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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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2,743 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,743
Reviews: 1,207
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 26
Gots: 175 | 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 IIKaRuII


3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a lighter straw color. filtered with a lot of champagne like bubbles. Rich two finger head forms that is milky in color, and slowly fades away.
Very complex and wonderful smell. very sweet, and malty. bananas, and apples. Vanilla,
Sweet malts, with no bitterness whatsoever. bubble gum, and sugar. Dry. Cloves come out in the aftertaste. very enjoyable.
heavily carbonated. but balanced well. Being a belgian pale you dont expect much hops and this has little to no bitterness. drinks kinda light for being a "full bodied ale" as it states on the bottle.
impressively smooth, and tasty. Highly drinkable and enjoyable. I got this as a gift from my boss who toured the AB brewery. I had a lot of doubts because it was from AB. This is nothing like I expected.
Finises kinda boozy.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 08:52:21 | More by IIKaRuII
Photo of Brunite


3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours very clear and golden. A decent head.

Smell: Very faint clove and banana. Mostly bubble-gum-like aromas.

Taste: Malt sweetness with bubble-gum flavors. No real detectable hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light...thin.

Drinkability: Average. I used to think this was a great beer but after over a hundred different crafts & imports...I now see this for what it is...an average at best, commercial version of much better beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 23:52:16 | More by Brunite
Photo of jarmby1711


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

My first try at a Belgian Pale ALe (I think ) , so am reviewing based on BA description of the style
Somewhat darker than expected with a hint of redness.
Off white fine head is retained
Smells of yeast and cloves but a softness is picked up.
The smell wasnt misleading as yeast and cloves predominate and I thought the grian flavours were more along wheat , but perhaps it was the spicey qualities fooling me .
Fullsome and smooth with the 6.6%ABV stating its case.
I would think 1 of these at a time would do me , as it is not particularly I style that appeals to me

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 06:44:36 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of beerlove82


3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Apple juice amber, two finger head. Bubbles rising to the surface. White frothy head.

S: Apples, alcohol, mature fruit,spice.

T: Some yeast, honey, spice, alcohol, something I can't put my finger on.

M: Nicely carbonated, wet aftertaste, refreshing.

D: Nice light refreshing hot day beer. Not too thick like most Belgian abbey's but a 12 pack drinker at that!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2011 15:13:51 | More by beerlove82
Photo of goalie33

New York

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

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Best before 7/8/11.
A) Pours a slightly hazy gold with two fingers of eggshell-white head. Head is pillowy and composed of tiny bubbles. Leaves nice lacing in the glass.
S) Spicy nose, predominantly pepper and clove. Some fruitiness including banana and maybe some other light fruits. Reminds me a lot of a Hefeweizen with stronger alcohol notes.
T) Nice tasting beer. Similar to the nose, it is very Hefeweizen-like only stronger. I get a lot of that clove and banana. A slight hint of sourness. Lacks the bready malt and yeast flavors unique to Belgian beers. No bitterness to speak of.
M/D) Medium body with lots of very fine bubbles. A very crisp beer that crackles in the mouth. Very drinkable beer. Unlike many other Belgian ales, I could go for more then one of these in a session.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 03:43:11 | More by goalie33
Photo of AEK

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml brown bottle poured into a Leffe chalice.

A. Gold coloured ale topped by a soapy/foamy white head.

S. Orangey, candy floss sweet aroma. One or two more citrus notes. Fresh strawberries.

T. Malty, sweet honey, candy floss, traces of dried fruit stones, slightly carbonated. A nice hop kick at the finish.

M. Medium bodied.

D. A really enjoyable Abbey beer (even if it is a commercial one) and along with a couple of other lighter coloured beers is a great summer thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 18:58:55 | More by AEK
Photo of SassyBootblack


3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Yardhouse at Colorado Mills.

Beer was brilliantly clear with no head to speak of. Smell and taste was of banana and bubble gum. Body was thin with no real sense of hopiness. A good vehicle for great Belgian yeast flavors without any bells and whistles.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 15:33:12 | More by SassyBootblack
Photo of BeerLover99


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

A: blonde yellow/orange, 1 finger heard, ok lacing.

S: citrus (slight lemon zest/coriander), grain.

T: sweet citrus, light grain refreshing.

M: medium body, good carbonation, smooth.

D: Solid, not amazing. I have had better of the style, worth trying. Could have more than a few.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 18:35:07 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of BeerPhan86

New York

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has always been a solid Belgian brew in my opinion and I don't get the low score it has received on here. Always a treat for me and it is much easier to find than many of the sought after Belgians.

A - Pours a golden blond with a big three finger foamy light tan head. Sticky lacing and good retention.

S - Plenty of yeast and Belgian spices. Even the aroma is slightly sweet and smells of candied sugar.

