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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,005 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,005
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 34
Gots: 295 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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 tepickering
4.72/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i lived in NL for two years and enjoyed many, many glasses of leffe blonde. it was the very first beer i bought when i arrived, if only because the six pack came with a free glass which i needed (all of my kitchenware was on a slow boat). nine years later and i still remember that divine first taste. and to think that a six pack plus glass cost the equivalent of under $4 at the time....

i have had this beer on tap and out of a bottle many times in the BeNeLux area as well as some parts of the US (NYC, DC, austin). very recently had several bottles while visiting the eifel part of germany, very near belgium. it was as good as i remembered. in my experience, the quality is more consistent out of the bottle and definitely better either way in europe than in the US.

at its best, it has a wonderful, complex flavor with a bit of sweetness, but nothing heavy or cloying. this complexity seems to go away somewhat if it sits in a keg for too long or isn't optimally stored in shipping. the leffe i've had in the US was good, just not outstanding. maybe 0.5 points down overall.

for me, leffe blonde is the belgian beer i always go back to. a great 'comfort beer'. there are others i like better in certain ways or for certain times, but this is definitely the best i've had in this particular style.

tepickering, May 06, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Leffe Blonde Belgian Pale Ale pours a golden wheat hue with a dense milky white head that holds much larger than expected, which is to say very well. It also leaves great amount of lace and has a light amount of carbonation that is pleasing to the palate.

The aroma is sweet and grainy with bread-like qualities. Pleasing to the nose and appetizing.

The taste excerpts an initial honey sweetness and great fruity hints of citrus, apricot, and a slight bitterness.

The mouthfeel is nice; light and velvety smooth with a clean refreshing finish. All and all a nice summer beer. Surely worth a try.

letsgopens, May 02, 2007
Photo of jim102864
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was really an afterthought purchase since I don't normally seek out Leffe, particularly the Blonde, for a variety of reasons. Still, I grabbed a sixer at my local and enjoyed the experience. Poured the 11.2 into my deep Duvel tulip glass. Wow, big head on this bad boy. A bleach white, bubbly foam with lace hanging on for dear life along the sides of the glass. Very clean appearance. Golden yellow with some carbonation. Aroma is loaded with bananas, both ripe and aged with notes of vanilla, coriander and camamille. The taste more or less reflects the nose. Bananas and vanilla rule the day with some citrusy wisps in the background. Only a whisper of alcohol in the finish accented by camamille. Moderate mouthfeel with continued light carbonation. It's a drinkable brew, but I can't imagine drinking more than one in one sitting.

jim102864, May 01, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours nice golden colour with a full 1" head thats a bit rocky. Leaves lacing the whole way down.
S - Candi sugar sweetness, light biscuity malts, very mild spices.
T - The sweetness dominates with subtle earthy notes coming through. The alcohol is quite hidden I felt.
M - Medium, creamy smooth mouthfeel with a slight zing on the back tongue and a longering aftertaste.
D - Quite drinkable, despite the 6.6%ABV which can lead to bad things.
This is imported by CUB here so that means it's in a lot of bars that might otherwise only have "premium" choices like Stella Artois, therefore its my fallback beer so I can actually drink something that has some flavour.

brendan13, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

right in the middle
between the sweet mellow fruit nut
and the tart spice earthen hop
seems like it could go either way
yet doesn't
has
a bit
of all that Belgian abbey ale's offer
in a mild to medium sort of way

a solid offering

pours a tan hazy gold
smells of bread fruit yeast malt
mouthfeel is balanced and carbonated
drinks very well
ABV well hidden

meadhead, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of jnelson54
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear gold straw with frothy white head. with the belgian lacey of course.
S- citrus, spice, slightly floral. typical for the style
T- citrus, spice, and malt yeasty aftertast. nicely in style very drinkable
M- medium body could be a little more sturdy but not all that bad
Very drinkable beer if you never had a belgian it is a nice example to work you into the genre. giver er a try

jnelson54, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of StarSAELS
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden yellow; an aggressive pour (ie right into the middle of the glass yielded a foamy head that took a while to go down. Looks very nice in the glass.

S: Delicately spicy, fruity; as it warms I can smell more alcohol.

T: Delightfully fruity (orange?) and hoppy-spicy.

M: Smooth and creamy; a long, dry finish.

D: Definitely deserves buying the six pack. I'm going to enjoy another one right now!

