Leffe Blond

Leffe Blond, in the UK!

Leffe is a beer brand owned by InBev Belgium, the European operating arm of the global Anheuser–Busch InBev brewery giant. There are several beers in the range, and they are marketed as Abbey beers. They are brewed in large quantities and are widely distributed.

History

 

Belgium beer (Leffe)

Image via Wikipedia

The abbey Notre Dame de Leffe was founded in 1152 on the Meuse River in the province of Namur in southern Belgium. Like many monasteries across Europe, the Premonstratensian (Norbertine) canons of the abbey brewed ale. Using knowledge passed from generation to generation and ingredients found in the wild near the abbey, the canons developed a unique ale, brewed only at the abbey. 

The abbey itself has known hard times and has been damaged by both natural and human circumstances over the years. In 1460 the abbey was destroyed by a flood, a fire swept through the settlement in 1466, in 1735 billeted troops damaged the brewery, and in 1794 the outbreak of the French Revolution resulted in the abbey being deserted and the brewery destroyed. The canons returned in 1902.

In 1952, the production of beer was continued after a partnership with the Flemish based Lootvoet brewery in Overijse. This brewery was later bought by the international beer company Interbrew (now InBev). Leffe was then brewed in Mont-Saint-Guibert until Interbrew closed that brewery. Now all Leffe brands are brewed at the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven.

The 1952 agreement between the Leffe abbey and a commercial brewery is said to have been the first of its kind (royalties continue to be paid to the abbey). Today, Belgium’s beer category called “abbey” is thriving – with several beers brewed under similar licenses to Leffe as well as abbey beers named after abbey ruins or abbeys that no longer exist. The Affligem and Grimbergen beers are a part of Heineken’s international portfolio. Other notable abbey brands include Corsendonk.

The Leffe museum in the town of Dinant is open to visitors.

Anheuser–Busch InBev

Image via Wikipedia

From ABinbev.

Leffe makes the extraordinary, just perfect, bringing people together to share, and savor special moments. The Leffe family of beers are rich and full bodied. Made from only the highest quality ingredients, they provide a recipe for rich moments in life that deserve to be savored. Leffe’s unique brewing heritage is n

ow shared and enjoyed by consumers in more than 60 countries worldwide.

While sharing a Leffe, consumers savor true moments of indulgence. Designed for real beer lovers, Leffe is to be savored when there is time to relax and enjoy the deep, complex flavors wrought from a centuries-old brewing tradition. The brand is available in four varieties: Blonde, Brown, Triple, and Radieuse/Vieille Cuvée. Each of these unique brews is made by craftsmen who rely on hundreds of years of brewing competence and tradition to make a drink that offers a perfect moment of indulgence. Each one has its own character – treats to enjoy for different occasions.

Leffe Blond

A dry, fruity, lightly spiced beer, full and creamy – a perfect balance of strength and subtlety. The brand has a delicate and light, malty aroma and a subtle, sweet finish. Leffe Blonde is a perfect accompaniment to light, everyday meals. Leffe blond is available from Belgian beer importers Cavedirect

buy leffe blond online

Leffe Brown

Leffe Brown is substantially more robust than Leffe Blonde. This rich variety combines the rich aroma of roasted caramel with a slightly sweet finish. It is an excellent accompaniment to hearty, sweet and savory types of cuisine.

buy leffe brun online

Leffe Triple

Leffe Triple is a stronger beer with a full aftertaste of spicy coriander and orange. Leffe Triple is an excellent replacement for any robust or full-flavored white wine.

Glass of Leffe Blonde, a Belgian beer, in fron...

Image via Wikipedia

Leffe Radieuse/Vieille Cuvée

Leffe Radieuse/Vieille Cuvée combines a very complex taste pallet and the fruity flavors of banana, citrus fruit, coriander and cloves, with a mild sharpness. It is a beer to drink instead of complex wines, with sophisticated and complex cuisines.

effe makes the extraordinary, just perfect, bringing people together to share, and savor special moments. The Leffe family of beers are rich and full bodied. Made from only the highest quality ingredients, they provide a recipe for rich moments in life that deserve to be savored. Leffe’s unique brewing heritage is now shared and enjoyed by consumers in more than 60 countries worldwide.

