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Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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616 Ratings

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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 36
Gots: 45 | 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 tavernjef
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at 48 f from a 750ml caged and corked brown bottle:
Bold, lightly bronze tinted gold with a towering cap of creamy white fluff. The cap has tremedous staying power, it roots itself like an old tree over the active yellow body. Lacing adheres to the tulip glass in a softly billowed sticky sheeting.

Aroma is medium dry with slight grain tones bringing an earthy huskyness and is mildly peppered yeast. Tiny citrus ornaments hang in the background with a lemony spritzed pear juice.

Flavors intice right from the get go with a pleasantly mild tone of balanced spice, fruits, dryness, and richness. On the lips its fruity with lemony tartness, pear juice evens it out to become much more manageable. Fluff-a-ly spritzy and boldly full on the palate with nice mild tones of yeast that have subtle little spices of pepper, clove, and herbal grasses. Lingering earthen grains trap the dryness within the spicy yeast and fondle the taste buds into submission into one nicely dancing-off-the-tongue fruity crispness. All the while keeps a well rounded fullness and malty body.

The mild tones in this one are more to my liking for the triple style and favors a very decorous drinkability from start to finish. Great subtle, milder tones, and flavors to it that really make for a nice treat. Recommended.

tavernjef, May 05, 2005
Photo of elricorico
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with lots of carbonation evident. The head is huge, creamy white shaving cream like foam climbing above the rim of the glass.

Smell is nice too, Belgian yeast, candied sugar, pepper and a bit of soapiness.

This tripel is not too sweet up front, almost a bit tart, with a long finish that is slightly bitter and somewhat soapy. As the beer warms and the head recedes, the soapiness fades, and the finish sweetens. A fair bit of citrus all the way through. One of the most apparent flavours reminds me of Sprite.

Mouthfeel is quite good, a bit of fullness and plenty of carbonation feel right for this beer. Drinkability is not bad, though the alcohol level is notable.

Not a bad beer. Nothing about it stands out to me, but nothing about it seems to be unpleasant.

elricorico, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of Shiloh
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew is a hazy golden offering arriving with a dominating head and above average carbonation. The body is short of being full, the nose estery.
The flavour that dominates is lemon mixed with a ripe banana as a minor. A malty sweetness sneaks in to end and linger.
One sip of this brew and the high ABV is apparent
The ABV of this brew limits its drinkability for this BA.

Shiloh, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 330 ml bottle that came along with an Affligem goblet gift pack, best before date on side of label: 21 09 06. A hazy apricot appearance to the body, big foamy white head with pockets of cinnamon here and there. Nice head retention. Peppery spice and candy sugar sweetness on the nose, with some pear and apple to hold it up. The flavour is subdued at first, mild, light spices in the beginning, pepper and clove, while a pear-like sweetness starts to build towards the finish. Tart esters on the finish, with a spicy black pepper aftertaste. Satin mouthfeel, rolls over the palate smoothly with some body to hold it up. Not watery like the dubbel. Not a tripel that I am itching to have again any time soon, from what I've sampled so far Affligem has gotten it right with their blonde, while everything else seems sub-par in comparison. Hopefully this tripel is better in their caged and corked version, I look forward to the opportunity to sample that as well.

IronDjinn, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of Paddez
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, golden brew with a decent fluffy head that produces some nice lacing. I was sort of dissapointed by the abscense of any haziness whatsoever though.
The smell is malty sweet with some notes of alcohol and quite some yeast and fruity spicyness.
The taste is round and crisp with spices, fruits and some faint malts. All the classic elements of a solid tripel are there and done right, but the alchol is a too apparent. Everything, including the dry finish, is surrounded by a slightly acidic, alcoholic warmth.
The mouthfeel is good, the beer is well carbonated and the warming effect of the alcohol is pleasant, although it does gives away the relatively high ABV.
Quite drinkable as well for such an alcoholic brew.

A solid and most enjoyable tripel. Too bad it loses some points due to it being so alcoholic. Still a decent brew though, and One that I'd recommend.

