Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

very good
1,215 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 GilGarp
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cold on tap at Cheeky Monk.

Hazy golden yellow color with thin short lived white head.

Aroma is a wonderful mix of floral hops and Belgian yeast.

Flavor is refreshing and mild yet full of subtle nuances. Ripe green pear, mild pepper, floral notes, and honey.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated on tap.

Overall a really enjoyable beer on a warm spring day.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A lightly hazy liquid gold fills the chalice. Capped by a huge fluffy pure white head that has excellent retention and lacing.

Smell is Belgian yeast, fruity apple skin, lightly tart and a hint of banana bread.

Taste is clean, apples, pears, and lightly malty.

Very carbonated, a bit much for me with the bubbly bite. This is especially true for such a lighter bodied beer and low abv. It also has a dry finish, which is nice.

The texture for me is what drags the beer down, all other parts are nice. I will have to try the other beers from this brewery to see if the heavier versions are any different.


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Photo of beerhorn12
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Converge
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - Pours with a fluffy white head of bubbles, about three fingers. The color is a golden-amber hue with thorough haziness and a bit of floating particles; probably yeast. The head shrinks to a film & ring of suds that leaves a nice web of lacing behind.

S - Lots of sweet malt upfront, with a strong bready character and some biscuit. Sweet fruitiness is strong, with peaches being the most prominent, along with a subtle funkiness and a touch of skunk. Belgian yeast, spices, and light fruits round out the finish of the aroma.

T - Oh wow, did this one catch me off guard. I was expecting something in the ball park of Leffe Blonde, but this immediately opens up with a yeastiness that takes me back to the finest Belgian ales I've tasted. The flavors open up sweet and mildly fruity, with peaches at the forefront once more; then progresses to a more malty feel, with yeasty wheat and bready notes coming through, along with some honey-dipped malt sweetness. The finish is peppery spices, fruity sweetness, Belgian candi sugar, and some fine yeast. Hints of dried banana, coriander and cloves come through as well. Aftertaste is of fruits, namely apricots and light peach notes, along with Belgian spices and that excellent yeast strain, once again.

M - Body is medium-to-light feeling, complimented nicely by very fine carbonation, giving the overall feel and smooth and easy-to-drink quality. Finishes slightly spicy and dry, which keeps you coming back for more. Not quite as smooth throughout as some of the Belgians it reminds me of, but very nice overall nonetheless.

D - This one thoroughly exceeded all expectations. A very authentic Belgian ale, with a great flavor profile, and really easy going down as well. Probably the fastest I've quaffed down a glass of beer in a while, but I get the feeling I'll be going through many more glasses of Affligem Blond in the not-so-distant future.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of capeannbass36
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden honey color, topped with a 2-1/2 finger white head. Spotty lacing throughout.

S- Herbal, sweet spices. Clove and honey.

T- Very similar to nose. More clove spice.

M- Medium carbonation. Clean and dry finish.

O- Very nice. Looking forward to another.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a chalice. Best before May 13, 2013. Poured this one sans yeast.

Translucent golden orange with a couple of fingers of white head, sheets of lace and a bit of retention. Nose is bready and crisp, caramel, gentle hopping and fruity esters. Quite inviting all in all. Taste is heavily spiced, and fruity notes similar to the nose prevail. Pale and lightly caramelized malts, a tinge of metal and again light Noble hopping. A bit of apple juice in the finish. Mouthfeel is full, heavily effervescent and spicy - perhaps on the harsher side of things. A nice BSPA with a few less desirable qualities that keep from being on par with some of the better offerings in my market.

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