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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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2,999 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,999
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

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 janubio
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was the beer that opened the door to the world of beers to me. And now, what have they done to it? Kind of an attempt to make an abbey mass market beer.
Poured in a Leffe glass, big clean whit head with lace. Golden too clean colour for an unfiltered beer. Smell of banana, clove, coriander, honey, spices. Too sweet flavor, taste of banana, clove, some pepper, fruits. Good one, but give it to me anytime as it used to be...

janubio, May 17, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle
6.60% ABV

I tried this beer on February 21, 2008 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. This beer poured an translucent orangy-gold with a thin, creamy white head. The aroma was slighty yeasty with some malty and hoppy hints. The mouthfeel was full-bodied, creamy, and amply carbonated. The taste was dryish, yeasty, with a little bit of sweetness. A very good beer.

cyrenaica, May 12, 2008
Photo of Durge
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle it pours a crystal clear gold color with nice bubblage and good sized white head with lots of lace. It offers a light alcohol and wheat and juniper aroma. Very nice midland body with tingly carbonation and lots of wheat and yeast flavorings. Nothing highly special but likeable enough and a drinkable brew.

Durge, May 03, 2008
Photo of KeefD
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden macro color with a decent head and minimal lacing. Carbonation is what's expected from a Belgian blonde. Smell is sweet, malty, bready, and slightly yeasty. Taste is much the same, with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp at the end. There are much better Belgian brews out there, but I still like this one.

KeefD, May 03, 2008
Photo of Gunnz
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle of this into my favorite stein givin it ample height to see the color of the pour as well as the ability to develop a nice head.

The color is a nice amber color with a creamy head with a quite impressive head retention somewhat similar to that of guinness.

Smell was not overpowering, nice hints of a slight hoppy scent, very earthy and floral.

Slight hoppy taste with a nice crisp finish.

Not a very clean taste, slightly oily, yet smooth. Slightly dry tasting finish.

Definitely a drinkable beer, not something I would try to keep on hand for everyday, but not a bad beer to try from time to time. Not something I would serve to try to inmpress another beer lover.

Gunnz, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at Taylor brewing company after being less than impressed with one of their brews.

A - Slightly hazy and yellow with a nice creamy white head. This doesn't really look all that impressive.

S - Nice and yeasty with some grassy hops and honeyed malts. This one is pretty dang sweet, but balanced with a hint of EtOH and those outdoorsy hops.

T - Yeasty and doughy with some nice sweet honey flavors. Tasty!

M - Full bodied ...almost to the point of being foamy. Moderately carbonated with a hoppy and slightly dry finish. The aftertaste leaves lots of really doughy yeasty flavors hanging around.

D - Damn fine beer, but not one of the best BPA's out there. I'd definitely drink this again.

pmcadamis, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i poured this into a tremens tulip. it poured nearly clear yellow with an amber tint and some light head that left quickly. looks pretty carbonated.

the smell is earthy and fruity. banana most apparent. i think i can detect a bit of alcohol in the smell as well.

the taste is very consistent with the smell, down to the last detail. it has a very refreshing and light taste. goes down very easy.

the mouthfeel is consistent for the style, albeit a bit too carbonated for my taste.

overall drinkability on this on is pretty good. it's a light-ish blonde ale that isn't hard to drink and beats the pants off an american macro.

deepsouth, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a Piraat tulip glass.

A= This ale was a very clear golden hue. The head poured a huge 3 inches of foamy whiteness which eventually dropped to 1/8 inch. There was moderate lacing down the glass.

S= This one has a very fruity, bubble gum aroma with the tiniest hint of alcohol smell.

T= This is a very sweet, fruity, malty ale. The sweetness is made tolerable by a crisp alcohol finish.

MF= For a crystal clear golden ale, this brew is surprisingly heavy on the tongue.

D= Though this ale is a bit too sweet, it is still a fine Belgian golden. Though it seems an odd thing to say, this beer can actually stand being served slightly colder than other Belgians. All in all, a good beer at a decent price.

spointon, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of mkabull
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beers color was a light amber/dark golden color had a yeasty/estery aroma . 1st taste stood out as abeing typical to style with a combination of malt/yeast/fruit all coming out . A very nice light finish a very drinkable beer and a very enjoyable beer . Though this style of beer is not my favorite this beer opened my eyes to the enjoyability of belgian style beers .

mkabull, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a tulip glass, had an amber color and a thin appearance. Different from other Belgians. Had a fairly small amount of head, which quickly disappeared.

