My last beer in Belgium before Christmas was a Leffe blonde – or was it brune? I had both in the lounge at Brussels airport. What else would be on offer (apart from Stella Artois!); all the world knows, or at least has heard of Leffe. Mass produced hype or genuine Abbaye tradition?
If you don’t like it too bitter both are for you: the blonde, a lovely golden, almost amber colour with a thick head; the brune slightly reddish brown, similar head and just as drinkable. Both good barley taste: With the dark version you get a typical caramel taste but not overpowering and a nice fruity bouquet. The blonde just as smooth and balanced with fruitiness and a hint of spice. Conclusion : worth its worldwide reputation; good the plane was only slightly delayed!
Next destination Bavaria: the first beer – from the supermarket? I love wheat beer – one of my favourites is Schneider Weisse so I was about to buy a bottle of their original Tap 7 when I noticed a slightly different label alongside;
“Unser Aventinus Tap 6”. A wheat beer with 8,2 % alc vol. A beer to rival those in Belgium? I bought two bottles.
I couldn’t wait long to try the first one – but more of that next time.