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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 beerthulhu
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep marzen with rustic-orange highlights. The initial head was nearly 2 fingers in height, fizzy, beach sand in color and leveled to a compact, dense sturdy capping which left a clean lacing In the glass a large abundance of bran colored chunks were visible lazily suspended in the calm carbonation.

S: light caramel with some ripe fruit (plums). Being a fan of the style I have to say I was a little disappointed here by the weak showing.

T: dark caramel, warm apples and ripe fruit (plums) with some candi-sugar sweetness. There was a very nice nut toasted breadiness to the palate while dried raisins, cola and fig notes stood out as well. There was also a very nice yeastiness with warm fruit (pears) and a sour malting found on the finish. Overall a solid showing of flavor per style.

M: fizzy, light-medium viscosity, smooth with a sour residual malt lacing.

D: Drinkability was decent but falls just short of good due to its limited complexity and layering. A rather safe entry and a tad boozy and fizzy but well deserving of a try.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big tan head that sticks and holds tightly to itself, leaves a pretty soft looking cap and collar. Non-opaque dark brown color.

Aromas of water and dark malts, maybe a tiny bit fruity but lacking in power.

Plenty of sweetness, including toffee and caramel, and dark fruits on the flavor. Slightly crystal malt like flavor which is a little tacky. Chocolate? Very light. Some yeasty depth.

The finish is pretty dry as the carbonation is pretty tall - there's a good amount of earthy hop bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is better than an average brown ale, but this is Belgium, and this is a dubbel. Step your game up.

Very clean, dumbed-down version of the style. Not a bad beer by any means but not worth $5.99.

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: reddish amber colour. Clear. The head is light tan, moderately low and frothy. It may not be long lasting and doesn't leave much lacing.
Aroma: sweet malts, caramel, spices, alcoholic vinous and port wine notes.
Taste: confirms the aroma plus herbal hops. Very spiced.
Mouthfeel: unctuous and creamy, average carbonation, medium to high alcoholic strength and a full body.
Finish: it starts a little sweet and quickly turns to a kind of bitter-tart lingering aftertaste.

Overall: to tell the truth I expected more from Affligem Dubbel. Certainly it was a nice experience but not a great one. In short an enjoyable but not top of the notch Abbey Beer.

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

A 750ml bottle poured into a goblet. Hazy orange/brown color with a thick white head that retained well. A fruity aroma, as well as a little caramel. Fruity taste, sweet, and somewhat yeasty. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, and thought it was a bargain at $5.95 a bottle.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice all around winner! You could pay more for a dubbel and with the price of gas....why! I like the fruity esters and with dubbels the amber and copper tints in my wine class almost fool my wine-o old man. I'm trying to get the afternoon old schoolers to try some nice beers instead of the vino. This Affligem might be the ticket!

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Photo of gfreed
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice label, nice heavy bottle. A decent mahogany color tinted with ruby; looks nice when held against a light. The head disappeared very quickly and left very little behind on the glass. Poured into a chalice, the aroma was nicely concentrated but didn't deliver much: some peachy apples and something akin to wet wood. The taste was not as complex as I expected from a dubbel, leaving behind flavors of mushrooms and cola. Not much of a challenge. Overall, nothing spectacular but was worth trying.

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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Sampled some time after the 04.07.08 best before date, it was purposely (and properly) aged. Poured into the Affligem chalice.

Pale taupe coloured frosting. Deep, russet brown coloured body with an unyielding complexion. The body is one colour, and only one colour throughout, allowing no highlights or shine what so ever. Directly to, under or above the light - nothing, just brown. This is one stringent beer!

A busy bakery on a Saturday morning, fresh multi-grain rolls right out of the oven. A stove-top of caramelizing brown sugar. Yeast truly works wonders. The dark malts peak through notes of plums, dates and raisins.

The mouthfeel is more quenching than it is flavorful, which isn't necessarily what you look for in a dubbel. I'm tasting the malts more than I can sense them. This could certainly use a little more body.

Flavours of raisins, molasses, prunes and figs lace the tongue. Earthy, herbaceous, almost wood-like notes lend some texture. The malts carry a pinch of caramel or milk chocolate. I think the yeast is what's carrying the brunt of the load. The flavours are nice, but you might have to do some searching for them...

The Affligem dubbel has what it should - just not enough to keep you entertained. This would serve well to introduce new drinkers not only to the style, but better yet, the wonderful world of Belgian abbey beers.

I believe the progression goes something like: 'get macro lager drinkers onto Stella, from Stella onto Leffe, and from Leffe onto Affligem." I would think this Affligem is good enough to entice them to keep going from here...

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

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Opened with a bang, cork went flying across the kitchen; scared the crap out of my wife, who at the time was talking about how she hates when ballons pop, oops. Anywho, pours a fairly clear ruby brown color with an average head that dissipated into a light ring. The aroma is kind of faint for a dubbel, not picking much up except a light pruney smell. The taste is disappointing. The dubbel has a slight wine like grape characteristic and some light Belgian spice. The feel seems way off base for a dubbel. It is tart not velvety, no malt characteristics are popping through. The feel is moderate with appropriate carbonation. The finish is just wrong to me, way too tart and astringent. A sub par dubbel. The taste and feel seem to be really off.

