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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem Dubbel
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BA SCORE
85
very good

510 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 510
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 RoyFokker
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

RoyFokker, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

leitmotif, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of beeragent
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimey chalice. The beer pours a deep reddish brown, forming a medium 1/2 inch off-white head. Very little spots of lace slide down the glass. The aroma begins with a noticeable malt presence, followed by a sweet dark fruit and alcohol aroma, with spices mixed throughout. The taste is dark fruit flavor up front, followed by the malt sweetness, and ending with a hint of alcohol. Not the most complex tasting Belgian, but not bad. Good medium mouthfeel. For a dubble, this is very drinkable, but not as flavorful as others. For the price, this is a very affordable Belgian Dubble. Overall, not quite what I would expect from a dubble, but nonetheless still a good beer. Worth a try.

beeragent, May 15, 2008
Photo of Labeorphile
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Labeorphile, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of trevorwideman
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into my Affligem chalice.

Pours a nearly opaque rich burgundy colour with a 1/2 inch head. Reduces to a bit of lace that clings to the glass nicely. Unfiltered with lots of sediment in evidence. Spicy aroma with some plum, caramel, bready malt, and brandied cherries.

Taste begins with a puckering sourness that is followed by a nuttiness that borders on soapiness. Alcohol comes next, followed by a bit of cloying sweetness and an odd sawdust-like flavour in the finish. This is not what I expected from the nose, much less complex and bordering on boring or even annoying (if that can be applied to a beer). Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and carbonation seems a bit high, drying in the finish. There's no way I'd want more than one of these, the cloying and dare I say cheap taste is very off-putting, I'm a little disappointed.

trevorwideman, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of Vestlake
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Vestlake, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of JoeMans
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

JoeMans, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of AlMarzo
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

AlMarzo, Dec 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

PatGreer, May 13, 2012
Photo of cyrenaica
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle
6.5% ABV (as written on bottle)
I tried this beer on October 30, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a deep reddish-brown with a 1/2" tan head. The aroma was roasted malt, caramel, and plums. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, slightly sweet, some fruit, and licorice in the finish.

cyrenaica, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of TerryW
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Handsome red-brown beer with a good sized, long-lived head, heavy lace. Looks yummy.

Slightly sweet malty nose, hint of fruit and alcohol.

Taste is sweet with a character almost like fruit juice. Slightly dry finish.

Quite light in character, gentle touch of carbonation.

Drinkable, but not memorable. Preferable to the Affligem Blonde.

TerryW, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of bark
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The clear colour is deep brown-wine-red, the high beige compact foam slowly sinks down to a firm finger thick head.

The medium strong smell is sweet, somewhat burned with a distinct note of brown sugar. There are also some alcohol, boiled carrots, coffee, milk and a touch of cask maturing.

The taste is… In fact, it is not as complex as I had expected (maybe it is because it is a macro brew after all). There is a sweet note of brown sugar; some flavours of fat milk, mild coffee, lots of creamy malt, wheat crackers with brie. Lots of flavours, but it still gives a relatively simple impression. The aftertaste got almost no bitterness at all, but some alcohol, herbs and caramelized sugar.

The carbonation is strong with a myriad of small bubbles; the beer builds some foam when drinking it.

An surprisingly simple Dubbel, this one.

bark, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of meatmallet
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a reddish anmer colot with a huge tan head. I notice a lot of suspended sediment swirling around the middle of the glass.

Smell: Nose is a little weak. Light spices and apples are the only real stand out other than yeast.

Taste: Lightly sweet and a bit bitter. Lots of malt and yeast with a little bit of plum and apple.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Heavy carbonation and a light body. Not a bad beer but I wont be trying it again.

meatmallet, Apr 24, 2009
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3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip (split with buddy).

Appearance: Reddish brown, nice head initially that dwindled down to about a 1/16", nice lacing.

Smell: A little sweetness from the malt but not much more beyond that, perhaps a hint of spice (slightly similar to Ommegang Abbey Ale).

Taste: Nice malty sweetness, again a hint of spice. Overall a little "thin" not a bad beer but not a great dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth overall but again a little "thin".

Drinkability: Decent beer but not enough flavor to make it a great session beer.

Not a bad beer to try but there are much better dubbels readily available.

BobZ, Jan 22, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown, I guess dark brown with a nice finger thick creamy tan head. The head appears to have no intention of fading away.

I'm not pulling a lot of smell from this one. A mild soapy flavour and a bit of tea. Really not as much aroma as I expected.

Taste is a bit metallic, with some herbal tea flavour. A touch of sweet dark fruit. Finishes tart. There are surely flavours in there, but none seem to pull themselves to the fore.

