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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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491 Ratings

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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 25 | 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 ypsifly


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Corked and caged 750 poured into a chalice.

Deep reddish brown with a tall light tan head, ineresting ringed lace. Undying retention. Rock formations take shape across the head as it slowly goes down.

Malty nose with some lemon, white grapes, a pinch of sugar, and alcohol.

Dry with light lemon tart, malt and foamy carbonation leading into more dryness and a little alcohol warmth. Something close to turbinado in the finish, but only for a second.

Smooth yet textured mouth. At 7% abv, this could rank as a good session brew.

08-25-2005 04:19:12 | More by ypsifly
Photo of pjwilson


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Here's a pretty common Belgian. It's good, but pretty average. My mom got me this for a present and by no means is it a bad beer in any way. Just not that complex. However right now i'm pairing it with some cheese's which knocks the taste up to a 4.5 . Really. Which i why with this review i won't really bother describing the beer as others have done that. This my i can't believe how much the cheese changes the beer post. Some simple goganzola was amazing with this, as were some limburger and french blue cheese. But the gorganzola paired best.

08-09-2005 01:38:09 | More by pjwilson
Photo of DogFood11


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

Really like the balance of malt and fruit...plum comes through but bottom line is its a well balanced ale.

mouthfeel was about average because the carbonation was a bit overkill, although it seemed natural and fine.

I have gobbled many of these and they get better with each brew...the only problem is the price....oh well.

07-31-2005 04:38:17 | More by DogFood11
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

ruby dark and seethru with steady fast-moving stream of carbonation. light and springy 1-finger foam of no real substance. crusty lacing and a picturesque dubbel overall. surface fades into pillows and swirls.

nose is all dark candi sugar. this brings out dates and orange essence. precious desert beer suggested by the aroma, a sweet digestif.

taste is a bit more balanced, rye-like spiciness meets a hop bitterness over rock candy. sweet with banana, apricots and some darker fruit. a great dubbel for $6/750. a bit too christmasy in its spice but a wonderful exercise in the style for those who love it.. something approaching a session dubbel. closest belgian to ommegang abbey IMO.

07-14-2005 08:19:32 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

07-04-2005 22:21:14 | More by Billolick
Photo of Troyone


4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a medium Root beer color with an amber hue. Had a two inch head that dissipated to an eighth of an inch with full lacing and some carb action.

A moderate toasted caramel malt smell with citrus and resin hops.

Moderately sweet, lightly acidic and bitter, roasted caramel malt taste with an orange, grapefruit, and resin hops flavor.

Medium bodied, dry and slightly syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, with a smooth slightly metallic finish.

Very drinkable for the style.

06-26-2005 09:48:41 | More by Troyone
Photo of NJbeerman

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into a snifter from a 750 ml bottle, this beer has a great rusty brown head with a dark roasted malt color. The smell is a fantastic raison/roasted malt sweetness. The smell continues in the taste with the addition of some nutty flavors. A residual sweetness of chocolate,raison and carmel continue after the finish. There is a very little alcohol warmth in the finish - a little more here would be nice to clean off the sweetness that starts to get a little overwhelming. The feel is nice, slightly creamy with very little carbonation.

I was surprised that there was not more of a crispness to this beer but overall a good beer.

05-16-2005 15:46:11 | More by NJbeerman
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


3/5  rDev -21.7%

Served from a 750ml brown, caged and corked bottle. This poured out a very hazy brown with a super-condensed creamy head that would not disappear. It reminded me of something out of a nitro-can. The aroma had lots of malt with a strong raisin back. The taste mimmicked the raisin aroma and there was a really dry finish. I don't want to critique this beer beyond this glass because I have a feeling that this is a bad bottle. Overall, since I am not a huge veteran of dubbels this one will make me steer clear of this style for a little bit.

05-12-2005 23:21:40 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of Suds


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

From a corked 750 ml bottle, this beer poured a cloudy, murky, rust-brown. The moderately sized head has a tan color and, and nice density. A mellow, mild aroma of tart yeastiness and peppery phenols was immediately noticed. There’s a little alcohol present as a background aroma, but overall the smell is faint and easy-going. The taste is fruity, with a solid malt foundation. It’s a little sweet up front, but a tartness kicks in by the mid-taste. Finishes with a biting peppery finish. I enjoyed it, but expected more. I think this was mediocre, as far as Belgian ales go.

04-02-2005 17:59:03 | More by Suds
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

Pours brown, I guess dark brown with a nice finger thick creamy tan head. The head appears to have no intention of fading away.

I'm not pulling a lot of smell from this one. A mild soapy flavour and a bit of tea. Really not as much aroma as I expected.

Taste is a bit metallic, with some herbal tea flavour. A touch of sweet dark fruit. Finishes tart. There are surely flavours in there, but none seem to pull themselves to the fore.

