Affligem Dubbel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

very good
607 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 Ralphus
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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 MeisterBurger
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very lively pour leads to a thick cap of off-white foam that's not in a hurry to leave. The color is a sort of orangey brown, a shade lighter than expected. Retains brilliantly. Thick foam clings to the glass. Served in a gold-rimmed Affligem glass I can only describe the appearance as stunning.

The aroma is Belgian funk...even brought up to temperature it's hard to get much through the head. It just smells spritzy. I'll come back to this. Okay I'm back. Fairly subdued I'm mostly getting pear and banana and clove.

The taste seems focused on burnt raisin and apple, slight lavender, with sugary sweetness and a bit of spice, no discernable bitterness. It finishes very dry. Not as complex or intriguing as I had hoped.

It's medium bodied with good levels of carbonation. A little sharp.

Overall, yeah. This is good but far from the best dubbel I've had. I have one more to drink, but I don't think we'll make it past the second date.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

brown 33cl bottle with loads of life left according to the label. Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Clear and bright reddy-brown colour, a well formed tanned head sat on top. Sadly before I had taken a sip the head turned into a wispy covering and collar.

Real Belgian feel and smell to this beer, yeast and hops attack your nose from the start.

I thought it a bit fizzy to be honest, sharp and tangy, but just too fizzy for a great dubbel.

The body seemed weak and watery for 6.8%ABV, pleasant enough, but lacking in richness and body for me.

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Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich ruby with a large and uneven white head that showed great retention and left some nice streaks of lace. Certainly a lighter than normal appearance than you would expect in a dubbel, but fantastic nonetheless.

Rich aroma of fruit (mostly ripe pears, berries and bananas) mixing with cinamon, delicious Belgian yeast, light grain and a mild note of alcohol. Its definitely smooth, sweet and elegant.

After all this, the flavour is surprisingly light. Ripe pears and apples form a pleasant estery base, off which light spice and floral notes play. The finish is drying, and betrays not a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is quite full, mostly due to a soft carbonation that bulks up an otherwise middle weight body.

There's definitely some great things going for this beer, but somehow a great aroma masks a middling flavour. I was going to buy a few to cellar, but I think I'll give it a miss.

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Photo of argock
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL brown bottle into a Chimay chalice. No clear freshness date. Purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Leathery brown with 1-finger off-white foamy head with decent retention and spotty, sparse lace.

S: Great aroma profile with raisiny, dark fruit maltiness complemented exceptionally well with an intensely herbal, minty hoppiness and subtle fruity yeastiness

T: The flavor is warm and comfortable with a candy sweet, light caramelly, slightly burnt malt flavor is accented with herbal, minty, lemony hops flavor. The yeast character is nutty and slightly fruity and more prominent with warming and at the end of the pour.

M: Very active carbonation which is a bit too prickly for the style. The body is initially a bit thin for the carbonation, but near the end of the bottle, the body gains some meatiness and is a real pleasure to drink. Aftertaste is nutty and leathery malt with some lemony, minty hops.

D: A very good dubbel that I wish had toned down the carbonation for better feel, but the herbal, lemony hoppiness is a welcome and unique characteristic of this widely available brew.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a corked 750 ml. bottle into a large wine glass. This dubbel pours a bit of a glowing reddish brown in color. An inch of slightly off white head settles out a bit more quickly than I would like yet does keep a light film. Color is a bit light for the style.

Some deep dried fruits on the nose, plum and light raisin with a bit of caramel in the backdrop. Touch of chocolate revealing itself a bit later. The glass needs to warm up a bit to fully appreciate the beer. Some alcohol apparent after warming.

Rather straightforward in flavor without a great deal of depth. Some plum and black cherry notes are supported by a steady release of fine champagne like carbonation from the bottle conditioning. The light color on the pour shows itself in the aroma and the flavor. This is decidedly light in body for the style yet rather pleasant. Drinkabillity is consistent with the overall presentation by the brewery. A good but not great beer, and not the best from the brewery.

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Photo of Squelch
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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 zeff80
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 btchesandsake
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 750ml bottle from a supermarket.

