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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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2,933 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,933
Reviews: 1,214
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 30
Gots: 267 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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Photo of skillerified
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%

Dark golden brown at the top fades to a true golden blond color at the bottom of the glass. A good finger to finger and a half head sits on top and fades slowly to reasonably color. Frothy, foamy and off white for the head. Sparkling clear with lots of fine looking, pretty quickly rising carbonation bubbles.

The smell is decidedly Belgian in nature. Lots of various floral notes, some sweet fruit in there too, banana to be more specific. Sweet caramel malt, a splash of alcohol, and a carbonated cola too. A really nice smell, reasonably complex.

The first sip is sweet and grainy, a mixture of caramel and toffey at the middle of the tongue. The finish is little pleasant sour fruit and slightly bitter. Some of that banana is still floating around in there too. There's just a hint of an alcohol bite every now and then.

Smooth and light, goes down easy. A strong sweet start is slowly overtaken by a coffee like bitterness on the finish. The carbonation makes itself known throughout.

A great everyday beer with dinner, I think. A little too strong (and maybe too sweet at times) to be a session drinker per se, but I could see it fitting in nicely with a steak and some caramelized onions or something along those lines.

skillerified, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%

330ml bottle into snifter.

Clear applejuice colored Ale with an off white frothy head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Rings of solid lacing.

Sweet with estery fruit scents. Creaminess and hints of banana.

Grainy malts with the fruit scent being repeated in the flavor. Banana and a little bit of clove. A little hop bitterness comes in at the end. Medium bodied with high carbonation with a little bit of an acidic feel.

This seems like the Belgian Ale for those who like hefeweizens. Banana and clove with little hop bitterness of phenols. Very easy to drink with the lower alcohol by volume (compared to other Belgian Ales). Recommended.

BeerSox, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of EagleTalon
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

Pours to a generous white head and lacing and deep golden color. Aroma is sweet, spicy, peppery and unmistakably Belgian. Flavor is sweet, malty and spicy. The way this feels in the mouth is superb--slight alcohol warmth/tingle and just the right amount of viscosity. A fine Belgian blond to sip all year round.

EagleTalon, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of ski271
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Medium golden-amber with a large, white, fluffy head. Nice lacing. Smells of banana, clove, spices orange, light crisp hop and a light smooth malt base. Wheat has top billing in the flavor, supported by strawberry, grass, honey and spices, Perfumy but nice. It has a medium-light body, lightly dry texture and moderate carbonation. Stupid me thought it was actually the style of a blonde given the name. Not a fan of blondes and compared to that style I rather liked this one, though I thought it quite a bit off style. Coming here I find it’s a Belgian Pale Ale. Suddenly it all makes sense, and also I’m suddenly less impressed with this beer. It’s not bad by any means, but it’s nothing special in the world of Belgian Pale Ales. But I still enjoyed it.

ski271, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of JohnW
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

Had on tap many times in Belgium and in 0.75 litre bottles bought here in UK (with caged cork) and always enjoyed it. It pours pale bronze, though not a great head whether from bottle or on tap. Aroma is maltly, spicy and hints of the relative sweetness. Texture is fairly rich and warming, leaning more to a fruity sweetness with little evidence of hop bitterness, though not cloying in anyway. It does not have the depth of character or complex flavours of the finest Belgium paler beers, though it is a mass market beer, and a lot better than some mass produced beers I could name! This maybe a touch too sweet for some, as it has little or no hop character bitter aftertaste. This maybe makes it less of a thirst quencher and more a beer to savour on cool evenings. Not one of the really great beers, but enjoyable non the less, and maybe an acquired taste for some. I think it tastes better from the 75cl bottles and on tap than from the smaller bottles for some reason...or maybe its because you are drinking more at one go!

B'ham UK

JohnW, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

A white ring and paper thin pool of carbonation sit atop a copper/amber colored brew. Aromas of pungent fruits like apples, pears, green bananas dominate while a softer herbal ester and citric astringent drift between whiffs. Big yeasty, bread taste, fermented pear, lightly roasted barley, wheat, and raw sugar sweetness that takes shape as it develops. A little ways down notes of unripe green banana, and fermented oranges, and vinous notes become more apparent. Thin body and moderate carbonation leaves a smooth and slightly slick mouthfeel that turns creamier as it warms. The finish has a yeasty profile with notes of dry grains, citric sweetness and slight sour, vinous astringent.

cabsandking, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of klewis
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

On-tap at the Winking Lizard, Fairlawn, OH - 2/14/07

A: Pours a beautiful orange color with a one-finger frothy head. Plenty of lacing throughout the drink.

S: Yeasty and slightly phenolic.

