Launch of Affligem Belgian beer in Malaysia

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.)

Affligem launch, Hilton Kuala Lumpur - bottled Affligem

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!

Affligem launch, Hilton Kuala Lumpur - Will Quah and Suanie

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.

Affligem launch, Hilton Kuala Lumpur - girls

Enchanting songbird Poova mesmerised us with a selection befitting the event. Though I think she would do better singing her own original songs.

Affligem launch, Hilton Kuala Lumpur - Poova

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.

Affligem launch, Hilton Kuala Lumpur - chicken mousseline
Chicken mousseline, mushroom salad with truffle emulsion.

Affligem launch, Hilton Kuala Lumpur - seared scallops
Seared scallops with chorizo on pea puree with Gremolata dressing.

Affligem launch, Hilton Kuala Lumpur - sherbet
Tomato and sweet red pepper sherbet.

Affligem launch, Hilton Kuala Lumpur - roasted dorper lamb rack
Roasted Dorper lamb rack with soft mascarpone polenta, braised Belgium endive, jus reduction.

Affligem launch, Hilton Kuala Lumpur - baked lemon curd
Baked lemon curd in black pepper pastry, toasted vanilla marshmallows.

Ben Ng, mixologist and founder of Fluid Alchemy Academy was on hand to guide us through the appreciation of Affligem.

Affligem launch, Hilton Kuala Lumpur - Ben Ng

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.

Affligem launch, Hilton Kuala Lumpur - Suanie

There was a contest for the best signature pouring ritual. Michael (naturally) won.

Affligem launch, Hilton Kuala Lumpur - Michael won

Fantastic. It was an enjoyable event, thanks for having us!

Affligem launch, Hilton Kuala Lumpur - guests

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.

Affligem launch, Hilton Kuala Lumpur - Olivia, Michael, Deepak, Angeltini

Get more fun photos on my Facebook page’s Affligem album: *click*

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