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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Reviews: 1,284
Hads: 3,448
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 55
Gots: 658 | FT: 2
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Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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 Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being in interbrew, some Ontario pubs have it on tap. It was somewhat more balanced than in the bottle, less sweet-bitter. Light yellow, good nose.
The yeast is there and sticking in the retaining head. Orangy and cloves are for teas not beer, bit well manged on-tap at the up-and-coming Safari Club. (301 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 8/1/13.

Pours a clear honey orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of Belgian yeast, grain, spices, and some banana. Taste is of grain and banana up front with spice and yeast flavors coming through more on the aftertaste. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light carbonation with a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice light flavor that is very easy to drink. (563 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high dense, bright white head that slowly lied down but left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass and consistently kept a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of spicy yeast in the nose along with notes of bready malts and hints of floral hops.
T: The initial taste has some malty sweetness, which is somewhat balanced off by flavors of bananas, clove and spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, slightly thick (for the style) and a bit dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good entry-level beer for new drinkers of craft beer. (740 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a somewhat hazy golden-blonde color with a great looking white head and plenty of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward some light peach followed with a large banana presence and a bit of clove and bread. The flavor profile is quite similar, though the banana and bread are the most prominent here. The body is light and a bit chewy. I wasn't expecting much from this but it was quite good. (492 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 brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice, rocky head that strands the glace with lace

Smell: Bananas, honey and cream

Taste: Starts out with a sweet, creamy aspect with developing undertones of banana; after the swallow the sweet elements predominate but are joined by a yeasty tartness that adds a modicum of complexity

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but a little too sweet for my tastebuds - a good crossover for newbies into the world of Belgians (527 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: sweet, alcoholic and spicy. A little wine-like. A clean smelling beer; not as "organic" as most Belgian ales. Slight vegetable scents from the wheat. Tart and thin smelling. All tones are subtle, except the alchohol.
Appearance: Just off-clear and straw, nicely carbonated. Dainty white head that disapeared about half way through the beer. Laces very well.
Taste: Well matured sweetness pronounced at the nose. Fruity on the edge of pears, peaches, and apricots. Rounds out quite nicely in the body. Medium but bold body. Alcohol quickly jumps out to cut the sweetness. Low but apropriate hop flavoring and bittering helps to keep this beer from tasting too wine-like. Spicy aided by the hops and by the yeast. Delicate fruit citrus and tartness detected in the body and follows throughout. Drying toward the finish.
Aftertase: Dry and tart. sweetness thinned by the heat. Flavors that don't linger too long.
Impression: A delicate, yet bold beer. Nicely complex in its flavors and power. It'll sneak up on you. I do recommend this beer. I always have at least one in my fridge; even better on tap. (1,112 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellowish brew with a nice foamy head. I taste the usual belgium spice but still less present then I would have hope for. This beer is also less hearthy then I would have liked. I guess this is a good introduction to belgium brew but not up to the level of a great brew. (275 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz chalice at the Sugar Bowl off-campus.

This beer arrives on the patio table in a properly branded chalice, and appears a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with one middling finger of weakly puffy, foamy, and eventually just soapy dirty white head, which leaves a complex, multilayered ring of snow rime lace around the glass as things duly drop away.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, banana chips, cloves, Belgian yeast, sharp black and white pepper, a suggestion of earthy hops, and some burgeoning booze warmth. The taste is bready caramel malt, the same dry banana and yeast, clove/coriander and muddled table pepper spice, a hint of orange and lemon citrus, ever fading generic hops, and a minor static alcohol heat.

The carbonation is quite understated, no real kick or twang to be found here, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth, with a small creamy twinge. It finishes well off-dry, the fruit, neutered grain and spice, lingering yeast, and sidling hooch all riding this one out.