S: The aroma wasn't exactly overwhelming. Some light fruits, malt, spices. Not bad, but didn't blow me away.

T: A little thin in this department. Had a yeasty flavor, along with some apples and spices. It just wasn't that complex.

M: Had a decent amount of carbonation and a syrupy finish.

D: Despite its debits, this is a drinkable beer. Granted, this doesn't necessarily make it a brilliant example of the brewing art, but its not bad either.

avalon07, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold with about an inch light white head. Smells of bread yeast, alcohol, and sweet malt. Very full body. The taste is almost sickeningly sweet on top of a distinct yeast flavor. I couldn't even make my way all the way through this beer- will not buy again. I think it's too sweet and filtered for a Belgian Blonde. On top of that, I'm not a huge fan of the style in the first place, which is why this is getting dumped in the trash.

wiseguy142, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of biggred1
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright yellow bronze color,more clear than most belgian blondes.Big pillowy head that settles to a merangue-like consistency.

S-Big fruity malts,mildly hoppy.An almost vinuous aroma.

T/M-Sweet,rich malty flavors with nice hop bitterness to balance out.Good medium thick full-bodied mouthfeel,coats the tongue.

D-Very drinkable example of the style.

Better than expected,I think Inbev/Anheuser Busch association causes some of the negative reviews on B.A.

biggred1, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of Portertime
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I brought a six pack of this to a straight college party. Everybody thought I was nuts and then I gave them a taste and they ended up loving it. I guess it is not really that hard to beat a keg of Natty Light. I poured it into the first available glass. Looked smooth and clear golden sunset color. Smelled of yeast esters and somewhat banana. Tastes switches in and out of malt and yeast with a bitter finish. I enjoyed this one.

Portertime, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a Leffe glass.
Appearance is a light golden tone, with a one finger head.
Smell is of a cinnamon and some other spices.
Taste is sweet, with vanilla, sugar, and birch flavors.
Mouthfeel is light, crisp, with a sugary after-taste.
Drinkability is decent, but again it is a rich, sweet beer, it is really best as an after dinner beer.

mltobin, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of tweeder263
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear gold brew with a huge head.Fairly high carbonation.Has a grassy hop like scent very faint. Taste is very unusual, its very much belgian but lighter. I was expecting this to taste like a lager from its appearance.Its a little too sweet for me.Mouthfeel not too bad. An ok beer.

tweeder263, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More Leffe. 6.60% abv, 330mL bottle. Cell temp + a few degrees. Best before 02/08/09. Poured into a wine glass.

Huge white head billows out from an effervescent straw body. Poor retention - leaves a bit of lace though.

Aromas of candy sugar, Belgian yeast, alcohol, some sourdoughy pale malt.

Very pale malty and sweet. A little I'm a huge sucker for Belgian pales, damn, I better be careful about how I review this. Light on flavour. Pears in the finish, which is surprisingly dry and sort of artificially bitter compared to the palate. Gets burnt toffeeish after a while.

It is a fine Belgian Pale - not very interesting. Orval does it much better.

Antilochus, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Best before date of 12/20/07.

A - Poured an amber-orange color. Creamy whit ehead that subsided into a thin foamy film. Good lace work, made up of mostly small bubbles cling to the glass. Good carbonation I noticed a lot of yeast/sediment dancing around in the fizz.

S - Slight smell of yeast and ripe bananna. I also get a hint of the fruity bubble gum aroma other reviewers have mentioned in past reviews.

T - Sweet and yeasty up front, followed by a fruity slighty bitter finish.

MF&D - Creamy,with lots of carbonation. finishes slightly oily. Not the Best Belgian ale, but very drinkable.

nasty15108, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of TeeCee
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quick review - not as good as I was hoping or expecting it to be.

It was poured in a standard American lager pint glass as is typical at the Bulldog. The color was a honey gold with a light head that left little to no lacing.

