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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,254
Reviews: 1,261
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 455 | FT: 0
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Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

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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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle.

Pours a very clear, clean, golden yellow body. Finger and a half of thick, frothy, resilient, cottony white head. Nice lacing. Nose suggests slightly sugary malts, powdered sugar, yeasty bread, and slightly skunky, peppery hops.

Starts off dry, with light toasted malts. Apple and powdered sugar malt follow. Yeast comes in, bringing some more dryness. Slightly spicy, peppery hop bitterness as well. Lingering mildly sweet apple and waffle cone. Some residual yeastiness and bitterness. Moderate body with a not-quite-bottle conditioned feel. Not bad; kind of like a Duvel light, but not nearly as good.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of thecheapies
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pint glass full pour of Leffe Blonde. Gold in color with lots of visible effervescence. Thin sudsy head that doesn't hold. Spatterings of tiny lace strands around the glass. 3.0

Sweet grains and apple flesh. Slight tartness. Nothing too flamboyant in the nose. 3.5

Honey and coriander notes with a lively and spicy yeast strain. Herbal and slightly menthol with a tart fruitiness. Bitter middle clears out for a candied sweet finish. Alcohol is in the finish, as well. 3.5

A little soupy in body. Medium bodied. Booze is a little too showy. Average. 3.0

Nothing I seek out. I prefer it on-tap at the Sharp Edge in its appropriate glassware. I also prefer the Brune. 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a crystal clear deep yellow-gold. A pure white head starts rocky and thick, about 2 fingers tall. It fades a bit quickly and leaves a thin foam, but that thin foam leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Banana pours out of the nose at first. Letting it sit, I get a bit of soft fruit flesh, yeasty earth, and bubble gum. There's a ghost of phenolic aroma in there as well, though, and more plastic-like notes are barely detectable but there.
In the flavor, some of the subtle character is lost for bready malts, but they do linger. There's a very, very gentle bit of pepper just barely there as well. The phenols are tamed a little but it's also slightly fusel for a 6.6% ABV.
This beer does lack the balance of softness and firmness that is the beauty of Belgian beers. It's too spritzy at first, which eventually calms down. It is lightly crisp and after time gets smooth, so that while for some beers this could be a pretty good mouthfeel, it's nothing special here.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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2.31/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Nice golden appearance with about 2 finger foamy head that faded to about a pinky that stuck around for the duration of the beer. An OK amount of lacing.

S- Overall the smell is extremely sweet! Smells like an American Adjunct Lager that has a biscuit aspect to it.

T- So weird! VERY SWEET, malty, and biscuty. Hops are very easily detected. There is a strange bitterness when you swallow the beer. You can even taste the alcohol, even at what the bottle says is "6.0% ABV". Unbalanced taste overall!

M- Medium in mouth, not too too heavy. It's got a sticky quality, just about syrupy in texture. Very sweet. I even think that alcoholic taste is easily detected in the body of the beer. The drinkabilty is not bad, but there are other beers I'd rather turn to if I was thirsty.

Overall the beer is not really balanced. The mouthfeel was quite off-putting. It was like a Czech Pilsner, but was practically sickly sweet. Would love to try other Belgian Pale Ales, but will stay away from the Leffe Blonde!

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent golden brew. Towering white head with exceptional retention and mountains of sticky lacing.

Brilliant aroma of spicy alcohol, rich and tangy yeast and lemon.

Malt flavor is a little weak. Just a bit of white bread. Good yeast character. Hint of lemon. Finish is sweet with apple qualities.

Light body. Subtle yet stimulating carbonation. Slick with little texture.

Pretty good brew. Some familiar Belgian complexities but not as good as other examples. Still tasty and drinkable.

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Poured a thick pale head which left a fair amount of lacing. The beer itself is a light gold that has a degree of transparency.

S -Yeast, some subtle sweetness and passive fruits.

T - Some malts, banana, yeast and light fruits. Nothing overpowering here. Leaves much to be desired having had some top tier BPA's. Not horrible by any stretch, but far from optimal.

M - Strong carbonation and an overall low-medium body. Light and refreshing with a mild addition of malts to keep the beer together.

O - This is an excellent introduction to BPA's for those who have yet to explore the realm. There is much that one could improve with this beer, but I may find myself purchasing a few more given the proper time and place.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,254 ratings.