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Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

very good
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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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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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Photo of seedyone
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Right off the ice this may be a bit too cold for optimum. Good look but everything else seems a bit washed out. As it warmed the taste bittered out. Not my idea of a Belgian blond...but I'm not Belgian.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 10.1 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear shade of goldenrod with a big voluminous head comprised of meringue like foam. A constant stream of bubbles fight to keep it afloat in great numbers. The head is comprised of large and small bubbles and as it deflates it leaves a jaunty soap sudsy mountain range all across its surface. Lace clings in big thick sheets leaving dotted holes like a spider web all around the circumference of the glass. Looks great.

Aroma: Strong scent of banana is most prominent , followed by a slight herbal grassiness with some touches of lemon and citrus. Hint of alcohol. A little musty. Some soda cracker in there as well. Fairly complex but to be expected for a classic belgian.

Taste: Initial taste is sweet and doughy, banana is still apparent too which makes it taste kind of like under-baked banana bread. Almost entirely void of bitter although there is a hint of astringency that tastes grainy. After more sips the sweetness melds into the overall flavor of the beer and becomes very cohesive. Though still entirely malt forward.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is great, viscosity is excellent as well I feel the mouthfeel and the nose are really stars of this show. Every sip refreshes as you drink it and the tingle lasts several seconds after the swallow. When held on your tongue the beer has a touch of dryness to it but its quickly whisked away by the vibrant carbonation.

Overall: An excellent belgian pale. Extremely drinkable and complex enough to be interesting but not overbearing. Not a style I normally seek out but if you are this is a great affordable widely available example if you are looking for one.

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

Really quite likeable BPA, which ably combines those classic Belgian yeast notes (touch of banana, some spicy phenol + fruity ester combo) with a surprisingly creamy body and a sort of lightly honeyed malt base. Honestly, I prefer something accessible like this over other Belgian brews that, IMO, take those yeast characteristics over the top. Excellent for pairing with food.

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Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Experienced in : Paris, Saigon (bottle)
Appealing to me : very inviting, taste good
Less appealing to me : - - -

I like this beer and will look forward to my next drink.

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Photo of Roland45s
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

enjoyed this on draft while in france (playing catch-up on my ratings) thoroughly enjoyed it and was one of my favorite Belgian blondes. poured smooth with a thick head, sweet finish.

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Photo of endovelico
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant, elegant and deliciously complex brew, offering banana, roses and a touch of spices supported by scrappy acidity, assertive carbonation and a sweetish finish that fades quickly.

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Photo of titvs
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

Review according to the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18A), 30 cl bottle. AROMA: light earth, floral and predominant sulphur notes. APPEARANCE: clear deep gold with average white retention. good lacing. TASTE: initial smooth and light sweetness with a dry finish. medium-low bitterness with very subtle esters (orange). PALATE: high carbonation with bubbly sensation and medium body. some creaminess derived from the carbonation. OVERALL: a subtle belgian blonde with dry to very-dry finish but with some sulphur aroma.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

On Tap in Paris. Pours deep golden with white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready malt and sour apples. Body is full and smooth. Taste is of funky yeast, bready malt, and some apricots, with some sourness. Finish is long and sour. Quite drinkable brew.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

300ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow colour 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, sweet malts and spices. Quite fruity too. Notes of caramel malts, coriander, candi sugar, grapes and bready Belgian yeasts. Flowery hops. Some notes of bubblegum in the end

T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of honey, caramel malts, sweet pale malts, coriander and sweet bread. Fruity. Notes of grapes, flowery hops and bubblegum. Light bitterness. Hops have grassy and a bit citrus profile. In overall, a slightly sweet taste, Belgian style

M: Medium body. A bit molasses. Good carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Strong Belgian character

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Photo of TheHammer
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Augustijn Chalice glass. Golden color, clear appearance. White head, moderate retention. Aromas of yeast, slight fruit & spices. Sweet malty & crispy upfront. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily to watery. Fruit in the middle, herbal bitterness linger into a dry bitter finish. Alcoholic heat on the aftertaste. An average Belgian Blond.

