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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,530 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 2530
Reviews: 1195
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%


Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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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deebo

Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Easy to drink, flavorful Belgian beer. It's fruity but not over the top. I wouldn't mind drinking this all the time. Smooth as hell with some flavor. I don't need much else. Well played. Moderate carbonation and fairly dry. Clear and dark yellow in color.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2014 19:09:56 | More by deebo
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TWebb

South Carolina

1.29/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Someone left the beer out in the yard...
Really, rather than drink Leffe Blonde, try this instead (it's cheaper, more sanitary, and tastier):
find the cheapest, nastiest malt liquor. Pour some in an open bucket. Get a dead mouse. Drop it in. Catch 6-8 live cockaroaches. Throw them in. Stomp and kill 3-4 more cockaroaches. Throw them in. Let this sit out in 90 degree heat for 5 days (cover if rain approaches). Pour it back in the bottle, being careful to spill as much as possible, and put it in the refrigerator. Never ever drink it. Give it to the beersnobbiest person you know and tell them it's the newest high dollar Belgian thing. Just watch and listen. They will swirl it around, think for a moment, and tell you it's much like Leffe Blonde, only better.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2013 00:25:42 | More by TWebb
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the tap in Bruges, Belgium.

This beer is a light amber/gold colour with a frothy, white head. The taste is sweet and and malty with a hint of banana. The beer is quite carbonated, more-so than more beers, but just right for a Belgian blonde. Very nice drink-ability.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 04:14:23 | More by NilocRellim
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Phelps

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Handlebar in a tulip.

A gorgeous beer. Perfect clarity, honey-hued, two inches of sticky white froth.

Light, sweet pear in the very spicy nose. Lots of clove, white pepper, white bread and a hint of banana.

Less flavor. A tiny bit of earthy hops, dry pears, candy sugar. Smooth and lightly sweet, with the perfect touch of bitterness.

Medium body, moderate pinching carbonation. Crisp finish.

Smooth, light, crisp. I could drink this for days.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2012 05:18:39 | More by Phelps
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Glibber

Idaho

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased both the blond and the brown at the same time, and again was impressed with the straw clear color, and healthy white head that left lacing all the way up the glass. The citrus and carbination made this a refreshing beer. I preferred it over the brown- which suprised me. The beer is one of the cheaper exports from Belgium, and while not amazing, is pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2012 02:17:22 | More by Glibber
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pint glass full pour of Leffe Blonde. Gold in color with lots of visible effervescence. Thin sudsy head that doesn't hold. Spatterings of tiny lace strands around the glass. 3.0

Sweet grains and apple flesh. Slight tartness. Nothing too flamboyant in the nose. 3.5

Honey and coriander notes with a lively and spicy yeast strain. Herbal and slightly menthol with a tart fruitiness. Bitter middle clears out for a candied sweet finish. Alcohol is in the finish, as well. 3.5

A little soupy in body. Medium bodied. Booze is a little too showy. Average. 3.0

Nothing I seek out. I prefer it on-tap at the Sharp Edge in its appropriate glassware. I also prefer the Brune. 3.5

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2012 00:26:46 | More by thecheapies
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beerbiatchMD

Maine

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Le Manoir in Paris, France into a 50 cL Abbaye de Leffe glass.

A: clear golden yellow with small rimming of white head, good lacing.

S: light Belgian spice and yeast. Hints of floral and bubble gum. Not amazing for a Belgian beer but decent.

T: again lightly yeasty and distinctly Belgian. Though besides the floral tones reminds me a bit of a mass-produced lager than a Belgian ale.

M: crisp, refreshing, light. Good carbonation. Not a bad mouthfeel but certainly nothing amazing here.

O: overall not bad, though for a Belgian ale this is not one of the top tier from that country. I'd drunk it again if at another restaurant abroad that has a meager choice, but wouldn't recommend to be sought out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 16:19:00 | More by beerbiatchMD
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Everydayoff

Thailand

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap served in a Leffe chalice at the Belgian Beer Fest @ K Village, Bangkok.

