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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem BlondAffligem Blond

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BA SCORE
88
very good

867 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 48 | 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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Marc33

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -74.5%

12-22-2011 21:16:59 | More by Marc33
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tbone64

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -49%

03-08-2014 13:54:39 | More by tbone64
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -49%

12-04-2011 23:15:31 | More by VikeMan
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stcules

Italy

2.38/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yellow-oranged, lightly veiled. A beautiful white head, quite compact, sticking, persistent.
Smell of yeast, bread crust, the, and "rosolada" (eggs, sugar and marsala). White flowers.
The taste is on the same notes, even with the part with eggs and sugar... Quite heavy, it can becomes quite boring. Too sweet. Some alcohol too.
Medium-light body.
Few things in the aftertaste, just some malty and fruity (pear and peach). Some sweetness too, but it slips away quickly.

Note: on the label the alcohol is 6.8%.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 20:09:02 | More by stcules
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden ale with a nice big head with better then average retention. Aroma is bit weak with some malt and yeast being noticeable. Taste is also a bit weak for a Belgian ale with a general lack of spices and only minor yeast flavour can be pick up. Body is also a bit thin. Overall, this is a very average Belgian Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 14:24:24 | More by Phyl21ca
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clvand0

Kentucky

2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color with some orange hues. It has a large, full head and some lacing on the glass. The aroma is strong of citrus and has some hints of honey and malts. The taste reminds me of a lighter weiss (wheat) beer. Some spices and a trace of honey is present in the taste as well, but the wheaty taste overtakes the others. Not a bad beer, but not too extremely smooth. It leaves a slightly sour taste on the palate. Don't see myself drinking many of these in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 20:32:42 | More by clvand0
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a yellow body with a dense, white, overflowing head.

Smell: Light malt in the aroma, with bits of yeast, flowers, lemons, and coriander.

Taste: Sweet, with flavors of bananas, lemons, and a faint spiciness. Finishes semi-dry with a hint of hop bitterness, and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Watery texture with a very lively carbonation.

Drinkability: A stock Belgian blonde with far too much carbonation for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 23:18:26 | More by ChainGangGuy
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desint

Belgium

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

05-24-2013 11:13:31 | More by desint
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

06-20-2013 19:27:30 | More by Kirk
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 21:27:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

--small 330 ml brown bottle, freshness date stamped on back
--average, golden in color
--thin head that left minor lacing
--pretty sweet honey/fruit like smell

A pretty average Belgian beer. Nothing really wrong with it, just nothing really stands out as good either.
Thx

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 06:28:21 | More by canadianbarman
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Westmalle goblet. Best by square was blank (?) no date. One finger of head sat on top of a light golden/orange hazy body. Head faded to a film.

Smelled yeasty. Mild plum, light fruitiness. Spicy.

Tasted tart. More hoppy bitterness than I had expected. Spicy, peppery. Rich. Alcohol flavor increased as it warmed. This one didn't grab me.

Mouthfeel was nice, full and smooth. Alcohol tingle when held in the mouth.
Won't seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 17:52:16 | More by Cresant
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Naes

New York

2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a pale golden color with a tall white head. Retention is good, but there is minimal lacing.
The aroma is of wheat, yeast and a bit of citrus.
The flavor begins malty sweet and becomes semi bitter with citrus hops near the finish. There is also a bit of an alcohol presence throughout.
Mouth feel is a bit over carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 01:37:21 | More by Naes
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold in colour with some really good aromas of banana, pear, yeast, and various spices. The flavor is a bit of a letdown, as it begins with a fairy harsh metallic note. On the back end, things return to normal, with some more fruity (banana) elements coming to the fore, along with some light breadiness and some butterscotch sweetness. This would be a pretty good beer if not for the metallic note.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 17:09:07 | More by fisherman34
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mxmcmillan

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-30-2011 16:45:13 | More by mxmcmillan
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cyrushire

Florida

3/5  rDev -23.5%

01-13-2013 06:31:07 | More by cyrushire
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.5%

09-06-2012 03:55:50 | More by bonbini26
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.5%

01-05-2012 07:41:14 | More by ygtbsm94
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-07-2012 02:19:45 | More by cfalovo97
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freditoj

Alabama

3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-01-2014 15:52:12 | More by freditoj
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a basic gold beer-y hue, not distinguishable from, say, a Michelob.

S - The aroma is very basic (keeping in line with the appearance) with some pale malt, a bit of graininess, and slightly fruit yeast-imparted esters. The balancing hop did just that, balanced, and did not leave much flavor in its wake.

T - Nice taste, I guess, but not what I'd be looking for in the style. Inoffensive paleness is there, a bit of mineral, but it is really a bit too lager-y. Too clean; absent is the expected golden fruit nuances and the definitively Belgian rustic quality imparted by yeast.

M - Just average.

D - Suitably inoffensive, likely catered to the broadest conceivable consumer base.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 19:47:22 | More by ktrillionaire
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap in it's own chalice at Bushwakker.

Golden colour and a little hazy. White head is just a thin cap, but has good staying power and produces some lacing.

Smells like a typical belgian to me. That unmistakeable yeast, cloves and some pepper.

Nice flavour up front. Lightly sweet, toasted malt, cloves, yeast and a hint of pepper. After the light bubbly carbonation rush it's a totally different beer. All bitter herbal hops with a very dry finish.

Light-medium bodied and not quite smooth. Some harshness to it in the end. Tiny bubbly carbonation rush is nice, but a little agressive.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. I don't know how they get it to have two completely different flavour profiles from before and after the carbonation rush. This certainly gives it a level of complexity, but I am no fan of the finish and aftertaste at all. In fact, it just left a bad taste in my mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2007 16:07:59 | More by Noxious26
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Mic-Lee


3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light copper color is slightly cloudy. Three fingers of loose foamy head. Lacing is moderate. Smell is faintly of alcohol and Belgian yeast, not very strong. Flavor is slightly perfumy, with fruit, bread, apples, Belgian yeast and a present albeit faint alcohol note. No bitterness. Mouthfeel is light with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall: This brewery has a great history, being one of the oldest breweries in Belgium. However, I just found it to be lacking in mouthfeel and depth of flavor. The perfumy notes don’t really do it for me, and although the alcohol is light, it it borders on being too liquor like. Just average.
POST COMMENT: As this beer warmed, it had a cider like quality, with clear apple overtones and a creamier mouthfeel. It was more enjoyable this way, and I would recommend letting it warm slightly before imbibing.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 22:22:31 | More by Mic-Lee
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mwar

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-26-2012 23:23:26 | More by mwar
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Brabander

Netherlands

3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is little to say about this blond beer but i will give it a try. I really like the blond beers they make in Belgium. On a hot day they are refreshing and you can drink more of them without getting (very) drunk.

The Achel blond is at the moment the best there is on the blond scene. The Westvleteren blond is very near the Achel.

This Affligem looks normal when poured in the Maredsous glass the head disappears quit fast. The taste is not spectacular, a bit dry with pepper.

I would definitly go for the Achel blond.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 14:24:51 | More by Brabander
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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.