Affligem Dubbel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

Affligem DubbelAffligem Dubbel
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 11-20-2000

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Ratings: 610 |  Reviews: 309
Photo of dryndantheman
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SetarconeX
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather dark, reddish brown color with an unexpectedly large, nearly glass-topping froth. Impressive.

A bit of molasess on the nose. Maybe some dates (which, incidently are almost the exact color of this brew). Tastes of malts, molasses, dates, and an odd bit of citrus. A nicely complicated brew, without any of the odd metallic or astringent flavors that seem to plague this style. One of the more drinkable Dubbels I've had lately.

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Photo of Squelch
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy brown with a billowy long lasting head.

Smell: Estery aromas prevalent

Taste: no hops. Slightly cidery from the candi sugar. Moderately fruity for a dubbel. Not overwelmingly flavorful. Very subtle tasting. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body.

Drinkability: Nothing stands out on this beer. Very plain dubbel

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Photo of drstalker
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle served in a Chimay trappist glass. Pours a reddish brown color, lots of floaties, decent frothy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, slightly roasted, spices, yeast, and a hint of plum. Flavor is bread and caramel malts, yeast, spicy, dark fruits, and candy sugar. Mouthfeel is medium, dry, fairly carbonated, and a little bitter. Good beer, drinkable.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

An almost amber color with a slightly darkened foam head which stuck around.

A strong clove at the start which transitions into a spicy sweet fruit. A touch of alcohol as well. A very enticing aroma that made me all the more eager to take a taste.

The taste is consistent with the smell except i picked up more of a spicy cherry flavor in the taste. It has a little bitterness and the alcohol is also present in the finish. I found it fairly complex and delicious.

It is medium bodied and finishes with a little bitterness and alcohol.

A very enjoyable Dubbel.

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Photo of lhwjanssen
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BGDrock
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: thick head, very fine suds; amber colour heading to light brown; clear

Aroma: minimal; somewhat resinous? nothing really distinct

Taste & Mouthfeel: immediately reminds my why I love Belgian beer, just has that unique flavour; complex finish; more dry then I'm used to, lightly bitter; blackcurrants; fine carbonation make for a pleasant mouthfeel; some dark chocolate

Overall: an addictive beer - the taste is so interesting, and yet undefinable

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Photo of Catalin90
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodrot
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a corked 750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a pretty lively tan head that subsided slowly. Aroma was quite malty but also had a lot of spice in the nose. Taste was chocolatey and spicy as well. I could pick up on flavors of cinammon, anise and pepper. Could it be the hops contributing to the spicy flavors? Body was light to medium. This packs a lot of taste for a relatively low alcohol Dubbel. I had no problem finishing the bottle and it's priced well to boot. Recommended.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, best before 2013

A- Slightly murky dark ruby/light brown. 2 fingers of pretty thick head that has great retention throughout the very last sips, though it somehow does not leave a lot of lacing on the glass

S- Dominant dark malts, with caramel and biscuit along with some sugary/yeasty notes. Light background notes of dried/dark fruits, maybe a hint of spiciness

T- Again dominant on the malts side, with a caramel base and some quite strong brown sugar notes. The slightest hint of acidity may be felt among a vaguely dry, cola-like feel (sorry, i can't really find better words to describe this). Some dark fruit notes may be detected as well

M - Medium body and carbonation. Pleasantly smooth but still lively on the palate, a bit more on the dry side on the tongue, with that cola feel that makes you longing for another sip

O- Not your standard dubbel and actually quite a complex brew, showing that industrial bewing does not necessarly means flat and boring. Nicely drinkable, maybe just a bit too much on the malty side to be a perfectly balanced beer. Very nice price/quality ratio

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Photo of koolk
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dirty brown with a touch of orange. good head, and firm retention.

A tonne of dried dark fruits, with hints of brown spirits - rum, cognac and whisky. very pleasant and a decent amount of complexity.

Palate has similar flavours- rum and raisin, a touch of chocolate. Has a slight corky aftertaste which is a little weird as it is crown sealed. Very smooth, creamy and a good level or carbonation. Has a sweet finish, that is also balanced with some slight tartness. Very nice.

A good brew, classy and enjoyable...but not earth shaking.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured crystal clear with an almost ruby body and tight tan head. The head was appropriatly thick, and lasted longer than the beer. Aroma was almost spicy with a hint of grape or rasin. Sweet and malty with a medium body and hopped just enough to balance the sweetness.

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

Pours a medium Root beer color with an amber hue. Had a two inch head that dissipated to an eighth of an inch with full lacing and some carb action.

A moderate toasted caramel malt smell with citrus and resin hops.

Moderately sweet, lightly acidic and bitter, roasted caramel malt taste with an orange, grapefruit, and resin hops flavor.

Medium bodied, dry and slightly syrupy texture, soft and lively carbonation, with a smooth slightly metallic finish.

Very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of jmills3
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OatmattStout
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer before and during and after dinner with 750ml size. It had a nice head that hung aroung long enough and a nice color. The malty flavors were good and the full carbonation really opened this beer up but nothing really jumped out at me cause I was eating the whole time. It semmed to go well with everything, cheese and crackers, salad, pasta and even vanilla cookies for dessert. Overall an enjoyable beer and it was a good representation of a belgian dubbel and would buy it again.

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Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of drperm
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A cloudy bronze-brown with a thin lacy antique-white head.

Nose: Not as overwhelming as it could be. Fruity esters, white pepper, brown sugar, raisins.

Taste: Raisins, caramel, cooked apples, pear.

Palate: Very spritzy, nice and dry.

Overall: I love this style of beer -- this is not my favorite exemplar of the style, but at $5/bottle it's hard to argue! As a beer, it's wonderful. As a dubbel, it's average. I'd be tempted to try cellaring this one.

My favorite part, actually, is the bottom-of-the-bottle yeasty "dregs" -- brings out a nice nutty quality, and more pronounced cooked apples. Very good with sweet seafood-in-cream-sauce pasta.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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 bsopko
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of RRC03
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Naugled
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork bottle served in chalice

A: great looking beer. hazy brown with high carbonation. Very thick head, stiff and long lasting rocky meringue that settles to a creamy solid cap that lasts until the end.

S: pils malt and caramel at first, then dissipates

T: sweet candi caramel with subtle dried fruits, very little bitter aftertast, sweetness dominates. hint of soapiness as it warms.

M: medium light body, with a thin feel. becomes fuller and silkier as it warms

D: very good, easy to drink for a dubbel

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Photo of Ralphus
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Affligem is a Heineken owned brewery in Belgium. I picked up a bottle of their Dubbel from the LCBO here in Ontario after realizing I hadn't tried it before.

This one pours beautifully. A brownish ruby red, opaque and with a huge colored head. Lovely stuff. The head dissipates to ring of foam with a small amount of lacing on the way down.

The smell is typical for the style, dark fruits, yeast and some spice. I like it. I find the taste however is a bit muted by the strong carbonation. However there are some sour notes mixed with fruit.

Mouthfeel as stated is impaired by the strong carbonation. I find this impacts the drink and reduces it's drinkability.

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Photo of DeezGunz14
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Beer rating: 64.6% out of 100 with 610 ratings
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