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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
88
very good

976 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 976
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 37
Gots: 89 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001)
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Reviews by Cramshawbar:
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Cramshawbar, Jul 28, 2013
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Photo of Popsinc
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour with an absolutely enormous head. Some champagne yeast in the taste with moderate hop bitterness. A mild sweetness takes shape mid-sip and combines with the hops for a bitter and lingering finish. A very crisp mouthfeel....mostly clean and lively. A very good blond. I liked it alot.

Popsinc, Oct 04, 2004
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

aszatk01, Oct 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

cam477, May 02, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Considering the owner of this brewery, (Heineken) this was a darn good beer.

I'm not a big fan of Blonds but this one was pretty delicious.

Healthy white head, bubbly body.

Smelled of sweet malts, honey, wet grass, and a touch of lemon.

Felt frisky on my tongue. Went down quickly for 6.8% ABV.

Tasted like it smelled.

Similar to Duvel but simpler, not quite as good.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in branded chalice.

LOOK: (2.5 / 5) Pours a light-honey coloured gold. It was clear. However, there were a lot oflittle clumps of what I suspect were trub floating around in it! It looked like a snow globe. I've seen them without this, which would really improve the score here, so I may write a review of a draught version later. In this instance, though it was offputting and cost it. Head was white, and rose to about 2-3 fingers and had a good stand and good lacing.

SMELL: (3.5 / 5) The nose is dominated by malts more than anything else. This had a breadcrust or biscuit aroma and some pretty strong dried apricot aromas. The yeast is subdued for a belgian ale, though there is some bubblegum and floral notes. Hops are minimal.

TASTE: (4.0 / 5) The lighter malts of biscuit and apricot take centre as on the nose. I noted a slight hint of pear or sweet apple present on the palate that wasn't there on the nose. Bitterness is lighter, but acts well against the sweetness making for a relatively balanced beer. The yeast is a little more subdued in the flavor than in the nose, and of those flavors the bubblegum remains the strongest.

FEEL: (3.5 / 5) The feel is medium-light in body and medium-high carbonation to go with it. No real lasting bitterness. Alcohol is slightly warming, but not hot. A tiny bit too sweet and cloying for my liking.

DRINK: (4.0 / 5) The most impressive element here, really. For a maltier beer, this is a really drinkable and nicely balanced brew and can stand as a session beer.

Food-wise, the best I can think of would be pears and dates wrapped in bacon with a balsamic vinegar reduction. But the carmelized/sour tones of a balsamic reduction on meats would do well also.

Rijtjeshuis, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of MadScientist
4.73/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium gold and very clear with a creamy white head that leave a good bit of lacing on the glass.
S: The first whiff smells like a good German Pilsner with a spicy hop aroma and a soft, sweet pilsner malt aroma. There is a touch of honey and a moderately-light perfume alcohol aroma. Moderately-light orange aroma come through as well.
T: There is a moderate pilsner malt sweetness initially thought it finish fairly dry. The hops and alcohol team up to give a medium bitter balance to the sweetness. The spicy hops flavor is moderately-low.
M: Medium bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation that gives a bubbly sensation on the palate.
O: A very enjoy belgian with a decent amount of bitterness, some sweetness and a dry finish.

MadScientist, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear glowing gold with thick creamy head that leaves a thin lace.

AROMA- Super fresh hey, honey, pear, apple, maybe a very subtle hint of banana...soft, floral, perfumey...devine.

FLAVOR- Fresh cracker malt base with floral and spicy aromatics on the top end. Hints of anise, vanilla, and rose ride a long, dry, lightly bitter finish. This beer is superb and I can tell I got a really fresh bottle somehow. It is extremely subtle and balanced. Very pretty. Very bright. Exceptional. A slight hint of bubblegum pops out with warmth.

Mouthfeel-Medium-light bodied, fluffy, warming.

