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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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Photo of kmo1030
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a lightly hazed blond (go figure). it's got a moderately sized white head.
the aroma has got some nice spicy yeast characteristics, caramel drizzled tropical fruits, faint graininess.
it's got a grainy quality up front, that fades into some pinapple-y type fruitiness remeniscent of a tripel. it's got a hefty dose of yeast driven breadiness and slightly carmelized aspect. the is a refreshing grassy, herbal hoppy snap to finish things off.
the mouthfeel is shaded to the thin side, with active bubbly carbonation.
the drinkability is a solid 4. it's got a lot of nice things going on in the taste, but stays light and quenching. a very nice blond.

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Photo of lccrunchy
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of barflybastard
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of beerluvr
4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My favorite "blonde"! What a beer! Pours with a thick head...almost like whipped cream. Nice subdued flowery nose, goes down too easy, very deceptive when you consider the alcoholic strength about 7% I think. Another fine addition to my beer aging cellar.

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Photo of becktone
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Eye: Into a Chimay Goblet: Hazy gold in color. Head is 1 ½ fingers thick, creamy/frothy in appearance. Great retention, this head is going nowhere fast, perfect. This is what I'd expect from any Belgian, rock solid head. Lacing doesn't exist, the head is cohesive, leaving none behind on the sides of the glass.

Nose: Sweet malt tones, that classic Belgian candy type of aroma (like butterscotch to me). Spicy and earthy aromas as well, something of a house yeast aroma-definitely Belgian. Sweet bread aromas, phenolics from the yeast. Pretty complex overall. In my opinion nothing stands out, good, but average.

Tongue: Wow, really not that strong on flavor, not at all. Everything in the aroma is there, but with much less intensity. Spicy phenolics, sweet malt, something metallic, fruitiness as well. Bitterness is well rounded. This just doesn't do it for me, there's really not that much here, everything fades much too quickly. Its not bad, but there should be more in my opinion.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium-light bodied in the mouth with appropriate levels of carbonation. Finish is semi-dry. Not too hard to drink, but I don't think that I'll be purchasing this one again, just not worth the money...don't get me wrong, glad to have tried it, but I've had much, much better. Just not worth the money in my opinion.

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

A: Whoa, Nellie! This one practically explodes into a huge, fluffy, off-white head that occupies most of the glass. It fades quite slowly, eventually becoming a bit rocky. The beer itself has a slightly hazy peach tint. Some dense, irregular lacing trails along the sides of the glass.

S: Fruity and yeasty, as expected. Bananas, ripe pears, and tart apple skin are all noticeable. Some mild spice and twang from the yeast works well, along with some refined sugar notes.

T: Pale malt provides a moderate dose of candy-sugar sweetness. Soft, appealing fruity notes are still present - pears at the fore, along with banana and some tart apple once again. Slight hints of clove and spicy yeast, along with a flash of hops that I'll call mostly herbal in flavor. Few, if any, notes of alcohol.

M: A soft, slick, medium bodied beer. Carbonation is light but lively, lending a mild prickle to the tongue. On the dry side into the finish, but not overwhelmingly so.

D: A solid all-around Belgian right here. A bit on the lighter, more mild side compared to many of its brethren, but that doesn't make it a wimpy brew by any stretch of the imagination. Balance is nice and clean - this one is rock solid.

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Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Didier
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cyclonece09
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Pours slightly cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Smells of Belgian yeast and sweet grain. Tastes of earthy hops, grassy grains, and slight citrus. Beer is lightly carbonated and light bodied, very drinkable. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of jduprey007
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of jneiswender
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer in tap at Cambridge Commons. Served in a Dubel glass.

Old gold color. Nice head. Leaves great lacing. (man belgians have the lacing thing down)

Band-aid like smell and taste. Some candy-like aftertaste with a slight alcohol burn as it goes down.

Not as robust as the darks. Very strong clove flavor. Might not be the choice for some who don't like that type of flavor. I don't know if I would want to drink this all night (or could afford to).

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Photo of stomioka
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BJSmit
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of bsm80x
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of MadScientist
4.7/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium gold and very clear with a creamy white head that leave a good bit of lacing on the glass.
S: The first whiff smells like a good German Pilsner with a spicy hop aroma and a soft, sweet pilsner malt aroma. There is a touch of honey and a moderately-light perfume alcohol aroma. Moderately-light orange aroma come through as well.
T: There is a moderate pilsner malt sweetness initially thought it finish fairly dry. The hops and alcohol team up to give a medium bitter balance to the sweetness. The spicy hops flavor is moderately-low.
M: Medium bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation that gives a bubbly sensation on the palate.
O: A very enjoy belgian with a decent amount of bitterness, some sweetness and a dry finish.

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Photo of Skillz
4.25/5  rDev +9%

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

Photo of alysmith4
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange with a good level of carbonation. Nice head, and lacing that remained in the glass as I drank. The taste was wonderful.. creamy, sugary, spicy, and a tad sweet - but overall delicious. The beer smelt like burnt candy, and had a spicy tone. Definitely in the top of its class, and one that I would have again.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked one of these up in a mix n' match at ABC
A: Pours pale gold with a very nice and thick frothy white head, leaves a little lace, dissipates quickly
S: Strong notes of cloves and cinnamon along with a few other spices I cant put my finger on...very spicy smell
T: Very crisp, clovey, and very spicy
MF: Very smooth and clean finish, light body
D: Highly drinkable beer, however the spiciness would become overwhelming after about 2-3-4 of these...

Overall a good beer, if you like this beer I would recommend beers from Unibroue, specifically "La Fin Du Monde" and "Don de Dieu"

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Photo of mkennedy119
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of jonb5
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has golden colour,slightly cloudy, smells of slightly sour fruits, the bitterish aftertaste reminds of english bitters particulary Harvey's Best. The 6.7 abv is well hidden. This is a step up from Leffe's blonde. Moderate carbonation, could drink a few of these and would recomend it to fans of the style

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Photo of Thomas_Picton
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CarolinaKev
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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

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