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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,318 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 3,318
Reviews: 1,279
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 53
Gots: 530 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Ratings: 3,318 | Reviews: 1,279
Photo of KennethLavrsen
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this classical Leffe and I have enjoyed 1000s of them. A beer I never grow tired of. It has a wonderful smell and taste of malt. Not a hint of alcohol taste. A balanced beer. Fresh and beautiful. I enjoy the small 25 cl bottle in a real Leffe glas. A wonderful aperitif before a meal.

Photo of DevAJ
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it for the first time in a while. I like Omer and Kwak a lot better, but this isn't quite as bad as I originally remembered. It went fairly well with a brownie as the sweetness of the brownie and the bitterness of the beer worked well together.

Photo of josanguapo
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The cheaper good beer you can find easily in Spain

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is really nice, very refreshing. I'd say it has a faint vanilla taste to it

It taste and smells similar to a German Weiss-Bier but doesn't have the cloudy yeasty side of it and is no where near as heavy. No swirling the bottle around to get the yeast out !

Photo of Lukasbane
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I tried it I hated this beer. But than I tried it again and allowed myself to enjoy it slowly. Thats how I saw how tasty it is! It's as if in each bubble of carbonation there is a spice hidden inside

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.66/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Full of flower all floor.

Photo of Pseudamon
4.93/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sensational... strength... taste... quality... Trappist sensibilities... Why the low marks people??? C'mon... This is amazing... I can taste a 1000 years culture in every sip...

Photo of sprat1960
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden in color; transparent. Pours with a 1+ finger creamy white head that dies down leaving a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of noticeable bubbles.

Smell: Slightly grainy mixed with malt.

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Slightly grainy, mildly malty and slightly sweet. Mild form of a typical Belgian blond, in my opinion. While there are better, I would gladly drink this again.

Feel: Light to medium body; not watery. Nice carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. I thought it was a good, somewhat commercial form of a typical Belgian blond.

Photo of Jammyman
4.46/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brings back good memories of vol du nuit

Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
2.67/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No comments on this one really, other than it seems to be widespread and quite popular - an easily attainable gateway into the world of Belgian beers.

Look - A rich golden colour with a pillowy white head that sticks around for quite some time.

Smell - Sweet, lots of banana and cloves.

Taste - Very sweet with tons of banana...almost too sweet for me. Some malt, cloves, but much is overshadowed by the sweetness.

Feel - A bit lighter than other similar Belgian beers, but overall a pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, not a bad beer by any means, but I prefer Duvel's slightly sour maltiness to the sweetness of this one.

Photo of badgustav
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma - malty, rich, with fruity notes and an underlying sweetness. Hops are subtle.

Look - a deep gold, leaning towards copper. Head is rich and rocky, dissipating at a moderate speed.

Flavour - rich, sweet, and malty. A slight hop bite. Fruitiness doesn't come through to the flavour. As the beer depletes, so does the original maltiness.

Feel - a medium to light body, finishes slightly sweet and dry

Overall - a tasty beer, though the Blonde label seems misplaced. Very drinkable, but not terribly complex

Photo of classixIII
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rather ordinary Belgiam. Good, drinkable but nothing memorable.

Photo of woutervaneijk
2.82/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Nice and golden, frothy head. Taste is slightly off, smell's not too special. Nice carbonation.

Photo of Roman_V
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best representatives of Belgian beers, but became too POPular in my country. There are much more better blond ales.

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lite gold. Bright white head. Baked flowers nose. Clove taste. Overall, corporate Belgian meh...

Photo of wasmachien
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Tastes rather blend. Nothing spectacular.

Photo of thumperskibum
2.28/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Really didn't like this beer. It tasted a little off to me.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3/9/15 (Bottle) - Blonde golden pour, mild carbonation, slight head build up. Citrus aroma dominates with hints of caramel and floral hops. Very sweet beer, perhaps too sweet, at least for my taste. Medium body with a smooth texture.

Photo of Birmz
1.35/5  rDev -62%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Wife works for bud and brought this home from work..... hate it but I'm not much of Belgian guy anyways more of a stout and sour type guy. Though it looks great and pours good, it lacks a lot of quality

Photo of kkleu357
2.76/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Had a nice golden color to it, but the beer is just way too darn sweet. Tastes too much like candy banana. Very sweet smell as well.

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark gold, almost amber color. White creamy 2 finger head, lasting 2 -3 minutes, with thick legs.

Aromas and flavors of fruits, citrus, clove, and herbal spices. More sweet than sharp, very flavorful and perfumed , but with a slight alcohol taste.

Slick light body with ample carbonation. Short but well intensified finish, ending on the sweet side with a fruity aftertaste.

Overall : Fresh and tasty, but a little too much for a pale ale, taste more like a wheat beer or tripel.

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saigon (bottle)

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of CraigP83
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden with nice head retention. Taste is bubblegum toothpaste, a little spicy like a winter ale but that Belgian yeast is overwhelming in this one

Photo of jakewatt135
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle says best by 05/06/15
Don't know how old it makes it but it's been sitting in my fridge for close to a year.

Tried a bottle of this a year ago and hated it but kept it around to see if age did anything. And this could be my palate changing but it isn't half bad. Nothing special here but a decent clove with a slight banana flavored beer. I remember the aftertaste being unpleasant before but now it is very smooth and enjoyable.

Photo of Djburger56
4.64/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent lager. Great flavor. Not over powering.refreshing. Such a superior choice over run of th mill domestic. This is what the big breweries need to survive against the onslaught of craft breweries out there. This import competes nicely against local craft. An excellent beer. Readily available almost anywhere in major cities in the USA. Great go to choice when craft is just not available.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,318 ratings.