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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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996 Ratings

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Ratings: 996
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 37
Gots: 94 | 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 gotweid
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +4.3%
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
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -10.5%
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
3.4/5  rDev -13%
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
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of Noxious26
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap in it's own chalice at Bushwakker.

Golden colour and a little hazy. White head is just a thin cap, but has good staying power and produces some lacing.

Smells like a typical belgian to me. That unmistakeable yeast, cloves and some pepper.

Nice flavour up front. Lightly sweet, toasted malt, cloves, yeast and a hint of pepper. After the light bubbly carbonation rush it's a totally different beer. All bitter herbal hops with a very dry finish.

Light-medium bodied and not quite smooth. Some harshness to it in the end. Tiny bubbly carbonation rush is nice, but a little agressive.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. I don't know how they get it to have two completely different flavour profiles from before and after the carbonation rush. This certainly gives it a level of complexity, but I am no fan of the finish and aftertaste at all. In fact, it just left a bad taste in my mouth.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this beer was OK, but it does not bear favorable comparison to another Belgian golden ale I really like, Duvel. It was OK, just not as distinctive as others.

Appearace was fairly typical for Belgian strong ale or trippel...a hazy gold yellow color with lots of head. This beer's head was industrial looking; small, consistently sized bubbles. This is in contrast to some others (like Duvel) that have billowy heads with a wonderfully inconsistent texture. Aroma was fairly clovey, and flavor more so. However, it was really straight-forward, and not very complex. And its mouthfeel was a bit harsh.

A 6-pack I picked up at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach color with a fluffy head that retains well and leaves copious amounts of lace

Smell: Intriguingly tart aroma with a touch of the barnyard; lacks the sweet banana element I would expect with the style

Taste: Starts with a spicy, slightly woody yeasty flavor that builds in peppery intensity after the swallow; surprising amount of hops in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light and spry with the expected boatload of carbonation

Drinkability: Liked this one a lot more than I expected because it lacked the sweetness and made up for it in spicy complexity

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a yellow body with a dense, white, overflowing head.

Smell: Light malt in the aroma, with bits of yeast, flowers, lemons, and coriander.

Taste: Sweet, with flavors of bananas, lemons, and a faint spiciness. Finishes semi-dry with a hint of hop bitterness, and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Watery texture with a very lively carbonation.

Drinkability: A stock Belgian blonde with far too much carbonation for me.

Photo of albern
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is clearly a Belgian blonde in smell, texture, color, and pour. You have a nice deep orange beer with some retaining head and some lacing. The smell is wonderful: sweet malts, citrus, cloves, spices, coriander, some orange. The smell is exceedingly enticing and quintessentially Belgian. Unfortunately it goes down hill from there. The beer is sweet, a bit syrupy, moderately carbonated, a little on the dry side, and malty. It just doesn't taste nearly as good as other Belgian blondes. There is too much hop taste, there is too much alcohol notes, there is too much after taste of pepper, cloves, and hops. It is just not balanced that well, and worst of all there is this annoyingly tinny taste in the middle. I like the beer, but if I want a nice Belgian blonde Abbey style beer, I can think a several others that just taste better. Try Grimbergen for starters.

Photo of hunteraw
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold in color, clear, big head with good retention. Some lacing.

Smell: Very typical Belgian Pale Ale kind of aroma: spice, Belgian yeast, faint fruit and alcohol.

Taste: Citrus and some spice, not as "Belgian" tasting as the nose suggests.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation on the high side.

Drinkability: Drinkable, for sure, and at 7% easier to session than Duvel or La Fin (though not as good, to be sure).

Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one at Bistro AIX in Jacksonville, FL. This is a very good bistro with a nifty beer selection.

Poured from a brown bottle into a marked chalice, the beer is a bright gold with dense bone white head. It has very active carbonation and nice lacing.

Nice nose of spices, grains and yeast. Very inviting and fresh!

The taste is tart, spicy and a bit earthy. There is some white pepper, clove and a floral aftertaste. There is some hard candy and a touch of sourness late.

The mouth is crisp with excellent carbonation. Easy drinking well-made beer. It went well with AIX’s tasty food.

Photo of kRaa
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a fairly dark orange color, cloudy with small to average sized particles. Head is pretty large with a good lacing, but most of the diminishes quickly. Aroma of flowers, also with a bit yeast. The initial flavor is rather sweet, with a fruity taste. It has a bitter finish with an average duration. Light to medium body with an slight oily texture and good carbonation. Generally a good beer.

Photo of meadhead
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clove-nutmeg tart yeast: hop grass bitter: very mild medicinal phenol

Pouring a cloudy orange-yellow
with decent lace and lingering head

smells yeast
yet who can tell exactly

taste oscillates between
zinging clove mellow tart fruit yeast ester
or metallic nut and hop bitter finish
depending if you pour the yeast in or not

a bit too carbonated crisp with flavor bite and
growing ease

yet drinkability is good
Yes I'll have another please

Photo of bruachan
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i've been sitting on this for a few months now (and it's nice a foamy as a result). bought it at the lizard as part of my world tour

it's quite odiferous. the room is filled with spicy scents. up close hops command a certain balance, but from afar it's nutmeg. lacing is quite good when the head eventually falls

ooh...very spicy tasting, as well (what did i expect?). the hop contribution is assertive, as the beer is substantially bitter and hop flavor undeniable. the spice is also prevalent, although i can't decide if it's overabundant. the malt character is subservient, however. it's quite holiday-y

Photo of steinlifter
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served to me on-tap at an Indian restaurant, served in an Affligem Chalice, small creamy head that held the glass all the way through.
cloudy golden hue.
Musky, vanilla aroma.
Taste was spicy, clove and vanilla, yeasty, with a decent hop profile.
Mouthfeel was both creamy and a bit chewy, tiny spritzy bubbles, crisp.
drinkability was very nice, well balanced beer with substantial flavor that went well with the Indian food.

Photo of umustdrink
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy dark orange color with small sediment clouds. Head is white and rocky in texture, settles to a quarter inch. Lacing is strong.

S - Earthy wheat notes with hints of sweet yeast. A very slight sourness as well.

T - Citrusy, slightly bitter, slightly sour taste. Hints of yeast and wheat as mentioned in the smell.

M - Carbonation is slightly high and hinders the taste just a bit. Slightly oily consistency.

D - Taste is complex but a bit bland.

Photo of mpyle
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge foamy head, moussy and white, with excellent retention. Pale gold color and moderate clarity.

A subtle clove spiciness, some alcohol and a fruity (citrus) aroma.

Some malty and candy sweetness, quickless transitioning to a hop bitterness balanced brew. Finishes fairly clean and moderately dry, with some lingering clove-laced sweetness.

Moderate body and high carbonation. Minimal alcohol warming, and the alcohol is generally well hidden.

A balanced beer with a very subtle Belgian character. A highly drinkable, moderately strong ale with very clean edges.

Photo of weeare138
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dense haze of orange toned gold with a small, bone white head that slowly fades to a mild, batter-esque cap. Lots of streaky lacing is left around the glass. Plenty of yeasty floaties are held in suspension with the heavier chunks anchored at the bottom of the glass.
Smell is of caramel, bready yeast, notes of citrus, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Enticing.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas toned down a bit from the aromas with a decent balanced attack of flavors that leaves sugar blasts of yeast along the tongue.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, yeasty, slightly overcarbonated with a deadening spot in the middle of the tongue. A mild bitterness lingers.

Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 996 ratings.