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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Ratings: 1,010
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 38
Gots: 99 | FT: 1
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Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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Photo of skeetermoses
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer, I have been trying to find this beer ever since I had it. I have to go to texas in order to get this I can never find it. I typically go to Specs in order to get this beer, but they usually don't have it. They usually have the seasonal beer instead. I really love this beer.

Photo of dstc
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy blond with a big foamy white head that stays. Nice thick sticky lace.

Big fruity nose. Hints of herbs and flowers.

Sweetness throughout the taste. Mild phenol, herbal taste. Alcohol and mild hops present.

Full and smooth in the mouth with nice carbonation.

Wonderful Blond, very easy to drink.

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


Poured clear amber color with a huge frothy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Average citrus and pine aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Moderate spicy bitter flavor with medium finish of moderate duration.

Very refreshing.

Photo of hopdog
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one from bottle.

Poured a lighter yellow color with a large sized white head. Aromas of fruitiness, spicy and yeasty. Tastes of the same fruitiness, ligher yeast and spicy. Fizzy body. Definitely a spicy aftertaste.

Notes from 09/11/04.

Photo of davexisxrabid
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle of this ale into my Chimay chalice - I figured it's a Belgian ale, so it deserves the wide mouth...

Poured a nice gold color with a 2 finger thick white head that left interesting goldish lacing.

There was a sweet yeasty aroma, mixed with bananas.

Good robust flavor, malts, not big on hops though but very smooth. Taste was almost matching the aroma, slightly sweet on the palate but not overpowering at all.

The mouthfeel was good, it was light to medium, almost like a heffe, not much lingering on the tounge.

I found this to be a very drinkable ale with its good flavor and ease of drinking. It's 7% abv might keep me from downing more than a few at a time, but this beer will definitely be seeing more of me.

Photo of nick76
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is very good. It is dominated by fruit but has, ginger, coriander, yeast, lemon, wheat, bananas, and floral hops. The appearance is gold with a light orange tint. The head is of medium size and is really foamy. The flavor is complex just like the aroma. The palate is smooth with a fruity bitter finish. Overall it's one of the better smelling ales around but the flavor is to weak.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of thespaceman
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of nighthawk
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of ahking
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of larsee01
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of changeup45
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of becktone
3.08/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of happygnome
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
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

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.87/5  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.

Photo of Hoagie1973
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Portertime
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of ggaughan
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of PorterLover83
3.92/5  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.

Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.