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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,022 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,022
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 37
Gots: 306 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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Photo of philbe311
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pale golden color with a light orange hue... Huge white head off of a textbook pour... They don't come much more translucent than this one, completely clear with no light refraction... Average carbonation...

S - Clove and assorted other spices... Faint yeasty notes... Not bad, but weak in terms of complexity, especially for the style...

T - Yellow raisins... Grains... Peppery notes... Honey... An awkward sweetness, that I can only compare to apple juice... The parts just don't seem to work well together...

M - Crisp and refreshing... Medium to full bodied... Slightly oily... Coats mouth well...

D - Looks solid, but falls short in all other respects...

philbe311, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Johnwesleyhardin
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - It has a golden color, reminds me of a crisp green apple, which hinted at the taste. There was good lacing, the head mostly faded in few minutes.

S - Floral and Fruity. It is hard to distinguish between the particular scents and feels more like an amalgamation of the two classes. No sense of berries though, mostly citrus and banana but perhaps the more discerning could find more.

T - The taste corresponds with the smell except when it hits the bitter taste buds the mild hops come through. Overall the beer is a little too sweet at times.

M - Though I enjoy it, there is definite carbonation. It can feel very tingly at times. And occasionally a little too much presence of carbonation.

D - It would be hard to drink a lot of this in a night. It is nice to enjoy 1-3 but I can see it becoming gassy due to the carbonation.

I would purchase it again as it is reasonably priced (6.99 for a 6-pack where I went) and for that price it is hard to find something the relies more on fruity/floral flavor.

Johnwesleyhardin, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and golden, constantly bubbling from carbination. Presents a nice head.

Smell: Consistenly sweet smelling before and after the head has nearly dissolved.

Taste: Initial bursts of sweetness brought on by its fruity character also has lots of spice.

Mouthfeel: Light to Medium body.

Drinkability: Hints of nutty aftertaste but carbonation has me belching before im 1/2 way through the experience.

stakem, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a seethru gold with minor lacing and a citric spiciness with hints of sweet malts and bread malts in the aroma. Has a fruit taste, mostly oranges from what I picked up, with some sweet malts and a light herbal hopiness that balances this light-to-medium bodied beer that is slick on the sides but has a little syrupy backbite. Pick up some bread and toffee malts as well for some reason. I like this beer, I know other people knock it and it is simplistic but having one occasionally never hurt anyone.

clayrock81, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of endovelico
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taken from notes. Reviewed on 16/02/09. Reviewed under medium low to low Artificial light. Poured into a red wine like glass.

Appearance: Medium high effervescence. Two thinger white head. Head slowly fades. Decent lacing. Thick Golden color.

Aroma: Medium intensity. Banana upfront, orange zest and a fresh green apple like aroma. Slight Cascade hops like citrus character. Not overly complex, not overly bland.

Taste: Banana upfront. Slight spiciness. Alcohol zing. Slight orangy like character. Bubblegum taste at times.

Texture: Medium to medium high body. Medium low carbonation. Medium hop bitterness. Finishes watery and smooth. Lingering sweetness.

Drinkability: Cloyingly sweet and not really that complex or interesting, which makes its drinkability lower. The body is to full and carbonation could be higher.

endovelico, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of cottonkoozie
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Good head retention, but little to no lacing left. Color is very light and clear.

S - Good spice smell with some hops.

T - Basically taste like a pretty good witbier with some extra hops thrown in, but not a lot of hops, just a touch. Pretty good flavor.

M - Not bad but not great either, slightly better than average.

D - Good drinkability, no aftertaste and not heavy at all.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. Got one of these from a friend. Probably not something I would buy again, but worth buying once and giving it a try.

cottonkoozie, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Poured a clear golden color with a column of effervescent carbonation billowing to the one-finger head of white foam.

S: Smells phenolic, a bit like sweet rubbing alcohol with a zesty citrus hop twang.

T: Taste is quite acrid and polished to the tongue. Lightly toasted and sweetened malts and grain flash before a lightly minty, zesty combo of citrus and gum. Hops do not linger, but carbonation stings.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and very carbonated. It stings a bit after sipping.

D: I could probably drink one or two Leffe Blondes then have to give my palate a rest. Not the most refined, balanced or even tastiest of Belgian Pale Ales.

Fairly average Belgian pale and not one to rave over. Perhaps a good starter beer for introduction for lighter beer imbibers to the Belgian world, but not the best foot to get off on. I'll stand by Duvel and Corsendonk.

Gambrinus1184, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Mardukk
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful golden with a nice lasting white head with some lacing.

Smells of bubble gum, cloves and banana.

Heavily carbonated with a bubble gum medicinal quality and some alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated with some bite on the tongue.

Not terribly drinkable due to the alcohol content not being too well masked and the carbonation being so heavy.

Overall, this is only an average belgian ale due to the low drinkability.

