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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,256
Reviews: 1,261
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 456 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of luchris80
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in my Ommegang (tulip-like) glass.

Aroma: Light, spicy hop aroma with a subtle yeast nose. Somewhat like the aroma of a pilsner or other lighter styles of beer.

Appearance: Deep gold color. Three finger (plus), off-white head with excellent retention leaving some trail. Crystal clear with many visible bubbles rising.

Flavor: Smooth with some sweetness and light, spicy notes. Medium hop flavor with some alcohol toward the finish. Well balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation with some warmth in the background. Medium to light body and somewhat creamy.

Overall Impressions: Subtle (in flavor) Belgian ale. Very easy drinking and is a good Belgian style beer if the intent is to drink more than a few. Not my favorite Belgian, but OK.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloverleaf Tavern, Caldwell, NJ: poured a golden yellow into a tulip, with one finger of bright white head, and decent lacing. The smell yielded clove, nutmeg, coriander, pear, hay, and even a hint of tartness (cranberry?). Was pleasantly surprised because so many people I know had bashed this beer. The flavor yielded all of the above in abundance, with a creamy medium body and decent carbonation. Maybe it was because my expectations were set so low, but I came away from this experience with a beer that I wouldn't mind sessioning.

Photo of gfreed
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy to get a big, fluffy head out of this one, especially in a tulip glass. Darker yellow/somewhat orange in color and it is, in fact, clear-- a thing which most abbey ales are not. But there's a lovely bouquet of bananas and yeast, and an attractive column of bubbles that rise rhythmically from the bottom of the glass. Not overpowering in taste, but a respectable amount of the flavors you expect from this style: bananas, bread (but not banana bread...), some citrus. Makes a good weekday ale-- not the most potent or powerful Belgian ale, but still quite nice. And it comes in an affordable six-pack.

Photo of strictly4DK
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a Leffe chalice.

A - Clear, golden color with a 1 finger thick white head. Leaves a thin layer of retention and little lacing.

S - Strong phenolic scent of band-aids followed by some sweet ripened pear. A couple swirls of the glass gives some grassy hops.

T - Upfront this is quite medicinal. Yeast also gives off some spice notes and tons of cloves. Hints of honey intermittently invade certain sips. Little if any hop presence. Overall, cloyingly sweet.

M - Medium body, slightly thick for the style. Carbonation is pretty low. Cloves linger on the palate.

D - This is a very commercial belgian blonde which is evident by the clean palate and lack of carbonation. However, it's more than sufficient for a belgian style blonde that you can find just about everywhere.

Photo of smibroncos
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a golden dark clear blond with a small white head. Nice lacing clug to the tulip glass,
S. Corriander, bananas, citrus, apples, pears.

T. Orange peel, bananas,carmel, fruity.

M. Medium to light bodied, light carbonation with small champagne style bubbles.

D. This brew was sweet with almost no bitterness, it had a champagne quality, with the small effervesent bubbles.

Photo of RuudJH
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm more into dark ales, but an occasional blonde makes for some adventure sometimes.

Golden colour, clear with a decent head and good carbonation.
Smells of fresh bread and yeast, with a bit of cloves.
Hoppy and malty taste, with a pleasant lingering aftertaste of cloves.
Smooth, but the alcohol is present nevertheless, making it ok drinkable.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served into a Bruery tulip glass at about 35 degrees.

Pours a straw yellow with a thick white froth and decent lacing. Malty aromas of bread, cereal, lemon, cloves, subtle fruitiness, and banana/yeastiness lead to a similar flavors, dry, slightly astringent back side, & creamy mouthfeel, belgian yeastiness. There really isn't much to this beer in terms of aromas or flavors, but it's smooth and very easy beer to drink. For almost $10 a 6 pack, I wouldn't necessarily call this a fairly priced brew...pass.

Photo of Cagden
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying this Belgian Pale Ale, Leffe, for the first time. With Leffe, clove is the dominant flavor from first sip to last. Pours a nice billowy head with good lacing. It's hue is pale golden. I was not prepared for the Clove taste when I bought it, but I approached my first sip with an open mind. I am open-minded when it comes to trying new or exotic beer styles, but a "clove-dominated" beer is really not going to be on my repeat buy list. I'm not going to put down the beer, as it tasted fresh, very fresh, to be shipped all the way from Belgium and be sitting in the Supermarket for who knows how long. The ingredients tasted of quality, this is good quality, but the price, $9.49, will probably prevent me from grabbing this again unless someone offered me a freebie, even though I was impressed with the quality and what the brewer (monks) is trying to do.

