Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

very good
528 Reviews
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 GClarkage
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

05/18/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in Sacramento, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no dates to be found. Poured into my Stone IPA flute.

Appearance- A large and full medium bubbled head, golden amber in color and about average lacing.

Smell- Mostly sweet malt hints to go with maybe a touch of spices.

Taste- Pretty much dead on with the scent. Not super sweet malt, but enough to keep your attention. Plenty of spices and maybe a herb tea kind of taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation here.

Drinkability- Maybe not quite as good as I was hoping, but wasn't bad at all for the cost, which I can't remember. I think somewhere along the lines of $2.69 or something. Think this one would be a pretty good beer once the weather gets a bit warmer.

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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 stevoj
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Tart/sour taste is first impression. Almost like pineapples....Mild bitterness in the finish. Thick fluffy/creamy two finger head sticks to the glass. Getting adjusted to it the more I taste, but the sourness was overwhelming at first....

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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 tempest
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Zeke's in South Beach for $4. Appeared a slightly hazy gold with a tall white head. The aroma and flavor aren't quite as strong as you might expect (I suspect adjunct sugar may be the cause), but this be still has an interesting taste. It's a smooth, very earthy character with a note of orange and cream. I'd say this beer is worth a try is you find it affordabley priced like I did.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 30/11/13. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium pale yellow. Slightly cloudy. Two fingers of big, fluffy white head with good retention. Good lacing.

S - Cloves, Belgian yeast, spice, bready/cereal malts.

T - Good bitterness up front with some floral hop notes that give way to clove, Belgian yeast and spice flavours. Finish is dry and bitter.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a very nice dark golden yellow color, nice carbonation, huge thick foamy white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of spices, some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, some spice/caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty BSPA.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Same category as Duvel and Delirium, but I got it this at half the price. Let's hope this beer isn't only half as good as those. On to the beer:

Poured into a Stella Artois chalice, the beer is a clear blonde color topped by a large foamy head. Modest aroma of sweet nutty yeast in the nose. First sip is quite peppery and carbonated. Slight undertone of sweetness from the yeast, but whatever is there is covered up again by the vast pepper-like carbonation. Nutty in the back of the plate, leaving a hint of cloves. Finish is quite dry.

In my opinion, this is a mediocre example of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Tastes like some of the yeast was filtered out. That stated, it's not all that bad. Think of it as the poor man's Duvel.

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Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of yeast and citrus, some spice. Taste is good, some citrus , spices, malts, slightly sweet. Feels great in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this is an enjoyable and high quality beer.

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Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Blonde poured a nice hazy straw yellow on tap, with a lasting foamy head and some lacing.

Aroma of belgian yeast, light spice and banana.

Big time malt sweetness and fruityness in the flavor department. Clove, banana and bubblegum are all present. Sweet at the end and only a hint of tea like hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sweet/spicy finish.

An enjoyable brew that I'm glad I got to try on tap. Certainly worthy of some praise.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Waterzooi, Garden City, New York.

Poured a dark straw hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a neutral pale malt with a soft ester.

The taste was likewise bland, with a creamy malt and a slight cleansing hop.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy.

Overall a decent ale. Nothing too exciting however.

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

Worn-out tangerine with a considerably overcast complexion. Bubbles flutter like microscopic pixies. Foam would continue to spew out the bottle even seconds after any liquid ceased pouring. In the glass, the suds are bulky with a bleached white coat and large indentations of bubbles. Lacing is surely expected (but doesn't entirely materialize).

The aroma leaves little to fuss about. It may be quiet but the rhythm of peppery spice and fruity esters is not muffled in the least. Even quick wafts can procure the impression of banana, blood orange, clove and coriander. There is a discernible earthiness about it - the smell conjures to mind a forest. The Belgians have always had a knack for smell.

The taste showcases the simple but pleasant flavour of pale malts. There is soft similarity to freshly-baked bread and the faintest premonition of a sweet, honey-laced pastry aftertaste. Most of its character, like all prototypical Belgian ales, is derived from the yeast. It spices things up (literally) with hints of pepper, coriander, chamomile and aniseed.

The body is fairly light but not without an appreciable dosage of flavour (as outlined above). The mouthfeel possesses an herbal, almost tea-like bitterness that is quenching yet completely unobtrusive. Spice and fruit are rationed but well proportioned. The carbonation is champagne-esque but with a more sparing prickle on the palate.

Blondes aren't really my type but I wouldn't disagree that they can sometimes be more fun. I could easily spend a sunny afternoon with Affligem Blonde (and actually have fond memories of doing so once). Plain and simple: this is a highly enjoyable and immensely agreeable beer with just the right amount of character to warrant repeated purchases.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a three finger thick, frothy, large bubbled, rocky, lacing, pale tan colored head that sits atop a hazy, orangish gold colored beer. The aroma is faintly malty at first with notes of lightly toasted malt, it then picks up a lightly astringent, almost spicy note that reminds me a bit of basil, bergamot and fresh cut weeds. All in all the aroma is fairly subdued though.

This beer is pretty well carbonated and it foams effervescently as it rolls across my tongue for the first time. There is a malty sweetness here that lasts throughout, which accentuates a soft orange-fruit note that is in this beer. This beer has a bit of a sharp bite to it as well, a combination of the carbonation and the spicy character of this brew. The finish has a long subtle note that reminds me of vanilla cream, sort of in a softly sweet lightly mouth-coating way. This beer is slightly herbal in character, yet balanced by a citrusy fruitiness, and rounded out by a bit of spiciness (ginger and pepper being most notable).

