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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
86
very good

461 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 461
Reviews: 290
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-20-2000)
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chipachu2

Florida

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Im surprized at how low that people have rated this exeptional beer. This is actually my favorite beer in the Belgium Abbey Dubbel line. Described as the "Burgandy" of Belgiuym, it is a rich and robust beer that even beats many in the St. Bernardus line.
A - Poured into a 12 oz goblet. Amber brown and next to nothing lacing.
S - Gorgeous. Sweet Brown Sugar, Hops and Malt.
T- Refreshing brown sugar with a carbonated snap.
M - Nice weight and gravity. goes down like water with a consistent aftertaste.
D- It realy is one of my all time favorities.The price does keep me away from ordering it all the time, but I will get it for my next special holiday.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 23:00:52 | More by chipachu2
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MacMan1980

Connecticut

4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber with a tan, creamy head. Very attractive looking beer with a head that lasts.
Smell: A mix of floral and fruity notes. Not overwhelming but very enjoyable.
Taste: There's a noticeable fruit note, possibly apple. A nice hop taste, but not overwhelming. Very, very smooth drink.
Mouthfeel: Not too crisp, and just enough carbonation.
Drinkability: This is a fantastic tasting beer worth enjoying on nice occasions or with dinner. Definitely something worth taking your time and enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 21:34:02 | More by MacMan1980
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wavz

Florida

4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Great head that sticks to the glass and lingers for quite a bit. Almost a orange brown hue.

S- Malty with just a backround hint of hops. Less yeasty as most Belgium abbyey beers.

T- Sweet malty and rich with some notes of coffee and chocolate, also a bit of sugary candy on the end.

M- Nice carbination, very well balanced. Smooth yet not too light.

D- Great beer if you have never tried it, Dont pass this one up.

Wavz

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 03:07:46 | More by wavz
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a "maudite" glass, around 12 celcius.

Pours a rich ldark brown, huge head, lots of carbonation and laces well. Aroma of belgian candi, figs and heavily caramelised cristal malt. Flavor a huge mouthfull of ripe dark dried fruit (dates, prunes, figs), a solid grainy malt caracter and a well balanced bitterness.

Finished dry, I love it. Could easily drink this for the rest of my life.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 03:17:59 | More by bloberglawp
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dennarb

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had an Affligem on tap at a bar in Paris a couple weeks ago on the recommendation of the guy at the next stool. It was served in a nice chalice glass with the Affligem logo. It had a bright lemmony nose and held a good half inch head. The taste was crisp and dry with a great balance of hops and malt. Paris is not a good beer town but as long as I can find one of these I'm not ordering wine.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2009 05:18:52 | More by dennarb
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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml Corked bottle:
Pours a rich dark brown that has deep hints of redness. You almost can't see through this one. The head is tan, full and rich as shaving cream. The nose, while not strong, is sweet spicy malt with a tinge of alcohol. The head just won't die on this one. Very heavy carbonation that adds effervescence and continuously builds the head up. The flavor is just excellent! The hops are strong and aggressive while exceptionally well balanced to each other and the malt. The malt is mostly dry with a hint of fruit flavor and a spice that is just perfect. This is just a damn fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2003 17:53:17 | More by AtrumAnimus
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muhlegsarewobbly

Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance - boured a dark brownish red with a thick creamy colored head that stayed around for most of the drink.

smell - smooth smell with a bit of nut and yeast.

taste - oh so smooth and nutty hints of fruits but nothing overpowering and at only 7% abv it did not have much of an alcohol taste at all.

mouthfeel - thick and smooth but not long and lingering.

drinkability - it rocked

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 14:53:46 | More by muhlegsarewobbly
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dauss

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged.

Appearance: Clear ruby amber color, very small off white head, moderate effervescence, good retention

Smell: Sweet malt, port like, slightly burning alcohol sensation, loaded with rum soaked plums, cherries, and raisins. Smells wonderful

Taste: sweet malt, carbonation explodes into a creamy mouthfeel. Medium phenols and biterness. More dark fruits. Dry finish with a snappy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy. A wonder and tasty beer that would be great for desert.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 22:14:14 | More by dauss
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MeadDrinker

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers hands down. this beer is well-balanced, crisp yet full bodied, everything that you want in a Belgium Abbey Ale. If I had to choose a beer to relax by the fireplace with, some good rustic artisan bread, a cheese and meat platter, I would have to go with this staple beer.

