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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde

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2,539 Ratings

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Ratings: 2539
Reviews: 1195
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%

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

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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Photo of AmberMan22


3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit disappointing, considering Leffe's other more enjoyable beers that they offer (9°, tripel). Especially disappointing when you considering the easily available Duvel, and other spectacular belgium pales.

This beer just came across as average. Maybe it's because I bought it in a can, but the head was rather unimpressive, leaving no lacing on the way down. Color seemed too dark, compared to the style standard.

The smell and taste are overwhelmingly of cloves. Alcohol kicks through at the end, as well as some hops, but clove-y malt (yes, not malty cloves) comes through predominantly.

Mouthfeel can't make up its mind between smooth or coarse.

After giving 3's on everything else, I can't really justify anything other than an average drinkability. Maybe worth a try, but when there are other good option, I wouldn't bother again.

Serving type: can

11-19-2009 19:33:13 | More by AmberMan22
Photo of ewright

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 50 cl can personally "imported" from France. The beer fills a Duvel tulip to within an inch of the lip while the frothy head stops just shy of cresting the top. Very nice lacing is left as the head slowly dissipates.

S: Spicy clove notes are immediately present. There's also a faint note of toasted banana bread.

T: Lightly sweet up front with hints of the clove coming in late. The hops also show up late to provide some balance to the sweetness, but not quite enough. There's a bit of what seems to be green raisin in the aftertaste.

M: Creamy and palate coating, the carbonation, while ample, doesn't quite cut through the clingyness.

D: All in all, this is a pretty good example of a Belgian golden ale. I wonder if my review is better because it wasn't stored in a bottle, wasn't slowly shipped overseas and was bought much closer to the source.

Serving type: can

07-01-2008 01:12:41 | More by ewright
Photo of HappyHourHero


4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a nice looking 500mL copper colored can of this beer at a grocery market in Paris. This beer is at just about every cafe in Paris, and I'm not complaining (except for the price; 4.5 - 5 euros for 25cL).

Poured a thick, mousse-like, cream colored head that held like a champ. Transparent golden beer just about matches the color of the can. Smells like it was made with Belgian yeast. A bit doughy with a touch of creamy/sugary desert. Carmalized sugar and apricot with a solid malt base and a bit of alcoholic bit to hold back the sweet flavors. The mouthfeel would be thicker if it weren't for the alcohol, which manages to lighten up the body and cut the sweeter flavors. Nice Belgian yeast flavors with a touch of alcohol. What more can you ask for?

Serving type: can

06-24-2007 22:48:52 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of Boto


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

500 ml can: I liked this beer quite a bit. It is a pretty good abbaye style ale, despite it being fairly mass produced by Interbrew. It pours arich golden color, with a bit of a white head. Fairly decent lacing down the glass. The nose is a bit sweet, and bready and fruity. Somewhat remenicent of a tripel. Taste is sweet and a little fruity, with bananas and a hint of caramel sweetness. I really detected no difference between the can and tap versions. I don't know if that is a good or bad thing!

Serving type: can

05-20-2004 18:12:36 | More by Boto
Photo of Beeronysus


4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light golden transparency with a thick cloudy and resilient head that laces well as you progress. "Clearly" a filtered ale, not bottle conditioned.

Smell: Lovely, delicately spiced banana bread-like aroma. A harmonious balance of the yeast derived esters and phenols.

Taste: A warm sweet biscuit-like malt flavor leads the charge followed by fleeting notes of soft orange and clove.

Mouthfeel: Finishes like a lager--clean and crisp and dry, but with enough substance and alcohol (6.6% ABV) to lend itself as a medium bodied ale.

Overall: A very pleasant and clean beer. Many seem to call it "simple", but this beer has a lot of character for a "blonde". There is a harmony of subtle flavors at play--not easy to pull off. In that respect, it's far from just "simple".

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 17:07:27 | More by Beeronysus
Photo of AlpacaAlpaca

New York

3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very light, well carbonated with a tall head (but one that lessens quickly). It has a slight yellow/orange murkiness reminiscent of any number of Belgian ales, though it most closely resembles a more yellow Blue Moon.

S: See taste, because the smell was nearly identical.

T: Light and bright. A foundation of traditional deep belgian floral flavors with a wheaty streak. The lightness of it complimented its style in a unique way, adding a joyousness to the flavor. There was also a throaty sweet to it, like a hard candy was left at the bottom of the beer. A unique and enjoyable blend of flavors in a light and easy-to-down beer.

