Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
86
very good

523 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 19
Gots: 32 | 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:
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another classic example of great Belgian beer offered up by Affligem.

A sturdy and handsome appearance of deep mahogany and ruby hues, moderate haze... but the efforvescent carbonation carries a froathy and foamy head that consists of loosely knit bubbles and off-white foam. Lots of lacing. Nearly an ideal look.

The flavors and aromas closely mirror each other and consist of deep dark fruits of raisons, plumbs, red grapes, figs, prunes, and other dehydrated things that grow on trees... this Dubbel is quite fruity. Phenolic spices give some burnt pith notes, corriander, orange peel, and white pepper. The pilsner malt base gets swallowed up by darker sugars that give a boost of confectionate sweetness along with a kettle-caramelization taste that whisps away effortlessly. Like other Affligem beers, their minerally water gives a metallic taste that I could do without; but it doesn't seem to be as distracting in the Dubbel as in other beers.

While being complexly sweet to taste, the beer is expansive and efforvescent to start. The full and creamy beginning slowly fades into a evaporative cotton candy-like airyness.

Though others' reviews say otherwise, I believe this to be the best of the Affligem offerings. This is a beautiful beer that belongs in the discussion with the Chimay Red's and Westmalle Dubbel's.

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 tatterdash
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On to the Dubbel, this is more my style than the Blond. Poured a mahogany red with a light tan head that had the same wonderful lacing and thickness of the Blond. No sediment, even when held up to the light. Smell was fruity and biscuity, very good. Taste had a great deal of roasted malts, with a bit of tangy fruit as well. The finish was dry and a little hoppy, glad to taste some hops in an Abbey ale. Mouthfeel was crisp and lighter than expected. The is one to savour for a bit, the Tripel awaits.

Photo of Hemi
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

55dF serving temp in a wide mouthed glass

A - Milk chocolate/medium strength coffee appearance. At the end of the bottle it resembles a carboy full of fermenting wort with the yeast floating around in currents from the CO2. Creamy head, retaining about a 1/2" thin layer.
S - Carmel, Chocolate and other roasted malt aromas. Very pleasing nose. No noticeable hop smells.
T - Nutty, carmel and chocolate notes. Almost non existant CO2 burn.
M - Medium to High thickness
D - I think I maybe able to sip on these all night long...well until I pass out as this 7% ABV will catch up with ya!

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raisin and malt aromas are up front on the nose of this copper-brown ale, with the definite aroma of alcohol there as well. This boozy smell adds a new facet that I like a lot. The flavors are of malt and minerals, along with raisin and light dried fruit, which also features in the aftertaste. This Dubbel is quite good.

Photo of stjarnflikka
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark red beer with strong carbonation and a thick foam.

Smell is malty, fresh with sweet traces. There are also some citric feeling to it, very fresh, a little weak though.

Taste is sweet, fruity and thick. Its very creamy and filling, with a fruity sweetness to it. There are traces of apples and oranges. Malt, yeast and a medium strong bitterness even the taste out to become filling and wellbalanced. Some traces of alcohol in there.

A nice brew, better than the blond version. Thick and round taste thats well balanced and nice.

Photo of BeerDawg1
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma-slighty nutty/malt/sweet

Appearence-Dark brown/2 finger head/receds slowly/nice lacing

Flavor-Nutty yeasty taste(from bottom of bottle)/bready/malty//very nicley balanced/nice subtle flavor/nothing overpowers but everything stounds out

Mouthfeel-Decent carbonation/easy quick flavor/nice finish/maltiness fades quick

Drinkability-Icould drink a bottle but after that I might switch on to something else(not a session beer)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of supermeniscus
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a set which included 2 blondes, a triple and the Affligem goblet. This was sitting on my shelf since Christmas and finally today i decided to give it a go, boy was i surprised!

