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Affligem Noël - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

521 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 521
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 32
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 12-18-2001)
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -51%

03-20-2013 23:59:31 | More by BGsWo22
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Philousa

California

2.42/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber, black cherry color with a thin, wispy tan head. Metallic, sweet caramel and honey aroma followed by clove, other strong spices, and banana ester. Plum, dates, and sweet dark fruit flavors hit first, but are fleeting. Candied sugar and bitter allspice flavors dominate and linger. Feel is light and airy with a wet finish. Easily drinkable.

As I try more Belgian winter ales I am confronted with the fact that I just don't like winter spices in beers. If the Belgians can't make it work, what hope do I have? Metallic flavors or aromas are never really good qualities in beer. I'm hoping mine acquired this aroma in transit and it isn't built into the recipe. Candied sugar is too strong in this one, which is an unfortunate pitfall in many Belgian dark ales. Let's try to balance high alcohol content and bitter malts with sweet dark fruits and delicate carbonation next time.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 03:11:59 | More by Philousa
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theo692

California

2.53/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had high hopes for this beer, but it disappointed at pretty much every turn. It's not a bad beer, per se, it's just not very good.

Served in Chimay goblet, around 37 degrees, and left to warm for about 15 minutes. 750 ml bottle purchased at Bevmo.

Poured lovely and with a nice caramel color. About 1/4 inch of foam, a nice rich brown, as well. So far, so good. But the flavor was amazingly flat, with no flourish or really much of anything. With 9%, I was expecting at least a hint of alcohol-ish, but...nothing. It was like drinking a dark brown Asahi or something like that. Might be a bad bottle.

If you are looking for a good, rich (and possibly spicy) holiday beer for the cold, dark, rainy evenings, this isn't the one for you.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 18:05:35 | More by theo692
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stcules

Italy

2.68/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reddish brown color, with a beautiful beige head, one finger.
Malty smell, quite sweet and fruity, with some spices. Orange peel, and something else.
A bit of alcohol, too, but not too much. Maybe some balsamic notes, eucalyptus.
After all, quite balanced.
At the taste a bit too much alcohol. Marzipan. A bit cloying.
In the end, though is a Christmas beer, it is a bit cloying and heavy.
Average body, too much alcohol and marzipan in the aftertaste too.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 08:31:50 | More by stcules
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Hunter

Arizona

2.8/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Pours a dark amber with a thick but fast-dissolving head of large bubbles. Minimal lacing.

smell: Reminds me almost of one of my homebrews. The smell of spice hits the nose right off, followed by a mild hop and malt combination. Bread, candy, light florals work as undertones.

taste: Disappointing. The typical Belgian candi sugar sweetness is there, but little else. Lighter than I expected it to be, almost watery. Given other reviews here, I wonder whether I got a bad bottle.

mouthfeel: Scours the palate, light and frothy.

drinkability: Quaffable, but there are better winter warmers out there, both import and domestic. I may buy another bottle and sample again to give it a fair shake.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 05:55:37 | More by Hunter
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magictrokini

California

2.88/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not impressed by this one, maybe I got a bad bottle. Pours clear copper, thanks to the artificial caramel coloring, with a medium off-white head. Flat flavor. Caramel, malt, apple, corriander, nutmeg, and yeast. Problem is nothing really popped out, so everything seemed to drown in a soup of spice and malt.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 19:52:30 | More by magictrokini
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-19-2014 21:58:29 | More by Lanstrum
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.5%

03-14-2013 15:24:33 | More by Travcofarms
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draftpunk

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.5%

03-22-2013 23:12:51 | More by draftpunk
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Noelito76

New York

3/5  rDev -26.5%

05-26-2014 12:03:21 | More by Noelito76
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-05-2012 07:41:55 | More by ygtbsm94
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acemathew

California

3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance was brown and dark.

A little head came from this beer tons of carbonation.

I am going to say that this beer was overly aged or not aged properly. I blame myself.

Alcohol was quite subdued. Smells of dates and fig and yams.

Some spice notes to speak of. Not hot good mouth feel good sweetness not too bitter not much funk either.

Some oxidation qualities. Something I like but just OK. Next time I wont age it if I do definitely in a refrigerator.

A quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 01:42:11 | More by acemathew
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guillemiro

Maryland

3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-21-2011 21:33:45 | More by guillemiro
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-24-2011 14:33:23 | More by deapokid
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capnamerica

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-14-2013 13:47:12 | More by capnamerica
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750mL corked and caged bottle. code of 11 229 01 on the label. maybe bottled the 229th day of 2011?

appears a brilliant garnet color, with 1" off-white head that fades. smells like spiced red wine. gingerbread, pumpernickel.

tastes very spicey - nutmeg, ginger. sweet malt. Belgian yeast. grapes, wine. medium in body, higher carbonation. it could be smoother.

overall - eh, nothing special - I was expecting a better beer for a Belgian Christmas beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 05:15:13 | More by jmdrpi
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes:

Pours a very dark cloudy amber brown color with a one finger yellowish tan head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Spicy peppery aroma with lots of dark fruit notes, syrup, caramel and mint. Slightly medicinal with hints of fig, cinnamon, peppermint and plum.

