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Belgian Abbey Beer sorbet – ICE CREAM NATION

On beers, sorbets and Belgian monastic beers

As avid ice cream makers know, it’s potential to make sorbets out of just about something. So long as ample sugar is added, most liquids can simply be become frozen desserts! This additionally applies to beers.

The massive query, although, is that if the top outcome actually is one thing you’d need to style?

In different phrases, will your specific favorite beer – if become a frozen dessert – actually make you cheerful … or somewhat make you remorse that you just didn’t drink it because it was ? 😉


Whilst you ponder your individual preferences (it’s possible you’ll run alongside the traces of this recipe and adapt it to no matter favorite beer you want!), I made a decision to go along with one in every of my very own favourites: Leffe blond.

Leffe is a Belgian so-called Abbey beer, which signifies that its historic roots are within the beer-production as soon as carried out by monks within the Belgian abbeys. As of late, nevertheless, Leffe is not manufactured by monks. On the plus-side, this additionally signifies that Leffe at the moment is comparatively extensively accessible additionally internationally.

Leffe blond has been described as a amber beer with a sublime, delicate and comfortable style. Hints of vanilla and clove add to the bottom substances of pale malt, hop and yeast. I’d add that it has a sure “medieval-style” pleasantly rounded sweetness, which additionally counterbalances the standard bitterness inherent in most beers.

In different phrases, I assumed that it might be an ideal beer for a sorbet!


The (very) easy steps of creating the sorbet

The preparations are quite simple certainly: combine half of the beer with the sugar and heat on low warmth till all has been mixed. Take off from the warmth, add the remainder of the beer, the honey, the lemon juice and let this base calm down and ideally chill. Then churn in your ice cream machine.

Sure, it actually isn’t extra sophisticated than that!

No have to warmth the primary half of the beer greater than vital! As quickly because the sugar has dissolved, take off from the warmth and add the remainder of the beer, the honey and the lemon juice. Let calm down/chill and churn – you’re carried out!

Why add honey? Nicely, partly as a result of I assumed that its “inverted sugar”-qualities would make for some added general softness however primarily as a result of I assumed that its specific candy flavour would go very properly along with the beer.

A fast phrase on the alcohol: Leffe blond accommodates a whopping 6.6%. In different phrases, higher reserve this sorbet for adults! Additionally – be ready for a considerably longer churning time than for “bizarre” sorbets. Since alcohol acts as an anti-freeze, it’s possible you’ll wish to put the sorbet within the freezer to agency up a bit earlier than serving, must you favor a much less comfortable serving consistency.

And in case you don’t like to make use of alcohol, why not make an alcohol-free beer sorbet? As alcohol-free beer is more likely to freeze simpler (due to their lack of alcohol), it’s possible you’ll think about to make use of slightly additional sugar to make sure good closing softness. Do the egg check and act accordingly 🙂 !

Higher protected than sorry, or Checking the sugar content material of your base

Having the correct amount of sugar is essential in all sorbets – as avid readers know, this isn’t only a matter of sweetness however concerning the general consistency: with too little sugar, your sorbet will possible freeze unpleasantly rock-hard. And with an excessive amount of sugar, it won’t freeze correctly in any respect …

Whereas the proportions given on this recipe ought to work for Leffe blond (and lots of different beers), you may wish to verify that the general sugar in your particular base is sweet sufficient earlier than churning it: that is much more essential in case you determine to do this recipe however wish to use another beer than Leffe blond.

The easy “Egg check” ought to usually be sufficient: verify how properly the egg floats (or not) in your base. If wanted, add both a bit extra sugar or extra beer till you’ve obtained the sugar focus proper!


The Egg check – take a contemporary egg, clear it and put it in your sorbet base. If the sugar content material is OK, the egg ought to present an space of about 2 1/2 cm above the floor. If much less is displaying, add extra sugar. If extra is displaying, think about including extra non-sweet liquid. Examine once more till you get the steadiness you’d like!

The beer sorbet within the making. Due to the alcohol content material, be ready for a considerably longer-than-usual churning course of.

An illuminating, spectacular beer sorbet


Cheers! Why lengthy for a chilly beer on a heat day when you possibly can have a fair colder beer sorbet?

I need to confess that I didn’t imagine that this sorbet would end up so properly!

Providing it as an aperitif is one good way of serving it, and most mates who’ve tried have been equally positively shocked. 

The pleasantly rounded Leffe Blonde makes for an ideal “base beer”. The sorbet flavour is scrumptious and spectacular: wealthy, balanced, advanced and but candy sufficient to completely match the invoice as a frozen dessert. The general consistency is gentle and really good, with a few of the basic softness little question ensured by the alcohol.

In reality, I’d say there’s a nice likelihood that even those that usually don’t respect beer a lot might like this sorbet! And since it’s so very simple to make it, why not get your self a few bottles and check for your self? Simply be warned, although: the expertise might change any damaging preconceptions about beer sorbets you will have for good!


Belgian Abbey Beer sorbet



  • 600 ml (2½ cups) beer (Belgian Leffe blond, ideally)
  • 200 ml (about ⅘ cup) sugar
  • 50 gram honey
  • juice of 1 lemon
  1. On low warmth, heat half of the beer with the sugar till solved. Take off from the warmth.
  2. Add the honey, the juice and the remainder of the beer.
  3. If you’d like: verify that the sugar content material is OK (as an illustration, through the use of the “Egg check” as a easy rule of thumb-measurement)!
  4. Let the bottom calm down/chill, then churn in your ice cream machine till completed.

Relying on the alcohol-content of the beer, churning/freezing it could take barely longer than normal, and it’s possible you’ll wish to let the sorbet “agency up” a bit within the freezer proper after the churning earlier than you serve it!



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