Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Ratings: 996
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 37
Gots: 94 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001)
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Photo of keithmurray
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - golden amber, hazy, fluffy white head

smell - wheat, yeast, some floral and citrus notes to this one

taste - wheat, yeast, cloves, citrus (lemon, peach, pear)

mouthfeel - medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly bitter, slightly sweet, dry finish

drinkability - this is a nice beverage that goes down rather easily, good example of the style

Photo of NeutroMan
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear bright golden color with a huge white foam head that left gobs of sticky lacing all the way down.

S: Has that distinctive yeasty smell along with some herbal characteristics. Fruity aspects include apple, pear, and plum.

T: The first thing that strikes you is the smoothness. An unbelievably crisp and smooth beer. The sweetness is perfectly balanced with some of the spicier phenols, and it only gets better as the beer warms slightly.

Beautifully balanced and highly drinkable. Could easily become my new default beer.

Photo of djbreezy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Tart Bistro in Bend, OR poured into an Affligem goblet.

appearance - yellow, big foamy head, sticky lacing

smell - spice dominants the nose on this one

taste - clove and spice, sweet and hoppy

mouthfeel - medium body, viscous with dry finish

drinkability - flavorful but fatigues the palate a bit

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean, pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, faint lemon and flowery. In the taste, flowery, spicy, and a nice small citrus under all of that. A smooth a nd light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry lemon like aftertaste. Nice dry spices, and dryer than a standard blond.

Photo of domtronzero
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light orange/golden copper color with a billowing, long-lasting, tightly packed white head. Lots of carbonation, evident by the continuous stream of bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

S - Sweet candy-like pilsner malt aromas mixed with a very nice ester profile of pears, apples, and a very light banana aroma. Very low spicy hop aroma is barely detectable.

T/M - Again the dominant character is the candy-like pilsner malt sweetness, followed by esters of pears and apples. A little bit of citrus-like esters are also detected. Hop bitterness is firm and really helps balance the finish. Highly carbonated with a medium body. Finishes clean and dry with a pleasant aftertaste of the sweet malts and fruity esters. Nice warming in the belly after a few sips.

D - High drinkability. This has become my go-to beer and I have started buying this stuff by the case. It is almost too easy to put down 3 or 4 of these in a night. Truly an excellent Belgian Blond.

Photo of claybeer
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now that is a deep, dark, yellow beer. I would say it is as dark and as clear as apple juice. The two finger white head immediately laces the glass. A rich Yeast aroma rises out of the glass screaming "BELGIAN!". That bready and sweet flowery aroma is a good clue to the high quality of this blonde. A lot more complex on the palate with all the different spices. There are more than my simple palate can pick out. It's like biting into a fresh piece of bread with peppercorns plus some other spices? There is just a little too much bitterness for me but it does balance out the beer well. The heat form the alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. This is a GREAT beer!

Photo of dolzan
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow with an extremely thick head.

The taste is mostly sweet (lemon, banana?), with a hint of herbs and some very mild bitterness. Perhaps slightly reminiscent of Duvel.

Very complex flavour and a great beer for once in a while, but I wouldn't want to drink one after another.

Photo of IronLover
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep yellow with a light haze and lot of floaties. Big fluffy head that hangs around for a while and leaves a few sticky lacings. Sweet malty smell with hints of spice and banana. Big malty body that is magnified with lively rollling carbonation. Sweet malty taste with light spice and banana flavors. Very easy to drink even though the higher ABV tends to sneak through the flavor profile. The sweetness helps take the edge off. Good stuff.

Photo of scott451
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Affligem glass. Two finger fluffy cream head on a golden yellow with lots of fine yeast flakes. It seems impossible to pour this without some yeast. The head soon diminishes to a thin layer, kept up by the scoring on the bottom of the glass. No lacing to speak of. Smells of estery malts with spicy overtones.

Tastes of malts up front with a bit of a yeasty bite at the finish. Very smooth. Could probably do without the yeast though.

Medium body and carbonation. Drinkability is high from a brew with no major flaws.

