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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,210 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,210
Reviews: 1,249
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 41
Gots: 418 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They are getting me more and more by the day. I am a former anti-Belgian beer person. My recent trip to the Belgian Beerfest has started to change all of this. I decided to have a couple of glasses of Leffe with dinner in New York this week. I really enjoyed it.

Each of the two beers I enjoyed came in the official Leffe glass. There was a thin wispy white head that was there upon serving. This quickly faded back into the beer. The beer was a bright/deep gold color with almost yellowish highlights. Crystal clear. Nice visible carbonation.

Aroma was fantastic and deep. Lots of fruit. Sweet and of spices. Enjoyable.

Flavor was very complex and kept me wondering what I was tasting. Lots of spices, lots of fruits. There was clove but also something more. I am not a fan of clove but I enjoyed this.

Mouth feel was light and bright. Carbonation tingled a bit and brought out the depth of the flavors.

Lots going on in this beer.

Good gateway to Belgian beers...

Photo of WHROO
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Rich golden, crystal clear, big white beaded head,& very lively carbonation - champagneish. Extremely well made in appearance.
S: Whooaa, phenols & cloves big time - one of the strongest cloves aroma's I have tried (not that I have tried heaps & heaps of BPA's)
T: Ditto...FULL of cloves & spices, also some caramel/toffee, very full bodied this one.
M: Medium, yet very strong... this is a very full bodied little sucker.
D: For me, maybe just a little too much of the cloves...got very sick of it, & was looking for a palate cleanser quite quickly.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep gold with a decent white head and good lacing.

Tons of sweet aromas here, including juicy fruit scents, cotton candied hints, and herbal notes.

Sweet malt and yeast flavors, bubble gum, some herbal/hop bitterness in the background. Sweetness is the key here, as it makes the beer appear to be heavier than it really is.

Medium to full body, heavy in the mouth. Tough to have more than one if you have other options. Not the best I've had of this style, but by far not the worst. When I was in Belgium, this is one of the brews they pushed at the tourists at the bus stop restaurants/tourist traps. Once you got away from those areas, it all but disappeared from the drink menu.

Photo of BarryNL
4.48/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Crystal clear and golden - OK, they cheat and filter it so don't really deserve a lot of praise for the clarity but nevertheless a rich and appetising colour. A nice. bright white Belgian lace head which lasts well.

S: Malty with hints of honey and fruit.

T: Full of rich malty flavour. The aftertaste is honey and there is some nice floral and earthy complexity - probably from the yeast strain used. The hop bitterness balances the beer well, though the taste is definitely on the sweeter side.

M: Rich and fluffy with a fairly high level of carbonation.

D: Highly quaffable. The taste is clean enough that you could happily drink this all night.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a nice clear golden color, with a decent head. Aroma is strong and malty and has a decided lemony overtone. Flavor is malty and strongly of citrus, mainly lemon and nicely tart. Texture is smooth, and finish is refreshing and satisfying.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Bier Markt in Cleveland

poured into Leffe oversized wineglass

a: pale straw yellow with a frothy 1/2" head that has nice retention, lacing rings aorund the glass

s: soft aroma filled with yeast, fruit

t: smooth and creamy, malt, honey, yeast, and fruity notes. Almost feels like drinking gingerale. Very nice.

m&d: medium body with nice carbonation. Very drinkable beer. I had 3 during my visit.

Excellent Beer!

Photo of cdkrenz
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My special thanks again to Gnome-Fest!

A - Perfect two inch white head on top of a golden orange body. The head is foamy and firm.

S - Clove, cinnamon, bananas, and yogurt. This is a truly unique aroma, one everyone should enjoy.

T - This flavor is a true Belgian with its unique hops and malt combination.

M - The feel is a bit coarse but the texture helps to bring out the nice flavor.

~ I will suggest to mt BA buds that they partake in this foreigner.

Photo of iceball585
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright yellow color, clear, two finger thick white fluffy head that lowered slowly, some tiny bubbles rising throughout

S- Citrus, grains, banana, clove, herbal spices

T- Banana, clove, yeast, light fruits, creamy, herbal spices

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, clean, crisp

D- Great session beer

Fairly average and non-offensive Belguin Pale Ale. It definitely seems they aimed this one toward the masses.

