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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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931 Ratings

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Ratings: 931
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 35
Gots: 69 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001)
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Photo of beerphilosopher
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden hue with reddish/amber touches ... slightly cloudy. Thick white head with good staying power. Very yeasty, sweet nose, accentuated with spices and candy sugar. Quite peppery, yet mild. Tatse is similar, with considerable yeast, malt, and candy sugar throughout. Slightly citrusy at times, with mostly a lighter spice profile. Body is really very light, finished slightly sweet, and leaves a peppery aftertaste. This is good. Body was lighter than I had hoped, but this is a bit lower abv too. All in all, a very good blonde.

beerphilosopher, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of headlessparrot
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It sometimes feels as though my local LCBO gets pretty much last pick in the singles department. Just a few odd bottles laying on a shelf, most of them probably what was left of a six-pack after theft... or something like that, anyway. But I went there today anyway, and picked up a few random bottles - amongst them, Affligem Blond, an abbey brewed since 1074. Quite a history.

And boy is this brew a looker. It poured from the 330mL bottle (with a stamped-on best before date) into my tulip glass an orangey-gold, unfiltered and cloudy. But what was most noticeable was the sizeable and persistant cappy of very frothy, fluffy head that topped this brew, even with a very careful pour. Almost three fingers, with absolutely great retention Also quite a bit of lacing. This looks delicious.

And it smells delicious too. Primarily cloves and distinct citrus notes in the nose - think mostly (curaco?) oranges with perhaps a hint of lemon. Malts make up a bit of background noise. Very sweet, and very mouthwatering.

Taste is crisp, mildly malty and dry, with a hint of bitterness on the finish. It seems odd, but the very distinct fruity smells aren't very obvious on the tastebuds at all. A mild spiciness; slightly yeasty and perhaps some hops, a very slighty 'skunk'? As the brew warms a bit, the citrus flavours do become a bit more pronounced, though not as much as I'd have liked to see. There's also a mild sourness that is neither wholly unpleasant nor particularly endearing. A bit of a mixed bag here.

Of course, the flavours are difficult to distinguish because the brew is a little heavy on the carbonation, a distraction on the tongue - though the body is actually pleasantly moderate. As for drinkability - though I wouldn't reccomend it at 6.8% ABV, I could probably have more than a few of these in a sitting, though I can't see why I would choose it over at least a dozen or so beers that I like more (though within the style, which I admittedly have little experience with, it's pretty good, I suppose).

At over $3 a bottle at the local LCBO, I was expecting a pretty tasty brew, significant brew. And while Affligem looks and smells absolutely outstanding, it's taste is a bit of a mixed bag, which leads me to conclude that it's not worth the hefty price tag. If you can find it at a reasonable price, I say try it. But at the price I paid, it's not really worth your time unless you're a huge fan of the style (in which case, I'd suspect, you'll have had better). It rates highly and is, admittedly, pretty tasty, but that doesn't reflect its value in terms of product for price.

headlessparrot, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ML bottle poured into a goblet.

Very pretty beer. Big, frothy Belgian head, gold colour, unfiltered and cloudy. Very nice looking blond. Smells of Citrusy zest, coriander, and bready malt. Sweet-smelling beer.

Taste is big and heady, sweet earthy malts and cloves, orange. Bitterness is kept to a minimum, soft and warm tones, yet still quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is soft, thick, and inviting, yet balanced well with the carbonation. Slides down pretty well, but this isn't as complex as a lot of Belgians I've had. Still a good recommendation though, and nice to have on the shelves in Manitoba.

trevorwideman, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice semi-cloudy light orangish color with a nice foamy white head that went down but i immediately see lacing on the glass.

Smells oh so familier. Ive had this many times before, but i jsut think it is the style that i have grown acustom to. It really smells like a nice belgium strong pale ale. A very earthy sweet smell to it with a hop kick. lots of herbs. very nice.

Taste is good. Good and sweet. The carbonation is overwhelming, which is affecting the taste. A deep sweet taste to it like honey. A little spicey, but not too much, more like a combination with the spices and carbonation give it a peppery kick to it. . Not very complex, but is good.

