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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,254
Reviews: 1,261
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 455 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of fbone
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought this at average grocery store,so I wasn't expecting a "top shelf" abbey ale .

A- average light brown to dark golden look with ample carbonation, thick head quickly disappears.

S-I detect a slight fruity aroma.

T-fruity upfront with a slight pine like hop flavor that follows.

M-sort of a light body,malty fruit stronger than the hops .

D-Easy to drink,this 6 pack is going down.

A good beer I will buy again,but perhaps lacks the world class spunk of a Belgian ale.Belgian ales are my favorite types of beers,this one is good but there are more magical ones out there.

Photo of Chaney
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold, yet slightly amber color, medium carbonation, and 1/8 inch head, which dissipated quickly.

S: Fruit - some cherry maybe?

T: Not much complexity here, but I appreciate the lack of bitterness. I guess traditionally, Belgian PAs aren't supposed to be that hoppy. Pleasant malt taste.

M: Not too syrupy, which I appreciate. The carbonation is pleasant to the palate.

D: At an ABV of 6.6, that is not too bad, but it stretches the boundaries slightly to achieve full "session beer" status. It's a bit too ordinary to request all the time, but I could easily drink 2 or 3.

Overall: This beer gets knocked around by critics quite a bit, but I personally found it more than adequate. Perhaps it's too commercial for many? I would like to refer to this one as a "craft beer geek's lawnmower beer."

4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes:
11.2oz bottle, shared into the Leffe chalice.
A: A deep god body. No head or lacing.
S: Great blode aroma, with orange and mint notes.
T/M: Spice on the mouthfeel, a yeasty brew with mild carbonation.
D: Crisp and refreshing, a classic blonde, would enjoy any time.

Photo of woosterbill
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: A fairly slow, straight pour yields three fingers of frothy white foam with good retention and a good amount of spotty lacing; below the lovely head is a clear light amber body. Quite nice indeed.

S: Tons of toasty, bready, doughy malt, along with some light spice and a bit of banana from the yeast. Maybe a touch of noble hops on the back end. Not bad, but not great, either.

T: Opens with some clove, then shows off some malty sweetness and a distinctly hoppy finish - very Duvel-esque the way the noble hops round things out and balance the malt; this ain't Duvel, though, try as it might.

M: Medium-bodied with abundant carbonation that starts a bit harsh but gets soft before long. OK.

D: The hops are there, but not in quite high enough concentrations to keep the sweetness from getting just a touch out of hand - slightly cloying. It's decidedly harder to drink than Duvel, despite the latter being about 30% higher in ABV.

Notes: This one was decidedly better and more flavorful than I expected, but it definitely doesn't measure up to many other BPAs out there. Still, it was a fun addition to a mixed 6 at a Rhinelander bait/beer store.


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

Belgian. Clearly Belgian. Yeast profile is not shy. Bubblegum phenols come across clearly. Stops short of seeming medicinal in flavor but only just. Nothing quite hits you over the head but one's attention does get hooked. Some bread pudding spicy sweetness is in here.
It wobbles my mind a bit that this is what some people think of as "just a beer". At least, I would like to think that this is the case. I know that Stella Artois is the Bud of Belgium but I can trick myself into thinking that there is a land where this is as basic and accessible as it gets. A man can dream, yes?

Photo of jwalker37
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first a cinnimin kind of taste, but it grows on you with the flavor. it is smooth and somewhat sweet. jmjkkokiojiiijjjiiiko lokopikk okokokokoko okokokokooo mojomomomoo
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Photo of jsh420
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours bright clear gold with a big 2 finger head that left no lacing

smells of banana and a little malt

taste much of the same light sweet malts with banana some medicinal flavors

mouthfeel is well carbonated but the body is heavier then i would like

drinkabilityi so so since there are so many better belgian pale out there

Photo of Natural510
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, best-by 09-10-11

Pours a medium gold, slightly hazy, with immense bone-white head which dissipates to a thin layer of lacing.
Yeast, lightly funky, to the nose, with a sweet banana-like edge.
Flavor is fruity sweet, with banana and citrus, coupled with a funky, breaded yeast giving off a heavy clove note. Yeast is a bit over-pronounced, but that is not out of sorts for a Belgian pale.
Body in-line with the style, full & refreshing.
All in all, a quality ale (billed as a "blonde"). Nothing too extraordinary, but still one of InBev's better offerings.

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: clear body with a medium golden hue. Two fingers of foamy, light ivory head. Looks attractive.

