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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: 456 | 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 bloberglawp
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Available everywhere, leffe blond in a triple style goblet at around 60 F.

Pour golden straw, musty, yeasty aroma with hints of honey and sweet malts, flavor is quite enjoyable, well balanced hops and malt flavors, dry finish with a hint of sweetness.

Not my favorite, but certainly good enough to drink.

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

Sweet, light malt. Little spicy touch.

Medium golden straw, good clarity, and a nice fluffy head.

Spicy carbonated medium body. Sweet caramel malt. Little nutty dryness.

Not bad; it’s crisp and clean and fairly tasty. Not my favorite Belgian Pale, but I I’d try it again.

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a foamy white head that eventually recedes to surface skim, and leaves some good lacing. Body is clear gold with orange highlights. Appearance will be this ale's high point.

Smell - bananas and cloves, faint scent of horseblanket, faint scent of toasty malt biscuits.

Taste - bananas and cloves, with faint horseblanket and faint toasty malt biscuits, all washed through with spicy and grassy Euro hops, which did not show up in the aroma, but which serve to ruin the taste and render a flavor like a mass produced Euro-lager.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - this is a merely decent ale.

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

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Blonde dorée, cristalline, mousse abondante et serrée.
Smell : Nez doux d'alcool, assez puissant mais manquant de finesse. Taste and mouthfeel : Saveur douce légèrement piquante, bien maltée. Rondeur caractéristique. Bonne tenue en bouche, amertume et post-amertume moyennes.
Drinkability : Agréable, mais manque de caractère pour une abbaye .

Photo of animal69
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

after the last beer attacked my senses like a drunk zero pilot on kamikazee run, i figured i'd go to the opposite end of the spectrum ; pours a clear gold color w/ a finger of fluffy whiteness which lasts & left incredible lacing all the way down ; a nose that's tangy and wheaty, with a tinge of hop ; a sweet tangy flavor w/ a nice wheat-malt profile balanced w/ the hop bitterness, some caramel undertones detected ; a nice med body w/ plenty of dextrins to let the flavor linger ; this a a great beer, it was purchased in a 11.2 oz. bottle, but i think they should sell this stuff in "40" 's, i know i'd drink the shit out of 'em...

Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a good two fingers of off-white head. Nice clarity and decent head retention, leaving a thin lace and some stick.

Smell is sweet pale malt, honey, soft fruit aromas, clove and yeast. Smell does seem a tad off although I can't put my finger on it.

Taste has a nice honey-like sweetness to it, along with some grainy malt, citrus flavor, a bit of hop bitterness, some clove and yeast. Taste is a little grainy for my liking and there is a not all too pleasant grainy aftertaste. The taste is a bit off, as that grainy flavor and what seems like a medicinal character are a bit odd. But, otherwise it's pretty tasty and it's smooth and has a creamy, soft mouthfeel.

Pretty solid but unspectacular Belgian, and something just seems a bit off in it. But it's enjoyable and an easy drinker nonetheless, and it seems to be quite readily available.

Photo of skeetermoses
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my first time drinking Leffe, it poured well, and had an exceptional taste, but as far as a Belgian blonde goes, it was not the best, I would rate it as a very drinkable but average blonde. All in all it was a beer I would definately drink again, and I would proudly drink, but it did not stick out in my mind.

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

a: generous bubbly head that leaves uniform belgian lace as it retreats; nice golden/copper color

s: wonderful sweet smell; hints of pear, sweet citrus and apple

t: sweet and yeasty; tastes of pear; flavor rises up mid sip and leads to smooth finish

m: lightly carbonated; very nice creamy smooth mouthfeel. truly enjoyable.

d: smooth and delicious with a distinct sweet fruity flavor; perhas a little on the sweet side but a great well balanced beer otherwise

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought from a carrefour in beijing, china.

well, it's a blonde color, as labelled. golden with orange hue, very crystal clear. having now had more belgian beers, i prefer them bottle conditioned or unfiltered, so this being neither was actually a slight minus. frothy head that dissapates for the most part, but will leave behind traces of lacing. i've only gotten myself a mug, so no actual chalice here...

fruity, citrus aroma, maybe even banana, like a weizen. some spice. malt is faint.

taste is pretty sweet and malty, almost cloying, with some clove-like spice. some slight medicinal notes, but at least they aren't distracting. faint hop background. i suppose it might be weird or unbalanced if this were more heavily hopped, even though i otherwise would crave more.

relatively smooth, showing some ever so slight substance that surprises me for such a heavily filtered product.

drinkable, and certainly preferable to most local chinese macro pale lagers. but chimay and duvel are also available at the carrefour, so why bother with this?

