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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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2,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,944
Reviews: 1,215
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 30
Gots: 274 | 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 JayQue
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not the most memorable beer I ever had but a pretty good basic Belgian. Poured a nice dark gold color, fairly clear with a white bubbly head. Minimum lacing.

Smell and taste: had the cloves, banana and citrus of a witbier. A little candi sugar thing going on as well.

Mouthfeel ws a bit thin for a Belgian but still acceptable and not watery. Drinkability was good. This is a pleasant thirst quencher and a good entry beer for those just getting into Belgian beers.

JayQue, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of jbennett1919
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-yellow with a nice lingering two-finger head.

Smells of spicy cloves, and banana. A little yeast is also present in the aroma.

Taste is very similar to head and quite pleasant. Spicy cloves are dominant, along with some banana, raisin, bubblegum and citrus flavors. The clove lingers on the tongue and is accompanied by some hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing and good.

This is a very drinkable beer and for its price, a very good representation of some better and more complex Belgian styles. I would not go to great lengths to seek out this beer, but would not turn it down in the future.

jbennett1919, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean golden copper color with a small white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a little lacing.

Smells of banana, yeast and a lot of sugar. Not so bad, but very much on the sweet side so I'm not exactly thrilled as I prepare to taste it.

Bananas again come out in the taste, although to a lesser degree. What we have instead is a particularly strong taste of extra sugary bubblegum. Some cloves in the finish provide the only real saving grace for this one as that spicy finish is necessary to balance out the immense sweetness that shows up initially. Takes some getting used to I guess and after a while, faint notes of pear can be detected alongside the banana and yeast notes, but I still can't get that bubblegum taste out of my mind.

Medium bodied with decent carbonation. The finish is somewhat dry and sticky. I probably could have rated this a lot lower than I did, but if you're drinking it cold and fast, it at least can be enjoyable on a hot day. Definitely not something you can sip on like a true Belgian beer though. Actually this is something I might have liked if I was just getting into craft, but having tried much more complex Belgians, this one just doesn't hold up.

Vengeance526, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of STEG
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange color into a tulip glass with a white 1.5 finger head. Bottle looks great too with some nice gold foil with black leffe lettering scattered throughout. Smells of pear banana apple and mango. Tastes like bananas with a bubble gum/cotton candy finish. Little bit a hint of peanut butter in here as well. Very drinkable, I will definitely buy this again, and in greater numbers.

STEG, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep golden with obvious carbonation and a big white foarmy head that fades away fast. No lacing.

S - Obvious sweet belgian fruitiness. Apples and bubblegum. Slight vague spiciness. Pleasantly smelling.

T/M - Carbonation bites at first. The belgian fruitiness tastes overripe. Malts taste like they came out of a Rolling Rock. Feels like a Rolling rock too. slightly dry.

D - Exceptionally light, and very very drinkable. Not sure if its worth the usual craft price, since I would consider it a great alternative party beer.

MunchkinDrinker, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a nice amber color with a beautiful and fragrant white head that leaves a good amount of lacing. The smell is very sweet, almost too sweet at times.

The taste is light, balanced, and refreshing. This is a nice entry-level Belgian. It has a good amout of sweet and some tart to balance. The bubbles and sweetness almost give it a soft drink feel. Very pleasant and very drinkable.

RomaniIteDomum, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of MikeBrandman
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful, deep amber. Very yellow and translucent. Poured 2 fingers of offwhite, yellowed head into a wine glass. very little lacing.

S- Fragrant bananas and yeast. Slight alcohol smell. Kind of offputting at its strongest.

T - Again, bananas, yeast, and alcohol. Not a lot going on here, but it's pretty good. Doesn't really change much as it warms up either. Reminds me of a less alcoholic Sam Adams Imperial White. Very fruity and delicious, but also almost nutty.

MF - Refreshing, but a little heavy for what the taste brings. Not heavy enough for a dessert beer, but not light enough for a picnic beer.

D - Good taste, weird feel, too much alcohol taste.

MikeBrandman, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
1.88/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - It's golden, with some bubbles coming to the top. Big head, some lacing.

S - There isn't a whole lot of smell on this one, it's like someone took a beer and just turned the volume down on it.

T - This is just horrible. Maybe I got a bad bottle, tastes like metal and copper. Disgusting.

M - Other than the bad taste, light bodied, sits alright in the mouth, decent carbonation.

D - Once again, easy enough to drink, other than the horrible taste that makes me want to spit it out.

AgentZero, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a leffe chalice.

Golden bodied with a thin layer of head that disappears quickly and leaves no lace.

Smells of yeast, lemon, banana, and grass, all of them in a very muted kind of way. You can pick the alcohol up a bit too.

Toasty malt and banana on the palate. Spices. Alcohol is noticeable, but I like that anyways. It's not hot, just there. Starts sweet and finishes with some mild hop bitterness.

