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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
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3,250 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,250
Reviews: 1,259
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 450 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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

Had this about an hour ago. Poured a nice gold color with medium head that faded quickly and left a little bit of lacing. Smelled of spieces, oranges, sugar and yeast. Tasted of sweet, fruity yeast. Smooth, just slightly oily. Nice and sessionable for a Belgian.

Photo of jwheeler85
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass:

A- Poured a clear golden-amber with a bright white head that dissipates to leave a thin white lacing along the edges of the glass.

S- Some sour fruitiness paired with spices (coriander and clove like). Very clean smelling, maybe even some lemon scents in there.

T- Light tasting malts followed by a good sized spice profile, then some astringent and sour notes in the finish. Gives it a bit of a zing.

M- Effervescent, but still would consider this to be medium bodied.

D- Thought this would be a good springtime beer. The spices kind of get old after a few glasses (starts to taste sort of artificial), but definitely a good change up. I think of this one as a budget Belgian beer.

Photo of ders
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had one of these at a nice bar with lots of beers on tap. Not sure what the hell I was thinking. I've had it in the bottle and wasn't impressed and on tap, still not. This was a couple days ago unfortunately and all I remember is being unhappy because I could have a V8. What?

Photo of Newmerator
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was looking for a new beer to try at whole foods. The label and golden foil caught my eye. The story on the box was inspiring. I was torn between the 6 pack and a single with a hop stoopid. The six pack was a much better deal, so I went with that. My mistake.

This is a fine brew. but nothing special.

pours s golden yellow with 2 fingers of quickly dissapaiting off-white head.

smell is a bit spicy and yeasty. taste is much the same, although a bit more complex. still, leaves much to be desired.

drinkability is pretty good considering the low-ish alcohol content. but i would most likely opt for something else. i'm going to go grab a torpedo in the fridge to chase it with.

cheers

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

A nice golden color pour with a medium sized soapy white head . Aroma is nice and spicy, some clove and floral hops.Flavor is yeasty, a little banana,cloves, some wheaty malt , a bit of hops,more spice,a bit of sweetness kind of like honey,malty clove finish,creamy mouthfeel,medium to high carbonation,very drinkable. Not a bad beer at all.

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

Tasted on January 27th, 2009. From my tasting notes,

Pours as amber color with some nice big bubbles in the sticky head. Aroma is banana bread which is typical for belgian. Not overwhelming. Taste is similar and is not over the top. Probably for commercialization reason.

Not a bad beer.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with a nice head that fades quickly.
Aroma is of bananas, belgian yeast (I swear there's a hint of baked beans in there) and some very subtle cloves.
Taste is very agreeable, but plain: sour-dough bread and sweet malts. Too sweet, no depth, no finish, no balance.
Creamy mouthfeel but too watery.

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 33cl bottle poured into Leffe branded chalice glass.

Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head and brief patches of lacing.

Nose has elements of yeast with an alcohol under current.

Taste is sourced from a surprisingly developed palate when one considers how lackluster the nose is. Complex yeast flavors with mild hints of malt and even sweet fruit characters.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a spicy finish laden with peppers and fennel.

Jaded beer snobs amongst these reviews put this beer into cesspit like category and in some ways they maybe right. An over commercial product of multi national machine it might be and it is not on the standard of many of its brethren but a bad beer it is not friends.

This is a worthy beer and many will enjoy it.

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

Appearance: Nice thick white head on this one when poured from a bottle into a Leffe glass chalice. Nice lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, sweet and a little alcohol whiff.

Taste: This is my go-to Belgian Blonde that I usually keep around the house (along with Duvel). Love the slightly sweet and yeasty taste. Has a slight banana flavor with a little hop bitterness on the after-taste.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Smooth and slightly creamy, nice light carbonation makes it very easy to drink.

Serving suggestion: Drink out of a traditional heavy glass Leffe chalice.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I used to drink this beer quite often and noticed that I hadn't reviewed it yet, so most of this is going off of memory.

Poured from bottle(don't remember size) into an oversized wine glass results in a decent sized head and some, surprisingly, clingy lacing and a ring that lasts throughout the entire sitting. Pours a golden urine color, somewhat cloudy, but with no sediment.

Smell reminds me of bread. Loaded with yeast and some caramel malts mid whiff.

