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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
88
very good

979 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 979
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 37
Gots: 90 | 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 pinotboy007
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark golden blonde with a rich antique white head that leaves decent lace. Nice stream of carbonation.

S - Might still be too cold in my Duvel tulip but I detect mild aromas of raw honey and some fruity Belgian yeast and esthers.

T - There's a compoent to this that reminds me of a good Hefeweizen, e.g., some banana, yeast and a nice hop spiciness. The sweetness is modest and nicely balanced against the malty frame.

M - Splendid creaminess supported by decent carbonation that improves as it warms. Wow!

D - Hugely enjoyable to swirl down and is no doubt food friendly, but a touch rich. Great stuff.

pinotboy007, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of thespaceman
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by RayMcCusker of Valley Discount Wine & Liqour, I'm starting to really enjoy is recommendations, thanks Ray.

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow/gold in color, a remarkably nice head, with lacing that seems to web itself to the inside of the glass. Nice retention and clarity.

Smell: Faint smells of fruits, excellent florals pop out nicely, a faint smell of fresh grapes as well, you can also smell the tinge of alcohol in the backdrop.

Taste: A complex offering for a blond, banana, passionfruit and a faint spiciness add great character to this Belgian. Not overly sweet, and just the right amount of hop character.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, light bodied and light on the palate, if you told me this beer was 7% ABV and I didn't know it I'd probably laugh at you.

Drinkability: What makes this blonde special is it's drinkability. Very easy to session yet loaded excellent flavorings and a delicate spiciness that seperates this from others in the field. An excellent, relaxing beer you can enjoy anytime. Highly recommended.

thespaceman, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chimay glass. A nice cloudy peachy colour with lots of bubbles and a thick white head that leaves tons of lacing.

Smells yeasty, fruity(bananas) and sort of winey.

Tastes of bananas, some other dried fruit, caramel malts and somewhat like wine, very refreshing.

Overall a nice delicious beer that I want more of.

GodOfBeer, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of nighthawk
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange with large white head. The head sticks around for a long time before slightly dissipating to a thick ring. Some lacing on the glass.
Smells of yeast, sweet dark fruits, grains.
Taste is surprisingly subtle. Banana, dark fruit, smooth roast malts, warming alcohol all mingle pleasantly on the tongue. Carbonation is assertive, but balanced by the medium body. Clean, almost crisp finish and the surprisingly delicate flavours make this a remarkably drinkable Belgian strong.

nighthawk, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of ahking
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This ale pours a very nice golden color with billowing head that starts an inch and a half tall and slowly shrinks down to a quarter inch leaving lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma is incredible. Anyone who drinks this beer from the bottle should never be allowed to drink beer again. Nice pungent, spicy hops aroma with juicy pineapple. Flavor is great. Upfront you get a nice spicy hop bite followed by a wave of tangy malt clearly created from a complex yeast used in fermentation. Full bodied with lots of sweet and sour fruits. Mouthfeel is nice, lots of carbonation washes over your tongue. Very tasty.

ahking, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of larsee01
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz glass bottle poured into glass goblet

A--Big, bubbly head even with a gentle pour. Staying power on head. Lots of ascending carbonation. Slightly opaque reddish-blonde color.

S--Yeast hit first from a distance. Sugary malts. Subtle candied fruits and spices.

T--Mild mineral/iron. Not as sweet as it smells. More plantain than banana. Bready/spicy finish.

M--Creamy-creamy. Smooth and medium-bodied.

D--Not much alcohol presence. Creamy and carbonated. Relatively easy going down, but a sipper to enjoy. Filling.

larsee01, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a peach color with a huge creamy off-white head. Aroma is banana, cloves, vanilla, yeast and perhaps some oranges. The flavor is yeasty with more of the same citrus fruits (banana, oranges) with a touch of fruity malts. Mild spice to it. The finish to aftertaste is just a tad off though. Sort of a little metallic feel. Still, this is a nice and smooth, easy to drink brew with a good amount of flavor.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured transparent golden with massive white 3" head that laced nicely. Yeast was poured in afterwards.

S - balanced malts and hops. Citrusy tang, very much like Grimbergen Blonde Ale. Slight breadiness.

T - generally quite hoppy but with a balanced malt backbone, allowing the complexities of orange peels and a hint of coriander to come through. Bitter aftertaste

M - light bodied with medium carbonation. Refreshing

D - very drinkable, light and tasty with good carbonation and relatively light alcohol makes for moderate sessioning

Overall - a very good Belgian Blonde. The yeast gives it a slightly richer texture and a nutty taste. I would recommend including the yeast. Will buy again

DmanGTR, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of becktone
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Eye: Into a Chimay Goblet: Hazy gold in color. Head is 1 ½ fingers thick, creamy/frothy in appearance. Great retention, this head is going nowhere fast, perfect. This is what I'd expect from any Belgian, rock solid head. Lacing doesn't exist, the head is cohesive, leaving none behind on the sides of the glass.

