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Affligem Tripel


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The Brewery


Brouwerij Affligem
Ringlaan 18
B-1745 Opwijk
Flemish Brabant
Belgium


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Beer Style

Strong Blond Abbey Beer of the Tripel Type



The Beer

The recipe for the Affligem abbey beers is based on the original Formula Antiqua Renovata, an abbey recipe dating back to the middle ages.

The Affligem abbey beers are brewed using the highest quality summer-barley malt and aroma hops. An in-house yeast is the ‘soul’ of this beer.

The fermentation process produces esters that give impressions of tropical fruits. Moreover, all Affligem abbey beers re-ferment in the bottle. A 14 days’ stay in the warm room ensures the brews mature into complex, layered beers.

The result? A strong top-fermented beer, blond to amber in colour, with a beautiful balance between hops and malt. Besides Affligem Tripel the range includes Affligem Blond, Affligem Dubbel, Affligem Cuvée and Affligem Patersvat.


Alcohol

9.5% ABV

Fermentation

Top-fermented with re-fermentation in the bottle.

Ingredients

Water, yeast, summer-barley malt, coloured malt, Savinsjki Golding and Spalter Select aroma hops.

Colour & Transparency

An exquisite golden-blond beer with slight pearlisation and a compact, creamy head of froth.


Serving Temperature

8 – 10°C / 46-50°F

Serving Glass

The serving of the Affligem abbey beers is accompanied by a unique pouring ritual, with the yeast being served in a separate, dedicated glass. Part of the degustation set is a ‘premium service’ tray containing an elegant, high-stemmed tasting chalice and a small yeast glass.


Character, Tastes & Aromas

A mild malty aroma with intense aromas of ripe fruit (banana) reaching the nose. The initial taste is slightly sweet with nuances of stone fruits (apricots, peaches) and citrus.

This is emphasized by the in-bottle re-fermentation, that evolve towards a pleasantly refreshing bitterness.

A richly layered beer that tastes full in the mouth. It is exquisitely balanced in view of its high alcohol content. A long, slightly bitter finish.


Culinary

Delicious with foie gras, rabbit… or add a dash of Affligem Tripel to a roux-based soup, a hearty soup of brown beans or lentils, an oxtail soup or a rustic game broth to intensify the taste.

It works well in sauces accompanying fish, crustaceans and shellfish.

Thanks to its full and rounded taste, this tripel makes a perfect pairing with stews using beef or game accompanied by a compote of dates, raisins, prunes, figs or apricots.


Keeping and Storage

Affligem Tripel can be stored in the bottle for up to 24 months. On tap the beer will keep for six to nine months.

The beer is not meant to be left "ageing" in a cellar for years; the brewery ensures it comes to market when perfect to drink. Keep your bottles upright and store in dark, cool and dry place.


Availability

Bottle ✔       On Tap

Available bottled (30 cl) and on tap (20 l, 30 l). The Affligem brewery is part of Alken-Maes; they are a large brewery group and export their beers worldwide. You should therefore have no trouble getting hold of some Affligem Tripel outside of Belgium.

In Belgium it is even easier, many supermarkets and specialised beer shops stock it and you will find plenty of cafés which serve Affligem Tripel.


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