I can’t believe it’s been an entire week since my Boston beer-cation. Between hitting up Extreme Beerfest (complete with Josh’s crazy-popular bagel necklaces) then touring some of the town’s best bars Saturday night, and getting to hang out with a ton of LIBA readers at Sunday’s craft beer meetup, it was definitely one of my favorite trips in a long time.
Unfortunately all good things must end (fortunately for my liver) and I find myself once again sitting down to review some beer. Since the calendar has now officially turned to spring, I’m sticking with the light theme and reviewing the Leffe Blonde. It’s a Belgian Abbey Ale, and comes in an always classy foil-topped bottle.
Leffe lives up to expectations, pouring out a crystal-clear golden color with tons of tiny bubbles and a massive foamy crown. Lots of spicy notes on the aroma, but also a hint of sweetness.
Tastewise, this is an extremely well-done Belgian blonde. It’s sweet throughout the sip without being syrupy, with a nice blend of banana and cloves through the middle, before ending on a slightly grassy hop end note. I get a bit of alcohol burn, but it’s not overbearing and helps balance out the overall sweetness. There’s some mouthfeel here, but it tastes like toasted bread with honey, and is quite enjoyable.
All in all, an excellent blonde beer, and one that would be the perfect brew for an outdoor cookout. I’d definitely recommend picking up a sixer!