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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,099 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 3,099
Reviews: 1,227
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 38
Gots: 348 | FT: 0
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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Photo of carlos_fleico
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a translucent golden color with light hints of amber. About two fingers of a white foamy head with great retention, dissipates very quickly leaving thick lacing behind. A lot of carbonation - stems of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. (4.5)

S: Strong mix of wheat and barley malts - wheat predominates. Strong Belgian yeast aroma, fruity, cooked pineapple, apple, banana, grassy, orange zest and Belgian spices. (4)

T: Smell is richer than the taste. Alcohol is more apparent in the taste. Barley caramel malts, not a whole lot of wheat malts. Belgian yeast is still strong. The taste is very sweet upfront, but gets bitter as the beer fills the palate. (4)

M: Light to medium body, high carbonation, boozy. Refreshing and alcoholic sensation in the mouth after each sip. Lovely bready aftertaste. (4.25)

O: Even though this is a very simple and cheap Belgian Ale, this brew will always be special to me, considering it was the first Belgian Ale I've ever had. I can get this for the same price as most Adjunct Lagers/Euro Pale Ales at local liquor stores, so I never hesitate about what I'll buy when I want something cheaper. Leffe is the beer I always have in my refrigerator. (4)

Today I had a glass of Leffe with pasta, with red sauce and chicken breast. Surprisingly, it paired amazingly well. The sensation and aftertaste were absolutely great. I'll definitely try to repeat this combination.

carlos_fleico, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body is light orange in color with some carbonation visible. The head was decent but went down rather quickly.

Smell – The yeast aroma was mixed with a strong orange scent. There were the standard Belgian spices at the nose as well.

Taste – This one is not bad. The yeast comes out more in the taste. There are few more fruits that show up such as ripe melons and grapes. The spicing is light and subdued.

Mouthfeel – There’s some good carbonation in there. This one went down smooth and easy.

Drinkability – This was a nice ale that went down pleasantly.

Comments – There’s nothing real exciting to this one, but it got the job done. It lacked the bite that I personally enjoy in a good BSPA, but went about its business successfully.

RoyalT, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of Dudon
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Dudon, Yesterday at 10:28 PM
Photo of dmadsen
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%

dmadsen, Yesterday at 01:15 AM
Photo of BirFan
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Of the major Belgian expert beers, this one is very approachable. Though the Belgian candy sugar does give it a sweet savor, it tastes dry enough to be good with all but the spiciest foods (at which point it vanishes into the background). I get a little nuance of orange peel and coriander, and it pours with a respectable head.

BirFan, Tuesday at 12:01 AM
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3.56/5  rDev +0.3%

bowzer4birdie, Monday at 03:30 AM
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4.52/5  rDev +27.3%

hgbrian, Monday at 03:26 AM
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

yemenmocha, Monday at 12:27 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

phanorn6, Sunday at 03:52 PM
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2.72/5  rDev -23.4%

Teacozee1, Sunday at 10:28 AM
Photo of m_hall
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard pour from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip... color is medium amber, and very clear - unlike many Belgian Ales, this has been filtered, so no yeast sediment. Head is white and falls rather quickly into a sudsy film on top, leaving light lacing on the glass.

Nose is malt up top, with biscuit-y and yeast-y tones. Some light fruit and spice notes. Pretty typical of the style. Certainly not unpleasant, but nothing that would jump out and grab one's attention.

Flavor is mainly sweet malts up front, with light spicy notes (cloves) and fruity esters, but nothing too prominent. A fairly strong green apple acidic tartness follows leading up to dry finish- very Belgian. As Abbey Ales go, this one's not too brutal on the alcohol (6.6% ABV).

Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is fairly mild. Very easy to drink -very easy to drink several of them in succession, in fact.

While not a remarkable beer by any stretch, Leffe is quite a good beer. It's not going to make you forget Duvel any time soon, but it's certainly pleasant and easy-going. Could also be a good baseline starter example for someone just starting to explore the Belgian Ale family, for just those reasons.

m_hall, Sunday at 09:38 AM
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3.84/5  rDev +8.2%

horsehockey, Sunday at 06:21 AM
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3.16/5  rDev -11%

gusffarias, Sunday at 04:50 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Mr_Nate, Sunday at 04:29 AM
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2.76/5  rDev -22.3%

inluvwithagypsy, Sunday at 03:33 AM
Photo of DubVBrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

With the microbrew craze engulfing public perception it's easy to overlook this "abbey beer" of InBev. Leffe Blonde checks a lot of boxes for me personally; a pleasant fruity aroma, an appealing copper flavored color and a sweet taste that lingers on the tongue, the makings of a very drinkable, enjoyable beer.

This beer has scents very similar to a traditional German Hefeweizen; hints of banana and clove, sweet, not over-powering, that clings to the senses longer than most.

The first taste is subtle sweet bliss of golden grain and barley making no qualms that it's Belgian.

The appearance is an aesthetically pleasing copper gold with a foaming head that retains its character throughout.

Leffe Blonde is a beer for a wide-range of palates and enjoyably drinkable. Cheers!

DubVBrewMaster, Saturday at 08:36 PM
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Manohar, Saturday at 06:37 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

dabarton, Saturday at 03:59 PM
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3.8/5  rDev +7%

RickyS, Saturday at 09:07 AM
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3.28/5  rDev -7.6%

Algar11, Friday at 11:00 PM
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3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

Machoo, Friday at 04:05 AM
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Stigh, Nov 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

a77cj7, Nov 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

jrschaef, Nov 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

lillitnn92, Nov 18, 2014
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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,099 ratings.