Photo of jsprain1
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours golden with just a bit of haze. Thick white head with so-so retention but lots of sticky lacing.
S- Spicy with a bit of floral hops lingering. a bit of sweetness and bready notes lingering as well.
T- The first thing you notice is a sharp peppery taste, followed by a bit of floral hoppiness. The finish is sweet, with a bit of nutty flavor from the yeast. Just the slightest hint of alcohol warmth to it.
M- Smooth, a bit creamy with spot on carbonation, just enough to keep it lively but not overly aggressive.
D- Definitely a great BSPA, very drinkable and refreshing. Light enough and definitely tasty enough that having a second isn't unreasonable. All in all, just a well done beer with few flaws.

Photo of Brabander
3/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of GregoryVII
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden Wheat color in the glass, with a rollicking, feathery head. The smell is a sugary sweet fruitiness that struck me mildly like a candied apple. The body was medium and provided quite a bit of mouth coating. It's carbonation was lively, but not as agressive as in a Duvel. Aggligem's flavor has a slightly spicy character, I almost wanted to say caraway or cumin, that quickly dissolves to a sugary sweet citrus end that finishes dry. I drank this from my Duvel glass and that tells the story. It's a passable Belgian Strong Pale Ale, by why wouldn't you just reach for a Duvel instead.

Photo of RuudJH
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden ale, with nice fluffy head and good carbonation. Floaty bits.
Smell is herbs floral and garden smell. Hops, spice, malts.
Taste is hoppy bitterness, with the floral earthy herbs. Also pepper indeed.
Dry mouthfeel, with medium body, bitterness in the aftertaste. Sweet alcohol too.
Refreshing and hot at the same time.
Not an easy beer for sessions, or on the terrace. It's great for colder weather though.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- I gave this a standard, not hard, pour into my glass and was quickly greeted with a dense white foamy head that resembles ice cream that is half melted. The three finger thick foam retains well and leaves behind some sticky, foamy lacing. The color is a honeyed golden tone and there's lots of carbonation. There is also a lot of chunky yeast sediment that floats around in the brew.

S- There is a distinct spiced/herbal aroma to this beer upon my first whiff. Following this is some floral esters, a fair bit of hop bitterness, and some some sharp bready notes that give it just a hint of sweetness.

T- The sharpness of the peppery spice and leafy herbs hits the palate first thing, right away. Slight warming alcoholic note right up front as well, and this is followed by a sweeter biscuity malt flavor, which I agree is ever so subtly honeyed. The finish is a fresh bitterness that mellows out after the swallow.

M- This is a medium-ish bodied beer that is thirst quenching yet flavorful at the same time. The carbonation scrubs the palate well and leaves a clean finish that just lingers around, leaving me wanting more.

D- This is a powerful, yet soft beer that is highly drinkable. I recommend this beer and think it would be great with white meat, or perhaps with a creamy pasta dish, as the biscuit qualities of the beer would blend well. The beer gets sweeter as it warms and is a great relaxation brew for the evening.

Photo of matt20102
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at refrigerator temperature from small bottle into goblet. Pours with 2-finger very thick head. Initial aroma is of subtle fruit (apricot) and malt. Appropriately strong carbonation level. Flavor is slightly fruity and very reminiscent of Duvel. Drinkability is dangerously high- this is a very enjoyable brew which finds a frequent home in my cabinet.

Photo of bamadog
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 5/6/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a crisp golden color and starts with a huge 3 finger fluffy white head; head eventually fades to a thin, but full and firm cap on the surface; body is perfectly clear and shows tons of strong carbonation bubbling up; leaves a thick web of lacing as it fades down and as I drink it.

Smell: A nice barrage of standard Belgian spiciness (coriander); a bit of soft banana in there as well; also, interestingly enough, there's a mild hoppy bitterness in there as well.

Taste: Really matches the nose to a "T" -- nice Belgian spiciness along with at smooth and soft banana-like flavor; at the end of the drink there is a dry graininess along with that mild hoppy bitterness that was picked up in the nose. Quite refreshing overall.

Mouthfeel: Body is relatively light, and while the carbonation is strong, it comes across as very smooth, soft and "foamy"; gums are left tingly and there's a light coating on the roof of the mouth; belly is even left a little warm.

