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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,098 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 3,098
Reviews: 1,227
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 38
Gots: 347 | 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 srrn
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: This beer really starts off well, looks good, clear deep amber with a pillowy head that resuces to sticky lace.

S: Good here too, though simple, a bit of sweet candy and spice

T: this may be the first beer I taste bubblegum and boy is it strong,there is a bit of spice in there and then it's back to lingering bubblegum. No funk, barnyard or yeasty goodness here.

M: okay, but gets sticky sweet, and more buublegum on the lips.

D: one feels like too many

srrn, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of VTaler
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer us a year old
Poured from a bottle into a clear goblet

A - Amber/honey color with a decent frothy white head. That stays for some time.
S - Very nice smell. Lots of fruity banana esters with nice belgian yeast smell. Some hop presence.
T - Tastes better than it smells. At first you taste malt with the nice fruity banana esters but not sweet. Yeast is definetally present and it tastes very good. Second taste is kind of a spicy hop taste. Pepper and clove notes. Hops are nice and not too bitter. For belgian ales like these this one is somewhat watered down.
M - Medium carbonation and a somewhat thick mouthfeel
D - I could have a couple of these but no more than that

Ive had this beer in the same 6 pack a year ago and it tastes much better than it did a year ago

VTaler, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Light gold color, with a great head and lace. Decent bubbliness to it.
S- Slight malt scent ot it.
T- Very wheaty beer. Some bite to it, but the spice is quickly drowned out by the heavy wheat. It's certainly a solid beer, but I don't get the pale ale aspect of it, unless that is what belgian pales taste like and maybe I just don't know.

Amalak, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of malmquna
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful light color, nice head that lasts until past half-glass. Nice aroma of roasted malt. Tastes slightly sweet, with an overall flavor of lightly roasted malt. Bitterness is low, but well balanced. This is a nice example of commercial Belgian blonde ale. Very drinkable, but beware of too many. If you like this, move on to some more flavorful Belgian ales.

malmquna, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of kevinglin
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25cl bottle into a wide-mouthed goblet. Golden, fairly clear, bright white, two-finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Aroma is somewhat fruity with some yeasty esters, a bit musty. Taste is malt-focused, but not really complex. Some fruitiness, no real hop presence, but there is a hint of spiciness, likely from the yeast. Carbonation makes it fairly lively on the tongue, light to medium body. Somewhat thin mouthfeel finishes semi-dry.

Overall, a decent beer, fairly refreshing, not overpowering in any way. A good introduction for people who haven't had Belgian style beers before - enough essence of Belgian character to entice a newcomer, but not such a strong Belgian character as to turn someone off who may not know what to expect.

kevinglin, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of KCHopHead
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium snifter from bottle. For an AB beer pretty damn good.

A - 1 Finger head that delivered a little lace. A fun golden light color.

S - I forgot already, so shoot me.

T - I will not forget. It had a funk taste that I am surprised to not see very often in the reviews. The funk lasted with this beer which gave it some complex flavor.

M - High carbonation allowed all of the flavors to come through which were very little.

D - I could drink a couple of these beers and move to something else. It is a fun beer to drink outside on a warm day.

KCHopHead, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich apricot colour - I'd hardly call it blonde - with excellent creamy Belgian head, visible bubbles yet very fine retention, nice and thick and remaining so. Helped along by a steady bead, and lacing is sticky if not very thick.

Nose is rich in layers, with nice spicy Belgian characters, mild clove and cinnamon, but predominantly fruity. Quite tart, with aspects of a dark orange citrus, grape skins and maybe a hint of banana as well. Has a slight hit of brandy on there as well, just a touch. Overall smells like a sweet, warming ale.

Taste is a bit simple by comparison, but still with nice warm potency. Flavour is ripe with a brandy base, hints of prunes and figs coming through with a mild tart citrus character on the back. Definitely a fortified wine comparison is in order, not only because of the rich texture, but because even at 6.6% there is a distinct alcomohol on the finish. It does have quite a warming kind of quality, but it's out of place and a bit off-kilter.

Mouthfeel retains a nice tingle to it, but it does pucker the mouth and dry the palate slightly from that citric character.

We have here a sweet, enjoyable Belgian. It has fullness and complexity, and yet doesn't quite have enough of either. I feel myself just wanting more mystique, more subtle charms. It's like seeing a woman naked before you've even asked her to the movies. It's like you've experienced the hot body but you're wanting the whole experience; you want the soul as well.

laituegonflable, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of ProfessorCJ
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Belgium Ale chalice. One finger of white foam over a clear red amber ale. Slight malt smell with winelike overtones. Nice mild beer taste with a an aftertaste I associate with Muscadine wine. Very slight carbonation with good mouthfeel. I will definately drink this when available.

