Affligem Tripel | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

very good
719 Ratings
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 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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Photo of biggred1
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Peachy blonde with a fluffy ivory head that melts slowly and leaves crusty rings of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is beautiful on this one, white fleshed fruit and citrus with dry champagne yeast and mild coriander and pepper. Crisp and flavorful with slightly puckery, sweet and sour fruity esters and a dry brut champagne quality. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium bodied with a bright, seltzery carbonation. A classic example of the style and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly golden straw color and has a pretty nice head.
Smells of alcohol, and esters... and Belgian yeasts.
Tastes a little sour, like a Flemish sour but not a whole lot. Has the basic flavors of a Tripel so I am not extremely surprised.
All around a nice beer though, with a decent flavor and a good overall quality.

I would enjoy again.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Number two from my Christmas Affligem pack.

Poured into the branded chalice. Golden, slightly murky, with a little bit of sediment that snuck in during the pour. Oh well... Nice, foamy white head, fairly thick, dissolves into a thin sheet. Good lacing.

Nose is slightly fruity (perhaps apple or pear), with a bit of yeast and a slight kick of alcohol in the back.

I'm picky about my Tripels - I appreciate the high alcohol content, but I often find it can take over the brew. This one did quite well for me. Started off with the fruit flavours found in the nose, then a quick alcohol bite followed by a long, surprisingly dry finish. The alcohol wasn't nearly as present as I thought it would be, which was greatly appreciated.

Mouthfeel is a bit sharp, almost too well carbonated. Stings a bit on the tongue, but I'll manage.

A very tasty, drinkable tripel. I found the alcohol was muted fairly well and didn't affect the overall experience. Well done.

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

Affligem is a heineken owned brewery.. but hell at some 130 breweries and counting, there's a lot of beer under there umbrella. I wouldn't let their parent shape your experience of this beer as it's a good one.

Pours an attractive, lightly hazy golden colour. The big head dissapated to a ring of foam leaving some lace down the side of the Affligem branded chalice style glass. Smells of alcohol, pears and estery prune will greet you in the nose. The taste has much more however.

Plenty of fruit up front, candy sweetness transitions well to a sour and bitter finish which dissipates quite quickly. Quite nice. Balance is right on. The mouthfeel is good, fine carbonation makes it drinkable without being prickly. Just make sure you allow the beer some time to warm up.

All in all a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Bajasith
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation was from a 750 ml bottle with freshness date

Appearance - Hazy golden kinda like as honey begins to caramelize as it sits for a long period.

Smell/Taste - Intense smell of fruits in the beginning stages of fermentation. Taste of fruits and yeast as 9.5% abv and cabonation to go along balances the palate very well.

Mouthfeel - A slight creamy feel as yeast lingers yet smoothe.

Drinkability - Could be served on a special occasion like when your inlaws are over... JK. Good all around ale.

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Photo of Long813
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

G: Afflgem Chalice

A: Cloudy orange body with two fingers of white foamy head. Good retention and leaves great lacing. Also, when held to the light you can see a lot of yeast particles floating round

S: Fruits, green apple is very apparent. Mixture of spices and wheat

T: Hot spices and sweet/sour fruits with nice wheat flavour following.

M: Light bodied and medium-low carbonation. It's very creamy and smooth entering the mouth then has a slight alcoholic finish. Leaves a light dry fruity flavour in the mouth.

D: Decent beer, but it didn't wow me. I perfer the dubble and blonde from Affligem.

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

One of the most original and classic examples of Belgian Tripel available. This beer really holds up to its history.

A near-ideal look of orange-copper colors, efforvescent carbonation that fuels a creamy white head and lots of lacing. A significant haze keeps this one from perfection.

Yeasty notes of pepper, fruits, sweet breads, and metals swirl at the rim in mouth-watering fashion. The blend of fruity esters and peppery phenols give intrigue and power.

Flavors of pilsner malts provide a shy foundation for confectionate sweetness, peaches, pears, appricots, and apples with a touch of lemon and grassiness (from hops). White pepper, orange peel, and softer notes of corriander and sage round out the phenolic flavor. The beer steers clear of higher fusals, medecine, or sulfur character that sometimes hurt Belgian beers.

Lightly sweet and prickly to the mouth the beer transitions nicely into a dry, evaporative finish. A great beer, however the breweries distinctive water leaves the beer a bit too minerally and metalic in the end.

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

This beer came in a 750Ml bottle. I shared this and all enjoyed.

It poured a nice pale yellow and a white head. Nose was citrus and a hint of butterscotch.

Taste was strong Belgian hops. There is some lemon citrus as well. The finish is rather hoppy as well. This beer had a little watery taste to it. Overall this is a pretty good beer. There are better tripels.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Found a 750ml bottle at a brand spanking new wine, spirits and beer store in my area. The place is so new, the smell of paint is still noticeable when walking in.

A: Clear, golden liquid with a massive head. Extensive lacing as I drink it which is one way to discern that this one is a good one.

S: Sweet fruit and candy sugar with yeast and a hint of pear. If I didn't know what I was drinking, I might think this is Duvel, or a tripel version of Duvel.

T: Really tastes how it smells. Which to me, is rare for a good beer. Sweet candy sugar with a hint of pear, stony dryness lingers at the finish. Simply a pleasure to consume.

D: I could drink another 750 ml, which is saying volumes considering the relatively high abv, but I'm sure I'd pay for it the next day. Nonetheless, an extremely drinkable brew even though it's probably not a session beer. Definitely a really good sipper.

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Photo of TheStoutAholic
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: A nice honey color with a long lasting head.

S: Sweet lite fruity color with a hint of cherry or honey.

T: Has a light fruity taste with a dash of honey and a bit of bread taste.