T: Light flavors of fruity esters, mint, and a hint of phenols. Not a lot of flavor, but what there is is pleasant.

M: Light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Finishes clean.

D: Better than I expected. The flavor is such that it seems that it could pair well with many different types of foods. Recommended.

klewis, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of browner
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

A Belgian Ale that pours a great golden color color. A romantic white head. A somewhat higher than average carbonation..almost like delirium. Interesting combination of yeast and friut. Not a very strong alcoholic presence in the brew. I can see it popular as a affordable Belgian product for a large American novice consumer.

browner, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of Hammarby
4.85/5  rDev +36.6%

A: Light amber with an offwhite head with yellowish tones. The foamy head stays forever. A beautiful beer.
S: Citrus, yeast, red berries, flowery aroma.
T: Some bitterness at the back of the tounge, more at the tip (hmm). The bitterness builds up as I drink. Yeast, definately. Citrus (grapefruit). Some sweetness in the aftertaste, beautifully balanced with the bitterness. Coriander (could that be right?). Very tasty. Complex.
M: Tiny bubbles of carboration, moderately carborated. Light to medium body.

I've had this one before. Can't imagine why I haven't held it in higher esteem. I love this beer!

Hammarby, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

On-tap at Alto Cinco in Syracuse.

This isn't an amazing belgian, but I think it's a nice example of Belgian characteristics. This amber beer is heavy on the yeast flavor with what seems to be a candi sugar sweetness. Not much bitterness, but this a very smooth and tasty beer. A good companion to a meal and worth trying.

tempest, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of dstc
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%

A: Very nice clear to somewhat cloudy golden color with full white head that stayed a long time and left a full lace on the glass.

S: Interesting smell. Not sure what that is but it smells sweet.

T: Fruity, light and dry, mild aftertaste.

M: Creamy and nicely carbonated.

D: Not a bad Belgian Pale Ale but nothing spectacular. All in all an average beer that I'm not sure I will buy again.

dstc, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%

Pours a beautiful crystal clear orange in the glass with a nice single finger head of white that takes forever to disappear. When it does it leaves behind a solid coating of white lacing.
Aromas are mildly belgium yeasts and soft sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is creamy and tingly with the massive carbonation and sugars.
Taste of sweet malts, tropical fruits, finish to light, very light lemon.
Aftertaste is just pure and fresh.
Lovely Blonde.

IntriqKen, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

This is another beer that I received as a Birthday gift.... THANKS Jack and Pat!

I poured the 11.2 oz brown bottle (freshness dated 20/01/08) into a pint glass (the lable suggests a "chalice-shaped" glass) and received about a four finger, off-white head right off the bat. The beer itself was a nice amber. The head settled down to 1" after about two minutes.

The smell was interesting. Some sweetness, pronounced fruit (like apples) but then a nice spicy note.

Taste was very interesting... The spicy nature took over and the apple flavor came through. A bit of hoppy bitterness but not overpowering. Kind of a weird balance.

You are left with a nice coating in your mouth and an aftertaste that lingers. The small cap of foam lasted until the beer was gone leaving nice pronounced lacing all the way down the glass.

Overall, the drinkability is good. I would have this beer again.

TheBierBand, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of beermanbrian
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

Golden color with a nice fine bubbled head. Trails of lacing are left behind with each sip. Steady flow of carb gives it continuous life. First smells i pick up are citrus. This is followed by a honey sweetness. Taste is prominantly sweet up front. This is followed by some banana flavors. Finished with a distinct hoppy note. Also pick up some peppery spice flavors. A little bit on the dry side in the finish with some alcohol bite. Overall a nice Belgian beer. Nothing great or outstanding about it, just a solid drinker that you don't need to think to hard about.

beermanbrian, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%

Looks like I thought more of this brew than many, but Good it was!

A surprising crisp and filtered clear bright sunshine filled my lil’ sampling glass, topped with a lacey white head.

But the aroma and quaff – Good ol’ Belgium yeast and sugar kane. But this one actually finishes with a crisp hop kick. Very full bodied, rich and tasty. One of the biggest blondes I’ve ever had. An easy sipper, the 6.6% is non-existent, and won’t drop you after a couple hour session.

And this was a very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. I was brought this for the unique chance to enjoy fresh from the brewer.

Vancer, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of evolbob
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

My first Belgian Pale Ale, came in a variety pack with Stella Artois and Hoegaarden from Sam's. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice. Massive head initially, with some large, soapy bubbles, that eventually dissipates. Swirling brings back a nice, thick, albeit thin, head with nice lacing. I couldn't discern very much from the smell, some sweet malt, yeast, alcohol. The taste at first had a strange metallic background but eventually wore off to a mild banana, spice, minimal hops taste with the metallica taste disappearing as the glass slowly empties. This is a very good beer for my taste. I will definitely be buying more of these once this 6 is gone!

evolbob, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of AChamberlain
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

I have not had the opportunity to try many Belgian beers and that is really my fault. This is one of my first cracks at a blonde. It was very pleasant experience I must say.

