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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
85
very good

295 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 295
Hads: 552
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 21
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-20-2000

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Photo of Zet
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice inviting brown caramel colour with a small layer of foam. At the suggested serving temperature it tasted too watery for me, but flavours slowly come out when this beer warms up to room temperature. A decent dubbel, but the malt and caramel can be a bit too dominating. The mouth feel was also a bit lacking. (313 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Old scratch notes I found from Feb 2010. 750ml bottle consumed at the Abbey bar.

Clowdy brown color with a tanned head. Aroma is huge with pear fruitiness and malty sweet brown sugar/apple. Taste is malty sweet but also seemingly overly ripe in fruit. Aftertaste brings more fruity flavoring. Little to no hop bitterness. Drinkable. Light feel with moderate carbonation. (371 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300 ml bottle purchased in Greece and enjoyed in Delphi.

Poured with a huge foamy head over a small brown body. Several pours needed to empty the bottle.

Alcohol is not as well hidden as expected but the alcohol esters do blend nicely with the other flavors. Moderate complexity, including dark dried fruits, soft ripe fruits and pepper. (342 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml Bottle in Rembrandt Bar, Amsterdam (€4.00):
This one was a surprisingly good for a beer that was so easy to find in the Netherlands, a really nice Abbey style beer that was very well balanced with plenty of sweetness coming through from the offset but thankfully never really overpowered. The beer was an easy one to drink and is one that I wouldn't mind picking up again in future. (390 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.1/5  rDev -18%

330ml bottle. Augustijn Chalice glass. Brownish amber color headed by beige froth & close but quickly diminish crown. Toasted, prune, plum marmalade, brown sugar & herbal aromas. Sweet, crystal & caramel malty upfront. Medium to full body. Moderate to high carbonation. Silky palate. ABV is felt as a sugary & kind heat. Slight wood, spiced, anise & cumin hues. Sweet & quite sparkling finish. Long fruity aftertaste. Correct beer. (431 characters)

Photo of Kuaff
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of leffebrown84th
1.52/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Deep dark brown and red cloudy color.
Smells like champagne. Fruity, perfume like smell.
Tastes awful. Tastes like champagne and perfume, just like it smells.
I had high hopes. I love dubbels and I really like affligem blonde, but I couldnt give this beer away and I tried.
So to conclude, terrible stay away. (309 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (1,102 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a deep brown color with a tan sudsy head with god retention
S-lots of rich caramel, cordial cherries
T-dominated by the caramel, buttered toffee, followed by a balanced hop presence
M-medium bodied with high carbonation
O-not my favorite of the style but still a very solid beer (286 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured a murky caramel brown with a tawny hue and a steady stream of bubbles rising. It's got a a bit of orange in the color. Dotted slippery lace and a film on top. Nose is not too complex. There is raisin and anise. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Dark dried fruits like date. Taste is rich and buttery caramel without too much sweetness. It tastes like a sweet bread. The grain makes up the body of the beer but it's smooth and it's not burnt or throwing out any real dark roasted flavors. The flavors are blended well and the raisin and date become a bit fainter in the drink. Brown sugar and buttery caramel. There is a peppery alcohol spice on this that adds depth to the finish. Alcohol warms a bit and leaves a touch bitter. A bit too much carbonation in the mouthfeel which is medium bodied and supple. The sweetness is more than you realize at first . Malt shows off a little biscuit as it warms. As you are finishing this up you may have noticed a bit of sour cherry. Delightful.

This a warm, fruity and spicy little dubbel. It has a the rich flavor of anise but it doesn't overpower. The dark fruits are rich but not too sweet and the brown sugar in this is terrific and restrained. The body of the beer is firm with plenty of bread and the lightness it has in the malt is deceptive to the palate. You are expecting a huge heavy sweetness and then it glides like as if on air instead. Worthwhile and smart. (1,423 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at The Belgians Are Coming held in Old Town Newhall in Newhall, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, spice, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid dark fruit and spice presence in the aroma and flavor. (659 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Arte&Sana cervecería in Málaga, Spain.

Appearance: dark mahogany/brown, bubbly 2 finger white head

Smell: dark fruits, oak, pepper, belgian yeast

Taste: Lots of overripe darkfruits, more specifically cherry an apple that dominate the palate initially. Very sweet, belgian yeast come through after the initial fruit bomb, followed by notes of pepper, coriander, apple, and pear. Finish is sort of medicinal, not in a bad way, but the cherriness really lingers a lot. Finish is dry and sweet, almost like a red wine in a way.

Mouthfeel: not as carbonated as other dubbels but still medium to high, medium bodied.

