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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,001 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,001
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 34
Gots: 293 | 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 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
Photo of Soneast
2.3/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden color with a 2 finger, white head with some decent retention, leaving pretty good lace.

Smells slightly fruity, some honey and bubblegum notes detected.

Taste is a tad richer than the appearance led me to believe. Some caramel laced with lemon zest and cloves up front with a sort of yeasty and decidedly hop-free finish with a bubblegum aftertaste. Way too sweet and "bubblegum-ey" for me.

Medium body, the lack of carbonation seems to be a drawback of this beer as it turns what could be a creamy texture to a syrupy texture. Left a pretty unpleasant sweet aftertaste in my mouth that I kept burping up the rest of the night, not exactly enjoyable.

Soneast, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of david131
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An absolutely clear light golden color with a few streams of carbonation making their way to the top. The head is white and craggy with pretty good retention.

S- Very Belgian smelling. Lots of light fruit and a bit of bread. Pretty aromatic and appealing.

T- Just like the aroma but with a surprising orange rind aspect that gives it a little kick. Pretty light overall with a pretty sweet aspect to it and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Enjoyable.

M- Not as carbonated as some of the other beers of this style that I have had. But, with the amount of flavor in this, it doesn't really require more carbonation to lighten things up and reveal some of the subtleties.

D- A very enjoyable beer that is light, tasty, and relatively inexpensive. It won't blow your doors off, but it would be an excellent beer to get some people started down the road of Belgians.

david131, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of palmer69
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

poured very hazy out of the small bottle. smelled like wet lemony grassy herbs, with the smell like it was i thought it would be a pretty tasty beer...it wasn't.

the taste was very pungent, almost musky taste with some lemon.

carbination was good, it was very smooth on the tongue.

I would drink it again if it was free, or the only thing available, but I would definantly not search this one out. Expected better.

palmer69, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of colts9016
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A golden yellow color with a nice two finger head. There is carbonation coming from the bottom of the beer. The clarity of the beer is very clear. There is a nice orange hue to the beer. As the head dissipates, it leaves some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A nicely toasted malt followed by a nice estery aroma. The are hints of bananas, citrus, a fragrant perfume and butterscotch.

Taste: A light toasted malt with a ester, bananas, citrus, and sweet honey. There are notes of butterscotch, fragrant perfume, and citrus.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonation, with a bitter finish that last for a few moments. The beer is well made. I like the buttery notes with a nice malt back bone that stands up to the hops in this beer.

colts9016, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of GrimmReaper
2.23/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was brought over for Christmas,a variety pk,Leffe was the only one i hadn't tried,and i could'nt wait to pour this one.Poured a cloudy off yellow orangey color,nice thick white foamy head,impressive,that stuck around for a long while and left some really nice sticky lacing.Nose was fruit and spices,orange and stale corn with a hint of stale grass all mixed in there in the aroma,all that just threw me off,i new what i was in for and was not liking it.First sip and...hmmm sweet,a hint of clove and spices,mild fruit.2nd sip,sweetness comes in a little stronger,really notice the fruits,orange and a little lemon,cloves and spices seem a bit strong.3rd sip,,,,ahhh...no like this one,sweetness really getting to me and the strong spices,mouthfeel was very full bodied,heavy feel and kinda dry on the finish.All in all,this just wasn't my type of beer,sure glad it was not me that bought it.

GrimmReaper, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of gmfessen
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a straw, golden color with a huge, creamy white head. The smell is malty and has some spicey pheonols present. The flavor also highlights the spicey yeast profile and malty backbone. The beer may be slightly skunked, but the best before date is 12/26/09 so it would seem like it should be ok. The mouthfeel is light to medium in body and has a thick, viscuous head that sticks around in the glass for a while. Overall, a drinkable beer.

gmfessen, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of ssam
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A- a clear, yet deep orange color with an impressive full head. it had bubbles climbing to the surface in pretty high frequency.

S- the smell is mostly a strong hop aroma where you can sense a bitterness and high hop profile.

T- contrary to the smell, the hops do not stand out much. the taste reminds me of a corn pudding-- but dont let that turn you off, i think its delicious

M- i thought it would be very strongly carbonated because of the rising bubbles but the carbonation was very good as was the beer's body. it surprised me with how heavy and how hearty the body was.

