Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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4.5/5 rDev +27.1%
I have been enjoying Leffe Blonde for awhile. I first discovered it while pub hopping in London last year. It was different from the other great English draft ales that I had been drinking. Back in the USA, I noticed that it was available at Taco Mac in Atlanta. Fortunately I had to return to Europe on business this spring and got to drink Leffe Blonde at Heathrow Airport, Amsterdam, and best of all in Brugges (Belgium). There is an Irish pub next to the Crown Plaza there that had Leffe Blonde on tap and it was truly excellent. My associates and I sampled many different trappist ales while in Belgium, but Leffe Blonde was available in most bars and we loved it! Some people are voicing negative opinions about this beer because it is now being distributed internationally by a large cartel. If that enables me to enjoy it more often in Atlanta, then I can't view that as a bad thing. Try Leffe Brun-its even better!
06-19-2005 15:42:44 | More by rudyarmand
4.43/5 rDev +25.1%
Aroma: sweet, alcoholic and spicy. A little wine-like. A clean smelling beer; not as "organic" as most Belgian ales. Slight vegetable scents from the wheat. Tart and thin smelling. All tones are subtle, except the alchohol.
Appearance: Just off-clear and straw, nicely carbonated. Dainty white head that disapeared about half way through the beer. Laces very well.
Taste: Well matured sweetness pronounced at the nose. Fruity on the edge of pears, peaches, and apricots. Rounds out quite nicely in the body. Medium but bold body. Alcohol quickly jumps out to cut the sweetness. Low but apropriate hop flavoring and bittering helps to keep this beer from tasting too wine-like. Spicy aided by the hops and by the yeast. Delicate fruit citrus and tartness detected in the body and follows throughout. Drying toward the finish.
Aftertase: Dry and tart. sweetness thinned by the heat. Flavors that don't linger too long.
Impression: A delicate, yet bold beer. Nicely complex in its flavors and power. It'll sneak up on you. I do recommend this beer. I always have at least one in my fridge; even better on tap.
06-09-2005 13:03:07 | More by BEERchitect
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
Purchased at LCBO in Sarnia, Ontario. Pours a copper hue with a full yellowish head. Carbonation is low and nose produces yeasty and sugary sweet. Flavor is slight fruity but big honey like. Body is full and syrupy and comes in after the tide of honey. Aftertaste is long.
06-01-2005 13:00:27 | More by jimbotrost
3.68/5 rDev +4%
Pours a pinkish, orange colour with a foamy white head. Lots of visible carbonation action in there. Something about the colour looks pleasant to me. Plenty of lacing gets left behind.
Smell is a mix of belgian yeast, candy sugar and a wet grass type smell. Maybe a hit of lime in there as well. Not a bad smell at all.
Taste runs from sweet candy front to finish that is a bit clovelike. The beer reminds me of a hefe-weizen in the finish. Taste is overall good, but not what I was expecting for the style.
Mouthfeel is a bit on the coarse side, mostly from the carbonation being on the high end. Drinkability is pretty good, it drinks like a hefe-weizen.
Overall a tasty beer, just seems to have a bit of an identity crisis. I'd call it a hefe weizen made with a belgian type yeast.
05-09-2005 06:48:53 | More by elricorico
3.28/5 rDev -7.3%
Appearence: Pours a light gold with a thin, quickly fading white head.
Smell: The smell is a sweet malty aroma filled with candi sugar, but seems a bit bland to me. There's no complexity.
Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is light and crisp. The yeast and malts are quite present and balance each other out quite nicely. The taste is refreshing, but not as complex as I had hoped. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Drinkability and Overall: This is a decent Belgian beer, but honestly doesn't hold a candle compared to what else is coming out of Belgium. A bit too expensive for what's inside the bottle in mu opinion.
04-24-2005 01:44:45 | More by santoslhalper
3.53/5 rDev -0.3%
Bottle, served at a restaurant in refrigerated and completely inappropriate glassware. As it was my first Belgian Pale Ale of the non-heavy variety I wasnt sure what to expect. Poured sparkling clear golden colour with two fingers of bubbly head that lasted well and left heaps of lacing. When I smelt it, I thought there had been some sort of labelling error, as it smelt just like a German kristallweizen - all bananas and cloves. Same with the taste. What the...? Only difference was the mouth feel was a little heavier than the average kristall. Will definitely come back and re-rate this after more experience with the style.
