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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,531 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 2531
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2004 03:49:04 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 04:39:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 13:46:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +4%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 00:59:37 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 16:20:04 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2005 13:03:07 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 11:06:12 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 04:08:06 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 01:40:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2003 13:44:01 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 01:42:06 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 16:28:59 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2009 22:16:52 | More by biboergosum
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Color: a clear gold.
Head: a nice, fluffy white.
Aroma: sharp with spicy notes, sweet with citrus and fruit, peach, apricot. Palate is sweet and smooth, with full malt. Hops are playing it cool, but give a nice little tingle on the tongue. Light body, low carbonation, good texture.
Overall, uncomplicated, fine, if unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2003 18:07:32 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 02:30:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.08/5  rDev -13%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 13:35:22 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a goblet. Beer is yellow and clear. Thick white head that falls away leaving very little lacing. Caronbation is moderate.

Aroma is yeasty and slightly bitter, some citrus in there.

Drinkability is good, mouthfeel is fine, the beer's flavor overall is a little light. There is a malt backbone but generally there isn't much there. Not a lot of esters or anything too interesting. I'm bored again. Not my favorite by a long shot. Its just OK.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 01:17:29 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 03:11:18 | More by zeff80
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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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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I slowly poured this into a tulip glass. The beer was chilled, but not cold. According to the bottle, it was best before February 2007, ten months away. I was a bit surprised that it would be fresh for so long.
Poured dark gold, almost amber, with a thick white bubbly head with a steady stream of carbonation coming up the middle of the glass. Both the head and the stream endured through the drink (especially the latter).
The floral aroma was not powerful, but present.
The taste had a floral, somewhat fruity taste. It was fairly malty with some hop taste in the background. It had a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Nothing in particular stood out, but there was an overall fresh, pleasant, light mouthfeel.
Overall, it's not the best ale that Belgium has to offer, but it's a good value for the price, and really quite drinkable.
A while ago, I remember comparing this with the brown. The brown was more complex and delicious, but it is not as easily attained (around here anyway). So, I do recommend this ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 00:35:34 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blind tasting at my brother-in-laws, poured into a Munich Hacker-Pschorr Brau Tulip Glass, my brother-in-law likes to test me!

Impressive golden colour, full of life with a good white head.

The aroma told me it was Belgian, a citrus, yet sweet smell that only their brews seem to have (in my limited knowledge).

The taste followed the smell, very pleasant, as was the mouthfeel.

The 0.33cl brown bottle was brought to me and I was amazed it was a Leffe Blond, if I had known, would the scores have changed?

Most likely, I am not supposed to like beers from Inbev.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 03:11:24 | More by BlackHaddock
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 14:27:17 | More by RblWthACoz
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this one on tap @ the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Sunshine gold in color this beer pours a nice slightly fluffy head that leaves a decent lace down the sides of the official glass. The aroma is very simple sweet and effervescent, not a lot of hop aroma here. The biggest jump out you flavor in the brew is the clovey spice that kicks in during the finish of each sip. Very sweet simple and enjoyable with a touch of alcohol biting the palate. A relatively lighter bodied beer, very good and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2003 12:56:14 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in color with a nice head. The aroma was limited as some fruit tones and sweetness from the malt was detectable. The flavor followed the aroma well, as the fruity malt flavor with some light bitterness were nicely balanced. Some yeast was also detectable.

Light bodied beer, carbonation levels slightly stronger than expected but produced a nice crispness on the tongue. Relatively clean aftertaste. Very drinkable and this was better on tap than what I have had in bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2004 20:01:34 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice tight-bubbled head (two fingers), dark honey golden in color. Very clear. Lots of effervescence apparent. Excellent lace. Very attractive.

Strong aroma of wheat malt, a little citrus and nearly no nutty smells. Fairly standard aroma for a white beer.

Sweet for the style. The initial taste is fairly bland--one dimensional malt. Holding the liquid in my mouth produces very little change. The swallow allows for the wheat to come forward along with some clove and other sweet spices (corriander and cinnamon come to mind).

There's a milky texture to this brew, which I believe contributes to a slight sourness in the aftertaste. Thin body for style.

Interesting beer although I believe there are some better Belgian Whites out there for the lovers of this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2004 16:48:20 | More by smcolw
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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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