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Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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very good

591 Ratings

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 35
Gots: 35 | 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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4.45/5  rDev +12.1%

Sedimented apricot appearance, glows in the light, head is huge and very soft, like pillow foam. Laces thicky, in lots of hanging strings and sheets. Tons of aroma, plenty of grape, orange, yeast notes and a light sense of blackboard slate. Impressive taste, well-bittered up front, medium carbonation, and an astringent marmalade impression. Dries well, with alcoholic heat and a strident finish and aridity that's almost like an asphalt-like bitterness. Bold stokes here, Westmalle seems safer, but this is about as close to what I expect from a Tripel as I've run across -- would be just about right when I'm in the mood.

05-14-2004 14:49:44 | More by ADR
Photo of Zorro


4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Cork is marked 22/02.

Pours a highly carbonated gold brew.

Smell is sugar and spice with some flowers thrown in to it.

Taste is mildly sweet almost dry in flavor. Mostly honey, coriander and dry pollen flavors in this one. Simple, yet clean and good tasting. Mild bitterness kicks in after a bit.

Mouthfeel is real good.

Very drinkable Belgian brew.

04-29-2004 06:11:01 | More by Zorro
Photo of BeerAngel


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a pale burnt orange that is slightly hazed with a nice dense white head that lasts a while. The smell consists of a sweet musty horse blanket, fruit and light spicing. The taste is a lightly sweet fruit and raisins, with a musty yeast taste trailing into a light alcohol on the tail. This beer is medium bodied and drinks down fairly easy.

04-03-2004 02:01:43 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of fdrich29


4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

750ml corked bottle. Cork shot out pretty fast with a nice pop.

Poured a cloudy golden orange, head quickly settled down to a pinky's width and stuck around for awhile. Great lacing on this, smells of sweet oranges and spice with an added taste of pepper and candy. Slight tingling on the tongue, smooth down the back. This tripel was a great find and one I'll be picking up again and again. If you like La Fin you'll love this.

03-30-2004 03:24:38 | More by fdrich29
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Holy smokes look at the psycho motion going on in this coarse, bubbly, dirty white head. Denser on second pour. There is lots and lots of soapy lacing. The beer itself is orangey-gold and slightly hazy. Nose is citrus, sweet and a little woody. Alcohol is there. Spice and pepper in the sweet, fruity front. Thick foaminess in the middle: sweet, buttery, fruity, caramely. The finish tastes just like snow! (plus some fruit and lots of alcohol). This is a nice, pleasant beer, if just a little plain.

03-29-2004 18:34:07 | More by kbub6f
Photo of Dukeofearl


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

750 ml corked bottle that opens with a shotgun blast sound and the gunsmoke quickly following. Initial smell from the bottle (before the pour) is peppery and spicy, with a sweet background.

Pours a very pretty dark golden orange with nice off-white creamy head an inch high in my Chimay goblet. I can smell the brew from a foot away- candy sugar, those soft orange Brach candies that I always got at Christmas time as a kid (you know, the soft gummy ones that looked like orange slices with crystallized sugar liberally sprinkled). When I draw the glass closer, I then smell the Belgian yeasts, the citrus is more clean (less sugary) and I find fainter tones of grassy & herbal aromas. Quite nice once the strength of the sugar dies down!

Flavor: First get hit with slightly sharp hoppy notes mixed with citrus and grasses. The Belgian yeast flavor also comes through (probably from the head). A lingering sharp aftertaste- not so much bitter as astringent. There is some sweetness in the flavor, but not nearly as strong as in the aroma. Barely notice the alcohol- a little rises into the sinuses, but not much.

Body & Drinkability: Medium bodied. It goes down pretty smoothly, although the end note astringency takes a bit away. I like this tripel- one of the better ones I've had!

