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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2001)
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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.

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.

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.

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.)

Photo of bruachan
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?

Photo of ybnorml
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Ego
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a find.. a bottle from 1998 "lost" at this store in their basement for eons.. $9.99 @ oaktree buyrite, edison, nj (they have a couple more bottles and the same "old" dubbel as well... and a couple of old maresdous also).

the bottle says best before "05 02 03" but this should hold up...

eyes...
lively cork, jumped off the bottle it has been protecting for 8 years, orange muddy hue, one full finger of head, medium to small bubbles stay afloat and persist, lacing is firm like a sheet of sea foam rolling in unison off the shore, leaving behind a traceof the wetness that was once there, and it leaves a line at the top of the lace crest as well, the carbonation is still quite active, this looks great.

nose...
fruity walnuts, dried apricots, a caramel candy bar (like a twix sans the chocolate), a hair of the alcohol peeps through, butterscotch, zero funk odor detected except for a faint "dry" smell, like grass perhaps but no outright belgian assfunk. I could smell this all day and not be able to put my finger on everything that is going on in this one.

taste etc...
smooth and velvety, like drinking old silky wood left in your garage soaked in mild fruits like apricot or peach, sweet but barely, it leaves the mouth dry, the mouthfeel is fantastic, creamy and just thick enough, this has really mellowed out, maybe almost too mellow in the flavor? later down the glass the yeast seems more assertive, even more woody and drying but still with that subtle sweetness balancing it out. The ABV is unnoticed except in the stomach which gets a nice little warming buzz from this brew. This is way way wayyy too damn easy to drink, and not sip, this just flies out of the glass into your mouth. a very strange dry almost "ash" tasting aftertaste seems to linger but it isnt unpleasant, it makes you yearn for another sip...

verdict?
if you see an 8 year old bottle pick it up ! I'll be damned if 1 foot of snow is stopping me from running out tommorow and grabbing up one more of these to share with friends soon... I have to say I was very surprised by this one, I half expected it to be skunk city...

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

Bottle aged ~2 years or so, pours a very hazy orange/amber, big white head forms, refuses to leave, makes a volcano in the middle of the chalice, super lacing, some of the best I've ever seen when these Affligems are aged a couple years, its ridiculous. Smell is sweet, some spices and honey, little bit of almost skunkiness, yeast. Taste is very rich, honey and spice, yeast, orange peel, sweet spicy finish, little bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, high carbonation but the aging has made it buttery smooth, a real treat, this one ages surprisingly well.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pretty clear. Not crystal, but pretty good clarity orange, tea-like color with a good chunky head and pretty good retention.

Smell: Malty, some apple-y notes. As expected but somewhat muted aromas.

Taste: Some tartness up front. Sweetness and mild hop finish. Again, muted.

Mouthfeel: Slick and slightly syrupy.

Drinkability: Not the most flavourful or robust tripel, which may actually add to the drinkability. Alcohol is well hidden, and the muted flavours make it easy to take.

Photo of fisherman34
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and dark gold in colour with strong carbonation. Aromas of citrus fruit, peach, bready malts, and a touch of spicy yeast. Heavier in the mouth and more malt flavors than other tripels that I’ve sampled. More of the orange and baked bread in the mouth, along with some sugary sweetness, herbal hops, and some black pepper. Well hidden alcohol presence. Very enjoyable.

Photo of ypsifly
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 750 that is corked and caged, poured into a tulip.

Hazy orange with a tall white head. Decent retention but it leaves an almost uniform sheet of lace.

The nose has citrus that is a bit tangy, apples, sugars, spices, and some yeast notes that are a nice combination of chalk with a little funk. The alcohol is noticable but it fits in perfectly as something close to white pepper.

The taste has a lot of the same characteristics of the nose, but the alcohol doesn't register, and the fruits are almost all lemon with just enough apple and pear sweetness to give balance. The sugars taste like a pinch of confectioner's sugar, and the yeasts have a little more earth and clove to them.

The mouth is just a bit too prickly from the carbonation and tangy flavors, but I like it. In light of its merits this is a very drinkable triple.

Photo of Derek
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Gold with a white head, not much retention, but a little lace.

S: Bready malt.

T: Sweet, bready malt, warming alcohol finish. Hint of fruityness. Flavours are subtle and well-rounded. Slightly sweeter and more alcoholic warmth than their blonde.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Higher alcohol than some tripels, but it's not over-powering. Dangerously drinkable!

Photo of DrJay
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazed gold with a thin white head that leaves behind some nice lacing. Spicy yeast aroma backed up by breadiness and fruit, light on the citrus. Candy sugar sweetness with some fruit and citrus, especially as it warms. Finishes with a peppery spiciness and alcohol warmth that's a bit on the hot side. Very high carbonation, slight stickiness and slickness. Not bad, but doesn't seem very balanced or refined.

Photo of Brian700
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice yellow with some suspended yeast and a nice big white head. There was good lacing going on.

The aroma was very fruity and sweet with alcohol in the background.

