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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,287 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,287
Hads: 3,454
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 56
Gots: 659 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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 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)

Photo of kevofficiel
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leffe Blonde, one of the most popular beer in Europe.
Nice orange, gold color.
Lots of carbonation as I notice almost 2 fingers of head.
Nice smelling almost the same as the Hoegaarden.
And the taste... its like an Hoegaarden (fruity, orange and citrus) with more ABV and more character and lots of carbonation.
Even its a 6,6 ABV u don t fell that much the alcohol that's why it deserve a good 4/5
So would I recommend it ? Absolutely YES ! (443 characters)

Photo of KornWallace
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Date: 8/29/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Gold to Orange in color with a fluffy white head. Average retention. The beer is very opaque and easy to see through even without holding it up to the light.
Aroma: Very sweet malts start as us off. They give off an aroma near to sugar. There is a slight medicinal smell as well making me think cough syrup and sugar. The hop flavor is floral with a hint of vegetable.
Taste: There are those malts again, sweet and syrupy. Some wheats kick in where they missed in the aroma. Again that medicinal flavor is back. The hop flavor is minimal but you can tell it's there a touch of bittering flavor.
Mouthfeel: Medium slightly syruped body. Medium to medium high carbonation. Some dryness to the mouthfeel. No flavors or even the mouthfeel last for that long. (834 characters)

Photo of carlos_fleico
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a translucent golden color with light hints of amber. About two fingers of a white foamy head with great retention, dissipates very quickly leaving thick lacing behind. A lot of carbonation - stems of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. (4.5)

S: Strong mix of wheat and barley malts - wheat predominates. Strong Belgian yeast aroma, fruity, cooked pineapple, apple, banana, grassy, orange zest and Belgian spices. (4)

T: Smell is richer than the taste. Alcohol is more apparent in the taste. Barley caramel malts, not a whole lot of wheat malts. Belgian yeast is still strong. The taste is very sweet upfront, but gets bitter as the beer fills the palate. (4)

M: Light to medium body, high carbonation, boozy. Refreshing and alcoholic sensation in the mouth after each sip. Lovely bready aftertaste. (4.25)

O: Even though this is a very simple and cheap Belgian Ale, this brew will always be special to me, considering it was the first Belgian Ale I've ever had. I can get this for the same price as most Adjunct Lagers/Euro Pale Ales at local liquor stores, so I never hesitate about what I'll buy when I want something cheaper. Leffe is the beer I always have in my refrigerator. (4)

Today I had a glass of Leffe with pasta, with red sauce and chicken breast. Surprisingly, it paired amazingly well. The sensation and aftertaste were absolutely great. I'll definitely try to repeat this combination. (1,466 characters)

Photo of WoostaBia
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

After the first taste of this sweet belgian blonde ale, I thought this was going to be my favorite beer but after several sessions the sweetness was too much with little complexity. (181 characters)

Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had to give this beer another review as it was my first on the site, and was, perhaps, a bit hyper-critical considering I had no experience with this style of beer. Given time however, I've come to really appreciate this rich ale. (231 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours true gold. Perfect amber. White head starts fat and falls of webby and sticky, then to a film on top before it goes away completely. not too much lacing. Lots of bubbles to look at. Nose is lovely. Sweet hint of pear and some lovely soft biscuit malt sweetness. A bit more clove than I expected at first but nice and a very faint banana in back. Some sweet flower petals and as it warms some pungent bitter grass. Lovely in the drink with a crisp and dry malt.A softness that is actually excited by all those bubbles. The clove and the fruit combine lovely and earthy at first then give way to a fruity middle made up of light peach and a little pear around the edges. The finish is dry and drying to the palate with a light remnant of the malt sweetness, a bit of ticklish spice and that lovely peach. It lingers but not long .

