Leffe, according to the brewery website, was originally brewed by the monks of the Leffe Abbey. The abbey was flooded in 1460 and suffered numerous other disasters in the years to follow. Eventually, the abbey closed until the early 1900s and brewing of Leffe resumed in the 1950s under a partnership with the Lootvoet brewery. This brewery was then bought out by InBev, and today Leffe is brewed in the same facility as Stella Artois.
Leffe’s deep golden crystal clear color looks beautiful in my chalice (the recommended glass on the label, although this is a St. Bernardus glass instead of a Leffe). Lightly spicy nose with a slightly musty odor as well but not off-putting. It has a good sweet malty base with a lot of carbonation, especially if you let the beer linger in your mouth. The spices blend in well with the carbonation. Overall this is a good representation of a Belgian blonde ale. It’s not quite as good as Duvel, but this is still a pleasing beer.
Of the three beers served at the Belgium booth, this is the only abbey ale. I generally enjoy the abbey ales, and this would be the beer I’d pick first.