Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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3.9/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Belgium
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Style: Belgian Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
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#15,008
Reviews:
538
Ratings:
1,257
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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55
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Reviews: 538 | Ratings: 1,257
Reviews by artoolemomo:
Photo of artoolemomo
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Warning, this is a potential gusher. Bunches of head that seems to have little retention. However, it does slow down and linger at about two fingers. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber that shows lemon hues when held up to the light. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

Nose- Very Belgian, very much dominated by the yeast. Spicy, bananas, and cloves. Light notes of honey. Swirling reveals even more banana, such that it is almost creamy and suggest marshmallow. I get some apple from the bottle but not really from the glass.

Taste- Very reflective of the nose- reminiscent of a lot of tripels that I've had. Loads of banana, cloves, and a very spicy finish. Some coriander, lemon peel, and apple. A little bit of a nutty and woody finish. Spice makes the tongue tingle. Could use a little bit more presence than just the nice finish of cloves, coriander, and cinnamon. Nothing wrong, it's just that this beer gets a little boring. Still quite nice and a fairly solid beer. Simplifies to mostly banana and the aforementioned spices. Yeast character matches my palette well. Present but not domineering with only a little bit of bitterness. Definitely a good beer.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with hints of creaminess and syrup. Good amount of carbonation that matches the tingle of the spice. Nice dry finish keeps this beer clean.

Drinkability- Very easygoing. Very tasty but gets a little boring. No heat and very sessionable. Three dollars a bottle seems fairly reasonable.

Overall- Pretty good beer, stays within the wide range of this style. Reminds me a little of New Belgium Tripel but with more spice and less banana. I would give this a try. I could also see myself buying this again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dmann
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at B.J's the other night and I quite enjoyed it. It poured a very good golden color with a great fluffy white head that stayed with the beer till the end. The smell was great with a good mix of bananna, alchohol and malt. The flavor of this one reminded me of a Hefeweizen on steroids with its big bananna and clove flavor, but the aftertaste of alchohol changed things drasticly and reminded me quickly that I was not drinking a hefe! All in all this was a good interpretation of the style and a beer I might revisit in the future.

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Photo of generallee
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. It has a "produced on date" date but no abv.

Appearance: It has a hazy orange amber body with tons of beautiful champagne like carbonation. In fact this one slowly bubbled up out of the bottle right after I opened it. From the pour it builds a tall frothy off white head that hang on well and makes lots of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Funky and fruity Belgian yeast notes hit the nose with sweet bready maltiness and a touch of phenolic medicinal Band-Aid.

Taste/Palate: Like the nose I get the funky fruity yeast and sweet bready character with a touch of spicy/leafy hops. This brings some mellow bitterness and dryness to the finish. The palate has a very drinkable medium body with lively carbonation.

Notes: Classic funk, classic malt, classic Belgian well made ale!

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Photo of JISurfer
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head on this brew was the best I have ever see, outside of a Guinness. It was really big and was very pillowy to boot. It almost looked like whipped cream on top of the beer. The color was a cloudy pale color, which was nice too. Smell was a little hoppy, with a nutty/malty backbone. Taste was similar, but a little more in the hoppy aftertaste. I'm not much for big hops and such, but this brew settled nicely with me. A nice brew to drink, especially since it's a lighter brew, but with higher alcohol.

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of emincems
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CoCambria
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of lmaduells
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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

I'm not a huge fan of the style, they often just seem like lighter versions of more substantial Belgian ales. This arrived at a local "packy" this week in six packs. Somewhat suprisingly, I really enjoyed this one. It has a little more punch and body than the usual blonde. A little darker in color, some spice and bite (along with the usual fruity undertones). Refreshing and quite drinkable. I think I'll go back and get the rest of the sixpack!

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle
6.8% ABV
Queen's Quay LCBO Outlet (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
May 30, 2008
The beer pours a hazy golden orange colour with a bubbly white head which disappears within a couple of minutes. The aroma was grassy malt, some appley hints, and a little hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with medium carbonation. The flavour was very yeasty with some malty hints. A little spiciness as well.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Banana, cloves, breads/grains, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount carbonation and I can taste bananas mixed with breads/grains and cloves. There are also some floral notes and a bit of a dry woodiness. It ends with a bready slightly dry aftertaste with a hint of fruitiness.

