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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,159 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,159
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 39
Gots: 373 | 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 bonsreeb85
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into s snifter from 12 oz. bottle -

A - 2 Finger head w/ great retention, cative carb. and a golden-amber color

S/T fruit/spice/funk. quite sweet upfront w/ a strange off-putting metallic taste in the middle, and a slight bitter/dry finish. a overall decent balance, nothing spectacular, very middle of the road.

MF - fine, moderate carb no problems here

D - pretty high, very drinkable despite wierd taste, perhaps i will try it again and revise my review.

Photo of chcmiller
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured with a nice two-finger head which disappated quickly. The color was light amber, and was clear. I would rate the appearance a bit above average, mostly because of the lace on the glass. The appearance, however, was the strongest aspect of the beer. The nose was very subtle with just a hint of a fruity smell. The taste had an initial strong clove taste, followed by the hops. The feel was mostly smooth, but a bit thin. I would not say the this beer left me wanting another right away. Overall, not what I would have expected in a Belgian beer.

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

Pours a deep straw yellow with a clean, short head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Fruity with a light dose of hops. Apples, pears. Sweet and sugary ripe fruits

Taste: A mix of sweet and sugary fruity notes hit the palate first. Lightly spicey but nothing very impressive for a belgian ale. I find belgian yeasts to be the selling point for thier beers, but that's exactly what this lacks.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin body, with a moderately high carbonation

Photo of pradipta
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lovely golden transparent colour, with a fresh looking frothy head when poured, which subsides relatively quicklyu, leaving a thin clingy trace behind. smells lightly of fruit and just a hint of spice. lacks complexity. the taste doesn't stay with you long, and deteorirates as the beer warms in the glass.

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

this beer was pretty much just alright deffinetly one from the big brewer inbev

a- pretty clear for a belgian blonde nothing to interesting here almost looks like a bud with the bubbles floating to the top

S-still not much for the aroma this is not looking to good can still smell a little bit of that sweatener

T- taste isnt so bad though very easy to drink

M- deffinetly smooth when served ice cold

D- easy drinkability best on a real hot summer day sitting in the lawn chair trying to relax

Photo of prototypic
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leffe Blonde's a clear, lighter golden color. It has a slight copper tint to it. Perched atop is an extremely impressive foamy white head that easily stands over three fingers tall. Very impressive. It was very slow to dissipate and sticky waves of lace clung to the glass. Damn. I'm impressed.

Despite it's inspired appearance, the nose is disappointing. It's weak and leaves me wanting. It's a little spicy up front. There's notes of pepper and clove are apparent. Beyond that, there's not much. It's a little grainy and earthy. Belgian yeast is appreciated, but is not as strong as it should be. All in all, it's very average. That's especially true given the style. What a dropoff from the look, eh?

The flavor is easily better than the nose. Definitely enough to bump the score. It's spicy initially. Clove and pepper are a nice kickoff combo. They really resonate throughout and are actually a little much past the initial blast. Belgian yeast is more prevalent here and adds quite a bit to the flavor. It's fitting and has a very nice taste to it. There's an apparent bitter, hoppy flavor that's a little surprising, but not bad at all. Alcohol is blended well and isn't noticeable at all. Considering the dismal nose, Leffe Blonde's pretty good. Not quite good enough to compete with the best BPAs out there. It's just a little too spicy and tiring as a result. But, not bad.

The body feels medium, but it never quite feels smooth. Close, but no cigar. Carbonation's a little too high and it's buzzy due to the aggressive spice and hop flavors. Drinkability is above average. The flavor's not bad at all, but the strong spicy flavor grows a little tiresome. I'm good with the single bottle. Thanks.

Leffe Blonde's not a bad Belgian Pale. The flavor's not bad at all, but it is spicy enough to work the nerves a little. Honestly, it's probably a little better than I expected. If the nose could be strengthened and the spices could be toned down just a tad, it'd be pretty damn impressive beer. As it is, I like it and would recommend checking it out. But, there's better Belgian Pales out there. No doubt about that.

Photo of grayburn
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

She pours a crystal clear light amber. There is a bit of a big bubbled head that doesn't care to play. Lacing is thin and wimpy.

The smell is a smokey bannana, there is a little bit of rubbing alcohol in the back end.

The taste is about the same, a bit cloying, the carbonation disappears a bit too quickly, leaving too much leftover crap on the tongue...this beer feels a lot bigger than it is, because the alcohol is apparent in all aspects. It just doesn't feel like this beer blends well, in any aspect. Not a horrible beer, just not very good either.

If you like sweeter beers with a thin mouthfeel, this is your bag.

