Affligem Dubbel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem DubbelAffligem Dubbel

Brewed by:
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 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 jhall00
2.09/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- nice medium brown beer with large head that fades to a night white lace. Larger than expected head on the beer.

S-Faint undefined smell...not even a malty or sweet typical smell

T- Nothing memorable. Not impressed at all. Lacking taste and combined with lacking mouthfeel, not worth it.

M- Thin and watery.

D- I would not bother again

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Photo of mmahut
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very average dubbel, not worth many words.

Appearance (2.5): Transparent red-brown with yellowish head which lasted only for few seconds.

Smell (2): Shy sweetness, very light.

Taste (3): Uncertain taste, soft raisins maybe.

Mouthfee (2.5): Average dubbel with high carbonation.

Drinkability (2): Very average, nice addition to a good meal.

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Photo of theopholis
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a deep ruby read. Slightly opaque. That could because of the car ride home (most of these things are bottle conditioned, and I may have stirred it up)., Decent, off-white, fluffy foamy head. Head has little staying power, and no lacing.

Aroma- The overall aroma is subdued, but failry rich and complex. At 1st, you get a rich, dark, fruity smell; raisins, plums, dark cherries. Then you get a bit of a bready, yeasty nose as you delve further into it. No hop aroma, graininess or maltiness.

Taste- Hard to describe. Some malt sweetness, but not a lot. No hoppiness at all. Some deep, fruity tastes are in there, but just barely noticeable. It's okay, not great.

Mouthfeel- Body is a tad light, and it is over-carbonated. Being bottle conditioned, that's a hard thing to control.

Drinkability- It's not wretched, but I won't be buying another bottle anytime soon. The over-carbonation tends to masks a lot of the more subtle flavors.

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Photo of malweth
2.82/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer came in a 750mL corked bottle. The cork was tough to pop, but eventually came off when I used a can-opener handle for leverage (I didn't want to shake and fire, of course). The smell impressed me at first, quite malty and sweet. It also poured nicely, dark brown with a fairly light head.

What wasn't impressive was the taste. It has a very metallic feel and taste. It is appropriately sweet and bubbly, but it's very hard to get past the metallic taste.

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Photo of bditty187
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dense but not opaque, murky brown, tan bubbly head that reached slightly more than a finger, slow to dissipate, few specks of lace. Clean, weak raisin nose, surprisingly straightforward, undertones, which seem to increase, of fake lemon cleaning solution. Light raisin, alcohol, yeasty with a tartness that is not wanted on the palate. Where is the complexity, balance, and, well, flavor? Excellent carbonation produces a pleasing mouthfeel. The “fake lemon cleaning solution” is again noticeable at the finish and lingers into the aftertaste. I need not drink this again. There are much better versions of Dubbels on the market, even American interpretations.

Best By: 28-02-03

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Photo of Derek
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Best before 22 06 07, 6.8% ABV.

A: Ruby-brown, pours with an impressive off-white head. Not a lot of head retention, but some wonderful Belgian lace.

S: Not a lot of aroma. Caramel sugar & prunes?

T: Dubbels are well-crafted brews that have a high standard. I don't think the taste meets that standard (average). Burnt raisins & sugar. Not roasty, just burnt.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation. Appropriate for style.

D: Digestable, as a dubbel should be... The burnt flavour keeps me from wanting another...

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Photo of Damian
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Head was hardly noticeable.

Taste (mild citrus and hops) was weak. The alcohol was fairly well masked however.

Body was thin. Lack of carbonation made this beer practically undrinkable.

One of the worst Belgians I have had to date.

(I had this beer on-tap and from a bottle and both times I was quite unimpressed.)

