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Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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343 Reviews

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Reviews: 343
Hads: 673
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 15.44%
Wants: 45
Gots: 77 | 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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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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Photo of Flounder57
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of PHSCAPT
2.76/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of bigflatsbeerman
3.24/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Canslammer
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a snifter

a: pours a clear golden, two finger white head froths and bubbles, slowly dissipating to a thin film

s: white wine/champagne, yeast, Belgian sugars, pears, citrus, some grape and bubble gum as well.

t: light, tart, and crisp, grape and yeast, bubble gum and white sugar, high-champagne light carbonation and light mouthfeel.

o: a solid tripel. very smooth, lots of flavors.

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Photo of iSip
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Tripel, 22 oz. bomber: I got the chance to sample this highly rated triple over the weekend. The body is golden in color and as clear as you are careful keeping the sediment out of your pour. The head is average, and continuous carbonation replenishes it during the drinking experience. Very solid tripel aroma of Belgian yeast and champagne. Flavor was middle of the road, not outstanding or odd notes, just solidly where a tripel should be. Overall, a very good beer, but did not wow me as other tripels have. Maybe it was my mood that evening. That’s the tough part of reviewing beer, there are so many factors that influence the experience of having a beer. To be fair, beer reviews should be head to head comparisons rather than individual tastings.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Affligem Tripel is a rich gold with nice head and not too much lacing. The fine particles of yeast take their time settling, if they settle at all. Crisp, peppery floral aroma. This is a spicy and sweet beer with noticeable alcohol. I can understand why people have tasted some apple and pear as well. Dense stuff, almost like a carbonated nectar, but that rounds out the strong flavors very nicely. Whether it is as good as a Trappist ale or La Fin du Monde I can't say right now. I'd need a side-by-side comparison. I think it represents its style well and is worth a try.

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Photo of diamondc
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge floaties in this one.. medium gold color, a huge head on the initial pour, but dies down quickly. Some spotty lacing though.

S: Honeydew, floral, spring showers, red apples, a bit of a peppery kick, too. Excellent.

T: Fruity ... pear-like, cloves, nutmeg, alcohol really coming up front here, spicy hops. Very complex, big flavors. Wonderful.

M: A bit hot compared to other world class tripels, yet I don't really mind.

O: Great tripel, reminds me of Avery's Salvation. A definite must try.

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Photo of SebD
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice murky golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of Belgian yeast, spices, banana, citrus and lemon.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice fruity character with some bready notes, yeast and a slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  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!

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Photo of cvm4
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy yellow/lemon/golden color with a white 1.5 finger head.

S - For me, it seems a bit light for a Tripel. There is some sweetness with some tart fruit smells along with strong malts.

T - Yeast, bananas, lemon zest and pears. A tangy beer but it fits.

M - Medium bodied and feels light for the style. But, it's definitely refreshing.

O - From the Pour to the Taste to the Mouthfeel, this is a different brand of Tripel. Everything is crisp and straightforward.

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Photo of sfprint
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

exp: Jan 27 2013
A: Dull yellow brown, wide column of rising carbonation up the center, cloudy with plankton sediment, snow cap of foam in the center.
S: alcohol apparent. sweet, syrupy, fruity,
T: fruity, alcohol is very apparent/strong and tangy on the back end. mild malt, I guess it's pretty good for being so intense, but it's too intense for me. fairly even flavor.
M: Light to medium body with low carbonation, a hair astringent.
O: Heavy in flavor for a triple. high in alcohol. Not what I like in a tripel but is still good.

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Photo of DrFayhee
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent tripel. Slightly sweeter and starchier than typical tripel but overall extremely drinkable.
More golden than amber in color. Rich, fruity smell with some banana and ripe papaya notes. Taste is rather sweet up front with a drier, cereal trail, finishing with some nice citrus flavors.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel. This beer can serve well as either aperitif or nightcap.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber-golden colour with a thick and creamy foam head. Noticeably viscous and oily. Good retention and lacing.

S: Belgian style yeast, banana, pears, cane sugar, and a slight biting herbal aroma in the finish. Inviting fruits and yeast.

