Affligem Noël
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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From:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 9.8%
Reviews:
343
Ratings:
233
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 07, 2020
Added:
Dec 18, 2001
Wants:
  57
Gots:
  48
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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Rated: 4.1 by smi69 from New York

Jun 07, 2020
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Reviewed by tobelerone from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
2011 bottle holding up surprisingly well. Nice khaki colored head slowly dissipating over a chestnut colored body. Nose and flavor are nice if a little lacking in complexity compared to some others in the style. Dark fruits, spicy and phenolic, some booze apparent and a modest bitterness in the finish. While not all that full bodied there’s a nice creaminess to the feel with medium carbonation. I suspect this is a little less lively after all those years in the bottle.
Dec 15, 2019
 
Rated: 4.51 by deejay_al from Switzerland

Dec 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.56 by desint from Belgium

Nov 06, 2018
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Has a nice warm booziness, like cognac or brandy, that really compliments the christmas spices, plum and of course the yeast. Surprisingly full bodied given affligem beers, but it is nice. Smell more full and rich compared to taste, but both are well balanced and delightful
Sep 21, 2018
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750 ml cork and wire bottle with no clear bottling date but it has been cellared for at least 2 years.
Pours clear reddish brown with a very durable and creamy beige head. Good lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass.
Aroma: rich smells of dark dried fruits, light spices, and fruit cake.
Flavor: follows the aroma. Very well balanced and harmonious mix of flavors including dates and raisins. Slightly sweet but with a lightly bitter finish.
Feel: full body with rather lively carbonation.
Jul 09, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.34 by jcb7472 from Florida

Jun 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

Dec 04, 2016
 
Rated: 4.75 by LennyBound from Illinois

Jun 25, 2016
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Reviewed by bushbeer75 from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
poured from a 1pt. 6 oz. brown bottle - bottled on 09/04/2013

Affligem Noel Christmas Ale has a dark amber colored body. The 1-finger head produced was tan and bubbly. The head had good retention. The nose picked up the aroma of malt, dark fruits, and light spices. The taste has the flavor of dark fruit [raisins], brown sugar, caramel, and a little bready. The spices seemed weaker than the nose...maybe due to its age? Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with a medium body and carbonation.

Noel Christmas Ale is just right for the holiday season. It's tasty and easy to drink.
Jan 04, 2016
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Reviewed by MaximalC from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
*Bottle dated 9/04/13

Pours a murky garnett color with a finger’s worth of beige head that soon dissipates. The aroma evokes a fine Belgian chocolate--candied cherry and nougat in a chocolate shell, dusted with brown sugar.

The taste features raisins, clove, and a touch of cherry cough syrup up front. Aggressive carbonation subdues all but the sweetest, spiciest flavors in the early going. Alcohol provides a little more warmth than I would prefer, but not terribly so. Warming reveals some light toffee and brown sugar notes, as well as a bit of a sour tang to add some complexity. Medium body, along with the aforementioned carbonation, afford a peppy albeit unremarkable mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a sweet, warming beer that’s appropriate for the season. The complexity isn’t exactly through the roof, and the carbonation is a bit much for my tastes, but it remains a serviceable brew. Bear in mind that this bottle has aged over two years, so I can’t say how faithfully it reflects its fresh identity.
Jan 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.56 by Cdidden from Pennsylvania

Jan 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.93 by Zylod from West Virginia

Dec 31, 2015
 
Rated: 4.21 by Bubbawilly88 from California

Dec 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4.23 by PJCarnell from Massachusetts

Dec 24, 2015
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Rated by NO13BABY from Maine

4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This was aged 3 years, so I'm sure it developed some interesting characteristics!
Dec 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4.36 by reitzbrewing from Pennsylvania

Dec 13, 2015
 
Rated: 4.04 by benlhoest from Belgium

Nov 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by Westyn from Texas

Jun 01, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

May 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

May 03, 2015
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Reviewed by bnes09 from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
First glass pours a dark maple, brown sugar color. Finger and a half head with exceptional retention. Second pour produces a mass of chunky yeast which float in the liquid like hot-sour soup.

Malty spicy aroma and flavor. Lots of yeast character. Sweet overall with molasses, brown sugar, dates and figs. Complex flavor.

Full bodied. Sticky feel on the lips. Yeast coats the tongue creating a slick feel. Well carbonated.

Good stuff.
Apr 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.66 by Snodman from West Virginia

Feb 10, 2015
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Rated by Steveb94

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
No notes at this time?! You people are retarted! What a crappy website! Thanks for nothing!
Feb 07, 2015
 
Rated: 4.3 by foghornleghorn22 from Virginia

Jan 30, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

Jan 05, 2015
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Reviewed by chadski from California

2.94/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Interesting but not overly impressive. Aroma is a bit stale and is more reminiscent of an English Ale than a Belgian. Plum, spices and some cola flavors.
Jan 04, 2015
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Rated by BeerMeColorado from Colorado

4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
First time trying this holiday bier...Outstanding!
Dec 30, 2014
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Reviewed by MisterGone from California

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 into tulip on Christmas Eve after arranging gifts under the tree. Be forewarned that seasonal merriment may impact review.

Reddish brown with a fine white head. The spice aroma comes in right away with a subtle sweetness that has a brown sugar tinge to it. A bit of estery yeast in the nose, not much. Pretty mild hops, had hoped for a piney profile. Didn't get it. The flavor is spicy in the initial with some clove-cinnamon, followed by the dried fruit of what to me was fig, raisin, and date which lent a brown sugar-honey combo. Very nice. Finishes with the sweet and yeast for the signature Belgian flavor. As expected, the dried fruit, sweet, and estery components increase as the beer comes to temp.
Dec 26, 2014
 
Rated: 4.28 by user785335 from Florida

Dec 26, 2014
 
Rated: 4.74 by 2Cents from Nebraska

Dec 26, 2014
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On-tap at the Foundry Northampton, MA.

A- A mix of deep burnt orange and ruby hues in the goblet after the beer falls from the tap. A white, puffy head to one finger with pretty good retention. A few webs but not much lace beyond that.

S- Quite mild overall for the ABV and style. Spicy Belgian yeast, light to medium candi sugar and caramelized raisins.

T- Mildness here is more welcome than the somewhat weak aroma. Spicy yeast first and foremost with golden raisins, cherry, apple skin, golden and amber candi sugar.

MF- Light end bodied with a certain dryness contributing to it. Very smooth medium high carbonation soothes the palate with a small bite. A bit light.

Candi sugar and spicy yeast profile are the bulk of this intensely smooth 9% Belgian brew. Doesn't even drink nearly like 9% ABV.
Dec 23, 2014
 
Rated: 4.52 by ManWithNoName from South Carolina

Dec 15, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by tommy5 from Michigan

Dec 10, 2014
 
Rated: 4.05 by StoutSnob40 from California

Dec 08, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

Dec 03, 2014
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Rated by KBFox18 from California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
Delicious winter ale. A bit on the sweet side but a delicate finishing touch with a nutty/flowery (a bit contradictory, I know) taste.
Dec 01, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by jcon from California

Nov 27, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by midlifec from Michigan

Nov 26, 2014
Affligem Noël from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 576 ratings