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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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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is yellow to amber cristalline, actually too cristalline knowing the style in the first hand. The head is minimal but shows some retention. No lacing.
S: The aroma is a bunch of citrus, toffee and yeast that don't connect to each other very well even though the single aromas are spotless.
T: The taste is the continuity of the aroma, being mostly construções by citrus, toffee and yeast. The interesting parte though is that for a tripel, this beer tastes a bit more of barley than it should but it's interesting to have that here. Note that this is not a matter of intensity but rather a matter of findability.
M: Affligem Tripel is a bit licquoury and soft on mouth. Carbonation is low although visibly non existent.
O: Affligem beers, for me, are more of a way to showcase the belgian school without the best option avalable. The beers always get the job done but there's tons of better options out there.

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Photo of Nismo2
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
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 drmeto
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a slightly hazy golden with a medium,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-honey,clove,white bread,lemon,slight pineapple,biscuity
-finishes dry
-medium,stingy bitterniss
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
Good Tripel,but it can't hang with the Top Dogs (Chimay,Westmalle,St.Bernardus,Karmeliet)

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Photo of barczar
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, so rating set to current average. Peach, pear, apple, and clove dominate the aroma. There's a touch of confectioners sugar.

Flavor is pear and apple forward, lightly sweet, with a toasted malt finish.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the magnum bottle into a small brandy snifter (etched with an image of a clipper ship). A moderate pour into this small glass produces about ¾ inch of a bubbly, creamy, off-white head. The beer is interesting in this etched glass- hazy, frothy, effervescent, with chunks of bobbing yeast, and a deep blonde color.

I get a slightly funky and fruity aroma that carries over into the aroma-flavor, with notes of dark fruit, honey, and citrus pith. The yeasties lend a strong note of nuttiness with a heart of almonds and an edge of acorns. A boozy fruitiness manifests itself in the finish, wafting through the nose.

This is the latest installment of my Belgian kick- this particular bottle was purchased at Worden's Market in Missoula, Montana on the day of the Grizzlies playoff victory over the Jackrabbits (Saturday after Thanksgiving) and is being savored on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, as my favorite team tries to lock up a playoff spot.

4.25 4 4 4 4

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Photo of Zet
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear goldencolour with a finger of foam that quickly turns into solid lacing. Smell of apricot, yeast and hop bitterness. Taste is a nice balance between fruity esters and peppers, with some malt flavour in the background. A pretty high abv, but it's not very manifest in the taste. A good tripel, but not outstanding.

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Photo of safaricook
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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 jesseejames
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
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 keithmurray
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark golden color with white head

Smell - black pepper, ginger, pear, apricot

Taste - pear, peach, apple, ginger, black pepper, honey

Mouthfeel - heavier end of medium bodied, heavier level of carbonation, fruity sweetness upfront, refreshing and dry finish, tropical fruit finish that lingers on the palate

Overall - very good example of the style. Recommended

Price Point -$8.59/750 ML bottle

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Photo of josanguapo
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From Supercor Castilleja de la Cuesta. Very good and east to find in Spanish supermarkets. Due to a pricing error, I had the luck of buying several of them at 0.33 euros. When I noticed the error i bought all the ones in the shelf!

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Photo of patre_tim
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Copper blond and evenly hazy with a little carbonation and topped with 3 fingers of whitish head.

S: Phenols, toasted candy, pears, slightly floral and fruity.

T: Sweet, phenolic and fruity. Light pear juice, toasted candy, same as the nose.

M: Thick and somewhat syrupy with light foamy carbonation.

O: Really good standard Tripel. Got in Kunming, drank in Kunming April 3rd, 2015.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 6/4/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear bright golden color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness/hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish fora good bit. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome tripel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of babaracas
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear light orange with one finger thick soda fizzy white head, settles to a thin ring with a few streaks of lace trailing. Smell: ripe pear, ripe red delicious apple, notes of caramel and candied orange peel; mildly floral with a grassy note. Sweet, fruity. Taste: bready and sweet... pear, dried apricot, mild pepper and grassy notes, muted grapejuice and candied orange peel, more pear in the finish. Medium-plus bodied, very creamy feel, sugary finish. This is really very good if not a little heavy on the sweetness. 9% on the bottle. 6/2013 bottling.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

750 ml corked and caged bottle served cold into a goblet.

Affligem trippel is a hazel, golden, yellow-orange color with thick white head. It settles quickly though and leaves no lace.

Aroma is classic Belgian trippel with lots of great yeast esters and subtle hops.

Flavor is balanced and mild but complex at the same time. Fruit, spice, pepper, and yeast all come through but none of them shout too loudly.

Mouthfeel is medium to light in body and nicely bcarbonated. Great balance of flavors and bitterness.

Overall a very good trippel and reasonably priced.

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3.4/5  rDev -13.9%

330ml bottle. Tulip glass. Intense peach as cap is removed. Bright golden color, crystal clear appearance. White froth. Aroma profile displays ripe fruit, spices, herbs, sugary alcohol, hay & ripe melon memories. Crispy, sugary & spiced upfront. Medium to full body. Moderately high carbonation. Dried palate & kind heat. Melon & ripe fruit notes are joined by low bitterness then linger into a dry sweet/bitter finish. Long fruity aftertaste.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The appearance is light golden amber with loads of carbonation and a bhead that dissipates leaving decent lacing. Cloudy.

