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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,849 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 2,849
Reviews: 1,208
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 28
Gots: 218 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%

A - Dark gold/light copper in appearance with some medium carbonation and one finger of white head that leaves a nice cap throughout. Bright.

S - Lot's of yeast and sweet spice with some good banana and orange peel to back it up.

T - Spice, yeast, orange, and banana all return with the banana really taking over this time.

M - Good carbonation, very smooth and a medium body that falls closer to the full end of the spectrum.

D - Easy to drink this. Not overly complex but quite nice and I could see myself sessioning this.

12-21-2010 14:37:32 | More by tbeckett
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KidsDoc

California

2.45/5  rDev -30.8%

11.2 oz poured into Duvel tulip

A: clear pale orange with thin bubbly white head stays nicely on top; spotty lacing

S: light sweet malt, but an odd smell kept coming through that I can only oddly describe as reminiscent of cafeteria green beans! - strange.

T: stale bready malt. mild spice aftertates. light yeast presence.

M: thin, minimal carbonation. Light as it should be but borders on watery

D: smooth but not worth the time. A bit of an effort to finish this one just because the taste was so unusual. will easily look past this one from now on. Had to try it - bottle looked great.

12-18-2010 03:24:45 | More by KidsDoc
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stewart124

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured into a chalice this is brilliantly clear with a rocky white head. Some lacing but nothing much to brag about.

Pleasant clover aroma with straw.

Taste is malty sweet with a nice european malt character. Clove powers through everything but this is still a tasty pale ale. Nice amounts of belgian yeast character with a malty backbone and some pleasing sweetness.

Overall this lacks some depth. Clove and a grainy malt characters are about all I get from this Belgian Pale Ale. A little bit of hot alcohol in the finish but this is otherwise a fairly nice pale ale.

12-14-2010 01:17:30 | More by stewart124
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

11.2oz bottle served in a chalice.

L - clear golden color with a white head that left a few spots of lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, candied sugar and spices.

T - sweet taste upfront with some spiced flavors going on.

F - light/medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - goes down easy but a bit sweet for more than 1 or 2.

12-11-2010 01:06:20 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

The color is clear bubbly orange with a finger of foamy white head ans some thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is a little grainy with some old malt flavor, some old leather glove flavor with some corn flavor and a touch of a malty finish.

The taste has grainy flavor that has a sticky malt flavor that is a bit detached from the the overall flavor profile of this beer. There is a bit of a cream corn flavor that mixes with a sweet sugar flavor that seems to be on quick release from the get-go. A surprise is needed in this beer it seems to delivered but is not that surprising.

The feel of this beer has a bit of a smooth body but a complex aftertaste that is in the middle and at both ends, a bit interesting.

12-10-2010 06:31:17 | More by Duhast500
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%

Freshness date said best by march 2012. Not sure what that means but I doubt this one is a good bottle ager.

Golden yellow and clear with a huge frothy head that eventually sinks down and leaves some lacing.

Smells of yeasts, light fruits, and wheat. Almost more of a wheat beer smell.

Very sweet tasting, lots of apple, pear, and banana with a touch of citrus. Yeast is strong in the flavor as well. Some spiciness, cloves and pepper. The sweet kinda overpowers the other flavors.

Feels pretty good going down, kinda thick with a long lingering bittersweet aftertaste and just a touch of warming slightly reminiscent of a tripel.

Drinkability is below average. It's ok but I won't seek it out again.

12-08-2010 19:26:22 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, gold in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: apple, clove, and honey

Taste: Belgian spices, honey, and a touch of banana

Mouthfeel: sweet, light bodied with medium/high carbonation, crisp.

Drinkability: A decent Belgian ale that I could have several of. I have certainly had both better and worse. I would consider picking up a six of this.

11-29-2010 17:09:41 | More by tigg924
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anakar

Israel

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

It's a nice beer, a bit disapointing to anyone who likes Leffe Brown (Best beer EVER). It doesn't feel as expansive as it should. It ain't rich, it ain't full of flavor and it doesn't go down very smoothly. It's too basic - a good competetor for something like any other slighty flavored Pale beer. If you want a Leffe, get another one.

11-26-2010 16:17:20 | More by anakar
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bierguru

Florida

2.15/5  rDev -39.3%

A -
golden in color thick white head holds well mild carbonation

S -
malty slight sweetness with some citrus backbone

T -
starts sweet and finishes like a sweet sour i get some melon maybe pear honey malts i really almost spit back my first couple of sips
i will saw as the beer warmed it tasted better but but i still wanted to spit it back

M -
thickish fairly foamy nothing really awful about it but nothing great about it it was kind of watery

D -
awful would never have again well maybe on tap but i think my reason for why i didnt like this beer are clearly stated

11-26-2010 01:51:44 | More by bierguru
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

