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Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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478 Ratings

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 291
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 15
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-20-2000)
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Photo of flagmantho


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 09:11:56 | More by flagmantho
Photo of dgv0


4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased 750mL bottle of Affligem Dubbel at a local store. Poured a dark, golden amber into my Affligem gold-rimmed goblet. Looks beautiful.

Smell makes me think of toffee, maybe even crème brûlée. Hints of dark fruits, especially raisin.

Taste is exceptional. I would put this in the same category as Chimay, as far as flavor profile and mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated, medium body, and smooth as can be.

Overall, this ale is almost too drinkable. Worth a try, at the very least. I'm keeping this as one of my favorite Belgian-style ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 23:42:21 | More by dgv0
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard

Poured a deep burgundy red colour with some brown hints... massive light tan head pours thick and meringue like then faded slowly to good frothy coating... loads of carbonation rushes to the surface... light sticky lacing...

Aroma - Sweet toasted bready and caramel malts, dark candy sugar, lots of yeastiness, overripe dark fruits (plums, some banana, raisins, dates), some light sour vinegar notes, leathery traces, some pepperiness...

Taste - Lots of toasted biscuity and bready malts, brown sugar and treacle sweetness, quite earthy and musty, again some dark overripe fruits (raisins, dates and prunes), alcohol just noticeable, some vegetal hints, light sourness, salty traces...

Feel - Sharp initially then becomes smoother... medium / full bodied... pretty drinkable for 7%

Overall - A good, if pretty standard, example of a Belgian Dubbel... definitely worth a try though...

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 07:47:33 | More by mdagnew
Photo of GreenThumb


3.55/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 12:59:37 | More by GreenThumb
Photo of metter98

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured dark brownish amber in color with a thick, creamy white head. There is a light level of visible carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: The smell isn't very strong, but there are some aromas of sweet caramel malts and dark fruits in the nose.
T: There isn't a lot of sweetness or complexity in the overall taste, which is similar to the smell and has flavors of caramel malts, dark fruits and nuts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink but doesn't stand out among dubbels given the limited amount of complexity in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 02:22:33 | More by metter98
Photo of DIM


4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my B.I.L. Eric for this, much obliged!

a: This was a clear, shiny coppery amber color with golden edges. It poured with a long lived, rocky, light tan colored head.

s: Very pleasant aromas coming off of this one. Sweet raisins with suggestions of chocolate are what I noticed first. That had a vaguely earthy quality overall and just a trace of warmth.

t: This doesn't taste as sweet as the smell would suggest. The raisins are here, but they are on the dry side. I tasted a little cocoa before the dry, flowery finish.

m: Medium bodied with gently fizzy carbonation.

d: Subtle and restrained overall, I really enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 20:49:34 | More by DIM
Photo of DeanMoriarty


3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep copper, almost red, slightly cloudy with a solid head that unfortunately lasts for only a few sips then disappears quickly leaving a light lace for the remainder.

S: Sweet, raisiny, and very malty.

T: Very sweet (a bit too much for my liking) and malty, a little grassy too.

M: Medium bodied. Nice but pretty standard.

D: Not terrible, just not great. I purchased a 750ML but wished it were a 375ML.

Very average Dubbel. I'm glad that i've tasted it but don't need to revisit it when Westmalle is sitting right next to it on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 02:53:47 | More by DeanMoriarty
Photo of seand


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very cloudy brown with a fair amount of thick tan head. A good layer retains well, leaving pretty good lacing.

S: Light yeast and sweet malt, with just a touch of the characteristic Belgian spices.

T: Fairly subtle, lightly sweet and yeasty, finishing dry.

M: Medium to full bodied, fairly high carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty easily, due to the relatively subtle flavors.

A fairly laid back dubbel. Pretty good, but there's nothing here to really blow you away.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 21:59:54 | More by seand
Photo of bump8628


3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 01:08:13 | More by bump8628
Photo of mmahut

Czech Republic

2.53/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very average dubbel, not worth many words.

Appearance (2.5): Transparent red-brown with yellowish head which lasted only for few seconds.

Smell (2): Shy sweetness, very light.

Taste (3): Uncertain taste, soft raisins maybe.

Mouthfee (2.5): Average dubbel with high carbonation.

Drinkability (2): Very average, nice addition to a good meal.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 10:27:36 | More by mmahut
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a large, off-white head that had good lasting power and provided a fair amount of sticky lacing. Very effervescent. Body is dark brown and hazy.

S: Low aroma of dark fruit (raisins), and quite sweet.

T: Sweet with a bit of fruitiness to it, with a very dry finish. Tasted a bit solventy to me.. a little harsh, but this decreased as the beer began to warm a little.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, with very high carbonation.

D: Not a bad Dubbel at all, but not my favorite by any means.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 20:16:12 | More by berley31
Photo of bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a "maudite" glass, around 12 celcius.

Pours a rich ldark brown, huge head, lots of carbonation and laces well. Aroma of belgian candi, figs and heavily caramelised cristal malt. Flavor a huge mouthfull of ripe dark dried fruit (dates, prunes, figs), a solid grainy malt caracter and a well balanced bitterness.

