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Abbaye De Floreffe Blonde - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Abbaye De Floreffe BlondeAbbaye De Floreffe Blonde

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BA SCORE
82
good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 10-16-2002

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1/5  rDev -72.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2003.

Appearance : yelow color, with abundant white foamy head.
Smell : cereals aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet, caramel, with a slight bitterness. It is malty and quite round in the mouth.
Drinkability : an average beer in the style Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of Filosoof
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Poupae
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MDDMD
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of rastaman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Synapstic
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of DutchBeerDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Bdc
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on draft, Tapwerks, OKC. Pours a pure gold with a minimal head, but very nice lacing helps the appearance. Mild, sweet malt aroma with notes of spice. Pear, clove and spice in the flavor with a sweet aftertaste. A fine beer, but not worth the price to me.

Photo of Sigmund
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Everydayoff
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Leffe chalice by freshness date.

A:
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.

S:
Upfront with caramel, molasses and sugarcane, mingle together with barley malt based and berries.

T:
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.

M:
The body is medium with right amount of carbonation to generate slight pricky mouthfeel, very dry finish.

O:
Good Belgian Pale Ale, easy to go with and high drinkable.

Photo of IPA35
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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Abbaye De Floreffe Blonde from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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