Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
85
very good

294 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 294
Hads: 550
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 20
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-20-2000

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raisin and malt aromas are up front on the nose of this copper-brown ale, with the definite aroma of alcohol there as well. This boozy smell adds a new facet that I like a lot. The flavors are of malt and minerals, along with raisin and light dried fruit, which also features in the aftertaste. This Dubbel is quite good. (321 characters)

Photo of jlervine
4.12/5  rDev +9%
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! (570 characters)

Photo of MrDanno96
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogan/ruby brown color with about a finger of off-white head. Lots of yeast floaties even after a gentle pour.

S: Lots of sweet fruit on the nose - plums, dates, and raisins. Spicy Belgian yeast and some sweet candied sugar as well.

T: Not quite as flavorful as the nose would suggest, but still tasty. The characteristic earthy spice of Belgian yeast is most prominent, with subtle fruity sweetness and hints of nuttiness mixed in. Extremely drinkable at 7% alcohol.

M: Full bodied with subtle carbonation. Dry, spicy finish.

O: A great Dubbel. The nose was the highlight for me, but everything about it is solid. Impressively drinkable for the alcohol content. Definitely something to seek out. (716 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
4.12/5  rDev +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. (670 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, beige head. Dark brown/orange beer with red highlights. Malt in the nose, with tangy, sour apples, rum, toffee, plums. A Christmas dessert of a beer. Dark caramel and rum in the tangy front. Deep caramel foamy middle with a dry, vinous finish. Toasted grains. Almost a little woody. This is a great, dark, caramel, fruity dubbel. (336 characters)

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (1,563 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: thick head, very fine suds; amber colour heading to light brown; clear

Aroma: minimal; somewhat resinous? nothing really distinct

Taste & Mouthfeel: immediately reminds my why I love Belgian beer, just has that unique flavour; complex finish; more dry then I'm used to, lightly bitter; blackcurrants; fine carbonation make for a pleasant mouthfeel; some dark chocolate

Overall: an addictive beer - the taste is so interesting, and yet undefinable (474 characters)

Photo of Hemi
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

55dF serving temp in a wide mouthed glass

A - Milk chocolate/medium strength coffee appearance. At the end of the bottle it resembles a carboy full of fermenting wort with the yeast floating around in currents from the CO2. Creamy head, retaining about a 1/2" thin layer.
S - Carmel, Chocolate and other roasted malt aromas. Very pleasing nose. No noticeable hop smells.
T - Nutty, carmel and chocolate notes. Almost non existant CO2 burn.
M - Medium to High thickness
D - I think I maybe able to sip on these all night long...well until I pass out as this 7% ABV will catch up with ya! (593 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature goblet, bottled 7/7/2011. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger foamy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, pepper, clove, banana, earth, candi sugar, molasses, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with nice complexity and balance. Taste of apple, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, clove, pepper, banana, earth, candi sugar, bread, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruit, caramel, toast, pepper, clove, banana, earth, candi sugar, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity with good balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel. Great complexity and balance of flavors; very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,134 characters)

Photo of supermeniscus
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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 (644 characters)

Photo of DubbelTrubbel
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 into a Chimay chalice. Approx. one year-old bottle.

A- Beautiful red-brown dubbel. Off-white head, lush carbonation. Poured about a finger and a half of head.

S- nice orange peel, then chocolate-covered cherries. Perhaps some brown sugar. Ya, I like this one.

T- Candy-malt tastes, with a bitterness that just lets you know it's there. Some raisiny tastes. The finish is a pleasing dryness, and even later some fruity echoes. Still manages to be refreshing!

M- Maybe a touch thin, but still great carbonation and body! Leaves that nice sugary slickness on the teeth.

O- Very good, but then what do I expect with a Belgian beer. One of the better dubbels. (663 characters)

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

An almost amber color with a slightly darkened foam head which stuck around.

A strong clove at the start which transitions into a spicy sweet fruit. A touch of alcohol as well. A very enticing aroma that made me all the more eager to take a taste.

The taste is consistent with the smell except i picked up more of a spicy cherry flavor in the taste. It has a little bitterness and the alcohol is also present in the finish. I found it fairly complex and delicious.

It is medium bodied and finishes with a little bitterness and alcohol.

A very enjoyable Dubbel. (611 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (1,117 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another classic example of great Belgian beer offered up by Affligem.

A sturdy and handsome appearance of deep mahogany and ruby hues, moderate haze... but the efforvescent carbonation carries a froathy and foamy head that consists of loosely knit bubbles and off-white foam. Lots of lacing. Nearly an ideal look.

The flavors and aromas closely mirror each other and consist of deep dark fruits of raisons, plumbs, red grapes, figs, prunes, and other dehydrated things that grow on trees... this Dubbel is quite fruity. Phenolic spices give some burnt pith notes, corriander, orange peel, and white pepper. The pilsner malt base gets swallowed up by darker sugars that give a boost of confectionate sweetness along with a kettle-caramelization taste that whisps away effortlessly. Like other Affligem beers, their minerally water gives a metallic taste that I could do without; but it doesn't seem to be as distracting in the Dubbel as in other beers.

