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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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2,848 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,848
Reviews: 1,208
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 28
Gots: 218 | FT: 0
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Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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Photo of Duster72


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a clear golden with one finger head that dies down quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma is yeast, orange, banana, cloves and malts. Taste is strong yeast with bready malts and strong orange character. Lemons, spices, and honey. Mouthfeel is pretty average with a clean finish. Very mild and drinkable example of the style.

04-14-2007 22:07:34 | More by Duster72
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours a nice brownish golden color with a decent white head that leaves some real nice lacing, I'm a bit impressed. The smell is distinctive Belgian, spicy-medicinal, and sweet. The taste is a watered down version of the smell, though it still taste good. It feels a bit pasturized, though I'm not sure it actually is. This is like the Budweiser of Belgian pale ales. A step above Stella. The feel is firm and not watery, maybe a tad too carbonated. A very drinkable Belgian blonde, one I won't have any issues with drinking a six'er of.

04-14-2007 05:22:13 | More by Gmann
Photo of vtfan77


3.2/5  rDev -9.6%

A- Clear gold with a nice inch and a half of fairly long-lasting head. Decent lacing too. Not bad at all.

S- Quite malty and a little tart. Sourdough bread and cloves in the aroma. The smell gets a little less pleasant as the beer warms.

T- More bread and cloves. A little sweet throughout, but finishes fairly dry. Some vegetal flavors are apparent as well. There's a touch of bitterness at the end, but not much.

M- Medium-bodied, kind of spritzy. Decent carbonation level.

D- Not too bad. The 6.6% ABV limits drinkability somewhat. I wouldn't mind having another, though.

It is what it is. Sure there might be better examples of the style. There might be cheaper examples, too. There might even be better examples that are also cheaper. But... um... I don't really know where I'm going with this. Just your average BPA, nothing more. Give it a try if you're a fan of the style. Otherwise, I'd pass.

04-13-2007 20:57:36 | More by vtfan77
Photo of rmcnealy


3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

Leffe is an excellent beer! This Belgian "Abbey" pale ale is very good. Served in bottle (had on tab and wasn't as good) and pours a mid to dark gold. Lace was white with minimal consistency. Quickly faded to leave a 3/8 head. The taste is good. Very strong aromas. As a previous reviewer mentioned, there is a definite hint of clover. Bananas initially entice the taste buds. The taste flees leaving barely a trace of its existence. Will definitely try again.


04-12-2007 06:35:17 | More by rmcnealy
Photo of billybob


4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

poured a clear golden color with a three finger white head with a easy pour that held to a half inch with a spotty lace. first whiff is of banana aroma that turns to clove and spice. taste, all i could think of was easter ham studed with clove, clove and spice predominate the taste. medium mouthfeel with good carbonation, lots of bubbles coming up through the beer. maybe not the best but still tasty.

04-09-2007 18:41:24 | More by billybob
Photo of Quej

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%

A - Very light clear golden colour. Poured very foamy, but left several unusual, small rings of lacy head, which looks a little suspicious.

S - Smells rather yeasty, with some citrus scents that gives it an almost sour smell. Smells of traditional Belgian yeasts, which almost, but do not quite, mask the scent of alcohol.

T - A strong yeasty taste, accompanied by good pale malts. Slight lemon citrus flavours, once again contirbuting to a bit of a sour edge. Alcohol is tasteable, even at rather cold temperatures and only get stronger as it warms. Its taste would hint at a stronger beer than it is.

M - The feel is heavily carbonated, and somewhat thin. It doesn't linger or leave much of an aftertaste, aside from slight metals.

D - The beer is rather drinkable and light. Definitely a beer I could enjoy several of.

It is a good beer, typical of its style, but not examplary of it. It is a very approachable belgian blonde; it is quite a delicious treat. However, in comparison to other beers of its style it, although very delicious, lacks the strength of taste and of alcohol, but not taste of alcohol, to make it great among its kind.

03-27-2007 01:56:48 | More by Quej
Photo of stereosforgeeks


3.55/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance -Nice clear light copper color. Foamy white head. Ample carbonation. Light lacing.