Smell: light, sweet malt with a bit of orchard fruit and a pretty decent helping of chalkiness. There is also a hit of light, earthy hop aroma.

Taste: flavor tracks well with the aroma, though there is a bit of biscuitiness which I don't love. Still, not bad.

Mouthfeel: rich, creamy and delicious. Body is medium with a pretty big dose of carbonation. Great.

Drinkability: pretty light and refreshing for a decent Belgian beer. Some of the flavor is not my favorite, but overall it is quite a pleasurable experience.

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

A: Golden, translucent. to serve it generates a head of two fingers, creamy good retention, residual, a dirty white in appearance. Constant but slight carbonation.

S: Penetrating aroma, with herbal notes and spice, cinnamon and cloves in my opinion.

T: In a very light flavor, slightly crisping on the tongue, with slight bitterness, final discreet, but is seen chewing a bit of waste. Very refreshing despite the amount of alcohol

Photo of DIM
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: This was a bright, clear golden color. It poured with a thick, rocky white cap.

s: Lots of yeasty banana and clove aromas. I also found some powdery candied sugar.

t: I really liked this at first, but the sweetness really wore on me after half a glass. There was a lot of banana and clove flavors that were fairly warm of an abv of 6.6% up front. Towards the finish there was a sweetness that wasn't quite candi sugar. I'm not sure how else to describe it.

m: The body was a bit heavy from the sweetness while the carbonation was creamy and long lasting.

d: I almost scored this higher overall, but I needed something to dry this out a little. Solid overall though.

Photo of daledeee
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear gold yellow and has a medium head. The nose is grain and malt.
Taste is grainy, malty and sweet. Actually, it is over the top roasted grain and that dropped the appeal.

The mouth feel is rather wet and the last thing you remember about a sip is that it is a little dry on the tongue.

This is supposed to be a Belgian "macro" or widely available. It is pretty drinkable and beats our macros all day long.

Photo of dolzan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a nutshell: not as good as the brown variant.

Nonetheless, a pretty good beer, very sweet, and extremely drinkable. Very light for a Belgian beer. It has to be served pretty cold, the taste disintegrates a bit, when the beer gets warmer, which is a bit of a disappointment in my book.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, crystal-clear orange-bronze color. The tall, off-white head has a fluffy, foamy texture. Retention is solid, and a decent amount of lacing sticks to the glass as the head fades.

S: Sugary, with light grainy malt aroma. Moderately fruity and mildly phenolic, with substantial clove/spice notes. Sort of a paint-by-the-numbers Belgian nose, but there's nothing wrong with it.

T: Initially, a dose of sugary sweetness, but there is a rougher grainy/pilsner character underneath it all. Fruity - peach and golden apple notes are definitely present. Mild phenols. Clove flavor is well featured, and there's a light peppery spice available as well. Perhaps a light herbal hop presence keeps a decent balance.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied. Carbonation is perky but not overdone. Some definite dryness into the finish.

D: Certainly not world class, but this is a perfectly acceptable, accessible Belgian pale ale. A nice crowd-pleaser, just a bit lacking in excitement. I'd be interested in trying an unfiltered version.

Photo of DJED69
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad brew, but certainly not inspiring.

Has a light body and sort of sweet taste---add in the typical Belgian components of some spice, banana, etc. Can see enjoying 1-2, but not that often. Overall, just not that interesting or tasty to me. As it warmed, I found the taste to be a bit too sweet and sticky.

Worth a try if curious, but I wouldn't rush out for another six.

Photo of ZeroSignal
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden color with a billowing marshmallow colored head; a good three inches or so with good retention.

S - Cloves, bubble gum, and banana

T&M - Medium to full bodied; feels a little heavy on the palate, I think due to an abundance of sweetness. Bubble gum flavor predominant, with a clove character right behind it. Malt comes through in the finish, but I'm finding the sweetness gets in the way of some of the flavors here, and it remains on the tongue long after swallowing.

D - Easy enough to imbibe, but again, a little too sweet for my liking.

Photo of Jonopoly
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a 6-pack of this brew to give it a try.

Appearance: Poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a clear, rich golden color with medium carbonation. A fluffy white head dies down to a thin 1/2 finger ring, leaving some nice lacing.

Smell: Aroma starts off sweet, with some hints of lemon and banana, followed by some yeast and spices. Pretty inviting.

Taste: Immediate flavor of fruits, mainly lemons, along with some malts. This is followed by a yeasty taste and ends with a sugar/candy-like taste and a faint alcohol note in the back. An odd taste, but still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied brew, kind of a creamy/chewy feel.

