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Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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582 Ratings

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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 35
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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.

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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 23:39:22 | More by phisig137
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

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 06:13:03 | More by stephendr
Photo of BeerHonky

New York

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

The usual 750ml bottle. Poured into a small snifter glass. Very even hazy golden yellow color. Looks juicy. BIG fluffy and pillowy head which never disappeared entirely. A somewhat sloppy lacing remained in the glass as I drank this. Aroma starts out nice with some notes of bananas, pear and apples and then finishes off with a bit of alcohol. This beer tastes just like it smells too. Fruity up front and alcohol at the back. There's a nice bit of clove and yeasty character in this as well. Pretty tart and crisp in the end. Nice and refreshing for a tripel. Light carbonation spritzes up the mouthfeel pretty nicely. Not a bad tripel at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 04:31:09 | More by BeerHonky
Photo of sleazo

New York

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

Poured into my Unibroue tulip

A-Golden blonde in colour, like a cloudy pilsener. A nice head appears that dissipates quickly. A good looking beer

S-Not sure if this one is old, but there is definitely a slight smell of skunk. Also apples and yeast.

T- Apples and rock candy are the first things i think of. This is followed up by some yeast and slight hop bitterness. I am wondering what type of hop they use here, it doesnt taste typical of a tripel in that regard. Still despite these qualities this is a tasty brew. Alcohol is present though it doesnt particularly stand out.

M-Crisp and bubbly if a bit thin.

D- I am a big fan of tripels and can drink quite a few despite the alcohol. This one is a decent version of the style.

A decent Tripel. For the money i would rather save the trip across the atlantic and drink a La Fin Du Monde

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 03:00:12 | More by sleazo
Photo of leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet

Smell is in line with the style, fruity, sugary.

Taste follows suit, light melon fruit flavor, more towards cantelope than anything else, very light though. One plus is that I taste no alcohol, just a smooth and mildly fruity tripel, nothing Earth shattering, but damn good in drinkibility.

I cellared this for a year, but I do not know how old the bottle was when I purchased it. I want to try a fresher bottle as I feel this one may been on the decline. Either way, tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 22:46:00 | More by leftmindedrighty
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Wow, crystal clear beer with a huge foaming head that slowly settles not leaving much lacing. Nice column of fizz rising from the center of the bottom just like Duvel. The smell is slightly yeasty and sweet. The taste is of fresh ripe citrus, buttery and peppery. Slightly dry at the end. The alcohol is concealed very well. This is a very good tripel in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 00:42:30 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into my Affligem chalice.

Pours with a 1/2 inch fizzy head that disspates quickly to a appealing looking lace. Light orange, almost a peach colour. Lots of sediment and mild carbonation. Smell is sweet and fruity. Plum, pear, apple. Bready and yeasty aromas as well, along with a bit of coriander spiciness.

Taste starts off very mellow with some banana like phenols complimenting the apple and pear notes that were in evidence in the nose. Very yeasty as well, and the whole thing reminds me of some fresh and delicious baking. The whole thing finishes tart and crisp. Very flavourful, clean, uncomplicated, and enjoyable. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and thick, there's lots of tasty malt in there. Finish is lightly drywith some of the more sour notes playing in the aftertaste. This is an uncomplicated and well balanced brew that would insanely sessionable if not for the 8.5 abv. Certainly the best I've had from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 21:21:29 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of Bierschenker


4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased the 75cl bottle. The beer is clear and I can already see a lot of yeast floating around.
When I removed the cork, the bottle overflowed.
I served this Tripel in a 33cl Pilsner glass. The head is completely white, it’s compact and composed of tiny bubbles.
The colour is sunny golden and very clear, carbonation is very strong and constantly playing with the yeast.
The odour is full of yeast with some bread and caramel.
Taste is dominated by yeast. Also present are freshly baked bread, nuts, raisins, bit sweet and bitter.
Mouthfeel resembles the combination of vanilla ice cream with breakfast cereals.
The aftertaste is still ruled by the yeast and has become sugary sweet.

Great beer, but because of the yeast I think a lot of Americans would be terrified to open the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 20:59:53 | More by Bierschenker
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2006 03:33:25 | More by oakbluff
Photo of mithrascruor


3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into an oversized wine glass from a 750 mL bottle.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden peach color. Thick, creamy white head and lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Nice fruity smell of pears, peaches, and bananas. A bit of spicyness and bread is present. It is mellow yet not weak. No hint of alcohol. Very enjoyable.

Taste: The taste is unfortunately a bit bland. A bit of orange and spice, but the alcohol taste is noticed from sip one. Some other fruits come out for a brief moment when swallowing.

Mothfeel: Rather creamy light-bodied feel. Carbonation is rather soft. Goes down relatively smooth.

Drinkability: The alcohol flavor is way too strong for this to be very drinkable, and gets obnoxious before the strong alcohol hits you. But in moderation this is quite drinkable.

Hardly my favorite Tripel. Though it has quite an enjoyable smell, it really falls down where the taste is concerned. Not bad as a beer, but hardly an outstanding Tripel. As with other Affligem beers, it's really only worth getting if you love trying different Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 05:42:17 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of biking4beer


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

750 ml bottle poured into a Goblet.