Smell - Bananas, orange, cloves, and yeast spiciness.

Taste - Initially some breads then the spiciness and fruits kick in. Solid.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Nice active carbonation. Light finish.

Drinkability - Easy to drink. Solid, but not spectacular.

03-26-2007 23:23:31 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of wjimson


3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

The first to drink from a fresh keg, had 2 half pints on the first day 1 half pint on the second. Luckily, social occasions had given me an excuse to visit the local grad club for 4 days straight. The beer was served at around 8 degree Celcius in a Leffe glass. Thin head floated 1cm above the 33cl mark. The smell is good, like raw straw water with a hint of spritz. A very clean taste with marked floral notes from the belgian yeast. Slight raw sweetness. Very clean and drinkable. It washed down with conversation too easily. A very drinkable and sensible choice for the rainy spring days.

03-25-2007 02:46:53 | More by wjimson
Photo of Poser


3.43/5  rDev -3.1%

This beer seems like it was a lot better the first time I had it, which was on tap in Brussels. But to be as accurate as possible, here's my impression from a bottle brought back. I would say it was a bad bottle, but it's my third I brought back from two different locations. Every time I've tried the bottle it's been the same.

Pours a nice golden color with a medium head that dissipates quickly with little lacing. Carbonation is noticeable, but doesn't seem to help. Aroma is interesting -- floral with something I can only explain as champagne that it's in your face. Has a fruity, floral start with that same champagne finish. It's almost like an alcohol sting but not quite. You can't miss this beer while you're in Belgium, and it's worth a shot.

03-20-2007 00:32:03 | More by Poser
Photo of Cresant


2.73/5  rDev -22.9%

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Chimay glass. Dated best before 19/04/07. The body was a rich clear golden color. The yeast stayed firmly at the bottom of the bottle. The head was frothy, white and lingered.

Smell was typical belgian yeasty. Earthy.

Taste was somewhat bitter. Banana bread and chalky yeast. Dry. Nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel was rich and filling. Medium carbonation.

03-17-2007 18:54:18 | More by Cresant
Photo of Jwaks


3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Serving 11.2oz bottle

Pours a true translucent golden honey color with a storm of carbonation supporting a two finger thick dense white foamy head. Lacing coats the inside of the glass as the head slowly receds into a opaque foam cap.

Typical belgian aromas with lots of yeast, medicinal phenols - band aids, light spices, and a good dose of pale malts; little hop aromas can be distinguised in the nose.

Moderate to heavy medicinals upfront with a bit of yeast, acid and malt on the mid palate, sweet malts and a bit of honey and spice tie everything together on a pleasantly sweet finish. This is an old school beer that emphazises the natural yeast, malt and medicinals.

Suprisingly, carbonation is not overwhelming in this light to medium bodied brew which boast a light and pleasant finish. This is smooth with good balance for a belgian blonde which tend to be a bit bitter, phenolic and a tad acidic.

A very interesting belgian style pale ale, this smooth, tasty brew would keep my attention for two or three glasses and prove to be easy to drink at any temperature.

Overall this is a good classic belgian pale ale.


03-14-2007 22:58:05 | More by Jwaks
Photo of

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

12 oz. bottle. Best before 4/11/07.

Crystal clear, light golden color. Large, creamy, white head. Nice lacing as I worked my way through the beer.

Aromas of candi sugar and citrus - primarily lemon. I think I picked up coriander. Alcohol/phenol was there, but not overdone. Finally, just a hint of bananas.

Flavor was bitter more than sweet initially. This reverses as the temperature warms. Sweet character is candi sugar, and really pulls through at the finish. Pepper in there. Lingering bitterness in aftertaste.

Light in body. Highly carbonated. Dry.

Good, very straightforward & refreshing. Better stuff out there, but would certainly drink again.

03-14-2007 18:11:03 | More by
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

Gave this one a try last evening, the brew poured to a deep golden color with a huge foamy white head that had great retention leaving a fair amount of chunky lacing along the side of the goblet. The aroma is fair, actually a little disappointing as I was expecting a little more but I did notice a dominant clove scent, bananas, sweet malts and a additional fruit like quality. The taste was good based on what I noticed in the nose, the clove flavor seemed to take a step back from the aroma as I notice the bananas and malt complexity taking a step up. Over all this beer is not as dynamic as I was hoping but it was a easy drink, one I would get one again but as far as Belgium’s I think that there are many more impressive ones out there.