The banana character (aroma and flavour) gets more intense the closer it approaches to room temperature.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. A little bit syrupy, especially as it gets warmer. It improves a lot the closer it gets to room temperature. I might try it again, but there are other (better) abbey-style beers out there.

mintjellie, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of HoustonTX
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting beer, the Leffe Blonde - have seen this one on the shelves for a while now, and have been meaning to grab it. Luckily I picked up a mix six pack today, and picked on up.

Pours nicely into my Chimay Chalice. Lovely golden body, with a huge billowing head. Tons of sticky lacing, and very lively carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sweet and spicy. Orange, and pear fruitiness. Along with a nice amount of biscuity malt, and peppery spicy phenols. Great aroma. very approachable.

Leffe Blonde starts off with a nice toasty/biscuity malt base. Soon followed by a touch of light floral hops, along with a peppery spicy phenolic note. Finishes with a delicate amount of sweet fruitiness, and tangy spiciness.

Good beginner Belgian beer, easily approachable, and great to drink on a hot day. Worth a shot.

HoustonTX, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a Belgian mix pack they were offering at the LCBO. I'm a big fan of sampler packs, so I had to pick it up.

Appearance: Poured with a nice two fingers of head that retained quite well, but did not lace whatsoever. The body of the beer is unsurprisingly blonde in color with decent carbonation. I did notice some very small pieces of sediment floating in the head.

Smell: Good, but subdued even after it's had a chance to warm. It has a odd scent of hay mixed with tea leaves and raw sugar, with maybe a bit of cloves in the background. As I said, it's a bit odd but good but too subdued.

Taste: A bit odd as it starts with a mild malt flavor that shifts to a spicer mix of cloves and corriander of all things which slowly fade away with a refreshing finish. Not much of a hop presence here, and a little sweet all around but good, albeit a bit strange.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice subdued spice aftertaste but the carbonation is a little bit high. Also needs to work a bit better at transitioning between flavors. However it is crisp yet not watered down.

Drinkability: Easy going down, not much in the way of gas or stomach issues and decently refreshing. The only disadvantage is the beer is a bit sweet and the spiciness I can see getting a bit out of control at around the 3rd bottle.

Final Thoughts: All in all a good beer, even if it is a bit odd to the taste. One thing I should also note is that this beer hides it's 6.6% alcohol quite well. This could be a very good meal beer and I would drink it again if offered but I probably wouldn't buy it in anything but a mixed pack.

TheHammer, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of HansBlix
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearence - Poured into a pint glass. Yielded a two finger head that dissipated to a one finger head that held. Moderatly carobnated and amber in color.

Smell - Malt, grains and yeast with little hops. Hints of fruit.

Taste - Strong malt and grain flavor. Could taste the yeast. Hints of hops and slight fruit undertones.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, average carbonation. Somewhat dry.

Drinkability - Wasnt too heavy. Easily drinkable.

Not the best belgian I have had. Not too bad.

HansBlix, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of atis
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with strings of small rising carbonation bubbles, white head that slowly fades to dense patchy layer, patchy lacing. Aroma is sweetish malt, yeast and mild lemon.

Taste is rich and sweetish malt, nice yeast and light floral hops, medium-dry finish, sweet malt aftertaste with alcohol. Mouthfeel is about medium, maybe on the thick side with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a nice Belgian, but nothing exceptional.

atis, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of mulder1010
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a 330 poured into a Tooheys New pint glass

A-- Poured a gold color with a nice head. Head died off after about 1 minute. Left some decent lacing. Nice carbonation with the pour.

S-- sweet and malty with the good traces of alchohol.

T--same as above... malty and sweet. Typical Belgian with the alchohol being forward. Fairly crisp beer. Too much sugar.

M--well carbonated beer in the mouth. Pretty lively. Still get a lot of the sweetness with this beer.

D-- Not the strong suit of this beer. A little too sweet I think. For a blond the abv is pretty apparent. Can do one or 2 but a little too sweet to be much more. Decent beer but just sweet for my palate.

If you want a quick buzz on a summer day, this is a good choice. the Raduise is a much better beer. I still prefer this over the brune. Make this not nearly as sweet and this would be a good grade higher. Too sweet for a plae ale to me. Very average beer as opposed to Duvel.

mulder1010, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of jneiswender
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 11.2 oz bottle into a crystal beer mug.

A-brilliant dark yellow color with a spongy white head

S-yeasty, cloves, spicy

T-strong cloves presence, sweet hard candy, yeasty

M-medium to light

D-Nice representation of the style. Very refreshing. Nice beer to start the night off or to start off dinner.

jneiswender, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of cavedave
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A pretty straw/gold topped by off-white one finger head of spume which subsides quickly to a thin cap and leaves coriolis ejections of lace on my glass.

