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Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

Affligem TripelAffligem Tripel

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very good

547 Ratings

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2001)
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Photo of NeedBeerHere


3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice dark orange in color with a finger white head that dissipated really quick with not lacing, Smell is really sweet that I can only assume is brown Belgian candy sugar. Really not much going on in the nose except real sweetness, Taste is more complex with the Belgian candy sugar, a little tiny bit of booze, and certainly some brown sugar to go with it as well. Mouthfeel is medium thick which is nice for the style. Honestly I don't like the beer as much as the last time I drank it as it just isn't as complex as I would have hoped. this is a great beer but just needs some balance,

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 13:14:57 | More by NeedBeerHere
Photo of brendanpatrick


3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml into a pint glass on this cold December night.

Appearance - Light golden color with 2 inch collar of foam. Significant lacing on left on the glass.

Smell - Very subtle. Hints of Belgian spices/yeast, sweet, and slight aroma of alcohol.

Taste - Apple, banana, and pepper.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation.

Overall - Not the best Tripel that I have had, but this is a good beer, decent value, and relatively easy to locate. You could do a lot worse.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 01:58:30 | More by brendanpatrick
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 19:05:51 | More by tigg924
Photo of TwoTrees


4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Mom-in-law, for the unexpected bottle! Let's see what's in store...

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wide burgundy style wine glass.

A: Rich, golden honey color. A foamy head dissipates rather quickly, leaving small traces of lacing on the glass. Lazy carbonation spirals upward.

S: Yeast, sweet bread, light citrus, grass and faint florals.

T: Again, sweet bread, malt, honey, apricot, green grape. This beer is one of the 'breadier' Belgians I've had...which I like. Also, some candy sugar with a slight bitterness in the finish.

M: This is what I would call 'very balanced.' Certainly not heavy, but not too light either. It's like Goldilocks...both in color and temperament.

O: A good, solid Belgian triple. My experience with triples may be somewhat shallow, but I would certainly reach for this beer again when I needed a bready malt/yeast fix. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 22:00:03 | More by TwoTrees
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3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Golden/honey colored in appearance, with lighter head - not creamy. Good smell - slightly bitter. Flavor is sweet and full, very little hops/very little bitterness. Very malty. It feels creamy and full in the mouth. Overall, this beer feels fairly heavy - way heavier that its appearance. Overall, much better in appearance and smell than in in flavor and finish. Just okay.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 23:23:01 | More by Wyattldavis
Photo of JanetCDavis


3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Seasonal glass from a pint bottle. Looks like honey! Quite golden with 3/4 inch head. Smells like clover or a freshly mown meadow. (Weirdly evokes Chanel no 5.) After the complexity of the smell, have to say I was disappointed with the taste. Just seems a little thin. But did stand up nicely with a Lye Cross 3 Pepper Leicester.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 23:21:34 | More by JanetCDavis
Photo of mmmbirra


3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks nice. A nice golden tripel with some serious foam.
OK. A little fruitiness, maybe a little spice, but nothing outstanding.
Really just doesn't taste that good. Too sweet, and so lacking that slight crispness and bite that I expect from a tripel. There's some strange slickness left on my tongue with a slight astringency in the back of my throat.
Mouthfeel is lacking, again the slickness.
Eh, there are so many better tripels out there, and so many strong blonde Belgian beers in general to really bother with this one. Nice and cheap though(1.60 for a 33)

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 13:52:35 | More by mmmbirra
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4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After standing at the Belgian style shelf at Discount Drinks on 12 mile and halsted, I decided to buy this since it was the last one on the shelf. Served it in a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy, golden honey color with a 1/4 inch bubbly off white head with medium amounts of lacing. There is particles and debris floating in the brew.

S: Very aromatic, reminds me of champagne or white wine, smells of Belgian yeast, malts, citrus, spices, peaches, white grapes, herbs.

T: Tastes incredible, very smooth, flavorful, tastes of wheat, Belgian yeast, pears, grapes, sugar, spices, herbs. Very well balanced, very smooth, nice kick from the alcohol as well.

