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Affligem Blond | Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem

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Affligem BlondAffligem Blond

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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 USCTrojanBrian
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured at Victoria Gastro Pub (MD).

Not much action in the head, lots of carbonation, sort of had a lager smell, oddly. Didn't take long to warm up and reveal some malt sweetness, and classic slightly tart BSPA taste.

Nothing really too fancy, straightforward amber/yellow BSPA with really mild hints of spice and some slightly toasty and sweet malts. Crafted well, didn't offend and collapse the flavors, didn't pretend to be something it wasn't.

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

A nice, although not overly special or unique, abbey style blonde.
I had many of these while on vacation in the Ardeche. It was the only decent beer they had and it proved to be an excellent, light thirst quenching brew to go with cheese dishes.

The beer istelf is clear and golden in colour with a nice head. Smell is somewhat fruity and malty with some yeast. Classic aromas wich are also present in the taste, along with some spices and slightly dry hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is good. Quite some carbonation, Light to medium body.
The drinkabillty is excellent in my opinion, although some people may not agree. Overall a nice and drinkable blonde.

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

APPEARANCE: Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a snifter. A nice 3/4" creamy, off-white head with good lacing that dissipates slowly, in part due to a medium amount of carbonation that supplies enough bubbles to maintain the head at a low level. Body is a moderately dark gold that is slightly cloudy from suspended yeast particles.

AROMA: Aroma reveals a light grainy wheat, slightly nutty, with a light citrus and lemon overlay. A light, almost undefinable, scent of musty yeast is also present. The most obvious scent, though is of moderate candi sugars and spicy apples.

TASTE: Taste pretty much follows aroma: a light, slightly nutty grain, a bit musty and yeasty as one would expect, some apparent spicy green apple and clove overlaid by candi sugars. There is a modest alcohol taste present as well that becomes slightly stronger as the beer warms. Taste was not quite as impressive as the aroma led me to expect.

MOUTHFEEL: Body was moderate with a smooth texture and sufficient lively carbonation to feel pleasing on the palate. Initial flavor sas moderately candi sweet fading to a warm alcohol and light dry bitterness that lasted for a medium amount of time. Body lacing was fair with some strings adhering to the walls and dissipated slowly.

DRINKABILITY: I wouldn't exactly call this beer memorable -- it slightly misses the mark for that -- but it's an easy to drink beer with good value that can be appropriate for many social situations from watching a Super Bowl game to sitting around with friends with good conversation being had. In the right circumstances, I'll buy it again.

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Photo of stjarnflikka
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden coloured beer with a thick and creamy foam. There is a strong carbonation in there.

Smell is malty, fruity and has traces of some sweet clementine. There is yeast in there as well, the smell sadly though is quite weak.

Taste is fruity and prickly. A very soft velvet taste with yeast traces and alcohol in there. It has a small bitterness.

A very light and nice beer, nothing out of the ordinary though.

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Photo of teg8612
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Bright golden color, slightly hazy. Strong head and lots of lace.

S- Sweet with honey, candy and herbs.

T&M- Smooth. Moderate bodied and slightly grainy. Honey malt gives way to a spicy finish, slight alcohol zing. Only slightly bitter but very crisp, hops seem of the herbal variety. The honey sweetness and alcohol become more dominate as it warms.

D- For a strong Pale, it is very drinkable. Excellent blond.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

when poured it was a bubbly gold with some cloudyness at first. The head was a thick two finger white that hung around for a minute or two. The smell was of honey, citrus, and dough/wheat. Honey, orange, lemon, and wheat really got me on the taste. It was a delicious beer. Very refreshing to drink. A little carbonated, but fairly easy to drink!

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Photo of codfeast
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle to goblet.

A: light golden color, big frothy head, lots of large rising bubbles.

S: spicy yeast, malt, rock candy, hint of cirtus.

T: Sweet, sweet bubble gum, followed by some spice from the yeast. stays sweet thru the finish.

M: Medium carb. dry but sweet finish.

O: It's alright, just kind shake that residual sweetness. A little to much for my taste.

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Photo of boblog
4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Belgian beers to me are the Holy Grail of beers (much like Czech lagers). This is no exception. My friend went to France and brought me back two of these lovely beers. I drank both on separate occasions. The first time I poured it I noticed its very lovely golden color. It appearance was beautiful compared to most beers you see in the states. I then noticed its lovely smell, a great light appetizing Belgian scent. The taste was excellent. Good mouthfeel as well. Much better than 90% of beers I have sampled. One of my personal favorites. I wish America made beer like this.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in branded chalice.

LOOK: (2.5 / 5) Pours a light-honey coloured gold. It was clear. However, there were a lot oflittle clumps of what I suspect were trub floating around in it! It looked like a snow globe. I've seen them without this, which would really improve the score here, so I may write a review of a draught version later. In this instance, though it was offputting and cost it. Head was white, and rose to about 2-3 fingers and had a good stand and good lacing.

