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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,098 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,098
Reviews: 1,227
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 38
Gots: 347 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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Photo of Libationguy
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant deep gold color with some copper hues. Lively carbonation in the glass. Off-white 2-finger head that has a moderate retention.

Cantaloupe, citrus, cilantro, celery seed, marzipan, wheat, over-ripe banana, melba toast. The overall feel of the nose is slightly reductive, but not in an unpleasant way.

The palate does not carry the reductive quality of the nose nearly as much. Sweet to the point of being slightly excessive. Banana, wheat, honeydew melon, lightly browned butter, white pepper, bubblegum and bread crust.

Medium bodied and slightly creamy. Carbonation is lively, but not excessive for the beer. Some alcohol heat on the finish. Slightly grainy on the extreme finish.

An interesting beer that shows many sides. Felt like it was a little too reductive.

Libationguy, Jul 28, 2013
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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body is light orange in color with some carbonation visible. The head was decent but went down rather quickly.

Smell – The yeast aroma was mixed with a strong orange scent. There were the standard Belgian spices at the nose as well.

Taste – This one is not bad. The yeast comes out more in the taste. There are few more fruits that show up such as ripe melons and grapes. The spicing is light and subdued.

Mouthfeel – There’s some good carbonation in there. This one went down smooth and easy.

Drinkability – This was a nice ale that went down pleasantly.

Comments – There’s nothing real exciting to this one, but it got the job done. It lacked the bite that I personally enjoy in a good BSPA, but went about its business successfully.

RoyalT, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of carlos_fleico
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a translucent golden color with light hints of amber. About two fingers of a white foamy head with great retention, dissipates very quickly leaving thick lacing behind. A lot of carbonation - stems of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. (4.5)

S: Strong mix of wheat and barley malts - wheat predominates. Strong Belgian yeast aroma, fruity, cooked pineapple, apple, banana, grassy, orange zest and Belgian spices. (4)

T: Smell is richer than the taste. Alcohol is more apparent in the taste. Barley caramel malts, not a whole lot of wheat malts. Belgian yeast is still strong. The taste is very sweet upfront, but gets bitter as the beer fills the palate. (4)

M: Light to medium body, high carbonation, boozy. Refreshing and alcoholic sensation in the mouth after each sip. Lovely bready aftertaste. (4.25)

O: Even though this is a very simple and cheap Belgian Ale, this brew will always be special to me, considering it was the first Belgian Ale I've ever had. I can get this for the same price as most Adjunct Lagers/Euro Pale Ales at local liquor stores, so I never hesitate about what I'll buy when I want something cheaper. Leffe is the beer I always have in my refrigerator. (4)

Today I had a glass of Leffe with pasta, with red sauce and chicken breast. Surprisingly, it paired amazingly well. The sensation and aftertaste were absolutely great. I'll definitely try to repeat this combination.

carlos_fleico, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a nice sticky head,the aroma is very yeasty and a little fruity.Taste has a honey taste that hits you right away along with some spicey yeast notes not alot of fruitiness in the taste in my opinion.I like this beer but there are alot better Belgian pales out there.

oberon, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of Marty
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a sixer of this stuff at a beer store where everything was overpriced, thinking "what's one buck more when I can get a real Belgian?" I remembered trying this for the first time at Monk's Cafe in Philly and being very impressed.

Maybe I was just excited to be at Monk's, or maybe this beer's just better on tap, but man, what a let down. This beer's just average. LOOKS great on its way into the glass; very carbonated, and produces a light, puffy head. Smells like a Belgian Pale ale, but no particularly unique aromatic characteristics. Tastes... like a pale ale, albeit a malty Belgian pale ale. What startles me is the sour aftertaste. It's not a good green apple sour, but more like an apple juice gone bad sour.

I won't rule out buying this on tap againa, but I sure don't plan on buying it in the bottle again anytime soon.

Marty, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of davemarc87
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

davemarc87, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

cam477, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From notes of an unfortunately copious amount of this garbage consumed in France last December…

Sweet, thin watery gunk. Typically Leffe yeasts and sugars are more pronounced than the barley or hops. Bleigh! Macro sugar water with a nice carbonation stream. Clear gold body with a fluffy, light head. Smells slightly medicinal and almost fruity but leaves me wanting more in all categories.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 20, 2006
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Turbo, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

ccapurso, Nov 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

tbryan5, Feb 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Shakerman, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a wide mouth chalice style glass.

Pours a beautiful golden color with an orange hue. Clear. An abundant 1" uneven foamy white head covers the brew for a good long time before reducing to a thing layer of bubbles and a ring. Light lacing.

The aroma was almost non-existent, which was perplexing. All this cool looking stuff going on and there was very little to note. If anything there was just a touch of spice or some other fruity adjunct.

Candy sugar, honey, malt, orange peel, and coriander are just a few of the immense flavors that wash over the tongue in a gush with a good deep pull. A bit sweet with a solid medium weight in the mouth. Carbonation is light and the overall texture is nice and creamy. This reminded me a bit of a "blonde brune" if there were such a thing, as there are nice notes of dark fruit in here as well, such as figs or dates. The finish is creamy and malty, with more of that Belgian candy sugar taste on the tongue.

I absolutely loved the amazing flavors and complex combination of ingredients in this brew. If I had a criticism at all, it would probably be that it was just a little bit sweet for me. Is it too sweet? Depends on your tastes, I guess. I would definitely put this on my "anytime" beer list. Recommended.

SIRIUS2, Jul 11, 2008
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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