OVERALL- One of the most drinakable strong blonde / tripels I've ever had. Very balanced and refined. I'm impressed.

JudgeRoughneck, Sep 12, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz chilled bottle into a plastic kegger style cup at Psycho Suzi's in NE Mpls.

Pours a light golden orange color with loads of foam <Note to self, pour much more gently next time> and very thick lacing that lasted to the end.

I smell and taste bananas, cloves and a hint of vanilla. Light body with lots of tiny bubbles in the mouthfeel.

This was an excellent refreshing beer for a hot sticky summer day on Suzi's Tiki deck.

PintPiner, Jul 01, 2006
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Shakerman, Jan 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Parke, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Dmann
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at B.J's the other night and I quite enjoyed it. It poured a very good golden color with a great fluffy white head that stayed with the beer till the end. The smell was great with a good mix of bananna, alchohol and malt. The flavor of this one reminded me of a Hefeweizen on steroids with its big bananna and clove flavor, but the aftertaste of alchohol changed things drasticly and reminded me quickly that I was not drinking a hefe! All in all this was a good interpretation of the style and a beer I might revisit in the future.

Dmann, Nov 28, 2004
Photo of Marc33
1/5  rDev -74.4%

Marc33, Dec 22, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 onz brown bottle no freshness date (empty bottle is heavier)

The appearance of this beer is really nice ,a golden color with nice with head that stays there for a while(3 or 4 minutes easy).

The smell is nice some herbs in there.

The taste is really amazing, some sweetnes ,like honey, you can feel some alcohol at the end of your mouth,but with the taste it does'nt bother you.

I would drink this again,of course , is really bad i did'nt get some more.

I was like a year in my house,it looks like that make it better.

BeerDreadz, Jun 23, 2007
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4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright golden/amber in color topped with a very tight and thick white foam head, which retains very well and creates a fine clinging lace. I left the chunky goodness in the bottle, to consume after the review.

Big floral and herbal nose, with spicy pepper and blossom honey.

Sharp-ish on the palate. Creamy and lively carbonation action on the palate that tingles and bites. Near astringent puckering bitterness blends with a dry and quenching edge. Phenols (faint medicinal) and pepper add complexities, while a soft honey-like sweetness provides perfect balance. Some bready notes as the beer warms, with a pronounced sweetness. Dry finish, touch of floral oil and powdery grain in the finish. Bone-dry linger.

A gorgeous blond. Balanced, interesting, quenching, highly drinkable and strong.

Todd, May 23, 2005
Photo of generallee
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. It has a "produced on date" date but no abv.

Appearance: It has a hazy orange amber body with tons of beautiful champagne like carbonation. In fact this one slowly bubbled up out of the bottle right after I opened it. From the pour it builds a tall frothy off white head that hang on well and makes lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Funky and fruity Belgian yeast notes hit the nose with sweet bready maltiness and a touch of phenolic medicinal Band-Aid.

Taste/Palate: Like the nose I get the funky fruity yeast and sweet bready character with a touch of spicy/leafy hops. This brings some mellow bitterness and dryness to the finish. The palate has a very drinkable medium body with lively carbonation.

Notes: Classic funk, classic malt, classic Belgian well made ale!

generallee, Mar 19, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Bottle: picked a couple of these up for the wife and I to try.

Appearance: Pours a golden apricot color with a very large white fluffy head that dissolves into a nice foam slick after a few minutes. I tried my absolute best to minimize the head on the wife's I poured after mine.

Very nice color and character, the lacing hangs around as well.

Smell: very aromatic with a nice blend of blossom and spice coming through. It smells great with very little alcohol detection.

Taste: full of flavor, better when it has sat for a bit then the flavors seem to come out. A very citrus taste with hints of herbs rosemary mixed with thyme, bit of coriander. I'm a butcher/sausage maker by trade and it tasted like a mixture of those three, but not one specific. Hops are definitely present. Very pleasing. It's not harsh, nor does it have an aftertaste.

