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:
93
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
13.48%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent Belgium though under average double. Spice.Smooth cream in mouthfeel, though was a bit at end of its expiry leash. Herbs, citrus, cinammon, licorish. Malts with some bittersweet character. Coca Cola ingredients. Good sour yeast sediment to close. Had agaiin 7 months later and ingredients mellowed, cinammon more pronounced and was drier. More notuiceable aroma and colour.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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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 mothman
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tastes like black licorice.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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 DoubleJ
3.39/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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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 spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the pour a deep garnet to almost brown, the head massive in its size, the texture creamy smooth, the lace in portly sheets that cling mightily to the glass. Nose fruity sweet like over ripe pineapple, malt, and hints of citrus and quite pleasing to the senses. The start a nice sweet malt, the top skimpy, finish has an impressive hop spiciness, bitingly acidic, droughty long lasting somewhat alcohol bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of papat444
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flashback #231

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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 Jeffo
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht

Into a chalice

APPEARANCE: One of the better looking dubbels out there. Pours a huge 3+ finger medium-thick looking fluffy off-white / tan head with good retention. Color is a mice deep dark maroon or sangria red with lower end carbonation in the form of tiny bubbles. Looks bistre brown from a distance with reddish hues when held up to the light. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap. A good cap remains until the end and leaves some nice lacing down the sides. Very pretty.

SMELL: Decent nose of caramel malt, dark fruits, raisins and dates, sweet candy sugar and lots of brown sugar. Some cool dark grape notes too. The brown sugar is more prevalent than the usual dark fruit notes. A little light on the spiciness.

TASTE: Some dark fruits, raisins, dates and dark grapes, which adds a wine-like quality. Lots of brown sugar makes it quite sweet when combined with the caramel malt. A good yeasty punch with some cool rye undertones and cherry notes make it kind of unique. A mild long lasting aftertaste is nice and the alcohol is almost undetectable.

PALATE: Medium-thicker body, medium carbonation, but only semi-creamy and smooth on the palate. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry.

OVERALL: The first sip wasn't very promising, but I started to really enjoy it about a third of the way through. Drinkability picked up at that poing. A unique and interesting taste profile, and a thing of beauty to look at. One I'll probably pick up again at some point. Give it a try if you come across it.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of NJBeer265
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of desint
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of byronic
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : good malted aromas.
Taste anf mouthfeel : malty, with just enough bitterness and bitterness well balanced.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Dubbel.

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Photo of rastaman
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Maybe its the flu i had, but it was hard to detect anything else but brown sugar amd some sweet candy. Really fizzy (like coca-cola fizzy) on the tongue, with a metallic finish, not really what i was hoping for, dissapointing. Simple and candyish, got increasingly harder to drink.

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Abbaye De Floreffe Double from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
3.71 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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