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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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1,311 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,311
Hads: 3,597
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 25.91%
Wants: 63
Gots: 789 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale | 6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a honey-lemon color with a slight white head that faded quickly. I think if you can get past the smell, you'll be glad you took the chance. It reminded me of green bananas being carmelized in a pan of sugar and butter; quite the odd combo.

I found the taste to be light and non-existant of standard hops and malt. After the initial crisp blast of a cider taste, the ale gets quite bitter at the back of my tongue. The mouthfeel is a tingle followed by a yearning for more.

Great starter beer for the non-beer drinkers of the world. What a great beer for people who have only slugged away on white wines. It's a great beer to draw the wine snobs closer to the light.

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Photo of joecast
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

clear gold (uh, blonde?) color with rather large bubbles rising to the surface where they meet a blossoming frothy bubbly head.
appetising malty sweet floral aroma.
good maltiness in the flavor but not as strong as i expected from 6.6%abv. some accompanying spiciness at the start with a lasting finish once warmed a bit.
no doubt a solid beer, but still a bit underwhelming from something i expected to be more memorable.

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Photo of euskera
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a honey blonde into a chalice glass. Nice carbonation with a 3/4 inch head that clings to life quite well. Smell is yeasty with a bit of malt sweetness in the mix. Taste is pleasant, but nothing impressive, a bit of tartness in there that didn't quite seem to fit. A fine brew, but nothing I'd go out of my way to find..

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.01/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear goldenyellow in color with a mesmerizing white head that was thick and pillowy and gave a nice sheeting action on the glass.

And then it goes downhill.

Aromas are dominated by a candied sugar sweetness. Thin layer of fruit as well. Flavor is dull. Way too sweet. Nothing suceeds in balacing this. There's some spicy and bitter notes that attempt to peak through. Finish is watery and uninspiring. Low-medium body.

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Photo of claytri
4.65/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a spectacular clear orange gold and developed a thin white head. The aroma is full of spice and fruit. The taste is bold and full of flavors. There are several spices and fruits competing for room here. It's a great blend and the flavor filled out as the beer warmed. A good solid medium feel to this with a bit of carbonation. I think there was a little hops, but no more than just enough to keep this from being too sweet, no bitterness at all. This one definately goes on the regular list.

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Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at a shared tasting in Venice, Italy.


Pleasantly aromatic with notes of caramel, green melon, doughy yeast, herbs, seeds and lemon.

Bisciuty, toasted and caramel malt with notes of melon, herbs and other fruits. Alright I'll face the facts. I know this is a adjunct infested Belgian Macro screwed up by Interbrew but ya know what....it still tastes pretty good.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leffe Blonde looks more darkish brown and slight red than blonde. Extremely clear with phenomenal styrofoam-white large-bubble head, that bubbles like soap lather and sticks stubbornly to the glass like thick plaster. The reason I enjoy the appearance so much is because of the hue of the liquid itself, rich and darker than many others. Though the smell is excellent, I was expecting more complexity, or perhaps I was anticipating more yeast. There is definite musky yeast, with the malt extraordinarily well balanced with it. Nuttiness in the smell, along with apples and peaches. The aroma could have more complexity, but it is very well balanced; i.e. it does not rely solely on yeast. It is much the same on the taste. You can sense the malt very well on the front of the tongue, and even some hop in the finish. Of course, the yeast still is the dominant force in the flavour, giving phenolic tastes and dry dusty fruits. There are indeed grassy hop feels on the finish. Very dry aftertaste. Gaseous carbonation, burning on the tongue, very akin to many other Belgians, and perhaps not so good as some. This is not the most complex Belgian beer I have tried, but it still tastes so much better than the best of some countries. It does not excel only when placed next to its country's own beers, and it still is one of the better beers out there in its own standard.

