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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,025 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,025
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 37
Gots: 306 | 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 zoso1967
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leffe Blonde lives up to its name in appearance and pours a deep golden blonde color. The head is beige and has a wonderful light and fluffy texture. The retention is excellent, as is the lacing it leaves on the glass.

The aroma is basically that of pale malt and Belgian yeast. There is a rumor of some grassy hops as well, but this beer does not have an aroma that really bowls you over.

The spicy Belgian yeast is front and center on the flavor. It has clove to spare, so if you are not a fan of that flavor I would pass this one by. The pale malt is very biscuit and has a slightly toasted all-grain cracker sort of flavor that comes out late in the sips. Some floral and grassy hops are also present, but they are pretty well buried by the yeasts flavor contributions.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a fairly effervescent carbonation that tingles my palate. The finish is dry, yet well balanced and light with spicy, slightly grainy flavors lingering on my tongue.

This is one of the least exciting Belgian ales I have had, but it is also very well made with some great flavors. This would be a very good BBQ beer, or would also work great as a lunch time beer in the hot summer months. I really enjoyed it, but I am not sure how often I may seek this one out in the future.

zoso1967, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip...

A: pours a bright orange with brilliant clarity and a rocky white head leaving thick lacing.

S: a sweet, doughy malt aroma with floral and spicy notes. also fruity, pear and citrus peel aromas.

T: cracker-like malt with a light sweetness. again, spicy and floral. finishes out with a sharp, herbal hop bitterness, light citrus notes, and a doughy fade.

M: fizzy carbonation gives the impression of light-medium body and crisp mouthfeel. finishes slightly sticky and dry.

Overall, a nicely put together, straightforward ale that is a perfect substitute to a pils on a hot summer day here in Arkansas. Cheers

OlRasputin989, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of doktorhops
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Leffe is a brand I remember from a while back (2001). When I was traveling around Western Europe I tried many beers, most of which (this one included) I didn't like. But back then I was in my beer infancy... will my today taste buds being in beer adulthood like the extra-strength Abbey flavours? Let's find out!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into the only thing I had that resembles a Leffe chalice: a wine glass from Ikea!

A: Presents as a clear golden body (with some champagne fizz going wild within). The pure white 0.5cm head sits proudly atop; which is nice, but I can't help but wonder why this brew is filtered and not bottle conditioned like every other Abbey beer? Scale of economics perhaps?

S: Bubble-gum and cloves dominate, classic Wit-bier aromas... mmmm.

T: First thing that really hits you is an overbearing, cloying alcohol taste (it is 6.6% ABV after all). The flavour is like a regular Wit-bier but amped up a little more; bubble-gum and cloves (no cardamom mind you). It's not bad but the bold sugar taste is an issue, it's quite overpowering for a beer to the point where there's more sweetness than bitterness, which is something I'm not used to in any brew. The aftertaste is sour with a hint of dryness (not bad but not great either).

M: Top points here - creamy and luscious. The carbonation is not nearly the issue I was expecting it to be.

D: Not a beer for all occasions; the alcohol is an obvious limitation in both content and taste, and the sacchariferous flavour is off-putting to some extent. Maybe good as a dessert beer but there are a few others I can think of that fill that role better (Coopers Vintage Ale for starters). As an Abbey beer overall it is just as expensive as the others and although I'm yet to get into them I suspect the more natural bottle-conditioned brews will win in spades over this.

Food match: Desserts all the way. I would not recommend savory with this as you're liking to end up with a battle between food and beverage that food could not possibly win.

doktorhops, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a two finger white colored head; rocky in appearance and very bubbly; dissipated evenly and didn't leave much lacing around the glass; well carbonated; clear golden orange body

S - Belgian spices; orange peel; coriander; heavy malt scents; crisp and smells refreshing; smells very inviting; buttery biscuit; lemon; yeast

T - Light on flavor; leaves a sweet taste on your lips; subtle malt flavor; leaves the palate asking for a more consistent flavor from start to finish; starts off well but finishes kind of week; I'm still trying to figure out what this beer is trying to be - a staple Belgian Pale Ale or just another beer to pass on; some sour lemon flavor; yeasty

M - Slightly tangy on the back-end; soft malt flavors; thin body and feel and not very effervescent; needs more body; subtle sweet aftertaste

D - Probably best suited for meals, very light on flavors; looked great but lost some points after taking a few sips for lack of nice spiced notes and not much body

ferrari29, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my Leffe glass. A golden color with off white one finger head. Lacing is good, carbonation ok. Looks the part of a BPA for sure. Very easy to see through, and very thin looking.

