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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem DubbelAffligem Dubbel

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508 Ratings

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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 18
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 Suds
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Suds, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of elricorico
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

elricorico, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of IronDjinn
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

IronDjinn, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

ADR, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

crookedhalo, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of dauss
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

dauss, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of kosmoraios
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

kosmoraios, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Shultzerdugen, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of cokes
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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..

cokes, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of apintofknowledge
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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...

apintofknowledge, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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?

Sammy, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of Shiloh
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Shiloh, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of baiser
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

baiser, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of TerryW
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

TerryW, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of stjarnflikka
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

stjarnflikka, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of Popsinc
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Popsinc, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of Cwrw
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. )

Cwrw, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of gbontrag
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a piece of liver with toasted meringue.

Smells like the thick aroma of an orchid; vanilla and pineapple upside-down cake with maraschino cherries and one button mushroom.

I taste oak and cedar; Milk chocolate malt balls, dark chocolate covered cherries with a splash of ouzo, and a scratch-n-sniff still-life of button mushrooms on the wall.

gbontrag, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

tomthumbsblues, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of IceAce
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Festive cork removal and effervescent pour yields three solid fingers of light tan foam over a murky brown body

Aroma: Intense alcohol esters and roasted malt

Taste: Sugary-sweet malty foretaste which quickly fades leaving a layer of sticky sweetness on the tongue and lips and some warming of the throat courtesy of the 7.0% ABV

Mouthfeel: CO² balance is surprising considering the fanfare when the cork was released. This is a thick and hearty brew

Drinkability: All in all, a very nice Dubbel, although hardly a daily beverage of choice

IceAce, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of tatterdash
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On to the Dubbel, this is more my style than the Blond. Poured a mahogany red with a light tan head that had the same wonderful lacing and thickness of the Blond. No sediment, even when held up to the light. Smell was fruity and biscuity, very good. Taste had a great deal of roasted malts, with a bit of tangy fruit as well. The finish was dry and a little hoppy, glad to taste some hops in an Abbey ale. Mouthfeel was crisp and lighter than expected. The is one to savour for a bit, the Tripel awaits.

tatterdash, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of jlervine
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

jlervine, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of paterlodie
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Woww, it can be a good night on a very-rainy evening with the first cold of the upcomming winter...
Open up a affligem dubbel! Good & clear apearance after pooring it in my my favorite oval trappistglas. Nice& lasting foam with over it a green flowery smel in a nice maltfield that has been roasted for a bit. Makes you feel OK on these days and the warmth that this dubbel gives in the taste heatens the engine up again! Good and clean bitterness thats there but not to overwelming. So altogether in my eyes a more than decent Dubbel.

paterlodie, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hate giving a beer straight 4's, but this one is truly deserving. Better than many, but not as outstanding as their other ales.

This one poured a deep red-brown, and was cloudy. The head was huge, and lasted a long time.

The aroma was of rich malts and an overtone of pine-like hops. Nice.

The flavor was of a rich musty malt-based beer, with some slight sweetness. It was warming, as their other beers are as well. Finished well. Very good, but again, not their best offering. I preferred the tripel much more, even though I usually prefer darker beers.

connecticutpoet, Jun 18, 2004
Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.