Affligem Dubbel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

BA SCORE
85
very good
607 Ratings
Affligem DubbelAffligem Dubbel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Belgium
affligembeer.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 11-20-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
607
Reviews:
308
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
75
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Photo of mpyle
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber color, good clarity. Pours a huge moussy head with great retention.

Slightly sour aroma, but also slightly fruity (plum). No hop or alcohol at first sniff.

Taste - Matches the aroma closely, with an aged fruitiness to the flavor. Never quite sweet early, and has some alcohol bitterness midmouth leading to a somewhat dry and spicy finish. Taste a little peppery. Not sure if I got an old sample, or if it always has this aged character.

MF - Medium body and carbonation, no astringency, and a gentle amount of alcohol warming.

D'ability - Not overpowering, and finishes fairly dry. If you can afford it (~$9/ 750 mL bottle), probably pretty drinkable.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the tap, it pours a coppery amber with a moderate head. The scent is relatively light with a touch of sweet malt. The taste is full of moderately sweet malt flavor, with a carbonation bite. Enjoyable.

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Photo of poskok
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pencible
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This abbey ale poured a very hazy dark brown with a lot of tan head. Its smell was a balanced mix of caramel, yeast and hops. It tasted much the same, sweet with a long aftertaste of malt and only a little bitterness. The texture was thin and slightly carbonated. Overall it was a nice sipping beer, but could have been better.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 bottle opens with a nice pop and smoke pouring out of the bottle. Slightly see through brown/deep ruby red body. Fluffy off white head. Tons of bubbles coursing through the glass.

Lots of sweetness, dark fruits, and bread wafting off this brew.

Sweetness up front which gives way to the dark fruit. There's a medicinal quality to the taste which is eh. A good but not exciting flavor on this dubbel. It is well carbonated with a medium body.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance : Brown-mahogany, clear, creamy foam tenacious and catchy. Although saturated, fine bubbles.
Smell : Powerful aroma, spicy. Nose caramelized enhanced hop.
Taste and mouthfeel : balance of spices and flavors of caramel, bitterness and light acridity
Drinkability : good beer in the style dubbel

Reviewed 11-14-2007, translated from french 1-12-2008

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep amber color ale with a large foamy head with a super large foamy head with great retention and very good lacing. Aroma of caramelized sugar and fruity ester is quite enjoyable. Taste is a well balance mix between some caramelized sugar with solid malt backbone and some fruity ester. There was a light metallic taste that I could have done without but it was quite subtle. Body is about average with nice creamy texture and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Not the most overly complex example of the style but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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...

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Photo of Kc12349
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: yeasty and malty as you would expect from an abbey ale, but fairly light in this respect
Head: light and creamy without enough viscosity to really grab the glass
Appearance: cloudy and opaque with a warm brownish red color
Taste: slightly sweet, malty, and a yeastiness that lingers from start to finish; somewhat biting carbonation
Mouth feel: a little thin for my taste but smooth and very drinkable

There are other abbey ales that I prefer but it was well worth the price. The finish left something to be desired for me but I would certainly be well satisfied if this was the only option available for an abbey ale.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big tan head that sticks and holds tightly to itself, leaves a pretty soft looking cap and collar. Non-opaque dark brown color.

Aromas of water and dark malts, maybe a tiny bit fruity but lacking in power.

Plenty of sweetness, including toffee and caramel, and dark fruits on the flavor. Slightly crystal malt like flavor which is a little tacky. Chocolate? Very light. Some yeasty depth.

The finish is pretty dry as the carbonation is pretty tall - there's a good amount of earthy hop bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is better than an average brown ale, but this is Belgium, and this is a dubbel. Step your game up.

Very clean, dumbed-down version of the style. Not a bad beer by any means but not worth $5.99.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with some haze. The tan head is like whipped cream and leaves great swathes of lace on the glass. The aroma is malty and full of ripe fruit - berries, raisins, prunes and passionfruit. The taste is also fruity with some additional light chocolate flavors and some peppery dark rum. The finish is quite sweet and alcohol heat is present. The mouthfeel is on the light side with sparse carbonation.

This is an OK Dubbel but it lacks some robustness and has way too much alcohol presence for a 7% beer. Try it if you like Dubbels.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into my Chimay glass...

A - Cloudy reddish-brown colour to it. Rich and frothy light caramel head. Good head retention and same lacing. Looks pretty appealing to me!

S - Very malty, with strong caramel notes; also notes of cherries, plums, and toast. Some spice notes, perhaps, a little cinnamon or clove. A little funky. Overall, the aroma is not as intense as in some other dubbels I've tried.

