Affligem Tripel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem TripelAffligem Tripel

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Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2001

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Reviews: 352 | Ratings: 710
Photo of jesseejames
4.88/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

out of bottle in Amsterdam cafe
pours a nice golden color with a white creamy head of about 2 fingers with a nice lacing as it fades
aroma is wonderful full of fruits and nuts and sweet almost maltiness
taste is better with bananas and nuts with a great full mouth
this has to be one of the better tripels I have ever tasted wonderful beer!!!

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Photo of irishking1977
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 750ml bottle at a brand spanking new wine, spirits and beer store in my area. The place is so new, the smell of paint is still noticeable when walking in.

A: Clear, golden liquid with a massive head. Extensive lacing as I drink it which is one way to discern that this one is a good one.

S: Sweet fruit and candy sugar with yeast and a hint of pear. If I didn't know what I was drinking, I might think this is Duvel, or a tripel version of Duvel.

T: Really tastes how it smells. Which to me, is rare for a good beer. Sweet candy sugar with a hint of pear, stony dryness lingers at the finish. Simply a pleasure to consume.

D: I could drink another 750 ml, which is saying volumes considering the relatively high abv, but I'm sure I'd pay for it the next day. Nonetheless, an extremely drinkable brew even though it's probably not a session beer. Definitely a really good sipper.

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Photo of Nismo2
4.64/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Affligem Tripel, at 9% abv.
Look: Deep golden colour, with 1 finger white creamy head and good carbonation.

Smell: Lots of fruity notes, banana, citrus, a lot of sweetness from the roasted malts, caramel, vanilla. Really good stuff.

Taste and Feel: Spicy, fruity taste, lots of bitterness and sweetness with taste of caramel and smooth, creamy feel with lots of carbonation.

Overall, an excellent Tripel. It really is amazing. Complex and deep fruity aromas, caramel flavour. Never felt like a 9% abv. It's like a dessert really. Brilliant stuff

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Photo of Bigfatbino
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer for the first time today (11-27-08). Price was $13.00 at the store. In my opinion, for the quality I experienced, it was underpriced. Bought it last night and let sit in the fridge overnight to settle. This morning there was 1/8" of sediment (roughly) in the dregs.
I enjoyed this beer alongside my Thanksgiving feast of a dinner, and it was an absolutely perfect combination. If you can grab a bottle or 10 to bring home, I encourage you to do so.
Watch out for the alcohol content, there is little hint in the taste, smell and mouthfeel of the punch to the head you are about to receive. Rest assured, after Thanksgiving dinner and a nice chalice of this brew, you will thoroughly enjoy a nice nap afterwards! Overall, this is one of the best brews I have ever tasted.

A - deep golden / amber color, with a nice thick-bodied and long lasting foamy head.

S - a subtle scent of citrus lingers in the background behind a more sweeter bouquet of banana, not a lot of alcohol smell.

T - There is no better beer to accompany the combination of Turkey, Mashed Potatos Stuffing and Cranberry sauce. More sweet than bitter, with a very mild hoppy finish. Taste is fruity, a hint of apricot and an almost (but not quite) imperceptible hint of vanilla.

M - Pure shining! a velvety smooth consistency, light and bubbly but not overcarbonated. very smooth going down.

D - This is a sipping beer. Drink as though it were a fine wine, a sip at a time. It is best when it is following a forkfull of gravy-draped turkey, the palate cleansing qualities really will shine through.

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Photo of TheStoutAholic
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: A nice honey color with a long lasting head.

S: Sweet lite fruity color with a hint of cherry or honey.

T: Has a light fruity taste with a dash of honey and a bit of bread taste.

M: Has a bit of a fizz feel to it and has a lighter taste to it for a triple.

D: Probably one of the more neutral triples, a very easy sipper or even a normal drink to drink on the weekends, the neutrality gives it much versatility.

Overall a very nice Belgian I got the last bottle of it in the place, Cyclone liquors in Ames, IA.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours soft cloudy orange yellow with beautifully crafted tiny bubble head that takes forever to melt to a marshmello like lacing that sticks and coats perfectly.
Aroma is soft fruit, powdery yeast, soft warm bread, spices.
Taste is of soft fruits, warm bread, cloves, spices, and a hop bitterness on the end plus way more than I can describe.
Mouthfeel is very, VERY rich and creamy.
I really enjoy this is the softest, smoothest tripel I have yet experienced. I will have to keep a bottle around to compare with tripels in the future.

