Abbaye De Floreffe Blonde - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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United Kingdom (England)
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
Spicy and slightly sour and acidic, not that sweet, which is a good thing. Lightish, and quite easy to drink, stillmanages to have at least some complexity, even though it is quite light, enjoyable little beer.
10-16-2002 16:08:51 | More by rastaman
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +9.7%
Medium gold colour, and good dense head. Aroma rich and fairly sweet, hint of spice but also a dry note. Taste and texture good, fairly sweet as you would expect from this style of beer, but not too sweet, with a dryish finish that makes a good balance. Not a beer to have in large quantities, but is very enjoyable to savour in an evening. Should be served just slightly chilled, not ice cold. I enjoyed this and would certainly have it again, and would be interesting to try it on tap! Not the best example of the style, but fairly good.
Bham UK Jan 2006
01-11-2006 23:13:40 | More by JohnW
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
3.23/5 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
4/5 rDev +11.1%
Bottle: Poured a beige/yellowish ale with a big foamy white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of hops is stronger then anticipated but well enjoyed with some familiar yeasty aroma also detectable. Taste is a well balance mix between some nice big floral Belgian malt and a medium bitter finish form Saaz (I believe) hops. Really refreshing and complex enough for the style.
11-17-2006 18:57:51 | More by Phyl21ca
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
On the pour a nice clear gold color with a fluffy white head that is adequate in size, and oodles of fine lace to coat the glass. Nose dominated by the malt, fruit sweet, hints of citrus, quite a pleasing aroma emanating from this obviously well brewed beer. Malt sweet at the start, top is skimpy; the finish is bitingly acidic and masterfully hopped the droughty long lasting aftertaste.
11-18-2002 05:47:07 | More by Gusler
United Kingdom (England)
3.33/5 rDev -7.5%
Brown 330ml bottle, best before 11/2006, so opened 13 months too late.
Poured into a Corsendonk tulip glass, I allowed the whole sediment enter the glass, I didn't mean too, the sediment arrived quicker than I thought it would.
The beer would have been a deep golden, clear and crisp looking blonde, mine was a dull orange with huge bits flaoting around, a blonde who had been pulled through a hedge backwards, slowly they (the sediment lumps) began to sink towards the bottom, but I couldn't wait all night, so I started to drink the beer as it tried to clear itself. The head by the way didn't stay. My score for appearance is only average because I messed up the pour.
The aroma was all honey and sweetness, with a little yeastiness to help balance it out.
The taste is not as sweet as I expected from the smell. It is sweet, but there is a robust, fizzy sourness too. By pouring in everything I got the whole picture, it is no 'master', but not bad at all.
Good carbonisation, bubbles trying to rise through my rotating haze of sediment lumps as they push ever downwards.
I will endevour to have this beer again and see if my pouring made a huge difference, I doubt it though. This beer is not a world beater, but a decent beer none-the-less.
12-21-2007 20:52:04 | More by BlackHaddock
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
Served in a Moscow German restaurant, this pleasant surprise came out in a stemware glass looking slightly dark, slightly cloudy gold with a nice firm off-white head featuring good contour, retention and lacing. The nose is strong, with lots of fruit and spice. The mouth is mildly carbonated and fairly light. The taste opens with the typical Francophone sweet spiciness, but this is chased by a very nice hoppy bite in the finish. The aftertaste retains this bitterness, with spicey undertones to keep you interested. Very nice.
02-03-2004 19:55:47 | More by Globetrotter
3.9/5 rDev +8.3%
Appearance - Clear amber/gold colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white head. I can see an average amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing all over the sides of the glass. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell – Breads/grains, floral, green grapes
Taste & Mouth – The beer had an above average amount of carbonation and I could taste lots of grape flavour mixed with breads and grains. There was also some hop and malt flavours mixed with some yeast. It finishes with a grape and bready aftertaste.
Overall – The beer has an interesting taste that made it fairly drinkable. It didn’t strike me as a spectacular ‘must try’ beer; but I’m happy I gave it a shot.
05-02-2011 19:34:11 | More by spinrsx
3.4/5 rDev -5.6%
This beer pours a clear, orange or dark yellow color with a stable, chunky head and lots of carbonation.
Smell is malty with honey and spicy notes. The yeast is very specific for the Floreffe beers.
Taste is oxidized which draws the attention away from the taste as it is ment to be. The malt is nice upfront and gives the beer a honey touch. I get some coriander and clove, which is probably the result of the yeast which is also fenolic and reminds me of a witbier yeast, nice and spicy. Body is slightly sticky and aftertaste is a little bitter and spicy. Drinkability is good.
04-01-2007 13:44:53 | More by Absumaster
3.6/5 rDev 0%
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.3%. The label describes this beer as a "strong ale" and an "abbey beer". Ingredients include candi sugar. Clear golden colour, big white head. Nice fruity aroma, notes of cider apples, spices, farmhouse kitchen and Belgian ale yeast. Fizzy mouthfeel. The flavour is fairly sweet (the kandi sugar is evident), notes of apples and mild spices. Not too bad.
01-19-2009 20:08:30 | More by Sigmund
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...
Poured a pale golden yellow colour with some light golden hints... White head poured fairly big then faded quickly to a light layer... Decent amount of carbonation bubbles to the surface... No lacing..
Aroma - Nice strong spicy tart fruits (apples, grapefruits, pears, some lemons), barely any malts, peppery / grassy hop bitterness, some creamy vanilla notes, hay, spicy, some salty notes..
Taste - Nice light spicy fruits (apples, light grapefruits, lemons), very light floral honey sweetness, some yeasty notes, light sea saltiness, quite grainy, pale malts, light grassy notes, peppery hops, aniseed, some basil..
M&D - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body... Very refreshing and pretty drinkable even at 6.30%...
Overall - A good clean and well made pale ale.... Well worth a try..
04-27-2009 13:20:41 | More by mdagnew
4/5 rDev +11.1%
Tasted on tap at Café Belgique, Amsterdam on 16th Oct 2005.
I never would have considered myself a blond fan (at least not in beers), but this one I really liked.
Appearance was expected unspectacular blonde beer appearance. Reasonable head on golden body, no haze but some bubbling.
Smell kind-of subdued hops, not much malt and not much fruit.
Tasted very good, more pronounced fruit (maybe apple), nice hops.
Yes, I would have a couple of these (and did!).
10-19-2005 16:55:50 | More by JohnfromDublin
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
3.9/5 rDev +8.3%
Floreffe Blond poers out fine. Golden color with litle orange and totaly clear. That and quiet a nice head make appearance good. Smell is litle yeastfruity, litle alcoholic and litle hops but altogether not impressive. Taste is very clean, has a nice maltcaracter and ends dry. Very refressing and good blond. Though not impressive.
01-13-2005 16:57:41 | More by paterlodie
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
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