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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Photo of SilentSabre
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has long since been one of my favourites. I'm a little surprised to discover that I have not yet reviewed it.
Very slightly cloudy orange/bronze/brown colour with a slightly off-white head with loosely knit bubbles. Smell is sweet malt. Some stewed fruit, a bit of chocolate, and honestly, a bit of honey, as well. Lovely smell. Taste is more of the same. Very smooth with a bit of honey in the taste. Lots of maltiness, as well. Mouthfeel is lighter than one would be led to believe, and there is a nice level of carbonation present. I am glad I took the time to revisit this one. I'll be buying it a bit more regularly.

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Photo of Converge
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - Pours a deep brown hue with a fluffy tan head. Fairly effervescent in the glass. Burgundy-ruby highlights in the light. Head slowly settle to a thin film. No lacing.

S - Classic aroma here. Dark dried fruits, namely dates and raisins, with a bit of dried plum. Not as much fig as usual dubbels, and not as much fruit in general. I get some gentle chocolate and caramel notes, likely from the dates, which are really pronounced here. Strong aroma of molasses here as well, with a touch of anise. Sweet candi sugar and Belgian yeast. A little more dark and earthy for a dubbel as opposed to fruity, but still very inviting.

T - Opens up with an array of dark fruits and bready flavors. Dates and dried plums, bready malt, and candi sugar sweetness. A touch of cola syrup and distinct Belgian yeast. Finishes dry and spicy, with a hint of bitterness. Not as fruity as some, but every bit as sweet, with a real focus on more resinous flavors. Although not fruit, some dark cherries come through as well. Mild mineral metallic presence at first, but it quickly dissipates. A bit of caramel and chocolate as it warms. Overall a sweet and malty Belgian that really hits the spot. Very drinkable.

M - Smooth but still very carbonated, a little higher than I prefer. Medium body, with a nice weight to it. Finishes particularly dry, with a lingering spice. Keeps you coming back for more.

D - A traditional Belgian dubbel that tastes and feels just like it should. I've always enjoyed dubbels ever since I first got into craft beer, and this is yet another I enjoyed a great deal. This brew offers up a degree of complexity, drinkability, and flavor that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of stevoj
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Chunks hang suspended in this opaque brown beer, with a silky head and lacing on the glass. Aroma of prune juice and wine, taste of toast and prunes. Despite the chunks, mouthfeel is smooth. A slight tang lingers on the tongue. Delicious!

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Affligem Dubbel is an old favorite. Not the best Belgian Dubbel in it's class, but good nonetheless. Today I had one with a bit of homemade etouffe.

Pours a dark caramel-brown with a heavy offwhite head. Smell is strong on the lightly roasted malts, and smells of caramel, toasted rye, and apples. The taste starts out with caramel and malt, and becomes vastly more complex as the ale warms, hinting of apple, plum, with sweet overtones that balance out the bitterness of the hops. The mouthfeel is great - perfectly peppery and smooth. These are injuriously drinkable, as they taste great and go down smoothly.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 1 pint 9.4 oz. bottle into a Duvel.

A - Pours a cloudy deep brown color with noticeable yeast swirling around. Huge creamy brown head with sticky lacing.

S - Has a bit of an earthy, nutty aroma. Not overpowering but very solid. Certainly has some of the yeast smell.

T - Nice nutty flavor. Has a great warming effect. Has some nice fruity overtones as well. Plums? Hint of sweetness.

M - Medium bodied. Extremely smooth dubbel.

D - Yes. Yes. It's decent ABV would make you think this is a sipper but I could have a few. It's on my list for ones to enjoy more!

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Photo of Beelzebeer
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, served in a chalice. BB 21/3/13, making it 2 years old I believe.

A - Murky dark nut brown with 1" head. Minimal lacing, but a little stays on the top

S - Less malt, more raisin on the nose. Some leather, date, bark, fig.

T - Some malt, but I was expecting a little more for the style. I like it. Sugar, leather, dark fruit.

M - Not bad. Maybe a touch too much carbonation, but weight was decent.

O - Ages well. I remember an earlier bottle I tried not being as good. A pretty good dubbel.

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

Looks like liquid caramel with a fat offwhite head that condenses into a thick foam over some visible carbonation in the glass.

Smells of sweet malts, dates, breads and caramel.

Taste is similar to the smell. Some dark fruits (plums, dates etc), very malty, the alcohol is obvious.

The mouthfeel is smooth. Less carbonation than youd expect by looking at it but the alcohol gives that slight warming sensation at the end.

Overall this has a unique taste/consistency to it. Its a nice switch up from all the overdone american crafts Ive had lately. Decently priced, alright availability. I think if this were aged for at least 6 months to a year it would do wonders for this beer to mellow/balance the booze taste.

