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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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2,845 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,845
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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Photo of damndirtyape


3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

11.2oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Best by 22/08/12.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles moving up through the beer. Initial rocky white head (1/8" thick) with some thin strands of lacing here and there, but the head is almost all gone by the end of the glass and so is the lacing, but I'm really enjoying the color.

Smell: Yeast and fresh orange peel, but as the beer warms up the smell really diminishes.

Taste: Bready malt, yeast again, and a citric orange mild bitter finish. The finish starts to take on some more herbal and spicy notes as the beer warms up but the citric orange still dominates.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation - cleanses the palate but doesn't scour it. Just a bit thick, but smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: Nice and tasty. Simple and straightforward, and a great looking beer to stare at while savoring. A solid good beer and I could easily see myself having another one.

10-04-2011 22:43:59 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%

Pours a translucent dark straw color with 1/2 inch white head that lingers long after the pour.

Smells of cloves, bananas, slight floral and medicinal accents.

Tastes of cloves and honey come through initially, then I noticed the bubble gum that others have mentioned. I didn't expect that but it lingers on the back end to give it a sweet finish. Overall, the balanve is good.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and carbonated for my preference, but it's ok.

Overall pretty good! Not among the best Belgian ales out there but worth a pick up if you run by it.

09-29-2011 00:02:11 | More by Treyliff
Photo of soju6


3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

A: Pours a nice golden color with a large fluffy white head andlots of lacing.

S: Aroma has a mild sweetness with a mixture of spices thrown in.

T: Has an inital spice nip with a fruity sweetness. A mild tart in the background through to a clean finish with a subtle but lingering sticky sweetness.

F: Fairly light body, crisp, smooth and creamy. The 6.6 ABV is well hidden. Another beer that is a bit too sweet to really enjoy.

O: Nice beer for the style, but the sweetness keeps me from drinking more than one.

09-27-2011 09:14:11 | More by soju6
Photo of Crossmd


2.93/5  rDev -17.2%

Poured at 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a Stella stem glass, best before date: 21.07.12

Poured a lucid dark gold with an impressively fluffy 3.5 finger head. Lasting head only settles into a cap after a fair amount of time.

Smell definitely has strong notes of clove, coriander, and nutmeg? Almost not as secondary scents, but very well integrated into the fabric of the nose.

Taste isnt really anything but disappointing. Everything suggested about complexity and structure within the nose and the appearance is met with a waters, formless and thin feeling beer. Some wheat prevails, and some smoothness of texture, but there is not half as much of the pillowy champagne carbonation that I would have wanted.

Overall, this talks big, but can't back it up. It wants to hang with the authentic Belgian in terms of appearance and smell, but it feels so mass produced and so inauthentic in taste. Probably won't be grabbing this guy again.


09-22-2011 14:56:04 | More by Crossmd
Photo of jifigz


3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

Bottle poured into a goblet.

A: The ale pours a very clean orange/yellow with a great head and wonderful lacing. the head doesn't want to go anywhere.

S: Sweet, perfume-y and floral. This beer smells earthy and Belgian all the way.

T: The ale is overly sweet with a nice floral and herbal tones There are hints of bananas and other fruits.

M: The MF feels creamy and rich on the palate and delivers substantial feel with the taste.

O: Not a bad Belgian beer, but certainly not my favorite by any standard. It seems a little too clean compared to other Belgians and lacks some depth. Not a bad one for someone new to the style.

09-10-2011 14:53:32 | More by jifigz
Photo of mactrail


3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

Really mellow, smooth, and malty. Great Belgian yeasty flavor. Big head with a good mouthful of carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Spicy and aromatic. Flowers and candy are the flavors, but it has an acidic touch, which along with the modest alcohol makes it perfectly drinkable. The beer is fairly sweet, which is a plus for me in this style. Medium body.

