Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,397 Ratings
THE BROS
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poor

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Ratings: 3,397
Reviews: 1,310
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 57
Gots: 602 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of dgallina
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle without freshness date.

Pours an overly crystal-clear golden yellow. Soapy off-white head dissipates to a thin film but leaves decent lace behind. Lots of sweet banana and spice (clove?) in the nose, with some underlying toasted grain and alcohol fruitiness. Medium-rich and creamy round body. Grainy at the outset, builds light bananas and spices in the middle before finishing slightly drier. Unpleasant tinny medicinal alcohol lingers in the mouth afterwards.

Not too terrible considering the giant conglomerate that brews it, but far from the best Belgian abbey-style ale.

Photo of bditty187
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Biases checked at the door...

Clear, gold in hue with a tickle of amber as well, the liquid is a bit dull and thin looking. White head, at its best the foam was two fingers tall. Head retention was fair; it slowly faded to a sloppy/soapy cap. Some lacing started right away, which is always a plus in my book. A thin cap lasted the entire consumption; plus there was plenty of unorganized subsequent lacing. Overall, this beer looks agreeable. I would have like to have seen a little haze in the liquid. I'm nitpicking...

The nose is pleasant. Lightly spicy with caramel and candy hints from time to time; the fruitiness wasn't very agreeable. It smelled like marzipan. Sugary. I'd have liked to have detected more hops; it would have given me a better feeling going into the palate. Low potency, while not a chatty beer I can't really complain... I like what I smell but, conversely, the nose is boring. For one thing, it is too clean for a Belgian beer and it lacks depth.

The palate shows the phenols much clearer then the nose. Spicy and medicinal; I like it. While it is still clean the palate does show more depth then I expected it too. Minimal bitterness, some earthy and spicy undertones but the hops really don't speak up. The malt is thin and plenty sweet; sugary, caramel candy. The fruitiness is "real" tasting and thus more likable. I don't see anything wrong with the palate. Spicy, sweet, medicinal finish... fairly long aftertaste. The alcohol heat adds a nice touch. I don't have an emotional attachment to this beer, I never had it before but I have heard the stores about its demise. But, for a Belgian Pale Ale, it is a respectable offering.

Around medium in body, it is neither thin nor filling. Low carbonation but it fits the flavor profile well enough. More bubbles might do a better job of scrubbing the sweetness off the tongue. While I think this beer is tasty it is not very refreshing or zippy. That is something I look for in the style.

This is a good beer. Nothing more, nothing less... if the price was right (and if I could get it locally) I would buy more. As it sits now there are better beers similar to this I can get. So be it. I am very happy I tried my first Leffe beer. It wasn't shit in a bottle. Sure it is clean... it is an industrialized Belgian beer. Maybe it was great once, now it is decent. Thank you Red Haze, this was a pleasant and drinkable beer.

Photo of Finite
4.37/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber, a rocky head which retains pretty poorly but laces well.

Smell: Sweet, alcohol underlying smell, some dark fruits. Some crisp hops also which provide some nice balance.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: cherries, semi dark malt sweetness. Highly carbonated. Bitey and refreshing. Some adjunct spices. Finishing with a stunning crisp hop bitter freshness similar to apple.

Drinkability/Overall: Easy enough to drink and a beautiful brew. Borderline my favourite from Leffe. A great fruit, dark tasting contrast with a refreshing crisp pale ale. Well balanced.

Photo of matchz
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This clear orange golden ale is sweet! Scents of sweet fruit, oranges and peaches with just a hint of herbal hops in the background lead into a sweet malty flavor. Honeyed fruit with a full mouth feel make this drink a pleasure to drink. Probably not the best Abbey Ale out there but better then most I've tried.

Photo of filabrazilia
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly clear golden straw with a nice creamy off white head that settled sheets of lace on the glass. This is not what one expects from an abbey ale (where's the yeast?).

There is a faint spice aroma in the nose that is tame compared to other Belgian ales. Pretty mild.

The taste is nice--lightly sweet, spicy and malty. The flavor yields more strength as it warms. This is not the feast of flavors you experience from other Belgians--but it is still pretty tasty.

Not a lot of body to this brew. It's pretty thin in the mouth but the carbonation does resonate a bit on the roof of the mouth.

This is a very drinkable beer. I would gladly serve this to folks that have not had the pleasure of Belgian beer. I think I could call this a gateway Belgian for the uninitiated.

Photo of descartes
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 33 cl. bottle.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a small ring of head.
Smell: Faint floural smell with a little alcohol to boot.
Taste: Slightly sweet and then fades so a citric hops, then goes to a honey aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body but soon becomes watery.
Drinkability: A solid beer that won't blow you away with complexity.