Taste is same as the aroma. It's like drinking a glass of bread. A bit medicinal at times, as well as a bit buttery. The buttery aspect reminded me of a poorly constructed chardonnay.

Mouthfeel was crisp and clean, with a good mix of carbonation.

Drinkability...unfortunately I don't think that this one has the quaffability that I look for in a beer with this kind of alcohol content. A bit too heavy for me.

Overall, a beer I can see myself picking up if on sale for a steal, but never something that I will purposely look for.

*Edit*
I recieved a case of this from a good friend a while back...that's the only reason I drank a lot of it.

Photo of berserker256
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first impression, with the appearance, is a little disappointing considering the style of beer. The head is nice but I expect a cloudy and yellowed hazy beer that potentially has some floaties in it. This beer is golden and extremely clear. There's a nice banana and clove aroma. Fruity. Those flavors are also present with some yeasty characteristics and a slight hint of alcohol. It tastes like a Belgian Blond but seems a bit thin. I guess I expected a heavier, thicker, and more cloudy beer. Regardless, it's a good-tasting easy-drinker.

Photo of Kromes
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear gold with thick white fluffy head. This is one of the most cleanest beers I've ever seen, they must filter it like crazy because I don't see a single thing in this beer, which is weird for a belgian ale. A full bready, spicy belgian yeast aroma with some fruity banana aroma. A really nice belgian yeasty sweet spice flavor, cinammon and clove. It is very, very smooth and there is a slight citrus tang in the finish. Yeah, that's pretty damn good. No real detectable hop flavor in this. As the glass warms up, the alcohol flavors pop out. It

Photo of meatmallet
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden color with a huge head thats just off white. The head quickly dissipates and leaves no lace, just a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Not as strong as it should be here. Yeast and some bubble gum and some grassy notes and a little bit musty. Banana also comes into play.

Taste: Has a malty sweetness to start. Bubble gum caramel and honey and a bit of a floral hop flavor can also be found.

Mouthfeel/drinkablilty: Light body with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Photo of VitaEBella87
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured gently from a bottle into a snifter, so as not to disturb the yeast sediment...

A: Clear yellow-amber color with bone white head about one finger high. Constant stream of tiny translucent bubbles rising up replenishing the head along the sides of the snifter....quite mesmerizing to watch actually. Lacing sticks profusely down the side of the glass.

S: Fruity and yeasty notes from fermentation characteristic of what I've experienced in many other Belgian beers.

T: Taste is kinda subdued for me. Some notes that I sense, but can't really identify (this is most likely because I'm still new at this). Sweetness comes through initially, followed by the fruity notes from the yeast, which linger through the aftertaste. Flavor sticks to your tastebuds after each sip, and in some instances became slightly off.

M: Body is moderate and nice, but carbonation was a bit too much at times.

D: It was alright, but there are other Belgian beers I've tasted that I'd much rather prefer to drink than this one. Easy to drink though.

Photo of TheSarge
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this brew into a chalice, and it produced a good amount of wet and soapy looking head. The retention wasn't anything to brag about, but sticky lacing lasted throughout my sample.

Aromas were light with slight fruity notes. There was also a sugary dextrin smell too.

Taste is upfront with a corny flavor, and a candied sugar taste.

Mouthfeel is prickly and wet. A rather refreshing feel, but ends with a slight alcohol warmness.

Even though this is a weak version of the genre it falls into, Leffe Blonde is a great introductory Belgian. It is also refreshing, and very drinkable.

Photo of mareth01
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprise to stumble upon this beer at the shopette today in a small six-pack because I was going to get me some Leinies,I've been wanting to try this beer since a co-worker of might bought a case of Leffe brown...maybe he will give me a couple after reading this.

On to the beer...at first pour it made my mouth water with anticipation, creating a large index finger size head, leaving a nice lace as it dissipated as I was drinking it. The color was a nice deep golden amber that I like to see.

The smell hit the nose with a hint of sweetness and fruitiness, which i have learned that it is typical for this type of ale.

The taste was Awesome!!! With a perfect combination of sweet, spices and carbonation.

The drinkability of this beer is through the roof...I can easily drink at 12 pack of this in one sitting.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
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
2.81/5  rDev -20.8%
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
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
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
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
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
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,250 ratings.