Mouthfeel is alright, a bit thin but the carbonation is just right.

The beer is pleasant, but not great.

elricorico, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of gfreed
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice label, nice heavy bottle. A decent mahogany color tinted with ruby; looks nice when held against a light. The head disappeared very quickly and left very little behind on the glass. Poured into a chalice, the aroma was nicely concentrated but didn't deliver much: some peachy apples and something akin to wet wood. The taste was not as complex as I expected from a dubbel, leaving behind flavors of mushrooms and cola. Not much of a challenge. Overall, nothing spectacular but was worth trying.

gfreed, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of bump8628
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice its dark amber to ruby red with an ample, big-bubbled, head.

All I can say is...this...beer...tastes...like...cherry cola. That's right, I can think of no better descriptor than cherry cola. From the flavor to bubbly mouthfeel, it's like an adult version of an old-fashioned fountain drink.

Kinda weird, kinda pleasant. It fails as a Dubbel, but succeeds as an interesting beer, so it's a bit hard to review. I'll say this, I'm enjoying it at the moment, but will probably never go back to it.

bump8628, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Crosling
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ruby in color.

Nose is cherries with chocolate, raisins and molasses.

Dark fruits first followed by clove, buttered-toffee and a hop spicyness. The yeast strain is very clean.

This is a very simple and very dull dubbel. It isn't as full in the mouth and lacks the complexity and flavor of most beers of the style. I heard it used to be better but then Heineken took over distribution and they started brewing with maize.

Not offensive though.

Crosling, Apr 30, 2004
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3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a '98 bottle, best by Feb '03. I was hoping for favorable aging, and I wasn't entirely disappointed...

Poured into a Chimay chalice, the beer is a hazy dark brown (increased by later yeast pour). The slight head is comprised of mostly surface lacing, which still manages to leave some nice lacing. Smells of wine-like acidity, and caramel. No yeast in the nose. Tastes of cocoa, caramel, vinousness. Very sour at first, which makes me wonder if the bottle is a loss. I persevere, and find that the acid recedes with warming, improving the overall flavor. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but retains very nice carbonation, especially for its age. Very warming. Drinkability is average - the acidity, even as it warmed, detracted the most this, I think. The smell was lackluster too, but not as important to the taste. Still, this ale paired nicely with some venison put through the Jamaican jerk treatment.

mjc410, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of Shiloh
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I just loved the appearance of this brew, on arrival it had better than a two fingered head of tan bubbles, as it slowly disapated, it gave a moon crater like affect. Deep amber in colour and clear, medium carbonation and the body is just short of full.
The nose was short and limited to a slight grainy sence and alcohol.
The taste was short to the malts and then a hoppy green apple like presence. However, the over powering sence of alcohol was dominent.

Shiloh, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Mebuzzard, Jan 21, 2008
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3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

lhaqq, Feb 17, 2009
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3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

atlason, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 21/08/10, foamed at the neck on opening? Generous creamy tan head, lots of lacing. Colour is a hazy, light brown with flashes of dark red. Smell is caramel, toffee. Taste is layers of caramel and malt puncutated by sour dark fruit, mincemeat tart, figs. With air, the sourness is more dramatic and the malt finish comes to predominate more as well, but not necessarily in a good way. Smooth mouthfeel, high sour notes, abrupt malty finish, fruit seriously understated ... somehow it doesn't seem to work here for me. I do think it's consistent with the style, just not my favouite example of it.

ThatWineGuy, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Maracuja
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful crystal clear deep ruby in hue, covered by a persistent, thick, light beige head that leaves loose lace. A quick waft of solvent - like fusels in aroma is immediately ensued by bright, citrusy fruit w/ a hint of spruce. The initial impression aromawise is that of Pine Sol, but as the beer breathes, hints of raisiny Special B and light chocolate malt provide contrast and depth. Yeast derived contributions in aroma are virtually absent, w/ bubblegum present only at a trace. In flavor, a snap of cider like tartness is perceived at first, then mellows into a somewhat understated combination of chocolate, dark, ripe fruity prune and vinous notes of fermented grapes w/ a pine undertone. Yeast esters flavorwise are very mild, and mirror the light bubblegum in aroma. Very dry, well attenuated and correspondingly light in body, w/ a spritzy mouthfeel from the high carbonation. (The mouthfeel was downright seltzer like and prickly for the first few minutes) Finishes dry, clean and a touch bland w/ a hint of yeast must. A bit of a dissappointment. Affligem Dubbel lacked complexity overall and was too "clean" and neutral esterwise. It was as if they fermented this brew with a neutral American ale yeast at a high temperature.

Maracuja, Sep 05, 2007
Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
85 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.