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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,283 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,283
Reviews: 1,267
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 50
Gots: 475 | 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 andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes...

A - Pours a dark copper colour, three fingers of big bubbled head with solid retention and some nice chunky lacing.

S - Light cloves, pineapples and some fruity citrus.

T - Surprisingly sweet and fruity, cloves, strawberries, pineapples and some orange rind.

M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - Very tasty Belgian Pale Ale, though it is a bit weak on the hop character. Easy drinking for a Belgian and as such easily sessionable.

Photo of Bockrules
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass

A - Pours a golden blonde with a thick, slightly off-white four finger head. Marginal carbonation. Head falls fairly quickly, and is no longer completely intact 2/3rds down the glass. Leaves behind a few splotches of lacing here and there.

S - Huge smell of clove yeast here with a few banana phenols and sweet malt lurking in background.

T - Sweet malt upfront, almost a little banana bread like. Hop bitterness makes an entrance in the body, which seem to fight with the sweet malt, clove yeast and banana flavors. A little bit more banana bread flavor as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a clove aftertaste.

M - Moderately bodied with a high carbonation once in the mouth. Occasionally this beer will expand so much in the mouth with not enough substance to back it up that the drink is left feeling they have only gotten foam.

I picked up a sixer of this at the store on a whim because I've experienced few belgian beers. At first, I was enthralled with it due to the stark contrast it offers to the types of beer I usually drink. However, for around $10 a six, I expect better -the head retention was poor, there was too much hop and clove flavor which seemed to conflict, and the mouthfeel was too foamy. Not a horrible Belgian, and I may go back to it since its available in town, but surely I can find better.

Photo of phantomwyse
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This pours liquid honey, marigold orange with traces of sunflower yellow along the edges. Puffy head eggshell white and rises about a finger or so before settling down to a patchy froth.

S: The sweetness is what grabs you first-- honey, grape skins, apple turnover and then moves over to a slight earthiness, like a lawn after rainfall. Finishes with a delicate must.

T: Honey and a mellow crème brulee sweetness hits up front. In the middle, a languid musk, like a humid basement, takes over and then moves to a defined fruitiness – white grapes and apple. And at the end, the earthiness returns with dry hay.

M: Fully medium bodied that starts of crisp and then finishes just inside of silky.

D: Why has it taken me this long to drink this beer? Probably because it seemed so commonplace and I’ve seen one too many a hipster drinking it. But, it’s good. Not mindblowingly good, but good, solid, all around a nice thoughtful beer for warmer nights.

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

had this one while dinner in a french restaurant. served in a tulip glass, the beer poured deep gold with a two finger high creamy and off white in color head. Retention is good and leaves good lacing.
The smell was malty and announced flowery hops, apple orange, little citrus.
Tasting the beer, up front some bittersweetness of malt is met immediately by flowery hops in the middle, and finishes with some more grassy hops at the end, leaving a slight citrus feel linger.
A very drinkable beer, not the best of its category, but decent.
Paired wonderful with a nice "Hangar steak"!!

Photo of 4000qtrap
2.77/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz. bottle

S: Soft spiced apples. Light grain, caramel, white grape. Has a muted perfume, almost sulfery, character overall. Interesting and nice.

T: Doesn't live up to the nose. Sweet caramel apple/pear with a light medicinal cinnamon/clove bite that is a little unpleasant. Comes across as flabby due to the heavy body and its not very dynamic through the sip, definitely one dimensional. Light yeast, soft clove, and continued apple and pear which ride over any hint of malt. Finish is semi-dry which along with fruits has an odd cinnamon-like edge to the finish that lingers.

Notes: While the nose is nice, its not crisp nor refreshing and has a few unpleasant flavors.

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

On tap at the supper club. This was my after dinner selection.

A) It arrived to the table in a Leffe chalice. The beer is a golden color with perhaps just a tint of red/orange. There was minimal head, and no lacing.

S) It's pretty sweet smelling. There is grain, yeast, and kind of a banana bread quality to it.

T) The initial wave of taste, I believe is very much like the smell. The finish is a little bitter and contains some spice. I'm not sure of the spice.

M) It's fairly light, with adequate carbonation and a somewhat bitter dry finish.

