Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem BlondAffligem Blond

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Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Sammy
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
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 t0rin0
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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 metter98
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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 kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
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 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 zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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 chinchill
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of spices, Belgian yeast, bananas, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of Belgian yeast breadiness up front followed by spices and bananas. There's a hearty malt character, but not a lot of sweetness and even though the hops presence is very mild, there's a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent pale Belgian beer to drink for a while but there are better ones within the style.

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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 BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well-bubbled honeyish gold with a generous infusion of orange juice. The creamy alabaster head was nothing short of explosive, yet a controlled pour mananged to keep the outside of the glass and the coaster dry. Even though all of the uprushing carbonation is making sure that the cap is long lived, I'm able to see the beginnings of an abstract-patterned lace display on the upper reaches of the glass.

The nose is classic BSPA and gives equal space to all facets of its olfactory personality; a definite strength. The fruitiness is as much banana as the usual orchard fruit and the amount of yeasty spiciness is on the low end. Even less apparent is any detectable alcohol. At only 7% (almost Belgian pale ale territory), that isn't that tremendous a feat.

Affligem Blond is a solid, well-constructed version of the style, if a lighter one. The relatively low alcohol content robs it of some of the power and seriousness of some its higher quality counterparts, but it comes up with roses in its teeth in the end. One final negative note before I get to the positives: it may be too balanced and lacks a little focus as a result.

While the pale malt backbone isn't what one normally sees in a BSPA, it gets the job done. A moderate amount of malty sweetness is everpresent and glides along beneath the ripe fruit and gentle spice. I still taste bananas almost as much as the more typical apples and pears. In addition, clove spice is perhaps more prominent once the beer has left the mouth than while it's actually bathing the buds.

I initially thought the body/mouthfeel was too light for the style. It has, however, come into its own with warming and is now solidly medium with a nice slick stickiness of the finish. Like everything else about this beer, it's well done.

Affligem Blond is my first Brouwerij De Smedt beer and has made me curious about the rest of their offerings. For those who care about such things, Affligem is Belgium's oldest abbey and began brewing beer in 1129. With that kind of a pedigree, it's no wonder this is such an accomplished ale.

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

Had this one on tap at the brand new Mellow Mushroom in Spartanburg,SC. It was their special release party keg.

A - Poured a very bright golden amber with a small white head of lace on top maybe one finger in depth but no more then that. Very cloudy and hazy with small minute particles floating around and some nice streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. The head faded down to almost nothing leaving simply a small film across the top but there was adequete side glass alce that lasted throughout the session.

S - The aroma was very light, and very bright with the first initial smell being of light yeast and wheat that seemed to have a nice little edge of fresh grass to it that melded very well. Some very very light aromas of fruit maybe some peaches or apricots as it warmed but very light.

T - The flavor was very nice for a blond ale. Very crisp and clean with a bright east flavor sitting right up front that offered more then adequate hints of peach and grain and wheat in the flavor. That nice light grass flavor was also very present and offered a nice little bitter finish to it. The finish itself was long and drawn out with a really nice long lasting crispness that really went well with dinner and wrapped the whole thing together nicely.

M - The feel was also wonderful, nice and light bodied and very well carbonated, it never got flat or boring and offered a very nice sessionable feel to it. Crisp and clean this went down easily and really was just a pleasant expierence all around.

D - Easily a sesionable ale, I could have drank this one all day long. It was nice and light and the 7% alcohol was very wel hidden and could not even really be detected at all, which was a really nice addition. Great little belgian to welcome someone to the style.

Overall I was suprised I had never had this one before, but once I did I would definitley have this one again. This was classic and a really nice sit down and chill beer. I would recommend this one to anyone just getting into craft beer as it is light enough to not scare them away, but could still open up some doors for them in the future.

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Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive, tight-bubbled head, four fingers thick. This dissipates to a dollop to an ice cream like dome. Cloudy, golden to light amber. Obviously highly carbonated as the bubbles continuously and steadily stream upward. A beautiful pour.

Light citrusy notes--light lemon, grapefruit and a touch of peach. Strong wheat malt aromas. No discernible hop.

