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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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Photo of stcules
2.43/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yellow-oranged, lightly veiled. A beautiful white head, quite compact, sticking, persistent.
Smell of yeast, bread crust, the, and "rosolada" (eggs, sugar and marsala). White flowers.
The taste is on the same notes, even with the part with eggs and sugar... Quite heavy, it can becomes quite boring. Too sweet. Some alcohol too.
Medium-light body.
Few things in the aftertaste, just some malty and fruity (pear and peach). Some sweetness too, but it slips away quickly.

Note: on the label the alcohol is 6.8%.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.59/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden ale with a nice big head with better then average retention. Aroma is bit weak with some malt and yeast being noticeable. Taste is also a bit weak for a Belgian ale with a general lack of spices and only minor yeast flavour can be pick up. Body is also a bit thin. Overall, this is a very average Belgian Ale.

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Photo of clvand0
2.66/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy yellow color with some orange hues. It has a large, full head and some lacing on the glass. The aroma is strong of citrus and has some hints of honey and malts. The taste reminds me of a lighter weiss (wheat) beer. Some spices and a trace of honey is present in the taste as well, but the wheaty taste overtakes the others. Not a bad beer, but not too extremely smooth. It leaves a slightly sour taste on the palate. Don't see myself drinking many of these in the future.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a yellow body with a dense, white, overflowing head.

Smell: Light malt in the aroma, with bits of yeast, flowers, lemons, and coriander.

Taste: Sweet, with flavors of bananas, lemons, and a faint spiciness. Finishes semi-dry with a hint of hop bitterness, and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Watery texture with a very lively carbonation.

Drinkability: A stock Belgian blonde with far too much carbonation for me.

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Photo of canadianbarman
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

--small 330 ml brown bottle, freshness date stamped on back
--average, golden in color
--thin head that left minor lacing
--pretty sweet honey/fruit like smell

A pretty average Belgian beer. Nothing really wrong with it, just nothing really stands out as good either.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very nice golden orange glowing body with a vibrant bubbly white head (amazing retention), the lacing coats the sides of the glass with very large bubbles. Aroma: A bit one dimensional to me with strong pale malts and mild hop finish and alcohol not too impressed some spicing going on but very minimal. Taste: Not overly sweet crisp golden strong ale is the best way to put it an herbal hop flavor with pale malts dominating overall. Mouthfeel: A bit thin lacking much texture besides the overcarbonation. Drinkability: Not a classic Belgian ale mediocre at best.

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Photo of Cresant
2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Westmalle goblet. Best by square was blank (?) no date. One finger of head sat on top of a light golden/orange hazy body. Head faded to a film.

Smelled yeasty. Mild plum, light fruitiness. Spicy.

Tasted tart. More hoppy bitterness than I had expected. Spicy, peppery. Rich. Alcohol flavor increased as it warmed. This one didn't grab me.

Mouthfeel was nice, full and smooth. Alcohol tingle when held in the mouth.
Won't seek this one out again.

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Photo of Naes
2.91/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a pale golden color with a tall white head. Retention is good, but there is minimal lacing.
The aroma is of wheat, yeast and a bit of citrus.
The flavor begins malty sweet and becomes semi bitter with citrus hops near the finish. There is also a bit of an alcohol presence throughout.
Mouth feel is a bit over carbonated.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a basic gold beer-y hue, not distinguishable from, say, a Michelob.

S - The aroma is very basic (keeping in line with the appearance) with some pale malt, a bit of graininess, and slightly fruit yeast-imparted esters. The balancing hop did just that, balanced, and did not leave much flavor in its wake.

T - Nice taste, I guess, but not what I'd be looking for in the style. Inoffensive paleness is there, a bit of mineral, but it is really a bit too lager-y. Too clean; absent is the expected golden fruit nuances and the definitively Belgian rustic quality imparted by yeast.

M - Just average.

D - Suitably inoffensive, likely catered to the broadest conceivable consumer base.

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Photo of Mic-Lee
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light copper color is slightly cloudy. Three fingers of loose foamy head. Lacing is moderate. Smell is faintly of alcohol and Belgian yeast, not very strong. Flavor is slightly perfumy, with fruit, bread, apples, Belgian yeast and a present albeit faint alcohol note. No bitterness. Mouthfeel is light with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall: This brewery has a great history, being one of the oldest breweries in Belgium. However, I just found it to be lacking in mouthfeel and depth of flavor. The perfumy notes don’t really do it for me, and although the alcohol is light, it it borders on being too liquor like. Just average.
POST COMMENT: As this beer warmed, it had a cider like quality, with clear apple overtones and a creamier mouthfeel. It was more enjoyable this way, and I would recommend letting it warm slightly before imbibing.

