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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,156 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,156
Reviews: 1,234
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 38
Gots: 370 | 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 86sportster883
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leffe Blonde is a good Belgian pale Abbey ale that doesn't overwhelm you with complexity. It pours clear and golden with a medium head that reduces to thin white covering. The aroma is mostly clove and spice. It has a sweet malt flavor with some nutty/almond notes. The mouth feel is medium to light and nicely carbonated. The finish is neither sweet nor bitter, but leaves a slightly metallic taste in your mouth. This would be a good beer to drink during a meal and would probably go well with most pub fare.

Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't really know what to expect, as this was an Interbrew product and we all know they are seen as devils in the brewing community. I have had a few other Leffe products and really enjoyed them. This one pours out to a clear yellow-golden, forming a nice-sized rocky white head with very good retention and excellent lacing. Carbonation is moderate...not quite as brisk as many other triples/Belgian Pales, which is fine with me. The aroma is crisp and clean with vanilla, honey, cantaloupe, and cloves. Slight mineral profile in the nose. Deceivingly light powdery body with a very weak saccharin syrupiness, but not at all distracting. Dry finish with sharp mineral notes. The taste is like the aroma...lots of cantaloupe and honey, mild apricot and orange with a very mild grassy bitterness towards the end, finishing with big tropical fruits and cloves peppered throughout. Alcohol is not noticeable in flavor or aroma. Grass lingers in the aftertaste. Well-balanced middle sweetness and late hops bitterness. Drinkability is very nice.

This is probably the easiest to drink Belgian Pale that I've had that doesn't skimp on flavor, dumb down for the masses, or deviate from the style. Thoroughly refreshing, and it doesn't cause palette fatigue (unlike Unibroue products...despite being awesome, I can only drink so many) Highly recommended.

Photo of joe1510
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. Bottle

Leffe Blonde poured crystal clear light copper. A lot of carbonation bubbles rise from all over the bottom of my tulip glass to the frothy white head. As the head settles it leaves behind sticky chunk lacing. This beer would get a higher rating excepte the head fades rather quickly and then the lacing shrinks up.

The smell comes through with an aroma of cloves and a metallic twang. Theres a weak pepper and yeast spiciness that's hard to pick up clearly.The entire aroma as a matter of fact is subdued.

Tastes begins with very a freshly baked bread maltiness as the backdrop. The clove comes through mid-palate along with a little more of the metallic flavor. There is a mild spiciness on the finish that must be from the yeast used. Solid flavor but nothing exceptional.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied and lively carbonation. The carbonation tingles the tongue and cheeks and livens things up. Slightly oily. My only complaint, and it's a small one, is it seems to be a little light on the finish.

Drinkability is above average. I could drink a couple but the spices are too much to drink anymore.

Overall this is an available beer and a solid starter beer for someone looking to get their feet wet in the Belgian styles.


Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at about 35F from greenish-amber 11.2 oz bottle into tall 0.4L stemmed pilsner glass.
Aroma at the bottleneck is yeasty.
Big, stark white, rocky head on top of a crystal clear light golden beer. Bubbles rise continuously, looks great!
Aroma at the glass is still yeast, very pleasant.
Taste is great, lightly malty, plenty of fruitiness and spiciness. Tart at the finish.
Mouthfeel is a little excessive with carbonation, wish I could get the look without the fizziness. Otherwise, on target.
Drinkability? All day long. This is a refreshing, tasty, light beer I could drink all afternoon at the ball game. Glad I had two in the fridge so I could crack open a second and continue the refreshment. Got these from my brother-in-law who bought a 'taste of Belgium' 12-pack. It's the best of the three in the case, I think. One of my new favorite everyday beers.

Photo of jubnat
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, with thick white head. Very nice aroma, yeasty and spicy. At first, it tastes rather sweet, but finishes a bit bitter and dry; very clean. Good strong yeast flavors, like a hefeweizen. Clove is prominent and some banana flavors also. There is also just a hint of alcohol flavor. This is a very good beer, but I don't think I could drink more than one in a sitting.

Photo of Bugsey
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first had this beer in Paris. It's a highly available beer over there, and highly advertised. So I was curious. What is this mass-marketed beer I've never heard of before?

What a delight. It's a perfect color, with a perfect creamy head. The flavor is slightly fruity, banana, clove, apricot. The feel is creamy, but clean. The complexity is present but not overwhelming.

It has to be one of the finest beers among those made in high volumes.

Photo of seanyfo
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a- golden hue with 2 finger head reducing steadily to leaving a whisp.

S- Very sweet maltiness, some spice, lots of clove

T- Very sugary again with a nice alcoholic kick, cloves come through well in finish. Finishes smoothly enough with a lingering sweet aftertaste

M- a bit sticky and syrupy with medium carbonation, reminds me a bit of artois bock.

D- An average pale ale i would say, sticky mouthfeel isnt pleasant but some nice notes in smell and taste. Ok offering but stick with duvel for a better widely available pale ale.

