Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,215 Ratings
Affligem BlondAffligem Blond
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Belgium
affligembeer.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,215
Reviews:
533
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
241
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,215 |  Reviews: 533
Photo of MoohMooh
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RicardoMadeira
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Great color! A bit hazy but with a great copperish aspect. Gave me two good fingers of foam when poured into a tulip. Good lacing considering the Abv. In teems of smell, i found it a bit confuse; maybe a small hint of cytrus completely overwhelmed by the malt and yeast combination. The feel was good, considerable carbonation and a small amount of bitterness, yet found it considerably refreshing. The end is impecable; good amount of that bready and wheat taste where you can feel the the subtle 6.8vol. Worth my money. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of Marius
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle. Pale yellow with a white head. Oxidised, bananas and yeast with spices.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant bronze hue, some nice estery aroma. There is definitely some nice smooth banana up front with peppery clove kick in to cut that nice sweetness. Overall, a really nice and refreshing Belgian Blonde.

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Photo of Macamah
2.49/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Hazen
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roberto11232
3.18/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LostDog13
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Squire123
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light gold with beautiful small bead cap and World class lacing.

Aroma: Yes, Belgian, in the finest descriptive sense. Freshly baked bread imbued with spiced ripe yellow fruit, something a touch mellow while being very complex. A string quartet playing in perfect harmony. So many things going on at once yet all a seamless part of the whole.

Taste. Nothing in your face like a flavored Stout, rather a brew that at first seems subdued yet as it builds you realize it's very complexity is somehow reassuring, as if the balance of what can be done with beer has been reached. The usual notes we associate with Pale Belgians, clove, spice, are there yet rich malt is ever present. Building to a crescendo it finishes clean with no real hop presence except in the aftertaste which seems more like light mint touched with lavender.

Texture: Medium and rich.

Overall: A peer among peers, first string all the way. This is not a beer that one would see in a "Wow" thread as something that sets you back on your heels, but one that commands respect. A contemplative brew, one that simply walks into the room like an old friend whose presence is always welcome.

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

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

Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" gave almost 4 pages to this Benedictine abbey which also produces for the abbey of Postel. Interestingly, he noted that how after it became part of the Heineken Group that "these beers have become noticeably more sophisticated in character in recent years." This is a good sign Belgian missionaries to convert the beer world as Affligem is getting more reviews here. (But not Postel.)

Of Affligem's Blonde he said "lemony, with good hop flavors and notably talc-like."

Reviewed also in Roger Protz' " 300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"

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Photo of cucanunes
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bendulum
4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of parpalapelix
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mwt
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RochefortChris
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Martine
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dentist666
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0,3l bottle.
Poured into tulip.
Pours hazy amber beer with thick off-white head, quick reduction to 1-finger froth.
Standard blonde smell & taste.
Medium body, soft carbonation.
Sounds average.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours light blonde body with small white head with nice R&L
S: sweet, Apple fruity smell
T: light fruity taste; light Apple like with a dry finish
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth; slightly overcarbonated
D: nice M&T combo; decent blonde ale

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Photo of tux_alin
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wheels2532
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,215 ratings.
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