04-19-2005 07:26:23 | More by hefevice
4/5 rDev +13%
The beer of choice on my recent carribean vacation as it was readily available in cases at the local grocery store . this is a nice beer, at 6.6% abv, it is very drinkable, with a nice full flavor, but not to big or complex, for sitting around the pool.i will probably have at least 3 cases of this stuff while on vacation, 10 days in the carribean sun will make you thirsty, so i sould know this beer back and fourth by the time i get home. All in all a good beer, nice flavors, sweetness up front, slightly malty, with a nice tang. definetly a good choice for a nice session.
04-18-2005 11:43:00 | More by edchef1850
3.75/5 rDev +5.9%
Had the fairly rare opportunity to have this on tap, courtesy of JP McGrady's in Bethlehem, PA. Oh, but those Belgians do make fine stuff.
Pleasing golden color, not quite consistent with blonde nomenclature. Large, full head with good staying power. The smell was a pleasing combo of yeast with some fruitiness. Very good taste with almost no bitterness. It hides the high ABV nicely. The mouthfeel is rich, almost syrupy, but the ample carbonation keeps things from sticking to the palate for too long. Quite drinkable but perhaps a little too sweet and heavy for a marathon drinking session.
04-13-2005 18:25:43 | More by TheLastEngineer
3.8/5 rDev +7.3%
Very clear deep gold colour topped by a thick, fluffy white head. Retention is good, with foam sticking to the sides of the glass. Carbonation is apparent with continuous bubbling supporting the head. Slightly spicy aroma with plenty of yeast character and malt, and just a hint of alcohol. Some light fruitiness, almost pear-like.
The flavours are very similar to the aroma profile. More spiciness and phenols are present. Fruit flavour is definitely pear. Balanced more towards malty sweetness, there is also a moderate, soft bitterness. Hop flavour comes out at the finish, on the floral side. Some alcohol warming is apparent. Medium body and carbonation. Creamy texture to start, but this becomes slightly coarse towards the end due to the carbonation.
Certainly a fine belgian, but lacking some of the depth I've come to expect from other interpretations of the style. 330 mL brown bottle, best before date on rear label.
04-10-2005 22:36:55 | More by DrJay
District of Columbia
4.38/5 rDev +23.7%
Pours a translucent gold color with a tremendous head that dissipates quickly. The smell and taste are about as traditional as you can get for a blonde. There is not much variation between this and the bigger brands like Hoegaarden, the citrus and light hops taste is verbatim. Great for anyone who is just getting into whites.
04-09-2005 13:05:13 | More by Toddv29424
3.4/5 rDev -4%
Presentation: 12 oz bottle with BBD of 8/29/05 and a foiled cap, poured into a chalice as that was the closest I could come to the leffe glass pictured here.
Appearance: poured a pale hazy orange color with a small head that faded quickly.
Aroma: fruity, although very faint.
Taste and mouthfeel: Very sweet and malty, I thought I detected a hint of roasted peppers too. Hops come in late, but the finish is again very sweet. Mouthfeel is carbonated and thick, almost syrupy.
Overall: Not bad, but nothing I'd seek out.
04-08-2005 01:03:26 | More by FenwaySquid
4.33/5 rDev +22.3%
I was really surprised to read the reviews of this beer after trying it. I always want to try the beer before reading the reviews to not tant my impression.
This beer poured a nice clear gold color with a nice head that lasted.
The smell was nice and fruity, very remanescent of a hefeweizen (one of my favorite types of beer).
The taste was also very similar to a hefeweizen. Very sweet, friuty and "flowery". Nice mouthfeel and very drikable. Nice thirst quenching beer.
Bought it in a six pack. I like this beer!
03-29-2005 19:18:00 | More by OatherS
3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
Presentation: Brown bottle with foil and cap top. Purchased for 3.95 pounds at the Heathrow Marriott. Freshness dating was evident (best before 29/03/06). They served it with an actual Leffe tulip glass, which found its way to my home somehow
Appearance: Poured a bright golden color with a ½ inch of head, fed by a half dozen thin spouts of carbonation. Dissipated to a decent ring with fine lacing.
Smell: Mostly yeast that gives a lemon/bread aroma with some faint wheat and malt in the background.
