sensation on the tongue.

Nice dubbel, accessible, though not nearly as bold in the flavor department as I would like. Still, nice pickup - I'm going to age a couple bottles, see what happens.

Photo of BGDrock
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: thick head, very fine suds; amber colour heading to light brown; clear

Aroma: minimal; somewhat resinous? nothing really distinct

Taste & Mouthfeel: immediately reminds my why I love Belgian beer, just has that unique flavour; complex finish; more dry then I'm used to, lightly bitter; blackcurrants; fine carbonation make for a pleasant mouthfeel; some dark chocolate

Overall: an addictive beer - the taste is so interesting, and yet undefinable

Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cork date of 2/03. Medium dullish brown with translucent highlights and very light sedimentation. Head rises to 1/2 an inch, lays mostly flat with some small divits. Laces in large primary rings with some drips. Cherry aromas, slight allspice and raisin. Mouthfeel is lightish, higher than expected carbonation. Flavor impression is fairly ordinary, sweet pear juice, brief impression of cocoa, slight vegetal leafiness and a bit of fizziness that seems a little wrong. Lightly astringent at the close, lemony. This beer has a reputation of as being typical of the style, I think Steve Beaumont features it in his "Premium Beer Drinker's Guide", but to me, its not as satisfying as I was hoping when I picked it up (last Summer, I think).

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have a bottling date of 1/01 and best by date of 02/28/03, let's see about that. Appears: This one Pours with excess foam when I popped the cork it had some umphhh to it, the actual body appears a murky mahogany tone with a massive tan head very amazing due to the head retention and massive thick chunky head just very nice lacing comes in thick evenly dispersed patches beautiful. Aroma: Of the glass without sediment poured in, vinous grapes, sweet sharp tones, mellow apple notes very complex and full of esters from the fruit scented phenols produced in fermentation. Glass with sediment poured in, glass claims a nutty aromatic profile is created let's see if I can detect it a deeper mustier but fuller scent both are exquisite but this one seems to be more balanced with the fruit still in existence I believe the yeast helps aroma here try it both though ways that's just my opinion. Taste: No sediment glass, very smooth carbonation tiny bubbles raisin, over ripened fruits like apples or figs here nice belgian candy sugar here, overall very nice and refreshing. There is definitely a difference to the one without sediment this one seems more robust to the palate with fruit not stealing the show, caramel roasted malts and deeper specialty malts make up a small percentage of the sweetness here, but there is a nut edge on the yeast profile not so much bready as usual but a very almond like flavor arises nice. Mouthfeel: Fluffy, creamy, medium bodied but light on the palate dessert like indulge and enjoy to the fullest, this is a beer that you can't believe the best before date completely b/c it's still amazing well past the suggested date. Drinkability: One beer to indulge in one 750ml at a time and that's about it in my opinion but surely one I would like to experience again.

Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly good in every way, i like the yeast strain these dudes use, quite gentle and soft and interesting, ver floral chocoltae nose, great presence of malt and even hops, nice spicy flavour, i like it a lot.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather dark, reddish brown color with an unexpectedly large, nearly glass-topping froth. Impressive.

A bit of molasess on the nose. Maybe some dates (which, incidently are almost the exact color of this brew). Tastes of malts, molasses, dates, and an odd bit of citrus. A nicely complicated brew, without any of the odd metallic or astringent flavors that seem to plague this style. One of the more drinkable Dubbels I've had lately.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, a less than obvious new offering on the over-laden Alberta beer store shelves.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark rusty amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy and tightly foamy beige head, which leaves some Phuket peninsula-worthy imitations of lace tracings around the glass as it genially settles.

It smells of sassy dark black fruit, a bit in the way of the vine, some subtle savoury spice, sugary pale malt, further brown sugar sweetness (the Archies are bristling at the gate), and muddled earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, neutered toffee, all tinged anew with sugary vinous notes, a little more blended holiday spice, further sour black fruit, some dusty, musty, earthy hops, and subtle alcohol emanations.

The carbonation is on the low side, hardly a prick or froth (?) to be found, the body an adequate medium weight, a little edgy, but still quite smooth. It finishes a fair lot off-dry, the vino-friendly malt persisting, with more varied dark sugar notes to keep it company.

An agreeable enough dubbel, a little too cozy with the sweetness, perhaps, but with plenty of things going on otherwise to render this nice and drinkable, and more than enjoyable after all the thinkin' and appraisin' is well and done.

Photo of mintjellie
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Double is a rich shade of reddish-brown. As I pour it from the bottle, it forms a thick, soapy, off-white lather on top. This head is very well-retained, but doesn't leave much lace behind. It smells medicinal, also showing hints of banana, pear, raisin, and plum. Caramelized sugar, sweet over-ripe fruit, and an unexpected lemony-tartness in the finish. Slightly medicinal. Medium-bodied with sharp, spritzy carbonation. Feels light but not thin. I found it easy enough to put this one back.

