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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
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3,158 Ratings
THE BROS
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poor

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Ratings: 3,158
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 39
Gots: 373 | 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 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.

Photo of PiecefulToker
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 6-pack of Leffe Blonde at a local shop for $9.99 after having heard decent things about it.

Best Before Date: 13/12/08 (12/13/08)

A: Very clear compared to other Belgian blondes that I have had. Deep golden amber, with a 1-inch head in my St. Bernardus chalice, dissipates rather quickly but leaves some decent lacing.

S: Yeast, citrus, light malt, alcohol. Not too impressive.

T: Lots of residual sweetness, but not overpoweringly sweet, yeast, grass, grain, and some nice bitterness that settles on the center of my tongue.

M: Very smooth, the carbonation is "ticklish" but not too strong.

D: I could drink these all night, and for $9.99 a sixer, maybe I will.

Photo of Douglas14
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a light orange color with an average fluffy head; very bubbly. The aroma is of lightly roasted malts and sugar. The taste is of citrus and heavy on the malt. Definite orange and peach flavor. it has a nice carbonation to match this style. Overall this beer is just too average. I feel it is the run-of-mill Belgian Pale Ale...it just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of Onenote81
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Great two-finger head that remained throughout the entire drink. Good lacing. Color was a light gold. Smelled of sweet fruitiness, and tasted oh so sweet. Taste reminds me of pecan pie. Leaves a slight nutty aftertaste. Very smooth, with light to medium body. Enjoyed this beer very much.

Photo of kwm13
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Different. Not a huge Summer Ale/Blonde Ale fan but wanted to try something new.

Very light, fair bit of carbonation.

A funny smell. Acidic and "aromay".

Did taste some citrus flavor. Skunky.

Took me two beers to enjoy before I decided this one was at least some what drinkable. I enjoyed the two, especially the second.

All in all, a respectable, but not great beer.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Extremely clear yellow body, looks like a macro lager almost. Big white head that has good retention and leaves nice sticky lacing makes up for that though.

Smells of sweet malt, a little fruity, a little yeasty.

The big flavor here is definitely sweet malts. Yeast character and some fruit notes come through, and there is just the slightest hop flavor in here, but it's all about the malts.

Mouthfeel is a little light for a blonde, but it is still pretty drinkable.

This is basically a shadow of a good Belgian Pale, but there isn't anything actually wrong with it.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured into a tulip glass from the bottle.

A - clear, light golden color with an amazing ice cream-like head that has excellent retention; leaves a great lacing as it empties

S - sweet decoction-like malt aroma followed by some barley-like scents and a very faint trace of hops

T - sweet malt flavor profile with some yeast fruitiness and very subtle hops on the finish

M - light-to-medium body with high carbonation

D - Mass-marketed or not, this is a very well done Belgian blonde. It defines the style. If all mass-marketed beers were of this quality, the world would be a better place.

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

This was the beer that opened the door to the world of beers to me. And now, what have they done to it? Kind of an attempt to make an abbey mass market beer.
Poured in a Leffe glass, big clean whit head with lace. Golden too clean colour for an unfiltered beer. Smell of banana, clove, coriander, honey, spices. Too sweet flavor, taste of banana, clove, some pepper, fruits. Good one, but give it to me anytime as it used to be...

Photo of cyrenaica
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle
6.60% ABV

I tried this beer on February 21, 2008 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. This beer poured an translucent orangy-gold with a thin, creamy white head. The aroma was slighty yeasty with some malty and hoppy hints. The mouthfeel was full-bodied, creamy, and amply carbonated. The taste was dryish, yeasty, with a little bit of sweetness. A very good beer.

Photo of Durge
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle it pours a crystal clear gold color with nice bubblage and good sized white head with lots of lace. It offers a light alcohol and wheat and juniper aroma. Very nice midland body with tingly carbonation and lots of wheat and yeast flavorings. Nothing highly special but likeable enough and a drinkable brew.

Photo of KeefD
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden macro color with a decent head and minimal lacing. Carbonation is what's expected from a Belgian blonde. Smell is sweet, malty, bready, and slightly yeasty. Taste is much the same, with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp at the end. There are much better Belgian brews out there, but I still like this one.

Photo of Gunnz
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle of this into my favorite stein givin it ample height to see the color of the pour as well as the ability to develop a nice head.

The color is a nice amber color with a creamy head with a quite impressive head retention somewhat similar to that of guinness.

Smell was not overpowering, nice hints of a slight hoppy scent, very earthy and floral.

Slight hoppy taste with a nice crisp finish.

Not a very clean taste, slightly oily, yet smooth. Slightly dry tasting finish.

Definitely a drinkable beer, not something I would try to keep on hand for everyday, but not a bad beer to try from time to time. Not something I would serve to try to inmpress another beer lover.

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

I tried this at Taylor brewing company after being less than impressed with one of their brews.

A - Slightly hazy and yellow with a nice creamy white head. This doesn't really look all that impressive.

S - Nice and yeasty with some grassy hops and honeyed malts. This one is pretty dang sweet, but balanced with a hint of EtOH and those outdoorsy hops.

T - Yeasty and doughy with some nice sweet honey flavors. Tasty!

M - Full bodied ...almost to the point of being foamy. Moderately carbonated with a hoppy and slightly dry finish. The aftertaste leaves lots of really doughy yeasty flavors hanging around.

