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Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
89
very good

615 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 36
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2001)
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Reviews by BlurryVisi0n:
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a darker gold, slightly hazy looking through the glass. Head is white and comes off thick, thick by body not by measurement. Rose to maybe a 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Lightly yeasty, just wish was a notch more potent.

Taste: Slight nutty, full of yeast and a passive sweet.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, no complaints in this department.

Overall: Well constructed beer, complex but simple and I like that. I can't see this beer being knocked by anyone, it's a rare commodity to find something that can please most crowds. Grab a glass and treat yourself, you only love once. Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, Mar 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Popsinc, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

RoyalT, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

beerhunter13, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Rijtjeshuis, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Mac19872
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

SIRIUS2, Jan 26, 2008
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -74.8%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
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.

dill, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
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.

Jason, Oct 08, 2002
Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Billolick, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

fdrich29, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of tigg924
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

tigg924, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of BeerDrinkingDiver
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

BeerDrinkingDiver, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of ant1
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

ant1, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Marius, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of jimiv73
4.05/5  rDev +2%
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

jimiv73, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of jiffymon
4/5  rDev +0.8%

jiffymon, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Kraken
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Kraken, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of jondeelee
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

jondeelee, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of virinow
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

virinow, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +0.8%

fionn13, Mar 30, 2013
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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
89 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.