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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde

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1,303 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,303
Hads: 3,536
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 25.91%
Wants: 59
Gots: 730 | 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 elmore
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a translucent golden orange color into a Piraat tulip glass with a 2 finger head that receded rapidly.

S: notes of citrus and cloves. not as much of a yeasty, bready smell as I'm used to with Belgian style ales - I don't no if this is bottle conditioned, but I saw no sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

T: bananas, citrus and a little bit of peppery spicy hop aftertaste. Not very complex, but not unpleasant.

M: lost all carbonation rapidly - kind of flat - I enjoy the champagne - like texture of most belgian ales - this beer didn't have that. Thin.

D: low abv and somewhat bland. kind of boring, but pleasant - I could probably drink this all night - but I would only want to if a better belgian wasn't available.

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Photo of Bugsey
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first had this beer in Paris. It's a highly available beer over there, and highly advertised. So I was curious. What is this mass-marketed beer I've never heard of before?

What a delight. It's a perfect color, with a perfect creamy head. The flavor is slightly fruity, banana, clove, apricot. The feel is creamy, but clean. The complexity is present but not overwhelming.

It has to be one of the finest beers among those made in high volumes.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at about 35F from greenish-amber 11.2 oz bottle into tall 0.4L stemmed pilsner glass.
Aroma at the bottleneck is yeasty.
Big, stark white, rocky head on top of a crystal clear light golden beer. Bubbles rise continuously, looks great!
Aroma at the glass is still yeast, very pleasant.
Taste is great, lightly malty, plenty of fruitiness and spiciness. Tart at the finish.
Mouthfeel is a little excessive with carbonation, wish I could get the look without the fizziness. Otherwise, on target.
Drinkability? All day long. This is a refreshing, tasty, light beer I could drink all afternoon at the ball game. Glad I had two in the fridge so I could crack open a second and continue the refreshment. Got these from my brother-in-law who bought a 'taste of Belgium' 12-pack. It's the best of the three in the case, I think. One of my new favorite everyday beers.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is really nice, very refreshing. I'd say it has a faint vanilla taste to it

It taste and smells similar to a German Weiss-Bier but doesn't have the cloudy yeasty side of it and is no where near as heavy. No swirling the bottle around to get the yeast out !

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Photo of jgurley
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Deep golden color and super thick, off-white, foamy head. Smell is belgian yeast with a hint of banana peel. Lace sticks around thickly. Malty sweetness on the tongue with Belgian yeast and a tad of booziness. A little bit of a smoky, woodsiness in the middle. Quick bitterness on the back and dry to slightly sweet aftertaste. Lacks the level of bitterness of other Belgian blonds like Duvel or Piraat. Light to medium mouthfeel and fairly carbonated. Not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of KennethLavrsen
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this classical Leffe and I have enjoyed 1000s of them. A beer I never grow tired of. It has a wonderful smell and taste of malt. Not a hint of alcohol taste. A balanced beer. Fresh and beautiful. I enjoy the small 25 cl bottle in a real Leffe glas. A wonderful aperitif before a meal.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is light pleasing and fruity. Also has notes of sourness, spice (clove) freshness, and pils malt. Rather comples.
Dark gold and very clear. Medium off white head and fairly dense.
Same type of complexity and in the aroma, just less intense. Contains nice pils qualities with a great balance of other flavors, such as phenols, fruit, alcohol, nice sweetness (honey like), yet maintaining a nice smoothness.
Fully carbonated. A little warmth in the stomach. Becomes quite soft in time.
This one took me by surprize. An outstanding and enjoyable beer. I would think a great one to introduce Belgian styles.

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Photo of EmoBeerGuy
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had not had this beer since being in Europe almost a year ago, and finally found it on tap, in my home town none the less!

This beer is a wonderful golden hues, rich, with a slight head, and was served in a genuine Leffe chalice. I really enjoyed this. Strong clove notes, as from any good Beligium, this beer was better than I had remembered and I savored it with each sip. This is a fairly tame Belgian though, and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to get into the style... also is a "major" brew of sorts (yeast and spiciness of the clove do stay to the back enough to be a transitional beer). All in all, a great brew, deserving of its reputation.

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Photo of evolbob
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Belgian Pale Ale, came in a variety pack with Stella Artois and Hoegaarden from Sam's. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice. Massive head initially, with some large, soapy bubbles, that eventually dissipates. Swirling brings back a nice, thick, albeit thin, head with nice lacing. I couldn't discern very much from the smell, some sweet malt, yeast, alcohol. The taste at first had a strange metallic background but eventually wore off to a mild banana, spice, minimal hops taste with the metallica taste disappearing as the glass slowly empties. This is a very good beer for my taste. I will definitely be buying more of these once this 6 is gone!

