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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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993 Ratings

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Ratings: 993
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 37
Gots: 91 | 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 thekanna
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful gold bordering on amber with a huge, rock-solid white head that does not budge and releases gorgeous, bitter aromas.

S: Sweet malts with citrus (I detect some tangerine) and apricots. A floral freshness blanketed in freshly cut grass and tellicherry peppercorns also arises.

T: Strong apricots mixed with some faint tropical fruits and citrus. A pineapple or guava juice-like sweetness is ever-present with bananas, other fruity esters, and Belgian yeast. Ends on a sharper hop note with a strong peppery kick.

M: Good carbonation which compliments the medium and somewhat juicy body well.

D: Great blond with nice overtones of apricots and citrus fruits in addition to the typical banana, coriander, pepper, and Belgian yeast flavor of run-of-the-mill Blonds. Very easy and enjoyable to drink.

Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver.

A - Clear golden color with a large, lasting, creamy white head and some lacing.

S - Pale malt, banana, and yeast.

T - Sweet pale malt, fruity esters - banana, apricot, and pear, spice, and Belgian yeast. Pretty good but not a standout.

M - Body and carbonation are medium. Nothing too exciting.

D - A little better than average.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a large foamy white head that retains very nicely and leaves a lot of sticky lacing. A lot of sediment also present all around.

Floral aroma of citrus, wheat and grass. Notes of spices and yeast present in the background.

Taste reveals notes of banana, citrus, some honey and wheat along with hints of Belgian yeast and some light spicy notes in the finish.

Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Good balance going on here, fruity upfront, spicy in the finish. Alcohol not noticeable at all. Very refreshing. Not my favorite representation of the style, but not too far off either. Really nothing bad I can say about this one.

Photo of Diablerie
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I remembered having a dubbel from Affligem not too long ago, and I when I stumbled across a bottle of the blond, I was all too curious to try it.

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance -
It pours a pale orange/yellow with hazy translucence from the yeast and other particulate goodness. There is no lack of frothy, white head, and it stays for the long haul--a lot of retention there.

Smell -
Yeast, malts and a wheaty/citrusy form a complex mosaic of scents, but I would say that the yeast character dominates. There's a slight, fruity/sweet character too, though it's hard to say what kind particularly.

Taste -
Some mild fruit esters from the fermentation here--maybe fig or banana? There is some hop character here too though, but small. Kind of what I would expect, given the beer's style. The hop character shouldn't dominate in a belgian pale, and I'm happy to say that such is the case here. There's also some prominent, wheaty maltiness here too.

Mouthfeel - Soft and kind of lathery. The carbonation isn't overwhelming, though it is a bit heavy-handed. That was kind of a surprise. It's also a little thin, like a lager of sorts.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable, if a bit mellow. The alcohol content isn't bad, so there's very little bite to this concoction. Also, the hop character is understated, so there's no bite in that domain either. However, it is smooth and has a nice refreshing taste to it. As such, I would say it is quite a drinkable beer.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Surly Tulip. Pours a light golden color that starts clear, but gets slightly hazy when the yeast at the bottom of the bottle is poured in. White head with good retention has some good lacing.

The aroma is Belgian yeast, spices, light banana, malts and hops. Pretty typical of the style, not very bold, but still good.

The taste is similar, but more yeasty than I expected. Very biscuity, but the spices balance it out well as it warms a bit. Light malt, hops and a bit of banana. Overall I find the taste to be watered down, kind of disappointing.

Very light mouthfeel, smooth and creamy. No carbonation bite. Solid drinkability.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, Belgian yeast, bananas, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of Belgian yeast breadiness up front followed by spices and bananas. There's a hearty malt character, but not a lot of sweetness and even though the hops presence is very mild, there's a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent pale Belgian beer to drink for a while but there are better ones within the style.

Photo of digr
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a Affligem chalice :)

A - Pours a straw colored clear liquid with a mildly frothy white 2cm head. Liquid has a few bubbles. Not quite clear, very slight haze. Frothy head slowly dissapets over about 4 minutes.

S- Nice aroma is a mix yeast ans fruity esters, a touch a malty biscuit, maybe ever so slight corn smell, and just a hint of some hops.

T - The taste evolves as you sip and swallow. Fairly clean taste that warms in the mouth and evolves a bit of carbonation. Tingles the tongue that opens to a mild sweet, but not cloying. As the beer hits the back of the throat there is a drying effect on the front and the tongue leaving a slightly astringent feeling and then the taste of clean hop bitterness to balnce the presentation. After effect has bit of leftover dryness and the hints of a malt aroma and the Belgian yeast left on the tongue.

M - Nice medium balanced mouthfeel, which works well with the latent carbonation that evolves as it warms in the mouth. I really like the body on this beer for the balanced flavor.

D - For me this an easy beer to drink. The balance for me is nice with the sweetness / malt and hops and Belgian esters from the yeast. The alcohol level is low on the scale of Belgian Strong Ales and well masked. I actually like to add in the extra yeast layer to add to the flavor profile. However - clearly not a session beer as the ABV and sweetness will accumulate with successive glasses.

