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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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2,749 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,749
Reviews: 1,207
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 26
Gots: 177 | 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 ManekiNeko


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Leffe glass at a local French bistro.

Appearance: Clear dark yellow, almost verging on orange. Nice frothy head, about 1/2" in height. Head disappears to a small crown after about 2 minutes. Very good lacing.

Smell: Mostly herby medicinal and orange/lemon aromas. A little splash or coriander and hint of yeast on the nose.

Taste: Slightly bitter medicinal taste with a nice sweetness to help balance it out. Hearty bread and light hops on the finish. Alcohol presence is just barely masked.

Mouthfeel: Slightly rich in mouthfeel, just a bit too astringent for the style.

Drinkability: I'd definitely be in the mood for another, but the only time I drink this beer is when I'm eating mussels at this restaurant I go to on a semi-regular basis. Otherwise, I can't see myself buying this in the store when there are better ones in this style to be had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2003 15:11:54 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Served in an actual Leffe Blonde glass as pictured in the description. Nice to find this on tap at Bushwakker's.

Beautiful gold colour and clear. Big frothy off-white head. Nice lacing.

My first thought upon smelling this was fresh apples. But I couldn't find this afterwards. More spices than fruit with cloves and ginger leading the way. A little light malt in the background.

Taste: Cloves at the start, then some malt before the carbonation cuts through, then lots of ginger at the finish. Aftertaste is spicy. I think I tasted vanilla for a few sips towards the end.

Light bodied and moderately fizzy, leaving a little oily feel in the mouth.

This isn't my typical type of beer, but it's really interesting. I wouldn't want to drink this everynight, or in a session, but it's a pretty good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2005 05:31:31 | More by Noxious26
Photo of zeff80


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/28/08

A - Poured out a golden hue with a foamy, white, two-finger head that lingers and leaves a little lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, corriander, yeast and light malt.

T - It tasted of clove, some banana, yeast and some subtle spices.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Belgian ale. I was quite light and reminded me of a German hefe.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 03:11:18 | More by zeff80
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

The color is clear bubbly orange with a finger of foamy white head ans some thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is a little grainy with some old malt flavor, some old leather glove flavor with some corn flavor and a touch of a malty finish.

The taste has grainy flavor that has a sticky malt flavor that is a bit detached from the the overall flavor profile of this beer. There is a bit of a cream corn flavor that mixes with a sweet sugar flavor that seems to be on quick release from the get-go. A surprise is needed in this beer it seems to delivered but is not that surprising.

The feel of this beer has a bit of a smooth body but a complex aftertaste that is in the middle and at both ends, a bit interesting.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 06:31:17 | More by Duhast500
Photo of OnThenIn


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: two and a half fingers of crazy fluffy white head on top of a clear amber body.

S: the nose is pretty one note with some bready notes.

T: the flavor is pretty sweet with just a hint of bitterness and there is some serious yeast flavor. There is a bit of a pepper flavor.

M: the body is lighter with perfect carbonation.

D: seriously solid drinkability, which is just really refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 21:33:19 | More by OnThenIn
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems to be getting pushed harder and harder in my area and routinely gets placed in the "Best of Belgium" sampler. This also includes Stella and Hoogarden. There is so much wrong with that concept. Anyways, this beer may get a bit of bad press because of the macro tarnishment, but it is still nice to see Belgians getting into hands of people even if it is in this way. Color is bright gold with a very nice airy white, soapy head that leaves very nice lacing along the edges of the glass. The body is extremely clear with no yeast sediment to be found. This was a bit too clean for me, but others may prefer it. Aroma is slightly floral with a biscuity profile and decent yeast presence. Taste is crisp when the beer is cold. As it warms, the sugars come through but are overtaken by a corn-like vegetal flavor. A bit grainy at the swallow and dry with a slightly synthetic feel. Not a bad beer and one that I would definitely get in a restaurant if faced with few options, but not what I would call truly Belgian. It bit too polished and clean.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 23:04:49 | More by ALESwhatCURESya
Photo of gford217


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Johnathan's Bistro in Appleton, WI.

Pours clear golden amber with a small swirl of bubbles on top and little bits of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is extremely sweet and dominated by the Belgian yeast, bubblegum and bananas. There is only the faintest hint of hops in the nose.