A - very bubbly clear golden, tall white head, nice retention
S - citrus and pear with a wheat backgone
T - sweet pear an melon, bready grainy malt, light leafy hops, a very nice mix
M - lots of carbonation with a light feel that finished with a tart dry
D - I don't have a ton of experience with Belgians, but from a pure beer flavour enjoyment perspective I really liked this, and will definitely be sampling again

11-20-2010 05:50:31 | More by joemcgrath27
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Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%

golden color, little foamy white head, laces..
medium carboanation
clear look

smell a bit malty. cereal, maybe corn,

taste; at my surprise, this one is pretty sweet, corn or something, not very malty, sweet after-taste..thin body

mouthfeel is medium after-taste of sweetcorn
medium carb, fine bubbles.

drinkability. its alright, but...this is not like the one in Europe for sure. Theres a big difference.Maybe freshness of the product. usually it have a full body, malty and refreshing. this one seem its from with corn and other ingredients..im disapointed here

11-20-2010 00:16:59 | More by Otterburn
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rabsten

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%

Clear gold-amber into a big chardonnay glass. Good head, no lacing.

Clove-y phenols over sweet malt. Tasty aroma. Cloves and meaty* yeast over a sweet body. Surprisingly dry finish, since the body is big and heavy with residual sugars (and said sugars hit the drinkability somewhat.)

Not bad at all, and reasonably priced, what with it being Belgian and all. Good starter/intro Belgian for your non-BA friends and decent enough for those of us who know better but don't want to go balls-out Big B.

*Not in an autolysis way, but in the sink-your-teeth-into-it way.

11-11-2010 23:35:53 | More by rabsten
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darkmartin

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: Pours to a translucent gold with a moderate, off-white head.

Smell: Smells quite yeasty with a lot of spice and fruit.

Taste: A little sweeter than the smell predicted, however the spice and subtle hops dominate the finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite light with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: Interestingly complex flavor for a light beer, but the spicy fruit of Belgian ale is simply not my thing.

11-11-2010 05:53:01 | More by darkmartin
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Chincino

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%

This beer poured to be an amber/golden color which was poured into a goblet. It had an aroma of spice and fruit which was quite strong. It was very sweet-tasting with a bit of a bitter after-taste. It was moderately carbonated and medium-bodied. It had good drinkability.

11-10-2010 04:04:24 | More by Chincino
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afinepilsner

Iowa

4/5  rDev +13%

11.2 oz brown bottle

Leffe Blonde was a very clear bright golden color. It had a towering white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was full of yeast flavors and spices. The taste was light malt with some light spices and some yeast flavors. The finish was dry and lightly peppery. It was medium bodied with just over medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a good beer and worth a try.

11-06-2010 21:14:37 | More by afinepilsner
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev +4%

33 ml bottle, poured into my leffe goblet. 1 and a half finger head. Looks like apple juice mixed with soda. Smells of berries, can taste wheat. The after taste is on the sweet side of bittersweet. Goes down well, would like to have this as a session beer but I only get to a french or belgian supermarket once or twice a year & it's to expensive to binge on in GB.

11-06-2010 19:09:56 | More by jonb5
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grittybrews

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured a clear amber into a chalice with a finger of loose, quick-receding white head. Powerful, complex, musty aroma of peppery Belgian spice, clove, and banana.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, light, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Quite sweet with prominent fruity notes of honey, candy apple, lemon, and banana. A hint of pepper comes into play on the finish, but the initial sweetness never really wears off.

Drinkable, but a bit cloying for my tastes. Despite the promising aroma, the flavors seem too one-dimensional.

11-05-2010 05:15:29 | More by grittybrews
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

On tap at a hookah bar tonight.

Pouring amber with a thin, white with decent retention and lacing, this is solid. Initially, this is a little too cold, resulting in the nose being muted, but as it warms up, I get some cotton candy, sugar water, a little honey and a moderate spice. The spice character is some blend of clove and nutmeg The palate replicates the nose. Definite sugar water and cotton candy are present, and there's a light hop character present as a mild bitterness. Spices appear mid-palate, and linger into the finish along with sugar. Light in body with high carbonation, this feels soft and gentle on the palate, wonderful. Quite enjoyable, this, though there are many beers I'd pick over this.

11-05-2010 03:26:58 | More by DefenCorps
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epicness

New York

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

A - I'm not sure why, but I've always thought Leffe was a witbier. I was wrong obviously, and boy was I shocked when the girl poured it and it was a golden amber color. It had a nice fluffy finger head that stuck around for a minute or two. The beer was "sticky" as it had some great lacing on the cup as I was drinking it.

S - It started off with a sweet scent which surprised me due to it having a darker color than what I was expecting. The sweet scent gave away quickly to a spicy, pepper-like scent which was much more of what I was expecting.

T - Tastes different from the smell definitely. There's an initial clove taste on the tongue. Afterwards it's followed up with some grapefruit and banana. The finish is spicy with a slight hop bitterness.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. It's really bubbly upon first taste but the finish is more smooth.

D - Light flavored but complex at the same time. The ABV is hidden quite well which makes it a pretty drinkable beer. I'd definitely drink it again.

