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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fine quality Belgium ale, rather strong alcohol and feels it, for a lunch. Lots of foam, orange colour, some lace. Yeasty. Citrus orange yeasty taste. Not a bad brew from this brewery so far. Sweet and spicy finish, with cardomon, cinammon and clove.

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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 metter98
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear bright golden yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and slowly died down, consistently leaving a finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of candi sugar and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that there are also notes of bitterness and peppery spices as well as hints of alcohol and light fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. Notes of dryness are present in the finish.
O: This tripel hides its alcohol rather well and the high amount of carbonation and the pepper spices help to cut through the candi sugars and prevent this from being too sticky and sweet.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the most original and classic examples of Belgian Tripel available. This beer really holds up to its history.

A near-ideal look of orange-copper colors, efforvescent carbonation that fuels a creamy white head and lots of lacing. A significant haze keeps this one from perfection.

Yeasty notes of pepper, fruits, sweet breads, and metals swirl at the rim in mouth-watering fashion. The blend of fruity esters and peppery phenols give intrigue and power.

Flavors of pilsner malts provide a shy foundation for confectionate sweetness, peaches, pears, appricots, and apples with a touch of lemon and grassiness (from hops). White pepper, orange peel, and softer notes of corriander and sage round out the phenolic flavor. The beer steers clear of higher fusals, medecine, or sulfur character that sometimes hurt Belgian beers.

Lightly sweet and prickly to the mouth the beer transitions nicely into a dry, evaporative finish. A great beer, however the breweries distinctive water leaves the beer a bit too minerally and metalic in the end.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, 9% ABV, a single from an Affligem variety pack.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, bright medium golden straw hue, with tight, bubbly, and creamy off-white head, which leaves a few wildly arching streaks of lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of sweet, sugary pale malt, a bit of half-baked, doughy bread, musty yeast, some sharp orchard fruitiness, and a bit of white wine booziness. The taste is semi-sweet, kind of grainy pale malt, a subdued, but equally substantial mixed bag of ethereally fleshy fruit - echoes of peaches, apricots, and white grapes, all nice and blended - a now laid-back earthy yeastiness, and some lurking, understated earthy, drying noble hops.

The carbonation is on the lo-fi frothy side, the body an agreeable medium weight, and dead smooth to boot. It finishes off-dry, with a trending toward fullness of that metric, as the fruit, grain, yeast, and alcohol all seem to lean together in the same direction.

A pretty bang-on exemplar for the style, the big booze not nearly as invasive as even in some of the other world beaters. It's still sweet, sure, but in a seductively balanced manner. I don't using consider procuring another when faced with just one bottle of this particular style, but I would not mind breaking that trend with this one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A great looking Belgian pour, with a massive head that sits atop the cloudy amber liquid; sticks and laces nicely, too

Smell: A range of golden fruit (apricot and pear, in particular), grassy hops and some peppery yeast phenols

Taste: The first element that appears is the cookie dough malt, with the pear and apricot elements adding complexity; by mid-palate, the grassy hops and peppery yeast make their presence felt, as well; while there is some sugary sweetness in the aftertaste, the finish is relatvely dry for the style

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: While it lacks a great mouthfeel, this beer makes up for it by holding the alcohol and sugary sweetness in check; too many tripels, I find, suffer on both of those fronts

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Photo of largadeer
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle dated 6/10.

Pale and clear with a straw-gold hue, topped by a frothy white head that eventually settles to a lasting 1/2 inch cap.

The nose is reminiscent of bananas and cream. Sweet, though not tremendously so for the style. There's mild spiciness, and something about it reminds me, oddly enough, of tortilla chips.

The palate opens with pale malt sweetness, doughy bread, hay and a touch of stonefruit. Mid-palate brings out more spicy, peppery phenols that fade into a fairly clean and dry finish. Bitterness is mild, though the phenols do wear on the palate after a while.

This is fairly enjoyable, but I find the yeast profile somewhat overbearing.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a two-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It had okay retention as it crackled and receded to leave thin trails of lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel with a good dose of yeast and spices.

T - Spicy with some fruit notes up front. It had a sweet caramel and grain backbone.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium bodied tripel with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good brew and I love a good Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of mothman
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of khaki head. Good retention with some splattered lace. Color is a golden orange.

Aroma: Cereal grains, bready malts, and yeast. Pretty fruity. Bananas, cloves, and esters.

