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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Ratings: 3,284
Reviews: 1,268
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 52
Gots: 483 | FT: 0
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Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of JMWEB2
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden color, white head dissipates leaving moderate retention.

S: Sweet citrus, maybe some honey, and toffee scent. Some malt in back.

T: Spicy up front, and some hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Very smooth, easy drinking, light to medium body.

O: Its drinkable, its got flavor, but its not anything unique.

Photo of ficknish
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden color with big foamy head.

S - Bananas, apples, and slight earthy notes.

T - Bananas. Sugary fruit esters. Almost bubble gum flavor.

M - Sweet bubbly. Medium bodied.

O - Very sweet and sugary. A little too syrupy. Great fruity esters and a fun bubbly texture.

Photo of maxk
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a lightly chilled, 75cL bottle into a tulip glass. Bought at a local supermarket.

A: A deep golden color, very clear, with a 2 finger head reminiscent of soap suds.

S: Spices, and yeast. It has the very typical Belgian olfactory profile, cloves and nutmeg being predominant.

T: Tastes like a dubbel with a bit of bitterness added. It has the sweet and spicy flavors which are to be expected, coming from the malt and the yeast, plus a bit more hop flavor than would come with a dubbel, which explains what makes it a "Belgian Pale Ale".

M: Well carbonated, a little bit syrupy as well.

Overall, it is a beer typical of the style, yet not a great example of the style. Everything that should be there is there, but none of the elements are great. A distinctly average Belgian beer.

Photo of beck2008
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a decent head

S: Spicy and herby

T: Fruity malt, a hint of citrus, very little hops - I am actually surprised this is called a pale ale - it's more like a belgium golden ale "light".

M: Medium body and high carbonation. The carbonation was slightly distracting

O: Sweet, thin, slightly spicy beer with a Belgium spice finish.

Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup while walking into the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond.

Appearance: clear, light orange with a thick, 2 finger head that stays for the jousting.

Smell: love that Belgian funk! Cloves, caramel and yeast.

Taste: malt pops up, along with citrus, spices, vanilla and yeast. Slightly bitter finish. Yum!

Mouthfeel: medium; really pops on the tongue

Overall: this was my first foray into Belgian style ales about five years ago. I've never forgotten the surprise and delight at the discovery. Having one now instills my delight at this under appreciated taste. Leffe is a great stepping stone ale for those seeking the Belgian upgrade.

Photo of NODAK
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The main note on the nose is of spicy cloves....though there are hints of honey and yeast as well. Definitely spicy here, though.

Definitely a sweet beer here....definitely full of notes of banana, honey and candied sugar....at the same time, it's also quite heavy on the cloves. Hopping is very light as expected. Certainly has the Belgian taste to it, and could be mistaken as a little lighter version of a tripel. Quite tasty all in all...packs a little punch as well.

For a Belgian, this beer doesn't get the best marks but I found it to be imminently drinkable....sweet and spicy, it goes down very well.

Photo of mrcarterxxl
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leffe Blond Ale

A= Pours a golden hue with a white frothy head with fine carbonation.

S= faint vanilla, clove, almonds very pleasant .

T/MF= Light and delicate not heavy gental carbonation with the notes of golden crisp apple, vanilla bean, sweat malt, slightly spicy (clove).

My family liked this ale, it went great with our sunday dinner which included tilapia fish with baked yams complimented the blonde ale.

Photo of ckollias
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12 oz beer out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a huge 4-finger white head that lasts forever.

S: Spicy phenolic aroma with hints of hops.

T: Smooth heavy malt brew with sweet spices and alcohol in the background. Herbal hops and tad fruity finish.

M: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: Very sweet beer - unique - but nothing I would grab again.

Photo of bluHatter
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange with a nice clean white head that clings to the side of the glass.

S: Sweet, wheat, some hops. Citrus.

T: Sweet, citrusy, nice and crisp flavor.

M: Lots of nice carbonation. Very tingly.

O: A really good belgean beer that is both delicious and easy to drink - A little heavy on the sweet side, but otherwise very good.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a chalice.

A: Pours a clear gold with full white head that sticks around.

S: Beligian yeasts and spice, especially clove and cinnamon. There is a hint of sweetness and even some booze as well.

T: Light funk leads the flavour. Citrus (especially orange and lemon) balance the initial flavour and a smooth bitterness rises in the finish.