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Photo of Rhf9120
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this on the bottle list at Unos of all places. Poured into a pint glass (unfortunate I know) with a golden straw color with very visible carbonation and a single finger head which left decent lacing. The aroma is of yeast, fruit and spices with a flavor to match. The yeast comes through very strong in the flavor along with the spices and only hints of fruit. I greatly enjoyed this one and will be looking for it at my local bottle shop.

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Photo of stevoj
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tart/sour taste is first impression. Almost like pineapples....Mild bitterness in the finish. Thick fluffy/creamy two finger head sticks to the glass. Getting adjusted to it the more I taste, but the sourness was overwhelming at first....

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

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Moderate hand. Dated 04-04-13, not sure if that's the born-on or the best-by...

A: Hazy, golden orange-yellow. 2 fingers of off-white head with ok retention. Light lacing.

S: Fruity Belgian yeast with notable apple, pear. Spice, clove. Light bread, grass. A bit of musty funk and sugar intermittently.

T: Round, fruity semi-sweetness yields to a solid European hop character. Fairly dry finish. No significant alcohol. Some grass and grain from the pale malts.

M: Moderate to high carbonation with a good smoothness. Moderate body. Great vehicle.

O: Good drinking beer, if not terribly memorable. No major complaints and pretty widely available.


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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent looking beer initially, great head that rises but then the debris floating in the beer can be disconcerting. Smell is good but mild. Taste is great, really smooth and easily drinkable. I rolled through the glass in no time. Excellent beer that I will be re-visiting often.

Had another and there was no debris. Still extremely tasty, did not notice any difference.

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

Aroma is very sweet, lots of fruit (mostly apples) with some alcohol, dominated by yeast smells in general. Transparent, golden beer with a nice thick head. Leaves lacing on the glass. Very carbonated mouth feel, makes your mouth pucker like you're drinking a sour but this is no sour. Very sweet with a fairly dry finish. Apple aroma & flavors are very strong. Finishes with a subtle, comfortable warming sensation from the 7% abv. The alcohol lets you know it's there but doesn't negatively impact the drinkability, this is a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of mick303
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle into a tulip glass produced a huge white creamy head showing lots of strong retention and sticky lacing, a bright golden body with a lot of initial visible carbonation. 4.5
S- clean hoppy notes are picked up, pear, lime, maybe melon, fair bit of spice, clove, lemon, light ginger?, all very clean, with a pale malt profile and some quite upfront yeasty aspects. 3.75
T- a very clean start with a bit of citrus, and creamy banana notes, then biscuit malt and lots of fruitiness, and strong mineral notes, with a pronounced Belgian yeasty character, lemon rind, a bit of a complex unripe fruit tartness with some slight mineral/metallic character, quite a bit of tartness actually but it meshes with some fruity and earthy notes, and then a clean melony and dry finish. Very tasty and complex. 4.25
M – full feeling BPA, lots of carbonation and a chewy texture then minerality/almost salty feel, and a lingering dry finish. No alcohol heat, but a decent stronger feel to it.
This is a really delicious beer, my only knock against it might be the lack of support for the initial tartness which comes later towards the finish, it looks great, smells great , tastes great, and is pretty bang on in terms of how to do this style and make it really tasty, a very clean beer with a fair bit of yeast spice to it, easy to drink. 4

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Photo of bareju
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into oversized wine glass, $3 for a 330 mL bottle.

A: Pours a pale gold with a thin white head, almost transparent. Head diminished quickly.

S: Belgian yeast dominates smell, cloves/coriander and banana.

T: Yeast is very apparent along with lots of spice, fruit comes through just a bit. Spice and honey linger at the finish. No hint of any alcohol coming through.

M: Medium light body with lots of carb. Finish is just the slightest bit dry.

O: Very easy drinking if a bit boring. Hides the fairly high ABV very well, this would be an excellent session beer. OK value, but there are better beers out there for the same price.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Warning, this is a potential gusher. Bunches of head that seems to have little retention. However, it does slow down and linger at about two fingers. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber that shows lemon hues when held up to the light. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very Belgian, very much dominated by the yeast. Spicy, bananas, and cloves. Light notes of honey. Swirling reveals even more banana, such that it is almost creamy and suggest marshmallow. I get some apple from the bottle but not really from the glass.

