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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,214 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,214
Reviews: 1,251
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 42
Gots: 422 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 MikeBrandman
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful, deep amber. Very yellow and translucent. Poured 2 fingers of offwhite, yellowed head into a wine glass. very little lacing.

S- Fragrant bananas and yeast. Slight alcohol smell. Kind of offputting at its strongest.

T - Again, bananas, yeast, and alcohol. Not a lot going on here, but it's pretty good. Doesn't really change much as it warms up either. Reminds me of a less alcoholic Sam Adams Imperial White. Very fruity and delicious, but also almost nutty.

MF - Refreshing, but a little heavy for what the taste brings. Not heavy enough for a dessert beer, but not light enough for a picnic beer.

D - Good taste, weird feel, too much alcohol taste.

Photo of AgentZero
1.93/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - It's golden, with some bubbles coming to the top. Big head, some lacing.

S - There isn't a whole lot of smell on this one, it's like someone took a beer and just turned the volume down on it.

T - This is just horrible. Maybe I got a bad bottle, tastes like metal and copper. Disgusting.

M - Other than the bad taste, light bodied, sits alright in the mouth, decent carbonation.

D - Once again, easy enough to drink, other than the horrible taste that makes me want to spit it out.

Photo of mintjellie
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a leffe chalice.

Golden bodied with a thin layer of head that disappears quickly and leaves no lace.

Smells of yeast, lemon, banana, and grass, all of them in a very muted kind of way. You can pick the alcohol up a bit too.

Toasty malt and banana on the palate. Spices. Alcohol is noticeable, but I like that anyways. It's not hot, just there. Starts sweet and finishes with some mild hop bitterness.

The banana character (aroma and flavour) gets more intense the closer it approaches to room temperature.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. A little bit syrupy, especially as it gets warmer. It improves a lot the closer it gets to room temperature. I might try it again, but there are other (better) abbey-style beers out there.

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

Very interesting beer, the Leffe Blonde - have seen this one on the shelves for a while now, and have been meaning to grab it. Luckily I picked up a mix six pack today, and picked on up.

Pours nicely into my Chimay Chalice. Lovely golden body, with a huge billowing head. Tons of sticky lacing, and very lively carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sweet and spicy. Orange, and pear fruitiness. Along with a nice amount of biscuity malt, and peppery spicy phenols. Great aroma. very approachable.

Leffe Blonde starts off with a nice toasty/biscuity malt base. Soon followed by a touch of light floral hops, along with a peppery spicy phenolic note. Finishes with a delicate amount of sweet fruitiness, and tangy spiciness.

Good beginner Belgian beer, easily approachable, and great to drink on a hot day. Worth a shot.

Photo of TheHammer
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a Belgian mix pack they were offering at the LCBO. I'm a big fan of sampler packs, so I had to pick it up.

Appearance: Poured with a nice two fingers of head that retained quite well, but did not lace whatsoever. The body of the beer is unsurprisingly blonde in color with decent carbonation. I did notice some very small pieces of sediment floating in the head.

Smell: Good, but subdued even after it's had a chance to warm. It has a odd scent of hay mixed with tea leaves and raw sugar, with maybe a bit of cloves in the background. As I said, it's a bit odd but good but too subdued.

Taste: A bit odd as it starts with a mild malt flavor that shifts to a spicer mix of cloves and corriander of all things which slowly fade away with a refreshing finish. Not much of a hop presence here, and a little sweet all around but good, albeit a bit strange.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice subdued spice aftertaste but the carbonation is a little bit high. Also needs to work a bit better at transitioning between flavors. However it is crisp yet not watered down.

Drinkability: Easy going down, not much in the way of gas or stomach issues and decently refreshing. The only disadvantage is the beer is a bit sweet and the spiciness I can see getting a bit out of control at around the 3rd bottle.

Final Thoughts: All in all a good beer, even if it is a bit odd to the taste. One thing I should also note is that this beer hides it's 6.6% alcohol quite well. This could be a very good meal beer and I would drink it again if offered but I probably wouldn't buy it in anything but a mixed pack.

Photo of HansBlix
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearence - Poured into a pint glass. Yielded a two finger head that dissipated to a one finger head that held. Moderatly carobnated and amber in color.

Smell - Malt, grains and yeast with little hops. Hints of fruit.

Taste - Strong malt and grain flavor. Could taste the yeast. Hints of hops and slight fruit undertones.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, average carbonation. Somewhat dry.

Drinkability - Wasnt too heavy. Easily drinkable.

Not the best belgian I have had. Not too bad.

Photo of atis
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden with strings of small rising carbonation bubbles, white head that slowly fades to dense patchy layer, patchy lacing. Aroma is sweetish malt, yeast and mild lemon.

Taste is rich and sweetish malt, nice yeast and light floral hops, medium-dry finish, sweet malt aftertaste with alcohol. Mouthfeel is about medium, maybe on the thick side with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a nice Belgian, but nothing exceptional.

