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Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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605 Ratings

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 35
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website

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 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 MisterClean
2.03/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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 CanuckRover
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pale, clear, amber. A slow pour produces a huge fluffy white head. Nice lacings and lively carbonation.

Mmmmm she smells pretty. Plenty of sweet candy sugar, incredibly fragrant floral notes, like potpurri! Belgian spices, notably cloves.

Spice and herbs up front, coriander freshness gives it a nice zip. very soft citrus flavours really help mellow this tripel out and is able to hold back the alcohol to a certain degree quite successfully.

This is a very drinkable Tripel, quite surprising.

Really enjoyed this, a fairly easy-drinking tripel with some really nice fresh flavours.

CanuckRover, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of gmcfarre
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into Corsendonk tulip

A - Pours a hazy orangish-straw color with a dense and pillowy eggshell colored head. Head lasts well and produces beautiful lacing as you drink.

S - Scent is full of bright lemon zest citrus with a dose of light sweetness. Belgian powdery yeast notes are quite evident, with no signs of alcohol. Complex, as any Belgian beer should be.

T - Zesty citrus with mild to moderate sweetness and a nice grassy flavor. A touch of coriander and a powdered-breaded mouthfeel. Yeast brings the complexity, which I always find hard to describe when drinking Belgians after a long layoff. Nevertheless, this a true to style Tripel which is always a good thing.

M - Good, dense carbonation for the style with a strange lightness on the palate that leaves behind a bit of a powdery sensation (not in a bad way). Aftertaste dries slightly, with no alcohol burn.

D - A nice Tripel that hits all the checkmarks but doesn't thrill you. Worth checking out, especially if its easy to find. Alcohol is well hidden.

gmcfarre, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my De Koninck chalice even though it came in a gift pack with an Affligem chalice. Why? Because Im crazy like that and the Affligem chalice was dirty.

This Tripel pours a cloudy deep gold with dramatic streams of big bubbled carbonation. The head is creamy and pillowy and drapes the glass in foam. Spicey, yeasty aromas fill my nostrils on first sniff. Pears, apples and honey are also evident in the nose. The taste is equally fruity with a great citrus edge. Spicey, clovey yeast esters add to the mix. The some rock candy sweetness emerges as it warms, as does a nice noble hop character. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick with a bit of a kick from the booze. Sweetness and bitterness meld in the long finish.

A great beer, and something Ill pick up again. Not one of the top five Tripels, but up there.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good strong trippel. Pours clear and carbonation with chunks of yeast rather than cloudiness, so be careful on the pour. Good head and appetizing nose. Lacks the standard belgian trippel creamy spiciness, but is still quite good. very warming and refreshing at the same time with some nut flavors and bright citrus flavors on the finish. Good beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy bright white foam. Holds up very well and there is so much lacing at one point I can barely see through the glass. Has a clear golden color.

Smells of sweet fruits, herbs, spicy hops, a bit of citrus and alcohol.

Tastes of spices, yeast, the hops add just the right amount of bitterness and they are balanced by a touch of pale malt.

irishkyle21, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of srandycarter
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into the tulip

A - Murky light wheat, major foamy white head, sudsy persistent lacing.

S - Sweet Malt, banana, some citrus.

T - Especially once it warms, the tastes explode! Spices, banana and citrus. Not cloying at all. Nice, almost champagne like finish.

M - Medium body, perhaps too much carbonation, good finish.

D- Not my usual session style, but nice.

srandycarter, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Apricot, clear (ly), creamy foam. Although saturated, fine bubbles.
Smell : caramel aroma, fresh hops nose
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet, rich and fruity, alcoholic. Taste and rear taste round, full bodied and persistent.
Drinkability : Beer fresh, aromatic and heady.

Reviewed 11-14-2007, translated from french 1-12-2008.

thierrynantes, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The head on this beer is massive. My De Garre snifter was half foam, half beer, and it looked glorious. Whilst pouring the beer hissed and popped with carbonation. The body itself is a medium hazy gold.

The smell is nice but really faint. Hints of esters and malt. A bit of biscuit is definitely apparent as well. Nice. Round. Faint.

A bit more spice in the taste than the aroma. Other than that it is very similar to the smell. Medium dryness and a faint bitterness in the aftertaste.

I love Affligem Blonde, and was expecting this to be an improvement on that beer. This is a nice beer but nothing great

IPAcraig, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of blatherbeard
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first foray into the Tripel realm and i still don't even know why its called a Tripel.