S- Very one dimensional. Clove, maybe a slight hint at malt? That's really about it. Subpar for a Belgian brew, but it's about average here.

T- Same as the nose. Very one dimensional. Clove, and that's about it. I'd like a little more complexity out of this beer, a little more substance. It's not bad, but for the style, it's definitely average.

M- Pretty smooth... very thin for the style, very one dimensional. Not bad, just not great. This is a summer session beer, really... One you don't have to be concerned about the taste/feel because it's so drinkable/boring.

O- Not a bad beer. However, as a lover of all things Belgian- this is at the bottom of the Belgian totem pole. This is the beer that's generic enough you can get your friends into Belgian beer/craft beer. It doesn't offend anyone, yet holds the promise of, "Yes, beer can taste good". This has been my bridge beer for several friends getting into craft brew. It's a decent intro beer, just not great for the style. Still, worth picking up because of price, and to have a six pack laying around of something decent...

jayhawk73, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of fx20736
1.1/5  rDev -69%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

You know a beer is bad when you think you'd rather drink Budweiser than one more gulp. This beer looked like apple juice and was just as sweet, sickly sweet. Could not taste anything else. After 3 swallows the rest went down the drain. Absolutely horiible and easily the worst Belgian I've had.

fx20736, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from a 11.2 oz bottle with BB 060712

A- pours a clear golden color with a white 2 finger head and little lacing

S- was malts and yeast first a touch of clove and fruit with some bubblegum all faint

T- was a malt and yeast forward ale with a touch of coriander a little fruit like banana and apple with a hint of clove

M- was medium carbonation ,dry and tart but thin on taste

O- its just average its drinkable and moderate in taste a great segway to a belgian pale..but in the end its aveage

gatornation, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of chickenflea
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful golden, clear color with tall, frothy head. Aroma was banana-like and yeasty. Medium sweetness, smooth to drink. Medium body, ave carbonation, with slightly bitter, lasting finish. A good Belgian abbey ale, at a good price. Taste to price ratio is high.

chickenflea, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden with a nice white head that stays and good lacing

S-smells like bananas and some belgian pale malts. very good and strong.

T-hits the tongue with subtle but smooth and crisp pale belgian malts with a touch of banana. the a spice comes through with the banana to make a lasting after-taste. this is pretty good. the flavors are decent and smooth.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a bitter finish

O-doesn't exactly stand the test of time. i had 2 in a row and the tastes seem to deteriorate over time. its definitely still a good an easy drinking Belgian that i enjoyed.

AdamBear, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Crystal clear golden-copper color with a one finger head, that is slowly bubbling down to a foamy lace. The bubbles are streaming rapidly off the etching at the bottom of the glass.

Smell is yeasty up front, with hints of light malt. Taste is also yeasty, with bready notes throughout. Very smooth- I don't have a lot of experience tasting this style, but it seems to be (based on what I've sampled to date) a good example of a Belgian blonde ale. I'm surprised by the alc content- wile 6.6% is not huge, it's not light either- but it's hard to perceive with this ale.

Lighter to medium body (more toward the lighter end), with a decent effervescence. I can see way more bubbles than I can actually feel on the palette.

This is not my preferred style, but I must say that it's not bad (given the warmer weather).

CraftAleRookie, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; crystal clear gold, thick white head, dissipates slowly but remains to a lesser extent throughout the drink. Thin delicate lacing and active, fine carbonation bubbles.

smell; very malty and yeasty, quite sweet like bubblegum. Slightest bit of hop spice, bananas and allspice.

taste; upfront sweet, fruity, malts. Then warming up a bit with doughy yeast. Finishes a bit apricot-like with some mildly bitter hops. Yeast comes back in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; very fizzy and spikey carbonation, finishes smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Medium bodied and slightly thick and chewy.

overall; this is a good beer, not the best but a good value. This is a session variation of a non-session style.

