Leffe Winter

Style
Speciality Beer
Country
Belgium
Brewery
ABV
6.6%
Bottle Size
750ml
Serving Temp
5 to 6°C
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Details

Leffe Winter has a beautiful golden hue, a thick foaming head, and is replete with notes of clove, caramel and coffee. A mild smokiness balances out the beer making this 6.6% brew very drinkable and well-matched with seasonal dishes. To really elevate this beer to be guest of honour at the dinner table, serve it in a chalice.

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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A very nice Christmas beer
80%
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It is very pleasant tasting but not one of the best. Certainly worth the purchase at the reduced price though!
Staple
100%
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This is a Christmas classic. Perfect strength and well balanced hops, malt and sweetness.
Enjoyable Winter Beer
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A similar taste to Leffe Brune, enjoyable dark ale.
Not blown away
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Having enjoyed drinking Leffe in its various ranges I bought this thinking that there would be something new and different in the “Noel” edition. However any true differences as per the tasting notes are too subtle to make this stand out differently or that it is even better than the original blonde or brun. Disappointing
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