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Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem TripelAffligem Tripel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

603 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.83%
Wants: 34
Gots: 41 | 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 Quaffer
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

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%

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%

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%

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%

Spreading the Belgium love around the family on Thanksgiving here in Council Bluffs.
48f
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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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.
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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%

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
Photo of ADR
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.

ADR, May 14, 2004
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.

Zorro, Apr 29, 2004
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.

BeerAngel, Apr 03, 2004
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.

fdrich29, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
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.

kbub6f, Mar 29, 2004
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!

Dukeofearl, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of halfpgl
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.

halfpgl, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
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.

mzwolinski, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of maybrick
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.

maybrick, Dec 02, 2003
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.

francisweizen, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
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.

crookedhalo, Nov 17, 2003
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.

BeerBuilder, Nov 16, 2003
Photo of Gavage
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.

Gavage, Nov 07, 2003
Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
89 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.