Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,168 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,168
Reviews: 1,238
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 41
Gots: 382 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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 Quej
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light clear golden colour. Poured very foamy, but left several unusual, small rings of lacy head, which looks a little suspicious.

S - Smells rather yeasty, with some citrus scents that gives it an almost sour smell. Smells of traditional Belgian yeasts, which almost, but do not quite, mask the scent of alcohol.

T - A strong yeasty taste, accompanied by good pale malts. Slight lemon citrus flavours, once again contirbuting to a bit of a sour edge. Alcohol is tasteable, even at rather cold temperatures and only get stronger as it warms. Its taste would hint at a stronger beer than it is.

M - The feel is heavily carbonated, and somewhat thin. It doesn't linger or leave much of an aftertaste, aside from slight metals.

D - The beer is rather drinkable and light. Definitely a beer I could enjoy several of.

It is a good beer, typical of its style, but not examplary of it. It is a very approachable belgian blonde; it is quite a delicious treat. However, in comparison to other beers of its style it, although very delicious, lacks the strength of taste and of alcohol, but not taste of alcohol, to make it great among its kind.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -Nice clear light copper color. Foamy white head. Ample carbonation. Light lacing.

Smell - Bananas, orange, cloves, and yeast spiciness.

Taste - Initially some breads then the spiciness and fruits kick in. Solid.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Nice active carbonation. Light finish.

Drinkability - Easy to drink. Solid, but not spectacular.

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

The first to drink from a fresh keg, had 2 half pints on the first day 1 half pint on the second. Luckily, social occasions had given me an excuse to visit the local grad club for 4 days straight. The beer was served at around 8 degree Celcius in a Leffe glass. Thin head floated 1cm above the 33cl mark. The smell is good, like raw straw water with a hint of spritz. A very clean taste with marked floral notes from the belgian yeast. Slight raw sweetness. Very clean and drinkable. It washed down with conversation too easily. A very drinkable and sensible choice for the rainy spring days.

Photo of Poser
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer seems like it was a lot better the first time I had it, which was on tap in Brussels. But to be as accurate as possible, here's my impression from a bottle brought back. I would say it was a bad bottle, but it's my third I brought back from two different locations. Every time I've tried the bottle it's been the same.

Pours a nice golden color with a medium head that dissipates quickly with little lacing. Carbonation is noticeable, but doesn't seem to help. Aroma is interesting -- floral with something I can only explain as champagne that it's in your face. Has a fruity, floral start with that same champagne finish. It's almost like an alcohol sting but not quite. You can't miss this beer while you're in Belgium, and it's worth a shot.

Photo of Cresant
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Chimay glass. Dated best before 19/04/07. The body was a rich clear golden color. The yeast stayed firmly at the bottom of the bottle. The head was frothy, white and lingered.

Smell was typical belgian yeasty. Earthy.

Taste was somewhat bitter. Banana bread and chalky yeast. Dry. Nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel was rich and filling. Medium carbonation.

Photo of Jwaks
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving 11.2oz bottle

Pours a true translucent golden honey color with a storm of carbonation supporting a two finger thick dense white foamy head. Lacing coats the inside of the glass as the head slowly receds into a opaque foam cap.

Typical belgian aromas with lots of yeast, medicinal phenols - band aids, light spices, and a good dose of pale malts; little hop aromas can be distinguised in the nose.

Moderate to heavy medicinals upfront with a bit of yeast, acid and malt on the mid palate, sweet malts and a bit of honey and spice tie everything together on a pleasantly sweet finish. This is an old school beer that emphazises the natural yeast, malt and medicinals.

Suprisingly, carbonation is not overwhelming in this light to medium bodied brew which boast a light and pleasant finish. This is smooth with good balance for a belgian blonde which tend to be a bit bitter, phenolic and a tad acidic.

A very interesting belgian style pale ale, this smooth, tasty brew would keep my attention for two or three glasses and prove to be easy to drink at any temperature.

Overall this is a good classic belgian pale ale.

Cheers!

Photo of
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Best before 4/11/07.

Crystal clear, light golden color. Large, creamy, white head. Nice lacing as I worked my way through the beer.

Aromas of candi sugar and citrus - primarily lemon. I think I picked up coriander. Alcohol/phenol was there, but not overdone. Finally, just a hint of bananas.

Flavor was bitter more than sweet initially. This reverses as the temperature warms. Sweet character is candi sugar, and really pulls through at the finish. Pepper in there. Lingering bitterness in aftertaste.

Light in body. Highly carbonated. Dry.

Good, very straightforward & refreshing. Better stuff out there, but would certainly drink again.

Photo of Stimack
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gave this one a try last evening, the brew poured to a deep golden color with a huge foamy white head that had great retention leaving a fair amount of chunky lacing along the side of the goblet. The aroma is fair, actually a little disappointing as I was expecting a little more but I did notice a dominant clove scent, bananas, sweet malts and a additional fruit like quality. The taste was good based on what I noticed in the nose, the clove flavor seemed to take a step back from the aroma as I notice the bananas and malt complexity taking a step up. Over all this beer is not as dynamic as I was hoping but it was a easy drink, one I would get one again but as far as Belgium’s I think that there are many more impressive ones out there.

