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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2001

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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single 750mL bottle from Woodman's West in Madison, WI for $7.99 in Fall 2011.

Pours a cloudy golden orange with lots of yeast causing lots of carbonation. Scent is bready, yeasty with some citrus hints. Taste is crisp and clean. There are of course bready hints fromthe yeast and some clove spice. Has a slightly bitter finish that if full and smooth. A very well made Tripel.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 750mL bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a golden orange. Pours with a big, fluffy head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Lots of spicy yeast with a decent malt backing. Citrus notes are present. Clean and crisp.

Taste: Primary flavours are sweet malts, clovey yeast, and a hint of bubblegum. Balanced but generally light in flavour.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a generous amount of carbonation. Finishes somewhat sticky and dry.

Overall: A solid tripel. The flavours leave something to be desired but it is quite nice. The alcohol is hidden very well.

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4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
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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5/5  rDev +25.9%

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4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into tulip

A- pours a cloudy golden yellow. (slowly) poured a four finger thick head that lasted. small lacing.

S- sweet smell, i really couldnt get past the smell of light banana and light pineapple. some alc when it warms up.

T- when it comes to taste a hoegaarden comes to mind. keep in mind i do not like hoegaarden , heh. but it almost had the same 'type' of flavor. i hate to compare this to something i dont like because i REALLY enjoyed this. it wasnt as runny as a hoegaarden and had more flavor... and just more of everything. also..hazelnut?

M- crisp, and for being high in abv i was surprised it was rather refreshing. i was amazed that the alcohol did not come through the flavor, all the way to the end.

O- this is an excellent beer that goes down sooo well. Before i knew it, i was almost done..and feelin great. it was different than what i was expecting, but a real nice surprise.

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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle, corked and caged.

A: The tripel is golden, bright but hazed over. A luxurious white head comes with the first few pours, pure as driven snow.

S: The nose is strong on the lighter fruits, candi sugars providing pears while the yeast adds more chalky fruits. Light but heavy, the ale can't dodge its alcoholic strength.

T: More fruity sweetness, candi sugars and Belgian yeast conspiring in a devious manner. A sweet but strong ale, the tripel is sweeter that most. The powdery fruits, apples and pears, linger after each sip. The booziness is hard to miss, this ale packs a wallop.

M: Plenty sweet. Plenty strong too. A big beer that is best shared. I'd be worried if I got through the entire bottle.

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4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 330 ml bottle from Al Campo. Bottle has 23.02.13 meaning drink by date I presume. Pours a nice deep golden cloudy two finger head that dissipates quickly to 1/4 inch lacing head. Smell the sweet flowery slightly spicy scent. Taste is pretty darn good, yeasty, tart fruit like a pear, some Belgian yeast in there but the alcohol covers it Not feeling much hop or malt action, closer to a good white wine like a Pinot grigio. I like it and would try it again when it is a bit warmer.

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3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the big bottle into a Westmalle glass. A dull golden color with a half finger of white head.
Mild smelling; honey and sweets.
It tastes heady, you can feel the alcohol lurking in the background. Bread, light malt and mild hop bitterness at the end.
Light to medium bodied with lots of carbonation, which is not bad... leaves tingles on the tongue.
What I find unique and enjoyable about most Belgium beers is their texture. They seem to play that part stronger than most other beers. I thought that was the strongest part of this one...

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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle taken home from 2011 Belgian Beer Fest. I'm reviewing the second half of this bottle, as the first half was consumed alongside dinner. It was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Affligem Tripel pours a crystal clear orange, with plenty of golden highlights shining through in the glass. The slightly dirty white head rises up to just short of 3 fingers, but disappears with alarming rapidity. It's clean too, nothing left behind in the way of lacing. Totally unacceptable for a Belgian style beer. The nose still manages to shine through well, and it's textbook tripel. Sugar soaked stone fruits and clove spiciness greet my nose, with a hint of alcoholic presence. The flavor profile largely follows the blueprint laid out by the aroma. There's some bitterness mid palate, nothing approaching an IPA in intensity, but enough to break up the sweet front end and allow for a transition to the clove phenols. There's a subtle, pleasant warming sensation from the alcohol that radiates out from my center with every sip. The body is impressively, appropriately light for a beer of it's size, and the carbonation bright and frothy. It' lacks the slight creamy edge that the mouthfeel of the best Belgians have, but it's just a spot below. Affligem Tripel is a very solid rendition of the style (appearance aside), and one I would give someone if I was trying to show them what a tripel tastes like.

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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle.
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles to a thin lacing on top. Slightly hazy body that is golden with some copper tones. Upward carbonation.
S) Yeasty with fruity esters - classic Belgian aroma. Dried strawberry. Subtle clove.
T) Grainy flavors. Noticeable alcohol. Clove. Some yeasty and sour notes.
M) Light carbonation. Medium body. Alcohol warmth. Clove / tannin feel in the aftertaste.
O) A tripel through and through. Solid profile characteristics.

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4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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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4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a chalice
A: Orange with lots of carbonation. Not as much of a head as I expected, only about 1/2 finger. Update: by the end of the bottle (probably from warming a bit) this poured a solid two-finger head.
S: I love this nose. Creamy, with aromas of blond roux, coriander, and apricot.
T: Crisp, also a bit creamy, with layers of fresh fruit and spices; apricot, pear, coriander and allspice.
M: Crisp and integrated. No alcohol shows.
O: Extremely solid Tripel, and while not the best I've had, I would not hesitate to pick up more.

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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 726 ratings
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