Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,069 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,069
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 41
Gots: 137 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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Photo of Zet
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice blond colour, but no foam at all. Smell and taste are herby, but slightly monotone. Subtle bitter aftertaste. Decent blond, but wouldn't order another.

Photo of Wattstriker
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer has a perhaps bitter German/Belgian like initial taste but extremely excellent after taste.

Photo of Tlringer
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice bold taste. Tried in Paris

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.78/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing Belgium beer drNkba mini keg in Paris. Was great. 97/100

Photo of RobAM
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent blonde ale. Check it out.

Photo of josanguapo
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From Dia. Playing Kings Bounty Dark Side, La Trappe Chalice. Very inferior to their tripel. Bad colour, nearly any foam, and little flavor.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Pours slightly cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Smells of Belgian yeast and sweet grain. Tastes of earthy hops, grassy grains, and slight citrus. Beer is lightly carbonated and light bodied, very drinkable. Overall, a very good beer.

Photo of Radome
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a globe glass.

L - Dark golden color. Not quite crystal clear. Head piles high with mousy white bubbles. Thick, sticky lacing and head are both persistent to the end of the glass.

S - Aromas are a balanced interplay between grassy hops, crisp pilsner malt, sugar notes and yeast character. Fruity note from the yeast has a bit of green apple. This blends with the cotton candy sugar aroma to give a sweet impression. All aromas are clean and restrained.

T - Not much malt flavor, just a bit of "white bread". Grassy hops in the mid-palate, followed by a crisp, spice and lemon finish.

F - Somewhat thin body. Medium hops bitterness. Low alcohol presence. Prickly, mouth-filling carbonation.

O - A very well-made beer. It lacks a bit of flavor complexity for me, especially in malt presence.

Photo of WGO
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely mouthfeel, great taste. Taste a lot nicer than the aroma would suggest. At first doesn't seem that inviting. Lots of estery yeasty flavour bananas, soft stone fruit bit of alcohol warmth that is well hidden but definitely there. Nice that this is fairly easy to get hold of in London pubs with pretty much nothing good on offer, seems to have replaced Leffe in a lot of places.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: slight haze; medium gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: light malt; a little lemon; a lot going on, but it's all subtle;

T; smooth; pils malt sweetness and lemon up front; some spicy hops at mid-palate; moderate bitterness from mid-palate to the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; highly carbonated - very tingly; moderately dry finish;

O: very enjoyable; didn't have the complexity in the flavor that it had in the nose;

Photo of Catalin90
3.04/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Off white head, fruity, classic belgian notes.

Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in the 750 ml and 33 cl bottles and on tap. Light fruit and yeast aromas with some light bread dominate the nose. It pours hazy gold under a 3” off-white moussey head that produces thick lace. The palate attacks with traces of apricot, pineapple, orange and fresh white bread. The yeast flavors are rich and well developed with the balance towards the yeast. It is creamy and very effervescent and refreshing with a medium body.

Photo of DaveBar
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $3.00 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip glass. Aged for 1yr in my cellar.

A- Opens well and pours a nice white head that is gone in 2mins but leaves a nice film. Dark gold color and translucent.

S- Love the bubble gum hoppy nature of this beer. Super good malt. Very enjoyable

T- Pretty good hops and malt. Not a bomb but strong flavored.

M- Dry yet creamy. A great European brew

O- Enjoyable. Will buy again and sit on it for a while.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went very well with...... Goat curry roti. This beer cut right through the heat and heavy curry flavor.

Enjoy

Photo of Wanne
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Colour is between yellow and amber, with a foamy white head. Fruit and herbs are dominant in the aroma, while in the taste these are combined with notions of malt and unripe banana. Nice bittersweet aftertaste, but if you drink it too cold, the aftertaste is ruined.

Photo of Bali_hi
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle of affligem blond drank

Photo of seedyone
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Right off the ice this may be a bit too cold for optimum. Good look but everything else seems a bit washed out. As it warmed the taste bittered out. Not my idea of a Belgian blond...but I'm not Belgian.

Photo of Sast
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good on a nippy Wednesday evening with colleagues in a Hilversum pub

Photo of ChaimS
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pours golden. Heavy carbonation. Thick white two finger head. Banana, bread, dough, yeast, malty. very good beer

Photo of Ale_Dog
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So perfect on tap in CA

Photo of Burgz
4.26/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An absolutely incredible beer. This beer is proof that high abv beers can taste good!

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 10.1 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear shade of goldenrod with a big voluminous head comprised of meringue like foam. A constant stream of bubbles fight to keep it afloat in great numbers. The head is comprised of large and small bubbles and as it deflates it leaves a jaunty soap sudsy mountain range all across its surface. Lace clings in big thick sheets leaving dotted holes like a spider web all around the circumference of the glass. Looks great.

Aroma: Strong scent of banana is most prominent , followed by a slight herbal grassiness with some touches of lemon and citrus. Hint of alcohol. A little musty. Some soda cracker in there as well. Fairly complex but to be expected for a classic belgian.

Taste: Initial taste is sweet and doughy, banana is still apparent too which makes it taste kind of like under-baked banana bread. Almost entirely void of bitter although there is a hint of astringency that tastes grainy. After more sips the sweetness melds into the overall flavor of the beer and becomes very cohesive. Though still entirely malt forward.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is great, viscosity is excellent as well I feel the mouthfeel and the nose are really stars of this show. Every sip refreshes as you drink it and the tingle lasts several seconds after the swallow. When held on your tongue the beer has a touch of dryness to it but its quickly whisked away by the vibrant carbonation.

Overall: An excellent belgian pale. Extremely drinkable and complex enough to be interesting but not overbearing. Not a style I normally seek out but if you are this is a great affordable widely available example if you are looking for one.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Experienced in : Paris, Saigon (bottle)
Appealing to me : very inviting, taste good
Less appealing to me : - - -

I like this beer and will look forward to my next drink.

Photo of Roland45s
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

enjoyed this on draft while in france (playing catch-up on my ratings) thoroughly enjoyed it and was one of my favorite Belgian blondes. poured smooth with a thick head, sweet finish.

Photo of endovelico
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant, elegant and deliciously complex brew, offering banana, roses and a touch of spices supported by scrappy acidity, assertive carbonation and a sweetish finish that fades quickly.

Photo of coder
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Very nice. Seems light even. Starts dry and finishes sour.

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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 1,069 ratings.