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Photo of AbePhroman
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My local store has a "mix a six" thing so I tried this out. Not too bad for a Belgian blonde. The head settled fast on a light amber body. Smells pleasant like most Belgian pale ales. This tastes very malty, with some fruity hints. Not too much hops goin on here, very sweet. I find this very drinkable as it goes down very smooth. Would recommend to anyone looking for a light Belgian brew.

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Photo of malthead
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 25/04/05, in a Duvel etched tulip glass
Clear amber, with a huge white head. Smells of banana and clove dominate, obviously sweet. Taste - very sweet, some malt, has some dryness on the finish, but no real hops or bitterness present. Mouthfeel is good, but almost buttery or sticky. Reasonably good drinkability, no real taste of alcohol, but too sweet for me and not worth the effort of having more than one.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Straw hued pour in a pleasant tulip glass presentation with plenty of bubbles that accumulated towards the middle of the surface like a brew downed into an etched Duvel glass.

Big awl-kee-hawl & spices & yeasty, me suppose Belgian yeast strain. While warming, banana like scents arise.

A perfection of blended Belgian flavors that consist of cloves, yeast, bananas, coriander, and all sorts of notes that I just could not quite ID.

Sudsy full body.

What a drinker! This was too good to occupy a tulip glass for long

Last swigs: On tap at The Drafting Room, Spring House. Enjoy it while it lasts. What a nice Belgian. More please.

Beer is good. Happy belgian beering.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
2.46/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Good light amber color. Head stuck around nicely. The best part about the appearance was the carbonation which rose aggressively throughout.

Smell: I found the most powerful smell to be banana. I also picked up undertones of alcohol.

Taste: Extremely sweet. Bananas and fruit up front. Very breif, almost nonexistent, suggestion of hops. Finishes with over-ripe fruit.

Mouthfeel: Very thick.

Drinkability: I only bought a single, so I can't say for sure. However, I think that this beer is too sweet to drink more than one or two.

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Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of koolk
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a traditional Leffe glass. Nice creamy head, poured well to the line. Some lacing, but otherwise head went quickly.

Sweet fruit and spice aromas, with hints of pepper and anise.

Creamy palate, but slightly thin. Good deep spice flavours of cloves with some sweet white fruits and a candied aftertaste. Hides the alcohol better on tap that it does via the bottle.

Prefer the tap to bottle as it feels less hot and more blalanced.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I actually like this a lot better than most people seem to. It pours a really nice light amber color with a smallish head. There was tremendous lacing all the way down the glass. It had the aroma of sweet malt and the fruitiness of currants. The taste is sweetish but with a little bit of a bite. The flavor is enough to cause you to pause when you first drink a sip and look at the beer. It has more flavor than you think it should. It is a little thin in the mouth but goes down really easily and the second is better than the first.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The slightest bit cloudy and otherwise clearish dark orange appearance. Warm-looking, uneven bubble insulation. Sticky, scummy lacing. Smell is musty and wet sweet malts. Notes of lemon.

Very drinkable taste. Immediately in the mouth, it's largely light carbonation and sweet malts, with an occasional citrus burst. Most of the flavor came out in the palate of the aftertaste, which was dominated by muted roasted grains, creamy roasted corn, with notes of wintergreen. Hop dryness persists. Balanced--and smooth--for it's almost 7% ABV I thought.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this beer, a lot. It pours a beautiful deep golden color, without much head, but head isn't really all that important most of the time. Nice faint honey scent. The taste is very sweet, with honey overtones, almost like a mead. Just enough bitterness to finish clean. Very tasty brew. I could drink this all day if it wasn't for the fact that it's 6.6% abv. :)

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Photo of Boto
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can: I liked this beer quite a bit. It is a pretty good abbaye style ale, despite it being fairly mass produced by Interbrew. It pours arich golden color, with a bit of a white head. Fairly decent lacing down the glass. The nose is a bit sweet, and bready and fruity. Somewhat remenicent of a tripel. Taste is sweet and a little fruity, with bananas and a hint of caramel sweetness. I really detected no difference between the can and tap versions. I don't know if that is a good or bad thing!

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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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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 1,311 ratings.