The hops are a little more prominent in the taste but the spices, clove mainly, really amp up the spiciness of the taste on top of the underlying Belgian yeast sweetness.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and that, combined with the spices, really tingles the tongue in the finish.

This is a decent Belgian beer though not quite as complex or drinkable as some of the better Belgians I've had. Decent.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2009 02:23:11 | More by gford217
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the first Belgian beer I ever had (about 2 years ago?). At the time, it was the highest ABV beer I think I had ever tried! Oh, how times have changed! I saw a single available today, so I tried one again (leading into a 750 of the far superior Allagash tripel). Overall, Leffe is a nice beer. Relatively full-bodied, nice taste and aroma. Only is diminished by the competition, as it is a quality ale. Sweeter as it warms, and a bit more watery than the best of the style. Nonetheless, a few of these would never be a bad thing. Even mediocre Belgian beer is good. What a country!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 04:03:16 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of DerBayer


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good all around beer but not as good as Leffe bruin (view pale beers can match up to their dark counterparts though):

A - Gold with a dark tinge, OK white head slightly fizzy

S - Not much discernible there slightly hoppy bitter quite nice

T - Hops slightly bitter and medium dry - good

M - Medium carbonation - nothing spectacular

D - I could drink this any time and on any occasion and be happy

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 20:45:56 | More by DerBayer
Photo of beerlove82


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Apple juice amber, two finger head. Bubbles rising to the surface. White frothy head.

S: Apples, alcohol, mature fruit,spice.

T: Some yeast, honey, spice, alcohol, something I can't put my finger on.

M: Nicely carbonated, wet aftertaste, refreshing.

D: Nice light refreshing hot day beer. Not too thick like most Belgian abbey's but a 12 pack drinker at that!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 15:13:51 | More by beerlove82
Photo of beakerboy


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew- Aug '06-Strong Belgian Ales

A: Not as much head as many other Belgians, but what was there stayed around for a long time leaving behind a good amount of belgian lace. Orange amber color with plenty of champagne bubbles

S: Lots of banana aroma and not much else.

T: Not as complex as other belgians. Some banana and clove flavors and a little finishing hops.

M: Very smooth, medium bodied drink. Carbonation isn't as high on the toungue as I'd expected.

D: It's a good overall beer, but there are better belgian pale ales, such as duvel.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 00:33:37 | More by beakerboy
Photo of Chincino


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured to be an amber/golden color which was poured into a goblet. It had an aroma of spice and fruit which was quite strong. It was very sweet-tasting with a bit of a bitter after-taste. It was moderately carbonated and medium-bodied. It had good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 04:04:24 | More by Chincino
Photo of Natural510


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, best-by 09-10-11

Pours a medium gold, slightly hazy, with immense bone-white head which dissipates to a thin layer of lacing.
Yeast, lightly funky, to the nose, with a sweet banana-like edge.
Flavor is fruity sweet, with banana and citrus, coupled with a funky, breaded yeast giving off a heavy clove note. Yeast is a bit over-pronounced, but that is not out of sorts for a Belgian pale.
Body in-line with the style, full & refreshing.
All in all, a quality ale (billed as a "blonde"). Nothing too extraordinary, but still one of InBev's better offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 16:51:13 | More by Natural510
Photo of SeanRedd

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

She ain't half bad; slightly chilled. What mostly kills this over processed beauty is her fellow kin within the style. Compared to her straight "A classmates", it appears she has to settle for a grade of "Working under potential." But do not be fooled; a pleasurable drink. Dulce de Leche provides a sweet bed for a drop of vanilla. A nice deep spice that counters the caramel syrup. Possibly a touch of bourbon? Take the advice and drink a tad under room temp to put the esters in full overdrive. A cold one brings out grape reminiscent of plum soda and the carbonation is a bit too sharp. You will probably be expending more energy avoiding this one since its available everywhere...dive in, take a swim. Then pay an extra buck for the others in the family.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 01:03:31 | More by SeanRedd
Photo of BeerLover99


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: blonde yellow/orange, 1 finger heard, ok lacing.

S: citrus (slight lemon zest/coriander), grain.

T: sweet citrus, light grain refreshing.

M: medium body, good carbonation, smooth.

D: Solid, not amazing. I have had better of the style, worth trying. Could have more than a few.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 18:35:07 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Contra

New York

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been enjoying Belgian beers recently, so I wanted to try this one out. I was surprised to see it was only 6.6% abv, considering its strong taste & body.

