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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,153 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 3,153
Reviews: 1,233
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 38
Gots: 370 | 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 Jamstone714
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of JHendu
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Nose: bread, fruity esters - faint pineapple and apricot with a suggestion of banana, honey, spice
Pours brilliant blond gold under a 2"+ persistent and lacy bone white foam cap.
Starts slightly sweet, hints of lemon, pineapple and apricot, light caramel honey, light hop bitterness on the finish
Medium to medium light body, medium high carbonation, creamy, finishes a touch sweeter than dry
This is a drinkable but not outstanding beer and as a lighter beer is susceptible to handling issues. When fresh, a decent alternative to industrial lager. When old, which is often, it picks up wet cardboard flavors which dull the fruits.

Photo of MaxOhle
3.16/5  rDev -11%

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of wingman14
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of uziangis
2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of DrewShalvoy
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of aqualung23
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Luigi
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a clear rich golden color with mild carbonation and a rich two/three finger head.

The aroma is sweet, kind of like honey. There is a hint of Belgium yeast, which give a little bit of a bread hints to this ale. Light fruits but, nothing is prominent. A rather weak aroma even though all the characteristics of a BPA are present.

The taste is very much the same, as it carries all the characteristics of a BPA. Yet, these flavors are not very strong. Hints of sweet ripe fruit are the most dominate flavor.

The finish is rather slick on the palate yet clean. If you are familiar with Belgium ales, they tend to be unfiltered and more pungent in the fruit aromas. Either way, this ale went down easy, but I have had much better.

Photo of dowen44
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of kenito799
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Moulerie Moss, Quebec City, with mussels in anise-cream sauce.

This crystal clear golden brew was brought in a Leffe Blonde chalice with a thin rim of white foam. Aroma is sweet bubble gum-fruity Belgian all the way, very nice.

Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, on the cloying side, and in general crispness lacks here. The taste is certainly good, with some mild bitterness balancing the fruity malt sweetness. There is a lack of complexity, however, as this scrubbed, clear version of a Belgian ale comes across as mass produced. The mouthfeel reduces it drinkability for me. I wouldn't choose it over a "real" Belgian but still it is a good beer.

Photo of cyrenaica
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle
6.60% ABV

I tried this beer on February 21, 2008 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. This beer poured an translucent orangy-gold with a thin, creamy white head. The aroma was slighty yeasty with some malty and hoppy hints. The mouthfeel was full-bodied, creamy, and amply carbonated. The taste was dryish, yeasty, with a little bit of sweetness. A very good beer.

Photo of letsgopens
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale pours a golden wheat hue with a dense milky white head that holds much larger than expected, which is to say very well. It also leaves great amount of lace and has a light amount of carbonation that is pleasing to the palate.

The aroma is sweet and grainy with bread-like qualities. Pleasing to the nose and appetizing.

The taste excerpts an initial honey sweetness and great fruity hints of citrus, apricot, and a slight bitterness.

The mouthfeel is nice; light and velvety smooth with a clean refreshing finish. All and all a nice summer beer. Surely worth a try.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice...

Had this one two separate occassions over the past week.

A- Firey golden orange color with some brown highlights. Fluffy white head, maybe two fingers. Nice looking beer here...

S- Big scent of bubblegum and banana here with belgian yeast.

T- Taste was somewhat sweeter than expected. Sugary and spicey with a ton of flavor. I found the flavors to be a big one-dimensional, overall lacked complexity that I look for in a belgian pale...

M- Smooth and medium bodied with a touch of tingly carbonation.

D- Easy drinking beer. I could see this one being a gateway Belgian for some people.

Photo of donteatpoop
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a nice thick cap of white foam that rose up quite a bit over the chalice rim.

Smells of spice, clove, yeast, and vague underlying hints of fruit.

The taste is very good, a nice malty mouthfull of clove and spice, the yeast acting as a thickening agent that gave the brew a little additional body that many of the other blondes I've had are lacking.

Goes down smooth, a very good example of the style.

Photo of MisledTitan
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of suspect
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden color with slight copper hues. Two finger head was the result of a relatively aggressive pour.

S: Bready yeast hits first followed by some spices and some malt but it doesn't really mix all that well. Picking up alcohol notes as well even though the ABV is only 6.6.

T: Taste is improved over the smell in that the malt base shines through and the spices are really well presented.

M: Light/Medium body. Perfectly carbonated.

O: Easy drinker with good flavor. Really enjoyable.

Photo of djcira
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of JackNip
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mikehillman
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Gerred
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of frosted33
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of cnally
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured out a very orange tinted golden color with a massive fluffy white head. soapy lacing stayed behind.

very crisp aroma of burnt sugars, yeasts and nutmeg.

the flavor comes in waves. but my oh my does it do wonders. very sweet alla round, like a caramel cotton candy. but let me finish. initially, a very caramel malt flavor fades into a good bitter hop on your tongue, then the aftertaste is all sugars. i love it. i could see that most people won't like it so much because damn this is sweet.

creamy mouthfeel with not quite enough carbonation from a belgian for me.

highly delicious. very tight. very sweet. and drinkable...to a point.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,153 ratings.