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

Thanks to my B.I.L. Eric for this, much obliged!

a: This was a clear, shiny coppery amber color with golden edges. It poured with a long lived, rocky, light tan colored head.

s: Very pleasant aromas coming off of this one. Sweet raisins with suggestions of chocolate are what I noticed first. That had a vaguely earthy quality overall and just a trace of warmth.

t: This doesn't taste as sweet as the smell would suggest. The raisins are here, but they are on the dry side. I tasted a little cocoa before the dry, flowery finish.

m: Medium bodied with gently fizzy carbonation.

d: Subtle and restrained overall, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a New Belgium globe. Cork exploded out of the bottle.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, orange copper color with two fingers of pale tan head. Excellent retention and lace, vigorous carbonation.

S: Spicy figs and raisins. Quite persistent throughout the glass.

T: Brown sugar, molasses, pepper and cinnamon. Faint cola on the finish. As the beer warms, more spices and dark fruits emerge. Each sip produces a different balance of flavors, like a constantly shifting mood ring.

M: Medium body and very creamy.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer. Definitely lighter than a quad, but not so light that you feel something is missing or lacking. Reasonably priced. I've had this a few times before, but tonight is the first time reviewing it, and I have to wonder, why don't I buy this more often?

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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 bigbubba
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice looking dark amber with a thick ivory colored head. The smell is great, very fruity and sweet smelling. The taste is great as well. Fruity with vanilla and a wine like flavor. A bit of yeast as well. The mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is pretty good, it is definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a chalice, at about cellar temperature.

It's head is kind of non-existent, with even an aggressive pour making just a tiny amount of beige fizz which settles to a ring quickly. However, it's got a pretty copper-like reddish brown body in which I can view carbonation bubbles and a lot of nice sediment, which becomes a really thick CLOUD of sediment once I pour out the last of the beer.

To me it smells like caramel, cherries, maple, and ripe apples and bananas.

It also tastes of tart green apples and ripe bananas to an extent. The finish is bready with a bit of dry hoppiness.

The carbonation is expectedly high, and the body feels kinda medium.

Not a mind-blowing Belgian ale, but nevertheless a really solid one. I'm definitely glad I got to try it.

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Photo of nezelrac
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from .750l into chalice

A - slightly hazy dark amber with reddish and mahogany highlights; initially exuberant pillowy beige head fades to a finger and a half medium bead and dense; excellent persistence but only moderate lacing - odd...

S - dried stone fruits and malt and caramel and yeasty baked dark bread; fig and simple syrup poached fig notes; layers upon layers...whew

T - follows nose quite closely; gentle spiciness to the malt at the back end;

M - creamy texture and plenty rich though still light on its feet; medium full bodied; CO2 is spot on - lively and exciting, then settling down to just keep things moving

O - this is just really really good; a rich and satisfying dubbel that doesn't come off the least bit heavy or cloying; bravo

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Photo of murrayswine
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am gonna go out on a limb and say, right or wrong, for the price, Affligem is one of the best damn Belgium Abbey-styles there is.

Pours a ruby-caramel color with great puffed up cotton head.
The smell is heavy on malts with hints of lemon zest, white chocolate, and bitter toffee.

The taste is bold, with almost more balls than it has, at 7%, it tastes like it has more. It's lighter than other dubbels but the taste is still well layered. Good malty cream finish, and for under 6 bucks!!?? Buck for buck, this is the iron hammer of Belgium beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

While the head does attract some attention with its lacing atop the tawny glow, the aroma clearly distracts with tones of biscuits and candied fruit. This is a malty beer with visions of dark bread and plum pudding. Smooth upon the first sip. Fluffy medium body rolls with that smoothness. Faint medicinal phenols grab onto the taste buds--this is where it becomes interesting. Alcohol does show some warmth (peppery and estery), but not so warm that it takes away from the malt base. There is some sweetness here, but in the end, it lands semidry. Nutty yeast and ripe fruit add to the complexities, and with each sip, more flavors unfold as the beer warms up a little bit more.

Very appealing without being overly complex, the dryness does more for this beer as it is able to separate itself from the sweeter Dubbels. A bit of an underdog within its style, and should be given at least a chance--we are glad we did.

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Photo of jim102864
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again with my trusty Duvel tulip glass in hand and this time with a roaring fire in the hearth, I popped the cork of the 750 bottle of this belgian dubbel. Lovely chestnut brown color with a tannish, sturdy and thick head. Lace hugged the glass throughout the session although the head thinned with each sip. Lots of apples in the nose, along with raisens, dried prunes, and a hint of hazelnuts. Mellow, slightly carbonated mouthfeel with dried fruit that lingers through to the finish. Ripe prunes, dired fruit, again apples and some pears in the mouth. More chestnutty flavor and walnuts than in the aroma. Modest alcohol, so minimal warmth as it goes down. Very drinkable Belgian and one woth revisiting.

