Leffe Blonde (0.0%)

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This is Leffe Blonde without the alcohol. Period. The smell and taste is close to being identical. It’s a mite sweeter than the alcoholic version and there’s a strong biscuit maltiness to finish but otherwise, this is the same Leffe Blonde you all remember, minus the alcohol.

Brewery Info

Leffe. It’s one of the world’s most recognisable Belgian beers. Understandably so, it’s had more than 800, albeit tumultuous, years to build a brand and nail that quality. There are few beers that have quite such a development time.

Abbaye de Leffe in Dinant was founded in the 12th century and, like most abbeys and churches, they built a brewery to serve drinks to parishioners and pilgrims. Most people, including children, drank beer of some sort as it was much safer to drink than water.

Over the intervening few centuries, Leffe marked itself out as a brewery of quality. The abbey was seriously damaged in the years around the French Revolution but managed to keep brewing until 1809. During the First World War, many of the brewing kettles were melted down for ammunition.

It wasn’t until 1929, when the abbey was re-established, and in 1952, Father Abbot Nys, along with brewer Albert Lootvoet, decided to start the brewery taking inspiration from its original recipes. Leffe Brune was available again. It’s no longer brewed at the abbey (they produce way too much for that), but Leffe remains officially an ‘abbey’ beer. Today, there’s a museum opposite the abbey in Dinat – Maison Leffe – where you can taste the beer.

Today, there are nine varieties of Leffe, plus occasional limited run beers. The Brune is one of the best examples of its kind, a deep brown beer full of sweet fruit flavours but enough tartness to make it drinkable. Even stronger is Leffe Radieuse full of fruit aromas – orange rind and coriander seeds are particularly apparent; it’s a long, warming drink. The Blond is, of course, a classic pale abbey beer, with a beautiful gold colour and a rich head. Best served in a Leffe chalice of course.


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Above average AF beer
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Surprisingly good alcohol free beer. Still clearly alcohol free, but a cut above the common supermarket lager styles.
Refreshingly tasty
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My son recommended his beer and I’m pleased he did. A very good taste. Refreshingly clean.
Better than most lager style beers
Great though a little sweet in the finish but a superb no alcohol beer
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This is a really REALLY good alcohol free beer. Nails the Leffe flavour and mouthfeel though the sweet finish is more akin to Bierce de Garde style beers than trad leffe. However if you’re looking for good alcohol free beer this hits the mark.

So why would you want to drink alcohol free beer? Scarred by memories of Kaliber I was dubious in the extreme but had found some great non alcoholic beers in Czech Republic so despite my scepticism a mixture of health and calorie focus, a search for the perfect post-run rejuvenator and going on the wagon for a bit led me to exploring alcohol free beer. But as a BJCP certified beer judge, home brewer and beer geek (I even wrote my PhD on beer tasting!!! :-O) I REALLY didn’t want to give up having a beer to wind down on the evening. Cue the search for good low alcohol beers and reviewing them!
The best AF beer
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I had this for the first time whilst in Belgium and am a firm convert. It is a wonderful beer and a real treat for when you don't want any alcohol but also don't want to feel deprived! When will it be back in stock?!!
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