Affligem Dubbel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

very good
610 Ratings
Affligem DubbelAffligem Dubbel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 11-20-2000

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Photo of Allegue04
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Blindpigbiz
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Style/abv: dubbel/9.5%

Smell: very delicate and minute doses of sugar, hops, and nuts

Taste: citrus sweetness alongside subtle cherry notes, bitter hops, herbs (I'm not a chef so I'm not quite sure which type of herbs), and a pan dulce finish

I haven't paired this one with food yet, but I imagine it would go well with a summer or an Italian sausage

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a leather couch brown with a thin tan head (poured in chalice) that died quickly with no lace. A yeasty, orange smell with some other fruits that are tart and some faint caramel notes. Nutty, bready and full of yeast for a full-bodied puffiness. Has some sweet malt and tart fruit taste, along with hints of spice. Everything is noticeable but mild in a smooth, easy-going body. Not a powerful dubble or anything amazing, just a solid sessionable (to a point) dubbel.

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Photo of azkkr
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of uno99
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date 21.08.10. I'd like to note that the bottle says 6.8%ABV, and this site says 7.0% ? Perhaps the brewery have changed things a little bit...

In headphones: Guns 'n Roses - Chinese Democracy (2008)

A:I popped the top on this bottle which I had warming on my counter for 30 minutes and it immediately began frothing over. Fortunately I had my Affligem glass ready. I began carefully pouring the foam down the side of the glass and then straight down to create a wonderful 3 finger head which billows in the middle and clings to the glass as you drink. Excellent appearance!

S: Very robust and fruity. Not a huge nose but a pleasant one.

T: First thought was "whoah this is kinda weak". I was expecting waves of flavor but this didn't really deliver. It is however complex; I get a nice malt flavour, the a caramel note, then a metallic taste on the finish. Overall An average score based on the style.

M: Very nicely carbonated. feels great in the mouth, I can assume if it hadden't foamed over at first it might be over carbonated.

D: This is a smooth, enjoyable beer - one I certainly would enjoy a few times in an evening.

I'm looking forward to reviewing the trippel tomorrow night

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Photo of Fezzz
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deereless
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erosier
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a deep reddish-brown color with a very tall and very thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, some vinous fruit, and floral hops followed by a big yeasty aroma.
T: Very nice mix of malts then a huge yeasty flavor followed by a nice warming alcohol taste.
M: Heavy, alcoholic, nice amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, but my one complaint is that it foamed out of the bottle and we lost some of it and it took a long time for the beer to settle.

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Photo of MaxOhle
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Long813
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Affligem Chalice

A: Dark brownish-red body with little light escaping at the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of frothy light yellow head with great retention and lacing. Truly exceptional.

S: Unfamiliar hoppy, yeast smell. Bananas and pears are very strong.

T: Apple, pears, some sweet malts. There is some spiciness I am unable to pick out.

M: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Very creamy and smooth at first, but finsihes off with a dry-bitter feel.

D: Great beer. It's my first dubbel and I really enjoy it. I would like to see more brought on in the flavour department, but it is good none the less. Also, it's worth noting the the alcohol is not noticeable at all, hidden quite well.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 13/7/11

A a slight haze in a deep maroon body with sediment being moved around by lots of bubbles that feed a long lasting cream colored head that leaves little lace

S some spicy plum with lots of brown sugar and some cola, I pick up on the faintest bubble gum and some very bruised banana, very complex nose

T lacking compared to the smell, the same spicy fruity notes I pick up on the nose but its weaker and I'm not tasting everything I could smell

M a little over carbonated as it turns to foam in your mouth, just on the verge of creamy but over the edge on the foamy side

O "good" but I'll have to leave it at that, slightly less bubbles and a flavor to match the nose would set this above many dubbles, but good ain't bad

nothing to be ashamed of but nothing to put it in a class of its own either, try it if its convenient for you

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Photo of nomad
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a soft brown and ruby color with a full finger of frothy head that settled well. Smell was full: of plums, grapes, whisky, and oak notes. Had an earthy core, though altogether a wine-like character - inviting. Taste was dark and highly woody, but also of grapes, a thin but good malt, and a citrus tinge. Had a light finish, softly dry and earthy, and developed a creamy cheese-like aftertaste that was strong with time. Watery mouthfeel, thus easy to drink but not terribly impressive.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy brown, with nice garnet highlights, a huge tan head dissipates almost quickly to a nice permaring.

