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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,847 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 2,847
Reviews: 1,208
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 28
Gots: 215 | 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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MTNboy

Germany

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

I had not tried this beer in years but I remember trying it when I was in Germany (Oddly enough). So when I saw it on tap at the Flying Saucer I figured what the hell.

Appearance- Blonde is a an understatement. It is a clear yellow with a wonderful head.

Smell- It has almost a fresh bread and fruit scent to it.

Taste- I am not going to tell you anything really different than the people who wrote about this beer before the wheat really does come through in the taste. It is very sweet with almost no bitter tones. Citrus and other fruit flavors are dancing around in your moth and it is hard to lock on to one particular flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Nice smooth and easy to knock back.

01-04-2008 23:27:07 | More by MTNboy
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Gehrig

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +11%

Leffe Blonde pours 2 1/2 fingers of bone-white froth atop a light, golden body, outstanding, and the Ommegang glass is exquisitely laced on the way down. The nose is disappointing--a good deal of wheat comes forth but dominates. The taste is more complex than the smell indicates, thankfully. The wheat is still strong, but I also detect some orange and a faint honey taste, quite nice. I thought the carbonation might be overwhelming, but this wasn't the case. Having a couple of these is far from taxing. A nice pale ale, although the flavor is almost more reminiscent of a light German lager.

01-04-2008 04:26:17 | More by Gehrig
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%

Pours a clear amber with minimal head. The nose is sweet and yeasty. Typical Belgian nose and quite yummy. Just smelling it reminds me why I love the Belgian stuff so much. Flavor is extremely sweet. Especially on the back end of the “flavor rush”. Strong yeast tones as well, but I find the flavor overall to be rather subdued. Perhaps after trying so many different of this level of brew, I am coming to appreciate a more unfiltered and raw beer. Feel is a little thin. Drinkable? I think it depends on your personal preference.

As I think about it, something in this brew reminds me of makeup. Weird.

12-30-2007 14:27:17 | More by RblWthACoz
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ntillemans

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%

I poured this one out of a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

A - Clear golden color with a nice stream of carbonation and a fine lacy head over the top.

S - The smell of this one reminds me more of a heffe weizen than an abbey. It smelled a lot like Sprechers Tripel. I wasn't terribly impressed by the smell; but it was appealing to me.

T - This doesn't stack up to the beers I'd call Abbey Ales; but the taste is nice. It has a belgian sweetness but draws in some qualities that stand out in German beers I've had. It's hoppier, cooler and lighter than most of the Belgian beers I've grown to love.

M - This one is a little thicker than I expected. It's a little creamy...but not especially heavy.

D - If they cost the same, I'd drink this instead of Budweiser any day.

12-29-2007 05:57:45 | More by ntillemans
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JamesS

Indiana

2.8/5  rDev -20.9%

Just an average beer overall. It has an all right look to it, a nice straw color with great head but almost no lacing. Not much of a scent, a little maltiness coming up from the brew. All right taste, some malts, but mostly bland. Goes down fine, not great and not bad. I doubt I'll try it again, but wouldn't dissuade any one from giving it a shot. Seemed more like a blonde ale than a pale ale, too.

12-27-2007 17:25:09 | More by JamesS
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +22.3%

A: Dark straw gold color with white foamy head. It was filtered of all debris except the strong presence of carbonation bubbling up.
S: Overwhelming presence of clove that hides the rest of the beer aromas. I do enjoy the smell of cloves so that is the reason for the relatively high score on smell.
T: Along with the smell, it tastes like cloves with some other type of spice that reminds me of the holidays and brings a smile to my face.
M: Lots of carbonation on the tongue and leaves a slimy feel in my mouth that quickly dries out.
D: I am a big fan of the taste and find myself going back for more. The amount of carbonation keeps me from literally gulping it down like I am not suppose to do.

12-26-2007 21:17:49 | More by Kemmerlin
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FireEmt37

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%

A- clear, golden with a nice head, about 1 finger

S- The malts are sweet, not very hoppy. There is a subtle hint of bananas present

T- As it smells, it is mldly sweet. It tastes like there are mild spices and fruits present

M- light and pretty smooth with just the right amount of carbonation

D- a decent beer, it wouldn't be number one on my list, but I would most likely drink it again

12-25-2007 01:24:50 | More by FireEmt37
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drperm

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

A "macro" Belgian pale-abbey-style, but in a beer wasteland such as Columbia, SC, I was overjoyed to see it on an otherwise bleak menu. (The Melting Pot) It was served in the wrong glass, but hey -- 1) they had it, and 2) they served it in a glass.
Appeareance is a golden pilsner color with a thin head.
Nose: Belgian yeast, sugar, vanilla, and pipe tobacco.
Flavor: oats, hops, white raisins, mild hominy, and slight coriander. Pleasant.
Palate: just fine, really.
Overall: quaffable, plenty pleasant enough to enjoy if somewhat blandly industrial. I'd have it again, gladly.