StarSAELS, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden yellow with nice wheat head. great retention.

S- citrus, yeast, and floral. good light smell.

T- fruits, citrus, malt and yeast. yeast aftertast. very nice.

M- light body and medium carbonation fairly smooth.

D- this is quite tasty and very drinakable. I will purchase this one again.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with one finger head that dies down quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma is yeast, orange, banana, cloves and malts. Taste is strong yeast with bready malts and strong orange character. Lemons, spices, and honey. Mouthfeel is pretty average with a clean finish. Very mild and drinkable example of the style.

Duster72, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brownish golden color with a decent white head that leaves some real nice lacing, I'm a bit impressed. The smell is distinctive Belgian, spicy-medicinal, and sweet. The taste is a watered down version of the smell, though it still taste good. It feels a bit pasturized, though I'm not sure it actually is. This is like the Budweiser of Belgian pale ales. A step above Stella. The feel is firm and not watery, maybe a tad too carbonated. A very drinkable Belgian blonde, one I won't have any issues with drinking a six'er of.

Gmann, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of vtfan77
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear gold with a nice inch and a half of fairly long-lasting head. Decent lacing too. Not bad at all.

S- Quite malty and a little tart. Sourdough bread and cloves in the aroma. The smell gets a little less pleasant as the beer warms.

T- More bread and cloves. A little sweet throughout, but finishes fairly dry. Some vegetal flavors are apparent as well. There's a touch of bitterness at the end, but not much.

M- Medium-bodied, kind of spritzy. Decent carbonation level.

D- Not too bad. The 6.6% ABV limits drinkability somewhat. I wouldn't mind having another, though.

It is what it is. Sure there might be better examples of the style. There might be cheaper examples, too. There might even be better examples that are also cheaper. But... um... I don't really know where I'm going with this. Just your average BPA, nothing more. Give it a try if you're a fan of the style. Otherwise, I'd pass.

vtfan77, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of rmcnealy
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leffe is an excellent beer! This Belgian "Abbey" pale ale is very good. Served in bottle (had on tab and wasn't as good) and pours a mid to dark gold. Lace was white with minimal consistency. Quickly faded to leave a 3/8 head. The taste is good. Very strong aromas. As a previous reviewer mentioned, there is a definite hint of clover. Bananas initially entice the taste buds. The taste flees leaving barely a trace of its existence. Will definitely try again.

Rob
Chicago

rmcnealy, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a clear golden color with a three finger white head with a easy pour that held to a half inch with a spotty lace. first whiff is of banana aroma that turns to clove and spice. taste, all i could think of was easter ham studed with clove, clove and spice predominate the taste. medium mouthfeel with good carbonation, lots of bubbles coming up through the beer. maybe not the best but still tasty.

billybob, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of Quej
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light clear golden colour. Poured very foamy, but left several unusual, small rings of lacy head, which looks a little suspicious.

S - Smells rather yeasty, with some citrus scents that gives it an almost sour smell. Smells of traditional Belgian yeasts, which almost, but do not quite, mask the scent of alcohol.

T - A strong yeasty taste, accompanied by good pale malts. Slight lemon citrus flavours, once again contirbuting to a bit of a sour edge. Alcohol is tasteable, even at rather cold temperatures and only get stronger as it warms. Its taste would hint at a stronger beer than it is.

M - The feel is heavily carbonated, and somewhat thin. It doesn't linger or leave much of an aftertaste, aside from slight metals.

D - The beer is rather drinkable and light. Definitely a beer I could enjoy several of.

It is a good beer, typical of its style, but not examplary of it. It is a very approachable belgian blonde; it is quite a delicious treat. However, in comparison to other beers of its style it, although very delicious, lacks the strength of taste and of alcohol, but not taste of alcohol, to make it great among its kind.

Quej, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -Nice clear light copper color. Foamy white head. Ample carbonation. Light lacing.

Smell - Bananas, orange, cloves, and yeast spiciness.

Taste - Initially some breads then the spiciness and fruits kick in. Solid.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Nice active carbonation. Light finish.