While being complexly sweet to taste, the beer is expansive and efforvescent to start. The full and creamy beginning slowly fades into a evaporative cotton candy-like airyness.

Though others' reviews say otherwise, I believe this to be the best of the Affligem offerings. This is a beautiful beer that belongs in the discussion with the Chimay Red's and Westmalle Dubbel's. (1,329 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of argock
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL brown bottle into a Chimay chalice. No clear freshness date. Purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Leathery brown with 1-finger off-white foamy head with decent retention and spotty, sparse lace.

S: Great aroma profile with raisiny, dark fruit maltiness complemented exceptionally well with an intensely herbal, minty hoppiness and subtle fruity yeastiness

T: The flavor is warm and comfortable with a candy sweet, light caramelly, slightly burnt malt flavor is accented with herbal, minty, lemony hops flavor. The yeast character is nutty and slightly fruity and more prominent with warming and at the end of the pour.

M: Very active carbonation which is a bit too prickly for the style. The body is initially a bit thin for the carbonation, but near the end of the bottle, the body gains some meatiness and is a real pleasure to drink. Aftertaste is nutty and leathery malt with some lemony, minty hops.

D: A very good dubbel that I wish had toned down the carbonation for better feel, but the herbal, lemony hoppiness is a welcome and unique characteristic of this widely available brew. (1,137 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A muddy brown color, faint off-white head. Aroma: seriously raisiny! Toss in some molasses, dark rum, sour cherries, maybe even dates? Sizzling hops on the palate,warm mouthfeel from the malt, and the yeasty, raisiny flavor is rich, full, delicious. More sour notes abide in the middle, and a candyish feeling runs through the finish.
A good dubbel, a fine enough drink, but far from great. (391 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of Sixpack595
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured crystal clear with an almost ruby body and tight tan head. The head was appropriatly thick, and lasted longer than the beer. Aroma was almost spicy with a hint of grape or rasin. Sweet and malty with a medium body and hopped just enough to balance the sweetness. (269 characters)

Photo of iSip
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Affligem Dubbel, 750ml bottle: Storm chasers get ready for the thunderhead of suds that will form on top of translucent mahogany brown brew. Just as big as the head, the aroma lets you know there is a big dubbel waiting for you as things settle. When you finally venture to take the face shot of foam searching for some beer below, you will be greeted with big caramel and brown sugar flavors, and a smooth drinking experience. This is as fine a dubbel as any. It’s a little too sweet for my tastes, but that is more of a comment on dubbels in general, rather than of the Affligem, which is an excellent representation of the style. (634 characters)

Photo of OatmattStout
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer before and during and after dinner with 750ml size. It had a nice head that hung aroung long enough and a nice color. The malty flavors were good and the full carbonation really opened this beer up but nothing really jumped out at me cause I was eating the whole time. It semmed to go well with everything, cheese and crackers, salad, pasta and even vanilla cookies for dessert. Overall an enjoyable beer and it was a good representation of a belgian dubbel and would buy it again. (499 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beers as it sets in the glass a deep dark ruby color with the head lavish in size and the lace a luxurious sheet to conceal the glass, both are long lasting and a winsome light tan in color. Nose is sweet and fruity, chocolate cherries, with the grainy freshness of the malts. Start is sweet, the top is skinny, the finish is commonplace as far as carbonation, the hops are customary for the style, and the aftertaste is droughty, somewhat sour, a beer well worth the sample (478 characters)

Photo of stjarnflikka
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of woemad
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at Yoke's in Kennewick, Washington shortly after Christmas for $6.49. According to the cork, this appears to have been bottled in December of 2006.

Poured a russett color with a creamy, off-white head into my St.Bernardus glass. Takes on a rubyish tint when held up to the light. Lots of streaks and spots of lace, and the head is easily re-agitated back to life.

Mild toffee notes and the scents of dark fruits greet the nostrils. Not as complex as some Belgian brews, but just fine for the style.

Sweet, in a mild, Belgian candy sugar type of way, with a matching dark fruit-like bitterness to balance things out. In the background is a toasty, nutty kind of flavor. Slightly acidic as well. No discernable hop flavor, but then there shouldn't be one, given the style.

Medium bodied and slightly coating in the mouthfeel, but with that effervescence that sets an authentic Belgian Dubbel apart from most American takes on the style.

A beer that goes down extremely easily - that's what Affligem Dubbel is. I could drink this all night, and would undoubtedly pay the price the next day. Certainly, it's a fine beer to unwind to after work while watching an old Humphrey Bogart DVD. (1,214 characters)

Photo of BeerDawg1
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma-slighty nutty/malt/sweet

Appearence-Dark brown/2 finger head/receds slowly/nice lacing

Flavor-Nutty yeasty taste(from bottom of bottle)/bready/malty//very nicley balanced/nice subtle flavor/nothing overpowers but everything stounds out

Mouthfeel-Decent carbonation/easy quick flavor/nice finish/maltiness fades quick

Drinkability-Icould drink a bottle but after that I might switch on to something else(not a session beer) (432 characters)

Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
85 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.