Medium bodied with lots of peppery spice as well as hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Picking up notes of nut, cherry and plum. Slightly oily with soft carbonation up front. Sweet yet with a nice malt backbone and a dry finish that has some slight alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 00:16:10 | More by corby112
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice) The cork said 10/07
A- This beer had a dark dense caramel body that show a soft glow of reddish-brown at the very base of the glass. There was a light tan head that was creamy and bubble and lasted for a bit. The beer was a bit to dense to see any carbonation.
S- The aroma was pretty clean with an apple cider aroma that had a slight sweetness to it and a faint dry spice note underneath.
T- The sweet stewed apple quality blended with a dry caramel candy note and a soft brown nougat note in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed. D- This beer has a caramel and cidery flavor to it but not much depth beyond that. Just not very interesting or rich in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 20:51:32 | More by rhoadsrage
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goochpunch

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The cork says 10/07

Pours out a beautiful ruby tinged garnet with a ton of carbonation in the body and a huge, overflowing, foamy head that I had to "cut" off with a butter knife. Leaves some great, thick, full lacing. Smells of mild cinnamon, nutmeg and anise in the spicing category. I also get some spicy yeast, some orange, honey-covered fruits, and warm alcohol. I'm pretty unimpressed with the flavor here. Just has a vague (and overbearing) malt sweetness with some spicy, phenolic yeast tones and warming alcohol. Although, I don't like it when beers are spiced over the edge, they would have been more than welcome in this modest beer. Admittedly, there is a pleasant dried fruit thing going on in the middle and a really nice grassy and floral hop character in the finish. Finishes sweet. Mouthfeel is moderate with a great carbonation. Very bubbly, but the bubbles only make this feel fuller in the mouth rather than pricking the tongue. This is decent, but kind of sweet for me and without much that grabs me. It will be a bit of a chore finishing this big bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 03:13:27 | More by goochpunch
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Rickythejeweler

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged and corked. I didn't even get the cage off completely and the cork rocketed up with the loudest pop I have ever had from a beer bottle.

A - Dark Chestnut with Mahogany hues, 4 finger fluffy head with little brown spots, tons of yeast floating around.

S - Cherry, belgian yeast, alcohol.

T - Malty, black cherry, raison, bready.

M - Very carbonated.

O - Had this on tap and I liked it, the bottle was lacking. Maybe if I waited a year or so this would have been a better experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 17:14:42 | More by Rickythejeweler
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

12-19-2013 12:51:16 | More by Thorpe429
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

02-15-2014 22:32:02 | More by SaCkErZ9
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

01-11-2013 00:14:57 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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DogFood11

California

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It says on the bottle this is a nice between a dark dubbel and a smooth tripel. I would agree with this analysis.

fizzy brown head, no lacing, quick exit. amber color, lots of carbonation. Fruit level is off the scale, dark, light, its all there.

spices are mellow, finishes dry, touch of lime. mouthfeel had a slight tangy feel.

Notes: In my experience this would be a run of the mill Belgian Stong Dark...which still makes it a great beer as the style is phenominal. To be average is an accomplishment in itself.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 05:22:57 | More by DogFood11
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From: Hyvee, Council Bluffs, IA
Date: 2011 vintage
Glass: Tulip

I purchased this bottle on discount after the 2011 holiday season. Unfortunately, it sat in my cellar for nearly a year before I decided it needed to be consumed for this year's festivities. While I'm not sure about the fresh flavors of the beer, the one-year aged version has substantial dried date and fig flavor teamed with caramel malt and a touch of fruity esters similar to cherries. While others note substantial spicing in the ale, I didn't pick up on this. With a year's age on it, I enjoyed the experience, but didn't think this beer particularly above average. I'll grab a fresh bottle of this next year: I don't think this ages well.

Pours a 1.5cm head of tan or dark beige foam, composed of small bubbles, quite dense in appearance. Retention is about average, lasting a minute or so, as the head fades to a thin ring around the glass with a small island of residual lace atop the body. Body itself is a transparent amber red color, light bringing out orange hues in the red-brown mix. Carbonation is visible and active through the body.

Aroma is of brown dried fruit esters (dates, Calimyrna figs) and caramel (Special B?) malts, with a hint of anise and cherries in the background.

Flavor is of dried fruit esters (dates and brown figs again) with sweet cherries and caramel malts. Perceived sharpness in flavor is due primarily to the ethanol, not detecting much hop-derived bitterness. Opens with caramel malt sweetness and some mash of dried dates. Mid-palate picks up additional complexity, adding cherry-like esters and a splash of ethanol to the mix. Back of palate finds a toning-down of the dried brown fruit, relying on caramel malt sweetness and characters along with some ethanol to close the experience. Aftertaste of lingering dried fruits (cherries, dates, raisins) and a hint of anise.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with quite active carbonation typical in Belgian beers. The result is a mouthfeel that is at first fizzy and somewhat prickly, but which quickly converts into a foamy, smooth experience. The result is sensation that at first wakes you and your palate up, then soothes them shortly after. Ethanol is detectable, but never burning or excessively hot for the ethanol content. Closes semi-dry with substantial stickiness remaining across the palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 23:24:47 | More by falloutsnow
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Affligem Noël from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
91 out of 100 based on 521 ratings.