jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Pours a beautiful clear golden with a thick white head. Aroma is of cloves and spiciness. Estery. The taste has the same aroma characteristics plus notes of banana, yeast and some very pleasant malty sweetness and a hint of grain. Mouthfeel is full and round. Good lacing and head retention. Quality brew.
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap. golden color with fluffy white head that diminishes quickly. nose is mild carmely malt, slight yeast, faint citrus. flavor is sweet malt, faint bubblegum, mild hoppy and yeasty end. great to have while at a bar with a large group of friends.
brberry (16) - USA - OCT 8, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full, fluffy head, that lasts. Sweet alcohol smell, followed by a light but rich taste. Over all not my favorite belgian, but definitely a great beer.
Stew41 (1722) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - OCT 7, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light amber in the glass - unremarkable. Deep, powerful on the nose, sweet cinnamon. Slightly flatter flavour profile in the mouth - good fizz - but does trancend a little in to simple sweetness. Some ok spicy notes. Just didn’t quite deliver.
agulsrud (11) - USA - OCT 5, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
leffe first off smells like butterscotch. It has a golden straw color with a short lasting head. The taste is very smooth and malty with a quick bitter aftertaste. Tastes like liquid meal ummmm
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at a shared tasting in Venice, Italy.
Pleasantly aromatic with notes of caramel, green melon, doughy yeast, herbs, seeds and lemon.
Bisciuty, toasted and caramel malt with notes of melon, herbs and other fruits. Alright I’ll face the facts. I know this is a adjunct infested Belgian Macro screwed up by Interbrew but ya know what....it still tastes pretty good.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet honey taste, and tingly texture on the tounge. Rich light, then deep amber color. I felt it float to my brain. Lovely monks, with their craftiness and skill. Such a vocation for them, beermaking is. Best vocation for them? Who knows, but this is nice without politicking it up too much.
GreatDane (101) - Skævinge, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really liked this beer. A smooth freshness due to a full bodied taste and a longlasting head
JK (4349) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Exploded out of the bottle. Large white head that lasts a long time. Highly carbonated. Gold with lots of bubbles. Very nice aroma of sweet fruit and wheat. On the light side, taste of sweet malt with a little fruit. Aftertate is also malt. Aroma reminded me of tripel Karmeliet. Taste was less complicated that I like and expect. Still a good one; I wish I tried it earlier.
Marko (3878) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2008 New review:
Again, not one of my best early ratings, so I felt like a rerate is in order. 0.33l bottle. Poured a darker golden colour with a medium sized fluffly white head that went away at a medium pace. Lively carbonation. A pleasant aroma, nicely fruity (some random agrume) and spicy. A sweet taste, underlying grainy breadiness. The nice silky fruitiness (apple maybe, something else...) mixed with some spices present in the nose can also be found here. Spice ends up in dust from time to time, not in the best way possible and some metal also pops up. Sweetish finish, weak hop in the aftertaste. Obviously not the best Belgian ale around, but I’ve had much worse micros in the same style. Good for the price and I’m not knocking the rate down as much as I thought I might. Ends up somewhere between 3.4 and 3.5. Heh... they seem to have started claiming that it’s brewed by a "Br. Abbaye de Leffe" in Dinant and no, there is no brewery there. Ah, well..
This is a fine ale. Has a nice amber colour, and a fine head. I think my mother maybe got it right when she first tried it and exclaimed. "This is great! Oh, wait, too sweet." . It was quite sweet, but not too much, and the spicey taste was enjoyable. I’m pretty sure that there are better Belgian ales around though. (7/4/7/4/15)