Deep yellow with brilliant clarity and a thick head that laces the glass, Affligem Blond is unmistakably Belgian. Belgian yeast aromas waft up from the glass, pulling coriander, black pepper, and clove in the nose; sweet, bready malts and slightly grassy, perfumy hops thicken the bouquet. Smooth, bready malts cascade onto the front of the tongue and zip from taste bud to taste bud, riding the beer’s perky carbonation. Complex, spicy yeast characters swell alongside moderate hop bitterness mid-sip; then, the drink segues into a dry finish with lingering spicy flavors. Succinct from front to back, Affligem Blond’s playful character and neat finish allow the smooth alcohol to go unnoticed until it gently glows in the depths ofthe chest.