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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Photo of TLove
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Got this big bottle on a recommendation from a friend. It smells and tastes like a typical belgian dubbel. The color is a light brown, with a bit of a watery appearance, despite the creamy head. The real power of this beer lies in the latticework, the layering of bitterness, sweetness, and alcohol that present themselves in the mouth. The Dubbel really begins to become crisp and the bubbliness and hops rise to the center of your nose when you drink it. The 7% ABV is not overwhelming, but not really all that impressive for a belgian dubbel and renders the beer vaguely drinkable.

The other components of the beer are typical, but let this beer settle in your mouth, and the real flavor begins to come out. Substantial, but not quite impressive.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Drank in Café Heuved, Poured to a Affligem glass.

A: The body is cristalline brown to copper with a very small head that presents some retention and some good lacing.
S: The aroma is mostly yeasty with a yeast that I wasn't expecting. The malt almost goes undiscovered.
T: The taste is a bit like the aroma, being more yeasty than sweet/malty but it's totally not expected. It's strange to say the least.
M: Even with low carbonation, this beer has medium body and a bit of bitterness in the end, but nothing too relevant.
O: Was expecting a lot better for a dubbel, not quite the results wanted here but still acceptable.

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Photo of clayphilly
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had this several times at Flandes, and Botica Indiana as Afflicgem being the affordable imported belgium blonde, dubble, and tripple. The dubble disapointed me- it was too alcoholy, lacking significant flavor and smell. Not recommended.

-33cl bottle
-Flandes Bar, Oviedo, Asturias

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Photo of korguy123
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Ruby red with hazlenut mixed in. Two finger light beige head that slowly recedes to a very thin cap. Lacing is brief.

S- Banana and licorice stick out the most. The two together make it smell like a waffle station. There is some stone fruits but they are muddled by a medicinal smell from the alcohol.

T- Licorice and alcohol with hints of banana in the back end. I'm not a licorice fan and this is probably the first dubbel that I have encountered with such a strong presence. Alcohol is noticeable and not even close to being hidden.

M- Medium to thin bodied with a lively carbonation. Sticky sweet on the lips.

O- I've never encountered a dubbe, like this. Maybe it's me who knows but the licorice is definitely a new flavor for the style.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Affligem is a Heineken owned brewery in Belgium. I picked up a bottle of their Dubbel from the LCBO here in Ontario after realizing I hadn't tried it before.

This one pours beautifully. A brownish ruby red, opaque and with a huge colored head. Lovely stuff. The head dissipates to ring of foam with a small amount of lacing on the way down.

The smell is typical for the style, dark fruits, yeast and some spice. I like it. I find the taste however is a bit muted by the strong carbonation. However there are some sour notes mixed with fruit.

Mouthfeel as stated is impaired by the strong carbonation. I find this impacts the drink and reduces it's drinkability.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

brown 33cl bottle with loads of life left according to the label. Poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Clear and bright reddy-brown colour, a well formed tanned head sat on top. Sadly before I had taken a sip the head turned into a wispy covering and collar.

Real Belgian feel and smell to this beer, yeast and hops attack your nose from the start.

I thought it a bit fizzy to be honest, sharp and tangy, but just too fizzy for a great dubbel.

The body seemed weak and watery for 6.8%ABV, pleasant enough, but lacking in richness and body for me.

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Photo of nick76
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is quite nice with candy sugar, yeast, toasted malt, dark fruit, and alcohol. The appearance is hazy brown with a fairly large head. The flavor is like the aroma but more bitter than it needs to be. The palate is thin and the aftertaste is bitter from what seem like tannins. I am not that in love with this one.

