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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,945 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 2,945
Reviews: 1,215
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 30
Gots: 274 | 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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4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a delicious Belgian. I had the bottle type and I poured it into a pilsner glass a little too quickly and the head was enormous. On my second round I chose the classic pint glass and the head was a bit more tame but so was my pour. The color is of the deep golden viriety and there was about 1 inch of head. It smelled sweet and malty and possible had some citrus notes. It seemed heavier on the malt and the hops were drowned out. Carbonation was present but not overpowering. The smell convinces you the taste will be smooth and on the sweeter side. This is not a heavy ale but its look is deceiving. It was filling but was an easy pint to finish. There was lacing left the entire way up the glass. I'd gladly have another.

, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of ledemie
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap in Paris

A: served a dull golden tone with a big and wavy white head

S: sweet with a Belgium beer aroma

T: Grassy, Hop is mellowed out from the sweetness, orange peel, clove.

Ml: decent carbonation, medium body.

D: high,, good beer to tackle a Steak Frite in Paris, good everyday beer, thought I tried the Bottle here and was not impressed....

ledemie, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of gotweid
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a nice copper color and nice white head. Head settled quickly. Aroma of hops, malt and yeast are easily picked up. Taste has slight hops, pepper, sweet malt. Nice, balanced, strong body and flavorful mouthfeel. A little dry. Drinkable and enjoyable. Not a favorite, but not bad either. Worth a try and take one if offered.

gotweid, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. 12 oz. bottle. Light yellow and tawny with a white head.

s. Light fruits and belgian yeast.

T. Very flavorful. Fruit is apparant, dried raisin specifically makes an impression. Also a helping of banana goodness comes from that funky yeast. Has some characterics of a Hefeweizen but much more complex. Sweetish.

M. A bit excessively carbonated in my opinion, but still a fine drinker.

D. This is a very good BPA. If you're looking for a great hop profile, I'd look elsewhere. If you're looking for a very well balanced, complex belgian style pale ale, here it is.

Stinkypuss, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear brass honey colored with tons on tiny bubbles zig zaggin up from the bottom and an expansive white head of soft pillowy foam. cap retains itself quite nicely in my tulip, ending up as a pock marked scoop of ice cream floating in beer. ring after ring of thick drippy lace is crusting around the glass. time to drink.

S- typical banana/clove/bubblegum with a subtle tart fruitiness and some wheat as well. some white bread, vanilla, pale barley, and a small hint of alcohol, but it's mostly about the yeast.

T- similar to the aroma but with a white bread flavor, pear, banana, clove, nutmeg, grassy noble hops, and a dry lightly bitter finish.

MF- somewhat aggressive carbonation keeps it movin and the juicy body keeps things from getting too light. slick and becoming syrupy as it warms.

D- refreshing and unoffensive but when going belgian i usually look for something with a bit more character.

hustlesworth, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of unclejimbay
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FYI disclaimer, one of my early inexperienced reviews...

poured into a tulip glass from a sixer.
6.6 ABV, 207? calories

A-4.5 Carmelized sugar type golden brown

S- CARAMEL & MALT

T - CARAMEL, if dulche de leche was a beer, this is it

MF- CARAMEL, sligtly sweet and syrup after taste

D - 4.5 I DIG THIS STUFF! its on the sweet side but unique as a change of pace, the wife digs it. Sweet wine drinkers tend to like this brew.

unclejimbay, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden color with a decent white head and leaves good retention.

S- Smells of light, malty aroma, a little pepper, lemons and pear.

T- Fruit tones remain from start to finish, not overpowering and balanced with all the flavours. Overall, pretty sweet.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D- Decent not my favorite but worth a try for sure.

nrbw23, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of 1759Girl
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at Gestalt Haus, with a lovely (vegan) sausage dinner... Mmmm. It paired perfectly.

A> No head. carbonated to the max... I mean 'lively'. Dark golden, almost orange.

S>Not like most. Not hoppysmelling. All I smell is apple pie. Apple and cinnamon notes. Not bad. I actually quite fancy pie now.. with cheddar. Not sure to give it extra points or take them away for making me crave something I shouldn't have, or at least can't order at Gestalt Haus.

T>Tart, malty, smoothes to a sweet finish. Spicey hang. Cloves. Not too complex, and really sweeter than I prefer. Refreshing none the less.

M>Feels pretty fabulous in my boca.

D> After a couple of boots of this last year, I can't drink too much of it. But it did the trick for me tonight, and its really pretty consistent, just a bit simple.

