Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
88
very good

996 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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
Belgium

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 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cheers.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...)

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.

Photo of Duhast500
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is an deep orange with about two fingers of white foamy head and some nice lacing.

The smell is sweet with some tart citrus flavor. It is also spicey with some clove and sweet malts.

The taste is spicy with some fruit flavor. Some citrus flavor with hints of lemon and orange. Some nice peppery spice flavor that is also giving it a bit of a tart flavor.

The feel of this beer is pretty light. IT has a nice crisp feel and is really refreshing.

Photo of tlinner
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one my dad had when he visited France, and it came highly recommended. It definitely looks like a blonde: Poured into my Westmalle goblet, it produces a big frothy head that leaves behind considerable lace. There's a lot of sediment, but I've never minded that. The smell is pretty faint, but what's there offers a hint of hefe-like fruit along with the typical spiciness I expect from the style. Taste is much bigger, with clove and citrus, followed by a sharp spiciness. This really tastes more like a hefe/blonde hybrid to me. All-in-all, not too bad at all for something an American micro might experiment with. But the problem is that Affligem boasts itself as being one of Belgium's oldest abbey-breweries. And this blonde doesn't hold a candle to the other beers from the region.

Photo of TLove
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Palm snifter.

High ABV at 7% is barely noticeable. The smells are wonderful, with a very full body and excellent balance.

Nice, full yeast body with some banana, clove, and a hint of nutmeg spices. Hops are grassy and very light. Chewy, bready malt common for the Belgian Blonde Ale. Pretty typical of the style, but typical does not mean that this is low quality by any means.

Not exceptional, but pretty damn good.

Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice blond-golden color with a thick, frothy head into my fluted tulip. Good presentation.

Aroma is full of bready malt and spice along with a hint of hops in the nose. Not bad.

Taste is full of light spice, grassy hops and bready malt. Very interesting flavors. Basic and yet, tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice, grassy hops and malt. Again, a decent example of the style.

Worth a try and very enjoyable. It hits the spot. There really isn't much else I can say about it except to try it.

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light copper in color, bright white foam at the top that stays virtually the whole time. I opted for the sediment, so they were dancing around in there.

Smells sweet and nutty, with a tad bit of hops and a splash of citrus.

The taste is not as sweet as the nose would indicate. Its a bit more citrus-y and bitter, than nutty and sweet. Still rather good though.

Medium bodied, and is rather smooth. Not too filling, and definitely worth having more.

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

brown 33cl bottle, 6.8%ABV, best before 21st 04 2011, drank 29th 10 2009, poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Golden syrup colour with a pure white foaming head, very Belgian looking and giving no indication of what really lies below the surface.

The smell was of yeasts and cereals (wheat, barley).

A good exapmle of a Belgian blonde, warming, has depth and a body which should be sipped not gulped down. The alcohol sits well and the beer is balanced nicely.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Blonde poured a nice hazy straw yellow on tap, with a lasting foamy head and some lacing.

Aroma of belgian yeast, light spice and banana.

Big time malt sweetness and fruityness in the flavor department. Clove, banana and bubblegum are all present. Sweet at the end and only a hint of tea like hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sweet/spicy finish.

An enjoyable brew that I'm glad I got to try on tap. Certainly worthy of some praise.

Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.