Overall - Happy to give this one a shot on tap. It has a nice well balanced taste and would probably work well as a gateway beer to get others away from macros.

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Bengone
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a lightly-hazy golden with peach accents, forming a tall, rocky white head with spiral streamers that help it form a doughy peaking cap. Retention is excellent and lacing is very nice. Carbonation is medium-strong. Aroma is wonderful...a prominant freesia/lavender kind-of floral note, moderate cloves, a touch of green bananas,, very floral...smells like I have flowers under my nose. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a light body and clean finish. Taste begins with herbal hops, a touch of malt body and pale malt sweetness, dense bittering hop profile, white pepper, a touch of metal, and no off-flavors. The finish is crisp and clean with a prolonged herbal bitterness. This brew has a strong hop profile and medium bitterness which is atypical to many Belgian Abbeys.

This is an interesting brew...I'd like to think of it as a 30/70 mix of Grimbergen Blonde and Anchor Steam. It's flavorful but not complex, light in body and clean, yet not quite enough to get me excited.

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

11.2 oz. bottle, listed as 6.8%,

A: Pours blonde with a full billowy white cap of foam, good lacing.

S: Yeast notes, sourdough bread, pears, pepper.

T: Quite a yeasty pale, nutty, tahini notes. Clover honey and white pepper, coriander are there as well. Light quenching fruit notes come out, notably yellow apple and a hint of pear and berry.

M: Smooth, soft carbonation, silky, easy on the tongue. Light, light ethanol.

D: A nice sipper, that I went through way too fast considering its strength. It really drinks like a 5%er. Solid Belgian brew, and very cheap compared to other Belgians.

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Photo of dolzan
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow with an extremely thick head.

The taste is mostly sweet (lemon, banana?), with a hint of herbs and some very mild bitterness. Perhaps slightly reminiscent of Duvel.

Very complex flavour and a great beer for once in a while, but I wouldn't want to drink one after another.

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Photo of Rwang
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Jrockerboi
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Overlord
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color, white gigantic head.

Blonde ales are not my favorite ... I typically only review them if they blow me away. Along with the Russian River blondes (I always get my "tions" mixed up ... I think supplication and damnation) this is now one of my faves.

Deep, malty/yeasty flavor. Surprisingly complex for a blonde, and utterly drinkable. No real hops, maybe a hint of some lemon fruit flavoring. At only 1.69 for 12 oz I consider this one of the best ounce for ounce beers I've ever purchased.

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Photo of Dave128
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a unibroue tulip.

A - An overzealous pour yields a white head that is about 70:30 to the body. Golden orange in color and slightly hazy. Head isnt much after it goes down, but lacing is great.

S - Smells of sweet belgian yeast and rich biscuity malt. Hops are a bit of an afterthought in the nose.

T - Sweet and juicy. pure malty goodness. The finish is somewhat soured by a combination of the yeast and bittering hops. Not too intense on hop flavor though.

M - Medium bodied with lighter carbonation. Somewhat sticky but smooth.

O - A solid belgian blond ale and rather affordable by that standard.

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Photo of thesoftspoon
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of middkid45
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bierman2000
4.88/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A delicious ale with a golden color that has a nice alcoholic punch to it..Belgian lace throughout the glass and a perfect blend of spices and fruitiness make this one of the best Blonde Belgians in the world. A treat to enjoy and very drinkable but beware of the alcohol it does creep up on you.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked one of these up in a mix n' match at ABC
A: Pours pale gold with a very nice and thick frothy white head, leaves a little lace, dissipates quickly
S: Strong notes of cloves and cinnamon along with a few other spices I cant put my finger on...very spicy smell
T: Very crisp, clovey, and very spicy
MF: Very smooth and clean finish, light body
D: Highly drinkable beer, however the spiciness would become overwhelming after about 2-3-4 of these...

Overall a good beer, if you like this beer I would recommend beers from Unibroue, specifically "La Fin Du Monde" and "Don de Dieu"

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Photo of LehighAce06
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 1,257 ratings