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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-27-2001

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Photo of sweetbrew82
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ML/ no freshness date

P: Hazy yellow from the bottle, slightly orange-tinted murky gold in the glass. The huge crown is pearly white, thick & frothy, and displays huge dimples as the ultra-sticky, ultra-retentive foam dissipates to provide some beautiful lace on the glass.

A: Light citrusy fruits, subdued malts, strong yeast, and some spice.

T: Starts with a slightly grainy malt-dominant sweetness on the tongue. Hops are quite subtle but bring a citrusy/ almost floral profile to the table. Lemons, oranges, and some apple intermingle with clove and a nice yeasty presence to deliver a spicy tingle on the adequately dry finish.

M & D: Medium-full on the palate, creamy, rich, smooth, and nicely carbonated for a good bite. Drinkability is good, as I finished this bottle with no problem. But I wasn't clamoring for another one.

Notes: This is not the best Tripel I've ever had, but it's pretty darn good. Very authentic Belgian that delivers enough depth of flavor and complexity to keep me interested. Definitely worth a shot if you love tripels.

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Photo of lhaqq
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried aging this for awhile. Crap, I've had the bottle open a good 5-10 minutes and have half of it in my goblet, but it's still overflowing.
A: Huge billowy white head and a cloudy dark dull wheat colored body.
S: A lot of fruits. Some tart apple and oranges and tropical fruits.
T: Not as good as the smell, but still good. Sweeter, maltier, and less fruity. Or, at least, I got a lot more light fruits in the nose but the flavor is more dark fruits like figs. Has a bit of a spicy finish.
M: Creamy, good carbonation, no bitterness in the aftertaste; what remains is pretty sweet.
D: Some noticeable alcohol in the finish, though not enough to affect the drinkability much.

Probably one of my favorites of the style overall, seconded to Chimay's tripel, though I wish the taste were a bit more complex.

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

Presentation: 750 ml brown bottle. No freshness date on the label, history and how the beer should be poured is provided on the label also.

Appearance: Hazed golden colour, magnificent head that falls back but remains throughout duration.

Smell: Slightly fruity.

Taste: Spicy and dry. Very crisp.

Notes: Very good. Not my absolute favorite, but would definintely drink again and try other brews by Affligem

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Photo of MAB
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My bottle was a regular 355 ml/ 12 oz.- not the 750 ml that everyone else seems to have tried.

I poured carefully into an Affligem chalice. This is one of the only times (other than "Rochefort") that my glass has matched exactly my beer brand- Sweet!

Because of my careful pour, I got a nice amount of tight lacey head- maybe a quarter inch- and no haze, since I left the yeast in the bottle. I'm not anti-yeast, but it does distract from the appearance, IMO.

Nice smell- caramel, fruity, slight touch of the alcohol.

Wonderful taste. Crisp with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The sweetness is balanced out by the hops and yeast flavors. Lovely!

Definitely one I'd have again, but I doubt that I'll have the chance since this was a special deal received from a bar owner who had a friend with a bunch of Affligem gift-packs to try to "get rid of". The 4 pack had one dubbel, one trppel, and two regular ole Affligem Blondes.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a 750 mL corked bottle poured into a Chimay glass. Mine also reads 9.5% alcohol rather than 8.5%.

A: A burnt orange color with a large head, but minimal lacing.

S: Smells mostly darker fruits (plums) with maybe a light hint of apple and citrus fruits (lemons and oranges). A metallic aroma is also noticeable.

T: Taste is a bit lighter than the smell with bananas and apples dominating the beginning of the taste. Slowly the taste becomes a bit unpleasant and metallic towards the end.

M: Decent thickness, but overcarbonated.

D: Not the best tripel I've had and the lingering bad aftertaste isn't nice. I'll drink this beer, but I probably will not buy again unless its a good deal.

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Photo of denflyr
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Tripel pours into a glass a glass (a snifter in this case), a very hearty golden color. There was a medium sized head if I "follow" the directions on the bottle. Not tons of lacing evident.

The smell was the best part of this brew! In all honesty, I get a very igh dose of apple juice on the nose. The maltiness is there, but the fruit dominates. Maybe a slight spiciness there as well.

