Affligem Blond
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Style:
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #3
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,883
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 10.71%
Reviews:
540
Ratings:
1,264
From:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: Affligem beers originate from the Belgian abbey founded in 1074. The citrus and tropical fruit notes followed by a malty softness and hoppy character combine to make Affligem Blonde a beautifully smooth beer with a lightly bitter finish.
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Photo of elnachooo
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cerveza con una buena cabeza espumosa pero que desaparece rápidamente. Aroma a malta y miel. En boca es ligeramente amarga pero se siente la levadura y el azúcar.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 7/12/12: Pours opaque golden orange with 3 fingers of moderately lasting, billowy, white head that recedes to a dense lingering surface cap leaving behind scattered strings of wispy lace. Aroma is Belgian yeast spice and fruity esters of apple, pear and dried apricots, bubblegum, lemon, coriander and pepper. Taste is bread, slightly sweet, heavy fruity esters of apple, pear, apricot, banana, clove, honey and peppery spice. Minor hops hints and thin bitterness in the finish. The bitterness becomes slightly more intense in the dry, fruity, rapidly diminishing aftertaste. Flavorful and complex!

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Photo of fumobici
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Greater than the sum of its ratings. On tap at the Nice airport, once past the passport control it's this or H******n. Poured into plastic Affligem logoed cup, moderate head, extravagant tenuous lacing. Nose of stone fruit and bready yeast, really sweet malt, saved at the last minute by a decently bitter hop finish. It doesn't sound great from my description, and it really isn't, but it's still very nice. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of herrklemann
2.43/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Medium white head on a clear golden body. Banana, peppery yeast, grains, honey. Medium to high sweetness with an esthery, mildly bitter finish. High carbonation, a hint of bitterness. Sweet, sweet gold. Very sweet. No balance whatsoever.

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Photo of OlaB
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a medium top of white head that disolves rapidly, with some lacings on the glass. Aroma is off bread,banan,apricot,oranges and vanilla. Flavour is sweet and fruity with bready notes in the back, gets more hints of spices in the middle while it finishes off dry with a decent lenght in the aftertaste.It has amedium body with a lively carbonation, and crisp and clean mouthfeel. Considering that this beer is so easyly available around in Europe is quite a good option to buy it. Is not an extremly exiting beer, but it taste like a classic belgian blonde. Would sure drink it again.

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

This was my first Belgian blond and it really won me over. Had it on tap at the recommendation of my server. Sweet but not sour, almost honey flavour. Easy drinker. Will try again!

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Photo of drmeto
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-visible particle floaties
S:
-honey,herbal,apricots,oranges,doughy,white bread
T:
-Follows the nose
-low bitterniss
F:
-medium body
-medium carbonation
-alcohol noticeable
O:
This is a really good Belgian Blonde

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Photo of TonyLema1
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep gold, cloudy, big fluffy white lacing head
S: I get apples and pears
T: malt, light Belgian yeast
F: good mouthfeel for a light bodied beer
O: I remember liking this more, the last time I had it

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one looks refreshing initially, but the head does dissipate fairly rapidly, leaving you with what looks like a flat Stella Artois.

Aroma is light hops, a touch malty and a little floral, so nothing too offensive. Taste is pretty much the same for me, simply ok, nothing exceptional and I would say plenty of better blondes available from Belgium.

The brew is quite smooth and easy drinking and is probably its best feature.

Overall, pretty solid, nothing more nothing less.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from an 10.1 oz (300 ml) bottle into a Broken Bow, essentially nonic pint glass; best by April 2019.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark golden/brass color with a two to three finger, fluffy white head, strong retention, and nice rings of sticky lacing.
S: Tangy with a graininess up front that gives way to further banana and clove aromas as it warms.
T: Semisweet with flavors of apple, lime, banana, and cloves. Fairly neutral maltiness. Bitterness light but contributes to a crisp and smooth finish.
M: Light bodied with solid, persistent carbonation. Smooth and crisp.
O: This is a truly delicious, well composed and executed Belgian Blond. Fresh, highly flavorful, and finishing exceptionally cleanly. A real treat. Honestly, if it weren't for the alcohol (and calories), I could drink these all day.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to a wine glass.

A: The body is crystalline yellow with a white head that shows some good retention and lacing.
S: The yeast and malty profiles are very similar to Leffe Blond's but with a more earthy hint.
T: The taste is majorly sweet due to malts but then it ends a bit tart and acidic due to the Belgian yeast.
M: Body is medium to medium high. Carbonation is high. Tart and acidic in the end.
O: A very interesting BPA, almost as interesting as Leffe's.

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Photo of MilanoItaly
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell reminds me exactly of a weisse, I just don't like that.
This is the beer that served to you for the first time anywhere,
will let you ask the waiter ''What's that ??'' :
'cause you can appreciate the deep overall quality.

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Photo of Shanex
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Leffe Chalice. Very good look, nice smell, and made me feel good. Overall a great Belgian blonde that tops Leffe easily. Worth buying and again. Worldwide availability doesn't hurt either.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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 -0.8%
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%
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 -14.8%
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 +1.5%
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 Squire
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +0.8%
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 -8.7%
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 -9.9%
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 +0.3%
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 -3.3%
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 +9.4%
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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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1264 ratings