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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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2,948 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,948
Reviews: 1,217
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 30
Gots: 276 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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Photo of MS2k
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick and foamy just-off-white head that stays around a while. Pours a clear straw/golden color.

S: Pleasantly phenolic with the scent of banana, cloves, and bubble-gum.

T: Very fruity. Some notable malt flavors present, but overall a unique and subdued taste.

M: Light and refreshing.

D: Pretty good. The biggest turn-off is the slight alcoholic taste towards the end of every sip. Still, I went through my six-pack in about a day. It's worth trying, though I'm sure there are better examples of the style.

MS2k, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of greg202stewart
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I was on a steady diet of Duvel the bartender recommended I try this one as a cheaper relative. I found it to be a unique beer, different than the most Belgians. It has a very sweet flavor, but goes down smooth and crisp and goes good with most food. An above average beer.

greg202stewart, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of kshankar
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is golden. Decent head

Aroma is malty, some spices, banana on the fruit side.

Taste is good. Banana, some spices and the malt come through well. Its mild and fairly straightforward

Mouthfeel: Light and goes down great

Drinkability: Well it tastes good with a good mouthfeel. Recommended. Its not the most complex beer you'll have, but its a good beer to have around. I could have a few of these with no problem

kshankar, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of PhilfromPA
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours golden in color with good head, disapates moderately fast but leaves nice lacing

S- banana, spice, and almost a hint of bubblegum

T- Hits instantly with sweet banana & clove, finishes slightly crisp

M- A bite of carbonation then followed by a rather smooth mouthfeel, somewhat oily

D- Good drinkability, although the sweetness might bother you after a few. The taste is light, pleasant and not overly carbonated. Easy to drink a few of these in a sitting.

Not the best example of the style but a good value overall.

PhilfromPA, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear medium golden color with a thick fluffy white foam that recedes somewhat quick and leaves a nice lace pattern behind.

Smells Belgian and sweet, if not a bit too clean. I get some cinnamon and cassis as well as plenty of clove. Reminds me a bit of the old Blackjack chewing gum from the old days.

Taste is better than I expected from such a mass produced Belgian giant. The yeast is in the forefront as it should be with pronounced clove and what I imagine a tangerine-banana cross would taste like. A touch of honey and hops cross the palate near the finish and make this a fairly refreshing beer overall. Nowhere close to the best Belgian blonde, but still a tasty option that can easily be found at a decent price. Wont have any problems finishing off the six pack I got.

twiggamortis420, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice 2 finger head with high levels of carbonation. Decent head retnetion and a slightly clear amber color.

Smell is of slight banana and clove with a bubble gum overtone. I am not a fan of bubble gum too much. As it warms, this beer smells like Bazooka.

Taste is of clovey and slightly sweet with some unfermented sugars. It's not as dry as I would like. It's sort of uninteresting. Just some pale malt and a bubble gum yeast strain.

This beer is decently crisp, but there is a little bit too much body for the style.

The yeast strain in this beer turns me off to it. It's not bad, but there are so many better belgians out there I figure: "why bother?"

jasonjlewis, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2oz brown bottle, pop top, classy label

Appearance: Dark golden beer with nice white cap with good retention; steady but light carbonation

Smell: Typical Belgian pale...it's estery, fruity, spicy, and delicious....banana esters, bubblegum, and a touch of clove...quite nice

Taste: It's really tasty...a hint of malt, nice mild phenols and esters...it's like a good Belgian pale...LIGHT...it's a bit simple, and almost dumbed-down...tasty, but overly restricted, almost

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: This is decent, but almost restrained...perhaps it's filtered, etc? Also, the alcohol is actually somewhat noticeable

BedetheVenerable, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of beerbuddah
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six-pack of this - 330ml bottle poured into a Leffe Goblet.

A - a nice golden color, lots of foamy head, then a nice layer with patchy islands after a few minutes.

S - smell is not too potent in any way. I get a hint of alcohol, some sweetness/maltyness.

T - very good, it's a sweet beer, and you taste malt first. This gives way to the slight bitterness of the hops near the end, and the finish is crisp. This beer is very well balanced.

M - though the finish is crisp, and it does taste like malty sweet honey, the body is semi thick.

D - Good, the alcohol is hidden, except for a bit at the end. It's much more drinkable and accessible than some of the other Belgian brews I've tasted.

beerbuddah, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of OldYoda
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass leaves a modest 1 finger head and no lacing. Appearence is decent, a very clear light amber with plenty of carbonation rising through the beer.

