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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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1,286 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,286
Hads: 3,453
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 56
Gots: 659 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews: 1,286 | Hads: 3,453
Photo of BillBabbitt
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
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. (172 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (229 characters)

Photo of Ordievet
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of bobbabar
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (152 characters)

Photo of Morgluin
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of yuip
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (207 characters)

Photo of hreb
3.42/5  rDev -5%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (1,236 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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. (161 characters)

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
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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)

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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