ProfessorCJ, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of seand
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a clear light amber with a finger or so of fizzy white head. The head disappears pretty quickly, leaving a little layer in the middle - not much retention, no lacing.

S/T: Smells and tastes like a mediocre belgian pale. It's true to style, not bad, not outstanding.

M: Fairly carbonated, fairly light.

D: Pretty easy to drink.

Not a bad beer, not outstanding - an inoffensive basic belgian pale.

seand, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of juju7
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this for a couple of years, so I thought I'd revisit. It ticks most of the Belgian ale boxes but it seems to be lacking in depth and complexity. This is probably a good introduction to Belgian beers but not a classic example. Bananas, cloves, sweet malty yeast, blah, blah blah...not a bad beer but no show stopper.

juju7, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.78/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

HopEnthusiast, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of elniko
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Bottle marked best by 8-5-2010.

A: Poured with nice foamy head with solid lacing. Golden amber with good carbonation. Nice looking but not the best looking Belgian.

S: Nearly apple cider notes coming from the nose. I get a little alcohol tone as well. Solid nose but have encountered better in other Belgians.

T & M: A little on the thin side, the apple tones in the nose come through in the taste as well. Carbonation is apparent in the mouthfeel. Finish is extremely crisp, with dry almost hoppy qualities. Solid but again I've had much better Belgians.

D: Drinkable, I bought this due to the fact that I wanted a blonde Belgian but didn't want to spend $13 for a four pack of Duvel. This is quite affordable and solid. In my current budget drinking mode I could see myself having Leffe again.

elniko, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of sweemzander
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice. Says best by 19/09/10 on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear golden yellow color. Effervescent head quickly dissipated to a light layer of off-white bubbles. Some lacing present.

(S)- Lots of clove/bananna/ and lemon. Even a touch of a pineapple type citrus. Yeast with a flowery scent present.

(T)- Definite pale aspect in the flavor. Sweet lemony clove with a touch of bitterness. A bit of a corn taste to it.

(M)- Plenty of carbonation bubbles to keep your mouth busy. Light and crisp, yet has a slight drying part in the mouth.

(D)- If you want a no nonsense belgian pale ale, then this is for you. A simple and straightforward beer to satisfy your belgian craving, however, there are far better brews than this if you are looking for something more.

sweemzander, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of cnally
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured out a very orange tinted golden color with a massive fluffy white head. soapy lacing stayed behind.

very crisp aroma of burnt sugars, yeasts and nutmeg.

the flavor comes in waves. but my oh my does it do wonders. very sweet alla round, like a caramel cotton candy. but let me finish. initially, a very caramel malt flavor fades into a good bitter hop on your tongue, then the aftertaste is all sugars. i love it. i could see that most people won't like it so much because damn this is sweet.

creamy mouthfeel with not quite enough carbonation from a belgian for me.

highly delicious. very tight. very sweet. and drinkable...to a point.

cnally, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of sevopie
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow in color with a white head. Hmm.

Sugary sweet on the nose, with some citrus and banana clove notes, as well as a touch of bubble gum.

Mildly reminiscent of the flavors on the nose, with grain rearing its ugly head to dominate most. While its not offensive, its certainly not awe-inspiring.

There's a touch of oiliness here, with a solid dose of carbonation.

Overall, its rather palatable, but leaves nothing to hook you and bring you back for more. I'll take a lot of other beers before this one, thanks.

sevopie, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz chalice at the Sugar Bowl off-campus.

This beer arrives on the patio table in a properly branded chalice, and appears a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with one middling finger of weakly puffy, foamy, and eventually just soapy dirty white head, which leaves a complex, multilayered ring of snow rime lace around the glass as things duly drop away.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, banana chips, cloves, Belgian yeast, sharp black and white pepper, a suggestion of earthy hops, and some burgeoning booze warmth. The taste is bready caramel malt, the same dry banana and yeast, clove/coriander and muddled table pepper spice, a hint of orange and lemon citrus, ever fading generic hops, and a minor static alcohol heat.

The carbonation is quite understated, no real kick or twang to be found here, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth, with a small creamy twinge. It finishes well off-dry, the fruit, neutered grain and spice, lingering yeast, and sidling hooch all riding this one out.

