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Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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81
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1,333 Reviews
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
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Ratings:
3,713
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
26.18%
 
 
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Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Reviews: 1,333 | Ratings: 3,713
Photo of JacksonPooBear
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I REALLY like this beer. One of the first Belgians I had and opened my eyes to the trapist beers of Belgium. Beautiful amber color; light champagne-like head; clear through & through. My favorite drinking out of a stemmed beer glass. To me, it compares with the best out there - only topped by Chimay in my mind.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle--top is foil wrapped.

Look--Pours a pleasant amber color with a decent head which is quickly gone. Traces of lacing throughout the drink, however. Somewhat disappointing in how clear it is. Ultra-filtered.

Smell--Esters/medicinal. Nothing offensive but nothing remarkable. Not terribly complex. Disappointing for an "Abbey" ale.

Taste--Initially very very very...sweet. Cloying doesn't cover it. And not in a manner evocative of any particular sweet-flavored thing--just sweet-flavored beer. There is not enough carbonation or of anything else to balance the sweetness. I've had beers that have this much sweetness on part of the palate, but they've usually had something else they bring to the party. It isn't undrinkable--it's actually pretty smooth. As the beer warms, things even out slightly--so I would recommend drinking this one closer to room temp.

Feel--Smooth and creamy. The carbonation is initially there, but it doesn't have enough staying power in that regard.

Overall--Belgian ales of all strengths and variations are my favorite style, so I'm a bit more punishing on individual beers I try within the style. If this was a first-time trying a beer of another style, I might try it again, but in this instance--no thanks. There are many other similarly-priced offerings of this style that are better--commercial and non-com.

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Photo of M1ata
4.51/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap in Paris.

Very clean, pale beer with a brief, 1 finger head. Extremely clean, smooth taste that completely hides the higher ABV. Very little hop character, but not too malty.
Overall a very clean, smooth, and easygoing beer.

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Photo of MACrist
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A crystal clear amber/orange with a finger + of off white foamy head that slowly settles down to a nice layer. Lots of medium bubbles rising. Bit of lacing that slides quickly.
AROMA: Very floral, apricot, cloves, banana bread.
TASTE: Nice sweet to bitter ratio, again...banana, cloves, honey, lots of breadiness.
FEEL: Mildly sticky but drying on the finish. Above average carbonation. Medium body.
OVERALL: Solid choice, nothing off in the flavor, balanced.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work whom I trade beer with----THANKS KEVIN!

This great standard pours a nice clear golden color with a fantastic fluffy white head of foam that lingers long with a thick ring, thick layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of breaded malts, sweet honey, banana notes, bubblegum, and subtle coriander. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet candy malts on the front and sides mingling nicely with breaded malts and honey that fades into the middle with banana phenol notes via the yeast. Back strikes it home with touches of bubblegum and subtle light hop notes that re spritzy and lively against the nice carbonation that is medium carbonated and refreshing finishing with a sweet honey note. Overall I am astounded that this is not higher rated since it is the best commercially easily found blonde available that hits the right notes for the style.

EXCELLENT AND ENJOYABLE on a hot day.

Cheers

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color dark golden, slightly hazy. Foam white, medium high and not very durable.
Aroma: Malty, spices typically Belgian, delicate notes basement.
Taste: re-malt beer is sweet, honey-like taste, overripe banana.
At the finish delicate bitterness, high saturation towards the middle.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Bright pale orange body with good carbonation activity. Fluffy white head with long retention. Leaving a thin crown of head.
S- Bready belgian spices, coriander, grain malts, sugar.
T- Bold belgian yeast, coriander, grain malts, banana. Spicy finish.
F- Full, rich.
O- Great belgian brew. A classic.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear blonde-yellow with a thick white foamy head. Head retention is moderate (which is disappoint for this style of beer), but it does have great lacing. Belgian yeast spice, cloves, banana, and nuts. The flavor profile opens with a twist of Belgian yeast spice, cloves, and banana. It has a dry, quick finish. Mouth feel has a medium-thin consistency and is a bit harsh as far as carbonation. Overall, it's a good brew, but not something I would go out of my way to get.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of daweidavid
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It has a slightly sweet and caramel aroma. Good body with a white head. There is slightl spice, banana cream in the body taste. Finish with a quick crisp bitterness

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Photo of Edith0703
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The smell carried over to the taste. It's really rich, creamy and malty. Unlike nearly every other malted barley brew I have tried, it is not the barley that comes through. This is by far the maltiest beer I have ever tried.

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Photo of Galgari
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours beautiful dark golden colour with nice head and decent lacing. The smell offers herbal and citric notes. The taste is balanced with the nice bread tones. It feels creamy and mildly bitter.
All in all, taking into the consideration the fact that it is a mass produced beer and the price, it is very nice beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey golden colour with a good but dissipating white head. Aroma banana, clove, bubble gum, bready. Taste banana, clove, yeasty, sweet. Very nice.

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Photo of puck1225
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer. Clean, crisp taste that is flavorful. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Fruity smell and taste, lemons, bananas and spices. Not much of a head or lacing. Another beer from Belgium that I enjoy.