Orange amber in color with medium thick white head with decent retention, it gradually recedes then left plenty of lacing patches, medium carbonated. The smell is caramel malted, honey, molasses and lightly toasted hint. Caramel malted and molasses sweetness also appear in the flavor with alcohol fusel touch through palate and some kick of hop bitterness to balance. The body is medium with smooth mouthfeel. Overall, on tap is still good and enjoyable with more balance between sweetness and bitterness portion than in bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 07:08:14 | More by Everydayoff
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jdense

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes, consumed 8.11.11.

One finger white head over deep gold body, quick dissipation with acceptable lacing, multiple rising streams of carbonation. Nice nose, coriander and orange peel. Taste mirrors nose, medium sweetness balanced by good dose of coriander. Medium mouthfeel, good effervescence. Enjoyable, just not that memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2012 22:41:55 | More by jdense
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color with a white head on top. The smell of banana, spices and grains on the nose here. There might even be some citrus in there too. The taste of the beer was a little off in my opinion. Whatever it was it just wasn't working for me. The mouthfeel was decent, it was lightly carbonated, light bodied and smooth. Overall this beer was decent but the flavors just weren't all that good to me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 05:29:26 | More by Knapp85
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atlason

New York

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold, clear with small head but very pretty lacing. Poured into Leffe chalice.

S: Caramelized malt

T: Strong caramel, balanced hops provide good balance. Opulent dark notesevoke tasted birch and caramelized candi sugar.

M: Low attenuation, low carbonation provides a slow sipping experience.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 05:17:52 | More by atlason
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zhanson88

California

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very pale, very clear light golden color. Fairly low carbonation. About 1/4" white head forms, which has low retention and lacing.

Smell: A bit of pale malt peeks through, with Belgian yeast, citrus, and spice.

Taste: Pale malts, Belgian yeast, with some citrus and spice. Some light florals on back end as well.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with low carbonation; a bit prickly. Overall, drinkable as hell and pretty tasty. Goes well with Greek food.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 03:29:10 | More by zhanson88
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Banana, cloves, corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount carbonation and most of the flavour consists of bananas, breads/grains, cloves, and a corn syrup sweetness. It ends with a yeasty banana flavour.

Overall - You could do far worse than this beer. It has a nice balanced taste and it goes well with meals. It would work well as a gateway beer to get others into craft I'm sure.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2011 15:44:45 | More by spinrsx
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manitouman84

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a pillowy delicate white head which slowly dissipates leaving a nice clean white lacing down the glass. Smells strongly of yeast, citrus fruit like aromas and ethyl acetate. Delicate on the tongue; pear, isoamyl acetate, citrus, and spicy phenolics to finish. No bitterness, light mouthfeel, crisp and very drinkable, especially in the warmer weather. The flavors as a whole seem a little discombobulated, there is also something in the background lingering that seemed a bit off, maybe not balanced perfectly to suit the style, but still very enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 00:25:54 | More by manitouman84
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SgtStout

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow banana colour, about two fingers of head with good retention and lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Aroma is bready, with some medicinal notes and a faint floral hop character.

Tastes very much like a chardonnay, with a sharp, strong pear flavour, some banana and pineapple. Sharp soda like carbonation in the mouthfeel.

A good sessionable beer but nothing out of this world.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 23:27:25 | More by SgtStout
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fdkayti

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Strawberry blonde with a gnarly head and thick lacing. Clear with plenty of bubbles.

S- Nothing sticks out, but it smells good. Banana and some sort of sweetness.

T- Clove, tropical fruits. Sweet and smooth with some acidity coming through.

MF- Thin, as it should be. Makes ya want more. Belgium ftw! Medium carbonation.

O/D- A good beer to drink on the patio of a Greek café while techno music pounds in the background. I enjoy it. Great relief in the heat of a Chicago summer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 02:15:14 | More by fdkayti
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the supper club. This was my after dinner selection.

A) It arrived to the table in a Leffe chalice. The beer is a golden color with perhaps just a tint of red/orange. There was minimal head, and no lacing.

