Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
89
very good

640 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 38
Gots: 46 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2001)
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Photo of Douglas14
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice golden color with a thick, white head that leaves good lace...the head stays intact the whole way down. It has strong sugar and fruit characteristics in the nose along with ample amounts of spices. The taste is very crisp. Sugar, hops, spices and malted barely are the main players in the taste. Good beer...nice example of a tripel.

Photo of biegaman
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, best before 31.05.08, purposely and properly aged to enjoy June 2008 in the appropriate Affligem chalice.

Many beers have their clarity subdued by a naturally occurring haze, typically from the sedimentation of the yeast, that is normal and expected for the style. Generally tripels are included in this category, although for the Affligem, the opposite seems to be true: it would appear the haze has subdued to a naturally occurring clarity, uncharacteristic of the style, despite the little flecks of yeast suspended throughout.

Indeed, this does appear more of a strong golden ale than tripel. Not only for its pronounced clarity, but also its colour, which is deep golden and resembling apple juice. Equally uncharacteristic is the absence of head. While most tripels froth at the top, this struggles to sustain its lace. It's as untrue to style as it is unpleasing to the eyes...

The drinker is also deprived of what is normally smelt from a tripel; there is no spectacle of orchard fruits or spicy yeast. The yeast especially is noticeably absent. Perhaps a hint of something floral, but essentially, this has no character.

The beer fails to knock your head back as it does to challenge your taste buds. Flavours are simple and straightforward - apple and pear, a hint of toasted malts or freshly cut wheat, and a coating of spicy hops. The carbonation is strikingly high and scrubs away much of the subtleties of the flavours. There is a moderate level of phenols, well below what is welcome in such a beer.

While it would seem age has been of detriment to this beer, my opinions of it have not changed. There is no question in my mind the beer is better off fresh, although my enjoyment of it tonight was really no different then the few times I've had it fresh. Affligem is certainly not the best example of Belgium's abbey breweries, and with such a plethora of them, there is no reason you should settle for this particular one. That being said, you wouldn't be so hard done by if you had to...

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

It began gushing out of the bottle moments after I opened it. The beer poured into a pint glass with a thick white head atop a golden body. It's a really nice looking beer. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy with light carbonation, and the smell had a nice musky funk to it. I enjoyed it quite a bit.. more than I expected to really.

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

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a chalice. No date on the bottle, however on the side of the cork is printed: 3/05, so I assume it was bottled March of 2005, making this bottle just over three years old.

The color of the label has apparently changed since the current image was uploaded, as it is red and not green. Dark in color for the style, golden almost brownish and very opaque. Creamy, velvety head leaves almost no lace.

The initial pour produced a very different aroma than what was subsequently presented. At first it is very, very sweet. Sugary fruits; apple and cherry, with loads of Belgian candy sugar. As it warmed it rounded out becoming much less sweet, and more dark, smooth, and caramely. This is not a standard tripel. The label calls it a "Belgian burgundy".

The flavor, like the aroma, also changed fairly dramatically as the beer had time to sit in the chalice. It began quite harsh. Sour fruits meshed with strong alcohol. Apple and peach. Spice profile is very intense. However, as it rested the flavor mellows greatly, giving way to a lessened intensity of all the aforementioned flavors and a robust caramel maltyness. What was initially sharp and eye opening is now the quintessential sipping beer. Not a traditional tripel by any means, as it is much darker and richer. Let this beer sit for 5-10 minutes and enjoy.

Photo of clayrock81
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 750ml bottle into a goblet glass and was left with a cloudy, orangeish body with mild carbonation and small lacings. A strong yesty smell, and I picked up some apples along the way.
The 8.5% ABV is hidden well with this beer, as the yeast and the spices in there combine for a sharp but smooth passing over the tongue. There is some clove and lemon zest/orange (also tasted apple) in there for that Triple flavoring, along with possibly pepper and clove. A warm, semi-dry finish. I normally don't rate high ABV's with such drinkability, but for the price you can't go wrong buying a bottle of this and just relaxing with this beer. Not the greatest triple but a solid example.

Photo of bwmc
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml cage corked bottle into a pint glass as it was the only thing I could find at the apartment I was staying. Golden color with light foamy head. Left a great deal of lacing. The aroma was sweet and with some fruits. Full flavored, fruits and sugars. When nearing the end more yeast can be noticed. Alcohol is hidden well with a crisp dry finish.

Photo of rkuhnel
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle that seemed like opening a bottle of wine this poured a cloudy orange with a fat off-white head and copious lacing the smoothly coated the Affligem glass as it settled. Nose of yeast and fruit, and a mouthfeel that is rich and creamy. Flavors of fruits, grass, and spices Dry finish.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a glass chalice:

Pours hazed dark gold with a thin white head. Trailing lace slides down glass with some stickage.

The smell is of lemon and orange with herbal notes.

The taste is of lemon and orange tang/tartness with herbal spicing. A sweet honeyish grainy sweetness follows. A touch of aspirin is noticeable, but just about negligeable. A bit of alcohol lends itself to a dry finish. After the yeast is poured in (at the end of the bottle), a slight nutty character is added in that I liked.

It is light-to-medium bodied and creamy.

A nice tripel.

Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 750 ML caged and corked from Bottle King in Livingston... Golden-colored, apple-juice appearance with decent frothy head that soon receded... smell was loaded with sweet candies, fresh fruit, florals, and honey... taste paid homage to the aroma, with citrus, lemon, sugars, candies, honey, and florals... a very sweet, sugar-laden taste that lingers on the tongue and doesn't let go... this beer is extremely rich and thick for a Tripel... very sweet, full of sugar... good thick and full-flavored mouthfeel, but drinkability took a hit due to the slightly cloying, ultra-sweet flavor... Overall, this is a top-notch Belgian Tripel... true to the style, authentic, full-flavored, and satisfying... Definitely recommended...

Photo of BMan1113VR
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet grapefruit, yeast, and apple dominate the aroma, some in there pepper too. Pours a clearish golden color with a slightly off-white head. Flavor is okay with a sour finish. Mouthfeel was kind of dry with lively carbonation. Very average for a Belgian Tripel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 :).

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!

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.

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.

Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
89 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.