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 DogFood11
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really like the balance of malt and fruit...plum comes through but bottom line is its a well balanced ale.

mouthfeel was about average because the carbonation was a bit overkill, although it seemed natural and fine.

I have gobbled many of these and they get better with each brew...the only problem is the price....oh well.

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

A: A classic dubbel look... murky brown, huge fluffy head, patchy lacing, lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the Duvel glass.

S: Wheat bread, brown sugar, bubblegum, chocolate, some subtle vanilla too. Good stuff.

T: Raisin, cherry, burnt sugar, licorice. Sweet, a bit sour, almost no bitterness.

M: Not as watery as some other dubbels I've had recently. Chocolate & roasted flavors come out when warm.

O: A pretty good dubbel, not the best I've had by a long shot but still. worthy of a purchase.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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 tatterdash
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On to the Dubbel, this is more my style than the Blond. Poured a mahogany red with a light tan head that had the same wonderful lacing and thickness of the Blond. No sediment, even when held up to the light. Smell was fruity and biscuity, very good. Taste had a great deal of roasted malts, with a bit of tangy fruit as well. The finish was dry and a little hoppy, glad to taste some hops in an Abbey ale. Mouthfeel was crisp and lighter than expected. The is one to savour for a bit, the Tripel awaits.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raisin and malt aromas are up front on the nose of this copper-brown ale, with the definite aroma of alcohol there as well. This boozy smell adds a new facet that I like a lot. The flavors are of malt and minerals, along with raisin and light dried fruit, which also features in the aftertaste. This Dubbel is quite good.

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Photo of jlervine
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep mahogany with a creamy head. Lots of tasty yeast floaties. Head retention is alright, but the etching in the bottom of the glass helps to bolster it. Smells of caramel, rum soaked raisins, and honey. The taste is very light for a dubble, very refreshing. Almost a citrus hint to the flavor, along with a swirl of caramel and dried fruit. The mouthfeel is somewhat coating in the back of the mouth, but not unpleasant. Perhaps one of the most drinkable dubbels I can recall tasting, just a great easy drinking brew.

Thanks to Jim for the birthday present!

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mahogan/ruby brown color with about a finger of off-white head. Lots of yeast floaties even after a gentle pour.

S: Lots of sweet fruit on the nose - plums, dates, and raisins. Spicy Belgian yeast and some sweet candied sugar as well.

T: Not quite as flavorful as the nose would suggest, but still tasty. The characteristic earthy spice of Belgian yeast is most prominent, with subtle fruity sweetness and hints of nuttiness mixed in. Extremely drinkable at 7% alcohol.

M: Full bodied with subtle carbonation. Dry, spicy finish.

O: A great Dubbel. The nose was the highlight for me, but everything about it is solid. Impressively drinkable for the alcohol content. Definitely something to seek out.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 750ml corked and caged bottle. The beer pours a cloudy tawny color witha thin tan head. The head is smooth and even and has some nice staying power.

Smell: Sweet candy sugar, molasses, dates, fig, and a malty sandiness.

Taste: Very malty with caramel and molasses flavors. The beer is very sweet, especially in the middle, with a mild hop bitterness to offset the sweetness slightly. Spicy with pepper and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth for such a sweet beer. Well carbonated and soft on the palate.

Drinkability: All around a well done beer. Balanced though still on the sweet side. Pairs well with lamb and left over Thanksgiving stuffing.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick, beige head. Dark brown/orange beer with red highlights. Malt in the nose, with tangy, sour apples, rum, toffee, plums. A Christmas dessert of a beer. Dark caramel and rum in the tangy front. Deep caramel foamy middle with a dry, vinous finish. Toasted grains. Almost a little woody. This is a great, dark, caramel, fruity dubbel.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle to branded chalice

look (3/5) - pours a near-prefect amber colour. Decent clarity. Some really nice garnet highlights when held to the light. It lost some points on head: it fell a bit too quickly and left no real lacing. I've had a few of these with some really gross clumps of what I assume is trub, but not in this one!

smell (4.5/5) - the nose is really quite nice. Some dark fruitiness from the grain bill, a lot of plums and prunes (so some melanoidins, but it was overly sweet). The malt is complimented by the yeast aromatics: black pepper, clove, vanilla, some floral notes, and a touch of black licorice tone. A good hint of alcohol on that nose as well, but it plays well with the spice.

flavor (4/5) - similar to the nose, but leaning a bot more to the malt side of things. The combination is somewhat reminiscent of raisins; I suspect that this is a combination of the melanoidins and the yeast. Some of the previous yeast character remains. A good bit less dry on the palate as well. Little or no bitterness or hop flavor. Some alcohol heat lasts into the finish.

feel (3.5/5) - medium-full body and lower carbonation levels give an impression of being syrupy. Some lasting alcohol warmth.

