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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,098 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,098
Reviews: 1,227
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 38
Gots: 347 | 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 xare
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried Leffe Blonde for the first time and it poured as a lovely golden color with an amazing head. Probably the best appearing beer that I've ever had, especially when it wasn't even poured into its signature chalice. Laced very well the entire way.

Smell was of corn and probably some touches of spices but I didn't really get to distinguish what spices they were as it folded into the corn aroma and all I could make out was fermented corn.

Tasted like corn, a few spices (mace perhaps but I doubt it), finished with alcohol. I wasn't able to distinguish anything notable about the taste apart from alcohol and corn.

Mouthfeel was quite creamy and carbonated just right. There was a slight aftertaste of creaminess that turned me off just a bit so it didn't get a perfect score.

Drinkability suffered from the taste. I can see someone finishing those at an exceptional pace if they enjoyed the taste but for my personal drinkability, I wouldn't be able to enjoy this as a session beer but rather as a one-of beer.

I would probably drink Leffe Blonde again but only once a year.

xare, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of usmittymc
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Orval chalice from a 12 oz bottle with a best by date of 2/21/09.

A- Clear golden straw color with a fluffy white head that poured about 1-2 fingers and disipated to a nice lace throughout the session

S- Sweet vanilla and bubble gum aromas. Very slight alcohol smell.

T- Crisp upon entry with a sweet vanilla middle with a dry alcohol finish

M- Slick and carbonated

D- Not a bad beer. Definitely not on the high end of the offerings from Belgium, but not a bad choice. It is one of the only of the style available in Mississippi due to it's lower ABV. Will drink again, but not too many at the time due to the sweetness.

usmittymc, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had not tried this beer in years but I remember trying it when I was in Germany (Oddly enough). So when I saw it on tap at the Flying Saucer I figured what the hell.

Appearance- Blonde is a an understatement. It is a clear yellow with a wonderful head.

Smell- It has almost a fresh bread and fruit scent to it.

Taste- I am not going to tell you anything really different than the people who wrote about this beer before the wheat really does come through in the taste. It is very sweet with almost no bitter tones. Citrus and other fruit flavors are dancing around in your moth and it is hard to lock on to one particular flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Nice smooth and easy to knock back.

MTNboy, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Leffe Blonde pours 2 1/2 fingers of bone-white froth atop a light, golden body, outstanding, and the Ommegang glass is exquisitely laced on the way down. The nose is disappointing--a good deal of wheat comes forth but dominates. The taste is more complex than the smell indicates, thankfully. The wheat is still strong, but I also detect some orange and a faint honey taste, quite nice. I thought the carbonation might be overwhelming, but this wasn't the case. Having a couple of these is far from taxing. A nice pale ale, although the flavor is almost more reminiscent of a light German lager.

Gehrig, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with minimal head. The nose is sweet and yeasty. Typical Belgian nose and quite yummy. Just smelling it reminds me why I love the Belgian stuff so much. Flavor is extremely sweet. Especially on the back end of the “flavor rush”. Strong yeast tones as well, but I find the flavor overall to be rather subdued. Perhaps after trying so many different of this level of brew, I am coming to appreciate a more unfiltered and raw beer. Feel is a little thin. Drinkable? I think it depends on your personal preference.

As I think about it, something in this brew reminds me of makeup. Weird.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of ntillemans
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one out of a 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel glass.

A - Clear golden color with a nice stream of carbonation and a fine lacy head over the top.

S - The smell of this one reminds me more of a heffe weizen than an abbey. It smelled a lot like Sprechers Tripel. I wasn't terribly impressed by the smell; but it was appealing to me.

T - This doesn't stack up to the beers I'd call Abbey Ales; but the taste is nice. It has a belgian sweetness but draws in some qualities that stand out in German beers I've had. It's hoppier, cooler and lighter than most of the Belgian beers I've grown to love.

M - This one is a little thicker than I expected. It's a little creamy...but not especially heavy.

D - If they cost the same, I'd drink this instead of Budweiser any day.

ntillemans, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of JamesS
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just an average beer overall. It has an all right look to it, a nice straw color with great head but almost no lacing. Not much of a scent, a little maltiness coming up from the brew. All right taste, some malts, but mostly bland. Goes down fine, not great and not bad. I doubt I'll try it again, but wouldn't dissuade any one from giving it a shot. Seemed more like a blonde ale than a pale ale, too.

