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Leffe Ruby

Rating: 2.95

Another Leffe beer now, this one being a new bottle that some Scottish Tesco stores have began to stock lately and follows on from Leffe Nectar that I reviewed here a short while ago. That particular offering was a very poor one and a huge struggle to finish so naturally I’m hoping this one is a big step up from Leffe although I’m not really expecting anything all that special. This beer, brewed with red fruits, was first brewed in 2008 and was apparently a French export beer although I’ve spotted it in some specialist beer shops in the UK previously but this is the first time I’ve seen it in a supermarket so I knew I’d get round to trying it soon enough. Anyway here’s hoping that this one, my fourth beer from the brewery in total is a marked improvement on the last I tried from them, I’m sure it will be though.

Leffe Ruby

Appearance (3/5): This one pretty much looks like a glass of blackcurrant juice, it’s a reddish purple colour and very clear with a one centimetre tall, bubbly white head that turns to a very thing and patchy lacing almost immediately.
Aroma (6/10): The beer was a very sweet one on the nose with a lot of raspberries coming through on top of a fairly solid malt base that is complimented by a lot of sugar and some lighter fruits as well. There is some strawberries coming through with hints of spice and some sourness as well. Definitely a sweet beer on the nose but thankfully it wasn’t overpowering and that worked in its favour here.
Taste (6/10): As suggested by the smell, this one was a very sweet beer with lots of strawberries and raspberries from the nose coming through here as well with the strawberries probably being the more dominant of the two. There is some sugar and a candy like taste with some cherries and a fair amount of syrup as well but like the nose it falls short of being overly sweet or sickening. A definite improvement on the Nectar beer Leffe offer although the taste did seem a little artificial in places.
 Palate (3/5): Light medium in body with touches of spice dotted about the place, there is medium carbonation to this one and beer is sweet but thankfully not overly so.

Overall (11/20): I wasn’t overly confident before trying this one, particularly because of how little I enjoyed Leffe Nectar that I reviewed here last month but thankfully this one was miles better than that one. This Ruby version falls short of emulating either Leffe Brune or Blonde but it is a fairly easy beer to drink. Whilst being a sweet beer it isn’t a sickeningly sweet one with the red fruits definitely dominating throughout but there was some nice malts flavours to offset at least some of this. Not a great beer by any stretch of the imagination but it’s so much better than the Nectar one that I can’t be too harsh on it.

Brewed In: Leuven, Belgium
Brewery: Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Full Name: Leffe Nectar Tradition des Moines
First Brewed: 2008
Type: Fruit Beer
 Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (750ml)
Purchased: Tesco (Glasgow)
 Price: £2.99

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