Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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3.75/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
We pour a golden orange brew, with a solid one and a half finger head of variously sized white bubbles. Half the glass is topped with soft, pillowy bubbles, while the rest is covered in huge, resilient ones. Thick lacing is left on either side of the glass as the head recedes. There is a slight haze to the beer, with no sediment noted, and the carbonation looks to be moderate. The aroma is bright with malts, toasted caramel, sweet molasses, and banana esters. There is a spiciness of clove, from phenols, and a cooling vanilla in the distance. As we sip, malts are heavy up front, and possess a toasted, borderline smoky vibe. The middle washes through with a surprisingly bitter kick, of black peppercorn and booze. This boldness carries through to the finish as well, but is cut substantially by sweet esters and more clovey phenols, as the sip concludes. The aftertaste breathes with esters, and an herbal earthiness. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. There is a partial creaminess to each sip, but it is not coating. The mouth is not left very dry either, but falls somewhere between wet and satisfied. The abv is standard, and the beer drinks with simplicity.
Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the aroma and the kick at the very center of the flavor. The notes in the nose were not exclusive to the style, per se, but rather seemed to be included from a variety of different, but similar styles. If it had to be summed up, the aroma could be classified as the union of a Belgian Pale, a Weizenbock, and a Hefeweizen. The alcoholic, pepper-laden kick usually doesn't come in until the very end, or the aftertaste, but here it came early, for a nice surprise in the middle of the tasting. Otherwise, the beer looked decent, and was fairly simple and standard all around.
Serving type: bottle
02-28-2011 02:58:03 | More by TheBrewo
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