Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Reviews: 1,293
Hads: 3,482
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 25.63%
Wants: 59
Gots: 687 | FT: 0
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Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of JamesMN
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before end: 7/10/15.

Appearance: Honey brown in color with great clarity. Fluffy white head.

Aroma: Dry yeast esters with hints of pear and coriander.

Taste: I don't have much experience with Blonde ales, mostly because the ones I've tried have been quite bland. Leffe has a really nice sweet bready malt base, crisp hop bitterness and a mix of pear, fig, and coriander from the yeast that makes for a refreshing experience. It has a very interesting balance. The sweet malt and bitter hops seem to take turns taking over the palate. The finish is crisp and the aftertaste has a nice burst of yeasty esters. If I didn't know better I'd think this was higher than its moderate 6.6% ABV. The amount of flavor and clean taste suggests a higher ABV beer. Really well done.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body, with an average carbonation level for the style. Quite smooth despite the effervescence. Great drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Honestly, this one sat in my fridge for several months before I finally pulled the trigger. I'm not a huge fan of Belgian ales in general but beers like Leffe prove that it is possible to appreciate any style. The nuances in Leffe's flavor make all the difference. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of apants007
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

drank it straight from the bottle.... expecting a good laugh...

a: good lookin' bottle i guess... kinda pretentious with not enough of the tongue in cheek manliness I expect from a delicious brew...

s: hmmm... well that actually has something coming out of the pipes... it smells like you just walked into a bakery that just brought out the almond croissants...

t: man, this tastes like a hippy girls armpit wrapped up in a biscuit... it's like patchouli almond lavender jam on a bizquik biscuit.... in a good way...

mf: tight carbonation, subtle aftertaste... i like it in my mouth...

i didn't think i'd like this beer... I thought it would be in the Newcastle or 1667 range at best... but it is damn good. I will drink this as much as possible in the near and far future!

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Photo of djura
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle 0.33 L.

The color is clear orange with foamy white head.

Smell nice with a lot of spice and fruit.

Taste a sweeter,however the spice and subtle hops dominate the finish.

Mouth-feel: It's really bubbly upon first taste but the finish is more smooth.

Me like it!

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Photo of mariposafan
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant gold with three fingers of loose head that collapses a bit too quickly to sticky lacing.

The aroma is wonderful. Yeast and malts with the characteristic Belgian spiciness. It's hard to imagine it getting any better than this.

The flavor leaves a little something to be desired. There's plenty of it - it's not watery in the least - but it's overly bitter which interferes with getting the yeast and malt flavors out of it. The bitterness lingers a bit too much as well.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full - much richer than I anticipated. The carbonation is a little too robust but it probably helps to keep the bitterness in check.

Easy enough to drink. If it weren't for the overly bitter finish this would be an instant favorite.

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Photo of brdc
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks stousnipas for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a tulip.

Bright and golden, clear brew that creates a generous amount of foamy white head, with good retention and lacing.
Delicious aroma, mostly sweet, candyish, with multiple fruity notes.
Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, it is quite pleasant if not complex; sweet maltiness, fruitiness and yeastiness abound, with a somewhat dry finish considering the overall sweetness.
Quite nice, and worthwhile, but not complex.

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Photo of iSip
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leffe Blonde: I have had this beverage many times in Belgium, but that was too long ago, so I did pick one up at a store just to center my recollection. I broke out my Leffe glass (yes, I really do have one) for the occasion. Once poured, the Leffe is a perfect golden color, with a very thick head to it. The classic Belgian aroma sweeps over you: yeasty cinnamon rolls and gumballs. You know what I am talking about. The flavor is the same, strong up front, not too sweet and fades to a dry finish. There is a lightness to the Leffe Blonde that belies its Belgian origin. A great entry point to the Belgian experience.

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright, medium gold with moderately thick, concentric rings of lacing. The brett yeast comes through noticeably, but nicely, giving the beer a sweet taste, with a strong dose of red apple, which also dominates the smell.

Forget who distributes this, it's good--drinkable and smooth, yet hearty enough for its flavor to hold its own while I paired it with buffalo chicken strips.

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Photo of KyleVick4
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into a pint (nothing purist about that sentence)

A: Pours with a HUGE 4 finger head full of medium sized bubbles. Beer is a light copper with ample CO2 bubbles within.