A so-so Belgian pale ale, everything a bit rounded, no real edges (in the good way) to be found here, and the alcohol just seems somewhat disjointed for an abbey ale. Refreshing and heady enough, I suppose, though, for a starter during an evening to be spent in the extended summer light. (1,324 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling orange-amber when backlit with bright golden sunshine. I was greeted with the usual voluminous Belgian head on the pour... in this case a thickly creamy crown of pale beige that looks fantastic. It's both bubbly and rocky as it melts, leaving a great deal of intricate lace in the process. Whatever else Leffe Blonde has in store, it looks great.

The nose is less impressive. Clove is prominent and there isn't a whole lot else to back it up. Underpowered and unidimensional is difficult to overcome. Having said that, it's pleasant enough to be considered above average for the style.

Tough call on the flavor. I'll have to live with this one for a while. Funny thing... when I was a beer novice, I didn't like much of anything from Belgium. Now that I've learned to appreciate the complexities of the yeast, I like just about every beer from that country that I've been exposed to. That's the way it works I guess.

Leffe Blonde falls short. The biggest reason is that it's so hotly clove-like that none of the other ingredients have a chance to make a positive impression. Did the brewer add ground clove to the brew kettle? If not, he used the mega-cloviest yeast strain on the planet. All trace of subtlety and nuance is lost in the storm of spice.

Hops are especially prominent as well. Not so much in terms of flavor (although how would one know?), but in bitterness. Bitter fights sweet, rather than cooperating with it. It isn't exactly a chore to drink, but I've had enough clove to last me for a few weeks. Need a clove demonstrator for a tasting? Leffe Blonde is your beer.

I like the mouthfeel just fine. Its light silkiness and energetic carbonation is just what I look for in a Belgian pale ale. I have no choice but to dock it a half-point though, since it tends to coarsen as it warms, feeling just as unpolished as the flavor profile in the end.

In spite of my love for (almost) all things Belgian, Leffe Blonde is a bit of a disappointment. Largely because it uses a clove hammer of a yeast strain when a finely honed yeast chisel would have worked better. It's a testament to my affection for the style that I still found something to like in this less than stellar version. (2,209 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/28/08

A - Poured out a golden hue with a foamy, white, two-finger head that lingers and leaves a little lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, corriander, yeast and light malt.

T - It tasted of clove, some banana, yeast and some subtle spices.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Belgian ale. I was quite light and reminded me of a German hefe. (424 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a nice sticky head,the aroma is very yeasty and a little fruity.Taste has a honey taste that hits you right away along with some spicey yeast notes not alot of fruitiness in the taste in my opinion.I like this beer but there are alot better Belgian pales out there. (296 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best Before: 24/07/10.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, gold body with a smallish, fizzy, white head.

Smell: It's a sweet-scented, nigh sugary nose with notes of lightly grainy pilsner malts, fruits brushed with clover honey, spice, soft florals, and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet maltiness blended with some grainy pilsner malts and sprinkled with crushed honey candies. Drying, warming alcohol enters fairly early in the taste. Slight white peach fruitiness. Subtle clove spiciness and even subtler banana taste. Subdued hop flavor with no more than enough bitterness to make itself known. Regardless of the alcohol and, albeit low, hop character, reemerging candied sweetness pops in here and there. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: While perusing the label for any possible dating, I caught some light through the bottom of the bottle and noticed just how downright clean the inside of the bottle looked. Sure enough, it's been filtered to a high degree and seems to have lost more than it's gained. Overall, it's a passable, acceptable, widely available Belgian blonde, though I dare say there're better blondes to be had out there. (1,187 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Malty with a honey/ pilsner malt character. Slight yeasty fruit character and some herbal hops.

T - Fruity yeast and honey malt notes up front. Earthy hops in the middle. Pilsner malt and weak hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A bit light of yeast character, but enjoyable and drinkable. Nice earthy hop character. (505 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

