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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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2,939 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,939
Reviews: 1,214
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 30
Gots: 270 | 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 DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

A - Golden clear with an inch of head and lacing throughout
S - Smells of slight citrus, sugary and breaddy malts
T - Really sweet. Almost unbearable after half way through. Flavor was sugary sweet with slight citrus and bread.
M - Coats the mouth nicely. ABV is well hidden
D - I haven't had many abbeys. The fact that it is commercialized should make it worse but it's ok in my book. Pretty drinkable brew

DrDemento456, May 01, 2010
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

The beer appeared a nice clear light golden color with a nice big, 3 finger, white head that had good retention.

The aroma was nice less sweet and yeasty than expected from a Belgian, but not bad overall.

The taste was good, again a little lighter than expected, but you got the typical Belgian pale ale taste.

The beer had a lighter feel than most of the style, but the beer was very, bordering on extremely, easy to drink. The beer was smooth, crisp and refreshing but less carbonation than expected.

PhillyStyle, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of akorsak
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

A bottle served into a pilsner-esque glass at the Gas Station.

A: The Belgian ale is pale, golden and translucent. Crystal clear, the ale has a sizeable, over three fingers, head on first pour that laces nicely.

S: The Belgian yeast stands out, fruity sweet, alongside candied fruits. A decent nose.

T: The body of the ale is nearly identical to the nose, mildly sweet with a fruitiness that runs throughout it. A bready malt base, pale and grainy, adequate against the sweetness. A little cloying near the finish. An intro Belgian.

M: The mouthfeel is ho-hum, not really exciting but not terrible either. Middle of the road.

D: No off flavors, the ale just isn't terribly exciting.

akorsak, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Brabander
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%

Drank this beer on-tap in the original glass. A very nice and smooth beer. The beer is golden yellow with a firm and nice white head.

You can smell the yeast which is used and i could smell the cellars where the blond is lagered. It is a beer which is drank all over Holland.

The beer has a good mouthfeel with this soft taste and is very drinkable. Because the beer is so available in Holland it has so many fans.

Brabander, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of emsroth
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%

12 oz bottle

App: beautiful blond amber with a nice head that falls to a thin cap and great lace.

Smell: apples, honey, and champagne

Taste: sweet fruitiness and floral hops with a solid honey malt backbone that is a bit cloying.

Medium body with good carbonation.

emsroth, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of ludachris
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a crystal clear and effervescent cellophane gold with one finger of white head that displays decent retention and leaves splashes of patchy lace. The appearance is much better than the average beer, but lacks in terms of style with a pour head and minimal lace that is left behind.

Ripe bananas, pears, honey, and belgian yeast are what make the nose. Simple and sweet.

Sweet notes of banana and pears are prickly and snappy, being paired with the aggressive carbonated kick. Clean honeyed bread is what comes out in the finish. Similar to the nose, the taste is simple and sweet.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter end of being medium bodied, very refreshing with a good amount of carbonation. Good balance with the ABV being well disguised, but a tad bit watery throughout.

Overall, a decent Belgian Pale Ale but far from my favourite. This one seems well suited as an intro into Belgian's. I'd pick up Leffe's Brune before this, but still worth a try.

ludachris, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.48/5  rDev -2%

Leffe Blonde. 330 ml.

Pale golden with an apricot tinge. A huge foaming white head and decent lacing. Clear and clean. Nothing special, but not bad -- what's the word? Oh yeah, average.

Yeast and honey. Sweet malts and cloves. Some nice light fruit.

mmm... This took me by surprise. I was expecting the pale shadow of what is already a pale ale. Instead I was pleasantly greeted by sweet malts, honey, and clove wrapped in a light fruity blanket. The taste was not dissimilar to bubblegum. After the initial surprise faded, I noticed that the fact that this beer is so filtered really works against it. Also, as it warms, it becomes truly disgusting.

This is by far the best part -- exceptionally buttery and smooth. I was really delighted by how this beer softly cradled my tongue and taste buds. Carbonation is high. Again, a cold temperature is key to making sure the mouthfeel works -- even a minor move to the warmer side of the spectrum can ruin it.