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Photo of LarryV
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruddy red on the pour with a thick, creamy tan head that took a while to subside. Inviting, fruity aroma with suggestion of prunes perhaps? Left a fine lattice of lace down the side of the glass. Tilting the glass left a small wall of finely textured bubbles that slowly dissolved. Creamy in the mouth, not too sweet. I thought this was a fine beer and I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of roblowther
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks a ruddy, reddish brown with a very dense, very persistant creamy tan head. Smells of raisins and prunes, with a sharp tangy note. Taste is chocolate up front, with dried fruit afterwards. The finish is crisp and brings back all the stuff that the smell promised up front. Very refreshing! Mouthfeel is well carbonated, silky with a dry finish. Maybe a touch too dry but it offsets the silkiness nicely. The drinkability is good, although the dry finish may limit it a bit. Still, a very nice offering. Good complexity, a nice balance of flavors and textures. A beer to make you think. A beer to make you appreciate the monastic arts.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep caramel, smaller tan head, but has staying power. Lots of lace and cascading bubbles.

S - Sweet, juicy fruit and bubble gum. Cotton candy comes to mind as well.

T - Hearty, bready. Sweet malt mixes nicely in taste. Booze, esters there too. Noticed a little anise in the start of sip. Sweet up front but not cloying at finish.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, nice balance of all those big flavors.

D - I like this one and would definitely have it again.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this brew into a pint glass and it billowed to a four finger fluffy off white head. A little lacing clings to the glass as the head slowly subsided to a nice collar of suds. It is dark brown with mahogany and ruby coming through.

The smell is dark fruits, grape and pear, a medicinal quality I can not put my finger upon.

The taste is dark fruit, a little caramel, a grape note, perhaps some pineapple, pepper, alcohol.

The mouthfeel is perhaps my favourite characteristic. It has decent carbonation and a medium body with exceptional smoothness. The alcohol makes itself known as it warms your throat. A little dry and with minimal bitterness for the style.

I am glad I came across this at the LCBO and will certainly grab it again. Like the others I have tried from this brewer, it is not overly complex but it is certainly a well crafted brew that is very easy drinking.

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Photo of adamette
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 33cl bottle that I brought back from Brussels as I bought this as a part of a gift pack literally in the airport duty free shop. The pack came in a gold rimmed glass that of course shattered in the trip back to the States since they would not let me carry on the glass and the liquid. So I do not recall how much the gift pack was but that glass was really pretty cool. I poured this bottle (the bottles were just fine in transit) into my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet. 6.8% ABV listed on label along with 22.10.10 which is likely the "best by" date. Looks like I had this one just in time!

A Great looking creamy brown head that sticks around for several minutes (I finally started sipping after about 3 minutes of waiting for it to settle down) over a nice dark brown body with mahogany edges and visible sediment floating near the bottom of the body. I do not recall this beer looking this good but then I had it on tap in Brussels about a year ago so I am guessing that there was little or no sediment to be seen at that time. Really, a classic Belgian Dubbel look with a great head that leaves nice lacing. The look cannot be improved. THIS is what you want your Belgian Dubbel to look like! 5.0

S Nice, solid Dubbel smell of sweet malt and Belgian yeast. There is a kind of minimally sweet maple smell that I find in many Dubbels but is pleasing. There is a "wood" like smell as well which is not really like being oak aged or anything but more of an "organic maple malt." 4.0

T Taste carries right over from the smell. There is the light sweet malt, a woodsy, organic, maple taste and, differing from some other Dubbels that I have tasted, a pretty significant Belgian yeast taste. Taste lingers for at least 2 minutes after last sip and stays very consistent which I like. This is a classic Belgian Dubbel. 4.5

M Sweet malt, reasonably elevated ABV and Belgian yeast tastes make this a big beer but it is very appropriate to the style in that it is not overly huge like some QUADS can get. 4.0

D At least fair for the style which does not lend itself really well to drinkability. This is an apertif beer (to be consumed as a dessert) and it will certainly be one and done for me. That being said, it is delicious and a pleasure to drink the one. 3.5

Notes: Really glad that I kept this bottle (and that it survived the trip) so that I could enjoy it this evening.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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 puboflyons
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the wire-caged corked 750 ml. bottle marked 10-173-14. The pour is somewhere between amber, red, and brown. The head is softly floating on the top and slowly fades away. The Belgian sugar and crystal malts shine on the nose. The body was a little thinner than I expected but still quite nice. It is sweet up front and then the malts are clean on the tongue and the hops are soft and dry. Nice beer.

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Photo of paleoplant
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured as a beautiful brownish amber color; very colloidal. The smell was terrific with hints of fruit maybe cherry. The taste was strong at first, but settled down as it sat for awhile. The flavor was very good compared to many of the dubbels I have tried. Overall it was one of my favorite dubbels.

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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