It smelled slightly sweet and a little hoppy/flowery.

The taste started of mildly sweet and developed into a slight bitterness as it warmed.

The mouthfeel was as thick as might be expected of a Belgian double, not so thick as a German dopple bock.

I wouldn't call this a session beer. You might enjoy a few slow but this beer would not be good for drinking while eating boiled seafood unless you also had a large glass of water next to it.

Disclaimer - this is my second beer review (and I'm using my first as a template).

TeeCee, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark orange-bronze color with an off white bready head leaving a good sticky lacing behind.

S: yeasty with bananas, cloves, and a candi sugar sweetness along with some fruits (pears, apples).

T: there was a sweet fruitiness as well (pears, apples) and candi sugar, cloves, bananas and a slight yeasty muskiness. There was a nice tang of spices on back of tongue of bitter orange and coriander.

M: crisp and highly carbonated with a lively fizziness.

D: Good drinkability, certainly not one of the better Belgians but a good intro into the style. Very light, refreshing, and fruity.

beerthulhu, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of sacfly
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz, best before 01/02/09
Pours a very clear, pale golden color with a huge frothy head of large off white bubbles. Aroma is spicy- ginger and yeast. Taste is more spice, ginger and nutmeg... Reminds me of a ginger snap cookie. Medium to light body. Creamy, spicy aftertaste lingers. Easy to drink and interesting. Better than many blondes I've had recently and much cheaper. I'll keep this one on hand!

sacfly, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a golden light haze with a head that fizzed out quickly. The smell was fruits and grains. The taste was bubble gum cloves with hints of malt. The taste was sweet cloves of sticky fruit. A decent taste. The feel was was dry and crispy.

Not much to add except that this beer is drinkable and a decent beer to have every now and then. No, do not try to compare it to the greats. It is a light -heavyweight fighting in the heavyweight division,but that's o.k.-I like underdogs.

Lexluthor33, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems to be getting pushed harder and harder in my area and routinely gets placed in the "Best of Belgium" sampler. This also includes Stella and Hoogarden. There is so much wrong with that concept. Anyways, this beer may get a bit of bad press because of the macro tarnishment, but it is still nice to see Belgians getting into hands of people even if it is in this way. Color is bright gold with a very nice airy white, soapy head that leaves very nice lacing along the edges of the glass. The body is extremely clear with no yeast sediment to be found. This was a bit too clean for me, but others may prefer it. Aroma is slightly floral with a biscuity profile and decent yeast presence. Taste is crisp when the beer is cold. As it warms, the sugars come through but are overtaken by a corn-like vegetal flavor. A bit grainy at the swallow and dry with a slightly synthetic feel. Not a bad beer and one that I would definitely get in a restaurant if faced with few options, but not what I would call truly Belgian. It bit too polished and clean.

ALESwhatCURESya, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell is somewhat sweet and malty with a mild presence from the belgian yeast. Sweet, creamy and smooth flavor of honeyed maltiness. Not cloying or overly dry and bubbly like some belgians can be. Extremely smooth, creamy and drinkable, especially for a style I'm not generally fond of. This is definitely worth another try and I was impressed.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden, apple juice colour with a foamy, dish-soap head.

S: Ripe fruit yeastiness, slightly floral. Quite modest. Good, but perhaps not spectacular.

T: Similar to scene... ripe fruits, some alcohol on the finish, paired with a bit of lightly toasted malt sweetness.

M: A fuller body than expected, and a bit low in carbonation.

D: Fairly easy to drink... nothing too special, but it pairs alright with a cheese plate.

Proteus93, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of JWFokker
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle, it's a decent looking beer. Golden, and oddly crystal clear for a Belgian pale ale, but it's got a nice white head that has decent lacing if you're into that. The nose is rather mild, with sweet fruity notes, but nothing noteworhty. The flavor is mostly sweet malt with a touch of spices. No noticeable hop flavor. The finish is kinda syrupy sweet, not exactly to my liking. The mouthfeel is pretty average. As far as drinkability goes, I don't think I would want to have more than two. The sweet syrupy character of this beer could get to be rather cloying beyond one or two.

JWFokker, Mar 09, 2008
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 2,999 ratings.