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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Ratings: 1,010
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 38
Gots: 99 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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Photo of robnews
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice yellow, healthy head.

Smells of light Belgian yeasts, not too strong. Bit of alcohol smell coming through...

Taste is different than some other Belgian styles that I have had,
a little harsher it seems. Some fruityness midway which is nice, but followed by more harshness...
Not sure if I will drink too many of these...alcohol is a tad pronounced...almost unhealthy...very carbonated...

Photo of ktrillionaire
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a basic gold beer-y hue, not distinguishable from, say, a Michelob.

S - The aroma is very basic (keeping in line with the appearance) with some pale malt, a bit of graininess, and slightly fruit yeast-imparted esters. The balancing hop did just that, balanced, and did not leave much flavor in its wake.

T - Nice taste, I guess, but not what I'd be looking for in the style. Inoffensive paleness is there, a bit of mineral, but it is really a bit too lager-y. Too clean; absent is the expected golden fruit nuances and the definitively Belgian rustic quality imparted by yeast.

M - Just average.

D - Suitably inoffensive, likely catered to the broadest conceivable consumer base.

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

Bottle shared by Jeff. Thanks man!

A: Clear and blonde with a big, white, thick head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Belgian, yeast, sweet caramel malt.

T: A nice tasting brew - not nearly as hop forward as other beers in the style. Alcohol flavor is a bit too prevalent for me.

M: Decent feel. Too much alcohol presence for a 6.7% beer.

D: Decent tasting beer, but drinks beyond its alcohol percentage.

Photo of Cannoneer
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a classic.
Served at around 50 degrees F - gives off a floral whiff with full creamy head on top.
Not as aggressive as Duvel, it is exceptionally drinkable and goes well with grilled spiced seafood, although I found it to give cheeses a slightly funky aftertaste, so I'd prefer to stay away from dairy products when drinking this beer and focus on shellfish and such.

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

Poured from a 33 cl bottle that I picked up in a promotional four pack with chalice into my brand new Affligem chalice! It gave me about 2 fingers of fluffy white head that went down, with lacing to about 1/2 inch in less than a minute. Swirled the bottle to get that cloudy bottom stuff into the mix. It has a rich golden colour and a touch of cloudiness from bottle conditioning, I suspect. Smell is pleasant, yeasty and slightly fruity (maybe pears and apples). I like the taste, the alcohol shines through the flavours or pears/apples and some honey and overtakes the bread. Mouthfeel is light, warming, and effervescent. Drinkability is fine; and despite the nearly 7% ABV, I think I could have another. Too bad there are only two of these in the four pack! (But I did get a nice chalice)

Photo of impending
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33cl into a tulip. Pours a nice slightly hazy golden orange. Epic froth, clumps cling.

Lots of white bread with sweet light skinned fruits and a hint of citrus in the end - very nice complex yet mild aroma.

Medium bodied, nice and smooth. Taste is not as complex as the nose. Fairly low sweetness, slightly dry finish. The phenols which are leaning toward medicinal are a major flavor component. The final taste on my tongue is surprisingly banana and surprisingly the best part.

Photo of irishking1977
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright golden hue, with a fairly robust white head that leaves an abundance of lacing. Very nice.

S: Floral notes, hints of sweetness such as pears. Subtle hops aroma as well.

T: Muted floral and hops, malt and pear sweetness. Crisp and refreshing, this is one of the best BSPA's I've had. Only Duvel is better by comparison thus far.

M: Crisp mouthfeel, not too thick not watery. Carbonation is where it should be.

D: This one is a keeper. Not quite a session beer, but I could put back a few of these with relative ease. For an 8.99 six pack, this is a really good value. Definitely worth re-visiting.

Photo of jonb5
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has golden colour,slightly cloudy, smells of slightly sour fruits, the bitterish aftertaste reminds of english bitters particulary Harvey's Best. The 6.7 abv is well hidden. This is a step up from Leffe's blonde. Moderate carbonation, could drink a few of these and would recomend it to fans of the style

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

Served in an Affligem Chalice. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served beer is a clear golden amber color with a ¼" white head that soon recedes to leave a ring and a thin layer of foam with an island patch of thicker foam in the middle. Sipping leaves some lacing but not a lot. The ring persists for much of the glass.

