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

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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of orangemoustache
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Opethsprite
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of thartman
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jdmorgan
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of scottyshades
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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"

Photo of Shadman
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MiScusi
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of ablaze
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Stoneman78
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of Overlord
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ralree
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...)

Photo of irishkyle21
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JustinBathurst
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of theopholis
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerDreadz
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 onz brown bottle no freshness date (empty bottle is heavier)

The appearance of this beer is really nice ,a golden color with nice with head that stays there for a while(3 or 4 minutes easy).

The smell is nice some herbs in there.

The taste is really amazing, some sweetnes ,like honey, you can feel some alcohol at the end of your mouth,but with the taste it does'nt bother you.

I would drink this again,of course , is really bad i did'nt get some more.

I was like a year in my house,it looks like that make it better.

Photo of canucklehead
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured slightly hazy , very sedimented and huge head. The nose was full on Belgium with yeast, hops and a spiciness apparent. The beer was quite bitter at times due to the hops but generally was a smooth pale ale with a medium mouthfeel. Not a bad beer but I felt it lacked real presence and complexity. I would like to try it fresh on tap in Belgium though as I think it would taste better .

Photo of kmpitz2
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25 cl bottle purchased in France. A light golden brew fills my glass, with a small and patchy coat over top. Massive bubbles cascade from the bottom of the glass to the surface. Clarity is superb. The nose hits me immediately with a variety of aromas: fruity banana esters, sweet candied sugar, mild clove spiceyness, even a very faint undertone of light lemony zest. There is a lot going on here, but the sweetness is the overriding character that comes through. The first sip brings a blast of spicey yeast characters , along with a mild herbal hop notes. The sweetness and fruity esters that are prevalent in the aroma take a back seat in the flavor. I'm surprised at the hoppyness of this one, even having a little bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light carbonation. It is slightly drying and a touch astringeny on the finish. This is a fairly busy beer, that delivers a vastly different experience in taste compared with the aroma, which I like. The hopping still just seems too prevalent on the finish to me for the style. I think this small format bottle is the right serving size for this brew. It is enjoyable.

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