09-07-2011 04:47:19 | More by mactrail
Photo of JTSbeerislife


3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

11.2 oz. bottle, marked “best before 03/14/12 on label. Given to me by Dave (thanks!) early summer and since stored in a temperature controlled environment.

Poured into a Corendonk Tulip.

Pours an incredible three finger head, (the Belgium’s never seem to fail at this, why is that?).
Beautiful golden amber color.

In the smell the first thing that hits you is, of course, that wonderful Belgium yeast, followed by, toasty malt. After that there is not much, still pleasant though.

Very delicious, yeast infused/dominated taste, with malt which becomes spicy here (different than the smell), full body and good carbonation. Not really exceptional but just a good drink.

A good yeasty, light malt finish.

While there isn’t anything here that raises this ale above the norm it is an enjoyable drink. I may not rush out to find a case, but if you are buying I will drink this all day.

09-07-2011 01:08:09 | More by JTSbeerislife
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -11%

A: A nice golden hue, that leaves an off white head at the top that sticks around the glass as you sip.

S: Bananas, sweet honey and hints of some apples, sweet malts at the tail end

T: Flavour is a bit to much, lots of mix in this one from the nose but some hop bitterness on the tail end.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied very filling.

D: Bland, nothing special with this beer, good with a burger.

09-06-2011 18:12:16 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of pBRale


3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

From tasting notes 9-3-11

Appearance: Pale gold pour, creamy white head that settles quickly and has thin but moderate retention.

Smell: Smells of wheat, spice, and citrus hit the nose along with a hint of sweet toffee and faint piney hop notes.

Taste: Crisp and spicey with a sweet finish. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, but thick in the mouth, especially as it sits in my mouth longer. Very smooth finish. Incredibly smooth and drinkable.

Overall: Good taste, smooth finish, great crisp beer, excellently crafted. Tastes better the more you drink.

09-06-2011 00:05:02 | More by pBRale
Photo of aseiter

New York

3.23/5  rDev -8.8%

This being my first review I wanted to try something Belgium, the most underated beer. I think leffe blonde had a hefeweizen look and taste which was good just unexpected. I enjoyed the smooth flow from the bottle and will continue to try the leffe brand.

09-05-2011 18:08:24 | More by aseiter
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -11%

Pours copper with three fingers of head, great retention, and carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Spice and citrus notes in the nose; coriander, clove, orange and lemon zest. Taste is orange peel, yeast, clove, in that order. There's just a hint of apple sweetness in the finish. The flavor is mild and the beer itself is a little thin. The carbonation is moderate and the spice gives a little warmth.

The flavors are all there, but this beer just isn't bold nor full enough for my liking.

09-04-2011 22:36:38 | More by tdm168
Photo of litheum94


2.68/5  rDev -24.3%

P: A giant yellow tinged head pours out, taking a good amount of time to settle. When it does settle, there's hardly anything left. Body is a clear golden, and really, this is too clear for a Belgian ale.

A: The nose is dominated by spicy Belgian yeast, with earthy tones. Some raspberry sweetness as well. Not much hops.

T: Starts off earthy with a good amount of carbonation. Some spicing and faint leafy hops. Then the sweetness starts. It's vague and dominating, tasting somewhat like raspberries and boardering on cloying. It leaves a slightly nasty taste in the mouth, like an overlly sweet candy.

I used to like this beer, and now it just tastes like a bad version of a Belgian. I can't help but think that this beer didn't taste like this when it was invented. Disappointing.

09-02-2011 02:56:03 | More by litheum94
Photo of manitouman84


3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a clear golden orange with a pillowy delicate white head which slowly dissipates leaving a nice clean white lacing down the glass. Smells strongly of yeast, citrus fruit like aromas and ethyl acetate. Delicate on the tongue; pear, isoamyl acetate, citrus, and spicy phenolics to finish. No bitterness, light mouthfeel, crisp and very drinkable, especially in the warmer weather. The flavors as a whole seem a little discombobulated, there is also something in the background lingering that seemed a bit off, maybe not balanced perfectly to suit the style, but still very enjoyable nonetheless.

