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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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1,294 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,294
Hads: 3,483
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 25.63%
Wants: 60
Gots: 690 | FT: 0
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 Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap, which was a nice change. Poured light and golden, clear. Disappointing brew. Tasted fairly watery, thought it might have been just me, but after reading some other reviews, I see I'm not alone. Did have some tasty yeasyness to it, also detected some bubblegummy Belgian type flavors. But overall, lacked body, flavor, and character. middle of the road Belgian, good to try on Belgian newbies.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is not a bad beer. It kind of had a "dark" beer feel to it, but was a blonde on the outside. The head was quite amazing. It was a pillowy creamy white and it did last for quite sometime. The smells given off were grainy, malty, a little fruity, a hint of some hoppage, and a smokey aroma. The taste was a little bit different, in that it had a little bit of a smokiness to it, with a tinge of fruit and alcohol in it. I thought this beer was fairly decent. Now, I just have to find the other Leffe brews.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the first Belgian beer I ever had (about 2 years ago?). At the time, it was the highest ABV beer I think I had ever tried! Oh, how times have changed! I saw a single available today, so I tried one again (leading into a 750 of the far superior Allagash tripel). Overall, Leffe is a nice beer. Relatively full-bodied, nice taste and aroma. Only is diminished by the competition, as it is a quality ale. Sweeter as it warms, and a bit more watery than the best of the style. Nonetheless, a few of these would never be a bad thing. Even mediocre Belgian beer is good. What a country!

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Photo of mwrseeley
4.44/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best beers I have sampled in a long time. The aroma of cookies, lemon and bananas greet the nose and a nice balance between sweetness and astringency is evident in the taste.

Leffe Blonde wonderfully complements a quiet evening of reading or music listening.

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Photo of taez555
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a big fluffy white head with a crystal clear yellow/orange body.

The nose was an amazing mix of wheat, phenols, spice, banana, tropical fruit, esters and slight almost farmyard quality. Really an amazing nose. Sort of a mix of a fresh german weis beer and belgian triple.

The taste was just along the same lines. Wheat malt, phenols, soft flowers, a touch of honey, banana, and tropical fruit. A very light body with a light carbonation.

Basically a simple, very well done, belgian blonde. A perfect belgian session beer, and an asskicker all in one. Great beer.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. (33 cl) bottle brought back from my first trip to Belgium in Sept. 03. Dated on the back: 05-2004. Pours a nice golden color with a moderate off-white head that thins out somewhat quickly.

Aroma- slightly sweet bready aroma with mild Belgian yeast notes. Some light citrus notes. Flavor- slight hoppy twist of the tongue with citrus and bready notes. Some sweetness, but not strong. Shows some lemon and vanilla at the end, when mixed by my tongue into a nice creaminess. Milder than the tripels I have been tasting lately.

Drinkability- easy to sit back and enjoy this. This was one of my first brews I tried on tap in Belgium last year when I first hit Brugges- when I knew nothing of the world of Belgium beer. At the time, I thought this was one of the best beers that I have ever had. I still enjoy it, but have grown to appreciate others a little more.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Large 750ml, champagne style bottle

Pours very clear, light amber hue

The head isnt bad although doesnt last right till the end

Smell, perfumey almond fragrance and a nice warming whiff of cinamon

Taste, first of all, roasted almonds ,followed by a sweetness

Not awful but filtered beyond reason, not a patch on an abbey pale or duvel (or any good tripel)

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden chestnut, slightly cloudy. White, billowy head eventually settles down to a nice tame layer, good lacing down the sides. Aroma is caramel and buttery toffee.

Taste is sweetly malted with a weizen body. More toffee, mild hops, heavy and sweet approaching but not quite cloying. Spices start to emerge as it warms: more butter, cloves, mild banana flavors, very subtle. Loses a lot of its cloying nature closer to room temperature. Slightly acidic bite in the aftertaste.

Full bodied, medium to heavy mouthfeel, alcohol is hardly noticeable. Very light carbonation, a moderately complex taste. I've had this on tap and prefer the bottle, and my advice is to let it come to just below room temperature to let the sweetness fade and more flavors to come through.

