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Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem BlondAffligem Blond

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 524 | Ratings: 1,186
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap, it pours a golden with a moderate head. Nose gets a bit of bread and malt, followed by a very happy mouth enjoying the crisply refreshing malt flavor. Dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of Roguer
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straw golden hue; clear body. Topped by a nice frothy white head.

Mild grainy aroma, favoring pale malts, sugar, and a touch of bubblegum yeast.

Not overly sweet on the palate, carrying a moderate balancing bitterness. Pale malts come across cleanly.

This is probably the best blonde ale I've ever had. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this is a very well-crafted beer.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bestowed upon me by my cousin from his many trips to Belgium, mine’s a few months old now.

A: Dark straw. Nice white head.
T: Peppy esters. A touch vinous. Very sharp and refreshing. Dry but there are nuances of nail varnish and bubblegum. Not ready.
O: Certainly one of the better Belgian blonds. I wonder what it’s like fresh.

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Photo of RicardoMadeira
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Great color! A bit hazy but with a great copperish aspect. Gave me two good fingers of foam when poured into a tulip. Good lacing considering the Abv. In teems of smell, i found it a bit confuse; maybe a small hint of cytrus completely overwhelmed by the malt and yeast combination. The feel was good, considerable carbonation and a small amount of bitterness, yet found it considerably refreshing. The end is impecable; good amount of that bready and wheat taste where you can feel the the subtle 6.8vol. Worth my money. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant bronze hue, some nice estery aroma. There is definitely some nice smooth banana up front with peppery clove kick in to cut that nice sweetness. Overall, a really nice and refreshing Belgian Blonde.

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Photo of Squire123
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light gold with beautiful small bead cap and World class lacing.

Aroma: Yes, Belgian, in the finest descriptive sense. Freshly baked bread imbued with spiced ripe yellow fruit, something a touch mellow while being very complex. A string quartet playing in perfect harmony. So many things going on at once yet all a seamless part of the whole.

Taste. Nothing in your face like a flavored Stout, rather a brew that at first seems subdued yet as it builds you realize it's very complexity is somehow reassuring, as if the balance of what can be done with beer has been reached. The usual notes we associate with Pale Belgians, clove, spice, are there yet rich malt is ever present. Building to a crescendo it finishes clean with no real hop presence except in the aftertaste which seems more like light mint touched with lavender.

Texture: Medium and rich.

Overall: A peer among peers, first string all the way. This is not a beer that one would see in a "Wow" thread as something that sets you back on your heels, but one that commands respect. A contemplative brew, one that simply walks into the room like an old friend whose presence is always welcome.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" gave almost 4 pages to this Benedictine abbey which also produces for the abbey of Postel. Interestingly, he noted that how after it became part of the Heineken Group that "these beers have become noticeably more sophisticated in character in recent years." This is a good sign Belgian missionaries to convert the beer world as Affligem is getting more reviews here. (But not Postel.)

Of Affligem's Blonde he said "lemony, with good hop flavors and notably talc-like."

Reviewed also in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of Dentist666
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0,3l bottle.
Poured into tulip.
Pours hazy amber beer with thick off-white head, quick reduction to 1-finger froth.
Standard blonde smell & taste.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
Sounds average.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours light blonde body with small white head with nice R&L
S: sweet, Apple fruity smell
T: light fruity taste; light Apple like with a dry finish
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth; slightly overcarbonated
D: nice M&T combo; decent blonde ale

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Photo of davidperez
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Leffe chalice, it pours an amber yellow, slightly hazy, with a one-finger head that dissipated quickly.

Bouquet of slight banana, sweet malts, honey, and some spiciness.

The carbonation feels intense right after this beer enters your mouth, teasing your palate. The flavor parade begins with that sweetness, honey, fruitiness, malts, but rapidly the spiciness enters the frame too and walks along that sweetness.
Then some alcohol is perceived, and it leads to the complete absence of that prior sweetness. Right at the end, some very slight bitterness and hoppiness marks its presence, giving this beer a semi-dry finish.
Medium to light body.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 16, 2014 Poured into a tulip glass.

L- Deep gold, some yeast haze, two finger fluffy white head.

S- Fruity yeast of banana, bubblegum, little bit of clove, a touch of alcohol.

T- Getting some citrus more than the banana, a bitter yeast or hop flavor on the end, touch of alcohol. White bready malt note.

F- Medium, good carb.

O- A nice easy drinking Belgian with a great yeasty aroma..

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Photo of Wobjack
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought in Carrefour, served in Leffe beer chalice.

Appearance: Golden, slightly hazy. A really good head on this that leaves lacing all the way down. Looks lively.

Smell: Ooo! Spicy! Getting pepper and spice, plenty of alcohol and sweet sweet malts. Some fruit in there too, smells very appealing!

Taste: Plenty of fresh bread up front with a slight spiciness. Some coriander and fruitiness in there too, finishes quite mild and dry. Alcohol up in the nose is subtle, very refreshing for the style.

Mouth-feel: Medium bodied, almost creamy texture. So easy to drink, probably one of the most palatable Belgian Ales I've had.