Mardukk, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of dacrza1
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, sedimentary/effervescent-laden golden yellow body... beautiful white head leaves picturesque lacing seen only in internet photos--an especially good bottle? Soft hoppy scents that invite without agitation--a slightly off-color scent warms its way in late... light, almost fizzy presentation--effervescent as expected, nutty at the teeth...citrus flavoring takes its lead with a fresh bit of bread at points(!)... crisp and short with little aftertaste.... the understanding that InBev sells this makes an unbiased review difficult--an above-average Belgian that minds its manners through it relatively low alcohol content and its swift presence in the mouth--I recall my first chalice at Avignon outside the gardes, and the experience was magical to me--this noncorked bottle still measures well with the more distinguished abbeys...

dacrza1, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of treehugger02010
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Flip and Bailey's in Rosemont, PA. It came in a chalice.
Appearance: The body is a clear golden color. The head is white and fluffy. It has great retention and thin but a lot of lacing.
Smell: The aroma is of pale malt with a slight earthy hop.
Taste: The flavors are mostly of bitter hops. It is very good, but not much depth.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very crisp.
Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of RunDWP
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wine loving better half went to Belgium for a couple weeks several years ago, and now she thinks she's some sort of expert on Begian beer or something. So we're standing in the liquor store, and asks me to buy a six pack of Leffe Blonde against my better judgement. But you know how that goes. So now you're hearing about it.

It seems very Belgian. The taste is a little fruity, like apricots, and seems a little yeasty, with a slightly noticeable yeasty zip. There's some sweetness, and very little hop presence. It seems soft and subtle, but is actually stronger than it seems. I had some with shrimp and vegatable pasta, and the beer was a little too strong for the dish. Nothing complex about the flavor, but it works for me.

What else? Looked good in tulip, with a study foamy head floating over the golden brown brew that lasted plenty long. Aroma much like the flavor.

You know, sometimes my better half has some pretty good ideas.

RunDWP, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six pack this past weekend. Poured into my Leffe goblet. Hazy orange color. Pretty nice sized white head, but it did fade after a bit of time. Somewhat sugary smell, almost like cotton candy. Taste was what I expected: kind of doughy and yeasty, with a touch of sweetness and hops. A bit of slickness on the mouthfeel coated my throat. The abv was definitely noticeable in this brew. For a mass produced Belgian beer that's relatively widely available, it's not bad. When I want something above average and I am in a pinch selection-wise, Leffe is good choice.

morebeergood, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of stumac
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My drummer Mo's favorite beer...Im also on a Xanny right now, so...

pours up a brilliant golden color with a decent white head. great lacing on my Dixie Cup. the nose is very sweet, bananas, subtle mellow lemons. the taste is the milk of beers (in a totally not milkish kinda way), crisp hops, kinda sweet with a dry clean finish, bananas, medium bodied, med carbo. A damn fine beer.

stumac, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Johnathan's Bistro in Appleton, WI.

Pours clear golden amber with a small swirl of bubbles on top and little bits of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is extremely sweet and dominated by the Belgian yeast, bubblegum and bananas. There is only the faintest hint of hops in the nose.

The hops are a little more prominent in the taste but the spices, clove mainly, really amp up the spiciness of the taste on top of the underlying Belgian yeast sweetness.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and that, combined with the spices, really tingles the tongue in the finish.

This is a decent Belgian beer though not quite as complex or drinkable as some of the better Belgians I've had. Decent.

gford217, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is light amber and fairly clear. A nice two finger cloud-like head forms and sticks around for quite some time. Even after the head disappears there is some nice white lacing around the side of the glass. There is a good amount of carbonation which is evident since the brew is clear.

I first detect the banana and clove nodes. Upon further inspection, other spices come to the front. Also, the yeast is fairly prominent. There is also sweetness in the nose, almost candy-like, that throws me for a loop. Not sure if this will be a positive or not.

Sweet and banana flavors come through first followed by caramel malts. It definitely has the yeasty bread characteristics. There is a slight hint of bubblegum in there as well. However, it has a slightly over-filtered taste. I detect very little hop bitterness in the end. It finishes fairly dry, but the sweet nodes remain in the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied Belgian that did very little to stand out from the pack. I have heard others comment on this tasting like an over filtered beer and I agree 100%.

CMW, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of AleWatcher
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours an orange-tinted, golden yellow. Like liquid sunshine an hour before dusk, when the sky is just starting to show hints of reds. Very fine champagne-like bubbles quickly rush to the frothy pure-white head. Exquisite lacing seems like an elaborate silken spiderweb.

S: A slight, understated aroma of fresh-cut flowers, citrus fruit, and a pine forest. Scent is clean, reminiscent of that smell after a good rain.

T: A toasted marshmallow and a fresh-baked bread taste keep running through my mind... and I'm not sure why. Very nicely balanced flavor... so well-balanced that it is hard for me to tell the trees apart from the woods.

M: Smooth and crisp with a great lingering of carbonation on the back of the tongue.