Photo of jayfarley3
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle, pours a golden yellow with a big frothy white head that clings to the side of the glass. smells of sweet malts, fruits, bananas and a little spice. tastes of sweet malt, sweet fruits and just a touch of bitterness. mouthfeel is creamy with lively carbonation. this isnt a bad beer but i will most likley pass it up next time.

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

Appearance: Deep golden color with a dense white head and minor carbonation movement.

Smell: Intense sweet malt aroma with citrus and vanilla hints.

Taste: Almost a burned butterscotch flavor, satisfying sweet malt base flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick almost syrup-like quality. Almost sticky, taste lingers .

Drinkability: An interesting and flavorful beer. The intensity of the flavor is memorable.

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

A yellow/gold appearance, off-white head that reduces nicely.
Has a good spicy smell from the head, offering most of the smell.
Tastes real sweet, candy/sugar-like, citrusy fruit; banana & tropical feel
Feels good in the mouth, makes me want to swing my tongue to get more. Light carbonation.
I feel it is sweet, but I easily drank the 6 I had. Enjoyable, but probably not an every-weekend beer. worth a try.

Photo of Drew966
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leffe Blonde pours a golden yellow with an enormous white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is banana and clove, lots of clove (so much so if I didn't know better I would swear this is a hefeweizen). Clove hits me quickly up front in the taste, there is a touch of hops that is noticeable in the middle, but only just for a moment before the banana flavor kicks in.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow in color, a bit cloudy but still transparent, not much head.

The nose is ripe with sweet fruity-smelling malts.

Flavor is malty, and thick-like sweet. Bananas and cloves, but done in a belgian style, not the normal wheat ale or hefeweizen style. Bubble gum, and an all-around tart fruitiness,

The mouthfeel is solid, not quite heavy, but nice thick and chewy. Drinkability is also good, I could like a few of these.

Photo of PhageLab
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Thin and yellow with a decent head, but that went away rather quickly. Obvious carbonation, no lacing. Not very enticing.

S - Slight hint of skunkiness and some spices, perhaps ginger.

T - Very spicy, with a slight burn, yet this brew has more complexity than I initially thought. Slight aftertaste reminiscent of apple cider.

M - Thin and watery, light bodied, and the only thing that lingers is the herbal graininess.

D - Average I suppose, I will have to give this one another shot, I'd like to try it on tap. I wasn't too impressed, but it's not bad by any means.

Photo of rdub
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled bottle into my favorite glass - a stemware type beer glass. Medium gold color with an awesome aroma. I wish they made this in cologne. The head stuck around for quite awhile but I had this as my evening snack so the whole drink went fast. Taste is of bananas and bread, all in all pretty good. Medium mouthfeel, high on the drinkability. I like it.

Photo of jnfs
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a nice frothy head, a clear medium golden color and moderate to high carbonation.
Upon smelling and then tasting there were notes of spices on the nose. The most noticeable other flavor was a caramel flavor with a little sweetness that was followed by a moderate alcohol finish.
The best before date on the bottle was 10/10/08. I enjoyed this beer and may buy another six pack but Trippel is still my favorite Belgian style. Cheers

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

Bottle, best before date 12-20-2007 Beautiful golden color, nice frothy head. Creamy texture, very, very, smooth. Carmel, honey bread dough. Very easy to drink. Wow, I found my new favorite everyday beer !!! Will be keeping a case of this on hand at all times.

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

Appearance - 4.0
Pours two fingers of fluffy off-white head that reduced gradually. The body is a still looking golden yellow-orange.

