bark (255) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a brown beer. It is very dark brown, as a matter of fact. When I look through the glass I can see some brown-purple shades in the clear liquid. But the foam is white, firm and melts in a medium pace.
The smell is very sweet. It reminds me of traditional Swedish non-fermented “small beer”, sweeten with saccharin. I can smell some flavours of pumpernickel bread, and maybe some hints of smoked ham. There is something in the smell that I just have to categorize as “Belgian”.
The taste of this beer follows the same pattern, generally sweet with a touch of dark rye bread. An interesting observation is the total lack of a traditional taste of hops. There sure is some kind of hops in this brew, as a small bitterness appears after several minutes, but when I drink the beer, I cannot find the hopes I am used to from other beers. Neither can I really say that I find much evidence of fermentation in the taste.
The carbon dioxide is a little on the sharp side, but not too sharp.
The aftertaste is dominated by the saccharine sweetness, but after a while, the bitter notes makes the taste more balanced.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had search awhile to find this one. Pours a muddy brown colour with a thich head. Earthy aromas of malt, raisins and spice. Sweet malt taste but not much else.
Tessic (840) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this one after dinner one night at the Pepperwood Bistro in Burlington Ontario. It poured a dark brown with a fine spore like head. Typically Belgian with strong spice flavours and yeast. Very good aroma but almost too spicey for me.
pintbypint (2566) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 14, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml brown bottle. Poured dark brown with ruby highlights. Thick smooth tan head. Malty spicy aroma. Flavour included yeast, caramel and roasted malts.
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dirty brown color with similar characteristics as other Belgians when it comes to the aroma. Flavor is sweet and fruitty but much milder than the smell promotes. I really liked this.
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Oh I dunno. This is better than the blonde it’s sweet aroma, bubbly head and fruity caramel tastes are hard for me to pinpoint... but I like it!
mstockton (224) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
So very good and so easy to find in Europe. The stuff in the US on draft is a bit tasteless and bubbly.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap liege belgium: im not huge on leffe blonde but i do like it, this is pretty decent as well. there are alot of these good and middle of the road blondes, brunes, dubbels, tripels. whatever you call them there all about the same.
dark brown, chunky head. raisins and sweet molasses crushes the nose. the flavor is almost identical malt sweet syrup taste. drinkable. beter then the stuff we get in the states.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A pleasant surpirse, as I am not a fan of Leffe Blonde. Very mild aroma, nice cola colouring with a decent sweet/sour taste that is very mild for such a dark brew. A bit of bitterness in the aftertaste and a bit thin in the closing, but a very nice dubbel when all is said and done.
Eructoblaster (2957) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ste-Elizabeth (Montréal). Dark brown body with perfect foamy, large and lasting off-white head. Good malty aroma with various hints of toffee, bread and fruits. Alcohol is well hidden. Carbonation is soft, and taste is sweet and fruity. Average final with a warming touch. Very enjoyable beer.