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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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295 Reviews

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Reviews: 295
Hads: 552
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 21
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website

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 Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A rich, caramel/plum color to it, reddish brown. Floaties murk it up a bit. Nice head, semi-thick, foamed up to about 2 fingers. A bit chunky. Lacing was decent.
Corriander peeks in and out of the nose, which is mostly dark fruit, yeast, sweet.
Taste is a bit syrupy. Corriander disappears and is replaced by caramel, light plum and bread. A blend that isn't really blended well.
Still, a nice beer. Very drinkable. (416 characters)

Photo of lhaqq
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber/copper and a huge tan head. The bottle nearly exploded when I opened it.
S: Pretty metallic and sweet. Overripe dark fruits mainly.
T: Taste is a bit disappointing after the sweetness of the smell. The slightly acidic metallic flavor takes up most of the taste. A bit of malts and a twinge of hoppy bitterness finish it off.
M: A bit too watery and thin for my preference.
D: An alright drink but would probably rank it low on my list for dubbels. (469 characters)

Photo of atlason
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours dark brown with generous lacy head. Great retention.

S: Deep steely malt, faint pear-pineapple.

T: Dark malts in the foreground, roasted candi sugar. Strong estery alcohol notes somewhat stronger and more persistent than one would like.

M: Viscosity from alcohol is downplayed by the sugars. Carbonation is medium-low. Overall achieves a silky feel that is pleasant, even luxurious. (432 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A 750ml, brown glass bottle. Fancy looking cream, red, black & gold colored coat of arms label. Corked (dated 2/03) and Caged.

Appearance: Pours with a massive expansive, solid wholesome light tan colored head. The head never settles, it needs to be sucked off the beer before you can re-pour & top-up the beer. Clear chestnut brown body. Looks good!

Nose: I just get a frothy pendant on the end of my nose; such is the depth of the head. Not much apart from strong malts. In fact the nose is really hard to discern, 3.5 is polite.

Taste: Malty brown ale beginnings. Some toffee butter & caramel. Has a smooth & creamy middle. Some chocolate malts & a chewy dark toffee middle. Bitter finish. Dry.

Mouthfeel: Solid Brown Ale presence. A North-East English Newkie Brown Ale meets a Dutch-Belgium Dubbel. Now there’s an idea!

Drinkability: More of a tasty Brown ale to me, rather than a Dubbel. Quite quaffable though.

Overall: Far too clean, far too neutral, and far too mass-appeal. Totally Independent until 1984, my Belgium Beer loving Elders tell me that this beer has become much more consistent (good), but less flavorsome since (oops, bad). I cannot comment. But Affligem is now owned by Heineken (no it wasn’t skunky funnily enough before you Texans ask!). I fear this is destined to be a mass-produced Dubbel whose mission is to replace the Westmalle version in popularity one day.

Affligem Abbey still retains the rights to the name, & brand, & has the handshake agreement from the little boy Dyke pluggers, that the Affligem beers will continue to be brewed in Belgium for the next 20-30 years. Right On. After the expiry date, production will be moved to one of the soon to be Mars or Jupiter colonies no doubt. Can you skunk beer on Mars???

My view – Well it’s a straight 4.0 - Not bad actually, but that’s now!

It is also highly likely that this beer puts a dress on, & calls itself ‘Postel Dubbel’ on a weekend - Reviewers beware!!

I’m jesting of course about Mars; it’s much more likely to be Mexico, or China. “Afflie” is a reasonable Dubbel, but there are much better examples (Maredsous 8, St. Bernadus Pater, Floreffe) out there.

