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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
88
very good

882 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 29
Gots: 53 | 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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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very pretty golden abby beer. Arrived with a full three finger head which disapated to a full but thin island lace with very little cling.
The body is just short of being full and the colour is a cloudy yellow/golden.
The secondary fermentation from the bottle certainly adds to the cloudy affect.
The taste has a moderate citrus like beginning to it which ends cleanly.
Aroma is lightly to the citrus as well.
A very enjoyable brew but the high ABV at 6.8 limits it to special occasions.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2004 00:23:38 | More by Shiloh
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a soft hazy straw color with numerous exceptionally small bubbles. The head is tightly packed and long lasting, leaving sheets of off white lace behind. The aroma is dominated by light Belgian candy sugar with some raw malts in the background. The taste is very sweet with a spicyness and very subtle bitterness in the finish. Candy sugar definitely takes charge of the palate with this beer. The mouthfeel is thick and slightly cloying from the sweet flavors. Carbonation intricate and very smooth.

Overall this is a good Belgian ale, though I must say I was expecting better.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 21:17:03 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Dmann

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at B.J's the other night and I quite enjoyed it. It poured a very good golden color with a great fluffy white head that stayed with the beer till the end. The smell was great with a good mix of bananna, alchohol and malt. The flavor of this one reminded me of a Hefeweizen on steroids with its big bananna and clove flavor, but the aftertaste of alchohol changed things drasticly and reminded me quickly that I was not drinking a hefe! All in all this was a good interpretation of the style and a beer I might revisit in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 10:20:29 | More by Dmann
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baiser

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden colour, with a foamy head and impressive lace that clings to the glass. Aroma of sweet bananas, peaches and slightly herbal. Taste of bananas, honey, sweet alcohol and a slight bitterness. Some astringency. Also some spicy and peppery flavours.

A belgian ale that is solid all around, but isn't outstanding in any one aspect. But is a good, smooth drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 07:47:11 | More by baiser
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tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a Affligem gift set from the LCBO (early Christmas present), going to try all three tonight. Comes with an impressive Affligem chalice, and it really enhances the beer. Pours a hazy blond with a thick foamy off-white head that clings to the sides of the glass wonderfully. Lots of sediment, looks very good. Smell is a lot of cloves and bananas, with some citrus notes as well. Taste was a nice spicy banana smoothness with a dry citrus-like finish. Quite a nice warming aftertaste, lots of cloves and a bit of alcohol warmth. Nice rich mouthfeel that isn't overpowering. This is going to be a good night.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 01:30:42 | More by tatterdash
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chunkylover53

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lovely cloudy yellow/peach colour. Decent head which never entirely dissipated. Lots of sediment floating throughout. Not as much as some other abbey beers, but easier to see than most due to it's light colour.

Smelled fruity with more than a hint of banana. Strong fruit taste as well. Reminded me a lot of Leffe Blonde.

Overall: A very good beer but not an astounding one.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2004 19:24:13 | More by chunkylover53
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aracauna

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow body with a very nice and long lasting white head. Great lacing. The aroma is nice, slightly floral/perfumy, maybe a little sage or some other aromatic herb. Cotton candy. The body is sweet, but not overly so, with a nice little spicy bite. A bit of lightly sweet and slightly bitter orange in the back of the flavor. I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 01:04:53 | More by aracauna
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euskera

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at a random cafe in Paris last week. Nice golden blond color with a lively head. Smell is pure Belgian, yeasty and fruity. Taste was right about what I expected, big and malty, with the yeast overtones and some fruit in there as well. Excellent way to quench my thirst during a stroll on the Boulevard St Germain...

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2004 17:40:32 | More by euskera
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice peach appearance with abundant lace retained after initial foam. Negative and weak aroma. Decent creamy taste yeast, pepper. Long alcoholic dry aftertaste, with nauseating residual of spice. Worked better by ageing 6-9 months.

upgraded with bottle in February 2005. Upgraded again with a touch of ageing in my cellar in July 2005.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 02:09:01 | More by Sammy
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour with an absolutely enormous head. Some champagne yeast in the taste with moderate hop bitterness. A mild sweetness takes shape mid-sip and combines with the hops for a bitter and lingering finish. A very crisp mouthfeel....mostly clean and lively. A very good blond. I liked it alot.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 20:24:58 | More by Popsinc
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden apricot colour. Good solid head, spotty lace throughout. Head stays and stays and stays. Impressive to look at.

