Affligem Tripel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

Affligem TripelAffligem Tripel
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Affligem TripelAffligem Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2001

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Photo of largadeer
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
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 -6%
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 +4.5%
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 +13.4%
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 +1.5%
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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Photo of ThaCreep
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber disorder. Nose is an individual who is the beautiful part in yeast. Mouth alcohol in many flavors. However, it is interesting to note that alcohol is quite large (logic for a beer of this ABV) is fading fast enough to leave his room for various flavors. The body is oily but with a touch sour probably due to the sweet orange. Finally, we have a round mouth with a final syrupy. Good beer tasting.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

Tripels are tricky. Some breweries think just high alcohol and being blond-ish qualifies the beer to be one. There is a hell of a lot more finesse to the style.

Faint haze on the pale straw color; head retention is right where it should be: sturdy and sticky. The nose is like taking a stroll through a field of lilac, pepper plants and an apricot orchard. Not sure how deep crispness in a beer can go, but this one is going real deep. Spicy, sweet smack across the face wakes the palate up on the first sip with a big HELLO! Sugar cookie dough maltiness meets green peppercorn and wildflowers, with some ripe orchard fruit in tow. Chalky yeast in the drying finish.

A Tripel with a mission: to stay on style and be within the front of the pack. Mission ac- complished-- equal to the Trappist Tripels for sure.

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Photo of tastynubulets
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours: A warm orange color with a white and continuous head.

Smell: So-so; nothing to brag about.

Taste: An enjoyable taste, though its exceptional quality is in its texture!


So I'm a sucker for Belgian Trappist ales... so sue me!

I recently found a bottle of this beer at a Wine and Specialty Beer store near my bus stop. It was the last one on the shelf, and since I had never heard anything about it, decided to give the beer a whir.

As it was, this beer did pretty good. If you're looking for a good summer ale, with a flavorful body, and delightful texture, this is the beer for you. It's not as expensive as some of the other trappist ales, which is also a positive attribute.

The smell is strong, but not all together pleasant. It kind of has a very default beer smell to it. Slightly floral, with a strong accent of malts(?)--it's okay.

What is significant about this beer, and the redeemer of all its other shortcomings, is the beer's texture! The devil! If all beers could be so fluid and drinkable, we would never care about a beer's taste again. It was as easy on the palate as juice, and with a heavy malt and hop flavor, the experience was quite enjoyable.

Seriously, this is how the texture of a beer should feel. It is the closest I have ever come to a beer as smooth as wine.

Definitely a must-try, if not a regular indulgence.

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

Poured from 750ml bottle with champagne style cork and basket into Chimay goblet.

A: Deep straw color with one finger of creamy head which is thinning but not going away. Foam clinging to the side of the glass like soap suds cling to dirty dishes. Carbonation evident even several minutes after pouring.

S: Orange and lemon citrusy aromas along with bread. Faint other fruit aromas of apples and peaches.

T: More lemon than orange citrus in the taste, at least initially. A small tang of sour, overripe peaches at the finish which does not linger.

M: Ticklish carbonation busy in the mouth. Beer is velvet smooth across the tongue.

D: Seeing as Belgian tripels are my go-to style, I'll call this one as pretty drinkable to me. It's not my favorite tripel (I'd put Westmalle Tripel at the top of the list and Victory's Golden Monkey above this but not by a huge margin), but I'd not hesitate for a second if offered more of it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 oz tap pour into a tulip.

A - Clear golden yellow with a nice plump white head. Lower retention and some sticky lace speckled all over the glass.

S - Belgian yeast meets with sweet Belgian candi sugar nicely and has sweet crystal malts, a bit of earthy clay, some light candied banana, and a dash of white pepper and clove.

T - Citrusy lemon and Belgian yeast with candi sugar and earthy clay, banana, and clove notes. A great tasting tripel with some good layers of complexity.

M - Medium-bodied and sweet with a smooth, relaxed finish.