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Photo of Brabander
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is little to say about this blond beer but i will give it a try. I really like the blond beers they make in Belgium. On a hot day they are refreshing and you can drink more of them without getting (very) drunk.

The Achel blond is at the moment the best there is on the blond scene. The Westvleteren blond is very near the Achel.

This Affligem looks normal when poured in the Maredsous glass the head disappears quit fast. The taste is not spectacular, a bit dry with pepper.

I would definitly go for the Achel blond.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought this beer was OK, but it does not bear favorable comparison to another Belgian golden ale I really like, Duvel. It was OK, just not as distinctive as others.

Appearace was fairly typical for Belgian strong ale or trippel...a hazy gold yellow color with lots of head. This beer's head was industrial looking; small, consistently sized bubbles. This is in contrast to some others (like Duvel) that have billowy heads with a wonderfully inconsistent texture. Aroma was fairly clovey, and flavor more so. However, it was really straight-forward, and not very complex. And its mouthfeel was a bit harsh.

A 6-pack I picked up at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold in colour with some really good aromas of banana, pear, yeast, and various spices. The flavor is a bit of a letdown, as it begins with a fairy harsh metallic note. On the back end, things return to normal, with some more fruity (banana) elements coming to the fore, along with some light breadiness and some butterscotch sweetness. This would be a pretty good beer if not for the metallic note.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one of these on tap at the Alisal Cellars in Solvang, CA.

A - Clear golden in the glass with a small white head.
S - Citrusy scents in the nose. I don't notice anything beyond that.
T - Light citrusy. Large amount of carbonation. I don't notice the slightly higher alcohol level.
M - Light to medium mouthfeel.
D - Little sour, but generally an easy drinker.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap in it's own chalice at Bushwakker.

Golden colour and a little hazy. White head is just a thin cap, but has good staying power and produces some lacing.

Smells like a typical belgian to me. That unmistakeable yeast, cloves and some pepper.

Nice flavour up front. Lightly sweet, toasted malt, cloves, yeast and a hint of pepper. After the light bubbly carbonation rush it's a totally different beer. All bitter herbal hops with a very dry finish.

Light-medium bodied and not quite smooth. Some harshness to it in the end. Tiny bubbly carbonation rush is nice, but a little agressive.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. I don't know how they get it to have two completely different flavour profiles from before and after the carbonation rush. This certainly gives it a level of complexity, but I am no fan of the finish and aftertaste at all. In fact, it just left a bad taste in my mouth.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is an deep orange with about two fingers of white foamy head and some nice lacing.

The smell is sweet with some tart citrus flavor. It is also spicey with some clove and sweet malts.

The taste is spicy with some fruit flavor. Some citrus flavor with hints of lemon and orange. Some nice peppery spice flavor that is also giving it a bit of a tart flavor.

The feel of this beer is pretty light. IT has a nice crisp feel and is really refreshing.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy amber with a nice white head and decent lacing. Smell was belgian sweet. Taste faintly spicy with fairly high carbonation. Quite a dry finish. It seemed very similar to the tripel, perhaps with a dryer finish. I seem to taste more alcohol in this than the tripel- not sure why?

Its an ok belgian.

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Photo of becktone
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Eye: Into a Chimay Goblet: Hazy gold in color. Head is 1 ½ fingers thick, creamy/frothy in appearance. Great retention, this head is going nowhere fast, perfect. This is what I'd expect from any Belgian, rock solid head. Lacing doesn't exist, the head is cohesive, leaving none behind on the sides of the glass.

Nose: Sweet malt tones, that classic Belgian candy type of aroma (like butterscotch to me). Spicy and earthy aromas as well, something of a house yeast aroma-definitely Belgian. Sweet bread aromas, phenolics from the yeast. Pretty complex overall. In my opinion nothing stands out, good, but average.

