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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,042 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,042
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 41
Gots: 126 | 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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Ratings: 1,042 | Reviews: 504
Reviews by rangerred:
Photo of rangerred
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a slightlly hazy medium gold with a few chunks making it into the glass. I downed the rest out of the bottle.

Pears really dominate the aroma along with some floral hops and light bready malt. A really pleasant aroma that lacks much of the clove/banana of other Belgians but is unique all its own.

The Belgiany character comes out more in the flavor with clove and bubblegum but the abundant pear is still there and provides a great citrus touch. A nice pilsner malt character and some light floral/grassy hops round it out. A soft drying mouthfeel makes this a real refreshing beer to drink.

Overall, a great Belgian that is very refreshing and light. It may not have all the complexities of some of the stronger Belgain ales but it is a pleasure to drink nonetheless.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Dmann
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of generallee
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Photo of Popsinc
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of MadScientist
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of PintPiner
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of BeerDreadz
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Todd
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.77/5  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.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Guden
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
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...)

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

Appearance: Poured a cloudy , golden orange , with a nice large , rocky , foamy white head with good retention. Nice lacing as well.

Smell: yeasty , citric , flowery aromas , slight honey, tinge of alcohol , and a mild flash of spice.

Taste: Sweet malts and citrus , some yeast , honey , very light spicyness , slightly perfumy taste is the finish , very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: fully and creamy , dry finish.

Drinkability: A tasty Belgian strong pale ale , fairly refreshing ... in taste and strength!

Photo of Swedes21
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - cloudy ale colour, 3 finger white fluffy head. good lacing and minimal carbonation.

Smell - hops, banana's, some spice notes and slight citrus from lemon zest.

Taste - such a smooth tasting beer, went down easy. the beer offers some zest and spices upfront with a little banana near the end. there isnt a whole lot of aftertaste, or anything over dominant.

Mouthfeel - some good mouthfeel levels achieved, the bitterness factor increases a lot and has a bit more of a lasting taste. there isnt anything wild happening here.

Overall - i was expecting a LOT more from this beer and found it to be a classic, probably over smooth belg beer.

Photo of jsolack
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Cloudy/clear yellow in color with great deal of head. Head last a while. Very nice looking brew.

Smell:
Slight sweet smell with grainly and citrus overtones. Nice scent but a little mild.

Taste:
A nice but power citrus grain flavor. Good but not really my thing.

Mouthfeel:
Really nice feel in mouth carbonation is strong and is nice and thick in mouth.

Drinkability:
Easy to drink beer, tastes great especially for the high alchohol content.

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 WVbeergeek
2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very nice golden orange glowing body with a vibrant bubbly white head (amazing retention), the lacing coats the sides of the glass with very large bubbles. Aroma: A bit one dimensional to me with strong pale malts and mild hop finish and alcohol not too impressed some spicing going on but very minimal. Taste: Not overly sweet crisp golden strong ale is the best way to put it an herbal hop flavor with pale malts dominating overall. Mouthfeel: A bit thin lacking much texture besides the overcarbonation. Drinkability: Not a classic Belgian ale mediocre at best.

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter. Pour with a generous and durable off-white head over a golden-amber body that had plenty of visible carbonation.

The nose is that of a rather typical BPA, with plenty of spicy yeast notes, bready malt, and an above average presence of clearly European hops. Plenty fruity, yet less banana than others of this style.

Affligem Blond tastes moderately spicy, with a light, sweet malt base and a hop component that, in terms of strength, is more like I'd expect from an American brewer. Overall, it is mildly bitter; more so in the finish. Notes of clove, banana, white pepper, and vague canned fruits.

The body is medium-light: very smooth even with somewhat lively carbonation: appropriate for the style

O: Affligem Blond is a tasty and well-crafted representative of this style.

Photo of mwbeerman
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and carbonated with a slignt amber tone. Single finger of clean white head pours on top. Smells sweet with a good helping of sour to fill the nose. Very aromatic with little hop presence. Initially tastes bitter like a pilsner with more malt presence than found in the smell. Not much hop to find in this beer, aside from a nice fading bitter aftertaste. Very sweet, fruity, and sour, with enough malt content and body to add a solid amount of flavor to this beer while keeping it very refreshing.Well balanced with the flavors changing throghout the whole sip. Plenty of carbonation initially, but dissipates faster than I would like it to. A very nice beer (yes, I am going to describe it like that).

Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a crystal-clear golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of pears, lighter amounts of green apple, and even lighter amounts of indistinct spices.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light and sweet pale malt flavors kick things off with mild amounts of dryness. Coming into play shortly thereafter are pears and green apples, which then carry through to mild spices. The ending is crisp, leaving very light amounts of pear flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a beer that's just above middle-of-the-road for the style. Not worth seeking out but certainly not worth avoiding.

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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 1,042 ratings.