Tansey’s Blind Rating – 90 Points
Beer Advocate – 81 Points
Beer Selection – Leffe Golden
Style – Abbey Ale
Producer – Leffe, Anheuser-Busch
Hops – Unknown
Malts – Barley, malts and cereals
Alcohol – 6.6%
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW The color of this beer is amber gold with a thin, pearl-white head. Aromas of sour fruit and wheat lift heavily from the glass. On the palate this Belgian Abbey Ale has refreshing characteristics of crushed flowers, dried bananas, and un-salted crackers. The beer is very easy to drink and can be enjoyed with a variety of foods: sausage, hotdogs, Asian take-out, soft cheese, or simply by itself after a long day in the yard. Cheers!
Second Thought – This is a mass produced beer and can easily be found in almost every market. It is not a craft beer but remember, my ratings are unbiased, blind, and agenda-free. I am completely neutral and rate beverages systematically and deductively with no knowledge of price, style, bottle art or shape, I don’t even know from which store the beverages are purchased. 100% BLIND and already poured. These reviews are from just one man’s palate. My ratings don’t always match those of other sites and it is your palate that matters the most. So don’t be afraid–grab a bottle and see for yourself. Cheers!
What is an Abbey Ale? An Abbey ale is a top fermented beer that is made in the traditional monastic style. There are only 18 Certified Abbey Beers and Leffe is one of them, even though it is owned by a major corporation and is mass produced. The beer is still produced using the same recipe that the monastery started with in 1240.
From the Abbey Age-old expertise and the combination of pale malt, water, hop and yeast lend Leffe Blond its subtle taste and golden colour, which manages to catch and reflect the light. Hints of vanilla and clove infuse the beer with an even smoother flavour, which best expresses itself in a Leffe chalice, simultaneously allowing the soft, fresh essence of this beer to unveil its true elegance.