Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem TripelAffligem Tripel

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 42
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2001

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Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at The Mark, South Bend, IN, in snifter

A: thin, but creamy head; cloudy from micro carbonation; light orange, dense; lacing ok
S: banana and estery aroma; sweet, inviting; smell persists
T: Wow. Banana, pear; sweet and boozy; opens up nicely as it warms up into a rich, complex classic Belgian.

Wow, a really rich beer; I enjoyed this quite a bit.

More User Reviews:
Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 6/4/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness/hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish fora good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome tripel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Popsinc
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A golden pour with a huge and lively white head.

Smell: A light floral nose with very subtle but nice fuity hints.

Taste: A very well bodied beer. Bready notes and heavy texture. Grainy and underlying tastes of raw-sugars and honey. A dry and warm alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, lively and a very full bodied beer.

Drinkability: A nice beer, very decent but not my favorite tripel. I only sampled 1 so maybe a few more would give me a better idea of how i feel.

Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is lighter than the Dubbel, but thicker. The yellowish-orange cloud of a body is impenetratable to light. The long, thick head goes down slowly and laces the glass.

Smell – The malt aroma is there, but the light fruit dominates. There is pear and lemon zest, plus a little spice of clover and coriander.

Taste – The spice comes out much more in the flavor. The coriander and pepper take over initially, but the malt and yeast flavors catch up. There’s sweetness at the end that tastes like ripe peach.

Mouthfeel – The modest carbonation feels a bit light for this medium-bodied Tripel.

Drinkability – This one was OK, but it lacked the sense of balance and smoothness that I’ve come to enjoy in the style.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in branded chalice

Look - (2.5/5) pours a nice light gold color. Clarity is very good, but as I got with the blonde, there were some really gross chunks of trub floating around like a snow globe. The head was also a touch disappointing. It faded to a minimal film with almost no lacing.

Smell - (3.5/5) the smell has a very similar to the blonde, which is malty pitted fruits (peaches/dried apricots). It was interesting in a tripel, but a bit too sweet and not tart enough. Little hop aroma.

Taste - (3.5/5) the flavour is much like the aroma, a bit of a one-note pony with the pitted fruit flavor. There wasn't a lot of balance and it was a bit too sweet without a lot of the spice of tart or floral notes I expected for balance.

Feel - (4/5) The body is on the lighter side of medium, with a medium-high carbonation. This definitely gave it a nice feel and one that worked will with the flavors. The finish just wasn't dry enough.

Drink - (3.5/5) I though this one tasted a lot like their blonde and certainly didn't make me think 'tripel.' It was also a bit too malty for my liking and didn't really have a lot of complexity.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy golden color tinted with orange. Light foamy white head.

S: Alcohol prominent with an odd (unfamiliar) earthy spice smell

T: Again, prominent alcohol taste was foremost followed by a hop bitterness and a spicy aftertaste that wasn't very enjoyable, but wasn't enough to ruin the experience.

M: Medium bodied with fine but abundant carbonation.

D: Slightly ahead of "good" but I had a hard time with that unfamiliar taste that started at the nose and lingered through the finish. It affected the smoothness of the finish and just sort of hung there.

This is a decent Tripel but wouldn't be the first one I grabbed for given a choice of several. I'm curious to try some of the other products in the Affliigem line to see if that peculiar taste is present.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

Tripels are tricky. Some breweries think just high alcohol and being blond-ish qualifies the beer to be one. There is a hell of a lot more finesse to the style.

Faint haze on the pale straw color; head retention is right where it should be: sturdy and sticky. The nose is like taking a stroll through a field of lilac, pepper plants and an apricot orchard. Not sure how deep crispness in a beer can go, but this one is going real deep. Spicy, sweet smack across the face wakes the palate up on the first sip with a big HELLO! Sugar cookie dough maltiness meets green peppercorn and wildflowers, with some ripe orchard fruit in tow. Chalky yeast in the drying finish.

A Tripel with a mission: to stay on style and be within the front of the pack. Mission ac- complished-- equal to the Trappist Tripels for sure.

Photo of dill
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It began gushing out of the bottle moments after I opened it. The beer poured into a pint glass with a thick white head atop a golden body. It's a really nice looking beer. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy with light carbonation, and the smell had a nice musky funk to it. I enjoyed it quite a bit.. more than I expected to really.

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

Presentation: 750 ml brown bottle with a “Best Before” freshness date on the label, history and how the beer should be poured is provided on the label also.

Appearance: Hazed sun golden colour, the head is a bit short but the lace sticks to the glass just fine.

Smell: Fruity, rustic and yeasty aroma. Smells of ripe apples and pears, earthy from the husky grain and powdery yeast.

