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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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913 Ratings

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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 33
Gots: 64 | 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 dsa7783

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

From a six-pack which ran me almost $11 bucks, pours a golden hazy color with a massive head that almost overflowed my pint-glass... appearance is tremendous with obvious carbonation bubbling up non-stop... Smell is fuity and yeasty with citrus aftertones... taste is superb... a great example of the style with banana and fruit flavors throughout... a nice sting of alcohol can be detected in this brew which tops out at about 6.8% according to the bottle... Mouthfeel is alright, but the alcohol presence won't let me give the drinkability a better rating than a 4... overall, an awesome beer that will certainly be purchased again... relatively hard-to-find in my area, but worth the search... Definitely recommended...

12-18-2007 23:46:42 | More by dsa7783
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

Certainly not the nicest looking Belgian you'll find. Uber-pale, you'd think it was a mactro lager if it wasn't for the huge foamy head. Surprised by the retension on the sides, wasn't expecting it because of the huge amount of visible carbonation. Wasn't expecting much.

Smells like a Blond. Candy sweetness with a hint of spiciness. A light maltiness.

Pleasantly surprised by the taste. A lagerish, crisp malt, pilsner like as someone else pointed out. Candy sugar is certainly present. Spiciness comes through as cloves. Alcohol comes through in the finish.

Very drinkable for any type of Belgian beer. This combines the full flavour of a blond with the drinkability of a pilsner. Refreshing enough to keep the aficianados happy but simple enough to get the novice interested. Good beer.

12-13-2007 01:26:25 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of jneiswender


3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Had this beer in tap at Cambridge Commons. Served in a Dubel glass.

Old gold color. Nice head. Leaves great lacing. (man belgians have the lacing thing down)

Band-aid like smell and taste. Some candy-like aftertaste with a slight alcohol burn as it goes down.

Not as robust as the darks. Very strong clove flavor. Might not be the choice for some who don't like that type of flavor. I don't know if I would want to drink this all night (or could afford to).

12-08-2007 14:20:27 | More by jneiswender
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

I last reviewed this 4 and 1/2 years later. Let's try it again, fresh off the tap.

In a St. Bernardus goblet, hazed golden hue, doted snow-white head.

Lovely aroma, fresh, lively, lightly spiced, fragrant, citrusy, full of funky Belgian yeast, soft and beautiful.

Taste: snappy pilsner-y malt, light bodied, smooth, small hops, an easy drinker of a Belgian blonde. Just enough hop snap on the tongue, sweet malt, and buzz on the palate to keep you happy.

Nice one for Belgian beginners, novice ale drinkers, and a good match with food. Choose something heartier for dessert, though.

Other Belgian blondes, tripels, singels, goldens, etc., have bigger hops, body, effervescence, etcetera...but that's no reason to knock this one.

11-27-2007 05:30:36 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of DoubleJ


3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Same category as Duvel and Delirium, but I got it this at half the price. Let's hope this beer isn't only half as good as those. On to the beer:

Poured into a Stella Artois chalice, the beer is a clear blonde color topped by a large foamy head. Modest aroma of sweet nutty yeast in the nose. First sip is quite peppery and carbonated. Slight undertone of sweetness from the yeast, but whatever is there is covered up again by the vast pepper-like carbonation. Nutty in the back of the plate, leaving a hint of cloves. Finish is quite dry.

In my opinion, this is a mediocre example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Tastes like some of the yeast was filtered out. That stated, it's not all that bad. Think of it as the poor man's Duvel.

11-27-2007 04:27:47 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of orangemoustache


4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

A-nice thick fluffy cloud like head, with nice lacing and a great cascades of carbonation

S-earthy,a little spice very suttle

T-lot of hop flavors that last until the next sip,slight sweetness,citrus...delicious

M-has quite a good bite at first,then smooths out and coats the entire mouth with a creamy citrus feel

D-could drink a few of these,or enjoy taking my time on one!

