Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.
A - Pours a deep brown hue with a fluffy tan head. Fairly effervescent in the glass. Burgundy-ruby highlights in the light. Head slowly settle to a thin film. No lacing.
S - Classic aroma here. Dark dried fruits, namely dates and raisins, with a bit of dried plum. Not as much fig as usual dubbels, and not as much fruit in general. I get some gentle chocolate and caramel notes, likely from the dates, which are really pronounced here. Strong aroma of molasses here as well, with a touch of anise. Sweet candi sugar and Belgian yeast. A little more dark and earthy for a dubbel as opposed to fruity, but still very inviting.
T - Opens up with an array of dark fruits and bready flavors. Dates and dried plums, bready malt, and candi sugar sweetness. A touch of cola syrup and distinct Belgian yeast. Finishes dry and spicy, with a hint of bitterness. Not as fruity as some, but every bit as sweet, with a real focus on more resinous flavors. Although not fruit, some dark cherries come through as well. Mild mineral metallic presence at first, but it quickly dissipates. A bit of caramel and chocolate as it warms. Overall a sweet and malty Belgian that really hits the spot. Very drinkable.
M - Smooth but still very carbonated, a little higher than I prefer. Medium body, with a nice weight to it. Finishes particularly dry, with a lingering spice. Keeps you coming back for more.
D - A traditional Belgian dubbel that tastes and feels just like it should. I've always enjoyed dubbels ever since I first got into craft beer, and this is yet another I enjoyed a great deal. This brew offers up a degree of complexity, drinkability, and flavor that I really enjoyed.
06-02-2012 23:00:12 | More by Converge
4.28/5 rDev +11.7%
Turbid,caramel colored body with a massive foamy toffee head that lasts forever. Rich, dark fruit and champagne yeast in the aroma with toasted grain. Tastes of raisins and dark cherries balanced with a dry yeasty quality. The mouthfeel is my favorite thing about this brew, very effervesent carbonation that makes it a treat to drink. A very approachable example of the style.
03-03-2009 01:36:49 | More by biggred1
4.28/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
02-15-2005 03:49:36 | More by kosmoraios
4.26/5 rDev +11.2%
330ml bottle, served in a chalice. BB 21/3/13, making it 2 years old I believe.
A - Murky dark nut brown with 1" head. Minimal lacing, but a little stays on the top
S - Less malt, more raisin on the nose. Some leather, date, bark, fig.
T - Some malt, but I was expecting a little more for the style. I like it. Sugar, leather, dark fruit.
M - Not bad. Maybe a touch too much carbonation, but weight was decent.
O - Ages well. I remember an earlier bottle I tried not being as good. A pretty good dubbel.
02-01-2013 02:21:26 | More by Beelzebeer
4.25/5 rDev +11%
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?
12-21-2011 03:41:38 | More by AmericanGothic
Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.