O) I enjoyed this beer. I could drink 1 or 2 of these, but it would not be the sixer I show up with for game time.

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

Poured from a bottle and served in a pint glass, the beer was a pale, blonde-yellow color with a ton of bubbles and a thin, foamy, clingy white head. Light nose of honey and toasted oats. The flavor is honey-sweet, with a slight sour tang, and a bready foundation. The aftertaste is all honey sweetness, with a tart, but dry, finish. Awkward brew all around.

Photo of zoso1967
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leffe Blonde lives up to its name in appearance and pours a deep golden blonde color. The head is beige and has a wonderful light and fluffy texture. The retention is excellent, as is the lacing it leaves on the glass.

The aroma is basically that of pale malt and Belgian yeast. There is a rumor of some grassy hops as well, but this beer does not have an aroma that really bowls you over.

The spicy Belgian yeast is front and center on the flavor. It has clove to spare, so if you are not a fan of that flavor I would pass this one by. The pale malt is very biscuit and has a slightly toasted all-grain cracker sort of flavor that comes out late in the sips. Some floral and grassy hops are also present, but they are pretty well buried by the yeasts flavor contributions.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a fairly effervescent carbonation that tingles my palate. The finish is dry, yet well balanced and light with spicy, slightly grainy flavors lingering on my tongue.

This is one of the least exciting Belgian ales I have had, but it is also very well made with some great flavors. This would be a very good BBQ beer, or would also work great as a lunch time beer in the hot summer months. I really enjoyed it, but I am not sure how often I may seek this one out in the future.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Duvel tulip...

A: pours a bright orange with brilliant clarity and a rocky white head leaving thick lacing.

S: a sweet, doughy malt aroma with floral and spicy notes. also fruity, pear and citrus peel aromas.

T: cracker-like malt with a light sweetness. again, spicy and floral. finishes out with a sharp, herbal hop bitterness, light citrus notes, and a doughy fade.

M: fizzy carbonation gives the impression of light-medium body and crisp mouthfeel. finishes slightly sticky and dry.

Overall, a nicely put together, straightforward ale that is a perfect substitute to a pils on a hot summer day here in Arkansas. Cheers

Photo of doktorhops
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Leffe is a brand I remember from a while back (2001). When I was traveling around Western Europe I tried many beers, most of which (this one included) I didn't like. But back then I was in my beer infancy... will my today taste buds being in beer adulthood like the extra-strength Abbey flavours? Let's find out!

Poured from a 330ml bottle into the only thing I had that resembles a Leffe chalice: a wine glass from Ikea!

A: Presents as a clear golden body (with some champagne fizz going wild within). The pure white 0.5cm head sits proudly atop; which is nice, but I can't help but wonder why this brew is filtered and not bottle conditioned like every other Abbey beer? Scale of economics perhaps?

S: Bubble-gum and cloves dominate, classic Wit-bier aromas... mmmm.

T: First thing that really hits you is an overbearing, cloying alcohol taste (it is 6.6% ABV after all). The flavour is like a regular Wit-bier but amped up a little more; bubble-gum and cloves (no cardamom mind you). It's not bad but the bold sugar taste is an issue, it's quite overpowering for a beer to the point where there's more sweetness than bitterness, which is something I'm not used to in any brew. The aftertaste is sour with a hint of dryness (not bad but not great either).

M: Top points here - creamy and luscious. The carbonation is not nearly the issue I was expecting it to be.

D: Not a beer for all occasions; the alcohol is an obvious limitation in both content and taste, and the sacchariferous flavour is off-putting to some extent. Maybe good as a dessert beer but there are a few others I can think of that fill that role better (Coopers Vintage Ale for starters). As an Abbey beer overall it is just as expensive as the others and although I'm yet to get into them I suspect the more natural bottle-conditioned brews will win in spades over this.

Food match: Desserts all the way. I would not recommend savory with this as you're liking to end up with a battle between food and beverage that food could not possibly win.

