Affligem Noël - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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91
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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 35
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was served in a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a crimson color with good clarity when held up to light with vision of slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Layered lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bananas, toffee, bready malts, spicy yeast, and warm boozy alcohol.

Taste: Bananas, cherries, toffee, creamy, bready flavor, spicy yeast, nice warm alcohol, and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, smooth, full bodied, sipper, nice warm booze, and low carbonation.

Overall: A nice brew for this Nor'easter coming our way. Good to be inside with this tasty brew.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- deep amber with ruby accents. Short lived beige head, which fades to a thin ring if foam that leaves sheets of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- brandy soaked figs and raisins, brown sugar, dried plums, dried cherry.

T- figs, brown sugar, dried cherries, and the finish shows some alcohol and a spicy hop presence.

M- full bodied, light prickly carbonation.

O- fantastic, absolutely fantastic.

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brown, explosively effervescent beer is the epitome of a Belgian Christmas brew. Sugar and spice. Malt and caramel and yeast. The head is enormous and long lasting. Warmth and spritzy liveliness. Full body...the beer is a very enjoyable seasonal treat.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown and ruby red in color with a one finger fluffy off white head that has good retention

Smell has some nice light vinigarlike notes along with light fruit like esters and a light spice. Malt is caramel

Taste follows the nose with fruity flavors spicy phenol light pepper and apricot primarily. Malt is rich and caramel like and mildly sweet with a light tart dry finish

Mouthfeel is good. Dry, sweet high carbonation and medium bodied.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 poured to snifter

Pretty pretty my precious is almost garnet red. Small light tan head settles quickly, with a light lacing.

Smell is like sweet biscuits and christmas cookies

Flavor starts with a toffee assault and spicy cinnamon and clove whipping post lash. A hint of smoked peat and swedish coffee. Lush and delicious pure malt aftertaste. A hint of hot alcohol, about what I expect at 9% abv. A bit of golden retriever as it warms, so don't feel bad if you make it go away before room temp.

Heavy and silky slick mouthfeel moderated with a CO2 bite

If you are looking for a damn fine Christmas cookie in a bootle, this is the top of the 2013 class I've tasted to this point (I'll save my St Bernadus for Christmas day). The whole toffee/malt/spice flavor vulcan mind meld is a step beyond other seasonal beers and Affligem's trippel. It is almost Christmas... if you've not earned your lump of coal yet, after a couple of these you may.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Affligem Noël from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
91 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.