While sitting on the Mediterranean, under the sun, it seemed time for a nice cool beer and what better than a new (to me) Belgian brew. Affligem has been in existence since 1074 is a traditional Abbey Beer brewed by the monks themselves. Their Triple variety has won the World Beer Cup in 1996, 2004 and 2008 and it is a completely worthy of all the accolades.
It’s color is a light ruby tinged with gold and there is a wonderful cloudiness to it. There is a substantial head after the initial pour and you can even see flecks of what are most likely yeast. This is thanks to the secondary fermentation done in the bottle.
The taste is a very strong barley flavor and a distinct bitterness up front with a slight citrus note that masks how incredibly strong this beer is. Coming in at 9.5% ABV this could almost be classified as a barley wine. Belgian beers constantly impress me, it’s a very good way to go when torn between a selection of beers and Affligem continued that reputation for me. (9.5% ABV)