T - Moderately sweet, with a very solid caramel and bread flavour to it, followed by fruitiness (cherries, plums, apples) and some spice notes. The after-taste is a little dry and bitter, with a lingering cinnamon and clove feel to it.

M - Loads of carbonation. Medium-bodied. Quite spicy and a little bitter. Eventually it gets a little too spicy, such as it begins tasting boozy-ish. Not bad, but could definitely be better.

D - Pretty good. Even though it's not that strong, I'd still probably call it a sipper. Goes down pretty smoothly, but the spiciness might get to you.

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Photo of Zet
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice inviting brown caramel colour with a small layer of foam. At the suggested serving temperature it tasted too watery for me, but flavours slowly come out when this beer warms up to room temperature. A decent dubbel, but the malt and caramel can be a bit too dominating. The mouth feel was also a bit lacking.

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Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liamt07
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip. Best before June 21, 2013.

Poured a dark ruby/mahogany with a lighter brown to offwhtie head. Decent clarity in the body, moderate lacing and some retention of good thickness. Nose has some lightly dried and dark fruits, a touch of brown sugar. Taste is fairly dry as well, dark breads, mild vinous notes and more dried dark fruits. A bit of brown sugar again, with pronounced spice and yeast notes. Mouthfeel is medium with a good amount of chewiness, moderate and restrained carbonation that works well for a beer of this style. Decent, if a somewhat plain dubbel. Not exemplary, but pleasing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at The Belgians Are Coming held in Old Town Newhall in Newhall, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, spice, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid dark fruit and spice presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of MattyV
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, tawny amber colour with a solid, long-lasting light beige head. Aroma is mostly dark fruit, some caramel, as well as some fresh cut grass and spice detected--rather muted overall. Fruits dominate the flavour, a mixture of dark raisiny fruits as well as tart cherries and citrus. Malt profile is slightly nutty and yeast lends some spice. Strange medicinal note lingers throughout.
Lively, biting carbonation, feels fairly light. Fairly complex, enjoyable dubbel.

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Photo of erz316
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - the bottle pours a richly pleasing amber color hue into my goblet, forming a formidable head at the top; I say so because the color is actually a bit lighter at the bottom parts of the glass and get darker toward the top. there is nice retention of lacing and the head is coloured a light tan color.

S - had to wait a bit for her to warm up; I was getting nothing otherwise. I smell nothing of the alcohol that will make up the aftertaste, but instead fo faint zesty-ness that I shall align with that of citrus rind; that is the closest thing I can think of

T - these Benedictines sure make the alcohol go down smoothly! There is a very prominent aftertaste of booze, though not an impediment at all to the drinking or taste process. there is a bitterness on the back center of the tongue that is hard to identify, something that by the end of the bottle I am just going to identify with the carbonation and my own incompetence to identify the cause.

MD&D - very smooth and crisp, I would call this a good medium bodied (though it is most likely tipping the scales) beer

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Photo of Antyk
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Foley67
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NJbeerman
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter from a 750 ml bottle, this beer has a great rusty brown head with a dark roasted malt color. The smell is a fantastic raison/roasted malt sweetness. The smell continues in the taste with the addition of some nutty flavors. A residual sweetness of chocolate,raison and carmel continue after the finish. There is a very little alcohol warmth in the finish - a little more here would be nice to clean off the sweetness that starts to get a little overwhelming. The feel is nice, slightly creamy with very little carbonation.

I was surprised that there was not more of a crispness to this beer but overall a good beer.

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Photo of deac83
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrenihan
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before June 21, 2013. Bottled June 21, 2011, I am guessing?

Beer is brown, a bit amber/maroon. Moderately sized off-white head. Moderate retention.

Smell is malty with some dark fruit scents- raisin and fig. Quite sweet. Some Belgian yeast. Pretty characteristic dubbel scent- nice but not unique or particularly exciting.

Taste is like the nose but a bit more muted. Carbonation almost overtakes the flavour. Malty, sweet, very restrained dark fruit. Flavour is a little thin.

Medium bodied but thin for the style. High carbonation- too much. Pretty creamy.

Overall, enjoyable but not particularly good dubbel. Pales in comparison to a Westmalle or an Ommegang. Decent beer but no reason to buy it if you can get one of the others.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy ruby red, finger of beige head with some retention and no lacing.

S - Sweet caramel, cloves, burnt toast and a hint of licorice.

T - Sweet orange citrus and grapefruit, cloves, caramel and toffee and finishes with a unique tangy flavour. Certainly a tad mild on the palette compared to some other dubbel's I've tried.

M - Nice full bodied dubbel that fills the mouth and goes down smooth.

O - A tasty dubbel and certainly worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away. Would need to pack a bit more flavour into this one to make it world class.

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.79 out of 5 based on 607 ratings.
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