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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Ratings: 3,281
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 49
Gots: 475 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of KTCamm
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a Leffe glass at the Little Pub in Ridgefield CT.

Pours a golden bronze color - very easy on the eyes. There was a tinge of white foam left from the pour and the beer laced well.

Smell was mostly uniteresting. Bready, malty, but subtle and light.

Taste is a very pleasing mixture of malt and spices. Familiar belgian notes but far less dominant than in the big belgians. Creamy in the mouthfeel, really nice carbonation.

Its not a oomplicated beer but that doesnt mean it isnt really good. I enjoy a good Leffe when I can get one, especially on draft.

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

I poured into a pint glass to a big white, fluffy head. It is golden in color. I smell bready malt and some spice. The taste mirrors the aroma with the addition of some banana. It has a bit of a bite from the carbonation. The aftertaste pretty spiced. It's an ok beer. I'm not going to be buying any in the near future.


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

11.2 oz bottle.

Brassy golden color, very bright and clear, with lots of carbonation visible. Wispy cap that holds decently well and laces.

Grainy, and borderline musty, but with plenty of underlying sweetness.

Honey sweetness, bready. There even is a nice amount of basic bitterness in the back end, which gives some much needed dryness. Yeast character carries pepper and clove notes. Chalky bubblegum. Pretty clean flavor throughout, but the malt is simple enough to let the yeasty/spicy flavors show, in spite of not being filtered.

The mouthfeel is probably the highlight. The appearance would suggest that it would be a roughly fizzy beer, but it's delightfully soft and fluffy. This is quite nicely done. I like how light it is for the strength.

Yeah, I've been able to down 4-6 of these in a night before. The booze is dangerous, due to the light body and smoothness. No one will claim this is a legendary Belgian, but it's really pretty cheap, and no one in the US makes a beer quite like this at $9 a sixer or less. It is about as simple as a Belgian can get, but I still like it, and it turns up at some bars and liquor stores with little more to offer.

Photo of BARFLYB
2.57/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a big tulip glass, consumed before the best by date.

Leffe, a bold golden/blonde ale that shines, really, im looking at it and it's shining. No other colors here, just 1st place gold. A big white rush of foam on the top part of the glass leaving window covering lace with legs.

Smells include sweet malt and a bit of corn, I swear to god. A bit of hay and some wheat. Nothing in terms of detectable hops. Kind of boring, but this is a simple style.

Malts are in the forefront and run the show. They give off a bisquit/bread thing and also I kind of detect a malt liquor type taste as well. Leffe is not quite that bad, but it certainly ain't great. I think some belgian yeast could of spiced this up, there is just nothing going for it.

The feel is smooth and lush but the flavor just aint there. The carbonation was light and maybe a boost would of made some sparks in feel, otherwise this was flat as a pancake, but not completly dead. Medium bodied. I'm not a fan of this beer, I found out when I noticed the small sips I was taking, I usually down Belgian pales, but not this one. I dumped the rest out.

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

Pours a clear gold with a finger of fluffy white head on top. Has a typical banana and clove Belgian profile with hints of clove bubblegum and pepper. Smell is pretty restrained, but I did notice an almost adjunct lager sweetness in the smell. Pretty light taste as well. Clove, bubblegum, pears, banana, and a slight medicinal hint. Creamy feel...this goes down quite smooth. Has a very crisp and clean finish. I'd prefer the flavors to be more pronounced and maybe some yeasties floating about, but this is still pretty good and I can't really ding it for being too clean.

Photo of roddwolff
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Deep golden color, large, creamy and compact foamy head, good lacing, the bottle looks like a small liquor bottle;

S: Pungent and fragrant with hops, also fruit essences like melon, lemon and orange together with spices;

T: Biscuity malt, spicy hopss, spices and notes of peach;

M: Sweet and refreshing, the end is very bitter, medium body and high carbonation, I like it hides its alcohol content;

D: An excellent belgian beer, you can easily take several like ice cream peach.

