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Affligem Dubbel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem DubbelAffligem Dubbel

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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 sevopie
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -6.3%
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 -2.1%
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 +11.3%
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 +1.3%
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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Photo of lhaqq
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber/copper and a huge tan head. The bottle nearly exploded when I opened it.
S: Pretty metallic and sweet. Overripe dark fruits mainly.
T: Taste is a bit disappointing after the sweetness of the smell. The slightly acidic metallic flavor takes up most of the taste. A bit of malts and a twinge of hoppy bitterness finish it off.
M: A bit too watery and thin for my preference.
D: An alright drink but would probably rank it low on my list for dubbels.

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Photo of Frosthazard
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

A - Nice glowing cloudy amber, thick foamy white head almost overflowed my glass. Head dissipated relatively quickly.

S - Malty, not too sweet with hints of apple and caramel. A slight bit leafy, but in a good way. Yeasty - delicious smelling.

T - Not bitter at all, very smooth, delicate flavors, excellent doube.

M - Light smooth feel, warm, something I could drink all evening. Light esters, light carbonation, but does not taste "flat".

D - Very drinkable. I would purchase this one again.

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Photo of WalterSobchak
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a strawberry copper color with a dense one finger off white head.
Smells of raisin, spice, and a mild citrus/banana background
Not very powerful spice with a great malty balance on the tongue. Smooth, balanced and surprisingly quenching.
I'm really impressed with the dubbel; very drinkable, intense and complex flavor that is well balanced and not at all overpowering. I could handle a few of these back to back without being bored. The price (7.44) was spot on too! Drink it.

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

750ml bottle purchased at Yoke's in Kennewick, Washington shortly after Christmas for $6.49. According to the cork, this appears to have been bottled in December of 2006.

Poured a russett color with a creamy, off-white head into my St.Bernardus glass. Takes on a rubyish tint when held up to the light. Lots of streaks and spots of lace, and the head is easily re-agitated back to life.

Mild toffee notes and the scents of dark fruits greet the nostrils. Not as complex as some Belgian brews, but just fine for the style.

Sweet, in a mild, Belgian candy sugar type of way, with a matching dark fruit-like bitterness to balance things out. In the background is a toasty, nutty kind of flavor. Slightly acidic as well. No discernable hop flavor, but then there shouldn't be one, given the style.

Medium bodied and slightly coating in the mouthfeel, but with that effervescence that sets an authentic Belgian Dubbel apart from most American takes on the style.

A beer that goes down extremely easily - that's what Affligem Dubbel is. I could drink this all night, and would undoubtedly pay the price the next day. Certainly, it's a fine beer to unwind to after work while watching an old Humphrey Bogart DVD.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Champane Wine.

A - Poured a clear copper color with a huge frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.

S- Moderate to heavy herbs, malt, yeast and alcohol aroma.

T - Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish and small alcohol bite of moderate duration.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation.

D - I would recommend this beer to a freind.

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

750ml corked bottle. Served 15 mins out of the fridge.

A: Pours a hazy mahogany brown with a thick 3 finger head that rose over the rim of my Maredsous tulip, and eventually settled to a thick layer of foam.

S: Bread, biscuity malt, raisins, brown sugar, molasses, estery yeast, some pear or sweet fruit.

T: Lots of fruity esters, dried fruits, caramelized sugars and biscuity malt, reminiscent of dry champagne. Buttery finish.

M: A little thinner than I expected, but still nice with the carbonation level, which is quite high, dry on the finish.

D: Pretty high, though I wouldn't want more than a 750.


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Photo of erz316
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - the bottle pours a richly pleasing amber color hue into my goblet, forming a formidable head at the top; I say so because the color is actually a bit lighter at the bottom parts of the glass and get darker toward the top. there is nice retention of lacing and the head is coloured a light tan color.

S - had to wait a bit for her to warm up; I was getting nothing otherwise. I smell nothing of the alcohol that will make up the aftertaste, but instead fo faint zesty-ness that I shall align with that of citrus rind; that is the closest thing I can think of

T - these Benedictines sure make the alcohol go down smoothly! There is a very prominent aftertaste of booze, though not an impediment at all to the drinking or taste process. there is a bitterness on the back center of the tongue that is hard to identify, something that by the end of the bottle I am just going to identify with the carbonation and my own incompetence to identify the cause.

