Affligem BlondJuly 1, 2004 Opwijk, Belgium
Imported by: Star Brand Imports
White Plains, NY
Available: CA, NY, TX, PA, IL, MA, DE, DC, KY, MD, MI, NJ, OH, VA, MN, AZ, CO, CT, GA, IN, LA, OR, WA
Founded in 1074 by Benedictine monks, Affligem is the oldest abbey in Flanders. Since 2001, the brewery has been 95% owned by Heineken, which has greatly expanded production.
Alcohol (wt.): 5.57
Alcohol (vol.): 7
An old favorite. It is still bottle-conditioned and pours beautifully with spicy aromatics that beg to be sampled. The beer is rich and full bodied—almost thick—on the palate, with a soft, mellow spicy aftertaste, which enhances one’s pleasure. Satisfying and enjoyable. A memorable gem from Belgium.
- Fred Eckhardt
I have fond memories of this gorgeous old brewery in Opwijk, Belgium. The beer is a deep hazy gold and raises a nice fluffy head. Sweet spices and citrus fruits dance in the aroma. The medium-bodied beer at first makes a slightly acidic impression and them a sweet one, finally drying through an elegant fruity center. The finish is brisk and dry. This beer seems much improved of late-- very tasty. It would be great with grilled salmon.
- Garrett Oliver
Huge head. Warm, sunny, orangey color. Orangey aroma, too—more peel than fruit. Medium-to-full body. Slippery and sensuous. Orange again in the palate: this time, it’s the zest. Then banana, strawberries and pepper. Some garden-mint hoppiness, too Those spicy, herbal notes prevent it from being cloying. Instead, it is refreshing and summery.
- Michael Jackson
Fred Eckhardt lives, writes about and drinks beer in Portland, OR. He is the author of The Essentials of Beer Style and Saké.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
Author of Ultimate Beer, the Simon & Schuster Guide to Beer and numerous other works on drinks, Jackson has created legions of converts to fine beer.
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