11-04-2010 17:31:06 | More by epicness
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pburland23

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%

Picked up a bottle a few weeks ago. Leffe was one of the beer that introduced me to the Belgian genre and it used to be an old standby but I hadn't had it in a while and was feeling nostalgic.

Poured into my Hoegaarden Forbidden Fruit Chalice.

Pours a golden amber with about a one finger head that lingers and provides some nice lacing. The aroma is wonderful. It had that distinct Belgian scent....yeast, spicy, fruit. It's nice to let the smell sit on the end of your nose for a moment before the first sip.

Taste is citrusy and very smooth. It's malty and you can taste Belgian yeast. The carbonation is ample yet it still comes off in my opinion with a somewhat thin mouthfeel.

It was pleasant trip down memory lane with a solid beer that I enjoy and will drink again in the future.

11-03-2010 22:37:52 | More by pburland23
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EwaldEichstaett

Jordan

4.3/5  rDev +21.5%

A: golden color with a nice white head that lasts and lasts and lasts.

S: sugary, sweet, candy, baked, yeasty Belgian goodness. If you pour it into the proper chalice shaped glass, you really get a big nose. I am even getting some smoky tones today... strange...

T: There are some spicy and earthy notes hidden in warm bread like malts. It is a delicate flavor, but has quite a bit of depth. There is a really nice balance of malts and hops.

M: The beer has quite a bit of carbonation and it kind of floats upon your tongue. I find it very pleasant to drink.

D: This is one of my favorite Belgian beers. Honestly, I am not much of a Belgian beer drinker, but I think this one is great!

11-02-2010 06:50:27 | More by EwaldEichstaett
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Bottle (best by 07/01/12) poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A- A moderate pour left a 2-finger fluffy white head. The body was quite clean (maybe too clean) and gold with moderate-heavy carbonation. The head drops to 1-finger and then a full, foamy lace that left really good sticky webbing on the glass.

S- There was an onrush of Belgian goodness. It started as sugary sweet, candied apples, a pleasant musty characteristic, and some spicy black pepper in the background.

T- Very similar to the aroma. Refined, white sugar and apple sweetness. A black pepper presence is late coming and helps with some balance and a drier finish. Flavor wants to dry out in the end, yet lingers a touch due to the sweeter characteristics.

M- A little spritzy. Higher carbonation which fits pretty well. A bit too crisp and clean for the style. Sweetness makes for a bit of viscus feel at the same time. I expect a degree of chewyness from a Belgian interpretation.

D- It's an easy drinker. I could put back a couple in a sitting. The sweetness might take away from the drinkability just a bit. Maybe it isn't as authentic as the true Monastic brewers, but it's a solid commericial effort. I like that it's something I can share with my wife. Nice on its own or with a cheese platter.

10-31-2010 17:44:04 | More by GRPunk
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

A - Clear light golden with a fluffy white head full of bubbles racing to the top of the glass.

S - Fresh baked bread, slightly grainy, candi sugar, and yeasty phenolics.

T - Grainy, bready malt with clove spice. The graininess I get reminds me of BMC. Checked the website and see they use corn. Hints of yeasty phenolics but fairly clean for a BPA. Get some fruits as it warms up.

M - Light with high carbonation. Spritzy in the beginning but a touch syrupy after some of the carbonation comes out.

D - Not as good as I remember it but a pretty easy drinking Belgian Pale. Gets better as it warms.

10-30-2010 02:13:56 | More by brewcrew76
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velosuds

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%

Received an 18-pack Best of Belgium Beers as a Boss' Day gift. Included this, Stella Artois, and Hoegaarden. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before 08/01/12. Good to know I didn't need to rush through this one.

A-Pours a clear, golden yellow toward orange hue. Looks a lot like a pilsner, but tastes much better. A three finger bright white head ensued. Heavy, sticky lace. Nice appearance.

S-Aroma is fruity, yeasty, with sweet candy and malt notes. And spice. Quite nice.

T-A crisp, clean, and refreshing beer that is sweet like pears with a zesty lemon twang, and a pepper like yeast taste that I like more than expected.

M-Very smooth. Carbonation level is perfect. Light to medium body. Very satisfying.

D-Very drinkable indeed. And I think the best of the "Beers of Belgium" gift pack I received. This may be one of the best "macro" type beers I have enjoyed. I am surprised this is not rated higher. Of the three "Beers of Belgium" I liked this best and would buy it.

10-25-2010 04:26:35 | More by velosuds
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +13%

Appears a transparent light gold with a massive head of white fluff that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass. Tiny strand of carbonation slowly rise to the top.
Smell is of freshly baked white bread, Candi sugar, caramel, and spice.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sticky sweet sugar, white grapes, with toasted pils malt and doughy bread flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied sweet but not cloying. Carbonation is solid and spritzy with a yeasty finish.

10-24-2010 00:47:19 | More by weeare138
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