S: Bananas and bubble gum strong upfront smell. With cinnamon and clove in the background.

T: Spicy yet sweet. Nothing really special in the taste. Has yeastie qualities.

M: Excellent full body, feels like it encapsulates your mouth as you sip. Leaves just the right amount of pucker that begs you to take another sip (this could be addicting)

O: Very drinkable beer. While lacking in tasty deliciousness, the smell and mouthfeel of the beer alone far make up for this. It's not that it tastes bad, just not as superb as other belgians. I will buy more.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They are getting me more and more by the day. I am a former anti-Belgian beer person. My recent trip to the Belgian Beerfest has started to change all of this. I decided to have a couple of glasses of Leffe with dinner in New York this week. I really enjoyed it.

Each of the two beers I enjoyed came in the official Leffe glass. There was a thin wispy white head that was there upon serving. This quickly faded back into the beer. The beer was a bright/deep gold color with almost yellowish highlights. Crystal clear. Nice visible carbonation.

Aroma was fantastic and deep. Lots of fruit. Sweet and of spices. Enjoyable.

Flavor was very complex and kept me wondering what I was tasting. Lots of spices, lots of fruits. There was clove but also something more. I am not a fan of clove but I enjoyed this.

Mouth feel was light and bright. Carbonation tingled a bit and brought out the depth of the flavors.

Lots going on in this beer.

Good gateway to Belgian beers...

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having their Brown/Brune many times, I thought I knew what to expect with this one. Better than I thought it would.

Nice white head with funky (good) smell. Somewhere between peach and yellow. Taste follows after that funk. Funky enough to satisfy. Not so funky that people not familiar with more exotic lambics, etc. wouldn't enjoy it.

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Photo of Darkale
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light, copper-gold color, full and frothy bright, white head. Tremendous lacing.

Spicy, flowery aroma with a some earth thrown in.

Sweet, slightly chewy taste, backbone of spice. Aftertaste is a mix of spice and malt.

A pleasant, slightly sour and fruity beer. Complicated. The aftertaste is the only thing that I would change; it stays with you, and is a bit too sour for me.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into my new for X-mas Sam Adams curvy beer-geek drinkers glass.

Appearance- Blonde with 1 finger head

Smell- sweet, definitely smells unlike anything brewed in the US

Taste - very light and easy to drink. I think 6.6% ABV is perfect for this beer as anything more would surely become boozy. Stronger though than its light body would assume. An exception very unique flavor to this beer. Absolutely love the distict flavor. Perhaps a tad sweet though.

Mouthfeel - nothing note worthy

Drinkability - THis is definitely a beer I could drink several of in 1 sitting (and get in trouble with the higher 6.6% ABV than the light body would dictate). I very much recommend this beer for its easy drinkability and very distinct and unique taste.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright light gold with a nice off white head and good carbonation with slow bubbles and some lace. Nice clove spice and soft malt aroma. Nice balanced malt, spice, fruity flavors -- reminds me of a light Duvel. Medium bodied with good effervescence.

A good Belgian session ale albiet a little pricey ... thinking people judge this one too harsly based on the Interbrew connection.

Label states "anno 1240"
ABV 6.6% (per 6-pack carrier)

Best Before: 09/2004
Tasted: 10/16/03

($9.84 / 6-pack)

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Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking deep golend. Streams of CO2 rise at a rapid clip. A big fluffy white head adorns the surface. Lacing if full and intricate. Aroma's musty and yeasty. A little spicy. Bready. Pretty good. Flavors are crisp and refined. Bready yeastiness is quite nice. Some subdued fruity esters....seemingly apples and pears. A little pepper spiciness. Pretty nice taste all together. Body is about medium and the mouthfeel is nice. A little airy, but carbonation seems right all together. This is a belgian beer I would get again.

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Photo of EMV
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in a SAQ in Quebec figuring it was worth a try. Turns out I was very right. Even in a bottle this one poured a dark golden honey color with a gorgeous head leaving lots of lace. Moderate carbonation and a fruity smell that's not unpleasant, and hops can definitely be detected with a good whiff.

The real selling point for me though is the taste. It's a little on the sweet side without being cloying. Like the color, the taste is a bit honey-ish, with a quality aftertaste, and it goes down easy.. perhaps too easy, as it would be entirely too easy to drink a few too many of these. Overall a very palatable beer that I would pay to drink again, and one of the better Belgian blondes I've tried.

