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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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907 Ratings

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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.46%
Wants: 33
Gots: 61 | 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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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

08-18-2005 03:40:14 | More by DogFood11


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

12oz. bottle poured into a chalice. No date on bottle.

The blond has a 1/2" white head (large bubbles) and is a pale gold, the color of apricot flesh. The head recedes quickly and stays at a thin cap for the duration. Little lacing.

The nose is bread, fruit, powder. Very vaguely hefe like.

The first taste is nice and rich. Lightly spicy, sweet. Some yeast apparent. Malty with some fruit in the background.

High drinkability. Good carbonation. Refreshing. Borders on becoming cloying at some point in the 12oz., but nothing that put me off of it. The 7% ABV is well hidden. This is a solid beer from Affligem, nothing spectacular but certainly worth drinking. I will drink this again at some point.

08-04-2005 01:00:14 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of andjusticeforale


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

I bought a six pack of this stuff in my never ending quest to find a nice beer that reminds me of all the good qualities of a Belgian strong pale ale, but with less alcohol and less of a price tag.

Anyway, I was promised by my reliable beer-store clerk that this beer was a "Belgian style blond, but with flavor." And that it was. There were instructions to either pour the yeast in, or don't, so I did. It wasn't really that cloudy, and it looked a beautiful pale gold in my trappist chalice.

The smell was good but not outstanding; malty sweetness, some yeast bread and some hint of fruit.

There was a bitter hop flavor which was noticeable, but certainly not overpowering, and lended balance, added to the drinkability and refreshment. There wasn't too much complexity here, but there was a full body goodness, and some nice lace on th eglass, with massive amounts of carbonation. At the price, about $1.79 per bottle, its not really a bad deal at all.

07-25-2005 18:42:31 | More by andjusticeforale
Photo of sinistermadman


4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a murky yellow with an active carbonation. Big white marshmallow looking head leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Spicy with hints of honey and fermented fruit.

Mouthfeel is syrup laden and effervescent. Taste is somewhat sweet with citrus and floral notes up front. Finishes nicely with a smooth spicy character that is quite satisfying.

A drinkable brew at 7%. I would not turn down another if offered.

07-16-2005 23:04:57 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of BEERchitect


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

A highly carbonated ale with a snow white bubbly head that fell from 1" to 1/4". Golden orange with slight pink hues. Smells honey sweet, citrusy, and spicy. Tingles the notse. Tastes the same honey sweet, cut quite drastically with pepper, corriander, and other spices and spicy hops. Medium body behind the alcohol. Finishes a bit yeasty and bite-ey. Aftertaste is mildly sweet and spicy. Not a long linger, crisp. A good beer for style

07-03-2005 14:36:54 | More by BEERchitect
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3.3/5  rDev -15.8%

Hazey gold topped with a huge 2 inch layer of beige pourous head. A lot of carbonation kept it bubbly throughout me draining the glass.

The strong head fed my nose with a bit of yeast. Some fruit, peach maybe.Notable presence of banana's. I could swear I smelled a little tobacco. Just a small amount, nothing major.

Honey, some orange, dry citrus with malt. A slight amount of spices covered the rest of flavor. Then the malt finished the drink.

Spicey and very dry. Decent chewy feel with a clean finish. It was ok.

07-01-2005 01:28:07 | More by Ahhdball
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours slightly hazy with a golden body capped with an egg-white color and consistency in the collar of foam. A seemingly endless supply of carbonation bubbles up from within the depths of a beer-clean chalice.

Aroma is slightly reminiscent of Affligem's Tripel, with a nose dominated by earthy malt, yeast, and a hint of honey.

Entry is crisp and signaled by a rush of tongue scrubbing CO². Midtaste features a depth of malt hard to find in a blonde outside an abbey, followed by a nicely rounded finish of spices, yeast, and hallertau hop bite.

Honey and additional spices are noted as this blond warms past cellar temperature.Mouthfeel is generous without being chewy and the palate is well structured.

06-26-2005 07:03:14 | More by IceAce
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4.47/5  rDev +14%

Bright golden/amber in color topped with a very tight and thick white foam head, which retains very well and creates a fine clinging lace. I left the chunky goodness in the bottle, to consume after the review.