S) It's pretty sweet smelling. There is grain, yeast, and kind of a banana bread quality to it.

T) The initial wave of taste, I believe is very much like the smell. The finish is a little bitter and contains some spice. I'm not sure of the spice.

M) It's fairly light, with adequate carbonation and a somewhat bitter dry finish.

O) I enjoyed this beer. I could drink 1 or 2 of these, but it would not be the sixer I show up with for game time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 12:47:58 | More by RoamingGnome
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden with a nice white head that stays and good lacing

S-smells like bananas and some belgian pale malts. very good and strong.

T-hits the tongue with subtle but smooth and crisp pale belgian malts with a touch of banana. the a spice comes through with the banana to make a lasting after-taste. this is pretty good. the flavors are decent and smooth.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a bitter finish

O-doesn't exactly stand the test of time. i had 2 in a row and the tastes seem to deteriorate over time. its definitely still a good an easy drinking Belgian that i enjoyed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 18:52:44 | More by AdamBear
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the tap to an oversized tumbler a translucent gold leaning to copper with no head whatsoever

subte citrus and spicel aroma.

banana and cloves up front, citrus, cotton candy and serious Belgian yeasts.

light bodied, big carbonation, smooth and spicy sweet.

drinkable - yep.

overall - better than average, not great.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 18:05:52 | More by robwestcott
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kojevergas

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a Bay Brewery pint glass in the Oslo brewpub, Salthill, Ireland. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream and fair thickness. Gold colour. Very appealing. Appears alive; perhaps yeasty.

Sm: Cream, barley, a bit of smoke actually (?), and hops. A moderate strength scent.

T: Wonderfully balanced, with a hoppy fresh body and marvelous cream on the finish. The cream is handled very well, curtailing rather than dying. Built well for the style. I'm glad it's very commonly available.

Mf: Wonderfully creamy and smooth. Smack-your-lips crisp.

Dr: Conceals its mouthfeel very well. A delightful beer, but not worth seven quid (probably a result of its being offered in Salthill).

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 01:02:37 | More by kojevergas
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flyingspatula

Indiana

2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a world famous beer, but I was not impressed with this at all. It is way too sweet, especially with food. The color is yellowish copper, and the smell is not so great. I don't taste much hops in this beer, very malty. I definitely won't be trying this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2011 14:45:54 | More by flyingspatula
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden colore beer with good carbonation and a faily desent white head.
Aroma was spicy and inviting hops are very light
Taste is light and refreshing with a well balanced malt hop character, remember this is Beligum pale so it is not overly hopped. There is a spicy yeastiness too that I pick up similar in my opinion to most beligum yeasts.
Smooth and balances with a slight alcohol kick
Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 15:20:34 | More by micromaniac129
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SassyBootblack

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yardhouse at Colorado Mills.

Beer was brilliantly clear with no head to speak of. Smell and taste was of banana and bubble gum. Body was thin with no real sense of hopiness. A good vehicle for great Belgian yeast flavors without any bells and whistles.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 15:33:12 | More by SassyBootblack
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jeffaz02t

Arizona

2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal gold with a decent puffy head.

S: Cloves, banana, with a fruitiness.

T: banana and fruit sweetness, no real bitterness. Sweetness dominates this beer to a fault. It dries up some at the end, but the sweetness never really leaves completely and it is a very specific type of sweetness and I do not care for it very much. Almost nauseating.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy.

D: Too sweet. No thanks.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 07:49:28 | More by jeffaz02t
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass (I usually drink out of the 12oz bottle however). Pours a clear amber/golden color. Head is small, fizzy white with fair lacing and is fully diminishing. Light grain note for the malt, light to moderate perfume for the hops, light soap for the yeast and hints of wine, clove and wood. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic. Palate is light to medium, watery with a lively carbonation and lightly alcoholic finish. A little simple for a Belgian Pale Ale, but the interesting spiciness makes this a unique Belgian Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 21:54:17 | More by CuriousMonk
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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
80 out of 100 based on 2,530 ratings.