Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
89
very good

662 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 42
Gots: 67 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2001

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

330ml Bottle - from the LCBO

Appearance – Hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, yeast, banana, coriander/clove

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste banana mixed with lemons, yeast, and some coriander/clove. There is also some green grapes, herbal/floral notes, and a bit of a apple/pear sweetness. It ends with a tart and dry lemony aftertaste.

Overall – Very drinkable given the ABV and well balanced. It's definitely the best beer I've had from this brewer. Pick this one up if you happen to come across it.

Photo of Stocean1
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a two finger fluffy white head upon a cloudy golden amber body, decent retention as it ebbed to a nice thick collar, patchy thick lacing.

Smell is yeast, candied sugar, light fruit, perhaps pear and apple, with floral hops. Very nice!

Taste follows the nose and is really quite spectacular. Well blanced it is simply delicious. Some apricot and grape as well as it warmed up.

Medium bodied with some carbonation this is a sweet, dry brew that is very smooth going down with the booze completely masked.

Definitely my favorite offering from this brewery. Unfortunately I rarely see it so I will need to grab some more while it is still available.

Photo of MattyV
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow colour with an average white bubbly head. Average retention and lacing. Aroma's soft and subtle, hinting at fruits, bread, and slightly metallic and citrusy. Nice crisp pilsner malt backbone, light fruitiness, pepper, and spice. Dry finish with a noticeable but not distracting alcohol presence. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Nice to see this available in the area. Good rendition of the style with evident spicy notes. Somewhat agree with comparisons to Duvel.

Photo of peensteen
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden blonde, one finger of white head, not much lace. Smell is full of tropical fruit, yeast and clove, fairly bright and grassy hop profile, some candy notes, clove, spicy as well coriander perhaps. Taste is fruity, lightly sweet candy flavours, light bitterness, grassy and earthy flavours come out as well, a little spice in the finish, yeasty aftertaste with some clove. Fairly high carbonation, creamy and pretty smooth, medium body, pretty good feel. Nice triple and you cant argue with the price, easy drinking and quite satisfying overall.

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

Affligem Tripel has a thick, creamy, frothy, cream-colored head and a hazy, golden-amber appearance, with lots of little bubbles streaming up. The aroma is not particularly strong, but one can detect fruits and some malt. Taste is of fruit, nuts, malt, yeast, brandy, alcohol, banana bread, and a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, and Affligem Tripel finishes mostly dry and smooth. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, and I rate it very highly.

RJT

Photo of mpyle
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Golden color with a slight haze. Poured a smallish head (I poured into a small sampling glass). Head very white , tightly bubbled and with moderate retention.

Smell: Sweet with a hint of citrus (lemon?) The slightest hint of alcohol. Generally quite clean.

Taste: Slightly sweet flavor matching the aroma. Not overly sweet though, and dries out nicely in the finish. No bitterness to speak of, and carbonation aids to the drying sensation.

MF: Light-medium body, fairly high carbonation. Alcohol warming is noticeable, but quite smooth and pleasant.

Overall: Flavor is a little bland, but has the sneaky alcohol, high carbonation, and dry finish characteristic of the style.

Photo of Lemke10
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single 750mL bottle from Woodman's West in Madison, WI for $7.99 in Fall 2011.

Pours a cloudy golden orange with lots of yeast causing lots of carbonation. Scent is bready, yeasty with some citrus hints. Taste is crisp and clean. There are of course bready hints fromthe yeast and some clove spice. Has a slightly bitter finish that if full and smooth. A very well made Tripel.

Photo of EkimGram
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 750mL bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a golden orange. Pours with a big, fluffy head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Lots of spicy yeast with a decent malt backing. Citrus notes are present. Clean and crisp.

Taste: Primary flavours are sweet malts, clovey yeast, and a hint of bubblegum. Balanced but generally light in flavour.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a generous amount of carbonation. Finishes somewhat sticky and dry.