03-04-2007 12:53:18 | More by Stimack
Photo of Frozensoul327


2.93/5  rDev -17.2%

A: Medium golden amber color with a smaller head of white foam. Minimal lacing, and medium carbonation.

S: Raw cut grass and mild grain. Some skunky aroma. Very one sided and lacking depth.

T: Mildly rich malt is overshadowed by dense and trespassing malts. Very strong. Cloying sweetness is noted, but again, left in the dust by grassy hops and average malty grains.

M: Nothing to write home about. Slighty dense and coating, but otherwise not much of a step above mass brewed lagers.

D: Although I was hoping for much more, this beer still doesn't really make the mark. For some reason, I thought Leffe was gonna be top notch. If this is representitive of the brewery, they're far from the top of the pops.

03-01-2007 01:48:58 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of skillerified


4.13/5  rDev +16.7%

Dark golden brown at the top fades to a true golden blond color at the bottom of the glass. A good finger to finger and a half head sits on top and fades slowly to reasonably color. Frothy, foamy and off white for the head. Sparkling clear with lots of fine looking, pretty quickly rising carbonation bubbles.

The smell is decidedly Belgian in nature. Lots of various floral notes, some sweet fruit in there too, banana to be more specific. Sweet caramel malt, a splash of alcohol, and a carbonated cola too. A really nice smell, reasonably complex.

The first sip is sweet and grainy, a mixture of caramel and toffey at the middle of the tongue. The finish is little pleasant sour fruit and slightly bitter. Some of that banana is still floating around in there too. There's just a hint of an alcohol bite every now and then.

Smooth and light, goes down easy. A strong sweet start is slowly overtaken by a coffee like bitterness on the finish. The carbonation makes itself known throughout.

A great everyday beer with dinner, I think. A little too strong (and maybe too sweet at times) to be a session drinker per se, but I could see it fitting in nicely with a steak and some caramelized onions or something along those lines.

02-25-2007 00:29:48 | More by skillerified
Photo of BeerSox


4.43/5  rDev +25.1%

330ml bottle into snifter.

Clear applejuice colored Ale with an off white frothy head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Rings of solid lacing.

Sweet with estery fruit scents. Creaminess and hints of banana.

Grainy malts with the fruit scent being repeated in the flavor. Banana and a little bit of clove. A little hop bitterness comes in at the end. Medium bodied with high carbonation with a little bit of an acidic feel.

This seems like the Belgian Ale for those who like hefeweizens. Banana and clove with little hop bitterness of phenols. Very easy to drink with the lower alcohol by volume (compared to other Belgian Ales). Recommended.

02-23-2007 06:19:33 | More by BeerSox
Photo of EagleTalon


4.05/5  rDev +14.4%

Pours to a generous white head and lacing and deep golden color. Aroma is sweet, spicy, peppery and unmistakably Belgian. Flavor is sweet, malty and spicy. The way this feels in the mouth is superb--slight alcohol warmth/tingle and just the right amount of viscosity. A fine Belgian blond to sip all year round.

02-23-2007 01:42:54 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of ski271


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Medium golden-amber with a large, white, fluffy head. Nice lacing. Smells of banana, clove, spices orange, light crisp hop and a light smooth malt base. Wheat has top billing in the flavor, supported by strawberry, grass, honey and spices, Perfumy but nice. It has a medium-light body, lightly dry texture and moderate carbonation. Stupid me thought it was actually the style of a blonde given the name. Not a fan of blondes and compared to that style I rather liked this one, though I thought it quite a bit off style. Coming here I find it’s a Belgian Pale Ale. Suddenly it all makes sense, and also I’m suddenly less impressed with this beer. It’s not bad by any means, but it’s nothing special in the world of Belgian Pale Ales. But I still enjoyed it.