Pours a nice hazy golden color, almost like real apple cider, with a good looking 1 finger foamy head that retains well.

The smell is similar to an apple juice or cider like the appearance. Slight belgian yeast smell with spiciness.

Taste is a smooth candy sweet. Not overwhelming, but sugary. Slight pepper and grainy/breadiness tastes make themselves known too. Not complex, but very good.

This is a smooth and creamy beer that goes down real easy for it's high ABV. If I was daring enough, I could drink two bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 22:18:57 | More by biking4beer
Photo of allengarvin


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

Best-before number is incomrehensible, but likely a new bottle. Cork pops out explosively, and foam flows up over the top before I can stop it. On pour, it comes out a very cloudy gold with a colossal head of airy foam. Nose is quite fruity, with touch of apricot and honey and a light plum note. Taste is also fruity, but it mixes with an earthy, gritty bitterness and a pungent acidity for a refreshing but complex beer. Alcohol is notable in the finish as well, peppery and warming.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 22:02:08 | More by allengarvin
Photo of Bitterbill


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

Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle(5.224.78) a cloudy straw-medium gold with a huge head of foam and lots of bubbles. The foam finally died down but it left a good solid layer for the entire session with lots of lacing.

The smell is very fruity with notes of orange, some apple and some citrus sourness.

The taste is quite fruity up front with orange and apricot flavours mixed in with yeast, sweet caramel malt, and a good hop bitterness. I don't sense any of the sourness that I noted in the nose. Yum. I could sip on this one all day.

Bottom line: This is a very tasty and yet smooth drinking Tripel that I'd gladly get again. I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 23:37:03 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of beerphilosopher


3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured froma 750ml bottle that is labeled differently than the example picture ... a nice lively amber orange color with a relentless bright white head that would not die. High carbonation levels in this beer. Nose is of spices, yeast and candy sugar. Very "tripel-like." Palate is extremely spritzy, with finely balanced hop character and sweet sugar. Slightly fruity, and yeasty. Residual spiciness. Mouthfeel is aggressively carbonated ...alomost too much so. Medium/light body and some alcohol warmth in the mouth. Over all, a good tripel. Somehwat unchallenging and maybe a tab too light, due in part to the rabid carbonation, but a very drinkable, enjoyable abbey tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 20:11:51 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of Beerzebub


3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange honey color, big pillowy white head, but drops a little fast for the style. Heavy lacing. Smells strongly of brett, with coriander, cumin, orange blossom, clove, black pepper, sultanas, peach, apricot, a little hops.

Tastes like rock sugar and fructose, but not too sweet for the style, and caramel malt, yeast, lactic acid, sultanas, orange blossom, with touches of hops, dried apricot, candied citrus peel, spice, alcohol. Somewhat sustained finish of alcohol and fruit, but it's the lactic acid that really lingers.

High carbonation gives a creamy mouthfeel, but slightly too much - can get too foamy if more than a sip.

There's a lot going on, smell and taste are strong and interesting, but not unconditionally enjoyable. Can be a little cloying, and the extra bacteria in here aren't good at making first impressions. The copy on the bottle dubs this a "Belgian Burgundy," is this a veiled brett warning?

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 07:14:02 | More by Beerzebub
Photo of dblinkhorn


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a glass tulip goblet.

Appearance - Slightly hazy orangepeel straw color. The head immediately after pour was maybe one finger thick, very uniform and velvety. This quickly disspates to a very thin layer of lacing on the surface of the beer.

Smell - I smell more alcohol on this tripel than I've smelled on any other tripel, or any other Belgian ale in general for that matter. There are sweet floral/fruity accents mixed with a background of light malt, but I can't pick out anything specific. The alcohol is the main thing scent.

Taste - Earthy notes right when it enters my mouth. The alcohol is readily evident right away, but not too bad. The taste is very similar to the smell, with floral/fruity notes. Very well balanced, but not terribly complex or strong. The earthy malts come through delicately and remain for all but the very initial part of the taste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is a bit much for my tastes. It bites my tongue a lot. However, it is extremely crisp and clean. The beer is fairly dry, not exactly velvety mouthfeel but smooth and clean. Not bad at all, but not the best.

Drinkability - For a tripel, the drinkability is very high on this particular brew. Nothing about it is overpowering (except the alcohol taste and smell were higher than most Belgian ales). It is a crisp and balanced ale, recommended but there are certainly better tripels out there.

Overall, if you want a tripel that is very easy to drink, and still has a decent amount of flavor and a crisp clean taste, this is your beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 04:34:08 | More by dblinkhorn
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a whim the other day. I've seen it off an on for years but always had other brews ahead of this one for must buys. The cork had a code on it 03 / 05 so I'm not sure if I got a fresh one or a 2005 version. Judging by the taste I'd say it's last years.