MD&D - very smooth and crisp, I would call this a good medium bodied (though it is most likely tipping the scales) beer

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Photo of TMB0424
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML cork caged bottle. Poured into goblet

Brew poured a muddy, amber brown body. Hazy. The head, very creamy looking and tan, had decent retention but left little lacing on my glass.

Light scent of caramel roasted nuts. Very nice. Candied sugar, yeast, sugar-coated dark fruits all lurking in the background. A nice little hop spice is in there also. Simple, yet complex and pleasing all at once.

Tastes almost exactly how I would've imagined based on the aroma. Candied dark fruits, caramel, roasted nuts. Sweet maltiness as well. The one thing that really grabbed me was the spiciness from the yeast - extremely well done and makes the brew, as far as I'm concerned.

It's full bodied, but doesn't really drink like a full-bodied beer, if you catch my drift. The carbonation is on the medium side but that's not a complaint, it fits. Has a very smooth mouthfeel. It balances spicy/sweet outstandingly. The drinkability suffers a little bit because the alcohol is not masked very well and it kind of takes away from the actual brew. But nevertheless, a must-try for any dubbel fan.

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Photo of chipachu2
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Im surprized at how low that people have rated this exeptional beer. This is actually my favorite beer in the Belgium Abbey Dubbel line. Described as the "Burgandy" of Belgiuym, it is a rich and robust beer that even beats many in the St. Bernardus line.
A - Poured into a 12 oz goblet. Amber brown and next to nothing lacing.
S - Gorgeous. Sweet Brown Sugar, Hops and Malt.
T- Refreshing brown sugar with a carbonated snap.
M - Nice weight and gravity. goes down like water with a consistent aftertaste.
D- It realy is one of my all time favorities.The price does keep me away from ordering it all the time, but I will get it for my next special holiday.

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Photo of erosier
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep reddish-brown color with a very tall and very thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, some vinous fruit, and floral hops followed by a big yeasty aroma.
T: Very nice mix of malts then a huge yeasty flavor followed by a nice warming alcohol taste.
M: Heavy, alcoholic, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, but my one complaint is that it foamed out of the bottle and we lost some of it and it took a long time for the beer to settle.

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Photo of dennarb
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had an Affligem on tap at a bar in Paris a couple weeks ago on the recommendation of the guy at the next stool. It was served in a nice chalice glass with the Affligem logo. It had a bright lemmony nose and held a good half inch head. The taste was crisp and dry with a great balance of hops and malt. Paris is not a good beer town but as long as I can find one of these I'm not ordering wine.

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Photo of MacMan1980
4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep amber with a tan, creamy head. Very attractive looking beer with a head that lasts.
Smell: A mix of floral and fruity notes. Not overwhelming but very enjoyable.
Taste: There's a noticeable fruit note, possibly apple. A nice hop taste, but not overwhelming. Very, very smooth drink.
Mouthfeel: Not too crisp, and just enough carbonation.
Drinkability: This is a fantastic tasting beer worth enjoying on nice occasions or with dinner. Definitely something worth taking your time and enjoying.

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Photo of uno99
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date 21.08.10. I'd like to note that the bottle says 6.8%ABV, and this site says 7.0% ? Perhaps the brewery have changed things a little bit...

In headphones: Guns 'n Roses - Chinese Democracy (2008)

A:I popped the top on this bottle which I had warming on my counter for 30 minutes and it immediately began frothing over. Fortunately I had my Affligem glass ready. I began carefully pouring the foam down the side of the glass and then straight down to create a wonderful 3 finger head which billows in the middle and clings to the glass as you drink. Excellent appearance!

S: Very robust and fruity. Not a huge nose but a pleasant one.

T: First thought was "whoah this is kinda weak". I was expecting waves of flavor but this didn't really deliver. It is however complex; I get a nice malt flavour, the a caramel note, then a metallic taste on the finish. Overall An average score based on the style.

M: Very nicely carbonated. feels great in the mouth, I can assume if it hadden't foamed over at first it might be over carbonated.

D: This is a smooth, enjoyable beer - one I certainly would enjoy a few times in an evening.