While sharing a Leffe, consumers savor true moments of indulgence. Designed for real beer lovers, Leffe is to be savored when there is time to relax and enjoy the deep, complex flavors wrought from a centuries-old brewing tradition. The brand is available in four varieties: Blonde, Brown, Triple, and Radieuse/Vieille Cuvée. Each of these unique brews is made by craftsmen who rely on hundreds of years of brewing competence and tradition to make a drink that offers a perfect moment of indulgence. Each one has its own character – treats to enjoy for different occasions.

Leffe

Leffe Blonde
A dry, fruity, lightly spiced beer, full and creamy – a perfect balance of strength and subtlety. The brand has a delicate and light, malty aroma and a subtle, sweet finish. Leffe Blonde is a perfect accompaniment to light, everyday meals.


Leffe

Leffe Brown
Leffe Brown is substantially more robust than Leffe Blonde. This rich variety combines the rich aroma of roasted caramel with a slightly sweet finish. It is an excellent accompaniment to hearty, sweet and savory types of cuisine.


Leffe

Leffe Triple
Leffe Triple is a stronger beer with a full aftertaste of spicy coriander and orange. Leffe Triple is an excellent replacement for any robust or full-flavored white wine.


Leffe

Leffe Radieuse/Vieille Cuvée
Leffe Radieuse/Vieille Cuvée combines a very complex taste pallet and the fruity flavors of banana, citrus fruit, coriander and cloves, with a mild sharpness. It is a beer to drink instead of complex wines, with sophisticated and complex cuisines.


Basic Belgians

leffeI know it’s a crap name for the article, but we get plenty of emails from people looking for basic Belgian beers – not Belgian people with a simple “sense of humour”.

It could be argued that either Leffe or Duvel is the archetypal Belgian blonde ale, and one of the most popular bottled beers in the country as well as being well-known internationally.  Duvel, in the name means “Devil” and some other blonde beers follow the theme — Satan, Lucifer, Brigand, Piraat and so on.  Abbey blonde beers like Steenbrugge and Leffe also fit the bill – the popular Val-Dieu and Brugse Zot has been ever so popular here at Beermerchants.com.

But what’s the point?  why are these beers so popular?  are they lagers for grown ups?  are they just for people who’ve been to Belgium and want to express that point when they go to the pub…?

I am sure that there are many people out there who have discovered the delights of Belgian beer before ever venturing there.  Lagers for grown ups, what a load of tosh, but it might well be possible?

I really love some of the history of the old monastic Belgian brewers – especially the not to be confused with Trappist -

According to the probably very edited script(ures) on Wikipedia – The abbey Notre Dame de Leffe was founded in 1152 on the Meuse River in the province of Namur in southern Belgium. Like many monasteries across Europe, the Premonstratensian (Norbertine) canons of the abbey brewed ale. Using knowledge like many of the monestaries at the time, they were brewing beer – although official inbev or what ever they are called now, say they brewed a “unique” beer, whether that’s true or not, I have in my youth drunk my fair share of Leffe, even when it was a bottle conditioned beer.

Interesting to read that the abbey, in Dinant a beautiful gorge on the Meuse,  itself has known hard times and has been damaged by both natural and human circumstances over the years. In 1460 the abbey was destroyed by a flood, a fire swept through the settlement in 1466, in 1735 billeted troops damaged the brewery, and in 1794 the outbreak of the French Revolution resulted in the abbey being deserted and the brewery destroyed. The canons returned in 1902.

In 1952, the production of beer was continued after a partnership with the Flemish based Lootvoet brewery in Overijse. This brewery was later bought by the international beer company Interbrew (now InBev). Leffe was then brewed in Mont-Saint-Guibert until Interbrew closed that brewery. Now all Leffe brands are brewed at the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven. The 1952 agreement between the Leffe abbey and a commercial brewery is said to have been the first of its kind (royalties continue to be paid to the abbey).

So, with all this history – is that a Basic Belgian?  If I was to pick a gateway belgian blond beer – perhaps, 6 or so years ago, I might have, now I would certainly suggest the double gold winner in the world beer cup – Brugse Zot.