Drinkability: I could seriously drink this beer all day -- the body isn't very heavy at all and the flavors are robust and refreshing all at teh same time; the ABV is fairly moderate as well (7%) and would allow me to work my way through a couple. Could seriously be a year-round beer.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a crystal-clear golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of pears, lighter amounts of green apple, and even lighter amounts of indistinct spices.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light and sweet pale malt flavors kick things off with mild amounts of dryness. Coming into play shortly thereafter are pears and green apples, which then carry through to mild spices. The ending is crisp, leaving very light amounts of pear flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a beer that's just above middle-of-the-road for the style. Not worth seeking out but certainly not worth avoiding.

Photo of gks5004
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Yellow golden color, slight orange tinge, fluffy head dissipates fast, very pleasing and appetizing, little lacing

S: Great smell, spice, nutmeg, yeasty sweet aromatics, slight citrus

T: Fruity yeasty flavors, spice cuts through. not as complex as expected from the smell. slight hoppy bitterness (nice yeasty aftertaste) sweet taste covers the alcohol very well

M: light and refreshing, perfect mouthfeel for style

D: very drinkable, nice light refreshing, great smell permeates through. the pleasant spiciness will bring me back to try again

Photo of nokes
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the matching Affligem chalice, yellow-gold with a bubbly head, cloudy and fizzy. I was expecting the pillowy, rocky head. Nope. Retention wasn't very good, but a nice film held on throughout and lacing was good. The saving grace, really.

Smells good. Belgian. Yeasty with citrus.

This beer tastes really quite good. After the opening, I wasn't expecting quite as much, but it's really nice. Well-balanced between sweet and bitter, with nice subtle fruity and spicy notes.

Mouthfeel is good, too. I like the carbonated initial kick that gives way to a moderately full and somewhat creamy mouth.

It's quite drinkable, and very enjoyable. Worth a try for sure. I'd drink it any day of the week happily.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beerbistro (Toronto):

The beer appeared a very nice clear golden color with a nice, large, dense, white head with some good retention.

The aroma was fruity sweet with a hint yeast/wheat and spices and maybe just slightly boozy. A very nice representation of the style.

The taste was very good, strong, very distinct flavor follows the nose really well and I felt that it really balanced those flavors well. The beer was crisp and refreshing. Again, a very nice representation of the style.

The beer had a medium body to it, good carbonation to it and very drinkable, maybe to easy given the ABV.

Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Waterzooi, Garden City, New York.

Poured a dark straw hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a neutral pale malt with a soft ester.

The taste was likewise bland, with a creamy malt and a slight cleansing hop.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a decent ale. Nothing too exciting however.

Photo of bump8628
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nearly-clear and golden with a large, fluffy, white head.

Beautiful, delicate, Belgian yeast carries the beer with a soft spiciness and notes of pear, honey, apple, and vanilla. Clean Pilsner malt forms the base and hop bitterness only barely balances out its sweetness. Mouthfeel is soft, yet full, and a dry, quenching finish is exceptionally refreshing.

An excellent Belgian Blonde. Soft, clean, refreshing, and complex.

Photo of seand
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-ish amber with a thick foamy white head. The head retains pretty well and leaves good lacing.

S: Thick floral sweetness. Doesn't really have the characteristic Belgian spicy yeasty aroma, though some light yeast is apparent.

T: Subtle, light yet flavorful. Sweet with a sharp bitterness, giving it a crisp start and a balanced body. A smooth thick aftertaste is the only hint of the extra ABV kick.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, though a fuller, more syrupy aftertaste.

D: Drinks very easily - perhaps too much so given its ABV.

Photo of drpimento
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Many years ago the Affligem beers were my favs. I recall when the blonde was the shit. I had this one at the Austerlitz train station in Paris and it wasn't quite like it was. Poured with a small fine off white head and a little lace. Color was a clear amber. Aroma was malty, yeasty with a little phenol. Flavor was the same. Body was on the thin side with good carbonation. Slightly sweet phenol fiish with a medium long fizzy tang. Not bad, not great. Could be a session.

Photo of emsroth
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with yeast included

App: Nice blond with a slight cloudiness from yeast inclusion. Thick head with massive lacing.

Smell: A lot of sweet an sour grape. A definite citrus fruitiness with a slight peppery spice.

Taste: Light sweetness fades into a substantial, spicy bitterness from the carbonation, the alcohol, and an intense herbal hop profile. Ends with a strong husky grain flavor--very dry.

Strong, tight carbonation.

Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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