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Photo of diamondc
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Huge floaties in this one.. medium gold color, a huge head on the initial pour, but dies down quickly. Some spotty lacing though.

S: Honeydew, floral, spring showers, red apples, a bit of a peppery kick, too. Excellent.

T: Fruity ... pear-like, cloves, nutmeg, alcohol really coming up front here, spicy hops. Very complex, big flavors. Wonderful.

M: A bit hot compared to other world class tripels, yet I don't really mind.

O: Great tripel, reminds me of Avery's Salvation. A definite must try.

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Photo of stevoj
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Cora-Forbach. Another excellent example of the tripel style. Thick head in a tulip glass with a full, inviting aroma and flavor. Truly delicious!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml brown glass bottle with a new, rather fancy looking, cream, red, black & gold colored coat of arms on the label. It has exactly the same "new" label design as the bottle of Dubbel, which I had earlier this week - except for the word Tripel replacing the word Dubbel of course. Corked (dated 22/02) & Caged.

Appearance: Pours with a massive expansive, thick solid off-white head, which takes forever to settle down. In fact, it has to go 3 distinct stages before it does. Starts with a voluminous fill in the glass, then it collapses painfully slowly at the sides, whilst lacing well, the crusty middle eventually catches up to leave a thick fog-like head, smooth & impressive. It does leave a fantastic looking rocky 3D lacing. Exceptionally clear straw color – I kept the yeast in the bottle. As with the Dubbel, it really does look the part, especially in a Chimay Goblet!

Nose: Gorgeously spicy, light fruity nose with a strong herbal like odor. Hops intermingled with some light citrus. Incredibly refreshing aroma – the alcohol even comes through in the pungent nose at the back end. Marvelous.

Taste: Bold, Bitter & Spicy, even hoppy at times. It has a very soft bitterness to start with, that becomes pronounced in the finish. Light grain malts & hops are well-balanced with talcum smooth spices & herbs, which effortlessly transcend the journey from glass to stomach. Has a light citric quality, without the acidic sharpness. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: An athletic heavyweight. Big AND Powerful. 0-100 in 2 mouthfuls. I like the way that the alcohol does not dominate the spicy aspects, but merely supports them in an unwavering fashion.

Drinkability: Weighs in at a mighty 8.5%, but no warming whatsoever, just as it should be. It is *so* easy to forget how strong this Tripel. I had little problem getting down to the yeast sediment in this bottle.

Overall: Whereas the Affligem Dubbel was just too inoffensive, which I suspected was the start of a ‘dumbing down’ by Affligems new owners for mass-market appeal – the Tripel goes to proves me downright wrong. Whilst the Tripel is clean drinking, it has much more character than I remember. This beer is street-wise, and knows what it needs to be, and do. I was disappointed with the “new label” Affligem Dubbel, but the corresponding Tripel is a far better beer, with a huge bold presence.
Well worth trying.

Confronted by both the Dubbel & Tripel ?
- Can only afford one?!
- Go with the Tripel !

Worth $6.99 – Definitely.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On this New Year's Eve, somewhere near Boston, I'm ditchin' the party and enjoying some fine brews. Affligem Tripel in a 750ml corked bottle. Dated: 10 159 15. Brewed about halfway through 2010? Would seem these famous breweries could come up with an easier code, no?

Poured a hazy blonde, very attractive, and a solid but quickly dissapating head. Nice fine lacing. Nothing offensive or spectacular on the nose. OK, let's drink.

Fruit, pears & apples, maybe a tad sweet on the start. As I start my second glass, I'm loving the aftertaste, so flavorful. The sweetness has gone, the fruitiness remains. And a little bitter's kickin' in. Never really noticed the alcohol - I like it well into the background, though that's dangerous territory sometimes. But that's a plus.

I poured the yeast into my last ¼ glass, and can't really tell the difference - guessing the bottle was shaken a bit on my bike ride home.

Anyways, highly recommended. Most excellent for sure. And quite a bit cheaper here in Boston than many other fine Belgians. (US$9) Happy New Year everyone!

