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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,020 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,020
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 37
Gots: 305 | 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 giblet
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i enjoyed this beer. good all around qualities. this is one that i could enjoy 3 or 4 in a row. not sure that i have had too many that are quite like this. unique flavors.

i would love to try this one from the tap. i am guessing it would be fantastic.

the label says blonde, they say blondes have more fun.

giver a try and have fun.

suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured into a tulip glass slowly, expecting a large head that I usually associate with the style. Instead I found myself staring down a one finger head, slightly disappointed. Very interesting color to the brew saved the appearance from going lower than average - golden but with a deep red note as well. Surprisingly inviting...

Smell: Has a great smell of light fruits with a touch of honey. I would say that this is the strongest part of this brew.

Taste: Very disappointing. Does nothing for me to raise it above the average mark. The fantastic aromas in the nose are nowhere to be found, instead leaving me with a watered down sweet taste that's OK at first but gets worse as it goes down. Strange almost metallic aftertaste. Hints of fruit, but not really. I think the best correlation I cane come up with is wheatgrass juice - which is good in itself but was disturbing to find in a beer.

Mouthfeel: A redeeming factor after a disappointing taste. Crisp and refreshing. Nothing special, but pleasant.

Drinkability: I could put a few of these down, but I have no real desire to after the first. Perhaps my rating will change after another, but I doubt it. I bought a six pack so it has a chance for redemption, but as of now I probably won't be buying again anytime soon.

BucBasil, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of crwills
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle in some forgettable touristy restaurant in Stirling, Scotland.

I've always gone for the Brune before when presented with Leffe options (most places seem to have both), so this is actually the first time I've had this. I was pleasantly surprised -- was expecting a mass market fizzy beer but got a half decent Belgian ale with a very solid mouthfeel and good fruity notes and banana esters in the flavour. Little bit oily, with moderate carbonation that made it go well with the food (blue cheese burger and chips). Pleasant, yeasty aftertaste.

I actually might choose this over the Brune next time...

crwills, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of malcontent
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a honey gold with an imposing 3 fingers of head. Lacing is almost glue-like. It looks super-filtered, though, which is slightly concerning.

Yeast is reminiscent of a hefe; bubblegum and clove are all up in my grill...or whatever. Damp cloth and subtle apple cider tones creep up on subsequent sniffs. Nice.

I know I've had this before but it must have been a while ago because I don't remember it tasting so much like Tripel Karmelit. For the most part it tastes good (melon, honey and bubblegum) but it also tastes wrong for the style. The aftertaste also leaves a slightly medicinal taste in my mouth that borders on cloying after a while.

Mouthfeel is way too syrupy for a style that I expect to be crisp and dry. Not right in my book. Still, it tastes pretty good and the alcohol doesn't make itself felt so I suppose it's pretty drinkable. However, I could still think of a number of Belgians I'd go to first to scratch either my pale ale or tripel itch.

malcontent, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of kenito799
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Moulerie Moss, Quebec City, with mussels in anise-cream sauce.

This crystal clear golden brew was brought in a Leffe Blonde chalice with a thin rim of white foam. Aroma is sweet bubble gum-fruity Belgian all the way, very nice.

Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, on the cloying side, and in general crispness lacks here. The taste is certainly good, with some mild bitterness balancing the fruity malt sweetness. There is a lack of complexity, however, as this scrubbed, clear version of a Belgian ale comes across as mass produced. The mouthfeel reduces it drinkability for me. I wouldn't choose it over a "real" Belgian but still it is a good beer.

kenito799, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a nice looking 500mL copper colored can of this beer at a grocery market in Paris. This beer is at just about every cafe in Paris, and I'm not complaining (except for the price; 4.5 - 5 euros for 25cL).

Poured a thick, mousse-like, cream colored head that held like a champ. Transparent golden beer just about matches the color of the can. Smells like it was made with Belgian yeast. A bit doughy with a touch of creamy/sugary desert. Carmalized sugar and apricot with a solid malt base and a bit of alcoholic bit to hold back the sweet flavors. The mouthfeel would be thicker if it weren't for the alcohol, which manages to lighten up the body and cut the sweeter flavors. Nice Belgian yeast flavors with a touch of alcohol. What more can you ask for?

HappyHourHero, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap during a recent trip to Brussels. This brew is a clear and light golden-amber hued liquid. The head is of modest size, but stable and foamy. The smell is a nice mix of yeast, malt, and grass. It smells a bid sweeter than it tastes, with a notable caramel aroma. As you drink the brew, a hint of alcohol comes forth. The body is full and nice. A bit more yeast and light malt comes out in the taste. The carbonation is present, but a little more restrained than I expected. I enjoyed the beer with smoked salmon and asparagus. It was a nice accompaniment, and a worthy beer.

