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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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2,964 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,964
Reviews: 1,218
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 31
Gots: 284 | 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 micromaniac129
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden colore beer with good carbonation and a faily desent white head.
Aroma was spicy and inviting hops are very light
Taste is light and refreshing with a well balanced malt hop character, remember this is Beligum pale so it is not overly hopped. There is a spicy yeastiness too that I pick up similar in my opinion to most beligum yeasts.
Smooth and balances with a slight alcohol kick
Good beer.

micromaniac129, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.35/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - White one finger head with low retention. Crystal honey gold body with a small amount of visible carbonation.

Smell - Very banana and wheat, like a hefeweizen. Something sweet like honey or ripened fruit.

Taste - A bit acidic and sour with a fishy and/or copper aftertaste That aftertaste renders this beer completely undrinkable.

Mouthfeel - The best part about the beer. Full and very carbonated.

Overall Drinkability - The only reason I'd ever have this beer again is just to make sure it wasn't a bad bottle. I suspect that's not the case though. Best before end 26/05/12. Numbers below that are 4922:22.

ZenAgnostic, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poorly retained foam head with some clinging residue, light carbonation action, honey colored
S: Fruity malt overtones, slightly grainy, slightly yeasty
T: Very sweet, malt dominant, bready. Still somewhat uninspired. Not much character but refreshing & easy
M: Rounded out & smooth, light-medium bodied
O: Easy enough, a stereotyped, approachable interpretation of the style but nothing distinguished

ozzyCobblepot, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of jjjeremy
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Looked very good in my chalice,very golden color with thick lacy head.Lots of bubbles that disapate quick
Smell-Sweet nector scent
Taste-Honey tangerine and pear with a trace of peppermint and hint of corriander
Mouthfeel-Pleasant coating that does not overstay its welcome
Overall-A very decent beer,after a few they do catch you though!!

jjjeremy, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks just like apple soda. Very bubbly white head and lots of riding carbonation strands, just like soda.

S - Smells sweet and faintly grainy. Honey-like sweet scent and light bread grains.

T - Sweet and light on the palate. A very standardized flavor in this beer. Commercial flavor would be a good term I've seen thrown around about this beer. Its tasty but its very light and mild. Faint touches of sweet, grainy and very mild alcohol present. Similar taste notes to a light summer wheat beer.

M - It says it's full bodied but its very light bodied. Heavier carbonation leaves the tongue a little tingly. Carbonation comprable to soda.

O - This would be a very light session beer or a thirst quencher in the summer.

BeerForMuscle, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of JMad
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured an 11.2 oz bottle into my tulip glass...

The liquid is clear and golden with a thick white head that stuck to the glass. It smells mostly of clove and banana with hints of grass. The taste is mostly clove, Belgian spice, some sweet bread and an aftertaste that resembles hay. The beer feels a little syrupy at first until the soft carbonation fills the mouth. It finishes slightly dry. I don't know why the bros gave it bad reviews but I thought it was right up there with you're average, quality, Belgian Blonde.

JMad, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Part of a 6-pack from Grocery Outlet, Salem.$7.59 Light gold coloured beer,huge white frothy head on first pour. Nice aromas orange,clove,hay, dough ,fruity Sweet taste, candy sugar, clove though breaks it up,green apples, a little "barn" funk. Ok on the palate, the carbonation helps preven this from becoming too cloying Overall i liked it. NOt bad at all, given the horrific treatment this has probably been through.

Reidrover, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of Bookseeb
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a golden amber with a thick head that dissapates slowly leaving nill lace. Smell has a light belgian spice aroma, earthy and light fruit. Taste has a sweet spiciness with a zest of lemon or grapefruit that settles out into the subtle hops and finishes dry. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Not a bad belgian blonde, but I think I could only handle one or two at a time.

Bookseeb, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass.

A: A clear amber with a thin white head and impressive lacing.

S: Bubble gum and spices in the nose.

T: Sweet coming and going, not cloyingly so. Very low (not discernible) hop character. Toasty and biscuity malts.

M: Tingly carbonation on the tongue.


kevinjosephlee, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served on the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with clear glden yellow edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Great retention, only slowly fading into a thin lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lace behind.

