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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,283 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 3,283
Reviews: 1,267
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 50
Gots: 476 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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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Ratings: 3,283 | Reviews: 1,267
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4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous gold, with a huge fluffy white head that clears quickly.

Sweet honey and malt in the aroma, with banana and pear.

I like the instant sweetness in the mouth, definitely honey and banana maltiness, with a slight bitterness that appears in a flash. It's the high carbonation that keeps this from tipping into sickening-sweet.

Another BA-er put it well: "... problem might be it's too full tasting to be a refreshing beer, and lacks depth to make it a really interesting one. But very enjoyable and easy to drink nonetheless."

Maybe that explains the lower scores, here. It's definitely a positive flavor. And I feel I could drink this pretty regularly.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before September 24th 2013. I've been a little curious about this one for a while, but not enough to get a six pack. Hooray for singles!

Pours a beautiful clear golden-amber colour; highly effervescent, with a torrent of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass up to the lofty, eggshell-white head. And lofty might even be a bit of an understatement - in addition to being puffy, pillowy and smooth, it's nearly three fingers thick. Retention is respectable, but weaker than most of the other Belgian pales I've tried. It's mostly gone within six or seven minutes, but it leaves behind a complicated doily pattern of lacing on the sides of the glass. Nice aroma, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style - yeast is very prominent as usual, with elements of bready malts, banana, and a light, understated clove spiciness. Nothing fancy, but definitely clean and enticing.

Decent flavour, with lots more bready malts, candied sugar and orchard fruit (peach, perhaps pear or apricot) sweetness. The banana taste is prominent mid-sip, where the light clove spice also comes forward. Leans on the sweet side, but with enough bitterness and spice to balance it. The alcohol is noticeable in the aftertaste, which itself provides some appreciated dryness to cut through the sweetness of the malts. On the light side of medium-bodied, with surprisingly light carbonation for a rather smooth mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable, but not something I'd want to have more than one or two of in a night.

Leffe Blonde started off impressive, but the flavour leaves a bit to be desired. It's certainly not bad - it's just straightforward and plain, which is not an endearing trait in Belgian styles.

Final Grade: 3.41, a serviceable B-. This is a decent brew, but not an exceptional one. I am glad I bought this as a single, because while I could probably drink 6 of these, I could also easily find better beers to spend that money on. Due to the fact that Leffe Blonde is balanced, not complex, and has an agreeable flavour, I might actually recommend this to a newbie looking for a relatively easy-to-find BPA - but I wouldn't count on this stuff impressing a lot of seasoned BAs. In short - it's worth a try, but not something to go out of your way for.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of thourgood
1.76/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: brownish gold _ viscous.
S: malt, fruit, acitone
T: bitter and sweet at the same time.
Mg: sickening
Db: I drank several.. but u didn't like it
Ov: not good. I did not enjoy this beer. Too much raw malt taste and no balance whatsoever. Lots of carbonation but viscous at the same time. Gross.

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Arno
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful. Deep golden color tending slightly towards orange. Strings of bubbles. Foamy, good 2 fingers when pouring, but loses the foam pretty quickly. It's not very thick but airy.

Smell: Sweet, honeylike and malty. Somewhat fruity. Banana and ripe pear.

Taste: Very sweet, honey and fruit like taste, followed by a light bitter and malty flavor. Long lasting taste, from sweet to malt to a light bitter.

Mouthfeel: Tingling fizz gives it a fresh touch. It has a semi thick feel giving it a little more body. But it leaves a bit of a slimy effect in the mouth.

Overall: It's probably not the most exciting beer out there, nor is it my favorite one. But it's a beer i can easily drink any day. It's very easygoing with a full, sweet and maltiness flavor with a light bitter to give it some more depth and balance. It's the sweetness that's leading though. The biggest problem might be it's too full tasting to be a refreshing beer, and lacks depth to make it a really interesting one. But very enjoyable and easy to drink nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,283 ratings.