D- the taste is pleasant and it goes down smoothly, but it is a lot heavier than expected-- in a good way, but the drinkability suffers

ssam, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden blond amber beer that pours clear and has as much head as it pours liquid. Thick billowy white head that ends up being a little bit of a pain rather then being pretty.

The smell is a malty bubble gum clove with a nice (insert sarcasm here) coppery hint. Not very impressive.

The taste is bubblegum and wet sugary cereal. A clove like spice backs up the malts until the finish where it then takes over. There is also a mild spice and lemony bitterness in the finish mixed with some honey.

A fine brew that has a little more body then most Belgian Pales. Light carbonation let's you taste the beer and reminds you that this isn't just a plain ole macro.

jbphoto88, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear pilsner yellow with an orange hue. Where's my haze?! Where's my yeast sediment?! Head is nice, big, frothy and uneven. Retention & lacing are excellent.

Smells like a Hefeweizen; sweet and fruity with a little spice.

Tastes like sweet bubble gum, earthy malt, clove, light fruit (especially citrus and banana), and a little grassy hop in the back. Nothing bitter at any point.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and full. Didn't really expect all that from such a light looking beer. There's also a slight crispness from the carbonation.

Not bad, but there are better Belgian blondes to be had. I was somewhat confused by the clarity, and the sweetness is a bit much.

Hoagie1973, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Arbitrator
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

The first time I had this, I quaffed it like a light beer. Big mistake. There are things to appreciate about this one.

A: Hazy orange with amber notes. White head dissolves quickly.

S: Fruity, spicy. A very Belgian smell.

T: Fruits and spicy... Malty sweetness with a little bread. Dry toward the end. Nice blend, but not very complex.

M: Overcarbonated. Smooth otherwise.

D: Pleasant to drink, and goes down easily. I'd probably pick up a sixer of this again as a relaxing spring/summer beer.

Arbitrator, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of eagles22
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: very nice ligth yellow body that bubbles keep bubbling up and also a nice 3 finger head

Smell: Cloves, citrus and also other spices like nutmeg

Taste: nothing great ..very spicey and nice though...doensat really stand out too many cloves

Mouthfeel: is actually good..very smooth

Drinkability: very high

eagles22, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Leffe Blond is a crystal clear golden ale with a white head that backs off to a thin, seething foam that grows back after each sip. Lacing and retention are outstanding. The aroma is bright and fruity: pear, peach, cherry and lemon zest. The malt is biscuity. There are spices like peppercorns and fennel that linger in the nose. Soft, fluffy and medium bodied, it leaves the tongue a bit silty. The yeast is fruity enough to be fruit salad. It's a little sweet, a little herbal, moderately hopped and heftily boozed. There is a clap of leather and wet soil somewhere in there. It's earthy and complex. After looking at the ABV, I think this may be a really good dessert beer. This is not a session ale-- it's more like a birthday cake in a bottle.
(rated Dec 1, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Guzzler78
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as Belgians go this one isn't special.
This one pours a clear golden honey like color. About one finger of white head. Leaves little lacing.
Smells of clove, corriander, sweet honey like malts.
Tastes sweet and spicy-again corriander, cloves-a medicinal aftertaste that hangs around on the tongue a bit too long.
A full mouthfeel, slightly creamy, alcohol and medicinal tingle.
An OK beer, not up to par with other Belgians- a filterd, generic Belgian.

Guzzler78, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of likethetaste
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a variety pack from World Market. THis beer poured a nice amber color with a nice head. It has a fruity flavor with some strong spicy flavors that I personally just do not like. This is not a bad beer but I do not like the flavor myself. It is not one that I would buy again but it does have some quality.

likethetaste, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of marc956
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a Belgian beer it goes best with typical food of that country such as oysters and such. A good but not overpowering taste, pretty good smell and strong (6.6% ABV as I recall) but can still be drunk as a session beer, by me anyway. It can be hard to find in Dixie but well worth it if you find it. My local HEB just started carrying it awhile ago, think I will get some for nostalgia.

marc956, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of kflorence
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer looks fantastic, although as others have mentioned it is very clean and filtered. Pours a lovely translucent orange, amber color with fizzy white head that dissipates quickly.

