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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Photo of OutFox
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.

A - Light golden pale color with a decent amount of fluffy white head.

S - it smells like a blond honestly. Spicy sort of yeasty belgianness to it.

T - Pretty much the same as the nose. Like the taste of the yeastyness. Quite pleasant and refreshing. Just a good blond.

M - Well carbonated. Enjoyed the bubbles. Light and crip which was just what I wanted.

O - Solid blond ale.

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Photo of
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - transparent brass with a thin, but persistent, head. Plenty of fine carbonation bubbles are visible.

Smell - floral, honey, yeasty spiciness, subtle pineapple.

Mouthfeel - light to medium in body, but with a tingly, almost creamy carbonation. Excellent texture.

Taste - Sweet honey malt flavours, moderate bitterness, and a dry, lingering finish with a hint of banana.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in the mood for some "lighter" beers today, so this bubbled to the top. It is just as I would expect - kind of like a Lefe. Nice balance. A bit tart (that's OK). The bubbles are unique too - robust, tight.

It seems cleaner than heavier Belgians. The aftertaste doesn't overpower. The taste is very refreshing and deceivingly light.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light copper color. Poured a 4 finger foamy white head with good retention. Laced evenly. Decanted continually; very active.

S: Lots of spicy yeast character. Pineapple, nutmeg. Light floral hop character

T: Just like the nose, but more muted. Fruitiness comes through stronger. Nice complexity. Starts sweet finishes dryer.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; active in the glass and on the palate. Finishes dry and relatively clean.

D: Flavorful and fairly light. Nice malt and yeast characters.

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Photo of djura
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got it in 0,75 bottle,and by my mistake pour it in regular pilsner glass,so i guess the filling was not so exact.

A-Very nice,orange color with 1cm high foam,lasting for less then minute. Huge carbonation with small bubbles.

S-There was everything,fruits,yeast,cereals,spices..

T/M-One thing i didn't like is some champagne carbonation. Not 100% sure but i thing there is strong taste of coriander. Again some fruit,crisp taste.

O-You really could taste that 1000 years old tradition.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Pours a Light clear golden colour.

Has a hoppy yet slightly skunky smell.

Tastes hoppy, with a medium mouthfeel. Slight spicey and alcoholic-sweet like a tripel, as well as a yeast taste.

Overall quite a nice beer, but there are better examples out there.

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Photo of kjyost
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottled BB 22.06.12 poured into a tulip at ~6C

A: A fluffy white head that retains well and laces nicely atop a relatively clear orange yellow body. I only poured half a glass as I saw tons of yeast floating in the base.
S: Classic Belgian nose leaning towards the clove / spice end of the spectrum with light sweet malt. A touch of earthy funk lays beneath it.
T: Enjoyable sweet malt body with a him of bitterness that has a crisp finish. Apples and pepper in the finish.
M: Sharp, crisp carbonation with a fairly dry finish for the ABV.
O: Enjoyable and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Guden
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Fairly clear light copper with a 1 inch white head with nice retention and lacing.

S- Light floral hops with sweet and spicy yeast character reminiscent of pineapples and nutmeg.

T- Much lighter in character than the nose with the spice (nutmeg/coriander) coming through a little more than the fruit.

M- A bit harsh and thin but pretty standard for the style.

D- I could happily have one or two more, they are light and refreshing with a touch of complexity, just not quite as much as I would've liked.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in branded chalice.

LOOK: (2.5 / 5) Pours a light-honey coloured gold. It was clear. However, there were a lot oflittle clumps of what I suspect were trub floating around in it! It looked like a snow globe. I've seen them without this, which would really improve the score here, so I may write a review of a draught version later. In this instance, though it was offputting and cost it. Head was white, and rose to about 2-3 fingers and had a good stand and good lacing.

SMELL: (3.5 / 5) The nose is dominated by malts more than anything else. This had a breadcrust or biscuit aroma and some pretty strong dried apricot aromas. The yeast is subdued for a belgian ale, though there is some bubblegum and floral notes. Hops are minimal.

TASTE: (4.0 / 5) The lighter malts of biscuit and apricot take centre as on the nose. I noted a slight hint of pear or sweet apple present on the palate that wasn't there on the nose. Bitterness is lighter, but acts well against the sweetness making for a relatively balanced beer. The yeast is a little more subdued in the flavor than in the nose, and of those flavors the bubblegum remains the strongest.

FEEL: (3.5 / 5) The feel is medium-light in body and medium-high carbonation to go with it. No real lasting bitterness. Alcohol is slightly warming, but not hot. A tiny bit too sweet and cloying for my liking.