Photo of wordemupg
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice jan6 2010

A clear golden with a good amount of bubbles that float up to a giant head that has great retention and leaves several rings of lace

S very fruity a combination of tropical fruits, a little banana and some yeast

T again fruity with some very mild hops and a tangy funk I can't quite place with a little bit of booze

M medium bodied with a crisp and clean finish

D not a bad beer but it looks better then it actually is, easy enough to drink for 6.6%

still much better then our big name beers but something tells me this may be leaning towards the macro side for Belgian standards, then again I could be wrong. worth a try no doubt but I'm sure there's better one's out there in the same price range

Photo of ThaCreep
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The nose gives off a sweet aroma of alcohol fairly typical. The entry on the palate is soft and round although a little fat, there also detects the cloves, the flavor is very nice but the finish, although somewhat caramelized, has an artificial bitterness. It is refreshing when drunk slightly hit. An abbey beer, considered by many as a standard, but that seems a little too conventional to be among the best in its class.

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

From the 12 oz bottle into a chalice. Not real heady though it is very white and leaves a nice lacing. The color is a slightly orange and it is transparent.

the nose is a bit bready though mostly subdued. Taste is sweet and a bit funky with a tinge of metal, not icky but not a really smashing set of flavors.

Mouthfeel is slightly chewy but not creamy and the aftertaste is mostly alcohol.

Not a super-good beer by my estimation but it isn't bad, just not great.

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into goblet. Gold with white foamy head that maintains throughout and laces. Spice notes, clove, pine, and banana. Earthy flavors, hops, spice, banana. Nice flavor combination good carbonation and great mouth feel.
I enjoyed this.

Photo of goblue3509
2.51/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal yellow color with a frothy white two finger head. There is some lacing to be seen. The aroma is of clove, spice, and a slight fruit smell. The taste is of a sweet malt. There is also a taste of banana faintly and some clove. The mouthfeel is a little stingy and moderately carbonated. Overall you could have more than one but nothing to make you want to have a sixer.

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

Not a bad Belgian Pale Ale but not as good as a good old American Pale Ale. Sweet taste out of the bottle, notice the malty banana taste and can taste and feel the alcohol. It pours nicely into a wine glass and laces a little. The were sent to the base post exchange in Korea for the troops and at a fairly decent price. They sell at about $12/six pack in Korea and under $7 on the base. Wouldn't call this a session beer but don't mindhaving two at a sitting.

Photo of jbertsch
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a high-stemmed chalice- its appearance is a gorgeous gold, with a good-sized head hat's frothy and stark white. There's mild bubbling action going on.

I smell sweet banana malt, clove, and esters of bubble gum.

Tastes very clean and bright for a Belgian abbey ale. Tastes like it comes form a very clean barrel, as opposed to many abbey ales that taste like they were brewed in barrels still lined with the residue and notes from centuries of brewing
(often this is works in a beer's favor, sometimes not). The bright/tropical fruits come through on the taste as well as some tea flavors. Hop presence is very mild.

Mouthfeel has a creamy backbone, but the front of it sparkles. Drinkability is very good, but the taste is not something I want to experience again in a second in the same sitting/session. I prefer this quintessential abbey flavor in a darker, murkier beer with darker fruit flavors. But this one does have a process-perfected feel to it - whether you like that exacted taste or not is the question.

I feel this would go well with Spanish food.

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.28/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I see this everywhere, I felt like I was missing out. Clear gold with a large white head. Chunky skim retention and lacey sea foam splashes. Bottled expiration date on back.

Lemongrass and chamomile and yeasty Belgian spice aroma. Dry and buttery with sweet edges. Really, really, sweat without anything offered up for balance except a gasping phenolic blah that doesn't really go anywhere. Leffe Blond, cloying be thy name.

This beer seems like what a Belgian pale would be if Bud/Miller/Coors got a hold of one. What am I going to do with the rest of these?

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

so this is what i'm reduced to! drinking belgians in my parents' home! how horrid the life! pretty golden thing, perfect carbonation, a swift and constant rush of bubbles, perfectly clear. a little clove and banana on the nose and a bunch of banana tongue. thought this was around a 5% until i took a closer look, tastes smooth and easy but even still, i don't think i could drink this one all nite.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well I bought the wrong case. In what I thought was La Chouffe Blonde I messed up and picked this one up.

