Affligem is a certified Abbey Brewery. As impossible as it may seem, the peaceloving Affligem abbey was originally founded not by monks, but by warriors. By six knights who owed their allegiance to the Holy Roman Emperor but whose souls belonged to God. With permission from Anno II, the Archbishop of Cologne, they erected the Abbey of Affligem in 1074. The recipes have been handed down through the generations since 1074 and have never been changed.