Overall: A solid tripel. The flavours leave something to be desired but it is quite nice. The alcohol is hidden very well.

Photo of stevoj
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent example of the tripel style. Thick head in a tulip glass with a full, inviting aroma and flavor. Truly delicious!

Photo of D11
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip

A- pours a cloudy golden yellow. (slowly) poured a four finger thick head that lasted. small lacing.

S- sweet smell, i really couldnt get past the smell of light banana and light pineapple. some alc when it warms up.

T- when it comes to taste a hoegaarden comes to mind. keep in mind i do not like hoegaarden , heh. but it almost had the same 'type' of flavor. i hate to compare this to something i dont like because i REALLY enjoyed this. it wasnt as runny as a hoegaarden and had more flavor... and just more of everything. also..hazelnut?

M- crisp, and for being high in abv i was surprised it was rather refreshing. i was amazed that the alcohol did not come through the flavor, all the way to the end.

O- this is an excellent beer that goes down sooo well. Before i knew it, i was almost done..and feelin great. it was different than what i was expecting, but a real nice surprise.

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle, corked and caged.

A: The tripel is golden, bright but hazed over. A luxurious white head comes with the first few pours, pure as driven snow.

S: The nose is strong on the lighter fruits, candi sugars providing pears while the yeast adds more chalky fruits. Light but heavy, the ale can't dodge its alcoholic strength.

T: More fruity sweetness, candi sugars and Belgian yeast conspiring in a devious manner. A sweet but strong ale, the tripel is sweeter that most. The powdery fruits, apples and pears, linger after each sip. The booziness is hard to miss, this ale packs a wallop.

M: Plenty sweet. Plenty strong too. A big beer that is best shared. I'd be worried if I got through the entire bottle.

Photo of jhtipton
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 330 ml bottle from Al Campo. Bottle has 23.02.13 meaning drink by date I presume. Pours a nice deep golden cloudy two finger head that dissipates quickly to 1/4 inch lacing head. Smell the sweet flowery slightly spicy scent. Taste is pretty darn good, yeasty, tart fruit like a pear, some Belgian yeast in there but the alcohol covers it Not feeling much hop or malt action, closer to a good white wine like a Pinot grigio. I like it and would try it again when it is a bit warmer.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the big bottle into a Westmalle glass. A dull golden color with a half finger of white head.
Mild smelling; honey and sweets.
It tastes heady, you can feel the alcohol lurking in the background. Bread, light malt and mild hop bitterness at the end.
Light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation, which is not bad... leaves tingles on the tongue.
What I find unique and enjoyable about most Belgium beers is their texture. They seem to play that part stronger than most other beers. I thought that was the strongest part of this one...

Photo of axeman9182
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle taken home from 2011 Belgian Beer Fest. I'm reviewing the second half of this bottle, as the first half was consumed alongside dinner. It was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Affligem Tripel pours a crystal clear orange, with plenty of golden highlights shining through in the glass. The slightly dirty white head rises up to just short of 3 fingers, but disappears with alarming rapidity. It's clean too, nothing left behind in the way of lacing. Totally unacceptable for a Belgian style beer. The nose still manages to shine through well, and it's textbook tripel. Sugar soaked stone fruits and clove spiciness greet my nose, with a hint of alcoholic presence. The flavor profile largely follows the blueprint laid out by the aroma. There's some bitterness mid palate, nothing approaching an IPA in intensity, but enough to break up the sweet front end and allow for a transition to the clove phenols. There's a subtle, pleasant warming sensation from the alcohol that radiates out from my center with every sip. The body is impressively, appropriately light for a beer of it's size, and the carbonation bright and frothy. It' lacks the slight creamy edge that the mouthfeel of the best Belgians have, but it's just a spot below. Affligem Tripel is a very solid rendition of the style (appearance aside), and one I would give someone if I was trying to show them what a tripel tastes like.