Photo of mulder1010
2.92/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a 330 poured into a Tooheys New pint glass

A-- Poured a gold color with a nice head. Head died off after about 1 minute. Left some decent lacing. Nice carbonation with the pour.

S-- sweet and malty with the good traces of alchohol.

T--same as above... malty and sweet. Typical Belgian with the alchohol being forward. Fairly crisp beer. Too much sugar.

M--well carbonated beer in the mouth. Pretty lively. Still get a lot of the sweetness with this beer.

D-- Not the strong suit of this beer. A little too sweet I think. For a blond the abv is pretty apparent. Can do one or 2 but a little too sweet to be much more. Decent beer but just sweet for my palate.

If you want a quick buzz on a summer day, this is a good choice. the Raduise is a much better beer. I still prefer this over the brune. Make this not nearly as sweet and this would be a good grade higher. Too sweet for a plae ale to me. Very average beer as opposed to Duvel.

Photo of jneiswender
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 11.2 oz bottle into a crystal beer mug.

A-brilliant dark yellow color with a spongy white head

S-yeasty, cloves, spicy

T-strong cloves presence, sweet hard candy, yeasty

M-medium to light

D-Nice representation of the style. Very refreshing. Nice beer to start the night off or to start off dinner.

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

A pretty straw/gold topped by off-white one finger head of spume which subsides quickly to a thin cap and leaves coriolis ejections of lace on my glass.

Nose is a perfumy scent of yeast with milder notes of spice and even milder fruity tones.

Taste is mostly familiar yeasty notes with a candy coated graininess that carries into a juicy, partly sweet, partly herbal finish. Not bad, but nothing to shout about either.

Mouthfeel is too resinous for the tastes carried onto the palate. Carbonation is low and good. In fact, it may have tasted better with even lower.

Drinkability? Not bad, despite what is less than a stellar review

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

A - Pool golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a grainy macro smell

T - Decent flavor still grainy though

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Not a bad blonde a good summer beer thats worth trying sometime

Photo of Stunner97
4.31/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- golden yellow blonde beer, pours with nice thick white head and moderate carbonation streaming up glass

Smell- spice yeast, bananas, fruit, malts, sugar,

Taste- YEast, spice, clove, nice sweet yet enjoyable unique finish, belgian flavor and spicing, enjoyable taste overall with decent lingering finish

Mouthfeel- thick and creamy

Drinkability- I am shocked that I liked this beer now, it was originally a sink pour to me which goes to show just how much my taste and palate have changed in the past few months from massive amounts of wine and beer tastings, A very nice and dangerous session beer considering the huge alcohol, delicious and slightly sweet flavor make it one to easily drink alot of fast, nice beer overall and opened me up a bit tonite to want try some more belgians of this style soon

**5/9/10 I have to say I tried this beer again after a while with out it and I had to up the ratings even a little bit more, this beer to me is just so enjoyable, its got a good spice that keeps a nice level of sweetness in check, its such a great value and refreshing and good yet simple example of a belgian style, to me this is an abosolute great value every day kind of drinking belgian that gives you all that unique belgian flavor with out hitting you over head with the wallet, is it the best beer ever no but its pretty damn good all things considered

Photo of david18
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the beer they serve in restaurants in paris as an alternative to stella. It was the perfect afternoon draft on a hot day. Not as interesting as many belgians but different enough to be a welcome beverage at most bars in Paris. I had a glass last night at a local bar in new york and it was the same. A very good sweetness, but not cloying. Refreshing with a great mouthfeel, aroma and drinkability. Get it when it's available.

Photo of schmitter
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Oddly enough, this is one belgian I am enjoyinng more out of the bottle although I know it is inappropriate.
Smell is sweet, somewhat malty, fruity (banana and orange blossom, maybe mango).
Taste is again sweet, malts, but no hops seem to be present. Banana and citrus notes prevail.
Overall, a decent abbey that is widely available and good in a pinch.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First abbey beer for me, had in Goa. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet

A - Deep amber with a light head. Looked amazing for a person used to golden and yellows

S - Spicy banana and nutmeg

T - Even better, high on fruit and spice. Also, the alcohol explodes, surprising for a beer with 6.6% ABV

M - Syrupy and thick, wonderful when you warm it up on your palate

D - Not more than 2 at one go. This is a kicker

Photo of srrn
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: This beer really starts off well, looks good, clear deep amber with a pillowy head that resuces to sticky lace.

S: Good here too, though simple, a bit of sweet candy and spice

T: this may be the first beer I taste bubblegum and boy is it strong,there is a bit of spice in there and then it's back to lingering bubblegum. No funk, barnyard or yeasty goodness here.

M: okay, but gets sticky sweet, and more buublegum on the lips.