Mouthfeel. Like i said, lotss of carbonation. But besides this it does have a creamy feel to it. good balance. This might be the most carbonated beer i've ever had, at least this bottle is.

Overall a good beer. I think it is an average example of this style, which isnt bad as this is an incredible style. I would pick others ahead of this beer, but wouldnt be upset with it either.

acrawf6, Feb 01, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very slightly cloudy medium yellow, with a big, thick white head that is very slow to dissipate and leaves very good lacing. Smells of yeast and breads, with some spices and a subtle alcoholic bite. Tastes of sharp breads and spices, with yeast and some citrus in the background and alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but creamy and fairly satisfying, and drinkability is very good. A very good brew.

Mandrake, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy orange with a chunky white head.

S - Alcoholic and citrus. Slighty cloying sweetness.

T - Fruity. Lemony. A little bit of yeast comes through as well. Hop bitterness is low, but cleans up the palate in the end, with a floral hop flavour.

M - A bit of a harsh mouthfeel. Very light but the overcarbonated. Pop(soda)- like.

D - Not bad. Not great. Wouldn't turn my nose up at it.

allergictomacros, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of PorterLambic
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear blond color with a 1" off-white head of tight little bubbles that actually will make a peak. Good lace, too.
Smell is fruit, spice & malt. This looks and smell just like a wheat.
Taste is also wheat-like with fruit, malt, spices,hops, and a pine/juniper flavor.
Mildly astringent with a medium-full body, smooth. A spice and pine aftertaste is a little odd to my palate.
Looks like a wheat, smells like a wheat & drinks like a wheat. But still a decent brew.

PorterLambic, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a funny note, my mother took one sip of this beer straight from the bottle and said "ew! That is the closest thing to cough syrup I've ever had!" The smell and taste of this beer is just what a Blonde should be. The smell is sweet like candy and sugar, and the taste is similar. There is a slight acidic lemony taste to it which makes it really easy to drink. But its also very light, there is no overwhelming effervessing going on in my mouth. A very traditional Blond (since 1077)) and a taste that has sure lasted.

Toddv29424, Jan 12, 2006
Photo of AaronRed
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is nice beer to drink at almost any time, anywhere, with any food. It is a bit potent with the alcohol content being at 7%, so you don't want to go crazy with it. However, I found it quite enjoyable, a nice crisp looking brew, with some strong yeasty and fuirty aromas. It has a slight bitterness to it that gives it some substance. It drinks well and is balanced with some sweetness as it warms. You can't wrong here.

AaronRed, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of MattBrooks
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My goodness this beer has a huge head. I did the classic "down the side of the glass" pour and it still had a 2 inch head on it. A bit darker than most blondes, but the amber hue was appealing. The intense bitterness combined with huge orange notes took me by surprise; yet the brew had a good mouthfeel to it. The alcohol content, though not overly high, certainly did show its strength adding a sharp finish that was almost too much. All in all, not a bad brew, just not one I'd stock up on.

MattBrooks, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a Tulip Glass, from a bottle with a best before date of 15 03 07

This poured a dark orange to a frothy puffy head, cloudy, with some traces of sediment slowly falling to the bottom. Smells pretty good, hints of bananas and wheat fill the nose. Taste is quite nice, quite light with hoppy characteristics. Mouthfeel was very carbonated but barely any signs of bitterness.

Very Drinkable, Looking forward to the next one I have sitting in my fridge.

funkengruven, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of crwills
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. A cloudy golden colour with a very big, solid-looking white head.

Smell is fruity -- pears, berries, grapes -- with some malty sweetness and a bit of alcohol. Also, I've yet to get one of these that didn't have a bit of skunk to it -- not sure if it's part of the beer's normal flavour or if I'm just unlucky. I think I take care of them pretty well.

