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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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very good

500 Ratings

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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | 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 northaustin
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

affligem dubbel is the perfect beer for any semi formal get together. its label is beautiful and for its price it is a very good beer that will also get you "feeling it" quite nicely. i bought the affligem dubbel and trippel for a new years party and it was a big hit. you can also find it in alot of stores and its usually worth its price. great beer.

northaustin, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of janubio
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%

330ml. bottle. Amber reddish colour with a big creamy head and a lace that keeps forever. Chunks floating on the glass. Smell of candied fruits, caramel, spices and damp earth. Taste is on the sweet side, with an astringent finish.Apple, banana, pepper, caramel and some medicinal notes.

janubio, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of erosier
3.83/5  rDev 0%

L: Pours a deep reddish-brown color with a very tall and very thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, some vinous fruit, and floral hops followed by a big yeasty aroma.
T: Very nice mix of malts then a huge yeasty flavor followed by a nice warming alcohol taste.
M: Heavy, alcoholic, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, but my one complaint is that it foamed out of the bottle and we lost some of it and it took a long time for the beer to settle.

erosier, Jan 03, 2009
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.

crookedhalo, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of AaronRed
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

I prefer Chimay and Orval compared to this

AaronRed, Sep 18, 2001
Photo of Pegasus
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

Pegasus, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of uno99
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Best before date 21.08.10. I'd like to note that the bottle says 6.8%ABV, and this site says 7.0% ? Perhaps the brewery have changed things a little bit...

In headphones: Guns 'n Roses - Chinese Democracy (2008)

A:I popped the top on this bottle which I had warming on my counter for 30 minutes and it immediately began frothing over. Fortunately I had my Affligem glass ready. I began carefully pouring the foam down the side of the glass and then straight down to create a wonderful 3 finger head which billows in the middle and clings to the glass as you drink. Excellent appearance!

S: Very robust and fruity. Not a huge nose but a pleasant one.

T: First thought was "whoah this is kinda weak". I was expecting waves of flavor but this didn't really deliver. It is however complex; I get a nice malt flavour, the a caramel note, then a metallic taste on the finish. Overall An average score based on the style.

M: Very nicely carbonated. feels great in the mouth, I can assume if it hadden't foamed over at first it might be over carbonated.

D: This is a smooth, enjoyable beer - one I certainly would enjoy a few times in an evening.

I'm looking forward to reviewing the trippel tomorrow night

uno99, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of Drinkerofales
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours cloudy brown, with nice garnet highlights, a huge tan head dissipates almost quickly to a nice permaring.

Smells of bready malts, a bit of yeast, and some fruitiness.

Taste is similar, with a hint of tart dark fruit, malts, yeast, and a strange bitter wet cardboard taste, which fortunately subsides to some degree as it warms.

Texture is medium bodied, and almost smooth, except for the lightly bubbly action from the carbonation, which in this case detracts a little from the beer.

Not a great flavor, it's saved by the strange taste actually almost leaving. Looks really good though.


Drinkerofales, May 06, 2012
Photo of carpezytha
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

A: Aggressive but controllable head pours a cream color over a deep rusty murky brown body. His reduces to a thin layer just covering the ale, with light wisps of lace left on the sides of the glass. Finally even that layer dissolves to small islands.
S: Nutty toasted sourdough.
T: Creme brulee in redwood bark. Seems hot for this ABV. Maple syrup. A little Chinese Five Spice and cinnamon.
M: This has a good mouthfeel even though as noted above it is a little hot for the ABV.
D:Not a big multi-layered brew, but easily drinkable and a decent example of the style.

carpezytha, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of QXSTER1
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Hazy amber brown with a tight tan head. Nose is very fragrant with a winey complex aroma. Smells of sherry, port and green grapes with some plums thrown in. Taste combines the above fruitiness with some candi sugar and Belgian hops. All kinds of things going on in this dubbel. Typical yeastiness with some background hoppy astringency to make things interesting. Moderate carbonation gives this dubbel a nice mouthfeel and a silky finish. A very nice brew that hangs in there well with it's Belgian buddies.

QXSTER1, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of wordemupg
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

330ml bottle poured into tulip 13/7/11

A a slight haze in a deep maroon body with sediment being moved around by lots of bubbles that feed a long lasting cream colored head that leaves little lace

S some spicy plum with lots of brown sugar and some cola, I pick up on the faintest bubble gum and some very bruised banana, very complex nose

T lacking compared to the smell, the same spicy fruity notes I pick up on the nose but its weaker and I'm not tasting everything I could smell

M a little over carbonated as it turns to foam in your mouth, just on the verge of creamy but over the edge on the foamy side

O "good" but I'll have to leave it at that, slightly less bubbles and a flavor to match the nose would set this above many dubbles, but good ain't bad

nothing to be ashamed of but nothing to put it in a class of its own either, try it if its convenient for you

wordemupg, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a leather couch brown with a thin tan head (poured in chalice) that died quickly with no lace. A yeasty, orange smell with some other fruits that are tart and some faint caramel notes. Nutty, bready and full of yeast for a full-bodied puffiness. Has some sweet malt and tart fruit taste, along with hints of spice. Everything is noticeable but mild in a smooth, easy-going body. Not a powerful dubble or anything amazing, just a solid sessionable (to a point) dubbel.

clayrock81, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of stoepsel
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Brown-reddish hazy body with earthy nose.

Convincing taste, broad and smoky in the beginnend, but getting lighter towards the end. Smoke keeps sticking to the palate for a while but does not really contribute too much substance to the aftertaste.

Nice, drinkable and smoke-centred Dubbel with an rather unbalanced finish.

stoepsel, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of nomad
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured a soft brown and ruby color with a full finger of frothy head that settled well. Smell was full: of plums, grapes, whisky, and oak notes. Had an earthy core, though altogether a wine-like character - inviting. Taste was dark and highly woody, but also of grapes, a thin but good malt, and a citrus tinge. Had a light finish, softly dry and earthy, and developed a creamy cheese-like aftertaste that was strong with time. Watery mouthfeel, thus easy to drink but not terribly impressive.

nomad, Apr 28, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.