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Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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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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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this last fall at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $7 for a 12oz brown bottle. Review is from notes I took at the time.

The beer poured a clear honey gold color, made a 1½-finger white head that lasted awhile, and it left some really nice lacing.

Nice honey smell with plenty of spices amd plenty of fruit.

Delicious. Nice pepper and clove spiciness up front with a bready malt backbone. A touch of honey and a touch of tropical fruit (mostly pineapple) add more character and complexity.

Light, but very spritzy due to the high carbonation. Finishes dry.

Wish they had this on tap instead of just in bottles because this is one of the best blonds on the market.

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

A - Clear light honey, stark white head, slows to ring pretty quick.

S - Grainy malt, some medicinal quality, faint hop smell.

T - Slight tartness, nice grain flavor, almost bready, good Belgian yeast flavor.

M - Light bodied, very fizzy, good balance, fairly clean finish.

D - Very tasty and easy to drink. Session.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice pale yellow/golden color to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of spices, yeast, banana with grainy and bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice yeast and spice character to it with a sweet maltiness and a nice cirtusy/tropical fruit aspect.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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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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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,226 ratings
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