Photo of ecoastman
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leffe Blonde is one of those beers that I want to love more than I end up doing. I love the brand image and their glass is one of my favourites. But in the end this beer comes across for what it is: a macro attempt at a trappist style ale. Good but not great and certainly not worth paying the same money as you would for the real stuff.

The Blonde looks great in the chalice with a golden hue that is darker at the wider top and transitions to a brighter shade at the narrow bottom. The head is dense and pillowy to start and recedes to a thin layer with some nice lacing along the way.

It has a nice sweet malty, fruity and bread aroma with some of the complexities expected in a Belgian.

It starts well with the same notes as in the aroma but there's a mineral character in the middle that takes several sips to subdue. The carbonation is very fine which makes it feel a little low and the mouthfeel is a little like sugary water. The finishing bitterness is low and the hop character includes some tropical fruits like mango and faint pineapple.

When I'm at a bar filled with macros I'm always glad to resort to this one.

Photo of Spineypanda
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice golden color and a good head that lasts.
Smells a bit harsher than I was prepared for but is to be expected from a Belgian beer.
Tastes like delicious Belgian yeasts and esters. A great beer for any time of year, but having too many can fill you up fast.

A good beer but not what I was expecting from a Belgian. Not authentic feeling enough, even though it is... :P.

I would drink again though!

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a couple of loose bottles at the LCBO. Loved the brun, so I thought I'd take a crack at this one.

Poured into a Leffe tulip glass. Light golden hue, about an inch of foamy head. The head and lacing quickly disappeared, which is strange, considering I gave the glass a good rinsing.

The smell is typical of a BPA: banana, cloves, berries, honey, a little bit of alcohol. Almost like a weisse, in a way.

The taste is not bad, the finish is nice and dry. Honey, banana, a bit of spice and fruit near the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, and a little syrupy.

I prefer the brune, but I'll never turn this one down. Not my favourite Belgian pale, but certainly a drinkable one.

Photo of mrmanning
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brew indeed. Pours a dark gold body with a very fluffy white head. A slight smokey aroma that gives way to an extremely well hidden fruity boquet of aromas. Taste is similar to a nice wheat, bananas and apples. Full bodied and very smooth. I like it.

Photo of cnozzy
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from .33L bottle to Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Clear pale golden color with creamy head, nice lacing on the sides.
Smell: Sweet, banana aroma with yeast smell. Good~
Taste: A bit of banana, and other fruit tastes. Balanced with slight bitterness of malt.
Mouthfeel/Drink: Medium carbonation, smooth to drink. Make it difficult to believe that it has ABV of 6.60 %.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit disappointing, considering Leffe's other more enjoyable beers that they offer (9°, tripel). Especially disappointing when you considering the easily available Duvel, and other spectacular belgium pales.

This beer just came across as average. Maybe it's because I bought it in a can, but the head was rather unimpressive, leaving no lacing on the way down. Color seemed too dark, compared to the style standard.

The smell and taste are overwhelmingly of cloves. Alcohol kicks through at the end, as well as some hops, but clove-y malt (yes, not malty cloves) comes through predominantly.

Mouthfeel can't make up its mind between smooth or coarse.

After giving 3's on everything else, I can't really justify anything other than an average drinkability. Maybe worth a try, but when there are other good option, I wouldn't bother again.

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

A: Clear yellow-amber with a fluffy foamy head. Nice retention and lacing clinging to the glass.

S: Mild cloves, spicy and fruity. Faint hops in back.

T: A somewhat sweet and malty character, some spice and fruit there. Finishes dry and a bit tart.

M: Semi-thick and sturdy mouthfeel. Medium-body.

D: Easy to drink and very sessionable.

This is a very quaffable beer which will no doubt find its way to my fridge in the future.

Photo of ruckus232
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 Ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Medium golden color with thick white head that leaves nice lacing on the sides.

Smell: Sweet fruity flavors like an apple but a little less tart with hints of spiciness in the background.

Taste: Same as the smell with the fruit sweetness but the spiciness is a little more pronounced. There is nothing overwhelming which is good and bad. Nice flavor but a little bit to sweet.

Photo of drizzam
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a very impressive two finger fluffy cloud-like head that refused to go away, leaving gorgeous lacing down the inside of the glass. The beer itself is a completely clear yellow/amber color.

S - Smells strongly of clove and bananas, mostly clove though. So far so good.