Taste & Mouth Feel: More sweet than I expected, with the atypical yeast flavors, mostly accented by cloves and pepper. There is a very definite citrus undertone that brings back the lemon/bread aroma in the flavor as well.
Drinkability & Notes: Tingly mouthfeel that was as drinkable as a carbonated drink, finishes more sweet than I think it really should.
03-24-2005 17:31:58 | More by Dithyramb
3.43/5 rDev -3.1%
On tap at Croxley Ales in Franklin Square, NY.
Served in a Leffe glass. Orange/light brown body with a fluffy white head that lasted.
This brew immediately hits you with a big phenolic aroma. Further investigation leads to specific, but subtle orange/lemon and banana notes.
A very sweet tasting brew. The malt profile is profound but does not overpower the yeasty and complex fruity flavors. Some light spice present. A little too sweet for my liking.
One was enough for me, especially at this place where there are over sixty beers on tap to try next.
03-23-2005 13:49:49 | More by palma
4.65/5 rDev +31.4%
What a great blond. An authentic Belgian abbey beer which can be dated back to 1240 a the Abbey de Notre Dame. Leffe is now owned and produced by Stella Artois. Quite delicious, with well rounded fullbodied taste. With a higher than usually abv at 6.6%, it goes down very easily.
This beer is quite delicious, it hold a very appealing aroma and appearance. Very thick in texture, which make sit even more appealing to the palate. Leffe Blond has a sunny golden color, mellow malt flavours, and a touch of spiciness to deliver full-bodied delicate sweetness; though it takes some time to drink because of the sweetness.
Leffe Blond has a well-balanced malt flavouring worthy of any beer drinker. The aroma brings me back to something in my childhood, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Cheers.
03-14-2005 23:12:07 | More by Bestuurder
3.63/5 rDev +2.5%
Wow, can anything be so sickly sweet. I have two bottles of Westvleteren 12 in the cellar. Thats supposed to be sweet. I hope its nothing like this cause this was sweet bad.
Anyway. Poured a golden amber colour. The aroma was sweet with almost no hop. The taste? Well like i said, sweet. Almost too sweet. It was like a whitbier but there was no bitterness to it at all.
Wasnt very carbonated, so it had a good mouthfeel. However because of the sweetness too forever to drink.
03-05-2005 07:12:59 | More by BeerNutta
3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
Presentation: Poured a deep, clear yellow into a pint glass from the tap. There was very little head on top of this beer. The nose is somewhat light and sweet, with an absence of hop aroma. It wasn't very impressive-looking.
Tasting: It had a light, crisp flavor with sweet hints that had Witbier-like characteristics. I caught slivers of vanilla and banana, along with malt smoothness. It wasn't bitter. I suppose I could have had more than one of these, but I didn't feel like it given 1) I was heading elsewhere and 2) it wasn't earth-shattering.
This beer has crossover potential, I will say that. I'd probably head straight for the Witbiers if I'm looking for something with a similar flavor, however.
02-24-2005 01:32:30 | More by bceaglejoe
3.7/5 rDev +4.5%
With a prominent, yet lite malt aroma, some phenols present, low hop aroma, poured out golden, nice head retention, moderate carbonation, sweet malt flavor with hint of spice, maybe honey also, slight fruit breaks thru when it warms up alittle, with medium body smooth quality, overall impression copper color, some malt sweetness, slight spicy and some fruit accent. A drinkable beer to say the least, nice to have when relaxing, warming up to do some beer reviews.
02-18-2005 04:19:10 | More by amatuerbeerguy
3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
Leffe Blonde is probably the most commerical "Abbey" ale that you can get, as it is another member of Interbrew/InBev's expansive portfolio. I'm not that well versed in Belgian beers yet (but I am certainly working on that now), but while I did find this to be a decent and drinkable beer, it was definitely lacking in something that would set this apart from other commercial beers.
Leffe Blonde pours a golden apple juice-like color that is quite clear. A nice foamy head forms and retains quite well, leaving bubbly lace in its wake as well. The aroma is sweet smelling, with some fruity aromas, some spiciness (almost clove-like in a hefe way), and some yeastiness (strange, seeing how this had no yeast sediment). The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side and is moderately carbonated. The motif for this beer can be summed up as sweet. There is a fruitiness abound in this brew (plums come to mind), and the flavor strikes me in a perfumey type of way. There are low amount of some medicinal flavors and alcohol here, and some very light butterscotch/caramel can be detected as well from the malts. The hop flavors, although a bit low, seemed herbal and citric to me. Although low in flavor, there is a decent dryness in the finish of the beer. The aftertaste is a bit too clean as well, with just some lingering dry fruitiness, and a light alcoholic warmth in the end.