Smells of bready malts, a bit of yeast, and some fruitiness.

Taste is similar, with a hint of tart dark fruit, malts, yeast, and a strange bitter wet cardboard taste, which fortunately subsides to some degree as it warms.

Texture is medium bodied, and almost smooth, except for the lightly bubbly action from the carbonation, which in this case detracts a little from the beer.

Not a great flavor, it's saved by the strange taste actually almost leaving. Looks really good though.


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Photo of SickBrew
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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 GRG1313
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of janubio
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml. bottle. Amber reddish colour with a big creamy head and a lace that keeps forever. Chunks floating on the glass. Smell of candied fruits, caramel, spices and damp earth. Taste is on the sweet side, with an astringent finish.Apple, banana, pepper, caramel and some medicinal notes.

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Photo of northaustin
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

affligem dubbel is the perfect beer for any semi formal get together. its label is beautiful and for its price it is a very good beer that will also get you "feeling it" quite nicely. i bought the affligem dubbel and trippel for a new years party and it was a big hit. you can also find it in alot of stores and its usually worth its price. great beer.

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Photo of Squire123
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Magpie14
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep red with crimson tones and orange edges. Soft fuzzy head that maintained a short setting. The cap was yellowish in color with a few soapy bubbles. A few speckles of lace and with a streak or two

S: fruits of pears, apples, and lemons with a good chunk of yeast-like baked breads

T: tart apples, mild lemons, white grape juice, buttery notes, and light hop presence. This beer relies heavily on the fruit flavors throughout. Sweetness is of toffee caramel based and very light. Clean and crisp throughout the glass

M: finishes clean with a sharp carbonation. This brew has a medium body with a good snap to it. Goes down the hatch...alright

D: big herbal and floral notes throughout. Sort of an interesting brew with a good Belgian vibe...not tops marks, but not bad

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Photo of bagelmiester
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured to a nice deep dark amber color with a creamy white head that only stuck around for a couple of minutes. Nice lace with spider web like appearance.

S - A sweeter smell similar to what i get from a good unfiltered hefewiezen.

T - It tastes like it smells. I got a little bit of fruit that i could not quite nail down....grape...or was not strong though, and not overpowering at all.

M - Mouth feel is average for a dubbel. I noticed nothing too spectacular but definitely not displeasing.

D - I could drink this beer again but would be willing to try another Belgium dubbel first.

Good beer with nothing extraordinarily remarkable. The cork is very nicely decorated...but ill save that review for later.

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Photo of kdivers
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml single from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Cork dated as 13/07, not sure what that means, but okay.

A: Red with a light tan head about three inches thick, tons of carbonation, head is not as dense as i figured, pretty light for a dubbel. Pretty fair lacing though.

S: Really light, slight hint of apples and caramel, fairly soapy, not much of anything, this is really disappointing.

T: Bread and a few spices, really strong on the apple flavor, slight roastiness, a faint hint of nuttiness, some spicy notes in there as well. Quite bready, misses a few of the dubbel notes that I always look for, still a nice beer, but kind of lacking. Not overly sweet though, which is nice.

M: Thin, lots of carbonation, somewhat dry, pretty refreshing really, not as sticky as other dubbels which is nice too. Hits all the right notes on the mouth.

D: Nice drinking beer, really easy to drink, lacks a lot of the flavors of other dubbels though. Okay beer, but I don't think I'd recommend it to others.

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Photo of taez555
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

This beer poured a dirty dark brown/ruby red body with a choppy frothy off white head.

The nose was a beautiful mix of phenols, brown sugar, soft subtle caramel, raisins, yeast and ever so soft fruits.

The taste followed right along with the nose. Light to medium bodied. A slight graininess, but overall completely smooth and drinkable. A bit watery actually. The flavors were dominated by very clean and blended dark brown sugar, caramel, raisins, soft oak, and mild dark chocolate. A mellow hidden bitterness balanced well but never really took the forefront.

Overall a simple classic belgian dubbel. I could drink this stuff every day, it may not be the most in your face dubbel, but that’s what makes it great. Just a simple session dubbel.

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Photo of thatsmyspot
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.79 out of 5 based on 610 ratings.
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