Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

very good
1,206 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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Photo of Mancer
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle poured out a bright and hazy orange with a one finger high off-white head. The was nice and foamy, as well as thick and sticky as it dissipated into a thin coating of lace. The initial aromas were of fruits, some spices, barley, sweet malts and yeast. The initial flavors were of light fruits, yeast, spices, and light barley. The overall flavor was slightly sweet. The brew had a light to medium body with medium to a lot of carbonation.

Overall, this was a really nice beer. The flavors were perfect and made for a relaxing sipping beer.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a light, slightly hazy honey gold.

Smells of bretty yeasts and fresh grains.

Taste follows; bretty yeasts and fresh grains. Also, esters and very mild banana-like flavors.

Mouth is moderate to full, a bit chewey, with subtle carbonation over the tongue.

Delicious and enjoyable, not too potent. Would have again.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours golden/yellow with lot's of carbonation and two fingers of white, fluffy head. Bright.

S - Orange, lemon, lot's of yeastiness, sweet spice, and banana come out.

T - Banana, sweet spice, and yeast dominate the flavour. Lot's of banana comes through.

M - Lot's of carbonation with a medium body. Not overly interesting.

D - Good. Very drinkable stuff but not a great beer I would seek out. Worthwhile though.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Brightly golden. Head is good but quickly fades, still leaving a minimal surface covering

S- Surprisingly smelly for a Blond. Smell is sweet and has herbal notes as well as well as yeast

T- Body is bit stronger than the usual belgian pale ale, but this is still a smooth beer. It is sweet but not in boring way, since on its overall sweetness can be found herbal tones, a strange but fine apple like taste and a more classic malty taste as the beer warms

M- Good bodied for a pale ale, but still smooth.

D- As drinkable as a Hell but still more complex and more alcoholic. Does not get worse as it warms.

I found this to be a very fine brew. It is a classic belgian pale ale but it has character and altough it has nothing that makes it feel great it also seems to have no flows

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brass with a stiff meringue head but bits chunky floaters. Nose is yeasty with honey and buttered toast notes. Butterscotch and apple sauce malts with clove hit, then cinnamon, ginger and earth hops. Lavender too? Syrupy finish, tingly linger. Medium, chewy, soft but fizzy, slight burn.

Not really a patch on most other BSPA - both too cloying and over-carbonated so out of balance that way. But I can see where this particular flavor combination is very appealing and the fizz keeps some of the perfume and honey flavors from building up.

An entry-level Belgian, but still a very average one.

Note: labeled as 6.8%

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

I picked this one up because I figured if they've been making beer since 1074 they must be doing something right. It's a very good Belgian ale (if you're into that sort of thing). Nothing about it jumps out as being extra special but it's a very nice beer that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of beerquestman
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Has an amber color, a hazy golden orange.

Smell: Has a really strong scent, can smell the hops but can really smell a lemon or citrus scent.

Taste: I can taste the hops, but the over whelming flavor is a blend of lemon and pear. The lemon and pear flavor is pretty strong and lingers.

Mouthfeel: The right amount of carbonation, has a good flavor on the tongue. A very crisp beer.

Drinkability: It's smooth but the heavy flavor make slow one down when drinking Affligem. However, the label says it should be sipped and enjoyed, which is what you should do.

Definitely worth a try, I buy it again, and again.... and again.

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

Bottle purchased from the Liquor Control Board in Ontario. Pours a golden orange colour with huge white head. The head doesn't dissipate an inch until I started drinking. Some mild lacing on the glass. Smells of candied fruity malt with some Belgian yeast and pepper. Some bitterness in the flavour, with some mild sweetness. Really big carbonation, which seems to work for this beer. Quite a nice Belgian pale ale. I've enjoyed all of the Affligem beers I've had, but this is the first that I've reviewed.

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden cloudy appearance with lots of foamy head. Smell is very sweet and floral, picked up banana's.

Taste is very sweet, almost a candy taste and malty. Also picked up honey, pepper and various fruit (banana, apple). Excellent combination of tastes. Medium/creamy body with excellent carbonation. Aftertaste is spicy, medicinal and boozy; but not to much so.

Wow, I am impressed by this beer. The taste is powerful, but overwhelmingly good. If you can find this gem, don't pass the opportunity to drink it.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.36/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured 12 oz bottle into Sam Adams pint glass

Appearance - good...nice 2 finger head to start and fairly good retention. Not the crazy yeast carbonation like Duvel and other 8-9% APV Belgian strongs but still a very well formed head.

