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Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of matuka123
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great Belgian beer!!!! Classic Leffe. leffe blonde. Appearance/look is gorgeous colour, looks delicious. Mouthfeel is good, easy to drink beer as everyone says, and it's 6.6%! wow. It's tasty and good to drink. A fantastic beer!

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Photo of OldskoolT68
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my 1st true Belgian Ale & I was quite surprised how much I like it?

It has a very thick head with slightly fruity flavor to me. This my 1st beer review, "Ever", so please don't pick my review apart too muc.

I ppurchased it TW&M for under $8. So to me that that's to me a very good price for a better than average beer.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber. Hazy straw yellow with 3 finger frothy head. Taste of clove and malt with a smooth and balanced feel.
Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of holtonwes
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11oz bottle into pint glass. Love the bottle, by the way. Nice touch with the gold foil. Hazy coppery gold with two finger white sudsy head. Decent lacing

Smell is bready and fruity sweetness with a hint of spice

Taste is banana, with again a hint of spice. Little bit of hops, but mainly malty bready sweetness, and then banana again with a hint of alcohol at the back.

Feel is full bodied with a touch of warmth from alcohol.

Overall a pleasant warm, relaxing Belgian pale ale. In a word: cozy

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Photo of Stevedore
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's your very standard Belgian blonde. Hazy straw yellow body, good head retention; smells minerally, estery but no banana; good pale malt background and spices that keep it interesting. Flavour is straightforward, similarly estery, pale malt, a bit of earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied. Easy to drink, refreshing on a warm day. It's a fairly standard archetype of the Belgian blonde style, especially given how available it is.

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Photo of Wontonst
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice thick head with Amber colored liquid. Some lacing on glass. Strong smell, lots of wheat and banana with some clove and cinnamon. Taste is less strong on the tongue but emphasizes the smell. Quite enjoyable. Medium body and carbonation with a boozy aftertaste that isn't so pleasant but tolerable.

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Photo of crotharagain
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not bad, having one in a hotel room in Paris right now. America surpassed Europe in making quality beers about 10 years ago so can't wait to get home.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light Amber / yellow color. Has a mild Belgian yeast aroma and the classic over ripe banana flavor. Very smooth to drink a and a very nice Belgian beer overall

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Photo of cheer4beer_
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is a good Belgian brew. It's not going to win many awards and is widely available. I enjoy getting to the bottom of one when I'm looking for something refreshing. The head is firm, the beer is blond (as indicated on the label), tastes a bit yeasty.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, transparent, golden with constant bubbles
S: Sweet bubblegum, clove, light banana, bready, orange
T: Belgian spice, white pepper, bubblegum, clove, light orange, hint of alcohol, bready
M: Medium-light with medium carbonation
O: I enjoy this but would prefer a Hefe. Probably some better examples of the style out there but I'm not one to seek out belgians.

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Photo of leantom
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a local restaurant. Here goes:

A: Actually quite good. Clear yellow with plenty of bubbles Pours a large head with great lacing as well.

S: Lots - and I mean lots - of clove. Very bready yeast and some citrus, orange, and tangerines. Very bready and fruity.

T: Follows the nose, except with some bubblegum. Predominant flavors are clove, orange, and bready yeast.

F: Nice and bready. Good.

O: Good beer.

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Photo of akolb
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Gold with a good head. It smells like homebrewers' T-58 yeast, with wheat and an unidentifiable yeastiness. Taste has light banana, low bitterness. A little caramel malt. Mouthfeel is rather thick and smooth. Not nearly as good as Leffe Brune, or most other Belgian blondes, but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours brownish color. Light brown. Havy head that lasts for quite some time. Yeasty smell. Taste is yeasty and malty. Slightly chalky taste. A good beer. Don't know if I could have more than 1 at a time.

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Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ beer into a tulip glass.
Aroma- This beer has a nice aroma of fruit and wheat
Appearance- this beer pours a copper color with a large white head
Taste- A nice smooth flavor that is very easy on the palate.
Overall- Leffe Blonde is a highly enjoyable brew.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle bought at Brussels grocery store, BB: 20/02/16
served chilled...close to recommended 5C.

