Abbaye De Floreffe Blonde - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
330ml bottle, another cog in the 1/2 Meter of Beer mixed pack from this brewery now available in Alberta.
This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden amber hue, with four fingers of puffy, frothy, and chunky eggshell white head, which leaves a fair bit of splotchy linked-island lace around the glass as it slowly bleeds away.
It smells of sharply toasted pale crackery malt, white and black pepper, warm apple slices, metallic yeast, and a further dry mixed berry fruitiness. The taste is baked apples and pears, bready, kind of doughy pale malt, a touch of sugary caramel pudding, edgy yeast, faded table pepper, white wine must, and earthy, floral, and faintly perfumed hops.
The bubbles are decently playful in their rounded prickliness, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, in a low-fi, slick sort of manner. It finishes off-dry, the lingering pale malt breadiness contending yet with yeast, bitter fruit, and a suggestion of warming alcohol.
A pretty well-rendered BPA, the cast of characters more or less complete. Fruity, yeasty, spicy, and a tad boozy, all in balance. Worthy of multiple rounds, if this is your sort of thing - me, I'm just happy to try a new Belgian Abbey brew, with a few more to come.
06-06-2014 03:42:27 | More by biboergosum
3.41/5 rDev -5.3%
A-golden amber color with a large white head and some lacing
S-grainy malt, apples, spice, slight yeasty funk
T-sour apples, biscuity malt, grapes, spices, pepper, slight bitter finish
F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and dry
O-OK but has slightly odd balance of flavors, not bad but not compelling
03-18-2013 01:13:03 | More by MDDMD
3.23/5 rDev -10.3%
Where the Floreffe Dubbel has something interesting that's worth the try, Floreffe Blonde has something boring why I'm not willing to drink it more than once.
L: golden look, top starts nice, but disappears quite quickly;
S: boring honey, some bread;
T: like a sweet pilsener, maybe there's some floral thing in it, but brrrr...
M: the longer I think about it the less I like it. There is a tiny bitterness, but even that element irritates.
O: one of the worst blondes I know.
Drinkable ofcourse, but only if this is the one and only bottle around.
01-30-2012 20:57:38 | More by Filosoof
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
330ml bottle poured into a Leffe chalice by freshness date.
Hazy honey color with some orange hue, thick creamy head with good retention, it leaves lacing ring along the downwards passage. Small bubbles of active carbonation seem to be rather high.
Upfront with caramel, molasses and sugarcane, mingle together with barley malt based and berries.
Lead by sweetness from sugarcane, molasses and caramel, malt is underlying but bold enough to bring into to touch. Bitterness from hop is mute, barely detectable.
The body is medium with right amount of carbonation to generate slight pricky mouthfeel, very dry finish.
Good Belgian Pale Ale, easy to go with and high drinkable.
01-13-2012 09:17:50 | More by Everydayoff
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured into a Kasteel glass. My first true non-trappist abbey beer, it has the official true Belgian abbey beer seal at the back of the label.
Dark blonde colour, about 1.5 thumbs of white head with bad retention.
Smells is floral and hoppy (as in citrus).
Doesn't smell too strong.
I think it has that typical Belgian yeast smell that people here keep talking about, I am not sure if that is what it is but most Belgian ales seem to have it.
Taste is light, floral, slightly hoppy, fruity/sweet and quite bready or grainy.
Slight hint of alcohol in the back.
Mouthfeel is thin, almost watery. Quite alot of carbonation. Dry and very easy to drink.
Overall not a spectacular beer, a bit simple prehaps but quite good still.
I would recommend this to people who want to make that leap from macrolagers to craftbeer or -in Dutch- speciaalbier.
I know some people who are into lager and are looking for a better alternative to Heineken/Amstel but when I bring them a bottle of Tripel Karmeliet they don't like it. Prehaps this is what they should try?
But this might not be the first beer you would pick as it isn't that well known even though it is easily available in the Netherlands.
06-23-2011 15:36:47 | More by IPA35
Abbaye De Floreffe Blonde from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
82 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.