Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Ratings: 3,168
Reviews: 1,238
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 41
Gots: 382 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.23/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I see this everywhere, I felt like I was missing out. Clear gold with a large white head. Chunky skim retention and lacey sea foam splashes. Bottled expiration date on back.

Lemongrass and chamomile and yeasty Belgian spice aroma. Dry and buttery with sweet edges. Really, really, sweat without anything offered up for balance except a gasping phenolic blah that doesn't really go anywhere. Leffe Blond, cloying be thy name.

This beer seems like what a Belgian pale would be if Bud/Miller/Coors got a hold of one. What am I going to do with the rest of these?

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

so this is what i'm reduced to! drinking belgians in my parents' home! how horrid the life! pretty golden thing, perfect carbonation, a swift and constant rush of bubbles, perfectly clear. a little clove and banana on the nose and a bunch of banana tongue. thought this was around a 5% until i took a closer look, tastes smooth and easy but even still, i don't think i could drink this one all nite.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I bought the wrong case. In what I thought was La Chouffe Blonde I messed up and picked this one up.

Poured into a snifter. Pours crystal clear golden with a thick fluffy white heading very nice looking. Did end up turning a little flat towards the end of the tasting.

A very subtle Belgian beer. Mostly clove and spice with touch of lemon zest. Dominated mostly by the clove.

Taste was a bit much in clove and spice. I feel this could be a tremendous tasting beer if they just toned down the ridiculous clove taste in this. There is a slight candy sugar fizziness to it but turns into a seltzer like finish.

Mouth does start out with great carbonation but turns flat and dead about halfway through. Light bodied and finishes spicey once again.

Drinkability is decent. Not a bad Belgian pale ale but not great not worth seeking out.

Photo of matt20102
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle with a thick, creamy, lingering head. There is a subtle, hoppy, herbaceous aroma which nicely complements the malty character of the blonde. There is a big malty character which is actually quite drinkable- more drinkable than I find most malty beers. While not terribly complex, this is definitely a beer that I will enjoy again...

Photo of cagocubs
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear blond gold with nice 1 finger white foamy head that maintains throughout and laces. Great looking pour.

S: Spices are the most noticeable scent. Clove, pine, citrus, maybe a little banana. Bubble gum aromas as well.

T: The earthy flavors make this enjoyable; hops, spices, citrus, pine. A good combination of flavors to make this interesting.

M: Nice mouthfeel with good carbonation and great mouth coating.

D: Easy beer to drink. The spices in it make it enjoyable for the nice spring or fall nights. I will be drinking this beer frequently.

Photo of californiakulak
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had several bottles of this beer at a Christmas party. I poured it into a pint glass.

A. Poured a light blonde color with a large thick head. Not much lacing.

S. Smelled like I would expect a Belgian beer to smell. Cloves, spice, banana, and yeast.

T. Very good beer. Kind of sweet, almost like sugary. The wonderful Belgian yeast flavor stands out on this one. A little alcohol flavor as well.

M. Very carbonated and full bodied. Long aftertaste from the yeast. Refreshing beer.

D. This beer is not as drinkable for me as some of the other Belgian Ales that I have tried. At 6.6% abv it doesn't hide the alcohol as well as Duvel's 9%. A couple of these boozy beers is ass that I can take, which is weird because I usually love boozy beers.

Photo of irishking1977
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, which is nicely decorated. One of the first Belgian pale ales I've had. It used to be my go to BPA, but it kind of got worn out. Trying it again for the first time in quite awhile.

A: Pours a clear, bright gold/amber with a massive, white two finger head that leaves a good amount of lace.

S: That familiar Belgian yeast with some clove and honey can be detected. A bit funky but that is to be expected with the yeast that is used.

T: Honey and floral notes are present along with some herbal (clove) and that slight yeasty funkiness that lingers at the finish of each sip.

M: Good solid carbonated background and a slight oily and creamy mouthfeel.

