TBR Reviews: Leffe Blonde Belgian Style Pale Ale
File Date: 11.20.2011
The Beer: Leffe Blonde
Type: Belgian Pale Ale
Stats: 6.6% ABV
Brewer: Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Web Site: www.leffe.com/en
State/Country of Origin: Belgium
Brewer Info: The Leffe Brewery is located on the right bank of the Meuse River, about 1 kilometer south of the town of Dinant. In 1152, the Premonstratensian Fathers founded the Notre-Dame Abbey where the Leffe and Meuse rivers meet. The abbey’s name was changed to Leffe Abbey in 1200. The monks brewed ale made of natural ingredients and based on a recipe that had been passed down from generation to generation. The first reference to the brewery in historical records dates back to 1240. The brewery was being rehabilitated when a new danger appeared: French Republican troops, who arrived with the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1794. For centuries under the old regime, the church had been the country’s largest landowner. The new regime refused to recognize the church’s special status and all of its property was confiscated. In 1796, the Abbey was officially abolished and declared to be the property of the state. The Abbey had not brewed beer since the French Revolution – when Father Abbot Nys met Albert Lootvoet, a brewer at Overijse, in 1952. The two men decided to revive Leffe Abbey’s illustrious brewing tradition by again brewing beer based on the traditional recipe and processes. The Abbey began to brew Leffe Dark beer in 1952 – and it was an instant success.
Brewer Brand Hype: Leffe Blond is the flagship of Leffe. The unique recipe is the fruit of centuries of experience in the art of brewing, which brings a broad palette of aromas into balance. It is elegant, smooth and fruity, and it has a spicy aftertaste with with a hint of bitter orange. It’s light, sunny colour is due to the use of pale malt. Leffe Blond contains 6.6% alcohol and fits excellently with a wide variety of dishes. It is best at temperature of 5 to 6 degrees [C]. A thirst – quenching aperitif, for those relaxing moments with friends and family.
Label: Deliciously soft and subtle. Award winning Leffe Blonde is a full-bodied deep golden ale that is surprisingly subtle and delicate. Belgium’s classic abbey ale is best served in its own chalice-shaped glass accumulating the ale’s aroma and creating the perfect head.
The Brewski Review: Nice spicy aftertaste as noted by the brewer. Excellent golden color and pours with a nice foamy head. Rather mild with a little bit of bitterness. Very good brew. It reminds me of a pumpkin flavored beer – with the spices and hint of bitter orange. I liked it. Give one a try.
Drinkability: Yes. Would purchase again.
Appearance: Nice golden color.
The Buds: Nice spicy aftertaste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.