1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Affligem Noël - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

Not Rated.
Affligem NoëlAffligem Noël

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

525 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 525
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 34
Gots: 28 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Affligem Noël Alström Bros
Ratings: 525 | Reviews: 333 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Fcolle2
Fcolle2

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

12-25-2013 21:51:43 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of ryannosaurus
ryannosaurus

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

12-23-2013 06:46:05 | More by ryannosaurus
Photo of Sspeer1
Sspeer1

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-22-2013 14:27:31 | More by Sspeer1
Photo of Furlinator
Furlinator

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12-22-2013 10:47:52 | More by Furlinator
Photo of Stugotzo
Stugotzo

Florida

4/5  rDev -2%

12-20-2013 04:31:28 | More by Stugotzo
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

12-19-2013 12:51:16 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Rick778
Rick778

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12-19-2013 04:03:27 | More by Rick778
Photo of thecheapies
thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -4.2%

Red amber with sudsy lace. Love the appearance in its intended glass.

Spicy phenols, bready notes, dark cherry fruits, implied mulling spice, touch of buttery vanilla, candi sugar, and plum. A nice festive nose.

Soft flavors of clove spice with lots of candi sugar and spicy yeast phenols. Red fruit nuances with warmth and breadiness. Some dark fruit and nuttiness, but mostly straightforward. Not hot, but showing booziness. Perhaps, a kiss of cinnamon.

The yeast is, surprisingly, not powdery. Proves to be a smooth drink with medium body. Lighter carbonation really allows the alcohol to want to zing you.

Pretty darn good, all things considered. A lot of beer. Festive.

12-19-2013 01:19:11 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Durge
Durge

Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev -1%

A rosy walnut brown color with a scant bit of off- white head that essentially disappears quickly and leaves no trace of lace. The aroma suggests vinous fruit and malty grain, tart and crisp. The flavor offers deep malts and a slighly grassy bite. There's some dark fruit presence and pineapple highlights. The body is medium with fair carbonation for a relatively smooth feel. A solid brew

12-17-2013 21:49:50 | More by Durge
Photo of brutalist
brutalist

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-15-2013 21:40:29 | More by brutalist
Photo of RRC03
RRC03

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12-12-2013 22:58:45 | More by RRC03
Photo of Sludgeman
Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

12-11-2013 12:36:27 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of cozmo
cozmo

New York

4/5  rDev -2%

12-08-2013 18:24:06 | More by cozmo
Photo of BillRoth
BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2%

12-08-2013 03:05:50 | More by BillRoth
Photo of jgarvis
jgarvis

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-08-2013 02:19:30 | More by jgarvis
Photo of BeerBeast
BeerBeast

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

12-06-2013 01:42:14 | More by BeerBeast
Photo of sammy806
sammy806

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-01-2013 17:12:43 | More by sammy806
Photo of lupercmda
lupercmda

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-29-2013 04:28:09 | More by lupercmda
Photo of capnamerica
capnamerica

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-14-2013 13:47:12 | More by capnamerica
Photo of ste5venla
ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev -2%

11-04-2013 03:14:14 | More by ste5venla
Photo of artoolemomo
artoolemomo

Oregon

3.81/5  rDev -6.6%

Appearance- Pours up a lot of head which seems to also have very good retention. The head is a very light beige while the body is a muddy, dark amber which appears as a glowing orange, medium amber when held up to the light. Some lacing has been left behind.

Nose- Lots of raisins. There is a fair amount of presence but I wish there were more complexity. Some brown sugar and molasses from the glass. A little bit of caramel from the bottle. Some bread. Swirling doesn't add much to the aroma.

Taste- Same as the aroma- lots of raisins, followed by caramel. Some brown bread, brown sugar, and molasses. Does seem as if it has been aging for 2 years. It's very mellow and smooth and lacks presence. The raisins tend to be a little sour (notes of prune come up) and give the beer somewhat of a wine character. Reminds me more of a dubbel than a BDSA. Clove and banana start to appear, as does apple. I am beginning to see why the label describes this as a mix between their dubbel and their tripel. I haven't had either but I can imagine. I'm sure this had lots of presence and complexity when it was younger but now it's all about integration and balance. No hint of the 9% and this beer is incredibly smooth and mellow. A good to very good beer. Not in the same league as the heavy hitters in this style but still a good beer.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a suitable amount of carbonation. Borders on creamy and smooth with a light, dry finish.

Drinkability- Very subtle and very drinkable. Soft and mellow. 9 bucks is not a bad price at all but I don't know if I would pay it again. Perhaps for a fresher bottle to get a better sense of the flavor profile.

Overall- Good to very good. Not overwhelming as this beer thrives as result of its mellow character. Definitely worth a try if you like Belgians and at this age, it's very accessible for non Belgian drinkers.

10-28-2013 01:53:35 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of jaydoc
jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

10-19-2013 16:41:17 | More by jaydoc
Photo of wrightst
wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

10-18-2013 17:49:23 | More by wrightst
Photo of edhizdeid
edhizdeid

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

10-16-2013 20:30:08 | More by edhizdeid
Photo of Luiz0930
Luiz0930

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

09-05-2013 06:10:59 | More by Luiz0930
Affligem Noël from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
91 out of 100 based on 525 ratings.