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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,255 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,255
Reviews: 1,261
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 455 | FT: 0
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Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

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 Lexluthor33
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a golden light haze with a head that fizzed out quickly. The smell was fruits and grains. The taste was bubble gum cloves with hints of malt. The taste was sweet cloves of sticky fruit. A decent taste. The feel was was dry and crispy.

Not much to add except that this beer is drinkable and a decent beer to have every now and then. No, do not try to compare it to the greats. It is a light -heavyweight fighting in the heavyweight division,but that's o.k.-I like underdogs.

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

This beer seems to be getting pushed harder and harder in my area and routinely gets placed in the "Best of Belgium" sampler. This also includes Stella and Hoogarden. There is so much wrong with that concept. Anyways, this beer may get a bit of bad press because of the macro tarnishment, but it is still nice to see Belgians getting into hands of people even if it is in this way. Color is bright gold with a very nice airy white, soapy head that leaves very nice lacing along the edges of the glass. The body is extremely clear with no yeast sediment to be found. This was a bit too clean for me, but others may prefer it. Aroma is slightly floral with a biscuity profile and decent yeast presence. Taste is crisp when the beer is cold. As it warms, the sugars come through but are overtaken by a corn-like vegetal flavor. A bit grainy at the swallow and dry with a slightly synthetic feel. Not a bad beer and one that I would definitely get in a restaurant if faced with few options, but not what I would call truly Belgian. It bit too polished and clean.

Photo of JDV
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smell is somewhat sweet and malty with a mild presence from the belgian yeast. Sweet, creamy and smooth flavor of honeyed maltiness. Not cloying or overly dry and bubbly like some belgians can be. Extremely smooth, creamy and drinkable, especially for a style I'm not generally fond of. This is definitely worth another try and I was impressed.

Photo of Proteus93
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden, apple juice colour with a foamy, dish-soap head.

S: Ripe fruit yeastiness, slightly floral. Quite modest. Good, but perhaps not spectacular.

T: Similar to scene... ripe fruits, some alcohol on the finish, paired with a bit of lightly toasted malt sweetness.

M: A fuller body than expected, and a bit low in carbonation.

D: Fairly easy to drink... nothing too special, but it pairs alright with a cheese plate.

Photo of JWFokker
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle, it's a decent looking beer. Golden, and oddly crystal clear for a Belgian pale ale, but it's got a nice white head that has decent lacing if you're into that. The nose is rather mild, with sweet fruity notes, but nothing noteworhty. The flavor is mostly sweet malt with a touch of spices. No noticeable hop flavor. The finish is kinda syrupy sweet, not exactly to my liking. The mouthfeel is pretty average. As far as drinkability goes, I don't think I would want to have more than two. The sweet syrupy character of this beer could get to be rather cloying beyond one or two.

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

A: Deep, clear golden color with an adequate, white head. Has some nice lacing.

S: Grainy, earthy, herbal, a little spicy and fruity, but nothing very strong.

T: There's a nice toasty sweetness with a little herbal/hoppy sharpness. Creamy honey comes in at first, but then there's a yeast taste that's kind of grainy in texture. It has a strange finish with the bitter yeast taste, but I wouldn't say that's bad.

M: Medium heaviness with nicely active carbonation.

D: Pleasant to drink and very smooth. Unique enough to give you a taste to think about, but it's not going to overwhelm you.

This beer is pretty satisfying, and it won't offend many palates.

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

Best by date stamped on label.

First review since I moved to Colorado from Missouri.

a: Light gold body, cream colored head with great retention.

s: Floral, a bit herbal, nothing special.

t: Floral, spices, some notes of hay, modest hops.

m: light, crisp and refreshing

d: A nice blond, very easy drinking. More going on in the flavor dept. than many of the more plain blondes. A pleasing and subtle flavor makes this enjoyable, but nothing to right home about.

Photo of DaveUK
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear bottle brown colour, large initial head of small white bubbles. Good retention.

Aroma - Ripe apples and pears, bananas, citrus fruits, spicy hops, hints of coriander and vanilla.

Taste - Powerful toasted malt and caramel, subdued bananas with a grassy hop character. The finish is dry and malty.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy feel. Significant sweetness in the palate and on the lips. Adequate carbonation.