Photo of u2carew
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles to a thin lacing on top. Slightly hazy body that is golden with some copper tones. Upward carbonation.
S) Yeasty with fruity esters - classic Belgian aroma. Dried strawberry. Subtle clove.
T) Grainy flavors. Noticeable alcohol. Clove. Some yeasty and sour notes.
M) Light carbonation. Medium body. Alcohol warmth. Clove / tannin feel in the aftertaste.
O) A tripel through and through. Solid profile characteristics.

Photo of argock
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked and caged brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by date tough to decipher but on side of label. Purchased at Ancona's Wine and Spirits (Ridgefield, CT) for $7.99.

A: SLightly hazy burnished golden with 1-2 fingers of white frothy, tightly-bubbled head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

S: Intense pale maltiness with dense floral hoppiness with peppery with big estery, fruity aromas of pear, banana, and apple. Hops also contribute some herbal and spicy notes.

T: Are we sure that Westmalle pioneered the style? This is easily one of my favorites in the style, if not my favorite. It combines the intense pale maltiness with white pepper and yeasty fruity estery flavors of apple and pear with earthy hops, especially as the beer warms. I like this beer better than domestic versions like Merry Monks (which I like a lot) because it displays a fine balance of vinous quality and finesse that makes it drink lighter than it is.

M: The carbonation is active and a little more sharp than I would like, but overall, the medium-high body drinks a lot lighter than its ABV.

O: This is in my top 3 tripels, and might be in my top 1 or 2 -- it has a lot of hops and yeasty estery character that exceeds Westmalle by a long way and gives La Fin Du Monde a serious run for its money. Grab this if you have the chance -- I wish I had taken advantage a lot earlier than this. It is a top-shelf tripel to be sure.

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

750ml bottle poured into a chalice
A: Orange with lots of carbonation. Not as much of a head as I expected, only about 1/2 finger. Update: by the end of the bottle (probably from warming a bit) this poured a solid two-finger head.
S: I love this nose. Creamy, with aromas of blond roux, coriander, and apricot.
T: Crisp, also a bit creamy, with layers of fresh fruit and spices; apricot, pear, coriander and allspice.
M: Crisp and integrated. No alcohol shows.
O: Extremely solid Tripel, and while not the best I've had, I would not hesitate to pick up more.

Photo of RickS95
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a light copper in color, about the color of a peach. It's on the fence between being translucent and opaque. The head is thick, white and fluffy. As the head shrinks, the middles starts to fall first leaving a nice lace around the sides.

Smells of Belgian yeast, with some pear, pepper and maybe some orange peel. A very pleasant smell.

The taste follows the scent very closely with the yeast, fruit and spices being front and center.

For a tripel, this is extremely smooth and easy on the palate. The beer starts a bit sweet and carbonated. Eventually the spices get involved leading to a slightly dry finish with nary of hint of the high ABV that's present.

This is a really good beer, much better to me than a lot of the reviews have suggested. It's a bit Duvel-like. I'm glad I've got two bombers of this.

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

A: poors a thick head that sits on top of a translucent dark golden color.

S: Definitely can pick up the fruit and spices.

T: Mix of fruit and spices. Citrus and peach come first with the yeast showing up towards the end.

M: Light viscosity and good bubbles help bring out the flavors.

O: Overall, nice tripel, not quite what I expected, but I would try again.

Photo of jondeelee
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Tripel starts off with many of the usual tripel aromas--orange, coriander, banana, pear, apple--but adds to them a champagne-like white grape note, all of which rests lightly over biscuity toasted grains. The end result smells much like a bowl full of Grape Nuts, laden with freshly-sliced peaches.

On the tongue, the brew is quite fruity, with orange, banana, apple, and apricot rising quickly to the surface. Hints of spice--coriander, clove, pepper, nutmeg--speckle the tongue, nipping lightly at the tastebuds. A good layer of toasted grains lies beneath, but is largely hidden by the fruity sugars. Hops are barely distinguishable, existing only as a counterbalancing buzz. A slight alcohol tinge hums quietly in the background, and becomes slightly too much the center of attention in the aftertaste, which is otherwise merely a continuation of the sugars. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is high--slightly too high, in fact, making this brew feel champagne-like on the soft palate.

