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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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Photo of grumpygerman
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

750ml at Manderes in Folsom

A - Poured nice golden color with slightly foamy, white head.

S - Nose had hint of bananas with cooked cane sugar.

T - Good, cane sugar, granny apple finish with moderate ester.

M - The impact of the flavors are a little much. The body is almost too rich for my palate. Also, the mouthfeel was warm, with little alcohol.

D - A good strong, but could only drink 1 or 2 before needing something less rich.

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Photo of elricorico
3.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden colour with a big chunky white head. The head fades of course, but it does not go away, and leaves its lacing all over. A mixture of big and tiny bubbles can be seen rushing up from the bottom of the glass.

The smell of this one is only so-so. I think the first one I had impressed me more. I smell dampness, with a little bit of a flowery aroma in there.

Taste is also about average. There is some complexity, leading from a sweeter start to a dry black pepper finish. Something in the taste reminds me of white wine.

Mouthfeel is good, not too thin and a fair carbonation level. The beer is drinkable, but not outstanding. It hides it's alcohol well, but isn't something that's making me wish it wasn't my last bottle.

The first bottle of this I had was better. Perhaps because I drank it colder. Funny, I expected to get more aroma and flavour from a slightly warmer beer, but really there seemed to be more when it was nice and cold.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
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 tbeer40
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper gold with good head receding to thin film and stringy lacing falling down glass, the bubbly rising. Aroma is mostly herbal and has a light citric quality, not very strong, not my favorite. Mouth is a tad short of medium bodied, carbonation keeping it light in the mouth.

Taste again has a herbal quality to hops, spicy and a honey-like malt, really quite nice, though I don't much care for the dry middle, too biting, though it finishes off nicely, the yeast peaking through middle to end along with a warming alcohol. Haven't really much liked blondes of the beer persuasion, but I could fancy this one. Found it for only $1.89 too, well worth it.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Beautiful 11.2oz brown pop top bottle with a nice ditty about the beer...clearly parked produced on date

Appearance: Dark golden beer with big bits of sediment, fluffy ivory head, good retention, and high CO2 levels.

Smell: Nice, slightly tart and fruity nature, big yeasty tones, and mild earthy notes

Taste: Big fresh fruity/yeasty tones, along with toasted malt, mild banana esters, and sweet citrus

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Nothing jumps out or overpowers here; this is just a solid, tasty, well-crafted Belgian Blond.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few hours in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

Oh man, she blew her top when I cracked the cap. I should have let it relax in the fridge for a few days.

So it has a huge white head, which I think it would have had anyway. It collapses unevenly to a beautiful sticky meringue. Pretty soon there's just a thin film floating on the beer, which is a slightly cloudy amber/gold.

The nose is strongly yeast and spice, slightly bitter smelling. Mmmm. The front is yeasty with some malt and just a touch sour (good sour). The middle is bitter and a little fruity. And that spice never goes away. The feel is foamy and tingly, fairly light. The finish is very dry, with a slight metallic alcohol bite at cooler temps. The aftertaste is bready and spicy.

Overall, this is a good, solid Belgian.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. Produced on May 21 2012.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a puffy full 2 finger white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Head takes a few minutes to dwindle down. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Yeasty aroma with a malty cracker hint. Reminds me of a Heffe.

T: Banana like yeast, a wheat malt backing. A faint push of hop at the end but overpowered by the yeast and malt.

M: Has a fairly thick mouth feel but that doesnt make it difficult to tip back.

Overall an average Belgian Blond. Nothing that wows but nothing that offends. Real easy going and can be enjoyed by a wide variety of people.

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Photo of Didier
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lccrunchy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Twal
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 KimenTshom
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Shiloh
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very pretty golden abby beer. Arrived with a full three finger head which disapated to a full but thin island lace with very little cling.
The body is just short of being full and the colour is a cloudy yellow/golden.
The secondary fermentation from the bottle certainly adds to the cloudy affect.
The taste has a moderate citrus like beginning to it which ends cleanly.
Aroma is lightly to the citrus as well.
A very enjoyable brew but the high ABV at 6.8 limits it to special occasions.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Gold in color, clear, big head with good retention. Some lacing.

Smell: Very typical Belgian Pale Ale kind of aroma: spice, Belgian yeast, faint fruit and alcohol.

Taste: Citrus and some spice, not as "Belgian" tasting as the nose suggests.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, carbonation on the high side.

Drinkability: Drinkable, for sure, and at 7% easier to session than Duvel or La Fin (though not as good, to be sure).

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Photo of jonb5
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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 DamageCase76
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kmo1030
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Skillz
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 1,224 ratings
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