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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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2,761 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,761
Reviews: 1,207
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 26
Gots: 181 | 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.

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Photo of IronCitySteve


3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright golden color with lots of carbonation. Provides a two finger white foam head with really nice retetion. There is some moderate lacing.

S: Has some very mild sweet scents like bubblegum. There is also a hint of bananas and yeast.

T: Starts off with some sweet buttered toast. In the middle the flavors are mostly bubblegum, clove, coriander, bananas and toast. Those same flavors are still there on the back end, but are not as potent.

M: A nice light to medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation as it tickles the throat. Leaves a clean taste on the palate.

O: This beer is a little all over the place. Definitely worth a try, would be refreshing as a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 10:54:09 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A local AMC theatre just opened with food and drink service in the theatre. Having a beer while watching a first run movie seems like a pretty good setup...even if the beer is not on the level with DFH or Stone.

I picked up the Leffe as a best option available.

I used a Stella glass as that best immitates a belgian chalice.

This beer pours with a lot of head. I could smell orange and the typical smell of belgian yeast. The aroma wasn't strong, but it was present.

The taste was pretty weak. It was an entry level belgian... not too strong.

I don't recommend this beer... unless it is one of a limited set of options.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 01:29:25 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Excellent thick foam. Takes forever to finish the pour. Thick golden straw with active carbonation. Definitely thick as well. Good lacing as well.

Smell: Very sweet caramel. Almost like candy. Maybe a bit too sweet for my taste, but it's prett enticing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not a really balanced flavor. It's mostly malty sweetness. Not terribly fruity, but there's some candied banana or some other fruit in here. Enjoyable overall. Mouthfeel doesn't stand up well. Smooth yet watery.

Drinkability: Not my first choice. Poor thirst quenching.

Overall: Close to a very good mass-produced Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 06:31:48 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of somnus71


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to see this beer with a rating of C. It's certainly a step above other beers in the same price class, such as Heineken--which sadly has a similar rating. For that reason, I'm not sure what there is to complain about.

A - Probably the weakest part of the beer, but it really isn't that bad. Forms a thick but airy and bubbly head that dissipates over the course of about 10 seconds, leaving a few small ribbons of froth on the edge of the glass. Unlike Heineken/Amstel, a thin head remains on top of the beer for quite a while after the pour. The beer itself is a deep bronze/golden color with large, soda-pop like bubbles at first. A few minutes after pouring, these large bubbles have condensed into a thick stream of tiny ones that continue to rise. This beer won't go flat on you if you have to leave it for a bit.

S - Not very strong, but still noticeable. Has the fruity, tangy aroma that you expect from a Belgian Pale Ale.

T - Best part of the beer, in my opinion. Leffe has a rich, fruity taste with notes of orange, a bit of coriander and other tropical spices, and a tiny hint of vanilla. Though that sounds similar to a Blue Moon, the taste is a bit muskier and more complex. The above average alcohol content of this beer gives it a nice bite, which I expect from a good Belgian ale. The taste is similar to Duvel, but lacks Duvel's richness, overall quality, and depth.

M - Another strong point of the beer. Moderately thick and smooth for an ale-- perfect when you don't have time to go out of your way for a microbrew and want to stop by the local grocery store to pick up a real beer. Won't leave your mouth feeling dry, but it isn't watery either.

Overall, I'd give this beer a solid B. I've had better, but it's a great beer to drink when you don't want to break the bank for a Duvel or Chimay, or when those beers aren't available. Tastes great, it's smooth, and the price is the same as Heineken for a much higher quality beer. You can't go wrong with Leffe.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 22:22:07 | More by somnus71
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear gold. Decent white head.
S: expected more of a nose for a bpa. Some funky fruitiness. Bananas?
T: light to medium sweet honeyed bready malts. Fruity and spicy. Finishes almost dry.
M: just under medium body. Prickly carbonation.
O: not bad, the fruity character grew on me as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 01:01:38 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of TTAmod


2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- This is really the strong point of the beer, in my opinion. I poured it into a pilsner glass. It is a dark gold/orange clear color with a one finger white head that lasts throughout. It is really a magnificent looking beer. Unfortunately, the rest of it failed to live up to the looks.

S- All I really smelled was pepper and some banana.

T- Pepper and clove throughout with some overtones of banana. Otherwise not a lot going on...the pepper definitely overpowers anything else. It's way too spicy and nothing to balance it out.

M- Way too prickly. Too much abrasive carbonation.

O- I'd call this a gateway beer to the Belgian styles. This is essentially the Miller Lite of the Belgians. It tastes pretty extraordinary to people who are used to American adjuncts. However, compared nearly any other traditional Belgian offering, this fails to impress. If you have friends that you're trying to introduce to the Belgian styles, then I'd suggest this one (it's better than Stella...but not by much.) Otherwise, I would not recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 06:36:55 | More by TTAmod
Photo of phenry


4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Finger and a half of thick, foamy white head. Brilliantly clear pale straw color.

