Blonde Belgian Abbey Beer
In 1952, the Abbot of the Norbetine Abbey of Leffe in Dinant, Father Nys, held a meeting with a brewer, Albert Lootvoet from Overijse.
From that day forward Albert would produce the Leffe abbey beers under licence.
Like most Belgian abbeys Leffe had its own brewery. However, the French Revolution (1789-1794) and the wars that followed sounded the death knell for many religious houses.
Others saw their activities, including their brewing, disrupted for many years. Leffe was no exception: after a slow process of suppression and dissolution, the brewery finally stopped work in 1809.
Nearly a century-and-a-half later, the first fruit of the agreement with Albert Lootvoet was Leffe Brune, a dark abbey beer that was soon followed by Leffe Blonde.
These two beers formed the basis of a range of Belgian abbey beers that has developed into a global brand.
These days the range includes Leffe Brune, Triple, Radieuse, Ruby, Rituel 9°, Royale Whitbread Golding, Royale Cascade IPA, Royale Mapuche, Royale Mount Hood, Royale Crystal, Nectar and Bière de Noël.
Leffe Blonde is a light blonde degustation beer with zesty and fruity aromas, a mild and fruity taste, and a dry finish. It has a very broad appeal.
This is a top-fermented beer.
Leffe Blonde is brewed with water, yeast, malt and hops.
Colour & Transparency
Leffe Blonde takes on a clear blond colour in the glass and pearlises slightly below a delicate, snowy-white head.
5-7°C / 41-45°F
The Leffe beers are served in an elegant, engraved chalice on a tall stem, with a bowl-like shape that allows the aromas and flavours to develop to the full. The letter ‘L’, engraved at the bottom of the glass, helps the beer to continue to produce bubbles, ensuring that the head remains for longer.
Character, Tastes & Aromas
Leffe Blonde is fragrant, with a slight aroma of cloves; its taste is mild, full and fruity (with a hint of bitter oranges), as well as zesty (cloves, vanilla), with a powerful, dry finish and a zesty undercurrent.
This ideal aperitif beer makes a lovely combination with salads, (smoked) ham, fried or grilled beef, pork, medallion of veal, lamb, Dover sole, whiting, trout, chicken, quail, sweet-and-sour dishes and cheeses with a white rind, a Camembert, Brie, Brillat-Savarin or Saint-Marcellin for example.
The taste of creamy cheeses is complemented by the fresh and fruity touches of the beer.
Keeping and Storage
The bottled beer will keep for two years, and in the barrel it will keep for 12 months.
Store the bottles in a cool, dark place at a temperature of between 10°C and 15°C.
Bottle ✔ On Tap ✔
Leffe Blonde is available in 33cl and 75cl bottles and in kegs of 6l, 20l and 30l.
With Leffe Blonde one thing is sure, you will find this beer around the globe. From New York to Tokyo you will always be able to pick this one up.