Taste is quite sweet, almost cloying at times, with, again, a bit of skunk. Some fruit and floral elements as well, and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Not terrible, but probably not something I'd buy again considering all the numerous beers of the same type that are available around here.

crwills, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What the fuck? I've had this one in the cupboard for just about a year. Crazy. Pours a super cloudy gold, full of huge ass chunks. Big rocky white head, looking multigrain by all the big brown chunks suspended in it, but the most amazing lace I've ever seen, I have pictures to prove it. Smell is sweet, honey, floral/citrus, grass, very clean smelling. Taste is honey, iron, apple/pear, vanilla, oak, very balanced, caramel/chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Crazy chunks! Very smooth, the aging made this beer 100% better.

Viggo, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of pjwilson
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i get this beer sometimes, mostly because it is about half the price of some other smiliar stuff like duvel or piraat. Another good "training wheels" beer from affligem

appearance: poured into my tulips and produces some pretty massive head. but it subsides in time. Really nice looking beligan pale malt color, a bit darker than some. Quite nice.

smell: some sweet malt. maybe some yeast. not much really.

taste: the first word that comes to mind is buttery. thats the first taste. after you swallow the fruity notes come out more, revelling some pear and apple. But it's quite tame. not much complexity but a nice showcase for that beligan malt.

this is a nice solid drinker, i will get from time to time due to the price. it's a nice basic beer, that you don't have to sip slow, it's quenching my thirst pretty well which can't be said about some other Belgian ales.

pjwilson, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a hazy peach color with monstrous head that threatened to leave the glass. Head is white, puffy and chunky. Smell is sweet, with hints of banana. Candy sugar also noted. Taste is dissapointing with some metallic notes present. Has a very strong overpowering hoppy bitternesss that semms to push all other flavors aside. Lots of wheat to be found. Subsequent tastes improve a bit but the hop bite is still too strong for my liking. Finishes with a strong bitterness. Not what I was expecting.

tgbljb, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of the style, they often just seem like lighter versions of more substantial Belgian ales. This arrived at a local "packy" this week in six packs. Somewhat suprisingly, I really enjoyed this one. It has a little more punch and body than the usual blonde. A little darker in color, some spice and bite (along with the usual fruity undertones). Refreshing and quite drinkable. I think I'll go back and get the rest of the sixpack!

JohnnyDuvel, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of maddamish
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden color with a nice sized head. laces nicely. Very nice.

Smell: Sweet smell of honey/candy. Slight flowery fragrance.

Taste: A smooth beer that goes down easily.Notes of orange, candy and a sweetness you get from honey. Orange Pulp aftertaste.

Notes: I went to the Acme grocery today and asked the knowledgeable beer guy if he would walk out of here tonight with one beer, what would it be? He told me to try this one. A wonderful recommendation.

maddamish, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a white head, some retention, nice lacing.

S: Clean, bready malt, macro-like hop aroma... smells like beer.

T: Fruit-bread, well-balanced, finish is quite dry.

M: Light to moderate body, plenty of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and digestible, but the bubbles make me burp!

Derek, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of beersarang
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice peach color with a HUGE white foamy head that forms a nice meringue that holds forever and ever. Bubbles all over the place. This is how a belgian should pour.

Good fruity malty smell, slight yeast but mostly sweetness.

Big Belgian aromatic malts upfront, caramel and honey. Ever so slight hop bitterness, but not discernable hop flavor at all. Fruits like apple and peach interplay, finishes with warming alcohol and a slight sweetness. Well done and a good fit to the style.

Carbonation was a bit overdone, but that gets better with time. Also the mouthfeel is just a touch on the thin side, which seems to improve with time and temp as well.

