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Belgian beers: Leffe
Once brewed by the abbey "Notre Dame de Leffe", Leffe is one of the top selling brands of the InBev brewery.
The brand exists of several beers: Blonde, Dark brown, Triple, Radieuse and 9°.
An export product from Belgium where tradition has been enhanced, incorporated into big business and preserved into the bottle.
The abbey "Notre Dame de Leffe" started brewing Leffe beers in 1152. After some disasters and human struggles the abbey stopped producing beers in 1794.
In 1952 Lootvoet breweries in Overijse started a partnership to restart the production of Leffe beers. Alot of local Belgian breweries, including Lootvoet, were bought by Interbrew (which later merged into InBev). The beer is now brewed at the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven.
What Leffe style is your favorite
The most popular Leffe is the Blonde one.
When serving Leffe Blonde, make sure both the beer and the glass are cooled to around 7°C a 8°C (45°F a 46°F). Tilt the glass a little and pour the Leffe Blonde with a big foam filling the entire glass.
Leffe Blonde has a 6.6% alcohol contents. The aftertaste has a small hint of banana and the beer is suited for drinking with red meat dishes and cheese.
When pouring Leffe Dark do it slowly. The beer generates alot more foam than the Blonde variant.
It has a bitter taste and a hint of caramel.
It goes perfect with cheese, stews and sweet dishes.
Leffe Triple is unfiltered and has a 8.5% alcohol contents.
Before pouring in a cooled glass, swirl the bottle (if you like the beer sweeter, do not swirl to keep the sediment in the bottle). Keep the glass at an angle to let the foam fill the glass.
The Leffe Triple tastes more bitter but also fruity. There's a hint of oranges.
Serve with chicken or rich cheeses.
Radieuse contains the most hop of all Leffe beers and thus has the most bitter taste. The flavor is fruity with a hint of banana and coriander.
It's suited for serving with lobster, jackrabbit or mussels.
The beer with the punch. With 9% alcohol and a mix of coriander and vanilla, Leffe 9° is a beer to enjoy and drink slowly.
It's comparable to a good Cognac or Whiskey, so serve it after dinner.
3 different hop variants, a lot of research, but only 1 second is needed to enjoy this rich variant with excellent flavor.
Great with fish dishes and best served at 8°C.
An excellent combo between the Leffe abbey beer and a mix of red fruits.
Perfect with the appetisers.
Combined with honey, the blonde Leffe Nectar releases an abundance of flavour.
Perfect as an aperitif.