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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem DubbelAffligem Dubbel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

484 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 21 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 19:00:20 | More by BeerAdvocate
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jim102864

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again with my trusty Duvel tulip glass in hand and this time with a roaring fire in the hearth, I popped the cork of the 750 bottle of this belgian dubbel. Lovely chestnut brown color with a tannish, sturdy and thick head. Lace hugged the glass throughout the session although the head thinned with each sip. Lots of apples in the nose, along with raisens, dried prunes, and a hint of hazelnuts. Mellow, slightly carbonated mouthfeel with dried fruit that lingers through to the finish. Ripe prunes, dired fruit, again apples and some pears in the mouth. More chestnutty flavor and walnuts than in the aroma. Modest alcohol, so minimal warmth as it goes down. Very drinkable Belgian and one woth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 13:37:58 | More by jim102864
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LarryV

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy red on the pour with a thick, creamy tan head that took a while to subside. Inviting, fruity aroma with suggestion of prunes perhaps? Left a fine lattice of lace down the side of the glass. Tilting the glass left a small wall of finely textured bubbles that slowly dissolved. Creamy in the mouth, not too sweet. I thought this was a fine beer and I would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 03:47:36 | More by LarryV
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roblowther

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a ruddy, reddish brown with a very dense, very persistant creamy tan head. Smells of raisins and prunes, with a sharp tangy note. Taste is chocolate up front, with dried fruit afterwards. The finish is crisp and brings back all the stuff that the smell promised up front. Very refreshing! Mouthfeel is well carbonated, silky with a dry finish. Maybe a touch too dry but it offsets the silkiness nicely. The drinkability is good, although the dry finish may limit it a bit. Still, a very nice offering. Good complexity, a nice balance of flavors and textures. A beer to make you think. A beer to make you appreciate the monastic arts.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 02:36:19 | More by roblowther
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bigbubba

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice looking dark amber with a thick ivory colored head. The smell is great, very fruity and sweet smelling. The taste is great as well. Fruity with vanilla and a wine like flavor. A bit of yeast as well. The mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is pretty good, it is definitely enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 23:43:07 | More by bigbubba
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srandycarter

California

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep caramel, smaller tan head, but has staying power. Lots of lace and cascading bubbles.

S - Sweet, juicy fruit and bubble gum. Cotton candy comes to mind as well.

T - Hearty, bready. Sweet malt mixes nicely in taste. Booze, esters there too. Noticed a little anise in the start of sip. Sweet up front but not cloying at finish.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, nice balance of all those big flavors.

D - I like this one and would definitely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 04:59:22 | More by srandycarter
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RyanLigeia

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like liquid caramel with a fat offwhite head that condenses into a thick foam over some visible carbonation in the glass.

Smells of sweet malts, dates, breads and caramel.

Taste is similar to the smell. Some dark fruits (plums, dates etc), very malty, the alcohol is obvious.

The mouthfeel is smooth. Less carbonation than youd expect by looking at it but the alcohol gives that slight warming sensation at the end.

Overall this has a unique taste/consistency to it. Its a nice switch up from all the overdone american crafts Ive had lately. Decently priced, alright availability. I think if this were aged for at least 6 months to a year it would do wonders for this beer to mellow/balance the booze taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 15:48:03 | More by RyanLigeia
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my B.I.L. Eric for this, much obliged!

a: This was a clear, shiny coppery amber color with golden edges. It poured with a long lived, rocky, light tan colored head.

s: Very pleasant aromas coming off of this one. Sweet raisins with suggestions of chocolate are what I noticed first. That had a vaguely earthy quality overall and just a trace of warmth.

t: This doesn't taste as sweet as the smell would suggest. The raisins are here, but they are on the dry side. I tasted a little cocoa before the dry, flowery finish.

m: Medium bodied with gently fizzy carbonation.

d: Subtle and restrained overall, I really enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 20:49:34 | More by DIM
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Kuaff

Alaska

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 22:32:27 | More by Kuaff
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valkyre65

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-15-2012 14:36:20 | More by valkyre65
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-22-2014 23:51:10 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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MAUEX_MFA

Alaska

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-29-2012 22:18:12 | More by MAUEX_MFA
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-03-2012 02:39:36 | More by ThinkAgain
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thesoftspoon


4.25/5  rDev +11%

09-18-2012 00:13:06 | More by thesoftspoon
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11%

11-11-2012 20:00:16 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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Phillip_Collins1219

California

4.25/5  rDev +11%

10-24-2012 01:13:04 | More by Phillip_Collins1219
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KornWallace

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-08-2012 03:13:56 | More by KornWallace
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Garenburg


4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-12-2012 06:20:03 | More by Garenburg
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Praadipto

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +11%

09-01-2013 11:39:03 | More by Praadipto
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mitch3114

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11%

01-10-2013 05:14:52 | More by mitch3114
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videofrog

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11%

09-14-2012 13:08:06 | More by videofrog
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a New Belgium globe. Cork exploded out of the bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, orange copper color with two fingers of pale tan head. Excellent retention and lace, vigorous carbonation.

S: Spicy figs and raisins. Quite persistent throughout the glass.

T: Brown sugar, molasses, pepper and cinnamon. Faint cola on the finish. As the beer warms, more spices and dark fruits emerge. Each sip produces a different balance of flavors, like a constantly shifting mood ring.

M: Medium body and very creamy.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer. Definitely lighter than a quad, but not so light that you feel something is missing or lacking. Reasonably priced. I've had this a few times before, but tonight is the first time reviewing it, and I have to wonder, why don't I buy this more often?

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 03:41:38 | More by AmericanGothic
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wrightst

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-01-2014 13:14:26 | More by wrightst
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STUPIDcody


4.25/5  rDev +11%

09-17-2012 22:12:26 | More by STUPIDcody
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BigBarley

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-02-2013 16:52:31 | More by BigBarley
Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.