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Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
89
very good

580 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 34
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 01:38:05 | More by Gavage
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 15:05:20 | More by Popsinc
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RenoZymurgist

Nevada

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2003 05:02:18 | More by RenoZymurgist
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2003 05:00:27 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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beerguy101

California

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 00:15:25 | More by beerguy101
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 05:03:01 | More by RoyalT
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stegmakk

New York

3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 23:30:41 | More by stegmakk
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marburg

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 13:22:05 | More by marburg
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 18:16:35 | More by feloniousmonk
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Sixpack595

Michigan

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 18:08:04 | More by dwarbi
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BillSempf

Ohio

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2003 22:55:52 | More by Morris729
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mickeymac

California

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drop a coaster under the glass before pouring this one. A huge white head foams up on top of a glass of nice looking beer that's yellow with just a hint of orange. Lace sticks all the way down the glass. The smell is nice and spicy with distinctive notes of yeast. The flavor starts out nice and improves as the beer warms. In addition to spicy flavors, with a nice residual sweetness that's a bit honey-like. It's very drinkable and overall a very nice beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2003 21:36:27 | More by mickeymac
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BeerManDan

California

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

This beer poured a clear deep golden color with a little of tight white foam and nice lace. The smell had a fruity and malty aroma. The taste was of a fruity nature and a soft, sweet maltiness. Lively in the mouth and a feel of brut champagne in the finish. Nice balance of sweetness/bitterness on the finish also!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2003 13:32:37 | More by BeerManDan
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750 mL corked bottle.

Appearance: Hazy, straw colored, with a small amount of foam.

Smell: Strong fruity aromas of bananas, grapes, apples, pears, and some citrus.

Taste: Very good taste: bananas, pears, some citrus, and some yeast.

Mouthfeel: Good. Light, bubbly, nice finish.

Drinkability: Very good. This was quite a tasty tripel, leaving me wanting more!

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2003 19:36:44 | More by UncleJimbo
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49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hearty and enjoyable Belgian Tripel that pours with a hazy golden hue. Thick, foamy head (3/4") on the pour gave way to a thin flat, small, and broken head after a mere 5 minutes. 750ml corked bottle, freshness dated February 5, 2003.

Quite sharp in comparison to similar styled brews like Duinen's Tripel or La Trappe's version of the same, but offers plenty of kick and a pungent aroma and an enjoyable, long lasting aftertaste.

I had this particular bottle stored for about 3 months in a dark cool place and conveniently, the heavy sediment deposit had firmly attached itself to the side of the bottle, making the task of pouring the beer simple with virtually no sediment transfer to the glass.

Worthy of a closer look for those who are Tripel enthusiasts.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 17:10:44 | More by 49degrees
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DerKaiser

California

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Affligem Triple is certainly a solid beer in its own right. But its got a lot of competition for the style and I think it's definetly outclassed by beers such as La Fin du Monde and Duval, to name a couple.

It's crisp and well-carbonated, with flavors of apple, ripe pear, strong doughy yeast, and a bit of citrus. The alcohol remains subdued, carrying the flavor nicely though the mouth and nose. It's somewhat spicy in the middle. There's just a little bitterness in the finish. Not quite as complex as some other tripels, but smooth and flavorful nonetheless. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2002 20:08:13 | More by DerKaiser
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Wildman

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a golden color and formed a huge bubbly white head that left circular lace. A huge amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, citrus and spices such as clove. A flavor of clove, slight bit of grain with a hint of the alcohol. The finish is light and a touch tangy no doubt reflecting the carbonation present.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 17:58:51 | More by Wildman
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Gusler

Arizona

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

The pour somewhat hazy yellowish-orange or light amber if you like. The head is pertinent in size, frothy, the lace in delicate sheets, and both light beige in color. Nose has lots of yeast, a little malt, and some fruit tones also noticed citrus like crispness. Starts malt sweet, the top skinny, finish is intermediately acidic, somewhat sour, so-so in the hops department, a quite quaffable beer, worth a sample at any rate.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2002 05:17:37 | More by Gusler
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cokes

