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
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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 ernie
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden amber color, long-lasting creamy head, immense lacework.

Aroma malty and fruity, with strong citric and yeasty notes and hint of ripe pears.

Start malty, soft but sticky, body big and rounded, very fruity taste, more yeasts in the finish, together with a much-welcome acidic note. Aftertaste long, sweetish. Mouthfeel sticky, sometimes chewy.

Not the best Blonde from Belguium, I prefer them drier. From the other hand, widely available and easily drinkable.

Note: bottled version a bit more restrained in character.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

The first time I had this, I quaffed it like a light beer. Big mistake. There are things to appreciate about this one.

A: Hazy orange with amber notes. White head dissolves quickly.

S: Fruity, spicy. A very Belgian smell.

T: Fruits and spicy... Malty sweetness with a little bread. Dry toward the end. Nice blend, but not very complex.

M: Overcarbonated. Smooth otherwise.

D: Pleasant to drink, and goes down easily. I'd probably pick up a sixer of this again as a relaxing spring/summer beer.

Photo of beerdown77
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Every time I review a Belgian white style, I continue to be disappointed. I should know by now that I just do not prefer the style. I know that I used to like Hoegaarden, and I have one in the fridge right now that I am hoping I will enjoy. Leffe Blonde reminded me of all the things I don't like about Duvel. It has a plastic-like yeast taste that I just cannot get into. I find that yeast presence very dominating, and it makes the beer hard to finish. The appearance was a nice golden color with a bubbly head. It does have an almost "slick" smoothness, but the taste really cut down on the drinkability for me.

Photo of jovy1097
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Huge, foamy head that lasts quite a while. Underneath, a bubbly golden liquid that looks very inviting.

S: Musty, bready yeast and maybe some cloves. I can detect a noticeable phenol in the smell that is off-putting.

T: Spicy, sweet, and bubblegum. Doesn't have any bitterness of note. Not bad.

M: Creamy with a little sharp carbonation. You can feel the bite of alcohol in this one.

D: This is one you should not gulp. That being said, it's easy to drink. Not a brew that stands out from the crowd though. Not bad, but don't go out of your way to get it.

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Can't really judge as I drank it straight from the bottle.

S - Citrus, slight wet hops, very faint malt, and even fainter adjunct

T - Tastes of citrus, slight lemon, slight malt, and very slight hops.

M - Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation

O - Overall, it reminded me of a Hoegaarden. Not bad, but not really my cup of tea.

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 rapidsequence
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 pz bottle

Appearance: Pours darker than I had expected. Its orangey-amber. Giant foamy head. Nice lacing. Looks great.

Smell: Sweet, very sweet. Spicy. Lots of clove. Lots. Some breadiness from the yeast. Banana too. That seems out of place. Not bad.

Taste: Very sweet and very clovey. The finish is a little bready with just the slightest bitterness. It finishes long and overly sweet with persistent clove.

Mouthfeel: I never say this-- its too full. The mouthfeel is sticky and almost syrupy. This along with the too-sweet taste makes this as refreshing as a cream soda (read: not refreshing).

Drinkability: Its really not that bad I guess. Grade inflation forces me to give this "average" scores, when compared to other Belgians, its considerably below average. It still tastes pretty good, but its not a good example of the style for me.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Belgian blonde ale, pours that very color, looked a little more like a mass produced lager than I was expecting, but still had professional qualities and a sizeable white head that left some lacing. Aroma was sweet and had a restrained belgian ester profile.

Lots of carbonation obscures the flavor profile at first. Is this a belgian? Weird yeast and carbonation thing going, herbal tea. A sweeter malt taste finally hits back against the different yeast and herb mouthfeel. Tastes like fusel alcohol too. Could use more two row just to beef up the body, there's too many different flavors that come across as just unconventional (to put it nicely) to ever enjoy this, especially at its relative high price point. Totally meh to me.