Photo of RobH
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. brown bottle.

For a relatively ubiquitous beer in the "Belgian Ale" category, this one actually holds its own for such a mass-produced beer.

This is no trappiste ale, but it's a good imported example of the style overall.

A: Golden blond.

S: Classic Belgian Pale Ale aromas.

T & M: No surprises here, nor is there any big let-down.

D: Nothing to be ashamed of. Order this one if it's on the beer list and there are no other top Belgian brands available.

Photo of techtatu
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden color with about 2 finger width of white head. Weaker than most abbey ale, but it's a blonde so that's quite understandable. Had a hint of hoppes, and a traditional abbey odor.

Something to drink towards the end of a good night. Not exactly a closer beer but maybe a pre closer?

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

Poured a clear golden sunset with a white head that dissipated quickly.

Smells of banana and coriander.

Very nice subtle flavors, banana, slight clove, and light fruits.

Smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Very enjoyable session beer. Could easily kick back and drink them all day long.

Photo of jtothamo
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer under the guidance of a friend at the Irish Lion in Bloomington, IN. In fact, we specifically met at the Irish Lion because they had this beer on tap.

Appearance- Dark caramel, almost reddish. However, it was presented poorly. While in a nice Leffe Blonde glass, the bartendar let it overflow and the waiter let it spill out all over the place and didn't bother cleaning it up. Oh well.

Smell- Pleasant

Taste- This beer had been talked up a great deal by my friend, but was a bit of a let down. There was a bit of a fruity spice characteristic going on.

Mouthfeel- didn't leave much of an impression.

Drinkability- It's a fine beer. But, on the second round, I moved on to another beer. Worth a try.

Photo of soupyman10
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of the Leffe beers, for some reason - the sweetness and straightforwardness really does it for me, for some reason. This one is likewise a solid brew: yellow color with an okay head. Nose is huge in yeast and fruitiness, and the flavor follows through. Tons of candy in there as well. Body's fine for the style. Overall, I'd definitely take these over most of the swill out there.

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

This isn't the best Belgian Blonde you'll have by a long shot, but it is pretty representative of the style. The beer pours a nice slightly orangey golden color with a really thick, creamy head that retains and laces quite well. The aroma is very enticing, lots of clove, banana, bready sweet malts, some bubblegum like florals, maybe some citrusy fruitiness.

The taste is good but not brilliant. The first splash of taste is very Belgianesque sweet malts, some candied sugars, cloves, bananas, fruitness and bready, creamy malts. But then, the beer sinks in caliber, more alcohol tinges enter, a dryness comes on board, and some rather overly sweet bubblegum fruitiness takes over. The beer isn't particularly syrupy, but the sweetness becomes a bit cloying. This beer has hints of excellence, but it misses the mark after the nose and midsection. Not a bad beer, and a pretty good Belgian standby if nothing else is available.

Photo of
4.49/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a delicious Belgian. I had the bottle type and I poured it into a pilsner glass a little too quickly and the head was enormous. On my second round I chose the classic pint glass and the head was a bit more tame but so was my pour. The color is of the deep golden viriety and there was about 1 inch of head. It smelled sweet and malty and possible had some citrus notes. It seemed heavier on the malt and the hops were drowned out. Carbonation was present but not overpowering. The smell convinces you the taste will be smooth and on the sweeter side. This is not a heavy ale but its look is deceiving. It was filling but was an easy pint to finish. There was lacing left the entire way up the glass. I'd gladly have another.

Photo of ledemie
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap in Paris

A: served a dull golden tone with a big and wavy white head

S: sweet with a Belgium beer aroma

T: Grassy, Hop is mellowed out from the sweetness, orange peel, clove.

Ml: decent carbonation, medium body.

D: high,, good beer to tackle a Steak Frite in Paris, good everyday beer, thought I tried the Bottle here and was not impressed....

Photo of gotweid
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a nice copper color and nice white head. Head settled quickly. Aroma of hops, malt and yeast are easily picked up. Taste has slight hops, pepper, sweet malt. Nice, balanced, strong body and flavorful mouthfeel. A little dry. Drinkable and enjoyable. Not a favorite, but not bad either. Worth a try and take one if offered.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. 12 oz. bottle. Light yellow and tawny with a white head.

s. Light fruits and belgian yeast.