A. Big tan head with moderate amounts of lacing that stick to the glass in clumps until the end.

S. Very rich fruity smell, just what i like
T. Pretty sweet with some fruits and a little but of hops at the end.
M. Very creamy and light
O. I was thrown off by the reviews on this site, but i have to say this is one i will get again for its drinkability. I enjoyed this more than the St. Bernardus Prior 8 and the Westmalle Dubbel. Each to their own i guess

Photo of BrewMaster
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 750ml corked and caged bottle. The beer pours a cloudy tawny color witha thin tan head. The head is smooth and even and has some nice staying power.

Smell: Sweet candy sugar, molasses, dates, fig, and a malty sandiness.

Taste: Very malty with caramel and molasses flavors. The beer is very sweet, especially in the middle, with a mild hop bitterness to offset the sweetness slightly. Spicy with pepper and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth for such a sweet beer. Well carbonated and soft on the palate.

Drinkability: All around a well done beer. Balanced though still on the sweet side. Pairs well with lamb and left over Thanksgiving stuffing.

Photo of kbub6f
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, beige head. Dark brown/orange beer with red highlights. Malt in the nose, with tangy, sour apples, rum, toffee, plums. A Christmas dessert of a beer. Dark caramel and rum in the tangy front. Deep caramel foamy middle with a dry, vinous finish. Toasted grains. Almost a little woody. This is a great, dark, caramel, fruity dubbel.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A muddy brown color, faint off-white head. Aroma: seriously raisiny! Toss in some molasses, dark rum, sour cherries, maybe even dates? Sizzling hops on the palate,warm mouthfeel from the malt, and the yeasty, raisiny flavor is rich, full, delicious. More sour notes abide in the middle, and a candyish feeling runs through the finish.
A good dubbel, a fine enough drink, but far from great.

Photo of paleoplant
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured as a beautiful brownish amber color; very colloidal. The smell was terrific with hints of fruit maybe cherry. The taste was strong at first, but settled down as it sat for awhile. The flavor was very good compared to many of the dubbels I have tried. Overall it was one of my favorite dubbels.

Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Affligem Blonde was a great beer - a very good depiction of the style, and the brewery's version of a Dubbel is about authentic as you can get... pours a wonderful, dark-brown hue with impressive foamy, frothy head with some staying power... From a 750 ML bottle bought caged and corked from Total Wine and More in West Orange, this Dubbel has a nice aroma of prunes, dark fruits, and dark Belgian sugars... taste strongly complements the aroma, with fresh figs, sweet candy, sugars, slight vanilla, and a heavy malt factor... The mouthfeel was good but slightly bland for the style, otherwise, the drinkability was top-notch, went down as easily as possible with no bitterness or alcohol detected... perilously drinkable, no problem downing this one at all... Overall, a very good beer, great stuff, although there are better examples of the style...

Photo of thehyperduck
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small 330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before June 2013. It's about time I reviewed a dubbel, and this is as good as anywhere to start.

Pours a very deep crimson-mahogany colour, topped with a finger of dense, creamy beige head that dies down only gradually. Not a lot of lacing, but enough. Pleasant aroma with various fruity esters, including plums, figs, pears and prunes. Brown sugar and toffee notes as well.

Great taste, tons of plum/fig character as with the nose. Molasses, brown sugar and yeast dominate the flavour as well. Slight peppery, anise-like spiciness that becomes more noticeable in the finish. Also a bit of sourness in the aftertaste; the yeast lingers for a bit. The ethanol becomes a bit more noticeable as it warms, but works well with the candy sweetness. Medium-bodied, with fairly high carbonation to provide a good bite.

Rich, smooth and certainly one of the best glasses of beer I've had in a few months, this is an incredible beer that I would describe as 'worth a try', if not a must-try, to anyone who purports to enjoy Belgian brews. My first dubbel, but definitely not my last.

Photo of jlervine
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy head. Lots of tasty yeast floaties. Head retention is alright, but the etching in the bottom of the glass helps to bolster it. Smells of caramel, rum soaked raisins, and honey. The taste is very light for a dubble, very refreshing. Almost a citrus hint to the flavor, along with a swirl of caramel and dried fruit. The mouthfeel is somewhat coating in the back of the mouth, but not unpleasant. Perhaps one of the most drinkable dubbels I can recall tasting, just a great easy drinking brew.

