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

Reddish brown colour, one finger of dense tan head, sticky with decent lace. Smell is quite fruity, tons of dark fruits, raisin, nice yeastiness comes through also, brown sugar, light alcoholic notes, spicy points as well. Taste is similar to nose, fruit up front, plum and raisin, burnt sugary notes come out in the finish, nice fruity aftertaste, moderate yeasty notes, spicy towards the middle. Med-high carbonation, soft and lightly creamy, fairly smooth, nice full body, good weight. This is a very nice dubbel, not the most complex but its very flavourful and complimentary, good stuff.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third Affligem Dubbel in the past year or so. With this newly poured one in front of me, I can now say for sure that there's a bit too much alcohol presence in smell and taste, masking the other characteristics. But wow, this one looks amazing! A gorgeous burgundy with beautiful creamy froth on top.

Smell is, predominantly, alcohol, and for a 7% ale, either my nose isn't refined enough or this is how Affligem wants it to be. But there's enough character deep in the background, an earthiness, and something of rum-soaked raisins, telling my nose this is still going to be an above-average experience.

Some raisin and malty sweetness in the flavor, a nice spiciness peeks through as does a mildly burnt feel. The taste is pleasing for sure, but again, a bit of an alcohol bite. I have no problem with high-alcohol beers, I actually lean toward them, but for an average-level ABV, it's surprising how much of the alcohol comes through.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, with alternating smoothness and active carbonation.

A good solid tripel with only one minor weakness. I would never kick it out of my goblet.

[added later: I got a bottle sent to me from a friend in Belgium. Not sure what the difference was in terms of freshness or date bottled, but this one was much mellower and brought out the earthy and rum-soaked raisin characteristics better. Was it fresher, or aged longer? Either way, it was better than any Affligem I bought in the states.]

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

I have a bottling date of 1/01 and best by date of 02/28/03, let's see about that. Appears: This one Pours with excess foam when I popped the cork it had some umphhh to it, the actual body appears a murky mahogany tone with a massive tan head very amazing due to the head retention and massive thick chunky head just very nice lacing comes in thick evenly dispersed patches beautiful. Aroma: Of the glass without sediment poured in, vinous grapes, sweet sharp tones, mellow apple notes very complex and full of esters from the fruit scented phenols produced in fermentation. Glass with sediment poured in, glass claims a nutty aromatic profile is created let's see if I can detect it a deeper mustier but fuller scent both are exquisite but this one seems to be more balanced with the fruit still in existence I believe the yeast helps aroma here try it both though ways that's just my opinion. Taste: No sediment glass, very smooth carbonation tiny bubbles raisin, over ripened fruits like apples or figs here nice belgian candy sugar here, overall very nice and refreshing. There is definitely a difference to the one without sediment this one seems more robust to the palate with fruit not stealing the show, caramel roasted malts and deeper specialty malts make up a small percentage of the sweetness here, but there is a nut edge on the yeast profile not so much bready as usual but a very almond like flavor arises nice. Mouthfeel: Fluffy, creamy, medium bodied but light on the palate dessert like indulge and enjoy to the fullest, this is a beer that you can't believe the best before date completely b/c it's still amazing well past the suggested date. Drinkability: One beer to indulge in one 750ml at a time and that's about it in my opinion but surely one I would like to experience again.

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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 54V4G3
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JTuomi
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: hazy medium-brown body with plenty of apparent effervescence. Head is three fingers of compact ivory foam; about what I expect from a good example of the style.

Smell: sweet dark malt with plum and raisin aromas. Good, but the aroma isn't super complex and is of a rather light intensity.

Taste: musty, dusty plums, raisins, pears and cherries; quite tasty. There's a little tartness at the end which I don't love, but overall this is a pretty good dubbel.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with huge, creamy carbonation. Like with Affligem's tripel, this aspect is my favorite part of the beer.

Drinkability: a tasty, solid and drinkable dubbel. This is a beer I would gladly have again.

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Photo of mozartandmadnes
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown color to it with some nice ruby and amber hues coming through. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of dark fruit, cherries, slight perfume like smell, some yeast and some floral notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet dark fruit character to it, nice cherry and raisin sweetness, nice malty feel, some banana and some light spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice sweet overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Geosuds
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 Digimaika2
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Toffee brown colour with a tall creamy dirty tan coloured foam head. Good retention and spotty lacing.

S: Dark fruits (cherries & plums), dried fruits (raisins & dates), brown sugar, spices, yeast, and a herbal quality. Complex and inviting.

T: Rather tart citrus/tropical fruits as opposed to darker fruits indicated in the aroma, which makes this lighter and perhaps increases the drinkability. Banana and pineapple. Dried fruits and spices (clove & nutmeg) compliment this nicely. A slight and welcoming boozy raisin taste.

M: Lighter body with a low level of carbonation. Syrupy texture but not quite oily, with a semi-dry feel.

D: A tasty dubbel that I'm finding quite easy-to-drink (result of lighter body maybe). Not quite brown sugar forward but more of a refreshing tropical fruit focus. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather dark, reddish brown color with an unexpectedly large, nearly glass-topping froth. Impressive.

A bit of molasess on the nose. Maybe some dates (which, incidently are almost the exact color of this brew). Tastes of malts, molasses, dates, and an odd bit of citrus. A nicely complicated brew, without any of the odd metallic or astringent flavors that seem to plague this style. One of the more drinkable Dubbels I've had lately.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a murky brownish ruby color with a light tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the edge of the glass. The aroma is slightly sweetened malt, yeast and a bit of a nuttiness to it as well. The taste is very malty and semi-sweet with some spices lingering in the background and a dry and bitter finish. Overall, this is certainly not a bad dubbel. There are some other dubbels out there to choose from, but I did enjoy this one and would certainly consider buying again. Recommended.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 into my Cosendonk glass. Colour is a dark, foggy brown like unrefined apple cider but with less chunks.

