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Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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Reviews: 515 | Ratings: 1,152
Photo of Dentist666
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0,3l bottle.
Poured into tulip.
Pours hazy amber beer with thick off-white head, quick reduction to 1-finger froth.
Standard blonde smell & taste.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
Sounds average.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours light blonde body with small white head with nice R&L
S: sweet, Apple fruity smell
T: light fruity taste; light Apple like with a dry finish
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth; slightly overcarbonated
D: nice M&T combo; decent blonde ale

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Photo of davidperez
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Leffe chalice, it pours an amber yellow, slightly hazy, with a one-finger head that dissipated quickly.

Bouquet of slight banana, sweet malts, honey, and some spiciness.

The carbonation feels intense right after this beer enters your mouth, teasing your palate. The flavor parade begins with that sweetness, honey, fruitiness, malts, but rapidly the spiciness enters the frame too and walks along that sweetness.
Then some alcohol is perceived, and it leads to the complete absence of that prior sweetness. Right at the end, some very slight bitterness and hoppiness marks its presence, giving this beer a semi-dry finish.
Medium to light body.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 16, 2014 Poured into a tulip glass.

L- Deep gold, some yeast haze, two finger fluffy white head.

S- Fruity yeast of banana, bubblegum, little bit of clove, a touch of alcohol.

T- Getting some citrus more than the banana, a bitter yeast or hop flavor on the end, touch of alcohol. White bready malt note.

F- Medium, good carb.

O- A nice easy drinking Belgian with a great yeasty aroma..

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Photo of Wobjack
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought in Carrefour, served in Leffe beer chalice.

Appearance: Golden, slightly hazy. A really good head on this that leaves lacing all the way down. Looks lively.

Smell: Ooo! Spicy! Getting pepper and spice, plenty of alcohol and sweet sweet malts. Some fruit in there too, smells very appealing!

Taste: Plenty of fresh bread up front with a slight spiciness. Some coriander and fruitiness in there too, finishes quite mild and dry. Alcohol up in the nose is subtle, very refreshing for the style.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied, almost creamy texture. So easy to drink, probably one of the most palatable Belgian Ales I've had.

Overall: This has been my go to beer whenever I visit France. Chilled on a hot day, out in the garden, it's almost unbeatable. Very easy drinking, just be aware of the high alcohol content, it's rather easy to sink quite a few of these! Also thrilled to see this making it's way over to England, my local Sainsburys is selling packs of four :)

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Photo of sherillc
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very sweet, like wildflower honey. Flavour actually reminds me a bit of mead - honeyed, slightly floral, fruity. Nice effervescence. A beautiful and unique beer.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recent pick up at Half Time ( http://www.halftimebeverage.com/ ) in Mamaroneck, NY. Someone from their East Cost distribution facility was giving a tasting. My wife and I both enjoyed this blonde. The 4-pack presentation and the bottles (while only 10 oz) are smaller, they are still nice with the label around the neck up to the cap. Best poured in a chalice. Nice light golden color and feel. Fruity aroma and consistent taste, which I like. 6.8% ABV so a few of these will do the trick. Look forward to having more. A solid beer!

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

Good head which settles to a nice layer of active foam. Honey haze with traces of carbonation bubbling up. Smells of fruity yeast, little spicy. Tastes of honey lemony hops and alcohol.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

look- pours a beige like color with a big foam head and sticky lace that shows excellent retention.
smell- fruity, pear like, chalky and yeast like, and honey.
taste-chalky and yeasty, pale malts, peppery, moderate hops, honey and alcohol. The finish is dry. Very flavorful.
feel- my favorite attribute of this beer. Light and drinkable but with complexity in the mouthfeel. Very refreshing. The mouthfeel had a sharpness and crispness that had a pleasant bite to it.
This was a pleasant surprise. I will definitely get more of.

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Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, golden color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of Euro yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, adjunct, hint of alcohol, hops. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a distinct dryness. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, slight alcohol, slight Euro yeast, hint of floral notes, and a hint of adjunct. Overall, a decent BPA, but the slight adjunct hurts.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a semi-hazy golden blonde color with a huge, rocky, billowing creamy head - lots of lacing.

S - Honey malt, Belgian spice, mildly yeasty.

T - Honey, bread, some pepper and coriander spice, nice lingering mild earthy bitterness to round out the sweetness of the malt. Coats the mouth with a nice balance between malt and spice.

M - Very dry finish, medium body, moderate carbonation mellows quickly for a smooth finish.

O - Definitely worth trying and better than its current rating.

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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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