Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of MNJR
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is good, not too special - orange/golden. Light head, so-so lacing, a few spots here and there in the glass. Head dies quickly. Smell is not a strong point - yeasty and sour floral scents.
I taste sweet orange rind with a peppery lemon spice finish. A bit of tartness. Good effervescent carbonation, but if you're not into heavier carbonation it might be kind of like a soda. Paste on the aftertaste, which is disappointing. This is tasty in it's own way, like a weird lemon dessert cake with an odd frosting on top. Not "bad," but nothing special to recommend.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a huge bright white head. Pear aroma with a some floral in the mix. Not digging the taste much. Tastes like I am drinking a rose. Much too floral in the taste with some light hops on the swallow. A way long bitter/floral aftertaste that does not agree with my palate. Extremely thin mouthfeel. Overall I didn’t enjoy this beer very much. I had a tough time downing a single bottle due to the flavor.

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Photo of Jonopoly
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a 6-pack of this brew to give it a try.

Appearance: Poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a clear, rich golden color with medium carbonation. A fluffy white head dies down to a thin 1/2 finger ring, leaving some nice lacing.

Smell: Aroma starts off sweet, with some hints of lemon and banana, followed by some yeast and spices. Pretty inviting.

Taste: Immediate flavor of fruits, mainly lemons, along with some malts. This is followed by a yeasty taste and ends with a sugar/candy-like taste and a faint alcohol note in the back. An odd taste, but still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied brew, kind of a creamy/chewy feel.

Drinkability: I'd say 1 or 2 of these would go down pretty easily, but I can see the flavors becoming unpleasant after a few. Definitely a beer to enjoy one of, and move on to something different!

Overall not a bad brew, the candy-like flavors make it a nice treat. It's just not the type of beer i'd commonly seek out.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 33cl bottle poured into Leffe branded chalice glass.

Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head and brief patches of lacing.

Nose has elements of yeast with an alcohol under current.

Taste is sourced from a surprisingly developed palate when one considers how lackluster the nose is. Complex yeast flavors with mild hints of malt and even sweet fruit characters.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a spicy finish laden with peppers and fennel.

Jaded beer snobs amongst these reviews put this beer into cesspit like category and in some ways they maybe right. An over commercial product of multi national machine it might be and it is not on the standard of many of its brethren but a bad beer it is not friends.

This is a worthy beer and many will enjoy it.

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Photo of haz77
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a completely clear dark gold with an inch of foamy head. This falls to a fingers worth. Low to medium carbonation.

S - Fruity esters, phenols, clove, pear, floral.

T - Sweet malts at first, with a fruity edge. Honey and bread in the middle. Slightly dry finish and metallic/citrus aftertaste. Not what I was expecting from the smell.

M - Light-medium body and somewhat slick. Prickly carbonation.

D - An average beer.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 25.36 ounce corked bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: golden and clear with medium carbonation and 1 finger head with good retention and decent lacing.

SMELL: faint banana and spice, subtle and understated.

TASTE: taste follows nose, there is very little hop profile and not much going on here. It was not unpleasant but underwhelming.

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation, slightly creamy.

OVERALL: this beer did not offend nor did it particularly impress me. there are better Belgian ales to be had so I will probably not buy this again.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice 2 finger head with high levels of carbonation. Decent head retnetion and a slightly clear amber color.

Smell is of slight banana and clove with a bubble gum overtone. I am not a fan of bubble gum too much. As it warms, this beer smells like Bazooka.

Taste is of clovey and slightly sweet with some unfermented sugars. It's not as dry as I would like. It's sort of uninteresting. Just some pale malt and a bubble gum yeast strain.

This beer is decently crisp, but there is a little bit too much body for the style.

The yeast strain in this beer turns me off to it. It's not bad, but there are so many better belgians out there I figure: "why bother?"

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Photo of cbutova
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours out a golden hue with a massive, foamy white head. Retention is impressive and thick lace forms as the head begins to fall down. Big lace patches all around the glass.

S- Bread and Belgian yeast mostly up front. Sweet light malts, raisin and dark fruits in here as well. Kind of fades out with time, hard to pick up after a while.

T- A lot sweeter here than I would have expected. Has a light fruit, sort of grape feel with a big table sugar feel. Yeast spice (clove, coriander), banana esters, raisin, apple, bread and light malts.

MF- Creamy light body with a foamy, high level of carbonation. Finishes cloying with very lower bitterness.