My brother brought home a sixer o' this (I'm becoming proud of his recent purchases) and allowed me to join him in partaking of the Belgian-ness. It pours a bright golden straw topped by a thick coif of white foam. The nose comprises clove, wheat, banana, pepper, and a touch of cardamom. The taste is pretty much the same, only with a touch of orange peel and a bit more wheat, along with some Belgian yeast. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a very nice Belgian blonde, tasty and easy to drink. (581 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, deep golden/amber with a hugh foamy & rocky white head that holds extremely well, buoyed by a very fine and effervescent carbonation. The tiny, slow rising bubbles add to the enjoyment of the appearance. Extensive lacing is created throughout the serving. The body is medium/full with an exceptional creaminess in the mouth from the very fine carbonation. The aroma is softly sweet, almost candyish, with a light citrus fruitiness and subtle phenolics. The flavor is a gently fruity (citrusy... orange?), and sweetly grainy malt that's lightly backed by hop bitterness and gentle spice. It finishes softly dry with some gently lingering peppery spiciness that's very nice and helps to keep the sweet malts from becoming cloying. Well balanced, firm and round, but somewhat limited in character. An excellent crossover beer into the world of Belgian ales. (869 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong Belgian yeast along with some spice, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of Belgian yeast and spice. The malt character is thin and there's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for a lighter Belgian. (689 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really mellow, smooth, and malty. Great Belgian yeasty flavor. Big head with a good mouthful of carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Spicy and aromatic. Flowers and candy are the flavors, but it has an acidic touch, which along with the modest alcohol makes it perfectly drinkable. The beer is fairly sweet, which is a plus for me in this style. Medium body. (352 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium sized off white head just pretty much sits there above a clear rich sharp golden colored beer.

Spiced aroma of nutmeg, cloves, banana, and maybe a light sour grain in the background, I really don't know but something else seemed to be trying to come through.

Cloves, nutmeg, and other spices along with a light banana tasting drink.

A light dryish aftertaste that pretty much loses all of the spices on this light to medium bodied blonde.

When I pulled this from the fridge I was thinking "another blonde beer without anything to look forward to", I was pretty much wrong. This beer for being a blonde had a lot of spices and other light tastes enticing me again and again, I wish more American 'Blondes' had similar things happening. (745 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good beer right here. Pours a light golden color with tons of head. Tons of effervescence going on, making it pretty appealing. Taste is very creamy upfront and smooth with some nice yeasty taste to it typical of most Belgians. Almost 7% ABV is hidden very well as this is very drinkable. Pretty solid beer. (316 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz slender brown bottle with a freshness date on the back. Crystal clear golden colour with a thin bubbly lace that clings to the glass a bit.

Medicinal from the phenolics, hints of bubble gum and ripe pears with an herbal hop backing for the aroma.

Semi-thick mouth feel with a viscous carbonation and sturdy medium body. Sweet maltiness is the wins the in battle with a rolling sweetness throughout that throws out honey like qualities. Leaf herbal hop bitterness tries to clean up the sweetness but settles back into an underlying flavour. Clean estery alcohol is a tad fruity. Hits of phenols bring an obvious medicinal quality. Finishes sweet with a long lingering herbal and medicinal flavour.

Too processed and clean for a Belgian blonde, sweet to the point of almost being syrupy on the palate. There are other Belgian blond ales that are far superior to this one. Perhaps worth a try if you appreciate the style. (933 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with minimal head. The nose is sweet and yeasty. Typical Belgian nose and quite yummy. Just smelling it reminds me why I love the Belgian stuff so much. Flavor is extremely sweet. Especially on the back end of the “flavor rush”. Strong yeast tones as well, but I find the flavor overall to be rather subdued. Perhaps after trying so many different of this level of brew, I am coming to appreciate a more unfiltered and raw beer. Feel is a little thin. Drinkable? I think it depends on your personal preference.

As I think about it, something in this brew reminds me of makeup. Weird. (607 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This used to be a nice change of pace I would buy when I was stationed in Germany. I would always be able to find this in French Supermarkets. There wasn't much else going but Pils & Exports on my side of the border, BBD of May 17 2013

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Green apples. a touch of pear

S: Green & golden delicious apples up front, green banana, plus a bit of phenols, A touch of juicy fruit mixing with touch of dirt & more green banana. Finishes with green apple skin & a bit of cheap boozey cider

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, decent balance

A okay take on the style, always liked the darker leffe better (711 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
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). (729 characters)

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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