D: Fantastic. This is how a golden ale is meant to turnout. I'll think I want another right now. Highly drinkable.

--upon having a bottle again for the first time in 2 years...

Wow. This isn't what I remember. Really really sad. The aroma and taste are both muted and kinda dull. It still looks decent and manages decent drinkability, but the previous review was an A-... It is being re-scored to more accurately reflect the beer the way I see it now.

AleWatcher, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of confer
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a middle of the road gold with a real nice two finger head.

Smell was refreshing and light maybe a hint of lemon. Smells better than most.

Delicious and once again refreshing. The taste is very light, a great example of a Belgian Ale.

I like this beer. I only had one bottle which was the only thing that I wasn't happy with when rating the Leffe Blonde. It will definitely be among the regulars.

confer, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Tolnik
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass. It came forth with a excellent amount of foam and reduced to a lingering amount of head on the goldish orange beer. The aroma of banana is the first thing that is picked up out of this beer. The other tones that the nose picks up is the spices and malts of the beer. The taste follows similar suit in its characteristics. Overall a great beer that I will return to when wanting a lighter beer.

Tolnik, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of pandashaver
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a tulip. Beautiful clear golden orange body with foamy white 2 finger head...pretty nice lacing and retention. Not hazy like most Belgians.

S - Banana, spices, much like a lighter version of a Belgian tripel. I'm not yet very experienced in Belgians, but this smells Belgian.

T - Again, all the spice and yeast. Sweet malts and dry spice. Not overpowering but lots of character. Not watery at all in my opinion. Only the slightest bitter.
M - Thin to medium for a beer of this character. Which is okay if you plan on drinking more on the night, as I absolutely do on this night.

D - Very easy to drink, could have many more in one sitting.

pandashaver, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Faune
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light golden amber color with lots of tiny bubbles. Big, creamy, white head which slightly clings to the side of the glass.

S- Yeasty, grainy, honey, fruity, some hops and floral/grassy notes.

T- Sweet Honey/nectar, malt, some hops, grassy and a pleasant toffee sweetness.

M- Smooth with lively carbonation.

D- I'd certainly have another.

Faune, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of erz316
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into the specially shaped Leffe glass, its like a chalice-snifter, or something.

A - a light amber, or golden hue with tinges of red is how I would attempt to describe the beer. the head is white and is retaining very well from the massive bubbling coming from the bottom of the glass. looks great, and I can't wait to try it.

S - the beer smells more like a weissbier than a belgian. wheat domniates the topnotes, while there is an underlying note of something herbal or plant-like

T - a very sweet beer, not to my taste, but acceptable to some I imagine. up front there is a thick carbonation that pairs with the wide malt body to make a very even flavour. during the finish there is a pang from the hops on the mid-back of the tongue. the aftertaste has a bit of alcohol, but this quickly subsides to the pervasive sweetness of the malts. I wish I could find more to say about this, but it is a highly uncomplicated beer in my opinion.

MF&D - the thickness of the beer intertwined with the overall sweetness and lackluster taste make for an average if not disappointing beer. nothing horrible, but nothing I would venture to try again in the bottle.

erz316, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of macpapi
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz glass bottle, with foil around the neck.

Appearance is clear and golden in color with a decent white head.

Smell is dominated by yeast, wheat, banana and hints of clove. Pretty fresh and appealing aroma.

Taste is dominated by wheat and yeast with a huge pull of banana and clove. This beer is like a Belgian hefeweizen with a bit fuller body. Also a bit of bitter presence. Decent flavor.

Pretty full and biting in the mouth, with alcohol notable as it warms.

Overall, this is a pretty nice and well balanced beer. Not a very memorable Belgian, but one that is easy to enjoy no matter the season or surrounding.

macpapi, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good beer right here. Pours a light golden color with tons of head. Tons of effervescence going on, making it pretty appealing. Taste is very creamy upfront and smooth with some nice yeasty taste to it typical of most Belgians. Almost 7% ABV is hidden very well as this is very drinkable. Pretty solid beer.

oriolesfan4, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of OzarkElmo
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 1, 2009

Poured into shaker from bottle. Excellent experience. More pleasant, tasty, flavorful than the Duvel I had moments earlier. Golden color, white head, hints of malt, citrus. Not too bitter, Smooth, enjoyable, worth the effort and would buy again. Cheers!

OzarkElmo, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of Schlitzcooler
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A = Clear golden color. Head gradually settles to a froth on top.

N = Some hints of alcohol, skunk, fruit, but not a good indication of the taste.

T = Low key sweetness, fruit up front - maybe a little apricot and pear. A little bitterness after. Distinct. Balanced.

M = Smooth, velvety goodness.

D = I enjoyed this bottle. I somehow think of this as a winter beer probably from the warming memories of it on tap a few years back.

Schlitzcooler, Jan 04, 2009
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
79 out of 100 based on 3,022 ratings.