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 MisterClean
2.06/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

750 ml from Manderes in folsom, CA

A - Poured a faint golden with moderate, white foamy head.

S - Infused with alcohol. Light malts and bittering hops.

T - Strong notes of alcohol and earthy hops.

M - A beer that almost burned my throat? Slightly bitter too.

D - I generally prefer my beers to have more flavors and not taste of alcohol.

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Photo of illidurit
2.66/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this beer almost exactly 4 years ago and never got around to drinking it until now. Pours an orange color with a small khaki head. Aroma is buttery, indicating diacetyl, but we later decided that it was probably oxidative effects. Caramel butterscotch flavor, not really much classic tripel ester character. It has a bit of that sweet sherry taste that some oxidated beers get. Sorta oversweet and flabby. Not a great candidate for aging, apparently.

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Photo of PHSCAPT
2.76/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vigorous pour from a 750ml bomber into a Duvel goblet at 42F resulted in a 2 finger meringue-like head, 1 finger in 3 minutes, mostly dissipated at 5. No lacing. Clear orange gold ale. Full-face in goblet smell revealed slight yeastiness, nothing else. I get a sweet warmth to start finishing with a mildly medicinal flat finish. Nice carbonation with pinpoints, fun to watch. A decent beer if it's what's available, but don't need to rebuy.

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Photo of impending
2.77/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

750ml into a tulip. Massive dense head that only a belgian can produce. Excellent lacing, some of the best. Clear golden copper.

Strong aroma - yeast, earth, malts and spices - not too sweet.

Taste disappoints based on my expectation from the aroma. Medicinal phenols come out way too strong followed by alcohol - not enough balancing flavors. Aftertaste slightly bitter and astringent.

review ot - I don't understand why brew that has pronounced medicinal phenols isn't dumped and the recipe tweaked. I don't know anyone who says, "whoa, excellent taste of band-aid in my brew, yum"
in any case

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Photo of wcintula
2.78/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't impressed with this too much. Poured into a rocks glass, shared with others, it poured an opaque, brownish color with big old floaties in it. Smells strong and sweet, of fruits, booze. the taste follows through with a maltier profile and a thick mouth feel with that alcohol presence noted in throat and nasal passages. It was an okay beer, but leaves more to be desired.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5/19/2006 (750mL bottle):

Pours a very bubbly, golden yellow clearish color. Big head with fine bubbles. An aroma of dark fruit, plum and citrus. Rich, but not very strong. Bubbly taste, citrus, and some alcohol. Not very complex. Very light tasting but not much flavor.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful hazy orangey tan color with a great head and nice carbonation pop to it...
Aroma and taste were both extremely get the typical spiciness and hint of fruit but overall the taste was way too mild...still not bad...just average...I wont buy any more of this...

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Photo of oakbluff
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a tangerine cloudy colour. Not much head retention for belgian which surprised me. Some lacing on side of glass. Smell is typical sweet belgian. Taste is sweet and fruity, not too spicy. Fairly middle of the road from a flavour profile. Highly drinkable for the ABV. I think this could be a good gateway beer for folks that think Leffe is the end all and be all of belgian brews. Would drink again, but wouldn't go out of my way. Purchased as part of a gift pack that came with a decent glass.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this bomber into a 22 oz. glass hoping for some Tripel goodness. Was not to be.

The pour creates a huge foamy head with major yeast throughout the glass.

The beer has a nice caramel color which reminds me of apple juice and also has major floaties dancing in the drink.

The aroma consists of major maltiness, some fruit scents and a nutty presence.

The taste reminded me of almost nothing. Nothing special in the taste which was very disappointing.

The cork read 2/08 which I wasn't sure if that was when it was created or when I should drink it. I also am suspect on how this was stored at the place of purchase. Could have been a bad bottle or just not my type of beer.

I was not impressed at all by this and I know there are much better options of Tripel's out there.

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Photo of pants678
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold with a white head. Big white head, but it shrinks pretty quick.

Citrus, but predominantly peaches and caramel.

Hops and a wrapping honey throughout combine well with a tailing off green apple that's momentarily intense. Zesty yet hardly complex. Alcohol his well covered.

A cutting and barely staining texture. Not sharp as a tack but still cleansing. Would pair well with BBQ. More bubbles than your standard soda. Just heavier than medium bodied.

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Photo of DrJay
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazed gold with a thin white head that leaves behind some nice lacing. Spicy yeast aroma backed up by breadiness and fruit, light on the citrus. Candy sugar sweetness with some fruit and citrus, especially as it warms. Finishes with a peppery spiciness and alcohol warmth that's a bit on the hot side. Very high carbonation, slight stickiness and slickness. Not bad, but doesn't seem very balanced or refined.

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Photo of Brabander
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am a lover of tripels and Westmalle is one of my favourites. So now and then i try out the competition and today Affligem Triple was the one to try and get the Westmalle of it's highest place.

It dit not succeed. Poured in my Westvleteren chalice the start is very promising. A nice white head with a very nice carbonation. That's how i like my tripels. With a nice golden colour it was a nice sight. The smelle was ok, not spectacular. Hints of citrus. The rest is history. An average tripel with a neutral taste. Could not make much out of it.

It seems that Westmalle is hard to beat.

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Photo of Wyattldavis
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
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 janubio
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml. bottle Big creamy foam, not much retention. Yellow deep golden colour. Smell of ripe fruits, apple, clove, earth. Too sweet palate for the style, IMO. Good carbonation. Taste of fruits, apples apricots, clove, spices, maybe pepper. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a 750 mL corked bottle poured into a Chimay glass. Mine also reads 9.5% alcohol rather than 8.5%.

A: A burnt orange color with a large head, but minimal lacing.