Photo of russpowell
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This used to be a nice change of pace I would buy when I was stationed in Germany. I would always be able to find this in French Supermarkets. There wasn't much else going but Pils & Exports on my side of the border, BBD of May 17 2013

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Green apples. a touch of pear

S: Green & golden delicious apples up front, green banana, plus a bit of phenols, A touch of juicy fruit mixing with touch of dirt & more green banana. Finishes with green apple skin & a bit of cheap boozey cider

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, decent balance

A okay take on the style, always liked the darker leffe better

Photo of philipquarles
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into the proper glassware, it is a nice dark gold with a decent head that disappears quickly to leave a good amount of lacing.

Smells of sugar and malt.

Tastes as it smells; mainly sugar, followed by a breadyness. Some honey-like tastes are also present, as is a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is good. The carbonation mixes well with a decent feeling body.

Fairly drinkable beer, though a bit sweet for my tastes. This is what I'll drink if my only other choices are Maes and Jupiler.

Photo of Maakun
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clour is golden, small white head that doesn't last too long. Leaves a thin layer.

Smell is cloves, malt. It's quite light, there's a hint of fruit and some other spices, but it's a bit flat.

Taste starts sweet and spicy. Cloves, yeast, banana. Then some malts and more fruit, like plums. After it's warmed up a bit there's more cloves and sweetness, some korainder and other spices coming in. The sweet cloves gets a bit overpowering for my taste. There's hardly any hops to balance it out. Aftertase is more cloves, and only now a slight bitterness.

Mouth is medium with nice carbonation, but the spicyness doesn't really fit well with it.

It's not bad, but I don't care much for the heavy cloves and sweetness. It's a commercial beer ofcourse, but would be much better with more balance.

Photo of Schneic8
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a mug.

Appearance: Poured a dark golden color/light copper color. White head that didn't last and a mild amount of carbonation.

Smell: Sweet smell with some floral notes and maybe banana.

Taste: Sweet tasting beer that seems almost artificial. It tastes like it smells. I get floral and banana flavors with maybe a deep caramel taste. It has a long sweet after taste.

Mouthfeel: It is thin and more smooth than crisp. Sits well and has a slight bite from the carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall: Solid beer. Not favorite because I am not a huge fan of the sweetness that presents itself. I like the softness of this beer and if I was in the right mood I would try again.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Me and a friend wandered off to Newport Beach last night and found a pizza joint with decent taps. This was one of the choices. Or so I thought. On to the beer:

The beer arrived in my mug a filtered deep colored blonde with a decent head that leaves little lacing on the glass. I'm not sure what the brewers were going for, but it smelled and tasted more like a Franziskaner than an Orval. Lots of chewing gum in the aroma and taste, and I'm talking about the cheap Wrigley's brand. A dash of cloves and a pinch of peppermint(?) provide to back up the main chewing gum flavor. Finish is thick and semi-sticky.

The flavors were fine, but the overall blend of them needs some balance and work.

Photo of MDDMD
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-golden color with a nice thick head and good lacing

S-cloves and tropical fruit/bananas with a heavy yeasty presence

T-heavy sweetness and fruit with hints of cloves, sweet malt

F-medium to heavy body with light carbonation, a slightly syrupy feel

O-nothing special here, too sweet and overall not a stellar example of this style

Photo of Schoonerorlater
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

a- looks appetizing. clear golden color. thick head that doesn't last too long. little lacing.

s- banana and bubble gum are the strongest scents. some floral hints here and there.

t-tough to put your finger on the style the brewer had in mind. could be the clean and overly filtered process the beer has gone through. it's not awful though. the banana flavors are predominate, the smacky bubble gum taste follows right after. the back end has some maltiness to it.

m- light to medium.

o-really just a very commercial Belgian Pale. clean and very filtered. the average beer drinker would enjoy. those with a more selective taste might be turned off. but hey, i'd buy it again.