Overall: This has been my go to beer whenever I visit France. Chilled on a hot day, out in the garden, it's almost unbeatable. Very easy drinking, just be aware of the high alcohol content, it's rather easy to sink quite a few of these! Also thrilled to see this making it's way over to England, my local Sainsburys is selling packs of four :)

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Photo of sherillc
4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is very sweet, like wildflower honey. Flavour actually reminds me a bit of mead - honeyed, slightly floral, fruity. Nice effervescence. A beautiful and unique beer.

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4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recent pick up at Half Time ( http://www.halftimebeverage.com/ ) in Mamaroneck, NY. Someone from their East Cost distribution facility was giving a tasting. My wife and I both enjoyed this blonde. The 4-pack presentation and the bottles (while only 10 oz) are smaller, they are still nice with the label around the neck up to the cap. Best poured in a chalice. Nice light golden color and feel. Fruity aroma and consistent taste, which I like. 6.8% ABV so a few of these will do the trick. Look forward to having more. A solid beer!

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Photo of staubot
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good head which settles to a nice layer of active foam. Honey haze with traces of carbonation bubbling up. Smells of fruity yeast, little spicy. Tastes of honey lemony hops and alcohol.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

look- pours a beige like color with a big foam head and sticky lace that shows excellent retention.
smell- fruity, pear like, chalky and yeast like, and honey.
taste-chalky and yeasty, pale malts, peppery, moderate hops, honey and alcohol. The finish is dry. Very flavorful.
feel- my favorite attribute of this beer. Light and drinkable but with complexity in the mouthfeel. Very refreshing. The mouthfeel had a sharpness and crispness that had a pleasant bite to it.
This was a pleasant surprise. I will definitely get more of.

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Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, golden color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of Euro yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, adjunct, hint of alcohol, hops. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a distinct dryness. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, slight alcohol, slight Euro yeast, hint of floral notes, and a hint of adjunct. Overall, a decent BPA, but the slight adjunct hurts.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a semi-hazy golden blonde color with a huge, rocky, billowing creamy head - lots of lacing.

S - Honey malt, Belgian spice, mildly yeasty.

T - Honey, bread, some pepper and coriander spice, nice lingering mild earthy bitterness to round out the sweetness of the malt. Coats the mouth with a nice balance between malt and spice.

M - Very dry finish, medium body, moderate carbonation mellows quickly for a smooth finish.

O - Definitely worth trying and better than its current rating.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, clean and quite sweet. Honey and butterscotch overtones with a silky mouth-feel. You know this is pretty high in alcohol but you just want to drink it as it is so moreish. One to savour if you can.

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Photo of kitschiguy
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 330ml bottle into a 350ml beer glass.

Great looking beer - big, fluffy, tight head which hung around and left plenty of lacing. Nice dark golden yellow.

Big malty nose with some yeasty spice - very pleasant.

Palate has some complexity with yeast spice and some bready notes coming though with some hoppy bitterness in the finish. Very nice flavours. Well-rounded.

Good mouth-feel, light carbonation.

Overall a beautifully balanced beer. Highly drinkable, sessionable.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- Over carbonated. Yellow body and bubbly white head.
S- Fresh malt.
T- Fresh malt with spices and herbs.
F- Bubbly but smooth.
O- Nice refreshing beer but a bit to fizzy for my taste.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

pale hay yellow colour and a bit cloudy. Lots of carbonation - one inch of head with large bubbles that fades right away down to a thin covering.

Nice yeasty funk on the nose. light fruits, white grapes, very light spices.

Tart fruits and yeast, light baking spices, coriander, mild barny earthy funk. sweet but also a bit sour. golden delicious apple. maybe a bit of herbs on the finish, which is dry i believe.

Highly carbonated with not a tonne of body.

Overall not bad. Certainly a style of beer I really like, but there are some very good versions out there that you might want to spend your time on before this. For the style its light on the alcohol and very drinkable. More subdued flavours and light body make it a good entry to a blonde or saison, though you will likely move on to bigger and bolder things.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

300mL bottle, best before 30/07/15. Bottle code A42110428. Served in a Tulip glass.

Appearance: A slow pour to keep the sediment behind yielded a gold/amber beer with a bit of a haze that gave the beer a bit of a glow. Plenty of fine small bubbles coming up through the beer when held up to the light. Rocky 1/4" off-white foam which slowly died back to a thin foam across the top. Some small strands of lacing noted.

Smell: Yeasty with a hint of herbal/floral hops.

Taste: Up front candi sugar and Belgian style ester sweetness, and then a leafy bitterness at the finish with some noble hop character.

Mouthfeel: Brisk carbonation that scrubs the palate clean. Not fizzy, but definitely high carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A nice sipping Belgian pale ale that hits the aspects of the style quite well. Not sure I'd want another one in an evening, but I think I would try this again. To my surprise 300mL is enough for one sitting. I also wonder if it might go better with food. Being close to the best before date, I wonder if the beer is better when much fresher. Regardless of my doubts above, I still enjoyed it - I just don't find it a great Belgian pale ale, just a good one.

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Photo of NCMatt
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to glass. Appearance is a beautiful golden blond color. Nice head with average retention. Smell is a little lackluster but reminiscent of any Belgian. Taste was smooth, some grain and light fruit flavor. Mouthfeel was average. Overall, pretty good. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Zet
3.46/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice blond colour, but no foam at all. Smell and taste are herby, but slightly monotone. Subtle bitter aftertaste. Decent blond, but wouldn't order another.

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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
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