S: Lemons and a hint of bubblegum among other spicy scents.

T: Almost tangy with the lemon and bubblegum, but the malt balances it out making this an extremely crisp and refreshing Belgian blonde.

M: Very light and smooth.

O: A very crisp and refreshing blonde ale, and while I usually don't go crazy over Belgian ales, this one is by far one of the easiest drinking ones I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 15:50:58 | More by phenry
Photo of Mozz74


4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I found in Sweden and Denmark. It'ssmoothhh as I have drank four.
One of those beers you buy when you need a change for a day rather than the type of beer you usually drink.
There is something in the taste of this batch that was not on track, or my taste buds were nott on track....?

On tap in Sweden/Denmark. Bottle in US!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 06:08:40 | More by Mozz74
Photo of OnThenIn


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: two and a half fingers of crazy fluffy white head on top of a clear amber body.

S: the nose is pretty one note with some bready notes.

T: the flavor is pretty sweet with just a hint of bitterness and there is some serious yeast flavor. There is a bit of a pepper flavor.

M: the body is lighter with perfect carbonation.

D: seriously solid drinkability, which is just really refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 21:33:19 | More by OnThenIn
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer's appearance is like an elite power forward and you have to give it props because it can get its head above the rim. This is especially impressive for such as a mass-produced InBev offering. But it's not all about the Belgian penchant for protein control that makes this a pretty good beer. The smell is classic Belgian as well, full of bubblegum and clove with a nice crystal malt backbone to work off of. Those yeast byproducts appear in the flavor as well with some evident hops presence and a nicely apparent nuttiness. The bitterness starts at the back of the mouth, but moves forward and reaches the tip of the tongue as the beer warms. The caramel in the nose turns to honey on the tongue and leaves the beer a bit sweet, really muddying the wash and leaving a mouthfeel that was not impressive. This one made a promise of a refreshing beer and fell short by turning up the sweetness. If they could dry this one out a little it would be really nice. As it is, it is decidedly NOT one of the best Belgian pales, but I still like it better than Stella Artois.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 00:04:46 | More by Naugros
Photo of csiewert


3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color with a bit of bubbly head that laces fairly well but leaves little retention. The aroma is somewhat skunky with some grassy hop notes. The taste starts with some malty sweetness and the moves to some flowery and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and finishes clean. A great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 01:55:22 | More by csiewert
Photo of nickthegun12


3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

love this beer!....one of my all time favs!

golden and transparent...with a beautiful white fluffy head...and oh...no doubt great lacing...

smell is banana esters....with little to no hop presence....

the taste is pretty sweet....great esters coming off in the taste....the malt comes off in the taste pretty nice as well...

great dry feel...

overall this i would say is the standard of belgian pale ales....great beer

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 00:20:01 | More by nickthegun12
Photo of flyingspatula


2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a world famous beer, but I was not impressed with this at all. It is way too sweet, especially with food. The color is yellowish copper, and the smell is not so great. I don't taste much hops in this beer, very malty. I definitely won't be trying this beer again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2011 14:45:54 | More by flyingspatula
Photo of mnrider


3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz brown bottle--->Oversized wine glass,
best before printed on label.

A: Pours a clear golden color with plenty of
carbonation. Large off white head, leaves nice
lacing with good retention.

S: A strong aroma filled with fruity yeast and
hints of herbal hops.

T/M: Sweet with a yeasty taste which goes down
smooth. Bready malts come through with a less
noticeable hop presence. The finish is mostly
sweet with a hint of dryness. The taste of alcohol
comes out as the beer warms.

O: An OK Belgian Blonde Ale for me. Seems a
little too sweet for my liking with this style. Also
needs to be less filtered.


Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 18:59:34 | More by mnrider
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber in colour with a very nice, foamy white head with good retention and some light bubbles rising to the surface.

Quite clean and light smelling. Hints of bread and perhaps some pepper but not a lot else to be honest as it is quiet bland.

Again quite a clean taste with a mix of coriander and pepper accounting for the majority of the flavour.It finishes with a spicy yet sweet & warm aftertaste.

Medium bodied and again pretty smooth. Very drinkable but by no means a session beer due to the high alcohol content that is apparent in the drink.

A rather nice drink that goes down quiet well although it is most certainly lacking in smell. I thought it would be a lot stronger prior to trying this one but it was very drinkable.

1001 Beer Challenge:

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 17:12:52 | More by flyingpig
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. Sealed with a cork and cage, and capped with foil. This particular bottle has been stored in my garage for a while.

Poured into a Stella chalice. A clear golden-amber hue with plentiful carbonation. A column of fine bubbles rises from the centre of the glass. Produces a massive head of white foam that lasts for several minutes before reducing to a surface layer. A sweet aroma of bananas, cloves and esters.

The taste is sweet, with various yeast esters contributing to its composition. Notes of banana dominate, along with cloves and a hint of alcohol. Faint sour flavour, but little bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, leaving the palate slightly dry. Mildly sweet aftertaste of fruity esters.