11-22-2007 05:47:34 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of thierrynantes


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : Blond-apricot clear (ly). Foam smooth medium-term. Saturation low, very fine bubbles.
Smell : fruity (yeast), alcohol.
Taste and mouthfeel : weet and fruity taste, bitterness and post-aomatic bitterness, roundness, spicy nuances.
Drinkability : good beer in the style Belgian strong ale

Reviewed 11-14-2007, translated from french 1-11-2008

11-14-2007 21:48:47 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of Opethsprite


3.88/5  rDev -1%

This beer pours a light honey color with a fluffy, but creamy head that sticks around for awhile. It smells very pungently of yeast, citrus (apricot and orange), wood, and alcohol. The first thing you taste is citrusy alcohol, fading nicely into the earthy, woody thing that I smelled earlier, and then back to alcohol. The finish is sweet, with carbonation resonating nicely. This is a very nice beer!

11-10-2007 02:51:45 | More by Opethsprite
Photo of thartman


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

The Affligem was poured from its bottle into my favorite wide mouth Belgian glass. There was a nice cloudy, golden-orange color with a half-inch head that was short-lived. There was a little yeast sediment left over in the bottom of the bottle, which I added to my glass.

There was a spicy, citrusy smell with a hint of malt. The taste was reminiscent to the smell, and there was a sweet yeasty-malty aftertaste.

Being a Belgian-style beer fan, I truly enjoyed drinking this classic Belgian Abbey Blonde.

10-27-2007 20:30:13 | More by thartman
Photo of jdmorgan


3.88/5  rDev -1%

This beer was enjoyed from a bottle into a wide-mouth glass, and poured a rich gold color with a medium, rich head.

The smell had a slight malt aroma with some hop notes as well. There were also some clove and fruit aromas as well. The taste was similar, and had a nice strong bite to it. It was at this point that I noticed that the beer was 7% alcohol! The taste had a strong body with a full flavor of clove and fruit esters, indicative of a top fermenting yeast fermented at a mid-range temperature. It reminded me of some of the flavors present in many weizens. The hop flavor here was minimal and was dominated by the other flavors present. The mouthfeel was medium/thick with a strong carbonation and strong alcohol taste.

This was a good beer overall, and was a newer experience for me. I could have another, but wouldn't spend all night drinking them due to the stronger alcohol and my affinity for session ales. Nonetheless, this was a well-brewed beer that is truer to tradition than many other beers out there!

10-23-2007 02:30:26 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of scottyshades


3.88/5  rDev -1%

Picked one of these up in a mix n' match at ABC
A: Pours pale gold with a very nice and thick frothy white head, leaves a little lace, dissipates quickly
S: Strong notes of cloves and cinnamon along with a few other spices I cant put my finger on...very spicy smell
T: Very crisp, clovey, and very spicy
MF: Very smooth and clean finish, light body
D: Highly drinkable beer, however the spiciness would become overwhelming after about 2-3-4 of these...

Overall a good beer, if you like this beer I would recommend beers from Unibroue, specifically "La Fin Du Monde" and "Don de Dieu"

10-17-2007 02:26:39 | More by scottyshades
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Wow. Tons of ‘floaty things’ when I poured this apricot hued brew. Hazy, so I’m guessing this and the floaters mean it’s unfiltered. Fluffy, almost sticky white head that slowly fades to a thin cap, then ring. Lots of sticky lace. Lots of fruity, sweet aromas with subtle clove like spiciness in the back ground. Quite bold and sharp up front as the alcohol bites the tongue, but then warms and the rich flavours come out to play. Sweet malt that shows a very quick honey bite, then fades very quickly. That was a neat trick! Some clove-like spiciness makes an appearance as well. Some bitterness from the hops before the alcohol and the honey-like sweetness do their encore. Quite full in body, a bit drying at the finish. I liked this more than Dilirium Tremens as it seemed more balanced and not as harsh

10-17-2007 01:35:03 | More by Shadman
Photo of MiScusi


4.72/5  rDev +20.4%

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Sierra Madre, CA. Served in an affligem chalice. Bright golden with a nice white fluffy head. Aroma was soft and light malty. The taste combined a soft earthiness with a light sweetness. The overall impression I got from it was such a smooth and drinkable light bodied ale. This might be exactly what I am looking for in a Belgain Blonde ale that isn't too high in alcohol content. So drinkable and a great beer to relax with.