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real nice beer, at first the smell is distinctive. When poring the beer, the foam was very present, but has disappeared fast. The color is a nice yellow gold.

I will definitely buy this beer again.

The SRM: is about 5 and the IBU is not pronounced at all near 0. This blonde has its particular taste and I can distinguish the citrus from it.

The 330 ml, retailed for 2.65$ (CAD) for an ABV of 6.6%. I will definitely have this one again soon.

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Photo of tomsamarati
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I like the texture and mouth feel of Leffe Blond. But the overwhelming cloves is a real turn-off. I feel like I'm in a dentist chair and he just put a cotton swab coated in oil of cloves on my gums.

I purchased a 6 pack of Leffe Blond. It will probably take me 3 months to drink it.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Used to drink this a lots in the past, and it was one of my favorite beers, though these were the days of being brought up surrounded by lagers and Diamond White...so this was my first taste of a real beer.

In the last few days I have been drinking "beers" I do not really like or drink, just to add them to my review list. I am trying to reach 100 before May..!

Aside from Stella, this must be the 2nd most mass produced beer from Belgium I think. I used to drink it lots in Australia even...

Look is much better than a lager. Good creamy froth that stays in the glass. Looks cloudy and beautiful.

Aroma has the fruitiness of a belgian blonde, and the apricottyness of a Duvel. Not bad for a beer that is mass-produced.

Taste is pretty good. Along with Guinness, this is my favorite mass produced beer I think. I never see this being advertised though...

Flavour has elements of soy sauce, haha I always thought this. However it does not have enough overall flavour to be truly good, I anticipate that this has been processed lots, and brewed for quantity instead of quality. In terms of flavour though, pretty good, just not enough of it. There is a herbiness coming through, and elements of orange peel, cloves, lemon peel, and more soy sauce.

Tastes best after 30 minutes from the fridge, or 30 mins in the fridge.

Feel is good, there is a complexity of taste, that changes in your mouth.

Happy to drink this again, though from memory, sometimes the bottles actually go bad before you drink them, so be careful. The flavour is a bit too soy saucy for me, though very good and one of my favorite VS price.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Walter traded me one for a random Ashville beer. Pretty Amber. Big head. Mellow. The bottle said soft and subtle, and that's a pretty good description. Not much hops here. But carmel, bananas and maybe clove? The same flavors are in the aroma. Better as it warms.

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Photo of Foyle
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from 330ml bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance: pours a thick white head that falls slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is gold with tons of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: distinct Belgian yeast dominates with some malt sweetness and lemon hops.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly astringent and finishes like a dry champagne.
Flavor: hints of clove and coriander, sugary sweetness, toasted malt, a bit of woodiness and some mild lemon citrus hops.
Overall: good for the style and a nice gateway beer for those who have never explored Belgian styles.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned version.
Poured into tulip.
Pours clear amber beer with thick white head, good retention, some laces.
Smell - biscuity malts, hazelnut, honey, caramel.
Taste follows the smell, relatively simple, but still good.
Medium to light body, soft carbonation.

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Photo of Shanex
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Probably the most popular beer in Europe, both for locals and tourists, for beer snobs, there are way better than that. Leffe Blonde has various aromas from sweet honey to banana and caramel. It's pretty cheap in Europe and a keg would be fairly available for a good party. In other words, a good, everyday beer.

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Photo of dar482
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a medium to deep gold, clear.

The aroma hits of honey, sweet malts, sweet orange peel, a bit of grain, sugary sweetness.

The flavor follows with sugary sweetness up front, honey on bread, onto a medium dry finish with more lingering honey and citrus peel, onto a light earthy hop bitterness. Medium to high carbonation moves the beer along with a smooth mouthfeel with hints of alcohol has the beer goes down.

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow, not a good one here. Disappointed, cloudy, slightly skunky smell and really, not a good beer. Oh well, you can try hundreds of others. Skip this one, though.

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Photo of davidperez
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Leffe chalice, it pours a dark amber yellow, mildly transparent, with a one finger head that dissipates rather quickly.

Its bouquet is very assertive. Malty sweetness, caramel, bread and banana. Very nice.

Upfront a pleasant bitterness and nice carbonation, and it attenuates into banana, caramel and malts. Its aftertaste is long and sweet with an underlying tone of banana. Medium body, and it has a pleasant creamy texture.

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Photo of whiffoself
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know why the Bros gave a low rating. This is not at all a crappy Belgian. I love Belgians the most, and while not the most flavorful and magically delicious, it is a serviceable choice

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm not normally a blonde beer guy and I actually got this by accident. I had their Bruin and today ordered another and, when I began to pour it into a glass, saw that the color was quite a bit lighter. After looking at the label I saw they brought me the wrong one by mistake. The blonde has a medium color in a glass, slightly clear and with a decent head that disappears after a short amount of time. The initial taste is fairly strong and a bit of a hoppy/malty mix. It's surprisingly smooth and the aftertaste wins it for me. It leaves you craving another sip due to its sweetness. It's much richer than other blondes that I've had (I like this but not all would, necessarily). Thought I got this by accident, I think it'd get it again. Nice on a hot day when a dark might be a bit too much.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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