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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BA SCORE
88
very good

981 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 37
Gots: 90 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem visit their website
Belgium

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 dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

dmorgan310, May 10, 2014
Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Waterzooi, Garden City, New York.

Poured a dark straw hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a neutral pale malt with a soft ester.

The taste was likewise bland, with a creamy malt and a slight cleansing hop.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a decent ale. Nothing too exciting however.

plaid75, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%

sendbeer, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +9%

PEIhop, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a chalice. Best before May 13, 2013. Poured this one sans yeast.

Translucent golden orange with a couple of fingers of white head, sheets of lace and a bit of retention. Nose is bready and crisp, caramel, gentle hopping and fruity esters. Quite inviting all in all. Taste is heavily spiced, and fruity notes similar to the nose prevail. Pale and lightly caramelized malts, a tinge of metal and again light Noble hopping. A bit of apple juice in the finish. Mouthfeel is full, heavily effervescent and spicy - perhaps on the harsher side of things. A nice BSPA with a few less desirable qualities that keep from being on par with some of the better offerings in my market.

liamt07, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What the fuck? I've had this one in the cupboard for just about a year. Crazy. Pours a super cloudy gold, full of huge ass chunks. Big rocky white head, looking multigrain by all the big brown chunks suspended in it, but the most amazing lace I've ever seen, I have pictures to prove it. Smell is sweet, honey, floral/citrus, grass, very clean smelling. Taste is honey, iron, apple/pear, vanilla, oak, very balanced, caramel/chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Crazy chunks! Very smooth, the aging made this beer 100% better.

Viggo, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +2.6%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy gold/copper colour. Head was large and fluffy off the pour, settling after a couple minutes to a rocky, white foam. Fruity aroma of bananas and pear. Some phenolic spiciness and noble hops.

Sweet flavour to start, fruity (pear), with a very light bitterness. A little bready as well. Some floral hop flavour appears at the finish, where the malt fades away and bitterness is a little more apparent. Subdued peppery character peeks through at the finish as well. Very creamy texture. High carbonation interferes a bit with the mouthfeel (too much comes out of the beer in your mouth after you sip it). Medium/light body. Just a touch of alcohol warming, but really no alcohol flavour.

330 mL brown bottle, best before date printed on rear of label.

DrJay, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

harpus, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a white head, some retention, nice lacing.

S: Clean, bready malt, macro-like hop aroma... smells like beer.

T: Fruit-bread, well-balanced, finish is quite dry.

M: Light to moderate body, plenty of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and digestible, but the bubbles make me burp!

Derek, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a crystal-clear golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of pears, lighter amounts of green apple, and even lighter amounts of indistinct spices.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light and sweet pale malt flavors kick things off with mild amounts of dryness. Coming into play shortly thereafter are pears and green apples, which then carry through to mild spices. The ending is crisp, leaving very light amounts of pear flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a beer that's just above middle-of-the-road for the style. Not worth seeking out but certainly not worth avoiding.

glid02, May 04, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 30/11/13. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium pale yellow. Slightly cloudy. Two fingers of big, fluffy white head with good retention. Good lacing.

S - Cloves, Belgian yeast, spice, bready/cereal malts.

T - Good bitterness up front with some floral hop notes that give way to clove, Belgian yeast and spice flavours. Finish is dry and bitter.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, May 31, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice blond-golden color with a thick, frothy head into my fluted tulip. Good presentation.

Aroma is full of bready malt and spice along with a hint of hops in the nose. Not bad.

Taste is full of light spice, grassy hops and bready malt. Very interesting flavors. Basic and yet, tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice, grassy hops and malt. Again, a decent example of the style.

Worth a try and very enjoyable. It hits the spot. There really isn't much else I can say about it except to try it.

Brad007, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Gusler
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the pour a glamorous golden yellow to amber color with the head modest in size and the lace a fine sheet to cling to the glass both are an off white color. Nose is malt, a little yeast also noticed, citrus like crispness, fresh and pleasing to the senses. The front is sweet, the top reedy with the finish pleasantly acidic and delicately hopped, quite dry aftertaste and a nice drinking beer that is worth the effort to find

Gusler, Oct 30, 2002
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.

avalon07, Feb 09, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of yeast and citrus, some spice. Taste is good, some citrus , spices, malts, slightly sweet. Feels great in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this is an enjoyable and high quality beer.

tone77, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz tap pour into an Affligem Glass at The Firkin

A - Clear gold color with a mild white head with ok retention and some sticky lacing.

S - Light crystal malts with a lot of sweet candi sugar. Just a kiss of hops to even it out. Very crisp and delicious smelling.

T - Sweet with candi sugar and clean light hops to present a fantastic balance to the light and delicious malting.

M - Crisp and lighter-bodied with a bit of a dry finish. Very refreshing and tasty though!

D - Very flavorful, balanced, and delicious. I could drink this beer all night.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light copper color. Poured a 4 finger foamy white head with good retention. Laced evenly. Decanted continually; very active.

S: Lots of spicy yeast character. Pineapple, nutmeg. Light floral hop character

T: Just like the nose, but more muted. Fruitiness comes through stronger. Nice complexity. Starts sweet finishes dryer.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; active in the glass and on the palate. Finishes dry and relatively clean.

D: Flavorful and fairly light. Nice malt and yeast characters.

Haybeerman, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as Affligem Grand Cru on the board where I had it... Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured red-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, dark fruit, and very subtle fruit hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Glad I got an opportunity to try this one on tap. I could imagine this one being a little different in the bottle, but that is pure speculation as I had it long before I was reviewing beers, so it is hard to say for sure, but this was quite enjoyable. Definitely worth getting a pour on tap if you see it.

thagr81us, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Banana, cloves, breads/grains, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount carbonation and I can taste bananas mixed with breads/grains and cloves. There are also some floral notes and a bit of a dry woodiness. It ends with a bready slightly dry aftertaste with a hint of fruitiness.

Overall - Happy to give this one a shot on tap. It has a nice well balanced taste and would probably work well as a gateway beer to get others away from macros.

spinrsx, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label notes the ABV at 6.8%

Brilliantly clear, this beer is a gorgeous golden color with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Plenty of carbonation is visible.

The nose is spicy with white pepper and a light clove character, fruity with a blend of banana-like esters, a honey-like nose, a dry, cracker-like malt character. A touch of grass, hay and potpourri are apparent as well, this is very well constructed. The palate opens dry and spicy with a delicate pepper and clove character along with the classic BSPA zing. A touch of sugar-like sweetness is perceived. Definitely floral with a touch of fruit, this is good stuff. Drying and cracker-like on the finish with flavors of grain and yeast present, this tastes great. Light in body, I find the carbonation a touch high for my tastes, this tends to foam in my mouth a little more than I care for. Nonetheless, an excellent beer that I will revisit without doubt.

DefenCorps, Mar 14, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

ZEB89, Sep 30, 2013
Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
88 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.