Mouthfeel is alright, a bit thin but the carbonation is just right.

The beer is pleasant, but not great.

03-26-2005 03:22:58 | More by elricorico
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%

Bought along with an Affligem goblet gift pack, it was only available around these parts that way. Poured from a 330 ml euro-style brown bottle, 6.8% abv listed, best before date: 24 09 06. A massive pillar of spongy off-white head on the pour, large bubbles, went above and beyond the rim of the chalice, just kept rising. Serious head retention, some sticky traces of lacing here and there. The body is a deep mahogany, yet while held to the light it is a gorgeous cherry oak, intense carbonation action. Orange and coriander greet the nose at first, along with a mild malt backbone and some candy sweetness, along with rum soaked cherries and raisins. The alcohol presence is also apparent, it bombards the eyes while inhaling. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, but watery at times, lacking in body. The flavour is incredibly mild, I was expecting so much more from the strong aroma, the malt tip-toeing through the tulips in the middle, most of the taste appears towards the finish, a rum raisin character with light fruit esters, and a wave of alcohol on the aftertaste. A light and smooth dubbel for the abv%, but flavour-wise it's more of a dud. Perhaps it's better caged and corked. But for now I won't be seeking out any more of this in the 330 ml bottle.

03-08-2005 19:00:31 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of ADR


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

Cork date of 2/03. Medium dullish brown with translucent highlights and very light sedimentation. Head rises to 1/2 an inch, lays mostly flat with some small divits. Laces in large primary rings with some drips. Cherry aromas, slight allspice and raisin. Mouthfeel is lightish, higher than expected carbonation. Flavor impression is fairly ordinary, sweet pear juice, brief impression of cocoa, slight vegetal leafiness and a bit of fizziness that seems a little wrong. Lightly astringent at the close, lemony. This beer has a reputation of as being typical of the style, I think Steve Beaumont features it in his "Premium Beer Drinker's Guide", but to me, its not as satisfying as I was hoping when I picked it up (last Summer, I think).

03-07-2005 16:27:19 | More by ADR
Photo of crookedhalo


3.83/5  rDev 0%

75 cl cork and caged bottle lacking a best before dating, however it is the new label so I know it is reasonably fresh. Pours a deep chocolaty brown color with a modest tan head. Surprisingly, a lot of hops shine through in this dubbel as well as some pear-like fruit esters and a cocoa-like malt profile. Sweetness and dryness are at a tug-of-war. Healthy carbonation. Lots of muted hoppiness mixed in with the dark roasted malts and candi sugars. It's 7% shows in the mouthfeel, it comes across as a bit thin. Strange how the alcohol seems to poke through in a beer with a lower ABV. Not really a world-class dubbel, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.

02-21-2005 16:48:27 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of dauss


4.63/5  rDev +20.9%

Presentation: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged.

Appearance: Clear ruby amber color, very small off white head, moderate effervescence, good retention

Smell: Sweet malt, port like, slightly burning alcohol sensation, loaded with rum soaked plums, cherries, and raisins. Smells wonderful

Taste: sweet malt, carbonation explodes into a creamy mouthfeel. Medium phenols and biterness. More dark fruits. Dry finish with a snappy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy. A wonder and tasty beer that would be great for desert.

02-16-2005 22:14:14 | More by dauss
Photo of kosmoraios


4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

Affligem Dubbel is an old favorite. Not the best Belgian Dubbel in it's class, but good nonetheless. Today I had one with a bit of homemade etouffe.

Pours a dark caramel-brown with a heavy offwhite head. Smell is strong on the lightly roasted malts, and smells of caramel, toasted rye, and apples. The taste starts out with caramel and malt, and becomes vastly more complex as the ale warms, hinting of apple, plum, with sweet overtones that balance out the bitterness of the hops. The mouthfeel is great - perfectly peppery and smooth. These are injuriously drinkable, as they taste great and go down smoothly.

02-15-2005 03:49:36 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of Shultzerdugen


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

75 cl with cork.

Appearance: Not unlike fresh brewed tea in color. Good head, cascading bubbles.
Smell: Fruity. Apples, grapes, all tart.
Taste: Complex. Dry. Apples and grapes present again. Long malty finish, crisp and hoppy.
Mouthfeel: Very bubbly, makes me think of champagne.
Drinkability: Hell, yes!

Old recipe, new equipment-- worked out better than okay.

02-06-2005 14:52:05 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of cokes


3.08/5  rDev -19.6%

Mahogany stained mud with a healthy beige riser.
Bold nose of leathery prunes, toffee, black cherries, and cocoa.
Then the flavor falls flat on its face.
Bready on the onset, with wavering milk chocolate. Some dark fruit is manifest, mostly cherries and plums coated in toffee, with a pear notion some place too. But that's it. It's not awful tasting, just lacking entirely in yeast nuance. All dryness is carbonation induced. And speaking of which, it's cranked up to a volume that mutes all flavors herein.
Gaseous and thin seeming, especially flavorwise.
Drinkable but....zzz..

