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Affligem Dubbel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
85
very good
304 Reviews
Affligem DubbelAffligem Dubbel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Belgium | website

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
Reviews:
304
Ratings:
589
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
17.15%
 
 
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Photo of DubbelTrubbel
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 into a Chimay chalice. Approx. one year-old bottle.

A- Beautiful red-brown dubbel. Off-white head, lush carbonation. Poured about a finger and a half of head.

S- nice orange peel, then chocolate-covered cherries. Perhaps some brown sugar. Ya, I like this one.

T- Candy-malt tastes, with a bitterness that just lets you know it's there. Some raisiny tastes. The finish is a pleasing dryness, and even later some fruity echoes. Still manages to be refreshing!

M- Maybe a touch thin, but still great carbonation and body! Leaves that nice sugary slickness on the teeth.

O- Very good, but then what do I expect with a Belgian beer. One of the better dubbels.

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Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Style/abv: dubbel/9.5%

Smell: very delicate and minute doses of sugar, hops, and nuts

Taste: citrus sweetness alongside subtle cherry notes, bitter hops, herbs (I'm not a chef so I'm not quite sure which type of herbs), and a pan dulce finish

I haven't paired this one with food yet, but I imagine it would go well with a summer or an Italian sausage

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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 janubio
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml. bottle. Amber reddish colour with a big creamy head and a lace that keeps forever. Chunks floating on the glass. Smell of candied fruits, caramel, spices and damp earth. Taste is on the sweet side, with an astringent finish.Apple, banana, pepper, caramel and some medicinal notes.

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, served in a chalice. BB 21/3/13, making it 2 years old I believe.

A - Murky dark nut brown with 1" head. Minimal lacing, but a little stays on the top

S - Less malt, more raisin on the nose. Some leather, date, bark, fig.

T - Some malt, but I was expecting a little more for the style. I like it. Sugar, leather, dark fruit.

M - Not bad. Maybe a touch too much carbonation, but weight was decent.

O - Ages well. I remember an earlier bottle I tried not being as good. A pretty good dubbel.

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Photo of fx20736
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wired and corked 750ml bottle into a chalice, served cool.

Darkish ochre with a pecan sandy head.

aroma like old fashioned cola with star anise

mouthfeel is soft and elegant.

toasted brown bread with dark plums and bittersweet cocoa and a faint clove like spiciness.

this is great beer! Great smelling, great tasting. Ranks as one of my favorite Dubbels. will buy again.

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Photo of planetscott
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this in Hilton Labor day weekend from a grocery store....Awesome

Appearance is a muddy tan/brown/slight amber. Chunks of yeast floating around. Does not bother me that much.

Smell is wonderful dark fruit, candy, slight toffee.

Taste mimics the aroma, only with a clean dry finish that complements the fruit and candy flavors. Very dry, clean finish, but not too dry.

Effervescent and crisp moputhfeel do not detract from the overall experience.

Overall, this is a wonderful Dubbel. Too bad it is not available in Georgia.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Kromes
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. A hazy brown color with a thick and active tan colored head. A little bit of bubble gum fruitiness and roasted malt aroma with some cherry and candi sugar.

The roasted malt, candi sugar, and cherry flavors appear right up front. There is also some more subtle molasses and hop flavors. The beer finishes dry with a lingering cherry and burnt sugar flavor.

A medium body and smooth feel to it. This is a nice, quality Dubbel.

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Photo of Jetulio
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of 330ml bottle into Chalice glass (Affligem glass).
A: brown muddy colour. Big foam (1,5 finger)
S: good smell with notes of herbs and spices
T: sweet but not too much with hops at the end
M: medium carbonation in a medium/full body. It is a dubbel that refresh your mouth. Good balance between sweet and bitternes.
O: very good dubbel, more refreshing than other abbey ales and with great balance sweet/bitter/alcohol.

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Photo of Augustine
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review!!

Poured out of 750ml bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance - Very lively carbonation pours a nice white, one finger head. Dark ruby/brownish in color. Foam clings to my glass, and sticks around through the rest of the experience. Great looking beer!

Smell - Smells rich of ripe, dark fruit. Raisins and plums predominate, with faint toffee and caramel notes in the background. Enticing aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Just what you would expect from the looks and aromas. A good balance of dark fruits and toffee. The carbonation is as lively in the mouthfeel as it looks and the alcohol leaves a warming sensation in the finish. Chewy, delicious. They suggest sipping it slow on the bottle but that is easier said than done!

Overall - A great beer that I feel rewarded to have chosen out of the many other great Belgian doubles on the shelf. Balanced, lively, full of flavor and easily drinkable for the abv. Nice work Affligem I will look for your name in the future.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 bottle opens with a nice pop and smoke pouring out of the bottle. Slightly see through brown/deep ruby red body. Fluffy off white head. Tons of bubbles coursing through the glass.

Lots of sweetness, dark fruits, and bread wafting off this brew.

Sweetness up front which gives way to the dark fruit. There's a medicinal quality to the taste which is eh. A good but not exciting flavor on this dubbel. It is well carbonated with a medium body.

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

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Koningshoven chalice.

A: Muddy brown, mostly translucent, some head and great tracing.

S: Murky fruit, mild spices, straight up dubbel. Belgian candy sugar.

T/M: Not bad! Also not stellar. A run of the mill, drinkable, pleasant beer. Light malt base, relatively heavy spice and carbonation, dark plums and coriander? Somewhat grainy and occasionally a touch sour.