Smell - nothing special here so I just gave it average rating

Mouthfeel - ok

taste/drinkability - This is one of the most perfectly flavored and balanced, mid-range APV Belgian Blonde Ales I've had. Very comparable in taste and drinkability to the Leffe I had a few weeks earlier. I think I found my new favourite style of beer perhaps. Belgian Blonde Ales rock!!!

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Photo of pioppo
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow. Fine, white and not much persitente foam.

S - It wasn't the good place and situation to feel the smell but even i've found malted aromas and something like apricot.

T - Apricot and honey in first, then other malted grains' flavours. Equilibrated and enough armonic. Feelings of yeast.

M - I'd like to have a little more of carbonation because it was so flat.

D - Anyway a good bear to drink in large amounts with happiness!!

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Photo of Daktyls
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light orange, amber color with a 1 finger foamy head into a chalice. Brew bubbles up from the bottom slightly and a yeasty sediment is seen floating around in the beer.

S: Smells of the distinct Belgian yeast which brings out some slightly banana-esque notes and a little bit of nuttiness. Also smells somewhat bready and a little bit of sweet malt appears to be present.

T: Starts off tasting a pit like a typical pale ale but those flavors give way first to a subtle spiciness that lingers for a short period of time before giving way to the yeasty taste accompanied again by a banana bread flavor some green apple and a bit of caramel.

M: A little overly carbonated in my opinion the carbonation makes it somewhat difficult to pick up on flavors with the beer.

D: Definitely a good example for this style of beer, not overly complex, but enough to serve as an introduction. Quite enjoyable overall. I'd pick this one up again if I had the opportunity.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a dark yellow color with a decent sized head to it with a bunch of lacing. This isn't the best of this style in my opinion, there are several out there that are acceptable. That said, this isn't bad, just not the best. The carbonation was good, and allowed you to enjoy the light fruity flavor. The alcohol flavor wasn't too strong either.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark golden yellow in color and has some yeast particles floating in suspension. It has a very high amount of carbonation and poured with a two finger high bright white head that quickly settled down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of candi sugars and fruits are present in the nose. There are also some hints of apples and yeast. A moderate amount of sweetness is perceptible.
T: The candi sugars contribute a moderate amount of sweetness to the overall taste, which is very similar to the smell and has notes of apples, spices and yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The alcohol is well hidden, making this beer quite drinkable although it is better when sipped.

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Photo of stoepsel
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Body somewhere between orange and amber.
Sweet apricot-like smell.

First impression is fresh and a decent mildness.
Middle section is very carbonated and a little sour.
Finish is malty and dry and slowly fading out.

Easy Blonde, but with personality too.

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Photo of JeffBob
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden amber lots of carbonation bubbling up

Smell: Yeasty and musty

Taste: at first taste just yeast yielding to complex appley floral spice fading into a bitter sour. Alcohol much higher than it tastes.

Mouthfeel: creamy full bodied complexity

Drinkablity: light weight

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Photo of GRPunk
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (produced on 10 020 11) poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A- A gentle pour resulted in a 2-finger, off-white, pillowy head. The body was golden and clean with moderate-to-heavy carbonation. The head sustains at about 1/2-finger. A later sediment swirl beefs up the head while adding just a hint of cloudiness to the body. Good sticky spots were left on the glass.

S- Very nice. Green apple peel, black pepper, and a pleasant musty aroma initially. Very subtle, grainy background that boarders on nutty. Pretty much what I'd expect from the style.

T- Much as the aroma suggests. Green apple and spicy, peppery flavors dominate initially. Some refined sugar notes provide a balancing sweetness. Alcohol is well masked when cool, but comes out a little more than necessary with warmth (especially for something under 7%).

M- Pretty smooth. Moderate-to-heavy carbonation and spicy qualities provide a bite. First sips are through a creamy head. The well hidden alcohol is just slightly warm, though it becomes more pronounced as the beer reaches room temperature.

D- It's a good beer. A little rough around the edges compared to some of its counterparts. However, this lends itself as a good night-capper. It's significantly cheaper than some of the other Belgians in the cooler. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear golden with a mountainous creamy white head leaving sticky lacing
S - fruity yeast easters of banana and pineapple with a grainy wheat note
T - strong fruity yeast flavour reminiscent of sweet banana, pineapple, and pears, wheat malt along with a light leafy hop
M - highly carbonated, full body with a slightly dry alcohol kick finish
D - the flavour is full, intense, and befitting the style, the alcohol kick works well but probably wouldn't want more than a couple per sitting

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gift for volunteering at BBF. Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Gentle pour yields a monstrous, thick, 3 finger white head with ridiculously long retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is thick and stringy with awesome stick and great legs.

