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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,939 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 2,939
Reviews: 1,214
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 30
Gots: 269 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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 juju7
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Haven't had this for a couple of years, so I thought I'd revisit. It ticks most of the Belgian ale boxes but it seems to be lacking in depth and complexity. This is probably a good introduction to Belgian beers but not a classic example. Bananas, cloves, sweet malty yeast, blah, blah blah...not a bad beer but no show stopper.

juju7, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.78/5  rDev +34.6%

A: Crystal clear honey gold with 1-2 finger frothy off-white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Apples and pears dominate the aroma with only a spritz of floral hops.

T: A clean and simple Belgian light ale with sweet, fruity flavors met with a light floral hops finish.

M: The best part of this beer is the silky feel. Aftertaste is sweetly fruity and carbonation is on target.

D: I really liked this brew, a lot better than Duvel and other light Belgians.

HopEnthusiast, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of elniko
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Bottle marked best by 8-5-2010.

A: Poured with nice foamy head with solid lacing. Golden amber with good carbonation. Nice looking but not the best looking Belgian.

S: Nearly apple cider notes coming from the nose. I get a little alcohol tone as well. Solid nose but have encountered better in other Belgians.

T & M: A little on the thin side, the apple tones in the nose come through in the taste as well. Carbonation is apparent in the mouthfeel. Finish is extremely crisp, with dry almost hoppy qualities. Solid but again I've had much better Belgians.

D: Drinkable, I bought this due to the fact that I wanted a blonde Belgian but didn't want to spend $13 for a four pack of Duvel. This is quite affordable and solid. In my current budget drinking mode I could see myself having Leffe again.

elniko, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice. Says best by 19/09/10 on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear golden yellow color. Effervescent head quickly dissipated to a light layer of off-white bubbles. Some lacing present.

(S)- Lots of clove/bananna/ and lemon. Even a touch of a pineapple type citrus. Yeast with a flowery scent present.

(T)- Definite pale aspect in the flavor. Sweet lemony clove with a touch of bitterness. A bit of a corn taste to it.

(M)- Plenty of carbonation bubbles to keep your mouth busy. Light and crisp, yet has a slight drying part in the mouth.

(D)- If you want a no nonsense belgian pale ale, then this is for you. A simple and straightforward beer to satisfy your belgian craving, however, there are far better brews than this if you are looking for something more.

sweemzander, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of cnally
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%

poured out a very orange tinted golden color with a massive fluffy white head. soapy lacing stayed behind.

very crisp aroma of burnt sugars, yeasts and nutmeg.

the flavor comes in waves. but my oh my does it do wonders. very sweet alla round, like a caramel cotton candy. but let me finish. initially, a very caramel malt flavor fades into a good bitter hop on your tongue, then the aftertaste is all sugars. i love it. i could see that most people won't like it so much because damn this is sweet.

creamy mouthfeel with not quite enough carbonation from a belgian for me.

highly delicious. very tight. very sweet. and drinkable...to a point.

cnally, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of sevopie
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

Yellow in color with a white head. Hmm.

Sugary sweet on the nose, with some citrus and banana clove notes, as well as a touch of bubble gum.

Mildly reminiscent of the flavors on the nose, with grain rearing its ugly head to dominate most. While its not offensive, its certainly not awe-inspiring.

There's a touch of oiliness here, with a solid dose of carbonation.

Overall, its rather palatable, but leaves nothing to hook you and bring you back for more. I'll take a lot of other beers before this one, thanks.

sevopie, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

12oz chalice at the Sugar Bowl off-campus.

This beer arrives on the patio table in a properly branded chalice, and appears a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with one middling finger of weakly puffy, foamy, and eventually just soapy dirty white head, which leaves a complex, multilayered ring of snow rime lace around the glass as things duly drop away.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, banana chips, cloves, Belgian yeast, sharp black and white pepper, a suggestion of earthy hops, and some burgeoning booze warmth. The taste is bready caramel malt, the same dry banana and yeast, clove/coriander and muddled table pepper spice, a hint of orange and lemon citrus, ever fading generic hops, and a minor static alcohol heat.

The carbonation is quite understated, no real kick or twang to be found here, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth, with a small creamy twinge. It finishes well off-dry, the fruit, neutered grain and spice, lingering yeast, and sidling hooch all riding this one out.

A so-so Belgian pale ale, everything a bit rounded, no real edges (in the good way) to be found here, and the alcohol just seems somewhat disjointed for an abbey ale. Refreshing and heady enough, I suppose, though, for a starter during an evening to be spent in the extended summer light.

biboergosum, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of 1fastz28
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%

pours a really great looking gold color, darker than a standard lager, but lighter than most pale ales, has a big white cloudy collar of foam, it looks great.
smell is very good, yeasty citrus dominates the nose, smells good

taste is not as good, though, its not bad but it doesn't have nearly the same pizazz as the look and aroma, has some decnet malt flavors but its hard to point out what its missing, but it doesn't feel like a belgian blonde...

mouthfeel and drinkability are decent, i just wish it tasted better, but its not a drain pour or anything

1fastz28, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of stawn
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

A - Pours a golden honey color with a nice frothy head into a chalice glass.