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Photo of marc77
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful crystal clear deep ruby in hue, covered by a persistent, thick, light beige head that leaves loose lace. A quick waft of solvent - like fusels in aroma is immediately ensued by bright, citrusy fruit w/ a hint of spruce. The initial impression aromawise is that of Pine Sol, but as the beer breathes, hints of raisiny Special B and light chocolate malt provide contrast and depth. Yeast derived contributions in aroma are virtually absent, w/ bubblegum present only at a trace. In flavor, a snap of cider like tartness is perceived at first, then mellows into a somewhat understated combination of chocolate, dark, ripe fruity prune and vinous notes of fermented grapes w/ a pine undertone. Yeast esters flavorwise are very mild, and mirror the light bubblegum in aroma. Very dry, well attenuated and correspondingly light in body, w/ a spritzy mouthfeel from the high carbonation. (The mouthfeel was downright seltzer like and prickly for the first few minutes) Finishes dry, clean and a touch bland w/ a hint of yeast must. A bit of a dissappointment. Affligem Dubbel lacked complexity overall and was too "clean" and neutral esterwise. It was as if they fermented this brew with a neutral American ale yeast at a high temperature.

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Photo of JustinQ
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Affligem Brouwerij Dubbel

7.49 for a 750 ml bottle

Appearence: Amazing 3 finger head. Darkish red/amber in color, almost burgundy

Aroma: Extremely fruity probably from belgian yeast. I get bananna, very savory type dessert aroma to it.

Taste: very malty, Leaves somewhat of a thick coat inside your mouth. Bubblegum tastes in the end.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation certainly not bubbly going down but not light bodied either. Warms up your taste buds.

Overall: Good Beer, Definantly Pick one up and add it to your cellar

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a caramel color with good carbonation leaving a dirty white cap that quickly fades leaving a small ring with no lacing

S: Some caramel, dark fruits and spice but not that big or appealing

T: Upfront is some booze and dark fruits with hints of caramel and burnt sugar. The taste fades into a one dimensioanl booziness

M: Warm and thin for the style

O: Not even close to the best Dubbel's I have had.

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Photo of btchesandsake
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 750ml bottle from a supermarket.

Pours a Mahogany-brown with a large sandy head and some lacing. As others have noted, not much on the nose. Mouthfeel is good, but not great. Hoppier than other beers of this style. Finish is a tiny bit bitter with some alcohol present on the tongue. Overall slightly disappointing. Wouldn't buy again as there are similarly priced Dubbels which are more satisfying. Not bad though.

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Photo of impending
2.97/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml into a tulip. Pours a murky dishwater cola, garnet dark honey when back lite, creamy dairy product dense head slow to subside, excellent lacing.

Aroma is rich with dark fruits, mostly spiced figs.

Taste is low in sweetness, not well defined. Descriptors don't come easy as there is not much to define. Slightly metallic phenolic aftertaste fades abruptly. Thin creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of DrJay
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed ruby/brown colour with a fine, light brown head. Some lacing was evident. Aromas of bready yeast, caramel, dried fruit. Malt sweetness dominates, but there's a harsh burnt bitterness in the finish that really lingers. Ample fruit and caramel with a hint of spice. The texture was fair, maybe a bit creamy, with the carbonation providing some lift without being coarse. Moderate body, fairly high attenuation, and a hint of alcohol warmth.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Deep copper, almost red, slightly cloudy with a solid head that unfortunately lasts for only a few sips then disappears quickly leaving a light lace for the remainder.

S: Sweet, raisiny, and very malty.

T: Very sweet (a bit too much for my liking) and malty, a little grassy too.

M: Medium bodied. Nice but pretty standard.

D: Not terrible, just not great. I purchased a 750ML but wished it were a 375ML.

Very average Dubbel. I'm glad that i've tasted it but don't need to revisit it when Westmalle is sitting right next to it on the shelf.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 750ml brown, caged and corked bottle. This poured out a very hazy brown with a super-condensed creamy head that would not disappear. It reminded me of something out of a nitro-can. The aroma had lots of malt with a strong raisin back. The taste mimmicked the raisin aroma and there was a really dry finish. I don't want to critique this beer beyond this glass because I have a feeling that this is a bad bottle. Overall, since I am not a huge veteran of dubbels this one will make me steer clear of this style for a little bit.