02-19-2007 04:30:29 | More by ski271
Photo of JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%

Had on tap many times in Belgium and in 0.75 litre bottles bought here in UK (with caged cork) and always enjoyed it. It pours pale bronze, though not a great head whether from bottle or on tap. Aroma is maltly, spicy and hints of the relative sweetness. Texture is fairly rich and warming, leaning more to a fruity sweetness with little evidence of hop bitterness, though not cloying in anyway. It does not have the depth of character or complex flavours of the finest Belgium paler beers, though it is a mass market beer, and a lot better than some mass produced beers I could name! This maybe a touch too sweet for some, as it has little or no hop character bitter aftertaste. This maybe makes it less of a thirst quencher and more a beer to savour on cool evenings. Not one of the really great beers, but enjoyable non the less, and maybe an acquired taste for some. I think it tastes better from the 75cl bottles and on tap than from the smaller bottles for some reason...or maybe its because you are drinking more at one go!

B'ham UK

02-15-2007 23:07:09 | More by JohnW
Photo of cabsandking


3.65/5  rDev +3.1%

A white ring and paper thin pool of carbonation sit atop a copper/amber colored brew. Aromas of pungent fruits like apples, pears, green bananas dominate while a softer herbal ester and citric astringent drift between whiffs. Big yeasty, bread taste, fermented pear, lightly roasted barley, wheat, and raw sugar sweetness that takes shape as it develops. A little ways down notes of unripe green banana, and fermented oranges, and vinous notes become more apparent. Thin body and moderate carbonation leaves a smooth and slightly slick mouthfeel that turns creamier as it warms. The finish has a yeasty profile with notes of dry grains, citric sweetness and slight sour, vinous astringent.

02-15-2007 22:55:05 | More by cabsandking
Photo of klewis


3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

On-tap at the Winking Lizard, Fairlawn, OH - 2/14/07

A: Pours a beautiful orange color with a one-finger frothy head. Plenty of lacing throughout the drink.

S: Yeasty and slightly phenolic.

T: Light flavors of fruity esters, mint, and a hint of phenols. Not a lot of flavor, but what there is is pleasant.

M: Light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Finishes clean.

D: Better than I expected. The flavor is such that it seems that it could pair well with many different types of foods. Recommended.

02-15-2007 13:42:53 | More by klewis
Photo of browner


3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

A Belgian Ale that pours a great golden color color. A romantic white head. A somewhat higher than average carbonation..almost like delirium. Interesting combination of yeast and friut. Not a very strong alcoholic presence in the brew. I can see it popular as a affordable Belgian product for a large American novice consumer.

02-15-2007 00:34:38 | More by browner
Photo of Hammarby


4.85/5  rDev +37%

A: Light amber with an offwhite head with yellowish tones. The foamy head stays forever. A beautiful beer.
S: Citrus, yeast, red berries, flowery aroma.
T: Some bitterness at the back of the tounge, more at the tip (hmm). The bitterness builds up as I drink. Yeast, definately. Citrus (grapefruit). Some sweetness in the aftertaste, beautifully balanced with the bitterness. Coriander (could that be right?). Very tasty. Complex.
M: Tiny bubbles of carboration, moderately carborated. Light to medium body.

I've had this one before. Can't imagine why I haven't held it in higher esteem. I love this beer!

02-10-2007 16:51:31 | More by Hammarby
Photo of tempest


3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

On-tap at Alto Cinco in Syracuse.

This isn't an amazing belgian, but I think it's a nice example of Belgian characteristics. This amber beer is heavy on the yeast flavor with what seems to be a candi sugar sweetness. Not much bitterness, but this a very smooth and tasty beer. A good companion to a meal and worth trying.

02-10-2007 07:32:30 | More by tempest
Photo of dstc


3.33/5  rDev -5.9%

A: Very nice clear to somewhat cloudy golden color with full white head that stayed a long time and left a full lace on the glass.

S: Interesting smell. Not sure what that is but it smells sweet.

T: Fruity, light and dry, mild aftertaste.

M: Creamy and nicely carbonated.

D: Not a bad Belgian Pale Ale but nothing spectacular. All in all an average beer that I'm not sure I will buy again.

02-05-2007 19:30:11 | More by dstc
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