Photo of QXSTER1
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy amber brown with a tight tan head. Nose is very fragrant with a winey complex aroma. Smells of sherry, port and green grapes with some plums thrown in. Taste combines the above fruitiness with some candi sugar and Belgian hops. All kinds of things going on in this dubbel. Typical yeastiness with some background hoppy astringency to make things interesting. Moderate carbonation gives this dubbel a nice mouthfeel and a silky finish. A very nice brew that hangs in there well with it's Belgian buddies.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third Affligem Dubbel in the past year or so. With this newly poured one in front of me, I can now say for sure that there's a bit too much alcohol presence in smell and taste, masking the other characteristics. But wow, this one looks amazing! A gorgeous burgundy with beautiful creamy froth on top.

Smell is, predominantly, alcohol, and for a 7% ale, either my nose isn't refined enough or this is how Affligem wants it to be. But there's enough character deep in the background, an earthiness, and something of rum-soaked raisins, telling my nose this is still going to be an above-average experience.

Some raisin and malty sweetness in the flavor, a nice spiciness peeks through as does a mildly burnt feel. The taste is pleasing for sure, but again, a bit of an alcohol bite. I have no problem with high-alcohol beers, I actually lean toward them, but for an average-level ABV, it's surprising how much of the alcohol comes through.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, with alternating smoothness and active carbonation.

A good solid tripel with only one minor weakness. I would never kick it out of my goblet.

[added later: I got a bottle sent to me from a friend in Belgium. Not sure what the difference was in terms of freshness or date bottled, but this one was much mellower and brought out the earthy and rum-soaked raisin characteristics better. Was it fresher, or aged longer? Either way, it was better than any Affligem I bought in the states.]

Photo of Magpie14
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep red with crimson tones and orange edges. Soft fuzzy head that maintained a short setting. The cap was yellowish in color with a few soapy bubbles. A few speckles of lace and with a streak or two

S: fruits of pears, apples, and lemons with a good chunk of yeast-like baked breads

T: tart apples, mild lemons, white grape juice, buttery notes, and light hop presence. This beer relies heavily on the fruit flavors throughout. Sweetness is of toffee caramel based and very light. Clean and crisp throughout the glass

M: finishes clean with a sharp carbonation. This brew has a medium body with a good snap to it. Goes down the hatch...alright

D: big herbal and floral notes throughout. Sort of an interesting brew with a good Belgian vibe...not tops marks, but not bad

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Affligem is one of my favorite breweries and one of the classic breweries in belgium. This dubbel pours a dark brown as it should and has just the right amount of carbonation, with a decent head that fades slowly. The taste is quickly more nutty than most dubbels, this could be due to disruption of the lees, but i found it quite appetizing. smooth feel in the mouth and goes down smooth, a good beer with a steak or nutty chocolate.

Photo of cokes
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany stained mud with a healthy beige riser.
Bold nose of leathery prunes, toffee, black cherries, and cocoa.
Then the flavor falls flat on its face.
Bready on the onset, with wavering milk chocolate. Some dark fruit is manifest, mostly cherries and plums coated in toffee, with a pear notion some place too. But that's it. It's not awful tasting, just lacking entirely in yeast nuance. All dryness is carbonation induced. And speaking of which, it's cranked up to a volume that mutes all flavors herein.
Gaseous and thin seeming, especially flavorwise.
Drinkable but....zzz..

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant brew. Orange brown appearance, nice looking Belgium (sorry for redundancy). Fruity appetite inducing yeast aroma. Medium-full mouthfeel. Satisfying malty aftertaste. Good though not outstanding. Fresh smooth with graininess. 10% ABV you say?

Photo of CanuckRover
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last beer from my Affligem gift pack I got this Christmas. A reddish brown. Huge, bubbly head. Decent enough lacings.

Lot of malt on the nose. Dark fruits, raisins, dates, slightly vinous. Fairly strong alcohol note out back.

Tastes how it smells. A good frainy attack up front backed up by those dark fruits. Dates and plums jump out. Alcohol coats the tongue. Hops not noticeable.

Some heavy-duty carbonation going on here gives the beer a fairly spicy character.

Another decent one from a fairly under-appreciated brewery.

Photo of sfprint
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

into the Chimay Chalice, exp 05/03/12

A: Haselnut brown to auburn. slightly creamy single finger coffee head through very careful pouring. Difficult to see rising carbonation just at the top.
S: Sweet black cherry syrup, eraser, coffee ice cream. Relatively complicated. Quality, but doesn't turn me on.
T: Very complicated and layered. Alcohol comes through as a subtly plastic sourness/acidicy in the back of the mouth. Unsweet cola qualities, barky bitterness cut with a mild sweetness. Odd
M: Drying/astringent, acidic alcohol.
O: I taste quality, but it's a strange one. Weird mix of flavors, and weird flavors. More interesting than enjoyable.

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.