Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,388 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,388
Reviews: 1,304
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 56
Gots: 589 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of dramer
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had high hopes for this Belgian beer...started out well with nice foam and good smell in the glass. Initial taste was good as well, very similar to a Chimay but not as refined. The aftertaste has something with it though, just can't tell what it is however. Certainly not as smooth on the finish at the initial taste though. Overall, I'll finish this 6 pack and chalk it up to experience.

Photo of Nine_Tails
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

simply the standard Belgian beer

Photo of supervike
2.94/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice foam head that stays, good amount of carbonation. I detect a flavor of clove and a bitterish aftertaste. Lingers with a semi sweet flavor. Flavorful ale.

Photo of Beerma
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Weird after taste!
But smooth going down!

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful blonde pour with fruits & spices on the nose. Strong fruit & spice flavor reminiscent of a hefeweizen but with higher carbonation & bitterness.

Photo of KillerJigger
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a fan but my wife really likes it! Have been trying to get out of my HOPPcentric ways. Seems to affect how beers w\o hopps taste and sometimes i'm to negative to them. Now i've decided to just drink more of the styles at a time to compare. Cheers to more tasting!

Photo of archyquaffer
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle into a schooner glass. A moderate pour produces about a one inch creamy head that proves rather sticky. The beer is a pale ruddy golden with carbonation on the high side.

The aroma is somewhat faint- I detect some yeasty funk, banana, and maybe just a touch of herbal hops. The flavor is sweet, funky, bready, and estery, with touches of peppery spice. The mouth feel is creamy, with some barnyard, pepper and candy lingering into the aftertaste.

This beer has too much residual sweetness for my taste. There are a lot of flavors but they don't meld well and the unrelenting sweetness is a distraction.

Photo of PostRockandCats
1.72/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

L: Beautiful Golden Amber with a Tall, soapy head.

S: Malty and fruity. Lots of banana.

T: Malty and sweet. Not balanced at all.

M: Light and bubbly

O: Not good. At all.

Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is hard to believe that I have never reviewed this beer! I have drank it many times over, both on draft and from a bottle. I spied this guy with my little eye in the singles case at Country Garden Six Pack on Friday and I could not resist.

From the bottle: "Anno 1240"; "Belgian Ale [-] Abbey Ale"; "Deliciously soft and subtle"; "Savor the Mystery of the Ages. Award-winning Leffe Blonde is a full-bodied deep golden ale that is surprisingly subtle and delicate. Belgium's classic abbey ale is best served in its own chalice-shaped glass, accentuating the ale's aroma and creating the perfect head."

I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a good pour into a chalice (although not a Leffe), forming two fingers of dense, eggshell-white head with great retention. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a soft maltiness, underlain by both a grassy hoppiness and even a slight yeasty quality. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but with loads of CO2 bubbles. The taste was fruity, like mixed fruit, undoubtedly a result of their yeast strain and its inherent esters. It was eminently drinkable and I was crushing it as I looked down and over half of it was already out of my glass and into my neck. The finish was semi-sweet, fruity, estrous, but the yeast had done its job and rendered it with a dryness that could not be overlooked.

Photo of BillBabbitt
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful, crystal clear, bronze color with a full, soft white foamy head. Nice aroma and a slightly sweet, intensely floral taste. Pairs well with a light pasta.

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

Pours with a large foamy head. Yeast and bread on the nose, with banana, bubblegum and clove right across the palate. Would have to be a small beer list for this to be my first choice though, doesn't show a great deal of quality.

Photo of Ordievet
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looked pretty good smelled great but taste was "meh" a little sweet for my taste and didn't taste well with a burger. All in all I wasn't a fan it was just too sweet for a blonde and I are a burger with it and the taste still lingered. Tasted like I was drinking a weak perfume.

Photo of Jmc181
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not terrible, not my favorite.

Photo of ianwolfman
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid begin blonde. It was priced well.

Photo of bobbabar
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Starts off nice with subtle sweetness. Nice aroma. As go on sweetness becomes a bit to much. Works when drinking one or two when paired with food.

Photo of Morgluin
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nearly transparent with a shiny golden colour. Has just under two fingers of head with decent retention and very little lacing.

Smell: This beer smells quite similar to a hefeweizen, with soft yet sweet aromas of banana and pear.

Taste: Upfront, there is a very sweet malt flavour that comes along with bold notes of banana and cloves, with a hint of pear. The finish is a tad underwhelming, being unexpectedly subtle. Very fruity, with a robust sweetness that some may find cloying. Has a faint, bready aftertaste.

Feel: Very sturdy medium body. Feels almost syrupy at times, yet smooth, with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall: The overall experience feels too clean and processed for a Belgian blonde. I would not recommend this one.

Photo of Paulieblaze
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok beer kind of flat

Photo of AnthonyMoran88
1.83/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Definitely not a great, not a nice taste or feel.

Photo of yuip
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I prefer beers which dont have that strong malty taste and this is a good example of that. Thin lacing, soft and pleasing aroma, an easy to drink beer that goes down without much of a "Bite" on your tongue.

Photo of hreb
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

How have I not reviewed this beer years ago? Readily available, cost effective, and delicious. 11.2oz bottle served in a chalice. Best before 19/02/16. Aroma is mild but hints of Belgian yeasty goodness. Color is brilliant gold in color. Flavor is on the sweet side of balanced, with a distinctly Belgian Candi sugar note. Secondary flavors are of grass, ripe fruit, and of course clove. But all are subdued. This Belgian blonde is more drinkable than it is complex.

Photo of gmattkennedy
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, a little strong on the clover (or whatever the spice is). It's Christmas in a bottle.

Photo of JamesMN
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before end: 7/10/15.

Appearance: Honey brown in color with great clarity. Fluffy white head.

Aroma: Dry yeast esters with hints of pear and coriander.

Taste: I don't have much experience with Blonde ales, mostly because the ones I've tried have been quite bland. Leffe has a really nice sweet bready malt base, crisp hop bitterness and a mix of pear, fig, and coriander from the yeast that makes for a refreshing experience. It has a very interesting balance. The sweet malt and bitter hops seem to take turns taking over the palate. The finish is crisp and the aftertaste has a nice burst of yeasty esters. If I didn't know better I'd think this was higher than its moderate 6.6% ABV. The amount of flavor and clean taste suggests a higher ABV beer. Really well done.

Mouthfeel: Just under medium in body, with an average carbonation level for the style. Quite smooth despite the effervescence. Great drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Honestly, this one sat in my fridge for several months before I finally pulled the trigger. I'm not a huge fan of Belgian ales in general but beers like Leffe prove that it is possible to appreciate any style. The nuances in Leffe's flavor make all the difference. Would I drink it again? Sure.

Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

04/24/13 At home. In bottle. Full bodied Belgian. Substantial flavors. The yeast are bready & the finish is citrus. Not for everyone, so there'll be more for me.

Photo of Gajo74
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
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;

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,388 ratings.