Nose: Sweet malt tones, that classic Belgian candy type of aroma (like butterscotch to me). Spicy and earthy aromas as well, something of a house yeast aroma-definitely Belgian. Sweet bread aromas, phenolics from the yeast. Pretty complex overall. In my opinion nothing stands out, good, but average.

Tongue: Wow, really not that strong on flavor, not at all. Everything in the aroma is there, but with much less intensity. Spicy phenolics, sweet malt, something metallic, fruitiness as well. Bitterness is well rounded. This just doesn't do it for me, there's really not that much here, everything fades much too quickly. Its not bad, but there should be more in my opinion.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-light bodied in the mouth with appropriate levels of carbonation. Finish is semi-dry. Not too hard to drink, but I don't think that I'll be purchasing this one again, just not worth the money...don't get me wrong, glad to have tried it, but I've had much, much better. Just not worth the money in my opinion.

becktone, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of happygnome
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice golden orange color with about a half inch of head that quickly dissapears into a thick layer of lacing towards the center of the beer with a thinner covering outwards and then a thick layer again in a ring around the edge of the glass. there seems to be a few floaters in the brew visible in the glass
s: honey sweetness, hints of dark fruits as well as a slight clovey aroma hints of alcohol as well
t: to be honest it tastes like a boozy hefe weizen reminds me a lot of new glarus's dancing man wheat but the bannana and clove taste are as strong and the alcohol is more present. banannas, cloves and warmth from the alcohol are all present
m: medium to light bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this. I got it in a make your own 6er at Dennis Brothers in Cottage Grove, MN. I just wish it was more sessionable

happygnome, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden copper color with a small head.

Smell is full of yeast tones. Bannana, Corriander, Clove, and Pears. The hops give a flowery nose.

Taste was bready with spice and bits of dust in the nose.

Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp with lively carbonation.

Nice treat but was only average compared to the other Belgians I've had recently.

gonzo46and2, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- nice hazy golden-yellow apricot-amber with a puffy sticky off white head. foam is big and sluggish and moves like a glacier as it settles and deposits lots of abstract lace on my tulip. a few particles are floating around at the bottom of the glass, probably because i like to get some of the yeast in there.

S- banana/clove/bubblegum with a nutty wholesome yeasty character amid the floral aroma of fruit blossoms and nectar. some alcohol in the nose seems to be intensified by the strong yeast with light citrus and juicy tropical fruit like papaya and mango. very sweet and flowery over all with a bit of pale malt and grassy noble hops.

T- hard water, pale grain, and a barely unripe banana aroma with lightly toasted nuts and a soft hoppy bite in the middle. light, almost creamy tasting tropical fruits and raw barley make up the whole of the profile as prevalent yeast flavors continue to bounce off all facets of the palate from start to near finish weaving in and out as cereal grains, herbal hops, and a vinous dry white wine taste usher in a moderately dry finish.

MF- highly carbonated and thinly juicy, leaves a clean feeling on the cheeks with just a pinch of residual sugar and a slight tartness.

D- crisp and refreshing when cold, subtly nuanced and fruity when served at proper temp, this was a real hit with some of my pale lager loving uncles after i pushed for an all-ale beer selection at a cookout today. one of the more mild BSPAs i've had, this is more of a thirst quencher than d'yer mak'er, but i'm still feeling irie, and i could go for another.

hustlesworth, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a crowded bar so I'll have to revisit it to note all of the complexities, but basically this was one tasty beer.

Poured a cloudy yellow-gold with a medium off-white head. Excellent retention.
Smelled like spiced fruit, bready malt, and ale yeast.
Flavor was sharp and complex, spicy and semi-sweet with a crisp dryness in the finish.
Medium bodied and a little creamy.
I'm no expert on Belgians, but I thought this was very good.

Hoagie1973, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Portertime
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just got this at my store, ABC in Gainesville. Served it chilled in my Duvel chalice. Pours a nice cloudy golden color with a thick unyeilding head. Smell was sweet and a bit fruity. Tastes reminded me of dried fruits, a little yeast and a bubbly finish. Good example of a Belgian beer.

Portertime, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle
6.8% ABV

I tried this beer on May 30, 2008 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer pours a hazy golden orange colour with a bubbly white head which disappears within a couple of minutes. The aroma was grassy malt, some appley hints, and a little hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with medium carbonation. The flavour was very yeasty with some malty hints. A little spiciness as well.

cyrenaica, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured at Victoria Gastro Pub (MD).