Sachsenfreude, May 27, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, clear golden color with an initially thick creamy head that slowly fades to a foamy layer that sticks around and leaves solid creamy walls of lace. Smell is faint but complex and fruity. A nice sweet caramel underneath with a sweet clove aroma upfront followed by ripe pear, banana, and bubblegum. Spice and toffee, nutmeg and even vanilla hints. A bit watery, but nice spice notes with hints of herbal, spicy hops, bubblegum, caramel, banana and black pepper. Nutty notes with a vanilla hint in the aftertaste. Complex but watery. The mouthfeel is creamy on the front and clean and watery on the end. Easy to drink. Faint and subdued. Commerical version of the style, but well done, well balanced and semi-complex. Tasty.

JayS2629, May 27, 2011
Photo of gdrydenc
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium gold color with about a finger of white head.

S - Smells very yeasty, with hints of lemon and banana.

T - Taste is very similar to the smell, but more robust. The yeast is very noticeable and pretty delicious. The banana and lemon comes out pretty heavy here.

M - The mouthfeel is nice, fairly thick bubbles, it's pretty creamy.

Overall, this is a nice beer. It's been in the cellar for about a year and a half and technically past its "best by" date. I like this beer a lot and it does just get better with age.

gdrydenc, May 23, 2011
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear and active golden color with a thin but tall, frosty-white head with moderate to quick dissipation for this style.

A very sweet honey malty aroma that seems out of balance as far as aroma for this style. Crispy, light wheat with very subtle fruits...very subtle. Over ripe banana's and clover as it warms a bit.

A tangy and then metallic bitterness at first, yikes...not impressed with the first impression. A long, sweet malt goes way too far and then evens out with a rather unimpressive and not-so-complex yeast flavor.

The feel is light, crispy and clean and is by far the most impressive aspect of this belgian style.

And I was wondering why this 6-pack was so cheap!?

GratefulBeerGuy, May 21, 2011
Photo of robwestcott
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the tap to an oversized tumbler a translucent gold leaning to copper with no head whatsoever

subte citrus and spicel aroma.

banana and cloves up front, citrus, cotton candy and serious Belgian yeasts.

light bodied, big carbonation, smooth and spicy sweet.

drinkable - yep.

overall - better than average, not great.

robwestcott, May 20, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a Bay Brewery pint glass in the Oslo brewpub, Salthill, Ireland. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream and fair thickness. Gold colour. Very appealing. Appears alive; perhaps yeasty.

Sm: Cream, barley, a bit of smoke actually (?), and hops. A moderate strength scent.

T: Wonderfully balanced, with a hoppy fresh body and marvelous cream on the finish. The cream is handled very well, curtailing rather than dying. Built well for the style. I'm glad it's very commonly available.

Mf: Wonderfully creamy and smooth. Smack-your-lips crisp.

Dr: Conceals its mouthfeel very well. A delightful beer, but not worth seven quid (probably a result of its being offered in Salthill).

kojevergas, May 20, 2011
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright golden color with lots of carbonation. Provides a two finger white foam head with really nice retetion. There is some moderate lacing.

S: Has some very mild sweet scents like bubblegum. There is also a hint of bananas and yeast.

T: Starts off with some sweet buttered toast. In the middle the flavors are mostly bubblegum, clove, coriander, bananas and toast. Those same flavors are still there on the back end, but are not as potent.

M: A nice light to medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation as it tickles the throat. Leaves a clean taste on the palate.

O: This beer is a little all over the place. Definitely worth a try, would be refreshing as a lawnmower beer.

IronCitySteve, May 19, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A local AMC theatre just opened with food and drink service in the theatre. Having a beer while watching a first run movie seems like a pretty good setup...even if the beer is not on the level with DFH or Stone.

I picked up the Leffe as a best option available.

I used a Stella glass as that best immitates a belgian chalice.

This beer pours with a lot of head. I could smell orange and the typical smell of belgian yeast. The aroma wasn't strong, but it was present.

The taste was pretty weak. It was an entry level belgian... not too strong.

I don't recommend this beer... unless it is one of a limited set of options.

ummswimmin, May 19, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Excellent thick foam. Takes forever to finish the pour. Thick golden straw with active carbonation. Definitely thick as well. Good lacing as well.

Smell: Very sweet caramel. Almost like candy. Maybe a bit too sweet for my taste, but it's prett enticing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not a really balanced flavor. It's mostly malty sweetness. Not terribly fruity, but there's some candied banana or some other fruit in here. Enjoyable overall. Mouthfeel doesn't stand up well. Smooth yet watery.

Drinkability: Not my first choice. Poor thirst quenching.

