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Affligem Dubbel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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85
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307 Reviews
Affligem DubbelAffligem Dubbel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Belgium
affligembeer.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 11-20-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
307
Ratings:
599
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
17.15%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 acehart1
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 vintage - sampled on Jan. 22, 2010

Got damn. This stuff has really mellowed out, not that it wasn't fantastic before. This is a quintessential Belgian dubbel. Nothing really bowls you over the head or kicks your behind, but it is really solid and really drinkable. To tell you the truth, nothing really blows me away here. The characteristics of a Belgian dubbel are there. Very, very solid. Not sure if the aging has really done anything to this beer, however (nothing too discernible). Paired with a nice Grouyere, however. It really paired well with the Belgian yeastiness of this beer.

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

75 cl with cork.

Appearance: Not unlike fresh brewed tea in color. Good head, cascading bubbles.
Smell: Fruity. Apples, grapes, all tart.
Taste: Complex. Dry. Apples and grapes present again. Long malty finish, crisp and hoppy.
Mouthfeel: Very bubbly, makes me think of champagne.
Drinkability: Hell, yes!

Old recipe, new equipment-- worked out better than okay.

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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 Intrinsic
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My god. In true Belgian style, this beer just bursts with smell and flavour. It also pours beautifully, leaving a nice thick head that has great retention (although no lacing). Its a reddish brown that screams malt, and this is exactly what you get when you smell it - mixed of course with the characteristic Belgian yeast smell. Maybe even a hint of cherry. Damn this stuff is tasty. The cherry really shines through in the taste, as does the malt, which is almost perfectly balanced by the light hops. It has a nice dry, well-carbonated mouthfeel. Overall, this is an amazing beer. I will definitely buy it again.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark, opaque, plum color?

S: Sweet fruit in the nose, these notes are old and not very specific.

T: Fruity Belgian yeast seems to define the flavor, again, my notes aren't very specific. Malt and citrus seem to show up.

M: Very smooth, medium-full bodied.

O: Probably my favorite dubbel. It's a really good beer, and when I try it again I will edit this review.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this one at a bargain. 6.99 for a 750 ml. Not too bad, and I really liked the Tripple and Blond offered by Affligem.

Gentle pour into Duvel tulip produced brown and amber body coupled with a big cream colored cap along with an abundance of lacing. Retention was phenomenal as well, the head stuck around for several minutes.

Aroma is pleasant, full of toasted malts, raisins, dark fruits, and a nice bit of apple. Belgian yeast is also displayed in all of its glory, adding a nice spicy and nutty aroma.

The flavor is a mirror of the aroma. Spicy Belgian yeast hit the palate first, then slowly giving away to flavors of sweet caramel, dark fruits (Raisins, and a hint of cherry) and finishes slightly dry with green apples and ripe pears. I would love to pair this with some cheese to really big the flavors up a notch.

Mouthfeel is on par with the style. Medium, but this one tends to be slightly creamy.

Huge drinkability potential. Huge flavor, and fantastic lasting flavor makes this a Dubbel that is a cut above others. Not to mention the price, its hard to beat.

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Photo of Boto
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle: The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a hint of red in it. Large light tan head that lingers for awhile. Aroma is filled with candy sweetness, raisins and a slight hint of alcohol. Taste is very silky, with caramel and much malt sweetness. Medium to full bodied, and well balanced. Complex taste, almost wine-like. This is an exceptional dubbel.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper brown color, I'm reviewing from the finishing touches of a 750 that my wife started so I have a bounty of sediment right now, looks like it was pretty clear to start with though. Dark and dried fruits are standing out in the aroma along with bread crust and some chocolate notes. Balanced sweetness in the taste, some caramel with toasted malt and more dark fruits, specifically prunes in the taste. Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Alcohol is restrained and the finish is sweet.

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Photo of Augustine
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review!!

Poured out of 750ml bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance - Very lively carbonation pours a nice white, one finger head. Dark ruby/brownish in color. Foam clings to my glass, and sticks around through the rest of the experience. Great looking beer!

Smell - Smells rich of ripe, dark fruit. Raisins and plums predominate, with faint toffee and caramel notes in the background. Enticing aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Just what you would expect from the looks and aromas. A good balance of dark fruits and toffee. The carbonation is as lively in the mouthfeel as it looks and the alcohol leaves a warming sensation in the finish. Chewy, delicious. They suggest sipping it slow on the bottle but that is easier said than done!

Overall - A great beer that I feel rewarded to have chosen out of the many other great Belgian doubles on the shelf. Balanced, lively, full of flavor and easily drinkable for the abv. Nice work Affligem I will look for your name in the future.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml brown bottle that opens with a cool gunshot sound and smoke rising from the bottle.