Taste: Insanely crisp with a moderate body on a dry palate. Big spiciness, lots of clove though it suggests an off kilter allspice blend from the phenols and alcohol. Maltiness fringes quick to a husky flavour, lots of pale grain husky flavours. Fruity esters are present yet stay in a mild state of mealy apples and ripe pears. Medicinal phenols hold strong, mild honey like flavour is the only sign of sweetness. Finishes surprisingly clean and dry with alcohol in the wind and a mild chalky yeast.

Notes: Not too shabby for a triple, I have had both fresh and aged sample of this brew and have to say that it is more than a decent pick for the style and is unquestionably worth a try.

Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle, caged and corked, no freshness dating to be found. Pours dull light yellow, cloudy and supporting a white head, that started fluffy and pillowy and then turns to 1/4 inch and regal with fine retentive powers. Tons o' lacing. Nose is bursting with peppery phenolic notes and cloves. Nice soft mouthfeel. Bold Belgian flavorings of yeasy nuttyness, cloves, and pepper. Ths is a full flavor, bold and enjoyable tripel. Amazing how a glass or two can lift the spirits and improve the quality of whatever food you want to pair it with. Readily available tripel, well worth a try.

Photo of fdrich29
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle. Cork shot out pretty fast with a nice pop.

Poured a cloudy golden orange, head quickly settled down to a pinky's width and stuck around for awhile. Great lacing on this, smells of sweet oranges and spice with an added taste of pepper and candy. Slight tingling on the tongue, smooth down the back. This tripel was a great find and one I'll be picking up again and again. If you like La Fin you'll love this.

Photo of tigg924
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, hazy, gold in color, moderate carbonation, big time sediment

Smell: apricot, golden delicious apple, pear, and Belgian spices

Taste: apricot, golden delicious apple, pear, honey, and Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet, light bodied with medium/prickly carbonation

Overall: A really good tripel. Love all the golden delicious apple flavor here. I was a bit turned off by all the sediment, but flavor wise, it is an excellent value buy.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Number two from my Christmas Affligem pack.

Poured into the branded chalice. Golden, slightly murky, with a little bit of sediment that snuck in during the pour. Oh well... Nice, foamy white head, fairly thick, dissolves into a thin sheet. Good lacing.

Nose is slightly fruity (perhaps apple or pear), with a bit of yeast and a slight kick of alcohol in the back.

I'm picky about my Tripels - I appreciate the high alcohol content, but I often find it can take over the brew. This one did quite well for me. Started off with the fruit flavours found in the nose, then a quick alcohol bite followed by a long, surprisingly dry finish. The alcohol wasn't nearly as present as I thought it would be, which was greatly appreciated.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp, almost too well carbonated. Stings a bit on the tongue, but I'll manage.

A very tasty, drinkable tripel. I found the alcohol was muted fairly well and didn't affect the overall experience. Well done.

Photo of jimiv73
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer was pretty good considering the price i was expecting something less! this beer came out with a huge white head half a chimay head it was a yellow color beer with white head and had hints of citrus and fruit very very refreshing and i could drink alot on a hot day

Photo of Kraken
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes-
Poured from a 750ml bottle into an oversized wine glass. Cork dataed 13/7. Solid 3 finger bright white head from a firm pour, nice lace and retention with bubbles of various sizes. Color is a light slightly cloudy orange.
Nose-Alcohol, light yeast, bready, lite hopes.
Taste- Very mild, slightly metallic taste. Pepper gingery, bitter finish, alcohol, slightly sweet.
Mouthfeel- Buttery, carbonation adds nicely. Long finish is pleasent, perhaps a bit lite for the style.
Drinkability- Very drinkable for 8.5% A nice beer thats not too hard to find.

Photo of jondeelee
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Tripel starts off with many of the usual tripel aromas--orange, coriander, banana, pear, apple--but adds to them a champagne-like white grape note, all of which rests lightly over biscuity toasted grains. The end result smells much like a bowl full of Grape Nuts, laden with freshly-sliced peaches.

On the tongue, the brew is quite fruity, with orange, banana, apple, and apricot rising quickly to the surface. Hints of spice--coriander, clove, pepper, nutmeg--speckle the tongue, nipping lightly at the tastebuds. A good layer of toasted grains lies beneath, but is largely hidden by the fruity sugars. Hops are barely distinguishable, existing only as a counterbalancing buzz. A slight alcohol tinge hums quietly in the background, and becomes slightly too much the center of attention in the aftertaste, which is otherwise merely a continuation of the sugars. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is high--slightly too high, in fact, making this brew feel champagne-like on the soft palate.

Overall, the flavors in here are good, but the brew lacks a certain vivacity and uniqueness that would set it apart from its competitors, and the sugary flavors tend to fade during subsequent sips.