Thanks to Jim for the birthday present!

Photo of diamondc
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A classic dubbel look... murky brown, huge fluffy head, patchy lacing, lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the Duvel glass.

S: Wheat bread, brown sugar, bubblegum, chocolate, some subtle vanilla too. Good stuff.

T: Raisin, cherry, burnt sugar, licorice. Sweet, a bit sour, almost no bitterness.

M: Not as watery as some other dubbels I've had recently. Chocolate & roasted flavors come out when warm.

O: A pretty good dubbel, not the best I've had by a long shot but still. worthy of a purchase.

Photo of Stocean1
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this brew into a pint glass and it billowed to a four finger fluffy off white head. A little lacing clings to the glass as the head slowly subsided to a nice collar of suds. It is dark brown with mahogany and ruby coming through.

The smell is dark fruits, grape and pear, a medicinal quality I can not put my finger upon.

The taste is dark fruit, a little caramel, a grape note, perhaps some pineapple, pepper, alcohol.

The mouthfeel is perhaps my favourite characteristic. It has decent carbonation and a medium body with exceptional smoothness. The alcohol makes itself known as it warms your throat. A little dry and with minimal bitterness for the style.

I am glad I came across this at the LCBO and will certainly grab it again. Like the others I have tried from this brewer, it is not overly complex but it is certainly a well crafted brew that is very easy drinking.

Photo of BGDrock
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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 AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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 puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the wire-caged corked 750 ml. bottle marked 10-173-14. The pour is somewhere between amber, red, and brown. The head is softly floating on the top and slowly fades away. The Belgian sugar and crystal malts shine on the nose. The body was a little thinner than I expected but still quite nice. It is sweet up front and then the malts are clean on the tongue and the hops are soft and dry. Nice beer.

Photo of DogFood11
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really like the balance of malt and fruit...plum comes through but bottom line is its a well balanced ale.

mouthfeel was about average because the carbonation was a bit overkill, although it seemed natural and fine.

I have gobbled many of these and they get better with each brew...the only problem is the price....oh well.

Photo of adamette
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 33cl bottle that I brought back from Brussels as I bought this as a part of a gift pack literally in the airport duty free shop. The pack came in a gold rimmed glass that of course shattered in the trip back to the States since they would not let me carry on the glass and the liquid. So I do not recall how much the gift pack was but that glass was really pretty cool. I poured this bottle (the bottles were just fine in transit) into my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet. 6.8% ABV listed on label along with 22.10.10 which is likely the "best by" date. Looks like I had this one just in time!

A Great looking creamy brown head that sticks around for several minutes (I finally started sipping after about 3 minutes of waiting for it to settle down) over a nice dark brown body with mahogany edges and visible sediment floating near the bottom of the body. I do not recall this beer looking this good but then I had it on tap in Brussels about a year ago so I am guessing that there was little or no sediment to be seen at that time. Really, a classic Belgian Dubbel look with a great head that leaves nice lacing. The look cannot be improved. THIS is what you want your Belgian Dubbel to look like! 5.0

S Nice, solid Dubbel smell of sweet malt and Belgian yeast. There is a kind of minimally sweet maple smell that I find in many Dubbels but is pleasing. There is a "wood" like smell as well which is not really like being oak aged or anything but more of an "organic maple malt." 4.0

T Taste carries right over from the smell. There is the light sweet malt, a woodsy, organic, maple taste and, differing from some other Dubbels that I have tasted, a pretty significant Belgian yeast taste. Taste lingers for at least 2 minutes after last sip and stays very consistent which I like. This is a classic Belgian Dubbel. 4.5

M Sweet malt, reasonably elevated ABV and Belgian yeast tastes make this a big beer but it is very appropriate to the style in that it is not overly huge like some QUADS can get. 4.0

D At least fair for the style which does not lend itself really well to drinkability. This is an apertif beer (to be consumed as a dessert) and it will certainly be one and done for me. That being said, it is delicious and a pleasure to drink the one. 3.5

Notes: Really glad that I kept this bottle (and that it survived the trip) so that I could enjoy it this evening.

Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.