Started off decently but the sweetness grows a ton. Just doesn't do it for me because the fruit and yeast flavors are decent but don't get past the cloying sweets.

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Photo of CMW
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is light amber and fairly clear. A nice two finger cloud-like head forms and sticks around for quite some time. Even after the head disappears there is some nice white lacing around the side of the glass. There is a good amount of carbonation which is evident since the brew is clear.

I first detect the banana and clove nodes. Upon further inspection, other spices come to the front. Also, the yeast is fairly prominent. There is also sweetness in the nose, almost candy-like, that throws me for a loop. Not sure if this will be a positive or not.

Sweet and banana flavors come through first followed by caramel malts. It definitely has the yeasty bread characteristics. There is a slight hint of bubblegum in there as well. However, it has a slightly over-filtered taste. I detect very little hop bitterness in the end. It finishes fairly dry, but the sweet nodes remain in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied Belgian that did very little to stand out from the pack. I have heard others comment on this tasting like an over filtered beer and I agree 100%.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose gives off a sweet aroma of alcohol fairly typical. The entry on the palate is soft and round although a little fat, there also detects the cloves, the flavor is very nice but the finish, although somewhat caramelized, has an artificial bitterness. It is refreshing when drunk slightly hit. An abbey beer, considered by many as a standard, but that seems a little too conventional to be among the best in its class.

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Photo of ernie
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden amber color, long-lasting creamy head, immense lacework.

Aroma malty and fruity, with strong citric and yeasty notes and hint of ripe pears.

Start malty, soft but sticky, body big and rounded, very fruity taste, more yeasts in the finish, together with a much-welcome acidic note. Aftertaste long, sweetish. Mouthfeel sticky, sometimes chewy.

Not the best Blonde from Belguium, I prefer them drier. From the other hand, widely available and easily drinkable.

Note: bottled version a bit more restrained in character.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

The first time I had this, I quaffed it like a light beer. Big mistake. There are things to appreciate about this one.

A: Hazy orange with amber notes. White head dissolves quickly.

S: Fruity, spicy. A very Belgian smell.

T: Fruits and spicy... Malty sweetness with a little bread. Dry toward the end. Nice blend, but not very complex.

M: Overcarbonated. Smooth otherwise.

D: Pleasant to drink, and goes down easily. I'd probably pick up a sixer of this again as a relaxing spring/summer beer.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Every time I review a Belgian white style, I continue to be disappointed. I should know by now that I just do not prefer the style. I know that I used to like Hoegaarden, and I have one in the fridge right now that I am hoping I will enjoy. Leffe Blonde reminded me of all the things I don't like about Duvel. It has a plastic-like yeast taste that I just cannot get into. I find that yeast presence very dominating, and it makes the beer hard to finish. The appearance was a nice golden color with a bubbly head. It does have an almost "slick" smoothness, but the taste really cut down on the drinkability for me.

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Photo of jovy1097
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Huge, foamy head that lasts quite a while. Underneath, a bubbly golden liquid that looks very inviting.

S: Musty, bready yeast and maybe some cloves. I can detect a noticeable phenol in the smell that is off-putting.

T: Spicy, sweet, and bubblegum. Doesn't have any bitterness of note. Not bad.

M: Creamy with a little sharp carbonation. You can feel the bite of alcohol in this one.

D: This is one you should not gulp. That being said, it's easy to drink. Not a brew that stands out from the crowd though. Not bad, but don't go out of your way to get it.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Can't really judge as I drank it straight from the bottle.

S - Citrus, slight wet hops, very faint malt, and even fainter adjunct

T - Tastes of citrus, slight lemon, slight malt, and very slight hops.

M - Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation

O - Overall, it reminded me of a Hoegaarden. Not bad, but not really my cup of tea.

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Photo of Ordievet
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looked pretty good smelled great but taste was "meh" a little sweet for my taste and didn't taste well with a burger. All in all I wasn't a fan it was just too sweet for a blonde and I are a burger with it and the taste still lingered. Tasted like I was drinking a weak perfume.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 pz bottle

Appearance: Pours darker than I had expected. Its orangey-amber. Giant foamy head. Nice lacing. Looks great.

Smell: Sweet, very sweet. Spicy. Lots of clove. Lots. Some breadiness from the yeast. Banana too. That seems out of place. Not bad.

Taste: Very sweet and very clovey. The finish is a little bready with just the slightest bitterness. It finishes long and overly sweet with persistent clove.