The taste of the beer actually improved dramtically to me as the beer warmed a bit. In fact I liked drinking it at a slightly higher temp. The only downside to this is that the alcohol became more noticable as the beer warmed.

Had a nice mouthfeel. Tons of carbonation. To me almost too much if you can believe that. Otherwise the beer was smooth and enjoyable.

The drinkability took a bit of a hit in that it came only in a larger bottle and with its high ABV, you would find yourself hard pressed to drink too mcu out of one bottle without getting a bit too much for your own good.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml corked bottle, I pour this into a Chimay chalice. This beer pours a golden orange with a good bit of haze, yet relatively clear for the style. A rocky one inch head settles down within a few minutes yet continues to offer light soapy lacing.

Offers an interesting nose of apples AND oranges, yeast and malt. Quite enticing and complex, yet without any sour notes.

Taste is a bit of a letdown from the nose, but that was expected. Yet it wasn't much of a letdown by any means and improves with a little warming. More yeast and citrus, clove and cinnamon. A decent dose of malts but not overdone by any means. Feel and finish segue seamlessly, nicely done. Good drinkability within the style. Not overly malty, yet sufficient to keep the alcohol off the tongue. A bit present on the nose perhaps, but it ends there.

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Photo of uno99
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date 21.08.10. I'd like to note that the bottle says 9.5%ABV, and this site says 8.5%. This is the third time I've noticed a discrepancy from this brewer.

A: Carefull pour into my Affligem goblet yeilded an excellent foamy 2 finger head. slightly pale amber color. transparent but cloudy. lots of carbonation rising in the middle of the glass. Looks great.

S: Complex and fruity. faint scent of cherries

T: Nice bold malt flavors. Dry finish. but I get a twinge of metallic like taste like I had with the Blonde.

M: Very nicely carbonated. Light and fluffy

D: I'm not sure if this is 9.5 or 8.5 but in either case its a nice drinkable tripple.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up clear golden with a dense, creamy head. I didn't rouse the yeast in the bottle. Oops.

S - Tart apple aroma dominates.

T - Sweet malt flavor, with a hint of apple flavor. Slightly tart. Some hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Full mouthfeel with strong carbonation

D - Very smooth and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of selecter70
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice 750mL bottle sat at proper temperature for a couple days, but upon undoing the cork, an effervesence of foam poured upward for nearly a minute. Yummy but unstable...The pour was more stable; fluffy white head settled thickly. As it sat, it lessened & remained with nice white lace through the course. The color was a fine dark golden honey with a sweet honey-flower-malt aroma. The flavor likewise was such, with hints of spice that stuck in the nose, and a lingering alcohol on the sides of the tongue. Soft crisp bubbles maintained troughout and helped bring out a slight rum flavor. Very smooth and drinkable, yet with a sharpness and alcohol that seemed to travel faster into one's head.

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Photo of ndekke39
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend shared a 750 ml bottle of this. I poured myself a glass of this. Pours a very hazy straw with nice white lacing. Looks like the ideal head.

Smells of clove, banana, yeast, grass. Overall soft and sweet. Not very strong, but still good.

Taste starts sweet with some fruity notes, but ends with an earthy, almost bitter quality. It's not awful, but it just doesn't really travel anywhere.

Good carbonation. Lots of small, soft bubbles.

This is very drinkable, but there's just not a lot of character compared to other Belgian-style beers. Worth a try.

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Photo of stephens101
3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange with a dense off-white head of short duration. A very thin blanket of lace lingers around the goblet, just above the brew. A good amount of sediment is suspended in the brew as a few bubbles float to the top haphazardly. Big notes of sweet and sour bread, light fruits, yeast and spice drift to the nose. A slight medicinal aspect is also noted. Tastes fruity, sugary, slighty tangy and a bit dry at first. Further exploration reveals a good almost creamy base mixed with more sweet bread, funky yeast, some nutmeg, and some furtive phenols. Carbonation is excellent, keeping the mouth-feel toward the middle of medium. The alcohol is well blended, and almost unnoticeable until the very end. Tripels like these remind me why it's my favorite style.

