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 (1220) - 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.
jrohn92 (105) - USA - JUN 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This ale had an intense aroma. I thought that it was a litter too carbonated to capture the full taste of the beer.
larsga (6684) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge coarse white head. Deep yellow body with ongoing carbonation. Sweet fruity aroma with notes of banana. Taste is sweet banana with quite a bit of bitterness. Some soft metal hops in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel. Hoppy taste lingers. Overall surprisingly hoppy. One of the least complex blondes, but still nice. (0.33l bottle.)
Dedollewaitor (14641) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
clear golden with little quick disappearing white head. Malty and spicy aroma. mouthfull is watery - thin texture. Finish is spicy and a bit bitter! This blonde is highly overrated! Much better "Belgian blondes "out there!
snowden719 (130) - USA - JUN 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden color with medium white head. Blegian malty aroma that smells of spices. Flavor is fairly simple, but the maltyness is really nice in the beer, and the beer is suprisingly full bodied. High sweetness for an ale. Low bitterness ,but it kicks a bit at the end to keep the sweetness from being cloying. A very solid belgian ale.
after4ever (6686) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 15, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Met Grill. Headless, but beautiful dark straw colored body with some white film on top and a bit of lace. This isn’t much of a beer-lover’s restaurant, if anyone’s keeping track: no one on staff seemed to know what style any beer on the list was, and the list didn’t always say (for those of you outside Seattle, this is a little surprising due to their prices). Anyway, the beer had a good aroma of sugar, yeast, and the tiniest whiff of hop. Medium body, carbonated enough to be refreshing with steak and potatoes. The candi sugar hides until the very end, just appearing for the finish. Very tasty, refreshing, and easy to drink.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle, 11.2 oz. easy and tasty, a strong feel of alcohol, becoming a fan of this style. Will drink this again.
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Moderate yeasty aroma. Huge creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing. Mostly lasting longevity. Yellow body hue. Moderate bitter initial flavor. With an oily texture.
Pinball (11404) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very good, even stood up to hot chinese food... Not my type of beer though.