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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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Ratings: 1,236 |  Reviews: 536
Photo of Sammy
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice peach appearance with abundant lace retained after initial foam. Negative and weak aroma. Decent creamy taste yeast, pepper. Long alcoholic dry aftertaste, with nauseating residual of spice. Worked better by ageing 6-9 months.

upgraded with bottle in February 2005. Upgraded again with a touch of ageing in my cellar in July 2005.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i dont remember liking this one as much as i did last night. not sure why. pours a fairly clear golden blonde color with a nice belgian bubbly white head. a few yeast floaters hangning around. smells is yeast forward, very enticing, some lighter fruity notes as well. flavor is that classic belgian blond or golden ale. its not as good as a duvel say, but its similar in flavor. really nice with some pistachios and cashews, and some fine cheese. feel is nice and bubbly and light. very sessionable. all up a very worthy belgian as a reasonable price.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/1/11.

Pours a murky orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, citrus, and yeast. Taste is of malt, spice, yeast, and some banana flavors on the finish. There is a mild spice bitterness that lingers long after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a better flavor than taste in my opinion.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has some yeast particles floating in suspension. It has a very high amount of carbonation and poured with a two finger high bright white head that quickly settled down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of candi sugars and fruits are present in the nose. There are also some hints of apples and yeast. A moderate amount of sweetness is perceptible.
T: The candi sugars contribute a moderate amount of sweetness to the overall taste, which is very similar to the smell and has notes of apples, spices and yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is well hidden, making this beer quite drinkable although it is better when sipped.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours dark yellow, clear, and with a white head that doesn't last long.

Aroma is sugary, honey, malty, and yeast. Interesting enough for me.

Taste is sharp and very dry, medium bitterness for the style. Malty as well. Not complex but a to-style belgian pale.

Body is very thin. Very drinkable but I think this could do with 1-2% less abv.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, picked up at a downtown Toronto LCBO.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden yellow colour, with copious amounts of puffy, thickly foamy, and whipped cream white head, which leaves chunks of webbed lace around the glass as it maddeningly, slowly, dissipates.

It smells of grainy pale malt, some soft orchard drupe fruitiness - apple and pear, mostly - yeast, banana esters, a touch of sour lemon, and spicy cloves. The taste is semi-sweet bready pale malt, light earthy yeast, a minor muddled fruit salad sweetness, warming white pepper and clove spice, and a wee herbal alcohol edge, as ambient temperatures realign.

The carbonation is rather moderate, after all that ado right off the bat, the body soft, smooth, and medium weighted. It finishes well off-dry, the bready malt, fruity yeast, and sidling alcohol providing a clean sweep, and just a whisper of comforting warmth.

A nicely balanced, approachable abbey ale, the kind where you can pick out the individual esters, sure, but after a while, you just wanna sit back, and enjoy the integrated complexities of a fine Belgian blonde ale.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A highly carbonated ale with a snow white bubbly head that fell from 1" to 1/4". Golden orange with slight pink hues. Smells honey sweet, citrusy, and spicy. Tingles the notse. Tastes the same honey sweet, cut quite drastically with pepper, corriander, and other spices and spicy hops. Medium body behind the alcohol. Finishes a bit yeasty and bite-ey. Aftertaste is mildly sweet and spicy. Not a long linger, crisp. A good beer for style

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Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into La Chouffe goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a three finger head of decent cream and thickness. Clear gold colour.

Sm: Light clean barley scent. Pleasant but lacking in boldness.

T: Strange-but-good body of bitters, estery hops, barley; a lovely light taste. Malty but well done finish. Very balanced; very well built - especially the way the beer handles the bitters. This isn't a crap pale ale that is too bitter for no reason - nay, the bitters are motivated and holistically utilized. Usually, I despise pale ales, but this one is well done.

Mf: Light, crisp, refreshing, but not too fizzy.

Dr: Hides its ABV well, but sure it costs enough. I'd have it again if the price were Bob Barker, but here in Ireland it'll take more than a pretty euro cent to bag this baby.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into signature chalice, bottled on 8/29/2011. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing on the glass, with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big pear, apple, grass, pepper, herbal, coriander, clove, floral, earth, bread, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of pear, apple, pepper, clove, herbal, floral, earth, bread, honey, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, bread, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly crisp and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian blonde ale. Very nice complexity and balance of flavors; and extremely smooth and easy to drink. Really enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with golden highlights. It had a bubbly, off-white head of foam that left thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of grains, caramel and a yeasty spiciness.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt, grains and an apple fruitiness. It had a spicy/yeasty kick, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a very good Belgian ale. Affligem makes some very nice beers.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach color with a fluffy head that retains well and leaves copious amounts of lace

Smell: Intriguingly tart aroma with a touch of the barnyard; lacks the sweet banana element I would expect with the style

Taste: Starts with a spicy, slightly woody yeasty flavor that builds in peppery intensity after the swallow; surprising amount of hops in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light and spry with the expected boatload of carbonation

Drinkability: Liked this one a lot more than I expected because it lacked the sweetness and made up for it in spicy complexity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.59/5  rDev -33.8%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle served in a St. Bernardus snifter. Pour with a generous and durable off-white head over a golden-amber body that had plenty of visible carbonation.

The nose is that of a rather typical BPA, with plenty of spicy yeast notes, bready malt, and an above average presence of clearly European hops. Plenty fruity, yet less banana than others of this style.

Affligem Blond tastes moderately spicy, with a light, sweet malt base and a hop component that, in terms of strength, is more like I'd expect from an American brewer. Overall, it is mildly bitter; more so in the finish. Notes of clove, banana, white pepper, and vague canned fruits.

The body is medium-light: very smooth even with somewhat lively carbonation: appropriate for the style

O: Affligem Blond is a tasty and well-crafted representative of this style.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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