Leffe Blond 0.0% Review – Belgian Blonde Bombshell?


Leffe blond 0.0 i bought and drank for this review
Leffe Blond 0.0

Belgium has a rich heritage in beer and breweries. You think Belgium, you think Duvel, La Chouffe, Tripel and of course Leffe.

Not too many of these Belgian beers have been given an alcohol free make over but Leffe is owned by AB InBev and they know how to make money.

Will the Leffe Blonde 0.0% stack up against its illustrious countrymen?

About Leffe

Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The S...
Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The Same

Leffe takes its name from Notre-Dame de Leffe, an abbey of Premonstratensian canons which was founded, 1152 in Belgium.

The story goes that in 1240, the monks offered travellers a refreshing drink. There were many plagues and illnesses about, making water unsafe. In response the monks built a brewery to boil the water and kill the disease.

Leffe tell us they are still using the same recipe today. You have to think there may be some slight changes?!

Certainly the non alcoholic Blond 0.0 is new and a far cry from the 6.6% Leffe Blonde.

What is a blonde abbey beer?

Leffe is what is known as a Belgian blonde abbey beer. What is that i hear you cry…

Blonde

The Belgian blonde is an ale.They are usually very easy drinking with a low but pleasing hop IBU or bitterness.

It is usually a light but sometimes slightly medium bodied ale. There is a low malt aroma that is often said to have some spice like cloves. Sugar can be added to lighten the body of the beer.

Abbey

To be called an “abbey beer” there has to be a link to an existing or dissolved Norbertine or Benedictine abbey.

The beer doesn’t need to be brewed in or near the actual abbey but there does have to be a historical connection to the said abbey. The brewery can have to pay royalties to the abbey and the abbey can have refusal over marketing.

Breweries are given a logo to signify authenticity. Being an abbey beer can increase the price you ask the customer to pay.

Serving glass

The traditional style of glass to serve these in is a goblet or chalice (i smashed mine). You have to love beer tradition.

Traditional Abbey glass via leffe.com

Nutrition

Alcohol – 0.0%

Calories – 40kcal per 100ml

Carbohydrate – 9.8g per 100ml

Sugar – 1.1g per 100ml

This has just about the highest calorie count of all the non alcoholic beers i have tried and the highest carb count. If you are just interested in no alcoholic and not too worried about calories then this is for you.

This still represents a 33% reduction in calories over Leffe Blonde 6.6% so not all bad.

The Look

The colour is mid golden i suppose you’d call it. It created a small light head that stayed a short while.

The Aroma

It is quite fragranced with citrus and some pineapple to my nose. With the nose of faith i can pick up the cloves Leffe say is there but the vanilla escaped me.

The Taste

Wooh, massive beer here. I get a huge mouthfeel and depth. It has loads of body despite telling reasonably light and tastes like a slightly sweeter Leffe 6.6%

It is quite sweet to be honest, but doesn’t actually taste too sweet to me. Im not sure what i would think of it after 3-4 of them. Maybe that is why they’ve provided it in a 250ml bottle? 

Lovely aroma as you drink it as well. Light citrus, loads of hop bitterness and that almost floral taste. 

You get definite fruity vibes with orange notes. There is some spice and that clove taste they talk of.

It’s a blonde beer so has barley malt, maize, barley, sugar, water, hops and natural ingredients.

The Verdict

I think sampled as 1-2 beers its class. Any more and starts to get too sweet. Horses for courses. Ive tried this out on lots of friends and family. Some fall in love some think too sweet. 

The Score

7.5/10. It may be too sweet for some palates.

Find out where this beer ranks compared to all the beers i have reviewed on my updated “Best Non Alcoholic Beers” page

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Leffe Notes

It is delicate but characteristic, Leffe Blond 0.0% gives an extra touch of flavor to simple dishes and lightly accompanies your fried foods.

AROMA: floral and spicy with notes of vanilla and cloves.

TASTE: The strong malty aroma of Leffe Blond reveals a sweet bitterness in perfect harmony with notes of vanilla and clove.

Review Overview
SUMMARY

I think sampled as 1-2 beers its class. Any more and starts to get too sweet.

3.8

philmcclelland

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