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Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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655 Ratings

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Ratings: 655
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 41
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 655 | Reviews: 339
Photo of sprucetip
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Updated review
Cork indicates this was bottled about a year prior to consumption in 2/10. Very active, golden, and hazy with suspended yeast chunks visible. Nearly a couple inches of fluffy, thick foam on top. Good head retention, and patchy lacing is left behind.

Boozy, grainy, and spicy yeasty. Got some banana upon initial pour, but it didn't last. Some malty sweetness emerges later, and becomes prominent. Even later, earthy/musty hops add to the mix. Smells like a well made tripel.

Candy sugar and malty sweet, grainy, mild hop bitterness, and faint floral and earthy hop flavors. Spicy yeasty flavors tie it all together.

Strong carbonation imparts a sting up front, for a while. It has an overall dry character, and warming is moderate. The body is medium/full with a pleasant texture, but this sensation slides quickly toward the dry finish that is clean and faintly bitter.

Nicely done example of the style. I'm coming to the conclusion that, while I do enjoy a good tripel, I"m not a huge tripel fan. But this one is well done and to style.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey colour, yellow/orange, plenty of carbonation with suspended yeast. Generous two finger white head, sheet lace. Smell of yeast. Bitter sour notes in the mouth, grapefruit, citrus, passion fruit. Dry despite a smooth, thick, foamy mouthfeel. With warming and air, there is over ripe fruit, sourness again, but it seems a bit off balance. Overall, I can't say I really enjoyed this example of a Tripel, mediocre was my impression.

Photo of champ103
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden/orange color. A white head forms and leaves patchy lace.
S: Fruity and semi sweet malt at first. After it warms up some spicy/peppery aromas come through. Some funky barnyard yeast that is very welcome.
T: Fruity and sweet malt. Banana, citrus fruits, and spices. Follows the nose closely. Some biscuit and doughy flavors as well. Spot on for the style, and I love it.
M/D: A medium body with a crisp clean snap of carbonation. After it warms up a bit, more creaminess comes out. Easy and smooth to drink. A great beer to sip on.

One of the best Tripel's I have had. Highly recommended.

Photo of dougfir
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great hazy amber with a thick white head. No visible yeast on the first pour. Smells of yeast and citrus. Taste starts off with a nice slightly sweet maltiness with plenty of dry, estery yeasty flavors. Finishes with some hop bitterness and slight alcohol. Good carbonation in the mouth and it goes down very easy.
Overall this is one of my favorite tripels, and it's usually a good bargain ($6 for a 750ml). Perfect for a nice sunday afternoon working in the sunshine and breeze.

Photo of endincolorado
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Deep, hazy golden amber with a thick clean white head, nice sheets of lacing

Smell- Tingly strong yeasty nose with citrus and floral esters

Taste- Clean and crisp with spicy yeast and light fruit and citrus, excellently balanced with pale malt. Crisp citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel- light-medium mouthfeel with good carbonation

Drinkability- High. This is a belgian I'll be sure to pick up again.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More pumpkin orange than butternut squash amber, with no visible yeast on the first pour. The pearl colored crown looks great in the way that most Belgian ale crowns do. It crested at four fingers, has the texture of whipped marshmallow, lasts forever and is painting the glass with some splendid looking lace.

The aroma is typical for the style, with plenty of golden fruit, a bit of citrus and a pleasant estery spiciness. Once the beer warms a little (and the foam melts) it should be even more vibrant.

Affligem Tripel may not be among my favorites, but then my favorite tripels are some of my favorite beers of all-time. The two words that come to mind are 'balanced' and 'solid'. Anyone who wants to know what a classic Belgian tripel tastes like could do worse than start right here. Besides, at only $7.59 for the 750 ml bottle, it won't break the bank.

There are no significant flaws in the flavor facade. Pale malt and candi sugar sweetness is nicely countered by a tight, focused hop bitterness. Specific flavors include ripe pears and apples, sourdough bread, grassy noble hops, lime zest and a pinch of ground clove. Never mind the earlier talk about mere solidity. This is turning into extraordinary beer in the second half of the bottle.

My standards are fairly high when it comes to Belgian ale mouthfeels. Although this one doesn't enter the realm of special, it is pretty good in the end. More volume and more silkiness would have gotten it over the hump.

Brouwerij Affligem has been brewing since 1074. That's no guarantee of quality, of course, but one bottle of their beer is enough to convince anyone with a palate of their zymurgistic talents. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Or in this case, in the tripel.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy peach color. Very little head, minor lacing. Aroma is kind of like a toasted malt but slightly fruity. Taste is not as fruity or citruslike that I am used to in this type. Somewhat neutral tasting. Nicely balanced with no overwhelming notes of sweetness or bitterness. Nice full nouthfeel. Good finish. Very good drinkability.

