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Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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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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Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - The pour yields just shy of two fingers worth of crisp frothy slightly lop-sided off-white colored head... Modest retention gives way to a full mostly thick veil of lacing... The color is a pale gold with a slight amber hue buried within... There is a very subtle light haziness... There are a few carbonated streaks comprised of micro sized uber quick bubbles...

S - Appealing and spot on for the style... Belgian yeast... Candied sugars... Apples topped with a touch of brown sugar... Ripe pears... Golden raisins... There is a very subtle spicy component that lingers beneath the surface...

T - The aroma carries through to the palate... A slightly sweet Belgian yeast... Lots of fruity character with apples and pears at the forefront... There is a mild wheat component... Biscuit... The finish has a strong spicy character dominated by pepper with a hint of light cloves...

M - Medium bodied... A very sharp carbonated bite... Starts clean and crisp... Finishes with a touch of chalkiness...

D - The aroma is the star of the show... All other components are a notch or two above average... The end result is a solid, but unremarkable Belgian Pale Ale... Spot on for the style in most expects... Definitely worth a try if you're a fan of the style... I wouldn't turn down the opportunity if offered... However, I'm not sure this is something I would personally invest in again in the future...

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle from LCBo for $2.65 CDN into an oversized wine glass

Appearance - Golden color, semi transparent. 1.5 fingers of foam that dissipate slowly leaving a nice laced glass. A small amount of soapy foam remains through the drinking session.

Smell - Quite yeasty with strong floral overtones. A huge nose on this overall. If you were to define a beer as smelling a certain why this beer would smell "Belgian".

Taste - A malty sweetness that seems refined but not too refined or filtered. Some bitterness from the hops on the aftertaste. Shares flavor profiles with a number of Belgian tripels as well, instead o being a pale it ale, it could be a cross between a Belgian Pale Ale and a Tripel.

Mouthfeel - high carbonation, a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

O- Seems better than the last time I tried this beer. A very solid representative of the Belgian Pale Ale class and definitely a repeat purchase. First few sips are excellent, but there is a certain standardness to the beer that is pervasive. The beer does not stray far from its roots, and is exceptionally well crafted however I feel as if I am yearning for just a little more.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a: golden yellow, quite clear. hints of caramel/orage. large 4 finger, white head

s: tons of sweet citrus, slightly floral, big bready smells, sweet malt, vanilla, and some slight spicy Belgian yeast

t: spicy yeast, sweet lemon zest, pepper and coriander, vanilla. backbone is made up of fresh dough and sweet malt . finish is slightly dry, but not as dry as i expected. there is something almost grassy/green onion?

m: medium, with lots of carbonation. it really helps the sweet citrus pop

o: pretty good. its lighter on flavor, but the carbonation makes it a little tough to drink fast. even so, its easy drinking and the spice, citrus, and malt are harmonized pretty well.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger smooth cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy straw/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose. Flavor sweet and tart, some yeast. Nice blond. 330ml bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

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

Appearance: Honey-gold, effervescent, good head that dissipates rapidly

Aroma: Honey, malty, citrusy

Taste: Malty, creamy, with a dry finish; hoppy on the finish, but not bitter; well balanced. Quite good.

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of One2Remeber
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow body, crystal clear. Dense white head, excellent retention.

S: Honey sweet, boozy, candy sugar, sweet pils malts.

T/M: Light, lively carbonation, honey sweetness, smooth yeast presence, fruity esters linger.

O: What I expect with a Belgian Blonde. Solid yeast and malt characteristics compliment each other while being simply subtle.

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Photo of shanny1981
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An okay beer. Definitely a little over the top when it comes to unnecessary carbonation. I hate overly carbonated beers that keep you belching for 24 hours straight. Husband and I both had a tummy ache after consuming a single bottle. Won't be trying this again. However, loved the color, smell and after taste. A very pretty beer in terms of appearance.

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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.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seems a fitting libation to accompany my viewing of Paris Roubaix. Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip. 7% alcohol pushes the limits of a BPA, but let's see:

Golden poppy liquid, clear (appearing filtered despite "the yeast in the bottle"), capped by a fat finger of beige merengue. Superior retention. Pasty (almost clumpy) lacing.

Yeast is prominent in the nose - phenolic and bready, accentuating the malt nicely. Floral with hints of honey as well. Some peppery/spice notes come in as well as the beer warms.

Spice-like yeast notes are more prominent on the palate - slightly tart with coriander and white pepper elements. Soft mellow pale malt flavor and a mild noble-hop bitterness add interest though not much complexity. Dry malty/fruity (from yeast) finish.

Carbonation seems just a little high perhaps, though it makes the ale seem crisper and further conceals the alcohol.

