Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Reviews: 1,277
Hads: 3,418
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 56
Gots: 625 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 Gajo74
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

I had this immediately after giving a poor review to Stella Artois. By comparison, this one was much better. At least it had a sweet taste and aroma that was pleasant enough. Ultimately however, it did not have much bite to it. A pretty plain beer and nothing special. I first had this beer in Brussels of all places many years ago and thought I was being worldly. Sadly, this was before I got into craft beer. When I think back on all the amazing Belgian beers I could have enjoyed on this trip, I kick myself. (511 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: almost crystal clear; SRM approx.. 5-6; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; light lacing;

S: clove, banana, bubble gum; a little green apple;

T: follows the nose - a pretty good balance between banana, clove, and bubble gum; a little sweet; no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: nice representation of the style; (376 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a golden/amber color with pretty heavy carbonation and a huge bone-colored head. Tons of sticky lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Traditional Belgian aromas, with a notable yeastiness. It's fruity and malty, with some banana and pineapple in the nose.

Taste: This is a pretty fruity-tasting ale with those banana and pineapple notes noticeable. Also some clove and what strikes me as a somewhat bubble-gum-like note. Also a fair amount of sweet malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Pretty standard pale ale depth. Not thin, not thick.

Overall: Decent Belgian ale. There's a lot of great Belgian beer available domestically these days, which makes Leffe seem a little unremarkable, but it's a decent beer for a fair price. (765 characters)

Photo of BirFan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Of the major Belgian expert beers, this one is very approachable. Though the Belgian candy sugar does give it a sweet savor, it tastes dry enough to be good with all but the spiciest foods (at which point it vanishes into the background). I get a little nuance of orange peel and coriander, and it pours with a respectable head. (328 characters)

Photo of m_hall
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard pour from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip... color is medium amber, and very clear - unlike many Belgian Ales, this has been filtered, so no yeast sediment. Head is white and falls rather quickly into a sudsy film on top, leaving light lacing on the glass.

Nose is malt up top, with biscuit-y and yeast-y tones. Some light fruit and spice notes. Pretty typical of the style. Certainly not unpleasant, but nothing that would jump out and grab one's attention.

Flavor is mainly sweet malts up front, with light spicy notes (cloves) and fruity esters, but nothing too prominent. A fairly strong green apple acidic tartness follows leading up to dry finish- very Belgian. As Abbey Ales go, this one's not too brutal on the alcohol (6.6% ABV).

Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is fairly mild. Very easy to drink -very easy to drink several of them in succession, in fact.

While not a remarkable beer by any stretch, Leffe is quite a good beer. It's not going to make you forget Duvel any time soon, but it's certainly pleasant and easy-going. Could also be a good baseline starter example for someone just starting to explore the Belgian Ale family, for just those reasons. (1,190 characters)

Photo of DubVBrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

With the microbrew craze engulfing public perception it's easy to overlook this "abbey beer" of InBev. Leffe Blonde checks a lot of boxes for me personally; a pleasant fruity aroma, an appealing copper flavored color and a sweet taste that lingers on the tongue, the makings of a very drinkable, enjoyable beer.

This beer has scents very similar to a traditional German Hefeweizen; hints of banana and clove, sweet, not over-powering, that clings to the senses longer than most.

The first taste is subtle sweet bliss of golden grain and barley making no qualms that it's Belgian.

The appearance is an aesthetically pleasing copper gold with a foaming head that retains its character throughout.

Leffe Blonde is a beer for a wide-range of palates and enjoyably drinkable. Cheers! (783 characters)

Photo of iannutter
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

I know that this beer isn't the end all, be all by any means of Belgian Ales, but for it's extremely wide distribution and relatively low cost, this is a beer that I don't think should be written off right off the bat.

While it may be a little syrupy and over processed, the baseline flavour is still nice. It's a subtle beer, with hints of light cloves and banana bread. The mouthfeel is nice while drinking, but can start feeling sticky if you let enough time elapse between drinks.

