Affligem Dubbel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

BA SCORE
85
very good
607 Ratings
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
Ratings:
607
Reviews:
308
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
75
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 607 |  Reviews: 308
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 beanoboy7
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of SassaDog
3.24/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Marius
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

33cl bottle. Dark ruby with a tan head. Dried fruit, plum jam, dark chocolate, yeast and metal.

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Photo of Beer-Ed
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of cestlavie
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of parintele
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of JSchock7
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of RoyFokker
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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 Labeorphile
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Vestlake
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of JoeMans
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of AlMarzo
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of PatGreer
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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 is...this...beer...tastes...like...cherry 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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Affligem Dubbel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.79 out of 5 based on 607 ratings.
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