Paddez, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of gimmehead
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dull copper with thin white head that rides the beer to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is fruity and sweet, foreshadowing the flavor. Tastes like wine grapes, tart cherries, yeasty with fruity esters and malty sweetness. Alcohol is evident but not overwhelming. Seems to be maybe a little too carbonated. Overall pretty damn good.

gimmehead, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of ggroller
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml brown bottle with no discernable bottled on date. Complete, though, with instructions on the proper pour and a brief history of the brewery.

Cloudy straw/ bannana peel color with a sturdy, rocky, bubbly head. Light lacing on the glass as I drank.

Light notes of apple, pear, and citrus in the nose. Champagne- like in it's carbonation and crisp palate. Very cleansing finish and an extremely delightful triple and that.

I'll have another, please.

ggroller, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle, caged and corked, no freshness dating to be found. Pours dull light yellow, cloudy and supporting a white head, that started fluffy and pillowy and then turns to 1/4 inch and regal with fine retentive powers. Tons o' lacing. Nose is bursting with peppery phenolic notes and cloves. Nice soft mouthfeel. Bold Belgian flavorings of yeasy nuttyness, cloves, and pepper. Ths is a full flavor, bold and enjoyable tripel. Amazing how a glass or two can lift the spirits and improve the quality of whatever food you want to pair it with. Readily available tripel, well worth a try.

Billolick, Feb 08, 2005
Photo of baiser
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange colour, with a fluffy white head, gorgeous lacing. Aromas of fruit, yeast, and a little spice. A well made tripel, with fruity notes, deceptive alcohol and a wonderful malty sweetness. Taste was very nice, easy drinking, and the alcohol really kicks in. Finish is dry, and doesn't leave much of an aftertaste.

baiser, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Affligem has some nice beers. The one I like most is the tripel. Beautifull pour out wit a huge and lasting head. Colour is light bronze and perfectly clear for a botle fermented beer. Nose is a wonderfull mixture of yeastfruit, hops and malt. Probably litle koreander too. Taste is fresh and sweetmalty in the beginning before it gets into spicy and litle bitter aftertaste. Nice and clean bitterness make it a enjoyable beer I get back to every now and then.

paterlodie, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 750 ml brown bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light amber color, with a white head. Highly carbonated. Huge white head when poured in a pint glass. Poor head retention when poured into red wine glass (?).

Smell - This beer has the typical tripel candy-sweet-mixed-with peppery-spice aroma. No hop aroma is present. Fruity esters also show up in the aroma profile. Appealing.

Taste - Peppery and spicy (clovey?), surrounded with alcoholic warmth. It is also quite crisp and dry. No hop bitterness is readily present. The spiciness is a bit overdone.

Mouthfeel - This beer has a slight sticky feel to it. The body is not really heavy, but it is not weak.

Drinkability - I would describe the beer as complex, so I had to drink it slowly to really appreciate it. Tripels tend not to be beers that I can consume in quantity, and this one is no exception. For the style, it has pretty good drinkability.

Comments - This is not the greatest of all tripels, but I strongly feel that it is worth a try.

mgdeth, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of TerryW
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden orange with a big head that settled to a heavy film. Gives up decent lace throughout.

Pepper and substantial alcohol in the nose. If you can get past the alcohol you'll find apple.

Sweetness up front ending up dry and quite bitter. Slightly sticky finish. Noticeable alcohol throughout which, again, dominates to the detriment of other tastes in the beer. Orange is noticeable. Heavy drinking.

Not enough character to this one for my liking. Too much alcohol, too bitter without offering enough of anything else.

TerryW, Jan 10, 2005
Photo of beerceller99
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75 cl. bottle opens with a champagne like pop of the cork. Cloudy honey orange hue with a big off white colored head. Has a spicy black pepper and vinous smell. Light to medium bodied with a bubbly mouthfeel. Flavor is of pepper, spices, oak barrel, and slightly yeasty. Finishes bone dry with a bittersweet champagne taste. A pretty good Triple.

beerceller99, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25.4 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Connecticut. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured a hazy, golden-orange color. The white head rose up easily and settled slowly. A fairly heavy bead fed a thin layer of foam that remained on top of the brew for the entire drink. Some nice lace was left behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: A great aroma, though subdued. Sweet and fruity (mainly apples and grapes) without being heavy. Lightly nutty at times, with hints of wood underneath. A decent amount of hops bit at the nose.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and dry, with quite a bit of carbonation that makes the beer feel fuzzy as it traveled back into the mouth.