Nose is a perfumy scent of yeast with milder notes of spice and even milder fruity tones.

Taste is mostly familiar yeasty notes with a candy coated graininess that carries into a juicy, partly sweet, partly herbal finish. Not bad, but nothing to shout about either.

Mouthfeel is too resinous for the tastes carried onto the palate. Carbonation is low and good. In fact, it may have tasted better with even lower.

Drinkability? Not bad, despite what is less than a stellar review

cavedave, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pool golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a grainy macro smell

T - Decent flavor still grainy though

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a bad blonde a good summer beer thats worth trying sometime

armock, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- golden yellow blonde beer, pours with nice thick white head and moderate carbonation streaming up glass

Smell- spice yeast, bananas, fruit, malts, sugar,

Taste- YEast, spice, clove, nice sweet yet enjoyable unique finish, belgian flavor and spicing, enjoyable taste overall with decent lingering finish

Mouthfeel- thick and creamy

Drinkability- I am shocked that I liked this beer now, it was originally a sink pour to me which goes to show just how much my taste and palate have changed in the past few months from massive amounts of wine and beer tastings, A very nice and dangerous session beer considering the huge alcohol, delicious and slightly sweet flavor make it one to easily drink alot of fast, nice beer overall and opened me up a bit tonite to want try some more belgians of this style soon

**5/9/10 I have to say I tried this beer again after a while with out it and I had to up the ratings even a little bit more, this beer to me is just so enjoyable, its got a good spice that keeps a nice level of sweetness in check, its such a great value and refreshing and good yet simple example of a belgian style, to me this is an abosolute great value every day kind of drinking belgian that gives you all that unique belgian flavor with out hitting you over head with the wallet, is it the best beer ever no but its pretty damn good all things considered

Stunner97, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of david18
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the beer they serve in restaurants in paris as an alternative to stella. It was the perfect afternoon draft on a hot day. Not as interesting as many belgians but different enough to be a welcome beverage at most bars in Paris. I had a glass last night at a local bar in new york and it was the same. A very good sweetness, but not cloying. Refreshing with a great mouthfeel, aroma and drinkability. Get it when it's available.

david18, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of schmitter
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Oddly enough, this is one belgian I am enjoyinng more out of the bottle although I know it is inappropriate.
Smell is sweet, somewhat malty, fruity (banana and orange blossom, maybe mango).
Taste is again sweet, malts, but no hops seem to be present. Banana and citrus notes prevail.
Overall, a decent abbey that is widely available and good in a pinch.

schmitter, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First abbey beer for me, had in Goa. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet

A - Deep amber with a light head. Looked amazing for a person used to golden and yellows

S - Spicy banana and nutmeg

T - Even better, high on fruit and spice. Also, the alcohol explodes, surprising for a beer with 6.6% ABV

M - Syrupy and thick, wonderful when you warm it up on your palate

D - Not more than 2 at one go. This is a kicker

BeerSingh, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of srrn
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: This beer really starts off well, looks good, clear deep amber with a pillowy head that resuces to sticky lace.

S: Good here too, though simple, a bit of sweet candy and spice

T: this may be the first beer I taste bubblegum and boy is it strong,there is a bit of spice in there and then it's back to lingering bubblegum. No funk, barnyard or yeasty goodness here.

M: okay, but gets sticky sweet, and more buublegum on the lips.

D: one feels like too many

srrn, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of VTaler
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer us a year old
Poured from a bottle into a clear goblet

A - Amber/honey color with a decent frothy white head. That stays for some time.
S - Very nice smell. Lots of fruity banana esters with nice belgian yeast smell. Some hop presence.
T - Tastes better than it smells. At first you taste malt with the nice fruity banana esters but not sweet. Yeast is definetally present and it tastes very good. Second taste is kind of a spicy hop taste. Pepper and clove notes. Hops are nice and not too bitter. For belgian ales like these this one is somewhat watered down.
M - Medium carbonation and a somewhat thick mouthfeel
D - I could have a couple of these but no more than that

Ive had this beer in the same 6 pack a year ago and it tastes much better than it did a year ago

VTaler, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Light gold color, with a great head and lace. Decent bubbliness to it.
S- Slight malt scent ot it.
T- Very wheaty beer. Some bite to it, but the spice is quickly drowned out by the heavy wheat. It's certainly a solid beer, but I don't get the pale ale aspect of it, unless that is what belgian pales taste like and maybe I just don't know.

Amalak, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of malmquna
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful light color, nice head that lasts until past half-glass. Nice aroma of roasted malt. Tastes slightly sweet, with an overall flavor of lightly roasted malt. Bitterness is low, but well balanced. This is a nice example of commercial Belgian blonde ale. Very drinkable, but beware of too many. If you like this, move on to some more flavorful Belgian ales.

malmquna, Jul 25, 2009
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 2,944 ratings.