Photo of illidurit
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold color with a tinge of bright orange. Gorgeous fluffy off-white head leaves great lacing. Aroma is pretty one-dimensional. Prominent clove with a yeasty light ester note. Flavor is bananas and a touch of very sweet orange, with the aforementioned clove coming through as well. There's also a vague earthy note in the very end of the finish. Light, easy drinking, and inoffensive. Very simple but it does the job.

Photo of ThaBobfather
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with medium pure white head.
The aroma is of a bit of spice, some grain, and some interesting hints of banana.
Flavor is interesting with almost a banana bread taste. Some and maybe cinnamon. Not what I would call flavorful, however. Kind of watery in it's finish.
Very drinkable.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- I swirl for yeast, but can see none. Very clear in my Belgian tulip glass. HEAD: Big Belgian head but not as impressive as most. COLOR: Darker than golden, you could call this blonde, but I would call it amber.

S- YEAST: Clove bubblegum. HOPS: Grassy and floral. MALT: Aromatic and Belgian.

T- TONGUE: Sweet and tart along with light bitter. YEAST: Lots of cloves/banana/bubblegum common to some European styles. MALT: Sweet and plain mostly but there are some interesting caramel flavors.

M- BODY: Medium and slightly syrupy. CARBONATION: Big, bold, and bubbly.

D- Not bad, but exports are always expensive. A bit over-done in the yeast department for a blonde.

Photo of MS2k
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick and foamy just-off-white head that stays around a while. Pours a clear straw/golden color.

S: Pleasantly phenolic with the scent of banana, cloves, and bubble-gum.

T: Very fruity. Some notable malt flavors present, but overall a unique and subdued taste.

M: Light and refreshing.

D: Pretty good. The biggest turn-off is the slight alcoholic taste towards the end of every sip. Still, I went through my six-pack in about a day. It's worth trying, though I'm sure there are better examples of the style.

Photo of greg202stewart
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I was on a steady diet of Duvel the bartender recommended I try this one as a cheaper relative. I found it to be a unique beer, different than the most Belgians. It has a very sweet flavor, but goes down smooth and crisp and goes good with most food. An above average beer.

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

Appearance is golden. Decent head

Aroma is malty, some spices, banana on the fruit side.

Taste is good. Banana, some spices and the malt come through well. Its mild and fairly straightforward

Mouthfeel: Light and goes down great

Drinkability: Well it tastes good with a good mouthfeel. Recommended. Its not the most complex beer you'll have, but its a good beer to have around. I could have a few of these with no problem

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

A- pours golden in color with good head, disapates moderately fast but leaves nice lacing

S- banana, spice, and almost a hint of bubblegum

T- Hits instantly with sweet banana & clove, finishes slightly crisp

M- A bite of carbonation then followed by a rather smooth mouthfeel, somewhat oily

D- Good drinkability, although the sweetness might bother you after a few. The taste is light, pleasant and not overly carbonated. Easy to drink a few of these in a sitting.

Not the best example of the style but a good value overall.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a surprisingly clear medium golden color with a thick fluffy white foam that recedes somewhat quick and leaves a nice lace pattern behind.

Smells Belgian and sweet, if not a bit too clean. I get some cinnamon and cassis as well as plenty of clove. Reminds me a bit of the old Blackjack chewing gum from the old days.

Taste is better than I expected from such a mass produced Belgian giant. The yeast is in the forefront as it should be with pronounced clove and what I imagine a tangerine-banana cross would taste like. A touch of honey and hops cross the palate near the finish and make this a fairly refreshing beer overall. Nowhere close to the best Belgian blonde, but still a tasty option that can easily be found at a decent price. Wont have any problems finishing off the six pack I got.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice 2 finger head with high levels of carbonation. Decent head retnetion and a slightly clear amber color.

Smell is of slight banana and clove with a bubble gum overtone. I am not a fan of bubble gum too much. As it warms, this beer smells like Bazooka.

Taste is of clovey and slightly sweet with some unfermented sugars. It's not as dry as I would like. It's sort of uninteresting. Just some pale malt and a bubble gum yeast strain.

This beer is decently crisp, but there is a little bit too much body for the style.

The yeast strain in this beer turns me off to it. It's not bad, but there are so many better belgians out there I figure: "why bother?"

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

Presentation: 11.2oz brown bottle, pop top, classy label

Appearance: Dark golden beer with nice white cap with good retention; steady but light carbonation

Smell: Typical Belgian pale...it's estery, fruity, spicy, and delicious....banana esters, bubblegum, and a touch of clove...quite nice

Taste: It's really tasty...a hint of malt, nice mild phenols and esters...it's like a good Belgian pale...LIGHT...it's a bit simple, and almost dumbed-down...tasty, but overly restricted, almost

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: This is decent, but almost restrained...perhaps it's filtered, etc? Also, the alcohol is actually somewhat noticeable

Photo of beerbuddah
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six-pack of this - 330ml bottle poured into a Leffe Goblet.

