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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2001

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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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Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in the 750 ml and 33 cl bottles and on tap. Light fruit and yeast aromas with some light bread dominate the nose. It pours hazy gold under a 3” off-white moussey head that produces thick lace. The palate attacks with traces of apricot, pineapple, orange and fresh white bread. The yeast flavors are rich and well developed with the balance towards the yeast. It is creamy and very effervescent and refreshing with a medium body.

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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 avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright amber appearance, with a cloudy visual texture. The half inch head stayed around for just the right amount of time.

Fruity smell, along with some breads. Had a very pleasant aroma.

You can really taste the peaches and Belgian yeast when you drink this one. It has a very complex flavor, but never overdoes it.

It has a vibrant mouthfeel with a high carbonation rate. Very prickly.

The Blond is a highly drinkable beer that goes down pretty easy. Granted, I have a weakness for a lot of Belgian beers, but this is definitely a excellent beer.

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

A - Pours golden/yellow with lot's of carbonation and two fingers of white, fluffy head. Bright.

S - Orange, lemon, lot's of yeastiness, sweet spice, and banana come out.

T - Banana, sweet spice, and yeast dominate the flavour. Lot's of banana comes through.

M - Lot's of carbonation with a medium body. Not overly interesting.

D - Good. Very drinkable stuff but not a great beer I would seek out. Worthwhile though.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed golden straw color, moderate cap of dense white head. Scent is strong on belgian yeast, very fresh dried grain malt profile, lemon, flowers and spice cover the back end. Solidly agressive taste follows scent, not overly complex but done well. Medium bodied, dry finnish, moderate carbonation. Taste and scent are solidly aggressive - a nice brew.

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

Slightly hazy gold/copper colour. Head was large and fluffy off the pour, settling after a couple minutes to a rocky, white foam. Fruity aroma of bananas and pear. Some phenolic spiciness and noble hops.

Sweet flavour to start, fruity (pear), with a very light bitterness. A little bready as well. Some floral hop flavour appears at the finish, where the malt fades away and bitterness is a little more apparent. Subdued peppery character peeks through at the finish as well. Very creamy texture. High carbonation interferes a bit with the mouthfeel (too much comes out of the beer in your mouth after you sip it). Medium/light body. Just a touch of alcohol warming, but really no alcohol flavour.

330 mL brown bottle, best before date printed on rear of label.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label notes the ABV at 6.8%

Brilliantly clear, this beer is a gorgeous golden color with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Plenty of carbonation is visible.

The nose is spicy with white pepper and a light clove character, fruity with a blend of banana-like esters, a honey-like nose, a dry, cracker-like malt character. A touch of grass, hay and potpourri are apparent as well, this is very well constructed. The palate opens dry and spicy with a delicate pepper and clove character along with the classic BSPA zing. A touch of sugar-like sweetness is perceived. Definitely floral with a touch of fruit, this is good stuff. Drying and cracker-like on the finish with flavors of grain and yeast present, this tastes great. Light in body, I find the carbonation a touch high for my tastes, this tends to foam in my mouth a little more than I care for. Nonetheless, an excellent beer that I will revisit without doubt.

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Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice blond-golden color with a thick, frothy head into my fluted tulip. Good presentation.

Aroma is full of bready malt and spice along with a hint of hops in the nose. Not bad.

Taste is full of light spice, grassy hops and bready malt. Very interesting flavors. Basic and yet, tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering spice, grassy hops and malt. Again, a decent example of the style.

Worth a try and very enjoyable. It hits the spot. There really isn't much else I can say about it except to try it.

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Photo of Viggo
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What the fuck? I've had this one in the cupboard for just about a year. Crazy. Pours a super cloudy gold, full of huge ass chunks. Big rocky white head, looking multigrain by all the big brown chunks suspended in it, but the most amazing lace I've ever seen, I have pictures to prove it. Smell is sweet, honey, floral/citrus, grass, very clean smelling. Taste is honey, iron, apple/pear, vanilla, oak, very balanced, caramel/chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Crazy chunks! Very smooth, the aging made this beer 100% better.

