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Pronounced ‘Aff-LINg-Hem’ with a soft ‘g’, Affligem beer is one of 22 abbey beers. Brewed for centuries by the monks of Affligem Abbey, who still own the brand and oversee its brewing, Affligem is now brewed at De Smedt.
De Smedt Brouwerij, now better known as Affligem Brewery is part of Alken-Maes Breweries SA, a group of three small specialist Belgium breweries owned by Heineken International.
Affligem’s main market is across the border in France where 235,000 hectare litres were sold in 2012 with approximately 50/50 split between draught and bottle. Thanks to Heineken’s support and distribution, thankfully the rest of the world can now also sample the delights of this abbey beer and its Body & Soul serving ritual.
Affligem is brewed at De Smedt, a small brewery just 10 kilometres from the Affligem monastery in the Flemish village of Opwijk, which lies about 30 minutes’ drive from Brussels.