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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Ratings: 1,038
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 41
Gots: 122 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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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.

Photo of batty
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of eberkman
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of jenbys2001
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of KeefD
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slow poured so as to leave the residual yeast in the bottle, but still with enough vigor to create a lovely two finger eggshell-white head. Nice golden color with a slight haze from the little yeast that managed to make its way into the glass. Lacing clings for dear life to the glass and won't let go.

Sweet, bready, yeasty smell with a stronger presence of alcohol as it warms... YUM!

Full of light malts, slightly sugary, with a light hopping. Belgian yeast is powdery and dry.

Great beer. I could drink several of these in one sitting.

Enjoyed with a salami, swiss, and horseradish mustard sandwich.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a foamy head that lives for the duration of the drink. It smells of fruits,citrus,herbs and alcohol. The taste is a spicy,yeast and honey. The feel is high carbonation with with a dry and bitter sweet finish. I can sure have a few of these and the ABV is just right
I suppose I am not experienced enough as a reviewer to use all the proper adjectives in describing this beer,but I can say this is a good brew.

Notes: I can only find this beer in a few locations and I do appreciate this beer. I like the smooth sweet,dry finish and the different aromas it lets off. I try not to have this too often because this is one of my favorite styles and I feel too much of a good thing may eventually bore you.
I highly recommend this beer and as a Pale Ale fan I can say this is worth the bang for the buck.

Photo of Antilochus
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6.80% abv, 33cl bottle. Best before 03.07.09. Cellar temp, cooled a bit in the fridge, served in wine glass.

Golden yellow body, super bubbly. Big creamy white head. I can scrape the head off the glass. Wow.

Aromas of typical Belgian yeast, candi sugar, alcohol. Spice, maybe a bit of fruitiness (apple).

Palate has a lot of apple. A bit light on flavour vs. other BSPAs. Spicy as hell though, finish really brings that out with yeast. Softly honeyed. Definitely a lighter choice (both abv and flavour), but it is fairly inoffensive in all dimensions.

Photo of berserker256
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My brother just got back from Switzerland where he skied and drank Affligem. He brought me back a goblet with an Affligem logo on it. Therefore I bought some Affligem to see if it works. The goblet works fine. I poured the beer into the goblet and it was a nice hazy blond/gold color and had a thick dense head that a toothpick could probably stick in. The smell is not overpowering at all. It's a nice sweet nutty heavy-yeast type of aroma but it's kind of faint. It's got a very clean taste. No unpleasant bitterness. Just a kind of thick semi-sweet fruity and spiced flavor. I dumped in all the yeast sediment as well so that flavor also exists. Very easy to drink.

Photo of TheTrevor
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy copper color with a big fluffy white head. The smell is mainly of citrus with some bready and floral notes. The taste starts off with some fruitiness that gives way to some spiciness that's followed by some hops and a dry finish with a slight alcohol overtone. The mouthfeel is thick with a fair amount of carbonation. This is a very tasty beer, but I'm not sure I would reach for another one right away.

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

On tap at Callahan's, San Dieqo. More consistant than when I've had it in the bottle.

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a light white head. Has a light yeasty aroma. Great fruity taste with plenty of yeast; mostly apples and dark peach nectar. Light-bodied but viscous with light carbonation. Quite drinkable, light yet rich, and refreshing.

Photo of Nipitato
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this beer at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA. I used this beer to make mussels this past thanksgiving, which turned out really well.

A: Moderate gold color. Brilliant clarity. Dense, creamy ¼ inch head with good retention. Belgian lace develops as beer is quaffed.

S: Lemony ester aroma. It actually smells similar in many ways to a Belgian wit. Some spicy phenols. A definite sweet pils character. Overall a pretty solid aroma.

T: Sweet malt pilsner like flavor. Some nice bitterness balances. Some light clove phenols add some additional character. Yeasty. Not boozy.

MF: Highly carbonated, which gives greater heft to the mouthfeel. Somewhat creamy.

D,notes: You can do way worse than this beer for a session. I found it quite drinkable. Light though with some nice strength and character to keep things interesting. Based on my experience with the mussels I would not hesitate to cook with this again. For the taste and for the approachable price.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- This one looks great in my glass. Huge soapy foamy 2 finger head, carbonation bubbles, golden straw color.

S- Smell was of citrus, corriander, grass, and pine.

T- Taste was of Belgian spices, crisp fresh earthy grassy overtones, even a soapy aftertaste. Some lemon and orange...

M- Mouthfeel was carbonated and tingly- easy to drink and even thirst quenching..Reminds me of a summer afternoon.

D- Pleasure to sip and an easy drinker. Tasty, fresh, and spicey.

Photo of ROMER79
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

when poured it was a bubbly gold with some cloudyness at first. The head was a thick two finger white that hung around for a minute or two. The smell was of honey, citrus, and dough/wheat. Honey, orange, lemon, and wheat really got me on the taste. It was a delicious beer. Very refreshing to drink. A little carbonated, but fairly easy to drink!

Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright amber appearance, with a cloudy visual texture. The half inch head stayed around for just the right amount of time.

Fruity smell, along with some breads. Had a very pleasant aroma.

You can really taste the peaches and Belgian yeast when you drink this one. It has a very complex flavor, but never overdoes it.

It has a vibrant mouthfeel with a high carbonation rate. Very prickly.

The Blond is a highly drinkable beer that goes down pretty easy. Granted, I have a weakness for a lot of Belgian beers, but this is definitely a excellent beer.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bright amber-tinted gold, quite clear despite bottle conditioning, decent head which fades to thin film. very little lacing.

perky sweet aroma, floral and honey-like, hint of spice. whiff of alcohol and grains and yeast.

fruity pear taste is decently balanced with mild bitterness and spice from hops. both esters and some phenolic notes. rounds out into a semi-sweet, dry finish with hint of pale malts.

smooth. not too thin. carbonation is gentle.

very drinkable

Photo of jwc215
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours golden yellow with a frothy white head that lasts and leaves plenty of frothy lacing on the glass.

The smell is spicy, grainy with lemony/orangey fruitiness. Bubblegum and doughy yeast come through as well. Pleasantly aromatic.

The taste is of lemon and orange peel with some banana. Very fruity. A light spicing, doughy yeast and a touch of bubblegum/sugar sweetness balances it out. A bit mellower/lighter in taste than in aroma, it is still delicious. Finishes dry with a nod of peppery alcohol.

It has a creamy texure in a light to medium body. Smooth despite alcohol.

Try pairing with ravioli and spinach (with onions and Italian breadcrumbs (Ravioli Florentine). Had a bottle before I ate and another with that dinner - a lovely treat either way.

Photo of Mryup
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours beautifully golden honey with fireworks of CO2 inside. Head is impressive as my gentle pour produced a lot. Head is white with a medium to fine density. Retention is good. Very impressive.

S: Smells like an abbey-style ale but sweeter and fruitier. Smells like banana bread ale. I can't put my finger on any particular hop or malt. Acceptable.

T: The "blond" comes through with more hops in the taste than in the smell but still very mild. Departs from the usual blond ales with is bready sweetness and slight spice. A good mix.

M: Light bodied mouthfeel that becomes slightly heavier due to the higher alcohol content. CO2 makes itself known and is spot on for the style and balance.

D: Very drinkable...for 1 beer. Certainly not a pounder but more of a delicacy. We don't pound delicacy's do we?

Overall a nice beer but I wouldn't go out of my way to obtain it again.

Photo of MisterClean
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml at Manderes in Folsom

A - Poured nice golden color with slightly foamy, white head.

S - Nose had hint of bananas with cooked cane sugar.

T - Good, cane sugar, granny apple finish with moderate ester.

M - The impact of the flavors are a little much. The body is almost too rich for my palate. Also, the mouthfeel was warm, with little alcohol.

D - A good strong, but could only drink 1 or 2 before needing something less rich.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the brand new Mellow Mushroom in Spartanburg,SC. It was their special release party keg.

A - Poured a very bright golden amber with a small white head of lace on top maybe one finger in depth but no more then that. Very cloudy and hazy with small minute particles floating around and some nice streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. The head faded down to almost nothing leaving simply a small film across the top but there was adequete side glass alce that lasted throughout the session.

S - The aroma was very light, and very bright with the first initial smell being of light yeast and wheat that seemed to have a nice little edge of fresh grass to it that melded very well. Some very very light aromas of fruit maybe some peaches or apricots as it warmed but very light.

T - The flavor was very nice for a blond ale. Very crisp and clean with a bright east flavor sitting right up front that offered more then adequate hints of peach and grain and wheat in the flavor. That nice light grass flavor was also very present and offered a nice little bitter finish to it. The finish itself was long and drawn out with a really nice long lasting crispness that really went well with dinner and wrapped the whole thing together nicely.

M - The feel was also wonderful, nice and light bodied and very well carbonated, it never got flat or boring and offered a very nice sessionable feel to it. Crisp and clean this went down easily and really was just a pleasant expierence all around.

D - Easily a sesionable ale, I could have drank this one all day long. It was nice and light and the 7% alcohol was very wel hidden and could not even really be detected at all, which was a really nice addition. Great little belgian to welcome someone to the style.

Overall I was suprised I had never had this one before, but once I did I would definitley have this one again. This was classic and a really nice sit down and chill beer. I would recommend this one to anyone just getting into craft beer as it is light enough to not scare them away, but could still open up some doors for them in the future.

Photo of therica
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much like my review of the on-tap version experiences that I've had. One thing detracting in the bottled-for-US version, however-- a very noticeable metallic taste and bite, in comparison to the clean on-tap version. Still not as detracting or as bad of a metallic taste as some really nasty US stuff, it still caught me a bit off-guard and has me wanting to run back to Corner Pub for some more on-tap!

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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 1,038 ratings.