Overall: Not as good as the big trappist dubbels, but this is unique in its own eay and can hold its own as a belgian i would reccomend. Especially if you like te really overripe fruit and cherry taste. (830 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber reddish color with lots of thick off-white with good retention, but with lots of floating particles.
Nice aroma of dark fruits, wood, molasses, pepper and booze.
Fruity and condimented flavor. Taste of plums, raisins, figs, oranges, pepper, licorice, earthy hops and Belgian yeast. Smooth finish with a distant tartness.
Medium body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol level appropriate to the style.
Very good Dubbel, this one seemed to have evolved nicely overtime to be more complex and round (it has just 5 months before expiration date). Good beer for your buck. (576 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Murky reddish-brown. Big 3 finger fluffy tan head.

S: Belgian yeast, sweet caramel, a hint of peppery alcohol. I am digging the aroma of this beer right now, it is warm and fruity and spicy.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor of the beer does not live up to all that the aroma offers. There's a hint of the caramel malts that were so prevalent in the aroma, but they're hidden behind a biscuit flavor. The earthy yeast in the middle is followed by a slight raisin flavor.

M: Moderate body and a hefty dose of carbonation that makes this beer feel incredibly foamy in the mouth.

O: I wish that this beer could have delivered on the flavor what it does on the aroma. It was much less intense than I was expecting, and the flavors overall all feel a bit muddles and muted. That being said, it is a very decent beer and worth picking up. (835 characters)

Photo of mmmbirra
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

75cl bottle(on sale for 3 euros) poured into a snifter.

Full fluffy off-white head that holds on for quite some time. The first pour is a crystal clear red. Subsequent pours are more cloudy as the yeast finds its way into the glass.

Dark cherries, plums, blackberries. Very bright and inviting. A little cocoa powder in the background. A little bit of almost-peppery spice shows up when swirled. If only it was an even stronger aroma, it would be perfection.

Tastes light and fruity with a good rich slightly sweet maltiness. Just a touch of something with a little more bite in the back end that at times almost tastes rubbery.

For me, a little too carbonated, but I tend to like lightly carbonated beers in general, so I won't hold it against this otherwise solid beer too much.

Really good. Goes down almost too easily, but I'm complaining about that. (862 characters)

Photo of DubbelTrubbel
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 into a Chimay chalice. Approx. one year-old bottle.

A- Beautiful red-brown dubbel. Off-white head, lush carbonation. Poured about a finger and a half of head.

S- nice orange peel, then chocolate-covered cherries. Perhaps some brown sugar. Ya, I like this one.

T- Candy-malt tastes, with a bitterness that just lets you know it's there. Some raisiny tastes. The finish is a pleasing dryness, and even later some fruity echoes. Still manages to be refreshing!

M- Maybe a touch thin, but still great carbonation and body! Leaves that nice sugary slickness on the teeth.

O- Very good, but then what do I expect with a Belgian beer. One of the better dubbels. (663 characters)

Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Style/abv: dubbel/9.5%

Smell: very delicate and minute doses of sugar, hops, and nuts

Taste: citrus sweetness alongside subtle cherry notes, bitter hops, herbs (I'm not a chef so I'm not quite sure which type of herbs), and a pan dulce finish

I haven't paired this one with food yet, but I imagine it would go well with a summer or an Italian sausage (354 characters)

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle served in a Chimay trappist glass. Pours a reddish brown color, lots of floaties, decent frothy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, slightly roasted, spices, yeast, and a hint of plum. Flavor is bread and caramel malts, yeast, spicy, dark fruits, and candy sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, fairly carbonated, and a little bitter. Good beer, drinkable. (381 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml. bottle. Amber reddish colour with a big creamy head and a lace that keeps forever. Chunks floating on the glass. Smell of candied fruits, caramel, spices and damp earth. Taste is on the sweet side, with an astringent finish.Apple, banana, pepper, caramel and some medicinal notes. (287 characters)

Photo of Beelzebeer
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, served in a chalice. BB 21/3/13, making it 2 years old I believe.

A - Murky dark nut brown with 1" head. Minimal lacing, but a little stays on the top

S - Less malt, more raisin on the nose. Some leather, date, bark, fig.

T - Some malt, but I was expecting a little more for the style. I like it. Sugar, leather, dark fruit.

M - Not bad. Maybe a touch too much carbonation, but weight was decent.

O - Ages well. I remember an earlier bottle I tried not being as good. A pretty good dubbel. (511 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of planetscott
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

An almost amber color with a slightly darkened foam head which stuck around.

A strong clove at the start which transitions into a spicy sweet fruit. A touch of alcohol as well. A very enticing aroma that made me all the more eager to take a taste.

The taste is consistent with the smell except i picked up more of a spicy cherry flavor in the taste. It has a little bitterness and the alcohol is also present in the finish. I found it fairly complex and delicious.

It is medium bodied and finishes with a little bitterness and alcohol.

A very enjoyable Dubbel. (611 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature goblet, bottled 7/7/2011. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger foamy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, pepper, clove, banana, earth, candi sugar, molasses, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with nice complexity and balance. Taste of apple, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, clove, pepper, banana, earth, candi sugar, bread, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruit, caramel, toast, pepper, clove, banana, earth, candi sugar, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity with good balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel. Great complexity and balance of flavors; very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,134 characters)

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
85 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.