Abbey Beers are some of the best value around the world. They are beers elaborated following a norm that dates back hundreds of years. Generally, they have a high fermentation, which gives them a strong flavour and a soft fruity touch.
Abbey Beers, to be called as such, must be made by a non-Trappist monastery. Currently, there are also agreements between commercial breweries and monasteries for the production of this drink.
Belgian Abbey Beers
One of the countries in the world where Abbey Beers are most popular in Belgium. There are currently 70 brands of this type of beer. The elaboration process is as follows: Abbey Beers usually ferment for about five days in vats prepared for it; then, they pass to conservation tanks and, finally, they are fermented in the bottle.
Thus, one of the most notorious features of this type of beer is that it usually develops a total of two or three fermentations, depending on whether the time of stay in the conservation tanks is considered fermentation or not. Thus, Abbey Beers with two fermentations are dark and those that have three fermentations are blond.
Affligen Abbey Beer
To this day, one of the most well-known brands of Belgian Abbey Beers is Affligen. It has its origin in the Abbey of the same name, which dates back to the beginning of the eleventh century. The first brewing references in this Abbey are from the mid-12th century.
Today, this beer is no longer made in the monastery, but rather in the Heineken Group premises. There are a total of three different types of beer: Blond, Dubbel or Tripel. The differences between them are given by their alcoholic content. The Tripel is the one with the highest alcohol content, 8.5%. The star ingredient of all of them is the Affligen yeast.
It is one of the best rated Abbey Beers in the world and it should be served between 4 and 6 degrees Celsius to enjoy the most of its flavour.
TASTING NOTES: St. Bernardus Abt 12 Appearance: A dark beer with an ivory-colored head Aroma: Complex flavor of roasted malt, caramel, and herbal notes Flavor: Round and balanced, not very strong, softened by special water, predominantly roasted malt...
- Appearance: Brouwerij ’t IJ Zatte is a gold color with a slight white foam
- Aroma: aroma with fresh fruit mixed here and there with a touch of grain.
- Body / Taste: The taste is slightly sweet, ending with a fine, dry aftertaste.
TYPE OF BEER: Belgian Tripel
...light acid and bitter touches that give it a great balance. Slightly sweet finish, accompanied by raisin notes. CERVECERÍA: Leffe. This brewery is part of brewer conglomerate AB InBev, who established a commercial agreement with the canons of the Order...
TASTING NOTES: Appearance: Dark color, something coppery beige foam and durable (though not abundant). Aroma: Rich and earthy hops. Body / Taste: Lots of nuances in flavor, that are overlapping each other, mostly fruity and sweet, but the...
TASTING NOTES: Appearance: Augustijn Grand Cru is amber. The foam is persistent Aroma: Smells of hops, sweet Body / taste: the palate is spicy with hints of hops FERMENTATION TYPE: High fermentation ABV: 9% Vol
TASTING NOTES: Color: Maredsous Tripel has an amber colour. Odour: slight fruit (apples and pears), hints of banana and a little black pepper. Mouth: Tasty and light with a little honey prominent. ABV: 10% Vol TYPE OF BEER: Stout
- Appearance: Maredsous 10 Tripel is somewhat yellowish orange, slightly hazy with a moderate creamy white layer of foam, a very representative than usual in this style look.
- Aroma: At the nose first thing that appears is a very intense fruity sweetness, which emphasizes the...”
TASTING NOTES: Fût Affligem - Beertender 5L Appearance: Cloudy and intense blonde color Aroma: Beautiful power, slightly fruity with notes of plums, ripe fruits and citrus, with hints of acacia flowers, honey and gingerbread Flavor: Broad and generous,...
...entrance in the mouth is very soft; It gives off subtle flavored and spicy flavors that show its true elegance. CERVECERÍA: Leffe. This brewery was founded in 1240 in the municipality of Dinant, province of Namur, in southern Belgium, by the canons of...
“- Leffe Blonde is a classic Abbey beer with smooth and well balanced fruity, warming flavours. The beer has hints of quince, gooseberry, bitter cherry and apple flavours together with hints of cloves, nutmeg and allspice.
- Originally brewed by monks near Dinant, Belgium, Leffe Blonde continues...”
TASTING NOTES: Appearance: It is a lager, pale amber. Aroma: floral and fruity aromas. Body / Taste: balanced and harmonious taste between bitter and sweet, ending with a slight dry bitterness. FERMENTATION TYPE: High. ABV: 7.5% Vol
TASTING NOTES: Color: Karmeliet Triple 75cl is a full-bodied beer, dark blond. Large amount of creamy foam Aromas: Predominantly malty notes Taste: Persistent fruit flavour and finish with a balanced bitterness. PRODUCER: Brasserie Bosteels ALCOHOL: ...