A decent mass-produced belgian beer that I enjoy drinking. It's a bit too sweet and lacking in complexity for a traditional belgian blonde, but not bad. Worth sampling if you've never tried it and makes a good introduction to belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 02:07:58 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of RunForYourBeer


3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an orange tint with a fluffy white head and visible carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells of light bread malt, cloves, yeast, and banana.

T: Starts out with cloves and banana with hints of Belgian yeast. There is some slight sweetness along with a bit of hops.

M: Light with ample carbonation.

O: Very good beer. Would be easy to drink a few without any issues.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 19:43:03 | More by RunForYourBeer
Photo of Jinholic


3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2 fingers of white fizzy head can see lots of carbonation. Body is a very clear bright straw orange.

Smell - Little weak in the nose but I'm getting fruits and clove and other peppery spices.

Taste - All the clove and spices come in here to make a nice zesty flavor the fruit that was in the nose can't be tasted though I think it gives it a nice sweet after taste and very balances this beer out.

Mouthfeel - Not all the smooth with the high carbonation but it still a good feel thats not rough in anyway. I could slug this down easy very quaffable.

Overall - Was very impressed with this was thinking I'd get a more mild brew glad I got it and would get it again. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 02:13:06 | More by Jinholic
Photo of WHYB

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: lots of clove, nice sweet fruity aroma as well (juicy fruit)

Appearance: Clean/clear golden color, small clean bubbles, white foamy head

Flavor: Spicy, (clove and pepper). The small bitterness, medium alcohol and med-high carbonation dry out this beer which I think would otherwise be considered sweet.
Still has the overall impression of sweet (which is balanced with the high spice) and the slowly drying finish, slight alcohol warming.

Mouth feel
Medium-Full, creamy, and a dry bubbly feel,

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 02:16:18 | More by WHYB
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden orange. White head foams up well and takes it’s time to settle, leaving an above average lace.

S: Sugar cane, coriander, apricot, pepper, light booze, spicy cinnamon.

T: Light bread, orange, orange zest, coriander, pepper, manger, hay. Spicy and sweet with a restrained complexity

M: Medium body with a light spicy/sweet finish.

O: A delicious and accessible blonde. I've had a lot of luck using this beer to introduce novice beer drinkers to the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 22:31:30 | More by vfgccp
Photo of Franz4


3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- very clear, light straw color, bubbles rise from the bottom consistently, pretty good off-white head that sticks around.

S- Scent is slightly yeasty, I didn't get a lot of other aromas here, maybe slightly peppery/spicy

T- Taste was fresh and crisp, pepper and spice are most evident, slightly subdued belgian yeast character also evident.

M- Light bodied, mostly dry finish, very crisp

O- I think this is a nice beer that I'll return to on occasion, but it doesn't have a defining characteristic for me. There won't be an evening where I think "It's a Leffe Blonde evening" but if it's available, I'll drink and enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 23:46:46 | More by Franz4
Photo of micromaniac129


3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden colore beer with good carbonation and a faily desent white head.
Aroma was spicy and inviting hops are very light
Taste is light and refreshing with a well balanced malt hop character, remember this is Beligum pale so it is not overly hopped. There is a spicy yeastiness too that I pick up similar in my opinion to most beligum yeasts.
Smooth and balances with a slight alcohol kick
Good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 15:20:34 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of ZenAgnostic


2.35/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - White one finger head with low retention. Crystal honey gold body with a small amount of visible carbonation.

Smell - Very banana and wheat, like a hefeweizen. Something sweet like honey or ripened fruit.

Taste - A bit acidic and sour with a fishy and/or copper aftertaste That aftertaste renders this beer completely undrinkable.

Mouthfeel - The best part about the beer. Full and very carbonated.

Overall Drinkability - The only reason I'd ever have this beer again is just to make sure it wasn't a bad bottle. I suspect that's not the case though. Best before end 26/05/12. Numbers below that are 4922:22.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 23:13:47 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of ozzyCobblepot

New York

3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poorly retained foam head with some clinging residue, light carbonation action, honey colored
S: Fruity malt overtones, slightly grainy, slightly yeasty
T: Very sweet, malt dominant, bready. Still somewhat uninspired. Not much character but refreshing & easy
M: Rounded out & smooth, light-medium bodied
O: Easy enough, a stereotyped, approachable interpretation of the style but nothing distinguished

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 03:27:57 | More by ozzyCobblepot
Photo of jjjeremy


4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Looked very good in my chalice,very golden color with thick lacy head.Lots of bubbles that disapate quick
Smell-Sweet nector scent
Taste-Honey tangerine and pear with a trace of peppermint and hint of corriander
Mouthfeel-Pleasant coating that does not overstay its welcome
Overall-A very decent beer,after a few they do catch you though!!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 17:53:56 | More by jjjeremy
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