Photo of kaseydad
3.11/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of sweetbrew82
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ML/ no freshness date

P: Hazy yellow from the bottle, slightly orange-tinted murky gold in the glass. The huge crown is pearly white, thick & frothy, and displays huge dimples as the ultra-sticky, ultra-retentive foam dissipates to provide some beautiful lace on the glass.

A: Light citrusy fruits, subdued malts, strong yeast, and some spice.

T: Starts with a slightly grainy malt-dominant sweetness on the tongue. Hops are quite subtle but bring a citrusy/ almost floral profile to the table. Lemons, oranges, and some apple intermingle with clove and a nice yeasty presence to deliver a spicy tingle on the adequately dry finish.

M & D: Medium-full on the palate, creamy, rich, smooth, and nicely carbonated for a good bite. Drinkability is good, as I finished this bottle with no problem. But I wasn't clamoring for another one.

Notes: This is not the best Tripel I've ever had, but it's pretty darn good. Very authentic Belgian that delivers enough depth of flavor and complexity to keep me interested. Definitely worth a shot if you love tripels.

Photo of lhaqq
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried aging this for awhile. Crap, I've had the bottle open a good 5-10 minutes and have half of it in my goblet, but it's still overflowing.
A: Huge billowy white head and a cloudy dark dull wheat colored body.
S: A lot of fruits. Some tart apple and oranges and tropical fruits.
T: Not as good as the smell, but still good. Sweeter, maltier, and less fruity. Or, at least, I got a lot more light fruits in the nose but the flavor is more dark fruits like figs. Has a bit of a spicy finish.
M: Creamy, good carbonation, no bitterness in the aftertaste; what remains is pretty sweet.
D: Some noticeable alcohol in the finish, though not enough to affect the drinkability much.

Probably one of my favorites of the style overall, seconded to Chimay's tripel, though I wish the taste were a bit more complex.

Photo of cdizinno
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml brown bottle. No freshness date on the label, history and how the beer should be poured is provided on the label also.

Appearance: Hazed golden colour, magnificent head that falls back but remains throughout duration.

Smell: Slightly fruity.

Taste: Spicy and dry. Very crisp.

Notes: Very good. Not my absolute favorite, but would definintely drink again and try other brews by Affligem

Photo of MAB
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle was a regular 355 ml/ 12 oz.- not the 750 ml that everyone else seems to have tried.

I poured carefully into an Affligem chalice. This is one of the only times (other than "Rochefort") that my glass has matched exactly my beer brand- Sweet!

Because of my careful pour, I got a nice amount of tight lacey head- maybe a quarter inch- and no haze, since I left the yeast in the bottle. I'm not anti-yeast, but it does distract from the appearance, IMO.

Nice smell- caramel, fruity, slight touch of the alcohol.

Wonderful taste. Crisp with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The sweetness is balanced out by the hops and yeast flavors. Lovely!

Definitely one I'd have again, but I doubt that I'll have the chance since this was a special deal received from a bar owner who had a friend with a bunch of Affligem gift-packs to try to "get rid of". The 4 pack had one dubbel, one trppel, and two regular ole Affligem Blondes.

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

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.

Photo of denflyr
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Tripel pours into a glass a glass (a snifter in this case), a very hearty golden color. There was a medium sized head if I "follow" the directions on the bottle. Not tons of lacing evident.

The smell was the best part of this brew! In all honesty, I get a very igh dose of apple juice on the nose. The maltiness is there, but the fruit dominates. Maybe a slight spiciness there as well.

The taste of the beer actually improved dramtically to me as the beer warmed a bit. In fact I liked drinking it at a slightly higher temp. The only downside to this is that the alcohol became more noticable as the beer warmed.

Had a nice mouthfeel. Tons of carbonation. To me almost too much if you can believe that. Otherwise the beer was smooth and enjoyable.

The drinkability took a bit of a hit in that it came only in a larger bottle and with its high ABV, you would find yourself hard pressed to drink too mcu out of one bottle without getting a bit too much for your own good.

Photo of HalfFull
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml corked bottle, I pour this into a Chimay chalice. This beer pours a golden orange with a good bit of haze, yet relatively clear for the style. A rocky one inch head settles down within a few minutes yet continues to offer light soapy lacing.

Offers an interesting nose of apples AND oranges, yeast and malt. Quite enticing and complex, yet without any sour notes.

Taste is a bit of a letdown from the nose, but that was expected. Yet it wasn't much of a letdown by any means and improves with a little warming. More yeast and citrus, clove and cinnamon. A decent dose of malts but not overdone by any means. Feel and finish segue seamlessly, nicely done. Good drinkability within the style. Not overly malty, yet sufficient to keep the alcohol off the tongue. A bit present on the nose perhaps, but it ends there.

Photo of uno99
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date 21.08.10. I'd like to note that the bottle says 9.5%ABV, and this site says 8.5%. This is the third time I've noticed a discrepancy from this brewer.

