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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Added by kbub6f on 11-20-2000

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Photo of maxpower
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best before 11/16/02, pours muddy brown with a huge light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Fruity, yeasty aromas, caramel, chocolate, cherry and plum flavors. Medium to full bodied finishes with a funky sourness. Not what I expected, don't think I would buy another bottle.

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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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Photo of dippy
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brownish/orange color with a serious head. Looks a little cloudy which I like.

A sweet and fruity aroma, maybe some apple?

Very sweet and fruity but more sweet than I care for on a regular basis. Lightly malted. My friends felt it was too fruity, two of them claiming grapes, but I think it was raisiny. I didn't taste any chocolate at all as past posts have said.

Nice body on this brew, and could spend a long night getting to know a few of these beers better.

Great beer but will try others over having this one again. I think this is partially due to not drinking many Dubbels and therefore not knowing what to look for in the style.

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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 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 Zorro
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown brew. Cork dated 02/03.

Smell is sweet and perfumed with a bit of malt smell. Faint citrus smell too.

Taste is sweet with a malt and spice flavor. The fruit flavor of apples is in this in a big way. Wood and spice flavors too, a milder version of the style.

Mouthfeel is good.

A good, but not spectacular Belgian ale.

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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 mzwolinski
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a nice dark brown/ruby in color with a moderately sized, fairly creamy tan head. Nice, durable lacing down the glass. The nose is floral and slightly chocolately, though rather weak overall. Flavor starts sweet, highlighting bready malts lightly spiced with cinnamon. Develops a bit of pruny fruitiness mid-palate, and ends with a bit of floral/herbal hop. Aftertaste is just slightly sour. Creamy mouth and pleasantly warming, with a low enough ABV to down the whole 750ml in one sitting. Not a terribly *deep* beer, but a undeinably solid one. Tasty and quite drinkable -- enjoy it with a meal and turn your non-BA friends on to some real beer.

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Photo of granger10
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark red/light brown color. The nose is weak but kind of fruity sweet. The taste is very balanced. But not much complexity here. The flavors seem like they could go deeper. Raisins and fig-like malts. Slight tart fruit on the finish. And in between are some floral hops. This was a nice one to have but probably not worth the price.

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Photo of GreenCard
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish brown, slight haze, creamy/bubbly tan head, some lacing, decent retention

Aroma: very phenolicy (bandaids and clove), somewhat vegetal, raisins, prunes, malt, slightly fruity

Flavor: slightly sweet malt base rounded out by a slight roastiness and lots of raisiny/pruney notes, a twinge of yeasty acidity, a light woodsy hop flavor with a mild bitterness, finish is slightly sweet with a raisiny aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation

Overall Impression: Definitely one of my favorite Abbey dubbels. Maybe even better than some of the Trappists. To me, it has everything a dubbel should have: dark color, lots of phenolics, balanced sweetness, and not too heavy.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A 750ml, brown glass bottle. Fancy looking cream, red, black & gold colored coat of arms label. Corked (dated 2/03) and Caged.

Appearance: Pours with a massive expansive, solid wholesome light tan colored head. The head never settles, it needs to be sucked off the beer before you can re-pour & top-up the beer. Clear chestnut brown body. Looks good!

Nose: I just get a frothy pendant on the end of my nose; such is the depth of the head. Not much apart from strong malts. In fact the nose is really hard to discern, 3.5 is polite.

Taste: Malty brown ale beginnings. Some toffee butter & caramel. Has a smooth & creamy middle. Some chocolate malts & a chewy dark toffee middle. Bitter finish. Dry.

Mouthfeel: Solid Brown Ale presence. A North-East English Newkie Brown Ale meets a Dutch-Belgium Dubbel. Now there’s an idea!

Drinkability: More of a tasty Brown ale to me, rather than a Dubbel. Quite quaffable though.

Overall: Far too clean, far too neutral, and far too mass-appeal. Totally Independent until 1984, my Belgium Beer loving Elders tell me that this beer has become much more consistent (good), but less flavorsome since (oops, bad). I cannot comment. But Affligem is now owned by Heineken (no it wasn’t skunky funnily enough before you Texans ask!). I fear this is destined to be a mass-produced Dubbel whose mission is to replace the Westmalle version in popularity one day.

Affligem Abbey still retains the rights to the name, & brand, & has the handshake agreement from the little boy Dyke pluggers, that the Affligem beers will continue to be brewed in Belgium for the next 20-30 years. Right On. After the expiry date, production will be moved to one of the soon to be Mars or Jupiter colonies no doubt. Can you skunk beer on Mars???

My view – Well it’s a straight 4.0 - Not bad actually, but that’s now!

It is also highly likely that this beer puts a dress on, & calls itself ‘Postel Dubbel’ on a weekend - Reviewers beware!!

