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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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2,846 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,846
Reviews: 1,208
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 28
Gots: 213 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

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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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -15.3%

11-15-2011 23:08:23 | More by LoveBeerNo7
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4/5  rDev +13%

11-15-2011 20:10:49 | More by ROGUE16
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4/5  rDev +13%

11-15-2011 15:53:17 | More by Pellinore1
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3.48/5  rDev -1.7%

This commercial beer is very overrated. The bready smell rules too much. And further: there's nothing special in it. No fruity esthers, no bite, no bitterness.

I don't know much to write about this one, except that this was the very last Leffe Blond I have ever had in my life. Many, many other good beers in the world!

11-15-2011 14:02:36 | More by Filosoof
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South Africa

4/5  rDev +13%

11-15-2011 09:33:19 | More by Thehuntmaster
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4/5  rDev +13%

11-15-2011 06:28:59 | More by ColSanders123
Photo of avaldivia


3/5  rDev -15.3%

11-15-2011 05:34:51 | More by avaldivia
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4/5  rDev +13%

11-15-2011 02:43:42 | More by Lawnboy33
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4/5  rDev +13%

11-15-2011 02:38:11 | More by imperialking
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4/5  rDev +13%

11-14-2011 21:19:02 | More by sjstraub
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

11-14-2011 16:06:35 | More by Jspriest
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -6.8%

A: Pale golden color, white head dissipates leaving moderate retention.

S: Sweet citrus, maybe some honey, and toffee scent. Some malt in back.

T: Spicy up front, and some hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Very smooth, easy drinking, light to medium body.

O: Its drinkable, its got flavor, but its not anything unique.

11-12-2011 23:07:42 | More by JMWEB2
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3.35/5  rDev -5.4%

A - Clear golden color with big foamy head.

S - Bananas, apples, and slight earthy notes.

T - Bananas. Sugary fruit esters. Almost bubble gum flavor.

M - Sweet bubbly. Medium bodied.

O - Very sweet and sugary. A little too syrupy. Great fruity esters and a fun bubbly texture.

11-08-2011 23:44:40 | More by ficknish
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Poured from a lightly chilled, 75cL bottle into a tulip glass. Bought at a local supermarket.

A: A deep golden color, very clear, with a 2 finger head reminiscent of soap suds.

S: Spices, and yeast. It has the very typical Belgian olfactory profile, cloves and nutmeg being predominant.

T: Tastes like a dubbel with a bit of bitterness added. It has the sweet and spicy flavors which are to be expected, coming from the malt and the yeast, plus a bit more hop flavor than would come with a dubbel, which explains what makes it a "Belgian Pale Ale".

M: Well carbonated, a little bit syrupy as well.

Overall, it is a beer typical of the style, yet not a great example of the style. Everything that should be there is there, but none of the elements are great. A distinctly average Belgian beer.

11-07-2011 18:27:58 | More by maxk
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3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

A: Pours a clear golden color with a decent head

S: Spicy and herby

T: Fruity malt, a hint of citrus, very little hops - I am actually surprised this is called a pale ale - it's more like a belgium golden ale "light".

M: Medium body and high carbonation. The carbonation was slightly distracting

O: Sweet, thin, slightly spicy beer with a Belgium spice finish.

11-07-2011 05:12:07 | More by beck2008
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4/5  rDev +13%

Poured into a plastic cup while walking into the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond.

Appearance: clear, light orange with a thick, 2 finger head that stays for the jousting.

Smell: love that Belgian funk! Cloves, caramel and yeast.

Taste: malt pops up, along with citrus, spices, vanilla and yeast. Slightly bitter finish. Yum!

Mouthfeel: medium; really pops on the tongue

Overall: this was my first foray into Belgian style ales about five years ago. I've never forgotten the surprise and delight at the discovery. Having one now instills my delight at this under appreciated taste. Leffe is a great stepping stone ale for those seeking the Belgian upgrade.

11-06-2011 15:54:50 | More by brewskifan55
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4.43/5  rDev +25.1%

The main note on the nose is of spicy cloves....though there are hints of honey and yeast as well. Definitely spicy here, though.

Definitely a sweet beer here....definitely full of notes of banana, honey and candied sugar....at the same time, it's also quite heavy on the cloves. Hopping is very light as expected. Certainly has the Belgian taste to it, and could be mistaken as a little lighter version of a tripel. Quite tasty all in all...packs a little punch as well.

For a Belgian, this beer doesn't get the best marks but I found it to be imminently drinkable....sweet and spicy, it goes down very well.

11-02-2011 01:17:03 | More by NODAK
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

Leffe Blond Ale

A= Pours a golden hue with a white frothy head with fine carbonation.

S= faint vanilla, clove, almonds very pleasant .

