Affligem Dubbel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

very good
608 Ratings
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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Photo of carpezytha
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Aggressive but controllable head pours a cream color over a deep rusty murky brown body. His reduces to a thin layer just covering the ale, with light wisps of lace left on the sides of the glass. Finally even that layer dissolves to small islands.
S: Nutty toasted sourdough.
T: Creme brulee in redwood bark. Seems hot for this ABV. Maple syrup. A little Chinese Five Spice and cinnamon.
M: This has a good mouthfeel even though as noted above it is a little hot for the ABV.
D:Not a big multi-layered brew, but easily drinkable and a decent example of the style.

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Photo of adamette
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 33cl bottle that I brought back from Brussels as I bought this as a part of a gift pack literally in the airport duty free shop. The pack came in a gold rimmed glass that of course shattered in the trip back to the States since they would not let me carry on the glass and the liquid. So I do not recall how much the gift pack was but that glass was really pretty cool. I poured this bottle (the bottles were just fine in transit) into my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet. 6.8% ABV listed on label along with 22.10.10 which is likely the "best by" date. Looks like I had this one just in time!

A Great looking creamy brown head that sticks around for several minutes (I finally started sipping after about 3 minutes of waiting for it to settle down) over a nice dark brown body with mahogany edges and visible sediment floating near the bottom of the body. I do not recall this beer looking this good but then I had it on tap in Brussels about a year ago so I am guessing that there was little or no sediment to be seen at that time. Really, a classic Belgian Dubbel look with a great head that leaves nice lacing. The look cannot be improved. THIS is what you want your Belgian Dubbel to look like! 5.0

S Nice, solid Dubbel smell of sweet malt and Belgian yeast. There is a kind of minimally sweet maple smell that I find in many Dubbels but is pleasing. There is a "wood" like smell as well which is not really like being oak aged or anything but more of an "organic maple malt." 4.0

T Taste carries right over from the smell. There is the light sweet malt, a woodsy, organic, maple taste and, differing from some other Dubbels that I have tasted, a pretty significant Belgian yeast taste. Taste lingers for at least 2 minutes after last sip and stays very consistent which I like. This is a classic Belgian Dubbel. 4.5

M Sweet malt, reasonably elevated ABV and Belgian yeast tastes make this a big beer but it is very appropriate to the style in that it is not overly huge like some QUADS can get. 4.0

D At least fair for the style which does not lend itself really well to drinkability. This is an apertif beer (to be consumed as a dessert) and it will certainly be one and done for me. That being said, it is delicious and a pleasure to drink the one. 3.5

Notes: Really glad that I kept this bottle (and that it survived the trip) so that I could enjoy it this evening.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork says from 2006 so this has been sitting on the shelf a while.

Fluffy 1 finger head fades slowly with Belgian lacing over semi clear raisin brown sugar colored with lots of rising bubbles.

Nose has lots of sweet candi sugar, molasses, Belgian malts, hint of booze, dark fruits fig etc, slight creamy effervescence.

Taste is rich, lots of dark Belgian malts, candi sugar, molaases and other syrupy sugars, chest malts, dark fruits like fig and raisin, touch of booze.

The mouth has some warming booze with medium body and tons of carbonation.

Finishes with a long sweet but semi dry with lots of lingering Belgians malts and sugars, candi and syrups, touch of bitterness.

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Photo of claybeer
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Affligem dubbel comes in a 750mL bottle topped with a champagne style cork. It poured a hazy, honey, brownish tan. The head was a rich light cork color. The nose was earthy but a little sweet. Maybe a hint of hazelnut and some yeast. Nice...the first sip is soft and sweet. It was defiantly hazelnut I was smelling because it hit the tongue like a freight train. There is some apricot and tartness on the sides of the tongue that add some balance to this sweet dubbel. Some lingering leathery feel finishes out this nice Belgian beer. This would be great paired with a glazed ham and stuffing. Maybe a side of mashed sweet potatoes or carrots with brown sugar. Perhaps I should keep this beer in mind for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of travis224
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this in a Czech grocery store, for $1.50. Pours out a red-brown color with a thick, chunky head that sits on top for quite a while leaving lacing all over the glass. The nose is pretty unremarkable, malts, faint cloves, caramel, and a off putting metallic smell. The taste is similar to the smell with more alcohol and spice, bitterness and a metallic taste that is a bit overwhelming and pretty much ruins it for me. Nothing special here, but not bad for $1.50

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Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy medium-brown body with plenty of apparent effervescence. Head is three fingers of compact ivory foam; about what I expect from a good example of the style.