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Medium golden amber color with a smaller head of white foam. Minimal lacing, and medium carbonation.

S: Raw cut grass and mild grain. Some skunky aroma. Very one sided and lacking depth.

T: Mildly rich malt is overshadowed by dense and trespassing malts. Very strong. Cloying sweetness is noted, but again, left in the dust by grassy hops and average malty grains.

M: Nothing to write home about. Slighty dense and coating, but otherwise not much of a step above mass brewed lagers.

D: Although I was hoping for much more, this beer still doesn't really make the mark. For some reason, I thought Leffe was gonna be top notch. If this is representitive of the brewery, they're far from the top of the pops.

Photo of skillerified
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden brown at the top fades to a true golden blond color at the bottom of the glass. A good finger to finger and a half head sits on top and fades slowly to reasonably color. Frothy, foamy and off white for the head. Sparkling clear with lots of fine looking, pretty quickly rising carbonation bubbles.

The smell is decidedly Belgian in nature. Lots of various floral notes, some sweet fruit in there too, banana to be more specific. Sweet caramel malt, a splash of alcohol, and a carbonated cola too. A really nice smell, reasonably complex.

The first sip is sweet and grainy, a mixture of caramel and toffey at the middle of the tongue. The finish is little pleasant sour fruit and slightly bitter. Some of that banana is still floating around in there too. There's just a hint of an alcohol bite every now and then.

Smooth and light, goes down easy. A strong sweet start is slowly overtaken by a coffee like bitterness on the finish. The carbonation makes itself known throughout.

A great everyday beer with dinner, I think. A little too strong (and maybe too sweet at times) to be a session drinker per se, but I could see it fitting in nicely with a steak and some caramelized onions or something along those lines.

Photo of BeerSox
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into snifter.

Clear applejuice colored Ale with an off white frothy head that slowly settles to a thick cap. Rings of solid lacing.

Sweet with estery fruit scents. Creaminess and hints of banana.

Grainy malts with the fruit scent being repeated in the flavor. Banana and a little bit of clove. A little hop bitterness comes in at the end. Medium bodied with high carbonation with a little bit of an acidic feel.

This seems like the Belgian Ale for those who like hefeweizens. Banana and clove with little hop bitterness of phenols. Very easy to drink with the lower alcohol by volume (compared to other Belgian Ales). Recommended.

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

Pours to a generous white head and lacing and deep golden color. Aroma is sweet, spicy, peppery and unmistakably Belgian. Flavor is sweet, malty and spicy. The way this feels in the mouth is superb--slight alcohol warmth/tingle and just the right amount of viscosity. A fine Belgian blond to sip all year round.

Photo of ski271
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Medium golden-amber with a large, white, fluffy head. Nice lacing. Smells of banana, clove, spices orange, light crisp hop and a light smooth malt base. Wheat has top billing in the flavor, supported by strawberry, grass, honey and spices, Perfumy but nice. It has a medium-light body, lightly dry texture and moderate carbonation. Stupid me thought it was actually the style of a blonde given the name. Not a fan of blondes and compared to that style I rather liked this one, though I thought it quite a bit off style. Coming here I find it’s a Belgian Pale Ale. Suddenly it all makes sense, and also I’m suddenly less impressed with this beer. It’s not bad by any means, but it’s nothing special in the world of Belgian Pale Ales. But I still enjoyed it.

Photo of JohnW
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap many times in Belgium and in 0.75 litre bottles bought here in UK (with caged cork) and always enjoyed it. It pours pale bronze, though not a great head whether from bottle or on tap. Aroma is maltly, spicy and hints of the relative sweetness. Texture is fairly rich and warming, leaning more to a fruity sweetness with little evidence of hop bitterness, though not cloying in anyway. It does not have the depth of character or complex flavours of the finest Belgium paler beers, though it is a mass market beer, and a lot better than some mass produced beers I could name! This maybe a touch too sweet for some, as it has little or no hop character bitter aftertaste. This maybe makes it less of a thirst quencher and more a beer to savour on cool evenings. Not one of the really great beers, but enjoyable non the less, and maybe an acquired taste for some. I think it tastes better from the 75cl bottles and on tap than from the smaller bottles for some reason...or maybe its because you are drinking more at one go!

JohnW
B'ham UK

Photo of cabsandking
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A white ring and paper thin pool of carbonation sit atop a copper/amber colored brew. Aromas of pungent fruits like apples, pears, green bananas dominate while a softer herbal ester and citric astringent drift between whiffs. Big yeasty, bread taste, fermented pear, lightly roasted barley, wheat, and raw sugar sweetness that takes shape as it develops. A little ways down notes of unripe green banana, and fermented oranges, and vinous notes become more apparent. Thin body and moderate carbonation leaves a smooth and slightly slick mouthfeel that turns creamier as it warms. The finish has a yeasty profile with notes of dry grains, citric sweetness and slight sour, vinous astringent.

