Alengrin (4420) - BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2016 Affligem’s hoppy Christmas ale, usually regarded as the best in the series. This rating is from old tasting notes (eleven years ago), when it was a hazy peach blonde beer under a thick and moussy, off-white head, with fruity aroma, grassy and somewhat peppery hops, yeasty profile, orange, peach and banana, malt sweetish with soft mouthfeel evolving into a crisp and long, dry hop bitterness with some vague solvents as well. Well-balanced and more interesting than the average ’big brand’ abbey beer, and that is still true for the current version, though it now has a metallic touch to it, albeit (fortunately) less so than the Blond or the Tripel; finish is still leafy hop bitterish, but could do with even more hops. Somewhat boring, but in any case still better than the other Affligems. Had this again recently and it has become notably sweeter (and less hop bitter) and has certain metallic traits now which bothered me, as they do in the other Affligems these days; as with the other embodiments of this brand, I cannot but conclude that they have been ruined by Heineken in recent years. My rating here is an average of both tastings (3.4/5 for the original version and 2.8/5 for the current version).
Vaiz (4222) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Golden pour with floaties, solid white head. Aroma of Belgian hops, spicy malts, slightly peppery, dry fruits and slightly yeasty. Flavor is sweet fruity and spicy malts and nice Bitter Belgian hops. Thick body and nicely carbonated. Well balanced. Decent beer, but nothing too extraordinary.
Grovlam (4206) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. [Courtesy of Joergen, thanks buddy] Huge thick white head that lasted forever. Excellent display of lacework. Light cloudy golden color. Aroma of heavy yeast, caramel, fruit, orange peel, pepper and other spice. Claim to be a hoppy version, but where are the hops???. Light bodied with an average carbonation. Balanced sweet and light acidic hint of bitter. Fruity sweet finish.
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUL 30, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. Aroma is bready and caramel malt, slight hint of fruits and hop. Flavour is bready malt, some fruit, light bitterness. Okay.
SarkyNorthener (3966) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from national brewery centre, Burton. Golden Orange beer with a big head and good lacing. Aroma of spices and yeast. Taste is coriander, spices, yeast, hops and caramel. Moderate carbonation. A very good Belgian ale.
Grzesiek79 (3934) - Radom, POLAND - OCT 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
troszke slabsze jak dla mnie piwo klasztorne z serii Affligem. piana z poczatku spora ale szybko sie kurczy i znika. lekka metnosc cieszy ale nie zachwyca. zapach korzenny. finisz przyprawowy i trawiasty.
goozen (3774) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 0,33ltr: Blond hazy brew from the Heineken-stable, one of their best. Pretty sweet and spicy and an fine bitter finish.
markextrae (3701) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
sample from bottle at festival. poured a cloudy blonde colour with a white head. nose of grains and crisp malts, belgian yeast, and overripe sweet banana’s, cloves and a hint of citrus, caramel sweetness. not good
Wim (3636) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 17, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
hazy blond coloured little sparkling body with a white head a spicy fruity malty aroma a malty fruity herby taste with a herby bitter finish
abemorsten (3508) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - AUG 23, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Klar sprudlende gyllen kropp med et tynt hvitt skum. Kraftig søt lukt med krydrede belgiske gjærtoner. Søt i smaken med aromaen intakt og noe papiraktig bitterhet. God fylde. Delt 0,33 l flaske på RBHD-samling på Fridtjoffen, august 2015.