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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,156
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 38
Gots: 371 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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Photo of Taffle
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just arrived in today so I thought I should give it try. Very attractive little bottle if I might say.

Nice golden-orange pour rich in beauty and carbonation. Very full-bodied head retaining for eons. Has a pleasant, drinkable appearance.

Smells malty sweet, with hints of lemon and hop.

Sweet, malty undertones paired with lots of fruity, acidic flavors. Sublte hop notes add a nice touch. A bit heavy on the tart finish - but refreshing.

An excellent summer brew that's easy to drink and suitable for a wide range of palates. Well bodied, semi-sweet, and texture-ly appeasing.

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

I'm giving this one 8's all around and for good reason, this is one great Abbey Ale. Aroma is slightly wild and yeasty, I also detect a wheat quality. Sharp golden color favoring a faint amber tint, the pour created a massive white head that took it's time to simmer down. Good lacing with nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is unbelievably filling with a sweet smooth finish. Awesome flavor, reminds me of a hefe-weizen at first but more complex. That familiar Belgian earthiness is present, backed by a peppery spicy and floral taste. What an all around great one we have here, I can imagine enjoying this on any occasion.

Photo of Jordan1985rec
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't really understand why so many people hate this beer here in the states. I understand that it's not the best Belgian beer in the world, but still it's really pretty good for what it is. This is one of my regular, weekly beers, this and Guinness Extra Stout, so if you already don't like me, that's okay. A lot of people already gave a fairly good representation of the taste, mouth-feel,etc. So I just wanted to give my $0.02 about this beer, it is drinkable, mild, and a good entry level Belgian beer. While I can always appreciate a Chimay etc., this is a good, well rounded beer.
P.S. Let me say that I am going to Belgium next summer, so I may have a new appreciation then, Cheers friends!

Amendment: 27 Nov 2008.
I had a couple of these last night and they seemed far more sweet than ones I have had in the past. I don't know if they have changed anything, or if my tastes have simply changed a little, but it was unpleasantly sweet last night... That's what she said.

Photo of flaminghomer
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Huge foamy white head no matter how slow you pour. Smell is equal maltiness and hops, like it's flavor. Well balanced taste with plenty of both hops and malt. It is a bit heavy but is has a very dry finish which makes it so drinkable. Im disappointed that you only get 11.2 ounces. An empty bottle of the stuff ways more than a traditional empty beer bottle. I know small batch euro beers often come in thicker bottles but since InBev owns them, I'm now assuming that .8 ounces of beer costs more than .8 ounces of glass. I'll probably never drink it again.

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

A-Pretty clear blonde, mine had virtually no head, but it was bought at a restaurant on tap, so that may have been the bartenders fault.

S-Smells pretty strongly of cloves and other spices. a little malty

T-tastes very much like cloves, in fact it almost overpowered any other flavors it had. I also detected what seemed like banana, but that may have just been the cloves. Pretty good as long as you know what to expect.

M-Smooth, almost perfect carbonation, not too much and not too little for the flavor it has.

D-I could have a couple I guess, you really have to like spiced beers, or be in the mood for one, the clove taste is so strong that if you aren't expecting it (as I wasn't) then it catches you off guard.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange in color, darker than some of its main competitors, with a nice looking mostly white head that leaves some attractive lacing and whatnot. Nice and bubbly, looks pleasant and attractive.

I get a weakly earthy dose of clove phenolics on the nose, with just a dash of sweet pale malts.

The malts again really have nothing meaningful to say on the palate, there's just not much going on in general. Lots of clove and herbal flavors, a fair amount of bitter, but not enough balance to qualify as something I'd like to get again.

Okay mouthfeel, thin and light, but it's got enough going on and is drinkable enough to be excused. Not great, but worth a try since it's so widely available.

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

As the name entails, a golden, blondish colored brew with a decent head. Smell has slight tone of cloves and sweet notes. This beer has a unique taste that is sweet and refreshing with carbonation and then an aftertaste that switches one fruit for another that is more mild. Highly drinkable and a great summer beer as well as for winter days when you are summer dreaming. The body could be more full though. I think the brewer filtered it a little too much. Unlike most blondes, doesn't have a great body but ideas that head in the right direction. Think of it as more Gwyneth Paltrow rather than Scarlett Johansen.

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

on tap somewhere in the hills of montmartre (paris) - very common tap in france, often times the best tap

appearance: served a dull golden tone with a big and wavy white head that holds itself strong

smell: sweet belgian yeast strains, lacking the complexity you would often find with a belgian pale

taste: again lacking overall complexity...light on the yeast, mild grassyness, oversweetened hops, orange peel, clove. its good and when in france it almost feels great - in belgium, you'd be an idiot to order this

mouthfeel: decent carbonation, medium body

drinkability: high

Photo of Kyle987
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last time I had this was last summer in Brussels, and I thought it was amazing. This time it didn't quite measure up, but still a very enjoyable beer.