Photo of ozzyCobblepot
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poorly retained foam head with some clinging residue, light carbonation action, honey colored
S: Fruity malt overtones, slightly grainy, slightly yeasty
T: Very sweet, malt dominant, bready. Still somewhat uninspired. Not much character but refreshing & easy
M: Rounded out & smooth, light-medium bodied
O: Easy enough, a stereotyped, approachable interpretation of the style but nothing distinguished

Photo of sfprint
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Exp: Nov 2012

A: Transparent sap, copper. Short head, massive center column of carbonation.
S: Musty, doggy, medium fruit, apricot family.
T: I remember it being better, but I've had it fresher before. Alcohol is noticeable, amberish, with a kind of scotch "negativity" or sort of flavor astringency. Hard to describe. Sort of mild sweetness and bitterness. Odd. I remember it being better when it was pretty cold and fresh.
M: Odd. Not so much carbonation. Medium to light body.
O: Ok, will try again when it's fresher and colder.

Photo of wcudwight
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden colored with a massive sticky white head, excellent retention. Herbal aroma. Smells like one of those health food stores that sales all of the herbs and stuff. Sweet flavored, almost too much so. Hint of bananna and some herbal flavors. Medicinal finish. Thick sticky mouthfeel. Overall good beer just not one of the top beers of the style. Good to have when there's nothing else better.

Photo of impending
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl into a tulip. Pours a clear brassy gold, very nice. Minor head with little retention.

Phenols dominate with much yeast behind and a mix of light fruits below. Thick viscous mouthfeel, flows over the tongue.

Taste is not as phenol heavy as the nose indicated it may be, thankfully. The overripe light fruits are here with spices on top. The sweetness hints at candied sugars. The aftertaste fades quickly. This tastes best when served colder than most belgians deserve, does not improve as it warms.

Photo of matt20102
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle with a thick, creamy, lingering head. There is a subtle, hoppy, herbaceous aroma which nicely complements the malty character of the blonde. There is a big malty character which is actually quite drinkable- more drinkable than I find most malty beers. While not terribly complex, this is definitely a beer that I will enjoy again...

Photo of crookedhalo
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden/light amber color with a white head. Aromas of light malts and a bit of tobacco and some other weak esters. Taste is about as weak as the aroma. A healthy malty sweetness and a bit of spicy astringency towards the end, but nothing to rave about. It's drinkable, but there are certainly better Belgian blonde ales to be had. I'll bet this beer was wonderful some ages in the past. Now it seems like a very typical, mass-marketed product and it shows in it's quality. It's not a bad beer, it just could be done better.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Belgian would be terrific if it wasn't filtered like Brita water. Gold, crystal appearance with a large, fluffy head that disipated slightly. Predominant malt smell, with some banana fruit and a little yeast. Tasted of malt and banana. Little honey and bubblegum flavour, with next to no bitterness. A disappointing Belgium.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber copper in color with a thin white head and a lot of carbonation.

Smell: Smell of wheat and cloves.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and light bodied. Well balanced. Mostly cloves and banana flavors up front with a hint of grass.

Overall: Not my first choice at all, but credit were due. I personally don't care for the overwhelming clove flavor.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Freshness date said best by march 2012. Not sure what that means but I doubt this one is a good bottle ager.

Golden yellow and clear with a huge frothy head that eventually sinks down and leaves some lacing.

Smells of yeasts, light fruits, and wheat. Almost more of a wheat beer smell.

Very sweet tasting, lots of apple, pear, and banana with a touch of citrus. Yeast is strong in the flavor as well. Some spiciness, cloves and pepper. The sweet kinda overpowers the other flavors.

Feels pretty good going down, kinda thick with a long lingering bittersweet aftertaste and just a touch of warming slightly reminiscent of a tripel.

Drinkability is below average. It's ok but I won't seek it out again.

Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Le Manoir in Paris, France into a 50 cL Abbaye de Leffe glass.

A: clear golden yellow with small rimming of white head, good lacing.

S: light Belgian spice and yeast. Hints of floral and bubble gum. Not amazing for a Belgian beer but decent.

T: again lightly yeasty and distinctly Belgian. Though besides the floral tones reminds me a bit of a mass-produced lager than a Belgian ale.

M: crisp, refreshing, light. Good carbonation. Not a bad mouthfeel but certainly nothing amazing here.

O: overall not bad, though for a Belgian ale this is not one of the top tier from that country. I'd drunk it again if at another restaurant abroad that has a meager choice, but wouldn't recommend to be sought out.

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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