Alot of carbonation and with a full flavor of that typical yeast strain found in the Belgium Abbey Ales. Some floral hints with a bready, toasted flavor. It makes you want to stay their for another, only this time accompanied by good conversation, to talk about it's complexities and warm nature. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 08:29:48 | More by MeadDrinker
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Maestro

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice from a 750ml bottle, the smell was immediately great. That is what I love about Belgians. The nose was so powerful and refined. The head remained thin but was prevalent throughout. Hints of lemon and raisin come through in the aromas. The original taste is quite nutty and full of fruity flavors. The beer is very warming as it makes its way to your stomach. The overall feeling of this Dubbel is cheer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2003 16:53:19 | More by Maestro
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark burgundy brown and produces a big foamy head which is lasting and results in some lacing. The smell is a combination of spice, fruit and dark chocolate. The taste is very good with dark chocolate, coffee, and fruity notes. Slight bitterness resulted in the finish. Mouthfeel is tingly and well-balanced. Overall, one I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 23:36:38 | More by tomthumbsblues
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dgv0

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased 750mL bottle of Affligem Dubbel at a local store. Poured a dark, golden amber into my Affligem gold-rimmed goblet. Looks beautiful.

Smell makes me think of toffee, maybe even crème brûlée. Hints of dark fruits, especially raisin.

Taste is exceptional. I would put this in the same category as Chimay, as far as flavor profile and mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated, medium body, and smooth as can be.

Overall, this ale is almost too drinkable. Worth a try, at the very least. I'm keeping this as one of my favorite Belgian-style ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 23:42:21 | More by dgv0
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planetscott

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this in Hilton Labor day weekend from a grocery store....Awesome

Appearance is a muddy tan/brown/slight amber. Chunks of yeast floating around. Does not bother me that much.

Smell is wonderful dark fruit, candy, slight toffee.

Taste mimics the aroma, only with a clean dry finish that complements the fruit and candy flavors. Very dry, clean finish, but not too dry.

Effervescent and crisp moputhfeel do not detract from the overall experience.

Overall, this is a wonderful Dubbel. Too bad it is not available in Georgia.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:27:31 | More by planetscott
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Dukeofearl

California

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml brown bottle that opens with a cool gunshot sound and smoke rising from the bottle.

Pours a pretty brown color with the tiniest of port colors in the edges of the glass. Medium aroma and a mdeium sized off-white/ten head. Aroma is of dates, plums, and sweetness. The flavor is very nice, with a lot of malty bready reminders of date nut bread- cinnimon and nutmeg in the corners. Very smooth, with nice mouthfeel and high drinkability. A keeper!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2004 22:14:01 | More by Dukeofearl
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Augustine


4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 02:09:03 | More by Augustine
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fx20736

New York

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wired and corked 750ml bottle into a chalice, served cool.

Darkish ochre with a pecan sandy head.

aroma like old fashioned cola with star anise

mouthfeel is soft and elegant.

toasted brown bread with dark plums and bittersweet cocoa and a faint clove like spiciness.

this is great beer! Great smelling, great tasting. Ranks as one of my favorite Dubbels. will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 21:32:13 | More by fx20736
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Boto

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle: The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a hint of red in it. Large light tan head that lingers for awhile. Aroma is filled with candy sweetness, raisins and a slight hint of alcohol. Taste is very silky, with caramel and much malt sweetness. Medium to full bodied, and well balanced. Complex taste, almost wine-like. This is an exceptional dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 09:44:14 | More by Boto
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Foxtrot

California

4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this one at a bargain. 6.99 for a 750 ml. Not too bad, and I really liked the Tripple and Blond offered by Affligem.

Gentle pour into Duvel tulip produced brown and amber body coupled with a big cream colored cap along with an abundance of lacing. Retention was phenomenal as well, the head stuck around for several minutes.

Aroma is pleasant, full of toasted malts, raisins, dark fruits, and a nice bit of apple. Belgian yeast is also displayed in all of its glory, adding a nice spicy and nutty aroma.

The flavor is a mirror of the aroma. Spicy Belgian yeast hit the palate first, then slowly giving away to flavors of sweet caramel, dark fruits (Raisins, and a hint of cherry) and finishes slightly dry with green apples and ripe pears. I would love to pair this with some cheese to really big the flavors up a notch.

Mouthfeel is on par with the style. Medium, but this one tends to be slightly creamy.

Huge drinkability potential. Huge flavor, and fantastic lasting flavor makes this a Dubbel that is a cut above others. Not to mention the price, its hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 07:23:33 | More by Foxtrot
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Intrinsic

Germany

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My god. In true Belgian style, this beer just bursts with smell and flavour. It also pours beautifully, leaving a nice thick head that has great retention (although no lacing). Its a reddish brown that screams malt, and this is exactly what you get when you smell it - mixed of course with the characteristic Belgian yeast smell. Maybe even a hint of cherry. Damn this stuff is tasty. The cherry really shines through in the taste, as does the malt, which is almost perfectly balanced by the light hops. It has a nice dry, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, this is an amazing beer. I will definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:27:10 | More by Intrinsic
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Shultzerdugen

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl with cork.