Taste: A light, sweet fruitiness started things out. This was washed away immediately as the flavor dried out. Herbal and floral hops, as well as alcohol shoved through in the middle The alcohol lingered into the finish, where things mellow out a bit. This is where light oak and nut flavors arose, as well as some light spices. There was also a reprise of the sweet fruit from before, but it was very subdued. It did, however, keep this beer from being too dry on the finish.

A good beer, though the alcohol is a little too pervasive in my opinion.

Quaffer, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of Cwrw
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick chunks of yeast in the bottle, freely floating, despite this bottle being stored upright for 2 weeks. The Affligem dubbel too had uncharacteristically large pieces of yeast. This should be all the vitamin B I need for today. Nice, rich golden hues, caramel, showing some orange tints near the edges of the glass. The head is a mixture of medium-sized and fine bubbles, and it seemed to recede quicker than Affligem's blond. Slow moving screens of lace, leaving web-like lacing. Nearly bright white foam. The aroma is definitely superior to the dubbel or blond. A strong citrus immediately, more roasted notes, some soap, faint perfume, perhaps the slightest dash of hop, adding a subtle floral quality. Sweet honey, musky grapes, and a definite spiciness that tickles the nose slightly when inhaled deeply. Some pear, banana, even raspberry, and a creamy vanilla smell. Taste is citrus up front, lemon and orange. Alcohol well-masked in the other flavours, though this feels more substantial in the mouth. Sourish malt notes near the middle, and leaving with a decent dryness, metallic, iron-like. No real hop flavour, only dry hop feel on the palate. Mostly the finish is musky, grainy, and yeasty. Great fruit on the long finish as well. Full bodied, and extremely lingering. Phenols make a show after a few sips, albeit slight. Mouthfeel is creamy, with a brisker carbonation than the dubbel or blond; and, for 8.5%, this goes down deceptively freely and quickly. After two bottles, however, I fear the dry dustiness would become a bit much for me. This would pair well with any sharp cheese, or a tomato sauce pasta. This is a respectable tripel, by any Belgian standard.

Cwrw, Dec 31, 2004
Photo of garymuchow
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fruity, spicy, candcy sweet, rather complex with slight heat from the alcohol and yeasty.
Pours with a big full head that becomes rocky. Golden yellow and slightly cloudy. Lacing.
Alcohol probably not as hidden as it should be (in the heat in the aroma and the initial taste). Mix of fruitiness up front (orange stands out). Bitterness grows from the middle and in the finish, which closes with long dryness. Fruitiness and phenols are pretty subtle, less strong than in the aroma. Some sourness.
High carbonation is incredibly soft. Very smooth. Medium light.
I'm a little dissappointed. Not as full, rich or complex as I'd hoped. Not bad, just not great either.
Thanks to Mark at 3 Corners for this sample.

garymuchow, Dec 28, 2004
Photo of IceAce
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Corked and caged 750 ml bottle...cork is dated 10 / 03 on the side. Poures a golden blonde body capped with a rich and dense finger of pearl white foam. CO² streamers abound from the depths of the beer-clean chalice

Aroma: Earthy malt, yeast, and slight tinge of alcohol dominate the nose

Taste: Well rounded taste without all of the out-of-control phenols most Belgian Tripels are known for. Effervescent CO² supports the huge malt in this well rounded brew. The finish quickly tapers off with a nice hop dryness and a silky sweetness on the lips

Mouthfeel: In a word...smooth. Flavor components are nicely rounded into one beautiful taste experience

Drinkability: Lower ABV than most Tripels means more control of faculties while ordering this beer again and again...