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Photo of Bigfatbino
4.63/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer for the first time today (11-27-08). Price was $13.00 at the store. In my opinion, for the quality I experienced, it was underpriced. Bought it last night and let sit in the fridge overnight to settle. This morning there was 1/8" of sediment (roughly) in the dregs.
I enjoyed this beer alongside my Thanksgiving feast of a dinner, and it was an absolutely perfect combination. If you can grab a bottle or 10 to bring home, I encourage you to do so.
Watch out for the alcohol content, there is little hint in the taste, smell and mouthfeel of the punch to the head you are about to receive. Rest assured, after Thanksgiving dinner and a nice chalice of this brew, you will thoroughly enjoy a nice nap afterwards! Overall, this is one of the best brews I have ever tasted.

A - deep golden / amber color, with a nice thick-bodied and long lasting foamy head.

S - a subtle scent of citrus lingers in the background behind a more sweeter bouquet of banana, not a lot of alcohol smell.

T - There is no better beer to accompany the combination of Turkey, Mashed Potatos Stuffing and Cranberry sauce. More sweet than bitter, with a very mild hoppy finish. Taste is fruity, a hint of apricot and an almost (but not quite) imperceptible hint of vanilla.

M - Pure shining! a velvety smooth consistency, light and bubbly but not overcarbonated. very smooth going down.

D - This is a sipping beer. Drink as though it were a fine wine, a sip at a time. It is best when it is following a forkfull of gravy-draped turkey, the palate cleansing qualities really will shine through.

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Photo of marcpal
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This one had been sitting in the closet for about a year and decided to open it up for a tasting event at the house.

750ml caged and corked.
Bottle Graphics: 3/10. A bit cheesy.

A: Banana gold with some orange citrus in the body. Plenty of carbonation and settling.

S: Peperry clove spices and banana yeast. Peculiarly over sweet.

T: Sweetness, not much bitterness. Bananas and black pepper. Nothing to make you balk but nothing also that I would call pleasant. More or less, just there. The pleasant and style true yeast is a saving factor for this bottle.

M: Huge carbonation. Probably my fault in serving too cold but even so, the alcohol was faint and subdued.

D: Nothing I would buy again, but not bad. Unlike others of the style, alcohol not the limiting factor but more so the uneventful flow of taste.

First beer from this brewery. Not horrid but there are just so many other good tripels out there I would fly with.

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

Split a large bottle at the Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis. Paired nicely with my sweet and savory "meatie" pizza. Poured a clear gold with a fluffy white head.

There isn't a lot of malt character, like say a Tripel Karmeliet, but the mellow fruit esters, spicy phenol, and earthy hops provide more than enough character. The aroma, however, does hint at bready malt. Otherwise, the flavor starts light and mild with white grapes and white pepper. Then after a moment, big citrus rind and grassy hops kick in. Yum. Very tasy and very drinkable. There are more complex tripels, no doubt, but this is still a fine beer.

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Photo of nick76
3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma has light fruit, yeast, sugar, and perfume. The appearance is golden with a light haze and a huge head that keeps lasting. The flavor is like the aroma with some bitterness. The palate is thin. I like this one but it definitely isn't great.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden orange color with a creamy white head.

S: fresh oranges, citrus and a slight clove detection providing a soft and pleasing aroma.

T: For flavor there is some sweet toasted malt, citrus, and spicing along with a nice yeasty bite. There is some fresh fruit, apples, and melons. Very yeasty and fruity with great phenols and a slight alcohol warming. Alcohol is considerably well hidden with some good spicing notes and finishes very crisp.

M: a spritzy carbonation, smooth texture, very nice feel. crisp dry finish.

D: Good drinkability.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow to orange with a foamy white head quickly dissipating to just a faint lacing.

Strong yeast aroma with fresh citrus and floral presences. A great carbonation on second visit highlights the wafting aroma.

Wow, great sour citrus, deep yeast, and some spice notes lead the way to a slight alcohol bite on the back of the palate.

Abundant carbonation, yet thin to medium body and fairly complex palate highlight the dry mouth feel of this tripel.

Very satisfying overall, and definitely worth another visit.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.08/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 5/19/2006 (750mL bottle):

Pours a very bubbly, golden yellow clearish color. Big head with fine bubbles. An aroma of dark fruit, plum and citrus. Rich, but not very strong. Bubbly taste, citrus, and some alcohol. Not very complex. Very light tasting but not much flavor.

