Abbaye De Floreffe Double | Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Abbaye De Floreffe DoubleAbbaye De Floreffe Double
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Belgium
brasserielefebvre.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
42
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
13.48%
 
 
Wants:
3
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18
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 42
Photo of beerinabottle
4.74/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nekronos
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

More than great. I thought it was going to be a goledn alike one. But it had all the superb features of a great Belgian beer. The head, the taste the body. The botle is quite nice although simple. I would like to drink a whole box on my wedding for example.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In a tulip glass, 5-6 degres celcius and warming it up as I type.

Pours a rather dark brown... almost blackish brown, amazing fluffy freakish mountain head that disipates down to a nice bulge of foam. Insane lacing, all over the glass, marking rings as the ale is being consumed, Wow, a real nice looking ale!

Aroma of belgian yast, sugar candi, figs, mango and small dark fruits. Flavor of belgian yeast, cristal malt and phenolic fruity yeast byproducts.

Yummy! I love this dubbel!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BJSmit
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of ssmack
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.23/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Limelite
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Conrad
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The label says the ingredients include (above the usual malt, hops, yeast, water) canesugar.
Poured into a Trappistes Rochefort goblet. Looking good.
A: Deep old mahogany brown. The head is light cloudy, tawny colour, half inch thick that settled to quarter inch, and remained in the glass throughout the drink. Large and small bubbles in the head give it an uneven spread, and a mottled appearance. Nice thick lacing.
S: Sweet, candy. The alcohol hits the back of the nose. Some malt.
T: It's fun getting the moustache through the thick head for that first sip. A gentle rich flavour, not big overpowering. I could detect more tastes after the first sip: cola, molasses, spices.
M: Good effervescence. Coats the tongue nicely, and continues to sparkle in the mouth until the next sip. A medium creamy body.
D: Quite refreshing. An easy drinking brew. Watch out for that 6.3% ABV. At a price of $2.65 (Cdn) this is a good value.
Yum.

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Photo of GentleKnight1
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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...

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Photo of mozartandmadnes
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (at room temp): Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a super huge head with perfect retention. Aroma of caramel malt with distinctive Belgian yeast. Taste is a well balance mix between sweetness, strong malt with a nice touch of caramel and some subtle sourness with light funky yeast. Body is a bit thin for the style but overall this is a very nice dubbel.

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Photo of Morris729
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a tall fluffy light tan colored head that dissipates very slowly into a thick and rocky lace that loves to cling to the glass. Nose is sweet cake-like malts and candied fruit. Medium to full in body and very smooth in texture. Taste is sweet malts and caramelized sugar followed by notes of rum-soaked raisins. Notes of bread dough and spicy hops come through towards the finish. A great double and an absolute steal at only $2.99 for a 750ml!

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate with flashes of roast pecan when held up against the afternoon sunshine. This is a bit darker and substantially more opaque than most of this style. More typical is the abundance of creamy, dense head which is continuously caught with its guard down. In its true nature, however, it can be reinvigorated with the even the slightest agitation.

In the aroma too I'm sensing it much darker than is common for a dubbel. Not to say the style isn't characteristically dark, it most certainly is, but such notions usually arise from the suggestion of dark fruit. In this case, it's the presence of heavy toasted, nearly burnt, rye bread. This is exceptionally roasty and I'm finding that it's detracting from the esters.

Fortunately, our dark rum soaked fruits are not lost in the taste. Indeed, plenty of currants, plums, raisins and red apple come to the fore with each and every sip. Their makeup is sugary and over-ripe, akin to fortified wine. The breadiness is not gone either; wholesome, filling loafs of rye and multigrain bread, along with a pinch of nutmeg, round out the flavour.

The beer drinks with a similar character to a real dark chocolate. It shares the unbending dark and bitter persona that makes no concessions in delivering a mouthfeel full of texture and taste. Like chocolate, it's suggestive of a varying array of flavours. I wouldn't say the decadence or gratification is the exact same, but this is quite a treat nonetheless.

Given the dreaded thought of ever having to choose only one style of beer to drink for the rest of my life, the dubbel would deserve some serious consideration. As this example shows, it can vary in interpretation which offers a little diversity. It pairs wonderfully with so many dishes (meat, in particular!) Moreover, it's flavorful, refined and often evolves with age ...maybe being stuck with one style wouldn't be *so* bad after all?

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Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of dalecooper
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mishi_d
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of marc77
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep ruby in hue w/ excellent clarity when held to light, topped by a tan, formidably thick, creamy, well retained head. Attractive, intricate lace is left. Perfumed, pungent, sweet star anise is perceived at first in aroma, then mellows and yields to a signature ester profile comprised of banana and mellow clove. As the beer breathes, chocolate malt surfaces along with subdued dark caramel malt. Overall, the star anise augments what would otherwise be a pedestrian dubbel aroma. Caramelized dark candi sugar sweetness is perceived upfront, and is ensued by dryish prune and an assertive combination of nutty malt and bubblegum esters reminescent of marzipan. Star anise retains its perfume like character, but is much more mellow that the aroma implies and provides a pleasantly floral and bright contrast to the yeast esters. Dry, powered cocoa like chocolate emerges mid palate, but is overshadowed by dark fruitiness. Moderate in body, w/ a smooth, but slightly chalky mouthfeel. Finishes minerally and dry, w/ light bittersweet chocolate briefly lingering on the palate. Floreffe Double is an enjoyable and flavorful brew. Although lacking in complexity overall, the star anise provided a unique complement to the malt profile. With more body and / or malt backbone this would be excellent.

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Abbaye De Floreffe Double from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
3.71 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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