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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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947 Ratings

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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 37
Gots: 76 | 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 HalfFull
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 ml. bottle into a red wine glass. This Blond pours a hazy golden with a thick and soapy white head which slowly collapses upon itself and yields lots of sticky lacing.

Nose is floral, fruity and yeasty. Doesn't give the impression of a lot of sweetness to follow. Quite nice though not highly complex initially, improving notably with some warming and exposing just a hint of alcohol in the end.

Taste is as expected. Pleasant and without the Duvel-like sweetness. In fact I'm a bit at odds of these being the same style. Light, fruity with apple and pear, and with a bit of peppery spice. Full mouthfeel with a well balanced malt structure and with a nice finish. A firm carbonation maintains for the entire glass, allowing for a steady and consistent feel. Very drinkable for the style, though perhaps due to its relatively light weight in the class. Nonetheless, its 7% is virtually unnoticeable on the palate. At $2 a single I'll be heading back for more.

Viewed as a lighter Belgian Pale Ale vs. BSPA for comparison and given its body and structure.

HalfFull, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of GJ40
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A - Straw colored and cloudy. It has a thick white head of large bubbles that fades quickly.

S - Bready and earthy with a distinct wheat aroma and a hint of fruit.

T - Dry, crisp and clean with a slight spice and a mild lingering bitterness.

M - High in carbonation with a lighter body that works for the style.

D - A nice, refreshing summer beer.

GJ40, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of Foxtrot
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a oversized wine glass with a big white head with some moderate retention, but really good lacing. Body was a nice honey color.

Aromas are pretty straight forward with spice cloves being prominent up front, with grains and honey in the background.

Taste was nice and smooth. Sharp medicinal cloves caress the tongue, sweetness is reminiscent of honey, was good throughout entire session. Finish was smooth and creamy.

Mouthfeel was on par with taste. The carbonation was perfect to compliment the sweetness, and complex spices.

Good drinkability. It has depth, but is easy to enjoy without being critical.

Foxtrot, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of julian1117
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual Appeal: a cloudy golden color, gorgeous steadfast head of white foam that leaves nice streaking

Smell: characteristic Belgian strong pale ale yeasty smell predominant

Flavour: marvelous Belgian strong pale ale yeasty flavour, mild orange overtones

Mouthfeel: wonderful effervescence, almost as good as Duvel

Drinkability: so flavourful and delicious that I could drink it all day

julian1117, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of JMD
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a beautful cloudy yellow color with orange and peach tones. Massive white pillowy head, even after a slow pour. Heavy lacing, this is great looking beer.

S: Spicey and yeasty aroma. Hints of citrus and candied apples. A touch of alcohol.

T: Spicey and friuty. Dried apricots and hint of nuts. Also has a medicinal flavor and the alcohol is present

M: Active carbonation, full-bodied ale. The alcohol warms the chest as it goes down.

D: This is great beer, and very enjoyable. Smooth flavors and great texture. The ABV keeps this one from being a true session beer, but its pretty darn close.

JMD, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of billybob
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

be careful when you pour this one it pours a huge head with a easy pour. dark yellow color head holds well and some lacing. lots of sediment floating around.

floral aromas with herbal and spice mix.

slighty sweet malty grainy taste finishs with a slight sour tang.

tight crisp carbonation with a light body.

if you get by the sediment floating around its not to bad of a beer and i would have given it higher marks.

billybob, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Whiteweasel
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle at cold refrigerator temperature into a seidel.

Appearance: Lots of sediment in this beer, but much lighter than other stuff you encounter in hefeweizen or other wheat ales. Pours a beautiful blond colour (who would have guessed...) with a nice amount of head and persistant lacing.

Smell: Nice, light fruity aroma. Not overpowering and very appetizing to the nose

Taste: Mmmmm, one of my favourite beers. Almost perfectly balanced flavour. It's complex, with a nuttiness i've seldom tasted. There are definitely some powerful fruity flavours, which bring it to the optimal level of sweetness. Leaves an almost tropical fruity flavour in your mouth (for beer at least), and has a great aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The floating sediment (which is very much unlike anything i've seen before) gives this beer a pleasant texture in your mouth. The alcohol taste is very low key, and you really don't notice it.

Drinkability: If this weren't so alcoholic, it would make an incredible session beer. As good as it is, you start to feel the effects too soon. However, don't get me wrong; every sip of this beer is a pleasure to the senses and provides a huge amount of body while still being incredibly light. It's absolutely refreshing, which makes this a perfect summer beer.

This is a beer that makes me want to tear up. I'm so glad I saw the light, and stopped drinking macros...The Affligem Blond is an example of what beer should be like. Thank you to the Belgian Abbey tradition of making incredible beers.