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Photo of beeragent
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chimey chalice. The beer pours a deep reddish brown, forming a medium 1/2 inch off-white head. Very little spots of lace slide down the glass. The aroma begins with a noticeable malt presence, followed by a sweet dark fruit and alcohol aroma, with spices mixed throughout. The taste is dark fruit flavor up front, followed by the malt sweetness, and ending with a hint of alcohol. Not the most complex tasting Belgian, but not bad. Good medium mouthfeel. For a dubble, this is very drinkable, but not as flavorful as others. For the price, this is a very affordable Belgian Dubble. Overall, not quite what I would expect from a dubble, but nonetheless still a good beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of drperm
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A cloudy bronze-brown with a thin lacy antique-white head.

Nose: Not as overwhelming as it could be. Fruity esters, white pepper, brown sugar, raisins.

Taste: Raisins, caramel, cooked apples, pear.

Palate: Very spritzy, nice and dry.

Overall: I love this style of beer -- this is not my favorite exemplar of the style, but at $5/bottle it's hard to argue! As a beer, it's wonderful. As a dubbel, it's average. I'd be tempted to try cellaring this one.

My favorite part, actually, is the bottom-of-the-bottle yeasty "dregs" -- brings out a nice nutty quality, and more pronounced cooked apples. Very good with sweet seafood-in-cream-sauce pasta.

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Photo of Pencible
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This abbey ale poured a very hazy dark brown with a lot of tan head. Its smell was a balanced mix of caramel, yeast and hops. It tasted much the same, sweet with a long aftertaste of malt and only a little bitterness. The texture was thin and slightly carbonated. Overall it was a nice sipping beer, but could have been better.

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

Two fingers of off-white head top this dark brown body with ruby highlights--very impressive. The smell is nice--sugary, with fruit and molasses--but too subtle. I would say the same about the taste, unfortunately, with a good sugary-sweet taste whipsawed by dissipating fruit, as well as a disconcerting lack of complexity.

On the whole, this is a nice Belgian dubbel, but nothing to knock the socks off. I am far more partial to Westamalle's or Chimay's offerings, for starters, for better wares from Belgium. However, this is nothing to swat off the table. It just needs--more.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Last beer from my Affligem gift pack I got this Christmas. A reddish brown. Huge, bubbly head. Decent enough lacings.

Lot of malt on the nose. Dark fruits, raisins, dates, slightly vinous. Fairly strong alcohol note out back.

Tastes how it smells. A good frainy attack up front backed up by those dark fruits. Dates and plums jump out. Alcohol coats the tongue. Hops not noticeable.

Some heavy-duty carbonation going on here gives the beer a fairly spicy character.

Another decent one from a fairly under-appreciated brewery.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Affligem Blonde was a great beer - a very good depiction of the style, and the brewery's version of a Dubbel is about authentic as you can get... pours a wonderful, dark-brown hue with impressive foamy, frothy head with some staying power... From a 750 ML bottle bought caged and corked from Total Wine and More in West Orange, this Dubbel has a nice aroma of prunes, dark fruits, and dark Belgian sugars... taste strongly complements the aroma, with fresh figs, sweet candy, sugars, slight vanilla, and a heavy malt factor... The mouthfeel was good but slightly bland for the style, otherwise, the drinkability was top-notch, went down as easily as possible with no bitterness or alcohol detected... perilously drinkable, no problem downing this one at all... Overall, a very good beer, great stuff, although there are better examples of the style...

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A rich, caramel/plum color to it, reddish brown. Floaties murk it up a bit. Nice head, semi-thick, foamed up to about 2 fingers. A bit chunky. Lacing was decent.
Corriander peeks in and out of the nose, which is mostly dark fruit, yeast, sweet.
Taste is a bit syrupy. Corriander disappears and is replaced by caramel, light plum and bread. A blend that isn't really blended well.
Still, a nice beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ablaze
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, murky red with half inch tan head, strong lacing.

Sweet and floral scent, lots of candied apples and berries.

Plenty of carbonation with medium body. Sweet and malty...more apples and berries, some red licorice, lightly roasted grains and soft yeast profile. Nice leafy hops with some faint spice and creamy finish.

Superb and easy to drink. Have only seen these as a part of the four pack with the glass (which is where I got this, as a gift), but wouldn't mind seeing them in singles or four packs at a good price.

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cage-corked bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours tawny brownish with a thin tan head that stays around. Not much lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is fruity and nutty - caramlish. LIghtly spiced. Robust maltiness.

The taste is malty and fruity - subtle citrus and cherries. Some dark fruitiness with caramelish maltiness. Spiciness is mild. Vague hops mix in. Fairly complex. Tasty. After reaching near the bottom, I mixed the yeast in, lending a taste that is reminiscent of a Brown ale, esp. with its nutty yeast character coming though. Finishes dry.