10-11-2007 22:51:10 | More by MiScusi
Photo of ablaze

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +13%

33 cl bottle with a best before date of 05.07.08.

Foamy, long lasting head with nice and sticky lacing. Golden orange and opaque.

Honey, faint incense, ripe barley fields, lilacs, bananas & cream.

Creamy, nice body and carbonation that compliments the lively flavour. Well balanced and very juicy. Honey, summer strawberries, deglet noor dates, pears, and some tangerine. Light pepper notes throughout with a clean and soft finish.

Incredibly tasty, and a Belgian standard. Can't go wrong, and perfect in any season (sunny winter afternoons, anyone?). I'd stock it.

10-01-2007 02:06:51 | More by ablaze
Photo of Stoneman78


3.45/5  rDev -12%

Obtained from a friend's Costco 'International Beer Sampler"
A- Pours a cloudy orange/golden hue, small white head that is persistent, minimal lacing, lively bubbles
S- Nose dominated by hay and grass-like hops, some tones of fruits (apple, pear), sweet yeasty/bready malts, and a touch of alcohol
T- Initial taste is dry and bitter hops, followed by some sweet yeast malts and flavors of raisins and apples, alcohol presence near the finish which is again dry, bitter, and overly carbonated
M- Light-bodied, watery texture, carbonation is biting and overwhelming
D- Easy-to-drink BSPA, alcohol is well-masked, one could easily drink several of these in a row. However, the carbonation is too dominating and it lacks any outstanding qualities that would urge a repeat performance in my opinion.

09-23-2007 06:43:21 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

330ml bottle bought from McHughs, Dublin.... ABV on bottle is 6.8% not the 7% shown here...

Poured into an Affligem chalice.... poured a nice bright coppery orange colour. Creamy head poured thick and foamy then faded slowly to good thickish coating... lots of big carbonation bubbles shoot to the surface... very light lacing...

Aroma - Candy sugar mixed with spicy Belgian yeastiness, strong slightly tropical fruits (pineapples, oranges, some strawberries, limes), peppery, some vanilla notes, freshly cut grass, floral honey, sea salt notes...

Taste – Nice biscuity malts and Belgian yeast, good fruitiness (apples, oranges, some pears, light pineapples), good peppery hops, alcohol just coming through, honey / sugary sweetness, light medicinal / anise notes, light ginger spiciness...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... light bodied... very drinkable for a 6.8% brew...

Overall - A very good, clean, crisp pale ale... nothing earth shattering but well worth a try...

09-20-2007 14:25:43 | More by mdagnew
Photo of Overlord


3.88/5  rDev -1%

Pours a hazy golden color, white gigantic head.

Blonde ales are not my favorite ... I typically only review them if they blow me away. Along with the Russian River blondes (I always get my "tions" mixed up ... I think supplication and damnation) this is now one of my faves.

Deep, malty/yeasty flavor. Surprisingly complex for a blonde, and utterly drinkable. No real hops, maybe a hint of some lemon fruit flavoring. At only 1.69 for 12 oz I consider this one of the best ounce for ounce beers I've ever purchased.

09-18-2007 07:22:25 | More by Overlord
Photo of gotweid


4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Formed a nice, white 1" head and has a nice golden yellow color. Clingy white lace. Very nice appearance. Smells of sweet wheat, bread and grains. Pleasant aroma. Taste is a nice balance of pepper, spice and sweetness. Pepper and spice becomes more pronounced as it warms. Great taste. Very smooth, crisp and nicely carbonated. Slightly dry. Very drinkable. This is an excellent brew and great representative of it's class and style. Highly recommended.

09-08-2007 14:51:25 | More by gotweid
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Expiry date 21-11-08, 6.8 % alc. Poured slowly, a honey hue, hazy with one finger of off-white head. Tiny persistent bubbles oozed from the very bottom of the Affligem goblet feeding the centre of the glass throughout the tasting that lasted close to an hour.

