Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

very good
1,209 Ratings
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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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 grumpygerman
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of MaximalC
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky golden in color with palpable chunks of yeast sediment meandering through the brew. The head is frothy and white, but not especially substantial. The aroma is yeasty with noticeable hop presence (reminiscent of Saaz), along with some mild orchard flavors and a surprising dose of alcohol for the ABV. The flavor is very similar to the nose, with perhaps a touch of spice to augment the aforementioned elements. The carbonation is just about perfect, and lends an excellent mouthfeel. Despite that, I find the overall flavor to be only decent. Hops and booze just aren't what I look for in a Belgian ale, though I guess I can't exactly be surprised seeing as this is a strong pale. A little more fruit and/or spice to enhance the balance would be welcome to help elevate this beer from solid to special.

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Photo of BoRaeCho
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of thegrifter
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of RussBecker1
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of caseyhoward
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of 4ster
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of justiceavocado
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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 hockenbeer
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Atev
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Well, golden. Extremely lively head, even a careful pour produces two fingers of white goodness. Settles down to a finger of thick head. No yeast escaped to the glass, so it is very clear, with a constant stream of bubbles going up from the etching on my De Glazen Toren tulip.

S: Yeast and spices all around. Very appetizing.

T: A sweet hit starts it off, then the hops make a presence. Finishes tart, dry, with a hint of spice.

M: Light and refreshing, carbonation is a bit low.

O: Very good Belgian treat, it usually costs less than other options in that style but is just as good. I've had it on tap in a random Marseilles hotel, but the bottle tasted better.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 30 2013. I liked the dubbel and tripel from this brewery, so getting this one was a quick decision. Still, some of my most-loved beers are also BSPAs so we'll see how this one compares.

Pours a hazy golden colour - I guess 'blonde' would be the more direct way to describe it. Streams of bubbles flow from the bottom of the glass, feeding the lofty, pillowy white head. It is nearly three fingers thick, with great retention that delays my ability to smell the actual beer. When the head finally recedes to a more manageable rocky cap - with the glass caked in lacing - I am finally able to determine that the smell just isn't very intense. There is some light pale maltiness, some honeyed sweetness, and some vague yeasty spiciness, but it's meek and unremarkable.

Good taste, certainly style-appropriate but nothing that exceptional. Pale bready malt, appleskin and sugary sweetness provide a modest backbone for the more-prominent spiciness - including clove, coriander and white pepper. Dry, spicy aftertaste with some yeast and barely detectable alcohol warmth. On the light side of medium-bodied, with a spritzy feel on the tongue from the firm carbonation.

Decent, but unexceptional. Affligem Blond meets the bare minimum of what I expect of pale Belgian ales, but I am not really digging it. Reminds me of Leffe Blond - which I was not particularly enamored with either, so if you are of a similar opinion you may wish to skip this one. I don't regret the purchase because it's still a fine brew that I might try again some time, but I will probably get Duvel or La Chouffe a few more times before I get around to retrying this.

[Updated April 9 2014]

Another bottle. This one just doesn't do much for me, but it's still the cheapest Belgian ale at the LCBO so I'll still return to it once in a while. Affligem Blond is a serviceable blonde that makes for a decent tipple, assuming you just want something simple, strong and yeasty to sip on for a little while.

Final Grade: 3.54, just barely scratching out a B.

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Photo of TheBeermin
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,209 ratings.
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