M: Yeasty Belgian feel, but a limited aftertaste. The charm is in the initial taste, and once it's gone it's pretty well gone. Chalk that up to the lightness.

O: I wish that this beer was available on tap in more of my local bars, because it would be my constant go-to beer. It's a light, belgian blonde with some quality elements of the big players but a lighter taste at an awesome price. I'd recommend this one also to anyone new to this particular style of beer. It's a great everyday beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 17:34:07 | More by AlpacaAlpaca
Photo of Act25

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard Belgian Blonde. Always good in pinch when nothing else available.

A: It's crystal clear golden with light carbonation. It poured with a very rich, dense, rocky two finger ivory dense head that slowly settled and left tons of lacing, As it should!
S: Plenty of fruit (too much banana!) with spicy yeast followed by malts and floral hops.
T: Follows smell, with malty sweetness, followed by bananas, clove and spices. Spicy finish.
M:It's medium-bodied, chalky, long finish. Too much over ripe banana skin.
O: Good in pinch.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 03:34:55 | More by Act25
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. I was initially greeted by a massive amount of light beige head threatening to billow over the top of the glass, although this settled down quickly to reveal a dark gold liquid with light bronze highlights. Smells buttery, nutty, with some low-key Belgian yeast spice and vinous fruit top notes. Less assertive aroma than other Belgians but has the right characteristics, with some saison and tripel like features although more mellow than either. Palate is quite sweet, light, and fruity, again with middling spicy phenols and heavy carbonation. I get sweet shortbread and butterscotch coupled with faint carbolic wine, orange or perhaps unripe peach or apricot, banana, pear, and a decent dose of subtly minty, grassy, palate-cleansing hops. The bubble gum taste that others detect isn't up front to me, although I do start to notice this effect later as the fruit flavors start to meld together. Thin-bodied and moderately boozy. This would make a great "starter Belgian" or introduction to the style for beginners. While it is less bold in flavor than many, there's enough complexity and Belgian yeast character to adequately convey the style and provide an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 19:50:15 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of JamesGrove


3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is deep golden with a thick white, creamy head. The smell is nearly nonexistent. The taste is acceptable but very mild with subtle hints of orange and cream. The mouthfeel is tinny and carbonated. Overall it is a decent, but forgettable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 23:08:08 | More by JamesGrove
Photo of PvtSnowball


3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle at one of the local cigar lounges.

A: Deep gold with a nice head.

S: Malty and complex.

T: Same as the smell. Some wheat also.

M: A little carbonated for my taste but otherwise not to bad.

O: Not to bad. Better on a hot day. There is a good deal going on with this beer as far as smell and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 22:25:14 | More by PvtSnowball
Photo of MarkoNm


2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here's a classic one.
Pours a clear golden color and is topped with a decent white and lasting head.
It has a sweet and fruity aroma with a faint alcohol smell added to it.
The taste is straigtforward, some yeast is present together with mostly hops. Also some alcohol again.
Nice and decent, although not my favourite. Luckily plenty other Leffe beers to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 20:02:28 | More by MarkoNm
Photo of JamieDuncan


3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six for a quantity over quality because of cost. Low expectations. Not much appearance wise but a very tasty smell. Taste didn't measure up. Not a beer I will buy again at any cost, mad I have 5 more to drink, may have to donate to some college kids.

Grew on me a little as I had a few more but still not something I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 18:25:03 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of mrmagoo157


4.49/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While I haven't tried nearly all the beers of this style, I can't imagine them being much better than this one. To me this beer has a near ideal balance of sweetness, light hop bitterness, esters, & spiciness flavor. The smell is banana, clove, & bubblegum while the appearance is a clear, medium gold. I must admit that I find this beer to be better than most that have reviewed it, but that is OK as it is staple in my refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 02:59:29 | More by mrmagoo157
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Very clear bright gold, with a frothy, long-lasting off-white head and a constant flow of "champagne bubbles."

Smell: A pleasant, well-balanced mixture of mandarin oranges, spices, and just a hint of bready yeast in the background. Very true to style.

Taste: Bready malt is at the forefront, but quickly comes into balance with the light orange and spice flavors, as well as a soft bitterness. Could be more complex, but is a solid pick for those who are new to beer and are looking to learn that not everything tastes light bud light.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Smooth and crisp, yet slightly watery. Could be a little fuller.