Poured from bottle bought from Key Food – Park Slope. 10/08/2008 best before date.

A: Sparkling honey gold color. Nice fluffy off white head.

S: Sweet. Sweet. Honey.

T: Fruits, honey, bouquet of flavor.

MF: Full-bodied and smooth.

D: Pretty high for the style.

AChamberlain, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of doppelmeup
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured a very yellow into a chalice. Decent head.

Fairly strong aroma of banana and yeast.

Taste similar to smell. It had a stronger taste than I was expecting. Flavors of Juicy Fruit gum and yeast.

Mouthfeel was good.

Overall, a good, if fairly non-descript, beer.

doppelmeup, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of MSchae1017
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

This beer was tasted in a goblet from the 750mL bottle.

This beer pours a crystal clear golden with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a little bit of film. THe smell is sweet and yeasty but not too complex. The taste is also very straight forward and quite reminiscent of the smell. The mouthfeel is rather thin for a Belgian and fizzy. Overall, a drinkable Belgian Pale Ale but there are better ones out there.

MSchae1017, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Blind tasting at my brother-in-laws, poured into a Munich Hacker-Pschorr Brau Tulip Glass, my brother-in-law likes to test me!

Impressive golden colour, full of life with a good white head.

The aroma told me it was Belgian, a citrus, yet sweet smell that only their brews seem to have (in my limited knowledge).

The taste followed the smell, very pleasant, as was the mouthfeel.

The 0.33cl brown bottle was brought to me and I was amazed it was a Leffe Blond, if I had known, would the scores have changed?

Most likely, I am not supposed to like beers from Inbev.

BlackHaddock, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.55/5  rDev 0%

served at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse in a Leffe stemmed glass like in pic.

Cloudy,golden color slighly amber,served with a creamy ring around the glass throughout the beer.

Nice,delicate aromas clovey,little of bannana,very fruity,yeasty.

Fruity tastes dominate,light clove,bananna,spicy,complex,very pleasing wheat-like. Dry,spicy finish. Slight taste of alcohol,tastes of sugar.

Light,tangy,very refreshing,enjoyable,very drinkable
A good starter Belgium beer. Would be a great beer on a hot summer day.

jcdiflorio, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

I thought this beer was very good...it tasted a bit like a tripel, but was extremely drinkable. It was spicy and light, but very good.

Color is a dark amber with an abundant head.

Aroma is spices and light alcohol esters.

Taste is spicy (clove and coriander?) and a big boldness reminiscent of a Belgian tripel, and this beer had the fairly big mouthfeel of a tripel.

Yet, this beer was very drinkable.

BeerBelcher, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of mpyle
3.8/5  rDev +7%

A rich golden/copper color with excellent clarity. Pours a big, thick, creamy head. Head is tightly bubbled and long lasting. Very appealing appearance.

Aroma is a little subdued, but had "typical" Belgian yeast esters - a little bit of clove and fruit.

Slight hints of clove and banana up front, giving way to a malty-sweet beer at midtongue. Esters return and are slightly lingering on the finish.

Medium body, with high carbonation. Overall quite smooth and creamy, with only a hint of alcoholic warming.

Good drinkability by Belgian Ale standards. Not overpowering, but a very nice, clean ale.

mpyle, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of MrVisegrips
3.23/5  rDev -9%

The pour is a clear gold with a rocky white head. Good head retention finally fades to an excellent lacing. The aroma is clean with notes of honey and slightly vanilla. The flavors are again highlighted with honey and vanilla. There is also a late grassy bitterness in the finish; which is a bit too dry for my taste. Drinkability and mouthfeel are both good; but nothing that really stood out for me. Overall, maybe not the best example that I've had, but a nice enjoyable brew for sure.

MrVisegrips, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of JOaikido
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%

330 ml bottle. Best before 04-11-07.

A- Dark amber with orange highlights. Very clear. Few bubbles. Smallish head that clings to the glass a bit. Reduces to a foamy ring as I drink.

S- Ordinary beer. Touch of spice and slight sweet fruity aroma let you know it is a Belgian ale. But is very weak.

T- Flat watery spot in the middle. Nicer finish of fruitiness and mildly bitter hops. Overall too mild. Faint yeast flavours. An overly mild yet noticeably Belgian ale.

MF- Light. a bit too watery. Refreshing.

D-Easy drinking. Nothing unpleasant but lacks character, especially for the style.

JOaikido, Dec 30, 2006
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