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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
88
very good

993 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 993
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 37
Gots: 91 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice peach appearance with abundant lace retained after initial foam. Negative and weak aroma. Decent creamy taste yeast, pepper. Long alcoholic dry aftertaste, with nauseating residual of spice. Worked better by ageing 6-9 months.

upgraded with bottle in February 2005. Upgraded again with a touch of ageing in my cellar in July 2005.

Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours dark yellow, clear, and with a white head that doesn't last long.

Aroma is sugary, honey, malty, and yeast. Interesting enough for me.

Taste is sharp and very dry, medium bitterness for the style. Malty as well. Not complex but a to-style belgian pale.

Body is very thin. Very drinkable but I think this could do with 1-2% less abv.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/1/11.

Pours a murky orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, citrus, and yeast. Taste is of malt, spice, yeast, and some banana flavors on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness that lingers long after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a better flavor than taste in my opinion.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has some yeast particles floating in suspension. It has a very high amount of carbonation and poured with a two finger high bright white head that quickly settled down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of candi sugars and fruits are present in the nose. There are also some hints of apples and yeast. A moderate amount of sweetness is perceptible.
T: The candi sugars contribute a moderate amount of sweetness to the overall taste, which is very similar to the smell and has notes of apples, spices and yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is well hidden, making this beer quite drinkable although it is better when sipped.

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach color with a fluffy head that retains well and leaves copious amounts of lace

Smell: Intriguingly tart aroma with a touch of the barnyard; lacks the sweet banana element I would expect with the style

Taste: Starts with a spicy, slightly woody yeasty flavor that builds in peppery intensity after the swallow; surprising amount of hops in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light and spry with the expected boatload of carbonation

Drinkability: Liked this one a lot more than I expected because it lacked the sweetness and made up for it in spicy complexity

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A highly carbonated ale with a snow white bubbly head that fell from 1" to 1/4". Golden orange with slight pink hues. Smells honey sweet, citrusy, and spicy. Tingles the notse. Tastes the same honey sweet, cut quite drastically with pepper, corriander, and other spices and spicy hops. Medium body behind the alcohol. Finishes a bit yeasty and bite-ey. Aftertaste is mildly sweet and spicy. Not a long linger, crisp. A good beer for style

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.58/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well-bubbled honeyish gold with a generous infusion of orange juice. The creamy alabaster head was nothing short of explosive, yet a controlled pour mananged to keep the outside of the glass and the coaster dry. Even though all of the uprushing carbonation is making sure that the cap is long lived, I'm able to see the beginnings of an abstract-patterned lace display on the upper reaches of the glass.

The nose is classic BSPA and gives equal space to all facets of its olfactory personality; a definite strength. The fruitiness is as much banana as the usual orchard fruit and the amount of yeasty spiciness is on the low end. Even less apparent is any detectable alcohol. At only 7% (almost Belgian pale ale territory), that isn't that tremendous a feat.

Affligem Blond is a solid, well-constructed version of the style, if a lighter one. The relatively low alcohol content robs it of some of the power and seriousness of some its higher quality counterparts, but it comes up with roses in its teeth in the end. One final negative note before I get to the positives: it may be too balanced and lacks a little focus as a result.

While the pale malt backbone isn't what one normally sees in a BSPA, it gets the job done. A moderate amount of malty sweetness is everpresent and glides along beneath the ripe fruit and gentle spice. I still taste bananas almost as much as the more typical apples and pears. In addition, clove spice is perhaps more prominent once the beer has left the mouth than while it's actually bathing the buds.

I initially thought the body/mouthfeel was too light for the style. It has, however, come into its own with warming and is now solidly medium with a nice slick stickiness of the finish. Like everything else about this beer, it's well done.

Affligem Blond is my first Brouwerij De Smedt beer and has made me curious about the rest of their offerings. For those who care about such things, Affligem is Belgium's oldest abbey and began brewing beer in 1129. With that kind of a pedigree, it's no wonder this is such an accomplished ale.