Overall: A tad simplistic for experienced drinkers of Belgian styles, but remains flavorful, refreshing, and true to style. Something simple that I would recommend to a "beer newbie." Sessionable and easy to find on the shelves--something I would pick up on my way to a spring or summer group picnic.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 21:00:57 | More by BethanyB
Photo of Flounder57


3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy two finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a clear pale yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Bananas, cloves, spices, vanilla, bready malts, apple, pear, and yeasty esters.

Taste: You know what's crazy? This tastes like a tripel without the booze.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, medium bodied, a little sweet, and low carbonation.

Overall: This beer is in between styles, but still delicious. A nice balance of everything and very enjoyable too.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 00:44:46 | More by Flounder57
Photo of wingman14


4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 01:30:26 | More by wingman14
Photo of Takahiro


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear, golden, melengue like foam that sticks to the glass wall
S: cloves, banana, vanilla, yogurt
T: figs, banana, very mild lactic sour
M: smooth and silky, almost like a milk shake
O: a bit overwhelming with spices and fruits, but it has a nice Belgian character

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 19:38:08 | More by Takahiro
Photo of deebo


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
Photo of Evansbeer


3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First off, this beer reminds me a lot like Dogfish Head's Birra Etrusca.

This beer is very sweet, almost like a wine. It has very seasonal notes, much like an Italian beer.
I would recommend this beer to anyone who is interested in a good, light (blonde) beer

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 01:15:21 | More by Evansbeer
Photo of BierJager89


4.44/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden with a white head, translucent.

S: Sweet malt, and fruity esters.

T: Sweet malt, fruity esters, a touch of honey. Very tasty.

M: Medium-light bodied, fairly smooth.

O: This is a great introduction to belgian ales. It's not overly assertive, but it tastes great, and is very drinkable. Nothing too out of the ordinary about it.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 23:14:23 | More by BierJager89
Photo of SteveKay


3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very yeasty with a slightly sweet finish. Very full flavored with good mouth feel. Nice bubbles. Alcohol at 6.6 is very well hidden. Somewhat like a wheat beer. Very good beer for the price. Got this for half price at a going out of business sale but will try to find it again. Tasted good after a work out tonight.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 01:57:04 | More by SteveKay
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden yellow color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, banana, peppery spices and faint citrus.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some bready yeast, banana, faint pepper and a bit of lemon.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 22:11:31 | More by SebD
Photo of ericjdaniels

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden but clear. Intense Carbonation, a bit too much. Decent and long-lasting head

Smell: A distinct hops smell. Bright and floral.

Taste: Strong carbonation followed by the floral taste of the hops. This was a very sweet beer, on par with dessert wines I have tasted. It reminded me of champagne.

Mouthfeel: Very light.

Overall: This was my first attempt at an Abbey Ale. I am not sure that I will go back to this particular version. The taste is very clean, carbonated, and sweet. The floral notes are overpowered by its sweetness. Not awful, but I am hoping to find better experiences with Abbey Ales.

Served in a warm glass poured from a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 00:09:18 | More by ericjdaniels
Photo of a0lbudman


3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-clear gold with a large white head that leaves a good lace on the glass
S-yeasty, banana, and spicy
T-banana with a slightly tart aftertaste that leaves with a dry finish
M-clean, soft, and smooth
O-has all the flavor most belian style beers do, good beer leaves you wanting more

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 03:57:58 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of Siegenthaler


2.79/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Celebrating day 2 of BEER ADVENT.

I have had this belgian a few times in the past but not for a while. Popped the foil-covered cap and poured into a belgian goblet. Pours crystal clear with a golden-apple juice look brightening in color when viewed from a different angle. The head is my favorite aspect of this beer. Beautiful off-white bubbles of varying sizes and good retention. Frothy surface down to the last sip.

Smells a bit like apple juice with a yeast bread background and slight hints of holiday spice. Not a beer where I want to keep sticking my nose back in the glass for more. Tastes like it smells with slight hints of banana and Belgian-sugary sweet candy. The taste went from sweet to sweeter to too sweet as it warmed in my glass. The last few sips left me wanting to put something else in my mouth ASAP. Thin body but big bubbly carbonated feel fills your mouth quickly.

I would drink it again if I was offered some but wouldn't go out of my way to get more.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 23:13:16 | More by Siegenthaler
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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
80 out of 100 based on 2,539 ratings.