Overall, the flavors in here are good, but the brew lacks a certain vivacity and uniqueness that would set it apart from its competitors, and the sugary flavors tend to fade during subsequent sips.

Photo of Vixie
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours mainly yellow with just a hint of orange. It forms a huge Duvel sized white head that seems to want to stick around.

The smell starts out with a lot of fruit, mainly citrus. There is a bit of malt as well, and a touch of alcohol.

Nice and fruity, but not to the point of being overdone. God amount of spice, pepper and clove, maybe some coriander. It's on the sweet side, but not to the point of being overdone. Finishes with a bit of a dry hop taste.

Nice feel, nothing wimpy about this one.

This is a really nice beer. There's a blend of flavors, and none overwhelm, they just blend into a nice complexity. Beers like this are one reason I love triples, and I would definitely try this one again.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.49/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in branded chalice

Look - (2.5/5) pours a nice light gold color. Clarity is very good, but as I got with the blonde, there were some really gross chunks of trub floating around like a snow globe. The head was also a touch disappointing. It faded to a minimal film with almost no lacing.

Smell - (3.5/5) the smell has a very similar to the blonde, which is malty pitted fruits (peaches/dried apricots). It was interesting in a tripel, but a bit too sweet and not tart enough. Little hop aroma.

Taste - (3.5/5) the flavour is much like the aroma, a bit of a one-note pony with the pitted fruit flavor. There wasn't a lot of balance and it was a bit too sweet without a lot of the spice of tart or floral notes I expected for balance.

Feel - (4/5) The body is on the lighter side of medium, with a medium-high carbonation. This definitely gave it a nice feel and one that worked will with the flavors. The finish just wasn't dry enough.

Drink - (3.5/5) I though this one tasted a lot like their blonde and certainly didn't make me think 'tripel.' It was also a bit too malty for my liking and didn't really have a lot of complexity.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a darker hue of yellow with a coppery tinge to it. A soft but fizzy head with good read and retention. Some clinging when swirled.

The nose is more malty with a hint of yeast. Some grainy, husky notes with just a hint of sugary sweetness. They yeast is soft with some hints of Belgian characteristic. Some minor fruity pear and apricot notes. More of a stone fruity. Some minor yeast and a touch of funk. Some grassy hop notes on the back end as well.

The taste is similar. The grains come out more. Would like to see a bit more esters and phenols. More of a generic European malty note. A bit dry. The fruity notes back off a touch compared to the nose. But some lighter fruit notes come out. Some sugary notes but soft. A light peppery note. The hops are limited but still there. Some aged, almost musty notes.

The body is light and finishes dry. Some carbonic bite. Some minor heat but ok. Overall a good triple but would like a touch more esters and phenols.

Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A great looking Belgian pour, with a massive head that sits atop the cloudy amber liquid; sticks and laces nicely, too

Smell: A range of golden fruit (apricot and pear, in particular), grassy hops and some peppery yeast phenols

Taste: The first element that appears is the cookie dough malt, with the pear and apricot elements adding complexity; by mid-palate, the grassy hops and peppery yeast make their presence felt, as well; while there is some sugary sweetness in the aftertaste, the finish is relatvely dry for the style

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While it lacks a great mouthfeel, this beer makes up for it by holding the alcohol and sugary sweetness in check; too many tripels, I find, suffer on both of those fronts

Photo of mothman
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of khaki head. Good retention with some splattered lace. Color is a golden orange.

Aroma: Cereal grains, bready malts, and yeast. Pretty fruity. Bananas, cloves, and esters.

Taste: Bananas, cloves, spices, and some orange peel. A very big cereal grain flavor. Some yeast and bready malts. Much like nose.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a solid tripel. I didn't expect the grain flavors, but they were enjoyable. Decent drinkability.

Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
89 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.