Abbaye de Leffe
The Abbaye de Leffe has quite an interesting history, surviving many historical events in history. The Leffe Brewery is located on the right bank of the Meuse River about 1km from the town of Dinant. The Abbey was founded in 1152 where the Leffe and Meuse Rivers meet. The Abbey bore the name Leffe in 1200. The monks brewed ales from natural ingredients that had been passed down for generations. The 15th century was a difficult time for the Leffe Abbey as 7 monks died from plague in the 1400's and a flood hit the Abbey in 1460 and demolished it and the Abbot died in the flood. Shotly after the brewery was under siege again as Charles the Bold and his army ravaged and looted the brewery (www.leffe.com, 2011). Again in 1735, after recovering from the destruction caused by Charles the Bold of Burgundy, the Abbey was under siege again from Hungarian mercenaries that destroyed the brewery and raided every aspect of it. In 1796, the Abbey became property of the state, based on the state wanted to minimize the land ownership of the church. The Abbey would eventually be owned and portioned off to many different owners until 1809, when brewing activities were cut off entirely. The Leffe Abbey would resume operations and again have to survive two world wars. Presently, the Abbey is reconstructed to replica the Abbey of 1460 and has carried on with regular brewing operations (www.leffe.com, 2011). Leffe Abbey has been purchased by InBev brewery under the AB-InBev Label, who now manufactures and distributes the Leffe label.
According to WBC:
Leffe is a very famous Belgian beer product and is readily available in many countries, very enjoyed in many Belgian households as a nice after dinner beer.
Did you know?:
The Leffe Abbey was classified as a historical building on February 1st, 1937 (www.leffe.com, 2011).