1759Girl, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of SeanRedd
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

She ain't half bad; slightly chilled. What mostly kills this over processed beauty is her fellow kin within the style. Compared to her straight "A classmates", it appears she has to settle for a grade of "Working under potential." But do not be fooled; a pleasurable drink. Dulce de Leche provides a sweet bed for a drop of vanilla. A nice deep spice that counters the caramel syrup. Possibly a touch of bourbon? Take the advice and drink a tad under room temp to put the esters in full overdrive. A cold one brings out grape reminiscent of plum soda and the carbonation is a bit too sharp. You will probably be expending more energy avoiding this one since its available everywhere...dive in, take a swim. Then pay an extra buck for the others in the family.

SeanRedd, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of Bananaman
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, this one is one of the best "standard beers" at the local pub's here in Sweden.

Pours a golden color with a nice white head, really looks nice in it's profile glass.

The taste is nice of some spices (koriander, and some orange) with tones of citrus fruits. A bit warming too.

Well, all and all, a nice beer, not mediocre, not amazing. Good.

Bananaman, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of SickBrew
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Biggs Beer Wine and Tobacco in Vancouver, WA.

Poured into a Pils Glass and observed a descent head but not very dense and not great retention. Beer is very clear and light.

Aroma was light for a golden, not much of a hop nose and with a light malt character. Some phenols there.

Flavor tracked the aroma, surprise. It is smooth and light but in my limited experience for this style I would expect more flavor.

SickBrew, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of umustdrink
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark orange color. Offwhite head settles at an eighth inch, good retention. Small dots of lacing.

S - Pungent yeasty smell, slightly sour, floury and sweet, hints of berries. Nice.

T - Taste starts out fairly mellow, becomes lightly sweet and bitter. Sweetens out a bit and thats about it. Finish leaves a lightly sweet yeast flavor.

M - Medium consistency and light carbonation.

D - Easy drinking, smells and looks very nice but the taste is too simple.

umustdrink, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Chinon01
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden with minimal head.

Smell - Nose shows dry hop aroma.

Taste - Rather simple. Buttery and floral.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability - Mouthfeel is good due to weight. Thick beer; bubbles move slowly through the beer after the swirl. Good balance between weight and hops dryness.

The beer's weight is too much for its limited complexity imho.

Chinon01, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of bilyboy65
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a very boring beer for me. It had a good golden color with a frothy white head. The smell was just of sweet malts, caramel and a mild alcohol. Nothing really exciting. The taste was just as boring. It was good, but plain caramel with a brown sugar finish. It was a drinkable beer being low carbonation and a full bodied beer.

bilyboy65, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excellent for a lightish beer, in my opinion. Its a little clean and filtered, and that's what is holding it back, but its still good. I am more of a dark beer drinker, but if I'm going to drink a lighter one, I'll never go wrong with this Leffe. The taste is excellent - very pleasant and goes well with lunch, dinner or light appetizers. First time I tasted it I had never heard of it, and thought it would be a more expensive and better reviewed beer - I was impressed. Will definitely buy again and I recommend it.

Purchased at Kokoman Fine Wines and Liquors in New Mexico.

prsguitarsr4me, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Taffle
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just arrived in today so I thought I should give it try. Very attractive little bottle if I might say.

Nice golden-orange pour rich in beauty and carbonation. Very full-bodied head retaining for eons. Has a pleasant, drinkable appearance.

Smells malty sweet, with hints of lemon and hop.

Sweet, malty undertones paired with lots of fruity, acidic flavors. Sublte hop notes add a nice touch. A bit heavy on the tart finish - but refreshing.

An excellent summer brew that's easy to drink and suitable for a wide range of palates. Well bodied, semi-sweet, and texture-ly appeasing.

Taffle, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of kinger
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm giving this one 8's all around and for good reason, this is one great Abbey Ale. Aroma is slightly wild and yeasty, I also detect a wheat quality. Sharp golden color favoring a faint amber tint, the pour created a massive white head that took it's time to simmer down. Good lacing with nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is unbelievably filling with a sweet smooth finish. Awesome flavor, reminds me of a hefe-weizen at first but more complex. That familiar Belgian earthiness is present, backed by a peppery spicy and floral taste. What an all around great one we have here, I can imagine enjoying this on any occasion.

kinger, Aug 05, 2008
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3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't really understand why so many people hate this beer here in the states. I understand that it's not the best Belgian beer in the world, but still it's really pretty good for what it is. This is one of my regular, weekly beers, this and Guinness Extra Stout, so if you already don't like me, that's okay. A lot of people already gave a fairly good representation of the taste, mouth-feel,etc. So I just wanted to give my $0.02 about this beer, it is drinkable, mild, and a good entry level Belgian beer. While I can always appreciate a Chimay etc., this is a good, well rounded beer.
Slainte!
P.S. Let me say that I am going to Belgium next summer, so I may have a new appreciation then, Cheers friends!

