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Affligem Dubbel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 11-20-2000

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Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep caramel, smaller tan head, but has staying power. Lots of lace and cascading bubbles.

S - Sweet, juicy fruit and bubble gum. Cotton candy comes to mind as well.

T - Hearty, bready. Sweet malt mixes nicely in taste. Booze, esters there too. Noticed a little anise in the start of sip. Sweet up front but not cloying at finish.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, nice balance of all those big flavors.

D - I like this one and would definitely have it again.

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Photo of supermeniscus
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a set which included 2 blondes, a triple and the Affligem goblet. This was sitting on my shelf since Christmas and finally today i decided to give it a go, boy was i surprised!

A. Big tan head with moderate amounts of lacing that stick to the glass in clumps until the end.

S. Very rich fruity smell, just what i like
T. Pretty sweet with some fruits and a little but of hops at the end.
M. Very creamy and light
O. I was thrown off by the reviews on this site, but i have to say this is one i will get again for its drinkability. I enjoyed this more than the St. Bernardus Prior 8 and the Westmalle Dubbel. Each to their own i guess

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Toffee brown colour with a tall creamy dirty tan coloured foam head. Good retention and spotty lacing.

S: Dark fruits (cherries & plums), dried fruits (raisins & dates), brown sugar, spices, yeast, and a herbal quality. Complex and inviting.

T: Rather tart citrus/tropical fruits as opposed to darker fruits indicated in the aroma, which makes this lighter and perhaps increases the drinkability. Banana and pineapple. Dried fruits and spices (clove & nutmeg) compliment this nicely. A slight and welcoming boozy raisin taste.

M: Lighter body with a low level of carbonation. Syrupy texture but not quite oily, with a semi-dry feel.

D: A tasty dubbel that I'm finding quite easy-to-drink (result of lighter body maybe). Not quite brown sugar forward but more of a refreshing tropical fruit focus. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, best before 2013

A- Slightly murky dark ruby/light brown. 2 fingers of pretty thick head that has great retention throughout the very last sips, though it somehow does not leave a lot of lacing on the glass

S- Dominant dark malts, with caramel and biscuit along with some sugary/yeasty notes. Light background notes of dried/dark fruits, maybe a hint of spiciness

T- Again dominant on the malts side, with a caramel base and some quite strong brown sugar notes. The slightest hint of acidity may be felt among a vaguely dry, cola-like feel (sorry, i can't really find better words to describe this). Some dark fruit notes may be detected as well

M - Medium body and carbonation. Pleasantly smooth but still lively on the palate, a bit more on the dry side on the tongue, with that cola feel that makes you longing for another sip

O- Not your standard dubbel and actually quite a complex brew, showing that industrial bewing does not necessarly means flat and boring. Nicely drinkable, maybe just a bit too much on the malty side to be a perfectly balanced beer. Very nice price/quality ratio

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Photo of andrenaline
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy ruby red, finger of beige head with some retention and no lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, cloves, burnt toast and a hint of licorice.

T - Sweet orange citrus and grapefruit, cloves, caramel and toffee and finishes with a unique tangy flavour. Certainly a tad mild on the palette compared to some other dubbel's I've tried.

M - Nice full bodied dubbel that fills the mouth and goes down smooth.

O - A tasty dubbel and certainly worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away. Would need to pack a bit more flavour into this one to make it world class.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Gooch for sharing this one

Look: Coca cola brown with a solid 1 inch head and great retention

Smell: Caramel malt and Belgian yeast. Nothing special here

Taste: The taste is a touch better than the nose but not by much with flavors of sweet caramel and toffee backed up by some figs and a spice note from the yeast

Mouthfeel: Medium body and ample carbonation

Overall: Just a run of the mill dubbel for me. Not much complexity to the beer at all

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a New Belgium globe. Cork exploded out of the bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, orange copper color with two fingers of pale tan head. Excellent retention and lace, vigorous carbonation.

