Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

very good
528 Reviews
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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Reviews: 528 | Ratings: 1,200
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.92/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a damn good brew. I guess 900+ years of brewing experience makes that possible? ;-)

Anyway this pours more of an amber than a blonde. the head is thick and long lasting and creamier than shaving cream. There is a yeasty/nutty nose in this one with barely detectable hops. The taste is very complex with sweet and bitter and spice all mingled around the palate. The hops are more potent in the beginning and the sweet malt comes last. This is excellent.

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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 CrazyMike
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden cloudy appearance with lots of foamy head. Smell is very sweet and floral, picked up banana's.

Taste is very sweet, almost a candy taste and malty. Also picked up honey, pepper and various fruit (banana, apple). Excellent combination of tastes. Medium/creamy body with excellent carbonation. Aftertaste is spicy, medicinal and boozy; but not to much so.

Wow, I am impressed by this beer. The taste is powerful, but overwhelmingly good. If you can find this gem, don't pass the opportunity to drink it.

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Photo of SoonerNY
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First impression was the carbonation. The great Belgian style zest followed quickly but the carbonation definitely jumped at me. It brought me back to a visit to Amsterdam, walking through the streets looking for good beer and usually veering towards pubs with Belgian beer signs. An excellent brew. Next stop Belgium.

Appearance is hazy yellow with noticeable yeast and a fine, foamy lace.
Smell is mostly fruit and honey with a bit of yeast. It's very inviting, hinting at the great taste to follow.
The taste is VERY balanced. Lightly sweet and bitter, with spice that doesn't overwhelm. A bit of a tart finish and a hint of alcohol with lingering hops. Nice.
Mouthfeel is full of carbonation at first but mellower and lighter after resting.
Drinkability is way up there. Slowly and delicously. I'll keep a few in the beer fridge.

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Photo of Roland45s
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

enjoyed this on draft while in france (playing catch-up on my ratings) thoroughly enjoyed it and was one of my favorite Belgian blondes. poured smooth with a thick head, sweet finish.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best blonds out there. I didn't always but now love this style. Here goes:

A - beautiful golden blond color with a substantial amount of thick creamy/frothy head. Sediments in abundance. Looks kingly
S - sweet citrusy smell with belgian yeast in the back
T - mostly citrus fruitiness with some mild spice and yeast. great belgian flavor
M - smooth, medium-bodied, wet creamy finish
D - soooo drinkable. almost thirst-quenching

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.73/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A rich golden color with heavy tight creamy looking foam that cling's to the sides of the glass. Complex in flavor with a beautiful balance of malts and hops to bring out the great flavor with just a bit of bitterness. It was creamy smooth with just the right amount of sweetness. Wow, what a beer. This beer was pricy, but worth it!

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Photo of MadScientist
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium gold and very clear with a creamy white head that leave a good bit of lacing on the glass.
S: The first whiff smells like a good German Pilsner with a spicy hop aroma and a soft, sweet pilsner malt aroma. There is a touch of honey and a moderately-light perfume alcohol aroma. Moderately-light orange aroma come through as well.
T: There is a moderate pilsner malt sweetness initially thought it finish fairly dry. The hops and alcohol team up to give a medium bitter balance to the sweetness. The spicy hops flavor is moderately-low.
M: Medium bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation that gives a bubbly sensation on the palate.
O: A very enjoy belgian with a decent amount of bitterness, some sweetness and a dry finish.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Sierra Madre, CA. Served in an affligem chalice. Bright golden with a nice white fluffy head. Aroma was soft and light malty. The taste combined a soft earthiness with a light sweetness. The overall impression I got from it was such a smooth and drinkable light bodied ale. This might be exactly what I am looking for in a Belgain Blonde ale that isn't too high in alcohol content. So drinkable and a great beer to relax with.

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Photo of boblog
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian beers to me are the Holy Grail of beers (much like Czech lagers). This is no exception. My friend went to France and brought me back two of these lovely beers. I drank both on separate occasions. The first time I poured it I noticed its very lovely golden color. It appearance was beautiful compared to most beers you see in the states. I then noticed its lovely smell, a great light appetizing Belgian scent. The taste was excellent. Good mouthfeel as well. Much better than 90% of beers I have sampled. One of my personal favorites. I wish America made beer like this.

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Photo of Carlton1964
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great brew. About 2" of foam....smelled great and tasted better. Has a nice milky feel in mouth....can say enough about this beer. First time I ever had it....won't be the last! Can't wait to pick up some more. Looks a little weird when you first pour it, has sentiment floating around....but I couldn't care less after drinking it.
Oh yeah....very nice lacing too!

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On a funny note, my mother took one sip of this beer straight from the bottle and said "ew! That is the closest thing to cough syrup I've ever had!" The smell and taste of this beer is just what a Blonde should be. The smell is sweet like candy and sugar, and the taste is similar. There is a slight acidic lemony taste to it which makes it really easy to drink. But its also very light, there is no overwhelming effervessing going on in my mouth. A very traditional Blond (since 1077)) and a taste that has sure lasted.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My favorite "blonde"! What a beer! Pours with a thick head...almost like whipped cream. Nice subdued flowery nose, goes down too easy, very deceptive when you consider the alcoholic strength about 7% I think. Another fine addition to my beer aging cellar.

