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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,083 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 3,083
Reviews: 1,224
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 37
Gots: 339 | 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 Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a yellow-orange, slightly darker than pilsner colour, with a thick, white head, with spotty lacing.

S: Estery, lots of pears, and a bit of ginger, perhaps, that's what it smells like anyway.

T: Heavy apple flavour, very cidery, a bit of banana as well, tasty, though it had a bit of a metallic tinge that I did not like.

M: Smooth, slightly medicinal, medium-bodied, with a bit of alcohol warming.

D: This is a pretty good BPA, good flavours, especially for something owned by a giant conglomerate. Could definitely drink this again, might buy six-pack next time. Good call.

Halcyondays, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of Shadman
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Decent looking ale. much clearer than I would have expected, but showned some good head retention and a bit of sticky lacing. Sweet, fruity aroma and some musty yeastiness noted. Some raisin rum flavours with some subtle hops in the background. A touch syrupy perhaps.

Very smooth, full bodied ale..maybe a bit sticky from the sweetness.

Not bad, but a bit too sweet and syrupy to have more than 1 or 2 in a session.

Shadman, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/28/08

A - Poured out a golden hue with a foamy, white, two-finger head that lingers and leaves a little lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, corriander, yeast and light malt.

T - It tasted of clove, some banana, yeast and some subtle spices.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Belgian ale. I was quite light and reminded me of a German hefe.

zeff80, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of elmore
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a translucent golden orange color into a Piraat tulip glass with a 2 finger head that receded rapidly.

S: notes of citrus and cloves. not as much of a yeasty, bready smell as I'm used to with Belgian style ales - I don't no if this is bottle conditioned, but I saw no sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

T: bananas, citrus and a little bit of peppery spicy hop aftertaste. Not very complex, but not unpleasant.

M: lost all carbonation rapidly - kind of flat - I enjoy the champagne - like texture of most belgian ales - this beer didn't have that. Thin.

D: low abv and somewhat bland. kind of boring, but pleasant - I could probably drink this all night - but I would only want to if a better belgian wasn't available.

elmore, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of bloberglawp
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Available everywhere, leffe blond in a triple style goblet at around 60 F.

Pour golden straw, musty, yeasty aroma with hints of honey and sweet malts, flavor is quite enjoyable, well balanced hops and malt flavors, dry finish with a hint of sweetness.

Not my favorite, but certainly good enough to drink.

bloberglawp, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sweet, light malt. Little spicy touch.

Medium golden straw, good clarity, and a nice fluffy head.

Spicy carbonated medium body. Sweet caramel malt. Little nutty dryness.

Not bad; it’s crisp and clean and fairly tasty. Not my favorite Belgian Pale, but I I’d try it again.

MrHungryMonkey, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a foamy white head that eventually recedes to surface skim, and leaves some good lacing. Body is clear gold with orange highlights. Appearance will be this ale's high point.

Smell - bananas and cloves, faint scent of horseblanket, faint scent of toasty malt biscuits.

Taste - bananas and cloves, with faint horseblanket and faint toasty malt biscuits, all washed through with spicy and grassy Euro hops, which did not show up in the aroma, but which serve to ruin the taste and render a flavor like a mass produced Euro-lager.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - this is a merely decent ale.

ultralarry2006, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Blonde dorée, cristalline, mousse abondante et serrée.
Smell : Nez doux d'alcool, assez puissant mais manquant de finesse. Taste and mouthfeel : Saveur douce légèrement piquante, bien maltée. Rondeur caractéristique. Bonne tenue en bouche, amertume et post-amertume moyennes.
Drinkability : Agréable, mais manque de caractère pour une abbaye .

thierrynantes, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of animal69
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

after the last beer attacked my senses like a drunk zero pilot on kamikazee run, i figured i'd go to the opposite end of the spectrum ; pours a clear gold color w/ a finger of fluffy whiteness which lasts & left incredible lacing all the way down ; a nose that's tangy and wheaty, with a tinge of hop ; a sweet tangy flavor w/ a nice wheat-malt profile balanced w/ the hop bitterness, some caramel undertones detected ; a nice med body w/ plenty of dextrins to let the flavor linger ; this a a great beer, it was purchased in a 11.2 oz. bottle, but i think they should sell this stuff in "40" 's, i know i'd drink the shit out of 'em...

animal69, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a good two fingers of off-white head. Nice clarity and decent head retention, leaving a thin lace and some stick.