Big floral and herbal nose, with spicy pepper and blossom honey.

Sharp-ish on the palate. Creamy and lively carbonation action on the palate that tingles and bites. Near astringent puckering bitterness blends with a dry and quenching edge. Phenols (faint medicinal) and pepper add complexities, while a soft honey-like sweetness provides perfect balance. Some bready notes as the beer warms, with a pronounced sweetness. Dry finish, touch of floral oil and powdery grain in the finish. Bone-dry linger.

A gorgeous blond. Balanced, interesting, quenching, highly drinkable and strong.

05-23-2005 17:55:42 | More by Todd
Photo of GClarkage


4/5  rDev +2%

05/18/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Sacramento, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates to be found. Poured into my Stone IPA flute.

Appearance- A large and full medium bubbled head, golden amber in color and about average lacing.

Smell- Mostly sweet malt hints to go with maybe a touch of spices.

Taste- Pretty much dead on with the scent. Not super sweet malt, but enough to keep your attention. Plenty of spices and maybe a herb tea kind of taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation here.

Drinkability- Maybe not quite as good as I was hoping, but wasn't bad at all for the cost, which I can't remember. I think somewhere along the lines of $2.69 or something. Think this one would be a pretty good beer once the weather gets a bit warmer.

05-19-2005 16:21:04 | More by GClarkage
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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured into a snifter with a remarkably clear deep golden color and a huge white head. It breaks up, leaving lace down the glass as it goes.

The nose has the familiar yeast and spicy bread, but it is very subdued. Alcohol seems to carry the other note to my nose.

The taste is another story. Huge flavor, shortbread, tangerine, cloves, and a nice, lengthy, bitter finish. Wow!
Medium bodied, strong carbonation.. pushing the envelope as far as that goes for me. But this is a very drinkable strong pale, and I will definitely be going back for more.

05-13-2005 03:08:56 | More by MrSeth
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Slightly hazy gold/copper colour. Head was large and fluffy off the pour, settling after a couple minutes to a rocky, white foam. Fruity aroma of bananas and pear. Some phenolic spiciness and noble hops.

Sweet flavour to start, fruity (pear), with a very light bitterness. A little bready as well. Some floral hop flavour appears at the finish, where the malt fades away and bitterness is a little more apparent. Subdued peppery character peeks through at the finish as well. Very creamy texture. High carbonation interferes a bit with the mouthfeel (too much comes out of the beer in your mouth after you sip it). Medium/light body. Just a touch of alcohol warming, but really no alcohol flavour.

330 mL brown bottle, best before date printed on rear of label.

04-12-2005 00:03:04 | More by DrJay
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3.88/5  rDev -1%

Affligem blonde in my opinion is a good, middle-of-the-road Belgian Pale.

Pours a deep golden color into my tulip glass, which quickly turns murky when I pour the yeast in. Smell is of distinctively nutty belgian yeast along with some citrus and spices. Cardamom, allspice are barely noticable, but present. Taste is very crisp and clean, with the nuttyness of the yeast and the spicyness of the hops balanced by the crisp flavor of the malts. A bit of citrus is again evident. Mouthfeel is peppery and carbonated, but very crisp and refreshing. An excellent spring/summer ale. Very drinkable.

04-10-2005 22:49:10 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of HogHill


4/5  rDev +2%

Purchased as a single 12 oz bottle.
I poured this one into a tulip glass, it has straw golden color with an impressive white 2 finger head on top. Decent clarity.

Smells like belgian yeast with an ester presence in the nose (here the head really magnifies the aroma).

Yum, a really nice elgian golden ale, very clean tasting. It feels medium bodied with a substantial amount of bubbly. I will pick up a six pack of this next time I'm at Colonial Spirits.

Affligem Blonde isn't the best Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but it's definitely a solid representative of the style, and a little more affordable to boot...Overall, it's reminiscent of a Duvel, but not as complex.

03-30-2005 00:27:54 | More by HogHill
Photo of Zorro


4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours a hazy amber color, bright white head.

Smell is sweet fruity and spicy, nectar like in its scent.

Taste is a little sweet and full of the flavors of spring. Lots of flowers and coriander in the taste. Honey flavors are in there and a spice bite that never dulls. Noticeable bitterness in this that is just about perfect. Taste is drier than the scent.

