Product Type: Leffe Beer
Newest Review: ... or you start to lose the subtleties that you are paying for in the first place. Leffe Blonde is a premium beer, and you pay accordingly... more
Beer for adults!
Member Name: Danscomp
Advantages: Great proper beer
Disadvantages: Not for kiddies!
When I first started drinking beer, I was around sixteen. The go to choice was what most teenagers opt for, particularly as alcopops weren't around. It was Budweiser, the sort of sugary fizzy beer that I would not even touch today. Decent beers are thin on the ground. Belgium has a history of producing great beers, and Leffe is undoubtedly the most famous of all of them.
Ironically enough, Leffe is now owned by Anhauser-Busch who make Budweiser. Thankfully, the two beers are worlds apart. There are a large number of different Leffes, but the best selling is Leffe blonde. This is an Abbey beer. Monks in Abbeys were permitted to brew beer, and they made some great brews. The Abbey that is supposed to have first produced Leffe was around since the 12th century.
Leffe is great to drink, though some might find it cloying. A deep golden colour, pouring correctly into the glass produces a luxuriously creamy head. The aroma is sweet, though the taste is not. It's not sour either. Banana, vanilla and spice dominate. This is a beer that tastes of beer, like it should. But at the same time, it has a uniqueness about it that no other beer has.
If you have to drink a beer ice-cold, you don't like the taste of beer. Leffe is best enjoyed colder than a pale ale, but no more than that, or you start to lose the subtleties that you are paying for in the first place. Leffe Blonde is a premium beer, and you pay accordingly. But it's no more to buy at the supermarket than, for example, London Pride.
Leffe goes really well with fish and seafood, though it will bring a touch of class to most meals. The one caveat with Leffe is that it is not weak. At 6.6%, you need to be careful if you're having a pint and driving afterwards. I normally buy the large 750ml bottle at Sainsbury, where you can often get two for a fiver.
Summary: Excellent blonde Abbey beer
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