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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,210 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,210
Reviews: 1,249
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 41
Gots: 416 | FT: 0
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Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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 cudmud
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer has a clear, polished copper color, a bright white head, and produces a copious lace. This is a nice looking beer.

Smell: Wonderful malt and yeast esters (cloves)highlight this brew. This beer has wonderful aromas.

Taste: Lots of yeast flavor in this beer. This beer is very bread-like in its flavor. In short, this beer is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Full body and smooth.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

Photo of etn3000
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a bar. I just picked a beer at random, I didn't know what I was getting. But when the server brought it out, I was impressed. It had a beautiful gold hue, and quite a bit of carbonation.
The flavor was very unique. I have never tasted a beer like this before. I don't really have the words to describe the flavor, you'll just have to try it yourself. My friend described the flavor as ketchup. I, on the other hand, wouldn't say that. That seems almost degrading.
It was somewhat light, easing going down and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend this to anyone that likes Belgian Blondes (not the females, but the beers).

Photo of Shrews629
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear golden color with bright yellow highlights. Very nice, thick, soapy to somewhat creamy head that left real good lacing and had very good retention. The head stayed with the beer until the finish.

Smell - Picking up some spicy, peppery notes. Touch of hops that smell fresh and smell of grass or grain. Also, smells of lemon and coriander. The bready aromas don't come forth until after the beer has warmed considerably.

Taste - Very nice taste. Has a touch of alcohol warmth. A dry bread or biscuity taste. The lemon and pepper are held back more in the taste, but not obscure. The spices are not overdone and the malt really mellows this beer out.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light mouthfeel that is very smooth and rather dry. Doesn't overwhelm the palate, but does cover it in an above average way.

Drinkability - This is probably the best "Blonde" that I have had thus far. I'm not a real big fan of "Blondes", "Wits" or "Hefes", but this beer was excellent in my opinion. Most are way too spicy and overdone with sweetness for my liking. This was more subdued and gentle and made for a very pleasant experience. This would be great during the Summer around the BBQ. The high ABV might sneak up on me however.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass. The pour is pale orange and a big, fluffy white head erupts, nice lacing. The aroma is full of sweet fruit and very spicy(cloves not chillies). The beer is sweet and has a ton of clove, that dominate the flavor. The beer finishes as it starts, sweet fruity clove. The body is light/medium and it is very well carbonated. It is easy drinking and I kind of liked it, but the yeast strain may not be for everyone.

Photo of CrazyMike
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden appearance with decent bubbly head. Smell is very medicinal with various fruit such as bananas and oranges.

Taste is sweet and medicinal, much like the smell. Picked up bread grain and spicy hops as well. This is light bodied with nice carbonation. Aftertaste is sweet and bitter with a lingering booze taste.

Overall, very interesting beer with a balanced diversity of tastes, and the lightness of it makes very drinkable. Would definitely recommend.

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

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Translucent, dark-ish and golden straw-colored pour with a half-inch white head. Lots of spotted lacing throughout the glass. Smells of some musty yeast and a handful of banana esters. The alcohol is surprisingly pretty apparent in the glass. Nothing much else afterwards; simplistic at best.

Tastes like a sparkly hefeweizen, but not quite a kristalweizen either. A yeast-driven beer with good amounts of banana flavor from beginning to end. Not much of a hop presence to speak of, as well. And a thin bitterness at the finale to end things off. An easy, but sub-par Belgian overall.

Mouthfeel begins with a sudden prickled feel from the carbonation, but smooths out completely afterwards. Not much coating in cheeks or tongue. Easy drinking. I usually see these in the supermarket and I'd say it's a decent alternative to your usual BMC.

Photo of NHGrafx
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz brown bottle. Best before 11/10/10. So it is a bit old.

Pours a cloudy amber color with a massive head that lasts for a few minutes.

Aroma is very yeasty. Aroma has some similarities with a Bavarian Hefeweissen. There are some banana and spicy smells too. Lemony grassy smell and malts with some hops in the background.

Taste has some sweetness. Fruityness like pears and yeast flavor too. Definitly getting the hop flavor here, but it is not overly bitter. Some spiciness too, slightly sweet corn flavor in the background which is not very noticeable.

Mouthfeel is decent, slightly watery, but tolerable. Drinkability is pretty high for my tastes. Overall not bad. Tastes very nice even at an age of 1+ and beyond the "expiration" date. From what I remember when I got it fresh, the taste is not much different so it seems like it can be lying around for a while and not suffer badly.