Pours a Mahogany-brown with a large sandy head and some lacing. As others have noted, not much on the nose. Mouthfeel is good, but not great. Hoppier than other beers of this style. Finish is a tiny bit bitter with some alcohol present on the tongue. Overall slightly disappointing. Wouldn't buy again as there are similarly priced Dubbels which are more satisfying. Not bad though.

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Photo of Trappissed
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a ton of floaties in my glass. This is after letting the bottle settle for several hours. Also made a nice pop when I uncorked it, but then thousands of bubbles proceeded to overflow for a good five minutes. Something makes me think this bottle has been through a lot.

As far as the taste, I can see why this beer gets so many "B" ratings. It has a very standard Dubbel taste. Maybe even a little muted compared to some. Still tastes good though and is easily drinkable. I don't know if I would get this again, most likely would try a new Dubbel.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a leather couch brown with a thin tan head (poured in chalice) that died quickly with no lace. A yeasty, orange smell with some other fruits that are tart and some faint caramel notes. Nutty, bready and full of yeast for a full-bodied puffiness. Has some sweet malt and tart fruit taste, along with hints of spice. Everything is noticeable but mild in a smooth, easy-going body. Not a powerful dubble or anything amazing, just a solid sessionable (to a point) dubbel.

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

750ml single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Cork dated as 13/07, not sure what that means, but okay.

A: Red with a light tan head about three inches thick, tons of carbonation, head is not as dense as i figured, pretty light for a dubbel. Pretty fair lacing though.

S: Really light, slight hint of apples and caramel, fairly soapy, not much of anything, this is really disappointing.

T: Bread and a few spices, really strong on the apple flavor, slight roastiness, a faint hint of nuttiness, some spicy notes in there as well. Quite bready, misses a few of the dubbel notes that I always look for, still a nice beer, but kind of lacking. Not overly sweet though, which is nice.

M: Thin, lots of carbonation, somewhat dry, pretty refreshing really, not as sticky as other dubbels which is nice too. Hits all the right notes on the mouth.

D: Nice drinking beer, really easy to drink, lacks a lot of the flavors of other dubbels though. Okay beer, but I don't think I'd recommend it to others.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a reddish anmer colot with a huge tan head. I notice a lot of suspended sediment swirling around the middle of the glass.

Smell: Nose is a little weak. Light spices and apples are the only real stand out other than yeast.

Taste: Lightly sweet and a bit bitter. Lots of malt and yeast with a little bit of plum and apple.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Heavy carbonation and a light body. Not a bad beer but I wont be trying it again.

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Photo of arizcards
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Total Wine in late January for $5.99.

Beer poured reddish brown with a decent long lasting head. Nose is hints of light fruits. Taste is carmel, toffee, apple, and pear. Mouthfeel is pretty good, not as velvety smooth as hoped. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a little different then what the style suggests as it almost seems like a crossing of a belgian (yeast strain used) and UK pale (hop characteristics) beer.

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Photo of mpyle
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber color, good clarity. Pours a huge moussy head with great retention.

Slightly sour aroma, but also slightly fruity (plum). No hop or alcohol at first sniff.

Taste - Matches the aroma closely, with an aged fruitiness to the flavor. Never quite sweet early, and has some alcohol bitterness midmouth leading to a somewhat dry and spicy finish. Taste a little peppery. Not sure if I got an old sample, or if it always has this aged character.

MF - Medium body and carbonation, no astringency, and a gentle amount of alcohol warming.

D'ability - Not overpowering, and finishes fairly dry. If you can afford it (~$9/ 750 mL bottle), probably pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep red with crimson tones and orange edges. Soft fuzzy head that maintained a short setting. The cap was yellowish in color with a few soapy bubbles. A few speckles of lace and with a streak or two

S: fruits of pears, apples, and lemons with a good chunk of yeast-like baked breads

T: tart apples, mild lemons, white grape juice, buttery notes, and light hop presence. This beer relies heavily on the fruit flavors throughout. Sweetness is of toffee caramel based and very light. Clean and crisp throughout the glass

M: finishes clean with a sharp carbonation. This brew has a medium body with a good snap to it. Goes down the hatch...alright

D: big herbal and floral notes throughout. Sort of an interesting brew with a good Belgian vibe...not tops marks, but not bad

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

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

Form a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big 2+ finger medium thick fluffy off-white head that slowly fades to a decent film cap and leaves lots of lacing. Colour is rust and pretty clear with zero carbonation evident. A thin film remains till the end and leaves some decent lacing. Nice looking.