Wisconsin

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

Original review (fresh). Score 3.7
Completely hazed golden-orange. Sizeable, dense, creamy head. Never fades below 1/2". Tons of yeast floaters.
Fruity and yeasty aroma. Pears and apples mixed with clove. A little doughy with alcohol noted.
Taste begins with the sweetly tart pear and apple combo. Gets a little sugary pre-middle. Turns bready and doughy. Some toffee hints keep things on the sweet side. Herbal spices prick things up. Nuttiness is evident. Alcohol looms large, not necessarily in force, but in flavor. A little grainy and solvent-like detract from this otherwise rock solid brew. Turns sourly alcoholic on the finish. Overall good, but doesn't end particularly strong.
Medium-firm bodied. Steady carbonation. Again, the finish is somewhat thin, but sticky.
Not the best tripel, but a worthy one nonetheless.

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5+ year old version that got lost in my cellar (dated 4/03).
Gourd- like golden-yellow-orange color with a stacked bleached beige head. Still a bunch of floaters.
Apple must aroma, with corkboard, and a variety of dried spices.
Apple is the main player still, and pear still factors prominently. Now they are neither sweet nor tart. The middle finds wood pulp, tarragon, and mildew. It ends with a lingering woody spice note, as alcohol has disappeared.
The mouthfeel is plusher and airier than before, and it is readily drinkable.
This has mellowed perhaps too much, even if my current impression is more favorable. Everything has collapsed into a monolith (or, I guess, a tri-lith) of apple/wood/spice. It's absolutely agreeable, but it feels like some things have decayed out, even if it is not entirely past its prime.
I'm guessing here, but 3 years seems like a logical median to drink this. Fresh it is too raw and hot, and at whatever age this is (5-6 yo), it's gentrified and apathetic. While overall better in it's old age, I feel like I missed it's prime.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2002 22:32:33 | More by cokes
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Jason

Massachusetts

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

Presentation: 750 ml brown bottle with a “Best Before” freshness date on the label, history and how the beer should be poured is provided on the label also.

Appearance: Hazed sun golden colour, the head is a bit short but the lace sticks to the glass just fine.

Smell: Fruity, rustic and yeasty aroma. Smells of ripe apples and pears, earthy from the husky grain and powdery yeast.

Taste: Insanely crisp with a moderate body on a dry palate. Big spiciness, lots of clove though it suggests an off kilter allspice blend from the phenols and alcohol. Maltiness fringes quick to a husky flavour, lots of pale grain husky flavours. Fruity esters are present yet stay in a mild state of mealy apples and ripe pears. Medicinal phenols hold strong, mild honey like flavour is the only sign of sweetness. Finishes surprisingly clean and dry with alcohol in the wind and a mild chalky yeast.

Notes: Not too shabby for a triple, I have had both fresh and aged sample of this brew and have to say that it is more than a decent pick for the style and is unquestionably worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2002 20:06:54 | More by Jason
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HopheadEd

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer before, about a year ago, but this time was a bit different. Still a big creamy head, good lace, nice aroma. This time the taste, or should I say lack of, was a bit off. I can confirm the date on the bottle was 05 of 03, but there was something missing. It wasn't the carbonation, which was very nice. The spicey nose and taste was still there, but the finish lacked a big... shall I say... finish. Everything is there, but for a Belgian, a bigger finish would have made all the difference.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2002 19:12:03 | More by HopheadEd
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marc77

California

3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The impressively thick, persistent, porcelain white head sits atop a slightly hazy dark golden hued brew. True Belgian lace is left. Cidery sweetness and yeast mustiness dominate the aroma, but medicinal phenol, peppery ethyl alcohol, and a hint of heaty fusel alcohols are present as well. Sharp, prickly carbonation hits the palate up front, then yields to honey sweetness and pleasant clovey phenol absent of the medicinal phenol present in the aroma. Mild mustiness and a trace note of rubbery yeast autolysis prevents this tripel from reaching its intended goal in flavor. Very well attenuated and quite dry. Finishes with more mustiness and black licorice notes quickly fading. Affligem Tripel, although a flavorful brew, was a bit rough around the edges, and lacked the refinement of a good tripel. A touch disappointing, but it helped alleviate my craving for a Belgian Strong / Tripel. It's still worth a taste, however.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2002 19:05:17 | More by marc77
Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
89 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.