Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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87
very good
1,212 Ratings
Affligem BlondAffligem Blond
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Belgium
affligembeer.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,212
Reviews:
533
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.77%
 
 
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53
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240
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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of smithj4
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a yellow body with a dense, white, overflowing head.

Smell: Light malt in the aroma, with bits of yeast, flowers, lemons, and coriander.

Taste: Sweet, with flavors of bananas, lemons, and a faint spiciness. Finishes semi-dry with a hint of hop bitterness, and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Watery texture with a very lively carbonation.

Drinkability: A stock Belgian blonde with far too much carbonation for me.

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Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very impressive, tight-bubbled head, four fingers thick. This dissipates to a dollop to an ice cream like dome. Cloudy, golden to light amber. Obviously highly carbonated as the bubbles continuously and steadily stream upward. A beautiful pour.

Light citrusy notes--light lemon, grapefruit and a touch of peach. Strong wheat malt aromas. No discernible hop.

Spicy flavors with some strong (where did this come from) hop. Almost peppery in taste and mouthfeel. Very high carbonation, but good balancing body--creamy.

This is a very nice and complex beer. I could become a real fan of Belgian beers if they were all this way.

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

Well-bubbled honeyish gold with a generous infusion of orange juice. The creamy alabaster head was nothing short of explosive, yet a controlled pour mananged to keep the outside of the glass and the coaster dry. Even though all of the uprushing carbonation is making sure that the cap is long lived, I'm able to see the beginnings of an abstract-patterned lace display on the upper reaches of the glass.

The nose is classic BSPA and gives equal space to all facets of its olfactory personality; a definite strength. The fruitiness is as much banana as the usual orchard fruit and the amount of yeasty spiciness is on the low end. Even less apparent is any detectable alcohol. At only 7% (almost Belgian pale ale territory), that isn't that tremendous a feat.

Affligem Blond is a solid, well-constructed version of the style, if a lighter one. The relatively low alcohol content robs it of some of the power and seriousness of some its higher quality counterparts, but it comes up with roses in its teeth in the end. One final negative note before I get to the positives: it may be too balanced and lacks a little focus as a result.

While the pale malt backbone isn't what one normally sees in a BSPA, it gets the job done. A moderate amount of malty sweetness is everpresent and glides along beneath the ripe fruit and gentle spice. I still taste bananas almost as much as the more typical apples and pears. In addition, clove spice is perhaps more prominent once the beer has left the mouth than while it's actually bathing the buds.

I initially thought the body/mouthfeel was too light for the style. It has, however, come into its own with warming and is now solidly medium with a nice slick stickiness of the finish. Like everything else about this beer, it's well done.

Affligem Blond is my first Brouwerij De Smedt beer and has made me curious about the rest of their offerings. For those who care about such things, Affligem is Belgium's oldest abbey and began brewing beer in 1129. With that kind of a pedigree, it's no wonder this is such an accomplished ale.

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a "Best Before" date clearly printed.

Appearance: Bright golden with a more than decent white lace which leaves patches all around the glass.

Smell: Sweet and fragrant with hints of honey, candied fruit and grain. Light herbal nose also.

Taste: Very smooth and slightly crisp with a moderate body. There is a sweetness through out that changes hand from the honey like malt to the sweetish alcohol that veers towards spicy also. Hops are subdued and give only a faint bitterness and flavour, mild phenols lend an herbal quality which follows the grain right into the finish. As the alcohol still warms the mouth there is still a trace honey flavour in the end.

Notes: Just strong enough to cut the chill out of a damp fall day yet deceivingly light where I could drink more than one.

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

Had this one on tap at the brand new Mellow Mushroom in Spartanburg,SC. It was their special release party keg.

A - Poured a very bright golden amber with a small white head of lace on top maybe one finger in depth but no more then that. Very cloudy and hazy with small minute particles floating around and some nice streams of carbonation coming up from the bottom. The head faded down to almost nothing leaving simply a small film across the top but there was adequete side glass alce that lasted throughout the session.

S - The aroma was very light, and very bright with the first initial smell being of light yeast and wheat that seemed to have a nice little edge of fresh grass to it that melded very well. Some very very light aromas of fruit maybe some peaches or apricots as it warmed but very light.

T - The flavor was very nice for a blond ale. Very crisp and clean with a bright east flavor sitting right up front that offered more then adequate hints of peach and grain and wheat in the flavor. That nice light grass flavor was also very present and offered a nice little bitter finish to it. The finish itself was long and drawn out with a really nice long lasting crispness that really went well with dinner and wrapped the whole thing together nicely.