12-22-2007 14:18:27 | More by drperm
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Atron67

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%

A- poured a crystal clear bubbly deep golden color, a finger thick of fluffy white head poured on top.

S- has a light phenolic head on top, slight maltiness present,very little hop noticable,

T- has a light maltiness that tastes pretty good, has an underlying phenolic maltiness underneath the whole time. kind of like a hefeweizen minus the wheat in my mind.

M- pretty light body, effervescent, smooth

D- an ok drink but after this 6 pack im prolly done with it, not a bad choice thou

12-16-2007 19:36:56 | More by Atron67
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice, best before 11/09

A: Pours a rather hazy golden and light amber with a half inch loosely bubbled off white head. Little bits of carbonation coming up from the bottom here and there.

S: Pretty good ole belgain yeasty funky smell, almost smells like a hefeweizen with bits of cut bananna interspersed, but this is really a sweet and bready smelling beer all the way, maybe a bit of lemon zest in there too.

T/MF: The inital mouthfeel is a bit watery then gets bubbly and starts attacking the back of the mouth, there is a buttery apple aspect I'm picking up here amonst the very stong sugary yeasty flavors that dominate much of the beer. There is a nice bit of hop bite to balance out all this sweetness though could be doing a bit more work. The finish is crisp with a bit of a hoppy yeasty finish.

D: Just a solid workman like belgian, in the line of a hoegarden or stella, servicable if a bit plain, but good enough to keep you interested.

12-13-2007 06:09:18 | More by bluemoonswoon
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +32.8%

What an awesome beer! Can't believe it's taken me this long to discover such a treasure... almost like a super hefe-weizen, this beer pours a gorgeous bronze color with a nice, frothy head that has decent staying power... The aroma is wonderful - full of banana, fruits, and spices... The taste is super-rich... full of exciting and bold flavors that strongly complement the aroma... Has a superb mouthfeel that sticks to the palate and taste buds... flavor is long-lasting and very satisfying... a relatively strong alcohol percentage is the only thing holding me back from giving this a perfect five, but the 6.6% is really not felt so much, as the alcohol is hard to detect behind a creamy and rich taste... Definitely recommended... a must-try...

12-12-2007 23:58:29 | More by dsa7783
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davidt

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Poured into Chimay goblet, forms a thick, creamy white, long lasting head. Heavy lacing remains on side of glass. Sweet banana aroma. Taste is slightly spicy, mostly clove and banana. Perhaps a whiff of pepper. A decent beer, good for an intro to the style but there are better Belgian Pale Ales.

12-10-2007 14:54:20 | More by davidt
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -2.5%

Out of the bottle and into the glass, you will find a clear, light amber color. It is topped by a very tall white fluffy head. There is lots of sticky lacing and very good retention. The aroma is comprised of banana and cloves. The taste is made of sweet malt and some light hop bitterness. There is also some very slight graininess and some light spices. Not a bad beer.

12-09-2007 00:13:56 | More by abcsofbeer
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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a yellow-orange, slightly darker than pilsner colour, with a thick, white head, with spotty lacing.

S: Estery, lots of pears, and a bit of ginger, perhaps, that's what it smells like anyway.

T: Heavy apple flavour, very cidery, a bit of banana as well, tasty, though it had a bit of a metallic tinge that I did not like.

M: Smooth, slightly medicinal, medium-bodied, with a bit of alcohol warming.

D: This is a pretty good BPA, good flavours, especially for something owned by a giant conglomerate. Could definitely drink this again, might buy six-pack next time. Good call.

12-05-2007 02:44:08 | More by Halcyondays
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%

Decent looking ale. much clearer than I would have expected, but showned some good head retention and a bit of sticky lacing. Sweet, fruity aroma and some musty yeastiness noted. Some raisin rum flavours with some subtle hops in the background. A touch syrupy perhaps.

Very smooth, full bodied ale..maybe a bit sticky from the sweetness.

Not bad, but a bit too sweet and syrupy to have more than 1 or 2 in a session.

12-05-2007 02:32:53 | More by Shadman
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zeff80

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%

Best before 10/28/08

A - Poured out a golden hue with a foamy, white, two-finger head that lingers and leaves a little lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, corriander, yeast and light malt.

T - It tasted of clove, some banana, yeast and some subtle spices.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Belgian ale. I was quite light and reminded me of a German hefe.

12-01-2007 03:11:18 | More by zeff80
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elmore

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%

A: poured a translucent golden orange color into a Piraat tulip glass with a 2 finger head that receded rapidly.

