Discerning beer drinkers in Malaysia have more reasons to rejoice with GAB bringing in award-winning certified abbey ale Affligem!
(Abbey beer means monastic-style beer, produced by a commercial brewery or non-monastery under strict regulations and quality control. Common notes: yeasty, malty, very slightly bitter, high aromas. Imagine something comforting someone would drink if trapped up North of Europe in a god-forsaken castle about to be buried under 50 inches of cold, bitter snow.)
At Hilton Kuala Lumpur where the exclusive launch of Affligem was held, I grabbed an opportunity to slide up to charming Will Quah for a photo. Sigh, Will Quah, my only girly crush… With him as host, the evening ahead was about to get 10 times more fantastic!
So what is the deal with Affligem? In 1074, six war-weary knights gave up their violent life and founded Affligem Abbey in pursuit of peace and purity. As monks generally brew beer to sustain their livelihood, they devoted much time and dedication to craft that perfect, full, characteristic beer. The original Affligem recipe has remained unchanged since the days of the founders.
Affligem Blonde is a classic golden abbey ale. Slighty toasty with hints of caramel, baked bread, a bit spicy with a dry finish. It is low in bitterness, pleasant to drink.
Right now, GAB is only bringing in Affligem Blonde which ABV is 6.8%. Hopefully we’ll see the Dubbel and Tripel (ABV 9.5%!!!) soon.
Enchanting songbird Poova mesmerised us with a selection befitting the event. Though I think she would do better singing her own original songs.
Here, have a look at the dinner menu for the night, intended to accompany and alleviate the taste of Affligem Blonde freely flowing. Because food.
Ben Ng, mixologist and founder of Fluid Alchemy Academy was on hand to guide us through the appreciation of Affligem.
One of Affligem’s signature pouring ritual is to first pour most of the beer into a glass chalice. The remaining beer contains most of the yeast, is poured into a smaller glass. A bit gimmicky but fun to taste the difference between yeast and sans yeast.
There was a contest for the best signature pouring ritual. Michael (naturally) won.
Fantastic. It was an enjoyable event, thanks for having us!
You can enjoy Affligen in most fine drinking and dining establishments in Kuala Lumpur. Try: The Voice @ Pavilion KL, The Ceylon Bar (Changkat Bukit Bintang), Primo’s, Estilo Tapas Bar @ Publika and Chapter One @ Hartamas.
For bottled Affligem in grocers, go to: Jason’s Food Hall @ BSC, Mercato @ Hartamas and most Cold Storage in the Central region.
Get more fun photos on my Facebook page’s Affligem album: *click*