Mouthfeel is good and similar to Hennepin.

This is a DAMN FINE beer that I will absolutely buy again. Seriously easy to drink. This is a bit sweeter and spicier than a Duvel, and this is something I really like. Less expensive than Duvel here ($2 a Bottle) and of similar quality.

03-29-2005 02:49:13 | More by Zorro
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Poured a hazy golden colour with a big chunky white head. The head fades of course, but it does not go away, and leaves its lacing all over. A mixture of big and tiny bubbles can be seen rushing up from the bottom of the glass.

The smell of this one is only so-so. I think the first one I had impressed me more. I smell dampness, with a little bit of a flowery aroma in there.

Taste is also about average. There is some complexity, leading from a sweeter start to a dry black pepper finish. Something in the taste reminds me of white wine.

Mouthfeel is good, not too thin and a fair carbonation level. The beer is drinkable, but not outstanding. It hides it's alcohol well, but isn't something that's making me wish it wasn't my last bottle.

The first bottle of this I had was better. Perhaps because I drank it colder. Funny, I expected to get more aroma and flavour from a slightly warmer beer, but really there seemed to be more when it was nice and cold.

03-23-2005 05:46:03 | More by elricorico
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Came in a 330 ml brown bottle, 6.8% abv listed on the label, best before date is: 22 09 06. Poured into my Affligem goblet, I noticed that when the head finally starts to settle down that a full pour from a 330 ml bottle actually underlines the Affligem name on the goblet. Pretty clever, I think. And the head is massive, it billows straight up over the rim of the goblet and keeps going. A massive white spongy beast, one simply has to sit back and admire it. The body of this ale itself is a hazed golden honey with slight highlights of apricot, with a decent amount of carbonation action. The nose contains sweet malt and yeast at first, but a peppery spiciness becomes apparent very soon, along with some clove and banana. The mouthfeel is light and effervescent over the palate, contributing to the mild flavours to be experienced. Not much occurs until close to the finish, a medley of malt and honey sweetness blending with the spicy finish, touched with a little bit of citrus on the aftertaste to help cut the spice. The other samples I've had of this stuff seemed more complex at the time, but I was too busy drinking and enjoying them to really break it all down at the time. A decent Belgian blond, not very overwhelming, but I find it a nice ale to sip and relax with, I must admit that I've bought a great deal of these since they've become available in the local market.

03-20-2005 18:03:57 | More by IronDjinn
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4.53/5  rDev +15.6%

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color and has a huge head that sticks around for as long as there is beer in your glass. The aroma is spicy and yeasty and very malty. An aroma one could get lost in... The taste is every bit as good, spicy, malty and yeasty... As good as any Belgian Blonde. This is one smooth drinking bier and one that has found a home in my refrigerator.

03-13-2005 09:59:33 | More by RushLimbmalt
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3.35/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours a pretty golden, slighly hazy with a small head that quickly vanishes in a Leffe goblet. Aroma is pleasantly sweet, creamy, with a slight yeasty tartness. Good, but pretty simple.

Flavor is dominated by a tartness (from hops? it's not hoppy at all) and yeastiness that doesn't allow this to be as pleasant as it should be. There is some residual sugar that helps, but only so so.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery and thin, considering what it is. Some creaminess that keeps it from being a complete bust.

This is ok, and alright going down, but just not what I had hoped for.

03-11-2005 03:34:55 | More by Dukeofearl
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3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

A nice, although not overly special or unique, abbey style blonde.
I had many of these while on vacation in the Ardeche. It was the only decent beer they had and it proved to be an excellent, light thirst quenching brew to go with cheese dishes.

The beer istelf is clear and golden in colour with a nice head. Smell is somewhat fruity and malty with some yeast. Classic aromas wich are also present in the taste, along with some spices and slightly dry hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is good. Quite some carbonation, Light to medium body.
The drinkabillty is excellent in my opinion, although some people may not agree. Overall a nice and drinkable blonde.