DRINK: (4.0 / 5) The most impressive element here, really. For a maltier beer, this is a really drinkable and nicely balanced brew and can stand as a session beer.

Food-wise, the best I can think of would be pears and dates wrapped in bacon with a balsamic vinegar reduction. But the carmelized/sour tones of a balsamic reduction on meats would do well also.

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Photo of mjw06
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have yet to come across a go-to Belgian that is widely available. Affligem may just be it. The appearance is that trademark golden color with the ruby tint. The head is light and rocky, leaving some faint wet lacing upon my snifter.

The smell is flat, few imperfections or unfavorable notes, but nothing that stands out either. The sweet alcohol note is present within a dry malty canvas.

The taste delivers upon the smell, spices tickled upon the palate gently, sweet alcohol maltiness that leaves a heavy residual mid to the back of the tongue. I judged this heaviness on the back of the tongue to take a little away from the crispness of the finish and my liking for the mouthfeel. Overall I was greatly satisfied with this beer and it satisfied my desire for a dependable Belgian. I'd like just a little more spice and character however, nonetheless it was good.

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Photo of codfeast
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle to goblet.

A: light golden color, big frothy head, lots of large rising bubbles.

S: spicy yeast, malt, rock candy, hint of cirtus.

T: Sweet, sweet bubble gum, followed by some spice from the yeast. stays sweet thru the finish.

M: Medium carb. dry but sweet finish.

O: It's alright, just kind shake that residual sweetness. A little to much for my taste.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice clear golden colour. I poured it into a snifter, and managed to get a substantial head that is sticking around. It is a very nice looking beer.

The aroma is slightly spicy, with a definite Belgian yeast character. It is also kind of sweet and floral. It is a very fresh smelling.

The flavour is slightly sweet off the top, but some sharp hoppy aroma is also present. This slowly becomes quite floral. It is followed by some nice maltiness that is balanced with some slight hop bitterness. There is almost no noticeable alcohol despite being nearly 7%.

This is a very nice blond beer, and I would gladly sip one of these alongside a meal in the summertime. I'm quite impressed.

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Photo of gnemesis
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass on 05/16/2011. Label says that it was produced on 10-178-02.
Pours a golden straw color with a creamy white head. Good retention and good lace. Nose is full of herbal hops, honey sweetness, and Belgian fruity-ness. The taste is much the same and a touch of earth. Medium body with medium carbonation. Nice offering and new to my area- I will recommend.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: poured a golden amber color, leaving a nice fluffy head.
Smell: Floral, herbal and spicy. Malts, yeast and some fruits as well.
Taste: Honey, spicy taste profile, bit sharp and peppery, with Belgian yeast character.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation, crispy in the mouth.
Overall: nicely balanced and fresh blond beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed golden straw color, moderate cap of dense white head. Scent is strong on belgian yeast, very fresh dried grain malt profile, lemon, flowers and spice cover the back end. Solidly agressive taste follows scent, not overly complex but done well. Medium bodied, dry finnish, moderate carbonation. Taste and scent are solidly aggressive - a nice brew.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Blond is a decent Belgian pale ale, but it's easy to find far better examples of this beer style.

A: Yellow colour and a huge 5 cm head that lasts due to excellent carbonation. 4.5

S: Very yeasty with some spiciness and barnyard smell. 4

T: There is a vegetable tang in the beginning with along with some spiciness. The finish isn't strong. 3.5

M: Reasonably foamy. 3.5

O: Decent, but nothing special. 3.5

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Photo of ferrari29
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into Mug shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a clear golden colored body; very bubbly, active levels of carbonation; beer poured with a 2 finger white colored frothy white foam; not a lot of lacing, but some minor sticky lacing formed on the side of the glass

S - Floral and slightly sour notes; yeasty; wheat; some spices come to mind like coriander; very malty and fruity

T - Yeasty sourness to start; quickly washes over the tongue and transforms into a nutty/yeasty (poured some not all the sediment into my glass) malt drink; some grains, like wheat are tasted; sour; floral

M - Dry and tangy aftertaste; crisp and slightly effervescent

D - Tasty and good yeasty sour flavors; great recipe

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz Thin brown bottle. Produced on date on back label.
Pours a dirty blonde with a beige head and trails of patchy lacing.
Smells of barn grain and fruity citrus are quite noticeable. A light whiff of white rum floats in.
Sweet caramel and a pear-like fruitiness ride a fairly solid malty body. Citrus and peppery spice notes balance things nicely. A bit of warming alcoholic slides in and out.
The finish is clean, yet the spiciness lingers.
A good beer to pair with rustic chicken dishes.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - cloudy ale colour, 3 finger white fluffy head. good lacing and minimal carbonation.