The flavor was even more estery than the nose. There is some candi sugar and coriander, apple. There was a lot of sweetness, almost too much along with alcohol.

The mouthfeel was good. Full bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

I thought it was a good beer but it was just a tad to sweet and cloying for me to pick it up again over many other belg. trips out there.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So many floaties! Ohhh the vitamin packed yeast clusters.
Lacing dee-luxx.
Plenty of sweet and malty candied sugar and alcohol soaked froots. This would be disgustingly cloyingly sweet but the carbonation pounds away at overly excessive sweetness. Reminds me of what I remember of St. Bernardus tripel I believe.
A thicker, sweeter interpretation of the style that I enjoyed.

Photo of scooter231
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dense-looking brew, reminds me of grapefruit juice- ruby/orange color, very light, but quite hazy. Lots of floaties in here. Big thick head that sticks around for quite a while.

Smells extremely sweet- raisins, mostly. Some other dark fruits. Mellows out a bit after it warms up. Taste is one word- SWEET. Raisins raisins raisins. After the first few sips I thought, ho shit I just ate a mouthful of raisins soaked in sugar for 5 days! But it also mellows out after a while. The taste grows on you. Mouthfeel is bubbly, and more refreshing than I thought it would be once I found out how sweet it was. Overall fairly drinkable, better when warmed up, but beware cavities.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty clear yellow straw color with a dense head of thick mousy foam at first pour. There are some "floaties" that are getting beaten around by a plentiful amount of bubbles rising. The head lasted forever, and left Belgian cloth on the side of the glass (Lace, hell...this is thick cloth!)

Aroma: Through the thick foam, I can pick out some fresh lemon aromatics. As it warms, you can pick out some peppery spices and some alcohol making itself apparent

Taste: The carbonation is so assertive in this beer, that swirling it made it explode in my mouth. The taste is a bit milder than the aroma would suggest. After I get past the mouthfeel, there is a little candy-like sweetness that sits on the palate along with some citrus. This fades to a dry finish and a pretty pronounced alcoholic burn.

Opinion: This is a good beer. I prefer some other Tripels over this one, but it is definitely one to checkout. The alcohol was a little more noticeable in this one. This trait is normally pretty well masked, though this beer is on the high end of the scale at 8.5%.

Photo of ahking
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This ale pours a tawny brown color like muddy water. Nice white lacing. Nice aroma of dried fruit. Taste is fruity also, peaches/cherries and bready. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. A pretty good belgian, but like previous reviewer, I agree that is beer is less complex in flavor profile than some other trippels I've had.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.750 bottle corked and caged with a best before date of : 22 01 03.
This is my first attempt at a beer with some bottle age. The cork popped out of the bottle and hit the ceiling which immediately took away some of my fears.

The tripel is a hazy orange caramel color and has a 2" head with great retention. Not much lacing.

The nose is flowery, vinous, somewhat fruity and perfumy. There is a little mustiness/cork smell.

The taste is delicate fruit, orange/cherry. Sweet/sour. Yeast. Earthiness mixed with the mustiness from the nose. Not at all bad. After the entire 8.5% abv bottle I wonder if the age took away some of the alcohol because generally I would feel some effects but with this one I don't.

There is a chalky tongue coating feeling at first. This tripel still has great carbonation for being 4 or 5 years old. It is smooth easy and fairly blended and balanced.

Very drinkable, not as complex as I had hoped, but I am very pleased with this Belgium beer.

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

A fine quality Belgium ale, rather strong alcohol and feels it, for a lunch. Lots of foam, orange colour, some lace. Yeasty. Citrus orange yeasty taste. Not a bad brew from this brewery so far. Sweet and spicy finish, with cardomon, cinammon and clove.

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

Pours a hazy, orangish-yellow color and has a fat white head. It's aroma is spicy and fruity and has a definite clove presence along with musty yeast aromas. It's flavor is spicy and fruity also and while it has plenty of alcohol it hides it well. All in all it is a good bier and quite drinkable.

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

Appearance: Slightly cloudy glowing pear gold with with a bubbly, frothy head. Retention, for a trip, is only fair and there's not much lace. Fine, zippy carbonation. Good, but I knocked a half off for the head.

Smell: Tripel 101, this. Big-ass cloud of Saaz hops off the bat. Followed by the trademark juiciness, in this case orange with perhaps a bit of lemon peel. Nice base of honeyed bread. And a wee bit of urinal from the yeast. No pun intended.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Umm-UMMM, damn, I loves me the tripel. This, again, is reference standard. Clove spice and fruit juice just work your tastebuds up front. Midpallette, the mouthfeel asserts itself, with a pillowy malt breadiness. The sugar gives it almost a coconut flavor as well. Finishes medium dry, with a bit of orange peel and bitter hop. Soft and good balance, nice, nice, nice.

Drinkability: I think trips are one of the, if not THE, most drinkable styles out there. This one is no exception. Very solid, very "right," although there's not that special something that makes it stand out. But overall, very good and a bit of a value to boot.

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.

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