M: Has a bit of a fizz feel to it and has a lighter taste to it for a triple.

D: Probably one of the more neutral triples, a very easy sipper or even a normal drink to drink on the weekends, the neutrality gives it much versatility.

Overall a very nice Belgian I got the last bottle of it in the place, Cyclone liquors in Ames, IA.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So many strong ales from the country of Belgium, so many good ones.
Like this.

Golden hazy with massive carbonation, decent lacing in my Chimay glass.

Smell and taste are fresh and clean. Malts and hops like the best of tripels. Next to that there is the spicy finish, and the absence of alcoholburn makes this a top triple indeed.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL caged&corked bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass. Bottled on 02/09 per the cork. Cream/gold/red/black label rather than the green one pictured above (at the time of this writing).

Clear, golden poppy liquid with golden-yellow highlights. Four-finger, very rocky, persistent, and sticky crown of stiff-peak-stage-like seashell foam stands tall above the glass. Dense three-dimensional webs of lacing that almost look like a large cluster of corals.

Pilsner malt is distinctive in the aroma, along with sugar, green apple, pear, and a mild wave of fruit and spice from the yeast.

Alcohol and pepper on first sip, followed by hints of citrus and a complex bitter dough-y flavor that lasts well into the finish which is punctuated with pink peppercorn, and spicy hops. There is a sweetness always lurking in the background, but overall the finish is dry and a little bitter.

Almost tannic from a combination of spicy hops, spicy yeast, and heavy carbonation. Fairly warming, as the alcohol isn't as expertly disguised compared to some tripels. Good medium-body feel overall.

A very nice, fairly inexpensive Belgian tripel, mostly made from ingredients local to where it is brewed. I find it strange that Heineken owns any monastic ales, but such are the times we live in...

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

Purchased the bomber from Total Wine in Tucson. Some numbering on the label indicating it's a 2009. Poured into a Chimay goblet. Pours a hazy golden with over a finger of white head. Carbonation visible. Lots of fruit in the nose. Smells of golden and red apples and a sweeter citrus--tangerine--over malts. Definite yeast in the nose.

Reminds me of a wheat beer, in a good way. Fair amount of citrus and sweet malt over spices. Little bit of alcohol, doesn't -seem- as strong as, say, a Fin Du Monde, even though this comes in at a 9.5% ABV per the label.

Light, crisp, with a dry finish. Carbonation is active, and fits perfectly. Very well-balanced brew. Was hoping for a bit more body, but this works well.

Now, I'm kind of surprised that for seven dollars I can get a real Belgian that's still so good. I'm willing to pay the extra two-three bucks for a bigger beer, but the affordability will be a factor for some folks. Props to these guys.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz.(or is it 750 ml.?) bottle into a Chimay goblet

Hazy (very hazy) golden color, with a small white head that lingered on the surface a good bit.

A lot of fruit present in the aroma for the style... kinda sweet. The taste is a lot of the same. A little more bitter than the aroma, well balanced... I like it a lot.

I could see this one being a go-to tripel for me, at a pretty good price.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my duvel tuplip
Very nice orange/gold color with decent but not overpowering head. Mid range level of "Belgian lace" on sides of the glass as I put it down.

Pleasant fruity balanced scent--inticing, not overpowering.

Very refreshing drinkable taste, slightly sweet--(very slight)--with crisp dry finish. Orange and tint of vanilla.

Overall, this is a very drinkable, solid, balanced beer. Not as available as some Belgians here in the ATL area, which is a pity. Decent price for the style. I look forward to visiting this tripel again!

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

Pours a slightly hazy golden, with a super big, creamy white head. Smells of alcohol, malt, and a bit of pepper. Taste is dry, but not as dry as some tripels, light malt character, yeast esters, and some spices. A hint of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is rich, super high carbonation though, a bit excessive. Drinkability was good, not as good as some tripels, but worth a try for fans of the style. Super expensive though for a 750ml bottle. Not sure if I will get this again because of the price.

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Photo of mdmako
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A medium/light amber color with a light fluffy white head that has good retention and lacing.

S - Wheat, corriander, orangey smells preside.

T - A nice spicey wheat taste that has a lot of citrus. A typical tripel I would say that is solid and straight.

M - Perfectly carbonated with a medium body.

D - This is a great example of a tripel that is reasonably priced. Slightly citrus flavored for me buy not a problem.

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Photo of jimiv73
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer was pretty good considering the price i was expecting something less! this beer came out with a huge white head half a chimay head it was a yellow color beer with white head and had hints of citrus and fruit very very refreshing and i could drink alot on a hot day

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

A - This beer poured a yellow orange color that produced a huge fluffy white head that had good retention and left a decent amount of lacing on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were grains, light fruit, citrus, and some spice

T - The taste of this beer is everything you would expect from the style, grains, malty sweetness, pears and apples are the light fruits in this, some lemony citrus, grassy hops, and spice

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a generous amount of carbaontion, not artificial feeling, more body would have been better

T - I really liked this beer, and Tripels are among my favorite styles, but this one falls behind some of the others in its class, but still in a pinch, this one would work perfectly

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been on a Belgium Beer bender for about 8 months. Well bender might be a strong term, but I have tired many of the Belgium brews and have found this one to be fairly economical (I get my bottles for $7) and a very high quality Belgium tripel.

It's a bit sweet and spicy and has just the right amount of abv to be drinkable, and get your money's worth!

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Photo of fbinla
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 750ml bottle into a chalice type glass
Nice big fluffy white that that dissipates slowly to a thin white head. Clear light amber color.
Smells a little yeasty with ripe banana. Nice carbonation, grainy on the tongue with a sweet maltiness, spice, pears, then with a nice bitterness that clears nicely on the tongue.

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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.94 out of 5 based on 719 ratings.
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