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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem Dubbel
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BA SCORE
87
very good

518 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 19
Gots: 29 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-20-2000)
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Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -21.7%

jophish17, Dec 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

TimH, May 19, 2012
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.

IronDjinn, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of maxpower
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before 11/16/02, pours muddy brown with a huge light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Fruity, yeasty aromas, caramel, chocolate, cherry and plum flavors. Medium to full bodied finishes with a funky sourness. Not what I expected, don't think I would buy another bottle.

maxpower, May 08, 2004
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?

fisherman34, Sep 06, 2005
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..

cokes, Jan 29, 2005
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...

apintofknowledge, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

330ml bottle. Augustijn Chalice glass. Brownish amber color headed by beige froth & close but quickly diminish crown. Toasted, prune, plum marmalade, brown sugar & herbal aromas. Sweet, crystal & caramel malty upfront. Medium to full body. Moderate to high carbonation. Silky palate. ABV is felt as a sugary & kind heat. Slight wood, spiced, anise & cumin hues. Sweet & quite sparkling finish. Long fruity aftertaste. Correct beer.

GONZALOYANNA, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
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...

Evil_Pidde, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Opened with a bang, cork went flying across the kitchen; scared the crap out of my wife, who at the time was talking about how she hates when ballons pop, oops. Anywho, pours a fairly clear ruby brown color with an average head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is kind of faint for a dubbel, not picking much up except a light pruney smell. The taste is disappointing. The dubbel has a slight wine like grape characteristic and some light Belgian spice. The feel seems way off base for a dubbel. It is tart not velvety, no malt characteristics are popping through. The feel is moderate with appropriate carbonation. The finish is just wrong to me, way too tart and astringent. A sub par dubbel. The taste and feel seem to be really off.

Gmann, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of korguy123
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

korguy123, Nov 19, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this several times at Flandes, and Botica Indiana as Afflicgem being the affordable imported belgium blonde, dubble, and tripple. The dubble disapointed me- it was too alcoholy, lacking significant flavor and smell. Not recommended.

Notes:
-33cl bottle
-Flandes Bar, Oviedo, Asturias

clayphilly, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of jbonapar
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a red/brown color. Unfortunately had this right after a Chimay Blue, so its kind of unfair...

Smell - sweet, nothing stuck me as a particular stand out feature. Sweet, mild raisins.

Taste: Certainly not the best Dubbel, average, drinkable and enjoyable with a nice meal.

Overall, average beer, i mean, considering the fantastic dubbel out there....

jbonapar, Dec 19, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Affligem is a Heineken owned brewery in Belgium. I picked up a bottle of their Dubbel from the LCBO here in Ontario after realizing I hadn't tried it before.

This one pours beautifully. A brownish ruby red, opaque and with a huge colored head. Lovely stuff. The head dissipates to ring of foam with a small amount of lacing on the way down.

The smell is typical for the style, dark fruits, yeast and some spice. I like it. I find the taste however is a bit muted by the strong carbonation. However there are some sour notes mixed with fruit.

Mouthfeel as stated is impaired by the strong carbonation. I find this impacts the drink and reduces it's drinkability.

Ralphus, Nov 23, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is quite nice with candy sugar, yeast, toasted malt, dark fruit, and alcohol. The appearance is hazy brown with a fairly large head. The flavor is like the aroma but more bitter than it needs to be. The palate is thin and the aftertaste is bitter from what seem like tannins. I am not that in love with this one.

nick76, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of RoyalT
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance – Giant, lasting head atop a gorgeous deep brownish-orange body. This was beautiful to stare at.

Smell – Nice, spicy aromas of cinnamon, coriander, pepper, and some clove with the fresh malt and bread scents. I would have liked to have seen things a little stronger, but the main components of a good Abbey Dubbel are there.

Taste – The first thing that struck me about this taste was the utter lack of carbonation, which I’ll talk about in the mouthfeel. But, for now, let’s say that the complexity of the nose did not translate into the taste. I caught some of the spices and the basic malt backbone, but the rest was absent.

Mouthfeel – Very flat for a Belgian Dubbel. I expected carbonation up the nose here but instead found an uninspiring character that bored the pallet.

Drinkability – This is an average Dubbel Ale. I had higher expectations after the pour, but it just didn’t deliver. Good though nevertheless, just not sensational.

RoyalT, Sep 01, 2003
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3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Got this big bottle on a recommendation from a friend. It smells and tastes like a typical belgian dubbel. The color is a light brown, with a bit of a watery appearance, despite the creamy head. The real power of this beer lies in the latticework, the layering of bitterness, sweetness, and alcohol that present themselves in the mouth. The Dubbel really begins to become crisp and the bubbliness and hops rise to the center of your nose when you drink it. The 7% ABV is not overwhelming, but not really all that impressive for a belgian dubbel and renders the beer vaguely drinkable.

The other components of the beer are typical, but let this beer settle in your mouth, and the real flavor begins to come out. Substantial, but not quite impressive.

TLove, Dec 01, 2008
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3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

brown 33cl bottle with loads of life left according to the label. Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Clear and bright reddy-brown colour, a well formed tanned head sat on top. Sadly before I had taken a sip the head turned into a wispy covering and collar.

Real Belgian feel and smell to this beer, yeast and hops attack your nose from the start.

I thought it a bit fizzy to be honest, sharp and tangy, but just too fizzy for a great dubbel.

The body seemed weak and watery for 6.8%ABV, pleasant enough, but lacking in richness and body for me.

BlackHaddock, Oct 30, 2009
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3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this in a Czech grocery store, for $1.50. Pours out a red-brown color with a thick, chunky head that sits on top for quite a while leaving lacing all over the glass. The nose is pretty unremarkable, malts, faint cloves, caramel, and a off putting metallic smell. The taste is similar to the smell with more alcohol and spice, bitterness and a metallic taste that is a bit overwhelming and pretty much ruins it for me. Nothing special here, but not bad for $1.50

travis224, Jul 29, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 9/22/2006 (750mL bottle):

Very active, extremely foamy. Pours a dark brown, with a medium body. Pours a huge head is a very light brown color. Very flowery aroma, with some malts. Very malty taste, somewhat flowery, and acidic. Malty aftertaste. Just an okay tasting beer.

jujubeast6000, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very lively pour leads to a thick cap of off-white foam that's not in a hurry to leave. The color is a sort of orangey brown, a shade lighter than expected. Retains brilliantly. Thick foam clings to the glass. Served in a gold-rimmed Affligem glass I can only describe the appearance as stunning.

The aroma is Belgian funk...even brought up to temperature it's hard to get much through the head. It just smells spritzy. I'll come back to this. Okay I'm back. Fairly subdued I'm mostly getting pear and banana and clove.

The taste seems focused on burnt raisin and apple, slight lavender, with sugary sweetness and a bit of spice, no discernable bitterness. It finishes very dry. Not as complex or intriguing as I had hoped.

It's medium bodied with good levels of carbonation. A little sharp.

Overall, yeah. This is good but far from the best dubbel I've had. I have one more to drink, but I don't think we'll make it past the second date.

MeisterBurger, Nov 06, 2009
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3.24/5  rDev -15.4%

beanoboy7, Oct 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Trashcat, Nov 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

cestlavie, Nov 18, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

parintele, Apr 18, 2014
Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
87 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.