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 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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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
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 -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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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 620 ratings