D - An easy-going tripel that leans towards the sweeter side of the style. A fair example with nice drinkability.

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Photo of claybeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Affligem Tripel from a 750mL bottle with a champagne style cork. It poured a real hazy wheat color with a half finger white head. A big bread dough nose. I don't get much more than that on the nose. So far I'm a little disappointed in the appearance and smell. There it is....this beer makes up for it on the first sip. I get a lot of clove and some Belgian style yeast and some spices. There is some alcohol heat right away and I feel it the entire time. The second sip brings a nutty slightly rubbery taste. It's good but just not my style of beer. I still can appreciate and respect this quality Belgian beer.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into oversized wine glass. Bottled 7/09, consumed Christmas 09. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a bright light amber with a large dense head that reduced into a delightfully thick dense foam dollop that floated on top of the beer. Very active carbonation and fantastic lacing. Head stayed forever with very impressive retention.
S: Notes of bread malt, doughy yeast, sweet fruits with darker fruit notes, Belgian spices and light alcohol.
T: Fruity and sweet with a spicy finish. Belgian spices, clove and cinnamon round out the finish along with some slight grassy hops. Aftertaste is lightly sour, spicy and delicious.
M: Faint hint of 9.5% alcohol shines through. Mouthfeel is superb and very soft and fluffy. Light body with a big flavor punch. Carbonation is soft and not tingly or sharp. Finish is dry.
D: I was surprised by how much I liked this beer. Even as it reached room temp, the high ABV never became apparent.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Photo of Brabander
3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
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 MrHassellYaHurd
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip a deeply lustrous gold with intense carbonation.

The smell here is very reminiscent of a champagne -- slightly tart with hints of grape, sweet apricots, hard candies, and an earthy yeast overtone.

Taste is similarly tart and vinous. Has a strange taste of sugar cookies, and candied raisins.

Full-bodied, nice and viscous. Coats the entire mouth quite well.

Drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of impending
2.77/5  rDev -30.2%
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 hoplover82
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours clear deep golden with small white bubbly head that quickly fades to barely a colar around the beer and leaves no lacing.

S-I get an earthy sweet tobacco smell. along with the most wonderfully balanced bananna and clove blend. I get pears as well. Very complex.

T-The pears really come through in the flavor as well as the bananna and cloves. Faint notes of sweet tobacco comes on the finish along with a light lingering bitterness.

M-For a begian beer this is not as effervecent as most (which is nice for a change) it seems to have a nice full creamy body with a not too dry of a finish. Which is nice for a change.

D-This beer goes down expceptionally well for it being 9.5% abv. I highly recommend this beer to any real beer lover.

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

330ml bottle bought from the Vineyard Belfast...

Poured a light golden colour. Creamy head poured big and foamy with a meringue like topping which then faded to light wispy covering. Decent amount of carbonation bubbles drift to the surface.. very little lacing..

Aroma - Spicy Belgian yeastiness, grainy malts, quite earthy, strong slightly tropical fruits (pineapples, oranges, apples, lemons), peppery, some vanilla notes, freshly cut grass, light marzipan, floral honey, sea salt notes...

Taste - Nice biscuity malts and Belgian yeast, good fruitiness (apples, some pears, light pineapples), good pepperiness, again some graininess, alcohol is just noticeable, honey / sugary sweetness, light anise, medicinal, some almond traces...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... light / medium bodied... fairly drinkable...

Overall - A pretty good if fairly run of the mill Tripel... worth a try though...

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, apparently a rare keg to be brought into the country,

A: Pours a brillaint gold with a poofy white head leaving good Belgian lace.

S: Bubblegum, apples, cake batter.

T: Big Belgian yeast flavour, chalky cakey malt, sweet baked pears, almost a dessert.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium-bodied.

D: I don't think I've ever had this tripel, and I've known about it for almost 5 years. It's really good and the 750s are still in the $7-8 range so it's definitely worth a pickup. Good stuff.

