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: 711
Photo of freneticamnesic
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with a two finger thick head with medium retention and leaving laces. Some floating particles.
Light aroma of malt, sugar and yeast.
Predominant flavor of pineapple, white grapes and apples with condiments such as pepper and cloves. Hints of malt, brown sugar, non-sweet guaraná. Dry and numbing aftertaste.
Medium body with a low carbonation, though with an effervescent sensation. Alcohol of 9% ABV is harmonic.
Well balanced for a Tripel, acidy and not too sweet. It really grows with degustation time; I had to change this write up at the end once its complexity became more apparent.

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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 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 Arithmeticus
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at The Mark, South Bend, IN, in snifter

A: thin, but creamy head; cloudy from micro carbonation; light orange, dense; lacing ok
S: banana and estery aroma; sweet, inviting; smell persists
T: Wow. Banana, pear; sweet and boozy; opens up nicely as it warms up into a rich, complex classic Belgian.

Wow, a really rich beer; I enjoyed this quite a bit.

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

33cl bottle. Hazy orange pour with a tall but short-lived white head. Smells of Belgian yeast, honey, caramel, elderflowers and that oxidation smell common to most Belgian ales. The taste follows the same notes, bitter-sweet and quite enjoyable.

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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 fx20736
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a chalice, served cool.

translucent butterscotch with a slight haze and visible carbonation. A thick natural white head leaves decent lacing.

aroma of Belgian yeast. wildflowers, pepper, musty peaches.

mouthfeel is well structured with seltzer qualities.

Pale malt, tart white grapes, slight black pepper sting on the tongue and decent hop bitterness. Dry finish.

Not as fruity as Chimay, this is a more no nonsense Belgian Tripel

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear, light gold beer with a slight, rocky, white head that quickly turns creamy while consistent columns of carbonation carry chunks of yeast within a Hoegaarden snifter. Spotty lace is displaced by a thin film with each swirl.

There is a faint, fruity apple aroma with apricot and a hint of yeasty funk.

Tart and acidic, this one has the pungency of sourdough. A tart finish builds long after each sip. Warmth brings out light pepper and apricot flavors.

Full body, chewy with vigorous, fine carbonation. Alcohol is as expected from this super dry beer that sticks to the palate and has a light astringency.

Best as a pre-supper sipper. This one was aged for two years.

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Photo of BGDrock
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy; amber/gold colour; good head on pour, falls away after a minute

Aroma: sweet, fruity malt; peach, strawberry, grapes; some alcohol cutting through it all

Taste & Mouthfeel: more one-noted than expected - smashed up smoothie as opposed to a fruit salad; ripe fruit flavour identifies as grapes if anything; properly balanced with hops to keep it crisp and dry on the finish, which lasts several minutes; some discernible spice notes

Overall: where is the punchy variety of flavour hinted at by the aroma? too one dimensional and overall not memorable

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Photo of Flounder57
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a stemless wine glass. Making use of what's in the cabinet up here in Maine.

Appearance: The beer poured a one finger head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a yellow orange haze with great clarity and signs of carbonation coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Delicious. Everything I expect out of a tripel. Vanilla, spices, Belgian candy, bready notes, apple, pear, honeydew melon, and yeasty esters.

Taste: Everything above blended well together. Not too sweet, not too bitter. A little light, but very tasty as it warmed to room temperature.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth, a tiny bit boozy and warming to the palate.

Overall: Overall a very traditional triple and cornerstone to the style. Bottle or draft and you can't go wrong. This beer is super awesome too is at warmed to room temperature.

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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 depechemode1983
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden with a slight haze. Head is White and very foamy and with excellent retention. Lacing is splotchy but with plenty to go around.

S - Picking up semi sweet fruit and bread in the nose. Orange comes to mind along with some candy sugar. Bread comes in through the middle and takes it to the finish to give it a sorta dryness.

T -Malty tropical fruits. Ripe I might say. Pineapple, orange, apple, white grape, candy sugar and raisin bread. Alcohol is just barely present but gives it a bit of warmth.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty solid. It does down smooth with a nice slick feel. Carbonation is just right. No complaints.

O - Not a bad Triple at all. Better than an American version I can think of. At 8 dollars a 750 you cant beat it. Great stuff.

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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 Canslammer
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I felt like I was pouring Champagne, very bubbly. The creamy off white head dissipated in just the right amount of time. Has a nice smell, and taste. The only drawback is that I am going to have to drink the whole thing because it is a corked bottle. 750 ml at 9% abv. The alcohol content is barely noticeable and I didn't realize it was so high until I started typing this review...WHOA!

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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 MattSweatshirt
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

The beer has a bright yellow/gold see through body with a rush of bubbles and a sudsy white head.

Very fruity with banana, pear, and apple. It’s also got some pepper, earth, and bubblegum.

All the fruit and spice from the nose is here in it, but the spice seems a little more heavy-handed on the palate. The bubblegum was first noticed on the tongue before picking it up in the nose. It’s got a lively level of carbonation, medium mouth feel, and fairly dry.

I was totally surprised by this! It’s hard to go into a beer without any sort of expectation in todays world of ratings. I wasn’t blown away, but I loved the hell out of this thing. It’s a straight up no frills tripel but is put together so well. After Westmalle most tripels meld together for me. This might go the lead of that tight knit pack.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a snifter

a: pours a clear golden, two finger white head froths and bubbles, slowly dissipating to a thin film

s: white wine/champagne, yeast, Belgian sugars, pears, citrus, some grape and bubble gum as well.

t: light, tart, and crisp, grape and yeast, bubble gum and white sugar, high-champagne light carbonation and light mouthfeel.

o: a solid tripel. very smooth, lots of flavors.

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Photo of iSip
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Tripel, 22 oz. bomber: I got the chance to sample this highly rated triple over the weekend. The body is golden in color and as clear as you are careful keeping the sediment out of your pour. The head is average, and continuous carbonation replenishes it during the drinking experience. Very solid tripel aroma of Belgian yeast and champagne. Flavor was middle of the road, not outstanding or odd notes, just solidly where a tripel should be. Overall, a very good beer, but did not wow me as other tripels have. Maybe it was my mood that evening. That’s the tough part of reviewing beer, there are so many factors that influence the experience of having a beer. To be fair, beer reviews should be head to head comparisons rather than individual tastings.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Affligem Tripel is a rich gold with nice head and not too much lacing. The fine particles of yeast take their time settling, if they settle at all. Crisp, peppery floral aroma. This is a spicy and sweet beer with noticeable alcohol. I can understand why people have tasted some apple and pear as well. Dense stuff, almost like a carbonated nectar, but that rounds out the strong flavors very nicely. Whether it is as good as a Trappist ale or La Fin du Monde I can't say right now. I'd need a side-by-side comparison. I think it represents its style well and is worth a try.

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

Appearance: It has a nice murky golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of Belgian yeast, spices, banana, citrus and lemon.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice fruity character with some bready notes, yeast and a slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a darker gold, slightly hazy looking through the glass. Head is white and comes off thick, thick by body not by measurement. Rose to maybe a 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Lightly yeasty, just wish was a notch more potent.

Taste: Slight nutty, full of yeast and a passive sweet.

Mouth: Medium to heavy, no complaints in this department.

Overall: Well constructed beer, complex but simple and I like that. I can't see this beer being knocked by anyone, it's a rare commodity to find something that can please most crowds. Grab a glass and treat yourself, you only love once. Salud!

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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.94 out of 5 based on 711 ratings.
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