About two summers ago I went to a show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ and there was a "Premium/Imported" Beer vendor there. His laughable choices included Rolling Rock, Heineken, Corona, and this beer. It struck me as somewhat odd that this beer was included with the others. This is far superior to those listed, but as a Belgian ale it was more watery and not as bold as I anticipated. I guess this is a good beer to acquaint myself with the wide world of Belgians but those with more experienced palettes will probably want to pass.
01-26-2005 02:43:11 | More by Beastdog75
3.33/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured a golden-orange color, with a slight haze. Aroma was spicy and sweet at the same time. Now for the taste... very smooth, with a good mouthfeel. The tiny bubbles of carbonation dance nicely on my tongue. Sweet malt flavor with a hint of honey... perhaps a bit too sweet... and some spiciness and very slight sour yeast flavor to help to balance all that sweetness. Another few sips and a little fruit comes through... mild fruits like pears and apples, maybe raisins. The overly sweet character begins to fade as I drink more... becomes a more drinkable, enjoyable offering as I continue...
12-31-2004 13:37:46 | More by apintofknowledge
3.05/5 rDev -13.8%
Pours a clear golden/light amber color with a white head. Aromas of light malts and a bit of tobacco and some other weak esters. Taste is about as weak as the aroma. A healthy malty sweetness and a bit of spicy astringency towards the end, but nothing to rave about. It's drinkable, but there are certainly better Belgian blonde ales to be had. I'll bet this beer was wonderful some ages in the past. Now it seems like a very typical, mass-marketed product and it shows in it's quality. It's not a bad beer, it just could be done better.
12-31-2004 07:50:43 | More by crookedhalo
3.9/5 rDev +10.2%
Pours a dark clear golden with a thick white head that laces very well, pretty much coating the glass and has a variable appearance which I like. Aroma was a touch of alcohol with a strong smell that is almost the spiciness of root beer. Taste is light fruits and hops, with less alcohol than expected from the smell. Mouthfeel was very smooth with a snap of crispness from the hops. I like the Blond, but I prefer the Brun.
12-14-2004 02:06:46 | More by tatterdash
4.1/5 rDev +15.8%
Aroma is light pleasing and fruity. Also has notes of sourness, spice (clove) freshness, and pils malt. Rather comples.
Dark gold and very clear. Medium off white head and fairly dense.
Same type of complexity and in the aroma, just less intense. Contains nice pils qualities with a great balance of other flavors, such as phenols, fruit, alcohol, nice sweetness (honey like), yet maintaining a nice smoothness.
Fully carbonated. A little warmth in the stomach. Becomes quite soft in time.
This one took me by surprize. An outstanding and enjoyable beer. I would think a great one to introduce Belgian styles.
12-12-2004 03:29:01 | More by garymuchow
1.93/5 rDev -45.5%
This is a pretty bland, processed tasting Abbey ale.
The pour reveals a deep gold beer with a copious ivory head that recedes quickly. It leaves lots of lace behind. The aroma is of perfumey Belgian malts and sugars, quite sweet really. There a subtle spicyness in the nose as well. The taste is flawed. It starts of quite well with a passable malt presence and good spiceyness. Then a metallic saccarine sweetness emerges. The mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer is ruined by the sweetness. It leaves a chemically aftertaste thats not pleasant at all. Ive experienced this with other bottles as well. This is definitely a beer Im staying away from.
12-08-2004 23:37:40 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.85/5 rDev +8.8%
Picked this Belgian beauty up along with a few others for late afternoon drinks with my girl.
Poured a cisp golden amber colour into the Leffe glass that I got last year for Xmas from Cryer Malts (cheers David!), fluffy brilliant white head, beading running up the glass.
The aroma is sweet, slightly fruity, and hinting at the yeast charachter, with notes of malt.
Tastes malty, with an average sweetness and a fresh fruity, yeasty, rounded mouthfeel.
A great beer, and one of my favourite Belgian styles.
12-07-2004 04:07:29 | More by revdrjbob
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
80 out of 100 based on 2,847 ratings.