O: I won't be seeking this out ever, but I certainly wouldn't turn it down if I were in the mood for a dubbel.

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Photo of OdinMcHaggis
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish brown and hazy, thin head. Smells sweet, like bread. Taste has a mild sour note and low hop profile. Body is light, not watery, but light and with decent carbonation. Overall a good beer. The finish and the body are limiting factors here.

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Photo of Converge
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - Pours a deep brown hue with a fluffy tan head. Fairly effervescent in the glass. Burgundy-ruby highlights in the light. Head slowly settle to a thin film. No lacing.

S - Classic aroma here. Dark dried fruits, namely dates and raisins, with a bit of dried plum. Not as much fig as usual dubbels, and not as much fruit in general. I get some gentle chocolate and caramel notes, likely from the dates, which are really pronounced here. Strong aroma of molasses here as well, with a touch of anise. Sweet candi sugar and Belgian yeast. A little more dark and earthy for a dubbel as opposed to fruity, but still very inviting.

T - Opens up with an array of dark fruits and bready flavors. Dates and dried plums, bready malt, and candi sugar sweetness. A touch of cola syrup and distinct Belgian yeast. Finishes dry and spicy, with a hint of bitterness. Not as fruity as some, but every bit as sweet, with a real focus on more resinous flavors. Although not fruit, some dark cherries come through as well. Mild mineral metallic presence at first, but it quickly dissipates. A bit of caramel and chocolate as it warms. Overall a sweet and malty Belgian that really hits the spot. Very drinkable.

M - Smooth but still very carbonated, a little higher than I prefer. Medium body, with a nice weight to it. Finishes particularly dry, with a lingering spice. Keeps you coming back for more.

D - A traditional Belgian dubbel that tastes and feels just like it should. I've always enjoyed dubbels ever since I first got into craft beer, and this is yet another I enjoyed a great deal. This brew offers up a degree of complexity, drinkability, and flavor that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of diamondc
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A classic dubbel look... murky brown, huge fluffy head, patchy lacing, lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the Duvel glass.

S: Wheat bread, brown sugar, bubblegum, chocolate, some subtle vanilla too. Good stuff.

T: Raisin, cherry, burnt sugar, licorice. Sweet, a bit sour, almost no bitterness.

M: Not as watery as some other dubbels I've had recently. Chocolate & roasted flavors come out when warm.

O: A pretty good dubbel, not the best I've had by a long shot but still. worthy of a purchase.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy brown, with nice garnet highlights, a huge tan head dissipates almost quickly to a nice permaring.

Smells of bready malts, a bit of yeast, and some fruitiness.

Taste is similar, with a hint of tart dark fruit, malts, yeast, and a strange bitter wet cardboard taste, which fortunately subsides to some degree as it warms.

Texture is medium bodied, and almost smooth, except for the lightly bubbly action from the carbonation, which in this case detracts a little from the beer.

Not a great flavor, it's saved by the strange taste actually almost leaving. Looks really good though.

DOA

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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 iSip
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Affligem Dubbel, 750ml bottle: Storm chasers get ready for the thunderhead of suds that will form on top of translucent mahogany brown brew. Just as big as the head, the aroma lets you know there is a big dubbel waiting for you as things settle. When you finally venture to take the face shot of foam searching for some beer below, you will be greeted with big caramel and brown sugar flavors, and a smooth drinking experience. This is as fine a dubbel as any. It’s a little too sweet for my tastes, but that is more of a comment on dubbels in general, rather than of the Affligem, which is an excellent representation of the style.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Dark amber-brown with off-white head rose to roughly 1/2" off the body....looking at it in the glass it looks marvelous. (FYI, the head like tto rise, so results will vary)

Smell: Light yeast, nothing great about the scent, not that it smells bad but it's not the sticking "smell" I was expecting.

Taste: In one word yummy!, yeast. caramel, sweet meet the bitter end. This is one potently tasty beer. Just incredibly complex but not too overwhelming.

Mouth: Medium + smooth = fineness, the best way i could describe the texture if this fine ale.

Overall: A concoction that is developed to satisfy every taste bud that appreciates what fine beer is supposed to be made. Treat yourself, grab a glass and watch little TV you'll will definitely not be disappointed. Salud!

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogan/ruby brown color with about a finger of off-white head. Lots of yeast floaties even after a gentle pour.

S: Lots of sweet fruit on the nose - plums, dates, and raisins. Spicy Belgian yeast and some sweet candied sugar as well.

T: Not quite as flavorful as the nose would suggest, but still tasty. The characteristic earthy spice of Belgian yeast is most prominent, with subtle fruity sweetness and hints of nuttiness mixed in. Extremely drinkable at 7% alcohol.

M: Full bodied with subtle carbonation. Dry, spicy finish.

O: A great Dubbel. The nose was the highlight for me, but everything about it is solid. Impressively drinkable for the alcohol content. Definitely something to seek out.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Phyl21ca
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Intrinsic
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My god. In true Belgian style, this beer just bursts with smell and flavour. It also pours beautifully, leaving a nice thick head that has great retention (although no lacing). Its a reddish brown that screams malt, and this is exactly what you get when you smell it - mixed of course with the characteristic Belgian yeast smell. Maybe even a hint of cherry. Damn this stuff is tasty. The cherry really shines through in the taste, as does the malt, which is almost perfectly balanced by the light hops. It has a nice dry, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, this is an amazing beer. I will definitely buy it again.

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
85 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.
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