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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,531 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 2531
Reviews: 1195
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before September 24th 2013. I've been a little curious about this one for a while, but not enough to get a six pack. Hooray for singles!

Pours a beautiful clear golden-amber colour; highly effervescent, with a torrent of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass up to the lofty, eggshell-white head. And lofty might even be a bit of an understatement - in addition to being puffy, pillowy and smooth, it's nearly three fingers thick. Retention is respectable, but weaker than most of the other Belgian pales I've tried. It's mostly gone within six or seven minutes, but it leaves behind a complicated doily pattern of lacing on the sides of the glass. Nice aroma, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style - yeast is very prominent as usual, with elements of bready malts, banana, and a light, understated clove spiciness. Nothing fancy, but definitely clean and enticing.

Decent flavour, with lots more bready malts, candied sugar and orchard fruit (peach, perhaps pear or apricot) sweetness. The banana taste is prominent mid-sip, where the light clove spice also comes forward. Leans on the sweet side, but with enough bitterness and spice to balance it. The alcohol is noticeable in the aftertaste, which itself provides some appreciated dryness to cut through the sweetness of the malts. On the light side of medium-bodied, with surprisingly light carbonation for a rather smooth mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable, but not something I'd want to have more than one or two of in a night.

Leffe Blonde started off impressive, but the flavour leaves a bit to be desired. It's certainly not bad - it's just straightforward and plain, which is not an endearing trait in Belgian styles.

Final Grade: 3.43, a serviceable B-. This is a decent brew, but not an exceptional one. I am glad I bought this as a single, because while I could probably drink 6 of these, I could also easily find better beers to spend that money on. Due to the fact that Leffe Blonde is balanced, not complex, and has an agreeable flavour, I might actually recommend this to a newbie looking for a relatively easy-to-find BPA - but I wouldn't count on this stuff impressing a lot of seasoned BAs. In short - it's worth a try, but not something to go out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 04:26:36 | More by thehyperduck
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S: See taste, because the smell was nearly identical.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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