02-13-2005 16:56:18 | More by Paddez
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2.38/5  rDev -39.3%

Yellow-oranged, lightly veiled. A beautiful white head, quite compact, sticking, persistent.
Smell of yeast, bread crust, the, and "rosolada" (eggs, sugar and marsala). White flowers.
The taste is on the same notes, even with the part with eggs and sugar... Quite heavy, it can becomes quite boring. Too sweet. Some alcohol too.
Medium-light body.
Few things in the aftertaste, just some malty and fruity (pear and peach). Some sweetness too, but it slips away quickly.

Note: on the label the alcohol is 6.8%.

01-24-2005 20:09:02 | More by stcules
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a hazy, golden coloured beer with a thick and creamy foam. There is a strong carbonation in there.

Smell is malty, fruity and has traces of some sweet clementine. There is yeast in there as well, the smell sadly though is quite weak.

Taste is fruity and prickly. A very soft velvet taste with yeast traces and alcohol in there. It has a small bitterness.

A very light and nice beer, nothing out of the ordinary though.

01-01-2005 16:29:03 | More by stjarnflikka
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Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Affligem Blond is picture perfect in the Affligem chalice glass. The head could be monstrous if you so desired, but even pouring intensely slowly I get more than ample soapy, styrofoam-thick head. A chaliced glass is the only drinking vessel from which to appreciate this. The foam is aspirin white, very consistent, and so creamy it appears solid. It crackles slowly and richly. The lacing is prodigiously viscous, leaving thick pockets of foam all over the glass. The liquid itself is honey with the slightest touch of orange; lightish brown, and almost white-looking in some light. A little hazy, but quite clear. I get pear and chalky-vanilla on my initial sniff. The aroma is creamy, sugary, and sour. From far above the rim I get a peculiar chemical, almost adjunct-type smell, like boozy malt liquor. Curious. In closer there are definite sourdough bread smells, and green apple. After that some light roasted notes, like salted bacon. I smell a great deal of salinity actually. Pasta, peanuts, and also fresh greens, such as spinach. The taste is exceptionally creamy, feeling more like coffee cream in the mouth. The carbonation is low, not making much impression upon the tongue. I did not really begin to taste this beer until it hit the back-middle of my tongue, because up front there is very little save a soapy wateriness. In the middle the malt and alcohol come in, and it leaves with syrupy fruit, such as tangerine. In the finish I get the salted taste, again, like bacon, or beef jerky. Some metal. There is also a fairly intense perfumed taste. At first the beer seems more sweet than dry, but after a bottle I found the reverse is true. The lees, a drudgy green-yellow, with large chunks of yeast, give a little less acidity to the beer. I think a crisper carbonation would do this beer good. Mouthfeel is full. I have tried more complex Belgian blondes, but this one is definitely worth a try at least once. Three cheers for the head on this beer, however. Wow. The creaminess and subdued taste make it quite drinkable.

12-30-2004 06:57:16 | More by Cwrw
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Alberta (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -28.6%

--small 330 ml brown bottle, freshness date stamped on back
--average, golden in color
--thin head that left minor lacing
--pretty sweet honey/fruit like smell

A pretty average Belgian beer. Nothing really wrong with it, just nothing really stands out as good either.

12-27-2004 06:28:21 | More by canadianbarman
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3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Okay, here goes my first BA review...

On opening the beer it exhibited a nice bouquet, slightly citrusy. This blond ale poured with more head than I've had in some time. The thick creamy white head lingered throughout and clinged to the side of the glass till the end. The color in the glass was a cloudy medium golden. I think the cloudiness was was due to the fact that I did not let the ale rest after transportation and this ale is rich with yeast. The taste is very citrusy in a good way with only a slight hoppy taste at the end. Not my favorite beer but one that I will definetley have again.

12-23-2004 03:09:03 | More by SurferRob
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Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

It pours with a puffy white cloud on top of a brilliantly clear pale golden yellow beer. The aroma is yeasty and fruity, slightly citrus.

Sharply carbonated at first, with an immediate peppery zing. First impressions: the pepper up front, and a sturdy bitter finish. It's quite dry and bracing, with hints of honey and malt. The carbonation is brisk, and overall it's a tasty, easy drinking "light" Belgian.

I got this in a four-bottle gift pack with a goblet, for a steal. I'm a sucker for a good promotion.

12-22-2004 06:16:42 | More by Garin
Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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