T: Banana, pears, yeast, slight mineral-herbal finish (which is good), pepper, and hint of lemons. Very appealing with the most noticeable element of this tripel being an emphasis on a dry mineral-herbal-y taste (which is great).

M: Medium bodied with an average carbonation level for style. Slightly oily for the style (wouldn't mind more) with a dry finish (wouldn't mind more).

D: A very good tripel that I would certainly drink again. Having tasted Westmalle last night, I would say that this is not quite on that level yet, but still a great tripel option.

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Photo of gtermi
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice clear gold body with a super thick white head that slowly fades. As the beer fades, it leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: There is a nice amount of sweetness and has a great amount of malt on the nose.It is rather light on the nose for a tripel, but it really does have a nice, pleasant smell.

T: There is a strong amount of grain taste at the begging of the beer, but as it lingers it starts to develop a nice fruity flavor. There is a great malt flavor that lingers on the palate for a very long time.

M: This is the smoothest tripel I have ever had. I tend to find tripels to be really crisp on the tongue and the back of the tongue, but this one doesnt.

O: This is a very good quality tripel. I find that the mouthfeel and the taste are on par with most top tripels. Just a great beer.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 19.09.2013

Beer is light golden in colour, medium sized white head on top. Appears quite carbonated, lots of action in the head.

Smell is very fruity. Banana, peach, apple, other light fruits. Spicy hints as well. Fruit smells very sweet, even candied. Some yeast scents as well. Very nice.

Taste is also quite fruity, but is not as sweet as expected. Balanced a bit with some bitterness from the hops. Still certainly a sweet beer, however. Peppery spices are noticeable. Some malt flavours along with the fruit. Nice but not as impressive as the nose.

Medium bodied, surprisingly light for the style and the alcohol level. Strongly carbonated. Past the carbonation, it has a very creamy feel.

Overall, quite a nice tripel. I have not been a big fan of other Affligem beers I have had, and this one exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; 'best before' September 2013. I swirled up the bottom of the bottle before I finished pouring, even though I don't think I was supposed to. Oh well, more yeasty goodness.

Pours a foggy golden-amber colour, with about two fingers of sparkling white head on the surface. Retention is ok but nothing exceptional for a tripel... it's mostly gone within a few minutes, but at least it can be resuscitated easily with a brief swirl of the snifter. Leaves behind a patchy, uneven cap and a ring of foam around the edge, with almost no lacing. Pleasing aroma, but a little subdued - very yeasty, with a number of fruity esters (pears, citrus, and peaches). Light clove/coriander spiciness, with a hint of alcohol.

Big, bold taste; not what I was expecting after a sniff or two. Malty backbone of bready, lightly toasted grains, tons of Belgian yeast with lots of sweet, candied fruit character - I can pick out mellow orchard fruit, lemony zest, and even some pretty strong banana notes. A very floral feel to the profile, particularly toward the finish, where the pepper and coriander spiciness comes forward. Fairly dry finish, with a yeasty aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with relatively high carbonation. Leaves a sticky coating behind on the palate. The alcohol is masterfully hidden - in a blind test there's no way I'd guess anything over 7%.

An earlier reviewer compared this to Duvel. High praise indeed! I can see where the comparison comes from - although, being a tripel, this obviously has much more of a spicy flair to it.

Final Grade: 4.17, an A-. I haven't had a lot of tripels, but I am increasingly becoming a big fan of the style - and this is one of the best I've had so far. I wish this was available at the LCBO year-round, as it would be a solid alternative to Chimay and La Trappe's tripels. A very satisfying choice for my 250th review.

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Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip. Best before September 19, 2013.

Clear gold and perfectly filtered, lots of carbonation coming off the base of the glass. Voluminous white head with a heck of a lot of lacing and great retention. Nose has sweet malt and bready notes, moderate amounts of light fleshed fruits and good spicing. Not too bold but well balanced. Taste has more sweet malts, fruitiness and is a bit chalky on the palate (but not as much as something like a Chimay White). Light metallic notes are present with this at cellar temp, but disappear as this gets to room temp. Alcohol is there as well, not hot but the flavour is certainly evident. Spice and booze in the finish. Full body, and light prickly carbonation. An enjoyable but not outstanding tripel.

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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 343 ratings.