While on holiday in Belgium this summer we were given this bottle by the local bar on our last night as I had given them a load of empties I wasn’t able to return. Leffe isn’t the most exciting beer to come out of Belgium but it was nonetheless a lovely gesture and we were quite excited to try the ‘Noel’ for the first time come the festive season.
The beer pours a dark tawny colour with a good light head. There’s not a massive aroma but there’s lots of interest in the taste with a complex fruity, spicy flavour with hints of rum giving way to a small amount of bitterness and even a hint of sourness. The body is lightish, similar to other Leffe offerings, as is the strength at 6.6%, however I think there’s a good deal more depth here, it’s my favourite Leffe so far.