Earhy aroma with lots of zesty spice as well as some sweet alcohol and crisp light fruit. Lots of zesty pepper and coriander along with earthy straw and lemongrass notes. Pale malts with subtle light fruit in the nose, mostly apple.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of zesty spice, sweet crisp light fruit, earthy hops, alcohol qnd bready yeast. There's a very prominent spice character up font with lots of zesty pepper, coriander and lemon zest that lingers throughout. This is countered mid-palate by a strong bread/yeast character that adds cmplexity and fullness to the body. Hintsnof wheat, banana, and lemon peel as well as some faint apple and pear. Decently balanced and easy to drink especially in the warmer months but not something that I would regularly seek out. A nice introduction to Belgian beers.

corby112, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a somewhat hazy golden-blonde color with a great looking white head and plenty of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward some light peach followed with a large banana presence and a bit of clove and bread. The flavor profile is quite similar, though the banana and bread are the most prominent here. The body is light and a bit chewy. I wasn't expecting much from this but it was quite good.

Thorpe429, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of KajII
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a clear dark yellow with a large white rocky head that was mostly diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma of straw malts, a grassy hop and a moldy yeast. It tasted bitter-sour at first and progressed into a yeasty full bodied flavor slighty hinted with honey. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture. Overall a nice yeasty belgian brew.

KajII, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a golden orange brew, with a solid one and a half finger head of variously sized white bubbles. Half the glass is topped with soft, pillowy bubbles, while the rest is covered in huge, resilient ones. Thick lacing is left on either side of the glass as the head recedes. There is a slight haze to the beer, with no sediment noted, and the carbonation looks to be moderate. The aroma is bright with malts, toasted caramel, sweet molasses, and banana esters. There is a spiciness of clove, from phenols, and a cooling vanilla in the distance. As we sip, malts are heavy up front, and possess a toasted, borderline smoky vibe. The middle washes through with a surprisingly bitter kick, of black peppercorn and booze. This boldness carries through to the finish as well, but is cut substantially by sweet esters and more clovey phenols, as the sip concludes. The aftertaste breathes with esters, and an herbal earthiness. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. There is a partial creaminess to each sip, but it is not coating. The mouth is not left very dry either, but falls somewhere between wet and satisfied. The abv is standard, and the beer drinks with simplicity.

Overall, what we liked best about this brew was the aroma and the kick at the very center of the flavor. The notes in the nose were not exclusive to the style, per se, but rather seemed to be included from a variety of different, but similar styles. If it had to be summed up, the aroma could be classified as the union of a Belgian Pale, a Weizenbock, and a Hefeweizen. The alcoholic, pepper-laden kick usually doesn't come in until the very end, or the aftertaste, but here it came early, for a nice surprise in the middle of the tasting. Otherwise, the beer looked decent, and was fairly simple and standard all around.

TheBrewo, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of JBritt50
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The romantic honey golden color of the pour excited me as the head formed with a white thickness and an invitation that I could not resist. At first the aroma the beer gave off a small earthy scent from the hops with a sweet malty overtone. The first sip was sweet nectar of honey and maltness and as that palate pleasure began to die, the full bodied-ness came over with a kick of the aged hops. The taste of the beer was inviting to drink more and it certainly got that very reception.
The first half of the glass was very pleasant with the head standing nicely for around four minutes. As the white rich head began to die towards the second half of the glass, the sweetness was still present but the hoppy crispness grew more. By the last sip, I was pleased with the experience. It was an enjoyable beer, and although I'm not a huge Belgian ale/blonde type of guy, I did enjoy Leffe.
The weight of the beer was a little surprising. I imagined the Leffe Belgian style pale ale would not be as heavy, but it certainly lived up to the full bodiedness that I heard about. I drank three in a row and was quite full.
This beer would be my choice for a young lady who isn't used to quality beer, or as a type of 'desert' beer after a large meaty meal and a couple stouts or heavier pale ales. Something I would refer my sister too more than a fellow Beer Advocate. I would certainly drink Leffe again and I encourage others to try it as well.

JBritt50, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Some friends of mine brought this over from Belgium. This is the beer I like to drink when I eat pizza or Chinese food.

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

It's golden yellow with a good finger of enthusiastic foam. Carbonation is noticeable.

Smells like you'd expect a Belgian Pale Ale to smell. Fruity, spicey and yeasty.

A little sweetnes in the mouth and some of the spices and yeast come through as well. Nothing big.

It's a remarable smooth drink, creamy even with planty of carbonation.

I always have one or two of these laying in my fridge. Since Friday night is pizza night around here Leffe Blond makes it to the diner table quite often. While I would not suggest to seek this one out for the beer geeks out there I would suggest to drink have this on hand if you live on my side of the pond. This can also be the gateway to better beers for the regular beer drinker.

doopiedoopiedoo, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of KenC
1.78/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A_Nice straw yellow color, medium head. Noted the carbonation.