Spicy flavors with some strong (where did this come from) hop. Almost peppery in taste and mouthfeel. Very high carbonation, but good balancing body--creamy.

This is a very nice and complex beer. I could become a real fan of Belgian beers if they were all this way.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a "Best Before" date clearly printed.

Appearance: Bright golden with a more than decent white lace which leaves patches all around the glass.

Smell: Sweet and fragrant with hints of honey, candied fruit and grain. Light herbal nose also.

Taste: Very smooth and slightly crisp with a moderate body. There is a sweetness through out that changes hand from the honey like malt to the sweetish alcohol that veers towards spicy also. Hops are subdued and give only a faint bitterness and flavour, mild phenols lend an herbal quality which follows the grain right into the finish. As the alcohol still warms the mouth there is still a trace honey flavour in the end.

Notes: Just strong enough to cut the chill out of a damp fall day yet deceivingly light where I could drink more than one.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw, with a ridiculous amount of particulates floating about in the hay. The head is strong and thick, taking its time in dissipating. The smell is somewhat bland, with only traces of minor hops and light grains filling the nostrils. The taste is decidedly better, with a grainy sweetness pervading each sip. Unfortunately, the floating yeast flakes lend a rather dusty feel and flavor to the proceedings, though the moderate body and effervescence keep this from completely sabotaging the drinkability.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jeff. Thanks man!

A: Clear and blonde with a big, white, thick head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Belgian, yeast, sweet caramel malt.

T: A nice tasting brew - not nearly as hop forward as other beers in the style. Alcohol flavor is a bit too prevalent for me.

M: Decent feel. Too much alcohol presence for a 6.7% beer.

D: Decent tasting beer, but drinks beyond its alcohol percentage.

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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 smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Produced on 2012-Mar-17th.

Gorgeous looking brew, forms a perfectly even bubbled pinhead size, two fingers, fluffy, wonderfully white and evenly together. Rises very nicely on creation off the pour. Body color is slightly cloudy, but not too bad, a real gorgeous orange and together orb glowing amber, white rising columns of carbonation. Just looks fantastic.

Wonderful nose on this brew. Toasty light bready malts, faint white bread, with a nice sugar light sense of Belgian candy. There's some other sort of dry spice here and a real almost amazing pan gravy char-ing ever so faint. This is real impressive.

Palate feels slightly let down. Banana like esters take over, under a slightly weakened body. Sense of wetness matches with a sharp hop angle bitter and banana fleeting finish. Lots of carbonation and almost champagne dry and very effervescent. Quite a good combination regardless.

THe brew has some disapointments, but the good qualities of it are just too exceptional and easily make up for it. I'd have this again anytime, real fascinating brew.

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Photo of jwc215
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours golden yellow with a frothy white head that lasts and leaves plenty of frothy lacing on the glass.

The smell is spicy, grainy with lemony/orangey fruitiness. Bubblegum and doughy yeast come through as well. Pleasantly aromatic.

The taste is of lemon and orange peel with some banana. Very fruity. A light spicing, doughy yeast and a touch of bubblegum/sugar sweetness balances it out. A bit mellower/lighter in taste than in aroma, it is still delicious. Finishes dry with a nod of peppery alcohol.

It has a creamy texure in a light to medium body. Smooth despite alcohol.

Try pairing with ravioli and spinach (with onions and Italian breadcrumbs (Ravioli Florentine). Had a bottle before I ate and another with that dinner - a lovely treat either way.

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

I last reviewed this 4 and 1/2 years later. Let's try it again, fresh off the tap.

In a St. Bernardus goblet, hazed golden hue, doted snow-white head.

Lovely aroma, fresh, lively, lightly spiced, fragrant, citrusy, full of funky Belgian yeast, soft and beautiful.

Taste: snappy pilsner-y malt, light bodied, smooth, small hops, an easy drinker of a Belgian blonde. Just enough hop snap on the tongue, sweet malt, and buzz on the palate to keep you happy.

Nice one for Belgian beginners, novice ale drinkers, and a good match with food. Choose something heartier for dessert, though.

Other Belgian blondes, tripels, singels, goldens, etc., have bigger hops, body, effervescence, etcetera...but that's no reason to knock this one.

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