Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Reviews: 1,277
Hads: 3,418
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 56
Gots: 625 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 EMV
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of 50wolves
4.14/5  rDev +15%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of skillerified
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (1,239 characters)

Photo of emsroth
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (270 characters)

Photo of Andreji
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of UDbeernut
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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! (427 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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 (266 characters)

Photo of Slynger
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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!!! (157 characters)

Photo of wingman14
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and light gold in color, no noticeable carbonation and a thick off white head filled with creamy bubbles accompanied by a nice thick lacing.
Apples, wheat grass and some mild spices make this ale’s aroma very pleasant.
Sweet overall with the spices coming out mid swallow and then topped off with a slightly hoppy flavor. A bit of citrus zest comes out as it warms up, and what I think is coriander start to become present as well.
You can feel the carbonation, it really move your mouth, it’s light – medium bodied with a semi-dry finish.
This is a very good tasting Belgian Pale Ale, sweet overall with just a hint of hops and malts. (701 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold, with active tiny bubbles rising to meet a creamy white head that fills the glass, then slowly settles out. Excellent retention that leaves sticky rings of lace. Medicinal belgian phenol nose, background pilsener malt, and a mild banana/clove yeast aroma. Lots of pale malt sweetness, and a touch of crisp pilsener at first sip. Tart phenolic aftertaste, with a hint of goldings hops. The flavor could use a pinch more hops to balance the big residual sweetness, but the mouthfeel is perfectly executed. Mild carbonation and medium in body, it draws a delicate sweet flavor and smooth crispness from the malt.
The mild hops prevent the residual sugar from cloying, and results in a soft, inviting finish. (732 characters)

Photo of TripelJ
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured slow to avoid an eruption out of the glass, nice 2.5" head--diminishes within a few minutes. Liquid gold with a cloud-like head when first poured. Fine bubbles race to the surface and maintain a thin layer throughout the beer. Nice Lacing. Smell is Sweet and "perfumey".... Typical belgian sweetness gives way to a nice hoppy bitterness (Almost champagne-like). These are nicely balanced to create a very drinkable blonde. Took a break from the tasting to let it warm up and more of the flavor that I fell in love with when drinking this beer on draught is coming out. Orginally, this was my first belgian beer and I have been waiting for months to try it again. Last time it was on draft and had a tad more character, but nonetheless, I was very impressed with the bottled version. I will always go back to this one and always recommend it as a stepping stone to some of the more prominent belgians. (907 characters)

Photo of tpbernardi
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours deep gold and crystal clear. Has a nice thick head and tiny bubbles.

Smell: It has a hoppy, citrus smell to it.

Taste/Feel: The taste is sweet, but not overly so. It doesn't coat the tongue in sweet, but lingers just a few seconds then goes away and finishes dry.

Drinkability: Easy drinking (320 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My special thanks again to Gnome-Fest!

A - Perfect two inch white head on top of a golden orange body. The head is foamy and firm.

S - Clove, cinnamon, bananas, and yogurt. This is a truly unique aroma, one everyone should enjoy.

T - This flavor is a true Belgian with its unique hops and malt combination.

M - The feel is a bit coarse but the texture helps to bring out the nice flavor.

~ I will suggest to mt BA buds that they partake in this foreigner. (461 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great belgian blonde, slightly overpriced here in the states, but a worthy brew. pours clear and shiny sun colored, with a lcy white head a few inches high. smells yeasty, golden fruity like raisins or white peaches. taste is a little sweet but very delicate and balanced. no discernable hop flavors, but thats okay in this style. mouthfeel is pleasant and quite light. excellent with seafood or fine cheeses. also very sessionable due to its unique flavors and light mouthfeel (and small bottles). still prefer the red to the blonde though (542 characters)

Photo of VTaler
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer us a year old
Poured from a bottle into a clear goblet

A - Amber/honey color with a decent frothy white head. That stays for some time.
S - Very nice smell. Lots of fruity banana esters with nice belgian yeast smell. Some hop presence.
T - Tastes better than it smells. At first you taste malt with the nice fruity banana esters but not sweet. Yeast is definetally present and it tastes very good. Second taste is kind of a spicy hop taste. Pepper and clove notes. Hops are nice and not too bitter. For belgian ales like these this one is somewhat watered down.
M - Medium carbonation and a somewhat thick mouthfeel
D - I could have a couple of these but no more than that