T/MF= Light and delicate not heavy gental carbonation with the notes of golden crisp apple, vanilla bean, sweat malt, slightly spicy (clove).

My family liked this ale, it went great with our sunday dinner which included tilapia fish with baked yams complimented the blonde ale.

10-30-2011 22:29:51 | More by mrcarterxxl
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3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

Enjoyed this 12 oz beer out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a huge 4-finger white head that lasts forever.

S: Spicy phenolic aroma with hints of hops.

T: Smooth heavy malt brew with sweet spices and alcohol in the background. Herbal hops and tad fruity finish.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Very sweet beer - unique - but nothing I would grab again.

10-27-2011 01:42:33 | More by ckollias
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3.98/5  rDev +12.4%

A: Golden orange with a nice clean white head that clings to the side of the glass.

S: Sweet, wheat, some hops. Citrus.

T: Sweet, citrusy, nice and crisp flavor.

M: Lots of nice carbonation. Very tingly.

O: A really good belgean beer that is both delicious and easy to drink - A little heavy on the sweet side, but otherwise very good.

10-25-2011 00:08:10 | More by bluHatter
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4/5  rDev +13%

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a chalice.

A: Pours a clear gold with full white head that sticks around.

S: Beligian yeasts and spice, especially clove and cinnamon. There is a hint of sweetness and even some booze as well.

T: Light funk leads the flavour. Citrus (especially orange and lemon) balance the initial flavour and a smooth bitterness rises in the finish.

D: Its a tad cloying, unfortunately, but the ABV is well hidden and its flaws aren't significant enough to make it bad. Good easy-drinking stuff.

Overall: It aint politically correct (this being InBev and all), but I have to say, this is a solid Belgian single! It has its mistakes, but it hits the right notes and makes for a simple, tasty brew.

10-24-2011 22:01:03 | More by JohnnyChicago
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3.93/5  rDev +11%

Pours clear dark gold with a stable white head.

Smells like cloves, licorice, and sweet Belgian yeast.

Lots of cloves in the taste too. Star anise, wheaty yeast and a very slight bitterness end it out. Very flavorful.

This a smooth Belgian blonde worth drinking a few.

Overall a "go to" for wheat beers.

10-21-2011 02:16:07 | More by TheMultiYeast
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4.47/5  rDev +26.3%

Leffe Blonde has a medium, cream-colored, fluffy head and a clear, golden-orange appearance with lots of streaming bubbles and thin lacing. The aroma is of coriander and cloves, and the taste is of cloves, coriander, bananas, corn bread, cracker, and other unknown flavors. The mouthfeel is medium, and Leffe Blond finishes pleasant, refreshing, mild, and delicious. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and I think you should rush out and buy it!


10-17-2011 16:11:54 | More by RonaldTheriot
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

THE APPEARANCE of the Leffe Blonde is very nice and appetizing. If a beer makes me salivate, that's a good thing in my book. This one passes that test. The liquid is a crystal clear gold/dark yellow and has absolutely no sediment in the bottle or when poured into the glass. The beer has a large, airy, white head that subsides quite a bit but still looks great. It has an uncanny and impressively thick lacing for being so filtered and not being a wheat brew.

THE SMELL is nice (hops, Belgian yeast, caramel) but is quite faint and left me wondering where all the aroma went.

THE TASTE is great as far as I'm concerned. A lot of folks will hate on this because it is very sweet (and actually tastes a bit like a maibock) but I didn't find anything out of balance. Leffe Blonde is full and rich with Belgian yeast and a nice light hopping. The sweetness can be tiresome though, as there is a definite syrupy quality to this beer.

THE FEEL of this beer is what most surprised me with the yeast producing that nice tingling sensation on the tip of the tongue. Overall, it is sharp, crisp, and spritzy--as I have found a good Belgian ale ought to be. The alcohol is well hidden for a beer so 'thin' and only felt in the stomach.

CONCLUSION: After having Leffe Blonde a couple times in the past, and recently on tap, I again found it to be interesting, light yet complex, and very easy to drink. It is definitely "European" in character but I don't think I would agree with the label's claim of it being "Subtle"; it's smooth but certainly electrifies your tastes buds with the yeast and sweetness. It's still pretty light and refreshing though, especially when compared to other Belgian heavyweights.

10-17-2011 01:05:20 | More by MadeInOregon
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3.68/5  rDev +4%

Reviewed from notes 9/21/11

A: Golden orange, with lots of carbonation. Big three fingers of head with very nice lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling, malty with some lemon mixed in there.

T: Sweet, sweet, sweet, with tons of malty goodness coming through. Bready with some nice orange in the background.

M: Crisp, light, and quite refreshing. Very quaffable.

O: No complaints here. If you want a refreshing beer that is relatively easy on the palate look no further. Not anything special but definitely not bad by any means.

10-11-2011 21:45:03 | More by JohannBock
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