jhamp9 (1081) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden orange with a pillowy white head. Aroma is dough, spice and a little banana. Taste is banana, spice, bread, and a hint of citrus. Very easy to drink.
elosop (161) - SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Halmgul med fin krona. Banan och jäst i doften. Smakar omedelbart bred "belgiskt" sött med underliggande karamelltoner. Lång "brödig" eftersmak. Schmeckt gut!
Alengrin (2124) - BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
The ultimate, ubiquitous blonde abbey beer, tasted from tap and from the regular 33 cl bottles several times, but for this rating I pour it from a 50 cl can - right after having swallowed its brown older brother from the same type of packing. In existence since 1967, I’m willing to admit this is a kind of classic in the category of medium-strength blonde abbey beers, but I am equally certain it has changed an awful lot since then. The present-day version shows a thinnish, off-white, finely structured but quickly opening head and a clear ’old gold’ colour with practically no visible sparkles. Aroma does not invite me to have a taste: cooked cauliflower as expected, biscuit, old and dried cake, cigarette tobacco, honey, dried apricot, iron but strangely a bit less strong than the brown version, truckloads of cooked corn, something sulphuric not unlike melting plastic, candied orange, dry cookies, vanilla. Taste begins with a fake sweet fruitiness, apricot and apple, some orange peel but not very convincing, very rounded and slick mouthfeel, medium to strong, minerally carbonation, honeyish sweetness in the middle with lots of cooked corn - a thing I thoroughly hate in pale lagers, and I’m beginning to think this is one - evolving into a finish which hardly is worth to be called a ’finish’, plastic-like solvents abound, sweetness sticks a bit, hops are very subdued, and the worst part of it is that the alcohol, though not really wry, is noticeable, which should not be the case in a beer of 6,6% ABV. Chemical, disgustingly sweet in an artificial way and a bit alcoholic: I suspect this is not even a true Belgian ale, but rather a pimped ’strong’ and sugared lager. As with its dark counterpart, I refuse to accept this, its historical influence notwithspoken. Wish I had a time machine to go and taste one in the late sixties - probably only to mourn the fact that this has become a diffuse shadow of its own self. Or did people already like it in this form in those days? By the way: I’m having this after a Heelch o’Hops by Anderson Valley, as I suspected this would take less concentration to be analyzed closely, and I’m happy the artisanal hoppiness of it still penetrates through this Leffe Blonde - as I cannot find any true hoppiness in it from itself. Stop buying InBev’s merchandizing tricks, and stop buying this abomination!
camoes (149) - PORTUGAL - OCT 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18A). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 49 20:02. AROMA: sweet malty background with spicy aromas, reminiscent of honey-like or caramel. faint orange notes. no hop aromas noticeable. APPEARANCE: gold color and translucent. large creamy white head with good retention. pronunced lacing. TASTE: smooth light sweet malt background. low bitterness in the aftertaste. finishes semi-sweet. no hop flavours discernible. PALATE: creamy and medium body. high carbonation. OVERALL: a belgian blond ale without much complexity.
rotaman14 (111) - Potsdam, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golden beer, no head to speak of. Fruity aroma of banana, apples, some bubblegum. Bittersweet, malty taste, with lots of spice, very intense. Medium finish with hints of bubblegum and spices. Medium body.
Overall a very nice beer, that probably gets underrated by many due to its very broad distribution, as is the case with many beers on this site.
konungen (53) - - OCT 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Klart guldfärgat öl med stor vit skumkrona. Fräsch doft av jäst, bröd, malt, smått fruktig och smaken likaså. Riktigt bra smak med en lagom styrka och fyllighet. Ingen "wow" öl men riktigt bra! Flaska från Systembolaget.
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rdb84 (114) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2014
2.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Can 50cl. Golden orange color. Fruity, yeasty aroma: green olives, olive oil, salami (yeast?), some bread. Like it. Taste is rather flat: a bitter fruitiness, salami and broccoli. Sweet aftertaste that resembles English licorice.
gustavofnd (27) - SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - OCT 14, 2014
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ótima cerveja blonde. Vale tomar sempre. Paguei R$ 7,90 no site empório Ambev
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slowrunner77 (5983) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"it had a delicate but assertive flavor, and surprised a couple drinkers who were underestimating it based on the style and look (an attractive fizzy yellow beer). light fruit galore, medium spiced, and dry, although not as much as the tripple. a pleasant surprise."
eduardovl (871) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle served in its own chalice.
A: Pors a clear golden yellow-to-orange color forming a big, bubbled and lingering white head. Good retention and some lacings left in the glass
S: Sweet, grainy and fruity. Strong notes of honey and Belgian-like bready yeasts. A bit spicy too. In overall, a sweet beer with a light hoppy bitter finish
T: Sweet malts, honey, cloves and bready yeasts. A little bit of bubblegum sensation. In overall, a sweet and bready taste. Light bitter "hoppy" finish
M: Medium creamy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Bready bittersweet belgian-style aftertaste
O: Good drinkability. Despite of being an ImBev, I still recommend it as a belgian classic blond ale
[ BA Review @ 4/5/2010 ]
rjplumer (407) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smooth yeast aroma. Healthy bread like aroma. Silky smooth on the tongue. I’m really impressed by this. Clear gold color with pillow like head, Sweet and smooth bread-like after taste. I could drink this by the gallon. Amazing!