Mouthfeel: I never say this-- its too full. The mouthfeel is sticky and almost syrupy. This along with the too-sweet taste makes this as refreshing as a cream soda (read: not refreshing).

Drinkability: Its really not that bad I guess. Grade inflation forces me to give this "average" scores, when compared to other Belgians, its considerably below average. It still tastes pretty good, but its not a good example of the style for me.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Belgian blonde ale, pours that very color, looked a little more like a mass produced lager than I was expecting, but still had professional qualities and a sizeable white head that left some lacing. Aroma was sweet and had a restrained belgian ester profile.

Lots of carbonation obscures the flavor profile at first. Is this a belgian? Weird yeast and carbonation thing going, herbal tea. A sweeter malt taste finally hits back against the different yeast and herb mouthfeel. Tastes like fusel alcohol too. Could use more two row just to beef up the body, there's too many different flavors that come across as just unconventional (to put it nicely) to ever enjoy this, especially at its relative high price point. Totally meh to me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This used to be a nice change of pace I would buy when I was stationed in Germany. I would always be able to find this in French Supermarkets. There wasn't much else going but Pils & Exports on my side of the border, BBD of May 17 2013

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Green apples. a touch of pear

S: Green & golden delicious apples up front, green banana, plus a bit of phenols, A touch of juicy fruit mixing with touch of dirt & more green banana. Finishes with green apple skin & a bit of cheap boozey cider

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, decent balance

A okay take on the style, always liked the darker leffe better

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Photo of philipquarles
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into the proper glassware, it is a nice dark gold with a decent head that disappears quickly to leave a good amount of lacing.

Smells of sugar and malt.

Tastes as it smells; mainly sugar, followed by a breadyness. Some honey-like tastes are also present, as is a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good. The carbonation mixes well with a decent feeling body.

Fairly drinkable beer, though a bit sweet for my tastes. This is what I'll drink if my only other choices are Maes and Jupiler.

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Photo of Maakun
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clour is golden, small white head that doesn't last too long. Leaves a thin layer.

Smell is cloves, malt. It's quite light, there's a hint of fruit and some other spices, but it's a bit flat.

Taste starts sweet and spicy. Cloves, yeast, banana. Then some malts and more fruit, like plums. After it's warmed up a bit there's more cloves and sweetness, some korainder and other spices coming in. The sweet cloves gets a bit overpowering for my taste. There's hardly any hops to balance it out. Aftertase is more cloves, and only now a slight bitterness.

Mouth is medium with nice carbonation, but the spicyness doesn't really fit well with it.

It's not bad, but I don't care much for the heavy cloves and sweetness. It's a commercial beer ofcourse, but would be much better with more balance.

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Photo of Schneic8
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a mug.

Appearance: Poured a dark golden color/light copper color. White head that didn't last and a mild amount of carbonation.

Smell: Sweet smell with some floral notes and maybe banana.

Taste: Sweet tasting beer that seems almost artificial. It tastes like it smells. I get floral and banana flavors with maybe a deep caramel taste. It has a long sweet after taste.

Mouthfeel: It is thin and more smooth than crisp. Sits well and has a slight bite from the carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall: Solid beer. Not favorite because I am not a huge fan of the sweetness that presents itself. I like the softness of this beer and if I was in the right mood I would try again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blond ale pours as such color wise, decent plus .5" head on it, minimized belgian yeast profile.

Taste was pretty mild, didn't expect that, tons of carbonation in the mouthfeel brought out the tea aspect. Way to much alcohol in the mouthfeel though. Body is thin. Don't get the expensive aspect of this beer looking back at the end of the bottle.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Me and a friend wandered off to Newport Beach last night and found a pizza joint with decent taps. This was one of the choices. Or so I thought. On to the beer:

The beer arrived in my mug a filtered deep colored blonde with a decent head that leaves little lacing on the glass. I'm not sure what the brewers were going for, but it smelled and tasted more like a Franziskaner than an Orval. Lots of chewing gum in the aroma and taste, and I'm talking about the cheap Wrigley's brand. A dash of cloves and a pinch of peppermint(?) provide to back up the main chewing gum flavor. Finish is thick and semi-sticky.

The flavors were fine, but the overall blend of them needs some balance and work.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-golden color with a nice thick head and good lacing

S-cloves and tropical fruit/bananas with a heavy yeasty presence

T-heavy sweetness and fruit with hints of cloves, sweet malt

F-medium to heavy body with light carbonation, a slightly syrupy feel

O-nothing special here, too sweet and overall not a stellar example of this style

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.