If you're in an area where the selection is limited, this is not a bad bet- quite good as a session beer. (594 characters)

Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18A). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 49 20:02. AROMA: sweet malty background with spicy aromas, reminiscent of honey-like or caramel. faint orange notes. no hop aromas noticeable. APPEARANCE: gold color and translucent. large creamy white head with good retention. pronunced lacing. TASTE: smooth light sweet malt background. low bitterness in the aftertaste. finishes semi-sweet. no hop flavours discernible. PALATE: creamy and medium body. high carbonation. OVERALL: a belgian blond ale without much complexity. (550 characters)

Photo of Jsteez
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured a gold translucent color; 1.5 inch foamy head; slight lace on glass. Retention could've been better. Smelled like coriander, banana and clove. The taste consisted of banana, sweet malt, spice, coriander, and a dominant clove aftertaste; dry aftertaste. The body was on the moderate side, with a seltzer water feel which made it somewhat boring, but it was okay for a mass produced Belgium beer. (401 characters)

Photo of DrunkEnTraining
4/5  rDev +11.1%

This is a good belgian blonde ale. Nice flavor, drinks well from a glass and it's on sale at my local supermarket for 5.99 a six pack. What more could you ask for? (163 characters)

Photo of Absalom
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Really mediocre for a beer that ought to have been perfected by the only country to have been brewing it for literal millenia, but alas, there are better Belgian Blondes out there. (180 characters)

Photo of denisconrado
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Creamy and long-lasting foam, protecting the trail of scents and allowing sipping liquid interesting effect. Different hops, but the cost-benefit in Brazil... (158 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours semi cloudy and gold with a white head that dissipates quickly

Smells yeasty and boozy

Tastes spicy and yeasty. Slight tropical fruit flavor too.

Mouthfeel light body and medium carbonation

Overall kind of "meh" for a BPA (232 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Appearance – Amber in the glass and supports a reasonable head at the start but this dies off quickly and leaves only moderate lacing behind.

Smell – There is a slight smell of charcoal from this one along with some spice and sweetness I cannot quite put my finger on.

Taste – There is a sweetness with winter spices and plum that cannot be denied. In some ways it is almost like a spiced pear, which to be honest I have always hated.

Mouthfeel – Moderate carbonation and a boozy quality.

Overall – The after taste is very sweet and it does tend to linger a lot longer than you would want it too. Still, the second glass is a lot nicer than the first, which I put down to the strength numbing the taste buds, so if you plan on drinking this over a day it is not completely awful. It is well spiced and probably a good example of the style but it is not to my liking. Sorry to the people at Leffe! (913 characters)

Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Nose: bread, fruity esters - faint pineapple and apricot with a suggestion of banana, honey, spice
Pours brilliant blond gold under a 2"+ persistent and lacy bone white foam cap.
Starts slightly sweet, hints of lemon, pineapple and apricot, light caramel honey, light hop bitterness on the finish
Medium to medium light body, medium high carbonation, creamy, finishes a touch sweeter than dry
This is a drinkable but not outstanding beer and as a lighter beer is susceptible to handling issues. When fresh, a decent alternative to industrial lager. When old, which is often, it picks up wet cardboard flavors which dull the fruits. (632 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.6/5  rDev 0%

Poured into an IPA glass.

The beer is a solid golden color with a soapy white head. Massive webs of lacing remain on the glass. The aroma is very spicy with minimal bubblegum sweetness coming through, as well as some slight booziness. The taste offers a malty beginning and too has the booziness affect the taste. Hidden are the banana and clove notes. There is a peppery finish. Mouthfeel is dry.

Overall, this beer has plenty to offer in the taste profile but is overshadowed by the ABV, oddly enough. (507 characters)

Photo of kevofficiel
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leffe Blonde, one of the most popular beer in Europe.
Nice orange, gold color.
Lots of carbonation as I notice almost 2 fingers of head.
Nice smelling almost the same as the Hoegaarden.
And the taste... its like an Hoegaarden (fruity, orange and citrus) with more ABV and more character and lots of carbonation.
Even its a 6,6 ABV u don t fell that much the alcohol that's why it deserve a good 4/5
So would I recommend it ? Absolutely YES ! (443 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Date: 8/29/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Gold to Orange in color with a fluffy white head. Average retention. The beer is very opaque and easy to see through even without holding it up to the light.
Aroma: Very sweet malts start as us off. They give off an aroma near to sugar. There is a slight medicinal smell as well making me think cough syrup and sugar. The hop flavor is floral with a hint of vegetable.
Taste: There are those malts again, sweet and syrupy. Some wheats kick in where they missed in the aroma. Again that medicinal flavor is back. The hop flavor is minimal but you can tell it's there a touch of bittering flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium slightly syruped body. Medium to medium high carbonation. Some dryness to the mouthfeel. No flavors or even the mouthfeel last for that long. (834 characters)