01-29-2005 08:16:50 | More by cokes
Photo of apintofknowledge

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -19.6%

Poured a medium clear coppery brown with a cream-colored thick white head. The head relatively quickly. It smelled of raisins and yeast, very familiar, and upon thinking about it reminded me of smells from a winery tour I took recently (yeast + fermenting grape juice). Now for the taste... slightly sweet at first, then raisins, cherries and apple cider flavors come through. The yeast taste is very present in the finish, a little too much so for my taste. The mouthfeel also seemed a little overcarbonated to me. Drinkable and interesting, but less rich in flavor and therefore less enjoyable than other Dubbels I like such as Chimay Red and Ommegang.

With the strong yeast presence, however, it makes me wonder how this would be cellared. I believe I'll do that, and write another review in a year or two...

01-24-2005 15:40:32 | More by apintofknowledge
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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?

01-23-2005 05:35:31 | More by Sammy
Photo of Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

I just loved the appearance of this brew, on arrival it had better than a two fingered head of tan bubbles, as it slowly disapated, it gave a moon crater like affect. Deep amber in colour and clear, medium carbonation and the body is just short of full.
The nose was short and limited to a slight grainy sence and alcohol.
The taste was short to the malts and then a hoppy green apple like presence. However, the over powering sence of alcohol was dominent.

01-14-2005 02:48:45 | More by Shiloh
Photo of baiser


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured a gorgeous ruby red, with a cream coloured, fluffy thick head. Excellent retention, thick film of foam on the side of the glass, and thick layer of foam atop the beer. One of the best I've ever seen from a bottle. Aroma of toffee and slight malt. Taste is subtle. Nothing too spectacular. Just a steady dubbel that does the job. Dark fruit, malt, caramel, toasty. Bubbly smoothness. Well carbonated. Decent beer.

01-06-2005 06:15:02 | More by baiser
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

Handsome red-brown beer with a good sized, long-lived head, heavy lace. Looks yummy.

Slightly sweet malty nose, hint of fruit and alcohol.

Taste is sweet with a character almost like fruit juice. Slightly dry finish.

Quite light in character, gentle touch of carbonation.

Drinkable, but not memorable. Preferable to the Affligem Blonde.

01-06-2005 05:47:29 | More by TerryW
Photo of stjarnflikka


4.1/5  rDev +7%

Pours a clear, dark red beer with strong carbonation and a thick foam.

Smell is malty, fresh with sweet traces. There are also some citric feeling to it, very fresh, a little weak though.

Taste is sweet, fruity and thick. Its very creamy and filling, with a fruity sweetness to it. There are traces of apples and oranges. Malt, yeast and a medium strong bitterness even the taste out to become filling and wellbalanced. Some traces of alcohol in there.

A nice brew, better than the blond version. Thick and round taste thats well balanced and nice.

01-01-2005 16:32:59 | More by stjarnflikka
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Appearance: pours a dark brown. huge frothy head. lots of lacing.

Smell: subtle. mild chocolate notes. hints of citrus underneath. some must/earthy notes as well.

Taste: chalky cocoa and light chocolate. semi sweet. some fig and raisin in the mix. dry towards the finish. some yeasty qualities as well.

Mouthfeel: very fresh and lively. lots of carbonation makes this one feel crisp.

Drinkability: i like this quite a bit. good complexity and great balance. not as sweet as some Dubbels which i liked.

12-31-2004 22:45:10 | More by Popsinc
Photo of Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

The dubbel pours from the 330ml bottle an almost ruby coloured dark red. Very rich and full looking. The head, light brown, leaves screen lacing, or a circle of foam. The head is large bubbled at first, but becomes very creamy after a few minutes. The beer is translucent but substantially thick looking. The aroma, like Affligem's blond, is salty, with some sourness. Besides some more malt, I get very little difference between this and their blond ale. Roasted red malt aromas, aromatic spices, seasoning salt, and a hard water smell. Roasted nuts. A sour finish, like sweet bread. Red malt up front, and in the middle is the perfume taste. The phenols are there more obviously, though this is the exact same alcohol content as the blond. The subdued hops, noticeable in the aroma, are almost non-existent in the taste. The finish is dry, like barbeque sauce and spices. The lees, dark and caramel coloured, were sour and sweeter than the beer. This has a little more carbonation than the blond, which is in its favour. A little more watery than I expected, and not much of a change from their blond ale; though it does have more flavour. Above average drinkability for a dubbel. A malty offering. (Note: the 750 ml corked and caged version of the dubbel pours with a monstrous head with better retention. It is also somewhat sour, and less malty than the 330ml version. )

12-30-2004 08:36:14 | More by Cwrw
Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.