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For the Love of Beer

Beer Glasses Several years ago I was sitting in a café in Paris, France and after a long day of sightseeing was in the mood for a crisp, refreshing beer. I wanted something distinctly European and so I ordered a Leffe, which I was not so familiar with at the time. The waiter arrived with the signature chalice-shaped glass and I could hardly wait to grab the golden honeyed brew with slight frothy head from his tray. This lightly spiced Belgian ale was ever so sweet with a subtle caramel and clove aroma and wonderful creamy mouth feel - it totally "hit the spot". After a week of travel filled with breathtaking sights and many memorable meals I just couldn't stop thinking about how delicious that beer was that afternoon. Two age-old questions were looming: was Leffe widely available in the US so that I could find it locally and would it taste as good as it did that afternoon in Paris? Monks The minute I came home I needed to find everything I could about the brewery and most importantly introduce friends to my new favorite beer. I was intrigued with the centuries of history that have contributed to this amazing elixir and was like a little kid whose thirst could only be quenched with information (and more Leffe). The brewing tradition of the Leffe beers dates back more than 700 years to the Abbey Notre-Dame de Leffe, founded in 1152 in the town of Dinant in Belgium. Today, the Abbey De Leffe Monks continue to have input into the production and marketing of the beer. In fact, the revenue from sales of Leffe continues to be the largest source of income for the Leffe Abbey allowing them to continue with their charitable endeavors. Leffe Blonde So the next time you are in the mood for a beer do yourself a favor and try some Leffe Blonde. Look closely at the label on a bottle and you'll see an image in the style of a stained-glass window with a picture of the church tower of the Abbey Notre-Dame de Leffe. Pop it open and pour it into your glass and let the aromas of warm spice and citrus transport you to your favorite European café on a warm afternoon. And remember, you'll be honoring a centuries-old tradition that is symbolized by the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Leffe. And by the way, the answers to the questions I posed above are "Yes" and a resounding "YES".

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James Lee says …

I discovered Leffe about five years ago, and while I don't keep it in the house at all times, a six pack does make it home a few times a year. It is one of my top five beers; consistently good whether on tap in Europe or from a bottle here in the states. I'll raise a glass to this blog post!

Sarah Brown says …

Who would have thought that Paris would be the place to go to discover great beer? I also was introduced to Leffe in Paris a number of years ago. I have to say that I am not a beer aficianado, but I know a great beer when I taste one. And I was quite pleased when, while browsing the beer cooler at WF this week, I noticed that they had Leffe. What a nice surprise!

Andrea Kay says …

Hi! I'm happy to hear that you came across such an amazing beer! I discovered Leffe several years ago along withmany other excellent beligian ales. I don't know if you have heard of Yardhouse - a restaurant known for it's wealth of draft beer - but you can find delicious Leffe and other Belgian beers on tap (and yes, they're as amazing as in Paris!) You can find a Yardhouse restaurant in most states and many ale houses carry belgians.... seek and ye shall find.

Liz says …

When my husband and I were traveling in Montreal this summer, there were Leffe signs everywhere above the doors of different bars. Oddly, I don't think we actually drank any until coming back to NC and picking some up at our local Whole Foods. I'm always excited about new belgian beers to try, and this one was NOT disappointing!

Tom Selenow says …

Where can I find Leffe in the states? I love it as well. Does Whole Foods carry it?

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@Tom Selenow Nice flavor! Since our product offering differs from store to store based on a number of variables, the best way to get the most accurate information regarding the beer selection at your community Whole Foods Market is to contact them directly. The link below will help you identify the contact information for your store and a Team Member there will be happy to let you know if they carry Leffe and what are your Belgium beer options! wholefoodsmarket.com/stores