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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
86
very good

528 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 20
Gots: 39 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-20-2000

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A reddish brown color. Thick creamy off white head that remains the most dominate factor appearance wise. Also leaves some fancy brussels.

Smells nice and spicy, malty, sour fruits, and a bit of alcohol.

Tastes of sour fruits, bready malt, good amount of hops and spices.
I enjoyed this Dubbel the most out of the three beers I have tried from Affligem (Dubbel, Triple and Blonde).

Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy medium-brown body with plenty of apparent effervescence. Head is three fingers of compact ivory foam; about what I expect from a good example of the style.

Smell: sweet dark malt with plum and raisin aromas. Good, but the aroma isn't super complex and is of a rather light intensity.

Taste: musty, dusty plums, raisins, pears and cherries; quite tasty. There's a little tartness at the end which I don't love, but overall this is a pretty good dubbel.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with huge, creamy carbonation. Like with Affligem's tripel, this aspect is my favorite part of the beer.

Drinkability: a tasty, solid and drinkable dubbel. This is a beer I would gladly have again.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third Affligem Dubbel in the past year or so. With this newly poured one in front of me, I can now say for sure that there's a bit too much alcohol presence in smell and taste, masking the other characteristics. But wow, this one looks amazing! A gorgeous burgundy with beautiful creamy froth on top.

Smell is, predominantly, alcohol, and for a 7% ale, either my nose isn't refined enough or this is how Affligem wants it to be. But there's enough character deep in the background, an earthiness, and something of rum-soaked raisins, telling my nose this is still going to be an above-average experience.

Some raisin and malty sweetness in the flavor, a nice spiciness peeks through as does a mildly burnt feel. The taste is pleasing for sure, but again, a bit of an alcohol bite. I have no problem with high-alcohol beers, I actually lean toward them, but for an average-level ABV, it's surprising how much of the alcohol comes through.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, with alternating smoothness and active carbonation.

A good solid tripel with only one minor weakness. I would never kick it out of my goblet.

[added later: I got a bottle sent to me from a friend in Belgium. Not sure what the difference was in terms of freshness or date bottled, but this one was much mellower and brought out the earthy and rum-soaked raisin characteristics better. Was it fresher, or aged longer? Either way, it was better than any Affligem I bought in the states.]

Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks similar to their tripel. A mediumish brown with some reddish/burgundy highlights. The head is a light tan, very thick and fluffy with nice staying power.

Almost smells sweet. There's a lot of things going on in the nose, and most of it involves something sweet. Rich dark fruits like plums, as well as some lighter fruits like pears and pineapple are present. A little bit of a pepper spice scent as well.

The flavor profile is spot on with the smell. The dark fruits dominate.

It's sweet from all the fruits, with only a slight bitterness deep, deep in the swallow. It's a medium-bodied beer with a nice dry, crisp finish.

Really similar to the tripel. A very good beer, not quite on par with some of the world's best, but just a notch below them.

Photo of gbontrag
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a piece of liver with toasted meringue.

Smells like the thick aroma of an orchid; vanilla and pineapple upside-down cake with maraschino cherries and one button mushroom.

I taste oak and cedar; Milk chocolate malt balls, dark chocolate covered cherries with a splash of ouzo, and a scratch-n-sniff still-life of button mushrooms on the wall.

Photo of JanM
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells of sweet fruits and grass. Some anis in the background. The brownish foam is thick and creamy and the color is dark copper brown red. The taste is a bit of a surprise compared to the leads in the smell. Basically it's hoppy and alcoholic. Some sugar and licorice spinning inside. Quite a full mouthfeel with high carbonation. A fine beer.

Photo of TMB0424
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML cork caged bottle. Poured into goblet

Brew poured a muddy, amber brown body. Hazy. The head, very creamy looking and tan, had decent retention but left little lacing on my glass.

Light scent of caramel roasted nuts. Very nice. Candied sugar, yeast, sugar-coated dark fruits all lurking in the background. A nice little hop spice is in there also. Simple, yet complex and pleasing all at once.

Tastes almost exactly how I would've imagined based on the aroma. Candied dark fruits, caramel, roasted nuts. Sweet maltiness as well. The one thing that really grabbed me was the spiciness from the yeast - extremely well done and makes the brew, as far as I'm concerned.

It's full bodied, but doesn't really drink like a full-bodied beer, if you catch my drift. The carbonation is on the medium side but that's not a complaint, it fits. Has a very smooth mouthfeel. It balances spicy/sweet outstandingly. The drinkability suffers a little bit because the alcohol is not masked very well and it kind of takes away from the actual brew. But nevertheless, a must-try for any dubbel fan.

Photo of skeetermoses
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer, it was the first beer from Affligem since I had the Blonde. Of course the blonde I happened to love....Alot. THis one was a pretty hearty beer, good taste, not too bad decent smell. This beer would go great with almost any meal. Yum.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from caged and corked 750ml(6 033 76?) a hazy dark brown with a huge off white head of foam that receded pretty quickly but left a solid layer with nice lacing.

The smell is of yeast, sweet malt, and a mix of fruit and spices. Nicely aromatic.

The taste at first is pretty sweet from the malt but then some fruity tones move in, mostly plum and some banana, as well as spiciness from cloves(mildly) and some pepper. There's also a yeast flavour there and some nice sour notes near and in the finish. Quite the tasty dubbel and pretty easy drinking...