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Photo of kmo1030
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a faintly hazed vibrant gold color with a moderate white head.
the aroma has a unique white wine vinous type character, with some apricot and peach smells. it's faintly grainy beneath the fruit. touches of apple and pear as well with a powdery yeast aroma.
the taste is also intensely fruity with the same things going on fruit-wise as in the aroma. you also find a slight creamy yeasty vanilla binding it all together. there is a spiciness underneath it, with some light clove and allspice type flavors. a little grainy at times and just a little bit of alcohol.
the mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium with a soft, delicate carbonation. smooth as hell and very easy drinking.
the drinkability is good due in part to a silky mouthfeel and a complementary creamy flavor. overall very nice tripel that doesn't pull any punches.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is full of powdery yeast, ripe melon fruit, and the a matrix of spice and funk. Soft, sweet malt draws me closer... this have wonderful potential.

Pours a slightly hazy apricot topped with a good head that dispersed a little quickly.

Surprisingly tart - brace your pucker for a warhead. 3 sips down the glass and I'm still in recovery; tart green apple small grape splash of grapefruit slowly give rise to the sweet lovin' that is malt - soft and beautiful, sweet and delightful, tasty - it is both tantalizingly pacifying and interesting. Carbonated to provide constant stinging reminder that there are countless tiny carbon dioxide bubble forming in-between your taste buds. Funky and fruity. Mighty melon: 3 parts honeydew, 1 part cantaloupe. Funky India: mango? or maybe papaya, something. Pear. Phenol fun: whiter-than-black pepper and sort of a nutmeg/clove/allspice-unknown-to-me spice that ought to go in pumpkin pies. Moderate bitterness, directly proportionate to temperature, grounds the sweet and the malty. Mild alcohol buzz (both in the beer and my circulatory system) adds desirable flavor and sensation. Powdery yeast. Grassy/grainy bitterness. Gratuitous mouth coating. Stiff dryness in and around the finish... classic of the style.

What an experience. Not the best Tripel I've had but arguably one of the more interesting. If the world of Tripels could be likened to middle-aged men in suites Affligem is wearing tennis shoes.

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Photo of andrewt960
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer, overall pored a pale yellow, and a small head. Smelled of a yeasty, slightly nutty aroma and of some fruits.Tasted very carbonated, unusually high. Champaign like.HAd a fruit like taste, but a very dry finish.Kinda weird. Anyway, very drinkable, but wasn't my favorite. Drank as I watcch the Cowboy/Eagles game.

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Photo of popery
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking beer with a pretty good head. It smells and tastes just great. There's so much going on in the smell and taste in a good tripel like this. I feel rather unqualified to analyze it all. There's a distinct and wonderful yeasty backbone to the beer with a sweet, dry finish. The flavor is also somewhat spicy but I couldn't pinpoint it. The mouthfeel is also quite good. The carbonation is bracing without going overboard. I could drink beer like this all day. It's a bit strong for that, but I'd settle for nursing one after dinner.

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Photo of RodBurg
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Popped the cork on this guy and poured him into a goblet. Beautiful golden color with a hefty three finger head that stuck around and left some nice lacing.

Smells of yeast, apple and white wine waft up. Nice.

Very fruity at first, green apples, white grapes, pears. Finishes with a nutty yeast flavor and tingling carbonation. Delicious.

Very good. Tripels are fast becoming one of my favorite styles and this is a great example.

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Photo of spointon
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into my Gulden Draak tulip snifter.

A= This ale poured a chill-hazy golden yellow with a huge 3" snow white fluffy head. Very effervescent, with a bit of yeast in suspension. Tons of sticky lace down the glass.

S= I found this ale full of ripe orchard fruits and fruity yeasts smells. Also, an earthy malt base was present too.

T= Nice blend of the orchard fruits and dry yeast up front, maltiness in the middle, and a warm alcohol finish. Very low sweetness for the style.

MF= Very clean and refreshing ale. Feels dry and crisp - medium bodied.

D= Not the best Belgian tripel, but still a great one. If you can find it on tap, it is even more impressive.

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Affligem Tripel from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Beer rating: 81% out of 100 with 722 ratings
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