M: Full bodied beer, with medium carbonation, very thick and flavorful, well balanced as well. Goes down smooth with a champagne-white wine effervescence.

O: Overall, as with other beers I've had from Affligem, it's stupendous. It's quite expensive but whenever I feel like treating myself (which is quite often) this brew will be on my menu. Recommended by me.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 20:45:46 | More by Mavigo
Photo of freneticamnesic


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold/orange body, with strong lasting head, very much the appearance of a Belgian triple

S - quite subtle to my sense, but floral hops and citrus were definitely there

T - Orange peel, grassy hops, coriander, some roast malt, and brown sugar come together in this one. On the sweeter side, but nicely balanced.

M - very smooth, nice amount of carbonation

Overall, this is a very nice example of the style. All the flavours are there, and very well balanced. Reminded me of La Chouffe due to the sweetness, but that's not a negative trait either.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 14:05:30 | More by freneticamnesic
Photo of FLima


3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with a two finger thick head with medium retention and leaving laces. Some floating particles.
Light aroma of malt, sugar and yeast.
Predominant flavor of pineapple, white grapes and apples with condiments such as pepper and cloves. Hints of malt, brown sugar, non-sweet guaraná. Dry and numbing aftertaste.
Medium body with a low carbonation, though with an effervescent sensation. Alcohol of 9% ABV is harmonic.
Well balanced for a Tripel, acidy and not too sweet. It really grows with degustation time; I had to change this write up at the end once its complexity became more apparent.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:44:21 | More by FLima
Photo of metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear bright golden yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and slowly died down, consistently leaving a finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of candi sugar and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that there are also notes of bitterness and peppery spices as well as hints of alcohol and light fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. Notes of dryness are present in the finish.
O: This tripel hides its alcohol rather well and the high amount of carbonation and the pepper spices help to cut through the candi sugars and prevent this from being too sticky and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 23:59:30 | More by metter98
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2013 17:25:35 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of janubio


3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle Big creamy foam, not much retention. Yellow deep golden colour. Smell of ripe fruits, apple, clove, earth. Too sweet palate for the style, IMO. Good carbonation. Taste of fruits, apples apricots, clove, spices, maybe pepper. Good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 14:34:50 | More by janubio
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 20:15:49 | More by chinchill
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Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 08:15:44 | More by biboergosum
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New York

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice, served cool.

translucent butterscotch with a slight haze and visible carbonation. A thick natural white head leaves decent lacing.

aroma of Belgian yeast. wildflowers, pepper, musty peaches.

mouthfeel is well structured with seltzer qualities.

Pale malt, tart white grapes, slight black pepper sting on the tongue and decent hop bitterness. Dry finish.

Not as fruity as Chimay, this is a more no nonsense Belgian Tripel

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 06:14:00 | More by fx20736
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, light gold beer with a slight, rocky, white head that quickly turns creamy while consistent columns of carbonation carry chunks of yeast within a Hoegaarden snifter. Spotty lace is displaced by a thin film with each swirl.

There is a faint, fruity apple aroma with apricot and a hint of yeasty funk.

Tart and acidic, this one has the pungency of sourdough. A tart finish builds long after each sip. Warmth brings out light pepper and apricot flavors.

Full body, chewy with vigorous, fine carbonation. Alcohol is as expected from this super dry beer that sticks to the palate and has a light astringency.

Best as a pre-supper sipper. This one was aged for two years.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 21:18:16 | More by SLeffler27
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 00:53:40 | More by BGDrock
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a stemless wine glass. Making use of what's in the cabinet up here in Maine.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a yellow orange haze with great clarity and signs of carbonation coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Delicious. Everything I expect out of a tripel. Vanilla, spices, Belgian candy, bready notes, apple, pear, honeydew melon, and yeasty esters.

Taste: Everything above blended well together. Not too sweet, not too bitter. A little light, but very tasty as it warmed to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, a tiny bit boozy and warming to the palate.

