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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,082 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,082
Reviews: 1,224
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 37
Gots: 337 | 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 Ricelikesbeer
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite styles to session, despite the moderate strength.

A: A deep gold, almost to the point of being a light orange. Very big head and tons of carbonation.

S: sugary sweet smell, some light grain aroma, and some noble hops or other spicy hops like saaz. Not an overpowering aroma, but good hints of each.

T: sweet upfront, and spicy on the finish. Not a super clean finish. I notice that I enjoy this beer more as it warms and brings out some of the phenols and esters of the yeast. It has some slight pear or peach notes in the background as well. A tad bit hoppy on the finish.

M: Somewhat thin, but not watery, and dry enough to keep you coming back for more. Refreshing for 6.6% abv.

D: I could polish off a sixer and still feel like drinking. A good example of the style, and I would buy again. Not my favorite, but an interesting take on belgian blonde.

Ricelikesbeer, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of donteatpoop
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a nice thick cap of white foam that rose up quite a bit over the chalice rim.

Smells of spice, clove, yeast, and vague underlying hints of fruit.

The taste is very good, a nice malty mouthfull of clove and spice, the yeast acting as a thickening agent that gave the brew a little additional body that many of the other blondes I've had are lacking.

Goes down smooth, a very good example of the style.

donteatpoop, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of tchenery
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer looks great. It has a nice billowy head and is a yellow/light orange color with high carbonation.

It doesn't smell like much, only some slight Pils-y/Saaz hop aromas coming off.

Taste is pretty good. It has a definite fruity Belgian yeast taste and a grapefruit hop character. Not as biting as I thought it would be.

Very smooth mouthfeel and fairly well balanced.

tchenery, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the pour is on the side golden yellow and clear with a weak head for the style. nose is of belgian sugar cane. palate is that mostly. with a bit of fruit and straw. its consistently the same flavor aways. the yeast has a clear quality but but of a high market in the world of blonds. its seems like its a typical beer to appease. it seems to be geared more for first time appeal instead of solid recipe in a market of great beer. i like this style a lot... i don't like this beer though. its too close to the over sweeten european strong lagers with a good yeast gone to waste.

rtepiak, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of JohnnyP3
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle with a best before end of 17/06/10 date on it. Guess I'm drinking this one near the deadline! Poured into a pint glass as I don't have a chalice-shaped glass that is recommended on the label.

Anyways, pours a golden yellow with a roughly 2-finger wide white head that simmers down to thin film of white lace. Leaves some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. Smells like fruits and spices. More specifically, I can detect a tart smell, almost like green apples, and what comes across as a cinnamon sugar-like smell.

Taste--a bit of a boozy character up front. You can taste the 6.60 ABV. After that, the fruitiness opens up. Similar to the smell, I can detect some tartness and fruits (apple and something else, which I can't quite identify--if I had to guess it would be pear) up front that gradually fades into a residual sugary sweetness. A decent transition. In fact, has some slight similarities to Leffe Brune, which I will have to go back and sample for a comparison. I recall being more intrigued,pleased with the Brune, however. Really has a lingering taste, so much more so than just about anything else I have tried, and unlike the Brune. It's a sweet, almost medicinal, herbal-clove taste that doesn't score any points with me.

Mouthfeel has a crisp zing from the carbonation and alcohol. Drinkability is fine. Maybe a bit much on the alcohol hit and lingering aftertaste to enjoy much more.

JohnnyP3, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of madvoice
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden/amber colour with a creamy head that takes a while to disappear and leaves a fair bit of lacing down the glass.

S - Sweet earthy banana aroma with some citrus notes

T - Sweet and spicy (citrus and cloves) with a slight kick on the endnotes

M - Full bodied with a creamy finish

D - Very drinkable. The first blonde I've ever really liked and am glad I bought a bottle to try. I'll be back for more of this one!

madvoice, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of bala747
2.08/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was shocked when I tasted this beer to review it, so shocked in fact that I am almost sure this is a bad bottle, and may not be representative of the beer. The best before date is September 2011. I have drunk this beer many times before but haven't touched it for about three years.

A: The colour was a rich golden brown, with head that dissipated suspiciously quickly, leaving no lace at all. I last drank Leffe Blonde a few years ago and I recall it being fizzy and lacy.

S: Lots of grain, and some hoppiness. Almost smelt like an adjunct lager. No esters or other discernable smells anywhere.

T: Alcohol, like drinking a shot of vodka and nothing else. The taste was vile. All I got was alcohol in my mouth. I am almost suspecting that someone spiked this bottle.

M: The strong alcohol taste pretty much killed it for me. Can feel next to nothing after that.

D: Shockingly bad.

The reason I am so shocked is that I used to LOVE drinking this beer until it became too pricey for me about three years ago. I came back to try this beer and was shocked at how bad it was. I am sure this review will change as I am really sure that this bottle was just from a bad batch.

bala747, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of eric5bellies
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Leffe Chalice.

A - Pours a light staw colour with a tight white head that retains well.

S - Sweet grains and fruits, hints of citrus.

T - Nice sweet spicey citrus notes that finish with an alcohol kick.

M - Light to medium body with the sam carbonation.

D - Makes a good session beer and recommended

eric5bellies, May 29, 2010
Photo of xraided81
2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pale golden clor with a rich, thick buubly head, good head retention, leaving a legs on the side of the glass
S: peppery, spicy, cloves, earthy, belgian aroma, i am not trashing this beer, but it almost has a vomit like smell, i am not a fan of belgians, but this yeasty aroma is present in most belgian strains.
T: sweet, sugar- candy like taste, has a bitter after taste,
M: effervesent sparkle gives it a refreshing taste, light in body a

D: i can drink one of these and time to move on to something else, i get the feeling of a sugar rush if i had one too many of these, not my favorite style.

xraided81, May 25, 2010
Photo of MrIncognito
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pretty dark and much more so than expected. Golden amber body with a sturdy white bubbly head that linger for a good while. Leaves decent lacing.

