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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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1,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,026
Reviews: 499
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 39
Gots: 112 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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 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 kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into La Chouffe goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a three finger head of decent cream and thickness. Clear gold colour.

Sm: Light clean barley scent. Pleasant but lacking in boldness.

T: Strange-but-good body of bitters, estery hops, barley; a lovely light taste. Malty but well done finish. Very balanced; very well built - especially the way the beer handles the bitters. This isn't a crap pale ale that is too bitter for no reason - nay, the bitters are motivated and holistically utilized. Usually, I despise pale ales, but this one is well done.

Mf: Light, crisp, refreshing, but not too fizzy.

Dr: Hides its ABV well, but sure it costs enough. I'd have it again if the price were Bob Barker, but here in Ireland it'll take more than a pretty euro cent to bag this baby.

Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive, tight-bubbled head, four fingers thick. This dissipates to a dollop to an ice cream like dome. Cloudy, golden to light amber. Obviously highly carbonated as the bubbles continuously and steadily stream upward. A beautiful pour.

Light citrusy notes--light lemon, grapefruit and a touch of peach. Strong wheat malt aromas. No discernible hop.

Spicy flavors with some strong (where did this come from) hop. Almost peppery in taste and mouthfeel. Very high carbonation, but good balancing body--creamy.

This is a very nice and complex beer. I could become a real fan of Belgian beers if they were all this way.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle, listed as 6.8%,

A: Pours blonde with a full billowy white cap of foam, good lacing.

S: Yeast notes, sourdough bread, pears, pepper.

T: Quite a yeasty pale, nutty, tahini notes. Clover honey and white pepper, coriander are there as well. Light quenching fruit notes come out, notably yellow apple and a hint of pear and berry.

M: Smooth, soft carbonation, silky, easy on the tongue. Light, light ethanol.

D: A nice sipper, that I went through way too fast considering its strength. It really drinks like a 5%er. Solid Belgian brew, and very cheap compared to other Belgians.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 8/29/2011. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing on the glass, with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big pear, apple, grass, pepper, herbal, coriander, clove, floral, earth, bread, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of pear, apple, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, earth, bread, honey, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, bread, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly crisp and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian blonde ale. Very nice complexity and balance of flavors; and extremely smooth and easy to drink. Really enjoyable stuff.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown 33cl bottle, 6.8%ABV, best before 21st 04 2011, drank 29th 10 2009, poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Golden syrup colour with a pure white foaming head, very Belgian looking and giving no indication of what really lies below the surface.

The smell was of yeasts and cereals (wheat, barley).

A good exapmle of a Belgian blonde, warming, has depth and a body which should be sipped not gulped down. The alcohol sits well and the beer is balanced nicely.

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter. Pour with a generous and durable off-white head over a golden-amber body that had plenty of visible carbonation.

The nose is that of a rather typical BPA, with plenty of spicy yeast notes, bready malt, and an above average presence of clearly European hops. Plenty fruity, yet less banana than others of this style.

Affligem Blond tastes moderately spicy, with a light, sweet malt base and a hop component that, in terms of strength, is more like I'd expect from an American brewer. Overall, it is mildly bitter; more so in the finish. Notes of clove, banana, white pepper, and vague canned fruits.

The body is medium-light: very smooth even with somewhat lively carbonation: appropriate for the style

O: Affligem Blond is a tasty and well-crafted representative of this style.

Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  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.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Zeke's in South Beach for $4. Appeared a slightly hazy gold with a tall white head. The aroma and flavor aren't quite as strong as you might expect (I suspect adjunct sugar may be the cause), but this be still has an interesting taste. It's a smooth, very earthy character with a note of orange and cream. I'd say this beer is worth a try is you find it affordabley priced like I did.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jeff. Thanks man!

A: Clear and blonde with a big, white, thick head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Belgian, yeast, sweet caramel malt.

T: A nice tasting brew - not nearly as hop forward as other beers in the style. Alcohol flavor is a bit too prevalent for me.

M: Decent feel. Too much alcohol presence for a 6.7% beer.

D: Decent tasting beer, but drinks beyond its alcohol percentage.

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 Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Blonde poured a nice hazy straw yellow on tap, with a lasting foamy head and some lacing.

Aroma of belgian yeast, light spice and banana.

Big time malt sweetness and fruityness in the flavor department. Clove, banana and bubblegum are all present. Sweet at the end and only a hint of tea like hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sweet/spicy finish.

An enjoyable brew that I'm glad I got to try on tap. Certainly worthy of some praise.

Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Produced on 2012-Mar-17th.

Gorgeous looking brew, forms a perfectly even bubbled pinhead size, two fingers, fluffy, wonderfully white and evenly together. Rises very nicely on creation off the pour. Body color is slightly cloudy, but not too bad, a real gorgeous orange and together orb glowing amber, white rising columns of carbonation. Just looks fantastic.

Wonderful nose on this brew. Toasty light bready malts, faint white bread, with a nice sugar light sense of Belgian candy. There's some other sort of dry spice here and a real almost amazing pan gravy char-ing ever so faint. This is real impressive.

Palate feels slightly let down. Banana like esters take over, under a slightly weakened body. Sense of wetness matches with a sharp hop angle bitter and banana fleeting finish. Lots of carbonation and almost champagne dry and very effervescent. Quite a good combination regardless.

THe brew has some disapointments, but the good qualities of it are just too exceptional and easily make up for it. I'd have this again anytime, real fascinating brew.

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Zorro
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger smooth cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy straw/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose. Flavor sweet and tart, some yeast. Nice blond. 330ml bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Worn-out tangerine with a considerably overcast complexion. Bubbles flutter like microscopic pixies. Foam would continue to spew out the bottle even seconds after any liquid ceased pouring. In the glass, the suds are bulky with a bleached white coat and large indentations of bubbles. Lacing is surely expected (but doesn't entirely materialize).

The aroma leaves little to fuss about. It may be quiet but the rhythm of peppery spice and fruity esters is not muffled in the least. Even quick wafts can procure the impression of banana, blood orange, clove and coriander. There is a discernible earthiness about it - the smell conjures to mind a forest. The Belgians have always had a knack for smell.

The taste showcases the simple but pleasant flavour of pale malts. There is soft similarity to freshly-baked bread and the faintest premonition of a sweet, honey-laced pastry aftertaste. Most of its character, like all prototypical Belgian ales, is derived from the yeast. It spices things up (literally) with hints of pepper, coriander, chamomile and aniseed.

The body is fairly light but not without an appreciable dosage of flavour (as outlined above). The mouthfeel possesses an herbal, almost tea-like bitterness that is quenching yet completely unobtrusive. Spice and fruit are rationed but well proportioned. The carbonation is champagne-esque but with a more sparing prickle on the palate.

Blondes aren't really my type but I wouldn't disagree that they can sometimes be more fun. I could easily spend a sunny afternoon with Affligem Blonde (and actually have fond memories of doing so once). Plain and simple: this is a highly enjoyable and immensely agreeable beer with just the right amount of character to warrant repeated purchases.

Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 1,026 ratings.