Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Reviews: 1,277
Hads: 3,418
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 56
Gots: 625 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

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 ViveLaChouffe
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale hazy gold with a thin lacy ivory head. Smells of citrus (grapefruit?) and fruity yeast. Lightly spicy aromas, like black pepper.

Your first impression of the taste is sweet, sweet, sweet. And not malty sweet, like sugary sweet. I don't know if they use lots of cane sugar in the brewing process but whatever it is, it is overdone. For the first time in any of my reviews I will use the adjective "cloying" to describe it. Once the wave of sweetness passes you get some grapefruity citrus and the peppery spice, some rounded alcohol flavors and hints of honey. This is a bold tasting beer, it definitely asserts itself on your palette and is sticky in the finish. Problem is it's way too sweet and not nearly complex enough to pull it off. I seem to remember having better impressions of the bruin in the past but I'll take a miss on the blonde next time. (870 characters)

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

This is one of my wife's favorites. Dad too. I find it okay, but it's not as high up my list of things to drink.

Looks good. Nice orange-gold colour, good sized head with good lace and retention.

Sweet and flowery nose, orange and mild cloves. Nothing that really grabs at me or that I find particularly interesting. No distinctive malt or hop. Smooth and a bit peppery. Really middle-of-the-road across the board. Better than macro pap for sure. (448 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge creamy white head.
Cream of corn aroma, with sweetness and clovey spice.
More corn on the palate, a smattering of citrus, but the sweetness makes this a desert beverage. Only the faintest muffled bitterness. This is like corn soda.
Could not tell there was much alcohol in this beer, being masked with the sugar and corn.

Serve with corn on the cob, or actually, why bother serving? (394 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a blooming pale beige topping.
Nose full of rubber bands and processed sugar, all sprinkled with cloves.
Begins with some fruit. Orangey, but not as sharp, nor as defined. Lightly bready malt backing. Turns increasingly sugary with each sip. Both cane and brown sugars. Dilute spicing that seems to indicated clove and/or coriander.
I thought it resembled a Belgian-bent hellesbock for a while.
But I don't anymore.
Bitterness and hop traits are minimal.
Light bodied and lacking pizzazz.
This was drinkable (actually, *quite* drinkable) given its vessel...a midget 25cL bottle. But as I suck a cloying, pulpy brown sugar sap off my cheeks, I don't plan to reach for another.
And this is hardly a "one-and-done" style.

Decent...maybe...sort of... (778 characters)

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 trekbiker3000
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a nice golden yellow color, excellant carbonation and maintains a nice head.

Their is a definite sweet floral odor that entices. A chalice glass would be recommended to get the full effect of the aroma.

There is no bitterness in this beer, the hops are very well balanced.

The beer seemed very delicate on the tongue with an almost champagne-like quality. I would recommend this beer if you like a good flavored, aromatic ale. (442 characters)

Photo of JackTheRipper
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear golden color with an absolute steamer of a head. Really nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet, smells a bit like bananas with some bubble gum hiding out.

Taste is sweet at first, not very hoppy, but finishes pretty well balanced.

Nice level of carbonation, a little on the dry side.

