Affligem Dubbel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem DubbelAffligem Dubbel

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Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 11-20-2000

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Photo of Ant777uk
2.23/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

When I opened the bottle is fizzed up everywhere and it was lucky I did it by the sink and now by my laptop, so watch out!

Good head level and reddish brown colour.

Aroma of currants, dates and maybe banana skin...

Not really a huge fan of doubles/dubbels...not really a fan of this either. Neither the refreshingness of a lager or depth of flavour of a tripel, the hoppiness of an IPA or the smoothness of a porter.

Flavour is kind of bananaskinny and malty. It's ok though I do not really like it..!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage (old?); drank 11/25/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Purple hue.

Tan head; minimal lace.

Black pepper & fresh bread nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Spicy black pepper, mild citrus & bread-y yeast flavors up front; cinnamon & caramel notes emerge as this warms. A black pepper bite settles on the lips over the course of the quaff. Not my favorite style/flavors, but complex & interesting enough to have again.

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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 JoLight
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Copper color; great deal of particulate matter floating around; a khaki head that retains well, leaving a thin layer after ten minutes or so; some light lacing.

Aroma: creamy, sweet, almost like vanilla wafers, and maybe banana pudding. As the beer warms, I notice a pleasant fig note in the aroma.

Flavor: The flavor of this beer is the same as the aroma, yet it also introduces something new: a sweet & sour, tangy aspect, especially at the end of the sip. Some prune note in addition to the fig note. Slight bitterness in the middle of the taste.

Mouthfeel/finish: medium, lightly carbonated; semi-dry, crisp, pleasant.

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Photo of Skaterdude97
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Look - 3 | Orange brown colour, Lots of head with long retention

Smell - 4 | light nose with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, and faint citrus

Taste - 3| chocolate, clove, nutmeg, lemon zest, and orange. The citrus fruit turns into citrus pith and then subsides slightly during the finnish. The finish lasts a good length.

Feel - 4.5 | creamy with light carbonation

Overall - 3.25

I enjoyed the complexity on the nose and the palette, however I did not find the palette very pleasant. Specifically the bitter taste of pith lowered my score significantly. I found it was too strong and overpowered the rest of the flavours.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank in Café Heuved, Poured to a Affligem glass.

A: The body is cristalline brown to copper with a very small head that presents some retention and some good lacing.
S: The aroma is mostly yeasty with a yeast that I wasn't expecting. The malt almost goes undiscovered.
T: The taste is a bit like the aroma, being more yeasty than sweet/malty but it's totally not expected. It's strange to say the least.
M: Even with low carbonation, this beer has medium body and a bit of bitterness in the end, but nothing too relevant.
O: Was expecting a lot better for a dubbel, not quite the results wanted here but still acceptable.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gushing bottle, which is very bad, considering its 0.33l capacity. Hell sticky.
Remnants poured into tulip.
Hazy copper/brown beer with 1-finger beige head, low retention.
Standard dubbel nose and taste, not inspiring.
Damn it all down.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper brown color, I'm reviewing from the finishing touches of a 750 that my wife started so I have a bounty of sediment right now, looks like it was pretty clear to start with though. Dark and dried fruits are standing out in the aroma along with bread crust and some chocolate notes. Balanced sweetness in the taste, some caramel with toasted malt and more dark fruits, specifically prunes in the taste. Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Alcohol is restrained and the finish is sweet.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mid brown body with big tobacco stained head that halves but sticks and covers the surface
Nice aroma of Creme Brule
Some candy banana but not overbearing, bready malt rye and a slight bitterness on flavour
slight bit thin, just ever so slightly
great stuff

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

300 ml bottle, B and M stores, Bristol - Pours dark brown with a large foamy white head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - sweet malty, yeasty. Taste - Sweet, light fruit with a malty finish. Nice ale.

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Photo of jesseejames
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

out of a bottle in outdoor cafe in Amsterdamn
pours a nice reddish golden brown (copper) with a fluffy light tan almost white head that dissipates leaving a large cratered lace in the glass
it's aroma is wonderful kind of sweet with a lot of fruits, nuts, and grains.
Taste is supurb with more of the characters of its aroma coming through. It has a full mouth with a bit of sweetness. Overall a great beer very good for its style. Wonderful for an afternoon in the sun with a light snack

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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 stakem
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Old scratch notes I found from Feb 2010. 750ml bottle consumed at the Abbey bar.