Bottom line: A pretty darned good Dubbel that's not too hard on the wallet.(US$6.990 from Liquorama) I recommend it.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Champane Wine.

A - Poured a clear copper color with a huge frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.

S- Moderate to heavy herbs, malt, yeast and alcohol aroma.

T - Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish and small alcohol bite of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.

D - I would recommend this beer to a freind.

Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of ypsifly
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 poured into a chalice.

Deep reddish brown with a tall light tan head, ineresting ringed lace. Undying retention. Rock formations take shape across the head as it slowly goes down.

Malty nose with some lemon, white grapes, a pinch of sugar, and alcohol.

Dry with light lemon tart, malt and foamy carbonation leading into more dryness and a little alcohol warmth. Something close to turbinado in the finish, but only for a second.

Smooth yet textured mouth. At 7% abv, this could rank as a good session brew.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice looking beer, but it doesn't Wow me. It pours with a muddy brown body. Not as sparkling as I'd hoped, with a tan head that initially is full of life, and then settles down into a nice 1/2 inch foam coating.
The smell is like opening up a box of Raisin Bran. No, really! Oodles of raisens permiate through the head, and the backbone is only what I can describe as a hearty grain. Raisin Bran! It's a nice smell, but a little harsh on the aftersmell (I think there's such a thing as an aftersmell).
Taste is a little harsh up front, but rounds out pretty well towards the end. There's a bit of that medicinal taste that's present in many Belgiums. I'm not a fan of that taste. This is not the best dubble I've ever had.
Mouthfeel is rather thin and extremely bubbly. Too much so for my taste. I had to swirl my beer around to release some excess gasses. Overall, an okay beer, but not the best for the style. An equally available (of perhaps more so) bottle of Chimay Red would win in a dubble contest anyday.

Photo of mmmbirra
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

75cl bottle(on sale for 3 euros) poured into a snifter.

Full fluffy off-white head that holds on for quite some time. The first pour is a crystal clear red. Subsequent pours are more cloudy as the yeast finds its way into the glass.

Dark cherries, plums, blackberries. Very bright and inviting. A little cocoa powder in the background. A little bit of almost-peppery spice shows up when swirled. If only it was an even stronger aroma, it would be perfection.

Tastes light and fruity with a good rich slightly sweet maltiness. Just a touch of something with a little more bite in the back end that at times almost tastes rubbery.

For me, a little too carbonated, but I tend to like lightly carbonated beers in general, so I won't hold it against this otherwise solid beer too much.

Really good. Goes down almost too easily, but I'm complaining about that.

Photo of SkipWeathers
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a little cloudy, mud-brown color. Ample head. Served in wide-mouth Chimay glass. Yeast visible at bottom. Caramel/brown sugar as primary flavors. Hints of raisin/prune. Had a sour apple/apple core type aftertaste. Fairly heavy. Not as good as their tripel, and I actually prefer dubbels in general.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Murky reddish-brown. Big 3 finger fluffy tan head.

S: Belgian yeast, sweet caramel, a hint of peppery alcohol. I am digging the aroma of this beer right now, it is warm and fruity and spicy.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor of the beer does not live up to all that the aroma offers. There's a hint of the caramel malts that were so prevalent in the aroma, but they're hidden behind a biscuit flavor. The earthy yeast in the middle is followed by a slight raisin flavor.

M: Moderate body and a hefty dose of carbonation that makes this beer feel incredibly foamy in the mouth.

O: I wish that this beer could have delivered on the flavor what it does on the aroma. It was much less intense than I was expecting, and the flavors overall all feel a bit muddles and muted. That being said, it is a very decent beer and worth picking up.

Photo of tboom29
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from the 750 ml bottle. The beer poured a dark brown color with tannish hints. Big puffy head, really clings to the side of my glass.
The nose was real malty, but also had a maple/banana notes, quite rich smelling.
The first thing I noticed is the carmel and malty flavors, sort of reminiscent of dark fruits. Fairly smooth mouthfeel, but has a crisp citrusy finish, and a slightly malty aftertaste. This is slightly tart, but not quite as full as some dubbels I have had.
Overall a quality offering from Affligem.

Photo of TheDM
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a light brown head of fine and medium sized bubbles that left a good lacing. It has a cloudy dark brown body and a strong raspberry aroma. It also has a strong raspberry taste and an acidic finish. Overall, this brew is just averagely impressive. I was more impressed by the unique packaging. I think it has been the only brew I have drank that was wrapped in a paper package and had a wire tied cork on the bottle.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark amber-brown with off-white head rose to roughly 1/2" off the body....looking at it in the glass it looks marvelous. (FYI, the head like tto rise, so results will vary)

Smell: Light yeast, nothing great about the scent, not that it smells bad but it's not the sticking "smell" I was expecting.

Taste: In one word yummy!, yeast. caramel, sweet meet the bitter end. This is one potently tasty beer. Just incredibly complex but not too overwhelming.

Mouth: Medium + smooth = fineness, the best way i could describe the texture if this fine ale.

Overall: A concoction that is developed to satisfy every taste bud that appreciates what fine beer is supposed to be made. Treat yourself, grab a glass and watch little TV you'll will definitely not be disappointed. Salud!

Photo of beerhunter13
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dubbel to pair with a nice home cooked meal, it might not be a top notch dubbel it is enjoyable to say the least.

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of wo87810
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of flooshmander
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.