Photo of carlos_fleico
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a translucent golden color with light hints of amber. About two fingers of a white foamy head with great retention, dissipates very quickly leaving thick lacing behind. A lot of carbonation - stems of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. (4.5)

S: Strong mix of wheat and barley malts - wheat predominates. Strong Belgian yeast aroma, fruity, cooked pineapple, apple, banana, grassy, orange zest and Belgian spices. (4)

T: Smell is richer than the taste. Alcohol is more apparent in the taste. Barley caramel malts, not a whole lot of wheat malts. Belgian yeast is still strong. The taste is very sweet upfront, but gets bitter as the beer fills the palate. (4)

M: Light to medium body, high carbonation, boozy. Refreshing and alcoholic sensation in the mouth after each sip. Lovely bready aftertaste. (4.25)

O: Even though this is a very simple and cheap Belgian Ale, this brew will always be special to me, considering it was the first Belgian Ale I've ever had. I can get this for the same price as most Adjunct Lagers/Euro Pale Ales at local liquor stores, so I never hesitate about what I'll buy when I want something cheaper. Leffe is the beer I always have in my refrigerator. (4)

Today I had a glass of Leffe with pasta, with red sauce and chicken breast. Surprisingly, it paired amazingly well. The sensation and aftertaste were absolutely great. I'll definitely try to repeat this combination. (1,466 characters)

Photo of WoostaBia
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

After the first taste of this sweet belgian blonde ale, I thought this was going to be my favorite beer but after several sessions the sweetness was too much with little complexity. (181 characters)

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had to give this beer another review as it was my first on the site, and was, perhaps, a bit hyper-critical considering I had no experience with this style of beer. Given time however, I've come to really appreciate this rich ale. (231 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours true gold. Perfect amber. White head starts fat and falls of webby and sticky, then to a film on top before it goes away completely. not too much lacing. Lots of bubbles to look at. Nose is lovely. Sweet hint of pear and some lovely soft biscuit malt sweetness. A bit more clove than I expected at first but nice and a very faint banana in back. Some sweet flower petals and as it warms some pungent bitter grass. Lovely in the drink with a crisp and dry malt.A softness that is actually excited by all those bubbles. The clove and the fruit combine lovely and earthy at first then give way to a fruity middle made up of light peach and a little pear around the edges. The finish is dry and drying to the palate with a light remnant of the malt sweetness, a bit of ticklish spice and that lovely peach. It lingers but not long .

Lovely adn everything it should be. (871 characters)

Photo of CraftDanny
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served into a medium glass from a 330ml bottle. There is a lot of foam, lacing, stays for a long time... The colour is amazing, is darket than a regular lager, is thick that's present. Taste delicious, very malty, honey straight away, sweet some lemon aftertaste, I can't describe that amount of shapes and surfaces on a drink. I makes me, I don't need more, maybe an hamder average but it stills ok is 6.6% wowww. Very drinkable beer with the propper belgian flavour and carbonation, never say no to this trendy choice!!! Njoy (527 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a decent sized bubbly bone white head that slowly dissipates. Aromas of bready sweet pilsner with a touch of floral hops and a solid shot of pepper and yeasty esters. The flavor is rich and sweet with hints of orange and sweet bread. Peppery yeasty with a bit of spice rounds out the flavor quite nicely. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a spicy bubbly mouthfeel. That is a pretty nice Belgian right there, I'm surprised I haven't tried this before. (542 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A bready and slightly malty beer. Pours pretty clear with an average head. There is a slight offness to the taste and I cannot determine what it is. Overall a good beer that I would drink but not buy. Give it to me and I will drink it. Not bad overall, slight fruit comes around ever so slightly over the bready, yeasty taste (325 characters)

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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