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Photo of travis224
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought this in a Czech grocery store, for $1.50. Pours out a red-brown color with a thick, chunky head that sits on top for quite a while leaving lacing all over the glass. The nose is pretty unremarkable, malts, faint cloves, caramel, and a off putting metallic smell. The taste is similar to the smell with more alcohol and spice, bitterness and a metallic taste that is a bit overwhelming and pretty much ruins it for me. Nothing special here, but not bad for $1.50

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A very lively pour leads to a thick cap of off-white foam that's not in a hurry to leave. The color is a sort of orangey brown, a shade lighter than expected. Retains brilliantly. Thick foam clings to the glass. Served in a gold-rimmed Affligem glass I can only describe the appearance as stunning.

The aroma is Belgian funk...even brought up to temperature it's hard to get much through the head. It just smells spritzy. I'll come back to this. Okay I'm back. Fairly subdued I'm mostly getting pear and banana and clove.

The taste seems focused on burnt raisin and apple, slight lavender, with sugary sweetness and a bit of spice, no discernable bitterness. It finishes very dry. Not as complex or intriguing as I had hoped.

It's medium bodied with good levels of carbonation. A little sharp.

Overall, yeah. This is good but far from the best dubbel I've had. I have one more to drink, but I don't think we'll make it past the second date.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance – Giant, lasting head atop a gorgeous deep brownish-orange body. This was beautiful to stare at.

Smell – Nice, spicy aromas of cinnamon, coriander, pepper, and some clove with the fresh malt and bread scents. I would have liked to have seen things a little stronger, but the main components of a good Abbey Dubbel are there.

Taste – The first thing that struck me about this taste was the utter lack of carbonation, which I’ll talk about in the mouthfeel. But, for now, let’s say that the complexity of the nose did not translate into the taste. I caught some of the spices and the basic malt backbone, but the rest was absent.

Mouthfeel – Very flat for a Belgian Dubbel. I expected carbonation up the nose here but instead found an uninspiring character that bored the pallet.

Drinkability – This is an average Dubbel Ale. I had higher expectations after the pour, but it just didn’t deliver. Good though nevertheless, just not sensational.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 9/22/2006 (750mL bottle):

Very active, extremely foamy. Pours a dark brown, with a medium body. Pours a huge head is a very light brown color. Very flowery aroma, with some malts. Very malty taste, somewhat flowery, and acidic. Malty aftertaste. Just an okay tasting beer.

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Photo of beeragent
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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 TerryW
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Handsome red-brown beer with a good sized, long-lived head, heavy lace. Looks yummy.

Slightly sweet malty nose, hint of fruit and alcohol.

Taste is sweet with a character almost like fruit juice. Slightly dry finish.

Quite light in character, gentle touch of carbonation.

Drinkable, but not memorable. Preferable to the Affligem Blonde.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.27/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gushing bottle, which is very bad, considering its 0.33l capacity. Hell sticky.
Remnants poured into tulip.
Hazy copper/brown beer with 1-finger beige head, low retention.
Standard dubbel nose and taste, not inspiring.
Damn it all down.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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 bump8628
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice its dark amber to ruby red with an ample, big-bubbled, head.

All I can say cola. That's right, I can think of no better descriptor than cherry cola. From the flavor to bubbly mouthfeel, it's like an adult version of an old-fashioned fountain drink.

Kinda weird, kinda pleasant. It fails as a Dubbel, but succeeds as an interesting beer, so it's a bit hard to review. I'll say this, I'm enjoying it at the moment, but will probably never go back to it.

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Photo of gfreed
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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 trevorwideman
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into my Affligem chalice.

Pours a nearly opaque rich burgundy colour with a 1/2 inch head. Reduces to a bit of lace that clings to the glass nicely. Unfiltered with lots of sediment in evidence. Spicy aroma with some plum, caramel, bready malt, and brandied cherries.

Taste begins with a puckering sourness that is followed by a nuttiness that borders on soapiness. Alcohol comes next, followed by a bit of cloying sweetness and an odd sawdust-like flavour in the finish. This is not what I expected from the nose, much less complex and bordering on boring or even annoying (if that can be applied to a beer). Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and carbonation seems a bit high, drying in the finish. There's no way I'd want more than one of these, the cloying and dare I say cheap taste is very off-putting, I'm a little disappointed.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle
6.5% ABV (as written on bottle)
I tried this beer on October 30, 2009 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a deep reddish-brown with a 1/2" tan head. The aroma was roasted malt, caramel, and plums. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was roasted malt, slightly sweet, some fruit, and licorice in the finish.