Smell: sweet dark malt with plum and raisin aromas. Good, but the aroma isn't super complex and is of a rather light intensity.

Taste: musty, dusty plums, raisins, pears and cherries; quite tasty. There's a little tartness at the end which I don't love, but overall this is a pretty good dubbel.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with huge, creamy carbonation. Like with Affligem's tripel, this aspect is my favorite part of the beer.

Drinkability: a tasty, solid and drinkable dubbel. This is a beer I would gladly have again.

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Photo of dgv0
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased 750mL bottle of Affligem Dubbel at a local store. Poured a dark, golden amber into my Affligem gold-rimmed goblet. Looks beautiful.

Smell makes me think of toffee, maybe even crème brûlée. Hints of dark fruits, especially raisin.

Taste is exceptional. I would put this in the same category as Chimay, as far as flavor profile and mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated, medium body, and smooth as can be.

Overall, this ale is almost too drinkable. Worth a try, at the very least. I'm keeping this as one of my favorite Belgian-style ales.

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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 GreenThumb
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 1 L bottle into a Chimay glass at the Broken Spoke Belgian Restaurant in Houston, Tx.

Color was copper brown with a big creamy head which lingered for several minutes and left lacing on the walls of the glass.

Smell is light and yeasty. Minimal aroma.

Taste is fairly rich with malt and subtle chocolate, spice and raisin with a dry finish. The raisin flavor seemed to emerge as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was effervescent, light, slightly thin.

Very drinkable.

This was a classic abbey dubbel, but I was a little disappointed. I think I can brew a better one myself!

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured dark brownish amber in color with a thick, creamy white head. There is a light level of visible carbonation and a good amount of head retention.
S: The smell isn't very strong, but there are some aromas of sweet caramel malts and dark fruits in the nose.
T: There isn't a lot of sweetness or complexity in the overall taste, which is similar to the smell and has flavors of caramel malts, dark fruits and nuts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink but doesn't stand out among dubbels given the limited amount of complexity in the taste.

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Photo of DIM
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my B.I.L. Eric for this, much obliged!

a: This was a clear, shiny coppery amber color with golden edges. It poured with a long lived, rocky, light tan colored head.

s: Very pleasant aromas coming off of this one. Sweet raisins with suggestions of chocolate are what I noticed first. That had a vaguely earthy quality overall and just a trace of warmth.

t: This doesn't taste as sweet as the smell would suggest. The raisins are here, but they are on the dry side. I tasted a little cocoa before the dry, flowery finish.

m: Medium bodied with gently fizzy carbonation.

d: Subtle and restrained overall, I really enjoyed this.

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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 seand
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very cloudy brown with a fair amount of thick tan head. A good layer retains well, leaving pretty good lacing.

S: Light yeast and sweet malt, with just a touch of the characteristic Belgian spices.

T: Fairly subtle, lightly sweet and yeasty, finishing dry.

M: Medium to full bodied, fairly high carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty easily, due to the relatively subtle flavors.

A fairly laid back dubbel. Pretty good, but there's nothing here to really blow you away.

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Photo of bump8628
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice its dark amber to ruby red with an ample, big-bubbled, head.

All I can say cola. That's right, I can think of no better descriptor than cherry cola. From the flavor to bubbly mouthfeel, it's like an adult version of an old-fashioned fountain drink.

Kinda weird, kinda pleasant. It fails as a Dubbel, but succeeds as an interesting beer, so it's a bit hard to review. I'll say this, I'm enjoying it at the moment, but will probably never go back to it.

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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 berley31
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a large, off-white head that had good lasting power and provided a fair amount of sticky lacing. Very effervescent. Body is dark brown and hazy.

S: Low aroma of dark fruit (raisins), and quite sweet.

T: Sweet with a bit of fruitiness to it, with a very dry finish. Tasted a bit solventy to me.. a little harsh, but this decreased as the beer began to warm a little.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, with very high carbonation.

D: Not a bad Dubbel at all, but not my favorite by any means.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.82/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a "maudite" glass, around 12 celcius.

Pours a rich ldark brown, huge head, lots of carbonation and laces well. Aroma of belgian candi, figs and heavily caramelised cristal malt. Flavor a huge mouthfull of ripe dark dried fruit (dates, prunes, figs), a solid grainy malt caracter and a well balanced bitterness.

