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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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507 Ratings

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 17
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website

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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Photo of rodrot
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a corked 750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a pretty lively tan head that subsided slowly. Aroma was quite malty but also had a lot of spice in the nose. Taste was chocolatey and spicy as well. I could pick up on flavors of cinammon, anise and pepper. Could it be the hops contributing to the spicy flavors? Body was light to medium. This packs a lot of taste for a relatively low alcohol Dubbel. I had no problem finishing the bottle and it's priced well to boot. Recommended.

rodrot, May 05, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a murky brownish ruby color with a light tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma is slightly sweetened malt, yeast and a bit of a nuttiness to it as well. The taste is very malty and semi-sweet with some spices lingering in the background and a dry and bitter finish. Overall, this is certainly not a bad dubbel. There are some other dubbels out there to choose from, but I did enjoy this one and would certainly consider buying again. Recommended.

cjgator3, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of walleye
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle corked and caged. poured a cloudy garnet with a nice foamy light khaki head that left some good lacing. aroma malts, caramel, and I swear thin mint, yeast, brown sugar, toasty. flavor, cherry, malts yeast, sour fruits, metallic , sugar. after drinking half the bottle I shook it up and poured the yeast in the only thing that I could pick up that was different was got a nutty flavor. good beer

walleye, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of theopholis
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

theopholis, Mar 29, 2007
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.

paleoplant, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you *very* much to BeerBeing for bringing this beer. It is the one my wife said she liked best from the evening. Alex was kind enough to introduce her to beer she liked two weeks ago and her horizons have been expanding tremendously ever since.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany brown color with a small ivory head that fades immediately into an ivory halo that lasts the duration of the beer.

Smell: Molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits, hint of vanilla, woody scents, some burnt malts and cocoa as well as a sprinkle of anise and cinnamon.

Taste: Sweet molasses, dark fruits, plenty of spices, cinnamon and allspice to start. Anise (black licorice), wood, cocoa a hint of vanilla and dash of nutmeg. The alcohol is well hidden but plays a role as well.

Mouthfeel: It is light across the tongue but somewhat syrupy sticky sweet with a zippy lively spicy feel.

Drinkability: This is certainly a sipping Belgian, but my wife and I both agree we will be buying a few bottles to try now and to cellar.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 into my Cosendonk glass. Colour is a dark, foggy brown like unrefined apple cider but with less chunks.

Smell is simply delicious. Plum, raisin, chocolate, anise, licorice, meaty malts, honey, brown candi, oaked booze - all on top of that indefatigable Belgian musk that is ~not~ funky. Amazing depth.

Taste is a total 180 - dry, firey spice, tart if not sour, saline carbonation, no body whatsoever. Sweet notes are of apple and cinnamon, but to taste them, you better bring along some dark chocolate or pie to munch on them.

Texture is sparkling, snappy, fluffy and bright. Tingles on the lips, tongue, and throat. Head doesn't exactly last, not does lace, but until that very dregs, it holds your attention.

All in all, the smell makes this one a winner. Beautiful and deep, good luck keeping your nose out of the glass as it's on the table. The taste is a bit of a jolt, but it has to be appriciated for it's ability to convey such strong flavours with little to no body. Highly recommend this one paired with very, very dark chocolate or very gamey cheese. Challenges you, leaves you wanting more.

ojiikun, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of jim102864
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.

jim102864, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of roblowther
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.

roblowther, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750ml bottle (with the date field blank), poured into a Duvel glass. Pours out a chocolate milk brown color with a big frothy, long-lasting head of pale tan foam. Aroma is reminiscent of baked cherries, underpinned by a pleasant malt. Taste is unusual: not very fruity, nor particularly malty. There's a moderate hoppy bitterness and perhaps a touch of roasted malt, together with a clove-like yeast character, but the taste is quite different than the smell, which is odd. Full-bodied.

It's been a few years since I last had an Affligem Double, but I don't remember it being this bland to the taste. Everything else about it is interesting. Weird. I'll buy another bottle later and resample it to make sure it's consistent.

allengarvin, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass from a 750 mL bottle... gradually!

Appearance: Pours a brownish-amber, with a nice 1/4 in. foamy tan head. Very nice, though not exceptional. The head does, however, evolve into a nice, solid film atop the beer.

Smell: The smell is rich yet slightly subdued. Most prominent is a rich, dark, fruity smell. Maybe dark cherries with a hint of grapefruit. Rather addictive -- took a bit of time to get around to tasting it!