Photo of ferrari29
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a two finger white colored head; rocky in appearance and very bubbly; dissipated evenly and didn't leave much lacing around the glass; well carbonated; clear golden orange body

S - Belgian spices; orange peel; coriander; heavy malt scents; crisp and smells refreshing; smells very inviting; buttery biscuit; lemon; yeast

T - Light on flavor; leaves a sweet taste on your lips; subtle malt flavor; leaves the palate asking for a more consistent flavor from start to finish; starts off well but finishes kind of week; I'm still trying to figure out what this beer is trying to be - a staple Belgian Pale Ale or just another beer to pass on; some sour lemon flavor; yeasty

M - Slightly tangy on the back-end; soft malt flavors; thin body and feel and not very effervescent; needs more body; subtle sweet aftertaste

D - Probably best suited for meals, very light on flavors; looked great but lost some points after taking a few sips for lack of nice spiced notes and not much body

Photo of jayhawk73
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my Leffe glass. A golden color with off white one finger head. Lacing is good, carbonation ok. Looks the part of a BPA for sure. Very easy to see through, and very thin looking.

S- Very one dimensional. Clove, maybe a slight hint at malt? That's really about it. Subpar for a Belgian brew, but it's about average here.

T- Same as the nose. Very one dimensional. Clove, and that's about it. I'd like a little more complexity out of this beer, a little more substance. It's not bad, but for the style, it's definitely average.

M- Pretty smooth... very thin for the style, very one dimensional. Not bad, just not great. This is a summer session beer, really... One you don't have to be concerned about the taste/feel because it's so drinkable/boring.

O- Not a bad beer. However, as a lover of all things Belgian- this is at the bottom of the Belgian totem pole. This is the beer that's generic enough you can get your friends into Belgian beer/craft beer. It doesn't offend anyone, yet holds the promise of, "Yes, beer can taste good". This has been my bridge beer for several friends getting into craft brew. It's a decent intro beer, just not great for the style. Still, worth picking up because of price, and to have a six pack laying around of something decent...

Photo of fx20736
1.12/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

You know a beer is bad when you think you'd rather drink Budweiser than one more gulp. This beer looked like apple juice and was just as sweet, sickly sweet. Could not taste anything else. After 3 swallows the rest went down the drain. Absolutely horiible and easily the worst Belgian I've had.

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

from a 11.2 oz bottle with BB 060712

A- pours a clear golden color with a white 2 finger head and little lacing

S- was malts and yeast first a touch of clove and fruit with some bubblegum all faint

T- was a malt and yeast forward ale with a touch of coriander a little fruit like banana and apple with a hint of clove

M- was medium carbonation ,dry and tart but thin on taste

O- its just average its drinkable and moderate in taste a great segway to a belgian pale..but in the end its aveage

Photo of chickenflea
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful golden, clear color with tall, frothy head. Aroma was banana-like and yeasty. Medium sweetness, smooth to drink. Medium body, ave carbonation, with slightly bitter, lasting finish. A good Belgian abbey ale, at a good price. Taste to price ratio is high.

Photo of AdamBear
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden with a nice white head that stays and good lacing

S-smells like bananas and some belgian pale malts. very good and strong.

T-hits the tongue with subtle but smooth and crisp pale belgian malts with a touch of banana. the a spice comes through with the banana to make a lasting after-taste. this is pretty good. the flavors are decent and smooth.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a bitter finish

O-doesn't exactly stand the test of time. i had 2 in a row and the tastes seem to deteriorate over time. its definitely still a good an easy drinking Belgian that i enjoyed.

Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass.

Crystal clear golden-copper color with a one finger head, that is slowly bubbling down to a foamy lace. The bubbles are streaming rapidly off the etching at the bottom of the glass.

Smell is yeasty up front, with hints of light malt. Taste is also yeasty, with bready notes throughout. Very smooth- I don't have a lot of experience tasting this style, but it seems to be (based on what I've sampled to date) a good example of a Belgian blonde ale. I'm surprised by the alc content- wile 6.6% is not huge, it's not light either- but it's hard to perceive with this ale.

Lighter to medium body (more toward the lighter end), with a decent effervescence. I can see way more bubbles than I can actually feel on the palette.

This is not my preferred style, but I must say that it's not bad (given the warmer weather).

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

appearance; crystal clear gold, thick white head, dissipates slowly but remains to a lesser extent throughout the drink. Thin delicate lacing and active, fine carbonation bubbles.

smell; very malty and yeasty, quite sweet like bubblegum. Slightest bit of hop spice, bananas and allspice.

taste; upfront sweet, fruity, malts. Then warming up a bit with doughy yeast. Finishes a bit apricot-like with some mildly bitter hops. Yeast comes back in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; very fizzy and spikey carbonation, finishes smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Medium bodied and slightly thick and chewy.

overall; this is a good beer, not the best but a good value. This is a session variation of a non-session style.