Very drinkable! But there's a major caveat: The beer is really only good cold. It has to be just cold enough that some of the flavor peeks through, but not too much.

I will reiterate (and I know it's like beating a dead horse) Leffe falls apart as soon as it warms. The flavors become insipid and even downright disgusting, and the thick, buttery mouthfeel noticeably changes into something syrupy and unpleasant. Surprisingly, for something put out by Inbev, this is remarkably decent. Unfortunately, economics of scale dictate that it must be filtered -- and therein is the greatest folly. While the pseudo-parchment label hints at an "abbey ale," and has thinly veiled affectations of a true Belgian beer its mass produced qualities too easily shine through. Some consumers will undoubtedly pick this up because it looks like it could be a true Belgian Pale Ale -- and indeed it has a few admirable qualities -- but I can't really recommend this to anyone who has tasted an authentic Belgian Pale Ale.

BeerNemesis, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

330ml bottle served in its own chalice.

A: Pors a clear golden yellow-to-orange color forming a big, bubbled and lingering white head. Good retention and some lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet, grainy and fruity. Strong notes of honey and Belgian-like bready yeasts. A bit spicy too. In overall, a sweet beer with a light hoppy bitter finish

T: Sweet malts, honey, cloves and bready yeasts. A little bit of bubblegum sensation. In overall, a sweet and bready taste. Light bitter "hoppy" finish

M: Medium creamy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Bready bittersweet belgian-style aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Despite of being an ImBev, I still recommend it as a belgian classic blond ale

eduardolinhalis, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of gromis
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

This pours a medium gold with a very slight haze to it. Average head, not an an abundance of carbonation.

To me, the nose is yeasty with some spiciness to it.

Taste has a pleasant, slight grape-ish overtone to it. There is a definite small spiciness to it as well. Sort of reminds me of a "light dopplebock."

gromis, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%

11.2oz bottle, best before 10/05/11. Poured into my favorite chilled O'Douls pint glass. (No disrespect intended to the beer- I just enjoy the irony of drinking good beer from an O'Douls glass.)

Beautiful crystal clear golden yellow brew with a robust cascade of carbonation floating to the top. Head settles to a 1/2" mat of thick white foam and leaves thick chunky lacing. Nose is yeast, honey, banana, mix of fruits and florals, skunky type hops (saaz?). Taste is much like the nose plus coconut, some nuttiness and warm belgian spices (cinnamon, clove). Slight sweetness and hops in the short finish.Wonderfully complex. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, good carbonation, refreshing, no sign of alcohol. Highly drinkable, very good.

Review may be biased as I spent all day working the yard/ garden, and this really hitting the spot. Perfect context for this beer.

BeerNinja007, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

The brown 33 cl long-necked bottle's got an old-looking labeling. A picture of an old monastery. Beige color with a real old font.

A: Golden pour with a large white, but a bit uneven head that dissipates into small lacings.

S: Lots of wheat/ripe bananas. Fruity and sweet.

T: Wheat and sweet malt. Citric notes and yeast. Kind of spicy.

M: Aftertaste is short, but holds nice sweetness and some faint bitterness. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: A very "public" Belgian. This could probably work as an introduction to better beers. But for beer-connoisseurs, it's still a nice beer.

Evil_Pidde, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
4/5  rDev +12.7%

From an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle marked 19/01/11-4322:48. Sampled on March 27, 2010 and served about 45 degrees. The pour is a cloudy yellow-orange with a short-lived off-white head that diminishes to a thin ring around the glass and a thin coating at the top of the beer. Clove, malts, and thin hops are the key sensations in the aroma, which is quite typical of a Belgian Abbey Ale like this. But it it not quite as pungent as some. The mouthfeel falls in the medium category with a likeable creaminess. The taste has all the right characteristics of clove, coriander, hops, and wheat typical of a Belgian Abbey ale. This is a beer that is a delight to drink but really does not stand out from other Belgian Abbey ales out there.

puboflyons, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of jovy1097
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Huge, foamy head that lasts quite a while. Underneath, a bubbly golden liquid that looks very inviting.

