This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Leffe Blonde.
I first became aware of Leffe Blonde being kosher when I started to receive KF letters of certification as part of building the semi annual kosher beers list. I was not familiar with the brewery as I tended not to pay attention to the Belgian aisle. This was not being a xenophobe or ignorance, but simply because I could never get good information on which Belgian beers were unflavored.
Recently I had an opportunity to pick up some of the Leffe products including the Leffe Blond. I put this in the fridge for a little over a week so that I could share it with friends who were visiting us for Shabbos lunch. I opened it after the fish course and poured it into some stemless wine glasses and passed them around.
The first sniff of the beer gave everyone some pause. I had tried only one other Abbey Ale and that beer was spiced with brown sugar (Blue Moon Winter Moon). But once the beer had a chance to breath and I tried a few sips, I began to enjoy the phenols and clove flavors which to me would be more apt for a hefeweizen. While I would not go out and buy a six pack of this brew, I would want to experiment with pairings (no this was not a good mix with the cholent which followed the fish course).
Leffe Blonde is under the Kosher Supervision of the Kosher Federation (KF), but the bottle I purchased did not have the certification mark on the label. If you would like the LOC from the Va'ad, please let me know and I will email it to you.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew, please follow this link -http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/470/2137.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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