Smell - hops, banana's, some spice notes and slight citrus from lemon zest.

Taste - such a smooth tasting beer, went down easy. the beer offers some zest and spices upfront with a little banana near the end. there isnt a whole lot of aftertaste, or anything over dominant.

Mouthfeel - some good mouthfeel levels achieved, the bitterness factor increases a lot and has a bit more of a lasting taste. there isnt anything wild happening here.

Overall - i was expecting a LOT more from this beer and found it to be a classic, probably over smooth belg beer.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Crystal clear beer with a big foamy head and lots o bubbles.
smell: nice spicy, a hint of sour.
taste: A let down from the nose. Thin and average. A hint of the nose but a diluted version.
overall: Is this is 'strong' version of a Belgian Pale Ale? IMO, doesn't have the juice or the deep taste to qualify.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as Affligem Grand Cru on the board where I had it... Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured red-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, dark fruit, and very subtle fruit hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Glad I got an opportunity to try this one on tap. I could imagine this one being a little different in the bottle, but that is pure speculation as I had it long before I was reviewing beers, so it is hard to say for sure, but this was quite enjoyable. Definitely worth getting a pour on tap if you see it.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slowly making my way through the Belgian offerings available in town...

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden orange colour, finger of light bubbly head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Quite fruity, candied cherries and apricots, cloves and a bit of a musty yeast scent.

T - Citrus notes off the top, cloves and yeast esters also prominent. Light grassy hops are also coming through with the fruity notes taking a back seat.

M - Medium bodied, though leaning on the lighter side, goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - Overall, a very tasty Belgian offering some great flavours and is easily drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Jinholic
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Gold/orange in color 2 finger creamy off white head. Lots of carbonation and a lava lamp effect.

Smell - Citrus (grapes I think) very fruity with the hops deep down. Little floral with a sweet scent that came later even though its still cold wtf is with this brew.

Taste - All citrus and hops like the smell and for a a beer under 7% I can taste the alcohol they didn't even try to hide it (not that its a bad thing). Oh but wait theres more just like the smell the taste changes too and its sweeter with more hop character.

Mouthfeel - Crisp not refreshing at all very dry on the finish and the carbonation might be a bit high as its not all that smooth. No wait here we go again, all this changes within 10 minutes its still very cold and yet its so smooth now and its not dry at all its so odd now I could go for 10 more of these.

Overall - This is the weirdest beer I've ever had/reviewed its so fun to drink though. I had it in my fridge for about a day and half so when I took it out it was ice cold and with 10 minutes and it still being nice and cool it changed so much. Go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle has a 'best before' of 30/05/07... oops! Found this in my parents' cellar. Cellar is a good temperature, but this may be too old... about to find out!

Pours a light golden/amber. Appears quite carbonated- there is a couple finger widths of white head at first, but it very quickly dissipates to almost nothing.

To my nose, the first smell that hits is grapes, followed by booze. Quite floral, and fairly fruity. All sounds nice, and it doesn't smell bad, but there is something a little odd about it.

Taste is very underwhelming. Light and quite fruity, but the taste is very very thin and slight. I get incredibly little out of this beer. Nothing tastes bad, but there is so little going on. A slight belgian yeasty-aftertaste. Perhaps this is all an effect of the age of the bottle. However, nothing tastes 'off', it is just very light. I suppose it is refreshing, and I could see it working nicely on a hot day, but it is not a beer I would turn to for exciting flavour. meh.

Mouthfeel is poor. As with the taste, incredibly thin, especially for a beer of its strength. In fact, the feel has a serious impact on the taste for me- it is very hard to enjoy as a result of the way it feels. Over carbonated but very thin and watery. Not what I like my beers to feel like.

Overall, a pretty unimpressive beer for me. Again, not sure if this is a factor of the age of the beer or not. I have tried this beer (but only a small amount) on tap recently, and similarly thought it was rather unexciting, so I have a feeling the age is not the whole reason. oh well. I like the style a lot, but this is not a standout, in my books.

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Photo of Rutager
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a nice deep gold with a little haze. Sticky looking off-white head that leaves some nice lace bands.

Smell. Little smell from this one. Light grain and a little grassy hops with some belgian yeast funk.

Taste. Smooth light caramel grains. Some grassy hops and a little sour apple.

Mouthfeel. Light body and medium-strong smooth carbonation. ABV well hidden

Overall. Easy drinker that's lighter tasting, but still interesting. Pretty good stuff.

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