Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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1.45/5 rDev -62.1%
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.
04-02-2014 23:05:30 | More by leffebrown84th
2.08/5 rDev -45.7%
A- nice medium brown beer with large head that fades to a night white lace. Larger than expected head on the beer.
S-Faint undefined smell...not even a malty or sweet typical smell
T- Nothing memorable. Not impressed at all. Lacking taste and combined with lacking mouthfeel, not worth it.
M- Thin and watery.
D- I would not bother again
01-12-2010 02:05:05 | More by jhall00
2.53/5 rDev -33.9%
Very average dubbel, not worth many words.
Appearance (2.5): Transparent red-brown with yellowish head which lasted only for few seconds.
Smell (2): Shy sweetness, very light.
Taste (3): Uncertain taste, soft raisins maybe.
Mouthfee (2.5): Average dubbel with high carbonation.
Drinkability (2): Very average, nice addition to a good meal.
04-24-2010 10:27:36 | More by mmahut
2.7/5 rDev -29.5%
This beer came in a 750mL corked bottle. The cork was tough to pop, but eventually came off when I used a can-opener handle for leverage (I didn't want to shake and fire, of course). The smell impressed me at first, quite malty and sweet. It also poured nicely, dark brown with a fairly light head.
What wasn't impressive was the taste. It has a very metallic feel and taste. It is appropriately sweet and bubbly, but it's very hard to get past the metallic taste.
08-19-2007 20:15:24 | More by malweth
2.75/5 rDev -28.2%
Appearance- Pours a deep ruby read. Slightly opaque. That could because of the car ride home (most of these things are bottle conditioned, and I may have stirred it up)., Decent, off-white, fluffy foamy head. Head has little staying power, and no lacing.
Aroma- The overall aroma is subdued, but failry rich and complex. At 1st, you get a rich, dark, fruity smell; raisins, plums, dark cherries. Then you get a bit of a bready, yeasty nose as you delve further into it. No hop aroma, graininess or maltiness.
Taste- Hard to describe. Some malt sweetness, but not a lot. No hoppiness at all. Some deep, fruity tastes are in there, but just barely noticeable. It's okay, not great.
Mouthfeel- Body is a tad light, and it is over-carbonated. Being bottle conditioned, that's a hard thing to control.
Drinkability- It's not wretched, but I won't be buying another bottle anytime soon. The over-carbonation tends to masks a lot of the more subtle flavors.
03-28-2007 23:15:57 | More by theopholis
2.83/5 rDev -26.1%
Dense but not opaque, murky brown, tan bubbly head that reached slightly more than a finger, slow to dissipate, few specks of lace. Clean, weak raisin nose, surprisingly straightforward, undertones, which seem to increase, of fake lemon cleaning solution. Light raisin, alcohol, yeasty with a tartness that is not wanted on the palate. Where is the complexity, balance, and, well, flavor? Excellent carbonation produces a pleasing mouthfeel. The fake lemon cleaning solution is again noticeable at the finish and lingers into the aftertaste. I need not drink this again. There are much better versions of Dubbels on the market, even American interpretations.
Best By: 28-02-03
02-07-2003 13:17:16 | More by bditty187
2.83/5 rDev -26.1%
Beautiful crystal clear deep ruby in hue, covered by a persistent, thick, light beige head that leaves loose lace. A quick waft of solvent - like fusels in aroma is immediately ensued by bright, citrusy fruit w/ a hint of spruce. The initial impression aromawise is that of Pine Sol, but as the beer breathes, hints of raisiny Special B and light chocolate malt provide contrast and depth. Yeast derived contributions in aroma are virtually absent, w/ bubblegum present only at a trace. In flavor, a snap of cider like tartness is perceived at first, then mellows into a somewhat understated combination of chocolate, dark, ripe fruity prune and vinous notes of fermented grapes w/ a pine undertone. Yeast esters flavorwise are very mild, and mirror the light bubblegum in aroma. Very dry, well attenuated and correspondingly light in body, w/ a spritzy mouthfeel from the high carbonation. (The mouthfeel was downright seltzer like and prickly for the first few minutes) Finishes dry, clean and a touch bland w/ a hint of yeast must. A bit of a dissappointment. Affligem Dubbel lacked complexity overall and was too "clean" and neutral esterwise. It was as if they fermented this brew with a neutral American ale yeast at a high temperature.
09-25-2002 17:59:27 | More by marc77
British Columbia (Canada)
2.85/5 rDev -25.6%
Best before 22 06 07, 6.8% ABV.
