Abbey Amber Speciality


Amber beers are similar to the traditional English pale ales, although somewhat less bitterly hopped. Their transition from gold to amber is sometimes very subtle, which is why amber beers vary from dark gold to red in color. Usually the malt has been toasted for a little longer and the combination of flavors and aromas is complex.

Amber beers can be very light throu gh to exceptionally strong. They are mostly pleasant, easy drinking beers and not sour.

The Sp�ciale Belge was launched as an �English-style victory beer� after the First World War. It became a real Belgian style of beer. �Amber� is a reference to its colour. The density and the alcohol content of these beers are comparable to pilsner beers. The colour of these top fermentation beers comes from the use of colouring or of caramel malts. These are classic connoisseur beers (6 to 12%).


The Specialty beers cover a wide variety of beers that do not fit into one of the other categories.

Different cereals and malts, many varieties of hops, a plethora of yeasts and a multitude of spices and aromas produce the multiplicity of Belgian beers. These Specialty beers range in taste from acidic, bitter to sweet, and can vary in color from golden to brown. Also the strength may vary from moderate to heavy



Very few beers are actually made within the walls of a monastery. The term Abbey beer refers to beers that are generally brewed under license by a commercial brewery, using the name and recipes of an abbey that has ceased brewing itself. Several breweries and abbeys created the �Certified Belgian Abbey Beer� trademark which refers to the historical link with the abbey.

In the twelfth century the Norbertine monks built the Leffe abbey several hundred meters away from the centre of Dinant. The brewing tradition goes back to the middle ages and royalties must be paid to finance donations. It is assumed that the brewery was there from the 13th century up until the French Revolution, when most of the abbeys were forced to close their doors. Brewer Albert Lootvoet from Overijse gave the Leffe beer a second lease of life in 1952. Since 1987 Leffe has been one of the five world renowned brands

Abbey beers designate a traditional segment, old recipes and methods of brewing. A typical abbey beer such as Leffe, will offer a range of beers including blonde and dark beers, and �dubbel� and �tripel� styles. Dubbel beers are brown beers while Tripel beers are generally blonde, unfiltered and refermented in the bottle

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