S - Smell is bready & some clove.

T - Pleasantly good! This almost tastes like a Hefeweizen.

M - Malty body, but still sort of thin. Smooth and refreshing on the palate. The small amount of hops that are present touch on the back of the tongue, but immediately flushed out by sweetness.

I got this in a Belgian sampler pack from my pops and thought it would find its way to the drain just as fast as it found my glass.
Decent brew.

stawn, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

Good all around beer but not as good as Leffe bruin (view pale beers can match up to their dark counterparts though):

A - Gold with a dark tinge, OK white head slightly fizzy

S - Not much discernible there slightly hoppy bitter quite nice

T - Hops slightly bitter and medium dry - good

M - Medium carbonation - nothing spectacular

D - I could drink this any time and on any occasion and be happy

DerBayer, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Best Before: 24/07/10.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, gold body with a smallish, fizzy, white head.

Smell: It's a sweet-scented, nigh sugary nose with notes of lightly grainy pilsner malts, fruits brushed with clover honey, spice, soft florals, and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet maltiness blended with some grainy pilsner malts and sprinkled with crushed honey candies. Drying, warming alcohol enters fairly early in the taste. Slight white peach fruitiness. Subtle clove spiciness and even subtler banana taste. Subdued hop flavor with no more than enough bitterness to make itself known. Regardless of the alcohol and, albeit low, hop character, reemerging candied sweetness pops in here and there. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: While perusing the label for any possible dating, I caught some light through the bottom of the bottle and noticed just how downright clean the inside of the bottle looked. Sure enough, it's been filtered to a high degree and seems to have lost more than it's gained. Overall, it's a passable, acceptable, widely available Belgian blonde, though I dare say there're better blondes to be had out there.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
2.45/5  rDev -31%

From a 12 oz.

Pours a clear brass-gold color with a moderate head that doesn't hang around too long, although a bit of lacing is everpresent.

Smells estery and a bit like bananas that are overripe. There's a weird kind of burned element to it, but not smokey.

The taste is also like bananas and stale bread.

Mouthfeel is full and fizzy.

What a disappointment. I saw "Belgian Abbey Ale" and thought that surely it had to be a little good. Not terrible but not worth having really either. Just kind of blah.

Cylinsier, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from an 11.2 oz foil-capped bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date of 30/04/10 is clearly printed on the back of the label.

Pours a pale golden hue with striking clarity and a sparkling bubbly carbonation that helps to give rise to a tall rocky white head that holds on rather well, displaying well-formed yet thin rings of lace down the sides of the glass.

Nose is mostly clean, with a soft, grainy maltiness complemented by a yeasty clove-and-pepper spiciness.

Very light in body with a moderately high effervescent carbonation. Malt sweetness opens up on the palate, with honeyed notes of pears and sugar, balanced in the middle by a dry spicy character of black pepper and a hint of clove, with a faint grasslike hop presence. Finishes with a rather long, slightly cloying malt sweetness.

Quite easily drinkable, though with a finish that is a bit too cloyingly sweet. Nicely light in body, but by being filtered instead of bottle conditioned, it loses a bit of its appeal in comparison with other examples of the Belgian Blond style.

superdedooperboy, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of jlb307
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Nice shade of gold and developed a fizzy white head that faded sooner than I thought. Developed little pockets of foam on the surface and left no lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Spice and fruit but not overwhelmingly. Typical belgian yeasty aroma. Little bit of cirtus and clove too.

T: Pretty much tasted the same as it smelled. Not very deep, but very crisp and light. Somewhat of a tangy aftertaste.

M: Good balance with the carbonation for this style. Not much of an aftertaste.

D: Not bad, but not something I'd go looking for again. Just not a whole lot to write home about.

jlb307, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of dza360
2.2/5  rDev -38%

One word sums up this beer. Diacetyl! And way too much of it. If I squint my pallet and really try to forget about the popcorn taste I can almost detect a little something that resembles other good beers of this style, but life is too short to waste time on beer like this.

dza360, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Had this about an hour ago. Poured a nice gold color with medium head that faded quickly and left a little bit of lacing. Smelled of spieces, oranges, sugar and yeast. Tasted of sweet, fruity yeast. Smooth, just slightly oily. Nice and sessionable for a Belgian.

NewGeneric, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of jwheeler85
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured into a tulip glass:

A- Poured a clear golden-amber with a bright white head that dissipates to leave a thin white lacing along the edges of the glass.