I liked this one a lot, Belgian pales are a dime a dozen, but this one stands out as a good example and benchmark of the style.

beersarang, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold in colour with some really good aromas of banana, pear, yeast, and various spices. The flavor is a bit of a letdown, as it begins with a fairy harsh metallic note. On the back end, things return to normal, with some more fruity (banana) elements coming to the fore, along with some light breadiness and some butterscotch sweetness. This would be a pretty good beer if not for the metallic note.

fisherman34, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of slitherySOB
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite possibly the clearest Belgian ale I have ever seen. Reminds me more of a pilsner. Yellow and clear. However, the big fluffy head that lasts throughout the drink lets me know, this is a Belgian ale. Lace coats the inside of the glass thoroughly. Smells of sweet malts, toasted breads, pepper, lemon, honey, and... dandelions? I keep smelling this and I swear, my nose detects dandelions. Interesting. Taste starts out sweet. Honey and sweet malts. However, it changes quickly to this spicy pepperness that is made even stronger by the carbonation. Leaves citrusy, with lemons and oranges. No dandelions in the taste, though there is a bit of grassiness. And yes, I do know what dandelions taste like. Mouthfeel is prickly. Likely from the carbonation. Overall, a good beer.

slitherySOB, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz bottle of this brew while wandering the aisles at Galco's a week ago. Poured into my Duvel glass; rewarded with a hazy nectarine colored brew loaded with tightly packed bubbles and a thick foamy off-white head that left great gobs of lace behind. Quite attractive.
The nose had the standard aromas of a BSPA; sweet malts some fruity esters and a well developed spiciness that was mainly pepper with a supporting coriander element. An initial sip and Affligem Blonde delivers a zap to the tongue like touching a nine-volt battery to your tongue. Bracingly acidic; tart. Citric bite works hard to counter the sweetness of the malt and fruitiness. Finishes with a fine peppery spice flourish. The feel was light, creamy thanks to the immense carbonation, and crisply tart.
Overall, a pretty decent Belgain strong pale ale, one I'd have again. Packs more of a sting than others but that's okay by me.

Boilermaker88, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Considering the owner of this brewery, (Heineken) this was a darn good beer.

I'm not a big fan of Blonds but this one was pretty delicious.

Healthy white head, bubbly body.

Smelled of sweet malts, honey, wet grass, and a touch of lemon.

Felt frisky on my tongue. Went down quickly for 6.8% ABV.

Tasted like it smelled.

Similar to Duvel but simpler, not quite as good.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three finger thick, frothy, large bubbled, rocky, lacing, pale tan colored head that sits atop a hazy, orangish gold colored beer. The aroma is faintly malty at first with notes of lightly toasted malt, it then picks up a lightly astringent, almost spicy note that reminds me a bit of basil, bergamot and fresh cut weeds. All in all the aroma is fairly subdued though.

This beer is pretty well carbonated and it foams effervescently as it rolls across my tongue for the first time. There is a malty sweetness here that lasts throughout, which accentuates a soft orange-fruit note that is in this beer. This beer has a bit of a sharp bite to it as well, a combination of the carbonation and the spicy character of this brew. The finish has a long subtle note that reminds me of vanilla cream, sort of in a softly sweet lightly mouth-coating way. This beer is slightly herbal in character, yet balanced by a citrusy fruitiness, and rounded out by a bit of spiciness (ginger and pepper being most notable).

This beer is very well made, there is certainly nothing off-putting here, but I still feel that it lacks a certain something. While all of the flavors are nice, it is lacking either an intensity or an interesting quality that would keep me coming back for more.

Gueuzedude, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed off notes from naja's in redondo beach Aug 13th '05:

Real nice pour as can be expected at a fine beer establishment. Overflowing cotton candy like head. light but able to maintain. Candy aroma's filled the air. really no need to get your nose into this one as its very aromatic sweet with some belgian yeast.

this is a smoooth brew that will kick you in the butt if your not careful...This is my favorite blond beer to this point as the drinkability was outstanding. the sweetness is not rich or overbearing. Bubblegum sets in as the beer warms up. Floral notes as well and a light mouthfeel add to this blond that i'd love to have at my convenience. Unfortunately the drive to see this on tap makes it a scarce commodity.

Not that it matters but on a side note I think this is a fine brew to have a date/wife/girlfriend/bootycall to try as it is somewhat of an easy beer to drink and its alcohol content lends itself to future endeavours.

DogFood11, Aug 18, 2005
Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 931 ratings.