Abbaye De Floreffe Double
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Style:
Dubbel
Ranked #193
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,323
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 13.08%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
102
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Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  18
SCORE
83
Good
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L- Very dark chestnut brown with a hint of ruby and 2Cm pillowy tan head. Some sediment entered the pour, some remains in the bottle. Head holds well.
S- A mild toffee/caramel then hints of roastedness after.
T- Quite bright and dryish (for a double) with some moderately toasted facets following. There also a light sour note I register more as I sip on.
F- Quite bright, esp. with the mild sour fruit note. No risk of finding this heavy/cloying in any way. The ABV% is also quite well hidden.
O- This one has thrown me somewhat, it's not what I expected, nor expect from a Belgian abbey dubbel. It's brighter/hoppier and the sour note is totally something I'd not expect to find. Ok to try, wouldn't buy it again.
Checking the ingredients they incl.: glucose-fructose syrup, dextrose, bitter orange peel, liquorice juice, and star anise.
No idea what all that refined sugar is for I don't consider it a positive, at all.
330ml bottle. BB: 24/04/2020

Apr 13, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is coke in a dubbel. Same sweet sugar cane, dark chocolate, dark malts and high carbonation. Not what I want in a dubbel, missing complexity and balance. A little acidic too. Not a do over, but not terrible by any means

Sep 07, 2018
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Jeremy206 from Washington

4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep brown color, gentle with little to no bubbling carbonation.
Smell : Strong barley and malty smells
Taste: Oatmeal flavors with a hint of coffee
Feel: Thick, creamy, full bodied

Sep 12, 2017
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OlaB from Norway

3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clear dark brown color with a top off beige head and nice and sticky lacings on the sides.

A: Aroma is off caramel,bread,plums, dried dark fruits and licorice.

T: Has a rich malty start with fruity tones , and a sweet and bitter finish with notes of licorice ,aftertaste is a little weak and dissappear a little quick.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a soft creamy mouthfeel.

O: A nice,tasty and easydrinking dubble, definitely a beerstyle i enjoying. Would sure try it again.

Aug 19, 2017
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GentleKnight1 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Lekkerbier. Reddish brown color; head quickly dissipates to a thin film with some lacing. Moderate carbonation with a pleasant spiciness that I can't quite identify. Good stuff...Worth a repeat buy.

Aug 08, 2016
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque dark brown color, with a copper hue, and storming activity. Slightly frothy light brown 2-3 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with faint lacing. Flavors of black liquorice, dark grains, plums, cherries, peach, herbal spices. Thick sugary feel of dark fruits with slightly bitter roasted malts. Slick and smooth almost full body with crispy carbonation. Strong finish, a little dry and vinous, lingering ester fruits, leafy spices, and a strong presence of liquorice. Lacks freshness being a little metallic. Feels a bit like a port, would serve this as an appetizer being very sweet. Good flavors, but nothing amazing, yet the aftertaste is quite nice. Overall good quality craft.

May 31, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong nose prompted my wife to think I had opened some cheese. Very yeasty smell, and a deep, dark brown color with creamy head. Fruity (raisins) character with a little bit of sour thrown in. A good dubbel, but not the best...

Oct 13, 2015
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color dark brown, almost black.
Head huge but short-lived.
Delicately floral aroma of ginger with a big question mark, hard candy, caramel, coffee faint accents.
The taste is intense caramel, plums, delicate acidity like fruit, and coffee bitterness in the finish. Beer quite pleasant with well hidden alcohol.
It lacks body and maybe a little too saturated, but generally I recommend them.

Mar 31, 2015
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biboergosum from Canada

3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle, from the ingenious '1/2 Meter of Beer' mixed pack from this brewery.

This beer pours a clear, dark brownish amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and yet fizzy beige head, which leaves some random splatters of sudsy lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, kind of cereal-like caramel malt, sour dark fruit (maybe plum and cherries?), mildly off-seeming red wine, faint turned milk notes, brown sugar, and a weak earthy mustiness - weird, at best. The taste is sweet bready caramel malt, earthy yeast, more candied, and less sour black fruit - raisins, prunes, and dried cherries - herbal and black tea, Nordic licorice, and a small leafy, musty hoppiness.

The carbonation is rather tight in its frizziness, the body medium-light in weight, and with a metallic edge that precludes any gushing here about smoothness. It finishes fairly dry, that fruitiness going back to its tart, dried-out incarnation, with no sense of the slightly elevated alcohol being party to any of this.

A sort of strange beast, this one is, for a dubbel - maybe I could just deem it a dry version of the style, and call it a day, but that would be doing it a bit of an injustice, as there seems to be more going on here, I just can't quite pin my finger (or tastebuds, rather) on it. At any rate, this needs to be experienced to see what these Abbey brewers are really up to.

Jun 07, 2014
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ssmack from Canada

4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this bottle on a recent trip to Belarus. Drank it right away and it was fresh. Pour into a Leffe large wine.

Almost black as midnight but showed deep orange highlights when held up to the setting sun of Indian summer. Half inch of beige head that slowly sank. Some lacing with little retention.

