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Affligem Tripel - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
89
very good

633 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 337
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 39
Gots: 45 | 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 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.

Crosling, Mar 27, 2006
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...

Ego, Feb 12, 2006
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.

Viggo, Jan 18, 2006
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.

allergictomacros, Jan 13, 2006
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.

fisherman34, Dec 06, 2005
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.

ypsifly, Nov 21, 2005
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!

Derek, Nov 16, 2005
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.

DrJay, Nov 10, 2005
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.

Brian700, Sep 21, 2005
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.

ommegangpbr, Aug 23, 2005
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.

scooter231, Aug 20, 2005
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%.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 14, 2005
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.

ahking, Jul 26, 2005
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.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Jul 16, 2005
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.

Sammy, Jun 15, 2005
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.

RushLimbmalt, May 10, 2005
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.

WetCoaster, May 05, 2005
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.

tavernjef, May 05, 2005
Photo of elricorico
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with lots of carbonation evident. The head is huge, creamy white shaving cream like foam climbing above the rim of the glass.

Smell is nice too, Belgian yeast, candied sugar, pepper and a bit of soapiness.

This tripel is not too sweet up front, almost a bit tart, with a long finish that is slightly bitter and somewhat soapy. As the beer warms and the head recedes, the soapiness fades, and the finish sweetens. A fair bit of citrus all the way through. One of the most apparent flavours reminds me of Sprite.

Mouthfeel is quite good, a bit of fullness and plenty of carbonation feel right for this beer. Drinkability is not bad, though the alcohol level is notable.

Not a bad beer. Nothing about it stands out to me, but nothing about it seems to be unpleasant.

elricorico, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of Shiloh
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew is a hazy golden offering arriving with a dominating head and above average carbonation. The body is short of being full, the nose estery.
The flavour that dominates is lemon mixed with a ripe banana as a minor. A malty sweetness sneaks in to end and linger.
One sip of this brew and the high ABV is apparent
The ABV of this brew limits its drinkability for this BA.

Shiloh, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 330 ml bottle that came along with an Affligem goblet gift pack, best before date on side of label: 21 09 06. A hazy apricot appearance to the body, big foamy white head with pockets of cinnamon here and there. Nice head retention. Peppery spice and candy sugar sweetness on the nose, with some pear and apple to hold it up. The flavour is subdued at first, mild, light spices in the beginning, pepper and clove, while a pear-like sweetness starts to build towards the finish. Tart esters on the finish, with a spicy black pepper aftertaste. Satin mouthfeel, rolls over the palate smoothly with some body to hold it up. Not watery like the dubbel. Not a tripel that I am itching to have again any time soon, from what I've sampled so far Affligem has gotten it right with their blonde, while everything else seems sub-par in comparison. Hopefully this tripel is better in their caged and corked version, I look forward to the opportunity to sample that as well.

IronDjinn, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of Paddez
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, golden brew with a decent fluffy head that produces some nice lacing. I was sort of dissapointed by the abscense of any haziness whatsoever though.
The smell is malty sweet with some notes of alcohol and quite some yeast and fruity spicyness.
The taste is round and crisp with spices, fruits and some faint malts. All the classic elements of a solid tripel are there and done right, but the alchol is a too apparent. Everything, including the dry finish, is surrounded by a slightly acidic, alcoholic warmth.
The mouthfeel is good, the beer is well carbonated and the warming effect of the alcohol is pleasant, although it does gives away the relatively high ABV.
Quite drinkable as well for such an alcoholic brew.

A solid and most enjoyable tripel. Too bad it loses some points due to it being so alcoholic. Still a decent brew though, and One that I'd recommend.

Paddez, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of gimmehead
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dull copper with thin white head that rides the beer to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is fruity and sweet, foreshadowing the flavor. Tastes like wine grapes, tart cherries, yeasty with fruity esters and malty sweetness. Alcohol is evident but not overwhelming. Seems to be maybe a little too carbonated. Overall pretty damn good.

gimmehead, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of ggroller
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml brown bottle with no discernable bottled on date. Complete, though, with instructions on the proper pour and a brief history of the brewery.

Cloudy straw/ bannana peel color with a sturdy, rocky, bubbly head. Light lacing on the glass as I drank.

Light notes of apple, pear, and citrus in the nose. Champagne- like in it's carbonation and crisp palate. Very cleansing finish and an extremely delightful triple and that.

I'll have another, please.

ggroller, Feb 13, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle, caged and corked, no freshness dating to be found. Pours dull light yellow, cloudy and supporting a white head, that started fluffy and pillowy and then turns to 1/4 inch and regal with fine retentive powers. Tons o' lacing. Nose is bursting with peppery phenolic notes and cloves. Nice soft mouthfeel. Bold Belgian flavorings of yeasy nuttyness, cloves, and pepper. Ths is a full flavor, bold and enjoyable tripel. Amazing how a glass or two can lift the spirits and improve the quality of whatever food you want to pair it with. Readily available tripel, well worth a try.

Billolick, Feb 08, 2005
Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
89 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.