Amendment: 27 Nov 2008.
I had a couple of these last night and they seemed far more sweet than ones I have had in the past. I don't know if they have changed anything, or if my tastes have simply changed a little, but it was unpleasantly sweet last night... That's what she said.

Jordan1985rec, Aug 04, 2008
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2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Huge foamy white head no matter how slow you pour. Smell is equal maltiness and hops, like it's flavor. Well balanced taste with plenty of both hops and malt. It is a bit heavy but is has a very dry finish which makes it so drinkable. Im disappointed that you only get 11.2 ounces. An empty bottle of the stuff ways more than a traditional empty beer bottle. I know small batch euro beers often come in thicker bottles but since InBev owns them, I'm now assuming that .8 ounces of beer costs more than .8 ounces of glass. I'll probably never drink it again.

flaminghomer, Aug 03, 2008
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3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pretty clear blonde, mine had virtually no head, but it was bought at a restaurant on tap, so that may have been the bartenders fault.

S-Smells pretty strongly of cloves and other spices. a little malty

T-tastes very much like cloves, in fact it almost overpowered any other flavors it had. I also detected what seemed like banana, but that may have just been the cloves. Pretty good as long as you know what to expect.

M-Smooth, almost perfect carbonation, not too much and not too little for the flavor it has.

D-I could have a couple I guess, you really have to like spiced beers, or be in the mood for one, the clove taste is so strong that if you aren't expecting it (as I wasn't) then it catches you off guard.

clintone, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange in color, darker than some of its main competitors, with a nice looking mostly white head that leaves some attractive lacing and whatnot. Nice and bubbly, looks pleasant and attractive.

I get a weakly earthy dose of clove phenolics on the nose, with just a dash of sweet pale malts.

The malts again really have nothing meaningful to say on the palate, there's just not much going on in general. Lots of clove and herbal flavors, a fair amount of bitter, but not enough balance to qualify as something I'd like to get again.

Okay mouthfeel, thin and light, but it's got enough going on and is drinkable enough to be excused. Not great, but worth a try since it's so widely available.

BretSikkink, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of JRed
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As the name entails, a golden, blondish colored brew with a decent head. Smell has slight tone of cloves and sweet notes. This beer has a unique taste that is sweet and refreshing with carbonation and then an aftertaste that switches one fruit for another that is more mild. Highly drinkable and a great summer beer as well as for winter days when you are summer dreaming. The body could be more full though. I think the brewer filtered it a little too much. Unlike most blondes, doesn't have a great body but ideas that head in the right direction. Think of it as more Gwyneth Paltrow rather than Scarlett Johansen.

JRed, Jul 30, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap somewhere in the hills of montmartre (paris) - very common tap in france, often times the best tap

appearance: served a dull golden tone with a big and wavy white head that holds itself strong

smell: sweet belgian yeast strains, lacking the complexity you would often find with a belgian pale

taste: again lacking overall complexity...light on the yeast, mild grassyness, oversweetened hops, orange peel, clove. its good and when in france it almost feels great - in belgium, you'd be an idiot to order this

mouthfeel: decent carbonation, medium body

drinkability: high

dirtylou, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Kyle987
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last time I had this was last summer in Brussels, and I thought it was amazing. This time it didn't quite measure up, but still a very enjoyable beer.

Poured into a red wine glass, which is a little embarassing, but it's the closest in shape to the proper glassware. Moderate head, pale golden orange color. Just shy of being perfectly clear. Very attractive smell, grainy with some yeast and a fresh sweetness. Taste isn't as good as the aroma would make you expect. Too processed. Initial impact is highly carbonated and lacks much flavor. Then there's a sweet bread taste. Mouthfeel is great; high, but not excessive carbonation, and significant body. Light lacing. Very drinkable, but failed to meet my (very) high expectations.

Kyle987, Jul 22, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first pour of the evening at Croxley's in Franklin Square NY and kicked myself all night being confused by the Brewers name on the menu instead of the name of the beer. This is yet another brew I've had for years and one that I was fond of during my "see through lager transition" years.

A: Poured partially cloudly orange amber with 1.5 finger head, solid legs and sparkling retention that capped well.

S: The nose was for the most part only ground cloves with someyeast, grass hops and sweet malts.

T: Follows the nose (yeasty) combined with bready finish. Dry spices, cloves and and astringency from an orange or orange peel and most of all the cloves.

M: Light to medium silyness. Rather carbonated with a hoppy and slightly dry finish. The aftertaste leaves lots of really doughy yeasty flavors hanging around.

D-A good starter on the Belgians. Not one of the Belgian Pale Ales in the category. Too much cloves.

Brianmerrilyn, Jul 16, 2008
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 2,945 ratings.