It seems that I try fewer Belgian style beers lately as I concentrate (at least somewhat) on American breweries, but this one made it on the roster in the early stages of reviews. Even though I would prefer beers from Ommegang or Allagash to Leffe Blond, it is a decent Belgian Ale. I suppose it is somewhat comparable to a Blue Moon (I said somewhat). What I do know is that it tastes much better when enjoyed on the Champs-Elysees in Paris that out of the bottle at home in Florida.
Brewery: Abbaye de Leffe S.A. (Belgium)
Name: Leffe Blond
Style: Belgian Blond Ale
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in my Ommegang (tulip-like) glass.
Aroma: Light, spicy hop aroma with a subtle yeast nose. Somewhat like the aroma of a pilsner or other lighter styles of beer.
Appearance: Deep gold color. Three finger (plus), off-white head with excellent retention leaving some trail. Crystal clear with many visible bubbles rising.
Flavor: Smooth with some sweetness and light, spicy notes. Medium hop flavor with some alcohol toward the finish. Well balanced overall.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with some warmth in the background. Medium to light body and somewhat creamy.
Overall Impressions: Subtle (in flavor) Belgian ale. Very easy drinking and is a good Belgian style beer if the intent is to drink more than a few. Not my favorite Belgian, but OK.
Grade: B (towards a B+)