T - Sweet and spicy with hints of banana and clove. Not very hoppy but one wouldn't expect that it would be. Finishes slightly boozy and dry. Some bubblegum in the finish as well.

M - Smooth and creamy, leaves a slightly sticky feeling on the lips.

D - I have managed to drink a six pack of it before but I normally just like to sip on it and note how the flavors change as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 01:29:50 | More by BeerPhan86
Photo of dbaker61


2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours with a solid one inch dense head, which stays around for several minutes. Golden yellow color. Very clear and visible bubbles. Leaves plenty of foam all down the glass.

Smell: The first note I got was bubblegum. Very sweet, with banana and other fruit esters.

Taste: Yes, it is a Belgium pale, but it isn't too complex. Sweet is the predominant flavor. Fruity, spicy, there's that bubblegum again.

Mouthfeel: For a Belgian, this doesn't have a lot of character. The finish is a bit too sweet, but it isn't objectionable.

Drinkability: If there are no other Belgian ales around, I could drink this without complaint. However, I would prefer many other examples. Moderate drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 13:20:40 | More by dbaker61
Photo of mariposafan


4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant gold with three fingers of loose head that collapses a bit too quickly to sticky lacing.

The aroma is wonderful. Yeast and malts with the characteristic Belgian spiciness. It's hard to imagine it getting any better than this.

The flavor leaves a little something to be desired. There's plenty of it - it's not watery in the least - but it's overly bitter which interferes with getting the yeast and malt flavors out of it. The bitterness lingers a bit too much as well.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly full - much richer than I anticipated. The carbonation is a little too robust but it probably helps to keep the bitterness in check.

Easy enough to drink. If it weren't for the overly bitter finish this would be an instant favorite.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 21:37:44 | More by mariposafan
Photo of aranheaney

New York

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time available at my local grocer, poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter:

A: pours a clear golden with a two finger head that fades into some lacing

S-some notes or clove and banana, a bit of Saisson here

T-follows the nose, but it seems kind of pedestrian

M-see above

D-ok, glad I tried it, but may not be quick to search it out again

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 02:06:08 | More by aranheaney
Photo of Cozzatoad


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

330ml bottle

A- Clear golden. A medium head fades away quicky but leaves a decent lacing

S- Yeast, with some fruity notes. A simple but delicate and sweet aroma

T- Sweet malts. Above them fruits, honey, herbs in the end. Hops are almost undetectable. This beer is very sweet but still delicate enough to support a good range of flavours

M- At times this beer feels almost like a syrup. But despite being so oily it still has a proper body that fills the palate nicely

D- You can't really detect alcohol, this beer feels like 5%ABV. I could drink a couple without getting tired, it is still enough complex

A fine brew

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 11:37:16 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of jeffaz02t


2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal gold with a decent puffy head.

S: Cloves, banana, with a fruitiness.

T: banana and fruit sweetness, no real bitterness. Sweetness dominates this beer to a fault. It dries up some at the end, but the sweetness never really leaves completely and it is a very specific type of sweetness and I do not care for it very much. Almost nauseating.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy.

D: Too sweet. No thanks.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 07:49:28 | More by jeffaz02t
Photo of foogerd

New York

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale clear yellow body, white head which died out and left some nice lacing.

S- Streamlined consistent belgian yeast, light pear notes in spice.

T- Sugary bubblegum, juicy breads dipped in honey, yeasty breadiness.

M- Thick foamy and carbonated.

D- Very drinkable, theres better examples of the style but this is a good solid option that you can always find.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 07:29:07 | More by foogerd
Photo of tapman


3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark gold, though not quite yellow, and has a white head that pours large and sinks swiftly. Appears filtered and no sediment in the bottle.

Smells like vanilla and clove with a hint of spiciness.

Taste is lemony, spicy, very clove-like with only a hint of banana in the finish. A little sour-bitter in the finish as well as a slight mineral-like brand.

Heavy, but not sticky. Feels substantial on the palate. Not as effervescent as others.

A fine example. I would rather have a Chimay or even a Unibroue beer, but cost-wise this is much less. I bought this serving as an individual bottle from the Jewel, a big grocery chain here in Chicago. For $2 per 12oz. not the worst.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 05:30:34 | More by tapman
Photo of Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

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

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours an amazingly clear ale colour with a white foamy head. there beer has some carbonation occurring. there is some lacing, although not a lot.

Smell - i can pick up some dry banana, vanilla and earthy tones. very welcoming beer.

Taste - as the smell, the banana and vanilla come through on this beer. i can also pick up some spice, nothing too dominant, just a good amount. there is not an overpowering aftertaste either.

