Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
3.43/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before September 24th 2013. I've been a little curious about this one for a while, but not enough to get a six pack. Hooray for singles!
Pours a beautiful clear golden-amber colour; highly effervescent, with a torrent of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass up to the lofty, eggshell-white head. And lofty might even be a bit of an understatement - in addition to being puffy, pillowy and smooth, it's nearly three fingers thick. Retention is respectable, but weaker than most of the other Belgian pales I've tried. It's mostly gone within six or seven minutes, but it leaves behind a complicated doily pattern of lacing on the sides of the glass. Nice aroma, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style - yeast is very prominent as usual, with elements of bready malts, banana, and a light, understated clove spiciness. Nothing fancy, but definitely clean and enticing.
Decent flavour, with lots more bready malts, candied sugar and orchard fruit (peach, perhaps pear or apricot) sweetness. The banana taste is prominent mid-sip, where the light clove spice also comes forward. Leans on the sweet side, but with enough bitterness and spice to balance it. The alcohol is noticeable in the aftertaste, which itself provides some appreciated dryness to cut through the sweetness of the malts. On the light side of medium-bodied, with surprisingly light carbonation for a rather smooth mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable, but not something I'd want to have more than one or two of in a night.
Leffe Blonde started off impressive, but the flavour leaves a bit to be desired. It's certainly not bad - it's just straightforward and plain, which is not an endearing trait in Belgian styles.
Final Grade: 3.43, a serviceable B-. This is a decent brew, but not an exceptional one. I am glad I bought this as a single, because while I could probably drink 6 of these, I could also easily find better beers to spend that money on. Due to the fact that Leffe Blonde is balanced, not complex, and has an agreeable flavour, I might actually recommend this to a newbie looking for a relatively easy-to-find BPA - but I wouldn't count on this stuff impressing a lot of seasoned BAs. In short - it's worth a try, but not something to go out of your way for.
Serving type: bottle
06-16-2012 04:26:36 | More by thehyperduck
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4/5 rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: A light golden transparency with a thick cloudy and resilient head that laces well as you progress. "Clearly" a filtered ale, not bottle conditioned.
Smell: Lovely, delicately spiced banana bread-like aroma. A harmonious balance of the yeast derived esters and phenols.
Taste: A warm sweet biscuit-like malt flavor leads the charge followed by fleeting notes of soft orange and clove.
Mouthfeel: Finishes like a lager--clean and crisp and dry, but with enough substance and alcohol (6.6% ABV) to lend itself as a medium bodied ale.
Overall: A very pleasant and clean beer. Many seem to call it "simple", but this beer has a lot of character for a "blonde". There is a harmony of subtle flavors at play--not easy to pull off. In that respect, it's far from just "simple".
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2014 17:07:27 | More by Beeronysus
3.54/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: Very light, well carbonated with a tall head (but one that lessens quickly). It has a slight yellow/orange murkiness reminiscent of any number of Belgian ales, though it most closely resembles a more yellow Blue Moon.
S: See taste, because the smell was nearly identical.
T: Light and bright. A foundation of traditional deep belgian floral flavors with a wheaty streak. The lightness of it complimented its style in a unique way, adding a joyousness to the flavor. There was also a throaty sweet to it, like a hard candy was left at the bottom of the beer. A unique and enjoyable blend of flavors in a light and easy-to-down beer.
M: Yeasty Belgian feel, but a limited aftertaste. The charm is in the initial taste, and once it's gone it's pretty well gone. Chalk that up to the lightness.
O: I wish that this beer was available on tap in more of my local bars, because it would be my constant go-to beer. It's a light, belgian blonde with some quality elements of the big players but a lighter taste at an awesome price. I'd recommend this one also to anyone new to this particular style of beer. It's a great everyday beer.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2014 17:34:07 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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