A so-so Belgian pale ale, everything a bit rounded, no real edges (in the good way) to be found here, and the alcohol just seems somewhat disjointed for an abbey ale. Refreshing and heady enough, I suppose, though, for a starter during an evening to be spent in the extended summer light.

biboergosum, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of 1fastz28
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a really great looking gold color, darker than a standard lager, but lighter than most pale ales, has a big white cloudy collar of foam, it looks great.
smell is very good, yeasty citrus dominates the nose, smells good

taste is not as good, though, its not bad but it doesn't have nearly the same pizazz as the look and aroma, has some decnet malt flavors but its hard to point out what its missing, but it doesn't feel like a belgian blonde...

mouthfeel and drinkability are decent, i just wish it tasted better, but its not a drain pour or anything

1fastz28, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of stawn
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden honey color with a nice frothy head into a chalice glass.

S - Smell is bready & some clove.

T - Pleasantly good! This almost tastes like a Hefeweizen.

M - Malty body, but still sort of thin. Smooth and refreshing on the palate. The small amount of hops that are present touch on the back of the tongue, but immediately flushed out by sweetness.

I got this in a Belgian sampler pack from my pops and thought it would find its way to the drain just as fast as it found my glass.
Decent brew.

stawn, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good all around beer but not as good as Leffe bruin (view pale beers can match up to their dark counterparts though):

A - Gold with a dark tinge, OK white head slightly fizzy

S - Not much discernible there slightly hoppy bitter quite nice

T - Hops slightly bitter and medium dry - good

M - Medium carbonation - nothing spectacular

D - I could drink this any time and on any occasion and be happy

DerBayer, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best Before: 24/07/10.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, gold body with a smallish, fizzy, white head.

Smell: It's a sweet-scented, nigh sugary nose with notes of lightly grainy pilsner malts, fruits brushed with clover honey, spice, soft florals, and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet maltiness blended with some grainy pilsner malts and sprinkled with crushed honey candies. Drying, warming alcohol enters fairly early in the taste. Slight white peach fruitiness. Subtle clove spiciness and even subtler banana taste. Subdued hop flavor with no more than enough bitterness to make itself known. Regardless of the alcohol and, albeit low, hop character, reemerging candied sweetness pops in here and there. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: While perusing the label for any possible dating, I caught some light through the bottom of the bottle and noticed just how downright clean the inside of the bottle looked. Sure enough, it's been filtered to a high degree and seems to have lost more than it's gained. Overall, it's a passable, acceptable, widely available Belgian blonde, though I dare say there're better blondes to be had out there.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 oz.

Pours a clear brass-gold color with a moderate head that doesn't hang around too long, although a bit of lacing is everpresent.

Smells estery and a bit like bananas that are overripe. There's a weird kind of burned element to it, but not smokey.

The taste is also like bananas and stale bread.

Mouthfeel is full and fizzy.

What a disappointment. I saw "Belgian Abbey Ale" and thought that surely it had to be a little good. Not terrible but not worth having really either. Just kind of blah.

Cylinsier, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz foil-capped bottle into a tulip glass. Freshness date of 30/04/10 is clearly printed on the back of the label.

Pours a pale golden hue with striking clarity and a sparkling bubbly carbonation that helps to give rise to a tall rocky white head that holds on rather well, displaying well-formed yet thin rings of lace down the sides of the glass.

Nose is mostly clean, with a soft, grainy maltiness complemented by a yeasty clove-and-pepper spiciness.

Very light in body with a moderately high effervescent carbonation. Malt sweetness opens up on the palate, with honeyed notes of pears and sugar, balanced in the middle by a dry spicy character of black pepper and a hint of clove, with a faint grasslike hop presence. Finishes with a rather long, slightly cloying malt sweetness.

Quite easily drinkable, though with a finish that is a bit too cloyingly sweet. Nicely light in body, but by being filtered instead of bottle conditioned, it loses a bit of its appeal in comparison with other examples of the Belgian Blond style.

superdedooperboy, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of jlb307
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

A: Nice shade of gold and developed a fizzy white head that faded sooner than I thought. Developed little pockets of foam on the surface and left no lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Spice and fruit but not overwhelmingly. Typical belgian yeasty aroma. Little bit of cirtus and clove too.

T: Pretty much tasted the same as it smelled. Not very deep, but very crisp and light. Somewhat of a tangy aftertaste.

M: Good balance with the carbonation for this style. Not much of an aftertaste.

D: Not bad, but not something I'd go looking for again. Just not a whole lot to write home about.

jlb307, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of dza360
2.2/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One word sums up this beer. Diacetyl! And way too much of it. If I squint my pallet and really try to forget about the popcorn taste I can almost detect a little something that resembles other good beers of this style, but life is too short to waste time on beer like this.

dza360, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this about an hour ago. Poured a nice gold color with medium head that faded quickly and left a little bit of lacing. Smelled of spieces, oranges, sugar and yeast. Tasted of sweet, fruity yeast. Smooth, just slightly oily. Nice and sessionable for a Belgian.

NewGeneric, Jun 19, 2009
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,098 ratings.