Mouthfeel - the added carbonation brings fwd a slightly more bitter aftertaste. u can also pick up on some sweet tones, maybe from honey? Very good presents on the tongue.

Drinkability - great beer to have and to share. this is a good "go to" type of beer for friends and poker nights!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 01:55:17 | More by Swedes21
Photo of smakawhat


4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an official Leffe glass.

A very simple one finger white head, almost rock solid, but it falls at a good clip. Body is a perfect clear honey dark twenty four carat gold with visible carbonation. Bubbles are soapy, ring left but head upon settling is pock marked. Minimal lacing upon drinking is present but really not much.

Smell is slight funk but mostly a sweet spice (nutmeg?) but not overpowering sweet. This also smells like a bakery in a sweet way, it's like cake. Very clean smelling also.

Taste is very sweet and like honey. Spice comes through with the sweetness and cake dough structure. It reminds me of a coffee cake or spiced cake. No it doesn't taste like coffee. Borderline nutmeg as well. Mouthfeel has a little syrup quality to it but not too bad, quite tolerable and in a nice coating way also.

I really don't understand why some people hate this beer, it's perfectly fine for what it is. It is also very common and inexpensive and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 04:17:32 | More by smakawhat
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass (I usually drink out of the 12oz bottle however). Pours a clear amber/golden color. Head is small, fizzy white with fair lacing and is fully diminishing. Light grain note for the malt, light to moderate perfume for the hops, light soap for the yeast and hints of wine, clove and wood. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic. Palate is light to medium, watery with a lively carbonation and lightly alcoholic finish. A little simple for a Belgian Pale Ale, but the interesting spiciness makes this a unique Belgian Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 21:54:17 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of Samp01

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/yellow with a nice lasting white head, good lacing. Aroma of sweet pears, some bannana and sweet spice esters. Taste is sweet fruitiness, dominated by pears and bannana with some slight hoppiness. Palate is nice med bodied, with good carbonation and nice crisp mouthfeel. Finish is sweet fruityflavors with some light hops bitterness for balance. Overall a very nice well rounded and refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 21:59:27 | More by Samp01
Photo of OttoPeeWee


4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer several time out of the bottle and found it way better than average but nothing special. I just recently had it on draft and I was pretty blown away. Wow, fantastic. It really tasted as fresh and spicy as being at the pub in Brussels. The smell is banana, slight pepper, and grain. The taste smooth sweet liquorish, clove, and vanilla.

Bottom line, if you see it on tap, have two!

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 03:15:31 | More by OttoPeeWee
Photo of Thickfreakness

New York

4.63/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Beautiful pumpkin orange hue... 2 1/2 finger snow white head with lacing that clings like spider webs as it disappears.

S- Banana, clove, nutmeg, and freshly harvested wheat! This beer always smells like spring to me!

T- Honey, ginger and banana right up front. Clove, sweet licorice, and jelly beans follow as it warms up. I love how bready, fresh and yeasty this blonde lovely is. Such depth and dimension.

M- I love the carbonation tingle as it dances on your tongue, and the sticky sweet honey taste that lingers for what seems like forever!

D- The only thing you need to think about when drinking this one, is when should I take the next one out of the fridge to warm up. It's so simple and delicious... goes with so many different foods... Chinese, Thai, fish, grilled pineapple/chicken skewers, desert... Mmmm...

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:49:02 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leffe blonde appears clear and golden hued with an inch of white fluffy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of fruit, yeast, and alcohol. The flavor is good, and distinctly Belgian. The alcohol is more noticeable than I would like. The feel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and an alcoholic finish. This is a decent Belgian brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 20:18:16 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of jiggahertz

New Hampshire

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

A: Burnt orange beer with a good finger of head which dissipates slowly.

S: Malty nose on this, roasted nuts, very sweet. Cloves and spice come through, very rich.

T: Caramel, molasses, lots of sweetness up front. Some mild hops come through and then a sweeter finish. Spices are all over the place, corriander perhaps. A lot going on in this beer.

M: Rich and complex, overly sweet.

D: One is enough for me, this is interesting but not one I'd buy another 6 pack of.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 22:42:10 | More by jiggahertz
Photo of jsdunlop

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, golden, nice lacing on the glass with a decent head formed after the pour. Smell is of grains, lemons, and tobacco, slightly sweet as well with a hint of yeastiness. Tastes much like it smells...begins with a malty sweetness, slightly bready with a bit of spiciness. As the taste develops, a light citrus flavor makes its way onto the palate, followed by a dry, unwelcomed musty tobacco taste. There is that traditional belgian yeastiness in the flavor, but it becomes muffled out by the aftertaste of this beer. Mouthfeel is light, perhaps a bit watery, carbonation is on the high end. An easy drinker, but one that I will not likely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:56:37 | More by jsdunlop
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