The smell is of white bread, banana and yeast. A very classic Belgian Triple aroma.

The taste is quite boozy. I detect hints of honey and there is a dry spicy finish. It is a fairly mild but well refined flavour.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and also well carbonated.

Overall, this a very good Triple.

My mark out of one hundred is 90.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice dark orange in color with a finger white head that dissipated really quick with not lacing, Smell is really sweet that I can only assume is brown Belgian candy sugar. Really not much going on in the nose except real sweetness, Taste is more complex with the Belgian candy sugar, a little tiny bit of booze, and certainly some brown sugar to go with it as well. Mouthfeel is medium thick which is nice for the style. Honestly I don't like the beer as much as the last time I drank it as it just isn't as complex as I would have hoped. this is a great beer but just needs some balance,

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Photo of brendanpatrick
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml into a pint glass on this cold December night.

Appearance - Light golden color with 2 inch collar of foam. Significant lacing on left on the glass.

Smell - Very subtle. Hints of Belgian spices/yeast, sweet, and slight aroma of alcohol.

Taste - Apple, banana, and pepper.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonation.

Overall - Not the best Tripel that I have had, but this is a good beer, decent value, and relatively easy to locate. You could do a lot worse.

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Photo of tigg924
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, hazy, gold in color, moderate carbonation, big time sediment

Smell: apricot, golden delicious apple, pear, and Belgian spices

Taste: apricot, golden delicious apple, pear, honey, and Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: sweet, light bodied with medium/prickly carbonation

Overall: A really good tripel. Love all the golden delicious apple flavor here. I was a bit turned off by all the sediment, but flavor wise, it is an excellent value buy.

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Photo of TwoTrees
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Mom-in-law, for the unexpected bottle! Let's see what's in store...

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wide burgundy style wine glass.

A: Rich, golden honey color. A foamy head dissipates rather quickly, leaving small traces of lacing on the glass. Lazy carbonation spirals upward.

S: Yeast, sweet bread, light citrus, grass and faint florals.

T: Again, sweet bread, malt, honey, apricot, green grape. This beer is one of the 'breadier' Belgians I've had...which I like. Also, some candy sugar with a slight bitterness in the finish.

M: This is what I would call 'very balanced.' Certainly not heavy, but not too light either. It's like Goldilocks...both in color and temperament.

O: A good, solid Belgian triple. My experience with triples may be somewhat shallow, but I would certainly reach for this beer again when I needed a bready malt/yeast fix. Great beer.

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Photo of Wyattldavis
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Golden/honey colored in appearance, with lighter head - not creamy. Good smell - slightly bitter. Flavor is sweet and full, very little hops/very little bitterness. Very malty. It feels creamy and full in the mouth. Overall, this beer feels fairly heavy - way heavier that its appearance. Overall, much better in appearance and smell than in in flavor and finish. Just okay.

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Photo of JanetCDavis
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Seasonal glass from a pint bottle. Looks like honey! Quite golden with 3/4 inch head. Smells like clover or a freshly mown meadow. (Weirdly evokes Chanel no 5.) After the complexity of the smell, have to say I was disappointed with the taste. Just seems a little thin. But did stand up nicely with a Lye Cross 3 Pepper Leicester.

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Photo of mmmbirra
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks nice. A nice golden tripel with some serious foam.
OK. A little fruitiness, maybe a little spice, but nothing outstanding.
Really just doesn't taste that good. Too sweet, and so lacking that slight crispness and bite that I expect from a tripel. There's some strange slickness left on my tongue with a slight astringency in the back of my throat.
Mouthfeel is lacking, again the slickness.
Eh, there are so many better tripels out there, and so many strong blonde Belgian beers in general to really bother with this one. Nice and cheap though(1.60 for a 33)

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Photo of Mavigo
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After standing at the Belgian style shelf at Discount Drinks on 12 mile and halsted, I decided to buy this since it was the last one on the shelf. Served it in a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy, golden honey color with a 1/4 inch bubbly off white head with medium amounts of lacing. There is particles and debris floating in the brew.

S: Very aromatic, reminds me of champagne or white wine, smells of Belgian yeast, malts, citrus, spices, peaches, white grapes, herbs.

T: Tastes incredible, very smooth, flavorful, tastes of wheat, Belgian yeast, pears, grapes, sugar, spices, herbs. Very well balanced, very smooth, nice kick from the alcohol as well.

M: Full bodied beer, with medium carbonation, very thick and flavorful, well balanced as well. Goes down smooth with a champagne-white wine effervescence.

O: Overall, as with other beers I've had from Affligem, it's stupendous. It's quite expensive but whenever I feel like treating myself (which is quite often) this brew will be on my menu. Recommended by me.

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Photo of freneticamnesic
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold/orange body, with strong lasting head, very much the appearance of a Belgian triple

S - quite subtle to my sense, but floral hops and citrus were definitely there

T - Orange peel, grassy hops, coriander, some roast malt, and brown sugar come together in this one. On the sweeter side, but nicely balanced.

M - very smooth, nice amount of carbonation

Overall, this is a very nice example of the style. All the flavours are there, and very well balanced. Reminded me of La Chouffe due to the sweetness, but that's not a negative trait either.

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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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