Taste: Bananas, cloves, spices, and some orange peel. A very big cereal grain flavor. Some yeast and bready malts. Much like nose.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a solid tripel. I didn't expect the grain flavors, but they were enjoyable. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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 chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cellared bottle dated (apparently) 11/2012 served in a St. Bernardus snifter. A gentle, cautious pour produced a moderate size, white head that sits atop hazy, apricot-amber liquid with lots of visible carbonation. Good retention and decent lacing.

Smell: A mix of light fruits (apricot, banana and pear, in particular) with bready malts, hints of grassy hops and a touch of alcohol.

Taste: {4+] More delicate than strong but with excellent complexity. Fruity, with hints of banana, pear, and apricot. Lightly spicy with suggestions of clove and pepper. There is some sweetness, but overall this tripel comes across mildly tart, with a fairly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a refined, creamy feel. Light crispness.

Overall: nicely complex and fruity, and leaning to the tart side of the sweet-tart dimension.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More pumpkin orange than butternut squash amber, with no visible yeast on the first pour. The pearl colored crown looks great in the way that most Belgian ale crowns do. It crested at four fingers, has the texture of whipped marshmallow, lasts forever and is painting the glass with some splendid looking lace.

The aroma is typical for the style, with plenty of golden fruit, a bit of citrus and a pleasant estery spiciness. Once the beer warms a little (and the foam melts) it should be even more vibrant.

Affligem Tripel may not be among my favorites, but then my favorite tripels are some of my favorite beers of all-time. The two words that come to mind are 'balanced' and 'solid'. Anyone who wants to know what a classic Belgian tripel tastes like could do worse than start right here. Besides, at only $7.59 for the 750 ml bottle, it won't break the bank.

There are no significant flaws in the flavor facade. Pale malt and candi sugar sweetness is nicely countered by a tight, focused hop bitterness. Specific flavors include ripe pears and apples, sourdough bread, grassy noble hops, lime zest and a pinch of ground clove. Never mind the earlier talk about mere solidity. This is turning into extraordinary beer in the second half of the bottle.

My standards are fairly high when it comes to Belgian ale mouthfeels. Although this one doesn't enter the realm of special, it is pretty good in the end. More volume and more silkiness would have gotten it over the hump.

Brouwerij Affligem has been brewing since 1074. That's no guarantee of quality, of course, but one bottle of their beer is enough to convince anyone with a palate of their zymurgistic talents. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. Or in this case, in the tripel.

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +1.5%

I had this at Tomorrowland served from the bottle in a matching goblet.

The color is golden, mostly clear with thick white head with fine bead and good retention -lace sticks well. The smell has a candy sugar presence with light yeast ester which has a slight spice and herbal hop juxtaposition with light alcohol rounding out the aroma. The feel is very light for 9% with slight sweet body with moderately high carbonation level and low bitterness with somewhat dry and strong finish -refreshing with low sweetness.

The taste is very good with light caramel and gentle tropical accent of yeast with subtle pepper and light floral hop flavor with nutty toasted malt taste with slight yeast mid palate and low alcohol in flavor with mild phenolic and light hop flaovrs in the mostly dry finish. Overall I consider this a pretty good tripel with some nice spice elements from yeast with restrained alcohol -nice semi-dry taste with candy sugar evident mostly dry finish and refreshing effervescence.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml brown bottle with a “Best Before” freshness date on the label, history and how the beer should be poured is provided on the label also.

Appearance: Hazed sun golden colour, the head is a bit short but the lace sticks to the glass just fine.

Smell: Fruity, rustic and yeasty aroma. Smells of ripe apples and pears, earthy from the husky grain and powdery yeast.

Taste: Insanely crisp with a moderate body on a dry palate. Big spiciness, lots of clove though it suggests an off kilter allspice blend from the phenols and alcohol. Maltiness fringes quick to a husky flavour, lots of pale grain husky flavours. Fruity esters are present yet stay in a mild state of mealy apples and ripe pears. Medicinal phenols hold strong, mild honey like flavour is the only sign of sweetness. Finishes surprisingly clean and dry with alcohol in the wind and a mild chalky yeast.

Notes: Not too shabby for a triple, I have had both fresh and aged sample of this brew and have to say that it is more than a decent pick for the style and is unquestionably worth a try.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks Jeff!