D - Damn fine beer, but not one of the best BPA's out there. I'd definitely drink this again.

Photo of deepsouth
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i poured this into a tremens tulip. it poured nearly clear yellow with an amber tint and some light head that left quickly. looks pretty carbonated.

the smell is earthy and fruity. banana most apparent. i think i can detect a bit of alcohol in the smell as well.

the taste is very consistent with the smell, down to the last detail. it has a very refreshing and light taste. goes down very easy.

the mouthfeel is consistent for the style, albeit a bit too carbonated for my taste.

overall drinkability on this on is pretty good. it's a light-ish blonde ale that isn't hard to drink and beats the pants off an american macro.

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

Poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a Piraat tulip glass.

A= This ale was a very clear golden hue. The head poured a huge 3 inches of foamy whiteness which eventually dropped to 1/8 inch. There was moderate lacing down the glass.

S= This one has a very fruity, bubble gum aroma with the tiniest hint of alcohol smell.

T= This is a very sweet, fruity, malty ale. The sweetness is made tolerable by a crisp alcohol finish.

MF= For a crystal clear golden ale, this brew is surprisingly heavy on the tongue.

D= Though this ale is a bit too sweet, it is still a fine Belgian golden. Though it seems an odd thing to say, this beer can actually stand being served slightly colder than other Belgians. All in all, a good beer at a decent price.

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

This beers color was a light amber/dark golden color had a yeasty/estery aroma . 1st taste stood out as abeing typical to style with a combination of malt/yeast/fruit all coming out . A very nice light finish a very drinkable beer and a very enjoyable beer . Though this style of beer is not my favorite this beer opened my eyes to the enjoyability of belgian style beers .

Photo of avalon07
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a tulip glass, had an amber color and a thin appearance. Different from other Belgians. Had a fairly small amount of head, which quickly disappeared.

S: The aroma wasn't exactly overwhelming. Some light fruits, malt, spices. Not bad, but didn't blow me away.

T: A little thin in this department. Had a yeasty flavor, along with some apples and spices. It just wasn't that complex.

M: Had a decent amount of carbonation and a syrupy finish.

D: Despite its debits, this is a drinkable beer. Granted, this doesn't necessarily make it a brilliant example of the brewing art, but its not bad either.

Photo of wiseguy142
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold with about an inch light white head. Smells of bread yeast, alcohol, and sweet malt. Very full body. The taste is almost sickeningly sweet on top of a distinct yeast flavor. I couldn't even make my way all the way through this beer- will not buy again. I think it's too sweet and filtered for a Belgian Blonde. On top of that, I'm not a huge fan of the style in the first place, which is why this is getting dumped in the trash.

Photo of biggred1
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bright yellow bronze color,more clear than most belgian blondes.Big pillowy head that settles to a merangue-like consistency.

S-Big fruity malts,mildly hoppy.An almost vinuous aroma.

T/M-Sweet,rich malty flavors with nice hop bitterness to balance out.Good medium thick full-bodied mouthfeel,coats the tongue.

D-Very drinkable example of the style.

Better than expected,I think Inbev/Anheuser Busch association causes some of the negative reviews on B.A.

Photo of Portertime
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I brought a six pack of this to a straight college party. Everybody thought I was nuts and then I gave them a taste and they ended up loving it. I guess it is not really that hard to beat a keg of Natty Light. I poured it into the first available glass. Looked smooth and clear golden sunset color. Smelled of yeast esters and somewhat banana. Tastes switches in and out of malt and yeast with a bitter finish. I enjoyed this one.

Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a Leffe glass.
Appearance is a light golden tone, with a one finger head.
Smell is of a cinnamon and some other spices.
Taste is sweet, with vanilla, sugar, and birch flavors.
Mouthfeel is light, crisp, with a sugary after-taste.
Drinkability is decent, but again it is a rich, sweet beer, it is really best as an after dinner beer.

Photo of tweeder263
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear gold brew with a huge head.Fairly high carbonation.Has a grassy hop like scent very faint. Taste is very unusual, its very much belgian but lighter. I was expecting this to taste like a lager from its appearance.Its a little too sweet for me.Mouthfeel not too bad. An ok beer.

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

More Leffe. 6.60% abv, 330mL bottle. Cell temp + a few degrees. Best before 02/08/09. Poured into a wine glass.

Huge white head billows out from an effervescent straw body. Poor retention - leaves a bit of lace though.

Aromas of candy sugar, Belgian yeast, alcohol, some sourdoughy pale malt.

Very pale malty and sweet. A little I'm a huge sucker for Belgian pales, damn, I better be careful about how I review this. Light on flavour. Pears in the finish, which is surprisingly dry and sort of artificially bitter compared to the palate. Gets burnt toffeeish after a while.

It is a fine Belgian Pale - not very interesting. Orval does it much better.

Photo of nasty15108
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Best before date of 12/20/07.

A - Poured an amber-orange color. Creamy whit ehead that subsided into a thin foamy film. Good lace work, made up of mostly small bubbles cling to the glass. Good carbonation I noticed a lot of yeast/sediment dancing around in the fizz.

S - Slight smell of yeast and ripe bananna. I also get a hint of the fruity bubble gum aroma other reviewers have mentioned in past reviews.

T - Sweet and yeasty up front, followed by a fruity slighty bitter finish.

MF&D - Creamy,with lots of carbonation. finishes slightly oily. Not the Best Belgian ale, but very drinkable.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,158 ratings.