Pours rather clear blonde, good white head. Smell is maltsyrup, sweet, some sugars. Clear notes of citrus, followed by a fresh fruity character with banana hints. The malt gives soft notes of sweet bread and nuts. Finishing on fresh and light bitter notes.
Affligem is brewed in an abbey established in 1074 A.D. that was forced to close its doors five times, due to destruction or the political climate. And still they brew beer, having remained open since 1886. In the 1950s, the monks turned operations over to an independent brewery, hence Affligem is known as an Abbey Ale because it is brewed in an abbey, but not by the monks themselves. But the recipes and, techniques and traditions remain the same.