The aroma of flowery hops predominates, biscuit, then hops again. The taste is sharp, hoppy, effervescent. Smooth texture, good mouthfeel. Clean and satisfying finish. After about 20 minutes, an aftertaste of ginger. A thin head remained over the entire goblet through the entire tasting, this is one to savour.

09-05-2007 02:23:22 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of ralree


3.43/5  rDev -12.5%

This isn't a bad Belgian ale.

A: Light golden with way too much head. Poured very cold on the side of the glass ended up with a full 4 fingers worth - I could barely pour this stuff.

S: Smells fruity and slightly bitter.

T: First, the bitter hits, which isn't so bad - the hops actually taste pretty good. Then, you taste the alcohol, which is bearable, but a little strong tasting for me. The alcohol gets in my nose easily half-way down (probably has something to do with the carbonation). The aftertaste is more pleasant than some other pale ales, with the taste of the surprisingly nice-tasting hops slowly waning.

M: Goes astringent quickly, leaving a nice crisp feeling. Very dry finish. It's so foamy that the bubbles linger in your mouth after swallowing.

D: Very drinkable. Could probably drink another fairly easily, and at this ABV, I would be a bit intoxicated if I did.

One of my favorite pale ales (I'm not a big fan of the style...)

08-28-2007 23:49:08 | More by ralree
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

A solid BSPA. It has a thick foamy white head with great retention and some appealing lacing. Has a golden yellow colour.

Smells of fruits, a spicy yeast, and some sweetness.

The taste is rather pleasant, sweet, the hops are mild but do there blend in well, some light alcohol notes come through once in awhile and a dry spicy finish.

08-08-2007 22:38:10 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of JustinBathurst

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured a cloudy apricot with lots of carbonation trails and a frothy cream head (which never let even a small bit of the beer's surface peek through).

The aroma was lemon, hay-like hops (in great, electric abundance), cloves, and allspice.

The mouthfeel was smooth and somewhat creamy, with peppery carbonation.

The taste was a bit wit-like. Sweet bread dough, sour apple (but no trace of any cider), cloves, and a tiny touch of banana. The finish was mildly bitter, but built over the course of the beer. As it warmed it became a bit astringent, which makes me feel like it was actually more like a 4.25 for taste.

Quite a nice beer. Much better than the Orval I had a couple nights ago.

08-06-2007 03:36:53 | More by JustinBathurst
Photo of Suds


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

This is a golden and slightly hazy brew. The head is brilliantly white, and of relatively modest stature. The lace, however, is composed of huge tufts of sticky foam. Not a bad looking Belgian brew, to be honest. The aroma has a fruit quality (peaches, pears, and a hint of banana), and there's a trace aroma of alcohol. The flavor is a mix of yeast, candi sugar, and malt. It's a bit modest in intensity, but is solidly good. Slightly heavier than medium bodied. The finish has a little spice and some bitterness. This is a solid, but not outstanding, Belgian beer.

08-04-2007 19:55:46 | More by Suds
Photo of theopholis


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Appearance- Pours a failry clear, light amber with an impressive fluffy, white head. The head retention is pretty good, and there is some lacing.

Aroma- Very crisp, clean sour-mash with just a hint of malt sweetness. Almost like like a perfectly ripened sour green apple, without the actual apple smell. Some breadiness in there to. No hop aroma at all.

Taste:- Starts out dry, &spicy. That gives way to just enough malt sweetness and hoppiness for you to know you are drinking beer. Ends fairly peppery and spicy. A bit much for my tastes, but I'm not really into Belgiums either.

Mouthfeel- Quite dry. Body is a bit on the light side, and as expected, lots of carbonation.

Drinkability- It's not my ciup of tea, but if you like Belgians, this is probably worth your while.

07-26-2007 06:04:42 | More by theopholis
Photo of bigdeuce


3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

This has a nice price tag on it for a belgian beer, and is quite quaffable. It is not the top of the line however. Slight metallic taste and smell to it, but is a nice thirst quencher and is sure strong. A decent example of the style. Way too carbonated, I felt. Will give another whirl but there are better ones.

07-14-2007 17:35:04 | More by bigdeuce
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