Affligem Noël - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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2.42/5 rDev -40.7%
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.
12-17-2011 03:11:59 | More by Philousa
2.53/5 rDev -38%
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.
12-10-2006 18:05:35 | More by theo692
2.68/5 rDev -34.3%
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.
08-23-2008 08:31:50 | More by stcules
2.8/5 rDev -31.4%
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.
12-24-2008 05:55:37 | More by Hunter
2.88/5 rDev -29.4%
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.
12-05-2008 19:52:30 | More by magictrokini
2.94/5 rDev -27.9%
$ 8.99/11 oz draft tulip at Uno’s in Exton.PA
Aroma faint of spice and cherries
Head – virtually none, off white, fully diminishing to 1 mm broken layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of small bubbles
Body red, clear
Flavor very sweet spicy cherry cough syrup, alcohol; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate full, syrupy, soft carbonation
Appearance 3, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 2.9375. Final weighted score: 2.9375
Cough syrup from Christmas on tap the following August.
08-24-2014 01:49:19 | More by Ozzylizard
3/5 rDev -26.5%
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.
09-25-2011 01:42:11 | More by acemathew
3.05/5 rDev -25.2%
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.
01-08-2012 05:15:13 | More by jmdrpi
3.05/5 rDev -25.2%
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.
12-15-2010 00:16:10 | More by corby112
3.08/5 rDev -24.5%
(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.
05-26-2010 20:51:32 | More by rhoadsrage
3.1/5 rDev -24%
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.
03-09-2008 03:13:27 | More by goochpunch
3.23/5 rDev -20.8%
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.
04-25-2011 17:14:42 | More by Rickythejeweler
3.38/5 rDev -17.2%
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.
12-30-2005 05:22:57 | More by DogFood11
Affligem Noël from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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