Worth $6.49 – Erm, NOPE!!! (2,236 characters)

Photo of claybeer
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Affligem dubbel comes in a 750mL bottle topped with a champagne style cork. It poured a hazy, honey, brownish tan. The head was a rich light cork color. The nose was earthy but a little sweet. Maybe a hint of hazelnut and some yeast. Nice...the first sip is soft and sweet. It was defiantly hazelnut I was smelling because it hit the tongue like a freight train. There is some apricot and tartness on the sides of the tongue that add some balance to this sweet dubbel. Some lingering leathery feel finishes out this nice Belgian beer. This would be great paired with a glazed ham and stuffing. Maybe a side of mashed sweet potatoes or carrots with brown sugar. Perhaps I should keep this beer in mind for Thanksgiving dinner. (725 characters)

Photo of Oatsoda
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nearly opaque medium brown with a thin layer of bubbles that creeps back down the side of a goblet when given a quick swirl.

A light aroma from the glass reminds me of caramel.

Mild sweetness outweighs a light afterthought of bitterness.

Despite the darker color, it feels very light in the mouth and goes down easy.

Overall, it's a not-very-complex, easy to drink, enjoyable beer. (397 characters)

Photo of HoustonTX
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Dubbel - Poured a dark rust brown, massive head, almost matching Duvel's, off white in color, and retention that had some major longevity. Smelled of sweet florals/fruity malts/yeast. Taste was a burst of feint dried fruits, freeze dried in a sense. Smell citrus notes, along with honey. Taste is not as prominent as some Dubbels, but still refreshing and delicious. Mouthfeel is creamy and semi-dry. Drinkability is low, too hard to down quickly.

Just a below average Dubbel, there are many more Dubbels that just blow this one away. Slightly recommended. (568 characters)

Photo of drseamus
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The cork came off of this one like a bullet from a gun. It foamed very aggressively but calmed down pretty quickly to form a nice off white head on a cloudy bubbly red body. The aroma is classic malty belgian funk. The taste is very smooth initially and then there is a blast of malt with a lingering bitterness on the end. There are some dark fruits in there as well. It is a good medium bodied beer, but I would like it a bit fuller. Overall, I'm not that impressed with this beer. (483 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a corked 750 ml bottle, this beer poured a cloudy, murky, rust-brown. The moderately sized head has a tan color and, and nice density. A mellow, mild aroma of tart yeastiness and peppery phenols was immediately noticed. There’s a little alcohol present as a background aroma, but overall the smell is faint and easy-going. The taste is fruity, with a solid malt foundation. It’s a little sweet up front, but a tartness kicks in by the mid-taste. Finishes with a biting peppery finish. I enjoyed it, but expected more. I think this was mediocre, as far as Belgian ales go. (578 characters)

Photo of endovelico
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Jumbo in Almada, 330 ml Bottle. Best served before 04-12-2008. Reviewed at home under Strong artificial light. Served in a gobblet at recommended temperature (8 ºC). Poured on 19-10-2008.

Presentation: Extremely appealing overall design with a Gold / Red / Earth tones color schematic and several Medieval / Sacred Art like elements, such as the Coat of arms framed on a Church-vault like shape. Traditionally shaped brown beer bottle.

Appearance: Poured a Red / Brown (about 13-14 on the Lovibond) murky brew with a two finger tan head that quickly fades into a thin cap (which holds for the rest of the experience). Alot of floaties. Perceived effervescence is low. Decent lacing.

Aroma: The nose is of medium strength and complex. Evident Caramel and Belgian candy sugar, plums / raisins and Yeast like spiciness.

Taste: Again, very straightforward Caramel, Belgian candy sugar and Plums / raisins notes, with chocolate malt and roasted malt undertones. Very noticeable Yeast 'sting'. Lasting malty sweetness and yeast bitterness. Low hop bitterness. Decently Balanced in taste overall.

Palate: Medium to Full body with Medium to low carbonation. Milky / tart like texture. Noticeable Alcohol, but not off putting.

Drinkability: Good drinkability considering the ABV, well balanced, and none of the aroma / taste elements are overwhelming or off-putting.