Overall - a nice beer even if a bit mass produced. Much Preferred over Leffe as another example.

Photo of MikeBrandman
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug with a huge, thick, billowy white head. At least 4 fingers. Rose for minutes after the pour and almost overflowed from the glass. Left a rocky, sudsy head with excellent lacing that spewed the yeasty, fruity aroma. Tons of carbonation fizzing up to support the head. Excellent lacing to boot. No hops to the aroma, but definitely smells like something is bitter or spicy.

The first sip confirms the spicy flavor. Coriander and fruity tastes, but somehow more than a witbier. The yeastiness of the blond really adds to the complex flavor. Every sip is a little more satsifying. Little to no alcohol taste. The carbonation gives the mouth feel a nice bite, especially useful as there is no hoppy bitterness.

Definitely drinkable, but I feel like I'd be wasting a good beer by having more than one or two a night. A good beer for a special occasion.

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

Worn-out tangerine with a considerably overcast complexion. Bubbles flutter like microscopic pixies. Foam would continue to spew out the bottle even seconds after any liquid ceased pouring. In the glass, the suds are bulky with a bleached white coat and large indentations of bubbles. Lacing is surely expected (but doesn't entirely materialize).

The aroma leaves little to fuss about. It may be quiet but the rhythm of peppery spice and fruity esters is not muffled in the least. Even quick wafts can procure the impression of banana, blood orange, clove and coriander. There is a discernible earthiness about it - the smell conjures to mind a forest. The Belgians have always had a knack for smell.

The taste showcases the simple but pleasant flavour of pale malts. There is soft similarity to freshly-baked bread and the faintest premonition of a sweet, honey-laced pastry aftertaste. Most of its character, like all prototypical Belgian ales, is derived from the yeast. It spices things up (literally) with hints of pepper, coriander, chamomile and aniseed.

The body is fairly light but not without an appreciable dosage of flavour (as outlined above). The mouthfeel possesses an herbal, almost tea-like bitterness that is quenching yet completely unobtrusive. Spice and fruit are rationed but well proportioned. The carbonation is champagne-esque but with a more sparing prickle on the palate.

Blondes aren't really my type but I wouldn't disagree that they can sometimes be more fun. I could easily spend a sunny afternoon with Affligem Blonde (and actually have fond memories of doing so once). Plain and simple: this is a highly enjoyable and immensely agreeable beer with just the right amount of character to warrant repeated purchases.

Photo of Tates
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this one on tap in Europe, and then bought bottles when i was back in the states. At first the bottles were no where near as good, but the few that sat in the fridge for a few weeks were comparable, I guess they had "bottle shock" - can beers get that like wines? Anyways, this is a textbook Belgian Blond Ale (period)

Photo of mnj21655
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a light gold in color with a bit over a finger and a half of dense, creamy white head with good retention. Good aroma with a nice slightly sweet pils malt character and lots of depth. There is a slight noble hop aroma that is herbal, earthy and spicy. There are also some light fruity esters dancing in the background, some citrus, a bit of sour apple and some pear. Taste is pretty good. Pils malt upfront, pears and some tart apple in the middle and some herbal hops and a bit of perfume-like alcohol into the finish. Mouthfeel is good with medium-high carbonation, medium-ish body that give this brew a slightly creamy feel to it. Overall this is a pretty good beer. Its quite easy to drink and pretty enjoyable. I'll be sure to have this again.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rich golden color with a large-bubbled, sticky white head. Lots of rising beads of carbonation.

Smells like...beer. Nothing remarkable. Some hints of pear and funky yeast, grains, and fresh mown lawn.

The first things I notice are alcohol and spiciness, and yet it has a fairly rounded taste. The malt is biscuity but really leaning towards grainy for me, but it's well parried by a strong hop bitterness with a pepperiness sticking around in the aftertaste. It's a few steps back from astringent, not quite mouth-puckering, but maybe half way there. Some pear-like esters are present also.

The mouthfeel is well attenuated and dry, but tart. The carbonation is a little high for me.

It's a good enough beer but the graininess isn't really working for me.

Photo of danielharper
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yellow-orange body, very hazy, some effervescence from the bottom of the glass. Thick foamy white head that sticks around, leaves some lacing.

Smell: Sweet, tart, heavy with Belgian "funk." Some corn maltiness, which is odd for the style, but not at all unpleasant.

Taste: Very sweet up-front, nice Belgian tartness, some hints of citrus. A bit drying on the finish and strong with oranges on the aftertaste. It's actually quite refreshing and relaxing.

Mouthfeel: Thick and foamy, but with only a slight carbonation. Somewhat chewy with suspended yeast.

Drinkability: I usually don't think of Belgians as "summer beers," but this one is a pretty good example of that concept.

Photo of benclimbs
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured half the 33cl bottle into a tulip and still had to spoon out head after 3 or 4 min! This is maybe the headiest beer I've had yet...And big lacing to boot...tons of carbonation all around the glass

Smell is yeasty and almost white bready with just a bit of ripe fruit

Taste is apples and grain with a off dry, bitter thick finish

Mouthfeel is good, just really bubbly almost like champagne at first but then eases down after a few min in the glass.