A strong smell of malted milk with a touch of vinegar. Wonderful

The taste was very creamy. Spice - oregano. Fruit - prunes. A quick snap of bitter hops at the end. Very little sweetness and no alcohol taste.

A full mouthfeel. Chewy. Chalky at the end.

A complex dubbel. My tasting was much better than most of the other reviews.

Oct 04, 2013
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has brown sugar, liquorice and dark bready malt. Taste is mostly malty and sugary with rye bread and liquorice notes. Light to medium body with high carbonation. Overall it's a really decent spicy dubbel although I don't really enjoy the mouthfeel.

Sep 25, 2013
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:
Pours a murky brown, almost a black, with a creamy three fingers of tan head; drops down to about an inch. Excellent retention; even, stringy, gloppy lacing.

S:
Mellow cereal smell and brown sugar with some sourish wine aromas. Not very interesting.

T:
Really rich and delicious! There are definite fruit flavors but the taste on the whole is very dry and crisp. Dark fruits and tea with an earthy finish.

M:
Well-carbonated, medium body, lingering mellow aftertaste, fairly creamy. Good.

O:
This is quite a good beer. A little bit less sweet than other dubbels, which I liked. Looks nice, tastes very good and well-balanced, has a nice palate on it.
Would have it again, worth looking for.

Jul 19, 2013
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served at Amsterdam's Belgisch Bierlokaal, poured into its branded goblet. On to the beer:

This is a dark brown beer with a sturdy head on the pour before dropping to a lace. The aroma brings confusion, as it's not as well balanced as it should. It smells liek someone threw up licorice, plum, and burnt raisin in my glass. The good news is tastes better. Balanced a little better, starting with some black licorice. Roasted plum says hello, and throughout there's vague dark fruit. The alcohol holds itself in, and it medium-full bodied with a smooth feel.

Parts of the beer are disjointed, but it is competent enough to keep on drinking.

May 13, 2013
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Haydn-Juby from Vermont

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 330ml bottle to a tulip glass

A: Deep red/brown color. The best thing I can equate it to is prune juice. 2 finger head with rather attractive lacing and decent retention.

S: Sweet malts and mild fuityness. A little bit grape like in aroma but pretty subtle.

T: Fairly sweet and relies a lot on the malts, perhaps too much, and does not really have to much fruity esters or clove like phenolics that I like in a Dubbel. Its really not that complex and is pretty straight forward. It also has a brown sugar like flavor. Alcohol is slightly noticeable even though its not that much.

M: Finishes crisp and pretty dry as well.

O: Pretty bland in my opinion. While i'd happily drink another it was pretty boring overall. Nothing stunned me or made me go "WOW". It was very mild in character overall and when I'm drinking something of this style I want it to really pop and be a rich experience.

Mar 10, 2013
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karait95 from Mexico

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: amber dark looking, bold body with a big very light brown head that dissipates not too fast leaving some rocky traces behind, carbonation is rich and forms a permanent layer over the beer.

S: not doubts that dark fruits are inside, something like prunes with a malty backbone.

T: also nice, well elaborated with concordance to the standard for the style, dark fruits flavors with low but present hops and barley.

M: not to sweet, some extra sweetness would be accepted, even started balanced changing at the end and showing some bitterness on the back of the mouth.

May 30, 2012
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a goblet by freshness date.

A:
Deep mahogany brown to almost shade of black with some ruddy tinge, thick frothy tan head forms up with moderate retention. It collapses to foamy film on top along with some lacing patches. Carbonation seems to be high.

S:
Caramel, phenolic spice, trait of herbal and hop along with dark fruits remind me of grape and raisin.

T:
Rich malty flavor ranging between a note of caramelized and roasted, sweetness is upright by the use of canesugar as well as from tangy dark fruits. Spiciness is derived from phenol while hop tries to cut in with a moderate pinch of bitterness.

M:
The body is medium to rather bold with lively crisp from good and well suit amount of carbonation to provide silky smooth and a bit sticky mouthfeel, dry finish.

O:
This is a mild alcoholic Dubbel but is still so tasty and so drinkable, definitely worth a pick.

Apr 16, 2012
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Hoppsbabo from England

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Cola brown with off white head, massive and foamy.

SMELL: Difficult to describe. A creamy sort of mix of wine, allspice, liqorice, yeast, hint of vinegar. Not as interesting as it sounds though.

TASTE: Liquorice, dandelion and burdock. Nice bitterness. I can taste the cane sugar towards the bottom, masks the metallic maltiness well. Aftertaste bread, rum and dandelion and burdock - pleasant.

OVERALL: Liquorice and dandelion and burdock are the prominent flavours. Gets better further down. A touch sticky. Excellent head to start with. Very smooth. A quality beer, no doubt, but not my cup of tea. I'd prefer an arsenal of dark fruits.

Mar 23, 2012
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NightINgale from Russian Federation

3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer looks really nice! A very pretty deep ruby red-coloured body, topped off by a nice creamy caramel head. Very good head retention and okay lacing.