Tongue: Wow, really not that strong on flavor, not at all. Everything in the aroma is there, but with much less intensity. Spicy phenolics, sweet malt, something metallic, fruitiness as well. Bitterness is well rounded. This just doesn't do it for me, there's really not that much here, everything fades much too quickly. Its not bad, but there should be more in my opinion.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-light bodied in the mouth with appropriate levels of carbonation. Finish is semi-dry. Not too hard to drink, but I don't think that I'll be purchasing this one again, just not worth the money...don't get me wrong, glad to have tried it, but I've had much, much better. Just not worth the money in my opinion.

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Photo of TerryW
3.09/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy golden apricot colour. Good solid head, spotty lace throughout. Head stays and stays and stays. Impressive to look at.

After that, however, it comes across as just too understated. Doesn't have the spiciness or general character that you might expect from a Belgian. Some interesting characteristics, but only just hints of spice, fruit or yeast.

Better than a macro, but not interesting enough to make a serious impression. Try it once and move on.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle has a 'best before' of 30/05/07... oops! Found this in my parents' cellar. Cellar is a good temperature, but this may be too old... about to find out!

Pours a light golden/amber. Appears quite carbonated- there is a couple finger widths of white head at first, but it very quickly dissipates to almost nothing.

To my nose, the first smell that hits is grapes, followed by booze. Quite floral, and fairly fruity. All sounds nice, and it doesn't smell bad, but there is something a little odd about it.

Taste is very underwhelming. Light and quite fruity, but the taste is very very thin and slight. I get incredibly little out of this beer. Nothing tastes bad, but there is so little going on. A slight belgian yeasty-aftertaste. Perhaps this is all an effect of the age of the bottle. However, nothing tastes 'off', it is just very light. I suppose it is refreshing, and I could see it working nicely on a hot day, but it is not a beer I would turn to for exciting flavour. meh.

Mouthfeel is poor. As with the taste, incredibly thin, especially for a beer of its strength. In fact, the feel has a serious impact on the taste for me- it is very hard to enjoy as a result of the way it feels. Over carbonated but very thin and watery. Not what I like my beers to feel like.

Overall, a pretty unimpressive beer for me. Again, not sure if this is a factor of the age of the beer or not. I have tried this beer (but only a small amount) on tap recently, and similarly thought it was rather unexciting, so I have a feeling the age is not the whole reason. oh well. I like the style a lot, but this is not a standout, in my books.

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Photo of hamletmachine72
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2/14/06, 12 oz bottle, $1.89 at Bevmo. Label reads "produced on 5.242.78." Bottle smell has citrus notes, a little sour with a slight medicinal quality. Pours a nice honey gold color with a thick cream colored head. In the glass, I smell grass, butter, asparagus, cilantro. Has kind of a sweet taste overall, with clove notes, and like the smell, a little sour. Mouth feel is a little oily with good carbonation. Nice nutty finish.

I usually really enjoy the taste of this beer, but this bottle was not quite up to the usual standard, in my opinion.

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Photo of Vancer
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The Blond come roaring out with the big lion head of white, resting on top of the hazy amber/orange brew. Gives a good go at sheet lacing the sides of the Corsendonk tulip.

Bits of musty funk and horse blanket reside in the aroma, but the taste has none of that. In fact, the quaff is fairly lifeless and bland, some spicy notes and hints of orange with the malt backbone is about all this brew offers. No idea this one checks in at 6.8%

Not bad, just a bit weak and lame. I must say, pretty disappointed in this brew.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold...head foamy..drops to a film.
Smells a little light...silght fruit..some banana and yeast....also, a little musty.
Taste is a bit light..lot of yeast..only barely sweet...some faint bubblgum and banana.. a bit of funk...hops dominate the finish.
Mouthfeel medium, carbonation medium.
Not a stand out ale, but worth a try.

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3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. Augustijn Chalice glass. Golden color, clear appearance. White head, moderate retention. Aromas of yeast, slight fruit & spices. Sweet malty & crispy upfront. Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Oily to watery. Fruit in the middle, herbal bitterness linger into a dry bitter finish. Alcoholic heat on the aftertaste. An average Belgian Blond.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter; VERY carbonated yellow with two fingers of white head and good lace. Smelled of bitter Noble hops, with no fruitiness. The taste did yield more spice (mostly clove), as well as candi sugar and some plum. Very thin-bodied and very carbonated. When combined with the thin flavor, it almost seemed like they were gunning for the Belgian equivalent of a bland mass market American lager. Certainly light enough to session (in spite of the alcohol content), but I was very disappointed in the lack of flavor and body.

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