Overall - Contrasting and interesting aroma and taste. Superior to the brune but let down by the sickly sweet mouthfeel.

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

Bright clear golden orange with a big, fine, fluffy white head.

Sweet honeyed grains along with fruity citrus and yeast in the nose. Some earthly hops as well.

Medium bodied with lots of fuzzy-fine carbonation that messages the tongue. Sweet, smooth honey; malty, melony and yeasty. Some light and bitter earthly spice.

Quite nice really. Not front of the line stuff here, but not far back from the front few.

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

Pours from the bottle with an incredibly foamy head. The head sticks around for a long time, slowly evening out and dying off, but not fully. The lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the first sip is taken.

A scent of mildly spicy yeast lingers in the smell. Almost a lemony essence is present.

Bright golden body, not quite yellow...sparkling bubbles continue to rise to the surface.

A nice drinking beer. A good light start for those interested in sampling Belgian style beers.

Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Light golden color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Sweet with an interesting clove flavor.

Taste: Sweet upfront with the taste of biscuit and raisin. Smooth. Almost too sweet for the style. Drinkable at best.

Mouthfeel: Sweet. Not very dry.

Verdict: Drinkable at best but too sweet to be a belgian pale ale. Closer to a dubbel than a Belgian Pale Ale.

Photo of ScottUCF84
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, poured into a pint.

A- Gold and transparent, with a surprisingly thick head, reminiscent of a hefe. Lots, and lots of bubbles, very much like champagne (no lie).

S- Actually smells like a hefe-weisse. Bananas, cloves.

T- Sweet with a mild spice. A pinch of hops creep up in the aftertaste, along with alcohol. I must add the taste doesn't reflect it's appearance; there is not a bold bite from the carbonation.

M-Crisp at first, syrupy going down.

D-I would say 3 max in a session due to the sweetness and alcohol content.

Overall this is a great beer; moderately priced (around $8 for six) with a solid ABV and a great taste you don't come across every day.

Photo of udubdawg
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

Bright orange/gold color, quite striking, exhibiting many lines of tiny bubbles and excellent clarity. Initial sizeable frothy white head dies to a thin cap that hugs the sides, but the rest refuses to die, perhaps from the tiny bubbles. As such, the lacing over the opposite side of the glass is excellent.

Nose is sweet, with a light medicinal yeasty edge. Pleasant, but not as complex or full as I'd prefer. Some orchard fruits are hinted at but remain light and I cannot pin them down. Not bad.

Tasty, seems a crowd-pleaser. Not terribly full of anything that would funk-haters cower. Perhaps a little too sweet, and the fruit remains subdued, but nothing to complain about here. Herbal hop bitterness and sharp carbonation combine in the finish and seem successful at keeping "cloying" at bay. Despite the hop finish, the general lingering flavor is honey sweet but remains light.
As stated, carbonation is pretty high, but it works. Medium body, goes down pretty quick. I think I'd tire of this after a couple bottles, but until that point I'd rate it quite drinkable.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy before 04/30/09
Pours a straw like golden color, very effervescent with a massive white fluffy head. Aromas are quite estery with bright clove and citrus, a little banana, and an overall candy like perfume boquet. On the palate, the spices continue to come through, though it has a nice firm malty, toasty flavor. The hops are evident in the finish with a slight bitter note; the floral sense presupposes Nobel varieties, maybe Saaz. A medium high carbonation delivers a nice fluffy, creamy mouthfeel, medium low body and a nice phenolic finish. Overall, I always passed this beer up, but I'm glad I gave it a shot.

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

A from brown bottle with gold foil over the top..very cool. poured with a very large, 4 finger head which was a pleasing light yellow foam. brown golden body with strings of bubbles floating up. Head remained for a good 2 minutes.

S Moderate strength spicy, smoky wooden smell.

T very good smoky, spicy, moderate body taste. Taste lingers for 30-60 seconds but continues to be pleasing.

M very good, enhancing the taste. Smooth mouthfeel.

D Also very good, I could easily drink several of these.

Overall I am very pleased with this beer. I bought a six pack of bottles (with two other Belgian beers in an 18 pack) and I can imagine that I will finish the Leffe Blondes first.

