Affligem Tripel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

BA SCORE
88
very good
720 Ratings
Affligem TripelAffligem Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Belgium
affligembeer.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
720
Reviews:
354
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
10.91%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
105
For Trade:
1
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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 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 Holland
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale gold, and pretty opaque. Lot of carbonation bubbling up creating a patch-work head throughout, especially when it warmed a bit.

S: fruity, sweet - these smells overpowered any grains for me

T: I could taste more of the grains and less of the fruit, so the balance shifted from the smell

M: light, highly carbonated

O: decent tripel, pretty impressive for buying at a chain grocery store

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

A-a clear golden orange with a fingers worth of white head, carbonation bubbles are visible

S-yeast, sweet fruits, light malts

T-similar to the smell, light malts, spicy, sweet fruits, and yeast. Alcohol warming starts to pick up after a bit

M-moderate to high carbonation, medium body, and a dry slightly bitter finish

overall a very nice Tripel, I would definitely have again though it isn't the best Tripel I've ever had

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Photo of grittybrews
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an extremely light straw gold into a tulip with a thin film of white head. Somewhat sweet toffee aroma with just a little bit of floral/spice character.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth but somewhat thin mouthfeel. Some spicy yeast character up front before the caramel/toffee malt takes over. A combination of spice/banana sweetness returns on the finish.

The higher alcohol is completely masked with this easy-drinking (if slightly generic) tripel. Good, but didn't really wow me.

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

Poured into a wheat beer glass
Appearance-It has a delicious looking apricot color,so cloudy could barley see my hand through the glass.
Smell-Refreshingly pleasant,crisp
Taste-strong hoppy aroama
Mouthfeel-Reminds me of milk duds,has that silky mouthfeel with that fun dissolving affect
Overall- Love it,would do it again

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Photo of evlu1441
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very pale. There is a little bit of a head, but it quickly disappears. Lots of sediment floating around. I'm not sure if this is just because it got shaken up a bit, or if the carbonation did anything.

Smells sweet and floral with a little bit of vanilla. This smell is the best part of the beer really.

The taste is slightly floral. Not very sweet. It has a really nice hop bitterness that hangs around. Much hoppier than other tripels I've tried. I would never guess this was 9% ABV. The alcohol is incredibly well disguised.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Kind of wattery.

Overall. Pretty decent. I wouldn't exactly rave about this to anybody, but I'm satisfied. I might even get another if it was on sale or something.

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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 jar2574
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge two inch head over clear, yellow colored beer. Smells of spices, yeasts. A bit weaker smell than most trippels though. Tastes of bananas, spices, yeast. More sweet than bitter. The 9% ABV is completely disguised. For a high ABV it's very drinkable. Slightly too sweet and cloying at times in the aftertaste, and that's the only thing holding it back on drinkability.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a semi hazed orange julip, with an easy two finger off white head. Smells of light yeast and a hint of citrus. Wow, a much better first taste impression than the smell. A good amount of dough, and some sweet candy in there too can't really feel the alcohol but 9.5% is good feeling for sure. A helpful amount of fruit, maybe some pears, yes definitely pear. It is a medium to heavy bodied drink with a great compliment of medium strong carbonation that hits the way only belgians can.

I do recommend this for certain, it brings a much cheaper price tag than many others n its class yet it is a competitor nonetheless. love getting my Money's worth.

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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 Cozzatoad
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml (11.2oz) bottle

A- Dark golden/light orange. Two fingers head, holds quite well but almost no signs of lacing

S- Smell is sweet, dominated by a mix of earthy yeast notes and sugar. Not much else in the way, maybe a slight fruitiness

T- Mostly what smelling suggest. Some malty notes are detectable (caramel, honey) but yeast and sugar are clearly dominating the flavour, with a sweet and earthy profile. Not that it's bad, but it totally lacks complexity, no fruity or spicy notes at all as you would expect from a tripel

M- Pleasantly crispy, overall it fills the mouth with a quite dense body. Finishes quite dry

O- Not bad but very much pedestrian. Still a decent value for money though

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

I'm not real experienced with tripels, but I'm trying to expand my tripel horizons.
A- Very pale, very good head

S- Must, flowers, hay, faint hops (reminded me a lot of a saison)

T- Coriander, chamomile, honey, alcohol, orange

M- Medium to light, creamy

D- Quite.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - A vigorous pour gives way to a nice slightly clear golden color with some nice strong straw hints and a billowing fluffy white head that is about 3 inches.