Poured into a snifter. Pours crystal clear golden with a thick fluffy white heading very nice looking. Did end up turning a little flat towards the end of the tasting.

A very subtle Belgian beer. Mostly clove and spice with touch of lemon zest. Dominated mostly by the clove.

Taste was a bit much in clove and spice. I feel this could be a tremendous tasting beer if they just toned down the ridiculous clove taste in this. There is a slight candy sugar fizziness to it but turns into a seltzer like finish.

Mouth does start out with great carbonation but turns flat and dead about halfway through. Light bodied and finishes spicey once again.

Drinkability is decent. Not a bad Belgian pale ale but not great not worth seeking out.

Photo of matt20102
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle with a thick, creamy, lingering head. There is a subtle, hoppy, herbaceous aroma which nicely complements the malty character of the blonde. There is a big malty character which is actually quite drinkable- more drinkable than I find most malty beers. While not terribly complex, this is definitely a beer that I will enjoy again...

Photo of cagocubs
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear blond gold with nice 1 finger white foamy head that maintains throughout and laces. Great looking pour.

S: Spices are the most noticeable scent. Clove, pine, citrus, maybe a little banana. Bubble gum aromas as well.

T: The earthy flavors make this enjoyable; hops, spices, citrus, pine. A good combination of flavors to make this interesting.

M: Nice mouthfeel with good carbonation and great mouth coating.

D: Easy beer to drink. The spices in it make it enjoyable for the nice spring or fall nights. I will be drinking this beer frequently.

Photo of californiakulak
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had several bottles of this beer at a Christmas party. I poured it into a pint glass.

A. Poured a light blonde color with a large thick head. Not much lacing.

S. Smelled like I would expect a Belgian beer to smell. Cloves, spice, banana, and yeast.

T. Very good beer. Kind of sweet, almost like sugary. The wonderful Belgian yeast flavor stands out on this one. A little alcohol flavor as well.

M. Very carbonated and full bodied. Long aftertaste from the yeast. Refreshing beer.

D. This beer is not as drinkable for me as some of the other Belgian Ales that I have tried. At 6.6% abv it doesn't hide the alcohol as well as Duvel's 9%. A couple of these boozy beers is ass that I can take, which is weird because I usually love boozy beers.

Photo of irishking1977
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, which is nicely decorated. One of the first Belgian pale ales I've had. It used to be my go to BPA, but it kind of got worn out. Trying it again for the first time in quite awhile.

A: Pours a clear, bright gold/amber with a massive, white two finger head that leaves a good amount of lace.

S: That familiar Belgian yeast with some clove and honey can be detected. A bit funky but that is to be expected with the yeast that is used.

T: Honey and floral notes are present along with some herbal (clove) and that slight yeasty funkiness that lingers at the finish of each sip.

M: Good solid carbonated background and a slight oily and creamy mouthfeel.

D: This one is somewhere between a session beer and a sipper. It has a slightly higher than average ABV, and it also has that Belgian funkiness that is expected, but can be tiresome after two or three. A pretty good introduction to anyone looking to get into BPA's.

Photo of aristeros
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Chimay goblet. Freshness date of DEC2010, which is a year out. Pours quite clear golden, with a huge white head. Lots of retention and lacing. Wasn't cloudy; weird.

Appropriate nose; yeasty, with light malts, a bit of caramel, and banana and bubble gum-like sweetness. Didn't get the spices some reviewers noted.

Strong bananas up front, some bubblegum and caramel. Maybe a bit of sweet cream. Overall, quite sweet, medium-bodied, and you can tell that the ABV is low based on the lack of the alcohol presence. Honey, green herbs (maybe aloe?), and other flavors I don't really associate with this style. Maybe some cloves. Detect no coriander. Kinda 'meh.'

Carbonation is appropriate. Mouthfeel is appropriate. No issues.