Photo of BGDrock
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy; amber/gold colour; good head on pour, falls away after a minute

Aroma: sweet, fruity malt; peach, strawberry, grapes; some alcohol cutting through it all

Taste & Mouthfeel: more one-noted than expected - smashed up smoothie as opposed to a fruit salad; ripe fruit flavour identifies as grapes if anything; properly balanced with hops to keep it crisp and dry on the finish, which lasts several minutes; some discernible spice notes

Overall: where is the punchy variety of flavour hinted at by the aroma? too one dimensional and overall not memorable

Photo of ADR
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sedimented apricot appearance, glows in the light, head is huge and very soft, like pillow foam. Laces thicky, in lots of hanging strings and sheets. Tons of aroma, plenty of grape, orange, yeast notes and a light sense of blackboard slate. Impressive taste, well-bittered up front, medium carbonation, and an astringent marmalade impression. Dries well, with alcoholic heat and a strident finish and aridity that's almost like an asphalt-like bitterness. Bold stokes here, Westmalle seems safer, but this is about as close to what I expect from a Tripel as I've run across -- would be just about right when I'm in the mood.

Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cellared bottle dated (apparently) 11/2012 served in a St. Bernardus snifter. A gentle, cautious pour produced a moderate size, white head that sits atop hazy, apricot-amber liquid with lots of visible carbonation. Good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: A mix of light fruits (apricot, banana and pear, in particular) with bready malts, hints of grassy hops and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: {4+] More delicate than strong but with excellent complexity. Fruity, with hints of banana, pear, and apricot. Lightly spicy with suggestions of clove and pepper. There is some sweetness, but overall this tripel comes across mildly tart, with a fairly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a refined, creamy feel. Light crispness.

Overall: nicely complex and fruity, and leaning to the tart side of the sweet-tart dimension.

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

Very nice floral hop aroma, nice soft yeast aroma aswell, very smooth spicy start, slight sweet and then leading to a bitter finish, i think Affligem is a bit underated in my opinion, an excellent brew, nice soft spicy flavour aswell.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours soft cloudy orange yellow with beautifully crafted tiny bubble head that takes forever to melt to a marshmello like lacing that sticks and coats perfectly.
Aroma is soft fruit, powdery yeast, soft warm bread, spices.
Taste is of soft fruits, warm bread, cloves, spices, and a hop bitterness on the end plus way more than I can describe.
Mouthfeel is very, VERY rich and creamy.
I really enjoy this is the softest, smoothest tripel I have yet experienced. I will have to keep a bottle around to compare with tripels in the future.

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, 9% ABV, a single from an Affligem variety pack.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, bright medium golden straw hue, with tight, bubbly, and creamy off-white head, which leaves a few wildly arching streaks of lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of sweet, sugary pale malt, a bit of half-baked, doughy bread, musty yeast, some sharp orchard fruitiness, and a bit of white wine booziness. The taste is semi-sweet, kind of grainy pale malt, a subdued, but equally substantial mixed bag of ethereally fleshy fruit - echoes of peaches, apricots, and white grapes, all nice and blended - a now laid-back earthy yeastiness, and some lurking, understated earthy, drying noble hops.

The carbonation is on the lo-fi frothy side, the body an agreeable medium weight, and dead smooth to boot. It finishes off-dry, with a trending toward fullness of that metric, as the fruit, grain, yeast, and alcohol all seem to lean together in the same direction.

A pretty bang-on exemplar for the style, the big booze not nearly as invasive as even in some of the other world beaters. It's still sweet, sure, but in a seductively balanced manner. I don't using consider procuring another when faced with just one bottle of this particular style, but I would not mind breaking that trend with this one.

Photo of jmz62565
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy golden amber like color with a huge white head. The smell has a candy sugar, yeast, and "bisquit" aroma. The taste is a crisp dry sweet sugar beer with hints of clove, wood, and fruit. The m/f is light and very creamy with a dryness that is very good. This is a very good beer, very sugary sweet, but still a classic Belgium Tripel that you must try.

Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

750 ml corked and caged bottle served cold into a goblet.

Affligem trippel is a hazel, golden, yellow-orange color with thick white head. It settles quickly though and leaves no lace.

Aroma is classic Belgian trippel with lots of great yeast esters and subtle hops.

Flavor is balanced and mild but complex at the same time. Fruit, spice, pepper, and yeast all come through but none of them shout too loudly.

Mouthfeel is medium to light in body and nicely bcarbonated. Great balance of flavors and bitterness.

Overall a very good trippel and reasonably priced.

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

A good strong trippel. Pours clear and carbonation with chunks of yeast rather than cloudiness, so be careful on the pour. Good head and appetizing nose. Lacks the standard belgian trippel creamy spiciness, but is still quite good. very warming and refreshing at the same time with some nut flavors and bright citrus flavors on the finish. Good beer.

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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
89 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.