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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of thehyperduck
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small 330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before June 2013. It's about time I reviewed a dubbel, and this is as good as anywhere to start.

Pours a very deep crimson-mahogany colour, topped with a finger of dense, creamy beige head that dies down only gradually. Not a lot of lacing, but enough. Pleasant aroma with various fruity esters, including plums, figs, pears and prunes. Brown sugar and toffee notes as well.

Great taste, tons of plum/fig character as with the nose. Molasses, brown sugar and yeast dominate the flavour as well. Slight peppery, anise-like spiciness that becomes more noticeable in the finish. Also a bit of sourness in the aftertaste; the yeast lingers for a bit. The ethanol becomes a bit more noticeable as it warms, but works well with the candy sweetness. Medium-bodied, with fairly high carbonation to provide a good bite.

Rich, smooth and certainly one of the best glasses of beer I've had in a few months, this is an incredible beer that I would describe as 'worth a try', if not a must-try, to anyone who purports to enjoy Belgian brews. My first dubbel, but definitely not my last.

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Photo of atlason
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into tulip.

A: Pours dark brown with generous lacy head. Great retention.

S: Deep steely malt, faint pear-pineapple.

T: Dark malts in the foreground, roasted candi sugar. Strong estery alcohol notes somewhat stronger and more persistent than one would like.

M: Viscosity from alcohol is downplayed by the sugars. Carbonation is medium-low. Overall achieves a silky feel that is pleasant, even luxurious.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from the LCBO. It's been a few years since I last had one of these - figured it was time to give it another go.

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Nice bright red in colour, with a thick sturdy inch and a half of head that recedes to a substantial layer. Loads of lacing sheets. A terrific looking brew.

Nose is decidedly understated - cherry, chocolate, caramel, fig. Quite pleasant, though not as potent as I remember.

Subtle again, nice and dry, with a mild acidic bitterness to the finish. A bit of cherry skin, chocolate and some other mixed bag fruits and spices provide mild character.

Mild bodied, higher carbonation, leaves a dry sensation on the tongue.

Nice dubbel, accessible, though not nearly as bold in the flavor department as I would like. Still, nice pickup - I'm going to age a couple bottles, see what happens.

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Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown colour, one finger of dense tan head, sticky with decent lace. Smell is quite fruity, tons of dark fruits, raisin, nice yeastiness comes through also, brown sugar, light alcoholic notes, spicy points as well. Taste is similar to nose, fruit up front, plum and raisin, burnt sugary notes come out in the finish, nice fruity aftertaste, moderate yeasty notes, spicy towards the middle. Med-high carbonation, soft and lightly creamy, fairly smooth, nice full body, good weight. This is a very nice dubbel, not the most complex but its very flavourful and complimentary, good stuff.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this brew into a pint glass and it billowed to a four finger fluffy off white head. A little lacing clings to the glass as the head slowly subsided to a nice collar of suds. It is dark brown with mahogany and ruby coming through.

The smell is dark fruits, grape and pear, a medicinal quality I can not put my finger upon.

The taste is dark fruit, a little caramel, a grape note, perhaps some pineapple, pepper, alcohol.

The mouthfeel is perhaps my favourite characteristic. It has decent carbonation and a medium body with exceptional smoothness. The alcohol makes itself known as it warms your throat. A little dry and with minimal bitterness for the style.

I am glad I came across this at the LCBO and will certainly grab it again. Like the others I have tried from this brewer, it is not overly complex but it is certainly a well crafted brew that is very easy drinking.

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Photo of RickS95
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks similar to their tripel. A mediumish brown with some reddish/burgundy highlights. The head is a light tan, very thick and fluffy with nice staying power.

Almost smells sweet. There's a lot of things going on in the nose, and most of it involves something sweet. Rich dark fruits like plums, as well as some lighter fruits like pears and pineapple are present. A little bit of a pepper spice scent as well.

The flavor profile is spot on with the smell. The dark fruits dominate.

It's sweet from all the fruits, with only a slight bitterness deep, deep in the swallow. It's a medium-bodied beer with a nice dry, crisp finish.

Really similar to the tripel. A very good beer, not quite on par with some of the world's best, but just a notch below them.

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Photo of nezelrac
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from .750l into chalice

A - slightly hazy dark amber with reddish and mahogany highlights; initially exuberant pillowy beige head fades to a finger and a half medium bead and dense; excellent persistence but only moderate lacing - odd...

