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Affligem Noël | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Belgium
affligembeer.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Bierman9 on 12-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,563
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
569
pDev:
9.8%
Bros Score:
4.06
 
 
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Ratings: 569 |  Reviews: 340
Photo of Sammy
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Handsome dark brown appearance, with initial pour thick foaminess. Creamy mouthfeel, goes down nicely. Great meal accompaniment. Well malted combination of spices: cinammon, allspice, pinch of pepper, chocolate. This bottle's age is unknown, I picked it up in Severn, NY, and I am sure by the dust it was already aged. And so the yeast was abated somewhat, it's in the creamy mix but not prominent. Wonderful.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, dark fruits, spices, and an earthly, honey-like aroma. Taste is much the same with a dried dark fruit flavor and a slight alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I noticed gets markedly better as it warms up with time.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 is the likely year of production for this light copper color holiday ale, that pours with a nice white head. Hint of sweet fruity raisin in the nose. Big and very well balanced flavors with big malt and hints of sweet spice, orange peel and candi sugar. Finishes long and a bit hoppy. Very nice!

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a two finger high creamy beige head that slowly faded away and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. There is a light amount of carbonation and some yeast particles are visible floating in suspension.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits and malty sweetness in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is moderately sweet and has flavors of dark fruits along with notes of spices and yeast. There are some hints of alcohol in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. There is a slight amount of dryness in the finish from the spices.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unlike most Christmas beers that are usually a big amber or brown ale with a bunch of spices added, Affligem's is a beer brewed specifically with the nature of such spices in mind. Hazy brown with nice carbonation and proteins. Rests on natural spices already exhibited by Belgians. The added spices add not only spice flavor, but roundness, meldedness, and aged flavors without the sharpness usually shown in seasonals. Obvious spices added, but difficult to pinpoint the cinnemon, nutmeg, allspice, or any others. They come together well to contribute to the beer, not over power it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ice tea brown body with a modest head and some lacing

Smell: Cinnamon, caramel, candy sugar, some dark fruit and a touch of ginger

Taste: Starts with a chewy gingerbread flavor that is quickly joined by a spicy fruitiness with a touch of unsweetened chocolate; finishes spryly with some warming alcohol on the way down

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good dose of carbonation

Drinkability: Very sophisticated holiday seasonal; a great offering to include on the winter drinking list

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, burgundy color with a four-finger, tan head of foam. It left thick rings of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, sweet malt and some cinnamon and nutmeg.

T - It tasted of raisin, sweet malt and spices - mostly nutmeg and cinnamon.

M - It was smooth and crisp with a warm alcohol finish. A medium to full-bodied ale.

D - This is a good Belgian ale. It was great to drink on Christmas eve.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Indybigtom: Poured a cloudy lightly filtrated brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some nice fruity ester. Taste is a mix between some sweet malt with some fruity ester and some dry fruits such as raisins. Full body with limited filtration and no apparent alcohol. I have to admit that this one was quite good and exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 8/16/2012. Pours slightly cloudy ruby red color with a 1 finger fluffy light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of raisin, apple, caramel, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, toast, candi sugar, light clove, bread, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of deep malt with yeast esters and spices. Taste of raisin, apple, caramel, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, toast, light clove, candi sugar, toffee, pepper, bread, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, toast, candi sugar, light clove, toffee, bread, pepper, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt flavors with fruity yeast esters and spicing; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced Belgian strong ale! Great balance and complexity of malt, yeast esters, and spices; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy and dark with really impressive head retention. The half-inch cap of foam lasts until the very end. The label claims that caramel coloring is added, which seems pretty stupid to me.

Smell: Sweet and spicy, with an underlying yeasty aroma. Slightly funky, but in a good way.

