Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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Reviews by TheHammer:
3.75/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2014 22:10:53 | More by TheHammer
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3.48/5 rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
250ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
A: Pours a clear golden yellow color 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. Quite spicy and fruity too. Notes of caramel malts, coriander, candy sugar, grapes and bready Belgian yeasts. Light notes of flowery hops and bubblegum
T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of honey, caramel malts, sweet pale malts, coriander and sweet bread. Fruity. Notes of grapes. Notes of flowery hops and bubblegum. Light bitterness. Hops have grassy and a bit citrus profile
M: Medium body. Molasses. Medium bitterness. Bittersweet aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. Strong Belgian character
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 18:15:01 | More by eduardolinhalis
Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 877 ratings.