SMELL: (3.5 / 5) The nose is dominated by malts more than anything else. This had a breadcrust or biscuit aroma and some pretty strong dried apricot aromas. The yeast is subdued for a belgian ale, though there is some bubblegum and floral notes. Hops are minimal.

TASTE: (4.0 / 5) The lighter malts of biscuit and apricot take centre as on the nose. I noted a slight hint of pear or sweet apple present on the palate that wasn't there on the nose. Bitterness is lighter, but acts well against the sweetness making for a relatively balanced beer. The yeast is a little more subdued in the flavor than in the nose, and of those flavors the bubblegum remains the strongest.

FEEL: (3.5 / 5) The feel is medium-light in body and medium-high carbonation to go with it. No real lasting bitterness. Alcohol is slightly warming, but not hot. A tiny bit too sweet and cloying for my liking.

DRINK: (4.0 / 5) The most impressive element here, really. For a maltier beer, this is a really drinkable and nicely balanced brew and can stand as a session beer.

Food-wise, the best I can think of would be pears and dates wrapped in bacon with a balsamic vinegar reduction. But the carmelized/sour tones of a balsamic reduction on meats would do well also.

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Photo of larsee01
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz glass bottle poured into glass goblet

A--Big, bubbly head even with a gentle pour. Staying power on head. Lots of ascending carbonation. Slightly opaque reddish-blonde color.

S--Yeast hit first from a distance. Sugary malts. Subtle candied fruits and spices.

T--Mild mineral/iron. Not as sweet as it smells. More plantain than banana. Bready/spicy finish.

M--Creamy-creamy. Smooth and medium-bodied.

D--Not much alcohol presence. Creamy and carbonated. Relatively easy going down, but a sipper to enjoy. Filling.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 10.1 oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear shade of goldenrod with a big voluminous head comprised of meringue like foam. A constant stream of bubbles fight to keep it afloat in great numbers. The head is comprised of large and small bubbles and as it deflates it leaves a jaunty soap sudsy mountain range all across its surface. Lace clings in big thick sheets leaving dotted holes like a spider web all around the circumference of the glass. Looks great.

Aroma: Strong scent of banana is most prominent , followed by a slight herbal grassiness with some touches of lemon and citrus. Hint of alcohol. A little musty. Some soda cracker in there as well. Fairly complex but to be expected for a classic belgian.

Taste: Initial taste is sweet and doughy, banana is still apparent too which makes it taste kind of like under-baked banana bread. Almost entirely void of bitter although there is a hint of astringency that tastes grainy. After more sips the sweetness melds into the overall flavor of the beer and becomes very cohesive. Though still entirely malt forward.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is great, viscosity is excellent as well I feel the mouthfeel and the nose are really stars of this show. Every sip refreshes as you drink it and the tingle lasts several seconds after the swallow. When held on your tongue the beer has a touch of dryness to it but its quickly whisked away by the vibrant carbonation.

Overall: An excellent belgian pale. Extremely drinkable and complex enough to be interesting but not overbearing. Not a style I normally seek out but if you are this is a great affordable widely available example if you are looking for one.

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Photo of Opethsprite
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light honey color with a fluffy, but creamy head that sticks around for awhile. It smells very pungently of yeast, citrus (apricot and orange), wood, and alcohol. The first thing you taste is citrusy alcohol, fading nicely into the earthy, woody thing that I smelled earlier, and then back to alcohol. The finish is sweet, with carbonation resonating nicely. This is a very nice beer!

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

Poured into the matching Affligem chalice, yellow-gold with a bubbly head, cloudy and fizzy. I was expecting the pillowy, rocky head. Nope. Retention wasn't very good, but a nice film held on throughout and lacing was good. The saving grace, really.

Smells good. Belgian. Yeasty with citrus.

This beer tastes really quite good. After the opening, I wasn't expecting quite as much, but it's really nice. Well-balanced between sweet and bitter, with nice subtle fruity and spicy notes.

Mouthfeel is good, too. I like the carbonated initial kick that gives way to a moderately full and somewhat creamy mouth.

It's quite drinkable, and very enjoyable. Worth a try for sure. I'd drink it any day of the week happily.

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Photo of DypsoBubble
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, clean and quite sweet. Honey and butterscotch overtones with a silky mouth-feel. You know this is pretty high in alcohol but you just want to drink it as it is so moreish. One to savour if you can.

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Photo of jsolack
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy/clear yellow in color with great deal of head. Head last a while. Very nice looking brew.

Slight sweet smell with grainly and citrus overtones. Nice scent but a little mild.

A nice but power citrus grain flavor. Good but not really my thing.

Really nice feel in mouth carbonation is strong and is nice and thick in mouth.

Easy to drink beer, tastes great especially for the high alchohol content.

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Photo of claybeer
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now that is a deep, dark, yellow beer. I would say it is as dark and as clear as apple juice. The two finger white head immediately laces the glass. A rich Yeast aroma rises out of the glass screaming "BELGIAN!". That bready and sweet flowery aroma is a good clue to the high quality of this blonde. A lot more complex on the palate with all the different spices. There are more than my simple palate can pick out. It's like biting into a fresh piece of bread with peppercorns plus some other spices? There is just a little too much bitterness for me but it does balance out the beer well. The heat form the alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing. This is a GREAT beer!

