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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,253
Reviews: 1,260
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 45
Gots: 454 | 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 mareth01
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprise to stumble upon this beer at the shopette today in a small six-pack because I was going to get me some Leinies,I've been wanting to try this beer since a co-worker of might bought a case of Leffe brown...maybe he will give me a couple after reading this.

On to the beer...at first pour it made my mouth water with anticipation, creating a large index finger size head, leaving a nice lace as it dissipated as I was drinking it. The color was a nice deep golden amber that I like to see.

The smell hit the nose with a hint of sweetness and fruitiness, which i have learned that it is typical for this type of ale.

The taste was Awesome!!! With a perfect combination of sweet, spices and carbonation.

The drinkability of this beer is through the roof...I can easily drink at 12 pack of this in one sitting.

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

Out of the bottle it pours a crystal clear gold color with nice bubblage and good sized white head with lots of lace. It offers a light alcohol and wheat and juniper aroma. Very nice midland body with tingly carbonation and lots of wheat and yeast flavorings. Nothing highly special but likeable enough and a drinkable brew.

Photo of ferrari29
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a two finger white colored head; rocky in appearance and very bubbly; dissipated evenly and didn't leave much lacing around the glass; well carbonated; clear golden orange body

S - Belgian spices; orange peel; coriander; heavy malt scents; crisp and smells refreshing; smells very inviting; buttery biscuit; lemon; yeast

T - Light on flavor; leaves a sweet taste on your lips; subtle malt flavor; leaves the palate asking for a more consistent flavor from start to finish; starts off well but finishes kind of week; I'm still trying to figure out what this beer is trying to be - a staple Belgian Pale Ale or just another beer to pass on; some sour lemon flavor; yeasty

M - Slightly tangy on the back-end; soft malt flavors; thin body and feel and not very effervescent; needs more body; subtle sweet aftertaste

D - Probably best suited for meals, very light on flavors; looked great but lost some points after taking a few sips for lack of nice spiced notes and not much body

Photo of stewart124
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice this is brilliantly clear with a rocky white head. Some lacing but nothing much to brag about.

Pleasant clover aroma with straw.

Taste is malty sweet with a nice european malt character. Clove powers through everything but this is still a tasty pale ale. Nice amounts of belgian yeast character with a malty backbone and some pleasing sweetness.

Overall this lacks some depth. Clove and a grainy malt characters are about all I get from this Belgian Pale Ale. A little bit of hot alcohol in the finish but this is otherwise a fairly nice pale ale.

Photo of boothy443
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Honey gold, with a seafoam head that started of about an inch think, and flattented to a whisp that roden down the glass. Difficult to see but several strong bubble streams comeing up from the bottom of the glass.

S- citrusy with a kick of hops and spice

T- starss of citrusy then a quick kick of hopps before a rush of spice, nutmeg??, that mellows out into the the aftertaste

D/M- has a medium body with an average smoothness, but i find that it would be more situated as a dinner paring drink, somthing to go with a nice steak, then something i would drink on a regular basis. However i did find it quite refreshing

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

I poured a glass of leffe blond and and there was a small amount of head... As I logged on to beeradvocate to review this beer, when I looked back there was a full 2 inches in the glass. Just thought that was worth mentioning. But back to the beer- the smell is like a spicey german beer, the taste is very spicey and complex. I love trying to place all the aspects. I can only compare it to a spicey holiday cake. This is over all a pretty nice european styled beer, and with the gold foil around the cap it feels real fancy.

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of VitorDamasceno
3.48/5  rDev -2%

Photo of marty21
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden colour with a finger width of white head. Settles to a thin cap and left lots of lacing.

S: A bit of a biscuit malt aroma but it's taken over by a citrus and sweet zesty fruit aromas.

T: Biscuit malt up front that finishes with orange, lemon and some light bitter hops.

M: Medium carbonation with a light to medium body.

D: This was a very easy beer to drink. The low Abv makes it a great session beer that you won't get sick of.

