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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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1,294 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,294
Hads: 3,489
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 25.63%
Wants: 60
Gots: 694 | 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 supervike
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of KillerJigger
3.84/5  rDev +7%
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!

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of PostRockandCats
1.72/5  rDev -52.1%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of BillBabbitt
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Ordievet
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of bobbabar
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of Morgluin
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of yuip
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of hreb
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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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Photo of HamdenHector
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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;

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden pour with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Grainy aroma. Taste has grain (wheat and yeast) and pepper upfront. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Can also taste some clove and biscuit. Finishes with yeast and pepper. Good but not great. Very standard for the style.

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Photo of illpass78
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of BirFan
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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Photo of m_hall
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of DubVBrewMaster
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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!

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very nice easily drinkable Belgian Pale Ale. Hits all the right notes without being overpowering. The drinkability is outstanding.

Worth revisiting.

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Photo of iannutter
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.