T & M - The taste mimics what I smelled in the bouquet...lots of clove with a hint of banana. A little bit prickly on the tongue, maybe a result of the relatively high carbonation? Otherwise it's medium bodied and pretty creamy save that prickly character on the front of my tongue. Not a lot of complexity here.

D - It just seems to me that this beer is a little one dimensional. It's not a bad brew but I have had better in this style. That being said, I would not turn this beer down if it was offered to me.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden body with reddish highlights. Thinnish white head, little lace.

Nose is light and slightly sweet. No funk to note. A little candi sugar and spice.

Flavor is sweet, golden and coating. Reminds me a bit of Duvel, but less so. I guess I would call this a not-so-strong golden ale. Candi sugar and slight spiciness.

Mouthfeel is slick and coating. Somewhat more than thin, but not a lot more.

Drinkability is good. I think this would make a good beach beer, even at almost 7%.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color with a very large, foamy white head that stays around for a long time, leaving lots of foam as it dissipates.

Smell: Grassy and herbal hops, with a bread smell and notes of apple.

Taste: Begins with a bready flavor, and finishes with a pleasant bitter flavor and some alcohol. Also has slight hints of apple and grape.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, natural carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability: Not the best Belgian beer available, but certainly still good (also cheaper and easier to find than many Belgians). A beer I'd recommend and would enjoy having again.

Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a beer goblet.

Crystal clear golden color with a touch of copper. It's too bad it' clear. Full (2 inch) head. Almost dense, but not quite like eggs whipped to stiff peaks. Head dissipated quickly - which was disappointing - but still left significant acing. Not nice patterns, but still lacing.

Smell is weak. Some banana flavor, a touch of honey and faint spice. Faint hops. It should smell stronger, but there's nothing else to complain about.

Taste is a bit weak and watery. In fact, it vaguely reminds me of a Kristallweisen. The banana is too strong for the style, but it's still OK. The beer tastes good, but it isn't a Duvel or Delirium Tremens. But, it's a lot cheaper if that's important.

The carbonation is nice, and it's easy to drink. In fact, it isn't bad. It's just sterile and safe. If, like me, you like the Belgian style, but can't afford to stay stocked with the greats - it's nice to have around. It's not bad, but it's not as great as the Belgian style can be.

Photo of tone77
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet and fruity. Taste is crisp and sweet. Lots of fruits and some spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth. I could spend the night drinking this beer. Overall this is a quality brew.

Photo of dpnelson1978
2.62/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip @ 40°F.

$10.99 / 6 pk.

S: Too sweet. Overwhelms almost everything. Not a bad smell, just too sweet for beer this particular style.

A: Small loose white head that quickly dissipates and does not cover. Low lacing, with no ring. Clear amber body.

T: Sweet, sweet, sweet. Not much else.

M: Medium to high carbonation. Bites the tongue. Low to medium body.

D: Not horrible, but I wouldn't spend the night on this. Just a little too harsh to sustain the sweetness. Drink a six pack of Sprite?

O: Not my favorite, but better than Miller Lite!

Photo of Jwale73
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served in my Duvel tulip. Poured a translucent orange with a golden hue. Two inch frothy, bright white cap crackled and popped as it slowly reduced its volume into a fairly consistent quarter inch skim. Some slashes of lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose suggests candi sugar and a slightly metallic quality. Taste reveals candi sugar and also a little honey sweetness perhaps. Mouthfeel is light-medium, a little gassy and a bit prickly on the tongue. Decent drinkability, but carbonation is a little too aggressive. Much better on draft I have to say.

Photo of berley31
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured with a good-sized, white head that eventually diminished to about 1/2-finger size. Great, thick lacing on the sides of the glass. Body is a dark golden color with a very slight amount of haze. A nice looking beer.

S: Aroma of some yeast, but mainly pepper, coriander, orange, and some other smells.

T: Spices are almost overpowering in the flavor. Nice at first, but everything is fighting for my attention and after a little while the whole thing actually gets a little sickening.

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: No, I don't think I can drink more than one of these. Maybe a different time would yield a different result for me, but I don't think so. Too many other better Belgian beers out there.

Photo of birchstick
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - clear yellow with a huge, fluffy head

S - very faint nose, but from what I pick up, it is a lot of spice and some citrus

T - as with the nose, the taste is somewhat understated. The taste follows the nose - starts with some spices, fruits, and ends with a tart, dry finish. It tasted really good, however it was difficult to pick up the flavors. Definitely make sure this warms a bit before drinking.

M - a little thin and watery, but a perfect amount of carbonation

D - very easy drinking beer that is light enough to have a lot in a sitting.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,256 ratings.