The overall impression is really good! I've had many a dubbel, and though my favorite is still probably the Chimay Red, this one really gives it a run for its money: complex and rich, with a great spicy phenol profile, and a much more substantial feeling body (less carbonation). Not a session brew, but a near perfect cold-night beer in my books.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: thick head, very fine suds; amber colour heading to light brown; clear

Aroma: minimal; somewhat resinous? nothing really distinct

Taste & Mouthfeel: immediately reminds my why I love Belgian beer, just has that unique flavour; complex finish; more dry then I'm used to, lightly bitter; blackcurrants; fine carbonation make for a pleasant mouthfeel; some dark chocolate

Overall: an addictive beer - the taste is so interesting, and yet undefinable

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Photo of Hemi
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature goblet, bottled 7/7/2011. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger foamy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, prune, apple, caramel, toast, pepper, clove, banana, earth, candi sugar, molasses, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with nice complexity and balance. Taste of apple, raisin, pear, caramel, toast, clove, pepper, banana, earth, candi sugar, bread, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruit, caramel, toast, pepper, clove, banana, earth, candi sugar, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor complexity with good balance; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and prickly mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent dubbel. Great complexity and balance of flavors; very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of supermeniscus
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a set which included 2 blondes, a triple and the Affligem goblet. This was sitting on my shelf since Christmas and finally today i decided to give it a go, boy was i surprised!

A. Big tan head with moderate amounts of lacing that stick to the glass in clumps until the end.

S. Very rich fruity smell, just what i like
T. Pretty sweet with some fruits and a little but of hops at the end.
M. Very creamy and light
O. I was thrown off by the reviews on this site, but i have to say this is one i will get again for its drinkability. I enjoyed this more than the St. Bernardus Prior 8 and the Westmalle Dubbel. Each to their own i guess

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Photo of DubbelTrubbel
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750 into a Chimay chalice. Approx. one year-old bottle.

A- Beautiful red-brown dubbel. Off-white head, lush carbonation. Poured about a finger and a half of head.

S- nice orange peel, then chocolate-covered cherries. Perhaps some brown sugar. Ya, I like this one.

T- Candy-malt tastes, with a bitterness that just lets you know it's there. Some raisiny tastes. The finish is a pleasing dryness, and even later some fruity echoes. Still manages to be refreshing!

M- Maybe a touch thin, but still great carbonation and body! Leaves that nice sugary slickness on the teeth.

O- Very good, but then what do I expect with a Belgian beer. One of the better dubbels.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a chalice.

An almost amber color with a slightly darkened foam head which stuck around.

A strong clove at the start which transitions into a spicy sweet fruit. A touch of alcohol as well. A very enticing aroma that made me all the more eager to take a taste.

The taste is consistent with the smell except i picked up more of a spicy cherry flavor in the taste. It has a little bitterness and the alcohol is also present in the finish. I found it fairly complex and delicious.

It is medium bodied and finishes with a little bitterness and alcohol.

A very enjoyable Dubbel.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown vintage (old?); drank 11/25/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Purple hue.

Tan head; minimal lace.

Black pepper & fresh bread nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Spicy black pepper, mild citrus & bread-y yeast flavors up front; cinnamon & caramel notes emerge as this warms. A black pepper bite settles on the lips over the course of the quaff. Not my favorite style/flavors, but complex & interesting enough to have again.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small 330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before June 2013. It's about time I reviewed a dubbel, and this is as good as anywhere to start.

Pours a very deep crimson-mahogany colour, topped with a finger of dense, creamy beige head that dies down only gradually. Not a lot of lacing, but enough. Pleasant aroma with various fruity esters, including plums, figs, pears and prunes. Brown sugar and toffee notes as well.

Great taste, tons of plum/fig character as with the nose. Molasses, brown sugar and yeast dominate the flavour as well. Slight peppery, anise-like spiciness that becomes more noticeable in the finish. Also a bit of sourness in the aftertaste; the yeast lingers for a bit. The ethanol becomes a bit more noticeable as it warms, but works well with the candy sweetness. Medium-bodied, with fairly high carbonation to provide a good bite.

