If you know me or of me, you will know I like beer. Over the last few years I have been collecting photos of every new beer I have.
I now have over 2,000 individual beers photographed and have realised that many beers that I assumed I have photos of, I haven't.

This blog will be therefore be an account of my quest for new beers to photo and how I enjoyed them (or not).
My email is ralphgant@sky.com.

Friday, 24 February 2012

Leffe Beers

Well this is a surprise to me, as I was writing the "Leffe v Grimbergen" blog, I looked for my Leffe beers blog to link to it and I didn't have one. So it is time to put that right, although it is not a complete list of Leffe, I still have some to photograph.


I will start with the one that, you should know this by now, is my favourite.

Leffe, Blond from Belgium

6.6% deep gold colour with a thin head, sweet malt and bubblegum aroma, sweet strong bubbly malt taste and a slightly bitter aftertaste, I love it.

Next is, Leffe, 9 / Blue from Belgium

9.0% amber colour thin head, sweet fruity aroma, sweet fruity strong flavour, very nuch like a sronger version of the Blond, very nice strong beer.

Next we have, Leffe, Brune from Belgium

Large, Leffe Brune, Belgium

6.5% dark colour with a thin head, slight burnt malt aroma, tasty dark beer but if I had to choose, I would go with the Blond every time.

Now we come to something different, Leffe, Ruby from Belgium

5.0% red colour with a good head, aroma of red berries, sweet strawberry cherry and raspberry taste, a lot like the Affligem Rouge.
I am not a fan of these beers and lately, quiet a few of the large breweries have brought out their own versions, I suppose to steel away the market from the specialist fruit beer producers.

There is a Christmas one, Leffe, Bière de Noël from Belgium

6.6% deep red colour with a thin head, the aroma is spicy and very fruity, fruity Christmas taste, a good effort at a seasonal beer.

The final one (for now that is), Leffe, Tripel from Belgium

8.5%, stronger than the Blond, weaker than the Blue, somewhere in between and that is what it is like, great anyway.

Update, a new one Leffe, Royale from Belgium

7.5% deep gold with a thin head, sweet aroma, as my friend said it's a meaty version of Leffe blonde.

There are a few other beers that I think taste remarkably similar to Leffe Blond and therefore are all good beers in their own right.  Below are a selection of these beers, click on the photo for a link to my short reviews of them.

Brasserie Lefebvre, Abbaye de Oudkerken, Belgium Peerdebrug, Belgium Haacht, Park Blond, Belgium Duyck, Biere Blonde de Tradition, Fance La Gauloise, Blonde, Belgium Abbaye de St Landelin, Blonde, France Brasserie Lefebvre, Abbaye Mont St. Jean, Belgium Week 39-52 Beers, Brasserie Lefebvre, Abbaye de Theleme, Belgium Saint-Omer, 1866 Bière d’Abbaye, France

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Leffe v Grimbergen

Leffe v Grimbergen

Leffe v Grimbergen

We usually have some Leffe in the house and when I found some of my other favorite Belgium beer, Grimbergen local for £0.69 ($1.00), I bought it all and thought we would do a direct comparison.

Well it was a rather pointless exercise, as I love them both but we did discover that Dot prefers the Leffe and I got some nice photos out of the exercise.  Both beers do taste very similar, although the Leffe is probably the slightly sweeter of the two.

Grimbergen, Blond from Belgium

Grimbergen, Blond, Belgium   Grimbergen, Blond, Belgium

6.7%, golden colour with a thin head, sweet fruity aroma and fruity yeasty malty taste, a really nice abbey beer.

Other beers from Grimbergen

Leffe, Blond from Belgium

Leffe, Blond, Belgium   Leffe, Blond, Belgium

6.6% deep gold colour with a thin head, sweet malt and bubblegum aroma, sweet strong bubbly malt taste and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Other beers from Leffe 

Monday, 20 February 2012

Remembering Good Beers

Today while out hunting for new beers, I was asked by the proprietor of large beer shop, if I was sampling so many beers, how did I remember the good ones (I did buy fifteen beers from him).

It only took me a moment to come up with the answer and it's simple really, all I have to do is remember the Bad Beers, that way I do not have to make the mistake of drinking them again.

Of course I also keep a record on Flickr Beerflickring and add the bad ones to Flickr here Beer I would not buy again.