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Photo of maxpower
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before 11/16/02, pours muddy brown with a huge light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Fruity, yeasty aromas, caramel, chocolate, cherry and plum flavors. Medium to full bodied finishes with a funky sourness. Not what I expected, don't think I would buy another bottle.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.07/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown in colour. Very aromatic, with all of the spicy, yeasty, bubblegum, fig, and dark fruit (perhaps plum and raisin) aromas that you’d expect from this style. The flavors were a bit of a letdown. The initial malt presence was good and there was some nice dried fruit notes in there too, but the body was quite thin and there was a slightly astringent bitter finish. Was the carbonation supposed to be this high?

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought along with an Affligem goblet gift pack, it was only available around these parts that way. Poured from a 330 ml euro-style brown bottle, 6.8% abv listed, best before date: 24 09 06. A massive pillar of spongy off-white head on the pour, large bubbles, went above and beyond the rim of the chalice, just kept rising. Serious head retention, some sticky traces of lacing here and there. The body is a deep mahogany, yet while held to the light it is a gorgeous cherry oak, intense carbonation action. Orange and coriander greet the nose at first, along with a mild malt backbone and some candy sweetness, along with rum soaked cherries and raisins. The alcohol presence is also apparent, it bombards the eyes while inhaling. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, but watery at times, lacking in body. The flavour is incredibly mild, I was expecting so much more from the strong aroma, the malt tip-toeing through the tulips in the middle, most of the taste appears towards the finish, a rum raisin character with light fruit esters, and a wave of alcohol on the aftertaste. A light and smooth dubbel for the abv%, but flavour-wise it's more of a dud. Perhaps it's better caged and corked. But for now I won't be seeking out any more of this in the 330 ml bottle.

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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 apintofknowledge
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a medium clear coppery brown with a cream-colored thick white head. The head relatively quickly. It smelled of raisins and yeast, very familiar, and upon thinking about it reminded me of smells from a winery tour I took recently (yeast + fermenting grape juice). Now for the taste... slightly sweet at first, then raisins, cherries and apple cider flavors come through. The yeast taste is very present in the finish, a little too much so for my taste. The mouthfeel also seemed a little overcarbonated to me. Drinkable and interesting, but less rich in flavor and therefore less enjoyable than other Dubbels I like such as Chimay Red and Ommegang.

With the strong yeast presence, however, it makes me wonder how this would be cellared. I believe I'll do that, and write another review in a year or two...

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This one is deep burgundy with a tall tan head that sets into faint lacints.

S: Sour tart, if that is even possible... Sour dark cherries. Sweet roasted malt. Yeasty.

T: Surprisingly weak taste. Sour and sweet, Dark dried fruits.

M: Long sour aftertaste. Dry bitterness. Body is medium while carbonation is moderate.

O: Quite nice beer, but a poor excuse for a Dubbel...

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Photo of cokes
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany stained mud with a healthy beige riser.
Bold nose of leathery prunes, toffee, black cherries, and cocoa.
Then the flavor falls flat on its face.
Bready on the onset, with wavering milk chocolate. Some dark fruit is manifest, mostly cherries and plums coated in toffee, with a pear notion some place too. But that's it. It's not awful tasting, just lacking entirely in yeast nuance. All dryness is carbonation induced. And speaking of which, it's cranked up to a volume that mutes all flavors herein.
Gaseous and thin seeming, especially flavorwise.
Drinkable but....zzz..

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Photo of jbonapar
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a red/brown color. Unfortunately had this right after a Chimay Blue, so its kind of unfair...

Smell - sweet, nothing stuck me as a particular stand out feature. Sweet, mild raisins.

Taste: Certainly not the best Dubbel, average, drinkable and enjoyable with a nice meal.

Overall, average beer, i mean, considering the fantastic dubbel out there....

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Photo of Gmann
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Opened with a bang, cork went flying across the kitchen; scared the crap out of my wife, who at the time was talking about how she hates when ballons pop, oops. Anywho, pours a fairly clear ruby brown color with an average head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is kind of faint for a dubbel, not picking much up except a light pruney smell. The taste is disappointing. The dubbel has a slight wine like grape characteristic and some light Belgian spice. The feel seems way off base for a dubbel. It is tart not velvety, no malt characteristics are popping through. The feel is moderate with appropriate carbonation. The finish is just wrong to me, way too tart and astringent. A sub par dubbel. The taste and feel seem to be really off.

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