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Brewed by InBev Belgium
Style: Belgian Ale
Leuven, Belgium

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RATINGS: 3211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Keg and bottle: Filtered.
Uses Vieux Temps yeast.
"Leffe Blond is a pale abbey beer, with a full, sunny, golden colour. It has a smooth and full bodied taste and a rich creamy head. Like all the Leffe beers, it is a íconnoisseurí beer that is easy to drink."


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike_77 (5309) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - SEP 14, 2007
Pours golden blond with a thick, white, velvety head. Strong aroma that is fruity, malty and a little spicy. Full, powerful flavour for a blond. Itís a little dry and yeasty with underlying fruit flavours.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Pours a clear amber with minimal head. The nose is sweet and yeasty. Typical Belgian nose and quite yummy. Just smelling it reminds me why I love the Belgian stuff so much. Flavor is extremely sweet. Especially on the back end of the ďflavor rushĒ. Strong yeast tones as well, but I find the flavor overall to be rather subdued. Perhaps after trying so many different of this level of brew, I am coming to appreciate a more unfiltered and raw beer. Feel is a little thin. Drinkable? I think it depends on your personal preference. As I think about it, something in this brew reminds me of makeup. Weird.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
milewide (2039) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Smooth medium body. Slightly sweet. Modest but pleasant malt taste. OK, but not worth buying again.

1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
GavinDropdead (1) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2007 does not count
Bottle has a best before date, in my case today is 9/10/07, and the date on the bottle is 10/28/08. Read into that however you like. Iím going to say: this is a little stupid, this beer. Color is like a mildly darker version of malt liquor, sort of a Bud Lite. Not swill, but not nice either. The head peters out almost instantly. It keeps a thin ring throughout, but not one with much character or density. Its only too happy to cling to the sides of the glass, indicating a sort of richness it doesnít really possess - in fact that might just sum up the whole bottle. Everything about this beer is 1/3 of the way there. But the head, thin and wanting as it is, it must be said, does remain for the entire session. Tastes pretty commercial, and I would argue that several American breweries have done the whole Belgian Blonde thing better than this actual Belgian. I have no information about this Ale, but I would not be surprised to learn of its broad scale construction. The smell is fruity, with plenty of green grape and other sort of slight and buoyant fruits (pear, for example) and light silliness in the spirit of the aforementioned American malt shit. There is definitely a chemically, processed flavor here which backs up this assertion. Malt reigns on high, is what Iím saying. Maybe thatís why I associate it with its cheaper/more sinister brethren. Thereís a sort of "time to get fucked up" quality to it, in that it has a firm alcohol presence and bold candyish sweetness reminiscent of caramel or maybe just straight up sugar. One thing that separates it from the American Malt, is that is has a little body and creaminess to it. It lasts throughout, and while it is nothing to shriek to the neighbors about, its there, and you canít fault it for that. Further, with flavor in mind, some detectable bitterness sneaks up there for a second, but is just pummeled by that same exact alcohol and sweetness again and thatís who wins the battle. I donít recommend this beer, considering that itís not terribly cheap, a fact made a little more insulting by the fact that its not local, and it seems that one should be able to do better in any place carrying it for a similar price. I am, admittedly, not a strong proponent of lighter beers, yet I feel this falls short of its own standards. It is hyper-refined and filtered, and this is something that confuses the entire notion of Belgian beer. It negates something Belgian beer lovers seem to love in particular, which is some meat and funk and complexity. Sadly this oneís over in a jiffy and I wonít really remember it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (2421) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
12 oz bottle. Golden yellow with a decent white head. Aromas were fruity with hints of banana and spice. More spice on the flavor and a subtle yeastiness. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
riversideAK (6107) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Yeasty aroma. Some fruit like banana notes too. Pours gold with a 1 finger thick head. Clovey bubblegum flavor. A little spicey. Very smooth and drinkable. Alcohol is masked. A little bit of metalic notes hang around.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevd193213 (988) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Golden blonde pour with a thick white head. Aroma of yeast and sugar. Taste of malt and faint vanilla. Great finish. Fantastic session brew.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2007
33cl - BB 04/09/08 - Aroma is subtle yeast, bubblegum and rock candy. Pours transparent gold with a medium head and great lacing. Flavor is mild malts, yeast and some grassy hops. Everything is so gentle and uninspiring it makes me want to drink it fast and move on. Palate is clean with a little rust left behind. Non-offensive, just boring.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2007
Hazlenut and vanilla aroma, deep golden hue, medium mouthfeel, distinct vanilla and hops, sweet with some bitterness, finishes with a tartness. A great mass produced beer that got me started on better beers.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wobbler (46) - IRELAND - SEP 6, 2007
One of the first Abbey ales I tried. I still think itís quite nice. The sweetness is not overwhelming and is pretty well balanced. There is a faint chemicalliness to this which Iím not too keen on and I think itís a bit too bland for the style. Still good though.


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