Nice copper colour, crystal clear -- oddly so (!), not much head on the pour.
The head also dissipates quickly.
Smell is unique....yeast esters working overtime here. Old bananas.
Taste is crisp but relatively uninteresting.....more like a mega-brewery offering than a crafted product from an abbey.
Okay to drink, but not a tribute to the region or style, by any means.
On the plus side, you could drink more than a couple of these easily and safely. But I won't be going out of my way to find more. For a widely available and very popular beer here, my expectations were too high.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving 330 mL Bottle

A- Pours a Honey Golden Colour topped by a 1 1/2 finger white head that mostly dissipates fairly quickly. A ring of head clings to the side of the glass indefinitely.

S- Light and floral. Lots of Sweet Belgian yeast action going (mostly pear and apple).

T- Nearly identical to the aroma with the exception of a slight spiciness.

M- Light and extremely drinkable. Medium Carbonation.

O- Decent Belgian Pale Ale that offers up everything the style is known for. Fairly standard beer. Nothing overly exciting to be had here.

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Photo of Dzu
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pale-amber color with no foam
S: Sweet with a very weak bitter
T: Fruity (someting like orange) and honey
F: Warm and oily body
O: Good example of belgian blondes. Made me interested in belgian ales at all.

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Photo of Buck89
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a golden amber into a snifter. Clean large white head with good retention. Aroma was floral with yeast and spicy notes. Taste was floral and sweet. Clean dry finish.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not all Belgian beers are amazing. This beer is Exhibit A. A nice Ale, a bit sweet for my taste, but pretty good. I enjoyed on my deck on a hot summer night. Would have another, but would not exclaim its virtues from a mountaintop.

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Photo of Mokumbear
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to discuss something a bit more mundane, price point.

I want to remain neutral so will not name the retailer.
I will just say that they are a "big box" wine/liquor/beer store.

Leffe Blonde is actually pretty reasonable and, surprisingly, less expensive than Heineken.

One quick rant...
Maybe it's the monopolistic nature of much of the the beverage market but I think we beer consumers are currently "being taken for a ride" as far as European beer prices!

The US Dollar is at near historic highs vs. the Euro.
Three years ago, it cost about $1.43 cents to buy one Euro.
Now the currencies are nearly at parity!

Why aren't we seeing a dramatic drop in the price of European beer???

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

75 cl (25.4 oz) bottle brought home from Europe. Pours a golden amber with a small head. Somewhat yeasty in smell and taste. Pleasant to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of lastmango
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A medium golden pour with a nice fizzy white two finger head that dissipated to a one inch head as I drank the beer. I could not discern any real odor. The taste is very pleasant . . . a bit malty and yeasty with a pinch of hops. Although drinkable, there are other beers that are more worthy of the price.

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Photo of TH28
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. Appearance: Crystal clear, golden, moderate white head that dissipates. Aroma: Pear esters dominate. Apple present, with an underlying maltiness. Taste: Strong ester presence of pear, with apple, banana, and spice in the background. Underlying malt presence but esters are the main attraction here. Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, with moderate carbonation. Finish: fruit ester forward on the finish, with a slight metallic note. Overall: A showcase of fruity Belgian esters, but not an overall balance beer. After the ester punch, there is a strange metallic note. Rest of the beer is pretty straightforward with nothing significant about the malt profile. Decent blonde

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and light gold in color, no noticeable carbonation and a thick off white head filled with creamy bubbles accompanied by a nice thick lacing.
Apples, wheat grass and some mild spices make this ale’s aroma very pleasant.
Sweet overall with the spices coming out mid swallow and then topped off with a slightly hoppy flavor. A bit of citrus zest comes out as it warms up, and what I think is coriander start to become present as well.
You can feel the carbonation, it really move your mouth, it’s light – medium bodied with a semi-dry finish.
This is a very good tasting Belgian Pale Ale, sweet overall with just a hint of hops and malts.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thick white head, smell of banana, coriander, other spices hard to pinpoint. taste is fruity, pepper, coriander. For 6.6% there is virtually no booze. Easy drinking Belgian ale.

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