Taste- Very reflective of the nose- reminiscent of a lot of tripels that I've had. Loads of banana, cloves, and a very spicy finish. Some coriander, lemon peel, and apple. A little bit of a nutty and woody finish. Spice makes the tongue tingle. Could use a little bit more presence than just the nice finish of cloves, coriander, and cinnamon. Nothing wrong, it's just that this beer gets a little boring. Still quite nice and a fairly solid beer. Simplifies to mostly banana and the aforementioned spices. Yeast character matches my palette well. Present but not domineering with only a little bit of bitterness. Definitely a good beer.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with hints of creaminess and syrup. Good amount of carbonation that matches the tingle of the spice. Nice dry finish keeps this beer clean.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Very tasty but gets a little boring. No heat and very sessionable. Three dollars a bottle seems fairly reasonable.

Overall- Pretty good beer, stays within the wide range of this style. Reminds me a little of New Belgium Tripel but with more spice and less banana. I would give this a try. I could also see myself buying this again.

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Photo of sommersb
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 09-09-2013
Freshness: Best by 11-22-2014
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Duvel tulip
Purchased: 6-pack from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

Clear and bright copper colored, with a vary large and rocky white head. The head has excellent retention and a good amount of lace, making for an attractive beer.

Aromas start sweet and fruity, plus have some bready malt notes, and end with spices and a light peppery smell.

The taste has a base malty sweetness coupled with a light amount of hop bitterness. A very high level of carbonation gives a prickly mouthfeel. The finish is lightly bitter and ends with tastes of spices and a drier note than in the initial taste.

Overall a good and easy drinking beer. My only quibble would be the very high carbonation (think champagne).

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

From a 330 ml bottle into an Affligem glass.

A: golden/amber in color with a nice clarity. A two finger head gave way quickly to a thin film of foam.

S: Belgian yeast, spices, fruits and some phenols.

T: yeast and phenols carry through, a nice flavor develops. A bit spicy and sweet at the same time.

M: medium body medium/high carbonation. Crisp and hides the 6.8% alcohol well.

O: in all honesty, I bought this beer to get the glass. I was not expecting much out of it, but I am pleasantly surprised by the drinkability of it. My Belgian friend says this is usually a session/pub beer there and I am not surprised. Its easy going and tasty.

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Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. 7% by my bottle. Bright gold pour, rocky white head that continued to grow after the pour.

Aroma, grassy, some citrus, light yeast and herbal hop notes.

Taste, More clove and sweeter spice here than in the nose. Almost a stone fruit like fruitiness. Sweet malts and wheat type malt. Just a faint herbal bitterness that balances it our a bit.

Lighter body, good carbonation, easy drinking. Fits with the style very well.
Rock solid and much cheaper than similar Belgians.

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Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Long overdue to review some Affligem but never a bad thing.

A- Poured into a large tulip being somewhat careful to leave most of the yeast behind. The beer is revealed as a nice golden-light orange and pretty clear. A super foamy head forms to a few fingers high with good retention. A few thick patches of lace around the glass but not a ton overall.

S- Belgian yeast spice phenols and fresh orange peel citrus up front in the aroma. Beyond that I get notes of straw, floral and spicy notes as well as some apple. Clean and straight forward but appealing. Light toasted grains and malt/honey sweetness.

T- Spicy herbal phenols and fruity flavors, both yeast bi-products, make up the main aspect of this beer's flavor. More specifically there is a nice blend of orange peel, toasted cracked grain, biscuit, yeast bread, coriander, pepper, apple, honey and some floral and grassy hints.

MF- The body of the beer is light and pretty dry but with any agitation the super foamy texture fills the palate. Carbonation is quite high as one might expect and there a slight spicy bitterness in the finish. Some warmth from the almost 7% ABV.

Ends up feeling pretty balanced and flavorful with I would say an emphasis on the spicy and fruity yeast flavors. Certainly something I would drink again as it just feels like a well made brew when you sit back and enjoy a sip. Nice complexity throughout.

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Photo of Tebuken
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Amber colored beer with some orange flashes.It has a white compact everlasting foam,very good laces can be preceived.

S- An intense dry fruits-yeast-honey aroma

T- Malty ,sweet at the beginning with a balanced bitterness coming at the end of the sample.Complex taste , some subtle hot alcohol is present..

M- Medium bodied beer with a very smooth mouthfeel.

O- Very good beer,tasty for sure.

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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.