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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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2,933 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,933
Reviews: 1,214
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 30
Gots: 267 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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Photo of AndIWantYou
3/5  rDev -15.5%

I have to say, with this beer, Belgian pale ales are growing on me.

This beer created a nice, bubbly head, but the beer itself looks kind of... wimpy? I'm not sure how to describe it. I guess I expected something a little cloudier and creamier.

The beer doesn't smell very good at first, but as it warms up it begins to smell better. Ditto for the taste, although it tastes OK even right out of the fridge.

If I could have this on tap somewhere, I think I'd like it better. For my money, I think I'll try to find another bottled Belgian pale ale.

AndIWantYou, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%

Golden in color with a nice head. The aroma was limited as some fruit tones and sweetness from the malt was detectable. The flavor followed the aroma well, as the fruity malt flavor with some light bitterness were nicely balanced. Some yeast was also detectable.

Light bodied beer, carbonation levels slightly stronger than expected but produced a nice crispness on the tongue. Relatively clean aftertaste. Very drinkable and this was better on tap than what I have had in bottle.

Gavage, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of BeefyMee
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

Appearance: Light amber with a big head that left nice lacing.

Smell: Fruity and a little spicey. There's a bit of an unappealing odor lurking in the background.

Taste: Very clean, as many people have noted. I don't think this is the big downfall of the beer though. Every beer should be different. This one is what it is and I like it. The taste is very agreeable, even if it is a little boring, with something of a banana type flavor present.

Drinkability: Possibly the most drinkable Belgian I've ever had. A session beer, despite the 6.6%abv.

Beef Notes: Many have knocked it, but you can sign me up. It's my Belgian Budweiser. I'm getting a vision of me paying $8.50 for a sixer in the near future.

BeefyMee, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of Stubbie1
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

This brew pours a deep honey yellow with a shallow head. The aroma is sweet. A bit fruity and maybe some hops and spice kicked in there. The taste is sweet all the way through. A fruity sweet that has a light bitter feel in the end, It is smooth in the mouth and easy to drink.
Overall: it is a good brew. Nothing special to write about but it is , and was worth the try.

Stubbie1, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of necoadam
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%

After drinking this beer I thought it was ok. Appearance looked pretty nice. Nice clear light gold color to it. Smell consisted of some malts, but that's it. There really wasn't anything to smell, seems a little too clean. Taste was also clean with some spiciness towards the end. Nothing really exciting here. If you want a belgain pale ale, go get a duvel.

necoadam, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of jed
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, rich golden/honey yellow with about one finger of head. Insane amount of bubbles. Head retention is average, lots of lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, fruity aroma, with a hint of citrus or bitter herb.

Taste: Very smooth. Spicy taste with hints of pepper, with a sweeter aftertaste. Distinctive "Belgian sugary" taste. Little bit of honey and some bitter hops in the aftertaste. Not as super complex as some of the stronger Belgians, but still excellent.

Mouthfeel: A little bit heavy on the carbonation, which detracts.

Drinkability: Tasty, not too heavy, not too much alcohol, but nothing remarkable. Slightly above average.

Not as good as the on-tap version, but still a solid, low-end Belgian beer. Along w/Kronenbourg, Leffe Blonde is available at nearly every bar, café, and restaurant in my area, and while it costs the same as Kronenbourg it's certainly the better of the two. Nice beer for a night out.

jed, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%

Pours a pale hazy gold with a thin lacy ivory head. Smells of citrus (grapefruit?) and fruity yeast. Lightly spicy aromas, like black pepper.

Your first impression of the taste is sweet, sweet, sweet. And not malty sweet, like sugary sweet. I don't know if they use lots of cane sugar in the brewing process but whatever it is, it is overdone. For the first time in any of my reviews I will use the adjective "cloying" to describe it. Once the wave of sweetness passes you get some grapefruity citrus and the peppery spice, some rounded alcohol flavors and hints of honey. This is a bold tasting beer, it definitely asserts itself on your palette and is sticky in the finish. Problem is it's way too sweet and not nearly complex enough to pull it off. I seem to remember having better impressions of the bruin in the past but I'll take a miss on the blonde next time.

ViveLaChouffe, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of TerryW
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

This is one of my wife's favorites. Dad too. I find it okay, but it's not as high up my list of things to drink.

Looks good. Nice orange-gold colour, good sized head with good lace and retention.

Sweet and flowery nose, orange and mild cloves. Nothing that really grabs at me or that I find particularly interesting. No distinctive malt or hop. Smooth and a bit peppery. Really middle-of-the-road across the board. Better than macro pap for sure.

