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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
86
very good

530 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 530
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 20
Gots: 40 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-20-2000

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Ratings: 530 | Reviews: 293
Photo of Intrinsic
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My god. In true Belgian style, this beer just bursts with smell and flavour. It also pours beautifully, leaving a nice thick head that has great retention (although no lacing). Its a reddish brown that screams malt, and this is exactly what you get when you smell it - mixed of course with the characteristic Belgian yeast smell. Maybe even a hint of cherry. Damn this stuff is tasty. The cherry really shines through in the taste, as does the malt, which is almost perfectly balanced by the light hops. It has a nice dry, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, this is an amazing beer. I will definitely buy it again.

Photo of dannyboygaga
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Filosoof
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another disappointment. Knowing Affligem Blond, you want to expect the same quality. But is isn't. Quite a straightforward, bock beer looking dubbel.

L: good, almost ruby red in stead of deep brown;
S: I don't smell much! A bit caramel, a bit liquorice (ofcourse) and smoke, but it isn't much, and it isn't making me happy enough;
T: good, round, nutty element, but too flat, a nice bitterness at the end though;
O: okay, but leaving a flat impression.

Photo of jbonapar
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a red/brown color. Unfortunately had this right after a Chimay Blue, so its kind of unfair...

Smell - sweet, nothing stuck me as a particular stand out feature. Sweet, mild raisins.

Taste: Certainly not the best Dubbel, average, drinkable and enjoyable with a nice meal.

Overall, average beer, i mean, considering the fantastic dubbel out there....

Photo of Foxtrot
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this one at a bargain. 6.99 for a 750 ml. Not too bad, and I really liked the Tripple and Blond offered by Affligem.

Gentle pour into Duvel tulip produced brown and amber body coupled with a big cream colored cap along with an abundance of lacing. Retention was phenomenal as well, the head stuck around for several minutes.

Aroma is pleasant, full of toasted malts, raisins, dark fruits, and a nice bit of apple. Belgian yeast is also displayed in all of its glory, adding a nice spicy and nutty aroma.

The flavor is a mirror of the aroma. Spicy Belgian yeast hit the palate first, then slowly giving away to flavors of sweet caramel, dark fruits (Raisins, and a hint of cherry) and finishes slightly dry with green apples and ripe pears. I would love to pair this with some cheese to really big the flavors up a notch.

Mouthfeel is on par with the style. Medium, but this one tends to be slightly creamy.

Huge drinkability potential. Huge flavor, and fantastic lasting flavor makes this a Dubbel that is a cut above others. Not to mention the price, its hard to beat.

Photo of jrcmlc
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LoveBeerNo7
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of Gakusei
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jlervine
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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 MrTinnedPEach
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of beer64nut
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ojiikun
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of bigbubba
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark burgundy brown and produces a big foamy head which is lasting and results in some lacing. The smell is a combination of spice, fruit and dark chocolate. The taste is very good with dark chocolate, coffee, and fruity notes. Slight bitterness resulted in the finish. Mouthfeel is tingly and well-balanced. Overall, one I'd drink again.

Photo of jroof1
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of QXSTER1
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy amber brown with a tight tan head. Nose is very fragrant with a winey complex aroma. Smells of sherry, port and green grapes with some plums thrown in. Taste combines the above fruitiness with some candi sugar and Belgian hops. All kinds of things going on in this dubbel. Typical yeastiness with some background hoppy astringency to make things interesting. Moderate carbonation gives this dubbel a nice mouthfeel and a silky finish. A very nice brew that hangs in there well with it's Belgian buddies.

Photo of Lion088
4.96/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of Catalin90
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dippy
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brownish/orange color with a serious head. Looks a little cloudy which I like.

A sweet and fruity aroma, maybe some apple?

Very sweet and fruity but more sweet than I care for on a regular basis. Lightly malted. My friends felt it was too fruity, two of them claiming grapes, but I think it was raisiny. I didn't taste any chocolate at all as past posts have said.

Nice body on this brew, and could spend a long night getting to know a few of these beers better.


Great beer but will try others over having this one again. I think this is partially due to not drinking many Dubbels and therefore not knowing what to look for in the style.

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

Half an inch worth of tightly packed, tiny beige bubbles sit atop the glass of mahogany liquid. Not much cling or lacing, but the head is bolstered by some very strong streamers. Beer is on the thin side in viscosity and sports good clarity. Smells slightly vinous and a touch sour right after opening the bottle. Out of the glass, pleasant light chocolate and almond are displaced by an off-putting smell of adhesive bandages. Nosefeel is so light as to be barely noticeable. Pouring the yeast helps to fortify the nuttiness and body, but it's just too little too late, I'm afraid. Individually, the flavors are quite nice: candy-apple sweetness at the tip of the tongue develops into a body of vinous dried cherry and butterscotch (accompanying the Band-Aid), with warmth bringing out peanut and rum raisin. However, the profile is odd--uncomposed--the flavors string out but don't tie back together. Mouthfeel is only slightly too thin but the extreme carbonation hits the palate like cola; crisp with a touch of oil. Good balance of buzz to soothing drinkability. Any flaws here aren't enough to totally defeat the brew; the worst aspect is probably its outlandish price tag.

Photo of bmaggot
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of nezelrac
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from .750l into chalice

A - slightly hazy dark amber with reddish and mahogany highlights; initially exuberant pillowy beige head fades to a finger and a half medium bead and dense; excellent persistence but only moderate lacing - odd...

S - dried stone fruits and malt and caramel and yeasty baked dark bread; fig and simple syrup poached fig notes; layers upon layers...whew

T - follows nose quite closely; gentle spiciness to the malt at the back end;

M - creamy texture and plenty rich though still light on its feet; medium full bodied; CO2 is spot on - lively and exciting, then settling down to just keep things moving

O - this is just really really good; a rich and satisfying dubbel that doesn't come off the least bit heavy or cloying; bravo

Photo of Jetulio
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of murrayswine
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am gonna go out on a limb and say, right or wrong, for the price, Affligem is one of the best damn Belgium Abbey-styles there is.

Pours a ruby-caramel color with great puffed up cotton head.
The smell is heavy on malts with hints of lemon zest, white chocolate, and bitter toffee.

The taste is bold, with almost more balls than it has, at 7%, it tastes like it has more. It's lighter than other dubbels but the taste is still well layered. Good malty cream finish, and for under 6 bucks!!?? Buck for buck, this is the iron hammer of Belgium beer.

Photo of Arriskuwonder
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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