Whiteweasel, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of kmo1030
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a lightly hazed blond (go figure). it's got a moderately sized white head.
the aroma has got some nice spicy yeast characteristics, caramel drizzled tropical fruits, faint graininess.
it's got a grainy quality up front, that fades into some pinapple-y type fruitiness remeniscent of a tripel. it's got a hefty dose of yeast driven breadiness and slightly carmelized aspect. the is a refreshing grassy, herbal hoppy snap to finish things off.
the mouthfeel is shaded to the thin side, with active bubbly carbonation.
the drinkability is a solid 4. it's got a lot of nice things going on in the taste, but stays light and quenching. a very nice blond.

kmo1030, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice slightly cloudy pale yellow. A little sediment is possible if the bottle is not swirled slightly to mix in the yeast and sediment (which I recommend). Good thick and creamy head when poured into a traditional Affligem glass chalice.

Smell: Nice and yeasty, with citrus and tropical fruits hiding behind a little hoppy pine scent.

Taste: This is my favorite Belgian Blonde when I can get it in either six-packs of bottles, or larger 750 ml bottles. It has a big fruity sweetness and a nice yeasty backup. Very slight hop tang as well. Love the taste of this sexy Blonde!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, goes down smooth and has a moderate ABV for the style. This is a top notch BSPA (one of my favorite styles of beer).

Serving suggestion: Drink this one out of an authentic Affligem glass chalice.

ChopperSmith, May 18, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Beautiful 11.2oz brown pop top bottle with a nice ditty about the beer...clearly parked produced on date

Appearance: Dark golden beer with big bits of sediment, fluffy ivory head, good retention, and high CO2 levels.

Smell: Nice, slightly tart and fruity nature, big yeasty tones, and mild earthy notes

Taste: Big fresh fruity/yeasty tones, along with toasted malt, mild banana esters, and sweet citrus

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Nothing jumps out or overpowers here; this is just a solid, tasty, well-crafted Belgian Blond.

BedetheVenerable, May 12, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, listed as 6.8%,

A: Pours blonde with a full billowy white cap of foam, good lacing.

S: Yeast notes, sourdough bread, pears, pepper.

T: Quite a yeasty pale, nutty, tahini notes. Clover honey and white pepper, coriander are there as well. Light quenching fruit notes come out, notably yellow apple and a hint of pear and berry.

M: Smooth, soft carbonation, silky, easy on the tongue. Light, light ethanol.

D: A nice sipper, that I went through way too fast considering its strength. It really drinks like a 5%er. Solid Belgian brew, and very cheap compared to other Belgians.

Halcyondays, May 05, 2009
Photo of Vancer
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The Blond come roaring out with the big lion head of white, resting on top of the hazy amber/orange brew. Gives a good go at sheet lacing the sides of the Corsendonk tulip.

Bits of musty funk and horse blanket reside in the aroma, but the taste has none of that. In fact, the quaff is fairly lifeless and bland, some spicy notes and hints of orange with the malt backbone is about all this brew offers. No idea this one checks in at 6.8%

Not bad, just a bit weak and lame. I must say, pretty disappointed in this brew.

Vancer, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of SoonerNY
4.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First impression was the carbonation. The great Belgian style zest followed quickly but the carbonation definitely jumped at me. It brought me back to a visit to Amsterdam, walking through the streets looking for good beer and usually veering towards pubs with Belgian beer signs. An excellent brew. Next stop Belgium.

Appearance is hazy yellow with noticeable yeast and a fine, foamy lace.
Smell is mostly fruit and honey with a bit of yeast. It's very inviting, hinting at the great taste to follow.
The taste is VERY balanced. Lightly sweet and bitter, with spice that doesn't overwhelm. A bit of a tart finish and a hint of alcohol with lingering hops. Nice.
Mouthfeel is full of carbonation at first but mellower and lighter after resting.
Drinkability is way up there. Slowly and delicously. I'll keep a few in the beer fridge.

SoonerNY, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am currently on a Belgian strong golden ale addiction, to the point of brewing one soon. This is one of my favorites, if not my very favorite for the style. This beer has a massive head, so watch out if you just opened one, as it will have a massive, soapy head. its like drinking a bubble bath. This beer has a ton of yeast in every bottle, so depending on your pour, you may have a lot of it suspended in the bottle. I don't mind yeast so no big deal. Smells floral with some metallic scents. Sweet bread, and some sugary smells as well. It tastes great. It has a little peppery spice to it, but is sweet and refreshing. Such a well balanced beer. The mouthfeel and drinkability are great. You can quaff great amounts, and the alcohol presence won't kill you, but its there. I enjoy sipping on these for hours. Every belgian beer fan needs to seek these out.

Ricelikesbeer, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of Offa
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good Belgian pale ale, tasty, pretty drinkable, with a definite "Belgian" character.

Faintly hazy gold with debris, it has a fairly large, slightly airy white head slowly shrinking to thin foamy top with weak, foamy lace.

The aroma is much like other Belgian blondes of the style, pear, grain, hint of banana, yeast, orange, light sweet-sour fruit and yeasty tang.

The taste is also much like others overall, a light yeasty-fruity character with grain undertones, and hitn of musty apples, alcohol clearly noticeable and warm yet still rather smooth and pleasant, lightly tart and sweet with faint spiciness. It has a light, warm alcoholic quality and burn reminiscent of malt liquor that many Belgian Blondes seem to have. Mostly on the sweeter side with light tartness and alcoholic bite, it has no real bitterness yet is not overly sweet and is less sweet than others (like North Coast Pranqster). Though good and drinkable, it's also a bit one-dimensional and not particularly exciting or engaging.

