Affligem Tripel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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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

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Photo of claybeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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 +10.7%
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 -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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Photo of Brabander
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
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 +6.6%
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 -29.7%
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 +5.3%
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 -2.8%
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 -1.5%
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 +4.1%
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 +1.5%
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 -4.1%
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 +0.8%
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 +0.3%
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 -9.1%
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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Photo of seand
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yellow amber, with a fair amount of foamy off white head. The head retains pretty well, leaving pretty good lacing.

S: Sweet, with a fairly dry and light version of the common Belgian yeast and spices.

T: Like the smell, almost understated for such a high ABV. Still fairly sweet, and the spices and yeast are present, but it's on the dry and light side of things, leaning towards subtle and balanced.

M: Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty easily and hides its ABV well, but the ABV is really too high to drink a bunch in a row.

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Photo of berley31
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Moderate-sized, white head that lasted for a little while before drifting away. Body is dark gold, very hazy, with a LOT of good-sized particles floating around.

S: Lightly fruity and peppery, with hints of bubblegum in the background.

T: Slightly harsh at the beginning, with some hot, solventy alcohol coming through. Like the Dubbel I had just had, it also began to fade as the beer warmed. Light fruit notes and pepper.

M: Light-medium body, slightly creamy, with high carbonation.

D: Like the Dubbel, I was not impressed at first, but the beer improved slightly as I drank it. However, with all the other great Tripels out there, not likely something I would seek again.

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Photo of RussK
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - golden about what you expect from a tripel, pours to maybe a one finger head but may not last

S - light complexity some spice some alcohol

T - reassuring medium heaviness for a tripel, hides the abv fairly well, light but not empty feeling, refreshing

M - good bubbles, plays off of the overall smoothness

D - overall pretty good, especially for the availability/price

I enjoyed this beer in a goblet style glass with cheese and fruit...its dry enough to suit most cheeses and fruit goes well with's only so complex so as a general rule, it easily compliments many foods foods yet only enhances them to a point.

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

Not bad, kids of crisp, has a tangy taste with a peppery finish. Poured from the bottle an unfiltered gold color with a thick white head which very quickly disappeared. Smells somewhat like fresh citrus (though that could be related to the cold I have at the moment. Am enjoying this bottle with some cheese covered crackers (mozzerella and aged cheddar on some melba toast whole grain) This one is good enough I'd drink it again, a very smooth beer.

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Photo of duceaholic
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged into a La Chouffe tulip. Pours a glowing pretty golden color with a thick foamy, froathy head. Took several minutes for head to come down. Nose is full of doughy yeast, and faint hint of alcohol. Rich, full mouthfeel. Notes of orange peel, prominent doughy yeasts, vanilla, citrus and appley fruits, and a dry, spicy finish. Decent level of carbonation in the first glass, which cooled offed about half way through the second.
Appley fruits give this beer a little bit of acidity, keeping the drinkablility at the "sipper" level.

Overall, a decent bottle of beer. Would come back to this one every now and then. Good value at about $9.00/bottle. Cheers!

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear Gold with a fluffy white head that stuck around even until my last pour from a liter + bottle. Some lingering furries hanging out in the bottom of the bottle.

Strong smell of doughy yeast, spices from the yeast , and nice nutty aroma.

Taste of a refined belgian Tripel. Doughy, spicy and nutty from the yeast. I avoided the light floating beasties at the bottom and probably lost a quarter of a drink from the bottle that I was willing to sacrifice. They just seemed to take flight so easily when the bottle was roused which was a turnoff.

Light body, relatively heavy carbonation for the style IMO. Drinkability is higher than some other tripels, but not a brew that struck me as great.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Koningshoeven small snifter. At first, I was a little worried. Seemed to be a gusher...because when I unwound the cage, the cork shot off imediately and the head started foaming out. I decided to check the flavor anyway. Poured a cloudy golden color, huge frothy white head with excelent lacing. Head retention was awesome. Spent about 35 minutes drinking, head took nearly the entire time to settle to a creamy surface.

Great aroma! Belgian yeasts, light citrus and grapefruit, and that normal musty scent that comes along with Belgian tripels. For nearly 10%, the booze is well hidden. Overall a great sweet and inviting aroma.

Mmmm...nothing is wrong with this beer, that's for sure! In my oppinion, an under-rated beer. Light citrus fruits, cloves, mild booze, and a nice spice mixed in. Medium mouthfeel...and delicious. Carbonation looked high due to a few bubbles along the glass, but it was just right.

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Photo of digr
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into an Affligem Chalice.

A - pours a slightly cloudy golden liquid with a 1 cm pure white head. Bubbles slowly evolve to liven the glass.

S - Classic Affligem. Subtle. Basically the pure smell of Belgian Pilsen malt and the slight yeast smell form the Affligem stain. very slightly bready.

T- Yeah, I like this. Despite this being a a Tripel a very smooth taste. Clean Pilsen malt flavor. Again, the addition on the flavor of the Affligem yeast is evident and melds with the malt flavor. The hop flavor starts light but ends a bit stonger. Over all finsh is light however in classic tripel style. yum! In many ways the flavor is lighter than Affligem Blonde.

M - Great mouth feel. Bubbles from the carbonation as it warms in the mouth. Solid, but still light on the tongue. The end again is dry. Great Balance.

D - So despite being a Tripel, I find this beer very easy to drink. The balance is very good between the malt flavor and the strength of the beer. There is zero alcohol hotness or even an hit of the stenght, at least until the bottle is empty...

Overall I love this beer. I am a big fan of Affligem Blonde, and this is a step above! This is a good example of a Tripel. Not heavy at all an true to style and form. Recommended.

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Photo of ikats
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow in color with a good looking white head that never goes away completely. Sticky. Decent looking beer, but the best part is aroma. Sweet fruits and bready notes. Yeast is the star here. Taste does not disappoint, but does not blow away. Very crisp and clean. Very easy to drink despite high alcohol. I would probably go as far as to say that it has a lighter body. Enjoyable, a pleasure to sip. Top quality tripel, but probably not the best in my opinion.

This bottle was a gift from a good friend, and that always makes it extra special. Thanks!

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Photo of fjordhook
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a nice light golden color with a slightly opaque body. The head from the beer was very light and fluffy. I really enjoyed the smell from this, the fruits, hops and malt really blended well together. The taste for me only confirmed the smells, can definitely taste the fruits used but I can't identify which. Definitely more citrusy fruits. The feel from it is very nice, although the alcohol conent keeps it from being a highly drinkable beer.

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