Finished dry, I love it. Could easily drink this for the rest of my life.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 03:17:59 | More by bloberglawp
Photo of waldoiverson


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml into tulip

A: brown to red with a bit of turbidity but not much creamy head that lasted well into the glass

S: graham cracker, a bit of tartness but not sour,

T: a bit of raisin and cherry with some peppery flavors,

M: smooth with a bit of stickiness, no bite and minimal carbonation tickle

D: the price is right, the flavor is great...this is a regular in the rotation

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 02:45:35 | More by waldoiverson
Photo of BeerDawg1


4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma-slighty nutty/malt/sweet

Appearence-Dark brown/2 finger head/receds slowly/nice lacing

Flavor-Nutty yeasty taste(from bottom of bottle)/bready/malty//very nicley balanced/nice subtle flavor/nothing overpowers but everything stounds out

Mouthfeel-Decent carbonation/easy quick flavor/nice finish/maltiness fades quick

Drinkability-Icould drink a bottle but after that I might switch on to something else(not a session beer)

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 00:28:04 | More by BeerDawg1
Photo of Foxtrot


4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this one at a bargain. 6.99 for a 750 ml. Not too bad, and I really liked the Tripple and Blond offered by Affligem.

Gentle pour into Duvel tulip produced brown and amber body coupled with a big cream colored cap along with an abundance of lacing. Retention was phenomenal as well, the head stuck around for several minutes.

Aroma is pleasant, full of toasted malts, raisins, dark fruits, and a nice bit of apple. Belgian yeast is also displayed in all of its glory, adding a nice spicy and nutty aroma.

The flavor is a mirror of the aroma. Spicy Belgian yeast hit the palate first, then slowly giving away to flavors of sweet caramel, dark fruits (Raisins, and a hint of cherry) and finishes slightly dry with green apples and ripe pears. I would love to pair this with some cheese to really big the flavors up a notch.

Mouthfeel is on par with the style. Medium, but this one tends to be slightly creamy.

Huge drinkability potential. Huge flavor, and fantastic lasting flavor makes this a Dubbel that is a cut above others. Not to mention the price, its hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 07:23:33 | More by Foxtrot
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 04:29:09 | More by mintjellie
Photo of jhall00


2.08/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- nice medium brown beer with large head that fades to a night white lace. Larger than expected head on the beer.

S-Faint undefined smell...not even a malty or sweet typical smell

T- Nothing memorable. Not impressed at all. Lacking taste and combined with lacking mouthfeel, not worth it.

M- Thin and watery.

D- I would not bother again

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 02:05:05 | More by jhall00
Photo of bagelmiester


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured to a nice deep dark amber color with a creamy white head that only stuck around for a couple of minutes. Nice lace with spider web like appearance.

S - A sweeter smell similar to what i get from a good unfiltered hefewiezen.

T - It tastes like it smells. I got a little bit of fruit that i could not quite nail down....grape...or mango...it was not strong though, and not overpowering at all.

M - Mouth feel is average for a dubbel. I noticed nothing too spectacular but definitely not displeasing.

D - I could drink this beer again but would be willing to try another Belgium dubbel first.

Good beer with nothing extraordinarily remarkable. The cork is very nicely decorated...but ill save that review for later.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 03:13:12 | More by bagelmiester
Photo of jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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....

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 01:57:09 | More by jbonapar
Photo of BEERchitect


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another classic example of great Belgian beer offered up by Affligem.

A sturdy and handsome appearance of deep mahogany and ruby hues, moderate haze... but the efforvescent carbonation carries a froathy and foamy head that consists of loosely knit bubbles and off-white foam. Lots of lacing. Nearly an ideal look.

The flavors and aromas closely mirror each other and consist of deep dark fruits of raisons, plumbs, red grapes, figs, prunes, and other dehydrated things that grow on trees... this Dubbel is quite fruity. Phenolic spices give some burnt pith notes, corriander, orange peel, and white pepper. The pilsner malt base gets swallowed up by darker sugars that give a boost of confectionate sweetness along with a kettle-caramelization taste that whisps away effortlessly. Like other Affligem beers, their minerally water gives a metallic taste that I could do without; but it doesn't seem to be as distracting in the Dubbel as in other beers.

While being complexly sweet to taste, the beer is expansive and efforvescent to start. The full and creamy beginning slowly fades into a evaporative cotton candy-like airyness.

Though others' reviews say otherwise, I believe this to be the best of the Affligem offerings. This is a beautiful beer that belongs in the discussion with the Chimay Red's and Westmalle Dubbel's.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 05:30:47 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Affligem Chalice

A: Dark brownish-red body with little light escaping at the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of frothy light yellow head with great retention and lacing. Truly exceptional.

S: Unfamiliar hoppy, yeast smell. Bananas and pears are very strong.

T: Apple, pears, some sweet malts. There is some spiciness I am unable to pick out.

M: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Very creamy and smooth at first, but finsihes off with a dry-bitter feel.

D: Great beer. It's my first dubbel and I really enjoy it. I would like to see more brought on in the flavour department, but it is good none the less. Also, it's worth noting the the alcohol is not noticeable at all, hidden quite well.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 04:43:26 | More by Long813
Photo of Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 21:58:26 | More by Ralphus
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 02:24:21 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 11:45:41 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich ruby with a large and uneven white head that showed great retention and left some nice streaks of lace. Certainly a lighter than normal appearance than you would expect in a dubbel, but fantastic nonetheless.

Rich aroma of fruit (mostly ripe pears, berries and bananas) mixing with cinamon, delicious Belgian yeast, light grain and a mild note of alcohol. Its definitely smooth, sweet and elegant.

After all this, the flavour is surprisingly light. Ripe pears and apples form a pleasant estery base, off which light spice and floral notes play. The finish is drying, and betrays not a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is quite full, mostly due to a soft carbonation that bulks up an otherwise middle weight body.

There's definitely some great things going for this beer, but somehow a great aroma masks a middling flavour. I was going to buy a few to cellar, but I think I'll give it a miss.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 00:22:56 | More by bobsy
Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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