Ive had this beer in the same 6 pack a year ago and it tastes much better than it did a year ago (781 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with a sizable white head that has good retention. A very thick cap sits atop the beer for the entire duration of consumuption. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Tiny carbonation bubbles continuously rise. It would be hard to imagina a Belgian Pale Ale looking any better than this. Nice vinous quality in the aroma. A hint of cloves and coriander is also apparent. The taste is more spice from the yeast rather than fruity esters. Spicey finish as well. Light body with a nicely paired carbonation. A good pale ale. It lacks the funkiness of Orval but for people who do not like Brett in their beers, this may be a better alternative. (664 characters)

Photo of gradestarr
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle pops with more force than almost anything else in glass. I hit the dog who was laying peacefully by the front door from 25+ feet away in the kitchen when I popped this particular one with the corner of my flip phone. (by accident obviously) Following a pour into ___ (anything concave) there is a fatty off white head!! It is on the ridiculous side but hey cool i guess these belgian goldens are supposed to be carby. Good lacing n whatever.
Smells like bananay and yeast. Little bit of some overripe fruit. Good, pretty strong.
It's not quite a trippel in ABV but seems just as complex in the assortment of malt, sweet fruit and spice flavors in the front and in the middle and dry feeling once a sip has been sipped. Really satisfying; light but flavorful as anything.
Umm there are a shload of bubbles.. as mentioned before. That and light is how it feels in your mouth.
And all told for $8.49 for the sixer, it's a darn good deal for an Belgian that's authentic in taste AND origin. (1,008 characters)

Photo of funkengruven
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark orange with a nice puffy head. Smell is of caramel, and burnt sugar. Taste is quite nice, essence of caramel, pears and prunes make their way down the palate. Mouthfeel is delicate, very smooth, carbonation is very minimal which makes this ever so easy to drink. Nice drink to relax with at night after a big meal. (328 characters)

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy before 04/30/09
Pours a straw like golden color, very effervescent with a massive white fluffy head. Aromas are quite estery with bright clove and citrus, a little banana, and an overall candy like perfume boquet. On the palate, the spices continue to come through, though it has a nice firm malty, toasty flavor. The hops are evident in the finish with a slight bitter note; the floral sense presupposes Nobel varieties, maybe Saaz. A medium high carbonation delivers a nice fluffy, creamy mouthfeel, medium low body and a nice phenolic finish. Overall, I always passed this beer up, but I'm glad I gave it a shot. (621 characters)

Photo of Shrews629
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear golden color with bright yellow highlights. Very nice, thick, soapy to somewhat creamy head that left real good lacing and had very good retention. The head stayed with the beer until the finish.

Smell - Picking up some spicy, peppery notes. Touch of hops that smell fresh and smell of grass or grain. Also, smells of lemon and coriander. The bready aromas don't come forth until after the beer has warmed considerably.

Taste - Very nice taste. Has a touch of alcohol warmth. A dry bread or biscuity taste. The lemon and pepper are held back more in the taste, but not obscure. The spices are not overdone and the malt really mellows this beer out.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light mouthfeel that is very smooth and rather dry. Doesn't overwhelm the palate, but does cover it in an above average way.

Drinkability - This is probably the best "Blonde" that I have had thus far. I'm not a real big fan of "Blondes", "Wits" or "Hefes", but this beer was excellent in my opinion. Most are way too spicy and overdone with sweetness for my liking. This was more subdued and gentle and made for a very pleasant experience. This would be great during the Summer around the BBQ. The high ABV might sneak up on me however. (1,233 characters)

Photo of NHGrafx
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Leffe Blond is a crystal clear golden ale with a white head that backs off to a thin, seething foam that grows back after each sip. Lacing and retention are outstanding. The aroma is bright and fruity: pear, peach, cherry and lemon zest. The malt is biscuity. There are spices like peppercorns and fennel that linger in the nose. Soft, fluffy and medium bodied, it leaves the tongue a bit silty. The yeast is fruity enough to be fruit salad. It's a little sweet, a little herbal, moderately hopped and heftily boozed. There is a clap of leather and wet soil somewhere in there. It's earthy and complex. After looking at the ABV, I think this may be a really good dessert beer. This is not a session ale-- it's more like a birthday cake in a bottle.
(rated Dec 1, 2007) (768 characters)

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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