S - Aroma of sweet cloves with some slight banana. Some nice bready and grainy malt notes. There are some slight spice notes as well as some nice Belgian yeast notes that come through the beer. Delicious vinous aroma on the back end.

T & M - Starts off with some crisp malt grain notes and some spice notes. There is slight clove sweetness but not as intense as the nose. The Belgian funk is there as well but not as intense as other Tripels. Fluffy and crisp mouthfeel, nice light body. A bit average in my book.

D - The beer is not bad but not the best either. Quite enjoyable and easy to drink but not a repeat.

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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 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 RMcMinn
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Tripel in a while. I remember now why I enjoy them so much.

A= Poured from a bottle. Thin, light head. Very little lacing. Light amber color, nearly transparent.

S= Upon removing the cork the fruit odor was apparent. Only got stronger as I continued through the bottle. Was strong but not overpowering.

M= Very smooth. From the first drink throughout, it stays on the palate but not in a bad way. It isn't sticky but remains in the mouth.

D= Was a pleasant beer to drink. Enjoyed it through the evening. Will definalty drink it again.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On this New Year's Eve, somewhere near Boston, I'm ditchin' the party and enjoying some fine brews. Affligem Tripel in a 750ml corked bottle. Dated: 10 159 15. Brewed about halfway through 2010? Would seem these famous breweries could come up with an easier code, no?

Poured a hazy blonde, very attractive, and a solid but quickly dissapating head. Nice fine lacing. Nothing offensive or spectacular on the nose. OK, let's drink.

Fruit, pears & apples, maybe a tad sweet on the start. As I start my second glass, I'm loving the aftertaste, so flavorful. The sweetness has gone, the fruitiness remains. And a little bitter's kickin' in. Never really noticed the alcohol - I like it well into the background, though that's dangerous territory sometimes. But that's a plus.

I poured the yeast into my last ¼ glass, and can't really tell the difference - guessing the bottle was shaken a bit on my bike ride home.

Anyways, highly recommended. Most excellent for sure. And quite a bit cheaper here in Boston than many other fine Belgians. (US$9) Happy New Year everyone!

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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 puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 750 ml. corked bottle staamped 10-113-12. Sampled on December 10, 2010. The pour is a slightly hazy pale yellow with excited carbonation bubbling upward to a two inch fluffy white head that diminishes with time. Good sedimentary deposits. The aroma is a mixture of malts, biscuit, yeast, spice, and overripe fruit. However the alcohol is more noted in the taste than I would have hoped. I prefer my Belgians to be smooth, yeasty, and slightly hopped. It is all of that but the alcohol comes up a bit much.

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Photo of Rayek
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chalice.

A: Brilliant gold, with nice clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. The initial carbonation burst is frenetic. It slowly dies down to a mellow flow of bubbles. A dense eggshell cap has great retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Very fruity as it left the bottle. Pear, apple and green grape provide a nice pale fruit sweetness. A bit of coriander and clove provides some spice. Alcohol adds a light tingle to the nostrils. As the beer warms, a bit of bubblegum sneaks in.

T: Pale fruits and straw-like malts are out front. A spicy bitterness provides perfect balance. A light lemon sourdough flavor comes in late to complete the picture. The alcohol flavor is well masked. The way it makes its presence known is via a nice system permeating warmth as the beer goes down.

M: The body is tart and dry. It's also quite light and masks the beer's strength just like a good Tripel's should. The carbonation is smooth and soft.

D: This is a very nice beer. The lightness makes it go down easily. Its warmth makes it a perfect accompaniment to a cold night. A most excellent pickup.

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Photo of fourplayed
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml pour into tulip. medium hazy golden color with thin zesty bubbles start to finish.

Smells of yeasts, bready, clean fresh fruits, apples, pears, apricots.

Great Clean tastes, apples, pears, apricots, medium alcohol, bready yeasts to great balance.

Medium bodied, good zesty carbonation dances on tongue start to finish, med alcohol warmth, nice dry finish.

Overall a great example of this style. A worthy brew! Would tip a few more if not for the 9.5% abv

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

A 750mL poured into two tulip glasses

A- a slightly opaque hay color. Bubbly head that stays.

S- Lots of zesty hay. fresh floral notes, some sweet booze.

T- Flavors are big. Hay and yeast are strongest. some grass and slight pepper.

M- Crisp, mild.

D- Easy to drink. No alc taste to it. Very good but not great.

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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.94 out of 5 based on 720 ratings.
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