Lovely adn everything it should be. (871 characters)

Photo of CraftDanny
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served into a medium glass from a 330ml bottle. There is a lot of foam, lacing, stays for a long time... The colour is amazing, is darket than a regular lager, is thick that's present. Taste delicious, very malty, honey straight away, sweet some lemon aftertaste, I can't describe that amount of shapes and surfaces on a drink. I makes me, I don't need more, maybe an hamder average but it stills ok is 6.6% wowww. Very drinkable beer with the propper belgian flavour and carbonation, never say no to this trendy choice!!! Njoy (527 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a decent sized bubbly bone white head that slowly dissipates. Aromas of bready sweet pilsner with a touch of floral hops and a solid shot of pepper and yeasty esters. The flavor is rich and sweet with hints of orange and sweet bread. Peppery yeasty with a bit of spice rounds out the flavor quite nicely. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a spicy bubbly mouthfeel. That is a pretty nice Belgian right there, I'm surprised I haven't tried this before. (542 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A bready and slightly malty beer. Pours pretty clear with an average head. There is a slight offness to the taste and I cannot determine what it is. Overall a good beer that I would drink but not buy. Give it to me and I will drink it. Not bad overall, slight fruit comes around ever so slightly over the bready, yeasty taste (325 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO as a single and served at 6deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well. Pours with a nice white head.

S- Very good. Lots of bread and yeast. WOW

T- Very good. Like this Belgium beer a lot. Bit on the tin flavored side though. Good malt backbone here with a bit of sugar caramel goodness.

M- Very good.

O- I like Leffe products. They taste well with a mature aroma and flavor. Re-reviewing this beer and the rating doesn't move much.

Food Pairing

This nice ale goes well with... Hot Thai dishes

Enjoy (521 characters)

Photo of NerdLife
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Easy to drink. Clear, golden color. Good enough for a hot day. Slightly spiced with a bit of fruitiness. It definitely has its own unique flavor which might be an acquired taste. Not something I would particularly go out of my way for but I wouldn't necessarily decline a drink either.

Decent beer. (299 characters)

Photo of GiaLvo
4.31/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Amazingly refreshing and easy to drink beer.
Perfect for the summer.
The head disappears quickly but the taste stays good even if sipped slowly.
I could taste some fruity aroma but I couldn't identify it.
Definitely one of the best beer amongst those that are easily found in supermarkets. (289 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I really like this beer. It's a light golden Belgian with a white head that runs pretty quick. The smell I liked a lot with a lot of wheat and sweet smells. The taste was what I liked the most. Flavors of banana bread and a little bit of mint from the Belgian wheat. The mouthfeel was a bit thin, even for a Belgian white but I still really like this beer. The availability and price arn't too bad either. (405 characters)

Photo of arthurspoor
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured this out in the Leffe glass. Not a lot of foam, but quite dense.

Colour is golden and quite transparant. I can't see much bubbles.

Smells like ripe banana, some pineapple later on. Very creamy.

Tastes like banana with cream and pineapple, followed by a hoppy biterness and a slight metallic taste (don't know how else to descripe it). Hints of alcohol at the end, with a sweet and sticky finish.

Overall the taste is very sweet and creamy. There is not much else 'going on' here. A bit boring. Not my cup of tea really, but okay.

This beer is very popular (or marketed well) in Belgium. it is served in almost every cafeteria or restaurant. I had these before on-tap, and in my memorie they are better that way, a more coherent and fresher flavour. I don't like the thickness of this brew. (803 characters)

Photo of scottmullin
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I saw this Belgian Ale has been brewed since 1240, so I thought I'd might be worth trying a piece of history...

The beer pours a golden yellow with plenty of carbonation and a sticky head. The carbonation continued for a most of the time, and was renewed after each sip. A very attractive beer.

The smell is sweet and buttery, with a hint of apple. Plenty of flavor is promised.

The taste is much the same as the scent: sweet and buttery, very full-bodied but still crisp enough to drink at a good pace. The alcohol hits in the back of the mouth suddenly near the end of the sip, separate from it's initial flavor. The bottle describes the beer as "surprisingly subtle and delicate", but it didn't strike me as such. The beer was flavorful and full-bodied, and even after swallowing I couldn't draw too many more flavors out.

What struck me most was the thickness of the beer. It sticks on your tongue after each sip, and the flavors just don't dissipate. It'd be tough to switch to another beer right after drinking this one.

I enjoyed the beer, but I didn't find it quite as delicate or mysterious as the bottle would have me believe. Regardless, it looks great and tastes fine, so whatever. (1,198 characters)

Photo of slt
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a Belgian light beer, very crisp to the taste. Strong smell of cloves. Very nice aftertaste, clear and just bubbly enough, feels nice going down. A great beer for conversation and slow burn. One of my top 5 Belgian beers, my first choice being Stella. (259 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/17/2015. Pours lightly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange peel, pear, apple, banana, honey, biscuit, bubblegum, herbal, floral, clove, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pale malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange peel, pear, apple, banana, honey, biscuit, bubblegum, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, pear, apple, banana, honey, biscuit, bubblegum, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of pale malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great yeast/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of pale male and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,443 characters)

Photo of Beeronysus
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light golden transparency with a thick cloudy and resilient head that laces well as you progress. "Clearly" a filtered ale, not bottle conditioned.