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Photo of elricorico
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours brown, I guess dark brown with a nice finger thick creamy tan head. The head appears to have no intention of fading away.

I'm not pulling a lot of smell from this one. A mild soapy flavour and a bit of tea. Really not as much aroma as I expected.

Taste is a bit metallic, with some herbal tea flavour. A touch of sweet dark fruit. Finishes tart. There are surely flavours in there, but none seem to pull themselves to the fore.

Mouthfeel is alright, a bit thin but the carbonation is just right.

The beer is pleasant, but not great.

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Photo of mjc410
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a '98 bottle, best by Feb '03. I was hoping for favorable aging, and I wasn't entirely disappointed...

Poured into a Chimay chalice, the beer is a hazy dark brown (increased by later yeast pour). The slight head is comprised of mostly surface lacing, which still manages to leave some nice lacing. Smells of wine-like acidity, and caramel. No yeast in the nose. Tastes of cocoa, caramel, vinousness. Very sour at first, which makes me wonder if the bottle is a loss. I persevere, and find that the acid recedes with warming, improving the overall flavor. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin, but retains very nice carbonation, especially for its age. Very warming. Drinkability is average - the acidity, even as it warmed, detracted the most this, I think. The smell was lackluster too, but not as important to the taste. Still, this ale paired nicely with some venison put through the Jamaican jerk treatment.

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Photo of bark
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The clear colour is deep brown-wine-red, the high beige compact foam slowly sinks down to a firm finger thick head.

The medium strong smell is sweet, somewhat burned with a distinct note of brown sugar. There are also some alcohol, boiled carrots, coffee, milk and a touch of cask maturing.

The taste is… In fact, it is not as complex as I had expected (maybe it is because it is a macro brew after all). There is a sweet note of brown sugar; some flavours of fat milk, mild coffee, lots of creamy malt, wheat crackers with brie. Lots of flavours, but it still gives a relatively simple impression. The aftertaste got almost no bitterness at all, but some alcohol, herbs and caramelized sugar.

The carbonation is strong with a myriad of small bubbles; the beer builds some foam when drinking it.

An surprisingly simple Dubbel, this one.

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Photo of BobZ
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 Oz. bottle. Poured into my Duvel Tulip (split with buddy).

Appearance: Reddish brown, nice head initially that dwindled down to about a 1/16", nice lacing.

Smell: A little sweetness from the malt but not much more beyond that, perhaps a hint of spice (slightly similar to Ommegang Abbey Ale).

Taste: Nice malty sweetness, again a hint of spice. Overall a little "thin" not a bad beer but not a great dubbel.

Mouthfeel: Smooth overall but again a little "thin".

Drinkability: Decent beer but not enough flavor to make it a great session beer.

Not a bad beer to try but there are much better dubbels readily available.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I just loved the appearance of this brew, on arrival it had better than a two fingered head of tan bubbles, as it slowly disapated, it gave a moon crater like affect. Deep amber in colour and clear, medium carbonation and the body is just short of full.
The nose was short and limited to a slight grainy sence and alcohol.
The taste was short to the malts and then a hoppy green apple like presence. However, the over powering sence of alcohol was dominent.

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Photo of Crosling
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ruby in color.

Nose is cherries with chocolate, raisins and molasses.

Dark fruits first followed by clove, buttered-toffee and a hop spicyness. The yeast strain is very clean.

This is a very simple and very dull dubbel. It isn't as full in the mouth and lacks the complexity and flavor of most beers of the style. I heard it used to be better but then Heineken took over distribution and they started brewing with maize.

Not offensive though.

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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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