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Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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647 Ratings

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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 39
Gots: 50 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2001

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Photo of biking4beer
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Goblet.

Pours a nice hazy golden color, almost like real apple cider, with a good looking 1 finger foamy head that retains well.

The smell is similar to an apple juice or cider like the appearance. Slight belgian yeast smell with spiciness.

Taste is a smooth candy sweet. Not overwhelming, but sugary. Slight pepper and grainy/breadiness tastes make themselves known too. Not complex, but very good.

This is a smooth and creamy beer that goes down real easy for it's high ABV. If I was daring enough, I could drink two bottles of this.

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

Best-before number is incomrehensible, but likely a new bottle. Cork pops out explosively, and foam flows up over the top before I can stop it. On pour, it comes out a very cloudy gold with a colossal head of airy foam. Nose is quite fruity, with touch of apricot and honey and a light plum note. Taste is also fruity, but it mixes with an earthy, gritty bitterness and a pungent acidity for a refreshing but complex beer. Alcohol is notable in the finish as well, peppery and warming.

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

Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle(5.224.78) a cloudy straw-medium gold with a huge head of foam and lots of bubbles. The foam finally died down but it left a good solid layer for the entire session with lots of lacing.

The smell is very fruity with notes of orange, some apple and some citrus sourness.

The taste is quite fruity up front with orange and apricot flavours mixed in with yeast, sweet caramel malt, and a good hop bitterness. I don't sense any of the sourness that I noted in the nose. Yum. I could sip on this one all day.

Bottom line: This is a very tasty and yet smooth drinking Tripel that I'd gladly get again. I recommend it.

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured froma 750ml bottle that is labeled differently than the example picture ... a nice lively amber orange color with a relentless bright white head that would not die. High carbonation levels in this beer. Nose is of spices, yeast and candy sugar. Very "tripel-like." Palate is extremely spritzy, with finely balanced hop character and sweet sugar. Slightly fruity, and yeasty. Residual spiciness. Mouthfeel is aggressively carbonated ...alomost too much so. Medium/light body and some alcohol warmth in the mouth. Over all, a good tripel. Somehwat unchallenging and maybe a tab too light, due in part to the rabid carbonation, but a very drinkable, enjoyable abbey tripel.

Photo of Beerzebub
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange honey color, big pillowy white head, but drops a little fast for the style. Heavy lacing. Smells strongly of brett, with coriander, cumin, orange blossom, clove, black pepper, sultanas, peach, apricot, a little hops.

Tastes like rock sugar and fructose, but not too sweet for the style, and caramel malt, yeast, lactic acid, sultanas, orange blossom, with touches of hops, dried apricot, candied citrus peel, spice, alcohol. Somewhat sustained finish of alcohol and fruit, but it's the lactic acid that really lingers.

High carbonation gives a creamy mouthfeel, but slightly too much - can get too foamy if more than a sip.

There's a lot going on, smell and taste are strong and interesting, but not unconditionally enjoyable. Can be a little cloying, and the extra bacteria in here aren't good at making first impressions. The copy on the bottle dubs this a "Belgian Burgundy," is this a veiled brett warning?

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a glass tulip goblet.

Appearance - Slightly hazy orangepeel straw color. The head immediately after pour was maybe one finger thick, very uniform and velvety. This quickly disspates to a very thin layer of lacing on the surface of the beer.

Smell - I smell more alcohol on this tripel than I've smelled on any other tripel, or any other Belgian ale in general for that matter. There are sweet floral/fruity accents mixed with a background of light malt, but I can't pick out anything specific. The alcohol is the main thing scent.

Taste - Earthy notes right when it enters my mouth. The alcohol is readily evident right away, but not too bad. The taste is very similar to the smell, with floral/fruity notes. Very well balanced, but not terribly complex or strong. The earthy malts come through delicately and remain for all but the very initial part of the taste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is a bit much for my tastes. It bites my tongue a lot. However, it is extremely crisp and clean. The beer is fairly dry, not exactly velvety mouthfeel but smooth and clean. Not bad at all, but not the best.

Drinkability - For a tripel, the drinkability is very high on this particular brew. Nothing about it is overpowering (except the alcohol taste and smell were higher than most Belgian ales). It is a crisp and balanced ale, recommended but there are certainly better tripels out there.

Overall, if you want a tripel that is very easy to drink, and still has a decent amount of flavor and a crisp clean taste, this is your beer.

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

I picked this up on a whim the other day. I've seen it off an on for years but always had other brews ahead of this one for must buys. The cork had a code on it 03 / 05 so I'm not sure if I got a fresh one or a 2005 version. Judging by the taste I'd say it's last years.

There are a lot of reviews on this beer already. I'd add to the discourse that this is the driest tripel I've ever had. It's a nice brew and a great drinking beer.

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...

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.

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...

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.

Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
89 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.