- Appearance: 75cl Karmeliet is golden bronze, with thick and creamy froth
- Bouquet: fine and dry, with a hint of orange
- Body / Flavor: Tastes like hops, with hints of fruit and yeast Bosteels home
FERMENTATION TYPE: high fermentation
ABV: 8% Vol”
TASTING NOTES: Appearance: Blond, live, fine, balanced. Dense foam shows excellent retention body slightly blurred with some suspended sediment. Aroma: It herbaceous hops dominate the nose, with notes of sweet fruit retronasal especially pear Body...
TASTING NOTES: Color: Triple Brewery Bosteels is dark yellow. Foam: Lots of creamy foam Taste: Predominantly malty notes. It is a full bodied beer. The fruit persists in flavor and finishes with a balanced bitterness. PROCESSOR: Brewery Bosteels...
“TASTING NOTES:Color: Triple Brewery Bosteels is dark yellow. Foam: Lots of creamy foamTaste: Predominantly malty notes. It is a full bodied beer. The fruit persists in flavor and finishes with a balanced bitterness.PROCESSOR: Brewery BosteelsABV: 8% Vol”
TASTING NOTES: Appearance: Dark reddish brown with very particular brightness frothy. Aroma: sweet black fruits like blueberry and plum has a curious odor of all good eight alcoholic beers or more. Body / taste: sweet is presented with prunes and...
TASTING NOTES: Color: Abbaye Des Rocs Brune has a brownish colour. Smell: Notes of grass and hay sugar, a bit of alcohol. Mouth: Thickness in mouth like a soup flavoured chocolate, nuts and caramel. ABV: 9% Vol. TYPE OF BEER: Stout
TASTING NOTES: Tongerlo Brune Appearance: Brown coloured with a creamy, white head. Aroma: Sweet aroma, with notes of biscuit, marzipan and nuts. Flavor: Notes of vanilla and cooked banana. Slightly bitter and burnt aftertaste with a hint of chocolate...
TASTING NOTES: Color: Maredsous Blonde has a golden colour. Smell: The aroma was of semi-sweet fruits (apricots, oranges and peaches) is dipped in Belgian yeasts: almost like a breakfast spread of fruity jam or marmalade. Mouth: The taste was a little...
“TASTING NOTES:Color: Maredsous Blonde has a golden colour.Smell: The aroma was of semi-sweet fruits (apricots, oranges and peaches) is dipped in Belgian yeasts: almost like a breakfast spread of fruity jam or marmalade.Mouth: The taste was a little less sweet, with the center of the scene making...”
TASTING NOTES: Appearance: A deep color between gold and mahogany, the foam has a short duration. Aroma: roasted, malty something which detects the presence of alcohol. Body / Taste: fruity and spicy presents profiles with initial bitterness is...
TASTING NOTES: Appearance: Pale straw color. Aroma: It gives off a sweet smell caused by herbal hops. Body / flavor: strong flavor neutral and slightly sweet. It is characterized by malt and fresh hops complex spices. FERMENTATION TYPE: High....
“TASTING NOTES:Appearance: Pale straw color.Aroma: It gives off a sweet smell caused by herbal hops.Body / flavor: strong flavor neutral and slightly sweet. It is characterized by malt and fresh hops complex spices. FERMENTATION TYPE: High.ABV: 9% Vol”
TASTING NOTES: Color: Tongerlo Prior Tripel has a deep golden colour, white head. Smell: Aroma of citrus, slightly spicy, sweet fruits, malts. Mouth: The taste is medium-sweet malt, fruity, alcohol, pretty citrus and bitter hops finish alcohol. ABV: 9%...
TASTING NOTES: Color: St. Bernardus Prior 8 has a deep amber colour. Smell: Subtle Aroma of brown sugar, wood, cinnamon, cherry and licorice. Mouth: sweet fruit flavour, malt. ABV: 8% Vol. TYPE OF BEER: Stout
- Appearance: Augustijn Blond has a dark brown color with a full head.
- Aroma: Light fruit flavor, malt and flowers, with notes of hops and yeast.
- Body / Flavor: sweet malt and fruit taste, quickly replaced by bitter notes of hops, finishing pretty sweet.
TYPE OF BEER: Belgian...”
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