S: Spicy figs and raisins. Quite persistent throughout the glass.

T: Brown sugar, molasses, pepper and cinnamon. Faint cola on the finish. As the beer warms, more spices and dark fruits emerge. Each sip produces a different balance of flavors, like a constantly shifting mood ring.

M: Medium body and very creamy.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer. Definitely lighter than a quad, but not so light that you feel something is missing or lacking. Reasonably priced. I've had this a few times before, but tonight is the first time reviewing it, and I have to wonder, why don't I buy this more often?

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Photo of SebD
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some nice ruby and amber hues coming through. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit, cherries, slight perfume like smell, some yeast and some floral notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet dark fruit character to it, nice cherry and raisin sweetness, nice malty feel, some banana and some light spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice sweet overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of liamt07
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip. Best before June 21, 2013.

Poured a dark ruby/mahogany with a lighter brown to offwhtie head. Decent clarity in the body, moderate lacing and some retention of good thickness. Nose has some lightly dried and dark fruits, a touch of brown sugar. Taste is fairly dry as well, dark breads, mild vinous notes and more dried dark fruits. A bit of brown sugar again, with pronounced spice and yeast notes. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of chewiness, moderate and restrained carbonation that works well for a beer of this style. Decent, if a somewhat plain dubbel. Not exemplary, but pleasing.

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Photo of JustinQ
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Affligem Brouwerij Dubbel

7.49 for a 750 ml bottle

Appearence: Amazing 3 finger head. Darkish red/amber in color, almost burgundy

Aroma: Extremely fruity probably from belgian yeast. I get bananna, very savory type dessert aroma to it.

Taste: very malty, Leaves somewhat of a thick coat inside your mouth. Bubblegum tastes in the end.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation certainly not bubbly going down but not light bodied either. Warms up your taste buds.

Overall: Good Beer, Definantly Pick one up and add it to your cellar

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Photo of sfprint
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

into the Chimay Chalice, exp 05/03/12

A: Haselnut brown to auburn. slightly creamy single finger coffee head through very careful pouring. Difficult to see rising carbonation just at the top.
S: Sweet black cherry syrup, eraser, coffee ice cream. Relatively complicated. Quality, but doesn't turn me on.
T: Very complicated and layered. Alcohol comes through as a subtly plastic sourness/acidicy in the back of the mouth. Unsweet cola qualities, barky bitterness cut with a mild sweetness. Odd
M: Drying/astringent, acidic alcohol.
O: I taste quality, but it's a strange one. Weird mix of flavors, and weird flavors. More interesting than enjoyable.

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Photo of korguy123
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Ruby red with hazlenut mixed in. Two finger light beige head that slowly recedes to a very thin cap. Lacing is brief.

S- Banana and licorice stick out the most. The two together make it smell like a waffle station. There is some stone fruits but they are muddled by a medicinal smell from the alcohol.

T- Licorice and alcohol with hints of banana in the back end. I'm not a licorice fan and this is probably the first dubbel that I have encountered with such a strong presence. Alcohol is noticeable and not even close to being hidden.

M- Medium to thin bodied with a lively carbonation. Sticky sweet on the lips.

O- I've never encountered a dubbe, like this. Maybe it's me who knows but the licorice is definitely a new flavor for the style.

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Photo of Filosoof
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of BBP
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a brownish copper with good head and decent lacing. For the style it's a bit light, but overall it looks just fine.

The nose has some caramel raisin and apple in it and is slightly spicy.

The taste is very nice as well and it continues with the fruitiness. While the initial flavor is spicy hops, some yeast, and is a bit buttery, the fruit comes out after with a more powerful presence. While it has a lot of complexity, it also seems a bit blurred and blended. It's a bit lighter in terms of a Dubbel as well with the exception of the immediate candy-like aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin with overaggressive carbonation that makes it feel bigger than it is. The carbonation does detract from the drinkability a bit. The finish is mildly dry and immensely sticky.