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

On Tap at Piper’s Pub
A: Banana yellow and peach with light apricot and orange creamsicle hues. Fluffy white head that sticks around and displays quite a bit of full fledged lacing
S: Strong scents of banana, tons of clove, white pepper, and some candi scents.
T: Follows nose with overbearing sweet flavors of fruit, cloves, some candi, apricot and some banana. Some white pepper and medicinal and herbal at times. Sweet and syrupy.
MF: Medium, creamy, and at times syrupy.
Overall: A decent brew, but too commercial. It's also too sweet and syrupy and at times it's almost hard to drink.

Photo of RustythePelican
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On-tap at the InBev Beer Institute, poured into a Leffe chalice. Poured a brown/gold with a thick head that took around a minute to dissipate.

Smell: Orange predominates, with hints of clove, dates and ripe cherries.

Taste: A very good tasting beer, and a great introduction to the world of Belgian beers. Taste is not complex, but sufficiently layered with citrus and dark fruit tastes, with some nice hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Not particularly thick, medium to high carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer, and reasonable alcohol content allows for several samples. It may be chic to criticize macro brewed beers like Leffe, but it's a solid everyday beer and a great introduction to the beers of Belgium.

Photo of BBM
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a burnt amber color . It's very clear, with a nice white head. Aroma is not strong, but pleasant.

The taste is of citrus, spices (cloves), followed up buy sugary sweetness, and some hops. A bit watery. The flavors don't pop out as much as you might expect from a Belgian. Still, it's quite drinkable. A decent Belgian pale.

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

pours a pale yellow colour with an inch of fluffy white head. the head is slow to drop and leaves lots of clumpy lace on the sides of the glass.

aroma is nice. spicy and fresh. clove and corriander. light sweetness behind.

taste is good. light bitterness. nice spice character. corriander and a bit of clove. slight lager-ish character. alcohol is hidden very well.

mouthfeel is good. light and fairly dry finish. good well integrated carbonation.

drinkability is good. nice and tasty.

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

A golden brown color with a lot of head coming up but dissapating quickly. The smell is quite strong and very floral and sugary. The taste is very heavy, very chewy. It most certainly fills your mouth and seems like those suds on the side of your glass are the same ones on the side of your mouth once you are done drinking it. Obvioisly this is a high quality beer that has simply been over produced and is now just average. Good for one drink, then move on

Photo of athensbeermaster
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A rich golden color with good carbonation with tiny almost champagne like bubbles. A modest light tan head that disapates very quickly. A juicy fruit gum aroma mixed with floral overtones.
Between the high carbonation and the spicy corriander the mouthfeel is not melow but the refreshing floral element leaves a good aftertaste. This is a great beer to go with seafood. Shrimp scampi, oysters. The sweet midpalate goes nice with anykind of butter sauce. It is also nice to be able to buy a six pack of Belgian beer!

Photo of mjc410
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour into my Chimay chalice raises a bright white head that is considerably under a finger. It forms just a slight surface lacing, but it leaves some very nice suds on the sides. The body is a bright, translucent gold, with hints of amber. The nose is sweet, with hints of caramel, lots of candi sugar, a bit of hay, and a bit of citrus. Finally, just a tad of pepper. The taste is very bready, sweet, with everything mentioned in the nose. It has a sweet start, but ends with a lingering breadiness (not as sweet) that is very nice. Very balanced. Mouth is medium, with high but fine carbonation - a balance of smooth and tingly. A fine, and affordable ($10/sixer in State College, PA) Belgian.

Thanks to Rob McHugh for the constant prodding to try this!

Photo of Byeast
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear dark gold , slightly orange , a medium sized , white head that dissipates but reappears with the slightest swirl.

Smell: some fruity esters , yellow and green fruits such as pear and apple , bit of sweet malt.

Taste: Delicate blend of fruity and sweet malty flavors. Pear , slight appricot , bit of a yeasty twang , sweet malts , and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel : much carbonation , and an almost chalky dryness.

Drinkability: a very drinkable Belgian pale ale , fruity , dry , and delicate as promised. The flavors are there , they are just a little thin in comparison to other beers of the style.

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

This beer poured clear and golden with a tall and fluffy white head.
The aroma was very faint, I caught hints of citrus and light malts but that was about it. The taste was moderatly sweet, with small hints of citrus, ocasionaly some bready flavors would cross my pallate, the finish was smooth and slightly dry with some hops to finish everything off. The mouthfeel was nicely ballanced . Overall I found it to be a decent flavord beer, though I feel that it lacks some of the complexity of an unfiltered bottle conditioned belgain pale ale.

Photo of Osiris9588
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a very clear light copper with a big pillowy white 3-finger head. It shows decent retetnion and leaves copious strands of sticky lacing. Bubbles cascade up throught the center in a twisting column.

The smell is yeast, clove, citrus, malt, and banana, slightly floral. The flavor offers the same, and is none too balanced, and there is a scortched caramel aftertaste that is somewhat unpleasnt and preponderance of alcohol for a 6.6 ABV.