Overall: The hops were too dry and harsh (different from strong) and overall this drink lacked in balance.

Photo of BurnsTau
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tried this on tap, poured a clear gold with a decent white head. The smell is fruity with a bit of bitterness. The taste is a pretty strong sweet, fruity taste which is balanced out with a good amount of bitterness. This is a pretty strong tasting brew, with the sweetness overpowering the hops a good bit. Overall this was a good beer and I enjoyed it.

Photo of jaluria
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A relatively clear, golden-yellow colored beer with loads of foam that seems to sit stationary for some time leaving behind some nice lacing. Aromas of grains, yeast, and apricots seem to dominate. The taste is typical of this style with a fair amount of bitterness that is complemented by sweet fruity flavors. My biggest problem with this brew is it's unusual aftertaste that just lingers on and on. The aftertaste is a bit like swallowing a slightly stale loaf of bread; just not very appealing. The drinkability takes a hit because of this as well. I would rather follow this beer with a glass of water than to have another one.

Photo of Lnedrive14
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oh - why do I review this? I dont know, I guess just for the hell of it.

Leffe is quite a good introduction to the belgian style, I think. A very sweet brew, but as ones tastes become a bit more refined, the beer becomes altogether unnecessary. It is very syrupy, almost tastes like robitussin. Not that it is all bad - i myself love tussin. Anyway, an adequate beer, but certainly not something I would go out and purchase. Very fruity and way too thick for the style. I would like something a bit more summery (not that that is really a word with any meaning, but anyway). In any case, I guess it was a nice surprise a bar, so that I didnt have to order a guiness, but there are definitely better things out there for the price.

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

From a 33 cl bottle dated “best before 19-9-06”. Leffe Blonde delivers a light, crisp aroma with a hint of spice from a bright golden body. The flavor is equally crisp and slightly tart with a light touch of pepper and a hint of cinnamon. This is a fairly standard Belgian pale, but it’s a high standard. Its authenticity as an abbey ale however, is stifled by its contracted Interbrew origins.

Photo of kmcnair
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a perfect copper color and makes a thin white head, leaves a nice bit of lacing on my glass. Strong bread yeasty aroma. Peppery spices, clove and sweet banana are dominant in the flavor, however there's a bit of metallic in the background that is not so pleasant and perhaps a bit plastic. Nice medium palate that finishes dry with crisp bubbly carbonation. Halfway through this and the metallic flavor has seemingly diminished quite a bit, though the plastic remains. While this brew has a couple of strong points, the weak points are dominating here, I don't think I'll be drinking this one again for a while. One thing I noticed here is that this brew isn't bottle conditioned, which seems to be pretty standard for the style. Perhaps Leffe's commercial nature will inspire some macro drinkers to crossover into the craftbrew world, but I can't say that I recommend this. A decent gateway beer at best.

Photo of atigerlife
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 11.2 bottle poured into a pint glass.

Poured a golden brown color with a very fluffy head. Good lacing.

The smell was of malt, bread and tart apples. Nothing outstanding. The taste was vanilla, nuts and some light plum and honey flavors. Not as impressive as some other beers, but quite nice.
The mouthfeel was slightly harsh though not oppressive. Decent amount of carbonation. Overall, I found this to be quite acceptable and I would have again, thought I prefer the Leffe brune and the radieuse. The blonde is more like a little brother.

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

bright golden hue. good head that lasts.moderately full bodied. mild bitterness. aromas show sweet pale malt accents. rich and chewy on the palate showing good malt intensity and sweetness that is balanced and a dry hop finish. shows a very drinkable character. impressively flavorful.

Photo of wl0307
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at a trendy gastro pub in East End London. Insanely expensive: 3 quid for half pint!! I'm definitely ripped-off!! (should've known better...)

A: light golden hue, with a white head thick but loosely-formed and breaking down pretty fast and leaves little to entertain my eyes; light carbonation. The fast-retreating foam is a bit disappointing for a Belgian ale on tap.
S: fruity, like banana oil, honey, grainy maltiness, sweetened orange, and a lightly bubble-gum note--overall refreshing, but a bit too sugary.
T: smoothly-textured candyish and grainy malts upfront, with a refreshing flavour of troical fruits of esters, leading to a dryish fruity flavour at the back--bittersweet like chicory syrup, with a slightly spicy (clove?) note in the end. Pretty standard flavour for this style, but lacking complexity which is key to make Belgian ales desirable--could be the result of filtering?
M: light-bodied, backed by understated bubbly texture, and moderately-flavoured; overall quite clean on the mouthfeel.
D: an average Belgian blond--nothing more nothing less.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass it presents itself with a slightly hazy golden color and a large frothy white head. Soft carbonation yet good head retention and even some nice lacing rings as it went down. Aroma is fruity and spicy. Some lemon, pepper, and pear. Flavor is about as strong as the aroma suggests, but the yeast stands out more in the flavor. Light-to-medium bodied with a slightly dry aftertaste.