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Photo of pio
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

great big white head, marvelous active golden body. it is clear as a bell with little bubbles rushing up from the center of the chalice. steady, clinging and full lacing.
initially the light candy note on the nose is a bit like sweet tarts. a mild, light malt scent is the foundation for a floral bouqet with alluring herbal suggestions. an overall rounded and subtly enticing aroma.
this was much criper and fleeting than i had expected. the flavor is sublimely subtle and smooth. i also didn't feel this was as complex as it is subtle and fleeting. balanced toward the malt and driven by a pear flavor it dries crisply on the tongue then evens out to a lingering not unlike a ripe pear again. a compliment to the herbal notes would center on what i feel is corriander. in the end i confess i felt it was a tad dull but made for super drinking for any guests and were quite drinkable since i got a few the first time.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear golden color with a massive large bubbled white head. The smell is rather faint but reveals light fruit and yeast. The taste is much more pronounced with a semi-sweet fruit, spices, yeast, and a warming alcohol that is blended nicely. The hops are nearly hidden as you catch maybe what you think are hops along with the subtle carbonation in this one. This is a medium bodied beer with a light stickiness and finishes slightly sweet. I could stand to have this one again. Op uw gezonheid!

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Photo of mschofield
2.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a sparkling highly carbonated gold, with a short one finger big bubbled head, which quickly dissipated to a film.
Fruity and yeasty aroma.
It's very sweet, far too sweet, other notes than come through show some complexity but they're overwhelmed. Bready, spicy and fruity taste. Notes of toffee and butterscotch.
Light body, coating from the sweetness.

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Photo of AndIWantYou
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have to say, with this beer, Belgian pale ales are growing on me.

This beer created a nice, bubbly head, but the beer itself looks kind of... wimpy? I'm not sure how to describe it. I guess I expected something a little cloudier and creamier.

The beer doesn't smell very good at first, but as it warms up it begins to smell better. Ditto for the taste, although it tastes OK even right out of the fridge.

If I could have this on tap somewhere, I think I'd like it better. For my money, I think I'll try to find another bottled Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Light amber with a big head that left nice lacing.

Smell: Fruity and a little spicey. There's a bit of an unappealing odor lurking in the background.

Taste: Very clean, as many people have noted. I don't think this is the big downfall of the beer though. Every beer should be different. This one is what it is and I like it. The taste is very agreeable, even if it is a little boring, with something of a banana type flavor present.

Drinkability: Possibly the most drinkable Belgian I've ever had. A session beer, despite the 6.6%abv.

Beef Notes: Many have knocked it, but you can sign me up. It's my Belgian Budweiser. I'm getting a vision of me paying $8.50 for a sixer in the near future.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deep honey yellow with a shallow head. The aroma is sweet. A bit fruity and maybe some hops and spice kicked in there. The taste is sweet all the way through. A fruity sweet that has a light bitter feel in the end, It is smooth in the mouth and easy to drink.
Overall: it is a good brew. Nothing special to write about but it is , and was worth the try.

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Photo of necoadam
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After drinking this beer I thought it was ok. Appearance looked pretty nice. Nice clear light gold color to it. Smell consisted of some malts, but that's it. There really wasn't anything to smell, seems a little too clean. Taste was also clean with some spiciness towards the end. Nothing really exciting here. If you want a belgain pale ale, go get a duvel.

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Photo of jed
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, rich golden/honey yellow with about one finger of head. Insane amount of bubbles. Head retention is average, lots of lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, fruity aroma, with a hint of citrus or bitter herb.

Taste: Very smooth. Spicy taste with hints of pepper, with a sweeter aftertaste. Distinctive "Belgian sugary" taste. Little bit of honey and some bitter hops in the aftertaste. Not as super complex as some of the stronger Belgians, but still excellent.

Mouthfeel: A little bit heavy on the carbonation, which detracts.

Drinkability: Tasty, not too heavy, not too much alcohol, but nothing remarkable. Slightly above average.

Not as good as the on-tap version, but still a solid, low-end Belgian beer. Along w/Kronenbourg, Leffe Blonde is available at nearly every bar, café, and restaurant in my area, and while it costs the same as Kronenbourg it's certainly the better of the two. Nice beer for a night out.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.66/5  rDev -25.9%
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?

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Photo of cokes
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
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...

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Photo of Sammy
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
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...

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.