I found the smell a bit odd - banana and clove and something slightly bitter. Not what I expected.

Taste was a bit of a disappointment - the banana and spice was there but there was a blunt alcohol presence that was jarring.

Mouthfeel was ok, but again, the alcohol presence was a little surprising in the back.

Drinkability is ok, but I would not be likely to come back for seconds here.

OldYoda, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of mattffrost
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poued into glass.

Beer is a slight cloudy light amber color. A lot of white head is present. Head sticks around quite awhile.

Smell Malt, sweet corn, similiar to some lagers.

Taste. I like the taste. Nice and simple. Slightly pungent. Maybe just a little too sweet for me with this style.

Mouthfeel. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability. Very easy to drink but just a little too sweet.

mattffrost, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of nem2006
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 11.2 oz bottle. Has a very dense white head that holds extremely well. Very well carbonated, clear, golden.

Smell is very sweet. Not much hop at all. Clean. A very little tartness.

Medium bodied beer with plenty of carbonation felt on the tongue. It is pretty sweet all the way through and then finishes with a little tartness at the end. Not bitterness like you might think from hops.

nem2006, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of drink1121
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big Abbey fan. Bought this cause it looked interesting, even though I have read the not so great reviews. It pours a nice school bus yellow. with good lacing and decent head. Smells likes bananas with a slight citrus. Tatses like over-ripe bananas, but nothing too deep. I gave this to my roommate to try. He had one sip and gave it right back to me. His palate isnt as refined as mine, but nonetheless. He hated it. Overall drinkability. I would take this over macros of course, but not over very many abbeys.

drink1121, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of jizdepski
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a big abbey fan, i have been eyeballing leffe for a while. i have been told its not a great beer, so i have put it off in favor of what i really like drinking when it comes to selection time.

i finally i bought a 6 pack for 8.99 at my local fine foods store, and went straight home to pour a tall glass. it looks like a beautiful beer, very bright and golden, with carbonation bubbles finding their way surfaceward to take their place among a nice bubbly head that lingers a bit and lightly hugs the glass. smells nice, a bit fruity, with a refreshing effervescent quality. does smell a bit on the citrus side. the taste was a bit disappointing from the get-go. i think i expected more, but it really tasted more like a fruity lager than anything else,with notes of banana bread. the cloves while present don't really add to the beer...the alcohol flavor is there, but more pronounced on the finish, which i would have to describe as bitterly bland. not a whole lot going on here. as for the mouthfeel, quite thin, which was expected. i could probably polish off 5 or 6 of these, but wouldn't enjoy it as much as a should (except for the ABV, a clean 6.6). for an abbey blonde, i guess it fits the bill, but barely. i wouldn't recommend it however. in general a letdown.

jizdepski, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours nice golden color with thick foam head that leaves some lacing.

S- Fruity banana yeast nose with some floral scents.

T- Strong clove wheat flavor initally. Developes into a fruity malt flavor that attempts to hide the bitter alcohol bite that finishes.

M- Carbonation is a little on the excessive side and the alcohol flavor is a bit too pronounced.

D- Looks and smells better than it tastes. I think they tried to do a little too much with the flavor and ended up with a mess.

projectflam86, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 0.33l bottle into a 0.33l stemmed pokal glass.

Appearance: Nice. It is a bright, golden, almost honey color. Completely translucent with lots of carbonation bubbles. Small, tight, fizzy head that sticks around for a bit.

Smell: Earthy and fruity. Has the citrus and banana scents one would expect from a Belgian.

Taste: Has a bitterness to it that I did not expect. Fruity notes towards the end. Definitely does not taste as good as I expected but still not bad.

Mouthfeel: Thin, like water. Has kind of an oppressive carbonation feel to it.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not great either. I might try it again at some point in time but nothing I would go out of my way looking for. Pretty average.

wahhmaster, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Jimbo87
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a 24 oz wine glass.

clear dark gold with a big goldish-white head

smell is banana, wheat, earth. As it warms, some earthy tartness. I like it.

Flavor is very mild. Very faint malt/wheat grain flavor, slighty earthy. Slight hop balancing bitterness at the end. I enjoy it.

Mouthfeel is good. Thicker than I expected.

Drinkability is pretty high. Very mild but pretty tasty. I'm impressed because I didn't expect this to be good.

Jimbo87, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

P- Market Cross Pub in carlisle

A- A huge head pour and quite mountainous. a pale yellow color.

S- Huge aroma as i pour. bananas, pears and some other floral scents. light malts and alcohol.

T- a huge banana taste. Tastes of banana clove. strong bitter floral hops and malts.