Photo of KateBT
3.48/5  rDev -2%

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

I was looking for a new beer to try at whole foods. The label and golden foil caught my eye. The story on the box was inspiring. I was torn between the 6 pack and a single with a hop stoopid. The six pack was a much better deal, so I went with that. My mistake.

This is a fine brew. but nothing special.

pours s golden yellow with 2 fingers of quickly dissapaiting off-white head.

smell is a bit spicy and yeasty. taste is much the same, although a bit more complex. still, leaves much to be desired.

drinkability is pretty good considering the low-ish alcohol content. but i would most likely opt for something else. i'm going to go grab a torpedo in the fridge to chase it with.


Photo of sweemzander
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice. Says best by 19/09/10 on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear golden yellow color. Effervescent head quickly dissipated to a light layer of off-white bubbles. Some lacing present.

(S)- Lots of clove/bananna/ and lemon. Even a touch of a pineapple type citrus. Yeast with a flowery scent present.

(T)- Definite pale aspect in the flavor. Sweet lemony clove with a touch of bitterness. A bit of a corn taste to it.

(M)- Plenty of carbonation bubbles to keep your mouth busy. Light and crisp, yet has a slight drying part in the mouth.

(D)- If you want a no nonsense belgian pale ale, then this is for you. A simple and straightforward beer to satisfy your belgian craving, however, there are far better brews than this if you are looking for something more.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into s snifter from 12 oz. bottle -

A - 2 Finger head w/ great retention, cative carb. and a golden-amber color

S/T fruit/spice/funk. quite sweet upfront w/ a strange off-putting metallic taste in the middle, and a slight bitter/dry finish. a overall decent balance, nothing spectacular, very middle of the road.

MF - fine, moderate carb no problems here

D - pretty high, very drinkable despite wierd taste, perhaps i will try it again and revise my review.

Photo of FLima
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber color with lots of thick head with medium retention and leaving lots of laces.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, medicine syrup, malt sweetness and vanilla.
Taste follows nose. Sweet malt balanced by a spicy feeling from its hops.
Medium body with good carbonation with tiny bubbles. Alcohol of 6.6% ABV is completely hidden.
Excellent cost benefit, especially speaking about Brazil given Ambev scale and reach. Even compared to some nationals that tried to produce Belgian Ales, this one likely has a better quality and with half price. Unfair if compared to the top Belgian range, anyway try it in blind tests compared to the low or even medium range, so keeping aside the prejudice we have against the big companies (including myself once they usually contribute to a bad beer education).

Photo of grittybrews
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber into a chalice with a finger of loose, quick-receding white head. Powerful, complex, musty aroma of peppery Belgian spice, clove, and banana.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, light, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Quite sweet with prominent fruity notes of honey, candy apple, lemon, and banana. A hint of pepper comes into play on the finish, but the initial sweetness never really wears off.

Drinkable, but a bit cloying for my tastes. Despite the promising aroma, the flavors seem too one-dimensional.

Photo of berserker256
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first impression, with the appearance, is a little disappointing considering the style of beer. The head is nice but I expect a cloudy and yellowed hazy beer that potentially has some floaties in it. This beer is golden and extremely clear. There's a nice banana and clove aroma. Fruity. Those flavors are also present with some yeasty characteristics and a slight hint of alcohol. It tastes like a Belgian Blond but seems a bit thin. I guess I expected a heavier, thicker, and more cloudy beer. Regardless, it's a good-tasting easy-drinker.

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body is light orange in color with some carbonation visible. The head was decent but went down rather quickly.

Smell – The yeast aroma was mixed with a strong orange scent. There were the standard Belgian spices at the nose as well.

Taste – This one is not bad. The yeast comes out more in the taste. There are few more fruits that show up such as ripe melons and grapes. The spicing is light and subdued.

Mouthfeel – There’s some good carbonation in there. This one went down smooth and easy.

Drinkability – This was a nice ale that went down pleasantly.

Comments – There’s nothing real exciting to this one, but it got the job done. It lacked the bite that I personally enjoy in a good BSPA, but went about its business successfully.

Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ccapurso
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of DWolf
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,253 ratings.