IceAce, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of gbontrag
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Spreading the Belgium love around the family on Thanksgiving here in Council Bluffs.
pours like transparent caramel with an exploding large bubble head, fairly quick to dissipate from a fat finger heighth. Leaves a lacy garter.
Vegetal aromas of carrots, celery and artichokes in a malt aspic.
Taste of the above veggies on a mineral plate. Nice and dry. Very pleasant thin sweetness like frosted green grapes. Carbonation pops off the tongue sending the hop character up to the roof of the mouth and then cascades down the sides of the tongue. Nice alcohol bite. Everyone enjoyed this, and were amazed at the wine-qualities of the Belgian beer. Welcome to my world.
paired well with breaded oysters.

gbontrag, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of tatterdash
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, the Tripel. Poured less hazy than expected, again no sendiment and a fluffy off-white head that laces well. Less spicy than the blond, but more banana and again a hint of citrus. Taste is smooth with a lot of banana and mild spice, with a very warming finish. I some ways is combines the best point of the Blond and the Dubbel, without the crispness and roasted malts of course. I really like the spicy warming aftertaste. Tonight was a very good night.

tatterdash, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beautiful triple flowed from the bottle and created a lovely off-white head of 3 fingers over a hazy apricot-colored body. The nose is full of fruit and spice notes. These sensations repeat in the flavors of the brew with spice and bananas predominating. The feel is full with a nice creaminess despite the carbonation which is substantial. Good drinkability given the ABV.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 22, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle, the hazy orange sunset of a brew capped itself nicely with a fine white head. The aroma of bananas and spices was intriguing. Unfortunately, it seemed, as these notes didn't dominate the flavors. While banana and clove notes were present mixed with a huskiness and sour apple notes that made the brew a little less enjoyable than I had hoped. While a sour beer can be fun, it didn't seem to work well with this triple.

AllThingsNinja, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of SilentSabre
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was quite impessed with this one, personally. It looked nice, had a pleasant smell, a nice texture and I just overall enjoied it. I saw where a few people had said that given the style, this wasn't really quite what it should have been, or what they thought it would have been, rather. I thought it was fantastic, though. Poured a bronze/orange colour with a monster white fluffy head that stayed around for a while. Nice lacing. Very spicy sweet smell with a good bit of banana. Taste was fairly congruent with smell as far as spice and banana go. Nice mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation, but not enough to ruin the mouthfeel. A nice warming sensation as it goes down, due to the 8.5%abv. Overall, an excellent example of a Belgian Tripel. I seem to think so, anyway.

SilentSabre, Sep 04, 2004
Photo of drewbage
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Bright orange hazy with a large fluffy head

Slightly metallic sulfury banana pineapple nose.

Flavor is sharp co2 cutting combined with spice and cinnamon. Peaches and apricots

Brisk finish zesty still rough.

drewbage, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of putnam
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Robust tower of gas/solid occurs over pastel orange-colored liquid. Intense orange liqueur aromas are offset by creamsicle and vanilla.
On the palate it is dry and braced with urgent lines of gas - something that effects a spare, lighter bodied texture. There is a simple sugar sweetness reminiscent of Cointreau too that is in apt propotion to driftwood, pepper and seed-flavored tannins. I'm beginning to think this is a blatantly commercial product without the investment in malt, yeast culture or cellaring of a really great beer.
Fresh from the distributor this time. No freshness dating. No score change.
First review in October 2003:
Drunk more than seven months after the best before date of 2.28.03
Purchased for $7.49 at Beverage Warehouse. Not refrigerated. After unfusing the cork the bottle let out a "doop" sound. The color is burnt yellow/orange and it features a persistent mousse.
Baked spices, iron, dried orange peel and pastry dough are suggested by this beer's complex aroma. Not obviously appealing but full of integrity. On the palate it careens from agressive, gas-charged pepper, slate and chalk flavors to candied fruit and citronella notes. Definitely a food beer. Artisan canned seafood products, bean paste, watercress and baked squash would do wonders for this beer.
A bit charmless.

putnam, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice, yellow, slightly cloudy ale, as expected for a tripel. It had a very nice head. The aroma was somewhat hoppy, more so than I expected for the type.

The taste was very dry and slightly sweet, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It was very warming, and reminded me of a fine champagne. And it definately felt like I had drunk a large bottle of champagne, it was potent.

A very fine ale, highly recommended.

connecticutpoet, Jun 18, 2004
Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
89 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.