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Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in the 750 ml and 33 cl bottles and on tap. Light fruit and yeast aromas with some light bread dominate the nose. It pours hazy gold under a 3” off-white moussey head that produces thick lace. The palate attacks with traces of apricot, pineapple, orange and fresh white bread. The yeast flavors are rich and well developed with the balance towards the yeast. It is creamy and very effervescent and refreshing with a medium body.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear glowing gold with thick creamy head that leaves a thin lace.

AROMA- Super fresh hey, honey, pear, apple, maybe a very subtle hint of banana...soft, floral, perfumey...devine.

FLAVOR- Fresh cracker malt base with floral and spicy aromatics on the top end. Hints of anise, vanilla, and rose ride a long, dry, lightly bitter finish. This beer is superb and I can tell I got a really fresh bottle somehow. It is extremely subtle and balanced. Very pretty. Very bright. Exceptional. A slight hint of bubblegum pops out with warmth.

Mouthfeel-Medium-light bodied, fluffy, warming.

OVERALL- One of the most drinakable strong blonde / tripels I've ever had. Very balanced and refined. I'm impressed.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color and has a huge head that sticks around for as long as there is beer in your glass. The aroma is spicy and yeasty and very malty. An aroma one could get lost in... The taste is every bit as good, spicy, malty and yeasty... As good as any Belgian Blonde. This is one smooth drinking bier and one that has found a home in my refrigerator.

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Photo of skeetermoses
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer, I have been trying to find this beer ever since I had it. I have to go to texas in order to get this I can never find it. I typically go to Specs in order to get this beer, but they usually don't have it. They usually have the seasonal beer instead. I really love this beer.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had this beer 7 years ago at the age of 21 to accompany my moles frites in Paris. I drank it out of a chalice. At this time I was totally ignorant to the quality of beverage I was drinking. Since that day I've revisited this beer a few times and each time it is better than I remember. It is golden in color and pours out with several fingers of lacing. Belgians have a disntinction of having firm head, where you can almost drop a dime on it and it'll stay above the liquid.

This is a very sweet beer with spicy notes similar to that of a leffe. This is a hearty drink and will warm you up clocking in at 6.7% abv. If you like blonde belgians you will love this beer. Always consistent, always excellent.

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Photo of dstc
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy blond with a big foamy white head that stays. Nice thick sticky lace.

Big fruity nose. Hints of herbs and flowers.

Sweetness throughout the taste. Mild phenol, herbal taste. Alcohol and mild hops present.

Full and smooth in the mouth with nice carbonation.

Wonderful Blond, very easy to drink.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright amber appearance, with a cloudy visual texture. The half inch head stayed around for just the right amount of time.

Fruity smell, along with some breads. Had a very pleasant aroma.

You can really taste the peaches and Belgian yeast when you drink this one. It has a very complex flavor, but never overdoes it.

It has a vibrant mouthfeel with a high carbonation rate. Very prickly.

The Blond is a highly drinkable beer that goes down pretty easy. Granted, I have a weakness for a lot of Belgian beers, but this is definitely a excellent beer.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright golden hue, with a fairly robust white head that leaves an abundance of lacing. Very nice.

S: Floral notes, hints of sweetness such as pears. Subtle hops aroma as well.

T: Muted floral and hops, malt and pear sweetness. Crisp and refreshing, this is one of the best BSPA's I've had. Only Duvel is better by comparison thus far.

M: Crisp mouthfeel, not too thick not watery. Carbonation is where it should be.

D: This one is a keeper. Not quite a session beer, but I could put back a few of these with relative ease. For an 8.99 six pack, this is a really good value. Definitely worth re-visiting.

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Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with a tall pillowy white head that dissipates in chucks leaving a thick and rocky lace that loves to cling to the sides of the glass. Nose is sweet and fruity with notes of yeast, honey, and spice. Medium in body and quite smooth. Taste is sweet honey malts and candied fruit followed by some nutty yeasts and some peppery notes. Some bitter hops and a bit of alcohol are present in the finish. An incredible brew and one of the best blonde ales on the market.

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Photo of Rhf9120
4.49/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this on the bottle list at Unos of all places. Poured into a pint glass (unfortunate I know) with a golden straw color with very visible carbonation and a single finger head which left decent lacing. The aroma is of yeast, fruit and spices with a flavor to match. The yeast comes through very strong in the flavor along with the spices and only hints of fruit. I greatly enjoyed this one and will be looking for it at my local bottle shop.

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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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Photo of matjack85
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this last fall at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $7 for a 12oz brown bottle. Review is from notes I took at the time.

The beer poured a clear honey gold color, made a 1½-finger white head that lasted awhile, and it left some really nice lacing.

Nice honey smell with plenty of spices amd plenty of fruit.

Delicious. Nice pepper and clove spiciness up front with a bready malt backbone. A touch of honey and a touch of tropical fruit (mostly pineapple) add more character and complexity.

Light, but very spritzy due to the high carbonation. Finishes dry.

Wish they had this on tap instead of just in bottles because this is one of the best blonds on the market.

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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,200 ratings.
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