T. Very flavorful. Fruit is apparant, dried raisin specifically makes an impression. Also a helping of banana goodness comes from that funky yeast. Has some characterics of a Hefeweizen but much more complex. Sweetish.

M. A bit excessively carbonated in my opinion, but still a fine drinker.

D. This is a very good BPA. If you're looking for a great hop profile, I'd look elsewhere. If you're looking for a very well balanced, complex belgian style pale ale, here it is.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- clear brass honey colored with tons on tiny bubbles zig zaggin up from the bottom and an expansive white head of soft pillowy foam. cap retains itself quite nicely in my tulip, ending up as a pock marked scoop of ice cream floating in beer. ring after ring of thick drippy lace is crusting around the glass. time to drink.

S- typical banana/clove/bubblegum with a subtle tart fruitiness and some wheat as well. some white bread, vanilla, pale barley, and a small hint of alcohol, but it's mostly about the yeast.

T- similar to the aroma but with a white bread flavor, pear, banana, clove, nutmeg, grassy noble hops, and a dry lightly bitter finish.

MF- somewhat aggressive carbonation keeps it movin and the juicy body keeps things from getting too light. slick and becoming syrupy as it warms.

D- refreshing and unoffensive but when going belgian i usually look for something with a bit more character.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

FYI disclaimer, one of my early inexperienced reviews...

poured into a tulip glass from a sixer.
6.6 ABV, 207? calories

A-4.5 Carmelized sugar type golden brown


T - CARAMEL, if dulche de leche was a beer, this is it

MF- CARAMEL, sligtly sweet and syrup after taste

D - 4.5 I DIG THIS STUFF! its on the sweet side but unique as a change of pace, the wife digs it. Sweet wine drinkers tend to like this brew.

Photo of nrbw23
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden color with a decent white head and leaves good retention.

S- Smells of light, malty aroma, a little pepper, lemons and pear.

T- Fruit tones remain from start to finish, not overpowering and balanced with all the flavours. Overall, pretty sweet.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Pretty smooth.

D- Decent not my favorite but worth a try for sure.

Photo of 1759Girl
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at Gestalt Haus, with a lovely (vegan) sausage dinner... Mmmm. It paired perfectly.

A> No head. carbonated to the max... I mean 'lively'. Dark golden, almost orange.

S>Not like most. Not hoppysmelling. All I smell is apple pie. Apple and cinnamon notes. Not bad. I actually quite fancy pie now.. with cheddar. Not sure to give it extra points or take them away for making me crave something I shouldn't have, or at least can't order at Gestalt Haus.

T>Tart, malty, smoothes to a sweet finish. Spicey hang. Cloves. Not too complex, and really sweeter than I prefer. Refreshing none the less.

M>Feels pretty fabulous in my boca.

D> After a couple of boots of this last year, I can't drink too much of it. But it did the trick for me tonight, and its really pretty consistent, just a bit simple.

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

She ain't half bad; slightly chilled. What mostly kills this over processed beauty is her fellow kin within the style. Compared to her straight "A classmates", it appears she has to settle for a grade of "Working under potential." But do not be fooled; a pleasurable drink. Dulce de Leche provides a sweet bed for a drop of vanilla. A nice deep spice that counters the caramel syrup. Possibly a touch of bourbon? Take the advice and drink a tad under room temp to put the esters in full overdrive. A cold one brings out grape reminiscent of plum soda and the carbonation is a bit too sharp. You will probably be expending more energy avoiding this one since its available everywhere...dive in, take a swim. Then pay an extra buck for the others in the family.

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

Well, this one is one of the best "standard beers" at the local pub's here in Sweden.

Pours a golden color with a nice white head, really looks nice in it's profile glass.

The taste is nice of some spices (koriander, and some orange) with tones of citrus fruits. A bit warming too.

Well, all and all, a nice beer, not mediocre, not amazing. Good.

Photo of SickBrew
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Biggs Beer Wine and Tobacco in Vancouver, WA.

Poured into a Pils Glass and observed a descent head but not very dense and not great retention. Beer is very clear and light.

Aroma was light for a golden, not much of a hop nose and with a light malt character. Some phenols there.

Flavor tracked the aroma, surprise. It is smooth and light but in my limited experience for this style I would expect more flavor.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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