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Photo of missingsense
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Tulip from 750mL bottle. Reviewed on 5/22/10

A: Hazy orange/pale amber. Nice white head that fades relatively quickly, but leaves a solid white ring at the edges for the remainder of the drink.

S: Sweet flowers, estery, honeysuckle, hay & horse blanket. Very earthy. Noticed a stronger apple scent as it warmed.

T: Spicy & sweet. Exceptionally smooth & balanced. Noticed some honey & booze mid-swallow. A nice touch of hops bite at the end, but that sensation quickly disappears and gives way to a pleasant spice. Contains a mildly chewy mouthfeel with substantial carbonation.

D: Deviously easy to drink considering its alcohol content. It has a complex flavor that rises quickly and goes away after a few beats, enticing you back for more. Nothing that blows me away here, but its definitely a solid tripel. The fact that it was a few dollars cheaper than most of the other tripels available won some points with me, too.

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

75 cl

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a sudsy thick white heat. Dissipates to a film.

Smells of fresh grain malts a hint of citrus.

Tastes about the same. Malts and citrusy. Slightest bit of alcohol in the finish.

Feels full with tingly carbonation throughout.

Tasty and light. A good trippel. Would have again.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a tasting I did for my wedding, this tripel just happened to be laying around, and its pretty darn good. Served in a snifter-style glass.

Cloudy yellow with bright gold hues. Bright white head, fluffy and lingering nicely with white patches. Nose is fruity and sweet, definitely yeasty with a slight alcohol burn.

Taste is slightly citrus fruity, strong vanilla and rich with sugary goodness. Alcohol burns off a bit on the back end. Surprisingly full bodied, smooth, and creamy. I'm got quite a bit of apple in this as well - all of these flavors balance nicely for a well-rounded tripel. Lots going on, and high ABV makes this drinkable beer one that isnt ideal more than a round.

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Photo of drtth
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemmed Tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear light golden apricot color with a soft billowing head of foam that only lasts for about half the beer. Sipping initially yields some interesting lacing but by the end of the class the foam and lacing are pretty much gone.

Smell: The aroma is soft and gentle with hints of citric fruits such as lemon and orange. There is also a hint of spice, probably white pepper.

Taste: The subtle flavors include a trace of honeyed sweetness mingled with a complex basket of fruit filled with apple and pear, with lemon and orange zest, and all tinged with pepper and coriander.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium-to light bodied and on the soft side but the moderate carbonation feels a bit sparse. The finish is long and filled with a light sweetness that has a bit of spiciness in it as well. At the end everything disappears into a touch of dryness.

Drinkability: For this beer think subtle and complex rather than bold and upfront. Sipping this was easy and I'll probably be having this one to sample again. However, this is a beer to have on its own. If paired with food some of the subtleties of the beer will get lost in its interaction with the food.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy orange color with an average frothy white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex spicy fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium citrus balanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to moderate duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a refreshing standout beer.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25.4 ounce bomber into a Leffe chalice.

Pours a medium straw with no discernible cloud. Head is towering and rocky and leaves little lace around the glass(strange). Active carbonation climbs all around the bowl and not just in the center.

Aroma is of sweet, sweet grain. Candy sugar and vanilla with a touch of spice. Funky yeast melds with phenolic alcohol to give a strange sour aroma. No hops come out in the finish.

Flavor is sweet grain and sugar. Yeasty funk and band-aid phenolics. Bubble gum and banana creep in. The finish is overpowered by alcohol warmth. The booziness is very apparent here with a touch of hotness. Finishes sweet and spicy, with coriander and clove flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. Good for the style, the carbonation bites at the tongue and gives a good sense of what you're drinking.

Drinkability suffers because of the alcohol hotness. That being said, this is a decent tasting beer, just not up to snuff with some other tripels I know and love.

A mediocre Belgian, I have had stellar examples and this pales.

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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 725 ratings
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