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Photo of endincolorado
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Deep, hazy golden amber with a thick clean white head, nice sheets of lacing

Smell- Tingly strong yeasty nose with citrus and floral esters

Taste- Clean and crisp with spicy yeast and light fruit and citrus, excellently balanced with pale malt. Crisp citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel- light-medium mouthfeel with good carbonation

Drinkability- High. This is a belgian I'll be sure to pick up again.

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Photo of fourplayed
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml pour into tulip. medium hazy golden color with thin zesty bubbles start to finish.

Smells of yeasts, bready, clean fresh fruits, apples, pears, apricots.

Great Clean tastes, apples, pears, apricots, medium alcohol, bready yeasts to great balance.

Medium bodied, good zesty carbonation dances on tongue start to finish, med alcohol warmth, nice dry finish.

Overall a great example of this style. A worthy brew! Would tip a few more if not for the 9.5% abv

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Photo of bronzeside
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my duvel tuplip
Very nice orange/gold color with decent but not overpowering head. Mid range level of "Belgian lace" on sides of the glass as I put it down.

Pleasant fruity balanced scent--inticing, not overpowering.

Very refreshing drinkable taste, slightly sweet--(very slight)--with crisp dry finish. Orange and tint of vanilla.

Overall, this is a very drinkable, solid, balanced beer. Not as available as some Belgians here in the ATL area, which is a pity. Decent price for the style. I look forward to visiting this tripel again!

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Photo of ggroller
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml brown bottle with no discernable bottled on date. Complete, though, with instructions on the proper pour and a brief history of the brewery.

Cloudy straw/ bannana peel color with a sturdy, rocky, bubbly head. Light lacing on the glass as I drank.

Light notes of apple, pear, and citrus in the nose. Champagne- like in it's carbonation and crisp palate. Very cleansing finish and an extremely delightful triple and that.

I'll have another, please.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: lovely, bright apricot color, with a mountainous, lush, pillowy cloud of lacey white foam. Pretty, and impressive.
Aroma: sparkles with sugar and spice, soft but pungent and substantive, hints of citrus and other fruits.
Great, buzzing hops greet the tongue, bright, tasty, fruity, dazzling!
Excellent texture: a golden mouth-flooding flavor matches the golden color!
Taste goes on and on, a persistent and prominent sweetness continues, and aids considerably in the flavor and overall experience.
Body's a bit on the light side, but full of yeast, and an amble helping of malt.
A sparkling, tingling sensation dances on the tastebuds with each and every sip, resonating through the mouth. Light spiciness continues on the palate.
Everything in this tripel is a bit light and moderate, while still stretching towards the sublime!
I almost didn't want any beer tonight, but made the commitment with this 750ml bottle. I won't be getting up early in the morning, but it would have been worth it. A very fine abbey tripel!

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Photo of safaricook
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Blind Tasting Tripel Project of Fall 2015
L Clear gold, lots of medium CO2 bubbles, white head with medium-sized bubbles of a solid finger (chalice), quite stable
S mainly phenols, little pear
T dry, peppers, bitterness
F spritzy light
O Perfect example of the style
Another quintessential great Tripel from a macro. Who cares, it tastes great.

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Photo of Billolick
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large bottle, caged and corked, no freshness dating to be found. Pours dull light yellow, cloudy and supporting a white head, that started fluffy and pillowy and then turns to 1/4 inch and regal with fine retentive powers. Tons o' lacing. Nose is bursting with peppery phenolic notes and cloves. Nice soft mouthfeel. Bold Belgian flavorings of yeasy nuttyness, cloves, and pepper. Ths is a full flavor, bold and enjoyable tripel. Amazing how a glass or two can lift the spirits and improve the quality of whatever food you want to pair it with. Readily available tripel, well worth a try.

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Photo of ADR
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sedimented apricot appearance, glows in the light, head is huge and very soft, like pillow foam. Laces thicky, in lots of hanging strings and sheets. Tons of aroma, plenty of grape, orange, yeast notes and a light sense of blackboard slate. Impressive taste, well-bittered up front, medium carbonation, and an astringent marmalade impression. Dries well, with alcoholic heat and a strident finish and aridity that's almost like an asphalt-like bitterness. Bold stokes here, Westmalle seems safer, but this is about as close to what I expect from a Tripel as I've run across -- would be just about right when I'm in the mood.

