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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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978 Ratings

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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 37
Gots: 89 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001)
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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.

nokes, Apr 30, 2010
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.

PhillyStyle, Apr 29, 2010
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.

plaid75, Apr 22, 2010
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.

bump8628, Apr 18, 2010
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.

seand, Apr 17, 2010
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.

drpimento, Apr 15, 2010
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.

emsroth, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of albertjr21
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a white wine glass.

L: Hazy unfiltered consistency with a golden yellow color. A quickly diminishing head dwindled down to a much appreciated pale film throughout leaving light lacing.

S: Yeast dominated with undertones of light citrus and nut scents.

M: An immediately turbulent but pleasantly crisp sensation overwhelmingly invaded my mouth--particularly with a shocking sweetness on the tip of the tongue and slap on the palate.

T: Truly an "intense and robust flavor" as indicated on the bottle.

D: Strong enough to sip slowly but don't be afraid to take and swish around a nice swig once in awhile to experience a really novel sensation.

albertjr21, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of bloberglawp
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow, big head, no lace. Aroma : some banana, a little spice, sloid malt sweetness. Flavor : comparable to other belgian blonds, big malt, some yeast caracter, low bitterness, high carbonation. Finished dry with a little hot alcohol burn to it.

Its a good beer, but I prefered the dubbel alot more

bloberglawp, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label notes the ABV at 6.8%

Brilliantly clear, this beer is a gorgeous golden color with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Plenty of carbonation is visible.

The nose is spicy with white pepper and a light clove character, fruity with a blend of banana-like esters, a honey-like nose, a dry, cracker-like malt character. A touch of grass, hay and potpourri are apparent as well, this is very well constructed. The palate opens dry and spicy with a delicate pepper and clove character along with the classic BSPA zing. A touch of sugar-like sweetness is perceived. Definitely floral with a touch of fruit, this is good stuff. Drying and cracker-like on the finish with flavors of grain and yeast present, this tastes great. Light in body, I find the carbonation a touch high for my tastes, this tends to foam in my mouth a little more than I care for. Nonetheless, an excellent beer that I will revisit without doubt.

DefenCorps, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a honeyed gold with a big foamy white head. Even down to the very last finger of beer in the pint, this still retains a slight ring of foam. Beer has some chill haze, and some light bubbles.

Floral and boozy honey aromas, some coarse grain and yeast as well.

Nice blond here. Sweet grain and honey with a cut of alcohol and bitter herb. Dries right out on you at the end. Nice and crisp, with a little white pepper as well.

Medium body and decently carbonated.

Overall, a real winner and drinker. Feels and tastes stronger than it is, alcohol-wise. The pint went quick. Enjoy.

OtherShoe2, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of malty
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle with a 'Produced On' date that is illegible. Label looks new though.

Poured (not carefully decanted) into my beloved Orval chalice. A beaming pale golden color with a slight chill haze and micro-suspended yeast is lovely to the eye. Gobs of visible fine uprising carbonation uprising, creating a dense & creamy 1" bright white head. Clean, uninterrupted sheets and walls of lace all the way down.

Fruity & yeasty (esters) scents abound. A tad similar to a Bavarian Hefe, but with out the clove. Some banana, lemon zest, white pepper & a smidgen of bubblegum is discernable to my nose. A scent that I do adore in this style of ale is an unmistakable 'Archway Lemon Iced' soft cookie is definitely is there. Creamy vanilla meets citrus rind for sure.

The white pepper really shines in the taste, as well as the yeasty, chalky textures. The soft & sweet pale malts create a broad platform for all of the little nuances, (pineapple, vanilla yogurt, sour dough bread) to jump around on. Simple, subtle and yet masterful balanced flavors abound.

Mouthfeel is medium with a goose down airiness that's a complete joy to the mouth/tongue. Ultra fine and playful carbonation are at a perfect level. Flavors start and end clean, with sweetness kissing both sides.

Drinkability is superb. My kind of session beer.

Overall an ale that thoroughly pleases me. Not at all 'over the top' but still is Belgian strength that you shouldn't mess around with. I on the other hand, wouldn't mind getting into a few more of these :) Splendid and simply beautiful.

malty, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange with a massive 2 inch thick foamy/cloudy slightly off white head that stuck around for a few minutes. The bubbling carbonation and huge head were a very impressive display out of the bottle. Smells of yeast, grass or herbs(maybe flowers), grains, citrus, honey and some light spices; maybe even a whiff of hops, but very faint.

The taste is sweet and malty up front, with the honey starting things off followed by the typical Belgian flavors of yeast, banana, grass/herbs, then some mild spices, pepper, possibly clove, orange peel, floral hops and maybe some caramel or cinnamon in the dry finish that almost leaves a puckering sensation. The carbonation is very light, the mouth feel is creamy and on the border of oily, and this brew slides down easy. Even with all the flavors, and the slight alcohol feel to it, this beer is smooth and goes down easy. The malt and yeast seem to balance each other out and bring the warming alcohol feel towards the end of each sip, which is very nice but not overpowering.