JamesS, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark straw gold color with white foamy head. It was filtered of all debris except the strong presence of carbonation bubbling up.
S: Overwhelming presence of clove that hides the rest of the beer aromas. I do enjoy the smell of cloves so that is the reason for the relatively high score on smell.
T: Along with the smell, it tastes like cloves with some other type of spice that reminds me of the holidays and brings a smile to my face.
M: Lots of carbonation on the tongue and leaves a slimy feel in my mouth that quickly dries out.
D: I am a big fan of the taste and find myself going back for more. The amount of carbonation keeps me from literally gulping it down like I am not suppose to do.

Kemmerlin, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of FireEmt37
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- clear, golden with a nice head, about 1 finger

S- The malts are sweet, not very hoppy. There is a subtle hint of bananas present

T- As it smells, it is mldly sweet. It tastes like there are mild spices and fruits present

M- light and pretty smooth with just the right amount of carbonation

D- a decent beer, it wouldn't be number one on my list, but I would most likely drink it again

FireEmt37, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of drperm
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A "macro" Belgian pale-abbey-style, but in a beer wasteland such as Columbia, SC, I was overjoyed to see it on an otherwise bleak menu. (The Melting Pot) It was served in the wrong glass, but hey -- 1) they had it, and 2) they served it in a glass.
Appeareance is a golden pilsner color with a thin head.
Nose: Belgian yeast, sugar, vanilla, and pipe tobacco.
Flavor: oats, hops, white raisins, mild hominy, and slight coriander. Pleasant.
Palate: just fine, really.
Overall: quaffable, plenty pleasant enough to enjoy if somewhat blandly industrial. I'd have it again, gladly.

drperm, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of Atron67
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a crystal clear bubbly deep golden color, a finger thick of fluffy white head poured on top.

S- has a light phenolic head on top, slight maltiness present,very little hop noticable,

T- has a light maltiness that tastes pretty good, has an underlying phenolic maltiness underneath the whole time. kind of like a hefeweizen minus the wheat in my mind.

M- pretty light body, effervescent, smooth

D- an ok drink but after this 6 pack im prolly done with it, not a bad choice thou

Atron67, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice, best before 11/09

A: Pours a rather hazy golden and light amber with a half inch loosely bubbled off white head. Little bits of carbonation coming up from the bottom here and there.

S: Pretty good ole belgain yeasty funky smell, almost smells like a hefeweizen with bits of cut bananna interspersed, but this is really a sweet and bready smelling beer all the way, maybe a bit of lemon zest in there too.

T/MF: The inital mouthfeel is a bit watery then gets bubbly and starts attacking the back of the mouth, there is a buttery apple aspect I'm picking up here amonst the very stong sugary yeasty flavors that dominate much of the beer. There is a nice bit of hop bite to balance out all this sweetness though could be doing a bit more work. The finish is crisp with a bit of a hoppy yeasty finish.

D: Just a solid workman like belgian, in the line of a hoegarden or stella, servicable if a bit plain, but good enough to keep you interested.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.7/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What an awesome beer! Can't believe it's taken me this long to discover such a treasure... almost like a super hefe-weizen, this beer pours a gorgeous bronze color with a nice, frothy head that has decent staying power... The aroma is wonderful - full of banana, fruits, and spices... The taste is super-rich... full of exciting and bold flavors that strongly complement the aroma... Has a superb mouthfeel that sticks to the palate and taste buds... flavor is long-lasting and very satisfying... a relatively strong alcohol percentage is the only thing holding me back from giving this a perfect five, but the 6.6% is really not felt so much, as the alcohol is hard to detect behind a creamy and rich taste... Definitely recommended... a must-try...

dsa7783, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of davidt
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Chimay goblet, forms a thick, creamy white, long lasting head. Heavy lacing remains on side of glass. Sweet banana aroma. Taste is slightly spicy, mostly clove and banana. Perhaps a whiff of pepper. A decent beer, good for an intro to the style but there are better Belgian Pale Ales.

davidt, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle and into the glass, you will find a clear, light amber color. It is topped by a very tall white fluffy head. There is lots of sticky lacing and very good retention. The aroma is comprised of banana and cloves. The taste is made of sweet malt and some light hop bitterness. There is also some very slight graininess and some light spices. Not a bad beer.

abcsofbeer, Dec 09, 2007
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
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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