Affligem 950 Cuvee (Belgian Blond Ale) - Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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3.5/5 rDev -2%
i dont really get the quadruple dry hopping that the label claims, its not hoppy at all, but its a good belgian blonde ale more in line with a traditional biere de garde honestly than with a hoppy belgian pale. tons of fish food yeast sediment in this, unappealing really, but its otherwise clear and shiny orange gold with a just off white head thick and lasting in the belgian tradition. the nose lacks the hops i was looking for, and is more fruity and yeast driven, sweet orange peel and oatmeal are detectable, but the flavor is much cleaner, more straightforward, light grain and belgian yeast, summery and rich. light honey sweetness to it, hops would make this awesome, but maybe they have faded in my slightly dated bottle. a refreshing enough beer, but maybe has a little more body than is absolutely necessary. i like what its going for, but it could use a little cleaning up. expensive for what it is, but so are many belgians. beers like this show me that american breweries are evolving at a much quicker rate than some of the old world ones, but that there is still a role for tradition in my fridge.
02-24-2014 05:03:23 | More by StonedTrippin
3.95/5 rDev +10.6%
Appearance - clear golden color with little white head
Smell - green apple, bread
Taste - Green apple, pear, liquefied baked bread, hint of booze
mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, slightly sweet upfront
Overall - good beer, tastes like a hopped up, slightly boozier version of Affligem Blond
Price Point - $10.99/750ML bottle
11-29-2013 19:29:34 | More by keithmurray
4.29/5 rDev +20.2%
Looks cloudy and amber, not as light and clear as a regular pale ale. It has a white, persistent foam on top that lasts until the last sip. Smells like malts and hops, with slight fruity notes. Strong taste of malts and typical belgian yeasts, lightly hopped. Although it's 6.8 ABV you don't taste the alcohol that much, it's a very balanced beer. Low fermentation, average carbonation, slightly sweet aftertaste.
11-05-2013 13:18:46 | More by Bucciamarcia
3.9/5 rDev +9.2%
From the corked, caged bottle stamped 12-117-01/14:11-1171. Sampled on September 28, 2013.
It has a copper-orange pour with a modest off-white head that lingers. There are floating sediments in this one and I like to see that. So high grade on the appearance.
The aroma is rather subdued. Yes, there are Belgian malts and Belgian sugars as well as grass. There is also a cellar cardboard-like nose.
The body is about light to medium.
The taste is also played down in many respects. Like the nose I get toasted biscuit but I also got a vague peppery character. The finish is dry and lingers briefly. Basically a nice beer.
09-28-2013 22:22:38 | More by puboflyons
District of Columbia
2.91/5 rDev -18.5%
Shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff.
The beer is golden yellow with a soapy white head. The aroma brings a big dose of Belgian yeast, sweet booze, candy, sugars, fruity esters, lemon. Some harshness in the flavor and feel. Abnormal hop character. Quadruple hopped according to the label. Too sweet and boozy...weird. Not a repeat for me.
04-22-2013 02:53:59 | More by Huhzubendah
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
750 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 4/26/2012. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, apple, pear, pepper, clove, grape, pale candi sugar, honey, bread, floral, grass, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, hop, and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, pepper, clove, pale candi sugar, light honey, floral, grass, bread, and herbal earthiness. Nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester flavors; with a larger amount of spicy esters; low-moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Quite dry on the finish as well. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice Belgian blond ale. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy ester notes; smooth and crisp to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
04-10-2013 05:22:13 | More by superspak
3.71/5 rDev +3.9%
Quite foamy with three fingers of head on a hazy, golden colored body.
The aroma is yeast, bread and lemon. A nice combination.
The taste is light lemon with a distinctive Belgian yeast flavor. There's the slightest metallic flavor in the middle.
The texture is crisp with a little fizz and moderate carbonation.
An enjoyable ale.
03-02-2013 03:08:15 | More by Fatehunter
4.24/5 rDev +18.8%
Clear golden colored beer with a tall puffy white head. There might be a bit of chill haze present but it is essentially clear.
Smell is sweet with a perfume of flowers and powdery yeast scent. Honeysuckle and coriander. Little bit of black pepper and herbs in the smell.
Starts out sweet with some herbs and flower pollen in the taste. Elevated bitterness for the style. Honeysuckle and coriander in the taste. Some mineral water flavor not something I normally associate with the beer style. Faint apricot detected.
Mouthfeel is good.
Overall this is pretty good. If this was a little cheaper it could top Hennepin as my Belgian/Saison beer of choice. It is well worth a taste.
02-19-2013 01:26:50 | More by Zorro
4.29/5 rDev +20.2%
I love Affligem Tripel so was excited for this lower gravity Belgian Blonde.
Poured a nice amber/copper color with a nice head and great head retention.
Yeasty aroma with a little bit of fruit and spice.
Medium mouthfeel and very carbonated with classic Belgian characteristics and a dry finish.
Overall a nice drinkable Belgian but will seek out others before coming back.
02-01-2013 02:41:51 | More by FremontBar
Affligem 950 Cuvee (Belgian Blond Ale) from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
82 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.