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Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
89
very good

604 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 34
Gots: 41 | 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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Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -74.8%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -49.6%

cfalovo97, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Seabass1964
2/5  rDev -49.6%

Seabass1964, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of MisterClean
2.03/5  rDev -48.9%

750 ml from Manderes in folsom, CA

A - Poured a faint golden with moderate, white foamy head.

S - Infused with alcohol. Light malts and bittering hops.

T - Strong notes of alcohol and earthy hops.

M - A beer that almost burned my throat? Slightly bitter too.

D - I generally prefer my beers to have more flavors and not taste of alcohol.

MisterClean, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of VikeMan
2.5/5  rDev -37%

VikeMan, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of illidurit
2.65/5  rDev -33.2%

I bought this beer almost exactly 4 years ago and never got around to drinking it until now. Pours an orange color with a small khaki head. Aroma is buttery, indicating diacetyl, but we later decided that it was probably oxidative effects. Caramel butterscotch flavor, not really much classic tripel ester character. It has a bit of that sweet sherry taste that some oxidated beers get. Sorta oversweet and flabby. Not a great candidate for aging, apparently.

illidurit, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of impending
2.65/5  rDev -33.2%

750ml into a tulip. Massive dense head that only a belgian can produce. Excellent lacing, some of the best. Clear golden copper.

Strong aroma - yeast, earth, malts and spices - not too sweet.

Taste disappoints based on my expectation from the aroma. Medicinal phenols come out way too strong followed by alcohol - not enough balancing flavors. Aftertaste slightly bitter and astringent.

review ot - I don't understand why brew that has pronounced medicinal phenols isn't dumped and the recipe tweaked. I don't know anyone who says, "whoa, excellent taste of band-aid in my brew, yum"
in any case
cheers
jd

impending, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of wcintula
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

I wasn't impressed with this too much. Poured into a rocks glass, shared with others, it poured an opaque, brownish color with big old floaties in it. Smells strong and sweet, of fruits, booze. the taste follows through with a maltier profile and a thick mouth feel with that alcohol presence noted in throat and nasal passages. It was an okay beer, but leaves more to be desired.

wcintula, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of PHSCAPT
2.8/5  rDev -29.5%

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.

PHSCAPT, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of amalburg
3/5  rDev -24.4%

amalburg, May 01, 2014
Photo of Beerdudenumberone
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Beerdudenumberone, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of tclang
3/5  rDev -24.4%

tclang, May 12, 2013
Photo of smi
3/5  rDev -24.4%

smi, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -24.4%

TimH, May 19, 2012
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%

Reviewed 5/19/2006 (750mL bottle):

Pours a very bubbly, golden yellow clearish color. Big head with fine bubbles. An aroma of dark fruit, plum and citrus. Rich, but not very strong. Bubbly taste, citrus, and some alcohol. Not very complex. Very light tasting but not much flavor.

jujubeast6000, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of stegmakk
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%

Poured a beautiful hazy orangey tan color with a great head and nice carbonation pop to it...
Aroma and taste were both extremely mild...you get the typical spiciness and hint of fruit but overall the taste was way too mild...still not bad...just average...I wont buy any more of this...

stegmakk, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of pants678
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%

Gold with a white head. Big white head, but it shrinks pretty quick.

Citrus, but predominantly peaches and caramel.

Hops and a wrapping honey throughout combine well with a tailing off green apple that's momentarily intense. Zesty yet hardly complex. Alcohol his well covered.

A cutting and barely staining texture. Not sharp as a tack but still cleansing. Would pair well with BBQ. More bubbles than your standard soda. Just heavier than medium bodied.

pants678, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%

Hazed gold with a thin white head that leaves behind some nice lacing. Spicy yeast aroma backed up by breadiness and fruit, light on the citrus. Candy sugar sweetness with some fruit and citrus, especially as it warms. Finishes with a peppery spiciness and alcohol warmth that's a bit on the hot side. Very high carbonation, slight stickiness and slickness. Not bad, but doesn't seem very balanced or refined.

DrJay, Nov 10, 2005
Photo of kaseydad
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%

I poured this bomber into a 22 oz. glass hoping for some Tripel goodness. Was not to be.

The pour creates a huge foamy head with major yeast throughout the glass.

The beer has a nice caramel color which reminds me of apple juice and also has major floaties dancing in the drink.

The aroma consists of major maltiness, some fruit scents and a nutty presence.

The taste reminded me of almost nothing. Nothing special in the taste which was very disappointing.

The cork read 2/08 which I wasn't sure if that was when it was created or when I should drink it. I also am suspect on how this was stored at the place of purchase. Could have been a bad bottle or just not my type of beer.

I was not impressed at all by this and I know there are much better options of Tripel's out there.

kaseydad, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of oakbluff
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%

Pours out a tangerine cloudy colour. Not much head retention for belgian which surprised me. Some lacing on side of glass. Smell is typical sweet belgian. Taste is sweet and fruity, not too spicy. Fairly middle of the road from a flavour profile. Highly drinkable for the ABV. I think this could be a good gateway beer for folks that think Leffe is the end all and be all of belgian brews. Would drink again, but wouldn't go out of my way. Purchased as part of a gift pack that came with a decent glass.

oakbluff, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of Brabander
3.15/5  rDev -20.7%

I am a lover of tripels and Westmalle is one of my favourites. So now and then i try out the competition and today Affligem Triple was the one to try and get the Westmalle of it's highest place.

It dit not succeed. Poured in my Westvleteren chalice the start is very promising. A nice white head with a very nice carbonation. That's how i like my tripels. With a nice golden colour it was a nice sight. The smelle was ok, not spectacular. Hints of citrus. The rest is history. An average tripel with a neutral taste. Could not make much out of it.

It seems that Westmalle is hard to beat.

Brabander, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Wyattldavis
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

Wyattldavis, Aug 10, 2013
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3.16/5  rDev -20.4%

josvemden, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Jablonski
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%

Purchased a 750 mL corked bottle poured into a Chimay glass. Mine also reads 9.5% alcohol rather than 8.5%.

A: A burnt orange color with a large head, but minimal lacing.

S: Smells mostly darker fruits (plums) with maybe a light hint of apple and citrus fruits (lemons and oranges). A metallic aroma is also noticeable.

T: Taste is a bit lighter than the smell with bananas and apples dominating the beginning of the taste. Slowly the taste becomes a bit unpleasant and metallic towards the end.

M: Decent thickness, but overcarbonated.

D: Not the best tripel I've had and the lingering bad aftertaste isn't nice. I'll drink this beer, but I probably will not buy again unless its a good deal.

Jablonski, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of TerryW
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%

Hazy golden orange with a big head that settled to a heavy film. Gives up decent lace throughout.

Pepper and substantial alcohol in the nose. If you can get past the alcohol you'll find apple.

Sweetness up front ending up dry and quite bitter. Slightly sticky finish. Noticeable alcohol throughout which, again, dominates to the detriment of other tastes in the beer. Orange is noticeable. Heavy drinking.


Not enough character to this one for my liking. Too much alcohol, too bitter without offering enough of anything else.

TerryW, Jan 10, 2005
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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
89 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.