Appearance: Not unlike fresh brewed tea in color. Good head, cascading bubbles.
Smell: Fruity. Apples, grapes, all tart.
Taste: Complex. Dry. Apples and grapes present again. Long malty finish, crisp and hoppy.
Mouthfeel: Very bubbly, makes me think of champagne.
Drinkability: Hell, yes!

Old recipe, new equipment-- worked out better than okay.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 14:52:05 | More by Shultzerdugen
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has long since been one of my favourites. I'm a little surprised to discover that I have not yet reviewed it.
Very slightly cloudy orange/bronze/brown colour with a slightly off-white head with loosely knit bubbles. Smell is sweet malt. Some stewed fruit, a bit of chocolate, and honestly, a bit of honey, as well. Lovely smell. Taste is more of the same. Very smooth with a bit of honey in the taste. Lots of maltiness, as well. Mouthfeel is lighter than one would be led to believe, and there is a nice level of carbonation present. I am glad I took the time to revisit this one. I'll be buying it a bit more regularly.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 01:13:43 | More by SilentSabre
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GallowsThief

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle into a Duvel.

A - Pours a cloudy deep brown color with noticeable yeast swirling around. Huge creamy brown head with sticky lacing.

S - Has a bit of an earthy, nutty aroma. Not overpowering but very solid. Certainly has some of the yeast smell.

T - Nice nutty flavor. Has a great warming effect. Has some nice fruity overtones as well. Plums? Hint of sweetness.

M - Medium bodied. Extremely smooth dubbel.

D - Yes. Yes. It's decent ABV would make you think this is a sipper but I could have a few. It's on my list for ones to enjoy more!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 23:32:10 | More by GallowsThief
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acehart1

New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage - sampled on Jan. 22, 2010

Got damn. This stuff has really mellowed out, not that it wasn't fantastic before. This is a quintessential Belgian dubbel. Nothing really bowls you over the head or kicks your behind, but it is really solid and really drinkable. To tell you the truth, nothing really blows me away here. The characteristics of a Belgian dubbel are there. Very, very solid. Not sure if the aging has really done anything to this beer, however (nothing too discernible). Paired with a nice Grouyere, however. It really paired well with the Belgian yeastiness of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 00:55:40 | More by acehart1
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - Pours a deep brown hue with a fluffy tan head. Fairly effervescent in the glass. Burgundy-ruby highlights in the light. Head slowly settle to a thin film. No lacing.

S - Classic aroma here. Dark dried fruits, namely dates and raisins, with a bit of dried plum. Not as much fig as usual dubbels, and not as much fruit in general. I get some gentle chocolate and caramel notes, likely from the dates, which are really pronounced here. Strong aroma of molasses here as well, with a touch of anise. Sweet candi sugar and Belgian yeast. A little more dark and earthy for a dubbel as opposed to fruity, but still very inviting.

T - Opens up with an array of dark fruits and bready flavors. Dates and dried plums, bready malt, and candi sugar sweetness. A touch of cola syrup and distinct Belgian yeast. Finishes dry and spicy, with a hint of bitterness. Not as fruity as some, but every bit as sweet, with a real focus on more resinous flavors. Although not fruit, some dark cherries come through as well. Mild mineral metallic presence at first, but it quickly dissipates. A bit of caramel and chocolate as it warms. Overall a sweet and malty Belgian that really hits the spot. Very drinkable.

M - Smooth but still very carbonated, a little higher than I prefer. Medium body, with a nice weight to it. Finishes particularly dry, with a lingering spice. Keeps you coming back for more.

D - A traditional Belgian dubbel that tastes and feels just like it should. I've always enjoyed dubbels ever since I first got into craft beer, and this is yet another I enjoyed a great deal. This brew offers up a degree of complexity, drinkability, and flavor that I really enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 23:00:12 | More by Converge
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BierJager89

California

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, opaque, plum color?

S: Sweet fruit in the nose, these notes are old and not very specific.

T: Fruity Belgian yeast seems to define the flavor, again, my notes aren't very specific. Malt and citrus seem to show up.

M: Very smooth, medium-full bodied.

O: Probably my favorite dubbel. It's a really good beer, and when I try it again I will edit this review.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 02:32:40 | More by BierJager89
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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.