Overall: Close to a very good mass-produced Belgian.

tjsdomer2, May 17, 2011
Photo of somnus71
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to see this beer with a rating of C. It's certainly a step above other beers in the same price class, such as Heineken--which sadly has a similar rating. For that reason, I'm not sure what there is to complain about.

A - Probably the weakest part of the beer, but it really isn't that bad. Forms a thick but airy and bubbly head that dissipates over the course of about 10 seconds, leaving a few small ribbons of froth on the edge of the glass. Unlike Heineken/Amstel, a thin head remains on top of the beer for quite a while after the pour. The beer itself is a deep bronze/golden color with large, soda-pop like bubbles at first. A few minutes after pouring, these large bubbles have condensed into a thick stream of tiny ones that continue to rise. This beer won't go flat on you if you have to leave it for a bit.

S - Not very strong, but still noticeable. Has the fruity, tangy aroma that you expect from a Belgian Pale Ale.

T - Best part of the beer, in my opinion. Leffe has a rich, fruity taste with notes of orange, a bit of coriander and other tropical spices, and a tiny hint of vanilla. Though that sounds similar to a Blue Moon, the taste is a bit muskier and more complex. The above average alcohol content of this beer gives it a nice bite, which I expect from a good Belgian ale. The taste is similar to Duvel, but lacks Duvel's richness, overall quality, and depth.

M - Another strong point of the beer. Moderately thick and smooth for an ale-- perfect when you don't have time to go out of your way for a microbrew and want to stop by the local grocery store to pick up a real beer. Won't leave your mouth feeling dry, but it isn't watery either.

Overall, I'd give this beer a solid B. I've had better, but it's a great beer to drink when you don't want to break the bank for a Duvel or Chimay, or when those beers aren't available. Tastes great, it's smooth, and the price is the same as Heineken for a much higher quality beer. You can't go wrong with Leffe.

somnus71, May 16, 2011
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear gold. Decent white head.
S: expected more of a nose for a bpa. Some funky fruitiness. Bananas?
T: light to medium sweet honeyed bready malts. Fruity and spicy. Finishes almost dry.
M: just under medium body. Prickly carbonation.
O: not bad, the fruity character grew on me as it warmed.

MrMcGibblets, May 16, 2011
Photo of TTAmod
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- This is really the strong point of the beer, in my opinion. I poured it into a pilsner glass. It is a dark gold/orange clear color with a one finger white head that lasts throughout. It is really a magnificent looking beer. Unfortunately, the rest of it failed to live up to the looks.

S- All I really smelled was pepper and some banana.

T- Pepper and clove throughout with some overtones of banana. Otherwise not a lot going on...the pepper definitely overpowers anything else. It's way too spicy and nothing to balance it out.

M- Way too prickly. Too much abrasive carbonation.

O- I'd call this a gateway beer to the Belgian styles. This is essentially the Miller Lite of the Belgians. It tastes pretty extraordinary to people who are used to American adjuncts. However, compared nearly any other traditional Belgian offering, this fails to impress. If you have friends that you're trying to introduce to the Belgian styles, then I'd suggest this one (it's better than Stella...but not by much.) Otherwise, I would not recommend it.

TTAmod, May 13, 2011
Photo of phenry
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Finger and a half of thick, foamy white head. Brilliantly clear pale straw color.

S: Lemons and a hint of bubblegum among other spicy scents.

T: Almost tangy with the lemon and bubblegum, but the malt balances it out making this an extremely crisp and refreshing Belgian blonde.

M: Very light and smooth.

O: A very crisp and refreshing blonde ale, and while I usually don't go crazy over Belgian ales, this one is by far one of the easiest drinking ones I've had.

phenry, May 12, 2011
Photo of Mozz74
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer I found in Sweden and Denmark. It'ssmoothhh as I have drank four.
One of those beers you buy when you need a change for a day rather than the type of beer you usually drink.
There is something in the taste of this batch that was not on track, or my taste buds were nott on track....?

On tap in Sweden/Denmark. Bottle in US!

Mozz74, May 12, 2011
Photo of OnThenIn
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: two and a half fingers of crazy fluffy white head on top of a clear amber body.

S: the nose is pretty one note with some bready notes.

T: the flavor is pretty sweet with just a hint of bitterness and there is some serious yeast flavor. There is a bit of a pepper flavor.

M: the body is lighter with perfect carbonation.

D: seriously solid drinkability, which is just really refreshing.

OnThenIn, May 10, 2011
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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