S: Smells mostly darker fruits (plums) with maybe a light hint of apple and citrus fruits (lemons and oranges). A metallic aroma is also noticeable.

T: Taste is a bit lighter than the smell with bananas and apples dominating the beginning of the taste. Slowly the taste becomes a bit unpleasant and metallic towards the end.

M: Decent thickness, but overcarbonated.

D: Not the best tripel I've had and the lingering bad aftertaste isn't nice. I'll drink this beer, but I probably will not buy again unless its a good deal.

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Photo of TerryW
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden orange with a big head that settled to a heavy film. Gives up decent lace throughout.

Pepper and substantial alcohol in the nose. If you can get past the alcohol you'll find apple.

Sweetness up front ending up dry and quite bitter. Slightly sticky finish. Noticeable alcohol throughout which, again, dominates to the detriment of other tastes in the beer. Orange is noticeable. Heavy drinking.

Not enough character to this one for my liking. Too much alcohol, too bitter without offering enough of anything else.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown cork and caged 750ml bottle, best before 17th Jan 2010, drank on one of my Belgian Beer Nights in Aug 2008.

Middle of the road triple from a middle of the road brewery.

Normal golden colour, big white head. Poured into various tulip and challice glasses, it looked fine.

Aroma came with the regular hop, Belgian yeast and hay/grass typical of this style.

8.5% Alcohol comes through in the taste and mouthfeel, doesn't dominate, but it is there for all to feel.

Nothing wrong, but it is just another triple to tick off as having tried.

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Photo of mmmbirra
3.23/5  rDev -18%
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 bigflatsbeerman
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

appearance: Classic look for a tripel, orange colored. Less than a half a finger head.
smell: I am picking up a boozey smell. I have a 750 ml bottle that clearly states it is 8.5% abv although the BA listing shows 9.5%.
taste: The boozey smell trascends into the taste, I'm dissappointed.
mouthfeel: medium
overall: I would not recommend this. I guess I have high expectations for a Begium Beer.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pretty clear. Not crystal, but pretty good clarity orange, tea-like color with a good chunky head and pretty good retention.

Smell: Malty, some apple-y notes. As expected but somewhat muted aromas.

Taste: Some tartness up front. Sweetness and mild hop finish. Again, muted.

Mouthfeel: Slick and slightly syrupy.

Drinkability: Not the most flavourful or robust tripel, which may actually add to the drinkability. Alcohol is well hidden, and the muted flavours make it easy to take.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew is a hazy golden offering arriving with a dominating head and above average carbonation. The body is short of being full, the nose estery.
The flavour that dominates is lemon mixed with a ripe banana as a minor. A malty sweetness sneaks in to end and linger.
One sip of this brew and the high ABV is apparent
The ABV of this brew limits its drinkability for this BA.

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Photo of warmstorage
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decided to take a chance at $5.99, and I wasn't disappointed at that price, but I probably wouldn't pay a lot more.

750ml bottle, sealed with cork & wire, poured into my Chimay belgian goblet, as a reward for digging a huge hole and planting a tree in the front yard. (This is my idea of a *real* lawnmower beer!)

Served at my idea of cellar temp, which is 52-55. (The bottle suggests cellar temp is 44-48. Go figure.) Fruity yeasty nose, but not overwhelming. Big thick chunky white head, which takes an expectedly long time to settle down. Mouthfeel is tingly, high carbonation, and oddly full, almost sticky.

Taste... well, I poured carefully without yeast to begin with, and did a couple of tastings with notes, then swirled the yeast sediment and poured it in, and really couldn't detect a huge difference. Spicy, sweet and tasty, with distinct herbality and alcohol notes, and noticeable hops. But, well, not a lot to distinguish it, and there are lots of better tripels out there.

The alcohol is well hidden, and I happily gobbled down the whole thing in about 20 minutes, and (somewhat surprisingly to me at the time) was decently buzzed.

Overall: quite decent, just unexceptional.

I might buy it again for six bucks, but I'd really rather spend $7 for Chimay blue. (Gotta love northern California.)

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Photo of ndekke39
3.3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend shared a 750 ml bottle of this. I poured myself a glass of this. Pours a very hazy straw with nice white lacing. Looks like the ideal head.

Smells of clove, banana, yeast, grass. Overall soft and sweet. Not very strong, but still good.

Taste starts sweet with some fruity notes, but ends with an earthy, almost bitter quality. It's not awful, but it just doesn't really travel anywhere.

Good carbonation. Lots of small, soft bubbles.

This is very drinkable, but there's just not a lot of character compared to other Belgian-style beers. Worth a try.

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Photo of marc77
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The impressively thick, persistent, porcelain white head sits atop a slightly hazy dark golden hued brew. True Belgian lace is left. Cidery sweetness and yeast mustiness dominate the aroma, but medicinal phenol, peppery ethyl alcohol, and a hint of heaty fusel alcohols are present as well. Sharp, prickly carbonation hits the palate up front, then yields to honey sweetness and pleasant clovey phenol absent of the medicinal phenol present in the aroma. Mild mustiness and a trace note of rubbery yeast autolysis prevents this tripel from reaching its intended goal in flavor. Very well attenuated and quite dry. Finishes with more mustiness and black licorice notes quickly fading. Affligem Tripel, although a flavorful brew, was a bit rough around the edges, and lacked the refinement of a good tripel. A touch disappointing, but it helped alleviate my craving for a Belgian Strong / Tripel. It's still worth a taste, however.

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Photo of ahking
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This ale pours a tawny brown color like muddy water. Nice white lacing. Nice aroma of dried fruit. Taste is fruity also, peaches/cherries and bready. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. A pretty good belgian, but like previous reviewer, I agree that is beer is less complex in flavor profile than some other trippels I've had.

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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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