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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,007 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,007
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 34
Gots: 300 | 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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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into oversized wine glass

a: pours a clear, straw yellow with a billowy three fingered head, which very slowly dissipates, leaving nice lacing.

s: cloves and banana bread, some citrus fruit, overall, really nice smell.

t: the banana and citrus flavors are nicely present, mouthfeel and carbonation level are good as well. the sweetness is definitely strong, but the alcohol is almost not noticeable.

o: very drinkable and enjoyable, especially on sale for 1 euro, but it has an eventual blandness to it that I don't get from other Belgians of the style.

RodneyFarva, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of uziangis
2/5  rDev -43.7%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of IBU99
3/5  rDev -15.5%

IBU99, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of zenwatts
3/5  rDev -15.5%

zenwatts, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

ygtbsm94, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of JerseyKirk
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear. Well carbed. Straw gold color. 3 finger pillowy white head. Small tight bubbles. Creamy head. Looks great.

S: Belgian phenolics, banana, caramel, sweetness and fresh baked bread.

T: Rich creamy head was amazing. Then led to sweetness, caramel flavor, bread, some hop bitterness but more sweet. Lemon. Earthy, floral bitterness is at the end.

M: Creamy head is amazing. Rest of the beer is rather thin to medium. The residual malt sweetness lends to a little thicker mouthfeel.

O: I thought it was ok. Smell was better than the taste. Taste was only as good as the head. The rest of the beer had too much sweetness for me. I think this beer would do well to reduce the beta rest temperature or if they use decoction maybe pull a thinner portion of the mash...just a thought. Wouldn't be likely to buy from store.

JerseyKirk, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of jsurfs82
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

jsurfs82, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Robje
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Robje, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

bonbini26, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of BryanRex
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought this was a good traditional abbey ale. I didn't expect it to taste even half as good as it did, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head that resembles a marshmallow. Excellent lacing and retention, but I typically prefer a more translucent bottle conditioned appearance. Unmistakable traditional Belgian smell. I could make out a bready malt aroma with hints of citrus, clove and spice. This ale has a well balanced complex taste full of citrus, spice and sweet malt with very low bitterness present. I really enjoyed the soft sweetness, and crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied and very filling with medium carbonation. The finish is spicy and sweet. I could see how some might find it too sweet, but I really liked the variation on the style.

BryanRex, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Naamandroid
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Naamandroid, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of bbadger
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

bbadger, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of GreyGhost4
3/5  rDev -15.5%

GreyGhost4, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Dapuma
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Dapuma, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of jdense
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes, consumed 8.11.11.

One finger white head over deep gold body, quick dissipation with acceptable lacing, multiple rising streams of carbonation. Nice nose, coriander and orange peel. Taste mirrors nose, medium sweetness balanced by good dose of coriander. Medium mouthfeel, good effervescence. Enjoyable, just not that memorable.

jdense, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of cycoduck
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

cycoduck, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of theopholis
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a brilliant, sparkling clear golden color with strong resemblance to honey. It has a nice, fluffy white head, with excellent head retention and nice lacing. The beer continues to effervesce from the bottom long after you've poured it.

Smell- Soft, pale malt aromas with a hint of simple, yet enticing malt sweetness coming up through the nose.

Taste: Very well balanced light malt sweetness with hints of yellow apple and oranges, very subdued spices and Belgian yeast. Very low bitterness present.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and refreshing, with a light-to-medium body and well-carbonated.

Overall- A well-balanced and highly enjoyable beer.

theopholis, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

videofrog, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of otvomadeut
3/5  rDev -15.5%

otvomadeut, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of jjkatter
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Rochefort Trappistes goblet…

A- Blonde in color with thick white, pillowy head that settles into a thin lacing to the finish. Plenty of carbonation.

S- Belgian yeast with bananas and bubble gum. Slight medicinal aroma.

T- Pleasant tropical fruit taste. Fairly sweet, but in a nice way. Somewhat complex tones of bubble gum/subtle medicine.

MF- Nice texture, with plenty of carbonation and a nice semi-dry finish.

O- I guess my palate is not refined enough to bash this beer. I found it to be tasty and delicious. There are Belgian beers I favor over this one, but this is still a good beer and worth a try. Some reviews make this beer out to be as bad as the mass produced crap found in the US or Australia, but I think they are dead wrong. It may not be a trappist beer, but it’s not too bad on the palate

jjkatter, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of hogrider
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

hogrider, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -15.5%

AWS2111, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy golden color with a white head on top. The smell of banana, spices and grains on the nose here. There might even be some citrus in there too. The taste of the beer was a little off in my opinion. Whatever it was it just wasn't working for me. The mouthfeel was decent, it was lightly carbonated, light bodied and smooth. Overall this beer was decent but the flavors just weren't all that good to me.

Knapp85, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of brewbaker
4/5  rDev +12.7%

brewbaker, Jan 04, 2012
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,007 ratings.