dortmunder (961) - Herdecke, GERMANY - AUG 21, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Malty, sweet, orangey, caramelly aroma. has a nice blend of a malty, sweet and lemony, orangey taste.Slightly spicy. Nice one.
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Fiend (104) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light aroma...clear golden color with a supple bubbly head and nice lacing. I drank this beer in the goblet that was provided in the 4 pack and I have to say that it was a beautiful looking glass of beer with the head rising up above the gold rim. Heavy yeast flavor with light hops and fruits. Very balanced flavor to all but hide the 7% abv.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled, 6.8% ABV) Very hazy, deep golden color with a medium, tight and foamy head. Honey-malty, quite yeasty, neutral aroma with some wheat and spiciness. Slightly sweet, quite bitter and acidic, toffee-malty flavor with peppery spiciness and some fruit. Medium-bodied, stingy and hard, tongue-tickling, foamy-carbonated palate. I really wouldn’t call this "gently rounded", "low on bitterness", or even "eminently drinkable". It is, however, decently complex for a blond - and has quite good looks and aroma. It gets smoother as it warms, though.
bkurtz (749) - PERU - AUG 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle) Poured a large frothy, off white head witha grainy aroma. Sweet start and bitter finish. Good beer.
MarkoR (510) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice creamy head. A lot of taste in this one. A nice fizzy feeling in the mouth. Fruity.
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m not a big fan of Belgian blondes, usually opting for dubbels and tripels. But Affligem Blonde is a very respectable beer--with nice yeast and grain flavors and enough spice to make you think you’re actually having a tripel. At 7% it’s kind of borderline in the strength department with more muscular brews--which means it ain’t no dumb blonde. ;)
blankboy (6029) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry. Pours a clear golden with a large creamy white head. Aroma of caramel malt, light hops, toffee, honey and spices. Nice! The well balanced flavour starts off sweet and ends with a light bitterness. Enjoyable on tap and in the bottle.
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2005 Bottle (330ml) shared with blankboy. Poured a clear, sparkling gold with a large foamy, slightly rocky white head - very pretty lacing left on glass. Aroma was a sharply sweet malt, banana, spices, a hint of ash, very lightly hoppy, spruce and citrus. Flavour was sweet fruity malt, some ashiness, mixed spices and some hops at the finish. An engaging fizzy mouthfeel, the alcohol asserts itself quietly but powerfully. Very nicely balanced and refreshing - puts me in mind of several Unibroue offerings.
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Couleur ambrée, apparence partiellement opaque, d’énormes dépôts flottent partout dans le liquide. Énorme mousse persistante et adhérant partiellement à la paroi du verre. Arômes très levuré, savonneux, boisé, de céréales et d’écorce de citron. Houblons semblant très savonneux en bouche, présence de levure toujours marquée, puis viennent les douces épices et la coriandre. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne, carbonatation plutôt effacée, sucrée en bouche. Semble sans inspiration à mon gout. Bouteille, LCBO, Novembre 2004.