Leffe Blond Abbey Ale
50 Blade Chainsaw
Leffe Blond Abbey Ale is a blonde Abbey Beer produced in Leuven, Belgium at the Stella Artois brewery. I’m not entirely sure of the ingredients but I sense a light malt base, sugar, orange, corn, definitely Saaz Hops and maybe some Hallertau – and of course a strong Belgian Abbey yeast for a vigorous alcohol content of6.6% ABV and in the neighborhood of 25 IBUs.
There’s much rich history behind the Notre Dame de Leffe abbey, dating back as far as 1152. Many European monasteries of the time brewed ale and Notre Dame brewed this beer using ingredients found in nature near the abbey with recipes inherited by generations past.
Over the centuries, the Notre Dame de Leffe abbey was the victim of numerous human and natural ravaging including floods, fire and war. Its various destructions led tomultiple rebuilding with the brewing canons returning in 1902. By the 1950’s, the abbey commissioned the brewing to a commercial brewery, and after changing handsmultiple times, the brew is currently owned by InBev.
I’ve had this brew in the past and was taken by its odd character and sharp flavors. While it lost a personal taste test event to some other Belgian style brews, I’m hoping that a more experienced palate will reveal the dignity in this time honored brew.
Onto The Method
5.0/10 Blades – The Classic
1.5 – Appearance – Rich carbonation over a light golden hue, crackly bubblingsounds with a half inch white head and some lacing.
1.5 – Aroma – Unique sharpness over heavy yeast and malt base comes together with the rising haze of alcohol.
1.0 – Taste – Sharp astringency that’s a little rough to take in – heavy sweet strangeness on the after taste, even a little tart. I don’t hate it, but it doesn’t vibe with my chemistry.
0.5 – Palate – That tartness and astringency make for a rough consumption over its tiny thin body.
0.5 – Overall – I get a personal feeling of lament and grief after knowing that I just don’t like this brew, but really want to. Ultimately, I’m hoping the alcohol kicks in to mellow the sharp and unpalatable flavors.
5.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze –At 6.6% ABV, the potency of the hammer’s influence is strangely inhibited and unsubstantial.
7.0/10 Blades- The Knife –digestibility –Despite being rough to take in, the knife cuts even and well enough, allowing the interesting ingredients and alcohol to travel through my bloodstream like a photographic overexposure of a highway in the night.
6.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift –Spiders take a slow rise challenged by the climb over an increasingly foul flavored wall. After making their presence at the conclusion the third, the rush is more of a body buzz than cerebral joy.
7.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – The motor rides moderately as a result of the sedative but controled influences of the fuel.
20.0/50 Blades – the buzz – I’m not sure why I felt some kind of personal grievance, but I really wanted to like Leffe Blond and enjoy the buzz. Maybe I’m rooting for an imported ale to get on the best beers list, or it could be the rich ancestry of this religious being. Unfortunately, the truth prevailed and Leffe Blond was overthrown by personal taste. My body’s chemistry just did not bond with the euphoric offerings of this beer. The buzz felt off resulting from its tart disposition and ultimately took on the characteristic of white wine drunk.