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Leffe Nectar

Rating: 2.5

This one was a new beer from Leffe back in 2012 and now seems to be making its way to the UK with Tesco supermarkets recently beginning to stock the beer alongside another of the breweries beers I’ve not seen in Scotland previously, Leffe Ruby. It was a toss up between the two as to which one I would pick up to try first with the Nectar version winning that battle on the assumption that the Ruby would be too sweet. As it turned out you would be hard pushed to find many beers sweeter than this one, coupled with the fact that the bottle was so big meant this wasn’t a beer that I particularly enjoyed finishing but I’m still anxious to pick up a bottle of Leffe Ruby. With any luck Tesco will start stocking a couple other Leffe bottles that I’d be willing to give a try but whether they do or not remains to be seen; fingers crossed.
Leffe Nectar

Appearance (3/5): Clear and light amber in colour with plenty of bubbles rising to the surface. The head is a large, inch tall one that is white in colour when poured into a narrow pilsner glass and takes a foamy texture with some lacing sticking to the sides as the head recedes.
Aroma (6/10): Notes of citrus initially, quickly followed by tonnes of honey and a lot of sweetness too. There is the odd floral note and subtle hops, perhaps a touch of spice too but it is definitely the honey that seems to dominate and overpower the nose.
Taste (5/10): Really sweet tasting with huge amounts of honey that actually seem more pronounced than they were on the nose. There is the odd floral flavour with some light hops and a faint touch of alcohol sitting at the back. Some bread add further sweetness come next before the beer is rounded off with yet more honey giving it a sickeningly sweet taste that was all too much for me.
 Palate (2/5): Light to light medium bodied with a ridiculously sweet feel and what I’d probably say was medium carbonation levels. There was a slight hop bitterness to the beer with faint alcohol in places as well but the sweetness was so much that is overpowered almost everything else.

Overall (8/20): Quite a poor beer from Leffe and definitely not as enjoyable as their Blonde or Brune offerings, this one was far too sweet with it sickeningly so in areas which in turn make it a very hard beer to finish. None of this was helped by the fact it was such a big bottle but that doesn’t take away from the fact that this one was such a poor beer and not one I’ll pick up again.

Brewed In: Leuven, Belgium
Brewery: Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Full Name: Leffe Nectar Tradition des Moines
First Brewed: 2012
Type: Belgian Ale
 Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (750ml)
Purchased: Tesco (Glasgow)
 Price: £2.99

  1. Patrick
    July 12, 2014 at 09:10

    It’s a matter of personal taste. I generally drink Leffe Blonde but discovered Nectar in France when it first appeared. Yes it is sweet and lower alcohol content at 5.5 ABV rather than the 6.6 of the Blonde. Two 330cl bottles are enough of the sweetness, but I find it a pleasant enough change to import them from Beergusto in Belgium. Several people to whom I’ve offered this product have liked it sufficiently to ask me for more. Others find it too sweet, but then the same people say the same about Leffe Blonde. I will continue keep Nectar in stock but I’m not sure that I’d want the 750cl bottle.

  1. August 7, 2014 at 16:13

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