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Affligem Dubbel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
3.82/5
Very Good
612 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
Ranking:
#13,463
Reviews:
309
Ratings:
612
pDev:
12.3%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
78
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 612 |  Reviews: 309
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasant brew. Orange brown appearance, nice looking Belgium (sorry for redundancy). Fruity appetite inducing yeast aroma. Medium-full mouthfeel. Satisfying malty aftertaste. Good though not outstanding. Fresh smooth with graininess. 10% ABV you say?

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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 GRG1313
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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 BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, a less than obvious new offering on the over-laden Alberta beer store shelves.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, dark rusty amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy and tightly foamy beige head, which leaves some Phuket peninsula-worthy imitations of lace tracings around the glass as it genially settles.

It smells of sassy dark black fruit, a bit in the way of the vine, some subtle savoury spice, sugary pale malt, further brown sugar sweetness (the Archies are bristling at the gate), and muddled earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, neutered toffee, all tinged anew with sugary vinous notes, a little more blended holiday spice, further sour black fruit, some dusty, musty, earthy hops, and subtle alcohol emanations.

The carbonation is on the low side, hardly a prick or froth (?) to be found, the body an adequate medium weight, a little edgy, but still quite smooth. It finishes a fair lot off-dry, the vino-friendly malt persisting, with more varied dark sugar notes to keep it company.

An agreeable enough dubbel, a little too cozy with the sweetness, perhaps, but with plenty of things going on otherwise to render this nice and drinkable, and more than enjoyable after all the thinkin' and appraisin' is well and done.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber/brown color with a billowy head that retains well; leaves a few shards of lacing behind

Smell: Caramel aroma with some butter pecan nuttiness and brown bread elements

Taste: Starts with the caramel and nut flavors, with a bit of tart, peppery elements developing underneath, after the swallow, the yeasty phenols counterbalance the sweet malts and drive home a nicely balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Glad I decided to re-visit a fresh bottle in 2011 as I moved all of my ratings up a half point or more; a pretty decent dubbel, after all

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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 zeff80
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, brown color with a two-finger, tan, bubbly head. It left some patchy lacing.

S - It smelled of dried fruit, maltiness and candy sugar. Some yeasty aromas.

T - It tasted fairly spicy with lots of dried fruit flavors like plum, raisin and some apple. Good caramel malt backbone.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied dubbel.

D - This is a very good dubbel. Nice flavors and relatively easy drinking.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature goblet, bottled 7/7/2011. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger foamy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, pepper, clove, banana, earth, candi sugar, molasses, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with nice complexity and balance. Taste of apple, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, clove, pepper, banana, earth, candi sugar, bread, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruit, caramel, toast, pepper, clove, banana, earth, candi sugar, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity with good balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel. Great complexity and balance of flavors; very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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 jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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 olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark ruby color with beige head. Aroma has caramel, dark sugar and belgian yeast esters. Taste starts sweet and slightly acidic with dark sugar, molasses and dried dark fruits. Body is medium with a high amount of carbonation. Pretty decent dubbel overall but it doesn't stand out in any way.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a freshness date.

A dubbel to pair with a nice home cooked meal, it might not be a top notch dubbel it is enjoyable to say the least.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish-orange and hazy, with no head present.

S - Molasses and malt syrup provide some sweet notes. Dark sugars are accompanied by a mineral twang and a copper scent. Interesting.

T - Mineral water and tin poking the tongue. noticable yeast character with a certain bitter/dry side. Some mild grains to chew on in the middle. A malt background keeps this Dubbel in check.

M - This beer has a bit of dryness to it, yet the tangy yeast/mineral side keeps the mouth salivating. Interesting contrast.

O - No real quirks here about this one, just not a beer that will take you over or turn your head. Good flavor mix.

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Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 612 ratings
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