S - dried stone fruits and malt and caramel and yeasty baked dark bread; fig and simple syrup poached fig notes; layers upon layers...whew

T - follows nose quite closely; gentle spiciness to the malt at the back end;

M - creamy texture and plenty rich though still light on its feet; medium full bodied; CO2 is spot on - lively and exciting, then settling down to just keep things moving

O - this is just really really good; a rich and satisfying dubbel that doesn't come off the least bit heavy or cloying; bravo

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of wordemupg
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 13/7/11

A a slight haze in a deep maroon body with sediment being moved around by lots of bubbles that feed a long lasting cream colored head that leaves little lace

S some spicy plum with lots of brown sugar and some cola, I pick up on the faintest bubble gum and some very bruised banana, very complex nose

T lacking compared to the smell, the same spicy fruity notes I pick up on the nose but its weaker and I'm not tasting everything I could smell

M a little over carbonated as it turns to foam in your mouth, just on the verge of creamy but over the edge on the foamy side

O "good" but I'll have to leave it at that, slightly less bubbles and a flavor to match the nose would set this above many dubbles, but good ain't bad

nothing to be ashamed of but nothing to put it in a class of its own either, try it if its convenient for you

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Photo of puboflyons
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the wire-caged corked 750 ml. bottle marked 10-173-14. The pour is somewhere between amber, red, and brown. The head is softly floating on the top and slowly fades away. The Belgian sugar and crystal malts shine on the nose. The body was a little thinner than I expected but still quite nice. It is sweet up front and then the malts are clean on the tongue and the hops are soft and dry. Nice beer.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle
6.5% ABV (as written on bottle)
Smokeless Joe (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
October 30, 2009
The beer poured a deep reddish-brown with a 1/2" tan head. The aroma was roasted malt, caramel, and plums. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, slightly sweet, some fruit, and licorice in the finish.

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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 rbd13
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark brown with an off white head. Sticky lacing on the glass.
Sweet raisins, figs, graham cracker on the nose, along with some tartness.
Flavors of raisins, plum, and figs along with a peppery bitterness.
Medium body with heavy carbonation.

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

I've had this several times at Flandes, and Botica Indiana as Afflicgem being the affordable imported belgium blonde, dubble, and tripple. The dubble disapointed me- it was too alcoholy, lacking significant flavor and smell. Not recommended.

-33cl bottle
-Flandes Bar, Oviedo, Asturias

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Photo of SkipWeathers
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a little cloudy, mud-brown color. Ample head. Served in wide-mouth Chimay glass. Yeast visible at bottom. Caramel/brown sugar as primary flavors. Hints of raisin/prune. Had a sour apple/apple core type aftertaste. Fairly heavy. Not as good as their tripel, and I actually prefer dubbels in general.

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Photo of Kc12349
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: yeasty and malty as you would expect from an abbey ale, but fairly light in this respect
Head: light and creamy without enough viscosity to really grab the glass
Appearance: cloudy and opaque with a warm brownish red color
Taste: slightly sweet, malty, and a yeastiness that lingers from start to finish; somewhat biting carbonation
Mouth feel: a little thin for my taste but smooth and very drinkable

There are other abbey ales that I prefer but it was well worth the price. The finish left something to be desired for me but I would certainly be well satisfied if this was the only option available for an abbey ale.

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

Pleasing Dubbel, maybe nothing remarkable but hitting all the notes right for what is expected of this brew.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle. Brown, light yellow, and burgundy label with the Affligem coat of arms presiding it. Side narrative offers a brief overview of the brewery, and the main characteristics of the brew. Notes best by date (7 263 12), and 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy amber/brown pour, with a rich head, medium to low retention, good surface memory and some lacing.

S - Plenty of caramel with a soft and somewhat fruity yeasty sense.

T - Palate follows with the malty sense, caramel sense, dash of fruit, plums and figs, yeasty sense with a touch of almonds.

M - Medium body with a fading medium to low carbonation and a smooth and lightly dry finish.

D - Flows rather well, not too memorable a brew but something worth grabbing without a doubt.

Notes: Great price-quality ratio, at least on this occasion, and while I am slightly more pleased by some of their seasonal offerings this Affligem is a good addition to any shelve.

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Photo of acehart1
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage - sampled on Jan. 22, 2010

Got damn. This stuff has really mellowed out, not that it wasn't fantastic before. This is a quintessential Belgian dubbel. Nothing really bowls you over the head or kicks your behind, but it is really solid and really drinkable. To tell you the truth, nothing really blows me away here. The characteristics of a Belgian dubbel are there. Very, very solid. Not sure if the aging has really done anything to this beer, however (nothing too discernible). Paired with a nice Grouyere, however. It really paired well with the Belgian yeastiness of this beer.