Suds, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden copper colour in my Leffe glass. Bone white head is moderate, settles to a thin layer, leaving lots of lace.

Aroma: Cloves, yeast, and various herbs. A bit spicy from the hops, some bannana and maybe pear in there as well.

Taste: Herbs and spices, light floral hop quality. Perhaps some biscuits in there. Yeasty & Spicy finish with a slight alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Soft, medium bodied. I'd described the mouthfeel as fuzzy, it's quite nice.

Final Statement: So many people bash Leffe for being too commercial. Well, it's not Stella. Leffe is still a great beer for people who are not completely in love with Belgian Abbeys such as myself. The fact that it's filtered and cleaner makes me like it more to be honest. It still has a nice flavour to it, and I will still continue to buy it every so often.

MMansfield, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Leffe goblet, a nice yellow heady beer. It really reminds me of a wheat ale. Same style of characteristics, dryish, but sweet. Nothing too exciting, but yet, nothing to really complain about. Alcohol is there, but not easily detected. A good Belgian session beer.

OWSLEY069, May 31, 2007
Photo of kmacphail
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

This proves to be a popular Belgian beer and is widely available in most supermarkets in the UK.

The beer pours an amber colour with an oh so huge head, this couldn't be achieved by any British ale I have ever come across. The aromas are a bit bland, mainly dominated by wheat with a hint of citrus.

The taste is very complex, an initial hoppy taste with a mixture of spices and fruit thrown in. Too many to name, I was struggling to distinguish them myself. A very pleasant tasting beer with a surprisingly full mouthfeel, wow this reminds me of 90/~ (anyone remember it?).

After my initial happiness I found that the more I got through the glass, the more the thick mouthfeel and the complex flavours made me feel bloated. It was very nice, but one was enough, I do not have the urge to try it again. Great on its own, but not one for drinking whilst on a night out.

kmacphail, May 31, 2007
Photo of zymurgy4all
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great Belgian ale that is not too hard to find. Has a decent aroma, and yellow in color. Has a very hefe-weisen yeast flavor (banana flavor), and is nice and malty. I can't quite pick out the hops, but they balance out the malts fairly well. This beer is probably a little higher in alcohol than is detected by the tongue, making it a nice drinkable beer with a kick. Very pleasant overall, definitely worth a try.

zymurgy4all, May 28, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden,with lots of bubbles. Fluffy white head,with good retention,and lacing.Smell is of fruit,and clove with a spicy edge. Body is medium,and carbonated. Taste has a lot going on. Spice, sweet fruit, and tart citrus are all there. Good stuff from start to finish.

riversider76, May 27, 2007
Photo of vancurly
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold, pale amber colour. Heavy rocky, off-white head. Leaves a solid lace behind.

Cracking the bottle gives off hop volatiles... herbal, vegetatious.... This is lost quickly, leading into heavier hop notes & toffee. Some funky sulfur, and a waxy perfume that wouldn't go out of place in a candle shop.

Flavours of honeycomb, and musky, peppery spice. A slight ascorbate or citrate-like tang.

Chewy, full mouthfeel. Slight dustiness, like the astringency of an old claret. Medium bitterness. And a slight cloying sweetness that would probably preclude this being a session beer.... need a lager to wash it down.

vancurly, May 25, 2007
Photo of Pooba001
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color, but is a little clearer than expected. Head was ok, but didn't last long. Smell is Belgian, yeast, clove, phenols, not a whole lot of depth.

Light malts and a hint of hops dominate the flavor, esters, clove, and the phenolic notes from the nose are present as well. Again, could stand to be more of everything here.

Mouthfeel is good, nothing to take off for there, carbonation felt about right, etc. Drinkability is fine too, its not one of my favorite Belgians, but would do just fine on a hot summer day.

Pooba001, May 18, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear brass with active carbonation and a moderate sized, fluffy head. Smells of pale, toasty malts, a good heaping of grain, subdued spicy Belgian yeast, and a wort-like smell creeps in. Taste is very worty, with a bit of a bread taste and some esters in there somewhere. Finishes cloyingly sweet with, what do you know, a saccharine flavor (just like the last 4 or so beers I've had in the last couple of days). Boring, and just plain gross. Mouthfeel is too fulsome for me here and the carbonation does nothing to liven this up. I'm having a hard time completing this.

goochpunch, May 11, 2007
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
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
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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