There are a lot of reviews on this beer already. I'd add to the discourse that this is the driest tripel I've ever had. It's a nice brew and a great drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 12:35:19 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of IntriqKen


4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours soft cloudy orange yellow with beautifully crafted tiny bubble head that takes forever to melt to a marshmello like lacing that sticks and coats perfectly.
Aroma is soft fruit, powdery yeast, soft warm bread, spices.
Taste is of soft fruits, warm bread, cloves, spices, and a hop bitterness on the end plus way more than I can describe.
Mouthfeel is very, VERY rich and creamy.
I really enjoy this tripel...it is the softest, smoothest tripel I have yet experienced. I will have to keep a bottle around to compare with tripels in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 03:24:11 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of Absumaster


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer in a 3-pack, together with the blond and dubbel. Because the brewery has been bought by Heineken a couple of years ago, I was afraid that the authenticity of the beer would be gone. But no, the beer is still pretty much the same as before Heineken came in.
It pours a pretty golden colour with a nice stable head and a lot of carbonation.'
Smell was herbal, there could be some coriander in there, also a nice malty backbone and fruity.
Taste was pretty sharp bitter, this did not go away after a couple of sips. The sharpness was also more upfront by the dryness of the beer. Main tastes were bitter and herbal, with associations of toffee and vanilla. The medium body make it a easy to drink tripel.

Pretty decent beer, but sharper than I remembered, which seriously influences my rating.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 11:42:16 | More by Absumaster
Photo of jmz62565


4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a cloudy golden amber like color with a huge white head. The smell has a candy sugar, yeast, and "bisquit" aroma. The taste is a crisp dry sweet sugar beer with hints of clove, wood, and fruit. The m/f is light and very creamy with a dryness that is very good. This is a very good beer, very sugary sweet, but still a classic Belgium Tripel that you must try.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 05:21:59 | More by jmz62565
Photo of warmstorage


3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decided to take a chance at $5.99, and I wasn't disappointed at that price, but I probably wouldn't pay a lot more.

750ml bottle, sealed with cork & wire, poured into my Chimay belgian goblet, as a reward for digging a huge hole and planting a tree in the front yard. (This is my idea of a *real* lawnmower beer!)

Served at my idea of cellar temp, which is 52-55. (The bottle suggests cellar temp is 44-48. Go figure.) Fruity yeasty nose, but not overwhelming. Big thick chunky white head, which takes an expectedly long time to settle down. Mouthfeel is tingly, high carbonation, and oddly full, almost sticky.

Taste... well, I poured carefully without yeast to begin with, and did a couple of tastings with notes, then swirled the yeast sediment and poured it in, and really couldn't detect a huge difference. Spicy, sweet and tasty, with distinct herbality and alcohol notes, and noticeable hops. But, well, not a lot to distinguish it, and there are lots of better tripels out there.

The alcohol is well hidden, and I happily gobbled down the whole thing in about 20 minutes, and (somewhat surprisingly to me at the time) was decently buzzed.

Overall: quite decent, just unexceptional.

I might buy it again for six bucks, but I'd really rather spend $7 for Chimay blue. (Gotta love northern California.)

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 04:07:32 | More by warmstorage
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the carbonation was more than happy to do the uncorking for me. i think this thing has been sitting too warm; i should move all it's friends to the fridge. huge, noisy head...guess the retention can't keep up with the high carbonation. settles quickly to a thick bubbly film. it's a peachy pale orange with exuberant bubbleage. it actually looks like it's snowing up

oaky, smoky aroma. clove? not awe inspiring; kinda sweaty

slightly hot mouthfeel with a bit of saison tartness. sweet, but dry. i'm having trouble with this one. some bitterness. apple. the hop flavor is in the fore, that classic funky euro hop flavor that i always struggle to articulate

as far as the mouthfeel goes...where did it go?

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 02:58:39 | More by bruachan
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy orange beer. Has a small off white head. Has a sweet fruity aroma. With hints of peach, apricot and dried fruit. A light fruity sweet note on the tongue. With some nut like sweetness on the sides. The alcohol kicks in on the finish pushing along a nice floral and spicey hop character.
Note: the cloudness came from poring the yeast from the bottle. The label said you would get a more nutlike character in the flavor
Lastly this bottle is stamped best before 02 28 03. I felt that this was still a good beer maybe the appearance suffered from the time.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 00:32:23 | More by ybnorml
Photo of weeare138


3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with sckressler at The Flying Pig...
Appears a glowing golden amber with a pillowy fluff of white head on the top of the brew that won't die.
Smell is of aged cork, pils malt, candi sugar, citrus, mild dough, and citrus.
Taste is of the same aromas with a mild pear and citrus flavor coming through. The odd cork smell and taste really are detracting from this.
Mouthfeel is of caramel sugar and some spices lingering about. It was ok.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 18:07:22 | More by weeare138
Photo of Crosling


3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange with a fairly attractive and creamy head of foam that shows an attractive lace. The aroma, though subtle, shows a bit of citrus fruits, dough, orange and lemon. Initially, on the front palate, the flavor is a bit ghastly but things turn in the mid-palate as notes of caramel, sugared fruit and butter toffee begin to develop. A bit sweet, especially on the finish, but overall, this beer is pretty characterful and a stark improvement compared to the brewer’s Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 17:32:23 | More by Crosling
Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
89 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.