D: Its a tad cloying, unfortunately, but the ABV is well hidden and its flaws aren't significant enough to make it bad. Good easy-drinking stuff.

Overall: It aint politically correct (this being InBev and all), but I have to say, this is a solid Belgian single! It has its mistakes, but it hits the right notes and makes for a simple, tasty brew.

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark gold with a stable white head.

Smells like cloves, licorice, and sweet Belgian yeast.

Lots of cloves in the taste too. Star anise, wheaty yeast and a very slight bitterness end it out. Very flavorful.

This a smooth Belgian blonde worth drinking a few.

Overall a "go to" for wheat beers.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leffe Blonde has a medium, cream-colored, fluffy head and a clear, golden-orange appearance with lots of streaming bubbles and thin lacing. The aroma is of coriander and cloves, and the taste is of cloves, coriander, bananas, corn bread, cracker, and other unknown flavors. The mouthfeel is medium, and Leffe Blond finishes pleasant, refreshing, mild, and delicious. Overall, this is an excellent beer, and I think you should rush out and buy it!


Photo of MadeInOregon
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

THE APPEARANCE of the Leffe Blonde is very nice and appetizing. If a beer makes me salivate, that's a good thing in my book. This one passes that test. The liquid is a crystal clear gold/dark yellow and has absolutely no sediment in the bottle or when poured into the glass. The beer has a large, airy, white head that subsides quite a bit but still looks great. It has an uncanny and impressively thick lacing for being so filtered and not being a wheat brew.

THE SMELL is nice (hops, Belgian yeast, caramel) but is quite faint and left me wondering where all the aroma went.

THE TASTE is great as far as I'm concerned. A lot of folks will hate on this because it is very sweet (and actually tastes a bit like a maibock) but I didn't find anything out of balance. Leffe Blonde is full and rich with Belgian yeast and a nice light hopping. The sweetness can be tiresome though, as there is a definite syrupy quality to this beer.

THE FEEL of this beer is what most surprised me with the yeast producing that nice tingling sensation on the tip of the tongue. Overall, it is sharp, crisp, and spritzy--as I have found a good Belgian ale ought to be. The alcohol is well hidden for a beer so 'thin' and only felt in the stomach.

CONCLUSION: After having Leffe Blonde a couple times in the past, and recently on tap, I again found it to be interesting, light yet complex, and very easy to drink. It is definitely "European" in character but I don't think I would agree with the label's claim of it being "Subtle"; it's smooth but certainly electrifies your tastes buds with the yeast and sweetness. It's still pretty light and refreshing though, especially when compared to other Belgian heavyweights.

Photo of JohannBock
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 9/21/11

A: Golden orange, with lots of carbonation. Big three fingers of head with very nice lacing.

S: Very sweet smelling, malty with some lemon mixed in there.

T: Sweet, sweet, sweet, with tons of malty goodness coming through. Bready with some nice orange in the background.

M: Crisp, light, and quite refreshing. Very quaffable.

O: No complaints here. If you want a refreshing beer that is relatively easy on the palate look no further. Not anything special but definitely not bad by any means.

Photo of peensteen
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clear golden blonde, one finger of white head, dense and sticky, good lace, decent retention. Smell is spicy and yeasty, clove and light banana notes, light lemony hop, lightly sweet. Taste is more subtle than the nose, still lots of spice present, yeasty with some clove, light candy sweetness, light fruity/banana quality, firm malt presence. Carbonation is fairly high here and quite prickly to the point where it almost stings the tongue a little, med body, med weight. Aside from being over carbonated this is a pretty nice belgian pale, nothing super complex but enjoyable and something worth revisiting from time to time since its fairly inexpensive and readily available.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Best by 22/08/12.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles moving up through the beer. Initial rocky white head (1/8" thick) with some thin strands of lacing here and there, but the head is almost all gone by the end of the glass and so is the lacing, but I'm really enjoying the color.

Smell: Yeast and fresh orange peel, but as the beer warms up the smell really diminishes.

Taste: Bready malt, yeast again, and a citric orange mild bitter finish. The finish starts to take on some more herbal and spicy notes as the beer warms up but the citric orange still dominates.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation - cleanses the palate but doesn't scour it. Just a bit thick, but smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: Nice and tasty. Simple and straightforward, and a great looking beer to stare at while savoring. A solid good beer and I could easily see myself having another one.

Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent dark straw color with 1/2 inch white head that lingers long after the pour.

Smells of cloves, bananas, slight floral and medicinal accents.