After that, however, it comes across as just too understated. Doesn't have the spiciness or general character that you might expect from a Belgian. Some interesting characteristics, but only just hints of spice, fruit or yeast.

Better than a macro, but not interesting enough to make a serious impression. Try it once and move on.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 16:20:38 | More by TerryW
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer gets high points for its appearance. A very clear golden straw color and highly carbonated. A big, creamy dollop of foam floats on top, and leaves an intricate lacing. Gorgeous looking and enticing. The aroma is slightly sour and yeasty with bits of sticky sweet candy malts. The taste is light with tangy malts, small amounts of grapefruit bitterness coats the mouth. Some cherry tartness is detectable. This is one beautiful clean and flavorful Belgian Ale. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2004 15:59:17 | More by pezoids
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden ale with a nice big head with better then average retention. Aroma is bit weak with some malt and yeast being noticeable. Taste is also a bit weak for a Belgian ale with a general lack of spices and only minor yeast flavour can be pick up. Body is also a bit thin. Overall, this is a very average Belgian Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 14:24:24 | More by Phyl21ca
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rousee

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the murky gold -honey. Because it is Belgian, I know that it will age well. However old this is-it is still fresh tasting (Methode de Champagne).Champagne-like effervescence on the tongue and leaves a beautiful lace on the glass.

Nose is malty- honey with floral essences.
Taste is similar but has grape-wine like flavors and wheat -lavender finish. Beautiful fuzziness in the mouth and slightly dry too.

Drinkability is decent but you must eat food with this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 03:03:35 | More by rousee
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axisjones

California

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance was a cloudy golden color with an impressive head and nice lacing all the way down.
The nose was sweet and herbal, pleasantly aromatic.
I had this on a warm day and it was just the drink i needed. It goes down very smooth and clean, but with a spicy full character. The taste is herbal with just a hint of alcohol. The refreshing taste gives way to a light bitterness in the back with a subtle alcohol warmth in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 06:50:06 | More by axisjones
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out a 12 oz brown bottle and served it in a pint glass. There is an area on the bottle that looks like there should be a freshness date printed, but it was blank.

The side label states that "only all natural ingedients are used along with a fine dosage of yeast that lets Affligem mature and mellow in the bottle."

A very goldenish warm yellow appearance with a really nice creamy head. Some lacings.

I could smell grains and spices with honey like aromas.

The creamy head and sweet flavors really makes this a smooth beer at 7.0% ABV. The sweet flavors hit the palate that balance the esters. Very yeasty and spicy.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 23:59:01 | More by Hibernator
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely effervesant! This beer, which I poured carefully, has an huge head that keep growing and growing. Tons of bubbles constantly make their way to the top of the glass. I bought this 12 oz bottle on it's own because I had never had the blond before.

The smell is almost like a mild triple. Soft and sweet with a hint of something spicy. The taste is very similar but with more spice coming through. A bit drier than I expected. Also, I pick up a weird hint of something smokey? Not sure where that is coming from. All around a solid beer that I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2004 01:07:36 | More by CharlesRiver
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BittRnessabounds

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking ale with the effervescent carbonation, nice color and wonderful head. The bottle says to carefully retain the yeast in the bottle, or to pour the yeast into the glass for a nuttier taste. I started by leaving the yeast in the bottle, and found this lead to a very pleasant crisp, slightly dry and slightly fruity (apples) taste. The carbonation and body enhanced the experience. Then I poured in the yeast. I would not say that it produced a nuttier taste. I would say the flavor was a bit more full, perhaps a bit spicier. Beyond that the flavor changed to something i can't describe accurately, I got stuck on the "nuttier taste" which I didn't agree with. Instead of determining how best to describe the taste change i kept trying to find the nutty taste. I couldn't find it and suddenly my glass was empty. This is in no way a knock on the beer. I enjoyed this both with and without yeast. This was a very solid belgian, simultaneously full flavored and somewhat light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2004 01:54:57 | More by BittRnessabounds
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Boto

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught: This pours a golden oragish color. It is slightly hazy. There is a bit of a thick, white head. It does linger for awhile and provides a bit of lacing. The aroma is caramel sweet with lemony notes. Hints of spices, mainly clove. The taste is sweet and a touch yeasty. A fairly decent beer!

