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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem DubbelAffligem Dubbel

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298 Reviews

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Reviews: 298
Hads: 562
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 16.84%
Wants: 23
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-20-2000

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant brew. Orange brown appearance, nice looking Belgium (sorry for redundancy). Fruity appetite inducing yeast aroma. Medium-full mouthfeel. Satisfying malty aftertaste. Good though not outstanding. Fresh smooth with graininess. 10% ABV you say?

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured dark brownish amber in color with a thick, creamy white head. There is a light level of visible carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: The smell isn't very strong, but there are some aromas of sweet caramel malts and dark fruits in the nose.
T: There isn't a lot of sweetness or complexity in the overall taste, which is similar to the smell and has flavors of caramel malts, dark fruits and nuts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink but doesn't stand out among dubbels given the limited amount of complexity in the taste.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber/brown color with a billowy head that retains well; leaves a few shards of lacing behind

Smell: Caramel aroma with some butter pecan nuttiness and brown bread elements

Taste: Starts with the caramel and nut flavors, with a bit of tart, peppery elements developing underneath, after the swallow, the yeasty phenols counterbalance the sweet malts and drive home a nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Glad I decided to re-visit a fresh bottle in 2011 as I moved all of my ratings up a half point or more; a pretty decent dubbel, after all

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with a super large foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar and fruity ester is quite enjoyable. Taste is a well balance mix between some caramelized sugar with solid malt backbone and some fruity ester. There was a light metallic taste that I could have done without but it was quite subtle. Body is about average with nice creamy texture and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not the most overly complex example of the style but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, a less than obvious new offering on the over-laden Alberta beer store shelves.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark rusty amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy and tightly foamy beige head, which leaves some Phuket peninsula-worthy imitations of lace tracings around the glass as it genially settles.

It smells of sassy dark black fruit, a bit in the way of the vine, some subtle savoury spice, sugary pale malt, further brown sugar sweetness (the Archies are bristling at the gate), and muddled earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, neutered toffee, all tinged anew with sugary vinous notes, a little more blended holiday spice, further sour black fruit, some dusty, musty, earthy hops, and subtle alcohol emanations.

The carbonation is on the low side, hardly a prick or froth (?) to be found, the body an adequate medium weight, a little edgy, but still quite smooth. It finishes a fair lot off-dry, the vino-friendly malt persisting, with more varied dark sugar notes to keep it company.

An agreeable enough dubbel, a little too cozy with the sweetness, perhaps, but with plenty of things going on otherwise to render this nice and drinkable, and more than enjoyable after all the thinkin' and appraisin' is well and done.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, brown color with a two-finger, tan, bubbly head. It left some patchy lacing.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, maltiness and candy sugar. Some yeasty aromas.

T - It tasted fairly spicy with lots of dried fruit flavors like plum, raisin and some apple. Good caramel malt backbone.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied dubbel.

D - This is a very good dubbel. Nice flavors and relatively easy drinking.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork says from 2006 so this has been sitting on the shelf a while.

Fluffy 1 finger head fades slowly with Belgian lacing over semi clear raisin brown sugar colored with lots of rising bubbles.

Nose has lots of sweet candi sugar, molasses, Belgian malts, hint of booze, dark fruits fig etc, slight creamy effervescence.

Taste is rich, lots of dark Belgian malts, candi sugar, molaases and other syrupy sugars, chest malts, dark fruits like fig and raisin, touch of booze.

The mouth has some warming booze with medium body and tons of carbonation.

Finishes with a long sweet but semi dry with lots of lingering Belgians malts and sugars, candi and syrups, touch of bitterness.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a freshness date.

A dubbel to pair with a nice home cooked meal, it might not be a top notch dubbel it is enjoyable to say the least.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have a bottling date of 1/01 and best by date of 02/28/03, let's see about that. Appears: This one Pours with excess foam when I popped the cork it had some umphhh to it, the actual body appears a murky mahogany tone with a massive tan head very amazing due to the head retention and massive thick chunky head just very nice lacing comes in thick evenly dispersed patches beautiful. Aroma: Of the glass without sediment poured in, vinous grapes, sweet sharp tones, mellow apple notes very complex and full of esters from the fruit scented phenols produced in fermentation. Glass with sediment poured in, glass claims a nutty aromatic profile is created let's see if I can detect it a deeper mustier but fuller scent both are exquisite but this one seems to be more balanced with the fruit still in existence I believe the yeast helps aroma here try it both though ways that's just my opinion. Taste: No sediment glass, very smooth carbonation tiny bubbles raisin, over ripened fruits like apples or figs here nice belgian candy sugar here, overall very nice and refreshing. There is definitely a difference to the one without sediment this one seems more robust to the palate with fruit not stealing the show, caramel roasted malts and deeper specialty malts make up a small percentage of the sweetness here, but there is a nut edge on the yeast profile not so much bready as usual but a very almond like flavor arises nice. Mouthfeel: Fluffy, creamy, medium bodied but light on the palate dessert like indulge and enjoy to the fullest, this is a beer that you can't believe the best before date completely b/c it's still amazing well past the suggested date. Drinkability: One beer to indulge in one 750ml at a time and that's about it in my opinion but surely one I would like to experience again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300 ml bottle purchased in Greece and enjoyed in Delphi.

Poured with a huge foamy head over a small brown body. Several pours needed to empty the bottle.