A: Ruby-brown, pours with an impressive off-white head. Not a lot of head retention, but some wonderful Belgian lace.
S: Not a lot of aroma. Caramel sugar & prunes?
T: Dubbels are well-crafted brews that have a high standard. I don't think the taste meets that standard (average). Burnt raisins & sugar. Not roasty, just burnt.
M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation. Appropriate for style.
D: Digestable, as a dubbel should be... The burnt flavour keeps me from wanting another...
11-09-2005 22:24:33 | More by Derek
2.88/5 rDev -24.8%
Head was hardly noticeable.
Taste (mild citrus and hops) was weak. The alcohol was fairly well masked however.
Body was thin. Lack of carbonation made this beer practically undrinkable.
One of the worst Belgians I have had to date.
(I had this beer on-tap and from a bottle and both times I was quite unimpressed.)
06-25-2006 18:29:52 | More by Damian
2.9/5 rDev -24.3%
Affligem Brouwerij Dubbel
7.49 for a 750 ml bottle
Appearence: Amazing 3 finger head. Darkish red/amber in color, almost burgundy
Aroma: Extremely fruity probably from belgian yeast. I get bananna, very savory type dessert aroma to it.
Taste: very malty, Leaves somewhat of a thick coat inside your mouth. Bubblegum tastes in the end.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation certainly not bubbly going down but not light bodied either. Warms up your taste buds.
Overall: Good Beer, Definantly Pick one up and add it to your cellar
11-25-2011 20:00:05 | More by JustinQ
2.9/5 rDev -24.3%
750ml into a tulip. Pours a murky dishwater cola, garnet dark honey when back lite, creamy dairy product dense head slow to subside, excellent lacing.
Aroma is rich with dark fruits, mostly spiced figs.
Taste is low in sweetness, not well defined. Descriptors don't come easy as there is not much to define. Slightly metallic phenolic aftertaste fades abruptly. Thin creamy mouthfeel.
05-30-2011 05:26:42 | More by impending
2.95/5 rDev -23%
Bought a 750ml bottle from a supermarket.
Pours a Mahogany-brown with a large sandy head and some lacing. As others have noted, not much on the nose. Mouthfeel is good, but not great. Hoppier than other beers of this style. Finish is a tiny bit bitter with some alcohol present on the tongue. Overall slightly disappointing. Wouldn't buy again as there are similarly priced Dubbels which are more satisfying. Not bad though.
06-26-2009 22:21:48 | More by btchesandsake
2.95/5 rDev -23%
Slightly hazed ruby/brown colour with a fine, light brown head. Some lacing was evident. Aromas of bready yeast, caramel, dried fruit. Malt sweetness dominates, but there's a harsh burnt bitterness in the finish that really lingers. Ample fruit and caramel with a hint of spice. The texture was fair, maybe a bit creamy, with the carbonation providing some lift without being coarse. Moderate body, fairly high attenuation, and a hint of alcohol warmth.
11-10-2005 01:58:15 | More by DrJay
2.95/5 rDev -23%
A: Poured a caramel color with good carbonation leaving a dirty white cap that quickly fades leaving a small ring with no lacing
S: Some caramel, dark fruits and spice but not that big or appealing
T: Upfront is some booze and dark fruits with hints of caramel and burnt sugar. The taste fades into a one dimensioanl booziness
M: Warm and thin for the style
O: Not even close to the best Dubbel's I have had.
04-11-2012 02:45:53 | More by barleywinefiend
3/5 rDev -21.7%
Served from a 750ml brown, caged and corked bottle. This poured out a very hazy brown with a super-condensed creamy head that would not disappear. It reminded me of something out of a nitro-can. The aroma had lots of malt with a strong raisin back. The taste mimmicked the raisin aroma and there was a really dry finish. I don't want to critique this beer beyond this glass because I have a feeling that this is a bad bottle. Overall, since I am not a huge veteran of dubbels this one will make me steer clear of this style for a little bit.
05-12-2005 23:21:40 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
3/5 rDev -21.7%
A: Deep copper, almost red, slightly cloudy with a solid head that unfortunately lasts for only a few sips then disappears quickly leaving a light lace for the remainder.
S: Sweet, raisiny, and very malty.
T: Very sweet (a bit too much for my liking) and malty, a little grassy too.
M: Medium bodied. Nice but pretty standard.
D: Not terrible, just not great. I purchased a 750ML but wished it were a 375ML.
Very average Dubbel. I'm glad that i've tasted it but don't need to revisit it when Westmalle is sitting right next to it on the shelf.
05-18-2010 02:53:47 | More by DeanMoriarty
Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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