S - Caramel-like sweetness with strong bubblegum aromas. Slightly clovey in the nose like a hefe. Pear and honey bring in the rear.

T&M - Definite bubblegum followed by a candy sugar sweetness. Has kind of a nice wheat taste to it as well that really does remind me just a little bit of a hefe. Very different flavors than I expected from a Belgian Pale Ale. Good amount of carbonation but the alcohol provides a slickness in the feel as well as it is swallowed. Aftertaste is where the pear comes in.

D - I liked this beer but it wasn't great. Not as savory and delicate as others I've had from the style. More of an everyday Belgian Pale IMO then when I'd get excited about.

MrIncognito, May 24, 2010
Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew sampled in a warm pint glass at The Castle in Easton, U.K.

And another pleasant surprise. I don't recall this being all that good, but it was much better than my fading memories. Sweet Belgian candy sugar was all over this, awakening my sweet tooth & making me smile. Undefined fruits sway in the background, but they really just accent the sweetness without adding any specific flavor.

Good beer. I wonder if a pint in the states will be as charming.

maximum12, May 20, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber with a good white head. It has a nice yeasty, spicy aroma. Taste is pretty much the same with slightly poor bittering. It is balanced with a little malty sweetness. A sharp carbonation leads to a semi dry finish.

This is an easy drinking blonde. It is mostly a bready flavor with just a hint of spice but it has a nice refreshing carbonation and is pretty well balanced. The hop bittering is light and slightly unpleasant but is masked by the yeast and carbonation.

Bfarr, May 17, 2010
Photo of MBPChead
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on a friday evening before a concert and quite admittedly it was very tasty.

Deeper blonde color when poured into a standard beer mug, no wide rimmed glasses available otherwise I would have used one.

Fruit and spices on the nose, typical smell but still pleasant.

Slight taste of banana but more like sweet bread then anything else.

slightly viscous in texture but smooth nonetheless .

Very drinkable I could easily have a few of these on a summer day, good refreshing brew.

MBPChead, May 16, 2010
Photo of konadrinker
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden caramel color with about 2 fingers of head. Good lacing as well.

S - Light and sweet, hints of berries. Mild herbal aromas with the slightest bubblegum aroma detected as well.

T - Sweet and herbal. Definite berry taste. Very creamy even after the head is gone. The cream really supports the berry flavours. First sip was very sweet tasting.

M - Smooth and creamy. Light on the tongue.

D - Very easy to drink. The creaminess of this really makes it go down a treat.

Supremely drinkable. The flavours & aromas are there but they're a little bit hidden and difficult to access, but overall still a pleasure to drink.

konadrinker, May 16, 2010
Photo of akenethon
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: has a quite classy bottle, and has this pretty golden color when in the glass.
B: Smells like: "belgian", one can sense the alcohol although the content is not too high. a little bit of rubber which is unpleasant.
T: does not have a dominant character, very little bit sweet, smoked aftertaste which is really good. good balance between body and lightness. somewhat corny taste.
M: less smooth than leffe brown, but still decent. I like it to be fuller but this is a light tasting beer
D: an entry level blonde. recommended for those who are curious and want to have an introduction to blonde beers.

Although not as good as its brown counterpart, this beer is still well above the commercial beer average. If you think that in Belgium it is marketed as mass beer, you get jelous of these lucky bastards. OK it's not the kind of beer you would store for special days but I would choose it above any other mainstream beer.

akenethon, May 12, 2010
Photo of xylophonica
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Light caramel colour with about 2 fingers of head. The hue of the liquid becomes quite pale when held up to the light but is pretty much perfect for this type of ale. Good lacing as well.

S - Light and sweet, hints of strawberry. Mild herbal aromas & a touch of pine revealed as it's consumed. Slightest bubblegum aroma detected as well. Only wish the aroma was more prominent.

T - Sweet and herbal. Definite light berry taste. Very creamy even after the head is gone. The cream really supports the berry flavours.

M - Smooth and creamy. Fairly light on the tongue.

D - Very easy to drink. The creaminess of this really makes it go down a treat.

This is an abbey beer of the highest order. Supremely drinkable. The flavours & aromas are there but they're a little bit hidden and difficult to access. If they were a bit more prominent this could be a truly great beer, but overall still a pleasure to drink.

xylophonica, May 08, 2010
Photo of bushbeer75
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a best by date of 27/4/11

Leffe Blonde Ale poured a crystal clear golden color that produced a generous white mountainous and bubbly head that left extensive lacing as I consumed the brew. The nose is slightly sweet with notes of light fruit. The taste is [soft] fruit/citrus and sweet with a light spice in the background. The finish is dry and slightly peppery/clove like. Mouth feel is light medium with fine carbonation - just right for the style.

Leffe is a good entry brew into Belgian Pale Ales. Worth a try if you like the style.

bushbeer75, May 07, 2010
Photo of MikeGill
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into the Leffe chalice.

I have been drinking this stuff for years so I guess it's time to sit down, write a review and actually think about what's in the glass.

Very clear gold. Head is a consistant foamy layer. There is a pleasant milky chai smell. Somewhat sweet and yeasty with aromas of banana skin and candy.

Supple and easy drinking. Crisp Co2 bite produces delicate mouthfeel with a soft chewy texture. Lemon pound cake flavors along with granola. There are also flavors of ripe pear, banana and honey. Some bitterness and spice. Powdered sugar on the finish.

Overall, a simple pleasing beer.

MikeGill, May 02, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 24, 2010
Photo of Brabander
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 10, 2010
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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