S: notes of citrus and cloves. not as much of a yeasty, bready smell as I'm used to with Belgian style ales - I don't no if this is bottle conditioned, but I saw no sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

T: bananas, citrus and a little bit of peppery spicy hop aftertaste. Not very complex, but not unpleasant.

M: lost all carbonation rapidly - kind of flat - I enjoy the champagne - like texture of most belgian ales - this beer didn't have that. Thin.

D: low abv and somewhat bland. kind of boring, but pleasant - I could probably drink this all night - but I would only want to if a better belgian wasn't available.

11-30-2007 19:56:45 | More by elmore
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -11%

Available everywhere, leffe blond in a triple style goblet at around 60 F.

Pour golden straw, musty, yeasty aroma with hints of honey and sweet malts, flavor is quite enjoyable, well balanced hops and malt flavors, dry finish with a hint of sweetness.

Not my favorite, but certainly good enough to drink.

11-27-2007 04:50:30 | More by bloberglawp
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

Sweet, light malt. Little spicy touch.

Medium golden straw, good clarity, and a nice fluffy head.

Spicy carbonated medium body. Sweet caramel malt. Little nutty dryness.

Not bad; it’s crisp and clean and fairly tasty. Not my favorite Belgian Pale, but I I’d try it again.

11-25-2007 02:35:03 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a foamy white head that eventually recedes to surface skim, and leaves some good lacing. Body is clear gold with orange highlights. Appearance will be this ale's high point.

Smell - bananas and cloves, faint scent of horseblanket, faint scent of toasty malt biscuits.

Taste - bananas and cloves, with faint horseblanket and faint toasty malt biscuits, all washed through with spicy and grassy Euro hops, which did not show up in the aroma, but which serve to ruin the taste and render a flavor like a mass produced Euro-lager.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - this is a merely decent ale.

11-12-2007 15:37:30 | More by ultralarry2006
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thierrynantes

France

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Blonde dorée, cristalline, mousse abondante et serrée.
Smell : Nez doux d'alcool, assez puissant mais manquant de finesse. Taste and mouthfeel : Saveur douce légèrement piquante, bien maltée. Rondeur caractéristique. Bonne tenue en bouche, amertume et post-amertume moyennes.
Drinkability : Agréable, mais manque de caractère pour une abbaye .

11-10-2007 13:24:11 | More by thierrynantes
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animal69

Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev +22.3%

after the last beer attacked my senses like a drunk zero pilot on kamikazee run, i figured i'd go to the opposite end of the spectrum ; pours a clear gold color w/ a finger of fluffy whiteness which lasts & left incredible lacing all the way down ; a nose that's tangy and wheaty, with a tinge of hop ; a sweet tangy flavor w/ a nice wheat-malt profile balanced w/ the hop bitterness, some caramel undertones detected ; a nice med body w/ plenty of dextrins to let the flavor linger ; this a a great beer, it was purchased in a 11.2 oz. bottle, but i think they should sell this stuff in "40" 's, i know i'd drink the shit out of 'em...

11-01-2007 20:35:27 | More by animal69
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +4%

Pours a nice golden color with a good two fingers of off-white head. Nice clarity and decent head retention, leaving a thin lace and some stick.

Smell is sweet pale malt, honey, soft fruit aromas, clove and yeast. Smell does seem a tad off although I can't put my finger on it.

Taste has a nice honey-like sweetness to it, along with some grainy malt, citrus flavor, a bit of hop bitterness, some clove and yeast. Taste is a little grainy for my liking and there is a not all too pleasant grainy aftertaste. The taste is a bit off, as that grainy flavor and what seems like a medicinal character are a bit odd. But, otherwise it's pretty tasty and it's smooth and has a creamy, soft mouthfeel.

Pretty solid but unspectacular Belgian, and something just seems a bit off in it. But it's enjoyable and an easy drinker nonetheless, and it seems to be quite readily available.

10-31-2007 18:06:40 | More by number1bum
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skeetermoses

Oklahoma

4.13/5  rDev +16.7%

This was my first time drinking Leffe, it poured well, and had an exceptional taste, but as far as a Belgian blonde goes, it was not the best, I would rate it as a very drinkable but average blonde. All in all it was a beer I would definately drink again, and I would proudly drink, but it did not stick out in my mind.

10-28-2007 08:13:21 | More by skeetermoses
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hoegaardenhero

California

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

a: generous bubbly head that leaves uniform belgian lace as it retreats; nice golden/copper color

s: wonderful sweet smell; hints of pear, sweet citrus and apple

t: sweet and yeasty; tastes of pear; flavor rises up mid sip and leads to smooth finish

m: lightly carbonated; very nice creamy smooth mouthfeel. truly enjoyable.

d: smooth and delicious with a distinct sweet fruity flavor; perhas a little on the sweet side but a great well balanced beer otherwise

10-24-2007 16:52:22 | More by hoegaardenhero
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