Taste: Consists mostly of roasted malts. The deep fruity aroma is barely noticable in the taste, except for a mild sweetness. After a while an alcohol flavor begins to make an appearance. I'm left a bit disappointed... there isn't really much to say here.

Mouthfeel: An extremely smooth, medium-bodied beer. Has a bit of nice, soft carbonation. Goes down quite nice, but that understandably slows down once the alcohol flavor hits in.

Drinkability: The higher-than-usual alcohol content requires this to be imbibed slowly. It is very drinkable and never overpowering. But the flavor certainly makes it a bit less drinkable.

It's a nice beer, but overall just an average Dubbel. The smell is probably the best thing about this beer; the somewhat static and monolithic taste gets a bit boring, however. If you're a fan of Belgian beers, it's certainly worth a try. But if you're looking for a Dubbel (or just a darker Belgian-style beer), you'd be better off trying a Trappist or even a Unibroue.

mithrascruor, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into my Affligem chalice.

Pours a nearly opaque rich burgundy colour with a 1/2 inch head. Reduces to a bit of lace that clings to the glass nicely. Unfiltered with lots of sediment in evidence. Spicy aroma with some plum, caramel, bready malt, and brandied cherries.

Taste begins with a puckering sourness that is followed by a nuttiness that borders on soapiness. Alcohol comes next, followed by a bit of cloying sweetness and an odd sawdust-like flavour in the finish. This is not what I expected from the nose, much less complex and bordering on boring or even annoying (if that can be applied to a beer). Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and carbonation seems a bit high, drying in the finish. There's no way I'd want more than one of these, the cloying and dare I say cheap taste is very off-putting, I'm a little disappointed.

trevorwideman, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking beer, but it doesn't Wow me. It pours with a muddy brown body. Not as sparkling as I'd hoped, with a tan head that initially is full of life, and then settles down into a nice 1/2 inch foam coating.
The smell is like opening up a box of Raisin Bran. No, really! Oodles of raisens permiate through the head, and the backbone is only what I can describe as a hearty grain. Raisin Bran! It's a nice smell, but a little harsh on the aftersmell (I think there's such a thing as an aftersmell).
Taste is a little harsh up front, but rounds out pretty well towards the end. There's a bit of that medicinal taste that's present in many Belgiums. I'm not a fan of that taste. This is not the best dubble I've ever had.
Mouthfeel is rather thin and extremely bubbly. Too much so for my taste. I had to swirl my beer around to release some excess gasses. Overall, an okay beer, but not the best for the style. An equally available (of perhaps more so) bottle of Chimay Red would win in a dubble contest anyday.

DaveFL1976, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of crwills
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this in the Affligem gift pack, available at the LCBO for Christmas 2006. As such, it was poured into a shiny new Affligem goblet (after I washed it first, of course)!

Nice reddish gold colour, good eggshell head that stuck around since I'd warmed up the bottle a little first.

Smell is malty and bready, with some cherry or strawberry notes.

Taste is quite bready, hiding the alcohol well, with a nice strong hop presence that doesn't show up in many examples of this style. Typical Belgian ale 'spiciness'. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and worked incredibly well with the meal I drank it with (roast chicken). Aftertaste is a bit starchy or banana-like.

A solid dubbel, and I look forward to trying the tripel that also came in the gift pack.

crwills, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of muhlegsarewobbly
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance - boured a dark brownish red with a thick creamy colored head that stayed around for most of the drink.

smell - smooth smell with a bit of nut and yeast.

taste - oh so smooth and nutty hints of fruits but nothing overpowering and at only 7% abv it did not have much of an alcohol taste at all.

mouthfeel - thick and smooth but not long and lingering.

drinkability - it rocked

muhlegsarewobbly, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of wavz
4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Great head that sticks to the glass and lingers for quite a bit. Almost a orange brown hue.

S- Malty with just a backround hint of hops. Less yeasty as most Belgium abbyey beers.

T- Sweet malty and rich with some notes of coffee and chocolate, also a bit of sugary candy on the end.

M- Nice carbination, very well balanced. Smooth yet not too light.

D- Great beer if you have never tried it, Dont pass this one up.


wavz, Nov 16, 2006
Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from caged and corked 750ml(6 033 76?) a hazy dark brown with a huge off white head of foam that receded pretty quickly but left a solid layer with nice lacing.