Smell: Lovely, delicately spiced banana bread-like aroma. A harmonious balance of the yeast derived esters and phenols.

Taste: A warm sweet biscuit-like malt flavor leads the charge followed by fleeting notes of soft orange and clove.

Mouthfeel: Finishes like a lager--clean and crisp and dry, but with enough substance and alcohol (6.6% ABV) to lend itself as a medium bodied ale.

Overall: A very pleasant and clean beer. Many seem to call it "simple", but this beer has a lot of character for a "blonde". There is a harmony of subtle flavors at play--not easy to pull off. In that respect, it's far from just "simple". (788 characters)

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Very light, well carbonated with a tall head (but one that lessens quickly). It has a slight yellow/orange murkiness reminiscent of any number of Belgian ales, though it most closely resembles a more yellow Blue Moon.

S: See taste, because the smell was nearly identical.

T: Light and bright. A foundation of traditional deep belgian floral flavors with a wheaty streak. The lightness of it complimented its style in a unique way, adding a joyousness to the flavor. There was also a throaty sweet to it, like a hard candy was left at the bottom of the beer. A unique and enjoyable blend of flavors in a light and easy-to-down beer.

M: Yeasty Belgian feel, but a limited aftertaste. The charm is in the initial taste, and once it's gone it's pretty well gone. Chalk that up to the lightness.

O: I wish that this beer was available on tap in more of my local bars, because it would be my constant go-to beer. It's a light, belgian blonde with some quality elements of the big players but a lighter taste at an awesome price. I'd recommend this one also to anyone new to this particular style of beer. It's a great everyday beer. (1,133 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Standard Belgian Blonde. If nothing else available, good in pinch. Too sweet.

A: It's crystal clear golden with light carbonation. It poured with a very rich, dense, rocky two finger ivory dense head that slowly settled and left tons of lacing, As it should!
S: Plenty of fruit (too much banana!) with spicy yeast followed by malts and floral hops. Smell is better than taste.
T: Follows smell, with malty sweetness, followed by bananas, clove and spices. Spicy finish. But too sweet and bubble gum for me.
M:It's medium-bodied, chalky, long finish. Too much over ripe banana skin.
O: Good in pinch. (606 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. I was initially greeted by a massive amount of light beige head threatening to billow over the top of the glass, although this settled down quickly to reveal a dark gold liquid with light bronze highlights. Smells buttery, nutty, with some low-key Belgian yeast spice and vinous fruit top notes. Less assertive aroma than other Belgians but has the right characteristics, with some saison and tripel like features although more mellow than either. Palate is quite sweet, light, and fruity, again with middling spicy phenols and heavy carbonation. I get sweet shortbread and butterscotch coupled with faint carbolic wine, orange or perhaps unripe peach or apricot, banana, pear, and a decent dose of subtly minty, grassy, palate-cleansing hops. The bubble gum taste that others detect isn't up front to me, although I do start to notice this effect later as the fruit flavors start to meld together. Thin-bodied and moderately boozy. This would make a great "starter Belgian" or introduction to the style for beginners. While it is less bold in flavor than many, there's enough complexity and Belgian yeast character to adequately convey the style and provide an enjoyable experience. (1,226 characters)

Photo of JamesGrove
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is deep golden with a thick white, creamy head. The smell is nearly nonexistent. The taste is acceptable but very mild with subtle hints of orange and cream. The mouthfeel is tinny and carbonated. Overall it is a decent, but forgettable beer. (252 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle at one of the local cigar lounges.

A: Deep gold with a nice head.

S: Malty and complex.

T: Same as the smell. Some wheat also.

M: A little carbonated for my taste but otherwise not to bad.

O: Not to bad. Better on a hot day. There is a good deal going on with this beer as far as smell and flavor. (318 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Here's a classic one.
Pours a clear golden color and is topped with a decent white and lasting head.
It has a sweet and fruity aroma with a faint alcohol smell added to it.
The taste is straigtforward, some yeast is present together with mostly hops. Also some alcohol again.
Nice and decent, although not my favourite. Luckily plenty other Leffe beers to try. (360 characters)

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
82 out of 100 based on 1,287 ratings.