S_Just OK, yeast aroma. This is followed by a bit of hay.

T_Like it smells... yeast and hay. The finish is dry with a ton of alcohol.

M_Medium feel with an alcohol linger. Liked the carbonation.

D_It's well made beer, just nothing that appealed to me. I won't bother with this again. The aftertaste was the final "straw".

KenC, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of nyabinghi
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leffe Blonde gots a goldish color with very little carbonation going on. Maybe it was my pouring (I don't know) but there was no head at all showing up. Restfull beer to watch.

Yeasty smell with small tones of bubblegum, which several reviewers have pointed out. The taste I think is pretty mild. Nothing to be braging about. The yeastiness hits the back of the throat in the aftertaste.

The thing is, I didn't remember this beer being so... boring. But it's an OK beer anyway. Worth a try.

nyabinghi, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of sleazo
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a straw to golden hue with a modest head. This settles into a permanent cap rather quickly which is supported by a steady stream of bubbles. Kind of mixed here.

S_The immediate aroma is of bubble gum yeast. This is followed by a bit of hay. Smells pretty good.

T_Hits very similar to the smell. The bubble gum yeast is there along with a moderate sweetness. There is a minor spiciness of clove that comes through after that and the finish is a bit dry.

M_Medium bodied to a bit sticky. Nice tight carbonation but it is missing something without a larger head.

D_This is a well made beer. Not Earth shattering but a solid choice. The alcohol % is surprising considering how easy it goes down.

sleazo, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle.

A- Pours a golden straw color. One and a half finger white head shows medium retention. Nice streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Banana and clove really go into overtime in the nose covering the entire aroma. Peppery spicey notes as well in the front with a undertone of sweet malts. Bubblegum like notes as well in the backend. Light fruits also come into play in the aroma as well. Alcohol hints are more jumpy in the ending.

T- Once again like the nose it has a huge banana and clove taste with hints of belgian yeast as a whole. Sweet malts toward the middle with hints of stone fruit. Ending of the beer has a sweet honey like flavor with rock candi. Alcohol is coming about in the backend with a lot of heat more so than I remembered before this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high I thought for the beer. Clove and banana with a hint of sweetness left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol heat, honey like sweetness, and light malts. High alcohol drying on the palate after each sip. Flavors were balanced toward what the style was. No real off flavors are present in the beer.

D- This beer is average to me. Nothing really screams out for me to drink more than a glass of it. The ABV is in the middle range but doesn't seem like it. The alcohol seems to pop out more like a 9 or 10 percent beer.

alleykatking, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from my notes: had this beer many many times and now it is time to finally review it. Poured into my de molen sniffer. The beer pours a yellow colour with a clear thick white stable head. Smell is yeast, sweet and a bit spicy. The taste is overall too sweet for the style, but it has some nice spicyness in it.also yeast seems too much present. Mouthfeel is good, biit thin but the carbonation nicely tickless the tongue. Overall an easy beer to drink when one is thirsty. Bit too sweet maybe and it lacks depth

rvdoorn, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle served in pint glass. Fresh bottle is dated best by May 14, 2012: more than a year away. No sediment in bottle.

The pint glass could just barely hold this 11.2 oz beer and it's considerable head; this from a restrained pour. The head dies back a bit quickly but has good retention and exceptional glass lacing. The enticing liquid itself is clear golden color that seems to glow. Substantial carbonation is evident.

Taste and smell are yeasty, spicy (cloves + ?) and sweet. The flavor is less sweet than the aroma suggests, a good thing. This will certainly prove too sweet or too heavy in clove flavoring for many. This is the case for me, but I enjoyed the interplay of yeast, malts and spices, as well as the mouthfeel and some other aspects of this Belgian blonde.

M - smooth but bubbly, with a slight creaminess on the tongue and a slight dryness in the finish.

chinchill, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of beerdown77
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Every time I review a Belgian white style, I continue to be disappointed. I should know by now that I just do not prefer the style. I know that I used to like Hoegaarden, and I have one in the fridge right now that I am hoping I will enjoy. Leffe Blonde reminded me of all the things I don't like about Duvel. It has a plastic-like yeast taste that I just cannot get into. I find that yeast presence very dominating, and it makes the beer hard to finish. The appearance was a nice golden color with a bubbly head. It does have an almost "slick" smoothness, but the taste really cut down on the drinkability for me.

beerdown77, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of IIKaRuII
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

IIKaRuII, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Brunite, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of jarmby1711
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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

jarmby1711, Feb 18, 2011
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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