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Affligem Dubbel

Rating: 3.75

A Belgian beer that I managed to try over in Amsterdam recently and a beer that for one reason or another I thought featured in the 1001 beers list, as it happens it does not but the beer still gets some very good reviews online where it is currently rated the 29th best Dubbel according to the BeerAdvocate website. I tried this one in a pub just off of Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam at the start of last month and presentation wise the beer was amazing looking, coming out in a beautiful v-shaped chalice which was quite surprising given the type of pub I was, although since this beer is now falls under the Heineken umbrella I probably shouldn’t be too shocked.
Affligem Dubbel

Appearance (4/5): Copper amber with a thin, quarter centimetre tall head made up of plenty of fine bubbles with some foamy patches and a touch more build up around the sides of the glass. The head just about covers the surface after a few moments and overall the beer looks fairly pleasant.
Aroma (7/10): Not a particularly strong smelling beer on the nose, at least not initially anyway. There is some sweet malts and touches of toffee and caramel coming through with plenty of sugars but it took a little time for it to open up and allow me to detect much of anything at all. I also got some dark, dried fruits coming through, most notably some dates ad plum but also a faint touch of raisin before some apples and a general freshness made an appearance.
Taste (7/10): Sweet tasting with some sticky toffee and caramel coming through first with some sweet malts and a few earthy flavours but it’s the sweetness that comes through strongest. There is a few background fruits and sugars adding to this with plums and dates again featuring alongside some apricot and a few cherries but these are considerably more faint.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a few sticky patches in places and a medium body that boasted moderate carbonation and a faint dryness towards the end. The balance of the beer was a good one with the caramel and toffee combining well and there was a very faint touch of bitterness right at the end too.

Overall (15/20): This one was a surprisingly good for a beer that was so easy to find in the Netherlands, a really nice Abbey style beer that was very well balanced with plenty of sweetness coming through from the offset but thankfully never really overpowered. The beer was an easy one to drink and is one that I wouldn’t mind picking up again in future.

Brewed In: Opwijk, Flemish Brabant
Brewery: Brouwerij De Smedt (Brouwerij Affligem)
First Brewed: Brewery since 1970
Type: Abbey Dubbel
Abv: 7.0%
Serving: Bottle (330ml)
Purchased: Rembrandt Bar, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Price: €4.00 (approx. £2.96)

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