Appropriately enough for a Sunday, this afternoon’s tipple is a perky little bottle of pale ale with a Belgian twist from the Abbey of Leffe, who not surprisingly cash in on their medieval heritage with a stylish label that makes you think of ancient abbeys, whispering halls and rosy-cheeked monks, drunk as lords in the service of the Lord. Let’s see how close I can get to that vision with a couple bottles of this…
The beer they’ve come up with is a reasonble enough brew – a typical Belgian bouquet, a really nice golden colour and a fine, thick and frothy head greet you as you pour, and the brew’s got a reasonable amount of flavour, bite, and alcohol. But there’s something I can’t quite put my finger on that leaves me feeling a little bit cold – the beer tastes too clean, there’s no yeasty sediment in the bottle, there’s nothing really to mark this out as something special.
When you realise that it’s brewed “on behalf” of the Abbey by the mighty multinational InBev, perhaps that’s what it is… this isn’t the quirky little beer that you might expect from a quick glance at the label. It’s the Belgian product of the world’s biggest brewer… huh. Nothing really bad about it, but there’s other Belgians out there you’d probably have a better time with.
JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road