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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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very good

935 Ratings

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Ratings: 935
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 36
Gots: 70 | 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 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 DavidSeanNJ
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

DavidSeanNJ, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of bruindre
4/5  rDev +2.3%

bruindre, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of cjac
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

cjac, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of TheDM
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a large head of fine white bubbles that leaves agood lacing. It has a cloudy yeasty light orange brown body with a mild banana malt aroma. It has a tingly mouthfeel with complex flavors of malt, floral notes, yeast and a touch of honey for sweetness. It's alcohol content ia again very well hidden. I rather liked this brew as it was easy to drink and had a nice over-all quality to it.

TheDM, Jun 12, 2003
Photo of Skillz
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Skillz, May 04, 2014
Photo of ChrisCage
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- I gave this a standard, not hard, pour into my glass and was quickly greeted with a dense white foamy head that resembles ice cream that is half melted. The three finger thick foam retains well and leaves behind some sticky, foamy lacing. The color is a honeyed golden tone and there's lots of carbonation. There is also a lot of chunky yeast sediment that floats around in the brew.

S- There is a distinct spiced/herbal aroma to this beer upon my first whiff. Following this is some floral esters, a fair bit of hop bitterness, and some some sharp bready notes that give it just a hint of sweetness.

T- The sharpness of the peppery spice and leafy herbs hits the palate first thing, right away. Slight warming alcoholic note right up front as well, and this is followed by a sweeter biscuity malt flavor, which I agree is ever so subtly honeyed. The finish is a fresh bitterness that mellows out after the swallow.

M- This is a medium-ish bodied beer that is thirst quenching yet flavorful at the same time. The carbonation scrubs the palate well and leaves a clean finish that just lingers around, leaving me wanting more.

D- This is a powerful, yet soft beer that is highly drinkable. I recommend this beer and think it would be great with white meat, or perhaps with a creamy pasta dish, as the biscuit qualities of the beer would blend well. The beer gets sweeter as it warms and is a great relaxation brew for the evening.

ChrisCage, May 26, 2010
Photo of TheTrevor
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

TheTrevor, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of TripelMark
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

TripelMark, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of domtronzero
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light orange/golden copper color with a billowing, long-lasting, tightly packed white head. Lots of carbonation, evident by the continuous stream of bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

S - Sweet candy-like pilsner malt aromas mixed with a very nice ester profile of pears, apples, and a very light banana aroma. Very low spicy hop aroma is barely detectable.

T/M - Again the dominant character is the candy-like pilsner malt sweetness, followed by esters of pears and apples. A little bit of citrus-like esters are also detected. Hop bitterness is firm and really helps balance the finish. Highly carbonated with a medium body. Finishes clean and dry with a pleasant aftertaste of the sweet malts and fruity esters. Nice warming in the belly after a few sips.

D - High drinkability. This has become my go-to beer and I have started buying this stuff by the case. It is almost too easy to put down 3 or 4 of these in a night. Truly an excellent Belgian Blond.

domtronzero, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of the style, they often just seem like lighter versions of more substantial Belgian ales. This arrived at a local "packy" this week in six packs. Somewhat suprisingly, I really enjoyed this one. It has a little more punch and body than the usual blonde. A little darker in color, some spice and bite (along with the usual fruity undertones). Refreshing and quite drinkable. I think I'll go back and get the rest of the sixpack!

JohnnyDuvel, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of jduprey007
4/5  rDev +2.3%

jduprey007, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Nipitato
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Nipitato, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of valianes
4/5  rDev +2.3%

valianes, May 23, 2014
Photo of silverking
4/5  rDev +2.3%

silverking, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of Long813
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

G: Pint Glass

A: Clear golden body with a 2 inch white head that remains throughout the drink with beautiful lacing.

S: Sweet malts, citrus and a hint of banana and pineapple.

T: A well balanced mix of malts, hops ans citrus fruits

M: Light bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Great after taste of banana

D: Very good drink with balanced complexities. I have have to try it again in a correct glass. It's easy to drink and enjoy.

Long813, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Hautacam
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold...head foamy..drops to a film.
Smells a little light...silght fruit..some banana and yeast....also, a little musty.
Taste is a bit light..lot of yeast..only barely sweet...some faint bubblgum and banana.. a bit of funk...hops dominate the finish.
Mouthfeel medium, carbonation medium.
Not a stand out ale, but worth a try.

Hautacam, Apr 10, 2006
Photo of DuffDaddy
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

DuffDaddy, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of janubio
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle. Porus a hazy yellow to amber colour, wuth a two fingers head that leaves a good lace. Smell is yeasty, of damp earth, honey and spices (pepper), with some citrus notes. Perfumed and silky flavour, with a medium to full body. Taste of honey, banana and spices.

janubio, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Zekenyce
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Zekenyce, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Duvel
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Duvel, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of trevorwideman
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ML bottle poured into a goblet.

Very pretty beer. Big, frothy Belgian head, gold colour, unfiltered and cloudy. Very nice looking blond. Smells of Citrusy zest, coriander, and bready malt. Sweet-smelling beer.

Taste is big and heady, sweet earthy malts and cloves, orange. Bitterness is kept to a minimum, soft and warm tones, yet still quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is soft, thick, and inviting, yet balanced well with the carbonation. Slides down pretty well, but this isn't as complex as a lot of Belgians I've had. Still a good recommendation though, and nice to have on the shelves in Manitoba.

trevorwideman, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev +2.3%

sjstraub, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jmick28
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Jmick28, May 23, 2012
Photo of bralston345
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

bralston345, Oct 06, 2013
Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 935 ratings.