Affligem Dubbel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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3.74/5 rDev -2.3%
Tried a bottle just a few months off the expiry date. Poured into a Chimay goblet. Beer was a pleasing red/russet hue, quite sparkly with a fair amount of brown foam that held its form well. I screwed up the pour and got a decent yeast cake floating in the glass but not a big deal. Aroma very fruit-forward, fresh grapes, plums, and oranges along with sweet bread and spicy phenols that evoke anise and clove. Palate complex and includes some interesting flavors, even in the world of ester and fusel hurling Belgian yeast strains. Starts fruity, with the aforementioned grapes, citrus, and something even sweeter like classic Belgian yeast bubblegum, blackcurrants, a hint of sour cherry. Then moves into dark dried fruit territory with dates and raisins, marmalade. Cola and anise spice flavors emerge, and the whole package is back-dropped by brown sugar. Thickish but smooth body that is maybe a bit lighter than some other dubbels, moderate carbonation that allows the flavors to all peak though and overall impression is low-key sweet malts, fruit, and some unique spice flavors. Solid offering.
12-10-2013 03:15:09 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
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
11-19-2013 01:51:53 | More by atr2605
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
This poured a murky caramel brown with a tawny hue and a steady stream of bubbles rising. It's got a a bit of orange in the color. Dotted slippery lace and a film on top. Nose is not too complex. There is raisin and anise. Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Dark dried fruits like date. Taste is rich and buttery caramel without too much sweetness. It tastes like a sweet bread. The grain makes up the body of the beer but it's smooth and it's not burnt or throwing out any real dark roasted flavors. The flavors are blended well and the raisin and date become a bit fainter in the drink. Brown sugar and buttery caramel. There is a peppery alcohol spice on this that adds depth to the finish. Alcohol warms a bit and leaves a touch bitter. A bit too much carbonation in the mouthfeel which is medium bodied and supple. The sweetness is more than you realize at first . Malt shows off a little biscuit as it warms. As you are finishing this up you may have noticed a bit of sour cherry. Delightful.
This a warm, fruity and spicy little dubbel. It has a the rich flavor of anise but it doesn't overpower. The dark fruits are rich but not too sweet and the brown sugar in this is terrific and restrained. The body of the beer is firm with plenty of bread and the lightness it has in the malt is deceptive to the palate. You are expecting a huge heavy sweetness and then it glides like as if on air instead. Worthwhile and smart.
11-16-2013 15:03:26 | More by utopiajane
Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
86 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.