S- Some sour fruitiness paired with spices (coriander and clove like). Very clean smelling, maybe even some lemon scents in there.

T- Light tasting malts followed by a good sized spice profile, then some astringent and sour notes in the finish. Gives it a bit of a zing.

M- Effervescent, but still would consider this to be medium bodied.

D- Thought this would be a good springtime beer. The spices kind of get old after a few glasses (starts to taste sort of artificial), but definitely a good change up. I think of this one as a budget Belgian beer.

jwheeler85, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of ders
3/5  rDev -15.5%

I had one of these at a nice bar with lots of beers on tap. Not sure what the hell I was thinking. I've had it in the bottle and wasn't impressed and on tap, still not. This was a couple days ago unfortunately and all I remember is being unhappy because I could have a V8. What?

ders, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of Newmerator
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

I was looking for a new beer to try at whole foods. The label and golden foil caught my eye. The story on the box was inspiring. I was torn between the 6 pack and a single with a hop stoopid. The six pack was a much better deal, so I went with that. My mistake.

This is a fine brew. but nothing special.

pours s golden yellow with 2 fingers of quickly dissapaiting off-white head.

smell is a bit spicy and yeasty. taste is much the same, although a bit more complex. still, leaves much to be desired.

drinkability is pretty good considering the low-ish alcohol content. but i would most likely opt for something else. i'm going to go grab a torpedo in the fridge to chase it with.

cheers

Newmerator, May 29, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
3.55/5  rDev 0%

A nice golden color pour with a medium sized soapy white head . Aroma is nice and spicy, some clove and floral hops.Flavor is yeasty, a little banana,cloves, some wheaty malt , a bit of hops,more spice,a bit of sweetness kind of like honey,malty clove finish,creamy mouthfeel,medium to high carbonation,very drinkable. Not a bad beer at all.

WakeandBake, May 26, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Tasted on January 27th, 2009. From my tasting notes,

Pours as amber color with some nice big bubbles in the sticky head. Aroma is banana bread which is typical for belgian. Not overwhelming. Taste is similar and is not over the top. Probably for commercialization reason.

Not a bad beer.

ZorPrime, May 26, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.3/5  rDev -7%

Amber pour with a nice head that fades quickly.
Aroma is of bananas, belgian yeast (I swear there's a hint of baked beans in there) and some very subtle cloves.
Taste is very agreeable, but plain: sour-dough bread and sweet malts. Too sweet, no depth, no finish, no balance.
Creamy mouthfeel but too watery.

CrazyDavros, May 25, 2009
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%

Chilled 33cl bottle poured into Leffe branded chalice glass.

Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head and brief patches of lacing.

Nose has elements of yeast with an alcohol under current.

Taste is sourced from a surprisingly developed palate when one considers how lackluster the nose is. Complex yeast flavors with mild hints of malt and even sweet fruit characters.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a spicy finish laden with peppers and fennel.

Jaded beer snobs amongst these reviews put this beer into cesspit like category and in some ways they maybe right. An over commercial product of multi national machine it might be and it is not on the standard of many of its brethren but a bad beer it is not friends.

This is a worthy beer and many will enjoy it.

SleepyMonk, May 22, 2009
Photo of ChopperSmith
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance: Nice thick white head on this one when poured from a bottle into a Leffe glass chalice. Nice lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, sweet and a little alcohol whiff.

Taste: This is my go-to Belgian Blonde that I usually keep around the house (along with Duvel). Love the slightly sweet and yeasty taste. Has a slight banana flavor with a little hop bitterness on the after-taste.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Smooth and slightly creamy, nice light carbonation makes it very easy to drink.

Serving suggestion: Drink out of a traditional heavy glass Leffe chalice.

ChopperSmith, May 18, 2009
Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

I used to drink this beer quite often and noticed that I hadn't reviewed it yet, so most of this is going off of memory.

Poured from bottle(don't remember size) into an oversized wine glass results in a decent sized head and some, surprisingly, clingy lacing and a ring that lasts throughout the entire sitting. Pours a golden urine color, somewhat cloudy, but with no sediment.

Smell reminds me of bread. Loaded with yeast and some caramel malts mid whiff.

Taste is same as the aroma. It's like drinking a glass of bread. A bit medicinal at times, as well as a bit buttery. The buttery aspect reminded me of a poorly constructed chardonnay.

Mouthfeel was crisp and clean, with a good mix of carbonation.

Drinkability...unfortunately I don't think that this one has the quaffability that I look for in a beer with this kind of alcohol content. A bit too heavy for me.

Overall, a beer I can see myself picking up if on sale for a steal, but never something that I will purposely look for.

*Edit*
I recieved a case of this from a good friend a while back...that's the only reason I drank a lot of it.

BitterPachyderm, May 18, 2009
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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