Selamat datang, Affligem.
Kudos to GAB for bringing in a new beer, yeay! It's so nice to see them venture out of their Guinness and Tiger comfort zone. :p
(LH): Affligem's got good head. (RH): Affligem girls ready to ply you with Affligem
So back to how Affligem is here.
At 6.8% it's not something you should chug down like your average lager (because it's not). It's a beer which you need to slowly drink and savour its flavour. The aroma and flavours come out better when served slightly less than icy cold. However, it can be a little pricey. The good news is that all (good) imported beers are already priced around the RM20++ anyways so we should be used to it by now, eh?
|Ben Ng, showing us how to pour an Affligem|
What is it?
Affligem is a Belgian Abbey beer founded around 1074 by 6 knights who were done with the war, decided to become monks and brew beer. The recipe has supposedly been unchanged since 1074.
Fun fact: There are only 22 certified Abbey beers in the world today and Affligem is one of them.
Affligem actually has a few variations under its label:
Affligem Blonde - a Pale Ale at 6.8%It's supposed to be available in both bottle and draught versions but for our Malaysia market, we'll only be introduced to the bottled Blond, for now. Why? I don't know either, but let's hope the rest will come in soon!
Affligem Dubbel - a Dubbel at 7% ABV
Affligem Tripel - a Tripel at 9.5% ABV
Affligem Patersvat - a Belgian Ale at 6.8% ABV
Affligem Noel - a seasonal Christmas ale at 9% ABV
The dashing Will Quah was the emcee at the event & talented Poova entertained us with her lovely singing.
Summarised from its official website:
Aroma: Fresh bread, banana, spice, citrus and hints of vanilla.If you ask me, I can only tell you that it tastes nice and that I liked it. It has a lot of weight and character. Though some may find it heavy, especially those not used to drinking beer.
Taste: Malty, nutty, tropical fruit, dry light bitterness.
Mouth-feel: medium-bodied, smooth, round.
Finish: banana, yeasty spice, hoppy aroma.
There is a technique to this: tilt the glass 45 degrees and pour it out at a certain distance to get sufficient head (bubbles) - while you are pouring slowly tilt the glass upright. Towards the end of the bottle, you MUST swirl the bottle vigorously to dislodge the yeast before pouring the last bits out. This makes a difference to the taste of your drink.
This process is rarely done in beers today, which is why Affligem is proud of it, and proudly displays it on their label.
Where can I buy it?
Should be made available in selected dining places, bars, grocers and convenience stores nationwide from October 2014.
Images with thanks from: Suanie.net & GAB