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Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. 7% by my bottle. Bright gold pour, rocky white head that continued to grow after the pour.

Aroma, grassy, some citrus, light yeast and herbal hop notes.

Taste, More clove and sweeter spice here than in the nose. Almost a stone fruit like fruitiness. Sweet malts and wheat type malt. Just a faint herbal bitterness that balances it our a bit.

Lighter body, good carbonation, easy drinking. Fits with the style very well.
Rock solid and much cheaper than similar Belgians.

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Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Long overdue to review some Affligem but never a bad thing.

A- Poured into a large tulip being somewhat careful to leave most of the yeast behind. The beer is revealed as a nice golden-light orange and pretty clear. A super foamy head forms to a few fingers high with good retention. A few thick patches of lace around the glass but not a ton overall.

S- Belgian yeast spice phenols and fresh orange peel citrus up front in the aroma. Beyond that I get notes of straw, floral and spicy notes as well as some apple. Clean and straight forward but appealing. Light toasted grains and malt/honey sweetness.

T- Spicy herbal phenols and fruity flavors, both yeast bi-products, make up the main aspect of this beer's flavor. More specifically there is a nice blend of orange peel, toasted cracked grain, biscuit, yeast bread, coriander, pepper, apple, honey and some floral and grassy hints.

MF- The body of the beer is light and pretty dry but with any agitation the super foamy texture fills the palate. Carbonation is quite high as one might expect and there a slight spicy bitterness in the finish. Some warmth from the almost 7% ABV.

Ends up feeling pretty balanced and flavorful with I would say an emphasis on the spicy and fruity yeast flavors. Certainly something I would drink again as it just feels like a well made brew when you sit back and enjoy a sip. Nice complexity throughout.

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Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Many years ago the Affligem beers were my favs. I recall when the blonde was the shit. I had this one at the Austerlitz train station in Paris and it wasn't quite like it was. Poured with a small fine off white head and a little lace. Color was a clear amber. Aroma was malty, yeasty with a little phenol. Flavor was the same. Body was on the thin side with good carbonation. Slightly sweet phenol fiish with a medium long fizzy tang. Not bad, not great. Could be a session.

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Photo of glid02
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a crystal-clear golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with good amounts of pears, lighter amounts of green apple, and even lighter amounts of indistinct spices.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light and sweet pale malt flavors kick things off with mild amounts of dryness. Coming into play shortly thereafter are pears and green apples, which then carry through to mild spices. The ending is crisp, leaving very light amounts of pear flavors lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this is a beer that's just above middle-of-the-road for the style. Not worth seeking out but certainly not worth avoiding.

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Photo of Rutager
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a nice deep gold with a little haze. Sticky looking off-white head that leaves some nice lace bands.

Smell. Little smell from this one. Light grain and a little grassy hops with some belgian yeast funk.

Taste. Smooth light caramel grains. Some grassy hops and a little sour apple.

Mouthfeel. Light body and medium-strong smooth carbonation. ABV well hidden

Overall. Easy drinker that's lighter tasting, but still interesting. Pretty good stuff.

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

On the pour a glamorous golden yellow to amber color with the head modest in size and the lace a fine sheet to cling to the glass both are an off white color. Nose is malt, a little yeast also noticed, citrus like crispness, fresh and pleasing to the senses. The front is sweet, the top reedy with the finish pleasantly acidic and delicately hopped, quite dry aftertaste and a nice drinking beer that is worth the effort to find

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Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a golden and slightly hazy brew. The head is brilliantly white, and of relatively modest stature. The lace, however, is composed of huge tufts of sticky foam. Not a bad looking Belgian brew, to be honest. The aroma has a fruit quality (peaches, pears, and a hint of banana), and there's a trace aroma of alcohol. The flavor is a mix of yeast, candi sugar, and malt. It's a bit modest in intensity, but is solidly good. Slightly heavier than medium bodied. The finish has a little spice and some bitterness. This is a solid, but not outstanding, Belgian beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz tap pour into an Affligem Glass at The Firkin

A - Clear gold color with a mild white head with ok retention and some sticky lacing.