Smell - 3.5
Lovely sweet, spicy, warmly alcoholic smell with some clove. However, unlike most beers, warming does not improve the smell. Infact, it seems that much of the smell is coming from the head, and once reduced the smell is weak in comparison.

Taste - 3.5
Pleasant, although not all that complex. Quite sweet, some malt, clove, tropical fruit, banana and honey. A little bitter hops in the finish, but the aftertaste is predominantly sweet.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
It has that lovely lively, fine carbonation of most Belgian beers. Light to moderately weighted in the mouth, but becomes syrupy with warming.

Drinkability - 3.0
A little too sweet to want to session with. This is less noticeable on-tap.

OVERALL - 3.55
My first non-mainstream Belgian beer. The first time I tried this I loved it (my first impression was that of a wheat beer with a shot of sherry), but since trying better beers, I can see that there are some flaws, namely the over-sweetness and lack of complexity. Does not seem as good from the bottle as on-tap, but still a decent drink, and recommended for anyone who likes Belgians (and isn't adverse to sweetness).

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

Pours a pretty golden color with tiny columns of rising bubbles. Thick and foamy white head with fair retention. Patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma is on the hoppy side and has a nice spiced undertone as well. Medium-bodied and spicy with hops and yeast flavors. The flavor profile is not as complex as many Belgians but it is still pretty tasty. The finish is spicy and fruity and lingers a bit. Above average overall.

Photo of geexploitation
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very clear, with a bright amber (gold highlights) color and minimal head, in spite of a constant upward stream of bubbles. The aromas are mostly sweet ones, with an overlay of spicyness and some pungent, doughy yeast elements. Not much depth to the aroma, though. On the palate, the sweetness is a bit overplayed and the yeast notes a bit cloying. What's pleasing are the spices, which build in the second half, and the hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thick for the style, and the carbonation is pretty intense -- too much so. Overall, this is an OK Belgian pale ale, but there's nothing to separate it from any pack.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Exp 12-11-08. A sand-coloured head that settled quickly leaving a wispy centre and ring around the Leffe glass. Light to medium golden in colour. Slow, lazy carbonation. Aroma of hops and lavender, floral. Very full taste and mouthfeel, a bit sweet with hints of honey and apricot. Lots of body but with a tart sharpness. Very pleasing bitter peach finish but I found the alcohol comes through as it warmed even slightly, compromising the drinkability factor. A touch gassy also took away from what started out as a perfectly acceptable beer.

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 330ml brown pop off bottle into a Leffe glass.

A- Somewhat foggy amber/orange in color and a nice slightly off white head with decent lace,

S- Notes of fruity yeasts and some nice malt, as well as some inviting spices, some citrus fruits as well as some banana and peach aromas.

T- Fairly sweet up front with flavors of Belgian yeasts and tasty spices, nice malt notes, hints of corriander, clove, nice fruit - banana, and some flavors of peaches. Generally very yeasty overall with a bittersweet, tart, and somewhat dry finish. Alcohol is just barely noticed. Nicely balanced.

M- Light bodied yet fairly smooth in texture with carbonation the lower side of moderate.

D- Very tasty, and easily drinkable. The alcohol in this beer hides itself very well.

Overall a very flavor-full and delicious beer. Its by far not the best belgian that ive had but its a solid brew to say the least and i enjoyed the bottle that i had. I hope to see it more readily available in southern Ontario (hopefully in something other than a gift pack...)

Photo of kellyst
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow. Small white head.

S: Light spice and alcohol.

T: Blah. Some spice. Kind of like someone tried to spice up a Coors Light. Alcohol is very prominent. I'll pass on this one.

D: Medium. I'll never drink one again. But I could see someone having a lot of these.

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

A nice blond for an evening BBQ. This pours a slightly hazed amber/golden body. Fizzy and heady. A white head quickly develops up to about 3 fingers; a bit rocky and sticky. Looks nice.
Smells of slight citrus and corriander. The Belgian yeasts come through nicely, a bit sweet as well. A malt characteristic softens the spice. this also gives it a bit of thickness that I'm not used to in the style.
A nice drinking beer. It seems a bit stale, I can't keep from thinking about the maltiness. After this beer, I drank an Urquel and found similarities in sweetness.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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