Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

very good
1,210 Ratings
Affligem BlondAffligem Blond

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A nice golden yellow color with one finger head. Clarity is good with carboantion comiing up through the center of the glass. Head has reduced and left some laicng on the glass.

Smell: very yeasty and bready. Sweet malts are also noticeable and a slight honey aroma. Some spiciness in there too.

Taste: Breadiness, grainy, bananas, honey sweetness,

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light to medium bodied, and a little chewy and smooth too.

Overall: I have had this beer plenty of times before and happy to have gotten it after volunteering for the BBF back in February. Very delicious and can't wait to have more of their beers.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: light golden hazy color, 2 finger fluffy head which slowly settles.

s: very strong and nice aroma - pineapple, almost cotton candy-like, some spiciness, and a dry alcohol aroma

t: spiciness - clove and black pepper, much less of the fruitiness and sweetness in the aroma, which is nice, as it isn't as cloyingly sweet as some BSPAs.

m: high carbonation, dry, works well with the flavors

o: really nice and drinkable, pretty rare here in Spain so I was glad to pick it up and try it.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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

A: Slightly cloudy golden colour with a solid amount of creamy and bubbly white foam head. Very respectable retention and lacing.

S: Spices (cloves and pepper), banana, pineapple, and bubblegum. Quite pleasing with each aroma clearly distinguishable yet also meshing well as a whole.

T: Quite spicey with lots of bitter pepper and herbal clove pushing the taste. Probing cane sugar and hints of honey are present, and cut the bitterness nicely. Tropical fruits are there but are kept in the background.

M: Medium body with a medium carbonation level. Nice texture with a slightly oily and chewy character. Finishes quite dry.

D: The bitterness of this Belgian Strong Pale Ale is appealing and I'm liking it. If you're off put by sugary belgian strong ales then I'd recommend giving this a try.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a big white head. Slowly settles. Mostly clear body with a bit of haze. Gold in color. Some sediment. Tight sticky lacing on the drink down.
S) Banana. Pear. Hints of clove.
T) Grainy. Banana. Clove.
M) Fizzy. Medium-light body. Some tannin in the aftertaste.
O) A very drinkable BSPA. I'd definitely drink another one.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, unfiltered, pale-golden color with a 2 inch thick, fluffy white head that stays for a few minutes. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Coriander, cloves, banana, and other spices.

Taste - Slightly bitter with caramel, cloves, coriander, ginger, and other spices. This is a very spicy brew.

Mouthfeel - Pretty thick in body with high carbonation.

Overall - Definitely a spicy beer. Not as bitter as you'd expect for a pale ale.

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4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden, tan body with a pure white head that has great retention. Beautiful to look at.

Big, flowery and citrus/fruit (pineapple) nose, with a orange tang and some pears mixed in, too. I love the clover and honey that comes out as the beer gets warmer. Outstanding aroma here.

Very refreshing, dry, and crisp Blond (or Strong Pale?) with a nice balance of citrus with bitter hops. The esters are all over the place here: pineapple and pears (see above), but also a smooth honey finish. Nice carbonation, very light in the body and session-able. Semi-dry finish. Really, an outstanding example of a Belgian Pale/Blond.

This, for me, is a rare beer that I could have multiple glasses in almost any season - I'm drinking it now in cold, wintery Pennsylvania, but it would totally work at the beer in the summer, too. Love this beer.

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Banana, cloves, breads/grains, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount carbonation and I can taste bananas mixed with breads/grains and cloves. There are also some floral notes and a bit of a dry woodiness. It ends with a bready slightly dry aftertaste with a hint of fruitiness.

Overall - Happy to give this one a shot on tap. It has a nice well balanced taste and would probably work well as a gateway beer to get others away from macros.

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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,210 ratings.
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