As an interesting afternote, I only drank half of this 750, and then tested a new "champagne saver" on the bottle to see how it stands up to time. After 2 days, I noticed a light leak (it was on its side) and I opened it and drank the rest. The head was almost gone- but surprisingly there was still a little left. The flavor had separated into a base of light syrupy sweetness and higher notes of citrus, pepper, tart, and hops. It was actually a little creamier than when first opened too. Really quite a nice surprise- I thought it would be bad. Extra points for this brew!

03-29-2004 02:15:12 | More by Dukeofearl
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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

The bottle was dated best before (21 12 02) two years earlier. My first thought is...MMmm well aged. The cork was a pain but then when it did move POW, out it came. The brew was clouded but with a nice honey hue. The nose was candied with a wonderful feel in the mouth. Not overly carbonated but noticeable as a Belgium bier. The taste was exciting the balance outstanding. The hops are not hiding behind the candy and all the flavors co-exist peacefully. This is the best out of date beer I’ve ever had, Gotta love those Friar’s.

02-01-2004 19:20:48 | More by halfpgl
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

You can't stay in the brewing business for close to 900 years without doing *something* right. This is a nice, very drinkable tripel. Rich bronze in color with a moderately-sized, very lacy head fed by a jet-stream of carbonation. Aroma is orange citrus and spicy clove hops undergirded by bready yeast. Carbonation and a bit of citrus tang strike the tongue first, followed by a fairly sweet (almost caramel-like) maltiness. Nice spicy hop kick toward the finish, with a surprising, slightly sour, aftertaste. Fairly full-bodied in the mouth, but the carbonation and the persistant head keep it from becoming overwhelming. Very nicely done.

01-22-2004 07:19:13 | More by mzwolinski
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Possess a nice light color and pleasant nose with a touch of alcohol. The brew was tangy yet sweet but nicely balanced between the two. As it went down, it warmed inside to a smile. The carbonation reminded me of a good quality champagne carbonation. Very pleasant.

12-02-2003 15:43:30 | More by maybrick
Photo of francisweizen


3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

This nice golden triple, was a nice dark golden colour with a lovely white cap of foam on its head. Aromas were very sweet and honey-like with some candy sugar and yeast in the mix as well. The taste was very sweet, just like the aroma. I could taste light hops and malts, candy sugar, yeast, various spices, and alcohol on my palate. The mouthfeel was spritzy, highly carbonated, and full of life. The drinkability was damn good.

11-19-2003 19:05:38 | More by francisweizen
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4.05/5  rDev +2%

Knew I was in for a treat cause the bottle was dated best before 5/03. Poured a nice hazy, golden orange color with a thin white head. Green apples, yeast, malty sweetness and alcohol dominated the nose. Very sweet, effervescent, yeasty and slightly cidery tasting, with a big, dry Granny Smith apple finish. This beer seemed highly attenuated, therefore making it a pleasure to enjoy. I'm stocking up on a few more bottles from this dating.

11-17-2003 08:13:03 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of BeerBuilder


4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Sampled on 8/14/03

Pours to a hazy, golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is spicy and medicinal, with a fresh, fruity aroma. The flavor is spicy, peppery with an herbal/medicinal taste. it has a light mouthfeel, but has an alcoholic warming to it. It finishes dry. Another good Belgian beer.

11-16-2003 21:21:38 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2%

Pours a nice slighlty hazy gold color with a thick head. The aroma is pleasant with a mixture of yeast, citrus, hops, and grass. The taste is strong on the tongue - carbonationed seemed a little high but the yeast / malt / bitter ratio was good. Crisp in the mouth, and bitterness and citrus tones lingered on the tongue for a while. The alcohol is quite evident, and when the bottle is empty you can feel it. Very enjoyable and my favorite from Affligem.

11-07-2003 01:38:05 | More by Gavage
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Appearance: A golden pour with a huge and lively white head.

Smell: A light floral nose with very subtle but nice fuity hints.

Taste: A very well bodied beer. Bready notes and heavy texture. Grainy and underlying tastes of raw-sugars and honey. A dry and warm alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, lively and a very full bodied beer.