A: Carefull pour into my Affligem goblet yeilded an excellent foamy 2 finger head. slightly pale amber color. transparent but cloudy. lots of carbonation rising in the middle of the glass. Looks great.

S: Complex and fruity. faint scent of cherries

T: Nice bold malt flavors. Dry finish. but I get a twinge of metallic like taste like I had with the Blonde.

M: Very nicely carbonated. Light and fluffy

D: I'm not sure if this is 9.5 or 8.5 but in either case its a nice drinkable tripple.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up clear golden with a dense, creamy head. I didn't rouse the yeast in the bottle. Oops.

S - Tart apple aroma dominates.

T - Sweet malt flavor, with a hint of apple flavor. Slightly tart. Some hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Full mouthfeel with strong carbonation

D - Very smooth and easy drinking beer.

Photo of selecter70
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 750mL bottle sat at proper temperature for a couple days, but upon undoing the cork, an effervesence of foam poured upward for nearly a minute. Yummy but unstable...The pour was more stable; fluffy white head settled thickly. As it sat, it lessened & remained with nice white lace through the course. The color was a fine dark golden honey with a sweet honey-flower-malt aroma. The flavor likewise was such, with hints of spice that stuck in the nose, and a lingering alcohol on the sides of the tongue. Soft crisp bubbles maintained troughout and helped bring out a slight rum flavor. Very smooth and drinkable, yet with a sharpness and alcohol that seemed to travel faster into one's head.

Photo of ndekke39
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend shared a 750 ml bottle of this. I poured myself a glass of this. Pours a very hazy straw with nice white lacing. Looks like the ideal head.

Smells of clove, banana, yeast, grass. Overall soft and sweet. Not very strong, but still good.

Taste starts sweet with some fruity notes, but ends with an earthy, almost bitter quality. It's not awful, but it just doesn't really travel anywhere.

Good carbonation. Lots of small, soft bubbles.

This is very drinkable, but there's just not a lot of character compared to other Belgian-style beers. Worth a try.

Photo of stephens101
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a dense off-white head of short duration. A very thin blanket of lace lingers around the goblet, just above the brew. A good amount of sediment is suspended in the brew as a few bubbles float to the top haphazardly. Big notes of sweet and sour bread, light fruits, yeast and spice drift to the nose. A slight medicinal aspect is also noted. Tastes fruity, sugary, slighty tangy and a bit dry at first. Further exploration reveals a good almost creamy base mixed with more sweet bread, funky yeast, some nutmeg, and some furtive phenols. Carbonation is excellent, keeping the mouth-feel toward the middle of medium. The alcohol is well blended, and almost unnoticeable until the very end. Tripels like these remind me why it's my favorite style.

Photo of Bigfatbino
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of marcpal
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This one had been sitting in the closet for about a year and decided to open it up for a tasting event at the house.

750ml caged and corked.
Bottle Graphics: 3/10. A bit cheesy.

A: Banana gold with some orange citrus in the body. Plenty of carbonation and settling.

S: Peperry clove spices and banana yeast. Peculiarly over sweet.

T: Sweetness, not much bitterness. Bananas and black pepper. Nothing to make you balk but nothing also that I would call pleasant. More or less, just there. The pleasant and style true yeast is a saving factor for this bottle.

M: Huge carbonation. Probably my fault in serving too cold but even so, the alcohol was faint and subdued.

D: Nothing I would buy again, but not bad. Unlike others of the style, alcohol not the limiting factor but more so the uneventful flow of taste.

First beer from this brewery. Not horrid but there are just so many other good tripels out there I would fly with.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a large bottle at the Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis. Paired nicely with my sweet and savory "meatie" pizza. Poured a clear gold with a fluffy white head.

There isn't a lot of malt character, like say a Tripel Karmeliet, but the mellow fruit esters, spicy phenol, and earthy hops provide more than enough character. The aroma, however, does hint at bready malt. Otherwise, the flavor starts light and mild with white grapes and white pepper. Then after a moment, big citrus rind and grassy hops kick in. Yum. Very tasy and very drinkable. There are more complex tripels, no doubt, but this is still a fine beer.

Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma has light fruit, yeast, sugar, and perfume. The appearance is golden with a light haze and a huge head that keeps lasting. The flavor is like the aroma with some bitterness. The palate is thin. I like this one but it definitely isn't great.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a creamy white head.

S: fresh oranges, citrus and a slight clove detection providing a soft and pleasing aroma.

T: For flavor there is some sweet toasted malt, citrus, and spicing along with a nice yeasty bite. There is some fresh fruit, apples, and melons. Very yeasty and fruity with great phenols and a slight alcohol warming. Alcohol is considerably well hidden with some good spicing notes and finishes very crisp.

M: a spritzy carbonation, smooth texture, very nice feel. crisp dry finish.

D: Good drinkability.

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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
89 out of 100 based on 655 ratings.