Photo of MisterClean
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz from Total Wine

A - Beautiful golden color, carbonated, huge head, light lacing, alpha clumps, slightly off-white head.

S - Pears, pear-esters, and honey.

T - Plum, pears, sugar, and a dosing of earthy hops.

M - Carbonated and sugary

D - For the sweet taste yes, but the carbonation and earthy hops, throw this one off a little.

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

Thanks stousnipas for this one. Small capped bottle poured into a tulip.

Bright and golden, clear brew that creates a generous amount of foamy white head, with good retention and lacing.
Delicious aroma, mostly sweet, candyish, with multiple fruity notes.
Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, it is quite pleasant if not complex; sweet maltiness, fruitiness and yeastiness abound, with a somewhat dry finish considering the overall sweetness.
Quite nice, and worthwhile, but not complex.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Leffe pours a clear straw color with a good 1-2 finger foam head with solid retention. It leaves pillow cloud lacing all around the sides.

The aroma is yeasty with a faint spice aroma.

The taste was biscuit malty up front with a faint hopiness on the finish. In the mouth it is highly carbonated leaves a bitterness on its exit. Overall a pretty good beer. I think it might go good with a meal like a meat lover's pizza or burger to cut the fat.

Photo of brewjones
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good example of a Belgian Blond. Nice rocky white head that was very large but fell a bit quickly. Straw colored and brilliant clarity. Phenolic nose. Nice yeast character in the taste along with a subtle fruitiness and grainy finish. Light bodied but full of character.

Photo of saztheorybook
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber gradient with light bubbles and a thin head that retained just a little bit throughout. The nose was floral and had light hints of tomatoes. Very tart. The first taste was almost spicy, kind of barbequed, a taste which followed through the finish, though it seemed to evolve as such. A fruity and flowery taste also showed up from time to time. Overall, I'd say it's pretty drinkable, if not an ordinary purchase.

Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very nice change of pace.

A: Vivid gold color with active carbonation. Firm white head leaves some lace down the glass.

S: I sensed lemon, lime, grass and coriander notes.

T: A lot going on here. Spicy hops are front and center. I tasted a fair amount of coriander. Malt has a biscuit quality that gets sweeter as the beer warms. The spicy hops linger into the very dry finish. Slightly acidic.

M: Medium body with a little too much fizz. Leaves the mouth dry.

D: I found this quite drinkable and would go back for more. A nice beer all by itself, but even better with food.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Me and a friend wandered off to Newport Beach last night and found a pizza joint with decent taps. This was one of the choices. Or so I thought. On to the beer:

The beer arrived in my mug a filtered deep colored blonde with a decent head that leaves little lacing on the glass. I'm not sure what the brewers were going for, but it smelled and tasted more like a Franziskaner than an Orval. Lots of chewing gum in the aroma and taste, and I'm talking about the cheap Wrigley's brand. A dash of cloves and a pinch of peppermint(?) provide to back up the main chewing gum flavor. Finish is thick and semi-sticky.

The flavors were fine, but the overall blend of them needs some balance and work.

Photo of dmamiano
3.01/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a huge head. Very dense and rocky looking.Almost like looking down on snow capped mountains.
Smell is of sweet malts, Belgian of course, and the trademark yaest nose, typical of a Belgian ale.
Taste is very sweet, almost candy-like...and thick in the mouth. Almost cloying.
Yeast evident in the flavor. Dominant.

Not a bad beer, but a little too sweet for me.

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable apricot colored ale!

Wasn't picking up much apon sniffing...

Taste made up for lack of smell. This is superb. I wasn't expecting this. Very reminiscent of a Trappist ale. Yeasty, dry, and slightly ever so slightly fruity. Maybe bananas and Belgian candy sugar.

Goes down like manna!

Very, very enjoyable brew! I will drink this beer again!

Photo of KI9A
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, one of the most amazing, clear, dark golden beers I have poured in a long time.

the smell of cloves totally dominated, with a citrus backround.

Flovor was also dominated by cloves, with a back of bannana, and citrus. Almost "too" much of a dominant clove taste. Finishes a little bitter.

Good beer, not a seesion beer, but, a change of pace for me.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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