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Photo of BobZ
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip (split with buddy).

Appearance: Reddish brown, nice head initially that dwindled down to about a 1/16", nice lacing.

Smell: A little sweetness from the malt but not much more beyond that, perhaps a hint of spice (slightly similar to Ommegang Abbey Ale).

Taste: Nice malty sweetness, again a hint of spice. Overall a little "thin" not a bad beer but not a great dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth overall but again a little "thin".

Drinkability: Decent beer but not enough flavor to make it a great session beer.

Not a bad beer to try but there are much better dubbels readily available.

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Photo of MeadDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers hands down. this beer is well-balanced, crisp yet full bodied, everything that you want in a Belgium Abbey Ale. If I had to choose a beer to relax by the fireplace with, some good rustic artisan bread, a cheese and meat platter, I would have to go with this staple beer.

Alot of carbonation and with a full flavor of that typical yeast strain found in the Belgium Abbey Ales. Some floral hints with a bready, toasted flavor. It makes you want to stay their for another, only this time accompanied by good conversation, to talk about it's complexities and warm nature. Cheers!

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Photo of stoepsel
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown-reddish hazy body with earthy nose.

Convincing taste, broad and smoky in the beginnend, but getting lighter towards the end. Smoke keeps sticking to the palate for a while but does not really contribute too much substance to the aftertaste.

Nice, drinkable and smoke-centred Dubbel with an rather unbalanced finish.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle into a Duvel.

A - Pours a cloudy deep brown color with noticeable yeast swirling around. Huge creamy brown head with sticky lacing.

S - Has a bit of an earthy, nutty aroma. Not overpowering but very solid. Certainly has some of the yeast smell.

T - Nice nutty flavor. Has a great warming effect. Has some nice fruity overtones as well. Plums? Hint of sweetness.

M - Medium bodied. Extremely smooth dubbel.

D - Yes. Yes. It's decent ABV would make you think this is a sipper but I could have a few. It's on my list for ones to enjoy more!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

While the head does attract some attention with its lacing atop the tawny glow, the aroma clearly distracts with tones of biscuits and candied fruit. This is a malty beer with visions of dark bread and plum pudding. Smooth upon the first sip. Fluffy medium body rolls with that smoothness. Faint medicinal phenols grab onto the taste buds--this is where it becomes interesting. Alcohol does show some warmth (peppery and estery), but not so warm that it takes away from the malt base. There is some sweetness here, but in the end, it lands semidry. Nutty yeast and ripe fruit add to the complexities, and with each sip, more flavors unfold as the beer warms up a little bit more.

Very appealing without being overly complex, the dryness does more for this beer as it is able to separate itself from the sweeter Dubbels. A bit of an underdog within its style, and should be given at least a chance--we are glad we did.

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

Picked this up in a two style sampler with chalice at the French version of Walmart (Carrefour) in Puerto. I liked the chalice, which I poured the .33 L bottle promptly into and appreciated the two fingers of head. The colour is a tawny brown apparition of my former self from the summer. The smell is of malts, yeast, and berries-reminds me of cranberry bread. Taste is sweet with a background of warmth from the 6.8% ABV (not sure when the 7% came in to play) . Mouth feel is medium bodied with some effervescence from the carbonation. Drinkability is fine but I have only found this in a four pack sampler with chalice at abt $10.00 USD. (Not too bad!)

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Photo of NightINgale
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into my Chimay glass...

A - Cloudy reddish-brown colour to it. Rich and frothy light caramel head. Good head retention and same lacing. Looks pretty appealing to me!

S - Very malty, with strong caramel notes; also notes of cherries, plums, and toast. Some spice notes, perhaps, a little cinnamon or clove. A little funky. Overall, the aroma is not as intense as in some other dubbels I've tried.

T - Moderately sweet, with a very solid caramel and bread flavour to it, followed by fruitiness (cherries, plums, apples) and some spice notes. The after-taste is a little dry and bitter, with a lingering cinnamon and clove feel to it.

M - Loads of carbonation. Medium-bodied. Quite spicy and a little bitter. Eventually it gets a little too spicy, such as it begins tasting boozy-ish. Not bad, but could definitely be better.

D - Pretty good. Even though it's not that strong, I'd still probably call it a sipper. Goes down pretty smoothly, but the spiciness might get to you.

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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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