D: This one is somewhere between a session beer and a sipper. It has a slightly higher than average ABV, and it also has that Belgian funkiness that is expected, but can be tiresome after two or three. A pretty good introduction to anyone looking to get into BPA's.

Photo of aristeros
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay goblet. Freshness date of DEC2010, which is a year out. Pours quite clear golden, with a huge white head. Lots of retention and lacing. Wasn't cloudy; weird.

Appropriate nose; yeasty, with light malts, a bit of caramel, and banana and bubble gum-like sweetness. Didn't get the spices some reviewers noted.

Strong bananas up front, some bubblegum and caramel. Maybe a bit of sweet cream. Overall, quite sweet, medium-bodied, and you can tell that the ABV is low based on the lack of the alcohol presence. Honey, green herbs (maybe aloe?), and other flavors I don't really associate with this style. Maybe some cloves. Detect no coriander. Kinda 'meh.'

Carbonation is appropriate. Mouthfeel is appropriate. No issues.

Gambled on a sixer of this; it was okay to try, but I wish I didn't get the six pack, personally. Good for people who like a yeasty, sweet beer. Could see this working best with heavier meat dishes involving sausage and so on.

Photo of AltBock
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with a label that looks like a scroll with a gold border around it. In the middle of the scroll is a stained glass drawing of the steeple of the Abbaye de Leffe. Below the stained glass is the word "Leffe" in big bold black letters. You can tell it's the Blonde version by the gold paper covering the cap and the word "Blonde" in the gold border. The back label has a description of the beer, all the mandatory US information, and a white best before date in a black rectangle in the lower right hand corner. My bottle was best before 11/10/10. I think I'm alright.

The label recommended a Leffe Chalise, but the only glass that somewhat fits that description is a wine goblet. Good enough in my book. This Blonde wasn't a blonde bombshell, but more of a slightly hazy pale golden amber with a tiny tint of lemon yellow at the bottom of the beer. This beer had a great head of foam! This head of foam was as fluffy and just as white as a bag of cotton balls. As for the size, it was close to being one inch in height. Not only was it a good size, but it also had excellent retention. When it did recede, it left behind a ton of sticky white streaks of lace. As you can tell, the appearance was very easy on the eyes.

I don't want to point any fingers, but I think it was the wine glass that really brought out this beer's great aroma. Not unique, but still very good. The aroma was packed full of banana chips, cloves, a few spices, red delicious apples, pale malted wheat, and a just a subtle whiff of citrus fruits. It was a nice lightly spicy aroma, but it was the banana chips that made the aroma a little different.

This beer started off with a tiny taste of pale malted wheat and then out of nowhere, in comes a big whopping taste of a variety of spices, a gentle touch of banana, and a hint of cloves. After this part of the taste leaves the tongue, the taste settles into a subtle amount of pale malted wheat. The wheat loved the taste so much that it had to make an appearance at least twice.

I thought that this was a medium bodied Blonde Belgian Pale Ale with a good amount of carbonation and a slightly spicy aftertaste of malted wheat, banana, cloves, and small variety of spices toward the back.

I know there might be so haters out there because this is an Inbev beer, but I really enjoyed this little Belgian Ale. It's not all that expensive and it's readily available which means you find this Belgian Ale right next to the Macro Lagers.

Photo of TommyW
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear gold with a big, fluffy, white head.

S- Clean grains with notes of rock sugar and some fruity notes as well (peach and nectarine).

T- Mix of sugars up front (rock, fruity, dark), touch of caramel and caramel malt with a slight medicinal note on the finish.

M- Smooth medium body with a crisp finish.

D- Really a nice session beer for me.

Photo of willmc
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Sight: Pours a great golden color very clean, with a nice 2 finger white head that lingers for a while, with lots of lacing around the glass.
Aromas: Sweetness and fruit, very floral.
Tastes: Sweet malts, with some hops on the finish, citrus earthy tones. This beer is full of flavor and character. The cup does run'ith over. Worth picking up.

Photo of HalfFull
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having 6 pack commitment issues for a long time, I've many times passed this beer by. Today I find a store willing to sell me a single. That I can handle.