A pleasant example of the style - easy drinking and deceptively strong.

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Photo of FLima
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber color. Poured lots of thick white head leaving laces. Last poured brought some floating particles.
Nice aroma of Belgian yeast, matured oranges and sweet vanilla.
Similarly, sweet malt taste well balanced with hops, notes of Belgian yeast and presence of matured fruits and a hint of condiments, especially coriander.
Medium body with good carbonation with an effervescent and spicy sensation. A bit dry and with good drinkability, being a bit less complex. 6.8% ABV is perfectly hidden.
It is the type of beer that grows as you drink it, from an average Belgian blond to a pleasant beer. I would recommend this beer for starting into the Belgian world. Liked the fact that it is not too sweet and you can still feel some hops. Don’t mistake this one per a Dubbel, Tripel etc…, those are bolder off-course.

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Photo of AmitC
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 fl oz bottle into a snifter. Looks like some very old bottle.

Pale golden color. A lot of suspended yeast creating a cloud. Hazy and cloudy appearance. About two fingers thick fluffy Belgian type head of off white color that stays really well. DEcent Belgian laces around the sides.

Smell at first is of lager like grains but then fruity and peppery phenols take over. Some amount of Belgian yeast also plays a role. Some amount of grainy malts.

Flavor is very much similar. Full of delicious Belgian yeast and peppery phenols. Some amount of dry fruits as well. A sweet and semi dry kind of finish. Hops are non existent.

Mouth feel is on the light to slightly medium side. Crisp and smooth. Surprisingly low on carbonation. No astringency of any kind. No alcohol warmth or presence.

Style Rate: 3.75
Personal Rate: 3.75

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml brown Belgian style bottle with excellent labeling. Interesting story told with label. Poured this into an abbey style goblet.

A - Beautiful yellow-bright golden in color. Snow white, creamy head tops this brilliantly colored brew and it's lacing coats the walls of the glass.

S - Wonderful Belgian yeast and spices in the aroma. Black pepper and clove spice with hints of coriander. Fresh grassy like hops with both nutty and bready malt whiffs in the nose.

T - flavor of bready Malts have a nutty character to it up front. Spicy Belgian yeast with hop bitterness thats near puckering but mellows out to a dry finish packed with spices. A real nutty and spicy yeast finish that lingers a moment.

M - Fairly smooth and enjoyable in the mouth. Has the complexity to allow for an exciting experience with a dry finish that leaves you begging for the next sip. I found this brew to be exceptionally refreshing in the mouth. Alcohol is noticed but adds to the Belgian flavor.

O - this is a very good BPA. The Affligem Blond has the complexity you find in the best of Belgian ales. This is a bold blond that has the quality to fulfill. Delicious and gorgeous. I don't care who owns Affligem Abbey ales. They are creating some damn fine liquids in their brewery. I'd recommend this to anyone and it's good enough to have again. Itd be a superb summer/warm weather ale. Very enjoyable

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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.

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Photo of mizx
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip glass.

Golden colour very slightly hazy, poured it too fast so had to wait a while to get the last half in, eventually settled to a small head that lasted. Slight aroma of yeast and a little spice and citrus, head smells a tad iffy. Balanced sweet flavour, yeasty, grain, fruit and spice, alcohol comes through a little in the aftertaste. Medium carbonation/body, crisp and slightly smooth mouthfeel.

Nice and easy to drink, definately would pick some up again.

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Photo of janubio
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle. Porus a hazy yellow to amber colour, wuth a two fingers head that leaves a good lace. Smell is yeasty, of damp earth, honey and spices (pepper), with some citrus notes. Perfumed and silky flavour, with a medium to full body. Taste of honey, banana and spices.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A: Clear golden with a white one finger head that slowly fades. Excellent lacing.

S: Belgian funk, citrus.

T: That Belgian yeast slides in with lemons on the palate. Sweet, crisp. Airy. Nice.

M: Medium, effervescent. Great carbonation.

O: A very tasty Belgian blond. Will definately drink again.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle into a goblet. Bottle states it was packaged on 11/2012, although the day and month are not very legible, so that's based on what I can make out.

Pours a solidly golden color, complete with slowly climbing bubbles and a modest, albeit not too strong cola-like head, which eventually dwindles down to a flat white surface in the few couple of minutes. It has a fight though, as even 45 minutes later it was visible halfway (except for where I sipped). Lots of scattered floaties in the glass, even without the extra yeast added. Looks like a solid, straightforward Belgian golden ale (or pale ale) to me.

