Leffe blonde, possibly the most common of the Belgian speciality beers on sale. It is a full bodied, slightly bitter brew with a beautiful golden hue and is excellent as a medium strength beer for a summer’s evening on a terrace.
While this is a perfect aperitif beer, it also tastes delicious with a wide variety of dishes, especially red meat, sweet and sour dishes and white mould cheese, such as Camenbert, Brie, Brillat-Savarin or Saint-Marcellin. There are countless soft-centred cheeses that are a good match for the fresh and fruity Leffe Blond. Leffe Blond contains 6.6% alcohol and is best served at 5-6°C in a beer chalice, which will allow all the flavours to come through.
The Chimay beers are authentic Trappist beers brewed inside the Cistercian abbey of Notre Dame de Scourmant in the Belgian village of Chimay. The Chimay Bleu is a brown ale with a light caramelized taste and a slightly brown foam. If is best served at 10-12°C and contains 9% alcohol. It is a perfect accompaniment for cheese and bread and good conversation. Chummy can be cellared to mature after which it will have a deeper, port like quality. At any age, however, the Chimay Bleu is a beer full of character and taste.
Westmalle Tripel, known as the ‘Queen of Tripels’, is a clear, golden yellow Trappist beer from the Cistercian abbey in Citeaux in Belgium. It is a complex beer with a fruity aroma and a nice nuanced hop scent. It is soft and creamy in the mouth, with a bitter touch carried by the fruity aroma. The beer is bubbly and has been called the ‘Champagne of the Campine’, the area where it is brewed. The beer is generally served in a glass goblet between 8-14°C. Because the beer undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle, it has a slightly and very pleasant hoppy after taste. This second fermentation also accounts for it’s alcohol content which is 9%. A wonderful accompaniment to strong cheese and charcuterie.