On a final note: Overall, a decent Dubbel albeit not a prototypical one, as it lacks a more subtle and sober aroma and taste profile of nuts and chocolate. Dark fruits aroma and taste should be less dominating of the overall beer character. Reminds me of Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu. Not overly impressed, will not be seeking this in the near future. (1,730 characters)

Photo of Trappissed
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a ton of floaties in my glass. This is after letting the bottle settle for several hours. Also made a nice pop when I uncorked it, but then thousands of bubbles proceeded to overflow for a good five minutes. Something makes me think this bottle has been through a lot.

As far as the taste, I can see why this beer gets so many "B" ratings. It has a very standard Dubbel taste. Maybe even a little muted compared to some. Still tastes good though and is easily drinkable. I don't know if I would get this again, most likely would try a new Dubbel. (553 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

into the Chimay Chalice, exp 05/03/12

A: Haselnut brown to auburn. slightly creamy single finger coffee head through very careful pouring. Difficult to see rising carbonation just at the top.
S: Sweet black cherry syrup, eraser, coffee ice cream. Relatively complicated. Quality, but doesn't turn me on.
T: Very complicated and layered. Alcohol comes through as a subtly plastic sourness/acidicy in the back of the mouth. Unsweet cola qualities, barky bitterness cut with a mild sweetness. Odd
M: Drying/astringent, acidic alcohol.
O: I taste quality, but it's a strange one. Weird mix of flavors, and weird flavors. More interesting than enjoyable. (651 characters)

Photo of Squelch
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy brown with a billowy long lasting head.

Smell: Estery aromas prevalent

Taste: no hops. Slightly cidery from the candi sugar. Moderately fruity for a dubbel. Not overwelmingly flavorful. Very subtle tasting. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body.

Drinkability: Nothing stands out on this beer. Very plain dubbel (336 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer together with the blond and tripel and I must say that this is not my favorite Affligem beer.
Appearance was very good, a nice dark brown beer with a stable head and with a slight hue.
Smell was yeasty with some acidic notes and a bit oily, like there is some oats in there (probably not).
Taste was a bit of a disappointment, there was the obvious burned malts and the alcohol that came through. I tasted some peppery and nutmeg, this is a new taste for me. Could this be due to the addition of coloring agents? I feel that this is somewhat an artificial taste, there is probably not even crystal malt in here. Lately I have discovered that a lot of the Dubbels are not more than colored blond beer. Not enough depth and complexity and lacking caramel taste, which is an essential taste in a good Dubbel! (829 characters)

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle served in a Chimay trappist glass. Pours a reddish brown color, lots of floaties, decent frothy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, slightly roasted, spices, yeast, and a hint of plum. Flavor is bread and caramel malts, yeast, spicy, dark fruits, and candy sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, fairly carbonated, and a little bitter. Good beer, drinkable. (381 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Arte&Sana cervecería in Málaga, Spain.

Appearance: dark mahogany/brown, bubbly 2 finger white head

Smell: dark fruits, oak, pepper, belgian yeast

Taste: Lots of overripe darkfruits, more specifically cherry an apple that dominate the palate initially. Very sweet, belgian yeast come through after the initial fruit bomb, followed by notes of pepper, coriander, apple, and pear. Finish is sort of medicinal, not in a bad way, but the cherriness really lingers a lot. Finish is dry and sweet, almost like a red wine in a way.

Mouthfeel: not as carbonated as other dubbels but still medium to high, medium bodied.