Offa, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of Psilo707
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an extremely large and fizzing head with unique looking lacing going down the sides. The smell is absolutely quality, with a banana and cream like aroma coming off of the top, swirling around in the nose before disappearing.

Taste is very spicey and intense, but also very inviting. Very fruity and the alcohol is a bit present but not too much. Pretty good for a 6.8%'er.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full. Lingering on the tongue, this beer hits the spot. The drinkability is fairly high as well although this is a beer meant for sipping and letting sit, not for chugging.

Overall, good stuff. Would drink again.

Psilo707, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light murky gold with s thin bubbly head

Aroma is fruity; pears, apples, and a lot of candied sugar

Taste is sweet right off the bat and then spicy. Bittering hops in the finish which seems to last forever.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to thick bodied for the style. Carbonation is sharp.

EatsTacos, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Zeke's in South Beach for $4. Appeared a slightly hazy gold with a tall white head. The aroma and flavor aren't quite as strong as you might expect (I suspect adjunct sugar may be the cause), but this be still has an interesting taste. It's a smooth, very earthy character with a note of orange and cream. I'd say this beer is worth a try is you find it affordabley priced like I did.

tempest, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label on the 11.2 ounce bottle lists an abv of 6.8%. Lively carbonation stirred up the yeast when I pryed off the cap. Poured from into a cervoise.

Large off-white head sits on a hazy honey colored body. The aroma is peppery, herbal, and honey. Sharp and crisp at first, but then you get sweeter "hefe" flavors of banana and clove.

BierFan, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich yellow, with a ton of suspended yeast visable.Almost looks lke lemon meringue pie with it's big stiff white head of foam resting on top. Big and spicy nose of coriander and banana. Light citrus and banana flavors mix with belgian spice,kind of like a ramped up imperial German Hefe.A lighter bodied and highly drinkable BSPA. Perfectly balanced and and inoffensive.

biggred1, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Kevuas
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer directly after trying a Grimbergen Blonde, and I have to say that I preferred the Grimbergen better. Although I do have to add that I did mix the bottom-dwelling yeast into the pour. This undoubtedly added to the increased distinctiveness of this beer. I will add that as I continue to consume this beer it is growing more and more on me, but it is definitely one of the "stronger" blondes in terms of boldness that I have sampled.

Kevuas, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of EsoxLucius
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Bottle: picked a couple of these up for the wife and I to try.

Appearance: Pours a golden apricot color with a very large white fluffy head that dissolves into a nice foam slick after a few minutes. I tried my absolute best to minimize the head on the wife's I poured after mine.

Very nice color and character, the lacing hangs around as well.

Smell: very aromatic with a nice blend of blossom and spice coming through. It smells great with very little alcohol detection.

Taste: full of flavor, better when it has sat for a bit then the flavors seem to come out. A very citrus taste with hints of herbs rosemary mixed with thyme, bit of coriander. I'm a butcher/sausage maker by trade and it tasted like a mixture of those three, but not one specific. Hops are definitely present. Very pleasing. It's not harsh, nor does it have an aftertaste.

Mouth: very carbonated at first, let it sit for a bit if you don't like overpowering fizz. The remaining carbonation does ad to the bite of the flavor that is much appreciated. I'd say it's medium/light on texture.

Drink: I enjoy it and would buy it again. It's definitely not a 'chuggin' beer, but one more to be enjoyed slowly on all levels. It definitely has a different taste, I'll be searching for more beers like this in the area, this was the first Belgian Pale I've tried as I mostly stick to stouts.

EsoxLucius, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of JBogan
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium yellow with a one finger white cap which turns into a film and leaves minimal lacing. Despite my best efforts there were tons of floaties swirling around in the glass.

Smelled fruity, perhaps some pear, along with an alcohol presence. Maybe a bit nutty as well.

Tasted much as it smelled. Somewhat fruity but not a whole lot else going on. The alcohol was more prevalent as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel was very good. Lots of carbonation fizziness, joined with a medium bodied smoothness.

This is a pretty good brew. Not my first choice among beers of this style, but worth a look.

JBogan, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer poured a nice golden amber color with a huge, fluffy, cloud-like head which led to incredible web-like lacing the entire life of the beer.

Smell: Very sweet smell with hints of honey, pepper and grain.

Taste: Nice hints of honey, grain and spice as in the nose. The hops are minimal but leave a slight bitterness. The alcohol gives a nice warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Fantastic beer. A very easy drinking beer especially during the hot summer months.

Beerbuddha, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours dark yellow, clear, and with a white head that doesn't last long.

Aroma is sugary, honey, malty, and yeast. Interesting enough for me.

Taste is sharp and very dry, medium bitterness for the style. Malty as well. Not complex but a to-style belgian pale.

Body is very thin. Very drinkable but I think this could do with 1-2% less abv.

t0rin0, Feb 16, 2009
Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.