I was surprised by the color, poured like any old american style beer. Quite frankly i got worried because it looked like a bud in my glass and i can't stand bud, ever. Mostly i found out it was because i can't drink rice based beers. A brewer for Bud actually suspected that and let me know when i told him what i preferred to drink.

The smell was a pleasant aroma of hops. I say pleasant because i find alot of beer that smell a bit too hopsy for my nose.

Now where to begin on taste...i would say that i was again surprised by the taste but in a great way. It was a bit on the sweet side and lighter than most all my beer/ale/lager that i drink.

This went down very smooth for something that comes in a bottle the size of a wine bottle, corked like a champagne, and alcohol content that will rock your head on an empty stomach.

Overall a good tasting beer, very drinkable.

blatherbeard, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Hemi
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy reddish orange in color. Retains a very thin layer of head for quite a long time. Head is composed of very tiny bubbles.
S - Very fruity in aroma consisting mainly of citrus, banana and clove notes.
T - Very pleasant taste. Alcohol not as noticeable as you may expect at 8.5% ABV. Medium hop bitterness which seems to help round off the sweetness.
M - Very thick and smooth. Head provides a very creamy consistancy.
D - I would have rated the drinkability higher however I don't believe I could drink too many of these at a time. This is kind of a desert beer, something to be enjoyed after a good dinner. A glass or two would probably be the max I would drink at one time. Even with ABV aside, this is no session beer :).

Hemi, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a corked bottle. The beer pours a hazy orange, forming a very thin head of bubbles, without any lacing. The aroma is very much like fruit flavored candy. Sweet and light. The taste is light fruit, apples mostly, a hint of alcohol, and a good balance of hops and malts. The mouthfeel is light and smooth. A very drinkable tripel. Overall, not a bad Belgian tripel. Not as full flavored as some, but still a good brew. Definitely worth a try!

beeragent, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium gold with a terrific 1 inch white even moussy head with a phenomenal stand. Slight opaque. Visibly very effervescent. Belgian lace develops as beer is quaffed.

S: Soft and light complex aroma with prominent clove/pepper phenols coupled with a moderately citrusy ester character. Slight alcohol aroma. Overall combination of these aromas create an overall floral scent. Very nice.

T: Starts out with a strong sweet malt flavor supported by clove/spicy phenols. Alcohol flavors noticeable but not hot. A pretty good hop bitterness finishes. Some citrusy fruity esters in play as well.

MF: Medium light body. Substantial carbonation. Quite filling. A lingering dry finish.

D: A very good tripel. Very drinkable.

Nipitato, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of tpd975
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one came from an ebay auction from the motherland of Belgium. I received this beer along with some westys and other Belgian delights. The best thing was each beer came with its proper matching glass. I acquired some great beer and even better glassware.

A: Maybe it’s the proper glass, but this one was a perfect pour. Huge head rushed to the top and settled nicely just below the rim of the glass after the pour. It is a beautiful straw yellow color with a steady stream of bubbles racing to the top.

S: Oh yes I smell a wonderful Belgian Tripel. Has a wonderful sweetness about it with hints of spice, honey, yeast, and maybe even a little citrus.

T: It's yummy. Not the best tripel by any means but nice in its own right. The spice and sweetness are perfectly matched and finishes with a taste for fresh made bread and a hint of that citrus I smelled. It’s a wonderful taste overall and the best part is it seems to linger.

M: It's so sparkling and tingling on the tongue. It makes me soo happy. A true joy to drink.

D: Mine was only 33 cl; I wish it had been the 750 ml. The 33 went down soo nice. I can buy this locally in the 750 and will do so.

Overall: I really like it. It will move into the rotation of my Belgian brews from this day forward. It has such a wonderful feel about it. I love the way that it hangs around my mouth after each gulp. There is a wonderful harmony of sweetness, spice, and citrus. Those monks sure know what they are doing. This one is surely some of god’s best work.

tpd975, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of Monsone
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml brown bottle into a goblet. Color is cloudy golden honey. Head is big and frothy with a cream color. Head disipates to a slight film failry quickly.

Smell is fruit, yeast and alcohol. I detect some citrus notes.

Taste is clove with citrus, yeast and finishing with the alcohol bite.

Pretty drinkable. I could easily finish the 750 without sharing. A decent but not great triple.

Monsone, May 10, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy honey color with a substantial head that dissipates slowly.

Spicy, fruit and mild hops evident in aroma.

Spicy malt with slight sweetness and mild hops taste. Very crisp and light.

