Leffe Royal Blonde

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5 to 6°C
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Leffe blonde is all grown up, and you’ll be proud of the sophisticated young man he’s become. It’s a classic Belgian strong golden ale at it’s core, but there are greater things at work here. The classic Belgian aroma of banana and clove burst through with a light smokiness at the end. The flavour brings in a sweet toffee malt with a dab of liquorice and savoury afterthought. Now I know that may sound like a very heavy drink but the subtle carbonation and gentle mouthfeel make this beer insanely drinkable and would insanely well with smoked ham or anything else meaty.

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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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Really good take on the standard blonde. Packs a punch but you would never know. Well worth a shot
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Really easy drinking, which is surprising given how strong it is. Probably in smaller bottles for a reason!
A tasty but small beer
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It’s a shame that the bottle is so small as this is a delicious and well rounded beer. At over 7% though, maybe the size is a good thing!
Not Enough
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The beer tastes great but it’s a shame the bottle is so small.
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