Overall: Not as good as the big trappist dubbels, but this is unique in its own eay and can hold its own as a belgian i would reccomend. Especially if you like te really overripe fruit and cherry taste. (830 characters)

Photo of rbd13
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark brown with an off white head. Sticky lacing on the glass.
Sweet raisins, figs, graham cracker on the nose, along with some tartness.
Flavors of raisins, plum, and figs along with a peppery bitterness.
Medium body with heavy carbonation. (254 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Gooch for sharing this one

Look: Coca cola brown with a solid 1 inch head and great retention

Smell: Caramel malt and Belgian yeast. Nothing special here

Taste: The taste is a touch better than the nose but not by much with flavors of sweet caramel and toffee backed up by some figs and a spice note from the yeast

Mouthfeel: Medium body and ample carbonation

Overall: Just a run of the mill dubbel for me. Not much complexity to the beer at all (469 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a deep brown color with a tan sudsy head with god retention
S-lots of rich caramel, cordial cherries
T-dominated by the caramel, buttered toffee, followed by a balanced hop presence
M-medium bodied with high carbonation
O-not my favorite of the style but still a very solid beer (286 characters)

Photo of pjwilson
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's a pretty common Belgian. It's good, but pretty average. My mom got me this for a present and by no means is it a bad beer in any way. Just not that complex. However right now i'm pairing it with some cheese's which knocks the taste up to a 4.5 . Really. Which i why with this review i won't really bother describing the beer as others have done that. This my i can't believe how much the cheese changes the beer post. Some simple goganzola was amazing with this, as were some limburger and french blue cheese. But the gorganzola paired best. (548 characters)

Photo of GreenThumb
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 1 L bottle into a Chimay glass at the Broken Spoke Belgian Restaurant in Houston, Tx.

Color was copper brown with a big creamy head which lingered for several minutes and left lacing on the walls of the glass.

Smell is light and yeasty. Minimal aroma.

Taste is fairly rich with malt and subtle chocolate, spice and raisin with a dry finish. The raisin flavor seemed to emerge as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was effervescent, light, slightly thin.

Very drinkable.

This was a classic abbey dubbel, but I was a little disappointed. I think I can brew a better one myself! (589 characters)

Photo of baiser
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a gorgeous ruby red, with a cream coloured, fluffy thick head. Excellent retention, thick film of foam on the side of the glass, and thick layer of foam atop the beer. One of the best I've ever seen from a bottle. Aroma of toffee and slight malt. Taste is subtle. Nothing too spectacular. Just a steady dubbel that does the job. Dark fruit, malt, caramel, toasty. Bubbly smoothness. Well carbonated. Decent beer. (419 characters)

Photo of BBP
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a brownish copper with good head and decent lacing. For the style it's a bit light, but overall it looks just fine.

The nose has some caramel raisin and apple in it and is slightly spicy.

The taste is very nice as well and it continues with the fruitiness. While the initial flavor is spicy hops, some yeast, and is a bit buttery, the fruit comes out after with a more powerful presence. While it has a lot of complexity, it also seems a bit blurred and blended. It's a bit lighter in terms of a Dubbel as well with the exception of the immediate candy-like aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin with overaggressive carbonation that makes it feel bigger than it is. The carbonation does detract from the drinkability a bit. The finish is mildly dry and immensely sticky.

Overall, it's a decent take on the style. At the same time, it doesn't really stand out much, and it will be a little hard to remember. I wouldn't refuse one of these, but I'll likely opt for other Dubbels first. (1,005 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Double is a rich shade of reddish-brown. As I pour it from the bottle, it forms a thick, soapy, off-white lather on top. This head is very well-retained, but doesn't leave much lace behind. It smells medicinal, also showing hints of banana, pear, raisin, and plum. Caramelized sugar, sweet over-ripe fruit, and an unexpected lemony-tartness in the finish. Slightly medicinal. Medium-bodied with sharp, spritzy carbonation. Feels light but not thin. I found it easy enough to put this one back. (502 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance – Slightly hazy light brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation visible and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, musty, floral, anise/black licorice, wood

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a higher than average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and black licorice. There are also some floral notes and a woodiness. It ends with a malty black licorice/anise aftertaste.

Overall – A very well crafted beer, but the flavours weren't my favourite. I'm glad I gave it a try but there are many other beers in this style that I'd rather be drinking. (731 characters)

Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
85 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.