The Affligem brewery has a long and interesting history. Recognised as an official Abbey brewery, the abbey credits is establishment to 6 knights way back in 1074 (hence the embossing on the bottles).
Through the centuries, various wars have seen the Affligem Abbey Brewery close its doors no fewer than 5 times. The last time was in 1941 during the Second World War. It was only in 1956 that a commercial deal was signed to pass the brewing secrets of Affligem Abbey to a commercial brewery.
The Affligem beers have seen several further changes of ownership of its brewery, with the last being in 2010 when it became part of the Alken-Maes portfolio. Interestingly though, the Affligem Abbey still has commercial ownership of the Affligem brand.
The beer is a classic Belgian Tripel style. Typical Belgian yeast aromas and a glowing dark golden body identify this as Belgium’s quintessential beer.
It has a light malt body, with inviting sweetness of tropical fruits, giving way to a peppery spice and strong and dry, bitter finish. And the beer hides itsalcohol all too well!