I'm looking forward to reviewing the trippel tomorrow night

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Photo of Oatsoda
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nearly opaque medium brown with a thin layer of bubbles that creeps back down the side of a goblet when given a quick swirl.

A light aroma from the glass reminds me of caramel.

Mild sweetness outweighs a light afterthought of bitterness.

Despite the darker color, it feels very light in the mouth and goes down easy.

Overall, it's a not-very-complex, easy to drink, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer, it was the first beer from Affligem since I had the Blonde. Of course the blonde I happened to love....Alot. THis one was a pretty hearty beer, good taste, not too bad decent smell. This beer would go great with almost any meal. Yum.

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Photo of TLove
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Got this big bottle on a recommendation from a friend. It smells and tastes like a typical belgian dubbel. The color is a light brown, with a bit of a watery appearance, despite the creamy head. The real power of this beer lies in the latticework, the layering of bitterness, sweetness, and alcohol that present themselves in the mouth. The Dubbel really begins to become crisp and the bubbliness and hops rise to the center of your nose when you drink it. The 7% ABV is not overwhelming, but not really all that impressive for a belgian dubbel and renders the beer vaguely drinkable.

The other components of the beer are typical, but let this beer settle in your mouth, and the real flavor begins to come out. Substantial, but not quite impressive.

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Photo of nick76
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is quite nice with candy sugar, yeast, toasted malt, dark fruit, and alcohol. The appearance is hazy brown with a fairly large head. The flavor is like the aroma but more bitter than it needs to be. The palate is thin and the aftertaste is bitter from what seem like tannins. I am not that in love with this one.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 9/22/2006 (750mL bottle):

Very active, extremely foamy. Pours a dark brown, with a medium body. Pours a huge head is a very light brown color. Very flowery aroma, with some malts. Very malty taste, somewhat flowery, and acidic. Malty aftertaste. Just an okay tasting beer.

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Photo of endovelico
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Jumbo in Almada, 330 ml Bottle. Best served before 04-12-2008. Reviewed at home under Strong artificial light. Served in a gobblet at recommended temperature (8 ºC). Poured on 19-10-2008.

Presentation: Extremely appealing overall design with a Gold / Red / Earth tones color schematic and several Medieval / Sacred Art like elements, such as the Coat of arms framed on a Church-vault like shape. Traditionally shaped brown beer bottle.

Appearance: Poured a Red / Brown (about 13-14 on the Lovibond) murky brew with a two finger tan head that quickly fades into a thin cap (which holds for the rest of the experience). Alot of floaties. Perceived effervescence is low. Decent lacing.

Aroma: The nose is of medium strength and complex. Evident Caramel and Belgian candy sugar, plums / raisins and Yeast like spiciness.

Taste: Again, very straightforward Caramel, Belgian candy sugar and Plums / raisins notes, with chocolate malt and roasted malt undertones. Very noticeable Yeast 'sting'. Lasting malty sweetness and yeast bitterness. Low hop bitterness. Decently Balanced in taste overall.

Palate: Medium to Full body with Medium to low carbonation. Milky / tart like texture. Noticeable Alcohol, but not off putting.

Drinkability: Good drinkability considering the ABV, well balanced, and none of the aroma / taste elements are overwhelming or off-putting.

On a final note: Overall, a decent Dubbel albeit not a prototypical one, as it lacks a more subtle and sober aroma and taste profile of nuts and chocolate. Dark fruits aroma and taste should be less dominating of the overall beer character. Reminds me of Verboden Vrucht / Fruit Defendu. Not overly impressed, will not be seeking this in the near future.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at an Affligem cafe (at least it seemed this was the name of the cafe) in Brussels, right in the Grote Markt. My God but there cannot be many locations more perfect than this to sample a Belgian beer. The beer was listed as a bruin, but I'm guessing it's the dubbel. It was was brown and mostly opaque or maybe darkly translucent. The smell was malty nearly to a fault, possibly a little one-dimensional. The taste was possibly more like a brown ale or a Belgian dark ale than dubbel, not that it's a bad thing. I savored the moment as the location was ideal, but eventually moved on to better beers in poorer quarters in the city.

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 612 ratings
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