Photo of bubseymour
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into my new for X-mas Sam Adams curvy beer-geek drinkers glass.

Appearance- Blonde with 1 finger head

Smell- sweet, definitely smells unlike anything brewed in the US

Taste - very light and easy to drink. I think 6.6% ABV is perfect for this beer as anything more would surely become boozy. Stronger though than its light body would assume. An exception very unique flavor to this beer. Absolutely love the distict flavor. Perhaps a tad sweet though.

Mouthfeel - nothing note worthy

Drinkability - THis is definitely a beer I could drink several of in 1 sitting (and get in trouble with the higher 6.6% ABV than the light body would dictate). I very much recommend this beer for its easy drinkability and very distinct and unique taste.

Photo of Zimbo
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smell is the biggest asset here with a lovely candied nose. A thin head which the beer can't maintain. Initially the taste seems thin but there is some positive evolution over time. Mouthfeel starts fine with a huskiness but in time the fizzy gassy quality takes over. Alcohol is stronger than expected.
There is potential here. It just needs some TLC.

Photo of Bricelyn
4.67/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Its like looking through a glass of clover honey, the head was disappointing it was a finger and a 1/4 of cream soda head that dissipated quickly but is actually leaving a light lacing on my glass.

It smells like a mix of overly ripe avocados (Not odd for a Belgian ale to me at least) and alfalfa hay bales. Finishing with a little wisp of the alcohol.

First thing that hit me as I took a drink was the carbonation burning my tongue very sprite like carbonation... It has however mellowed out and is quite smooth now on my 4th or 5th sip.

It's got a slight crispness to it that mellows into a fermented fruit, and leaves the palette sticky with a happy coppery slime. Classic Belgian ale

I will be polishing off this brew over the Christmas holiday, I'd call this one very drinkable.

Photo of beertunes
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip. Poured a nice deep, gold color with a tall, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and surprisingly light lacing.

The aroma was slightly sweet, with a nice grain scent and a very good yeast scent. The taste followed along very closely with there being a slightly more noticeable spice taste being supported by the nice base grains.

The body was very good, full, round, smooth and clean without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability is excellent, I could have this all day long.

Overall, a near excellent beer that is certainly worth your time.

Photo of tbeckett
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark gold/light copper in appearance with some medium carbonation and one finger of white head that leaves a nice cap throughout. Bright.

S - Lot's of yeast and sweet spice with some good banana and orange peel to back it up.

T - Spice, yeast, orange, and banana all return with the banana really taking over this time.

M - Good carbonation, very smooth and a medium body that falls closer to the full end of the spectrum.

D - Easy to drink this. Not overly complex but quite nice and I could see myself sessioning this.

Photo of KidsDoc
2.44/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz poured into Duvel tulip

A: clear pale orange with thin bubbly white head stays nicely on top; spotty lacing

S: light sweet malt, but an odd smell kept coming through that I can only oddly describe as reminiscent of cafeteria green beans! - strange.

T: stale bready malt. mild spice aftertates. light yeast presence.

M: thin, minimal carbonation. Light as it should be but borders on watery

D: smooth but not worth the time. A bit of an effort to finish this one just because the taste was so unusual. will easily look past this one from now on. Had to try it - bottle looked great.

Photo of stewart124
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice this is brilliantly clear with a rocky white head. Some lacing but nothing much to brag about.

Pleasant clover aroma with straw.

Taste is malty sweet with a nice european malt character. Clove powers through everything but this is still a tasty pale ale. Nice amounts of belgian yeast character with a malty backbone and some pleasing sweetness.

Overall this lacks some depth. Clove and a grainy malt characters are about all I get from this Belgian Pale Ale. A little bit of hot alcohol in the finish but this is otherwise a fairly nice pale ale.

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

11.2oz bottle served in a chalice.

L - clear golden color with a white head that left a few spots of lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, candied sugar and spices.

T - sweet taste upfront with some spiced flavors going on.

F - light/medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - goes down easy but a bit sweet for more than 1 or 2.

Photo of Duhast500
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into an over-sized wine glass.

The color is clear bubbly orange with a finger of foamy white head ans some thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is a little grainy with some old malt flavor, some old leather glove flavor with some corn flavor and a touch of a malty finish.