Overall: Overall a very traditional triple and cornerstone to the style. Bottle or draft and you can't go wrong. This beer is super awesome too is at warmed to room temperature.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 03:31:55 | More by Flounder57
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2.8/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vigorous pour from a 750ml bomber into a Duvel goblet at 42F resulted in a 2 finger meringue-like head, 1 finger in 3 minutes, mostly dissipated at 5. No lacing. Clear orange gold ale. Full-face in goblet smell revealed slight yeastiness, nothing else. I get a sweet warmth to start finishing with a mildly medicinal flat finish. Nice carbonation with pinpoints, fun to watch. A decent beer if it's what's available, but don't need to rebuy.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 00:01:40 | More by PHSCAPT
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4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden with a slight haze. Head is White and very foamy and with excellent retention. Lacing is splotchy but with plenty to go around.

S - Picking up semi sweet fruit and bread in the nose. Orange comes to mind along with some candy sugar. Bread comes in through the middle and takes it to the finish to give it a sorta dryness.

T -Malty tropical fruits. Ripe I might say. Pineapple, orange, apple, white grape, candy sugar and raisin bread. Alcohol is just barely present but gives it a bit of warmth.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty solid. It does down smooth with a nice slick feel. Carbonation is just right. No complaints.

O - Not a bad Triple at all. Better than an American version I can think of. At 8 dollars a 750 you cant beat it. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 06:20:27 | More by depechemode1983
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New York

3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

appearance: Classic look for a tripel, orange colored. Less than a half a finger head.
smell: I am picking up a boozey smell. I have a 750 ml bottle that clearly states it is 8.5% abv although the BA listing shows 9.5%.
taste: The boozey smell trascends into the taste, I'm dissappointed.
mouthfeel: medium
overall: I would not recommend this. I guess I have high expectations for a Begium Beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 00:09:01 | More by bigflatsbeerman
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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I felt like I was pouring Champagne, very bubbly. The creamy off white head dissipated in just the right amount of time. Has a nice smell, and taste. The only drawback is that I am going to have to drink the whole thing because it is a corked bottle. 750 ml at 9% abv. The alcohol content is barely noticeable and I didn't realize it was so high until I started typing this review...WHOA!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 23:23:35 | More by Canslammer
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Off the pour there is a lot of snapping sounding carbonation, with a head that barely makes a finger, off white in color and falls slowly in a shampoo foamy appearance. Body has wonderful trails of white rising pinhead carbonation all around, it's like a pinwheel and my glass has stripes practically. Orange amber slightly cloudy body. If the head was better this would be amazing.

Fresh dry pear and juice on the nose, mixing with crisp dry malts. Muted sweetness and a wine like vinous sensation perhaps coming.

Taste is a mix of big yeast punch and apple. Very light and crisp bodied for a tripel in the mouthfeel, but also comes out a bit too wet and watery. Flattened juice box character to this. Luckily not too boozy either.

Overall it's not bad but it's a letdown from the nose entirely and doesn't have the malt density that I like for this style. Hints at crisp at white wine but doesn't quite get there either. The good news is as it warms up it gets a bit better and with a good candy sweetness to come through. This one takes time.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 22:42:44 | More by smakawhat
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

The beer has a bright yellow/gold see through body with a rush of bubbles and a sudsy white head.

Very fruity with banana, pear, and apple. It’s also got some pepper, earth, and bubblegum.

All the fruit and spice from the nose is here in it, but the spice seems a little more heavy-handed on the palate. The bubblegum was first noticed on the tongue before picking it up in the nose. It’s got a lively level of carbonation, medium mouth feel, and fairly dry.

I was totally surprised by this! It’s hard to go into a beer without any sort of expectation in todays world of ratings. I wasn’t blown away, but I loved the hell out of this thing. It’s a straight up no frills tripel but is put together so well. After Westmalle most tripels meld together for me. This might go the lead of that tight knit pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 05:38:18 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
89 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.