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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,008 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 3,008
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 34
Gots: 300 | 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 Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my Duvel tulip. Poured a translucent orange with a golden hue. Two inch frothy, bright white cap crackled and popped as it slowly reduced its volume into a fairly consistent quarter inch skim. Some slashes of lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose suggests candi sugar and a slightly metallic quality. Taste reveals candi sugar and also a little honey sweetness perhaps. Mouthfeel is light-medium, a little gassy and a bit prickly on the tongue. Decent drinkability, but carbonation is a little too aggressive. Much better on draft I have to say.

Jwale73, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of berley31
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured with a good-sized, white head that eventually diminished to about 1/2-finger size. Great, thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Body is a dark golden color with a very slight amount of haze. A nice looking beer.

S: Aroma of some yeast, but mainly pepper, coriander, orange, and some other smells.

T: Spices are almost overpowering in the flavor. Nice at first, but everything is fighting for my attention and after a little while the whole thing actually gets a little sickening.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: No, I don't think I can drink more than one of these. Maybe a different time would yield a different result for me, but I don't think so. Too many other better Belgian beers out there.

berley31, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of birchstick
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - clear yellow with a huge, fluffy head

S - very faint nose, but from what I pick up, it is a lot of spice and some citrus

T - as with the nose, the taste is somewhat understated. The taste follows the nose - starts with some spices, fruits, and ends with a tart, dry finish. It tasted really good, however it was difficult to pick up the flavors. Definitely make sure this warms a bit before drinking.

M - a little thin and watery, but a perfect amount of carbonation

D - very easy drinking beer that is light enough to have a lot in a sitting.

birchstick, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of Darkhorse09
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Leffe Chalice.

A - Nice golden color, borederline shades of rye brown. Thin head, not the appreciable, but nice lacing. Sunny looking beer.

S - Just slightly phenolic, with some bubble gum aromas and sweet fruits. Pear maybe? Smells like it may be dry on the palate.

T - On the sweet side. Nice malt and very oily on my tongue, which makes the flavor seem like honey. Very dry finish, which is welcomed, along with a bit of alcohol kick.

M - Medium bodied.

D - Crisp, dry. Seems pretty average for the style.

Darkhorse09, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pale straw to golden color, very clear with some active carbonation. A fluffy white head that's fading pretty quick, but not as fast as some.

S: Fruit and Belgiannyness. Candi Sugar. A very simple, straight forward Belgian Ale, not really a pale ale though.

T: Very similar to the smell, more earthy than fruity though. Still a pretty straight forward Belgian taste.

M: Almost syrupy. No carbonation.

D: Meeehhh, try as I might, I can't get into Belgians. I think this would be a pretty good session beer for someone who was.

mdwalsh, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Leffe glass.

A - Pours a nice strong golden color with a thin head that is very nice looking and recedes quickly to a thin mat.

S - Phenolic hints and sweet fruits all abound. Very attractive.

T - Sweet maltiness and nice oily mouthfeel. The sweetness is also very honey like. There is a nice balanced floral hop taste and dryness. Nice bitterness. Nice alcohol taste.

M - Oily medium bodied beer.

D - Refreshing and very balanced.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pint glass.

Hazy sunshine straw. One inch frothy white head keeps through to the end. Good spider web lace.

Spells of fruity esters and spicey hops. I also detect a bit of buttery biscuit too.

Taste is crisp and light bodied earthy biscuit and saaz hop spicey.

Extremely drinkable and sessionable. THis is an outstanding Belgian Pale.

GordonQuid, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of adarby
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a wonderful gold appearance with carbonation that barely "sizzles" and leaves a fine 1/2" head that stick around until disturbed by your lips.

There really isn't much of a smell to this one. Which in my book is middle-of-the-road. I have had some very unpleasant smelling brews. No scent is sometimes a good thing.

Tons of malt are present in the beer, with a slight hop aftertaste. The flavor is short-lived, but very strong with malts.

