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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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2,942 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,942
Reviews: 1,214
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 30
Gots: 273 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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Photo of HardTarget
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

The only thing that stands out about this beer in context of it being a comercial expoert by mega brewer Inbev, is that is incredibly well balanced. Just enough hop bitterness to offset the honey sweetness of the malt...otherwise this would be a very sweet beer.

Poured a gold color with lots of effervescence and a large white head that stays for most of the drink. Aromas of sweet fruits and a hint of alcohol. Starts very crisp because of the effervescence then sits with a substantial body to the palate with good balance of hop and sweet malts, finishes with a lingering sweet taste...this is obviously a mass produced stab at a blonde trappist ale..

This is an OK euro mega brew that has some of the characteristics we look for in a Trappist ale with a more smooth drinkability,,,a great starting point to introduce Belgian style ales to newbies.

pootz, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellowish brew with a nice foamy head. I taste the usual belgium spice but still less present then I would have hope for. This beer is also less hearthy then I would have liked. I guess this is a good introduction to belgium brew but not up to the level of a great brew.

Phyl21ca, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of far333
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light golden color with a white fluffy head that recedes slowly and leaves light lace around the glass. Nose is sweet yeast and malt, some fruit and honey. Flavor is rich and sweet, without being overpowering. Smooth mouthfeel delivers yeasty, biscuity flavor over the tongue with a slight carb tingle and a lingering hop bitter. Light flavor, very crisp and refreshing.

far333, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of Stopper
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a watery golden-blond topped with a fluffy head of huge white bubbles. The aroma is dominated by a suite of mild belgian abbey yeast products, with a touch of alcohol and malt sweetness. The initial sip reveals a moderately full, slightly syrupy body, with a sweet light malt flavor. The body seems to thin a bit, quickly, as the same mild sweet malt and yeast flavors trail away into the finish and a very slight hop spice tries to make itself present, to little avail.

This is definitely an enjoyable beer, but unspectacular in the realm of belgian blondes. Not quite a session beer, but maybe a good choice if I was looking to drink a handful of beers with a touch of exotic interest.

Stopper, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Leffe glass at a local French bistro.

Appearance: Clear dark yellow, almost verging on orange. Nice frothy head, about 1/2" in height. Head disappears to a small crown after about 2 minutes. Very good lacing.

Smell: Mostly herby medicinal and orange/lemon aromas. A little splash or coriander and hint of yeast on the nose.

Taste: Slightly bitter medicinal taste with a nice sweetness to help balance it out. Hearty bread and light hops on the finish. Alcohol presence is just barely masked.

Mouthfeel: Slightly rich in mouthfeel, just a bit too astringent for the style.

Drinkability: I'd definitely be in the mood for another, but the only time I drink this beer is when I'm eating mussels at this restaurant I go to on a semi-regular basis. Otherwise, I can't see myself buying this in the store when there are better ones in this style to be had.

ManekiNeko, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of Andreji
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice little beer. pours a nice semi cloudy golden amber tone with an exceptionally creamy head leving LOTS of lacing.

Smell is woody and malty but sweet, some hops.

The taste, exceptional, soft malty and wheaty with a nice sweetness and fruityness, with a slightly bitter end to it. no carbonation whatsoever.

A nice beer.

Andreji, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of byrd
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Leffe poured with a nice rocky, light tan head. Clear golden in color with carbonation seen streaming from the bottom of the glass. The long lasting head turns to a decent lace which sticks to the sides of the glass. Aroma is of slight malts, yeast, and sweet fruity notes. There's also some citric character and a hint of hops. The start is smooth, with the malts and fruitiness coming forward first. There’s a mild hoppiness towards the end, with not much of an aftertaste, although some sweetness does linger a bit. Leffe seems to be a bit thin in the mouth unlike the suggestion on the back of the bottle that this is a full bodied beer. Carbonation is moderate on the tongue. Alcohol is completely hidden for the most part, but does become a bit more apparent as the beer warms. The flavors in this Belgian Ale don’t hit the palette as they typically do in most other Belgians. The flavors are more subtle, making for an easy drinking Belgian that is a good introduction to the style.

byrd, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of dmarch
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous looking beer. Crystal clear golden color with a large, long-lasting head. Highly carbonated. Aroma is pretty strong with clove and bannana. Taste is very sweet and quite yeasty. Very refreshing, but simple in the taste. Kinda one dimensional for a belgian.