09-02-2011 00:25:54 | More by manitouman84
Photo of RollTide05


3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

I really like this beer. It doesn't get the best reviews but I feel that it is a fantastic introduction to Belgian ales.

It isn't as complex as others and it does seem to be lacking the carbonation and mouthfeel as other higher rated Belgians. It does have that clovey, Belgian taste to it and is very refreshing. It is very sweet and fruity and the problem is, you can drink a ton of them. I always drink mine in a Duvel tulip but it doesn't seem to keep a big head like a Duvel.

Overall, a great Belgian beer. Especially if you are new to the game. I had an Orval and a Rochefort 8 right before drinking this particular Leffe and it is still fantastic. Goes great with the cigar that I am smoking.

Not alot of love for this Beer, but it is very solid in my opinion. Just not extremely complex like others.

08-31-2011 16:46:43 | More by RollTide05
Photo of Lemke10


3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Summer 2011.

Pours a clear golden color with a thick pillowy head. Lots of carbonation rising to the top. Scent is strong in dry malts, yeast, and slightly remind me of bread. Taste is rather bold but trickles off. Really hits the taste buds with lots of yeast and malts with decent volume but slowly disappears. Lots of flavor but nothing too unigue. As to be expected from one of the largest Belgian brands.

08-31-2011 02:31:47 | More by Lemke10
Photo of Buggies


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours with a nice booming white head, with lacing that sticks around. Aromas of yeast and spice. Also some banana and coriander. Subtle herbal notes from the hops.

Tastes good. fruity up front. Subtle malt character, and a little citrus too. Spice is present, and a slight bitterness from the hops. I think its all yeast on this one. Very little hop character.

Overall, an OK beer. I'm a little more partial to the hoppier American interpretation of the style. But this is OK. Nothing spectacular.

08-26-2011 21:26:49 | More by Buggies
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.48/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured chilled in tall water glass in Sofia, Bulgaria hotel.

A: really thick head (4-finger), but little carb; dark blonde
S: sweet banana aroma, clearly a Belgian
T: banana, sweet, brown sugar
M: dead in the mouth; what gives? Ah, I think I may have poured it all into the head.

A good Belgian beer, but not one of their stellar examples. But what a welcome relief in beer-forlorn Bulgaria.

08-23-2011 16:21:31 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of Haybeerman


3.3/5  rDev -6.8%

A: Bright, clear gold color. Poured a 2 finger frothy white head with excellent retention. Decanted continually. Laced in broken wavy rings.

S: Pale malt, bananas and bubblegum. Fairly strong yeast funk.

T: Pale malts and light-colored fruits much like the nose. Mild spices in the finish. Quite a few strong flavors that clash and ultimately don't balance.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Cleansing carbonation but sweet/spice comes back in the finish.

O: A little better than average, but expected good.

08-21-2011 18:16:33 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Beeronious07


3.98/5  rDev +12.4%

it came as one of 4 beers in the gift pack that also includes two Leffe chalices. the price of the whole gift pack was 25.72 euro. served it at the temperature of 6 Celsius in the 330 milliliter chalice i got from the gift pack. best before date 03/06/12

A - Small, not very long sustainable creamy head and awesome golden clear color. the carbonation was next to none.

S - very rich and powerful aroma. fruits and flowers with some honey in the front and the powerful aftershock of alcohol in the back.

T - the sweethess for the aroma is felt again in the taste, also some banana and some yeast.

M - the absence of carbonation can definitely be felt, but still there is this ticklish feeling u get if u keep it in your mouth for longer.
i don't know how to explain this, but if u keep it in your mouth i doesn't feel like beer at all, it feels like something more condensed.

the aroma of this beer is something special !!!
but i have to say that the taste disappointed me maybe because i was expecting too much from it because of the aroma ....