A very nice beer, I wouldn't mind having another. (367 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a very deep golden with a very nice white head. The aromas are spicy, and inticing but too sweet. The aromas are a bit subdued compared to the draught version of this brew, but the taste is pretty much the same...too damn sweet! This could be a very good Belgian ale if they tone down the sweetness and spiciness a bit and add some more malt/hop flavors. The mouthfeel was a bit too thick and syrupy, yet less syrupy than on tap, but not too bad and the drinkability suffers from the sweetness... (512 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glowing golden yellow color, strong medium white bubbly thick head appears, fades within a short while to a thin skim and thin ring, lace in minimal strings. Nice nose of malty sweetness, dulled mild citrus and banana yeasted spice and tiny phenolic notes coming through as it warms. Taste is quite mild of malt sweetness, wheat, some dulled citrusy lemon notes with a touch of banana and spices. Its a nice mix with some light hops, finishes pretty strong with a big fullness on the palate and some fruity dryness with peppery notes. The feel is well carbonated with a slightly small start but grabs hold quickly and becomes quite full with a nice subtle dry finish thats crisp and dulled of citrus and spice. Not all that flavorful or complex but the carbonation makes up for some of that. A pretty nice blond abbey that comes across like a hefe on steroids. (860 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking deep golend. Streams of CO2 rise at a rapid clip. A big fluffy white head adorns the surface. Lacing if full and intricate. Aroma's musty and yeasty. A little spicy. Bready. Pretty good. Flavors are crisp and refined. Bready yeastiness is quite nice. Some subdued fruity esters....seemingly apples and pears. A little pepper spiciness. Pretty nice taste all together. Body is about medium and the mouthfeel is nice. A little airy, but carbonation seems right all together. This is a belgian beer I would get again. (527 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gold foiled brown bottle with a best before date of 10/2004 (sampled 11/2003), and a glassware suggestion (Chalice)
Aroma: Classic abbey nose, rich malt with a spicy banana yeast (Weihenstephan) aroma.
Appearance: Deep blond-gold with a white tight head that laced before my first sip
Flavor: Nose didn’t lie; a classic rich abbey beer, in the class of Chimay. The spices remind me of La Fin du Monde; in fact, this entire beer is a close cousin. The LFdM is perhaps a bit spicier; I’ll try a side-by-side next time I can.
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body with a drying prickle at the end. A rich feeling beer.
Overall Impression: It’s odd; there is a taste at the middle that I’m finding distracting. Smells great, first taste is equal to the smell, the finish is dry and pleasing, but it bottoms out in the middle. Close as I can describe it is a flat metallic taste, which I’ve experienced with a hop bitter in the aftertaste before, maybe the spices are covering it there. Perplexing. I better sample another 15-16 of these to figure it out. Will have to be in several sessions, this beer is filling and isn’t quite a session beer. A good beer with an odd weak spot; if you like the Abbey’s give it a shot. (1,254 characters)

Photo of RocketWidget
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden blonde, so light you might call it a pilsner. Certainly the billowy white head reminds me of a pilsner, with the exception that the head stays thick and is much longer lasting then what I see in a traditional Czech Pilsner. The carbonation of this brew seems to just go on and on, a very nice touch! Smells cool and crisp, perhaps a honey aroma in there? Taste is bold and hoppy, sweet and refreshing. A solid brew, and one that reminds me why Belgian strong pale ales are some of my favorite beers. (514 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a Leffe glass. It pours a light golden color with a 2 finger head. There is a nice row of lace rings left on the glass. The smell is full of sweet lemon and banana. There is also some malt and yeast to the smell. The taste is malty with a bit of citrus and anise. Only a tiny bit of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly nice, just a little light. The drinkability is very nice. A decent Belgian brew. (426 characters)

Photo of shippos
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear golden honey color with a very good thick white head and a very good amount of carbonation. fruity spicy aroma with slight hints of maltly sweetness and some peppery alcohol (or maybe that's the typical "belgian" character picking through). very nicely balanced, the hops are almost undectable. this does have a very good amount of carbonation. after sitting for awhile in a chimay glass and allowing some co2 to condense into a somehat thick head the mouthfeel alomst takes on a toffeeish slightly syrupy malty mouthfeel. very tasty. this is an excellent beer. (567 characters)

Photo of PiratePete
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leffe Blonde poured a lovely deep gold. The head fell to a very thin white covering over the beer until the end leaving lots of lacing. A nose of fruit, malt, and yeast. Feels pretty good in the mouth, maybe a little thin, followed by a decent aftertaste. Not what I would call strong but very potable. This is a good Belgian blonde ale that could be enjoyed by all. It is a refreshing pale ale and a good starter for the newbie. (429 characters)

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a very clean and bright golden bronze - too clean and bright, seemed quite processed. Not terribly flavorful - typical Belgian blonde ale flavor profile, but muted and pedestrian. Some vague fruity flavors and a bit of yeast, but nothing that reaches out and grabs your attention. Not bad, but much better examples of the style out there. (345 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright light gold with a nice off white head and good carbonation with slow bubbles and some lace. Nice clove spice and soft malt aroma. Nice balanced malt, spice, fruity flavors -- reminds me of a light Duvel. Medium bodied with good effervescence.