Overall, it's a decent take on the style. At the same time, it doesn't really stand out much, and it will be a little hard to remember. I wouldn't refuse one of these, but I'll likely opt for other Dubbels first.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This one is deep burgundy with a tall tan head that sets into faint lacints.

S: Sour tart, if that is even possible... Sour dark cherries. Sweet roasted malt. Yeasty.

T: Surprisingly weak taste. Sour and sweet, Dark dried fruits.

M: Long sour aftertaste. Dry bitterness. Body is medium while carbonation is moderate.

O: Quite nice beer, but a poor excuse for a Dubbel...

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle to branded chalice

look (3/5) - pours a near-prefect amber colour. Decent clarity. Some really nice garnet highlights when held to the light. It lost some points on head: it fell a bit too quickly and left no real lacing. I've had a few of these with some really gross clumps of what I assume is trub, but not in this one!

smell (4.5/5) - the nose is really quite nice. Some dark fruitiness from the grain bill, a lot of plums and prunes (so some melanoidins, but it was overly sweet). The malt is complimented by the yeast aromatics: black pepper, clove, vanilla, some floral notes, and a touch of black licorice tone. A good hint of alcohol on that nose as well, but it plays well with the spice.

flavor (4/5) - similar to the nose, but leaning a bot more to the malt side of things. The combination is somewhat reminiscent of raisins; I suspect that this is a combination of the melanoidins and the yeast. Some of the previous yeast character remains. A good bit less dry on the palate as well. Little or no bitterness or hop flavor. Some alcohol heat lasts into the finish.

feel (3.5/5) - medium-full body and lower carbonation levels give an impression of being syrupy. Some lasting alcohol warmth.

The overall impression is really good! I've had many a dubbel, and though my favorite is still probably the Chimay Red, this one really gives it a run for its money: complex and rich, with a great spicy phenol profile, and a much more substantial feeling body (less carbonation). Not a session brew, but a near perfect cold-night beer in my books.

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Photo of MattyV
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, tawny amber colour with a solid, long-lasting light beige head. Aroma is mostly dark fruit, some caramel, as well as some fresh cut grass and spice detected--rather muted overall. Fruits dominate the flavour, a mixture of dark raisiny fruits as well as tart cherries and citrus. Malt profile is slightly nutty and yeast lends some spice. Strange medicinal note lingers throughout.
Lively, biting carbonation, feels fairly light. Fairly complex, enjoyable dubbel.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before June 21, 2013. Bottled June 21, 2011, I am guessing?

Beer is brown, a bit amber/maroon. Moderately sized off-white head. Moderate retention.

Smell is malty with some dark fruit scents- raisin and fig. Quite sweet. Some Belgian yeast. Pretty characteristic dubbel scent- nice but not unique or particularly exciting.

Taste is like the nose but a bit more muted. Carbonation almost overtakes the flavour. Malty, sweet, very restrained dark fruit. Flavour is a little thin.

Medium bodied but thin for the style. High carbonation- too much. Pretty creamy.

Overall, enjoyable but not particularly good dubbel. Pales in comparison to a Westmalle or an Ommegang. Decent beer but no reason to buy it if you can get one of the others.

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

330ml bottle, a less than obvious new offering on the over-laden Alberta beer store shelves.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark rusty amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy and tightly foamy beige head, which leaves some Phuket peninsula-worthy imitations of lace tracings around the glass as it genially settles.

It smells of sassy dark black fruit, a bit in the way of the vine, some subtle savoury spice, sugary pale malt, further brown sugar sweetness (the Archies are bristling at the gate), and muddled earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, neutered toffee, all tinged anew with sugary vinous notes, a little more blended holiday spice, further sour black fruit, some dusty, musty, earthy hops, and subtle alcohol emanations.

The carbonation is on the low side, hardly a prick or froth (?) to be found, the body an adequate medium weight, a little edgy, but still quite smooth. It finishes a fair lot off-dry, the vino-friendly malt persisting, with more varied dark sugar notes to keep it company.