D: one feels like too many

Photo of VTaler
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer us a year old
Poured from a bottle into a clear goblet

A - Amber/honey color with a decent frothy white head. That stays for some time.
S - Very nice smell. Lots of fruity banana esters with nice belgian yeast smell. Some hop presence.
T - Tastes better than it smells. At first you taste malt with the nice fruity banana esters but not sweet. Yeast is definetally present and it tastes very good. Second taste is kind of a spicy hop taste. Pepper and clove notes. Hops are nice and not too bitter. For belgian ales like these this one is somewhat watered down.
M - Medium carbonation and a somewhat thick mouthfeel
D - I could have a couple of these but no more than that

Ive had this beer in the same 6 pack a year ago and it tastes much better than it did a year ago

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

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Light gold color, with a great head and lace. Decent bubbliness to it.
S- Slight malt scent ot it.
T- Very wheaty beer. Some bite to it, but the spice is quickly drowned out by the heavy wheat. It's certainly a solid beer, but I don't get the pale ale aspect of it, unless that is what belgian pales taste like and maybe I just don't know.

Photo of malmquna
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautiful light color, nice head that lasts until past half-glass. Nice aroma of roasted malt. Tastes slightly sweet, with an overall flavor of lightly roasted malt. Bitterness is low, but well balanced. This is a nice example of commercial Belgian blonde ale. Very drinkable, but beware of too many. If you like this, move on to some more flavorful Belgian ales.

Photo of kevinglin
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25cl bottle into a wide-mouthed goblet. Golden, fairly clear, bright white, two-finger head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Aroma is somewhat fruity with some yeasty esters, a bit musty. Taste is malt-focused, but not really complex. Some fruitiness, no real hop presence, but there is a hint of spiciness, likely from the yeast. Carbonation makes it fairly lively on the tongue, light to medium body. Somewhat thin mouthfeel finishes semi-dry.

Overall, a decent beer, fairly refreshing, not overpowering in any way. A good introduction for people who haven't had Belgian style beers before - enough essence of Belgian character to entice a newcomer, but not such a strong Belgian character as to turn someone off who may not know what to expect.

Photo of KCHopHead
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium snifter from bottle. For an AB beer pretty damn good.

A - 1 Finger head that delivered a little lace. A fun golden light color.

S - I forgot already, so shoot me.

T - I will not forget. It had a funk taste that I am surprised to not see very often in the reviews. The funk lasted with this beer which gave it some complex flavor.

M - High carbonation allowed all of the flavors to come through which were very little.

D - I could drink a couple of these beers and move to something else. It is a fun beer to drink outside on a warm day.

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

Pours a rich apricot colour - I'd hardly call it blonde - with excellent creamy Belgian head, visible bubbles yet very fine retention, nice and thick and remaining so. Helped along by a steady bead, and lacing is sticky if not very thick.

Nose is rich in layers, with nice spicy Belgian characters, mild clove and cinnamon, but predominantly fruity. Quite tart, with aspects of a dark orange citrus, grape skins and maybe a hint of banana as well. Has a slight hit of brandy on there as well, just a touch. Overall smells like a sweet, warming ale.

Taste is a bit simple by comparison, but still with nice warm potency. Flavour is ripe with a brandy base, hints of prunes and figs coming through with a mild tart citrus character on the back. Definitely a fortified wine comparison is in order, not only because of the rich texture, but because even at 6.6% there is a distinct alcomohol on the finish. It does have quite a warming kind of quality, but it's out of place and a bit off-kilter.

Mouthfeel retains a nice tingle to it, but it does pucker the mouth and dry the palate slightly from that citric character.

We have here a sweet, enjoyable Belgian. It has fullness and complexity, and yet doesn't quite have enough of either. I feel myself just wanting more mystique, more subtle charms. It's like seeing a woman naked before you've even asked her to the movies. It's like you've experienced the hot body but you're wanting the whole experience; you want the soul as well.

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

Poured from bottle into Belgium Ale chalice. One finger of white foam over a clear red amber ale. Slight malt smell with winelike overtones. Nice mild beer taste with a an aftertaste I associate with Muscadine wine. Very slight carbonation with good mouthfeel. I will definately drink this when available.

Photo of seand
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a clear light amber with a finger or so of fizzy white head. The head disappears pretty quickly, leaving a little layer in the middle - not much retention, no lacing.

S/T: Smells and tastes like a mediocre belgian pale. It's true to style, not bad, not outstanding.

M: Fairly carbonated, fairly light.

D: Pretty easy to drink.

Not a bad beer, not outstanding - an inoffensive basic belgian pale.

Photo of juju7
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this for a couple of years, so I thought I'd revisit. It ticks most of the Belgian ale boxes but it seems to be lacking in depth and complexity. This is probably a good introduction to Belgian beers but not a classic example. Bananas, cloves, sweet malty yeast, blah, blah blah...not a bad beer but no show stopper.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,214 ratings.