Smell: The definite pleasant aroma is definitely that of a Belgian style beer. There is some orchard fruit (green apple, pear) here and some nice yeast spiciness along with some faint floral character.

Taste: The flavors are definitely Belgian riding on a pale malt backbone. There are the orchard fruits (green apple and pear) that are nicely intermingled with the yeasty flavor that has a slightly spicy character. There are some hops showing there but the overall balance and effect are quite nice.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light bodied and crisp with lots of fine carbonation. The finish is medium in length and trails off into some nice hop dryness with only very light bitterness to it.

Drinkability: This is a lightly favored refreshing beer with a nice complex set of flavors. It goes down too easily and so even at 7% ABV could lead one into consuming too much. I definitely enjoyed this beer and will be happy to seek it out and enjoy it again in the future

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

A light, flowery aroma comes off the bright white head, which is substantial and lasting.

The ale is a slightly hazy golden color with just enough cloudiness to make it luminescent when held up to a light.

Easily quaffed, this classic Belgian Blond is refreshing and lively, with just enough malt to give a smoothness to the bittering hops, which are nicely balanced. A good choice for a summer picnic.

The lable on this bottle says 6.8% abv, a little less than the 7% shown on the BA listing (not that it matters much). The "produced on" code could be a little more user friendly. What date is 9 331 02?

Photo of kaidasz
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a DT snifter, this beer held up well with 1/2 inch head all the way down w/decent lacing. aroma is not great but the banana and clove tastes permeate throughout. i like this beer as the flavor is distinctly belgium without going overboard on price. I will definitely revisit this one as it represents great value.

Photo of adamette
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from the 33cl bottle improted by me since I bought this as a part of a gift pack literally in the Brussels airport duty free shop. The pack came in a gold rimmed glass that of course shattered in the trip back to the States since they would not let me carry on the glass and the liquid. So I do not recall how much the gift pack was but that glass was really pretty cool. I poured this bottle (the bottles were just fine in transit) into my Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet. 6.8% ABV listed on label along with 19.11.10 which is likely the "best by" date. Looks like I had this one just in time!

A Very light, nearly white creamy head over a hazy but translucent "blonde" body with lots of visible sediment floating about. Again, as with the Affligem Dubbel, I had only previously had the blonde on tap before and so I am delighted to observe the beer poured from the bottle today. There is less than average lacing on the inside of the glass after several sips. 4.5

S A classic smell of muted sweet malt and Belgian yeast. 4.0

T Taste flows right from the smell and again there is a classic lightly sweet malt and some nice Belgian yeast and grains. Anyone reading this would be hard pressed to find a more classically prepared Belgian Blonde. 4.0

M Moderate with some malt stickiness and depth but nothing too heavy. This is very appropriate to the style as well. 3.5

D Very good for the ABV mentioned on the label. I could have several of these! 4.0

Notes: Really glad that I kept this bottle (and that it survived the trip) so that I could enjoy it this evening.

Photo of cpanossian
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this from tap at Mort Subite in Brussels. Served in a chalice. Clear gold body. Light creamy head the dies slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Pleasant light banana cream yeast citrus aroma. More pronounced banana citrusy alcohol taste. Leaves a light buttery cream coasting in your mouth? Delicious companion to my "omlette mixte" snack (I think Mort Subite makes the best omlettes in Brussels).

Photo of Brideshead
4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: So, I made the obvious mistake of pouring this one a bit too rapidly, and so ended up with a fairly gushing head. Naturally, this beer will have a fine, close head and high retention, overlaying a clear, yellow, visibly carbonated body.

Smell: Yeasty but fresh scent. Hints of Alcohol.

Taste: A pretty clean beer, with hints of alcohol (more than expected for a 6.5ABV beer). Also some fruitiness as expected. But the overall impression is one of a very pleasantly yeasty taste. I did pour the entire bottle into the glass, rather than electing to leave some of the yeast in the bottle. With less of the yeast poured in, the beer would have and even more refreshing taste. This one ranks highly on the list of blonds I've tried.

Photo of keithmurray
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +5.1%
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
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
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%
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
4.02/5  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
3.79/5  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
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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 -23.1%
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.

Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.