Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Reviews: 503
Hads: 1,096
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 44
Gots: 149 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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Photo of DypsoBubble
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, clean and quite sweet. Honey and butterscotch overtones with a silky mouth-feel. You know this is pretty high in alcohol but you just want to drink it as it is so moreish. One to savour if you can.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 330ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Great looking beer - big, fluffy, tight head which hung around and left plenty of lacing. Nice dark golden yellow.

Big malty nose with some yeasty spice - very pleasant.

Palate has some complexity with yeast spice and some bready notes coming though with some hoppy bitterness in the finish. Very nice flavours. Well-rounded.

Good mouth-feel, light carbonation.

Overall a beautifully balanced beer. Highly drinkable, sessionable.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- Over carbonated. Yellow body and bubbly white head.
S- Fresh malt.
T- Fresh malt with spices and herbs.
F- Bubbly but smooth.
O- Nice refreshing beer but a bit to fizzy for my taste.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pale hay yellow colour and a bit cloudy. Lots of carbonation - one inch of head with large bubbles that fades right away down to a thin covering.

Nice yeasty funk on the nose. light fruits, white grapes, very light spices.

Tart fruits and yeast, light baking spices, coriander, mild barny earthy funk. sweet but also a bit sour. golden delicious apple. maybe a bit of herbs on the finish, which is dry i believe.

Highly carbonated with not a tonne of body.

Overall not bad. Certainly a style of beer I really like, but there are some very good versions out there that you might want to spend your time on before this. For the style its light on the alcohol and very drinkable. More subdued flavours and light body make it a good entry to a blonde or saison, though you will likely move on to bigger and bolder things.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

300mL bottle, best before 30/07/15. Bottle code A42110428. Served in a Tulip glass.

Appearance: A slow pour to keep the sediment behind yielded a gold/amber beer with a bit of a haze that gave the beer a bit of a glow. Plenty of fine small bubbles coming up through the beer when held up to the light. Rocky 1/4" off-white foam which slowly died back to a thin foam across the top. Some small strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Yeasty with a hint of herbal/floral hops.

Taste: Up front candi sugar and Belgian style ester sweetness, and then a leafy bitterness at the finish with some noble hop character.

Mouthfeel: Brisk carbonation that scrubs the palate clean. Not fizzy, but definitely high carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A nice sipping Belgian pale ale that hits the aspects of the style quite well. Not sure I'd want another one in an evening, but I think I would try this again. To my surprise 300mL is enough for one sitting. I also wonder if it might go better with food. Being close to the best before date, I wonder if the beer is better when much fresher. Regardless of my doubts above, I still enjoyed it - I just don't find it a great Belgian pale ale, just a good one.

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Photo of NCMatt
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to glass. Appearance is a beautiful golden blond color. Nice head with average retention. Smell is a little lackluster but reminiscent of any Belgian. Taste was smooth, some grain and light fruit flavor. Mouthfeel was average. Overall, pretty good. Enjoyable.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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;

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of titvs
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

Review according to the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18A), 30 cl bottle. AROMA: light earth, floral and predominant sulphur notes. APPEARANCE: clear deep gold with average white retention. good lacing. TASTE: initial smooth and light sweetness with a dry finish. medium-low bitterness with very subtle esters (orange). PALATE: high carbonation with bubbly sensation and medium body. some creaminess derived from the carbonation. OVERALL: a subtle belgian blonde with dry to very-dry finish but with some sulphur aroma.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

On Tap in Paris. Pours deep golden with white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready malt and sour apples. Body is full and smooth. Taste is of funky yeast, bready malt, and some apricots, with some sourness. Finish is long and sour. Quite drinkable brew.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

300ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow colour forming a big and very bubbled white head. Good retention and lots of molasses and lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Strong notes of honey, sweet malts and spices. Quite fruity too. Notes of caramel malts, coriander, candi sugar, grapes and bready Belgian yeasts. Flowery hops. Some notes of bubblegum in the end

T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of honey, caramel malts, sweet pale malts, coriander and sweet bread. Fruity. Notes of grapes, flowery hops and bubblegum. Light bitterness. Hops have grassy and a bit citrus profile. In overall, a slightly sweet taste, Belgian style

M: Medium body. A bit molasses. Good carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Strong Belgian character

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Photo of TheHammer
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Produced a finger and a half of head that quickly settled down and stuck around at a half finger for a good long time. Very nice amounts of lacing on this one but the treasure here is the body that boast ample well distributed carbonation in it's slight hazy brassy orange colour.

Smell: A yeasty bread smell with some fruit and white grape notes are present. That's really it, I mean it's nice and all, and it comes out more as the beer warms, but it doesn't really quite strike me as anything more then basic.

Taste: It starts with a shot dose of biscuit malt with a fruit overtone as orange and tangerine notes are present. The yeast then kicks it into overdrive as peaches and pears make their presence known as the beer rounds off with a dusting of cloves and a slight sprinkle of floral hops.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is aggressive, almost too much so. It does help the whole beer out but it's something worth noting. The ending of the beer snaps on you and seems a bit rocky to me as well. The mild fruity yeast aftertaste though makes up for these shortcomings.

Drinkability: The carbonation is really high and while it helps the taste of the beer, it leaves me with a bit of an tickling foamy sensation in my stomach and throat. That's really my only complaint, but it certainly didn't prevent me from indulging in more.

Final Thoughts: It almost strikes me that this beer probably was made to be opened, poured, left to settle down and warm up substantially before drinking. I agree, many beers should be warmed before serving, but this stuff seems to be looking for room temperature which is a bit too much in my book. It's still a good beer, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't rank this amongst one of the better Belgian's I've tried.

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3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Augustijn Chalice glass. Golden color, clear appearance. White head, moderate retention. Aromas of yeast, slight fruit & spices. Sweet malty & crispy upfront. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily to watery. Fruit in the middle, herbal bitterness linger into a dry bitter finish. Alcoholic heat on the aftertaste. An average Belgian Blond.

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Photo of Rhf9120
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this on the bottle list at Unos of all places. Poured into a pint glass (unfortunate I know) with a golden straw color with very visible carbonation and a single finger head which left decent lacing. The aroma is of yeast, fruit and spices with a flavor to match. The yeast comes through very strong in the flavor along with the spices and only hints of fruit. I greatly enjoyed this one and will be looking for it at my local bottle shop.

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