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Photo of RickS95
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a light copper in color, about the color of a peach. It's on the fence between being translucent and opaque. The head is thick, white and fluffy. As the head shrinks, the middles starts to fall first leaving a nice lace around the sides.

Smells of Belgian yeast, with some pear, pepper and maybe some orange peel. A very pleasant smell.

The taste follows the scent very closely with the yeast, fruit and spices being front and center.

For a tripel, this is extremely smooth and easy on the palate. The beer starts a bit sweet and carbonated. Eventually the spices get involved leading to a slightly dry finish with nary of hint of the high ABV that's present.

This is a really good beer, much better to me than a lot of the reviews have suggested. It's a bit Duvel-like. I'm glad I've got two bombers of this.

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Photo of popery
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking beer with a pretty good head. It smells and tastes just great. There's so much going on in the smell and taste in a good tripel like this. I feel rather unqualified to analyze it all. There's a distinct and wonderful yeasty backbone to the beer with a sweet, dry finish. The flavor is also somewhat spicy but I couldn't pinpoint it. The mouthfeel is also quite good. The carbonation is bracing without going overboard. I could drink beer like this all day. It's a bit strong for that, but I'd settle for nursing one after dinner.

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Photo of nycwinter
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared the 750ml bottle with a fellow advocate. Poured into a chalice.
A=Light orange, effervescent, large rocky white head.
S=Fruity: raisins, and maybe banana. Moderate nuttiness.
T= Mmm. Nice balance of fruity and grainy. A little bitter aftertaste, but smooth.
M= Light-medium. It would be heavier without so much carbonation.
D= Great to share as it is best as a sipper.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle. Cork shot out pretty fast with a nice pop.

Poured a cloudy golden orange, head quickly settled down to a pinky's width and stuck around for awhile. Great lacing on this, smells of sweet oranges and spice with an added taste of pepper and candy. Slight tingling on the tongue, smooth down the back. This tripel was a great find and one I'll be picking up again and again. If you like La Fin you'll love this.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Tripel pours a light honey color and has a pleasant nose of fresh fruit, stone fruits and honey. Wonderfully balanced with layered and complex flavors of honey malt, light spice and lots of bananas. A medium to heavy balance and mouthfeel and finish. A second bottle at the same tasting showed the same but with even more flavors of malt, honey and peaches. A wonderfully drinking ale, one that could set a standard by which others could be judged.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 750 that is corked and caged, poured into a tulip.

Hazy orange with a tall white head. Decent retention but it leaves an almost uniform sheet of lace.

The nose has citrus that is a bit tangy, apples, sugars, spices, and some yeast notes that are a nice combination of chalk with a little funk. The alcohol is noticable but it fits in perfectly as something close to white pepper.

The taste has a lot of the same characteristics of the nose, but the alcohol doesn't register, and the fruits are almost all lemon with just enough apple and pear sweetness to give balance. The sugars taste like a pinch of confectioner's sugar, and the yeasts have a little more earth and clove to them.

The mouth is just a bit too prickly from the carbonation and tangy flavors, but I like it. In light of its merits this is a very drinkable triple.

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Photo of argock
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL corked and caged brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by date tough to decipher but on side of label. Purchased at Ancona's Wine and Spirits (Ridgefield, CT) for $7.99.

A: SLightly hazy burnished golden with 1-2 fingers of white frothy, tightly-bubbled head with good retention and plenty of lacing.

S: Intense pale maltiness with dense floral hoppiness with peppery with big estery, fruity aromas of pear, banana, and apple. Hops also contribute some herbal and spicy notes.

T: Are we sure that Westmalle pioneered the style? This is easily one of my favorites in the style, if not my favorite. It combines the intense pale maltiness with white pepper and yeasty fruity estery flavors of apple and pear with earthy hops, especially as the beer warms. I like this beer better than domestic versions like Merry Monks (which I like a lot) because it displays a fine balance of vinous quality and finesse that makes it drink lighter than it is.

M: The carbonation is active and a little more sharp than I would like, but overall, the medium-high body drinks a lot lighter than its ABV.

O: This is in my top 3 tripels, and might be in my top 1 or 2 -- it has a lot of hops and yeasty estery character that exceeds Westmalle by a long way and gives La Fin Du Monde a serious run for its money. Grab this if you have the chance -- I wish I had taken advantage a lot earlier than this. It is a top-shelf tripel to be sure.

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