Not the best Belgian out there, but a decent value for the price. A good gateway Belgian perhaps?

Photo of shirfan
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours rich and clear golden with good lacing lasting to the end of the glass. Slightly disappointing in that there is no yeast left in the bottle.

Smells of pear and mild green apple.

Fairly chewy malt backbone ushers in subdued estery yeast flavors -- mostly pear here. A little bit of tea-like hop presence in the background. Instead of building towards a big finish as many belgians do, this seems to slack off towards the end; probably due to the relatively low abv and filtering.

Sacrifices some flavor for drinkability, hence no 4's other than appearance. This would, however, be a good pick to "ease" someone into the style.

Photo of alysmith4
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clerk at my local gourmet beer store warned me that this brew was "very spicy." In fact, TOO spicy for him. But for a girly-girl like me, I thought it was perfect. I had one, and then two- and was good and spiced up for the night. I haven't had much of this particular style, but I thought this beer was a good one of it's kind. Get in touch with your feminine (spicy) side, and enjoy!

Photo of becktone
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This blonde pours to be a nice golden color with a huge head which is now receeding quite fast. To begin with the head must have been about an inch and a half thick. The head is a white color looking much like soap bubbles and has fairly good retention.

Not really impressed by the smell of this beer. I can't really detect anything at all.

The beer has an interesting taste. There is not much bitterness to it at all. It leaves a sweet aftertaste in my mouth that kind of reminds me of butterscotch candy.

This beer is full bodied and seems to me to have more carbonation than most beers, but I think that this feature compliments the taste of this beer. As to the drinkability of this beer, I find nothing special about it, except for its unique taste, but I am sure that there are many beers out there that represent this style much better.

Photo of Viggo
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber, big fluffy white head, some lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet malt, spices, some hops, coriander and orange peel. Taste is really sweet, some spice, coriander and orange and a little bit of yeast. Pretty smooth, mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Not bad, better than the brune but the sweetness is pretty cloying.

Photo of jettjon
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Nice fluffy head, complex hefeweizen-type flavor
Lows: Slight alcohol flavor

Pours a dusky translucent gold color with a thick, attractive fluffy white head that sticks around. Nose is of wheat, malt, and grapefruit, reminiscent of a good hefeweizen. Flavor is quite complex, again favoring a hefeweizen in that there are notes of grapefruit and other citrus, but there’s more: apple, a touch of acid, and even an “iced tea” flavor. There is a hint of alcohol. Overall, the flavor is quite pleasing. The mouth is full, bubbly, and refreshing; drinkability is good. There’s a slightly bitter finish.

Overall, a very decent brew.

Photo of MarcGetty
4.73/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leffe is has a quintessential golden color with high carbonation and an usually long lasting head. It's head is quite unusual and makes this beer worth trying by itself. Rich long lasting taste but without a bad aftertaste. A little bit of aroma, very drinkable and always a terrific beer to rediscover.

Photo of tgbljb
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a medium amber color with massive white chunky head. Smell is herbal, spicy. Very nice. Taste is spicy, banana-like and initially enjoyable, but also very subtle. Almost as if it has been watered-down. Finish is light and nice, but not quite what I was looking for. Almost too easy to drink. I would describe this as a macro Belgian Pale Ale. It seems as if Inbev has turned this beer into the the Bub Light of Belgian Pale Ales.What will be next? Maybe they will buy an Abbey.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leffe Blonde

Appearance- yellowish orange with a huge white head. An easy pour still creates a huge frothy head.
Smell- spicey, vanilla and pepper, and banana.
Taste- sugary vanilla and banana. Some citrus, lemon.
Mouthfeel- light and watery. Slight alcohol detection.

Overall- A decent Blonde with a touch of alc. present.

***re-reviewed***
1/10/09

Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep golden beer with a large long lasting head.

Smell is spicy with the scents of medicine and bubble gum. Smells of sweet honey with a strong scent of coriander. Spice is mostly ginger and pepper.

Taste is sweet and mildly spicy with a coriander being the strongest flavor. Taste of honey lingers a bit too much here. Taste gets more herbal as you finish your beer. It is a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel is OK.

The sweetness level and a lack of complexity hamper drinkability. Needs about half the sugar and extra spice flavors.

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

Presentation: 33cl brown glass generic "slim" bottle, multicolored label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: clear golden color, large white head, good lacing

Smell: clove, yeast, fruitness

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, sweet malt, some yeast, minor hops

Notes: just average

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,397 ratings.