Quite an unique flavor to it, strong in yeast, as well as a honey/molasses like flavor. Pours a rich golden color, and a fair amount of carbination. Overall, a well rounded brew with quite a lot to offer. Perhaps not quite as complex as I normally like, but the powerful flavor makes up for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 18:23:00 | More by Contra
Photo of Duster72


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with one finger head that dies down quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma is yeast, orange, banana, cloves and malts. Taste is strong yeast with bready malts and strong orange character. Lemons, spices, and honey. Mouthfeel is pretty average with a clean finish. Very mild and drinkable example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 22:07:34 | More by Duster72
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clarity is high in this light Carmel tinged liquid. Two fingers of white head grace the top and busy bubbles race from the bottom...

Spices, coriander, belgian yeast and wheat in the nose

A sweet honey, belgian candy front, with a heavy yeast backer. Some mild hops in flavor but not bitterness for accompaniment . Not the most diverse portfolio of flavors but very pleasant

Refreshing, medium bodied and crisp.

Overall very nice beer for a very nice price. I would recommend this for a hot day, and for beer drinkers of all palates. Not one part of it could be offensive

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 22:29:44 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of bewareOFpenguin


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If my wife was writing this review, it would be a perfect 5. Brought home a six pack, which I found unique. Poured a nice golden hue, no fear of sediment. Nice lacey head. The taste was crisp, very little bite. Subtle hops. I could have drank the entire six pack myself, due to the smooth non-bitter flavor. I chose to leave four for my wife.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 13:46:30 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of vandemonian


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer had a nice colour and a slight head. The smell was strong and malty, almost smokey in nature. This is a very malty beer and if you're in to that, then you'll probably like this. I found it to be a very interesting beer and I enjoyed drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 00:56:12 | More by vandemonian
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Some friends of mine brought this over from Belgium. This is the beer I like to drink when I eat pizza or Chinese food.

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

It's golden yellow with a good finger of enthusiastic foam. Carbonation is noticeable.

Smells like you'd expect a Belgian Pale Ale to smell. Fruity, spicey and yeasty.

A little sweetnes in the mouth and some of the spices and yeast come through as well. Nothing big.

It's a remarable smooth drink, creamy even with planty of carbonation.

I always have one or two of these laying in my fridge. Since Friday night is pizza night around here Leffe Blond makes it to the diner table quite often. While I would not suggest to seek this one out for the beer geeks out there I would suggest to drink have this on hand if you live on my side of the pond. This can also be the gateway to better beers for the regular beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 18:18:26 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
Photo of mdwalsh


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pale straw to golden color, very clear with some active carbonation. A fluffy white head that's fading pretty quick, but not as fast as some.

S: Fruit and Belgiannyness. Candi Sugar. A very simple, straight forward Belgian Ale, not really a pale ale though.

T: Very similar to the smell, more earthy than fruity though. Still a pretty straight forward Belgian taste.

M: Almost syrupy. No carbonation.

D: Meeehhh, try as I might, I can't get into Belgians. I think this would be a pretty good session beer for someone who was.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 02:15:23 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of jneiswender


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 11.2 oz bottle into a crystal beer mug.

A-brilliant dark yellow color with a spongy white head

S-yeasty, cloves, spicy

T-strong cloves presence, sweet hard candy, yeasty

M-medium to light

D-Nice representation of the style. Very refreshing. Nice beer to start the night off or to start off dinner.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 01:12:15 | More by jneiswender
Photo of cudmud


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer has a clear, polished copper color, a bright white head, and produces a copious lace. This is a nice looking beer.

Smell: Wonderful malt and yeast esters (cloves)highlight this brew. This beer has wonderful aromas.

Taste: Lots of yeast flavor in this beer. This beer is very bread-like in its flavor. In short, this beer is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Full body and smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 03:37:14 | More by cudmud
Photo of jhu1995


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack from Trader Joe's in the DC area. Poured into a pint glass. Color was a nice amber and clear. First thing I noticed was a very intense spiciness, but not too overpowering and somewhat inviting. Spicy taste throughout and had almost a dry feel in the mouth. Very palatable and a good brew for the summer. Enjoyed this beer and would purchase again, particularly during the summer as a nice thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 03:09:00 | More by jhu1995
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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