A - a nice golden color, lots of foamy head, then a nice layer with patchy islands after a few minutes.

S - smell is not too potent in any way. I get a hint of alcohol, some sweetness/maltyness.

T - very good, it's a sweet beer, and you taste malt first. This gives way to the slight bitterness of the hops near the end, and the finish is crisp. This beer is very well balanced.

M - though the finish is crisp, and it does taste like malty sweet honey, the body is semi thick.

D - Good, the alcohol is hidden, except for a bit at the end. It's much more drinkable and accessible than some of the other Belgian brews I've tasted.

Photo of OldYoda
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass leaves a modest 1 finger head and no lacing. Appearence is decent, a very clear light amber with plenty of carbonation rising through the beer.

I found the smell a bit odd - banana and clove and something slightly bitter. Not what I expected.

Taste was a bit of a disappointment - the banana and spice was there but there was a blunt alcohol presence that was jarring.

Mouthfeel was ok, but again, the alcohol presence was a little surprising in the back.

Drinkability is ok, but I would not be likely to come back for seconds here.

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

Bottle poued into glass.

Beer is a slight cloudy light amber color. A lot of white head is present. Head sticks around quite awhile.

Smell Malt, sweet corn, similiar to some lagers.

Taste. I like the taste. Nice and simple. Slightly pungent. Maybe just a little too sweet for me with this style.

Mouthfeel. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability. Very easy to drink but just a little too sweet.

Photo of nem2006
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 11.2 oz bottle. Has a very dense white head that holds extremely well. Very well carbonated, clear, golden.

Smell is very sweet. Not much hop at all. Clean. A very little tartness.

Medium bodied beer with plenty of carbonation felt on the tongue. It is pretty sweet all the way through and then finishes with a little tartness at the end. Not bitterness like you might think from hops.

Photo of drink1121
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big Abbey fan. Bought this cause it looked interesting, even though I have read the not so great reviews. It pours a nice school bus yellow. with good lacing and decent head. Smells likes bananas with a slight citrus. Tatses like over-ripe bananas, but nothing too deep. I gave this to my roommate to try. He had one sip and gave it right back to me. His palate isnt as refined as mine, but nonetheless. He hated it. Overall drinkability. I would take this over macros of course, but not over very many abbeys.

Photo of jizdepski
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a big abbey fan, i have been eyeballing leffe for a while. i have been told its not a great beer, so i have put it off in favor of what i really like drinking when it comes to selection time.

i finally i bought a 6 pack for 8.99 at my local fine foods store, and went straight home to pour a tall glass. it looks like a beautiful beer, very bright and golden, with carbonation bubbles finding their way surfaceward to take their place among a nice bubbly head that lingers a bit and lightly hugs the glass. smells nice, a bit fruity, with a refreshing effervescent quality. does smell a bit on the citrus side. the taste was a bit disappointing from the get-go. i think i expected more, but it really tasted more like a fruity lager than anything else,with notes of banana bread. the cloves while present don't really add to the beer...the alcohol flavor is there, but more pronounced on the finish, which i would have to describe as bitterly bland. not a whole lot going on here. as for the mouthfeel, quite thin, which was expected. i could probably polish off 5 or 6 of these, but wouldn't enjoy it as much as a should (except for the ABV, a clean 6.6). for an abbey blonde, i guess it fits the bill, but barely. i wouldn't recommend it however. in general a letdown.

Photo of projectflam86
2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours nice golden color with thick foam head that leaves some lacing.

S- Fruity banana yeast nose with some floral scents.

T- Strong clove wheat flavor initally. Developes into a fruity malt flavor that attempts to hide the bitter alcohol bite that finishes.

M- Carbonation is a little on the excessive side and the alcohol flavor is a bit too pronounced.

D- Looks and smells better than it tastes. I think they tried to do a little too much with the flavor and ended up with a mess.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 0.33l bottle into a 0.33l stemmed pokal glass.

Appearance: Nice. It is a bright, golden, almost honey color. Completely translucent with lots of carbonation bubbles. Small, tight, fizzy head that sticks around for a bit.

Smell: Earthy and fruity. Has the citrus and banana scents one would expect from a Belgian.

Taste: Has a bitterness to it that I did not expect. Fruity notes towards the end. Definitely does not taste as good as I expected but still not bad.

Mouthfeel: Thin, like water. Has kind of an oppressive carbonation feel to it.

Drinkability: Not bad, but not great either. I might try it again at some point in time but nothing I would go out of my way looking for. Pretty average.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,159 ratings.