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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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978 Ratings

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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 37
Gots: 89 | 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 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.

kRaa, Apr 15, 2007
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

meadhead, Apr 10, 2007
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

bruachan, Apr 04, 2007
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.

steinlifter, Mar 30, 2007
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.

umustdrink, Mar 19, 2007
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.

mpyle, Feb 19, 2007
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.

weeare138, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Honey blond hazy brew with tons of tiny bubbles rising up to a fluffy monster of a head. This beautiful beer looks like fluffy ice cream on top of a golden waffle cone. Giant sheets of lace are permanently stuck to the sides of the glass.

S - Bananas, wheat, saltine crackers, salt water, honey, and cloves. Nice and clean.

T - Not quite as nice as the appearance and nose, but very good nonetheless. Sweet honey initially with drying saltine cracker malts and lots of fruity flavors developing in the background. A bit of peppery alcohol is noticible on the finish also. Very hefewiezen-like. Loads of hops show up after the beer warms up a bit.

M - Medium bodied and a little slick at first but very crisp and refreshing on the finish. Again, very hefe-like.

D - Excellent! Although I like the more assertive and oddball flavors of Duvel and Delerium Tremens better, I could probably drink more of these in one sitting. It's really a more average beer than the other three Belgian strong pales that I've had, and sadly that makes it more drinkable.

pmcadamis, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a straw yellow color with mabey a finger of nice white suds. Slight lacing.
Smell is lemon and yeast with just a bit of caramel.
Taste is lemony and sweet with just a bit of bitterness toward the end.
Mouthfeel is very clean leaving just a bit of black bitterness on the back of the tounge. Very tingly with the nice carbonation.
Even with a 7% abv, this one is a session beer all the way. Pretty nice.

peabody, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of oakbluff
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy amber with a nice white head and decent lacing. Smell was belgian sweet. Taste faintly spicy with fairly high carbonation. Quite a dry finish. It seemed very similar to the tripel, perhaps with a dryer finish. I seem to taste more alcohol in this than the tripel- not sure why?

Its an ok belgian.

oakbluff, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of banjaxed
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a large fuffly head. The aroma is phenolic almost smoky in nature. A nice sweet taste with a smudgy, slightly unappealing bitterness. Lots of yeast in the bottle which affects the finish. It has flaws but it has a pleasent spiciness to it that makes it quite enjoyable

The produced on date 5.277.75
What does that mean?.

banjaxed, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of stephendr
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle- color of dark yellow ,white head - nose of yeast , honeydew melon , cloves, spices , sweet fruit and slight malt – taste of yeast , mild hopps , apricots , and cloves - body frothy , and acidic – aftertaste of yeast , sweet acidic fruit and cobwebs

stephendr, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Gmann
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden color with a nice white head, not much in the way of lacing. The blonde has a spicy, peppery, clove like smell, some fruit smell. The taste is spicy as well, with a bit of banana, finishes dry. Has a light mouthfeel but is well carbonated. May be a bit too carbonated but I don't mind that. A very good strong pale ale, not as strong as most in the style. The ale has a good balance between the sweetness and spiciness. I could drink a few of these.

Gmann, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of norwichboy
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice glass. Pale golden colour, with a medium sized head with excellent retention, not seeming to diminish at all, leaves some lacing on the glass. Sweet fruit aromas, in the classic belgian style with some banana in there as well. Mouthfilling, quite strong but fine tingling carbonation appropriate to the style. Overall a good beer but I'd stop short of great.

norwichboy, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of Doomcifer
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with sediment, as usual.

Pours a hazy golden color with a very impressive, frothy white head. Nice lacing left on the glass as well. Very attractive.

Smells of yeast, bananas, pineapple, coriander.

Tastes of more coriander, phenolic and yeasty, slightly nutty, lemon zest, bready notes, finishes pretty tart.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation like many other Belgian brews.

Pretty drinkable but the taste may get sickening after a few.

Doomcifer, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of edbeered
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark gold in color, with a minimal head, and virtually no lacing on the glass. Based on the taste, one could imagine a fruity smell, but for me, it would be mostly imagined, as there's not much of a smell at all. How a beer with virtually an absence of smell can taste so good is just one of life's mysteries. There's a myriad of fruity flavors all blended together, including crisp apple, a hint of pear, apricot and/or peach, and plum and cherry. There is minimal hop flavor. The mouthfeel is rich and flavorful. The only thing decreasing the drinkability(and that only slightly) is the higher alcohol content(7%). This is a marvelous slow sipper.

edbeered, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of alysmith4
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange with a good level of carbonation. Nice head, and lacing that remained in the glass as I drank. The taste was wonderful.. creamy, sugary, spicy, and a tad sweet - but overall delicious. The beer smelt like burnt candy, and had a spicy tone. Definitely in the top of its class, and one that I would have again.

alysmith4, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well-bubbled honeyish gold with a generous infusion of orange juice. The creamy alabaster head was nothing short of explosive, yet a controlled pour mananged to keep the outside of the glass and the coaster dry. Even though all of the uprushing carbonation is making sure that the cap is long lived, I'm able to see the beginnings of an abstract-patterned lace display on the upper reaches of the glass.