The smell is a combination of grainy crispness and sweetness produced by the alcohol and yeast. Not too strong but still fairly complex and lovely overall... Lots of notes resembling sugar cane and candy - almost on it's way to being a tripel except without the intense hops - but often times resembles deep, earthy Chardonnay grapes. The bottle advertises Affligem's abbey ales as the "Burgundy" beers, and while that is pushing it, there are definitely wine like characteristics to this. Never gets too sweet or bitter on the nose, however, no matter how much it warms up. Pleasant overall.

Not much to complain about the flavor here - while it is slightly boozy at first, everything stays pretty balanced, perhaps due to the thickened body of the beer. The yeasty notes are pretty prominent on the flavor, often resembling a sweet, tarty bread combined with some notes of Belgian pale grains and a little bit of zest on the side. It's definitely more on the malty side, but only barely so. The alcohol opens up a bit more as it reaches room temperature, but there's nothing exactly offensive about drinking this. It turns out to be smooth, fairly flavorful, and inviting.

I realize this is owned by Heineken, but it's still a version of Belgian pale ales as it is full of flavor, heartiness, and enough thickness that it resembles the Trappist beers that it is attempting to emulate. The success of this beer owes to the yeast, which is both fruity and spicy here. I enjoyed this a lot, especially after a long, busy day. Also, could serve as a good gateway beer for people interested in trying Belgian ales.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I wasn't crazy about the smell.. It didn't smell "pleasant" like most Belgians. It may have the best mouthfeel of any beer I have ever drank, though. To me, It has actually set the standard to which all other beers are compared. Incredibly smooth and creamy, almost slippery. For a split second, it tasted very light like a lager. Then you start to taste the "Belgian" origin, with its elevated, sharp alcoholic bite and sweet, citrus notes. It's a very mild flavor, and is gone quickly, only to return a few seconds later with slightly alcoholic aftertaste. Overall, very drinkable for 7% ABV beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the most commonly found true Belgians in the region and I kind of figured I had reviewed it at some point but there you go. Poured into a goblet and had great head action, needing wait time between pours to contain the whole bottle. A dark golden in color, with some thick white lace. nose is balanced and esoteric, with fruit, clove, spice, esters, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is as varying and rich as the nose, with initial honey and biscuit being parried by citrus, noble hops, and more yeast. The texture is delicate without being thin and helps smooth out some of the rough with all those different flavors. This isn't a style I usually jump at but this is a solidly crafted, enjoyable product.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had this beer 7 years ago at the age of 21 to accompany my moles frites in Paris. I drank it out of a chalice. At this time I was totally ignorant to the quality of beverage I was drinking. Since that day I've revisited this beer a few times and each time it is better than I remember. It is golden in color and pours out with several fingers of lacing. Belgians have a disntinction of having firm head, where you can almost drop a dime on it and it'll stay above the liquid.

This is a very sweet beer with spicy notes similar to that of a leffe. This is a hearty drink and will warm you up clocking in at 6.7% abv. If you like blonde belgians you will love this beer. Always consistent, always excellent.

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Photo of Mic-Lee
3/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. Produced on May 21 2012.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a puffy full 2 finger white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Head takes a few minutes to dwindle down. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Yeasty aroma with a malty cracker hint. Reminds me of a Heffe.

T: Banana like yeast, a wheat malt backing. A faint push of hop at the end but overpowered by the yeast and malt.

M: Has a fairly thick mouth feel but that doesnt make it difficult to tip back.

Overall an average Belgian Blond. Nothing that wows but nothing that offends. Real easy going and can be enjoyed by a wide variety of people.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours golden in color with an orange hue with a bit of yeast escaping to the glass. Big, pillowy white head that reduces to a fine layer on top.

S- yeasty, notes of honey, pepper, banana, floral and herbal hops, buiscuit.

T- sweet honey like on the front end, transitioning into an astringent bite, with notes of herbal hop, earthy yeast, and light fruit. The alcohol is warming, but quite subdued considering it is 7%. Finishes dry, but with an intense medicinal linger.

M- medium body and carbonation, foamy creamy mouthfeel.

O- This is a complex brew that transitions into many different flavors, yet balances out very nicely. A strong ale, but high drinkability.

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Photo of Dave128
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a unibroue tulip.

A - An overzealous pour yields a white head that is about 70:30 to the body. Golden orange in color and slightly hazy. Head isnt much after it goes down, but lacing is great.

S - Smells of sweet belgian yeast and rich biscuity malt. Hops are a bit of an afterthought in the nose.

T - Sweet and juicy. pure malty goodness. The finish is somewhat soured by a combination of the yeast and bittering hops. Not too intense on hop flavor though.

M - Medium bodied with lighter carbonation. Somewhat sticky but smooth.

O - A solid belgian blond ale and rather affordable by that standard.

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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.

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