Drinkability - Easy to drink. Solid, but not spectacular.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of wjimson
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first to drink from a fresh keg, had 2 half pints on the first day 1 half pint on the second. Luckily, social occasions had given me an excuse to visit the local grad club for 4 days straight. The beer was served at around 8 degree Celcius in a Leffe glass. Thin head floated 1cm above the 33cl mark. The smell is good, like raw straw water with a hint of spritz. A very clean taste with marked floral notes from the belgian yeast. Slight raw sweetness. Very clean and drinkable. It washed down with conversation too easily. A very drinkable and sensible choice for the rainy spring days.

wjimson, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Poser
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems like it was a lot better the first time I had it, which was on tap in Brussels. But to be as accurate as possible, here's my impression from a bottle brought back. I would say it was a bad bottle, but it's my third I brought back from two different locations. Every time I've tried the bottle it's been the same.

Pours a nice golden color with a medium head that dissipates quickly with little lacing. Carbonation is noticeable, but doesn't seem to help. Aroma is interesting -- floral with something I can only explain as champagne that it's in your face. Has a fruity, floral start with that same champagne finish. It's almost like an alcohol sting but not quite. You can't miss this beer while you're in Belgium, and it's worth a shot.

Poser, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Cresant
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Chimay glass. Dated best before 19/04/07. The body was a rich clear golden color. The yeast stayed firmly at the bottom of the bottle. The head was frothy, white and lingered.

Smell was typical belgian yeasty. Earthy.

Taste was somewhat bitter. Banana bread and chalky yeast. Dry. Nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel was rich and filling. Medium carbonation.

Cresant, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Jwaks
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving 11.2oz bottle

Pours a true translucent golden honey color with a storm of carbonation supporting a two finger thick dense white foamy head. Lacing coats the inside of the glass as the head slowly receds into a opaque foam cap.

Typical belgian aromas with lots of yeast, medicinal phenols - band aids, light spices, and a good dose of pale malts; little hop aromas can be distinguised in the nose.

Moderate to heavy medicinals upfront with a bit of yeast, acid and malt on the mid palate, sweet malts and a bit of honey and spice tie everything together on a pleasantly sweet finish. This is an old school beer that emphazises the natural yeast, malt and medicinals.

Suprisingly, carbonation is not overwhelming in this light to medium bodied brew which boast a light and pleasant finish. This is smooth with good balance for a belgian blonde which tend to be a bit bitter, phenolic and a tad acidic.

A very interesting belgian style pale ale, this smooth, tasty brew would keep my attention for two or three glasses and prove to be easy to drink at any temperature.

Overall this is a good classic belgian pale ale.

Cheers!

Jwaks, Mar 14, 2007
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3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Best before 4/11/07.

Crystal clear, light golden color. Large, creamy, white head. Nice lacing as I worked my way through the beer.

Aromas of candi sugar and citrus - primarily lemon. I think I picked up coriander. Alcohol/phenol was there, but not overdone. Finally, just a hint of bananas.

Flavor was bitter more than sweet initially. This reverses as the temperature warms. Sweet character is candi sugar, and really pulls through at the finish. Pepper in there. Lingering bitterness in aftertaste.

Light in body. Highly carbonated. Dry.

Good, very straightforward & refreshing. Better stuff out there, but would certainly drink again.

, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of Stimack
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gave this one a try last evening, the brew poured to a deep golden color with a huge foamy white head that had great retention leaving a fair amount of chunky lacing along the side of the goblet. The aroma is fair, actually a little disappointing as I was expecting a little more but I did notice a dominant clove scent, bananas, sweet malts and a additional fruit like quality. The taste was good based on what I noticed in the nose, the clove flavor seemed to take a step back from the aroma as I notice the bananas and malt complexity taking a step up. Over all this beer is not as dynamic as I was hoping but it was a easy drink, one I would get one again but as far as Belgium’s I think that there are many more impressive ones out there.

Stimack, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Medium golden amber color with a smaller head of white foam. Minimal lacing, and medium carbonation.

S: Raw cut grass and mild grain. Some skunky aroma. Very one sided and lacking depth.

T: Mildly rich malt is overshadowed by dense and trespassing malts. Very strong. Cloying sweetness is noted, but again, left in the dust by grassy hops and average malty grains.

M: Nothing to write home about. Slighty dense and coating, but otherwise not much of a step above mass brewed lagers.

D: Although I was hoping for much more, this beer still doesn't really make the mark. For some reason, I thought Leffe was gonna be top notch. If this is representitive of the brewery, they're far from the top of the pops.

Frozensoul327, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of skillerified
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,005 ratings.