Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
86
very good

523 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 19
Gots: 32 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-20-2000)
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Photo of bigbubba
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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
2.95/5  rDev -23%
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
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
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
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
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
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 +4.4%
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
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3/5  rDev -21.7%
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
3.48/5  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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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..

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...

Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.