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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

Affligem DubbelAffligem Dubbel

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very good

461 Ratings

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

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

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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Photo of leffebrown84th


1.45/5  rDev -62%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 23:05:30 | More by leffebrown84th
Photo of BierJager89


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
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 03:15:09 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of atr2605

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 01:51:53 | More by atr2605
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 15:03:26 | More by utopiajane
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:53:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of FLima


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 01:40:35 | More by FLima
Photo of DaveBlack


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 00:51:12 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of mmmbirra


3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 18:24:44 | More by mmmbirra
Photo of DubbelTrubbel


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 04:40:50 | More by DubbelTrubbel
Photo of Blindpigbiz


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 22:40:32 | More by Blindpigbiz
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West Virginia

3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 23:03:36 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of janubio


3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 14:46:16 | More by janubio
Photo of Beelzebeer

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 02:21:26 | More by Beelzebeer
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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
Photo of planetscott


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
Photo of 1Nrwyscotch


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 00:58:16 | More by 1Nrwyscotch
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 03:00:19 | More by superspak
Photo of Kromes


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. A hazy brown color with a thick and active tan colored head. A little bit of bubble gum fruitiness and roasted malt aroma with some cherry and candi sugar.

The roasted malt, candi sugar, and cherry flavors appear right up front. There is also some more subtle molasses and hop flavors. The beer finishes dry with a lingering cherry and burnt sugar flavor.

A medium body and smooth feel to it. This is a nice, quality Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 20:22:30 | More by Kromes
Photo of Jetulio


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of 330ml bottle into Chalice glass (Affligem glass).
A: brown muddy colour. Big foam (1,5 finger)
S: good smell with notes of herbs and spices
T: sweet but not too much with hops at the end
M: medium carbonation in a medium/full body. It is a dubbel that refresh your mouth. Good balance between sweet and bitternes.
O: very good dubbel, more refreshing than other abbey ales and with great balance sweet/bitter/alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 21:35:49 | More by Jetulio
Photo of 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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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 bottle opens with a nice pop and smoke pouring out of the bottle. Slightly see through brown/deep ruby red body. Fluffy off white head. Tons of bubbles coursing through the glass.

Lots of sweetness, dark fruits, and bread wafting off this brew.

Sweetness up front which gives way to the dark fruit. There's a medicinal quality to the taste which is eh. A good but not exciting flavor on this dubbel. It is well carbonated with a medium body.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 01:23:33 | More by MattSweatshirt
Photo of AgentMunky


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Koningshoven chalice.

A: Muddy brown, mostly translucent, some head and great tracing.

S: Murky fruit, mild spices, straight up dubbel. Belgian candy sugar.

T/M: Not bad! Also not stellar. A run of the mill, drinkable, pleasant beer. Light malt base, relatively heavy spice and carbonation, dark plums and coriander? Somewhat grainy and occasionally a touch sour.

O: I won't be seeking this out ever, but I certainly wouldn't turn it down if I were in the mood for a dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 05:43:59 | More by AgentMunky
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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown and hazy, thin head. Smells sweet, like bread. Taste has a mild sour note and low hop profile. Body is light, not watery, but light and with decent carbonation. Overall a good beer. The finish and the body are limiting factors here.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 18:17:21 | More by OdinMcHaggis
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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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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 461 ratings.