Photo of klewis
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Winking Lizard, Fairlawn, OH - 2/14/07

A: Pours a beautiful orange color with a one-finger frothy head. Plenty of lacing throughout the drink.

S: Yeasty and slightly phenolic.

T: Light flavors of fruity esters, mint, and a hint of phenols. Not a lot of flavor, but what there is is pleasant.

M: Light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Finishes clean.

D: Better than I expected. The flavor is such that it seems that it could pair well with many different types of foods. Recommended.

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

A Belgian Ale that pours a great golden color color. A romantic white head. A somewhat higher than average carbonation..almost like delirium. Interesting combination of yeast and friut. Not a very strong alcoholic presence in the brew. I can see it popular as a affordable Belgian product for a large American novice consumer.

Photo of Hammarby
4.85/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Light amber with an offwhite head with yellowish tones. The foamy head stays forever. A beautiful beer.
S: Citrus, yeast, red berries, flowery aroma.
T: Some bitterness at the back of the tounge, more at the tip (hmm). The bitterness builds up as I drink. Yeast, definately. Citrus (grapefruit). Some sweetness in the aftertaste, beautifully balanced with the bitterness. Coriander (could that be right?). Very tasty. Complex.
M: Tiny bubbles of carboration, moderately carborated. Light to medium body.

I've had this one before. Can't imagine why I haven't held it in higher esteem. I love this beer!

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Alto Cinco in Syracuse.

This isn't an amazing belgian, but I think it's a nice example of Belgian characteristics. This amber beer is heavy on the yeast flavor with what seems to be a candi sugar sweetness. Not much bitterness, but this a very smooth and tasty beer. A good companion to a meal and worth trying.

Photo of dstc
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very nice clear to somewhat cloudy golden color with full white head that stayed a long time and left a full lace on the glass.

S: Interesting smell. Not sure what that is but it smells sweet.

T: Fruity, light and dry, mild aftertaste.

M: Creamy and nicely carbonated.

D: Not a bad Belgian Pale Ale but nothing spectacular. All in all an average beer that I'm not sure I will buy again.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful crystal clear orange in the glass with a nice single finger head of white that takes forever to disappear. When it does it leaves behind a solid coating of white lacing.
Aromas are mildly belgium yeasts and soft sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is creamy and tingly with the massive carbonation and sugars.
Taste of sweet malts, tropical fruits, finish to light, very light lemon.
Aftertaste is just pure and fresh.
Lovely Blonde.

Photo of TheBierBand
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is another beer that I received as a Birthday gift.... THANKS Jack and Pat!

I poured the 11.2 oz brown bottle (freshness dated 20/01/08) into a pint glass (the lable suggests a "chalice-shaped" glass) and received about a four finger, off-white head right off the bat. The beer itself was a nice amber. The head settled down to 1" after about two minutes.

The smell was interesting. Some sweetness, pronounced fruit (like apples) but then a nice spicy note.

Taste was very interesting... The spicy nature took over and the apple flavor came through. A bit of hoppy bitterness but not overpowering. Kind of a weird balance.

You are left with a nice coating in your mouth and an aftertaste that lingers. The small cap of foam lasted until the beer was gone leaving nice pronounced lacing all the way down the glass.

Overall, the drinkability is good. I would have this beer again.

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

Golden color with a nice fine bubbled head. Trails of lacing are left behind with each sip. Steady flow of carb gives it continuous life. First smells i pick up are citrus. This is followed by a honey sweetness. Taste is prominantly sweet up front. This is followed by some banana flavors. Finished with a distinct hoppy note. Also pick up some peppery spice flavors. A little bit on the dry side in the finish with some alcohol bite. Overall a nice Belgian beer. Nothing great or outstanding about it, just a solid drinker that you don't need to think to hard about.

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

Looks like I thought more of this brew than many, but Good it was!

A surprising crisp and filtered clear bright sunshine filled my lil’ sampling glass, topped with a lacey white head.

But the aroma and quaff – Good ol’ Belgium yeast and sugar kane. But this one actually finishes with a crisp hop kick. Very full bodied, rich and tasty. One of the biggest blondes I’ve ever had. An easy sipper, the 6.6% is non-existent, and won’t drop you after a couple hour session.

And this was a very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. I was brought this for the unique chance to enjoy fresh from the brewer.

Photo of evolbob
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Belgian Pale Ale, came in a variety pack with Stella Artois and Hoegaarden from Sam's. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice. Massive head initially, with some large, soapy bubbles, that eventually dissipates. Swirling brings back a nice, thick, albeit thin, head with nice lacing. I couldn't discern very much from the smell, some sweet malt, yeast, alcohol. The taste at first had a strange metallic background but eventually wore off to a mild banana, spice, minimal hops taste with the metallica taste disappearing as the glass slowly empties. This is a very good beer for my taste. I will definitely be buying more of these once this 6 is gone!

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