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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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1,311 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,311
Hads: 3,600
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 25.91%
Wants: 63
Gots: 792 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale | 6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Reviews: 1,311 | Hads: 3,600
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 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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Photo of Savan
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Meh... this is different than any beer I have had, and to be honest, not sure what to think of it. At first taste (on the tip of your tongue) it is refreshing, as it hits the back of your mouth it as a mysterious .... Coriander? taste. I would compare this to "Lift bridge- Farm girl" but, not as balanced. Could be i just dont like the style or that i just had a IPA prior. At anyrate, worth a try wouldn't get a 12 pack but if it were available as a single somewhere i would try it again.

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

Available in France which is not known for its beer selections. On tap in a 50cl Leffe chalice.

Classic Belgian blond/pale with a very fruity nose and hints of bubble gum and banana. Was so thankful to find it when I did.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my definition of a Belgium blonde ale, I love it! Full of carbonation, Full of flavor at start with fruity dry finish. Love it, love it, love it!!!

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Perfectly clear light amber with just barely off white head of medium retention. When I first opened, it fizzed up slowly out of the neck. Not from being shaken, mind you. Before the pour, sweet bread and bubblegum aromas. In the glass, some of the same but a distinct Band-Aid note of chlorophenol, not too unpleasant. Also, a little citrus zest. After I've been enjoying it for a while, mostly sugar or bubblegum on the nose. First sip and finish seem mentholated almost or even metallic. Combination of what little hops there are, chlorophenol, and maybe the booze. Sugar and Band-Aid strongest on the palate in the middle. Overall, similar to what I've encountered in certain imported German hefes. Prickly from the carbonation for the first second or so but mellows and softens to cream-like feel. Way on the light end of medium bodied. Nice tingly, warming sensation from the alcohol on the gums and tongue. Not too dry of a finish.

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Photo of 57md
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey in color. Funky nose. The flavor profile is malty and quite sweet.

This offering worked nicely for the first two but the sweetness got to be too much and I had to switch to something more bitter. Definitely not sessionable.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light amber with copious carbonation and more than 2fb of white fine head. Smells of cereal, bubblegum, fruity light phenols, caramel. taste rather sweet malts up front with a mid note metallic twang of bitter and smooth, end note (sweet) but rather pleasant. Light to medium body, strong carbonation and goes well with bbq, not particularly complex but overall a rather pleasant blonde.
Overall - not as complex as other belgian blondes, a bit sweeter than I normally enjoy but in the right context (bbq, hamburgs, pizza) a great, light bodied and tastey accompainiement. Solid price point for the quality - better than most 'macrobrews' and I wouldn't hesitate to buy this to attend a tailgate, bbq or other party in which I was trying to find a decent beer at a reasonable price.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a thick creamy white head. For me, bubblegum is a very prominent note in the nose, with possibly some other funky tropical fruit as well. Taste is very sweet and smooth, with that bubblegum again surfacing in the middle. Although I'm typically not a huge fan of that note in wheat beers, here it seems to work. Paired this with tacos and corn and felt it was a nice fit. I do probably prefer the brown leffe a bit more, but I'd have no qualms drinking this.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a clear amber body.
The aroma is fruits: plum and apricot, and grains.
The taste is mild sweet with background lemon bitterness.
The texture is airy and light with a nice fizz.
Nothing special but fine enough.

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Photo of ttango
4.44/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A consistently dismissed beer due to ownership by InBev. Pity because Leffe Blonde is an excellent example of the style. "Better" abbey blondes generally have too much of everything for my tastes. I'm looking for something with the requisite Belgian esters that's also lighter, crisper and with less of a lingering mouth-feel than a beer like a St Feuliien blonde -- and Leffe delivers as well as any in the style. As a non-sweet beer drinker, this beer is sweeter (to me) than most any beer that I consistently drink with flavors reminiscent of candy corn. But the sweetness is pleasant as it is balanced by a slight acidity and wheat-flavored undertones. A winner. InBev or not.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I can not understand, what I consider to be severely unwarranted low ratings for this beer. No, it's not barrel aged, double hopped, triple hopped or what ever. Maybe it is the Belgian equivalent of an adjunct lager . . . Who knows. What I can say is this . . . It's a very, very tasty and easy drinking Belgian beer ! And when did easy drinking become a bad thing ? Enjoy.

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Photo of 50wolves
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours golden clear with minimal carbonation, frothy white head that disappears quickly. Aroma - smells of florals, clovey, sweet and fresh. Taste - light tasting, overall it is a sweet beer mouthfeel - lacks astringency is creamy overall - I get a fresh vibe from the beer, creamy sweet easy tp drink, appearance is excellent in a tulip glass and smell is memorable and appreciable. Would highly recommend and would drink again.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Crisp Clear golden color. Big Frothy head takes a while to dissipate. Mild Carbonation.

Smell: Heavy Belgian yeast but something seems a bit off, a little nutty and peppery.

Taste: Very, very much banana. a little nut on the back end.

Feel: Pretty dang solid mouth feel. Good body for a Belgian.

Overall: Pretty solid despite the BA rating. If anything its not a bad entry level belgian that makes for a decent budget option too. at 6.6% and $9 a six pack, it wouldn't be to hard to suck these things down all summer.

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Photo of thorkelson
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite go-to Belgians. I don't understand the low rating because it's a very solid beer. Although it isn't the most complex, it's very light and has a great mouth feel.

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Photo of Zet
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smell of cloves and malt. The taste itself is very malty as well, not exactly what you expect from a blond. Decent, but a bit boring. Not a lot of complexity going on here.

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Photo of kantormill
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Leffe blonde is visually pleasing with a rich golden coloring. Sickly sweet, nutty toffee with citrus rinds peaking out every now and then aromatically. Mostly rind and toffee in your mouth with the flavors intensifying after the finish. Very clean in your mouth with a decent amount of linger.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 1,311 ratings.