The beer is hazy and light orange in color. The head is smallish and generates a good amount of lacing on the glass. The beer is bready with a healthy amount of citrus flavors. Alcohol presence asserts itself throughout, though on the whole, I find it unoffensive. This beer is bold, assertive, and quite tasty. The body is medium / thick with a warming finish. Another fine example of a Belgian tripel.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Off the pour there is a lot of snapping sounding carbonation, with a head that barely makes a finger, off white in color and falls slowly in a shampoo foamy appearance. Body has wonderful trails of white rising pinhead carbonation all around, it's like a pinwheel and my glass has stripes practically. Orange amber slightly cloudy body. If the head was better this would be amazing.

Fresh dry pear and juice on the nose, mixing with crisp dry malts. Muted sweetness and a wine like vinous sensation perhaps coming.

Taste is a mix of big yeast punch and apple. Very light and crisp bodied for a tripel in the mouthfeel, but also comes out a bit too wet and watery. Flattened juice box character to this. Luckily not too boozy either.

Overall it's not bad but it's a letdown from the nose entirely and doesn't have the malt density that I like for this style. Hints at crisp at white wine but doesn't quite get there either. The good news is as it warms up it gets a bit better and with a good candy sweetness to come through. This one takes time.

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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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured into a glass chalice:

Pours hazed dark gold with a thin white head. Trailing lace slides down glass with some stickage.

The smell is of lemon and orange with herbal notes.

The taste is of lemon and orange tang/tartness with herbal spicing. A sweet honeyish grainy sweetness follows. A touch of aspirin is noticeable, but just about negligeable. A bit of alcohol lends itself to a dry finish. After the yeast is poured in (at the end of the bottle), a slight nutty character is added in that I liked.

It is light-to-medium bodied and creamy.

A nice tripel.

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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 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 Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice slighlty hazy gold color with a thick head. The aroma is pleasant with a mixture of yeast, citrus, hops, and grass. The taste is strong on the tongue - carbonationed seemed a little high but the yeast / malt / bitter ratio was good. Crisp in the mouth, and bitterness and citrus tones lingered on the tongue for a while. The alcohol is quite evident, and when the bottle is empty you can feel it. Very enjoyable and my favorite from Affligem.

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Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip. Best before September 19, 2013.

Clear gold and perfectly filtered, lots of carbonation coming off the base of the glass. Voluminous white head with a heck of a lot of lacing and great retention. Nose has sweet malt and bready notes, moderate amounts of light fleshed fruits and good spicing. Not too bold but well balanced. Taste has more sweet malts, fruitiness and is a bit chalky on the palate (but not as much as something like a Chimay White). Light metallic notes are present with this at cellar temp, but disappear as this gets to room temp. Alcohol is there as well, not hot but the flavour is certainly evident. Spice and booze in the finish. Full body, and light prickly carbonation. An enjoyable but not outstanding tripel.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split a large bottle at the Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis. Paired nicely with my sweet and savory "meatie" pizza. Poured a clear gold with a fluffy white head.

There isn't a lot of malt character, like say a Tripel Karmeliet, but the mellow fruit esters, spicy phenol, and earthy hops provide more than enough character. The aroma, however, does hint at bready malt. Otherwise, the flavor starts light and mild with white grapes and white pepper. Then after a moment, big citrus rind and grassy hops kick in. Yum. Very tasy and very drinkable. There are more complex tripels, no doubt, but this is still a fine beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe, served in a Val-Dieu glass. On to the beer:

Bright and a tint darker than gold in color. The head poured on top was very frothy, but quickly drops to a lace. The aroma brings pears and fruity esters to the nose. As expected per style, it is a sweet tasting beer, but it's also a little dry. Sugary with some aspirin-like notes before the beer dries. It almost seems like a Belgian IPA with a kiss of the hops. Sparkling carbonation hits the palate from this lightish bodied "easy to drink despite a nine percent alcohol by volume".

A respectable and more affordable Belgian tripel. I could drink this at almost any time of day.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: three fingers of foamy white head despite a gentile pour. Body is pale golden-yellow with just a little haze. A solid tripel appearance.

Smell: sweet malt with some basic pear and apple character. Unfortunately, there is a fair bit of skunkiness here. This eventually begins to dissipate after awhile, but this tripel seems to hold onto it a bit longer than some other skunkified beers I've had.

Taste: standard pear and a bit of apple. There's also something almost citrusy and a bit acidic of which I'm not a huge fan. There are some nice hops here, but nothing to write home about. OK, not fantastic.

Mouthfeel: medium body with massive creamy carbonation. It's a bit sticky, but I kind of like that too. This has got the classic tripel feel I love.

Drinkability: it's good, but some of the flavors just don't work for me. Frankly, I won't likely seek this out again. Of course, I will finish this bottle, however.

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