KoNrRiI (683) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2013 0.33 bottle. Light coppery color, big, white, creamy head and a really fine lacing. Typical aroma of a spiced Belgian ale; clove, vanilla, banana and some fruity esters. Sweet taste, again some clove, vanilla and spices, imagine Leffe blonde with a tad of alcoholic and bitter flavors and you basically have the whole picture. Definitely drier compared to Blonde. Medium body, oily texture and an average carbonation. Finish departs from the taste, somewhat bitter and even slightly astringent, unbalanced. Overall the beer is great for a macrobrew but doesn’t stand up to its predecessor.
spkevin (397) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - APR 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Blond pour. Okay head. Fresh aroma with fruits. Okay blonde ale. Fresh and good bitter notes. Enjoyable.
Hugi (438) - Waldkirch, GERMANY - MAR 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark golden, clear. Medium head. Smell of honey, a bit sweet, fruity (apple, pears) and flowers. Taste mild and sweet, honey, fruity and a bit alcoholic. Rather a full body with a creamy texture. High drinkability.
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Deep golden color with an orange hue and a white head. Yeasty aroma of fruity esters, quite a bit of banana and clove and a bit of malt. Sweetish fruity flavor with esters, a bit of spices, some caramel, a bit of honey and a bit of alcohol. Medium-bodied.
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - MAR 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear Deep golden color with a huge white head.
Spicy and floral nose, with light apricot notes and some esters.
Fruity flavors, sweet banana, clove, yeast and low bitterness.
Medium bodied and refreshing, some alcohol is present but overall OK.
Bosskie (516) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper coloured with golden highlights, transparent, column carbonation and a frothy head.
Typical wholesome bready yeasty Leffe smell. Coriander, white pepper. Rotten fruit, apples. Maybe somewhat sweeter, more alcoholic than the usual Leffe.
Dry saltish taste with a bitter sour finish. White pepper and yeast with slight hoppy twang.
A Leffe with more attitude and hops.
KyotoLefty (7192) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at CBB. Deep golden color wiht a high, thin head. Fruity Leffe-like nose, honey and biscuits. Sweet flavor, light pepper, fruity and creamy. Possibly a bit less cloying than the regular but not really that different.
77ships (4906) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
33 cl. bottle from a local supermarket @ home – “a masterpiece by the masterbrewer of Leffe” – uses the word master (sounds even more grandiose in Dutch trust me) a bit too much, comes in a fancy bottle and comes from Leffe – I prepared myself for something dull but I was wrong, this was not enjoyable in quite fascinating ways. Appearance is that of burned sugar amber, as clear as clear can be, bubbles visibly rising, synthetic / fake looking head. Smells of grains, rubbing alcohol, herbally sweet, wheat, lots of spelt and alternative grains, vegetable, pumpkin (the outside parts),… hmmm. Taste is sweet herbal, pumpking flesh, other grains, spelt-like, vegetable, meaty, sweetness, caramel,…. what the hell, really? Very fizzy, fascinating but I do find this quite appalling – does this bear similarities with the regular one? It has been quite a while since I had those but I remember those being more palatable than this. Grades mainly for weirdness. As Joris says in his review: “Typical AB-InBev (or any other giant): technically reproachless, yet utterly unenjoyable.”
kraddel (4464) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at het district
Pours clear blonde , small fast fading foam
Smells bad , sweet , common , uninspired
To much carbo . Typical taste ( reminder of leffe ) but more carbo and bitterness ..
Marko (4175) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Stolen" frome Elisabetta and Manuele’s fridge in Bruxelles... Oh well, I did put some in :D. And thanks! An improved version of the Blonde or something new altogether? Let’s see. Full old gold body, clear, somewhat lasting loud white head. Aah yes, the Leffe spice is here in the aroma. Vague apple and malt too. Ok, less sweet than the regular, drier. Vague lime, chalk. Definitely slightly citric. Bitterish finish, vague, light glue. Balanced, more so than the original. What the regular should be I reckon. For a macro, thumbs up. Slightly overcarbonated though.