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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,098 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 3,098
Reviews: 1,227
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 38
Gots: 347 | 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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Ratings: 3,098 | Reviews: 1,227 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

Sammy, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -15.5%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

djrn2, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -15.5%

acurtis, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -15.5%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

metter98, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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

brentk56, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 09, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

kylehay2004, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Knapp85, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

SocalKicks, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

oberon, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

JAHMUR, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

zeff80, Dec 01, 2007
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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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