Pours a pretty brown color with the tiniest of port colors in the edges of the glass. Medium aroma and a mdeium sized off-white/ten head. Aroma is of dates, plums, and sweetness. The flavor is very nice, with a lot of malty bready reminders of date nut bread- cinnimon and nutmeg in the corners. Very smooth, with nice mouthfeel and high drinkability. A keeper!

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Photo of fx20736
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wired and corked 750ml bottle into a chalice, served cool.

Darkish ochre with a pecan sandy head.

aroma like old fashioned cola with star anise

mouthfeel is soft and elegant.

toasted brown bread with dark plums and bittersweet cocoa and a faint clove like spiciness.

this is great beer! Great smelling, great tasting. Ranks as one of my favorite Dubbels. will buy again.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark burgundy brown and produces a big foamy head which is lasting and results in some lacing. The smell is a combination of spice, fruit and dark chocolate. The taste is very good with dark chocolate, coffee, and fruity notes. Slight bitterness resulted in the finish. Mouthfeel is tingly and well-balanced. Overall, one I'd drink again.

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Photo of planetscott
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this in Hilton Labor day weekend from a grocery store....Awesome

Appearance is a muddy tan/brown/slight amber. Chunks of yeast floating around. Does not bother me that much.

Smell is wonderful dark fruit, candy, slight toffee.

Taste mimics the aroma, only with a clean dry finish that complements the fruit and candy flavors. Very dry, clean finish, but not too dry.

Effervescent and crisp moputhfeel do not detract from the overall experience.

Overall, this is a wonderful Dubbel. Too bad it is not available in Georgia.

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Photo of dgv0
4.46/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased 750mL bottle of Affligem Dubbel at a local store. Poured a dark, golden amber into my Affligem gold-rimmed goblet. Looks beautiful.

Smell makes me think of toffee, maybe even crème brûlée. Hints of dark fruits, especially raisin.

Taste is exceptional. I would put this in the same category as Chimay, as far as flavor profile and mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated, medium body, and smooth as can be.

Overall, this ale is almost too drinkable. Worth a try, at the very least. I'm keeping this as one of my favorite Belgian-style ales.

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Photo of Maestro
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice from a 750ml bottle, the smell was immediately great. That is what I love about Belgians. The nose was so powerful and refined. The head remained thin but was prevalent throughout. Hints of lemon and raisin come through in the aromas. The original taste is quite nutty and full of fruity flavors. The beer is very warming as it makes its way to your stomach. The overall feeling of this Dubbel is cheer.

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Photo of MeadDrinker
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers hands down. this beer is well-balanced, crisp yet full bodied, everything that you want in a Belgium Abbey Ale. If I had to choose a beer to relax by the fireplace with, some good rustic artisan bread, a cheese and meat platter, I would have to go with this staple beer.

Alot of carbonation and with a full flavor of that typical yeast strain found in the Belgium Abbey Ales. Some floral hints with a bready, toasted flavor. It makes you want to stay their for another, only this time accompanied by good conversation, to talk about it's complexities and warm nature. Cheers!

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Photo of jesseejames
4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

out of a bottle in outdoor cafe in Amsterdamn
pours a nice reddish golden brown (copper) with a fluffy light tan almost white head that dissipates leaving a large cratered lace in the glass
it's aroma is wonderful kind of sweet with a lot of fruits, nuts, and grains.
Taste is supurb with more of the characters of its aroma coming through. It has a full mouth with a bit of sweetness. Overall a great beer very good for its style. Wonderful for an afternoon in the sun with a light snack

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Photo of dauss
4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged.

Appearance: Clear ruby amber color, very small off white head, moderate effervescence, good retention

Smell: Sweet malt, port like, slightly burning alcohol sensation, loaded with rum soaked plums, cherries, and raisins. Smells wonderful

Taste: sweet malt, carbonation explodes into a creamy mouthfeel. Medium phenols and biterness. More dark fruits. Dry finish with a snappy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy. A wonder and tasty beer that would be great for desert.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml Corked bottle:
Pours a rich dark brown that has deep hints of redness. You almost can't see through this one. The head is tan, full and rich as shaving cream. The nose, while not strong, is sweet spicy malt with a tinge of alcohol. The head just won't die on this one. Very heavy carbonation that adds effervescence and continuously builds the head up. The flavor is just excellent! The hops are strong and aggressive while exceptionally well balanced to each other and the malt. The malt is mostly dry with a hint of fruit flavor and a spice that is just perfect. This is just a damn fine beer.

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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.79 out of 5 based on 599 ratings.
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