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brand new Mellow Mushroom in Spartanburg,SC. It was their special release party keg.

A - Poured a very bright golden amber with a small white head of lace on top maybe one finger in depth but no more then that. Very cloudy and hazy with small minute particles floating around and some nice streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. The head faded down to almost nothing leaving simply a small film across the top but there was adequete side glass alce that lasted throughout the session.

S - The aroma was very light, and very bright with the first initial smell being of light yeast and wheat that seemed to have a nice little edge of fresh grass to it that melded very well. Some very very light aromas of fruit maybe some peaches or apricots as it warmed but very light.

T - The flavor was very nice for a blond ale. Very crisp and clean with a bright east flavor sitting right up front that offered more then adequate hints of peach and grain and wheat in the flavor. That nice light grass flavor was also very present and offered a nice little bitter finish to it. The finish itself was long and drawn out with a really nice long lasting crispness that really went well with dinner and wrapped the whole thing together nicely.

M - The feel was also wonderful, nice and light bodied and very well carbonated, it never got flat or boring and offered a very nice sessionable feel to it. Crisp and clean this went down easily and really was just a pleasant expierence all around.

D - Easily a sesionable ale, I could have drank this one all day long. It was nice and light and the 7% alcohol was very wel hidden and could not even really be detected at all, which was a really nice addition. Great little belgian to welcome someone to the style.

Overall I was suprised I had never had this one before, but once I did I would definitley have this one again. This was classic and a really nice sit down and chill beer. I would recommend this one to anyone just getting into craft beer as it is light enough to not scare them away, but could still open up some doors for them in the future.

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -30%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, picked up at a downtown Toronto LCBO.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with copious amounts of puffy, thickly foamy, and whipped cream white head, which leaves chunks of webbed lace around the glass as it maddeningly, slowly, dissipates.

It smells of grainy pale malt, some soft orchard drupe fruitiness - apple and pear, mostly - yeast, banana esters, a touch of sour lemon, and spicy cloves. The taste is semi-sweet bready pale malt, light earthy yeast, a minor muddled fruit salad sweetness, warming white pepper and clove spice, and a wee herbal alcohol edge, as ambient temperatures realign.

The carbonation is rather moderate, after all that ado right off the bat, the body soft, smooth, and medium weighted. It finishes well off-dry, the bready malt, fruity yeast, and sidling alcohol providing a clean sweep, and just a whisper of comforting warmth.

A nicely balanced, approachable abbey ale, the kind where you can pick out the individual esters, sure, but after a while, you just wanna sit back, and enjoy the integrated complexities of a fine Belgian blonde ale.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw, with a ridiculous amount of particulates floating about in the hay. The head is strong and thick, taking its time in dissipating. The smell is somewhat bland, with only traces of minor hops and light grains filling the nostrils. The taste is decidedly better, with a grainy sweetness pervading each sip. Unfortunately, the floating yeast flakes lend a rather dusty feel and flavor to the proceedings, though the moderate body and effervescence keep this from completely sabotaging the drinkability.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i dont remember liking this one as much as i did last night. not sure why. pours a fairly clear golden blonde color with a nice belgian bubbly white head. a few yeast floaters hangning around. smells is yeast forward, very enticing, some lighter fruity notes as well. flavor is that classic belgian blond or golden ale. its not as good as a duvel say, but its similar in flavor. really nice with some pistachios and cashews, and some fine cheese. feel is nice and bubbly and light. very sessionable. all up a very worthy belgian as a reasonable price.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with golden highlights. It had a bubbly, off-white head of foam that left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and a yeasty spiciness.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt, grains and an apple fruitiness. It had a spicy/yeasty kick, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good Belgian ale. Affligem makes some very nice beers.

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 WVbeergeek
2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, Belgian yeast, bananas, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of Belgian yeast breadiness up front followed by spices and bananas. There's a hearty malt character, but not a lot of sweetness and even though the hops presence is very mild, there's a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent pale Belgian beer to drink for a while but there are better ones within the style.

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 993 ratings.