Taste/mouthfeel: Bold flavors of caramel, burnt sugar and cinnamon. Sticky and fairly heavy, the beer finishes dry, lingering on the palate for quite a while. The 9% ABV is completely undetectable. This is really nice stuff, and at $7 a bottle it's pretty affordable too. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. Aged for a year and a half (dated on the cork 6/02). A huge head of creamy light-tan foam resides over a dark chestnut body that teems with streaming effervescent carbonation. When held to the light, the clear brownish body displays ruby and brass highlights. The head retention is excellent, and it leaves wide creamy rings and craggy splashes of lace throughout the entire glass. And although the nose remains quite contained beneath its creamy cap, a distinct candy-ish character, some mustiness, dark fruit, and a touch of toffee come through. In the mouth, its very fine and natural (bottle-conditioned) carbonation warms to become quite airy, giving its light-medium body a bit of a bigger feel, and it passes across the palate with a quick zest that becomes pillowy soft & smooth before it reaches the throat. The flavors reflect the aroma with a candyish malt that's tempered by some sublime phenols and peppery spice. A touch of herbal hops and some minimal drying alcohol rounds it out. Along the way some subdued dark fruit, some nuttiness, and even a hint of cocoa appear; yet it finishes dry and powdery. Impressive! It's bold without being overwhelming, and it never builds on the palate. The alcohol is well-heeled and it finishes clean. This is a really nice beer to enjoy at a quite time during the holiday season, but I don't think it's subtle complexities can really be enjoyed within a party atmosphere.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Somehow this review escaped me over the years. Tap at Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA.

Nice rich creamy darker almost mahogany colored head fades at a med pace with little lacing, mostly clear cranberry maroon colored beer.

Nose is typical, big malts, reddish toasty brown malts, caramel and toffee, light nutty, booze is fairly strong with some phenols. Dark fruits are big, fig, date, brown sugar covered candied raisin, nutmeg and cardamom like spices are quite light, bit of other Xmas spices, some candi sugar.

Taste is similar, esters and phenols, candy syrup, apple esters and dark fruit, raisins, fig, date, brown sugar candi sugar, etc. Light bitterness from some grassy hops it seems. Nice malts too, light toffee and caramel, but somehow feels slightly thin, light booze. Mellows as it goes, finish is syrupy and sweet, sticky, lingering dark fruits and malts, candy sugar and toffee, fair bitterness kicking in, a bit more booze too.

Mouth is med bodied, seems a bit thin for what it should be, decent carb, light warming booze.

Overall nice, almost a staple for a Belgian Xmas beers, most of the typical nice Belgian characters with light Xmas spices in there too.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 12/30/09 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of brown sugar, caramel, fruits, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very sweet with flavors of fruit, brown sugar and caramel. There's a Belgian yeast breadiness, a hearty malt character and a mild hops presence but no of those things is enough to balance out the candy-like sweetness. The after-taste is likewise very sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a decent beer overall and if you're into the sweetness I can see how someone would like this beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown with a huge foamy head,aroma is very malty and sweet like candied sugar and juicy fruit.Taste is of dried fruit and sweet candied sugar with some light smokiness that liners.A very rich somewhat complex brew good for after dinner like me right now.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impressive rocky, beige head. A warm amber color with nearly no haze.

Sweet with tremendous amount of molasses and brown sugar. No notable hop.

This is like an upside-down beer. There's a whiff of bitterness at the beginning of the sip. This quickly disappears to strong sweet sensation of raisins, brandy and Chambourd (the raspberry liqueur from France). The swallow reminds me of a good port while the aftertaste has the slightest sourness to it. This is a full-bodied offering that is close to light cream.

A wonderful Belgian offering for those who harbor a sweet tooth.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with a cryptic date code of 6 249 17

Pours a deep chestnut with 2.5 fingers deep rocky head. Good lacing & a nice healthy film

S: Slight metallic & caramel notes. Hints of nutmeg & cinamon & fruitty notes as it warms

T: Caramel, fruitty, & warming up front with cinamon notes. Some chocolate notes & a gentle hint of iron. Big fruittynes (plums)/jammyness with nutmeg/cinamon & brown sugar once this warms. Finishes fruitty, warming, dry with bready notes, plus a little more spiceyness! Easily the best holiday beer I've had so far year regardless of total score!

MF: Rich, sticky, low/medium carbonation with some syruppy notes

Drinks great for the abv & a great Christmas ale. This really worked for me. Worth the $7.99 IMO

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Affligem Noël from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 569 ratings
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