Poured from a 330 ml. bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice, it comes up a tad short of the 33 cl. line showing a nice clear golden color with a bit less than half an inch of soapy white foam. Head settles out to a surface film in a minute or so, offering some decent lacing on the glass.

Nose is floral and yet somewhat sweet in nature. Yeast notes accompany some light summer fruit and an unexpected cinnamon component. The clarity of the pour reveals itself again as the light carbonation diminishes further, exposing a somewhat undue sweet orange flavor given the moderate ABV of the brew. A swirl brightens things up again for a while. No finish to speak of yet a lingering light sweetness sits upon the tip of the tongue as the bubbles quickly depart.

Offers a decent feel yet drinkability suffers from the sweetness. This would likely be better masked with more carbonation but without said carbonation, the simple nature of the malts are a bit distracting. Compares rather unfavorably to Affligem Blonde, a beer I used as a reference point. Glad I don't have 5 more actually.

Photo of luchris80
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in my Ommegang (tulip-like) glass.

Aroma: Light, spicy hop aroma with a subtle yeast nose. Somewhat like the aroma of a pilsner or other lighter styles of beer.

Appearance: Deep gold color. Three finger (plus), off-white head with excellent retention leaving some trail. Crystal clear with many visible bubbles rising.

Flavor: Smooth with some sweetness and light, spicy notes. Medium hop flavor with some alcohol toward the finish. Well balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with some warmth in the background. Medium to light body and somewhat creamy.

Overall Impressions: Subtle (in flavor) Belgian ale. Very easy drinking and is a good Belgian style beer if the intent is to drink more than a few. Not my favorite Belgian, but OK.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ: poured a golden yellow into a tulip, with one finger of bright white head, and decent lacing. The smell yielded clove, nutmeg, coriander, pear, hay, and even a hint of tartness (cranberry?). Was pleasantly surprised because so many people I know had bashed this beer. The flavor yielded all of the above in abundance, with a creamy medium body and decent carbonation. Maybe it was because my expectations were set so low, but I came away from this experience with a beer that I wouldn't mind sessioning.

Photo of gfreed
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy to get a big, fluffy head out of this one, especially in a tulip glass. Darker yellow/somewhat orange in color and it is, in fact, clear-- a thing which most abbey ales are not. But there's a lovely bouquet of bananas and yeast, and an attractive column of bubbles that rise rhythmically from the bottom of the glass. Not overpowering in taste, but a respectable amount of the flavors you expect from this style: bananas, bread (but not banana bread...), some citrus. Makes a good weekday ale-- not the most potent or powerful Belgian ale, but still quite nice. And it comes in an affordable six-pack.

Photo of strictly4DK
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a Leffe chalice.

A - Clear, golden color with a 1 finger thick white head. Leaves a thin layer of retention and little lacing.

S - Strong phenolic scent of band-aids followed by some sweet ripened pear. A couple swirls of the glass gives some grassy hops.

T - Upfront this is quite medicinal. Yeast also gives off some spice notes and tons of cloves. Hints of honey intermittently invade certain sips. Little if any hop presence. Overall, cloyingly sweet.

M - Medium body, slightly thick for the style. Carbonation is pretty low. Cloves linger on the palate.

D - This is a very commercial belgian blonde which is evident by the clean palate and lack of carbonation. However, it's more than sufficient for a belgian style blonde that you can find just about everywhere.

Photo of smibroncos
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a golden dark clear blond with a small white head. Nice lacing clug to the tulip glass,
S. Corriander, bananas, citrus, apples, pears.

T. Orange peel, bananas,carmel, fruity.

M. Medium to light bodied, light carbonation with small champagne style bubbles.

D. This brew was sweet with almost no bitterness, it had a champagne quality, with the small effervesent bubbles.

Photo of RuudJH
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm more into dark ales, but an occasional blonde makes for some adventure sometimes.