S - Light crystal malts with a lot of sweet candi sugar. Just a kiss of hops to even it out. Very crisp and delicious smelling.

T - Sweet with candi sugar and clean light hops to present a fantastic balance to the light and delicious malting.

M - Crisp and lighter-bodied with a bit of a dry finish. Very refreshing and tasty though!

D - Very flavorful, balanced, and delicious. I could drink this beer all night.

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Photo of stcules
2.43/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yellow-oranged, lightly veiled. A beautiful white head, quite compact, sticking, persistent.
Smell of yeast, bread crust, the, and "rosolada" (eggs, sugar and marsala). White flowers.
The taste is on the same notes, even with the part with eggs and sugar... Quite heavy, it can becomes quite boring. Too sweet. Some alcohol too.
Medium-light body.
Few things in the aftertaste, just some malty and fruity (pear and peach). Some sweetness too, but it slips away quickly.

Note: on the label the alcohol is 6.8%.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brass with a stiff meringue head but bits chunky floaters. Nose is yeasty with honey and buttered toast notes. Butterscotch and apple sauce malts with clove hit, then cinnamon, ginger and earth hops. Lavender too? Syrupy finish, tingly linger. Medium, chewy, soft but fizzy, slight burn.

Not really a patch on most other BSPA - both too cloying and over-carbonated so out of balance that way. But I can see where this particular flavor combination is very appealing and the fizz keeps some of the perfume and honey flavors from building up.

An entry-level Belgian, but still a very average one.

Note: labeled as 6.8%

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Photo of FLima
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber color. Poured lots of thick white head leaving laces. Last poured brought some floating particles.
Nice aroma of Belgian yeast, matured oranges and sweet vanilla.
Similarly, sweet malt taste well balanced with hops, notes of Belgian yeast and presence of matured fruits and a hint of condiments, especially coriander.
Medium body with good carbonation with an effervescent and spicy sensation. A bit dry and with good drinkability, being a bit less complex. 6.8% ABV is perfectly hidden.
It is the type of beer that grows as you drink it, from an average Belgian blond to a pleasant beer. I would recommend this beer for starting into the Belgian world. Liked the fact that it is not too sweet and you can still feel some hops. Don’t mistake this one per a Dubbel, Tripel etc…, those are bolder off-course.

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

Slowly making my way through the Belgian offerings available in town...

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden orange colour, finger of light bubbly head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Quite fruity, candied cherries and apricots, cloves and a bit of a musty yeast scent.

T - Citrus notes off the top, cloves and yeast esters also prominent. Light grassy hops are also coming through with the fruity notes taking a back seat.

M - Medium bodied, though leaning on the lighter side, goes down smooth and finishes nice and wet.

O - Overall, a very tasty Belgian offering some great flavours and is easily drinkable. Highly recommended.

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

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is one inch in height, rocky, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of tangerines, leather, earth, and hay. The taste is dry and earthy with a hint of citrus fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied lively carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that I could drink again.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed as Affligem Grand Cru on the board where I had it... Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured red-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsided to two fingers very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, dark fruit, and very subtle fruit hop. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Glad I got an opportunity to try this one on tap. I could imagine this one being a little different in the bottle, but that is pure speculation as I had it long before I was reviewing beers, so it is hard to say for sure, but this was quite enjoyable. Definitely worth getting a pour on tap if you see it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean, pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, faint lemon and flowery. In the taste, flowery, spicy, and a nice small citrus under all of that. A smooth a nd light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry lemon like aftertaste. Nice dry spices, and dryer than a standard blond.

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Affligem Blond from Brouwerij De Smedt / Brouwerij Affligem
3.9 out of 5 based on 1,186 ratings.
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