Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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4.78/5 rDev +20.4%
Found a 750ml bottle at a brand spanking new wine, spirits and beer store in my area. The place is so new, the smell of paint is still noticeable when walking in.
A: Clear, golden liquid with a massive head. Extensive lacing as I drink it which is one way to discern that this one is a good one.
S: Sweet fruit and candy sugar with yeast and a hint of pear. If I didn't know what I was drinking, I might think this is Duvel, or a tripel version of Duvel.
T: Really tastes how it smells. Which to me, is rare for a good beer. Sweet candy sugar with a hint of pear, stony dryness lingers at the finish. Simply a pleasure to consume.
D: I could drink another 750 ml, which is saying volumes considering the relatively high abv, but I'm sure I'd pay for it the next day. Nonetheless, an extremely drinkable brew even though it's probably not a session beer. Definitely a really good sipper.
11-23-2009 01:07:11 | More by irishking1977
4.68/5 rDev +17.9%
Tried this beer for the first time today (11-27-08). Price was $13.00 at the store. In my opinion, for the quality I experienced, it was underpriced. Bought it last night and let sit in the fridge overnight to settle. This morning there was 1/8" of sediment (roughly) in the dregs.
I enjoyed this beer alongside my Thanksgiving feast of a dinner, and it was an absolutely perfect combination. If you can grab a bottle or 10 to bring home, I encourage you to do so.
Watch out for the alcohol content, there is little hint in the taste, smell and mouthfeel of the punch to the head you are about to receive. Rest assured, after Thanksgiving dinner and a nice chalice of this brew, you will thoroughly enjoy a nice nap afterwards! Overall, this is one of the best brews I have ever tasted.
A - deep golden / amber color, with a nice thick-bodied and long lasting foamy head.
S - a subtle scent of citrus lingers in the background behind a more sweeter bouquet of banana, not a lot of alcohol smell.
T - There is no better beer to accompany the combination of Turkey, Mashed Potatos Stuffing and Cranberry sauce. More sweet than bitter, with a very mild hoppy finish. Taste is fruity, a hint of apricot and an almost (but not quite) imperceptible hint of vanilla.
M - Pure shining! a velvety smooth consistency, light and bubbly but not overcarbonated. very smooth going down.
D - This is a sipping beer. Drink as though it were a fine wine, a sip at a time. It is best when it is following a forkfull of gravy-draped turkey, the palate cleansing qualities really will shine through.
11-27-2008 22:38:04 | More by Bigfatbino
4.63/5 rDev +16.6%
Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.
A: A nice honey color with a long lasting head.
S: Sweet lite fruity color with a hint of cherry or honey.
T: Has a light fruity taste with a dash of honey and a bit of bread taste.
M: Has a bit of a fizz feel to it and has a lighter taste to it for a triple.
D: Probably one of the more neutral triples, a very easy sipper or even a normal drink to drink on the weekends, the neutrality gives it much versatility.
Overall a very nice Belgian I got the last bottle of it in the place, Cyclone liquors in Ames, IA.
11-17-2009 04:29:29 | More by TheStoutAholic
4.58/5 rDev +15.4%
On this New Year's Eve, somewhere near Boston, I'm ditchin' the party and enjoying some fine brews. Affligem Tripel in a 750ml corked bottle. Dated: 10 159 15. Brewed about halfway through 2010? Would seem these famous breweries could come up with an easier code, no?
Poured a hazy blonde, very attractive, and a solid but quickly dissapating head. Nice fine lacing. Nothing offensive or spectacular on the nose. OK, let's drink.
Fruit, pears & apples, maybe a tad sweet on the start. As I start my second glass, I'm loving the aftertaste, so flavorful. The sweetness has gone, the fruitiness remains. And a little bitter's kickin' in. Never really noticed the alcohol - I like it well into the background, though that's dangerous territory sometimes. But that's a plus.
I poured the yeast into my last ¼ glass, and can't really tell the difference - guessing the bottle was shaken a bit on my bike ride home.
Anyways, highly recommended. Most excellent for sure. And quite a bit cheaper here in Boston than many other fine Belgians. (US$9) Happy New Year everyone!
01-01-2011 00:41:15 | More by hudsonvalleyslim
4.55/5 rDev +14.6%
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 tripel...it is the softest, smoothest tripel I have yet experienced. I will have to keep a bottle around to compare with tripels in the future.
06-21-2006 03:24:11 | More by IntriqKen
4.53/5 rDev +14.1%
A 750ml brown glass bottle with a new, rather fancy looking, cream, red, black & gold colored coat of arms on the label. It has exactly the same "new" label design as the bottle of Dubbel, which I had earlier this week - except for the word Tripel replacing the word Dubbel of course. Corked (dated 22/02) & Caged.
Appearance: Pours with a massive expansive, thick solid off-white head, which takes forever to settle down. In fact, it has to go 3 distinct stages before it does. Starts with a voluminous fill in the glass, then it collapses painfully slowly at the sides, whilst lacing well, the crusty middle eventually catches up to leave a thick fog-like head, smooth & impressive. It does leave a fantastic looking rocky 3D lacing. Exceptionally clear straw color I kept the yeast in the bottle. As with the Dubbel, it really does look the part, especially in a Chimay Goblet!
Nose: Gorgeously spicy, light fruity nose with a strong herbal like odor. Hops intermingled with some light citrus. Incredibly refreshing aroma the alcohol even comes through in the pungent nose at the back end. Marvelous.
Taste: Bold, Bitter & Spicy, even hoppy at times. It has a very soft bitterness to start with, that becomes pronounced in the finish. Light grain malts & hops are well-balanced with talcum smooth spices & herbs, which effortlessly transcend the journey from glass to stomach. Has a light citric quality, without the acidic sharpness. Very enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: An athletic heavyweight. Big AND Powerful. 0-100 in 2 mouthfuls. I like the way that the alcohol does not dominate the spicy aspects, but merely supports them in an unwavering fashion.
Drinkability: Weighs in at a mighty 8.5%, but no warming whatsoever, just as it should be. It is *so* easy to forget how strong this Tripel. I had little problem getting down to the yeast sediment in this bottle.
Overall: Whereas the Affligem Dubbel was just too inoffensive, which I suspected was the start of a dumbing down by Affligems new owners for mass-market appeal the Tripel goes to proves me downright wrong. Whilst the Tripel is clean drinking, it has much more character than I remember. This beer is street-wise, and knows what it needs to be, and do. I was disappointed with the new label Affligem Dubbel, but the corresponding Tripel is a far better beer, with a huge bold presence.
Well worth trying.
Confronted by both the Dubbel & Tripel ?
- Can only afford one?!
- Go with the Tripel !
Worth $6.99 Definitely.
10-15-2003 05:00:27 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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