This beer is wonderful when enjoyed chilled, but not ice-cold. It feels fairly thick in the mouth, not really expected out of a blonde, but overall I find this beer very drinkable, just not more than probably 1 or 2 in one setting.

adarby, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of mjurney
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Appearance]: Light amber-golden color, clear, some little bubbles, head looks great, nice lacing.
[Smell]: Spice (cloves, hint of cinnamon and nutmeg), banana, grains and yeast. Smells really good.
[Taste]: Strong cloves and banana up in front. Grainy, mild yeast, some slight bitterness from the hops. Finish off sweet and dry aftertaste.
[Mouthfeel]: Light-medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is pretty strong.
[Drinkability]: Fairly drinkable.

mjurney, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of MikeRa
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here is what I can say about this beer:

A: It has a cross between a Pale golden color and a copper amber color, which is good.

S: You can smell the different spices that was used for this beer.

T: It has a semi-bitter taste, which is due to the hops that used to brew this beer.

M: It's a OK beer that has some stickyness.

D: It a good beer, but it just cost a lot to buy.

MikeRa, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of smanders
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was enjoyed from the tap in Caen, France.

I previously tried Leffe Blonde from a bottle in the States and found it incredibly sweet and a little medicinal. Well, thankfully, the barrel cuts a lot of that and you really are able to enjoy the complexity of this Belgian ale.

Highly carbonated, fruity, a bit of cloves, and a pillow-like head waft from the appropriate glass. Honey, a little hop spiciness, and a warming of alcohol follow a tasting.

Most Americans would say that Leffe Blonde is not a good representative of the style, but I would recommend trying it from the barrel prior to making that assumption. It's a totally different experience.

smanders, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 pz bottle

Appearance: Pours darker than I had expected. Its orangey-amber. Giant foamy head. Nice lacing. Looks great.

Smell: Sweet, very sweet. Spicy. Lots of clove. Lots. Some breadiness from the yeast. Banana too. That seems out of place. Not bad.

Taste: Very sweet and very clovey. The finish is a little bready with just the slightest bitterness. It finishes long and overly sweet with persistent clove.

Mouthfeel: I never say this-- its too full. The mouthfeel is sticky and almost syrupy. This along with the too-sweet taste makes this as refreshing as a cream soda (read: not refreshing).

Drinkability: Its really not that bad I guess. Grade inflation forces me to give this "average" scores, when compared to other Belgians, its considerably below average. It still tastes pretty good, but its not a good example of the style for me.

rapidsequence, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of kerouac
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leffe, particularly now that it is becoming more readily available, has become the staple of my beer drinking habit. It is delicious, different, and importantly, very drinkable.

I judge a beer by its return to my fridge, and so far this one has returned over and over.

Color is nice, foam is nice, and smell has the Belgian thing going for it. Belgian beers in general are my favorite, and although I've had much more distinct and delicious (and more alcoholic) Belgian brews, this one is my go-to brew. The taste is something I particularly find very appealing. Semi-sweet, but also complex enough to keep you interested. It's like a semi-highend escort, maybe. An escort you will call when your dimes are acting flakey.

kerouac, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holds at a solid one finger head of foam to small bubbles, chalk white in color, the lacing comes in sheets which slowly fall into the liquid below. Amber orange with a mildly darkening brown tinge, no real yellow influence, clear on the whole with loose bubbles visible. Sweet lemon peel, clove and nutmeg and muffin dough keep the nose friendly, hard toffee candies and apricot, peach fruit continues the trend, doesn't overplay the sweetness and the hops maintain a steady lowkey presence. Medium-bodied, very smoothly textured with a billowing foaminess through the attack. Comes across as semi-sweet with more obvious apricot, pear, peach fruit and sweeter dough to bread notes. Touch of bubblegum. The lemon citrus recedes some while the clove-led spiciness avoids any bite. Past the mid-palate starts to dry on the palate which brings out an undifferentiated grassiness. Plays it safe and stays very easy to drink.

farrago, Sep 06, 2009
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
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,008 ratings.