Not much action in the head, lots of carbonation, sort of had a lager smell, oddly. Didn't take long to warm up and reveal some malt sweetness, and classic slightly tart BSPA taste.

Nothing really too fancy, straightforward amber/yellow BSPA with really mild hints of spice and some slightly toasty and sweet malts. Crafted well, didn't offend and collapse the flavors, didn't pretend to be something it wasn't.

USCTrojanBrian, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 cl bottle sampled on 9 April 2008.

The beer poured a clear golden, almost copper color with a handful of bubbles running to the top to form a 1/2 head that comes and goes quickly leaving a minimal but complete layer on top. The nose was scotchy, slight citrus and some yeast. Taste give you a good wheat character up front with some citrus and a hot taste as well. There is a slight hop bitterness on the tongue and some sweet malt as well. Overall a moderate body and easy drinking.

ggaughan, May 31, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this ontap at the Publick House in Boston.

Bright gold with a fairly weak head.

Mild aroma. Sweet sugary honey and some fruity belgian yeast and esthers.

Some banana, probably coming from the yeast. Apple and a yeasty spiciness and alcohol that combines together for a nice spice profile. A sweetness, in the form of honey and maybe some candied fruit, balances the whole thing out.

A relativly slow drinker, but a good brew nevertheless. It didn't really hold my interest the entire glass. It got boring after half way.

SurlyDuff, May 19, 2008
Photo of PorterLover83
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a good size head on it that stayed around for pretty much the whole time. Cloudy gold in color. Nose had a slight nutty smell, probably from the yeast. Good hop blanace with. Taste was very good. Almost bananaish, like a hefeweizen. The finish came out a little bitter when the hops kicked in but it was welcomed. Medium mouthfeel tilting toward the heavy side. I would definately grab this one again. Very drinkable but not too many of them as the 7% can sneak up on you.

PorterLover83, May 16, 2008
Photo of batty
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice thick head on the pour, and drops ever so slowly, looking dense and sticky the whole time. brew itself is a very clear, yellow golden with a hint of orange.

at first smell reminds me much of a lager-light malt and that's it. on further inspection, however, i catch a hint of grapefruit. very great, just wish it were stronger.

taste is quite interesting, very tasty, just a bit on the crisp side of smooth, and very noticeable hop flavor. the grapefruit is here too, in a pretty big way, melding nicely with the light malts.

mouthfeel is a nice medium, well balanced carbonation, a little sticky on the end. hard to say how long you could keep on these, i feel like the end sticky-sweet-bitter could get me down after awhile. still nice overall.

batty, May 07, 2008
Photo of eberkman
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden-blonde with a thick, rocky whtie head that retains itself well and leaves a nice sheen of lacing along the glass.

Aroma is dominated by peppery and tart citrus smells. The taste is spicy -- licorice and some peppermint with lemony citrus and ripe, tart fleshy fruit. Dry finish with a little bit of bitter astringency in the aftertaste.

Crisp, fizzy mouthfeel that's fairly refreshing.

Very drinkable for a slightly higher ABV beer -- pairs well with salad and grilled chicken breast on a warm evening.

Not in the same league as, say, a Duvel, but a very drinkable, solid Belgian pale that's more interesting and less cloying than a Leffe. At 12 bucks a 6-pack, it's decent value for the style, but not one I'll be purchasing frequently.

eberkman, May 06, 2008
Photo of jenbys2001
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden color with no head and just a tiny bit of froth which leaves some lacing on the edges of the glass. This beer has a strong full bodied wheat character with a bitter finish. The aftertaste has a grainy, cereal quality to it. This is a nice, fairly smooth Blonde, but not as smooth as other Blondes I've tried.

jenbys2001, May 05, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium to dark straw color with tons of dense, meringue like head. Aromas of light clove and banana phenols, slight sour and tart citrus note. Also, hints of wheat and lightly toasted grain. On the palate, it starts out relatively sweet with plenty of pepper like spiciness and a light lemon finish. Carbonation is extremely high making the slight sweet bodied beer not feel as heavy. Overall, a very solid Belgian Blonde, maybe with some more character than Leffe, and a good pair for a variety of foods.

dreadnatty08, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a very nice dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, huge thick foamy white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of spices, some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, some spice/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty BSPA.

Wasatch, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, rocky, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of tangerines, leather, earth, and hay. The taste is dry and earthy with a hint of citrus fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied lively carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I could drink again.

KarlHungus, Apr 10, 2008
Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 979 ratings.