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Photo of 50wolves
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours golden clear with minimal carbonation, frothy white head that disappears quickly. Aroma - smells of florals, clovey, sweet and fresh. Taste - light tasting, overall it is a sweet beer mouthfeel - lacks astringency is creamy overall - I get a fresh vibe from the beer, creamy sweet easy tp drink, appearance is excellent in a tulip glass and smell is memorable and appreciable. Would highly recommend and would drink again.

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Photo of skillerified
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden brown at the top fades to a true golden blond color at the bottom of the glass. A good finger to finger and a half head sits on top and fades slowly to reasonably color. Frothy, foamy and off white for the head. Sparkling clear with lots of fine looking, pretty quickly rising carbonation bubbles.

The smell is decidedly Belgian in nature. Lots of various floral notes, some sweet fruit in there too, banana to be more specific. Sweet caramel malt, a splash of alcohol, and a carbonated cola too. A really nice smell, reasonably complex.

The first sip is sweet and grainy, a mixture of caramel and toffey at the middle of the tongue. The finish is little pleasant sour fruit and slightly bitter. Some of that banana is still floating around in there too. There's just a hint of an alcohol bite every now and then.

Smooth and light, goes down easy. A strong sweet start is slowly overtaken by a coffee like bitterness on the finish. The carbonation makes itself known throughout.

A great everyday beer with dinner, I think. A little too strong (and maybe too sweet at times) to be a session drinker per se, but I could see it fitting in nicely with a steak and some caramelized onions or something along those lines.

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Photo of emsroth
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

App: beautiful blond amber with a nice head that falls to a thin cap and great lace.

Smell: apples, honey, and champagne

Taste: sweet fruitiness and floral hops with a solid honey malt backbone that is a bit cloying.

Medium body with good carbonation.

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Photo of Andreji
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice little beer. pours a nice semi cloudy golden amber tone with an exceptionally creamy head leving LOTS of lacing.

Smell is woody and malty but sweet, some hops.

The taste, exceptional, soft malty and wheaty with a nice sweetness and fruityness, with a slightly bitter end to it. no carbonation whatsoever.

A nice beer.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Bier Markt in Cleveland

poured into Leffe oversized wineglass

a: pale straw yellow with a frothy 1/2" head that has nice retention, lacing rings aorund the glass

s: soft aroma filled with yeast, fruit

t: smooth and creamy, malt, honey, yeast, and fruity notes. Almost feels like drinking gingerale. Very nice.

m&d: medium body with nice carbonation. Very drinkable beer. I had 3 during my visit.

Excellent Beer!

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Photo of bruachan
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

winking lizard tour beer. and a good one

gold with a billowing head. caused me some pouring problems, but it's filtered so a repour didn't spill sediment. great lacing

plenty of coriander, but balanced. a little saisonesque

creamy mouthfeel, well carbonated

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Photo of Slynger
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright clear golden orange with a big, fine, fluffy white head.

Sweet honeyed grains along with fruity citrus and yeast in the nose. Some earthly hops as well.

Medium bodied with lots of fuzzy-fine carbonation that messages the tongue. Sweet, smooth honey; malty, melony and yeasty. Some light and bitter earthly spice.

Quite nice really. Not front of the line stuff here, but not far back from the front few.

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Photo of Vancer
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like I thought more of this brew than many, but Good it was!

A surprising crisp and filtered clear bright sunshine filled my lil’ sampling glass, topped with a lacey white head.

But the aroma and quaff – Good ol’ Belgium yeast and sugar kane. But this one actually finishes with a crisp hop kick. Very full bodied, rich and tasty. One of the biggest blondes I’ve ever had. An easy sipper, the 6.6% is non-existent, and won’t drop you after a couple hour session.

And this was a very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. I was brought this for the unique chance to enjoy fresh from the brewer.

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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 wingman14
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crisp clear dark yellow with a frothy white head. Smell is yeasty and light, subtle sweet. Taste is as crisp as the look, clean and yeasty, some sweetness, a nice balance of flavors, very nice on the palette. Nice smooth medium mouthfeel. Overall a well balanced beer, a bit sweeter then what I like, but still very tasty. A well done beer.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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