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Affligem Blond - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem BlondAffligem Blond

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very good

1,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 40
Gots: 120 | 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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Ratings: 1,037 | Reviews: 503
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a very nice dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, huge thick foamy white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of spices, some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, some spice/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty BSPA.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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.

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

Photo of Viggo
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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

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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden yellow color with a nice off-white head.

S- The aroma is very fruity and floral with some apples and pears, spices, and yeast.

T- The taste some fruity malt with a lot of spices with some mild hops and phenols in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Aflfligem Blond is a solid beer that I wouldn't mind having again. Worth a shot.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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