Smell is sweet pale malt, honey, soft fruit aromas, clove and yeast. Smell does seem a tad off although I can't put my finger on it.

Taste has a nice honey-like sweetness to it, along with some grainy malt, citrus flavor, a bit of hop bitterness, some clove and yeast. Taste is a little grainy for my liking and there is a not all too pleasant grainy aftertaste. The taste is a bit off, as that grainy flavor and what seems like a medicinal character are a bit odd. But, otherwise it's pretty tasty and it's smooth and has a creamy, soft mouthfeel.

Pretty solid but unspectacular Belgian, and something just seems a bit off in it. But it's enjoyable and an easy drinker nonetheless, and it seems to be quite readily available.

number1bum, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of skeetermoses
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my first time drinking Leffe, it poured well, and had an exceptional taste, but as far as a Belgian blonde goes, it was not the best, I would rate it as a very drinkable but average blonde. All in all it was a beer I would definately drink again, and I would proudly drink, but it did not stick out in my mind.

skeetermoses, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: generous bubbly head that leaves uniform belgian lace as it retreats; nice golden/copper color

s: wonderful sweet smell; hints of pear, sweet citrus and apple

t: sweet and yeasty; tastes of pear; flavor rises up mid sip and leads to smooth finish

m: lightly carbonated; very nice creamy smooth mouthfeel. truly enjoyable.

d: smooth and delicious with a distinct sweet fruity flavor; perhas a little on the sweet side but a great well balanced beer otherwise

hoegaardenhero, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought from a carrefour in beijing, china.

well, it's a blonde color, as labelled. golden with orange hue, very crystal clear. having now had more belgian beers, i prefer them bottle conditioned or unfiltered, so this being neither was actually a slight minus. frothy head that dissapates for the most part, but will leave behind traces of lacing. i've only gotten myself a mug, so no actual chalice here...

fruity, citrus aroma, maybe even banana, like a weizen. some spice. malt is faint.

taste is pretty sweet and malty, almost cloying, with some clove-like spice. some slight medicinal notes, but at least they aren't distracting. faint hop background. i suppose it might be weird or unbalanced if this were more heavily hopped, even though i otherwise would crave more.

relatively smooth, showing some ever so slight substance that surprises me for such a heavily filtered product.

drinkable, and certainly preferable to most local chinese macro pale lagers. but chimay and duvel are also available at the carrefour, so why bother with this?

tai4ji2x, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of jayfarley3
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle, pours a golden yellow with a big frothy white head that clings to the side of the glass. smells of sweet malts, fruits, bananas and a little spice. tastes of sweet malt, sweet fruits and just a touch of bitterness. mouthfeel is creamy with lively carbonation. this isnt a bad beer but i will most likley pass it up next time.

jayfarley3, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of SargeC
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep golden color with a dense white head and minor carbonation movement.

Smell: Intense sweet malt aroma with citrus and vanilla hints.

Taste: Almost a burned butterscotch flavor, satisfying sweet malt base flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick almost syrup-like quality. Almost sticky, taste lingers .

Drinkability: An interesting and flavorful beer. The intensity of the flavor is memorable.

SargeC, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Stagi
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A yellow/gold appearance, off-white head that reduces nicely.
Has a good spicy smell from the head, offering most of the smell.
Tastes real sweet, candy/sugar-like, citrusy fruit; banana & tropical feel
Feels good in the mouth, makes me want to swing my tongue to get more. Light carbonation.
I feel it is sweet, but I easily drank the 6 I had. Enjoyable, but probably not an every-weekend beer. worth a try.

Stagi, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leffe Blonde pours a golden yellow with an enormous white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is banana and clove, lots of clove (so much so if I didn't know better I would swear this is a hefeweizen). Clove hits me quickly up front in the taste, there is a touch of hops that is noticeable in the middle, but only just for a moment before the banana flavor kicks in.