It is light-bodied to start, though becomes more towards medium-bodied as it progresses. Very smooth.

Very drinkable, with alcohol well-covered. A nice brew to pair with pot pie.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Affligem is one of my favorite breweries and one of the classic breweries in belgium. This dubbel pours a dark brown as it should and has just the right amount of carbonation, with a decent head that fades slowly. The taste is quickly more nutty than most dubbels, this could be due to disruption of the lees, but i found it quite appetizing. smooth feel in the mouth and goes down smooth, a good beer with a steak or nutty chocolate.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A reddish brown color. Thick creamy off white head that remains the most dominate factor appearance wise. Also leaves some fancy brussels.

Smells nice and spicy, malty, sour fruits, and a bit of alcohol.

Tastes of sour fruits, bready malt, good amount of hops and spices.
I enjoyed this Dubbel the most out of the three beers I have tried from Affligem (Dubbel, Triple and Blonde).

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with some haze. The tan head is like whipped cream and leaves great swathes of lace on the glass. The aroma is malty and full of ripe fruit - berries, raisins, prunes and passionfruit. The taste is also fruity with some additional light chocolate flavors and some peppery dark rum. The finish is quite sweet and alcohol heat is present. The mouthfeel is on the light side with sparse carbonation.

This is an OK Dubbel but it lacks some robustness and has way too much alcohol presence for a 7% beer. Try it if you like Dubbels.

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Photo of koolk
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dirty brown with a touch of orange. good head, and firm retention.

A tonne of dried dark fruits, with hints of brown spirits - rum, cognac and whisky. very pleasant and a decent amount of complexity.

Palate has similar flavours- rum and raisin, a touch of chocolate. Has a slight corky aftertaste which is a little weird as it is crown sealed. Very smooth, creamy and a good level or carbonation. Has a sweet finish, that is also balanced with some slight tartness. Very nice.

A good brew, classy and enjoyable...but not earth shaking.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl), tasted in 2000.
Appearance : Brown-mahogany, clear, creamy foam tenacious and catchy. Although saturated, fine bubbles.
Smell : Powerful aroma, spicy. Nose caramelized enhanced hop.
Taste and mouthfeel : balance of spices and flavors of caramel, bitterness and light acridity
Drinkability : good beer in the style dubbel

Reviewed 11-14-2007, translated from french 1-12-2008

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - An emormous head overwhelms a tiny bit of mahogany to plum liquid. The carbonation is visibly intense. Lacing forms dense continents down the sides of the glass.

S - Rum, raisins, brown sugar, dates. Smell is enticing. A bit hot on the nose as it warms, but this is still overshadowed by the sweet smells.

T - Raisins, sweet malt, a hint of dates and a touch of molasses. A bit of iron and cherries. (The iron is very strong in the head, but not as prominent in the body.) The aftertaste is slightly medicinal. The taste is nice, but it has some minor unpleasantries that a great beer would not have.

M - Since the carbonation looks so beastly, it is miraculously smooth. Medium body, a bit drying.

D - Great. I was going to offer some to my roommate, but I found myself drinking all of it before I realized. It is a fairly sweet beer, but nothing close to cloying or oppressive. I would not mind having this again. In fact, I might buy it again to use as a Belgian sample among people who claim to "dislike" beer.

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Photo of Maracuja
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful crystal clear deep ruby in hue, covered by a persistent, thick, light beige head that leaves loose lace. A quick waft of solvent - like fusels in aroma is immediately ensued by bright, citrusy fruit w/ a hint of spruce. The initial impression aromawise is that of Pine Sol, but as the beer breathes, hints of raisiny Special B and light chocolate malt provide contrast and depth. Yeast derived contributions in aroma are virtually absent, w/ bubblegum present only at a trace. In flavor, a snap of cider like tartness is perceived at first, then mellows into a somewhat understated combination of chocolate, dark, ripe fruity prune and vinous notes of fermented grapes w/ a pine undertone. Yeast esters flavorwise are very mild, and mirror the light bubblegum in aroma. Very dry, well attenuated and correspondingly light in body, w/ a spritzy mouthfeel from the high carbonation. (The mouthfeel was downright seltzer like and prickly for the first few minutes) Finishes dry, clean and a touch bland w/ a hint of yeast must. A bit of a dissappointment. Affligem Dubbel lacked complexity overall and was too "clean" and neutral esterwise. It was as if they fermented this brew with a neutral American ale yeast at a high temperature.

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Photo of Hemi
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

55dF serving temp in a wide mouthed glass

A - Milk chocolate/medium strength coffee appearance. At the end of the bottle it resembles a carboy full of fermenting wort with the yeast floating around in currents from the CO2. Creamy head, retaining about a 1/2" thin layer.
S - Carmel, Chocolate and other roasted malt aromas. Very pleasing nose. No noticeable hop smells.
T - Nutty, carmel and chocolate notes. Almost non existant CO2 burn.
M - Medium to High thickness
D - I think I maybe able to sip on these all night long...well until I pass out as this 7% ABV will catch up with ya!

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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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