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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Photo of cvm4
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy yellow/lemon/golden color with a white 1.5 finger head.

S - For me, it seems a bit light for a Tripel. There is some sweetness with some tart fruit smells along with strong malts.

T - Yeast, bananas, lemon zest and pears. A tangy beer but it fits.

M - Medium bodied and feels light for the style. But, it's definitely refreshing.

O - From the Pour to the Taste to the Mouthfeel, this is a different brand of Tripel. Everything is crisp and straightforward.

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

exp: Jan 27 2013
A: Dull yellow brown, wide column of rising carbonation up the center, cloudy with plankton sediment, snow cap of foam in the center.
S: alcohol apparent. sweet, syrupy, fruity,
T: fruity, alcohol is very apparent/strong and tangy on the back end. mild malt, I guess it's pretty good for being so intense, but it's too intense for me. fairly even flavor.
M: Light to medium body with low carbonation, a hair astringent.
O: Heavy in flavor for a triple. high in alcohol. Not what I like in a tripel but is still good.

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Photo of DrFayhee
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent tripel. Slightly sweeter and starchier than typical tripel but overall extremely drinkable.
More golden than amber in color. Rich, fruity smell with some banana and ripe papaya notes. Taste is rather sweet up front with a drier, cereal trail, finishing with some nice citrus flavors.
Medium-bodied mouthfeel. This beer can serve well as either aperitif or nightcap.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber-golden colour with a thick and creamy foam head. Noticeably viscous and oily. Good retention and lacing.

S: Belgian style yeast, banana, pears, cane sugar, and a slight biting herbal aroma in the finish. Inviting fruits and yeast.

T: Banana, pears, yeast, slight mineral-herbal finish (which is good), pepper, and hint of lemons. Very appealing with the most noticeable element of this tripel being an emphasis on a dry mineral-herbal-y taste (which is great).

M: Medium bodied with an average carbonation level for style. Slightly oily for the style (wouldn't mind more) with a dry finish (wouldn't mind more).

D: A very good tripel that I would certainly drink again. Having tasted Westmalle last night, I would say that this is not quite on that level yet, but still a great tripel option.

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Photo of gtermi
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice clear gold body with a super thick white head that slowly fades. As the beer fades, it leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: There is a nice amount of sweetness and has a great amount of malt on the nose.It is rather light on the nose for a tripel, but it really does have a nice, pleasant smell.

T: There is a strong amount of grain taste at the begging of the beer, but as it lingers it starts to develop a nice fruity flavor. There is a great malt flavor that lingers on the palate for a very long time.

M: This is the smoothest tripel I have ever had. I tend to find tripels to be really crisp on the tongue and the back of the tongue, but this one doesnt.

O: This is a very good quality tripel. I find that the mouthfeel and the taste are on par with most top tripels. Just a great beer.

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

BB 19.09.2013

Beer is light golden in colour, medium sized white head on top. Appears quite carbonated, lots of action in the head.

Smell is very fruity. Banana, peach, apple, other light fruits. Spicy hints as well. Fruit smells very sweet, even candied. Some yeast scents as well. Very nice.

Taste is also quite fruity, but is not as sweet as expected. Balanced a bit with some bitterness from the hops. Still certainly a sweet beer, however. Peppery spices are noticeable. Some malt flavours along with the fruit. Nice but not as impressive as the nose.

Medium bodied, surprisingly light for the style and the alcohol level. Strongly carbonated. Past the carbonation, it has a very creamy feel.

Overall, quite a nice tripel. I have not been a big fan of other Affligem beers I have had, and this one exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; 'best before' September 2013. I swirled up the bottom of the bottle before I finished pouring, even though I don't think I was supposed to. Oh well, more yeasty goodness.

Pours a foggy golden-amber colour, with about two fingers of sparkling white head on the surface. Retention is ok but nothing exceptional for a tripel... it's mostly gone within a few minutes, but at least it can be resuscitated easily with a brief swirl of the snifter. Leaves behind a patchy, uneven cap and a ring of foam around the edge, with almost no lacing. Pleasing aroma, but a little subdued - very yeasty, with a number of fruity esters (pears, citrus, and peaches). Light clove/coriander spiciness, with a hint of alcohol.

Big, bold taste; not what I was expecting after a sniff or two. Malty backbone of bready, lightly toasted grains, tons of Belgian yeast with lots of sweet, candied fruit character - I can pick out mellow orchard fruit, lemony zest, and even some pretty strong banana notes. A very floral feel to the profile, particularly toward the finish, where the pepper and coriander spiciness comes forward. Fairly dry finish, with a yeasty aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with relatively high carbonation. Leaves a sticky coating behind on the palate. The alcohol is masterfully hidden - in a blind test there's no way I'd guess anything over 7%.