S - Smells alright but not quite like a true dubbel. I'm mostly getting yeast, a bit of red grapes and some caramel and/or toffee.

T - Again, I'm getting the red grapes, which gives this beer have a certain wine-like quality. Some toasted malts; just a little bit of roastiness. Not as fruity as I'm usually looking for in dubbels (except for red grapes and a little bit of cherries). I wouldn't call it a very sweet beer, despite some of that distinctive Belgian Candi sugar sweetness up front. There is a very subtle tartness, which is quite nice. The finish is a bit dry and bitter, with no specific lingering tasting notes (except for caramel, perhaps).

M - This is where this beer really performs well. It's exceptionally smooth and creamy! Medium-bodied. No alcohol in the taste. Again, some dry red wine qualities, with a tannin illusion on the palate. All in all, it feels great to drink.

O - In my opinion, as a dubble, this is a little unorthodox, so to say, but still very drinkable and quite enjoyable. You might want to let it warm up a little, in order to appreciate all of its flavours. The lower-than-average ABV could potentially make this a session beer (as long as you like Belgian beer).

Mar 22, 2012
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EmperorBevis from England

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark looking treat with a cola brown body with big foamy tan head.

Lovely dessert sweet aroma of nutmeg, blamange and burn't toffee.

The taste too is sweet butter fudge with rich dark flavours not very fruity more toffee strange hint of balsamic vinegar.

Thick mouthfeel very low carbonation.

A strange fish, tasty, heavy, sweet but enjoyable.

Mar 11, 2012
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Filosoof from Netherlands

4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think it its strange that the most recent reviews are not positive. Floreffe Double is a very good beer, with a lot nice aspects to smell and taste.

L: cola brown, almost black, good foamy top;
S: very inviting, touch of pineapple, banana, clove and tiny nutmeg, not too spicy like my non-favorite Rochefort.
T: quite sweet, but not irritating, round, creamy, clove;
M: lovely;
O: very complete beer.

Nov 25, 2011
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Beeronious07 from Macedonia

2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

bought it at the local Beer shop in 0.33 liter bottle for somewhere around 2.2 euro, and served it at a temperature of 8 Celsius in a 330 milliliters CHIMAY goblet

A - creemee 2 finger tall head with good retention, but with not that much carbonation. very very dark red color that if not exposed on light it seems like black.

S - very discreet and its hard on me to point out what am i smelling so i will not even try on pointing fingers

T - just a little of it. not that strong bitter taste with just a pinch of sweetness hidden deep into it, and a strong bitterness as u swallow it.

M - not that much carbonation or anything else.

I'm heavily disappointed with this one. the only strong side of this beer is the color and thats pretty much the same for a lot of them.

Jul 28, 2011
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flipper2gv from Canada

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep brown color fully translucent with a good amount of foamy beige head. Retention is good and lacing is ok.

S: Big spicy bread character upfront. Quite a good amount of brown sugar, caramel and molasses. Strong smell of cloves, anise and light cinnamon. A bit lackluster.

T: Sharp metallic taste is the first thing I notice in this beer. Then, it is the same spiced bread than in the smell. Again, cloves, anise and cinnamon are the spices in question. And still sweet with brown sugar, caramel and molasses. A little vinous character. A bit herbal and earthy too but too strong to make the beer better. It's a messy beer which is weird for a Belgian.

M: Medium body but strangely sticky for only 6.3% ABV and not that much residual sugars. Carbonation is high.

D: The beer was relatively easy to drink even though this might be the worst Belgian beer I had so far.

Mar 12, 2011
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Swedes21 from Canada

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - dark auburn, no visibility due to darkness, nice size head, head is off-white, some good lacing

Smell - i can smell sweetness, spices, raisin or prunes.

Taste - smooth tasting beer, i can taste the sweetness, from a fruit base. Some slight bitterness near the end, not much carbonation feel.

Mouthfeel - decent amount of carbonation adds a bitterness to the end, very nice mouthfeel. Beer remains the same, some sweet upfront with spices and prunes near the end.

Drinkability - decent beer, does not offer a lot but overall it was a nice try.

Jan 16, 2011
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spinrsx from Canada

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown colour with a massive size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some very nice lacing running down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, dark fruits (dates?), all spice

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it feels lively on the tongue. The taste consists of malts and dark fruits with notes of all spice. It also has a bit of a peppery and minty bite to it. It finishes with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Drink - An above average beer that is worth seeking out. It was even tastier as it got to room temperature.

Jan 05, 2011
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TerryW from Canada

3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks decent, but doesn't have the depth of character that a really decent Belgian double has.

Pours walnut colour with a good sized head that works its way down to a heavy film. Lots of lace to be had.

Aroma is limited to dark vinous fruit - and not much at that. Taste is dark fruit, treacle, a hint of roastiness and alcohol. Mouthfeel is thin and brittle.

Okay, but I've had better. Nothing here to get overly excited about. Almost like a double-lite (which is a strange concept).

Jul 31, 2010
Abbaye De Floreffe Double from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 102 ratings