Gambled on a sixer of this; it was okay to try, but I wish I didn't get the six pack, personally. Good for people who like a yeasty, sweet beer. Could see this working best with heavier meat dishes involving sausage and so on.

Photo of AltBock
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle with a label that looks like a scroll with a gold border around it. In the middle of the scroll is a stained glass drawing of the steeple of the Abbaye de Leffe. Below the stained glass is the word "Leffe" in big bold black letters. You can tell it's the Blonde version by the gold paper covering the cap and the word "Blonde" in the gold border. The back label has a description of the beer, all the mandatory US information, and a white best before date in a black rectangle in the lower right hand corner. My bottle was best before 11/10/10. I think I'm alright.

The label recommended a Leffe Chalise, but the only glass that somewhat fits that description is a wine goblet. Good enough in my book. This Blonde wasn't a blonde bombshell, but more of a slightly hazy pale golden amber with a tiny tint of lemon yellow at the bottom of the beer. This beer had a great head of foam! This head of foam was as fluffy and just as white as a bag of cotton balls. As for the size, it was close to being one inch in height. Not only was it a good size, but it also had excellent retention. When it did recede, it left behind a ton of sticky white streaks of lace. As you can tell, the appearance was very easy on the eyes.

I don't want to point any fingers, but I think it was the wine glass that really brought out this beer's great aroma. Not unique, but still very good. The aroma was packed full of banana chips, cloves, a few spices, red delicious apples, pale malted wheat, and a just a subtle whiff of citrus fruits. It was a nice lightly spicy aroma, but it was the banana chips that made the aroma a little different.

This beer started off with a tiny taste of pale malted wheat and then out of nowhere, in comes a big whopping taste of a variety of spices, a gentle touch of banana, and a hint of cloves. After this part of the taste leaves the tongue, the taste settles into a subtle amount of pale malted wheat. The wheat loved the taste so much that it had to make an appearance at least twice.

I thought that this was a medium bodied Blonde Belgian Pale Ale with a good amount of carbonation and a slightly spicy aftertaste of malted wheat, banana, cloves, and small variety of spices toward the back.

I know there might be so haters out there because this is an Inbev beer, but I really enjoyed this little Belgian Ale. It's not all that expensive and it's readily available which means you find this Belgian Ale right next to the Macro Lagers.

Photo of TommyW
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear gold with a big, fluffy, white head.

S- Clean grains with notes of rock sugar and some fruity notes as well (peach and nectarine).

T- Mix of sugars up front (rock, fruity, dark), touch of caramel and caramel malt with a slight medicinal note on the finish.

M- Smooth medium body with a crisp finish.

D- Really a nice session beer for me.

Photo of willmc
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Sight: Pours a great golden color very clean, with a nice 2 finger white head that lingers for a while, with lots of lacing around the glass.
Aromas: Sweetness and fruit, very floral.
Tastes: Sweet malts, with some hops on the finish, citrus earthy tones. This beer is full of flavor and character. The cup does run'ith over. Worth picking up.

Photo of HalfFull
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Having 6 pack commitment issues for a long time, I've many times passed this beer by. Today I find a store willing to sell me a single. That I can handle.

Poured from a 330 ml. bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice, it comes up a tad short of the 33 cl. line showing a nice clear golden color with a bit less than half an inch of soapy white foam. Head settles out to a surface film in a minute or so, offering some decent lacing on the glass.

Nose is floral and yet somewhat sweet in nature. Yeast notes accompany some light summer fruit and an unexpected cinnamon component. The clarity of the pour reveals itself again as the light carbonation diminishes further, exposing a somewhat undue sweet orange flavor given the moderate ABV of the brew. A swirl brightens things up again for a while. No finish to speak of yet a lingering light sweetness sits upon the tip of the tongue as the bubbles quickly depart.

Offers a decent feel yet drinkability suffers from the sweetness. This would likely be better masked with more carbonation but without said carbonation, the simple nature of the malts are a bit distracting. Compares rather unfavorably to Affligem Blonde, a beer I used as a reference point. Glad I don't have 5 more actually.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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