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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem DubbelAffligem Dubbel

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530 Ratings

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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

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 SkeeterHawk
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a mostly cloudy deep rich garnet color with a half-inch of thick tan foam at first pour. There are quite a few bubbles rising, so it is hard to tell how clear the beer really is. The head maintains really well and is still more than half of its original height more than two minutes after the pour.

Aroma: Toasty malts with a slight bit of roast hiding among a bunch of rich fruit flavors like plum and fig. As you get deeper into the aroma, there is a slight peppery aroma that is noticeable. As it warms a bit, it becomes more apparent that there is some pretty serious Melanoidins in this beer. The aroma gets richer and more earthy as the beer warms.

Taste: The flavor is really mild for such an aggressive looking beer while it is ice cold. The beer is mostly sweet the entire profile. It has a bit of caramel sweetness that greets you just before you get the toastiness. There is some substantial toastiness in here from Munich malt that dominates the middle of the flavor profile and leads into the finish where it takes a small step to the side for some fruitiness and a bit of alcohol to make themselves known as the beer is on its way down to the ole belly.

Opinion: This beer is really rich and malty. Not like this is a bad thing, and I am glad that it isn’t a fruit basket in a bottle. I think that the toastiness is a bit too much for the overall balance, and I believe that the beer can actually use an adjunct or Pilsner malt to cut the edge a little. I would like to try this beer on tap to see what a difference that would make, but this beer would have to be served fresh as this malt bill would suffer from oxidation. Not a bad beer by any means.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a bit tricky...
There's a sugary sweetness here that sometimes goes to far, but seems to be reeled in at the last second. Mouthfeel gets to be a bit sticky at times, which is sometimes enjoyable and is sometimes too much.
Some notes of prune juice. Some notes of cola. Lots of typical, expect flavor notes for a dubbel. Still, it requires a bit of thinking.
All in all I think this is a good brew, but I'd have to be in the mood for something sweet in order to crack another of these open. A fine substitution for a Captain and Coke, is this.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third Affligem Dubbel in the past year or so. With this newly poured one in front of me, I can now say for sure that there's a bit too much alcohol presence in smell and taste, masking the other characteristics. But wow, this one looks amazing! A gorgeous burgundy with beautiful creamy froth on top.

Smell is, predominantly, alcohol, and for a 7% ale, either my nose isn't refined enough or this is how Affligem wants it to be. But there's enough character deep in the background, an earthiness, and something of rum-soaked raisins, telling my nose this is still going to be an above-average experience.

Some raisin and malty sweetness in the flavor, a nice spiciness peeks through as does a mildly burnt feel. The taste is pleasing for sure, but again, a bit of an alcohol bite. I have no problem with high-alcohol beers, I actually lean toward them, but for an average-level ABV, it's surprising how much of the alcohol comes through.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, with alternating smoothness and active carbonation.

A good solid tripel with only one minor weakness. I would never kick it out of my goblet.

[added later: I got a bottle sent to me from a friend in Belgium. Not sure what the difference was in terms of freshness or date bottled, but this one was much mellower and brought out the earthy and rum-soaked raisin characteristics better. Was it fresher, or aged longer? Either way, it was better than any Affligem I bought in the states.]

Photo of Viggo
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has been aged for a couple years, the age really helped the blond but not so much with this dubbel. Pours a clear ruby brown, big brown head forms, super lacing, some of the most amazing I've ever seen. Smell is malty, chocolate, some citrus, quite vinous. Taste is chocolate, very malty, with citrus, caramel, sour/acidic finish, very malty though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a thin finish.

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

Paid 1.49 euro for 33cl bottle.

Murky dirt brown with a bit of dark red. Good head, some lacing. I drank this one too early to appreciate the smell. Taste is nice - heavy dark belgian malt & sugar, not too syrupy though. Some bubblegum. Big sharp bubble, but only at first.

This is a good warmer, though maybe not an all-nighter.

Photo of Pegasus
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy copper color, well carbonated, with a large tan head, which retains well, and thick, broken lace.

Aroma: Sweet and spicy, with candy sugar aroma, vinous alcohol, cloves, and dark fruit.

Taste: Opens with dark caramel, cloves, cinnamon, dark fruit, later warming alcohol and apple peel appear. The finish is dry with vinous notes and astringent grain notes.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with harsh carbonation, a bit dry.