Clowdy brown color with a tanned head. Aroma is huge with pear fruitiness and malty sweet brown sugar/apple. Taste is malty sweet but also seemingly overly ripe in fruit. Aftertaste brings more fruity flavoring. Little to no hop bitterness. Drinkable. Light feel with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

300 ml bottle purchased in Greece and enjoyed in Delphi.

Poured with a huge foamy head over a small brown body. Several pours needed to empty the bottle.

Alcohol is not as well hidden as expected but the alcohol esters do blend nicely with the other flavors. Moderate complexity, including dark dried fruits, soft ripe fruits and pepper.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml Bottle in Rembrandt Bar, Amsterdam (€4.00):
This one was a surprisingly good for a beer that was so easy to find in the Netherlands, a really nice Abbey style beer that was very well balanced with plenty of sweetness coming through from the offset but thankfully never really overpowered. The beer was an easy one to drink and is one that I wouldn't mind picking up again in future.

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3.1/5  rDev -18.2%

330ml bottle. Augustijn Chalice glass. Brownish amber color headed by beige froth & close but quickly diminish crown. Toasted, prune, plum marmalade, brown sugar & herbal aromas. Sweet, crystal & caramel malty upfront. Medium to full body. Moderate to high carbonation. Silky palate. ABV is felt as a sugary & kind heat. Slight wood, spiced, anise & cumin hues. Sweet & quite sparkling finish. Long fruity aftertaste. Correct beer.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a chalice, at about cellar temperature.

It's head is kind of non-existent, with even an aggressive pour making just a tiny amount of beige fizz which settles to a ring quickly. However, it's got a pretty copper-like reddish brown body in which I can view carbonation bubbles and a lot of nice sediment, which becomes a really thick CLOUD of sediment once I pour out the last of the beer.

To me it smells like caramel, cherries, maple, and ripe apples and bananas.

It also tastes of tart green apples and ripe bananas to an extent. The finish is bready with a bit of dry hoppiness.

The carbonation is expectedly high, and the body feels kinda medium.

Not a mind-blowing Belgian ale, but nevertheless a really solid one. I'm definitely glad I got to try it.

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Photo of leffebrown84th
1.52/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Deep dark brown and red cloudy color.
Smells like champagne. Fruity, perfume like smell.
Tastes awful. Tastes like champagne and perfume, just like it smells.
I had high hopes. I love dubbels and I really like affligem blonde, but I couldnt give this beer away and I tried.
So to conclude, terrible stay away.

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Photo of stevoj
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chunks hang suspended in this opaque brown beer, with a silky head and lacing on the glass. Aroma of prune juice and wine, taste of toast and prunes. Despite the chunks, mouthfeel is smooth. A slight tang lingers on the tongue. Delicious!

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Photo of BierJager89
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, opaque, plum color?

S: Sweet fruit in the nose, these notes are old and not very specific.

T: Fruity Belgian yeast seems to define the flavor, again, my notes aren't very specific. Malt and citrus seem to show up.

M: Very smooth, medium-full bodied.

O: Probably my favorite dubbel. It's a really good beer, and when I try it again I will edit this review.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of utopiajane
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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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 Roman5150
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Arte&Sana cervecería in Málaga, Spain.

Appearance: dark mahogany/brown, bubbly 2 finger white head

Smell: dark fruits, oak, pepper, belgian yeast

Taste: Lots of overripe darkfruits, more specifically cherry an apple that dominate the palate initially. Very sweet, belgian yeast come through after the initial fruit bomb, followed by notes of pepper, coriander, apple, and pear. Finish is sort of medicinal, not in a bad way, but the cherriness really lingers a lot. Finish is dry and sweet, almost like a red wine in a way.

Mouthfeel: not as carbonated as other dubbels but still medium to high, medium bodied.

Overall: Not as good as the big trappist dubbels, but this is unique in its own eay and can hold its own as a belgian i would reccomend. Especially if you like te really overripe fruit and cherry taste.

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.79 out of 5 based on 606 ratings.
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