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Affligem Noël - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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529 Ratings

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 34
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website

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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4/5  rDev -2%

smithj4, Dec 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

timontheroad, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Suds
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.

Suds, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of jwps214
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jwps214, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Fcolle2
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.

Fcolle2, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of ryannosaurus
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.

ryannosaurus, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Sspeer1, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Furlinator, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Stugotzo, Dec 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Thorpe429, Dec 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Rick778, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

thecheapies, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Durge
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Durge, Dec 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

brutalist, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

RRC03, Dec 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Sludgeman, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

cozmo, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

BillRoth, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jgarvis, Dec 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

BeerBeast, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

sammy806, Dec 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

lupercmda, Nov 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

capnamerica, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

ste5venla, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

artoolemomo, Oct 28, 2013
Affligem Noël from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
91 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.