SMELL: A somewhat weak nose of sweet caramel malt, maybe some toffee, and some spice and herbs as well. The herbs are unique; perhaps some basilicum or oregano. A nice subtle yeastiness rounds it out nicely. Not as fruity as others, but pleasant and unique.

TASTE: Sweet caramel malt and some toffee is balanced by a hint of herbs and hop bitterness. A nice combination. Still get a bit of basilicum or oregano in the taste, just as in the nose. Again, a subtle yeast quality underlies everything. Finishes very clean with little aftertaste at all.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation, velvety smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather dry. No bite or alcohol noticeable at all.

OVERALL: An interesting one. The herbal qualities sets this one apart, making it a unique and interesting version of the style. It could use a stronger nose and a more pronounced aftertaste, but the herbal qualities makes it one to ponder non-the-less. One worth picking up for sure. Recommended.

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Photo of Naugled
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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 northaustin
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

affligem dubbel is the perfect beer for any semi formal get together. its label is beautiful and for its price it is a very good beer that will also get you "feeling it" quite nicely. i bought the affligem dubbel and trippel for a new years party and it was a big hit. you can also find it in alot of stores and its usually worth its price. great beer.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 21/08/10, foamed at the neck on opening? Generous creamy tan head, lots of lacing. Colour is a hazy, light brown with flashes of dark red. Smell is caramel, toffee. Taste is layers of caramel and malt puncutated by sour dark fruit, mincemeat tart, figs. With air, the sourness is more dramatic and the malt finish comes to predominate more as well, but not necessarily in a good way. Smooth mouthfeel, high sour notes, abrupt malty finish, fruit seriously understated ... somehow it doesn't seem to work here for me. I do think it's consistent with the style, just not my favouite example of it.

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Photo of sevopie
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy light brown with a tannish head. Little to no lacing.

Smell - Dominated by brown sugar and sweet fruits (dates and pears are what I smell.)

Taste - The taste changes a bit, almost like sour versions of the smell. There's a fair amount of bitter in there, with a few mild sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel - Heavy on the carbonation, and only a light body.

Drinkability - Not too bad, but the light mouthfeel and slightly sour taste take away from it overall...

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

A - This beer poured a cloudy brown color that produced a fluffy light tan head that had decent retention and moderate lacing effect on the glass

S - The aroma produced by this beer was just the Belgian yeasts that one would expect

T - The taste of this beer was everything I expected from a Dubbel, a good malty, a little bit of fruitiness, and a lot of yeast

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light amount of carbonation

D - This was your standard Dubbel, a very good beer that will fill your gut, a good example of the style

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Photo of jnn4v
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nearly opaque, cloudy/hazy brown color. Thick head, very foamy with a light tan color.

S: Lemony citrus zest on the initial nose. Candied fruits, cherry and general sweetness follow.

T: Mild bitterness balanced with a pervasive gentle sweetness. Very slight citrus undertones. The Belgian yeast is subdued much more than I had anticipated. However, it does come out in a slightly banana manner.

M: Smooth, velvety texture. The massive amount of head is misleading compared to the amount of carbonation experienced when in your mouth.

D: Very drinkable. The mild flavors, smooth textures and moderate 7% ABV make this an all-around tasty but not extreme in any way beer.

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Photo of biggred1
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Turbid,caramel colored body with a massive foamy toffee head that lasts forever. Rich, dark fruit and champagne yeast in the aroma with toasted grain. Tastes of raisins and dark cherries balanced with a dry yeasty quality. The mouthfeel is my favorite thing about this brew, very effervesent carbonation that makes it a treat to drink. A very approachable example of the style.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber, thin head which quickliy dissapates. Faint aroma of malt. taste is slightly tinny at first but full on finish. Malty sweetness is present. Decent drinkability for this class. Smooth mouthfeel. Not my favorite dubbel but not all that bad either.

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.79 out of 5 based on 607 ratings.
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