A Leffe beer - not what we’d normally go after. But it’s a beer I’ve had a few times when stopping at the Leffe Cafes in Belgium. It is at the top end of the Leffe range, and not a common beer to find; even in Belgium. And it is a very decent beer; despite its less-than-artisinal birthplace.
The beer is a lovely golden amber, with a clean white head of tightly packed bubbles. It has a fruity aroma, some detectable hops, with lots of Belgian yeast character.
The taste is sweet to start, with soft summer fruits, clove, gentle spicing and a little caramel maltiness. The hop bitterness develops as the beer progresses, and the alcohol adds a little warmth. It is well carbonated, making it feel lighter and very easy to drink.
Interesting Beer Fact: ‘Abbey Ale’ is a term used to describe beers produced in a style or presentation similar to monastic (ie Trappist) beers. In 2011, there were 18 Certified Abbey Beers. Leffe is the oldest of all certified Abbey Beers, dating back to 1240.