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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Ratings: 1,027
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 39
Gots: 112 | 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 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!

Photo of dsa7783
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a six-pack which ran me almost $11 bucks, pours a golden hazy color with a massive head that almost overflowed my pint-glass... appearance is tremendous with obvious carbonation bubbling up non-stop... Smell is fuity and yeasty with citrus aftertones... taste is superb... a great example of the style with banana and fruit flavors throughout... a nice sting of alcohol can be detected in this brew which tops out at about 6.8% according to the bottle... Mouthfeel is alright, but the alcohol presence won't let me give the drinkability a better rating than a 4... overall, an awesome beer that will certainly be purchased again... relatively hard-to-find in my area, but worth the search... Definitely recommended...

Photo of CanuckRover
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly not the nicest looking Belgian you'll find. Uber-pale, you'd think it was a mactro lager if it wasn't for the huge foamy head. Surprised by the retension on the sides, wasn't expecting it because of the huge amount of visible carbonation. Wasn't expecting much.

Smells like a Blond. Candy sweetness with a hint of spiciness. A light maltiness.

Pleasantly surprised by the taste. A lagerish, crisp malt, pilsner like as someone else pointed out. Candy sugar is certainly present. Spiciness comes through as cloves. Alcohol comes through in the finish.

Very drinkable for any type of Belgian beer. This combines the full flavour of a blond with the drinkability of a pilsner. Refreshing enough to keep the aficianados happy but simple enough to get the novice interested. Good beer.

Photo of jneiswender
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer in tap at Cambridge Commons. Served in a Dubel glass.

Old gold color. Nice head. Leaves great lacing. (man belgians have the lacing thing down)

Band-aid like smell and taste. Some candy-like aftertaste with a slight alcohol burn as it goes down.

Not as robust as the darks. Very strong clove flavor. Might not be the choice for some who don't like that type of flavor. I don't know if I would want to drink this all night (or could afford to).

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"

Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 1,027 ratings.