Alcohol is not as well hidden as expected but the alcohol esters do blend nicely with the other flavors. Moderate complexity, including dark dried fruits, soft ripe fruits and pepper.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cage-corked bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours tawny brownish with a thin tan head that stays around. Not much lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is fruity and nutty - caramlish. LIghtly spiced. Robust maltiness.

The taste is malty and fruity - subtle citrus and cherries. Some dark fruitiness with caramelish maltiness. Spiciness is mild. Vague hops mix in. Fairly complex. Tasty. After reaching near the bottom, I mixed the yeast in, lending a taste that is reminiscent of a Brown ale, esp. with its nutty yeast character coming though. Finishes dry.

It is light-bodied to start, though becomes more towards medium-bodied as it progresses. Very smooth.

Very drinkable, with alcohol well-covered. A nice brew to pair with pot pie.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Old scratch notes I found from Feb 2010. 750ml bottle consumed at the Abbey bar.

Clowdy brown color with a tanned head. Aroma is huge with pear fruitiness and malty sweet brown sugar/apple. Taste is malty sweet but also seemingly overly ripe in fruit. Aftertaste brings more fruity flavoring. Little to no hop bitterness. Drinkable. Light feel with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked, opened with quite a bit of energy being released. Pours murky/cloudy and chocolate in color. Lifts a long lasty puffy, dark tan head and leaves nicely developed and long lasting lacing. Nose is chocolate, raisins and rum. Flavorful and enjoyable dubbel, notes of more chocolate, pleanty of rum raisins, cafe au lait, cloves, candi sugars etc, a very drinkable and moderatly complex dubbel. Widely available and well worth a try.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A rich, caramel/plum color to it, reddish brown. Floaties murk it up a bit. Nice head, semi-thick, foamed up to about 2 fingers. A bit chunky. Lacing was decent.
Corriander peeks in and out of the nose, which is mostly dark fruit, yeast, sweet.
Taste is a bit syrupy. Corriander disappears and is replaced by caramel, light plum and bread. A blend that isn't really blended well.
Still, a nice beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

brown 33cl bottle with loads of life left according to the label. Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Clear and bright reddy-brown colour, a well formed tanned head sat on top. Sadly before I had taken a sip the head turned into a wispy covering and collar.

Real Belgian feel and smell to this beer, yeast and hops attack your nose from the start.

I thought it a bit fizzy to be honest, sharp and tangy, but just too fizzy for a great dubbel.

The body seemed weak and watery for 6.8%ABV, pleasant enough, but lacking in richness and body for me.

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Photo of liamt07
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip. Best before June 21, 2013.

Poured a dark ruby/mahogany with a lighter brown to offwhtie head. Decent clarity in the body, moderate lacing and some retention of good thickness. Nose has some lightly dried and dark fruits, a touch of brown sugar. Taste is fairly dry as well, dark breads, mild vinous notes and more dried dark fruits. A bit of brown sugar again, with pronounced spice and yeast notes. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of chewiness, moderate and restrained carbonation that works well for a beer of this style. Decent, if a somewhat plain dubbel. Not exemplary, but pleasing.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown brew. Cork dated 02/03.

Smell is sweet and perfumed with a bit of malt smell. Faint citrus smell too.

Taste is sweet with a malt and spice flavor. The fruit flavor of apples is in this in a big way. Wood and spice flavors too, a milder version of the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

A good, but not spectacular Belgian ale.

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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Sampled some time after the 04.07.08 best before date, it was purposely (and properly) aged. Poured into the Affligem chalice.

Pale taupe coloured frosting. Deep, russet brown coloured body with an unyielding complexion. The body is one colour, and only one colour throughout, allowing no highlights or shine what so ever. Directly to, under or above the light - nothing, just brown. This is one stringent beer!

A busy bakery on a Saturday morning, fresh multi-grain rolls right out of the oven. A stove-top of caramelizing brown sugar. Yeast truly works wonders. The dark malts peak through notes of plums, dates and raisins.

The mouthfeel is more quenching than it is flavorful, which isn't necessarily what you look for in a dubbel. I'm tasting the malts more than I can sense them. This could certainly use a little more body.

Flavours of raisins, molasses, prunes and figs lace the tongue. Earthy, herbaceous, almost wood-like notes lend some texture. The malts carry a pinch of caramel or milk chocolate. I think the yeast is what's carrying the brunt of the load. The flavours are nice, but you might have to do some searching for them...

The Affligem dubbel has what it should - just not enough to keep you entertained. This would serve well to introduce new drinkers not only to the style, but better yet, the wonderful world of Belgian abbey beers.

I believe the progression goes something like: 'get macro lager drinkers onto Stella, from Stella onto Leffe, and from Leffe onto Affligem." I would think this Affligem is good enough to entice them to keep going from here...

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes 6/4/2007 pours one-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a trace lace. Mahogany color. Malty nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet malt and raisin. Best by Feb 17, 2009. €3.95 ($5.41) for a 330ml bottle from Novotel Irish Pub Amsterdam, NL.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish-orange and hazy, with no head present.

S - Molasses and malt syrup provide some sweet notes. Dark sugars are accompanied by a mineral twang and a copper scent. Interesting.

T - Mineral water and tin poking the tongue. noticable yeast character with a certain bitter/dry side. Some mild grains to chew on in the middle. A malt background keeps this Dubbel in check.

M - This beer has a bit of dryness to it, yet the tangy yeast/mineral side keeps the mouth salivating. Interesting contrast.

O - No real quirks here about this one, just not a beer that will take you over or turn your head. Good flavor mix.

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.