Drinkability: A nice beer, very decent but not my favorite tripel. I only sampled 1 so maybe a few more would give me a better idea of how i feel.

11-04-2003 15:05:20 | More by Popsinc
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

The bottle i bought had a different label than the one that is shown on the BeerAdvocate site there is a place for an expiration date but there is nothing there though the cork says 19/01 on it.
Huge rocky head with definite belgian lace and a deep gold color. Aroma is subtle and complex with a definite mineral scent and light dry malt. Flavor is nice with spiciness from the yeast alternating with a dry maltiness a bit of hops running around in there as well. Mouthfeel is just perfect for this beer as there is enough of a rough carbonic bite to keep the mouth from getting bored while there is not so much as to overpower the palate. I would try this one again because i think that there is more going on here than what one can experience from one tasting session.

10-17-2003 05:02:18 | More by RenoZymurgist
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4.53/5  rDev +14.1%

A 750ml brown glass bottle with a new, rather fancy looking, cream, red, black & gold colored coat of arms on the label. It has exactly the same "new" label design as the bottle of Dubbel, which I had earlier this week - except for the word Tripel replacing the word Dubbel of course. Corked (dated 22/02) & Caged.

Appearance: Pours with a massive expansive, thick solid off-white head, which takes forever to settle down. In fact, it has to go 3 distinct stages before it does. Starts with a voluminous fill in the glass, then it collapses painfully slowly at the sides, whilst lacing well, the crusty middle eventually catches up to leave a thick fog-like head, smooth & impressive. It does leave a fantastic looking rocky 3D lacing. Exceptionally clear straw color – I kept the yeast in the bottle. As with the Dubbel, it really does look the part, especially in a Chimay Goblet!

Nose: Gorgeously spicy, light fruity nose with a strong herbal like odor. Hops intermingled with some light citrus. Incredibly refreshing aroma – the alcohol even comes through in the pungent nose at the back end. Marvelous.

Taste: Bold, Bitter & Spicy, even hoppy at times. It has a very soft bitterness to start with, that becomes pronounced in the finish. Light grain malts & hops are well-balanced with talcum smooth spices & herbs, which effortlessly transcend the journey from glass to stomach. Has a light citric quality, without the acidic sharpness. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: An athletic heavyweight. Big AND Powerful. 0-100 in 2 mouthfuls. I like the way that the alcohol does not dominate the spicy aspects, but merely supports them in an unwavering fashion.

Drinkability: Weighs in at a mighty 8.5%, but no warming whatsoever, just as it should be. It is *so* easy to forget how strong this Tripel. I had little problem getting down to the yeast sediment in this bottle.

Overall: Whereas the Affligem Dubbel was just too inoffensive, which I suspected was the start of a ‘dumbing down’ by Affligems new owners for mass-market appeal – the Tripel goes to proves me downright wrong. Whilst the Tripel is clean drinking, it has much more character than I remember. This beer is street-wise, and knows what it needs to be, and do. I was disappointed with the “new label” Affligem Dubbel, but the corresponding Tripel is a far better beer, with a huge bold presence.
Well worth trying.

Confronted by both the Dubbel & Tripel ?
- Can only afford one?!
- Go with the Tripel !

Worth $6.99 – Definitely.

10-15-2003 05:00:27 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Blonde gold color. Extremely large white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, yeasty and sweet. A medium bodied tripel. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are spicy. Bright yeasts with touches of candy sugar. A very drinkable beer once the head diminishes. Nicely balanced. Smooth taste. Very slight alcohol bite at 8.5%. Touches of apricots and oranges. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

10-07-2003 00:15:25 | More by beerguy101
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Appearance – This is lighter than the Dubbel, but thicker. The yellowish-orange cloud of a body is impenetratable to light. The long, thick head goes down slowly and laces the glass.

Smell – The malt aroma is there, but the light fruit dominates. There is pear and lemon zest, plus a little spice of clover and coriander.