M - The feel was also wonderful, nice and light bodied and very well carbonated, it never got flat or boring and offered a very nice sessionable feel to it. Crisp and clean this went down easily and really was just a pleasant expierence all around.

D - Easily a sesionable ale, I could have drank this one all day long. It was nice and light and the 7% alcohol was very wel hidden and could not even really be detected at all, which was a really nice addition. Great little belgian to welcome someone to the style.

Overall I was suprised I had never had this one before, but once I did I would definitley have this one again. This was classic and a really nice sit down and chill beer. I would recommend this one to anyone just getting into craft beer as it is light enough to not scare them away, but could still open up some doors for them in the future.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Pours a slightly hazy straw, with a ridiculous amount of particulates floating about in the hay. The head is strong and thick, taking its time in dissipating. The smell is somewhat bland, with only traces of minor hops and light grains filling the nostrils. The taste is decidedly better, with a grainy sweetness pervading each sip. Unfortunately, the floating yeast flakes lend a rather dusty feel and flavor to the proceedings, though the moderate body and effervescence keep this from completely sabotaging the drinkability.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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 BeerForMuscle
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very nice golden orange glowing body with a vibrant bubbly white head (amazing retention), the lacing coats the sides of the glass with very large bubbles. Aroma: A bit one dimensional to me with strong pale malts and mild hop finish and alcohol not too impressed some spicing going on but very minimal. Taste: Not overly sweet crisp golden strong ale is the best way to put it an herbal hop flavor with pale malts dominating overall. Mouthfeel: A bit thin lacking much texture besides the overcarbonation. Drinkability: Not a classic Belgian ale mediocre at best.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Produced on 2012-Mar-17th.

Gorgeous looking brew, forms a perfectly even bubbled pinhead size, two fingers, fluffy, wonderfully white and evenly together. Rises very nicely on creation off the pour. Body color is slightly cloudy, but not too bad, a real gorgeous orange and together orb glowing amber, white rising columns of carbonation. Just looks fantastic.

Wonderful nose on this brew. Toasty light bready malts, faint white bread, with a nice sugar light sense of Belgian candy. There's some other sort of dry spice here and a real almost amazing pan gravy char-ing ever so faint. This is real impressive.

Palate feels slightly let down. Banana like esters take over, under a slightly weakened body. Sense of wetness matches with a sharp hop angle bitter and banana fleeting finish. Lots of carbonation and almost champagne dry and very effervescent. Quite a good combination regardless.

THe brew has some disapointments, but the good qualities of it are just too exceptional and easily make up for it. I'd have this again anytime, real fascinating brew.

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Photo of jwc215
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, poured into glass chalice:

Pours golden yellow with a frothy white head that lasts and leaves plenty of frothy lacing on the glass.

The smell is spicy, grainy with lemony/orangey fruitiness. Bubblegum and doughy yeast come through as well. Pleasantly aromatic.

The taste is of lemon and orange peel with some banana. Very fruity. A light spicing, doughy yeast and a touch of bubblegum/sugar sweetness balances it out. A bit mellower/lighter in taste than in aroma, it is still delicious. Finishes dry with a nod of peppery alcohol.

It has a creamy texure in a light to medium body. Smooth despite alcohol.

Try pairing with ravioli and spinach (with onions and Italian breadcrumbs (Ravioli Florentine). Had a bottle before I ate and another with that dinner - a lovely treat either way.

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Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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

Tasted in a Affligem goblet from draught at Firkin on August 13, 2013. Look is bright gold with a thick white head and sticky lacing. Smell is honey, fruit, herb and grain aromas. Taste is sweet honey with some herb and spice flavors. Feel is medium in body that is initially crisp but finishes smooth.

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Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, golden color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of Euro yeast, sweet malt, pale malt, adjunct, hint of alcohol, hops. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a distinct dryness. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, slight alcohol, slight Euro yeast, hint of floral notes, and a hint of adjunct. Overall, a decent BPA, but the slight adjunct hurts.

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Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I last reviewed this 4 and 1/2 years later. Let's try it again, fresh off the tap.

In a St. Bernardus goblet, hazed golden hue, doted snow-white head.

Lovely aroma, fresh, lively, lightly spiced, fragrant, citrusy, full of funky Belgian yeast, soft and beautiful.

Taste: snappy pilsner-y malt, light bodied, smooth, small hops, an easy drinker of a Belgian blonde. Just enough hop snap on the tongue, sweet malt, and buzz on the palate to keep you happy.

Nice one for Belgian beginners, novice ale drinkers, and a good match with food. Choose something heartier for dessert, though.

Other Belgian blondes, tripels, singels, goldens, etc., have bigger hops, body, effervescence, etcetera...but that's no reason to knock this one.

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Photo of BEER88
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,212 ratings.
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