Notes: good blonde, sets a prescedent for head! very pleasant brew overall

Photo of daledeee
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this. I guess I will try better next time. I poured this and got an uncontrolled head and could only get half the bottle into my 16 oz. oversized wine glass.

I can smell Belgian hops and some grain.

Taste is a little yeasty and quite a bit of Belgian hops with a slightly bitter finish. Mouth feel is good with some nice bite and a slick tongue. Overall a pretty good beer.

Photo of roblowther
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shocked I haven't reviewed this one yet.
25cl bottle. Pours clear gold with a persistant thin white head and really nice lacing. Smell is nutty and caramel-like. There's also a hint of floral hops. Tastes like it smells, with woody nutty flavors dominating and a nice malty backbone. Mouthfeel is slippery and a touch undercarbonated, but still tingly. Drinkability is good enough to wish this little bottle was bigger. A good hot afternoon but still Belgian treat.

Photo of magine
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a oversized wine glass.

Brew has a deep orange - cloudy look. With a nice fluffy off white head that is very active and settles nicely. Has some sticky lacing as well. Nice looking brew.

Smells of spices, yeast, cloves, malts some fruits.

Tastes of spices, yeasts and some fruits. Has a smooth initial taste and mouthfeel. The brew then has a spicey, slightly medicinal aftertaste. Has the nutty malts and somewhat bitter hops taste as well. A tad bitter on the aftertaste; the aftertaste is a bit funky for this one. It hurts the drinkability for me.

The brew tastes good initially - then has an aftertaste that is a bit off. This really hurts the drinkability of this one for me. It is a good brew to sip on but then maybe move on to something else.

For what its worth - I did get the yeasts out of the bottle for this review - and it may have changed the tatse (aftertaste) for what it is meant to be. The bottle mentions leaving the yeasts in the bottle as a secondary option.

Photo of bobsy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A steady stream of bubbles helps to prop up a billowing white head of the cleanest white, atop a lustrous gold body. Splotches of long-lasting lace are randomly deposited as the drink goes down. Spicy, slightly grassy nose, with strong overtones of husky grain. I'd day its almost macro-ish in its makeup, and a touch reminiscent of a clean non-adjunct lager, possibly as a result of the pale malts used in the recipe.

Sweet, phenolic, citrusy flavour, with elements of honey, pepper and grain thrown in. Amongst these standard BSPA flavours I also pick up marzipan, at first very strong, but fading as I drink more. The finish is lightly drying, slightly alcoholic, and bitterer than I expected. Medium-high carbonation and medium-light body - actually quite refreshing for the style.

While nothing overwhelms me in the flavour profile, I do find this to be a very serviceable Belgian Strong, and the fact that its on the lighter end of the alcohol scale makes me more likely to drink it than, say, a bomber of Unibroue.

Photo of jeffsala
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz tap poured into a flute glass at

A - Somewhat murky golden color with a small head and some lacing.

S - Sweet Malty aroma with a crisp finish.

T - Nicely balance of malt and light hops.

M - Dry and somewhat sour finish that tingles and keeps you wanting more.

D - Crisp and light. Flavorful without being overbearing. Nice alternative to Duvel if you want something lighter.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 07-13-2009 21:33:39

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz tap pour into an Affligem Glass at The Firkin

A - Clear gold color with a mild white head with ok retention and some sticky lacing.

S - Light crystal malts with a lot of sweet candi sugar. Just a kiss of hops to even it out. Very crisp and delicious smelling.

T - Sweet with candi sugar and clean light hops to present a fantastic balance to the light and delicious malting.

M - Crisp and lighter-bodied with a bit of a dry finish. Very refreshing and tasty though!

D - Very flavorful, balanced, and delicious. I could drink this beer all night.

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

A: Whoa, Nellie! This one practically explodes into a huge, fluffy, off-white head that occupies most of the glass. It fades quite slowly, eventually becoming a bit rocky. The beer itself has a slightly hazy peach tint. Some dense, irregular lacing trails along the sides of the glass.

S: Fruity and yeasty, as expected. Bananas, ripe pears, and tart apple skin are all noticeable. Some mild spice and twang from the yeast works well, along with some refined sugar notes.

T: Pale malt provides a moderate dose of candy-sugar sweetness. Soft, appealing fruity notes are still present - pears at the fore, along with banana and some tart apple once again. Slight hints of clove and spicy yeast, along with a flash of hops that I'll call mostly herbal in flavor. Few, if any, notes of alcohol.

M: A soft, slick, medium bodied beer. Carbonation is light but lively, lending a mild prickle to the tongue. On the dry side into the finish, but not overwhelmingly so.

D: A solid all-around Belgian right here. A bit on the lighter, more mild side compared to many of its brethren, but that doesn't make it a wimpy brew by any stretch of the imagination. Balance is nice and clean - this one is rock solid.

Photo of HalfFull
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of GJ40
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Foxtrot
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of julian1117
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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

Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 993 ratings.