Drinkability/notes: A decent example of the style, although the flavors clash more than they harmonize. Not the best Dubbel, but not bad.

Photo of BrewMaster
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 750ml corked and caged bottle. The beer pours a cloudy tawny color witha thin tan head. The head is smooth and even and has some nice staying power.

Smell: Sweet candy sugar, molasses, dates, fig, and a malty sandiness.

Taste: Very malty with caramel and molasses flavors. The beer is very sweet, especially in the middle, with a mild hop bitterness to offset the sweetness slightly. Spicy with pepper and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth for such a sweet beer. Well carbonated and soft on the palate.

Drinkability: All around a well done beer. Balanced though still on the sweet side. Pairs well with lamb and left over Thanksgiving stuffing.

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 DrJay
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed ruby/brown colour with a fine, light brown head. Some lacing was evident. Aromas of bready yeast, caramel, dried fruit. Malt sweetness dominates, but there's a harsh burnt bitterness in the finish that really lingers. Ample fruit and caramel with a hint of spice. The texture was fair, maybe a bit creamy, with the carbonation providing some lift without being coarse. Moderate body, fairly high attenuation, and a hint of alcohol warmth.

Photo of Derek
2.89/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Best before 22 06 07, 6.8% ABV.

A: Ruby-brown, pours with an impressive off-white head. Not a lot of head retention, but some wonderful Belgian lace.

S: Not a lot of aroma. Caramel sugar & prunes?

T: Dubbels are well-crafted brews that have a high standard. I don't think the taste meets that standard (average). Burnt raisins & sugar. Not roasty, just burnt.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation. Appropriate for style.

D: Digestable, as a dubbel should be... The burnt flavour keeps me from wanting another...

Photo of texashammer
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My father poured this beer out of a 750 for three of us. Lots of huge, chunky sediment. Could this be off? I still enjoyed it so I write this review.
Attractive ruby-brown color. Very thin head. Noticeable large quantities of chunks. As I drink it down to lesser volume, it is a beautiful caramel-golden color. Very attractive; needs more head, less chunks.
Smell is malty, bready, yeasty; I think of dark rye bread. Also chocolate syrup in a big way. As it warms I get more honey-molasses sweetness.
Taste of molasses, ripe dark fruit -- plum? chocolate syrup again. Maybe some lemon, like in a sweetened tea.
Prickly mouthfeel, but in a good way. Lightish body; for as rich as it smells and tastes, the body is quite thin. As it warms it is slightly thicker and more alcohol-warming.
Surprisingly pleasant. I only accepted this beer in my glass, rather than seeking it out, but was surprised at the goodness. Very drinkable as well.
My father seems to think this beer was "off"; the sediment was certainly a little unnerving but is often harmless. If it was "off", it was not proper but certainly still enjoyable. I appreciated it, although I don't think it is an incredibly special beer.

Photo of bark
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The clear colour is deep brown-wine-red, the high beige compact foam slowly sinks down to a firm finger thick head.

The medium strong smell is sweet, somewhat burned with a distinct note of brown sugar. There are also some alcohol, boiled carrots, coffee, milk and a touch of cask maturing.

The taste is… In fact, it is not as complex as I had expected (maybe it is because it is a macro brew after all). There is a sweet note of brown sugar; some flavours of fat milk, mild coffee, lots of creamy malt, wheat crackers with brie. Lots of flavours, but it still gives a relatively simple impression. The aftertaste got almost no bitterness at all, but some alcohol, herbs and caramelized sugar.

The carbonation is strong with a myriad of small bubbles; the beer builds some foam when drinking it.

An surprisingly simple Dubbel, this one.

Photo of fisherman34
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown in colour. Very aromatic, with all of the spicy, yeasty, bubblegum, fig, and dark fruit (perhaps plum and raisin) aromas that you’d expect from this style. The flavors were a bit of a letdown. The initial malt presence was good and there was some nice dried fruit notes in there too, but the body was quite thin and there was a slightly astringent bitter finish. Was the carbonation supposed to be this high?

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 ypsifly
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pjwilson
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of Troyone
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of NJbeerman
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Suds
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of elricorico
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 530 ratings.