Finished dry, I love it. Could easily drink this for the rest of my life.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml into tulip

A: brown to red with a bit of turbidity but not much creamy head that lasted well into the glass

S: graham cracker, a bit of tartness but not sour,

T: a bit of raisin and cherry with some peppery flavors,

M: smooth with a bit of stickiness, no bite and minimal carbonation tickle

D: the price is right, the flavor is great...this is a regular in the rotation

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Photo of BeerDawg1
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma-slighty nutty/malt/sweet

Appearence-Dark brown/2 finger head/receds slowly/nice lacing

Flavor-Nutty yeasty taste(from bottom of bottle)/bready/malty//very nicley balanced/nice subtle flavor/nothing overpowers but everything stounds out

Mouthfeel-Decent carbonation/easy quick flavor/nice finish/maltiness fades quick

Drinkability-Icould drink a bottle but after that I might switch on to something else(not a session beer)

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this one at a bargain. 6.99 for a 750 ml. Not too bad, and I really liked the Tripple and Blond offered by Affligem.

Gentle pour into Duvel tulip produced brown and amber body coupled with a big cream colored cap along with an abundance of lacing. Retention was phenomenal as well, the head stuck around for several minutes.

Aroma is pleasant, full of toasted malts, raisins, dark fruits, and a nice bit of apple. Belgian yeast is also displayed in all of its glory, adding a nice spicy and nutty aroma.

The flavor is a mirror of the aroma. Spicy Belgian yeast hit the palate first, then slowly giving away to flavors of sweet caramel, dark fruits (Raisins, and a hint of cherry) and finishes slightly dry with green apples and ripe pears. I would love to pair this with some cheese to really big the flavors up a notch.

Mouthfeel is on par with the style. Medium, but this one tends to be slightly creamy.

Huge drinkability potential. Huge flavor, and fantastic lasting flavor makes this a Dubbel that is a cut above others. Not to mention the price, its hard to beat.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Double is a rich shade of reddish-brown. As I pour it from the bottle, it forms a thick, soapy, off-white lather on top. This head is very well-retained, but doesn't leave much lace behind. It smells medicinal, also showing hints of banana, pear, raisin, and plum. Caramelized sugar, sweet over-ripe fruit, and an unexpected lemony-tartness in the finish. Slightly medicinal. Medium-bodied with sharp, spritzy carbonation. Feels light but not thin. I found it easy enough to put this one back.

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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 bagelmiester
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured to a nice deep dark amber color with a creamy white head that only stuck around for a couple of minutes. Nice lace with spider web like appearance.

S - A sweeter smell similar to what i get from a good unfiltered hefewiezen.

T - It tastes like it smells. I got a little bit of fruit that i could not quite nail down....grape...or was not strong though, and not overpowering at all.

M - Mouth feel is average for a dubbel. I noticed nothing too spectacular but definitely not displeasing.

D - I could drink this beer again but would be willing to try another Belgium dubbel first.

Good beer with nothing extraordinarily remarkable. The cork is very nicely decorated...but ill save that review for later.

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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 BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another classic example of great Belgian beer offered up by Affligem.

A sturdy and handsome appearance of deep mahogany and ruby hues, moderate haze... but the efforvescent carbonation carries a froathy and foamy head that consists of loosely knit bubbles and off-white foam. Lots of lacing. Nearly an ideal look.

The flavors and aromas closely mirror each other and consist of deep dark fruits of raisons, plumbs, red grapes, figs, prunes, and other dehydrated things that grow on trees... this Dubbel is quite fruity. Phenolic spices give some burnt pith notes, corriander, orange peel, and white pepper. The pilsner malt base gets swallowed up by darker sugars that give a boost of confectionate sweetness along with a kettle-caramelization taste that whisps away effortlessly. Like other Affligem beers, their minerally water gives a metallic taste that I could do without; but it doesn't seem to be as distracting in the Dubbel as in other beers.

While being complexly sweet to taste, the beer is expansive and efforvescent to start. The full and creamy beginning slowly fades into a evaporative cotton candy-like airyness.

Though others' reviews say otherwise, I believe this to be the best of the Affligem offerings. This is a beautiful beer that belongs in the discussion with the Chimay Red's and Westmalle Dubbel's.

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.79 out of 5 based on 608 ratings.
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