A good Belgian session ale albiet a little pricey ... thinking people judge this one too harsly based on the Interbrew connection.

Label states "anno 1240"
ABV 6.6% (per 6-pack carrier)

Best Before: 09/2004
Tasted: 10/16/03

($9.84 / 6-pack) (504 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are sweet and fruity. Hops are a touch spicy. Light and refreshing. Kind of mild for an Abbey Ale. Drinkable, but nothing special. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. (316 characters)

Photo of Rumrunner
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Leffe glass.

I think more effort went in to the glass style than the beer style. Good looking glass. None the less, this is one simple ale.

Pours a clear traditional golden color. Big head and good lacing in the glass.
The scents are a bit unconventional. I sensed sugar free bubble gum. I did. I am not lying. Along with wheat and grain, a clove quality and some sweet caramel. Interesting scents.

The flavors were not as complex as the scents. The dominant flavors were the grain and clove. A hint of leafy mint in the back ground, but it never asserted itself. The clove gives this ale a push and the end. There were some sweet offerings and the sugar free bubble gum was present but these flavors really were weak compared to the wheaty grain and clove.

It has a nice dry quality. Bubbly from the carbonation. An easy drinking ale.

Too bad there is not much here. If the wheat and clove allowed the other flavors some more room to assert themselves I think this would be a much better ale. As it stands the flavors block each other and there is no path or syemetry for some of the lesser flavors to stand out. (1,131 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The only thing that stands out about this beer in context of it being a comercial expoert by mega brewer Inbev, is that is incredibly well balanced. Just enough hop bitterness to offset the honey sweetness of the malt...otherwise this would be a very sweet beer.

Poured a gold color with lots of effervescence and a large white head that stays for most of the drink. Aromas of sweet fruits and a hint of alcohol. Starts very crisp because of the effervescence then sits with a substantial body to the palate with good balance of hop and sweet malts, finishes with a lingering sweet taste...this is obviously a mass produced stab at a blonde trappist ale..

This is an OK euro mega brew that has some of the characteristics we look for in a Trappist ale with a more smooth drinkability,,,a great starting point to introduce Belgian style ales to newbies. (859 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (775 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 far333
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light golden color with a white fluffy head that recedes slowly and leaves light lace around the glass. Nose is sweet yeast and malt, some fruit and honey. Flavor is rich and sweet, without being overpowering. Smooth mouthfeel delivers yeasty, biscuity flavor over the tongue with a slight carb tingle and a lingering hop bitter. Light flavor, very crisp and refreshing. (383 characters)

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

This pours a watery golden-blond topped with a fluffy head of huge white bubbles. The aroma is dominated by a suite of mild belgian abbey yeast products, with a touch of alcohol and malt sweetness. The initial sip reveals a moderately full, slightly syrupy body, with a sweet light malt flavor. The body seems to thin a bit, quickly, as the same mild sweet malt and yeast flavors trail away into the finish and a very slight hop spice tries to make itself present, to little avail.

This is definitely an enjoyable beer, but unspectacular in the realm of belgian blondes. Not quite a session beer, but maybe a good choice if I was looking to drink a handful of beers with a touch of exotic interest. (701 characters)

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

Served in a Leffe glass at a local French bistro.

Appearance: Clear dark yellow, almost verging on orange. Nice frothy head, about 1/2" in height. Head disappears to a small crown after about 2 minutes. Very good lacing.

Smell: Mostly herby medicinal and orange/lemon aromas. A little splash or coriander and hint of yeast on the nose.

Taste: Slightly bitter medicinal taste with a nice sweetness to help balance it out. Hearty bread and light hops on the finish. Alcohol presence is just barely masked.

Mouthfeel: Slightly rich in mouthfeel, just a bit too astringent for the style.

Drinkability: I'd definitely be in the mood for another, but the only time I drink this beer is when I'm eating mussels at this restaurant I go to on a semi-regular basis. Otherwise, I can't see myself buying this in the store when there are better ones in this style to be had. (877 characters)

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