Rich, smooth and certainly one of the best glasses of beer I've had in a few months, this is an incredible beer that I would describe as 'worth a try', if not a must-try, to anyone who purports to enjoy Belgian brews. My first dubbel, but definitely not my last.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another classic example of great Belgian beer offered up by Affligem.

A sturdy and handsome appearance of deep mahogany and ruby hues, moderate haze... but the efforvescent carbonation carries a froathy and foamy head that consists of loosely knit bubbles and off-white foam. Lots of lacing. Nearly an ideal look.

The flavors and aromas closely mirror each other and consist of deep dark fruits of raisons, plumbs, red grapes, figs, prunes, and other dehydrated things that grow on trees... this Dubbel is quite fruity. Phenolic spices give some burnt pith notes, corriander, orange peel, and white pepper. The pilsner malt base gets swallowed up by darker sugars that give a boost of confectionate sweetness along with a kettle-caramelization taste that whisps away effortlessly. Like other Affligem beers, their minerally water gives a metallic taste that I could do without; but it doesn't seem to be as distracting in the Dubbel as in other beers.

While being complexly sweet to taste, the beer is expansive and efforvescent to start. The full and creamy beginning slowly fades into a evaporative cotton candy-like airyness.

Though others' reviews say otherwise, I believe this to be the best of the Affligem offerings. This is a beautiful beer that belongs in the discussion with the Chimay Red's and Westmalle Dubbel's.

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Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked, opened with quite a bit of energy being released. Pours murky/cloudy and chocolate in color. Lifts a long lasty puffy, dark tan head and leaves nicely developed and long lasting lacing. Nose is chocolate, raisins and rum. Flavorful and enjoyable dubbel, notes of more chocolate, pleanty of rum raisins, cafe au lait, cloves, candi sugars etc, a very drinkable and moderatly complex dubbel. Widely available and well worth a try.

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Photo of argock
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL brown bottle into a Chimay chalice. No clear freshness date. Purchased at World Market (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Leathery brown with 1-finger off-white foamy head with decent retention and spotty, sparse lace.

S: Great aroma profile with raisiny, dark fruit maltiness complemented exceptionally well with an intensely herbal, minty hoppiness and subtle fruity yeastiness

T: The flavor is warm and comfortable with a candy sweet, light caramelly, slightly burnt malt flavor is accented with herbal, minty, lemony hops flavor. The yeast character is nutty and slightly fruity and more prominent with warming and at the end of the pour.

M: Very active carbonation which is a bit too prickly for the style. The body is initially a bit thin for the carbonation, but near the end of the bottle, the body gains some meatiness and is a real pleasure to drink. Aftertaste is nutty and leathery malt with some lemony, minty hops.

D: A very good dubbel that I wish had toned down the carbonation for better feel, but the herbal, lemony hoppiness is a welcome and unique characteristic of this widely available brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A muddy brown color, faint off-white head. Aroma: seriously raisiny! Toss in some molasses, dark rum, sour cherries, maybe even dates? Sizzling hops on the palate,warm mouthfeel from the malt, and the yeasty, raisiny flavor is rich, full, delicious. More sour notes abide in the middle, and a candyish feeling runs through the finish.
A good dubbel, a fine enough drink, but far from great.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mid brown body with big tobacco stained head that halves but sticks and covers the surface
Nice aroma of Creme Brule
Some candy banana but not overbearing, bready malt rye and a slight bitterness on flavour
slight bit thin, just ever so slightly
great stuff

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ruby dark and seethru with steady fast-moving stream of carbonation. light and springy 1-finger foam of no real substance. crusty lacing and a picturesque dubbel overall. surface fades into pillows and swirls.

nose is all dark candi sugar. this brings out dates and orange essence. precious desert beer suggested by the aroma, a sweet digestif.

taste is a bit more balanced, rye-like spiciness meets a hop bitterness over rock candy. sweet with banana, apricots and some darker fruit. a great dubbel for $6/750. a bit too christmasy in its spice but a wonderful exercise in the style for those who love it.. something approaching a session dubbel. closest belgian to ommegang abbey IMO.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured crystal clear with an almost ruby body and tight tan head. The head was appropriatly thick, and lasted longer than the beer. Aroma was almost spicy with a hint of grape or rasin. Sweet and malty with a medium body and hopped just enough to balance the sweetness.

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.79 out of 5 based on 601 ratings.
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