Mouth: very carbonated at first, let it sit for a bit if you don't like overpowering fizz. The remaining carbonation does ad to the bite of the flavor that is much appreciated. I'd say it's medium/light on texture.

Drink: I enjoy it and would buy it again. It's definitely not a 'chuggin' beer, but one more to be enjoyed slowly on all levels. It definitely has a different taste, I'll be searching for more beers like this in the area, this was the first Belgian Pale I've tried as I mostly stick to stouts.

EsoxLucius, Mar 01, 2009
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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with sediment, as usual.

Pours a hazy golden color with a very impressive, frothy white head. Nice lacing left on the glass as well. Very attractive.

Smells of yeast, bananas, pineapple, coriander.

Tastes of more coriander, phenolic and yeasty, slightly nutty, lemon zest, bready notes, finishes pretty tart.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation like many other Belgian brews.

Pretty drinkable but the taste may get sickening after a few.

Doomcifer, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of Guden
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Fairly clear light copper with a 1 inch white head with nice retention and lacing.

S- Light floral hops with sweet and spicy yeast character reminiscent of pineapples and nutmeg.

T- Much lighter in character than the nose with the spice (nutmeg/coriander) coming through a little more than the fruit.

M- A bit harsh and thin but pretty standard for the style.

D- I could happily have one or two more, they are light and refreshing with a touch of complexity, just not quite as much as I would've liked.

Guden, Jul 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a "Best Before" date clearly printed.

Appearance: Bright golden with a more than decent white lace which leaves patches all around the glass.

Smell: Sweet and fragrant with hints of honey, candied fruit and grain. Light herbal nose also.

Taste: Very smooth and slightly crisp with a moderate body. There is a sweetness through out that changes hand from the honey like malt to the sweetish alcohol that veers towards spicy also. Hops are subdued and give only a faint bitterness and flavour, mild phenols lend an herbal quality which follows the grain right into the finish. As the alcohol still warms the mouth there is still a trace honey flavour in the end.

Notes: Just strong enough to cut the chill out of a damp fall day yet deceivingly light where I could drink more than one.

Jason, Jul 18, 2002
Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served at cellar temperature, with all the yeast. Pours a hazy, honey gold with a one inch "shaving cream" head. Nice sheet lacing and very good head retention. Aroma is very fruity up front, with orange and banana leading the way. Coriander, and possibly nutmeg follow. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and has a lot of fizzy carbonation. Taste begins with a dry and bitter biscuity note. Pale malts are very obvious. Some tart fruitiness tries to be assertive, but some hops bitterness knocks back the balance toward dry and bitter. Alcohol is well hidden, but can be noted as this nears room temperature. Finish is dry and bitter. Overall, it's a decent Belgian pale ale, but not one I would buy again.

merlin48, Feb 23, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

ctodda, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

sydneyMTBdog, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received the Affligem gift pack for Xmas, which came with two blondes, a dubbel and a tripel. Thought I'd start low and work my way up!

Poured into the accompanying Affligem glassware. I'm not sure if it's the condition of this bottle, or the way it was poured, but this brew is one of the most visually appealing I've ever encountered. Lovely dark golden colour, slightly opaque. A few bubbles of carbonation. The head is thick, white and foamy, and simply will not go away. It's settled nicely at about a half inch, leaving some terrific icicle lacing. Great stuff.

The smell slightly hoppy, with a bit of yeast to the back. I also get a bit of wine and apple as well.

The taste is superb, one of the better BPA's I've had. Lemon, pepper, tart bitterness to the finish. Not aggressively hoppy. Dry and satisfying. Can't detect the 6.8% alcohol whatsoever.

Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, but doesn't sting the tongue. With the head (still) there, slightly creamy as well.

Simply a fantastic beer. Very much looking forward to the rest of the pack! (And the glass looks terrific as well...)

JohnnyBarman, Dec 26, 2009
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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 976 ratings.