An earlier reviewer compared this to Duvel. High praise indeed! I can see where the comparison comes from - although, being a tripel, this obviously has much more of a spicy flair to it.

Final Grade: 4.17, an A-. I haven't had a lot of tripels, but I am increasingly becoming a big fan of the style - and this is one of the best I've had so far. I wish this was available at the LCBO year-round, as it would be a solid alternative to Chimay and La Trappe's tripels. A very satisfying choice for my 250th review.

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Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip. Best before September 19, 2013.

Clear gold and perfectly filtered, lots of carbonation coming off the base of the glass. Voluminous white head with a heck of a lot of lacing and great retention. Nose has sweet malt and bready notes, moderate amounts of light fleshed fruits and good spicing. Not too bold but well balanced. Taste has more sweet malts, fruitiness and is a bit chalky on the palate (but not as much as something like a Chimay White). Light metallic notes are present with this at cellar temp, but disappear as this gets to room temp. Alcohol is there as well, not hot but the flavour is certainly evident. Spice and booze in the finish. Full body, and light prickly carbonation. An enjoyable but not outstanding tripel.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I still have not developed an affinity for Belgian yeast, I am surprised by how much I am enjoying this Tripel.

Pours a bright golden colour with an attractive, slow and steady bubbling that maintains a minimal but respectable white head. Aroma is predominantly "Belgian yeast" with sweet undertones. These follow into the flavour, with hints of caramelized malt sweetness in the taste before the yeast-forward finish. The 9.5% ABV is conspicuously absent from the taste.

A Tripel I'm glad to have tried and would purchase again.

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

330ml Bottle - from the LCBO

Appearance – Hazy yellow/amber colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, yeast, banana, coriander/clove

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste banana mixed with lemons, yeast, and some coriander/clove. There is also some green grapes, herbal/floral notes, and a bit of a apple/pear sweetness. It ends with a tart and dry lemony aftertaste.

Overall – Very drinkable given the ABV and well balanced. It's definitely the best beer I've had from this brewer. Pick this one up if you happen to come across it.

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Photo of Stocean1
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a two finger fluffy white head upon a cloudy golden amber body, decent retention as it ebbed to a nice thick collar, patchy thick lacing.

Smell is yeast, candied sugar, light fruit, perhaps pear and apple, with floral hops. Very nice!

Taste follows the nose and is really quite spectacular. Well blanced it is simply delicious. Some apricot and grape as well as it warmed up.

Medium bodied with some carbonation this is a sweet, dry brew that is very smooth going down with the booze completely masked.

Definitely my favorite offering from this brewery. Unfortunately I rarely see it so I will need to grab some more while it is still available.

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

Hazy golden yellow colour with an average white bubbly head. Average retention and lacing. Aroma's soft and subtle, hinting at fruits, bread, and slightly metallic and citrusy. Nice crisp pilsner malt backbone, light fruitiness, pepper, and spice. Dry finish with a noticeable but not distracting alcohol presence. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Nice to see this available in the area. Good rendition of the style with evident spicy notes. Somewhat agree with comparisons to Duvel.

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

Golden blonde, one finger of white head, not much lace. Smell is full of tropical fruit, yeast and clove, fairly bright and grassy hop profile, some candy notes, clove, spicy as well coriander perhaps. Taste is fruity, lightly sweet candy flavours, light bitterness, grassy and earthy flavours come out as well, a little spice in the finish, yeasty aftertaste with some clove. Fairly high carbonation, creamy and pretty smooth, medium body, pretty good feel. Nice triple and you cant argue with the price, easy drinking and quite satisfying overall.

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

Affligem Tripel has a thick, creamy, frothy, cream-colored head and a hazy, golden-amber appearance, with lots of little bubbles streaming up. The aroma is not particularly strong, but one can detect fruits and some malt. Taste is of fruit, nuts, malt, yeast, brandy, alcohol, banana bread, and a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to thick, and Affligem Tripel finishes mostly dry and smooth. Overall, this is a wonderful beer, and I rate it very highly.


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Photo of mpyle
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Golden color with a slight haze. Poured a smallish head (I poured into a small sampling glass). Head very white , tightly bubbled and with moderate retention.

Smell: Sweet with a hint of citrus (lemon?) The slightest hint of alcohol. Generally quite clean.

Taste: Slightly sweet flavor matching the aroma. Not overly sweet though, and dries out nicely in the finish. No bitterness to speak of, and carbonation aids to the drying sensation.

MF: Light-medium body, fairly high carbonation. Alcohol warming is noticeable, but quite smooth and pleasant.

Overall: Flavor is a little bland, but has the sneaky alcohol, high carbonation, and dry finish characteristic of the style.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of EkimGram
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of stevoj
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of D11
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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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Photo of jhtipton
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Photo of Fatehunter
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Photo of axeman9182
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Photo of u2carew
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of argock
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.94 out of 5 based on 711 ratings.
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