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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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507 Reviews

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Reviews: 507
Hads: 1,113
Avg: 3.9
pDev: 15.9%
Wants: 46
Gots: 160 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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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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Photo of MaximalC
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky golden in color with palpable chunks of yeast sediment meandering through the brew. The head is frothy and white, but not especially substantial. The aroma is yeasty with noticeable hop presence (reminiscent of Saaz), along with some mild orchard flavors and a surprising dose of alcohol for the ABV. The flavor is very similar to the nose, with perhaps a touch of spice to augment the aforementioned elements. The carbonation is just about perfect, and lends an excellent mouthfeel. Despite that, I find the overall flavor to be only decent. Hops and booze just aren't what I look for in a Belgian ale, though I guess I can't exactly be surprised seeing as this is a strong pale. A little more fruit and/or spice to enhance the balance would be welcome to help elevate this beer from solid to special.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium gold and very clear with a creamy white head that leave a good bit of lacing on the glass.
S: The first whiff smells like a good German Pilsner with a spicy hop aroma and a soft, sweet pilsner malt aroma. There is a touch of honey and a moderately-light perfume alcohol aroma. Moderately-light orange aroma come through as well.
T: There is a moderate pilsner malt sweetness initially thought it finish fairly dry. The hops and alcohol team up to give a medium bitter balance to the sweetness. The spicy hops flavor is moderately-low.
M: Medium bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation that gives a bubbly sensation on the palate.
O: A very enjoy belgian with a decent amount of bitterness, some sweetness and a dry finish.

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

A: Well, golden. Extremely lively head, even a careful pour produces two fingers of white goodness. Settles down to a finger of thick head. No yeast escaped to the glass, so it is very clear, with a constant stream of bubbles going up from the etching on my De Glazen Toren tulip.

S: Yeast and spices all around. Very appetizing.

T: A sweet hit starts it off, then the hops make a presence. Finishes tart, dry, with a hint of spice.

M: Light and refreshing, carbonation is a bit low.

O: Very good Belgian treat, it usually costs less than other options in that style but is just as good. I've had it on tap in a random Marseilles hotel, but the bottle tasted better.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 30 2013. I liked the dubbel and tripel from this brewery, so getting this one was a quick decision. Still, some of my most-loved beers are also BSPAs so we'll see how this one compares.

Pours a hazy golden colour - I guess 'blonde' would be the more direct way to describe it. Streams of bubbles flow from the bottom of the glass, feeding the lofty, pillowy white head. It is nearly three fingers thick, with great retention that delays my ability to smell the actual beer. When the head finally recedes to a more manageable rocky cap - with the glass caked in lacing - I am finally able to determine that the smell just isn't very intense. There is some light pale maltiness, some honeyed sweetness, and some vague yeasty spiciness, but it's meek and unremarkable.

Good taste, certainly style-appropriate but nothing that exceptional. Pale bready malt, appleskin and sugary sweetness provide a modest backbone for the more-prominent spiciness - including clove, coriander and white pepper. Dry, spicy aftertaste with some yeast and barely detectable alcohol warmth. On the light side of medium-bodied, with a spritzy feel on the tongue from the firm carbonation.

Decent, but unexceptional. Affligem Blond meets the bare minimum of what I expect of pale Belgian ales, but I am not really digging it. Reminds me of Leffe Blond - which I was not particularly enamored with either, so if you are of a similar opinion you may wish to skip this one. I don't regret the purchase because it's still a fine brew that I might try again some time, but I will probably get Duvel or La Chouffe a few more times before I get around to retrying this.

[Updated April 9 2014]

Another bottle. This one just doesn't do much for me, but it's still the cheapest Belgian ale at the LCBO so I'll still return to it once in a while. Affligem Blond is a serviceable blonde that makes for a decent tipple, assuming you just want something simple, strong and yeasty to sip on for a little while.

Final Grade: 3.54, just barely scratching out a B.

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

330 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 8/29/2011. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing on the glass, with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big pear, apple, grass, pepper, herbal, coriander, clove, floral, earth, bread, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of pear, apple, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, earth, bread, honey, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, bread, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly crisp and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian blonde ale. Very nice complexity and balance of flavors; and extremely smooth and easy to drink. Really enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of benfons
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange colour, nice dense head

S: peach, malts and a hint of hops, some spices

T: banana, some spice, once again some hops, alcoholic after-taste; pretty sweet

M: creamy, carbonation is a bit thin, loads of alcohol

O: good beer, but once again the nose makes promises that aren't delivered in the taste

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Produced on 2012-Mar-17th.

Gorgeous looking brew, forms a perfectly even bubbled pinhead size, two fingers, fluffy, wonderfully white and evenly together. Rises very nicely on creation off the pour. Body color is slightly cloudy, but not too bad, a real gorgeous orange and together orb glowing amber, white rising columns of carbonation. Just looks fantastic.

Wonderful nose on this brew. Toasty light bready malts, faint white bread, with a nice sugar light sense of Belgian candy. There's some other sort of dry spice here and a real almost amazing pan gravy char-ing ever so faint. This is real impressive.

Palate feels slightly let down. Banana like esters take over, under a slightly weakened body. Sense of wetness matches with a sharp hop angle bitter and banana fleeting finish. Lots of carbonation and almost champagne dry and very effervescent. Quite a good combination regardless.

THe brew has some disapointments, but the good qualities of it are just too exceptional and easily make up for it. I'd have this again anytime, real fascinating brew.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 30/11/13. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium pale yellow. Slightly cloudy. Two fingers of big, fluffy white head with good retention. Good lacing.

S - Cloves, Belgian yeast, spice, bready/cereal malts.

T - Good bitterness up front with some floral hop notes that give way to clove, Belgian yeast and spice flavours. Finish is dry and bitter.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: 11-171-01-12:16-1711. Sampled on May 6, 2012. It pours a very attractive top of the line heady, pale yellow with a slight fog floating around and busy carbonation. On the nose I get an enticing dose of Belgian yeast, soft, delicate malts, sugar, and pear. The body is pleasantly creamy and a bit better than medium in texture. The taste is sweet with malts and yeast and a light hopped ending almost bitter ending. This is a marvelous Abbey Blonde.

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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.