Tastes of cloves and honey come through initially, then I noticed the bubble gum that others have mentioned. I didn't expect that but it lingers on the back end to give it a sweet finish. Overall, the balanve is good.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and carbonated for my preference, but it's ok.

Overall pretty good! Not among the best Belgian ales out there but worth a pick up if you run by it.

Photo of soju6
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice golden color with a large fluffy white head andlots of lacing.

S: Aroma has a mild sweetness with a mixture of spices thrown in.

T: Has an inital spice nip with a fruity sweetness. A mild tart in the background through to a clean finish with a subtle but lingering sticky sweetness.

F: Fairly light body, crisp, smooth and creamy. The 6.6 ABV is well hidden. Another beer that is a bit too sweet to really enjoy.

O: Nice beer for the style, but the sweetness keeps me from drinking more than one.

Photo of Crossmd
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured at 45 degrees Fahrenheit into a Stella stem glass, best before date: 21.07.12

Poured a lucid dark gold with an impressively fluffy 3.5 finger head. Lasting head only settles into a cap after a fair amount of time.

Smell definitely has strong notes of clove, coriander, and nutmeg? Almost not as secondary scents, but very well integrated into the fabric of the nose.

Taste isnt really anything but disappointing. Everything suggested about complexity and structure within the nose and the appearance is met with a waters, formless and thin feeling beer. Some wheat prevails, and some smoothness of texture, but there is not half as much of the pillowy champagne carbonation that I would have wanted.

Overall, this talks big, but can't back it up. It wants to hang with the authentic Belgian in terms of appearance and smell, but it feels so mass produced and so inauthentic in taste. Probably won't be grabbing this guy again.


Photo of jifigz
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a goblet.

A: The ale pours a very clean orange/yellow with a great head and wonderful lacing. the head doesn't want to go anywhere.

S: Sweet, perfume-y and floral. This beer smells earthy and Belgian all the way.

T: The ale is overly sweet with a nice floral and herbal tones There are hints of bananas and other fruits.

M: The MF feels creamy and rich on the palate and delivers substantial feel with the taste.

O: Not a bad Belgian beer, but certainly not my favorite by any standard. It seems a little too clean compared to other Belgians and lacks some depth. Not a bad one for someone new to the style.

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really mellow, smooth, and malty. Great Belgian yeasty flavor. Big head with a good mouthful of carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Spicy and aromatic. Flowers and candy are the flavors, but it has an acidic touch, which along with the modest alcohol makes it perfectly drinkable. The beer is fairly sweet, which is a plus for me in this style. Medium body.

Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, marked “best before 03/14/12 on label. Given to me by Dave (thanks!) early summer and since stored in a temperature controlled environment.

Poured into a Corendonk Tulip.

Pours an incredible three finger head, (the Belgium’s never seem to fail at this, why is that?).
Beautiful golden amber color.

In the smell the first thing that hits you is, of course, that wonderful Belgium yeast, followed by, toasty malt. After that there is not much, still pleasant though.

Very delicious, yeast infused/dominated taste, with malt which becomes spicy here (different than the smell), full body and good carbonation. Not really exceptional but just a good drink.

A good yeasty, light malt finish.

While there isn’t anything here that raises this ale above the norm it is an enjoyable drink. I may not rush out to find a case, but if you are buying I will drink this all day.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A nice golden hue, that leaves an off white head at the top that sticks around the glass as you sip.

S: Bananas, sweet honey and hints of some apples, sweet malts at the tail end

T: Flavour is a bit to much, lots of mix in this one from the nose but some hop bitterness on the tail end.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied very filling.

D: Bland, nothing special with this beer, good with a burger.

Photo of pBRale
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-3-11

Appearance: Pale gold pour, creamy white head that settles quickly and has thin but moderate retention.

Smell: Smells of wheat, spice, and citrus hit the nose along with a hint of sweet toffee and faint piney hop notes.

Taste: Crisp and spicey with a sweet finish. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, but thick in the mouth, especially as it sits in my mouth longer. Very smooth finish. Incredibly smooth and drinkable.

Overall: Good taste, smooth finish, great crisp beer, excellently crafted. Tastes better the more you drink.

Photo of aseiter
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This being my first review I wanted to try something Belgium, the most underated beer. I think leffe blonde had a hefeweizen look and taste which was good just unexpected. I enjoyed the smooth flow from the bottle and will continue to try the leffe brand.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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