Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,165 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 3,165
Reviews: 1,237
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 41
Gots: 378 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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Ratings: 3,165 | Reviews: 1,237 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AnthonyMoran88
1.75/5  rDev -50.7%
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
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
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 hotdogtornados
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hreb
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
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 ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BcCraft710
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MichialTanner1
3.26/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlackhammerOhio
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mPadraig
4.21/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gmattkennedy
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
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 virinow
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sebastiansboat
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Lodisgrisen
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ajm5108
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of nightsky
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of kodyonthekeys
4.72/5  rDev +33%

Photo of JamesMN
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
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 rockernino
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Bpham
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kengr
3.87/5  rDev +9%

Photo of JGrahamK
4.52/5  rDev +27.3%

Photo of misternebbie
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,165 ratings.