Taste – The spice comes out much more in the flavor. The coriander and pepper take over initially, but the malt and yeast flavors catch up. There’s sweetness at the end that tastes like ripe peach.

Mouthfeel – The modest carbonation feels a bit light for this medium-bodied Tripel.

Drinkability – This one was OK, but it lacked the sense of balance and smoothness that I’ve come to enjoy in the style.

09-01-2003 05:03:01 | More by RoyalT
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New York

3.08/5  rDev -22.4%

Poured a beautiful hazy orangey tan color with a great head and nice carbonation pop to it...
Aroma and taste were both extremely mild...you get the typical spiciness and hint of fruit but overall the taste was way too mild...still not bad...just average...I wont buy any more of this...

08-21-2003 23:30:41 | More by stegmakk
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Sunset orange-yellow with a strangely small head that just won't quit. A quick twirl of the glass ressurects the creamy cloud from the brew and sticks it to the sides of the glass.

A very "Belgian" aroma -- earthy fruits (ripe yellow apples, et cetera). Sweet, fruity, and spicy -- as it should be. The esters and flavors are mopped up quickly by quite the surprisingly crisp finish.

08-19-2003 13:22:05 | More by marburg
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Appearance: lovely, bright apricot color, with a mountainous, lush, pillowy cloud of lacey white foam. Pretty, and impressive.
Aroma: sparkles with sugar and spice, soft but pungent and substantive, hints of citrus and other fruits.
Great, buzzing hops greet the tongue, bright, tasty, fruity, dazzling!
Excellent texture: a golden mouth-flooding flavor matches the golden color!
Taste goes on and on, a persistent and prominent sweetness continues, and aids considerably in the flavor and overall experience.
Body's a bit on the light side, but full of yeast, and an amble helping of malt.
A sparkling, tingling sensation dances on the tastebuds with each and every sip, resonating through the mouth. Light spiciness continues on the palate.
Everything in this tripel is a bit light and moderate, while still stretching towards the sublime!
I almost didn't want any beer tonight, but made the commitment with this 750ml bottle. I won't be getting up early in the morning, but it would have been worth it. A very fine abbey tripel!

06-08-2003 18:16:35 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a cloudy orange with nice tight carbonation. The head actually increased for the first few minutes before settling in at about a quarter inch that lasts till the end. The aroma was of fruit and malt with a lot of yeast and a presence of alcohol. Taste is good with bread and malt, but hurt by a rubbery and sour note. A good beer at a good price.

06-07-2003 20:35:36 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of dwarbi

New York

3.85/5  rDev -3%

Thick, foamy head. It grows slowly for a while after being poured and forms some interesting statue-like creations. About a quarter inch of head remains and plenty of lacing. The beer looks darks and murky... muddy. Smells of pears and spices, and is a little sweet. Tastes slightly of pears as well. Thick and creamy. Interesting spiciness that lingers. Not the best triple that I've had, but it's pretty good.

05-26-2003 18:08:04 | More by dwarbi
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

One of my first double fermented ales. Not nearly as 'chewey' as I thought it would be. The flavor is excellent - just like the bottle says, intense, robust, nutty. A little too rich to really be called 'drinkable' but excellent nonetheless. I would buy it again.

05-24-2003 13:44:11 | More by BillSempf
Photo of Morris729


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours golden amber in color with a large stream of bubbles rising from the dead center of the bottom of the glass. The brilliant white head towers out of the glass and very slowly dissipates in chunks leaving a thick rocky head and spider webs of lace across the glass. Nose is sweet and fruity with notes of banana, apricot, fig, clove, and nutmeg. Medium to full in body with a smooth velvety texture. Taste is sweet malts at first followed by notes of fruit and allspice. Some nutty yeasts are then present along with some peppery alcohol and a touch of citrus leading to a dry finish. A very nice triple.

05-02-2003 22:55:52 | More by Morris729
Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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