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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,282 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,282
Reviews: 1,267
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 50
Gots: 474 | 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 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.

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

A: Crystal clear honey gold with 1-2 finger frothy off-white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Apples and pears dominate the aroma with only a spritz of floral hops.

T: A clean and simple Belgian light ale with sweet, fruity flavors met with a light floral hops finish.

M: The best part of this beer is the silky feel. Aftertaste is sweetly fruity and carbonation is on target.

D: I really liked this brew, a lot better than Duvel and other light Belgians.

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

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Bottle marked best by 8-5-2010.

A: Poured with nice foamy head with solid lacing. Golden amber with good carbonation. Nice looking but not the best looking Belgian.

S: Nearly apple cider notes coming from the nose. I get a little alcohol tone as well. Solid nose but have encountered better in other Belgians.

T & M: A little on the thin side, the apple tones in the nose come through in the taste as well. Carbonation is apparent in the mouthfeel. Finish is extremely crisp, with dry almost hoppy qualities. Solid but again I've had much better Belgians.

D: Drinkable, I bought this due to the fact that I wanted a blonde Belgian but didn't want to spend $13 for a four pack of Duvel. This is quite affordable and solid. In my current budget drinking mode I could see myself having Leffe again.

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice. Says best by 19/09/10 on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear golden yellow color. Effervescent head quickly dissipated to a light layer of off-white bubbles. Some lacing present.

(S)- Lots of clove/bananna/ and lemon. Even a touch of a pineapple type citrus. Yeast with a flowery scent present.

(T)- Definite pale aspect in the flavor. Sweet lemony clove with a touch of bitterness. A bit of a corn taste to it.

(M)- Plenty of carbonation bubbles to keep your mouth busy. Light and crisp, yet has a slight drying part in the mouth.

(D)- If you want a no nonsense belgian pale ale, then this is for you. A simple and straightforward beer to satisfy your belgian craving, however, there are far better brews than this if you are looking for something more.

Photo of cnally
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured out a very orange tinted golden color with a massive fluffy white head. soapy lacing stayed behind.

very crisp aroma of burnt sugars, yeasts and nutmeg.

the flavor comes in waves. but my oh my does it do wonders. very sweet alla round, like a caramel cotton candy. but let me finish. initially, a very caramel malt flavor fades into a good bitter hop on your tongue, then the aftertaste is all sugars. i love it. i could see that most people won't like it so much because damn this is sweet.

creamy mouthfeel with not quite enough carbonation from a belgian for me.

highly delicious. very tight. very sweet. and drinkable...to a point.

Photo of sevopie
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow in color with a white head. Hmm.

Sugary sweet on the nose, with some citrus and banana clove notes, as well as a touch of bubble gum.

Mildly reminiscent of the flavors on the nose, with grain rearing its ugly head to dominate most. While its not offensive, its certainly not awe-inspiring.

There's a touch of oiliness here, with a solid dose of carbonation.

Overall, its rather palatable, but leaves nothing to hook you and bring you back for more. I'll take a lot of other beers before this one, thanks.

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz chalice at the Sugar Bowl off-campus.

This beer arrives on the patio table in a properly branded chalice, and appears a clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with one middling finger of weakly puffy, foamy, and eventually just soapy dirty white head, which leaves a complex, multilayered ring of snow rime lace around the glass as things duly drop away.

It smells of semi-sweet grainy wheat malt, banana chips, cloves, Belgian yeast, sharp black and white pepper, a suggestion of earthy hops, and some burgeoning booze warmth. The taste is bready caramel malt, the same dry banana and yeast, clove/coriander and muddled table pepper spice, a hint of orange and lemon citrus, ever fading generic hops, and a minor static alcohol heat.

The carbonation is quite understated, no real kick or twang to be found here, the body medium-light in weight, and more or less smooth, with a small creamy twinge. It finishes well off-dry, the fruit, neutered grain and spice, lingering yeast, and sidling hooch all riding this one out.

A so-so Belgian pale ale, everything a bit rounded, no real edges (in the good way) to be found here, and the alcohol just seems somewhat disjointed for an abbey ale. Refreshing and heady enough, I suppose, though, for a starter during an evening to be spent in the extended summer light.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a really great looking gold color, darker than a standard lager, but lighter than most pale ales, has a big white cloudy collar of foam, it looks great.
smell is very good, yeasty citrus dominates the nose, smells good

taste is not as good, though, its not bad but it doesn't have nearly the same pizazz as the look and aroma, has some decnet malt flavors but its hard to point out what its missing, but it doesn't feel like a belgian blonde...

mouthfeel and drinkability are decent, i just wish it tasted better, but its not a drain pour or anything

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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