Poured into a red wine glass, which is a little embarassing, but it's the closest in shape to the proper glassware. Moderate head, pale golden orange color. Just shy of being perfectly clear. Very attractive smell, grainy with some yeast and a fresh sweetness. Taste isn't as good as the aroma would make you expect. Too processed. Initial impact is highly carbonated and lacks much flavor. Then there's a sweet bread taste. Mouthfeel is great; high, but not excessive carbonation, and significant body. Light lacing. Very drinkable, but failed to meet my (very) high expectations.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first pour of the evening at Croxley's in Franklin Square NY and kicked myself all night being confused by the Brewers name on the menu instead of the name of the beer. This is yet another brew I've had for years and one that I was fond of during my "see through lager transition" years.

A: Poured partially cloudly orange amber with 1.5 finger head, solid legs and sparkling retention that capped well.

S: The nose was for the most part only ground cloves with someyeast, grass hops and sweet malts.

T: Follows the nose (yeasty) combined with bready finish. Dry spices, cloves and and astringency from an orange or orange peel and most of all the cloves.

M: Light to medium silyness. Rather carbonated with a hoppy and slightly dry finish. The aftertaste leaves lots of really doughy yeasty flavors hanging around.

D-A good starter on the Belgians. Not one of the Belgian Pale Ales in the category. Too much cloves.

Photo of philipquarles
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into the proper glassware, it is a nice dark gold with a decent head that disappears quickly to leave a good amount of lacing.

Smells of sugar and malt.

Tastes as it smells; mainly sugar, followed by a breadyness. Some honey-like tastes are also present, as is a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good. The carbonation mixes well with a decent feeling body.

Fairly drinkable beer, though a bit sweet for my tastes. This is what I'll drink if my only other choices are Maes and Jupiler.

Photo of ClavisAurea
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed in a Westmalle chalice.

Appearance: golden straw
Smell: malty, honey, sweet, yeast
Taste/Mouthfeel: refreshing, bubbly, sweet, sweet, sweet(get the point) honey, wheat, bit of spice in the finish

I would definitely buy this beer again. I prefer their Dubbel to the Blonde though. It's a dark beer thing. I'm dying to get a hold of a Leffe chalice though.

Update 8/27/14: Bottle poured into a Leffe chalice (eventually got one for my collection as a present)

Appearance: Crystal clear pale golden color with a thin off white heas. Had pretty good Belgian lace:

Nose: Pears, apples, honey, very estery and a classic blonde

Taste: Pears, apples and other bright summer fruits. Spicy yeast character, no hop bitterness at all. Dry finish.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a wide mouth chalice style glass.

Pours a beautiful golden color with an orange hue. Clear. An abundant 1" uneven foamy white head covers the brew for a good long time before reducing to a thing layer of bubbles and a ring. Light lacing.

The aroma was almost non-existent, which was perplexing. All this cool looking stuff going on and there was very little to note. If anything there was just a touch of spice or some other fruity adjunct.

Candy sugar, honey, malt, orange peel, and coriander are just a few of the immense flavors that wash over the tongue in a gush with a good deep pull. A bit sweet with a solid medium weight in the mouth. Carbonation is light and the overall texture is nice and creamy. This reminded me a bit of a "blonde brune" if there were such a thing, as there are nice notes of dark fruit in here as well, such as figs or dates. The finish is creamy and malty, with more of that Belgian candy sugar taste on the tongue.

I absolutely loved the amazing flavors and complex combination of ingredients in this brew. If I had a criticism at all, it would probably be that it was just a little bit sweet for me. Is it too sweet? Depends on your tastes, I guess. I would definitely put this on my "anytime" beer list. Recommended.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep golden blond colour. Bright. Head: white, low, foamy. Impaired retention. Beautiful lacing.
Aroma: sweet malts, very fruity and alcoholic vinous.
Taste: sweet malts, fruits (some bananas hint) and yeast. Not very hoppy.
Mouthfeel: smooth, average carbonation, medium alcoholic strength (6.6% ABV) and a full body.
Finish: sweet malts lingering aftertaste.

Overall: nice abbey beer. Complex and spiced. Not the best Belgium Blonde but highly enjoyable and reasonably priced.

Photo of ewright
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 50 cl can personally "imported" from France. The beer fills a Duvel tulip to within an inch of the lip while the frothy head stops just shy of cresting the top. Very nice lacing is left as the head slowly dissipates.

S: Spicy clove notes are immediately present. There's also a faint note of toasted banana bread.