Photo of JayS2629
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, clear golden color with an initially thick creamy head that slowly fades to a foamy layer that sticks around and leaves solid creamy walls of lace. Smell is faint but complex and fruity. A nice sweet caramel underneath with a sweet clove aroma upfront followed by ripe pear, banana, and bubblegum. Spice and toffee, nutmeg and even vanilla hints. A bit watery, but nice spice notes with hints of herbal, spicy hops, bubblegum, caramel, banana and black pepper. Nutty notes with a vanilla hint in the aftertaste. Complex but watery. The mouthfeel is creamy on the front and clean and watery on the end. Easy to drink. Faint and subdued. Commerical version of the style, but well done, well balanced and semi-complex. Tasty.

Photo of gdrydenc
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium gold color with about a finger of white head.

S - Smells very yeasty, with hints of lemon and banana.

T - Taste is very similar to the smell, but more robust. The yeast is very noticeable and pretty delicious. The banana and lemon comes out pretty heavy here.

M - The mouthfeel is nice, fairly thick bubbles, it's pretty creamy.

Overall, this is a nice beer. It's been in the cellar for about a year and a half and technically past its "best by" date. I like this beer a lot and it does just get better with age.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.79/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear and active golden color with a thin but tall, frosty-white head with moderate to quick dissipation for this style.

A very sweet honey malty aroma that seems out of balance as far as aroma for this style. Crispy, light wheat with very subtle fruits...very subtle. Over ripe banana's and clover as it warms a bit.

A tangy and then metallic bitterness at first, yikes...not impressed with the first impression. A long, sweet malt goes way too far and then evens out with a rather unimpressive and not-so-complex yeast flavor.

The feel is light, crispy and clean and is by far the most impressive aspect of this belgian style.

And I was wondering why this 6-pack was so cheap!?

Photo of robwestcott
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the tap to an oversized tumbler a translucent gold leaning to copper with no head whatsoever

subte citrus and spicel aroma.

banana and cloves up front, citrus, cotton candy and serious Belgian yeasts.

light bodied, big carbonation, smooth and spicy sweet.

drinkable - yep.

overall - better than average, not great.

Photo of kojevergas
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a Bay Brewery pint glass in the Oslo brewpub, Salthill, Ireland. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of nice cream and fair thickness. Gold colour. Very appealing. Appears alive; perhaps yeasty.

Sm: Cream, barley, a bit of smoke actually (?), and hops. A moderate strength scent.

T: Wonderfully balanced, with a hoppy fresh body and marvelous cream on the finish. The cream is handled very well, curtailing rather than dying. Built well for the style. I'm glad it's very commonly available.

Mf: Wonderfully creamy and smooth. Smack-your-lips crisp.

Dr: Conceals its mouthfeel very well. A delightful beer, but not worth seven quid (probably a result of its being offered in Salthill).

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright golden color with lots of carbonation. Provides a two finger white foam head with really nice retetion. There is some moderate lacing.

S: Has some very mild sweet scents like bubblegum. There is also a hint of bananas and yeast.

T: Starts off with some sweet buttered toast. In the middle the flavors are mostly bubblegum, clove, coriander, bananas and toast. Those same flavors are still there on the back end, but are not as potent.

M: A nice light to medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation as it tickles the throat. Leaves a clean taste on the palate.

O: This beer is a little all over the place. Definitely worth a try, would be refreshing as a lawnmower beer.

Photo of ummswimmin
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A local AMC theatre just opened with food and drink service in the theatre. Having a beer while watching a first run movie seems like a pretty good setup...even if the beer is not on the level with DFH or Stone.

I picked up the Leffe as a best option available.

I used a Stella glass as that best immitates a belgian chalice.

This beer pours with a lot of head. I could smell orange and the typical smell of belgian yeast. The aroma wasn't strong, but it was present.

The taste was pretty weak. It was an entry level belgian... not too strong.

I don't recommend this beer... unless it is one of a limited set of options.

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