Drew966, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow in color, a bit cloudy but still transparent, not much head.

The nose is ripe with sweet fruity-smelling malts.

Flavor is malty, and thick-like sweet. Bananas and cloves, but done in a belgian style, not the normal wheat ale or hefeweizen style. Bubble gum, and an all-around tart fruitiness,

The mouthfeel is solid, not quite heavy, but nice thick and chewy. Drinkability is also good, I could like a few of these.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of PhageLab
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Thin and yellow with a decent head, but that went away rather quickly. Obvious carbonation, no lacing. Not very enticing.

S - Slight hint of skunkiness and some spices, perhaps ginger.

T - Very spicy, with a slight burn, yet this brew has more complexity than I initially thought. Slight aftertaste reminiscent of apple cider.

M - Thin and watery, light bodied, and the only thing that lingers is the herbal graininess.

D - Average I suppose, I will have to give this one another shot, I'd like to try it on tap. I wasn't too impressed, but it's not bad by any means.

PhageLab, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of rdub
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled bottle into my favorite glass - a stemware type beer glass. Medium gold color with an awesome aroma. I wish they made this in cologne. The head stuck around for quite awhile but I had this as my evening snack so the whole drink went fast. Taste is of bananas and bread, all in all pretty good. Medium mouthfeel, high on the drinkability. I like it.

rdub, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of jnfs
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a nice frothy head, a clear medium golden color and moderate to high carbonation.
Upon smelling and then tasting there were notes of spices on the nose. The most noticeable other flavor was a caramel flavor with a little sweetness that was followed by a moderate alcohol finish.
The best before date on the bottle was 10/10/08. I enjoyed this beer and may buy another six pack but Trippel is still my favorite Belgian style. Cheers

jnfs, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of sirpsycho
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, best before date 12-20-2007 Beautiful golden color, nice frothy head. Creamy texture, very, very, smooth. Carmel, honey bread dough. Very easy to drink. Wow, I found my new favorite everyday beer !!! Will be keeping a case of this on hand at all times.

sirpsycho, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.0
Pours two fingers of fluffy off-white head that reduced gradually. The body is a still looking golden yellow-orange.

Smell - 3.5
Lovely sweet, spicy, warmly alcoholic smell with some clove. However, unlike most beers, warming does not improve the smell. Infact, it seems that much of the smell is coming from the head, and once reduced the smell is weak in comparison.

Taste - 3.5
Pleasant, although not all that complex. Quite sweet, some malt, clove, tropical fruit, banana and honey. A little bitter hops in the finish, but the aftertaste is predominantly sweet.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
It has that lovely lively, fine carbonation of most Belgian beers. Light to moderately weighted in the mouth, but becomes syrupy with warming.

Drinkability - 3.0
A little too sweet to want to session with. This is less noticeable on-tap.

OVERALL - 3.55
My first non-mainstream Belgian beer. The first time I tried this I loved it (my first impression was that of a wheat beer with a shot of sherry), but since trying better beers, I can see that there are some flaws, namely the over-sweetness and lack of complexity. Does not seem as good from the bottle as on-tap, but still a decent drink, and recommended for anyone who likes Belgians (and isn't adverse to sweetness).

LittleCreature, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty golden color with tiny columns of rising bubbles. Thick and foamy white head with fair retention. Patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma is on the hoppy side and has a nice spiced undertone as well. Medium-bodied and spicy with hops and yeast flavors. The flavor profile is not as complex as many Belgians but it is still pretty tasty. The finish is spicy and fruity and lingers a bit. Above average overall.

Dogbrick, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very clear, with a bright amber (gold highlights) color and minimal head, in spite of a constant upward stream of bubbles. The aromas are mostly sweet ones, with an overlay of spicyness and some pungent, doughy yeast elements. Not much depth to the aroma, though. On the palate, the sweetness is a bit overplayed and the yeast notes a bit cloying. What's pleasing are the spices, which build in the second half, and the hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thick for the style, and the carbonation is pretty intense -- too much so. Overall, this is an OK Belgian pale ale, but there's nothing to separate it from any pack.

geexploitation, Sep 07, 2007
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,083 ratings.