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2004 17:28:28 | More by Boto
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head on this brew was the best I have ever see, outside of a Guinness. It was really big and was very pillowy to boot. It almost looked like whipped cream on top of the beer. The color was a cloudy pale color, which was nice too. Smell was a little hoppy, with a nutty/malty backbone. Taste was similar, but a little more in the hoppy aftertaste. I'm not much for big hops and such, but this brew settled nicely with me. A nice brew to drink, especially since it's a lighter brew, but with higher alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2004 21:29:45 | More by JISurfer
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jsolack

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Cloudy/clear yellow in color with great deal of head. Head last a while. Very nice looking brew.

Smell:
Slight sweet smell with grainly and citrus overtones. Nice scent but a little mild.

Taste:
A nice but power citrus grain flavor. Good but not really my thing.

Mouthfeel:
Really nice feel in mouth carbonation is strong and is nice and thick in mouth.

Drinkability:
Easy to drink beer, tastes great especially for the high alchohol content.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2004 00:32:06 | More by jsolack
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a lightly-hazy golden with peach accents, forming a tall, rocky white head with spiral streamers that help it form a doughy peaking cap. Retention is excellent and lacing is very nice. Carbonation is medium-strong. Aroma is wonderful...a prominant freesia/lavender kind-of floral note, moderate cloves, a touch of green bananas,, very floral...smells like I have flowers under my nose. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a light body and clean finish. Taste begins with herbal hops, a touch of malt body and pale malt sweetness, dense bittering hop profile, white pepper, a touch of metal, and no off-flavors. The finish is crisp and clean with a prolonged herbal bitterness. This brew has a strong hop profile and medium bitterness which is atypical to many Belgian Abbeys.

This is an interesting brew...I'd like to think of it as a 30/70 mix of Grimbergen Blonde and Anchor Steam. It's flavorful but not complex, light in body and clean, yet not quite enough to get me excited.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 17:18:14 | More by Mitchster
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy golden color. Nice sized white head. Lots of lacing along the glass. This was one crisp and refreshing Belgian beer. Honey malt flavor seems to be the most prevalent. Floral hops are there for flavor as this beer is not bitter at all. Yeast is quite noticeable and provides the refreshing flavor here. Acidic ending that finally dries out. This is not the most intense or complex Belgian I have had but it is still quite nice. Very good for its price.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2004 18:25:10 | More by granger10
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz bottle
Pours a golden amber clear color, effervescent with lots of debris swimming around. The head is full and white with large soap-like bubbles and clingy lace. The head retention is fair and reduces to a fine layer.
The aroma is fruity, malty, of bread, hops and a spicy background. The flavor starts out dry with sweet/tart middle and a lingering peppery finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, fully carbonated with a tart finish.

IMHO: nothing to write home about. The beer has a nice mouthfeel and a distinctive flavor, but the dryness and bitter finish are not compensated for in the balance. As with most of the higher alcohol beers, it improves as it nears room temp - becoming more smooth and sweet.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2004 23:03:52 | More by SeanChouffe
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served at cellar temperature, with all the yeast. Pours a hazy, honey gold with a one inch "shaving cream" head. Nice sheet lacing and very good head retention. Aroma is very fruity up front, with orange and banana leading the way. Coriander, and possibly nutmeg follow. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and has a lot of fizzy carbonation. Taste begins with a dry and bitter biscuity note. Pale malts are very obvious. Some tart fruitiness tries to be assertive, but some hops bitterness knocks back the balance toward dry and bitter. Alcohol is well hidden, but can be noted as this nears room temperature. Finish is dry and bitter. Overall, it's a decent Belgian pale ale, but not one I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 23:00:49 | More by merlin48
Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.