Drinkability: I'd say 1 or 2 of these would go down pretty easily, but I can see the flavors becoming unpleasant after a few. Definitely a beer to enjoy one of, and move on to something different!

Overall not a bad brew, the candy-like flavors make it a nice treat. It's just not the type of beer i'd commonly seek out.

Photo of scott451
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tapped into its own glass. One and a half finger off white head. Lots of fine lacing. Nice clear light reddish amber. Spicy malty smells. Nice round flavour. Malty taste up front. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Pretty drinkable for a Belgian Pale Ale. I could have had several.

Photo of sixerofelixir
2.72/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle with best before end date clearly printed on the bottom right corner of the back label.

Poured into a chalice like they suggested. Clear golden with a tone of orange. Slightly off-white head is superfine. Smell is biscuity at first, with a whole bunch of yeast and herb notes. Tastes spicy and continues into an almost cough medicine-like bitterness. Finishes sticky and hot. Not very impressive. This is an odd beer, unlike anything I've tried, but I'm not a fan.

Photo of wcintula
2.84/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Darn, I considered this a decent beer a while back. After this re taste, it just seems like there are so many things not right with it. I bought a six, tried it in a Sam Adams glass, tried it in a Duvel glass, no glass can make me say "I enjoy this."

A- A golden-orange color, clear body with minimal, unretained head. Looks like a macro of Belgium. Carbonation all over, nice to see activity to bring out the smells.

S- Clove up front, faint sweet malts and fruits, other spices present. Also a yeast smell present.

T- Again, cloves remain prominent to me, they're very strong and should be lessened in the process. There's phenolic quality to the beer that hits the palate and can almost be mistaken as astringency, but it's noticeably different.

M- Slippery, tongue-coating, prickly.

D- Like a summer beer. Dank this while grilling, and had one alone. I don't consider it a beer to taste, it's more of a beer to drink. I would choose this over many other beers, if I were at a macro BBQ.

Photo of kjyost
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at a local establishment and offered a frosted mug only to ask for a wine glass and receive a Leffe chalice... BB June 2011.

Pours a golden beer with no head and lacing. WTF? I expect more from even an MGD. The smell though is enjoyable, a sweet malt and lightly funky belgian smell including the normal clove. The body comes through with more of the same. Mouthfeel is crisp, but could have been more carbonated.

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

One of my favorite styles to session, despite the moderate strength.

A: A deep gold, almost to the point of being a light orange. Very big head and tons of carbonation.

S: sugary sweet smell, some light grain aroma, and some noble hops or other spicy hops like saaz. Not an overpowering aroma, but good hints of each.

T: sweet upfront, and spicy on the finish. Not a super clean finish. I notice that I enjoy this beer more as it warms and brings out some of the phenols and esters of the yeast. It has some slight pear or peach notes in the background as well. A tad bit hoppy on the finish.

M: Somewhat thin, but not watery, and dry enough to keep you coming back for more. Refreshing for 6.6% abv.

D: I could polish off a sixer and still feel like drinking. A good example of the style, and I would buy again. Not my favorite, but an interesting take on belgian blonde.

Photo of donteatpoop
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a nice thick cap of white foam that rose up quite a bit over the chalice rim.

Smells of spice, clove, yeast, and vague underlying hints of fruit.

The taste is very good, a nice malty mouthfull of clove and spice, the yeast acting as a thickening agent that gave the brew a little additional body that many of the other blondes I've had are lacking.

Goes down smooth, a very good example of the style.

Photo of tchenery
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer looks great. It has a nice billowy head and is a yellow/light orange color with high carbonation.

It doesn't smell like much, only some slight Pils-y/Saaz hop aromas coming off.

Taste is pretty good. It has a definite fruity Belgian yeast taste and a grapefruit hop character. Not as biting as I thought it would be.

Very smooth mouthfeel and fairly well balanced.

Photo of rtepiak
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the pour is on the side golden yellow and clear with a weak head for the style. nose is of belgian sugar cane. palate is that mostly. with a bit of fruit and straw. its consistently the same flavor aways. the yeast has a clear quality but but of a high market in the world of blonds. its seems like its a typical beer to appease. it seems to be geared more for first time appeal instead of solid recipe in a market of great beer. i like this style a lot... i don't like this beer though. its too close to the over sweeten european strong lagers with a good yeast gone to waste.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,254 ratings.