Smell is simply delicious. Plum, raisin, chocolate, anise, licorice, meaty malts, honey, brown candi, oaked booze - all on top of that indefatigable Belgian musk that is ~not~ funky. Amazing depth.

Taste is a total 180 - dry, firey spice, tart if not sour, saline carbonation, no body whatsoever. Sweet notes are of apple and cinnamon, but to taste them, you better bring along some dark chocolate or pie to munch on them.

Texture is sparkling, snappy, fluffy and bright. Tingles on the lips, tongue, and throat. Head doesn't exactly last, not does lace, but until that very dregs, it holds your attention.

All in all, the smell makes this one a winner. Beautiful and deep, good luck keeping your nose out of the glass as it's on the table. The taste is a bit of a jolt, but it has to be appriciated for it's ability to convey such strong flavours with little to no body. Highly recommend this one paired with very, very dark chocolate or very gamey cheese. Challenges you, leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of Jetulio
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of 330ml bottle into Chalice glass (Affligem glass).
A: brown muddy colour. Big foam (1,5 finger)
S: good smell with notes of herbs and spices
T: sweet but not too much with hops at the end
M: medium carbonation in a medium/full body. It is a dubbel that refresh your mouth. Good balance between sweet and bitternes.
O: very good dubbel, more refreshing than other abbey ales and with great balance sweet/bitter/alcohol.

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Photo of Jeremy7
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork says from 2006 so this has been sitting on the shelf a while.

Fluffy 1 finger head fades slowly with Belgian lacing over semi clear raisin brown sugar colored with lots of rising bubbles.

Nose has lots of sweet candi sugar, molasses, Belgian malts, hint of booze, dark fruits fig etc, slight creamy effervescence.

Taste is rich, lots of dark Belgian malts, candi sugar, molaases and other syrupy sugars, chest malts, dark fruits like fig and raisin, touch of booze.

The mouth has some warming booze with medium body and tons of carbonation.

Finishes with a long sweet but semi dry with lots of lingering Belgians malts and sugars, candi and syrups, touch of bitterness.

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Photo of seand
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very cloudy brown with a fair amount of thick tan head. A good layer retains well, leaving pretty good lacing.

S: Light yeast and sweet malt, with just a touch of the characteristic Belgian spices.

T: Fairly subtle, lightly sweet and yeasty, finishing dry.

M: Medium to full bodied, fairly high carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty easily, due to the relatively subtle flavors.

A fairly laid back dubbel. Pretty good, but there's nothing here to really blow you away.

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Photo of FLima
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber reddish color with lots of thick off-white with good retention, but with lots of floating particles.
Nice aroma of dark fruits, wood, molasses, pepper and booze.
Fruity and condimented flavor. Taste of plums, raisins, figs, oranges, pepper, licorice, earthy hops and Belgian yeast. Smooth finish with a distant tartness.
Medium body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol level appropriate to the style.
Very good Dubbel, this one seemed to have evolved nicely overtime to be more complex and round (it has just 5 months before expiration date). Good beer for your buck.

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Photo of Catalin90
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: pours a dark brown. huge frothy head. lots of lacing.

Smell: subtle. mild chocolate notes. hints of citrus underneath. some must/earthy notes as well.

Taste: chalky cocoa and light chocolate. semi sweet. some fig and raisin in the mix. dry towards the finish. some yeasty qualities as well.

Mouthfeel: very fresh and lively. lots of carbonation makes this one feel crisp.

Drinkability: i like this quite a bit. good complexity and great balance. not as sweet as some Dubbels which i liked.

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Photo of basica
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My favourite styles are Belgian Strong Dark Ales and the Dubbels. I was surprised to find an
Affligem Dubbel in Singapore, over at Brussel Sprouts which I will be visiting a few more
times at least. The Affligem Dubbel pours out a very dark golden brown with a thick, creamy
and persistent head. It smells a little citrusy and a little fruity and perhaps mainly yeasty
but the smell is not really strong. When I tasted the beer, I noticed that the very start of
the taste was sightly tangy with grassy and citrus notes which is pretty alright; this taste
very quickly blends in to become a light spicy, fruity taste. I could sense some spices, maybe
including corriander and also the taste of dark fruits. The pity was the taste was not strong
enough and I was expecting that a Belgian Dubbel should have been more strong tasting like
the Westmalle Dubbel and Chimay Red which are fantastic Dubbels that really blew me away.
But nonetheless the taste was good though definitely not great. The mouth feel was average
only, probably due to the slight over carbonation (I could see rapidly rising bubbles in the
glass but it was still pretty drinkable. The body would be around medium which is good. The
after taste kicked in quickly and was signifcantly stronger and that was pretty pleasant; a
pity the after taste was not really lasting. An interesting experience as it was slightly
different tasting and a good Belgian Dubbel though I was perhaps expecting more since I
have top notch expectations of Dubbels; at least a rating of 9/10 perhaps? :)

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

750 ml into tulip

A: brown to red with a bit of turbidity but not much creamy head that lasted well into the glass

S: graham cracker, a bit of tartness but not sour,

T: a bit of raisin and cherry with some peppery flavors,

M: smooth with a bit of stickiness, no bite and minimal carbonation tickle

D: the price is right, the flavor is great...this is a regular in the rotation

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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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