This beer is very well made, there is certainly nothing off-putting here, but I still feel that it lacks a certain something. While all of the flavors are nice, it is lacking either an intensity or an interesting quality that would keep me coming back for more.

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Photo of Zorro
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color, bright white head.

Smell is sweet fruity and spicy, nectar like in its scent.

Taste is a little sweet and full of the flavors of spring. Lots of flowers and coriander in the taste. Honey flavors are in there and a spice bite that never dulls. Noticeable bitterness in this that is just about perfect. Taste is drier than the scent.

Mouthfeel is good and similar to Hennepin.

This is a DAMN FINE beer that I will absolutely buy again. Seriously easy to drink. This is a bit sweeter and spicier than a Duvel, and this is something I really like. Less expensive than Duvel here ($2 a Bottle) and of similar quality.

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

11.2 oz. bottle, listed as 6.8%,

A: Pours blonde with a full billowy white cap of foam, good lacing.

S: Yeast notes, sourdough bread, pears, pepper.

T: Quite a yeasty pale, nutty, tahini notes. Clover honey and white pepper, coriander are there as well. Light quenching fruit notes come out, notably yellow apple and a hint of pear and berry.

M: Smooth, soft carbonation, silky, easy on the tongue. Light, light ethanol.

D: A nice sipper, that I went through way too fast considering its strength. It really drinks like a 5%er. Solid Belgian brew, and very cheap compared to other Belgians.

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

brown 33cl bottle, 6.8%ABV, best before 21st 04 2011, drank 29th 10 2009, poured into my Westmalle chalice.

Golden syrup colour with a pure white foaming head, very Belgian looking and giving no indication of what really lies below the surface.

The smell was of yeasts and cereals (wheat, barley).

A good exapmle of a Belgian blonde, warming, has depth and a body which should be sipped not gulped down. The alcohol sits well and the beer is balanced nicely.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: 11-171-01-12:16-1711. Sampled on May 6, 2012. It pours a very attractive top of the line heady, pale yellow with a slight fog floating around and busy carbonation. On the nose I get an enticing dose of Belgian yeast, soft, delicate malts, sugar, and pear. The body is pleasantly creamy and a bit better than medium in texture. The taste is sweet with malts and yeast and a light hopped ending almost bitter ending. This is a marvelous Abbey Blonde.

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Photo of Derek
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold with a white head, some retention, nice lacing.

S: Clean, bready malt, macro-like hop aroma... smells like beer.

T: Fruit-bread, well-balanced, finish is quite dry.

M: Light to moderate body, plenty of carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and digestible, but the bubbles make me burp!

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a vibrant clearish gold w/ two-finger fizzy head that died slow and left lace down the glass. Somewhat trypical Belgian aroma of yeast and orange citric, but I'm also picking up light sweet notes as well as some funky herbal hops a touch of fruit. Light, crisp body that passes easily and is lively on the tongue thanks to good carbonation. A touch of spiciness complements the beer, but it's mostly a balance of light fruit like pears/grape/apple(?) w/ a sour twist. Also some good sugary sweetness and bready/chewiness make this a pleasure to drink and overall a solid compact brew that is nice to sip on.

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Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dense haze of orange toned gold with a small, bone white head that slowly fades to a mild, batter-esque cap. Lots of streaky lacing is left around the glass. Plenty of yeasty floaties are held in suspension with the heavier chunks anchored at the bottom of the glass.
Smell is of caramel, bready yeast, notes of citrus, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Enticing.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas toned down a bit from the aromas with a decent balanced attack of flavors that leaves sugar blasts of yeast along the tongue.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, yeasty, slightly overcarbonated with a deadening spot in the middle of the tongue. A mild bitterness lingers.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger smooth cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy straw/amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose. Flavor sweet and tart, some yeast. Nice blond. 330ml bottle, from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden yellow color with a nice off-white head.

S- The aroma is very fruity and floral with some apples and pears, spices, and yeast.

T- The taste some fruity malt with a lot of spices with some mild hops and phenols in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Aflfligem Blond is a solid beer that I wouldn't mind having again. Worth a shot.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a semi-hazy golden blonde color with a huge, rocky, billowing creamy head - lots of lacing.

S - Honey malt, Belgian spice, mildly yeasty.

T - Honey, bread, some pepper and coriander spice, nice lingering mild earthy bitterness to round out the sweetness of the malt. Coats the mouth with a nice balance between malt and spice.

M - Very dry finish, medium body, moderate carbonation mellows quickly for a smooth finish.

O - Definitely worth trying and better than its current rating.

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Photo of dwagner003
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I wasn't crazy about the smell.. It didn't smell "pleasant" like most Belgians. It may have the best mouthfeel of any beer I have ever drank, though. To me, It has actually set the standard to which all other beers are compared. Incredibly smooth and creamy, almost slippery. For a split second, it tasted very light like a lager. Then you start to taste the "Belgian" origin, with its elevated, sharp alcoholic bite and sweet, citrus notes. It's a very mild flavor, and is gone quickly, only to return a few seconds later with slightly alcoholic aftertaste. Overall, very drinkable for 7% ABV beer.

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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,200 ratings.
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