S: The aroma is of fruit and spice; there is somewhat of a "bubble gum" smell in there somewhere, but it's not overpowering.

T: Very clean brew... fruits and spice, like the nose... coriander and cloves perhaps? Lots of yeast present too... a slight dry, bitterness in there as well. Tastes very aged, which i highly enjoy.

M: Very caronated (bubbly)... goes down smooth, light on the tongue.

D: Very drinkable, also packs a nice 6.6% ABV, which is a nice perk.

This was the first non-domestic beer I drank, so I must credit it to having got me into the world of beer drinking. That said, after trying several hundred other brews, I have recognized that the quality of this one is only above average, at best (when compared to other belgian abbey beers). However, this beer holds a special place in my heart and I still enjoy it every now and then (especially during the holidays).

kflorence, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange-gold with a big white head. Spice, malt, and yeast in the nose. Smooth, malty taste with some orange peel and coriander. Not a lot to overwhelm, which underwhelms. More like a Belgian with training wheels. Doesn't try anything too strong or risky.

magictrokini, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of stone3187
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a full golden color, with smells of sweet bread. The flavors had sweet spices that stayed balanced all the way to the finish. I was not a big fan of Belgians until I was introduced to the Abbey Pale Ale style. This one is a good everyday example of the style and not too high in alcohol, so I could drink a lot of it.

stone3187, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of Beernoisseur
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was hoping for more here. Poured from a brown bottle into a pilsner glass (my tulip was dirty)

A - Beautiful Honey amber color with a healthy head that hangs on for a while.

S - There's something weird about this beer. I can't quite put a finger on it, but it almost smells medicinal. Phenols? other than that, sweet and yeasty. Clearly Belgian.

T - The same odd flavor in the nose comes through in the mouth, just stronger. It's kind of a chemically flavor, that i don;t think should be there. I love strong pale belgians, and i've noticed a similar flavor in others, but it's not offensive to me like it is in this one. Hmmm. Other than that, Sweet, yeasty, and fruity notes.

M - Medium soft mouthfeel.

D - This will be the last one of these I'll have. It wasn't terrible, but neither was "4 Christmases" and I won't be experiencing that again either.

Beernoisseur, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Pours a copper-amber with active beads of carbonation rising sporadically throughout. 1.5-finger head that slowly fades into a thin, spotty cap. Decent retention, light tracing.
S-Sweet malt forms the backbone, but is veiled by phenols, spice, and a sulfury/gunpowdery aroma. Slight plantain.
T-Sweet, spicy malt upfront, sweet tea-like midway with a hint of ginger, and a smooth finish w/spice and light hops that provide some bitterness, but don't exactly cleanse the palate of the sweetness. Still, quite good.
M&D-This one really tastes better either well-chilled, or border-line warm. As the temperature rises and gets close to cellar temperature, the body becomes slightly syrupy, and strings out the sweetness, which unbalances it. As it warms more and approaches ambient temperature, the body gets lighter, and reminds me more of a spicy tea. I drank a lot of this beer in France back in the day, and it is associated w/many fond memories. Not the best example of the style, but still very drinkable, and sessionable if right out of the fridge.

BoitSansSoif, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of tdawgydog
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my go-to beer. I always keep a 6 of this in the fridge. What's funny is, I'm always reviewing the odd beer that I taste here and there and tonight I realized that I never reviewed one of my favorites. I typically drink this in my Leffe tulip glass that I picked up on my trip to Belgium last year.

A - It looks like a beer should. Not to light, not too dark. A little golden brown.
S - Again it's just right. There is no overpowering smell of alcohol in this beer.
T - The taste has a little something to it. you don't have the typical beer taste but it is not too strong either
D - I can drink these all night long. Maybe after drinking too many 9 - 10% abv beers these seem to go down wayyy to easily.
M - Not overpowering. It seems just right.

I wish they would make the braun readily available in the U.S. I actually enjoyed this more while I was in Belgium but it is really hard to find back here.

tdawgydog, Dec 04, 2008
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,001 ratings.