S: Musty, bready yeast and maybe some cloves. I can detect a noticeable phenol in the smell that is off-putting.

T: Spicy, sweet, and bubblegum. Doesn't have any bitterness of note. Not bad.

M: Creamy with a little sharp carbonation. You can feel the bite of alcohol in this one.

D: This is one you should not gulp. That being said, it's easy to drink. Not a brew that stands out from the crowd though. Not bad, but don't go out of your way to get it.

jovy1097, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of mkaplanes
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%

I had this beer on tap when I was in Belgium for work. I ordered a Duvel as that was the only Belgian beer I had had at that point. They were out of it, so they suggested Leffe as an alternative. Wow - I immediately fell in love with it. It's got a nice round, bold taste. I especially enjoy the drinkability - it is very smooth in the mouth and then goes down very easy.

mkaplanes, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of ryanonline
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

appearance is clear gold/amber alive with carbonation and a big billowy white head with compact bubbles that dissipate quickly. little lacing.

the smell is a little more tame than i would have thought. traditional grassy and honey notes with a dash of cloves and maybe a hint of lemon.

taste s much the same with a slightly more pale profile than the nose would suggest. very grassy with residual honey and cloves, maybe cinnamon.

mouthfeel is prickly from the carbonation and medium-thin bodied with a dry, slightly warming lasting finish.

drinkability is good, not overly complex not overly filling.

overall a nice beer, delicious but not overwhelming, and nce on the tongue..

ryanonline, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of sunrisesolara
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

.33L emtied into a Snifter.

A: Pours a light amber with a fluffy 1-finger white head which receeds to a thick ring. Good lacing throughout.

S: Fruity yeast, cloves, bananas. More complex than I imagined.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

T: Follows the nose, only less pronounced. A lot of flavors but nothing really dominates here, nothing to take advantage of.

D: Not my favorite Belgian, almost feels too macro. But that makes it accessible.

sunrisesolara, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Brewtr0n
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%

Bottle to Wine goblet. This beer seems filtered, no yeast on the bottom.

A: A very clear golden brown with two inches of head that subsides reasonably quickly.

A: A little fruity (pears) and flowery, tiny hints of sulfur and cheese

T: dry finish, but not extremely dry. A little sweet and fruity (pears again) at the end, almost no apparent hop character apart from some bittering, mostly malt driven.

M: A medium mouth feel, very smooth. The impression is aided by the carbonation -lots of tiny bubbles.

D: Could definitely drink several of these in succession if I wasn't feeling guilty about supporting In Bev instead of craft brewers.

Brewtr0n, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Served on draft in a goblet. Beer is yellow and clear. Thick white head that falls away leaving very little lacing. Caronbation is moderate.

Aroma is yeasty and slightly bitter, some citrus in there.

Drinkability is good, mouthfeel is fine, the beer's flavor overall is a little light. There is a malt backbone but generally there isn't much there. Not a lot of esters or anything too interesting. I'm bored again. Not my favorite by a long shot. Its just OK.

drabmuh, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

This beer is a clear amber brew, a thick off-white head leaving quite some lacing.

The smell is sweet caramel, candid sugar, bitter oranges and sour lemons and curdled milk. Some dried grass as well.

The taste is mostly sweet, toffee and syrup, some orange sourness, bitter aromas - like fruit seeds.

Rather good carbonation, a smooth feeling.

The sweetness puts this beer out of the thirst-quenching domain, better to go with spiced food or as an appetizer.

rarbring, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +22%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Leffe stemmed glass (possibly my favorite glass ever). 6.6% ABV, Best before end 19/01/10.

A - Light carbonation floats through the brilliantly clear golden color to a low stark white head. Low retention leads to a thin layer but leaves thick Belgian lace all around.

