Affligem Dubbel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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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

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Added by kbub6f on 11-20-2000

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Photo of mintjellie
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Double is a rich shade of reddish-brown. As I pour it from the bottle, it forms a thick, soapy, off-white lather on top. This head is very well-retained, but doesn't leave much lace behind. It smells medicinal, also showing hints of banana, pear, raisin, and plum. Caramelized sugar, sweet over-ripe fruit, and an unexpected lemony-tartness in the finish. Slightly medicinal. Medium-bodied with sharp, spritzy carbonation. Feels light but not thin. I found it easy enough to put this one back.

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Photo of jhall00
2.09/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- nice medium brown beer with large head that fades to a night white lace. Larger than expected head on the beer.

S-Faint undefined smell...not even a malty or sweet typical smell

T- Nothing memorable. Not impressed at all. Lacking taste and combined with lacking mouthfeel, not worth it.

M- Thin and watery.

D- I would not bother again

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Photo of bagelmiester
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured to a nice deep dark amber color with a creamy white head that only stuck around for a couple of minutes. Nice lace with spider web like appearance.

S - A sweeter smell similar to what i get from a good unfiltered hefewiezen.

T - It tastes like it smells. I got a little bit of fruit that i could not quite nail down....grape...or was not strong though, and not overpowering at all.

M - Mouth feel is average for a dubbel. I noticed nothing too spectacular but definitely not displeasing.

D - I could drink this beer again but would be willing to try another Belgium dubbel first.

Good beer with nothing extraordinarily remarkable. The cork is very nicely decorated...but ill save that review for later.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a red/brown color. Unfortunately had this right after a Chimay Blue, so its kind of unfair...

Smell - sweet, nothing stuck me as a particular stand out feature. Sweet, mild raisins.

Taste: Certainly not the best Dubbel, average, drinkable and enjoyable with a nice meal.

Overall, average beer, i mean, considering the fantastic dubbel out there....

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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 Long813
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Affligem Chalice

A: Dark brownish-red body with little light escaping at the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of frothy light yellow head with great retention and lacing. Truly exceptional.

S: Unfamiliar hoppy, yeast smell. Bananas and pears are very strong.

T: Apple, pears, some sweet malts. There is some spiciness I am unable to pick out.

M: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Very creamy and smooth at first, but finsihes off with a dry-bitter feel.

D: Great beer. It's my first dubbel and I really enjoy it. I would like to see more brought on in the flavour department, but it is good none the less. Also, it's worth noting the the alcohol is not noticeable at all, hidden quite well.

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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 MeisterBurger
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
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 -16.5%
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 -3.7%
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 +6.5%
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 -1.8%
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 -8.9%
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 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 btchesandsake
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
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 -9.2%
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 -0.5%
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 +0.8%
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 -14.1%
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 -2.4%
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 -2.9%
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 +0.8%
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 +1.6%
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 +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 northaustin
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 613 ratings
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