dmarch, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bartender poured this amazingly well, even slicing off the overflowing head with a knife. The beer itself was a rich clear amber, with a bountiful thick white head. Decent head retention, with a thick misting lasting all the way through the glass. Some lacework.
Aroma is dominated by belgian malts, providing a thick sugary sweetness. Heavy floral esteriness, with hints of apricot, pear, and plum. A touch of taffylike sugariness.
Flavor is very sweet and candy like. I gave my sister a sip of this, and she said it was like cotton candy. Big belgian malts, with a full, rich mouthfeel. Tons of estery fruitiness Slightly sour in the end, with a hint of peach. Carbonation is fairly high, but smooth and rounded.
A little sweet for my tastes, but certainly good for a belgian ale. Trying this on tap was fun and interesting. The beer definitely didn't bore me, that's for sure.

UnionMade, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bar I was at in Harvard Sq. had an Interbrew tap with Leffe Blonde, Hoegaarden and Stella. Poured nice yellow color, unfortunately not much head due to the bartender's pour. Smells of sour wheat, and sweet malt. I don't detect much in the way of spices. Taste is pretty unique. I've had this beer many times and could pick it out in a blind taste test in a second. Has a sweet/sour malt flavor with a definite and distinct medicine flavor that provides bite. [from phenols]? There are some hops in here as well. Coats the mouth in a weird way as well, almost like cough syrup. A distinctive beer, yet very drinkable.

chaduvel, Aug 19, 2003
Photo of Loki
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on draught all over France and in select places in Italy. This is probably the best, most available beer in France. There are better, but Leffe is very easy to find and in most bars.

Pours a golden yellow, with a big white head. Nice lacing throughout. Good head retention and tiny streams of bubbles from the high carbonation

Aromas of fruit and sweet malt. A very unique nose that is very easily identifiable. Hints of bananas and cloves. Yeast and other scents I could not discern but could detect.

Tastes of sweet malt, bananas, cloves, with hints of spice. The taste is a tad bit sweet, but incredibly easy drinking. Maybe the perfect session beer, if it were a little less sweet.

I found Leffe perfect for heat, and I was in France in the hottest summer in over a century. Wonderful beer for late nights, when your winding down, or for a quick lunch. Amazing quality for a mass produced beer. I hope the quality does not diminish in the bottle as I brought a 3L home!

Loki, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a nice sticky head,the aroma is very yeasty and a little fruity.Taste has a honey taste that hits you right away along with some spicey yeast notes not alot of fruitiness in the taste in my opinion.I like this beer but there are alot better Belgian pales out there.

oberon, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of thefireman
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer at Eulogy in Philly. It really had a fruity, yeasty smell. The taste was the same, with a touch of banana. A nice head that lasted throughout. Great finish. Maybe not the best of the Belgians, but still a good brew. Was a real hit with my wife. I will definately try again.

thefireman, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at the local pub. It poured a light amber color with a tall, white head that left respectable lacing on the glass. The aroma was very malty with some spiciness - like many Belgians. The flavor was somewhat thin and not very distinct. The wheat was the most prominent flavor, but I just really didn't think there was anything special about this one and didn't care too much for it.

clvand0, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If my wife was writing this review, it would be a perfect 5. Brought home a six pack, which I found unique. Poured a nice golden hue, no fear of sediment. Nice lacey head. The taste was crisp, very little bite. Subtle hops. I could have drank the entire six pack myself, due to the smooth non-bitter flavor. I chose to leave four for my wife.

bewareOFpenguin, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of Garin
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It poured a very clear golden brown, with plenty of carbonation to support a substantial, creamy head. Lots of lace.

On the nose I get tons of yeasty malt, and some sour fruit. I get a little clove and sulphur as well.

The flavour is muted. I get bandaids, banana, malt, and spice coming through the aroma. The front end is a bit tingly and sharp with hints of honey-like floral sweetness. I feel some bitter on the back. The middle of my tongue is totally dead. Weird.

In the mouth, it feels somewhat dry and astringent, with a slightly sharp carbonation. It's almost an assault, actually.

For the aroma, I find it slightly drinkable.

Garin, Aug 06, 2003
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