Leffe, (Belgium)

Which I like better: Leffe Blonde

1) Blonde, 6.6% ABV

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I like it: very crisp and drinkable
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $15, 6x330ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No, not complex enough
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours glowing dark orange, small head, nice lacing, thin layer of retention, ultra-micro CO2, tons of active CO2 streams. Consume between 5-6C. Medium-thick malts on the nose. Starts very creamy, 6/10 sweetness, mainly malts, banana and faint notes of honey and chamomile. Finishes malty 3/10-bitterness. Low-medium complexity, medium depth, medium bitter length, not much carry, good transitions, great drinkability. Not much in terms of a wide range of flavours, but extremely crisp and pairs well with heavy foods – creamy pasta, meat, lamb, pizza, etc.

2) Brune, 6.5% ABV

On the back label:

“The authentic Belgian abbey beer: The roasted barley malts give this Leffe Brune its sweet caramel yet bitter taste”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I like it: sweet caramel malts
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor Store
  • How much: $17, 6x330ml (after 10%)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No, not complex enough
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours milk chocolate brown, nice thick foamy head, thick retention, sticky lacing, plethura of CO2 streams. A bit of malt on the nose, but otherwise rather muted. Detection of alcohol up front, fizzy tingly and then creamy CO2, caramel malts, fig/date/redberry fruitiness, 7/10-sweetness level, roasted 6/10-bitterness level with a dry lingering alcoholic finish. Low-medium complexity, medium depth, medium length, okay carry, good transitions, great drinkability. A decent beer but too sweet for my tastes. A 6-pack is overkill.