Great carbonation, very good mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. Not quite on a par with St. Feuillien or St. Bernardus.

techdiver, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. The color is a hazy mud puddle brown color with a hint of orange. Big pillow white head that dissipated slowly and left some real nice chunk lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell is of Belgian candi sugar and green apples. The taste is of clove, green apples, a bit medicinal, slightly metallic. The feel is slightly over carbonated, the fizziness kills the taste some. A good tripel worthy of a try, on the sour/tart side for a tripel

Gmann, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cork exploded to ceiling, pours a five+ finger smooth cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor sweet and tart, finish is tart. Tastes different from the last time I had this in 12/2001. $6.22 for a 750ml bottle from Smiley's Beverages Dover, NH.

jdhilt, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of crwills
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this 12 oz bottle as part of an Affligem gift pack at Christmas (two blondes, a dubbel, a trippel, and a glass I think). This was the last one remaining.

Poured a darkish gold into an oversized wine glass. Big, fluffy white head almost overflows the glass. Aroma is bread, cloves, pepper, and mild sour fruits. Standard, but good. Flavour is quite sweet, with some fruity sourness in the background. A little bit of coffee or chocolate in there among the spices. Mild pine, as well, which is unusual I think. Good, solid mouthfeel (although nothing special) and a sour aftertaste that I actually liked.

crwills, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of theopholis
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- -Golden blonde, light amber in color. Some cloudiness, but not bad. Decent head appears that dissipates quickly leaving very little lace behind.

Aroma-Very fresh, clean smelling. No hops, no malt sweetenss in the aroma. The best description is it smells "bright". A little light fruit; crisp green apples, white grapes and just a hint of yeast.

Taste- very smooth and clean tasting. Crisp. No hops (of course), very little malt sweetness. Some sweet green apple. You can slightly taste the alcohol but it doesn't overwhelm you.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Slightly over-carbonated, but I can live with it.

Drinkability- Not great, but not bad. Not a big fan of Belgians.

theopholis, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy apple juice gold. Three fingers of voluminous white head slip away quickly to shallow foamy craters. Fingers of lacing flick the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries toasted grain with a crusty edge, a stir of caramel, and a vague fruitiness. Yeast and its esters bring a tang, and clove, mint, and green apple. Alcohol is sensed, but barely.

Upon sipping, a thick grainy malt sweetness boasts caramel, tart fruit, and far-flung berry. Again, clove, crisp apple, and tangy yeast lead to a more notable fray of alcohol. A back-of-tongue malt sweetness has a brown sugar glint. A stripe of vanilla moves toward a progressively more crisp and dry finish. Tasty, zesty and fresh, it's good and gutsy.

North of medium bodied, it coats, tingles, and flows right on time.

This is a standard, tasty tripel cocktail, with a fun twist of Belgian balls. At the least this beer will bring a grin to one's face. The ABV would explain the happy swimming glow in my head. Still, the bottle drains just fine. No knock on exceptional, but sometimes very good is good enough.

Foxman, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you *very* much to BeerBeing for bringing this beer. It is another one my wife said she liked from the evening. Alex was kind enough to introduce her to beer she liked two weeks ago and her horizons have been expanding tremendously ever since.

Appearance: Pours a brilliant Golden orange color with an off white head and magnificent lacing.

Smell: Sweet honey, vanilla, candy sugar, coriander; a bit perfumey, and some hints of boozy alcohol.

Taste: Sweet yeasty honey flavor. Slightly smoky. Muted grassy hops lend right into the coriander pepper all very gentle and buried in honey and candy sugary sweetness with a dry astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit of sharply warming alcohol, smooth juicy slick body through the center with some pins and needles around the edges. Long aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is very tasty but best shared. It is a sipper and not extremely easy drinking for my, despite being quite enjoyable.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep gold color, with a one finger head. Little retention leaves nothing behind.

Aroma is slightly sweet, fruity, and yeasty. Yeast phenols and esters are pretty abundant, but a bit unbalanced. Seems like it can't tell what ti wants to do....

Flavor is a bit better. Hints of malt up front, and huge fruity esters in the middle, followed by a mildly hoppy finish. I would expect more spicy phenols in a triple, but they seem to play a supporting role to the huge fruity esters. Mouthfeel is moderate and creamy. Drinkability is good.

All in all, a decent Triple. Nothing to write home about, but worth a try. There are much better triples out there, but it's worth the $8 or so it costs.

phisig137, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle- color of light gold , with a great frothy white color head - nose of yeast , orange , spices , and honey – taste of yeast , orange zest , candied , molasses , mild hops , and a nice sweetness - body of high carbonation , and creamy with a hint of acidity – aftertaste of sweet apples , spices , and orange

stephendr, Feb 04, 2007
Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
89 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.