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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde

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1,303 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,303
Hads: 3,536
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 25.91%
Wants: 59
Gots: 730 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by NHGrafx:
Photo of NHGrafx
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz brown bottle. Best before 11/10/10. So it is a bit old.

Pours a cloudy amber color with a massive head that lasts for a few minutes.

Aroma is very yeasty. Aroma has some similarities with a Bavarian Hefeweissen. There are some banana and spicy smells too. Lemony grassy smell and malts with some hops in the background.

Taste has some sweetness. Fruityness like pears and yeast flavor too. Definitly getting the hop flavor here, but it is not overly bitter. Some spiciness too, slightly sweet corn flavor in the background which is not very noticeable.

Mouthfeel is decent, slightly watery, but tolerable. Drinkability is pretty high for my tastes. Overall not bad. Tastes very nice even at an age of 1+ and beyond the "expiration" date. From what I remember when I got it fresh, the taste is not much different so it seems like it can be lying around for a while and not suffer badly.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ttango
4.44/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A consistently dismissed beer due to ownership by InBev. Pity because Leffe Blonde is an excellent example of the style. "Better" abbey blondes generally have too much of everything for my tastes. I'm looking for something with the requisite Belgian esters that's also lighter, crisper and with less of a lingering mouth-feel than a beer like a St Feuliien blonde -- and Leffe delivers as well as any in the style. As a non-sweet beer drinker, this beer is sweeter (to me) than most any beer that I consistently drink with flavors reminiscent of candy corn. But the sweetness is pleasant as it is balanced by a slight acidity and wheat-flavored undertones. A winner. InBev or not.

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Photo of Marty
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I can not understand, what I consider to be severely unwarranted low ratings for this beer. No, it's not barrel aged, double hopped, triple hopped or what ever. Maybe it is the Belgian equivalent of an adjunct lager . . . Who knows. What I can say is this . . . It's a very, very tasty and easy drinking Belgian beer ! And when did easy drinking become a bad thing ? Enjoy.

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Photo of wisebier
4.49/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm shocked at the bros rating. This should not be rated and put on the same level as the American light beer that really taste like water and not beer.
Because It's a really good beer. It's smooth and very drinkable. It's not the best for its style which I think is Duvel. But this is the Best beer in this style for the price. You can get a 6 for 8.99$ . If you're looking to explore Belgian ales this beer is a great place to start.
Color is what you want! Gold perfection. Tastes and smells like malty banana nutty and little caramel notes. Nothing funky or weird going on. Just greatness and smooth. Would like to try this on tap.

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Photo of Sabre311
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is a weird bubblegum flavor. Real good with wings

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Photo of carlos_fleico
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

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Photo of Mokumbear
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to discuss something a bit more mundane, price point.

I want to remain neutral so will not name the retailer.
I will just say that they are a "big box" wine/liquor/beer store.

Leffe Blonde is actually pretty reasonable and, surprisingly, less expensive than Heineken.

One quick rant...
Maybe it's the monopolistic nature of much of the the beverage market but I think we beer consumers are currently "being taken for a ride" as far as European beer prices!

The US Dollar is at near historic highs vs. the Euro.
Three years ago, it cost about $1.43 cents to buy one Euro.
Now the currencies are nearly at parity!

Why aren't we seeing a dramatic drop in the price of European beer???

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Photo of KillerJigger
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a fan but my wife really likes it! Have been trying to get out of my HOPPcentric ways. Seems to affect how beers w\o hopps taste and sometimes i'm to negative to them. Now i've decided to just drink more of the styles at a time to compare. Cheers to more tasting!

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber. Hazy straw yellow with 3 finger frothy head. Taste of clove and malt with a smooth and balanced feel.
Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my definition of a Belgium blonde ale, I love it! Full of carbonation, Full of flavor at start with fruity dry finish. Love it, love it, love it!!!

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of davemarc87
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Turbo
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of BRB1978
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ccapurso
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Shakerman
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 1,303 ratings.