Brew Review-Leffe Blonde Ale
I had this abbey beer served to me on tap in a very americanized Irish pub. Overall it lacks the pizazz of other Belgian ales that I have had, but it is very drinkable. I happened to be pre-gaming for a wedding reception when I had it, but I took a little more time with this brew. The color is a deep amber gold that is a little cloudy. This blond ale has a crispy, light, and sweet maltiness. The hops don’t hit you till the finish, which is both fruity and sour like one of the more subtle lambics. By subtle, I mean I certainly didn’t feel like I was drinking a carbonated sour patch kid berry smoothie and scrambling to find some starch to get the tarty tang out of my mouth, an experience I have had with some intense lambics. I also picked up a clove flavor that stood apart from the fruit flavors, which I liked.
While it may be made by the major brewery conglomerate, InBev, which some J Street Beer Review readers may dislike, I could still picture myself purchasing Leffe Blond Ale again if there is a lack of better Belgian ales to be had. Compared to a lot of the other macro beers that are ubiquitous in stores and bars across the country, this is one of InBev’s better quality brews. So good in a pinch good (2 /3 hops), and meh (1/3 hops) if you’re comparing it to other Belgian ale offerings available to beer enthusiasts.