The mouth is well-carbonated and rather complex, but the flavors do not seem to mesh all that well. I have drank more than two of these in an evening, but only after being somewhat lubricated by other beers.

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

FRESH: good til 4/11/07; consumed 10/19/06
PURCHASED @: Cardinal
COST: $8/six
HEAD: huge yellow; disapating slowly (bottle opened and foamed immediately out)
LACE: lasting foamy spots
COLOR: light amber
AROMA: fruity belgian ale
MOUTHFEEL: medium; fizzy
PALATE: slick
TASTE: like a fruity lager somehow
COMMENTS: like a light st. bernardus

Photo of Boneheadmx
4.65/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The presentation starts in the beautiful bottle, and it pours out to an excellent straw color with a fluffy head. The smell is of spiced rum for some reason.

The taste is brilliant, with hints of fruit. It's very sweet, and a little light on the hops. This reminds me of the taste of whiskey.

The mouthfeel is fairly good, but nothing too exciting.

This is definitely a drinkable beer and I recommend this to everyone.

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

There's plenty of jokes about blonds having nothing upstairs, no substance to them if you know what I mean. But Leffe Blonde, with its deeper golden complexion and large pillow-y capping, dispels a lot of that hearsay. Whether its taste will follow suit remains to be seen, but its shiny, satiny highlights are dazzling distractions, as is its woolly lacing.

Thanks to their yeasts, Belgian ales are often beyond compare with regards to their complexity. Even the more commercial examples, like Leffe, showcase that ostentatiously. A mosaic of spices, fruits and alcohol vapors combine to make a quirky and characterful aroma. And all that is accomplished without the help of hops or malts.

The taste of honeyed oats and almonds, lightly toasted grains and figs and prunes is a welcome one. It isn't an earth-shaker in terms of complexity, but does register at least a sizable five or six on the scale. I'm almost detecting a faint nuttiness and a dry, white wine-like taste and acidity that washes over the palate leaving it to feel fresh and anew.

Even for a lowly, six-something percent beer this is a little thin and underwhelming for my tastes. It lacks the toasty, crunchiness to its pale malts that the best Walloon and Flemish examples encompass. But it's still mighty drinkable and, most importantly, is free of the cloying, (corn) syrupy texture that most mainstream beers do have.

I've been to more than a few establishments where Leffe has been the only half-decent thing on tap, and for that I was thankful. Because while it's not quite good enough to make the shelves in my cellar, it's a more than acceptable fill for my glass if I'm out with friends at a less than craft-friendly restaurant, which, coincidentally, is the only place I ever drink it.

Photo of pgenius
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this stuff. It’s a nice and smooth, medium bodied, Belgian pale with a fairly sweet and creamy taste. It has one of my favorite appearances out of all the beers I’ve had and it looks amazing in a glass. Weak in terms of other Belgian’s, but better then most everything else. Gotta love it.

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

Poured into Chimay goblet.

A: Transparent golden yellow color. Slight head, quickly becomes about a dozen loosely-packed bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. A small bubble island. Lively carbonation. This beer looks filtered.

S: Notes of banana up front. Peppery and grainy.

T/M: Banana and clove up front. Sweet. Finish is wheaty with some dominant black pepper notes. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp. A bit too effervescent.

D: Not terrible, but not great for the style. If you want a sippin' blonde, there are more flavorful/complex blondes to choose from. This one's OK, but is a bit sweet and too fizzy.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle. Foil top, nice.

A- Very similar to a macro pilsner. More head, sticks around for a while. A little frothy.

S- Hoppy, a little tough. Not what I expected.

T- Wow, this is more like a saosin than an abbey ale. Very bubbley and hoppy. The malt comes in late to settle down the hops a bit but they still stick around. Dry finish, but still crisp and clean. I noticed a fait fruity taste as it warms.

M- Fizzy, dry, not bad but not great.

D- It was nice to try but this isn't my cup of tea. I'll stick with the Leffe Brown, sweeter, smoother and better balanced.

Photo of benito
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend and housemate spent the summer in Europe touring World War I battlefields and sampling Belgian brews. My jealousy was eased when he brought a bottle of this back for me all the way across the Atlantic.

It pours a darkish gold with a clean white head that sits a consistent half-inch above the beer. It's nose is a fun mix of sulfur and phenols that translate into a tasty banana-apple-pepper-cotton candy mix on the palate. My only complaint is the slightly watery finish which, though something I have come to expect from most Belgian pales, still seems to unnecessarily jar the palate at the last second.

Nonetheless, this remains a sturdy, medium-bodied brew with a spicy effervescence that quenches as well as any American summer brew. Recommended.

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

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A: Not as much head as many other Belgians, but what was there stayed around for a long time leaving behind a good amount of belgian lace. Orange amber color with plenty of champagne bubbles

S: Lots of banana aroma and not much else.

T: Not as complex as other belgians. Some banana and clove flavors and a little finishing hops.

M: Very smooth, medium bodied drink. Carbonation isn't as high on the toungue as I'd expected.

D: It's a good overall beer, but there are better belgian pale ales, such as duvel.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,156 ratings.