08-09-2011 14:25:12 | More by Beeronious07
Photo of Schneic8


3.08/5  rDev -13%

Poured from a bottle to a mug.

Appearance: Poured a dark golden color/light copper color. White head that didn't last and a mild amount of carbonation.

Smell: Sweet smell with some floral notes and maybe banana.

Taste: Sweet tasting beer that seems almost artificial. It tastes like it smells. I get floral and banana flavors with maybe a deep caramel taste. It has a long sweet after taste.

Mouthfeel: It is thin and more smooth than crisp. Sits well and has a slight bite from the carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall: Solid beer. Not favorite because I am not a huge fan of the sweetness that presents itself. I like the softness of this beer and if I was in the right mood I would try again.

08-03-2011 22:41:45 | More by Schneic8
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

Clarity is high in this light Carmel tinged liquid. Two fingers of white head grace the top and busy bubbles race from the bottom...

Spices, coriander, belgian yeast and wheat in the nose

A sweet honey, belgian candy front, with a heavy yeast backer. Some mild hops in flavor but not bitterness for accompaniment . Not the most diverse portfolio of flavors but very pleasant

Refreshing, medium bodied and crisp.

Overall very nice beer for a very nice price. I would recommend this for a hot day, and for beer drinkers of all palates. Not one part of it could be offensive

07-31-2011 22:29:44 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%

I poured a glass of leffe blond and and there was a small amount of head... As I logged on to beeradvocate to review this beer, when I looked back there was a full 2 inches in the glass. Just thought that was worth mentioning. But back to the beer- the smell is like a spicey german beer, the taste is very spicey and complex. I love trying to place all the aspects. I can only compare it to a spicey holiday cake. This is over all a pretty nice european styled beer, and with the gold foil around the cap it feels real fancy.

07-30-2011 16:50:20 | More by mattkoon
Photo of Avantyawn

New York

2.45/5  rDev -30.8%

A: Pours a very attractive rich golden yellow. Nice little frothy head with better than expected lacing.

S: Intense not-so subtle bubblegum and bananas. Strong yeast scent, sweet tarts.

T: Unfortunately, the same qualities from the scent translate to the palette in a not so appealing manner. This beer is super harsh for the style, over the top almost saccharine sweetness , tastes almost like diet soda or sugar free bubble gum. Yuck, I remembered enjoying this in the past, but this is in drainpour territory because it just doesn't taste pleasant. Harsh, over the top and not gentle in any manner.

M: Strong carbonation, but that diet soda taste cannot be avoided.

O: The harsh over the top sweet taste just drags this down. It is unpleasant to drink, I will not be purchasing this again. Yuck...Drainpour time

07-27-2011 22:03:09 | More by Avantyawn
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Leffe goblet.

A- Light golden color, nice 2 fingers of frothy off white colored head, attractive lacing and retention.
S- Refreshing aroma, sweet, spice, banana, clove, some breadiness in the background, refreshing aroma.
T- Taste similar to nose, pretty sweet, banana, spice, clove, some breadiness comes out, not a bad tasting beer.
M- Light mouthfeel, well carbonated, creamy, smooth.
O- Not an overly complex beer, but really easy drinkability, definitely enjoyable on a hot summer day.

07-27-2011 05:51:05 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of Internatbrewlove


4/5  rDev +13%

This Belgian Pale Ale pours clear amber in color with a moderate white head that fades quickly to a fine lacy layer. The aroma is a mixture of banana and citrus. The flavor is that of banana, clove and citrus with a slight sweetness and a hint of pepper. the mouth feel is quite good with a lasting fine to moderate carbonation. Overall the flavor fades more quickly than superior Belgian pale ales such as Duvel's.

This is a great daily beer. It tastes especially good with soft pretzels and land jagers.

07-24-2011 02:00:53 | More by Internatbrewlove
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