I’m jesting of course about Mars; it’s much more likely to be Mexico, or China. “Afflie” is a reasonable Dubbel, but there are much better examples (Maredsous 8, St. Bernadus Pater, Floreffe) out there.

Worth $6.49 – Erm, NOPE!!!

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Photo of Admiraldinty
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle
Poured brown with a pretty decent-sized tan head that retained well. Aroma is very fruity. Particularly noticeable is lemon and citrus accents. There is also a great deal of malts in the nose. Taste is fruity as well. Plum, light citrus, some grape. Burnt toffee. Could hardly detect any hops. Medium-bodied. This is a pretty good dubbel. Not the best I've had, but very respectable none the less. Perfect for a crisp autumn night.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have a bottling date of 1/01 and best by date of 02/28/03, let's see about that. Appears: This one Pours with excess foam when I popped the cork it had some umphhh to it, the actual body appears a murky mahogany tone with a massive tan head very amazing due to the head retention and massive thick chunky head just very nice lacing comes in thick evenly dispersed patches beautiful. Aroma: Of the glass without sediment poured in, vinous grapes, sweet sharp tones, mellow apple notes very complex and full of esters from the fruit scented phenols produced in fermentation. Glass with sediment poured in, glass claims a nutty aromatic profile is created let's see if I can detect it a deeper mustier but fuller scent both are exquisite but this one seems to be more balanced with the fruit still in existence I believe the yeast helps aroma here try it both though ways that's just my opinion. Taste: No sediment glass, very smooth carbonation tiny bubbles raisin, over ripened fruits like apples or figs here nice belgian candy sugar here, overall very nice and refreshing. There is definitely a difference to the one without sediment this one seems more robust to the palate with fruit not stealing the show, caramel roasted malts and deeper specialty malts make up a small percentage of the sweetness here, but there is a nut edge on the yeast profile not so much bready as usual but a very almond like flavor arises nice. Mouthfeel: Fluffy, creamy, medium bodied but light on the palate dessert like indulge and enjoy to the fullest, this is a beer that you can't believe the best before date completely b/c it's still amazing well past the suggested date. Drinkability: One beer to indulge in one 750ml at a time and that's about it in my opinion but surely one I would like to experience again.

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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 TheDM
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a light brown head of fine and medium sized bubbles that left a good lacing. It has a cloudy dark brown body and a strong raspberry aroma. It also has a strong raspberry taste and an acidic finish. Overall, this brew is just averagely impressive. I was more impressed by the unique packaging. I think it has been the only brew I have drank that was wrapped in a paper package and had a wire tied cork on the bottle.

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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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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 Morris729
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color with a massive tall light tan colored head composed of many large bubbles that gradually burst allowing the head to dissipate in chucks and leave spider webs of lace across the glass making this resemble an exotic elixir that some sorcerer concocted. Nose is sweet candied fruit, crème de menthe, and spicy alcohol. Medium to full in body and very smooth and velvety in texture. Taste is sweet and fruity up front with some raisin notes followed by a flavor similar to chocolate covered cherries. Some notes of caramelized sugar and alcohol come across towards the finish. A very nice and complex Abbey Dubbel.

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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 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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Photo of QXSTER1
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy amber brown with a tight tan head. Nose is very fragrant with a winey complex aroma. Smells of sherry, port and green grapes with some plums thrown in. Taste combines the above fruitiness with some candi sugar and Belgian hops. All kinds of things going on in this dubbel. Typical yeastiness with some background hoppy astringency to make things interesting. Moderate carbonation gives this dubbel a nice mouthfeel and a silky finish. A very nice brew that hangs in there well with it's Belgian buddies.

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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 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 bditty187
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dense but not opaque, murky brown, tan bubbly head that reached slightly more than a finger, slow to dissipate, few specks of lace. Clean, weak raisin nose, surprisingly straightforward, undertones, which seem to increase, of fake lemon cleaning solution. Light raisin, alcohol, yeasty with a tartness that is not wanted on the palate. Where is the complexity, balance, and, well, flavor? Excellent carbonation produces a pleasing mouthfeel. The “fake lemon cleaning solution” is again noticeable at the finish and lingers into the aftertaste. I need not drink this again. There are much better versions of Dubbels on the market, even American interpretations.

Best By: 28-02-03

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this beer before and during and after dinner with 750ml size. It had a nice head that hung aroung long enough and a nice color. The malty flavors were good and the full carbonation really opened this beer up but nothing really jumped out at me cause I was eating the whole time. It semmed to go well with everything, cheese and crackers, salad, pasta and even vanilla cookies for dessert. Overall an enjoyable beer and it was a good representation of a belgian dubbel and would buy it again.

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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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