An agreeable enough dubbel, a little too cozy with the sweetness, perhaps, but with plenty of things going on otherwise to render this nice and drinkable, and more than enjoyable after all the thinkin' and appraisin' is well and done.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A - Pours a murky dark red colour, perhaps amberish. Three finger fluffy light brown head. Streaks of lacing and a finger of retention the whole way down.

S - Good dark fruits, some gentle spice, red grapes and pears I think. A very 'fresh' aroma. Interesting.

T - Grape again with stronger spice, dark fruits, rich malts than the aroma and some yeast.
Some raisins too.

M - Tingly carbonation, medium to full creamy body with a sweet and spicy finish.

O/D - Could do with less spice and more fruity malt notes. It's an alright Dubbel but not a hair raiser. Respectable but not world class in any way.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance – Slightly hazy light brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, musty, floral, anise/black licorice, wood

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a higher than average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and black licorice. There are also some floral notes and a woodiness. It ends with a malty black licorice/anise aftertaste.

Overall – A very well crafted beer, but the flavours weren't my favourite. I'm glad I gave it a try but there are many other beers in this style that I'd rather be drinking.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small 330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before June 2013. It's about time I reviewed a dubbel, and this is as good as anywhere to start.

Pours a very deep crimson-mahogany colour, topped with a finger of dense, creamy beige head that dies down only gradually. Not a lot of lacing, but enough. Pleasant aroma with various fruity esters, including plums, figs, pears and prunes. Brown sugar and toffee notes as well.

Great taste, tons of plum/fig character as with the nose. Molasses, brown sugar and yeast dominate the flavour as well. Slight peppery, anise-like spiciness that becomes more noticeable in the finish. Also a bit of sourness in the aftertaste; the yeast lingers for a bit. The ethanol becomes a bit more noticeable as it warms, but works well with the candy sweetness. Medium-bodied, with fairly high carbonation to provide a good bite.

Rich, smooth and certainly one of the best glasses of beer I've had in a few months, this is an incredible beer that I would describe as 'worth a try', if not a must-try, to anyone who purports to enjoy Belgian brews. My first dubbel, but definitely not my last.

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Photo of atlason
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours dark brown with generous lacy head. Great retention.

S: Deep steely malt, faint pear-pineapple.

T: Dark malts in the foreground, roasted candi sugar. Strong estery alcohol notes somewhat stronger and more persistent than one would like.

M: Viscosity from alcohol is downplayed by the sugars. Carbonation is medium-low. Overall achieves a silky feel that is pleasant, even luxurious.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the LCBO. It's been a few years since I last had one of these - figured it was time to give it another go.

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Nice bright red in colour, with a thick sturdy inch and a half of head that recedes to a substantial layer. Loads of lacing sheets. A terrific looking brew.

Nose is decidedly understated - cherry, chocolate, caramel, fig. Quite pleasant, though not as potent as I remember.

Subtle again, nice and dry, with a mild acidic bitterness to the finish. A bit of cherry skin, chocolate and some other mixed bag fruits and spices provide mild character.

Mild bodied, higher carbonation, leaves a dry sensation on the tongue.

Nice dubbel, accessible, though not nearly as bold in the flavor department as I would like. Still, nice pickup - I'm going to age a couple bottles, see what happens.

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Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown colour, one finger of dense tan head, sticky with decent lace. Smell is quite fruity, tons of dark fruits, raisin, nice yeastiness comes through also, brown sugar, light alcoholic notes, spicy points as well. Taste is similar to nose, fruit up front, plum and raisin, burnt sugary notes come out in the finish, nice fruity aftertaste, moderate yeasty notes, spicy towards the middle. Med-high carbonation, soft and lightly creamy, fairly smooth, nice full body, good weight. This is a very nice dubbel, not the most complex but its very flavourful and complimentary, good stuff.

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
85 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.