T: Lightly sweet up front with hints of the clove coming in late. The hops also show up late to provide some balance to the sweetness, but not quite enough. There's a bit of what seems to be green raisin in the aftertaste.

M: Creamy and palate coating, the carbonation, while ample, doesn't quite cut through the clingyness.

D: All in all, this is a pretty good example of a Belgian golden ale. I wonder if my review is better because it wasn't stored in a bottle, wasn't slowly shipped overseas and was bought much closer to the source.

Photo of Chugmonkey
2.2/5  rDev -38%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Massive chunky pure white head with great head retention on beautiful golden colored, highly carbonated beer. Looks incredible.

Aroma is of sweet, maybe honey, and some spice.

Taste is really sweet - stick in the back of your throat, hard to swallow sweet. I tasted sweet honey like flavors, spiciness, but the alcohol bite was not masked by these and stuck out really bad. No hop or malt flavor, just a sickening sweetness. I really tried to like it, let it warm up, but just struggled through the sweetness the whole glass.

Photo of boothy443
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Honey gold, with a seafoam head that started of about an inch think, and flattented to a whisp that roden down the glass. Difficult to see but several strong bubble streams comeing up from the bottom of the glass.

S- citrusy with a kick of hops and spice

T- starss of citrusy then a quick kick of hopps before a rush of spice, nutmeg??, that mellows out into the the aftertaste

D/M- has a medium body with an average smoothness, but i find that it would be more situated as a dinner paring drink, somthing to go with a nice steak, then something i would drink on a regular basis. However i did find it quite refreshing

Photo of JBogan
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking golden color with a good sized white head which stayed a while and left minimal lacing.

Smelled of spices and a bit of corn, along with a hint of citrus.

Tasted very sweet, much more than I would have liked. The spices were there, but everything seemed overwhelmed by the sweetness.

Mouthfeel was good, with a medium body and smoothness. Crisp enough for a hot day like today to seem refreshing.

If they could figure out a way to make this less sweet then it would be a much improved beer. The first one was ok, but by the middle of the second I was just trying to finish it and get it over with.

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this in a bottle a while back and was sort of impressed, on-tap it's a little better.

A nice deep yellow colour with a big thick head that lasts throughout. Sadly no cloudiness that is to be expected.

Smells grassy, sweet, fruity, some banana and wheat.

I really like the taste, at first it's fruity like a typical Belgian ale but finishes dry and grassy which I enjoyed. The bottom of the glass finished pretty hoppy.

Average mouthfeel, but too sweet to drink more than one or two. I may try this again on-tap.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice...

Had this one two separate occassions over the past week.

A- Firey golden orange color with some brown highlights. Fluffy white head, maybe two fingers. Nice looking beer here...

S- Big scent of bubblegum and banana here with belgian yeast.

T- Taste was somewhat sweeter than expected. Sugary and spicey with a ton of flavor. I found the flavors to be a big one-dimensional, overall lacked complexity that I look for in a belgian pale...

M- Smooth and medium bodied with a touch of tingly carbonation.

D- Easy drinking beer. I could see this one being a gateway Belgian for some people.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong Belgian yeast along with some spice, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of Belgian yeast and spice. The malt character is thin and there's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for a lighter Belgian.

Photo of baos
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fluid ounce bottle into glass jar.

A: Full hand of white head over a golden body. Good head retention and some lacing here and there.

S: Banana, spice and pink bubble gum.

T: Tastes like it smells. ends dry and when the sweetness goes away, it a rather nice aftertaste.

M: Very nice feeling. Light to medium bodied.

D: A bit too sweet on the get go and the end may be a bit too bitter after that initial sweetness. Listen to Big-head Todd and the Monsters when quaffing this coolass brew dudes.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Leffe Blonde. A hard pour produced a golden beer with a big white head. Belgian notes in the nose: yeast, spice, and pear. A little weak on the palate except in the sweet category. Overtly sweet with an earthy fruity background that lingers in the mouth afterward. Void of bitterness. Fairly smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel. A run of the mill brew and a tad too sweet for my tastes.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arrived in a Leffe chalice. A clear, golden yellow body sits underneath a foamy bone white, one+ finger head.

Smell is of bannana, clove, lemon, and clean belgian malt. Overall, sweet and fruity with a spicy presence. Good, but is a little too clean.

Taste mimics the nose. Clean Belgian malt, spicy clove, bannanas, lemons. Again, too clean here, almost commerical. Still enjoyable though.

Light and crisp on the tongue.

A great beer for a 90+ degree day like today.

Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Malty with a honey/ pilsner malt character. Slight yeasty fruit character and some herbal hops.

T - Fruity yeast and honey malt notes up front. Earthy hops in the middle. Pilsner malt and weak hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A bit light of yeast character, but enjoyable and drinkable. Nice earthy hop character.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,156 ratings.