The overall experience of drinking this beer is great, and this beer seems to have it all: complex and tasty flavor, great presentation, smooth mouth feel, good ABV and easy drinking. Another winner from Belgium, however I doubt I could drink more than 2 in any one sitting as this is just not that kind of beer. It's one to sip and savor.

CHickman, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

biboergosum, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very carbonated. A perfect golden blond transparency with a pure white head. Very foamy and no sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Smells like a good Belgian Triple of Strong Pale. Lots of sweets and a good blend of malts. Taste is very sweet and seems to lack something organic that many of the Trappist ales have. Lots of alcohol and sugars. Feels slightly bitter with a slick hold. A pretty decent Belgian.


JordanEllwanger, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of taigor
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle into 8oz glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with high head which dissipated quickly leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Bready yeast upfront with hints of fruits, predominantly citrus.

T - Yeast and malts come through first followed by citrus and grains.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

D - Very refreshing beer with great taste and flavor. Would definitely like to have it again.

taigor, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of ludachris
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a shining hue of gold that's only hazed by lively streams of miniscule bubbles and microscopic bits of sediment. Two fingers of creamy white head top this beer, displaying good retention and tightly knit patchy lacing.

Sweet smell of ripe pears, plum, belgian yeast, spice, and biscuit.

Belgian yeast, phenols, pears, citrus notes, candied sugar, with a dry and spicy finish and a hint of acidity at the very end.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp with a dry finish and a huge blast of carbonation in the middle, which is characteristic of the style, disguising the alcohol very well. Like others of this style, this one's easy and a pleasure to drink.

My growing liking for Belgian's has been further fueled by this bad boy. They really know how to make their high ABV's disappear. This one isn't the most flavourful of the style, but still one I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to drink again.

ludachris, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of josefnewsong
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best blonds out there. I didn't always but now love this style. Here goes:

A - beautiful golden blond color with a substantial amount of thick creamy/frothy head. Sediments in abundance. Looks kingly
S - sweet citrusy smell with belgian yeast in the back
T - mostly citrus fruitiness with some mild spice and yeast. great belgian flavor
M - smooth, medium-bodied, wet creamy finish
D - soooo drinkable. almost thirst-quenching

josefnewsong, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Ralphus
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An Affligem blond poured into its own goblet. This beer looks good with a big white puffy head that recedes to a thick cap. It has a nice azed dark golden colour.

The smell is typical belgian pale ale. Yeast, plum like fruits and some sour notes. Taste is light for the style but good. Plenty of sour citrusy fruits and a degree of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and but dominated by crisp carbonation. Drinkability average.

Ralphus, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter; VERY carbonated yellow with two fingers of white head and good lace. Smelled of bitter Noble hops, with no fruitiness. The taste did yield more spice (mostly clove), as well as candi sugar and some plum. Very thin-bodied and very carbonated. When combined with the thin flavor, it almost seemed like they were gunning for the Belgian equivalent of a bland mass market American lager. Certainly light enough to session (in spite of the alcohol content), but I was very disappointed in the lack of flavor and body.

donniecuffs, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of yeast and citrus, some spice. Taste is good, some citrus , spices, malts, slightly sweet. Feels great in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this is an enjoyable and high quality beer.

tone77, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of berley31
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a large, frothy, rocky white head, which hung around for a long time before finally dissipating to 1/2-finger. Body is a dark golden color and hazy.

S: Yeast comes through at first, then the high fruitiness becomes apparent. Slightly spicey as well... peppery, almost.

T: Spicey and citrusy, with lemon seemingly apparent. Finish is slightly dry and even a little bitter.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, with very lively carbonation.

D: A very good Belgian Strong Pale, although my drinkability would likely be affected slightly by the spices in the beer.

berley31, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received the Affligem gift pack for Xmas, which came with two blondes, a dubbel and a tripel. Thought I'd start low and work my way up!

Poured into the accompanying Affligem glassware. I'm not sure if it's the condition of this bottle, or the way it was poured, but this brew is one of the most visually appealing I've ever encountered. Lovely dark golden colour, slightly opaque. A few bubbles of carbonation. The head is thick, white and foamy, and simply will not go away. It's settled nicely at about a half inch, leaving some terrific icicle lacing. Great stuff.

The smell slightly hoppy, with a bit of yeast to the back. I also get a bit of wine and apple as well.

The taste is superb, one of the better BPA's I've had. Lemon, pepper, tart bitterness to the finish. Not aggressively hoppy. Dry and satisfying. Can't detect the 6.8% alcohol whatsoever.

Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, but doesn't sting the tongue. With the head (still) there, slightly creamy as well.

Simply a fantastic beer. Very much looking forward to the rest of the pack! (And the glass looks terrific as well...)

JohnnyBarman, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had out of a bottle, 12 ounces.
A- It was gold, fairly opaque and had a big, bubbly head that left some lacing.
S- Nice almost soapy scent to it.
T- It has a good, crisp, almost pilsnery taste to it. Has a slight sourish undertone with some bit of cucumber or vegetable of some sort. Interesting beer.

Amalak, Dec 22, 2009
Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.