Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

Affligem BlondAffligem Blond
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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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4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
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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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.95/5  rDev +1%
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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3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy orange colour, nice dense head

S: peach, malts and a hint of hops, some spices

T: banana, some spice, once again some hops, alcoholic after-taste; pretty sweet

M: creamy, carbonation is a bit thin, loads of alcohol

O: good beer, but once again the nose makes promises that aren't delivered in the taste

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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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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Beer rating: 75.3% out of 100 with 1,219 ratings
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