TerryW, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%

Huge creamy white head.
Cream of corn aroma, with sweetness and clovey spice.
More corn on the palate, a smattering of citrus, but the sweetness makes this a desert beverage. Only the faintest muffled bitterness. This is like corn soda.
Could not tell there was much alcohol in this beer, being masked with the sugar and corn.

Serve with corn on the cob, or actually, why bother serving?

Naerhu, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of cokes
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%

Clear gold with a blooming pale beige topping.
Nose full of rubber bands and processed sugar, all sprinkled with cloves.
Begins with some fruit. Orangey, but not as sharp, nor as defined. Lightly bready malt backing. Turns increasingly sugary with each sip. Both cane and brown sugars. Dilute spicing that seems to indicated clove and/or coriander.
I thought it resembled a Belgian-bent hellesbock for a while.
But I don't anymore.
Bitterness and hop traits are minimal.
Light bodied and lacking pizzazz.
This was drinkable (actually, *quite* drinkable) given its vessel...a midget 25cL bottle. But as I suck a cloying, pulpy brown sugar sap off my cheeks, I don't plan to reach for another.
And this is hardly a "one-and-done" style.

Decent...maybe...sort of...

cokes, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -2%

Being in interbrew, some Ontario pubs have it on tap. It was somewhat more balanced than in the bottle, less sweet-bitter. Light yellow, good nose.
The yeast is there and sticking in the retaining head. Orangy and cloves are for teas not beer, bit well manged on-tap at the up-and-coming Safari Club.

Sammy, Jan 14, 2004
Photo of trekbiker3000
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

It has a nice golden yellow color, excellant carbonation and maintains a nice head.

Their is a definite sweet floral odor that entices. A chalice glass would be recommended to get the full effect of the aroma.

There is no bitterness in this beer, the hops are very well balanced.

The beer seemed very delicate on the tongue with an almost champagne-like quality. I would recommend this beer if you like a good flavored, aromatic ale.

trekbiker3000, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of JackTheRipper
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured a nice clear golden color with an absolute steamer of a head. Really nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet, smells a bit like bananas with some bubble gum hiding out.

Taste is sweet at first, not very hoppy, but finishes pretty well balanced.

Nice level of carbonation, a little on the dry side.

A very nice beer, I wouldn't mind having another.

JackTheRipper, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

This brew pours a very deep golden with a very nice white head. The aromas are spicy, and inticing but too sweet. The aromas are a bit subdued compared to the draught version of this brew, but the taste is pretty much the same...too damn sweet! This could be a very good Belgian ale if they tone down the sweetness and spiciness a bit and add some more malt/hop flavors. The mouthfeel was a bit too thick and syrupy, yet less syrupy than on tap, but not too bad and the drinkability suffers from the sweetness...

francisweizen, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

Glowing golden yellow color, strong medium white bubbly thick head appears, fades within a short while to a thin skim and thin ring, lace in minimal strings. Nice nose of malty sweetness, dulled mild citrus and banana yeasted spice and tiny phenolic notes coming through as it warms. Taste is quite mild of malt sweetness, wheat, some dulled citrusy lemon notes with a touch of banana and spices. Its a nice mix with some light hops, finishes pretty strong with a big fullness on the palate and some fruity dryness with peppery notes. The feel is well carbonated with a slightly small start but grabs hold quickly and becomes quite full with a nice subtle dry finish thats crisp and dulled of citrus and spice. Not all that flavorful or complex but the carbonation makes up for some of that. A pretty nice blond abbey that comes across like a hefe on steroids.

tavernjef, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%

Nice looking deep golend. Streams of CO2 rise at a rapid clip. A big fluffy white head adorns the surface. Lacing if full and intricate. Aroma's musty and yeasty. A little spicy. Bready. Pretty good. Flavors are crisp and refined. Bready yeastiness is quite nice. Some subdued fruity esters....seemingly apples and pears. A little pepper spiciness. Pretty nice taste all together. Body is about medium and the mouthfeel is nice. A little airy, but carbonation seems right all together. This is a belgian beer I would get again.