M- bubbly and fructose sweet. back end of the flavor is like a dried out banana though. aftertaste isnt as good as the forefront.

D- i think the banana is too much and it overpowers the malts and the pear. It is nice to try but i wont have anymore. It would be good with crackers or bread.

Dodo2step, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of argock
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11oz brown bottle into a clear 16oz tulip. Single purchased from World Market for $1.79.

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.

argock, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of magine
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a Margarita Glass - yes thats right a margarita glass. I have been told (I am just really getting into beer) by Leffe's website (very cool by the way) that the glass should be a chalice or an over sized wine glass. So as I own neither - the margarita glass will have to do.

Pours a clear golden blonde with white foamy head, some lacing - but my glass may be the problem. The head and lacing was not as apparent as i feel it should have been. Smells of banana and some other fruity flavors, banana's being the most prominent.

Tastes very bubbly and sweet with a dry after taste. Taste of banana is present and has a fruity creamy taste as it goes down. Almost seems like it needs to be cloudy or thicker to some degree.

I have only had this a few times before this one. This is a good beer - not in a league of its own by any stretch, but not forgettable either. It just tastes and feels as if it is missing something that could make it so much more. Still very drinkable and could be paired very well with a nice steak dinner. Overall a good brew.

magine, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Strand
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now here's an interesting beer. I generally don't like pale ales, but Leffe Blonde is pretty good. I'd say it's similar to (but better than) Goose Island's Honker Ale. I recommend pouring Leffe Blonde into a glass, so that you can experience the smell of it as well.

This beer isn't for average Joe. It's not a beer that you can have 8 of in an evening. But I plan on buying Leffe Blonde some time in the future - it's crisp, it's refreshing, it's a real nice Belgian ale.

Also, they have a pretty unique website (which I'm guessing Beeradvocate doesn't want me to include in my review). Go check it out.

Strand, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle poured into a glass.

Head is thick and nearly white. Foamy bubble linger for quite a while leaving a bit of lacing. Sits atop an thick, amber-colored brew.

Smells malty and syrupy--a foretaste of what's to come.

Tastes thick and rich, very sweet, almost syrupy. If you don't like sweet beers, you won't like this. It's almost too sweet, but I'm starting to appreciate Leffe for this. Whereas the brown/brune is a bit more malty/burnt caramel, the blonde is a tad more butterscotch/buttery/caramel.

Feels thick and sweet on the mouth. I don't think I could drink this all the time, but I would definitely drink it again.

fullsweep, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of feelmefoam
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice honey color with carbonation running up the glass into about an inch thick, off-white head that leaves some decent lacing around the glass.

Smells of sweet fruit, a little citrus, and some bready notes.

Sweet taste up front, I can taste some banana as well as a little citrus. Some wheat and yeast also comes through.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium amounts of carbonation, and doesn't linger much.

Overall an easy drinking beer that is good for a warm spring/summer day. Pretty good flavor, but nothing exceptional.

feelmefoam, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Extremely clean golden-amber with a thick off-white head that hangs around for quite a while. Unusually clear for a belgian

Smell- Light citrus notes, sweet fruit and bready yeast, light on pale malt, very little hops

Taste- Again, very clean with a clove-like taste in the back of the mouth, grainy sweetness, light on citrus, more sweet fruit in the finish with a little bananna. pretty well-balanced, but lacking in complexity

Mouthfeel- medium body, lots of carbonation

Though the lack of yeasty haze, makes it a fairly poor example of the style, it's one I'll definitely buy again, when i'm in the mood, due to pretty solid flavors, and availability.

endincolorado, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Thanby
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw/honey color with a thin off-white head. Smells of banana and straw, cloves and a bit of citrus. The taste is heavy but smooth, the banana and cloves being the dominant flavor, some citrus and (I think) ginger surface slowly, huge banana finish. Surprisingly heavy body, but it's supported by the full flavors. Smooth and easy to drink, pretty well-rounded.

Thanby, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

Pours a medium straw with a two finger head that recedes, rather quickly to a 1/4 finger cap. Cap leaves clingy sticky lace.

Aroma is of medium roasted grain with a huge candy backing. Caramel and toffee.

Taste is sweet grain and wheat, with a warm yeast backing. Sweet caramel candy sugars abound, with not much to say about a hop profile. Malt is up there and sweet, heavy and substantial.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick and oily, very chewy and substantial.

Overall, if this is a crappy Belgian, (by it's category), than it's a good one. I would drink it again, and buy it again.

wheatyweiss, Feb 28, 2009
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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