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Photo of ablaze
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

33 cl bottle with a best before date of 05.07.08.

Foamy, long lasting head with nice and sticky lacing. Golden orange and opaque.

Honey, faint incense, ripe barley fields, lilacs, bananas & cream.

Creamy, nice body and carbonation that compliments the lively flavour. Well balanced and very juicy. Honey, summer strawberries, deglet noor dates, pears, and some tangerine. Light pepper notes throughout with a clean and soft finish.

Incredibly tasty, and a Belgian standard. Can't go wrong, and perfect in any season (sunny winter afternoons, anyone?). I'd stock it.

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

First impression was the carbonation. The great Belgian style zest followed quickly but the carbonation definitely jumped at me. It brought me back to a visit to Amsterdam, walking through the streets looking for good beer and usually veering towards pubs with Belgian beer signs. An excellent brew. Next stop Belgium.

Appearance is hazy yellow with noticeable yeast and a fine, foamy lace.
Smell is mostly fruit and honey with a bit of yeast. It's very inviting, hinting at the great taste to follow.
The taste is VERY balanced. Lightly sweet and bitter, with spice that doesn't overwhelm. A bit of a tart finish and a hint of alcohol with lingering hops. Nice.
Mouthfeel is full of carbonation at first but mellower and lighter after resting.
Drinkability is way up there. Slowly and delicously. I'll keep a few in the beer fridge.

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

Poured into chalice glass. Pale golden colour, with a medium sized head with excellent retention, not seeming to diminish at all, leaves some lacing on the glass. Sweet fruit aromas, in the classic belgian style with some banana in there as well. Mouthfilling, quite strong but fine tingling carbonation appropriate to the style. Overall a good beer but I'd stop short of great.

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Photo of shanny1981
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An okay beer. Definitely a little over the top when it comes to unnecessary carbonation. I hate overly carbonated beers that keep you belching for 24 hours straight. Husband and I both had a tummy ache after consuming a single bottle. Won't be trying this again. However, loved the color, smell and after taste. A very pretty beer in terms of appearance.

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Photo of Wanne
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Colour is between yellow and amber, with a foamy white head. Fruit and herbs are dominant in the aroma, while in the taste these are combined with notions of malt and unripe banana. Nice bittersweet aftertaste, but if you drink it too cold, the aftertaste is ruined.

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Photo of chunkylover53
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lovely cloudy yellow/peach colour. Decent head which never entirely dissipated. Lots of sediment floating throughout. Not as much as some other abbey beers, but easier to see than most due to it's light colour.

Smelled fruity with more than a hint of banana. Strong fruit taste as well. Reminded me a lot of Leffe Blonde.

Overall: A very good beer but not an astounding one.

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

Aroma is very sweet, lots of fruit (mostly apples) with some alcohol, dominated by yeast smells in general. Transparent, golden beer with a nice thick head. Leaves lacing on the glass. Very carbonated mouth feel, makes your mouth pucker like you're drinking a sour but this is no sour. Very sweet with a fairly dry finish. Apple aroma & flavors are very strong. Finishes with a subtle, comfortable warming sensation from the 7% abv. The alcohol lets you know it's there but doesn't negatively impact the drinkability, this is a very refreshing beer.

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Photo of EsoxLucius
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Affligem Bottle: picked a couple of these up for the wife and I to try.

Appearance: Pours a golden apricot color with a very large white fluffy head that dissolves into a nice foam slick after a few minutes. I tried my absolute best to minimize the head on the wife's I poured after mine.

Very nice color and character, the lacing hangs around as well.

Smell: very aromatic with a nice blend of blossom and spice coming through. It smells great with very little alcohol detection.

Taste: full of flavor, better when it has sat for a bit then the flavors seem to come out. A very citrus taste with hints of herbs rosemary mixed with thyme, bit of coriander. I'm a butcher/sausage maker by trade and it tasted like a mixture of those three, but not one specific. Hops are definitely present. Very pleasing. It's not harsh, nor does it have an aftertaste.

Mouth: very carbonated at first, let it sit for a bit if you don't like overpowering fizz. The remaining carbonation does ad to the bite of the flavor that is much appreciated. I'd say it's medium/light on texture.

Drink: I enjoy it and would buy it again. It's definitely not a 'chuggin' beer, but one more to be enjoyed slowly on all levels. It definitely has a different taste, I'll be searching for more beers like this in the area, this was the first Belgian Pale I've tried as I mostly stick to stouts.

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

330ml bottle.

A - Light golden pale color with a decent amount of fluffy white head.

S - it smells like a blond honestly. Spicy sort of yeasty belgianness to it.

T - Pretty much the same as the nose. Like the taste of the yeastyness. Quite pleasant and refreshing. Just a good blond.

M - Well carbonated. Enjoyed the bubbles. Light and crip which was just what I wanted.

O - Solid blond ale.

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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,185 ratings.
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