Bighuge, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of HardTarget
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Gold foiled brown bottle with a best before date of 10/2004 (sampled 11/2003), and a glassware suggestion (Chalice)
Aroma: Classic abbey nose, rich malt with a spicy banana yeast (Weihenstephan) aroma.
Appearance: Deep blond-gold with a white tight head that laced before my first sip
Flavor: Nose didn’t lie; a classic rich abbey beer, in the class of Chimay. The spices remind me of La Fin du Monde; in fact, this entire beer is a close cousin. The LFdM is perhaps a bit spicier; I’ll try a side-by-side next time I can.
Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body with a drying prickle at the end. A rich feeling beer.
Overall Impression: It’s odd; there is a taste at the middle that I’m finding distracting. Smells great, first taste is equal to the smell, the finish is dry and pleasing, but it bottoms out in the middle. Close as I can describe it is a flat metallic taste, which I’ve experienced with a hop bitter in the aftertaste before, maybe the spices are covering it there. Perplexing. I better sample another 15-16 of these to figure it out. Will have to be in several sessions, this beer is filling and isn’t quite a session beer. A good beer with an odd weak spot; if you like the Abbey’s give it a shot.

HardTarget, Nov 09, 2003
Photo of RocketWidget
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

Pours a golden blonde, so light you might call it a pilsner. Certainly the billowy white head reminds me of a pilsner, with the exception that the head stays thick and is much longer lasting then what I see in a traditional Czech Pilsner. The carbonation of this brew seems to just go on and on, a very nice touch! Smells cool and crisp, perhaps a honey aroma in there? Taste is bold and hoppy, sweet and refreshing. A solid brew, and one that reminds me why Belgian strong pale ales are some of my favorite beers.

RocketWidget, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

On tap poured into a Leffe glass. It pours a light golden color with a 2 finger head. There is a nice row of lace rings left on the glass. The smell is full of sweet lemon and banana. There is also some malt and yeast to the smell. The taste is malty with a bit of citrus and anise. Only a tiny bit of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly nice, just a little light. The drinkability is very nice. A decent Belgian brew.

SheepNutz, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of shippos
3.8/5  rDev +7%

clear golden honey color with a very good thick white head and a very good amount of carbonation. fruity spicy aroma with slight hints of maltly sweetness and some peppery alcohol (or maybe that's the typical "belgian" character picking through). very nicely balanced, the hops are almost undectable. this does have a very good amount of carbonation. after sitting for awhile in a chimay glass and allowing some co2 to condense into a somehat thick head the mouthfeel alomst takes on a toffeeish slightly syrupy malty mouthfeel. very tasty. this is an excellent beer.

shippos, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of PiratePete
3.48/5  rDev -2%

Leffe Blonde poured a lovely deep gold. The head fell to a very thin white covering over the beer until the end leaving lots of lacing. A nose of fruit, malt, and yeast. Feels pretty good in the mouth, maybe a little thin, followed by a decent aftertaste. Not what I would call strong but very potable. This is a good Belgian blonde ale that could be enjoyed by all. It is a refreshing pale ale and a good starter for the newbie.

PiratePete, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Poured a very clean and bright golden bronze - too clean and bright, seemed quite processed. Not terribly flavorful - typical Belgian blonde ale flavor profile, but muted and pedestrian. Some vague fruity flavors and a bit of yeast, but nothing that reaches out and grabs your attention. Not bad, but much better examples of the style out there.

Brent, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%

Bright light gold with a nice off white head and good carbonation with slow bubbles and some lace. Nice clove spice and soft malt aroma. Nice balanced malt, spice, fruity flavors -- reminds me of a light Duvel. Medium bodied with good effervescence.

A good Belgian session ale albiet a little pricey ... thinking people judge this one too harsly based on the Interbrew connection.

Label states "anno 1240"
ABV 6.6% (per 6-pack carrier)

Best Before: 09/2004
Tasted: 10/16/03

($9.84 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%

Deep gold color. Small head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malts are sweet and fruity. Hops are a touch spicy. Light and refreshing. Kind of mild for an Abbey Ale. Drinkable, but nothing special. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

beerguy101, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
3.23/5  rDev -9%

Leffe glass.

I think more effort went in to the glass style than the beer style. Good looking glass. None the less, this is one simple ale.

Pours a clear traditional golden color. Big head and good lacing in the glass.
The scents are a bit unconventional. I sensed sugar free bubble gum. I did. I am not lying. Along with wheat and grain, a clove quality and some sweet caramel. Interesting scents.

The flavors were not as complex as the scents. The dominant flavors were the grain and clove. A hint of leafy mint in the back ground, but it never asserted itself. The clove gives this ale a push and the end. There were some sweet offerings and the sugar free bubble gum was present but these flavors really were weak compared to the wheaty grain and clove.

It has a nice dry quality. Bubbly from the carbonation. An easy drinking ale.

Too bad there is not much here. If the wheat and clove allowed the other flavors some more room to assert themselves I think this would be a much better ale. As it stands the flavors block each other and there is no path or syemetry for some of the lesser flavors to stand out.

Rumrunner, Oct 04, 2003
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