The taste has grainy flavor that has a sticky malt flavor that is a bit detached from the the overall flavor profile of this beer. There is a bit of a cream corn flavor that mixes with a sweet sugar flavor that seems to be on quick release from the get-go. A surprise is needed in this beer it seems to delivered but is not that surprising.

The feel of this beer has a bit of a smooth body but a complex aftertaste that is in the middle and at both ends, a bit interesting.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Freshness date said best by march 2012. Not sure what that means but I doubt this one is a good bottle ager.

Golden yellow and clear with a huge frothy head that eventually sinks down and leaves some lacing.

Smells of yeasts, light fruits, and wheat. Almost more of a wheat beer smell.

Very sweet tasting, lots of apple, pear, and banana with a touch of citrus. Yeast is strong in the flavor as well. Some spiciness, cloves and pepper. The sweet kinda overpowers the other flavors.

Feels pretty good going down, kinda thick with a long lingering bittersweet aftertaste and just a touch of warming slightly reminiscent of a tripel.

Drinkability is below average. It's ok but I won't seek it out again.

Photo of tigg924
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, clear, gold in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: apple, clove, and honey

Taste: Belgian spices, honey, and a touch of banana

Mouthfeel: sweet, light bodied with medium/high carbonation, crisp.

Drinkability: A decent Belgian ale that I could have several of. I have certainly had both better and worse. I would consider picking up a six of this.

Photo of anakar
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's a nice beer, a bit disapointing to anyone who likes Leffe Brown (Best beer EVER). It doesn't feel as expansive as it should. It ain't rich, it ain't full of flavor and it doesn't go down very smoothly. It's too basic - a good competetor for something like any other slighty flavored Pale beer. If you want a Leffe, get another one.

Photo of bierguru
2.21/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A -
golden in color thick white head holds well mild carbonation

S -
malty slight sweetness with some citrus backbone

T -
starts sweet and finishes like a sweet sour i get some melon maybe pear honey malts i really almost spit back my first couple of sips
i will saw as the beer warmed it tasted better but but i still wanted to spit it back

M -
thickish fairly foamy nothing really awful about it but nothing great about it it was kind of watery

D -
awful would never have again well maybe on tap but i think my reason for why i didnt like this beer are clearly stated

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very bubbly clear golden, tall white head, nice retention
S - citrus and pear with a wheat backgone
T - sweet pear an melon, bready grainy malt, light leafy hops, a very nice mix
M - lots of carbonation with a light feel that finished with a tart dry
D - I don't have a ton of experience with Belgians, but from a pure beer flavour enjoyment perspective I really liked this, and will definitely be sampling again

Photo of Otterburn
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

golden color, little foamy white head, laces..
medium carboanation
clear look

smell a bit malty. cereal, maybe corn,

taste; at my surprise, this one is pretty sweet, corn or something, not very malty, sweet after-taste..thin body

mouthfeel is medium after-taste of sweetcorn
medium carb, fine bubbles.

drinkability. its alright, but...this is not like the one in Europe for sure. Theres a big difference.Maybe freshness of the product. usually it have a full body, malty and refreshing. this one seem its from with corn and other ingredients..im disapointed here

Photo of rabsten
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold-amber into a big chardonnay glass. Good head, no lacing.

Clove-y phenols over sweet malt. Tasty aroma. Cloves and meaty* yeast over a sweet body. Surprisingly dry finish, since the body is big and heavy with residual sugars (and said sugars hit the drinkability somewhat.)

Not bad at all, and reasonably priced, what with it being Belgian and all. Good starter/intro Belgian for your non-BA friends and decent enough for those of us who know better but don't want to go balls-out Big B.

*Not in an autolysis way, but in the sink-your-teeth-into-it way.

Photo of darkmartin
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours to a translucent gold with a moderate, off-white head.

Smell: Smells quite yeasty with a lot of spice and fruit.

Taste: A little sweeter than the smell predicted, however the spice and subtle hops dominate the finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite light with a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: Interestingly complex flavor for a light beer, but the spicy fruit of Belgian ale is simply not my thing.

Photo of Chincino
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured to be an amber/golden color which was poured into a goblet. It had an aroma of spice and fruit which was quite strong. It was very sweet-tasting with a bit of a bitter after-taste. It was moderately carbonated and medium-bodied. It had good drinkability.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,210 ratings.