Golden colour, clear with a decent head and good carbonation.
Smells of fresh bread and yeast, with a bit of cloves.
Hoppy and malty taste, with a pleasant lingering aftertaste of cloves.
Smooth, but the alcohol is present nevertheless, making it ok drinkable.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 35 degrees.

Pours a straw yellow with a thick white froth and decent lacing. Malty aromas of bread, cereal, lemon, cloves, subtle fruitiness, and banana/yeastiness lead to a similar flavors, dry, slightly astringent back side, & creamy mouthfeel, belgian yeastiness. There really isn't much to this beer in terms of aromas or flavors, but it's smooth and very easy beer to drink. For almost $10 a 6 pack, I wouldn't necessarily call this a fairly priced brew...pass.

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

Trying this Belgian Pale Ale, Leffe, for the first time. With Leffe, clove is the dominant flavor from first sip to last. Pours a nice billowy head with good lacing. It's hue is pale golden. I was not prepared for the Clove taste when I bought it, but I approached my first sip with an open mind. I am open-minded when it comes to trying new or exotic beer styles, but a "clove-dominated" beer is really not going to be on my repeat buy list. I'm not going to put down the beer, as it tasted fresh, very fresh, to be shipped all the way from Belgium and be sitting in the Supermarket for who knows how long. The ingredients tasted of quality, this is good quality, but the price, $9.49, will probably prevent me from grabbing this again unless someone offered me a freebie, even though I was impressed with the quality and what the brewer (monks) is trying to do.

Photo of ecoastman
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leffe Blonde is one of those beers that I want to love more than I end up doing. I love the brand image and their glass is one of my favourites. But in the end this beer comes across for what it is: a macro attempt at a trappist style ale. Good but not great and certainly not worth paying the same money as you would for the real stuff.

The Blonde looks great in the chalice with a golden hue that is darker at the wider top and transitions to a brighter shade at the narrow bottom. The head is dense and pillowy to start and recedes to a thin layer with some nice lacing along the way.

It has a nice sweet malty, fruity and bread aroma with some of the complexities expected in a Belgian.

It starts well with the same notes as in the aroma but there's a mineral character in the middle that takes several sips to subdue. The carbonation is very fine which makes it feel a little low and the mouthfeel is a little like sugary water. The finishing bitterness is low and the hop character includes some tropical fruits like mango and faint pineapple.

When I'm at a bar filled with macros I'm always glad to resort to this one.

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

Has a nice golden color and a good head that lasts.
Smells a bit harsher than I was prepared for but is to be expected from a Belgian beer.
Tastes like delicious Belgian yeasts and esters. A great beer for any time of year, but having too many can fill you up fast.

A good beer but not what I was expecting from a Belgian. Not authentic feeling enough, even though it is... :P.

I would drink again though!

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

Found a couple of loose bottles at the LCBO. Loved the brun, so I thought I'd take a crack at this one.

Poured into a Leffe tulip glass. Light golden hue, about an inch of foamy head. The head and lacing quickly disappeared, which is strange, considering I gave the glass a good rinsing.

The smell is typical of a BPA: banana, cloves, berries, honey, a little bit of alcohol. Almost like a weisse, in a way.

The taste is not bad, the finish is nice and dry. Honey, banana, a bit of spice and fruit near the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, and a little syrupy.

I prefer the brune, but I'll never turn this one down. Not my favourite Belgian pale, but certainly a drinkable one.

Photo of mrmanning
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brew indeed. Pours a dark gold body with a very fluffy white head. A slight smokey aroma that gives way to an extremely well hidden fruity boquet of aromas. Taste is similar to a nice wheat, bananas and apples. Full bodied and very smooth. I like it.

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

Poured from .33L bottle to Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Clear pale golden color with creamy head, nice lacing on the sides.
Smell: Sweet, banana aroma with yeast smell. Good~
Taste: A bit of banana, and other fruit tastes. Balanced with slight bitterness of malt.
Mouthfeel/Drink: Medium carbonation, smooth to drink. Make it difficult to believe that it has ABV of 6.60 %.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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