Review: Leffe Blonde

Review of Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A. in Belgium

Beer Type: Blonde Ale  ABV: 6.6%  Tried from bottle.

Their Description: “Smooth and subtle. Leffe Blond is an authentic blond abbey beer with a slight hint of bitterness to it.”

The Reality: This beer pours a deep golden color with a great head. The flavor is a clean smooth malt that has hints of tropical fruit and spice and wisps of bitter hoppiness. It finishes dry with crisp carbonation and has a mildly malty aftertaste (that is reminiscent of honey) that rounds out the whole experience. All in all, their description is on point.

Final Verdict: Before drinking this bottle, I think the last time I had a Leffe Blonde was on draught in a little pub in Northern Sweden 2 years ago, and I had forgotten how much I like it. Blonde ales don’t tend to be my favorite style, mainly because I find they can end up unbalanced towards malty sweetness and come off as “one note”, but that’s not a problem with this beer. The slight hint of bitterness they reference along with the sharp carbonation keep all the flavors right where they should be and the result is a really well crafted beer. Leffe Blonde should be put on a list with some of the other great blondes this world has to offer, like Elisha Cuthbert, Gene Wilder (circa Blazing Saddles) and Cheetara from Thundercats.