The nose is classic BSPA and gives equal space to all facets of its olfactory personality; a definite strength. The fruitiness is as much banana as the usual orchard fruit and the amount of yeasty spiciness is on the low end. Even less apparent is any detectable alcohol. At only 7% (almost Belgian pale ale territory), that isn't that tremendous a feat.

Affligem Blond is a solid, well-constructed version of the style, if a lighter one. The relatively low alcohol content robs it of some of the power and seriousness of some its higher quality counterparts, but it comes up with roses in its teeth in the end. One final negative note before I get to the positives: it may be too balanced and lacks a little focus as a result.

While the pale malt backbone isn't what one normally sees in a BSPA, it gets the job done. A moderate amount of malty sweetness is everpresent and glides along beneath the ripe fruit and gentle spice. I still taste bananas almost as much as the more typical apples and pears. In addition, clove spice is perhaps more prominent once the beer has left the mouth than while it's actually bathing the buds.

I initially thought the body/mouthfeel was too light for the style. It has, however, come into its own with warming and is now solidly medium with a nice slick stickiness of the finish. Like everything else about this beer, it's well done.

Affligem Blond is my first Brouwerij De Smedt beer and has made me curious about the rest of their offerings. For those who care about such things, Affligem is Belgium's oldest abbey and began brewing beer in 1129. With that kind of a pedigree, it's no wonder this is such an accomplished ale.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a cloudy , golden orange , with a nice large , rocky , foamy white head with good retention. Nice lacing as well.

Smell: yeasty , citric , flowery aromas , slight honey, tinge of alcohol , and a mild flash of spice.

Taste: Sweet malts and citrus , some yeast , honey , very light spicyness , slightly perfumy taste is the finish , very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: fully and creamy , dry finish.

Drinkability: A tasty Belgian strong pale ale , fairly refreshing ... in taste and strength!

Byeast, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper gold with good head receding to thin film and stringy lacing falling down glass, the bubbly rising. Aroma is mostly herbal and has a light citric quality, not very strong, not my favorite. Mouth is a tad short of medium bodied, carbonation keeping it light in the mouth.

Taste again has a herbal quality to hops, spicy and a honey-like malt, really quite nice, though I don't much care for the dry middle, too biting, though it finishes off nicely, the yeast peaking through middle to end along with a warming alcohol. Haven't really much liked blondes of the beer persuasion, but I could fancy this one. Found it for only $1.89 too, well worth it.

objectivemonkey, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a straightforward Belgian blond ale worthy of repeat purchases.

Coming out the bottle, its bright golden body sat under a fluffy white head. The smell had some coriander spiciness and black pepper mixed with some fruity esters. Although this is far from the strongest beer out there, the alcohol seemed pretty apparent in the aroma.

The taste started with some sharp alcohol, before giving way to some sweet, fruity flavours. The bottle promised a clean finish, and indeed, this beer finishes crisp and dry.

vanrassel, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of Cresant
2.9/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Westmalle goblet. Best by square was blank (?) no date. One finger of head sat on top of a light golden/orange hazy body. Head faded to a film.

Smelled yeasty. Mild plum, light fruitiness. Spicy.

Tasted tart. More hoppy bitterness than I had expected. Spicy, peppery. Rich. Alcohol flavor increased as it warmed. This one didn't grab me.

Mouthfeel was nice, full and smooth. Alcohol tingle when held in the mouth.
Won't seek this one out again.

Cresant, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this 330ml bottle on 3rd Oct 2006 (Best by 29.05.08). 6.8% ABV. Cost was €2.30 in Molloys off-licence Dublin.

Poured into a Chimay goblet a delicious looking hazy blond with nice slightly creamy white head. Head remained very well throughout.
Smelled a subdued buttery caramel smell.
Tasted very good, nice hints of the above, all fairly subtle. Not very complex, but nice touches.
Mouthfeel is super smooth with a nice fizz to the head.
Very drinkable and excellent value.

JohnfromDublin, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a bright golden amber color with a respectable white head.

Smell: Cloves spices yeast grain and a sweet drop of honey make a beautiful but reserved aroma.

Taste: Strange blend of flavors with some sweetness to start and then after the orange honey fruitiness was a bit of wheat and medicinal phenols. The herbal hops and the alcohol coved it while it was cold but more flavors seemed to appear later in the beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy despite the alcohol.

Drinkability: As a Belgian Strong Pale Ale is as drinkable as I would expect but it is not my favorite so ... I enjoyed this one but probably won't seek it out again.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with abundant carbonation, and billowy white head that rises above the rim. Looks good in the Duvel glass, I must say.

S: Banana aroma initially with a malty backbone. Bit of black pepper and coriander.

T/M: Bready up front with some strong banana and black pepper flavors. Bit of warming spice (coriander, clove) is next in line, and there's a Dry, nicely bitter finish with a bit of alcohol in the tail. Mouthfeel is crisp, if a bit tingly.

D: Tasty, and not a Duvel clone, which is great. This is a bit sweeter than expected, and has a nice, spicy kick to it. Is it drinkable? Yes, and the relatively low abv means a second isn't going to lead you down The Bad Road. It's assertive, though, and so I'm not sure I'd have another. While it's not as sneaky as Duvel or Delirium Tremens when it sneaks up on you, it's still pretty sneaky.

rarevos, Sep 21, 2006
Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.