S - The aroma is very crisp and clean. Lots of dry pale malts gently blowing in a spring breeze with a fresh noble (possibly Saaz) hop balance to even it out. Belgian yeast adds a little character and spice to the finish.

T - The Belgian yeast starts the flavor off with a quick blast of spice and moves gracefully into a noble hop-balanced, honey-sweetened pale malt flavor. Very balanced and smooth.

M - A light carbonation spritz livens up the medium body and smooth, sweet-finishing beer to give it an overall lighter feel.

D - This good blonde has outstanding drinkability due to it's fantastic balance and very well-blended flavors. A bit of everything comes out without one thing being too much.

BeerFMAndy, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

I remember tasting this when i was about 19 and finding it absolutely awful. Something inside of me knew I was missing out but I really couldn't stand to take another sip. I now love the style and am eager to taste and review it. One sip with this new palate of mine, and just what I thought: a whole new beer to me.

A- Kind of a rosy light gold. Almost clear. Moderate amount of bubbles rising. Very nice looking white head looks chewy. Lacing looking right.

S- Surprisingly strong pear smell. Apple sauce and apple pie filling. Yeast. Reminds me a bit of a nectar cola. A little bit of clove. When warm I get red licorice. A little sickly sweet but not unbearable. Smells like a mix of the usual belgian blond, a hefweizen and when the head is still thick and fresh, a pilsen.

T- Similar to smell but easier on the pear. Clove is still here. Alcohol taste is strong. A bit of an off, wet carboard background/after-taste that kind of ruins it. Tastes really artificial or processed.

M- Full and viscous. Lots of carbonation that feels pretty much perfect. Pretty dry considering the viscosity and sweetness.

D- Refreshing, not that much to offend. Six-pack session is a maybe if you're really thirsty. What makes me uncertain is how damn sweet it is.

Something about this beer feels pretty different from any beer I've ever had. I've had sweet done better. Happy I tried it again (as if I wasn't going to) Will buy it again. Can't wait to try the Brune.

Yoonisaykul, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of gyllstromk
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%

Pours crystal clear, golden-amber, with a light head. Quite pretty! Aromas of banana, cloves, anise, juniper, with floral notes. Body is sweet with a tangy and quite spicy finish. A pleasure to drink and one of the best examples of the style, (and quite cheap and highly available in Belgium).

gyllstromk, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3/5  rDev -15.5%

No clean snifter or tulip so I went ahead and poured from bottle into a pint glass. Golden in color, like apple juice, white one finger head that yielded to decent lacing.

Mostly fruity on the nose-I'm getting pears, apples and a little banana. Hint of bubblegum.

Seems to be a little bland compared to some of the other Belgians I've had. I have limited experience here, but doesn't seem nearly as complex. The fruits are there, a little sweet.

Feels decent in the mouth, moderate carbonation, a little medicinal that lingers.

Not outstanding, but drinkable. Definitely had worse.

bigbluebeerguy, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of sitarist
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a light, clear, brass color. One finger white head dies to a ring quickly, spotty lacing. There is a steady stream of bubbles right up the middle.

The scents are mild but complex; earthy, with hints of bubble gum, spice, and both green and ripe bananas. Sexy.

Taste like circus peanuts at first, some spice and banana with a cloying medicinal aftertaste.

The mouthfeel and drinkability go hand in hand. Light and refreshing, with a nice shot of carbonation up front. Though a little much the taste leaves you wanting more. Its warming and alluring.

sitarist, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%

This beer is beloved by many. Count me out!

G – Unibroue tulip

A – Quite a brassy golden hue, translucent, with a soapy, wispy white head and a bit of lace.

S – It is mostly a pale Euro aroma that I discern, but there is also a plastic-y cinnamon-ish element that I do not care for.

T – It has a chemical banana flavor and a strong peppery finish, other than that it tastes fairly nondescript. I am not a huge fan.

M – It has a decent feel; well-carbonated, etc. Moot to me, as I don’t care for the taste.

D – As I intimated, this is one of my least favorite Belgian beers.

ktrillionaire, Feb 22, 2010
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