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Belgian beers: Leffe

Updated on October 1, 2014

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.

Savour Leffe.

History

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.

The abbey "Notre Dame de Leffe"
The abbey "Notre Dame de Leffe"


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.

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Leffe Blonde

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.

Leffe Dark

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

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.

Leffe Radieuse

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.

Leffe 9°

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.

Leffe Royale

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.

Leffe Ruby

An excellent combo between the Leffe abbey beer and a mix of red fruits.

Perfect with the appetisers.

Leffe Nectar

Combined with honey, the blonde Leffe Nectar releases an abundance of flavour.

Perfect as an aperitif.

Are you having a Leffe?

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      Geordie T 4 years ago

      Spent a little bit of time in Brugges when I was teaching in Europe. Great beer culture over there, I'll be sure to check some of these out for my beer blog!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Leffe Radieuse is the best one!!!

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      cbessa 5 years ago

      I love Leffe Brune. It's one of the beers that i have often in my fridge. :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A lot is two words. Read a book.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      great lens

      send gifts

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      As a matter of fact I am, leffe brown.

      cheers!

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      JamiST 6 years ago

      Australian Beers

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      JamiST 6 years ago

      You lens is good and like to share about Australian beers. These are the best selling brands in Australia

      1. Murrayâs Punch & Judy

      2. Holgate Temptress

      3. Dalgety Strong Ale

      4. Beard + Brau Golden Paw

      5. Boatrocker Hoppbier

      6. Sweetwater Weissbier

      7. Tooborac Hotel Stonemasons Pale Ale

      8. Red Duck Loch Ness

      9. Redoak English Bitter

      10. Badlands Pale Ale

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

      There's one in the fridge! Have tried the first three but knew nothing of the other two! Blessed by a SquidAngel.