S: Nose is Belgian yeast, lemon, citrus, clove, coriander, and other various spices, toothpaste, all wrapped up in a sweet cane sugar blanket. Aromatic and appetizing.

T: Big Belgian yeast and clove spice notes upfront. Sweet citrus and lemon linger in the background. Cane sugar supports a bold malt backbone that covers any type of bitterness. Slight yeasty coarse finish with a filmy sweet aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated. Invigorating and coarse in the mouth and abrasive going down. Appropriate although I'd like it to be just a bit smoother. Finish is messy with an aftertaste that lingers slightly.

D: A model of its style, Affligem Blonde is sophisticated, complex, and coarse all at the same time. Worth a try if you're just looking for a refreshing complex brew.

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

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip.

A - Good finger of head with a deep golden colour packed with deposits.

S - Wheat and sweet berries. Touch of mint and herbs.

T - Spicy at first with solid carbonation. Plenty of hops with a sweet and soothing herbal aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is dominated by the carbonation levels. Touch of sourness on the back of the palate. Quite bitey.

D - Decent example of the style without being mindblowing. Drinkable without too much trouble..

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Photo of axeman9182
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, part of my haul from BBF weekend, poured into my brand new Bruery tulip.

Affligem Blond pours not quite crystal clear, but is a radiant lemon yellow. Three and a half fingers of head rise about as high as they could have in the glass without cascading out and down the sides of it. Lacing is almost entirely nonexistent, but that may in part have been due to my glass, so I can't dock it fully. Although no remains were left, the creamy white cap did stick around for an impressive amount of time. The nose is decent, but could stand to be a bit more powerful. Pale sweet malts dominate, there's just a faint hint of clove/peppery phenols (which for my money isn't enough). The flavor reminds me of a smaller version of Duvel. Apples and pears come through first, with just a touch of bready flavors present as well. The hop bitterness, while not high, is very noticeable thanks to its whipcrack brief nature. Clove comes in for the close, along with a slight herbal hop flourish. It's not bad, but I'd like a fair bit more of a contribution from the yeast if I'm drinking a BSPA. The mouthfeel is probably the best thing about this beer, the brewer nailed the balance between being light/nimble and having some presence to it. Carbonation is nice and expressive, but could stand to be ratcheted up even a little more. Affligem Blond isn't a bad beer, but I couldn't ever see myself buying it over Duvel if I was in the mood for this style beer, it's similar enough without being quite as good. However, I could very well see myself giving some to someone who was just starting out exploring Belgian style brews.

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Photo of robnews
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice yellow, healthy head.

Smells of light Belgian yeasts, not too strong. Bit of alcohol smell coming through...

Taste is different than some other Belgian styles that I have had,
a little harsher it seems. Some fruityness midway which is nice, but followed by more harshness...
Not sure if I will drink too many of these...alcohol is a tad pronounced...almost unhealthy...very carbonated...

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a basic gold beer-y hue, not distinguishable from, say, a Michelob.

S - The aroma is very basic (keeping in line with the appearance) with some pale malt, a bit of graininess, and slightly fruit yeast-imparted esters. The balancing hop did just that, balanced, and did not leave much flavor in its wake.

T - Nice taste, I guess, but not what I'd be looking for in the style. Inoffensive paleness is there, a bit of mineral, but it is really a bit too lager-y. Too clean; absent is the expected golden fruit nuances and the definitively Belgian rustic quality imparted by yeast.

M - Just average.

D - Suitably inoffensive, likely catered to the broadest conceivable consumer base.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Jeff. Thanks man!

A: Clear and blonde with a big, white, thick head that leaves a nice sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Belgian, yeast, sweet caramel malt.

T: A nice tasting brew - not nearly as hop forward as other beers in the style. Alcohol flavor is a bit too prevalent for me.

M: Decent feel. Too much alcohol presence for a 6.7% beer.

D: Decent tasting beer, but drinks beyond its alcohol percentage.

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Photo of Cannoneer
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a classic.
Served at around 50 degrees F - gives off a floral whiff with full creamy head on top.
Not as aggressive as Duvel, it is exceptionally drinkable and goes well with grilled spiced seafood, although I found it to give cheeses a slightly funky aftertaste, so I'd prefer to stay away from dairy products when drinking this beer and focus on shellfish and such.

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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,206 ratings.
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