gert83 (4) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2006 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Nobody can honestly claim trappist or wheat beers taste nice because they don’t. Granted - they’re better than commercial lager, but their real appeal is that they conjure images of monks brewing non-commercial beer using wild yeast. Cunningly, this appeals to both ratebeerians and young, adventurous drinkers alike. A marketers dream, but a total con. Simply put, this is Buckfast tonic wine for London yahoos.
DarkMagus (472) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 4, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear orange/amber with a good amount of foamy head to it, though it disappeared very quickly, leaving behind a very thin layer on the surface. Aromas of malt, citrus, grass, cloves, general non-descript belgian-type spiciness. This isn’t the ultimate Belgian Ale by any means, but it’s a great "utilitarian", dare I say "session" sort of beer for me.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear amber body with a medium creamy white head. Sweet malty aroma with some light spice. Sweet lightly spiced flavor with some fruit and malt in the end.
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 3, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gold body with a medium white head. Good Belgian aroma, some cheddar accents as well. Bready taste, grain and malts dominate... some light hops in the ending. Smooth palate, though nothing exciting.
ROGUE (2145) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUL 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep yellow with a thick head. slight hints of ftuit and spice with a light bitter finish.
GRM (3178) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown bottle, 330 ml, expiry date: 05/05/07; eye: golden yellow, clear, nice white head made up of tiny, compact bubbles, head falls rather rapidly, lacing; nose: yeast, spices, apple, cider, alcohol; mouth: flavors are less pronounced than the nose led to believe, almost one-dimensionish, apple, a bit of spices, followed by some bitterness, finale where the bitterness is supported by some alcohol making the bitterness more agressive and, a hint of sweetness comes along, slightly sweet, mildly bitter, full in the mouth, somewhat fizzy, a bit astringent; overall: good
Bouteille brune, 330 ml, date de péremption : 05/05/07; oeil : jaune dorée, claire, belle mousse blanche formée de petites bulles compactes, s’affaisse assez rapidement, dentelle; nez : levure, épices, pomme, cidre, alcool; bouche : saveurs moins prononcées que le nez laissait espérer, un peu unidimensionnel même, pomme, un peu d’épices, suivi d’amertume, finale avec une amertume appuyée d’alcool ce qui rend le tout un peu plus agressif avec une petite pointe de sucré qui apparaît brièvement, légèrement sucrée, moyennement amère, pleine en bouche, relativement pétillante, légère astringence; en résumé : bonne
wanderingman (54) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep golden colour with a thick white head. Aroma had some fruit in it (possibly apples). Taste is a little sweet with lots of malts and some fruit, but finishes with a bit of a bitter kick that rounds it out quite nicely. Was excellent for my first Belguim Blond.
rane (930) - Nibe, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh yes this is a good beer. Nice golden colour and good head. Flavor with notes of spices and fruits.
Good taste sweet with fruits and fine finish
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUN 19, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There is a sweet fruity aroma with a spicy background. The color is a light golden with a decent white head. The flavor has a spiceness with the fruitiness of apple and a light dry finish.
GarrettB (1146) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 19, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 Taking a lesson from my right and honorable (and conveniently local) beer purveyor, I purchased a bottle of the Leffe Blond. I was told it was representative of a whole swath of beers that had remained, unintentionally, unknown to me. My oblique approach to subjects of learning is nothing new; I’ve been known to recite and rehearse longwinded poems and speeches, only to forget the author. What’s important is that I’m always willing to correct any gap in my understanding of something. My sampling of the Leffe Blond was just such an effort. Golden Ales, aptly named, and none too modestly, would at least have an opportunity to offer an introduction, or even more polite, a business card - something to remember it by. The Leffe Blond did this, and more. It left something of a scar, or at least a scarring impression, and not the bad kind either. It’s a mark upon my palate that will burn and crave for more, all the more intensely for not having had it sooner. The Leffe is a visually stunning beer. Gracing the surface is a light and aloof cumulus blob, covering the cat’s eye reddish orange glowing beer below. Dense clouds of pleasant aromas puff and push upwards through the thick and tranquil stratospheric top, expressing sweet and airy smells – apple cider and alcohol are the most prominent. Also detectable (and easily visualized) are lemons, yeast, freshly ground black pepper and a curious collection of apples. A quick taste second guesses the aromas. Pears and apples make the first impression, but these quickly recede to allow a dry, roasty and yeasty aftertaste to charge their own character to the front. Somewhere in the dynamics of the flavor shift is a renegade inkling of cheap lager, which oddly contributes well to what I take as the Leffe Blond’s intended expression. Sadly, Leffe suffers from an unfortunate case of commonality. Its golden box can be seen in most mediocre liquor stores, and carries that stigma like a gentleman discovered in a bordello. Clearly, the “obvious” and the “truth” are very different, but with limited time we choose the easiest way to interpret the story. I know I have, which explains my unfamiliarity with it. If the Leffe Blond is a solid representative of golden ales, as my beer superior suggests, then I can look forward to many more enjoyable bottles of the brew style now that my eyes have been opened and my taste buds have been sparked.