The smell is of yeast, sweet malt, and a mix of fruit and spices. Nicely aromatic.

The taste at first is pretty sweet from the malt but then some fruity tones move in, mostly plum and some banana, as well as spiciness from cloves(mildly) and some pepper. There's also a yeast flavour there and some nice sour notes near and in the finish. Quite the tasty dubbel and pretty easy drinking...

Bottom line: A pretty darned good Dubbel that's not too hard on the wallet.(US$6.990 from Liquorama) I recommend it.

Bitterbill, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Dubbel - Poured a dark rust brown, massive head, almost matching Duvel's, off white in color, and retention that had some major longevity. Smelled of sweet florals/fruity malts/yeast. Taste was a burst of feint dried fruits, freeze dried in a sense. Smell citrus notes, along with honey. Taste is not as prominent as some Dubbels, but still refreshing and delicious. Mouthfeel is creamy and semi-dry. Drinkability is low, too hard to down quickly.

Just a below average Dubbel, there are many more Dubbels that just blow this one away. Slightly recommended.

HoustonTX, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has long since been one of my favourites. I'm a little surprised to discover that I have not yet reviewed it.
Very slightly cloudy orange/bronze/brown colour with a slightly off-white head with loosely knit bubbles. Smell is sweet malt. Some stewed fruit, a bit of chocolate, and honestly, a bit of honey, as well. Lovely smell. Taste is more of the same. Very smooth with a bit of honey in the taste. Lots of maltiness, as well. Mouthfeel is lighter than one would be led to believe, and there is a nice level of carbonation present. I am glad I took the time to revisit this one. I'll be buying it a bit more regularly.

SilentSabre, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of mjc410
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a '98 bottle, best by Feb '03. I was hoping for favorable aging, and I wasn't entirely disappointed...

Poured into a Chimay chalice, the beer is a hazy dark brown (increased by later yeast pour). The slight head is comprised of mostly surface lacing, which still manages to leave some nice lacing. Smells of wine-like acidity, and caramel. No yeast in the nose. Tastes of cocoa, caramel, vinousness. Very sour at first, which makes me wonder if the bottle is a loss. I persevere, and find that the acid recedes with warming, improving the overall flavor. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but retains very nice carbonation, especially for its age. Very warming. Drinkability is average - the acidity, even as it warmed, detracted the most this, I think. The smell was lackluster too, but not as important to the taste. Still, this ale paired nicely with some venison put through the Jamaican jerk treatment.

mjc410, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of clickpush
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: 750ml bottle to tulip. A dark brown-red body with a huge three finger tan, pillowy, sticky head that leaves trails down the glass and excellent lacings. Not much by way of bubbles inside the beer.

Nose: Lemon peel, yeast spiciness, and ginger snap cookies all combine in this light aroma.

Mouth: Lightly sour, like grape skins, black pepper, and unfortunately a bit metallic, as if it were coming from a can. It's not extremely unpleasant, but it definitely doesn't help at all. No hop presence - this seems all malt to me. Excellent mouthfeel though: nice and strong.

clickpush, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of Damian
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.)

Damian, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of tboom29
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from the 750 ml bottle. The beer poured a dark brown color with tannish hints. Big puffy head, really clings to the side of my glass.
The nose was real malty, but also had a maple/banana notes, quite rich smelling.
The first thing I noticed is the carmel and malty flavors, sort of reminiscent of dark fruits. Fairly smooth mouthfeel, but has a crisp citrusy finish, and a slightly malty aftertaste. This is slightly tart, but not quite as full as some dubbels I have had.
Overall a quality offering from Affligem.

tboom29, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of JanM
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells of sweet fruits and grass. Some anis in the background. The brownish foam is thick and creamy and the color is dark copper brown red. The taste is a bit of a surprise compared to the leads in the smell. Basically it's hoppy and alcoholic. Some sugar and licorice spinning inside. Quite a full mouthfeel with high carbonation. A fine beer.

JanM, May 25, 2006
Photo of SetarconeX
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather dark, reddish brown color with an unexpectedly large, nearly glass-topping froth. Impressive.

A bit of molasess on the nose. Maybe some dates (which, incidently are almost the exact color of this brew). Tastes of malts, molasses, dates, and an odd bit of citrus. A nicely complicated brew, without any of the odd metallic or astringent flavors that seem to plague this style. One of the more drinkable Dubbels I've had lately.

SetarconeX, May 16, 2006
Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.