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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 1/4" slightly off-white foamy head. Good retention across a wide chalice. Honey gold color. Some lace.

S - Rose petal. Fruit. Peach. Clean. Yeast. Perfume.

T - Subtle fruit flavors. Apricot/peach. Powder. Light bitter finish.

M - Soft, medium bodied mouthfeel. Good champagne style carbonation.

D - Great drinkability. I enjoyed this immensely and look forward to more.

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Photo of beertunes
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip. Poured a nice deep, gold color with a tall, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and surprisingly light lacing.

The aroma was slightly sweet, with a nice grain scent and a very good yeast scent. The taste followed along very closely with there being a slightly more noticeable spice taste being supported by the nice base grains.

The body was very good, full, round, smooth and clean without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability is excellent, I could have this all day long.

Overall, a near excellent beer that is certainly worth your time.

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Photo of cnozzy
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from .33L bottle to Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Clear pale golden color with creamy head, nice lacing on the sides.
Smell: Sweet, banana aroma with yeast smell. Good~
Taste: A bit of banana, and other fruit tastes. Balanced with slight bitterness of malt.
Mouthfeel/Drink: Medium carbonation, smooth to drink. Make it difficult to believe that it has ABV of 6.60 %.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I can not understand, what I consider to be severely unwarranted low ratings for this beer. No, it's not barrel aged, double hopped, triple hopped or what ever. Maybe it is the Belgian equivalent of an adjunct lager . . . Who knows. What I can say is this . . . It's a very, very tasty and easy drinking Belgian beer ! And when did easy drinking become a bad thing ? Enjoy.

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Photo of drmeto
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Follows the nose with a decent hoppy note
-medium to full body
-high carbonation
Really good and balanced Blonde

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Photo of atlason
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold, clear with small head but very pretty lacing. Poured into Leffe chalice.

S: Caramelized malt

T: Strong caramel, balanced hops provide good balance. Opulent dark notesevoke tasted birch and caramelized candi sugar.

M: Low attenuation, low carbonation provides a slow sipping experience.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a five finger white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Honey and clove nose, flavor is flowery, honey and cloves. $7.99 for a 6-pak 330ml bottles from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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Photo of mcallister
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold color. Nicely carbonated quarter inch head that doesn't want to fade away.

Flowery nose with hints of spice, some coriander, white pepper, orange peel, lemon, malt, and belgian yeat, with other citrusy aromas.

Exhibits soft round flavors, great mouthfeel thick and creamy. Flowers, spice, belgian yeast, lemon, orange, banana, wheat, malt, with very little hops, and no noticeable alcohol. Delicious!!

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Photo of skeetermoses
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was my first time drinking Leffe, it poured well, and had an exceptional taste, but as far as a Belgian blonde goes, it was not the best, I would rate it as a very drinkable but average blonde. All in all it was a beer I would definately drink again, and I would proudly drink, but it did not stick out in my mind.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 3/9/14 but it has been over a year ago since I had one. 330ml (11.2 oz.) bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours lighter/medium amber with a 2-finger white foamy head that settles down to a thin layer on top. LOTS of sticky lacing. The aroma is of a fruity yeast and malt. Taste was sweet with even a hint of banana. Goes down easy. Overall, I was pleased with this one.

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Photo of abduke678
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

what to say about leffe!

A: A really nice orange gold color. Even though there isn't a think head, it is still a beauty of a beer, especially when poured into a nice beer glass.
S: Pretty nice, a hint of spice.
T: I love the taste of leffe, there is spice mixed with a hit of the alcohol bite. T
M: It goes down pretty smooth. It feels a little watery in the mouth.
D: I could drink these any day. I get smile at the end of this beer. It is smooth and has a taste the gets the taste buds coming back for more.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of brewing monstrosity Anheuser–Busch InBev's European brands. Some would like to give it harsh reviews on that fact alone. I am only concerned with how it tastes.

Appearance 3.5: Poured out a deep golden color. Lots of CO2 carbo bubbles everywhere. Nice 1/2" head faded into an acceptable 1/8" head that stayed around for the entire session.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet. Hints of wild yeast, honey, grains and deep malt. Not very nuanced, but still very appetizing.

-Taste 4.5: Slightly sweet up front with a small amount of sour. Middle is where the flavors hit and you get that wonderful spiciness from the Belgian yeast, the smooth malt and a very pleasing deep sweetness. Finish is sharp and dry, but the pleasant flavors from the middle are still present. Aftertaste is of medium length and is somewhat dry, but very enjoyable.

-Mouthfeel 3.5: Managed to ape bottle conditioning with their CO2 carbonation, which is remarkable.

-Overall 4.0: A very good golden ale that is readily available and relatively cheap (I paid $7.99 for a six pack at Publix in Atlanta). The flavor profile is comparable to Belgian ales that are only available at specialty beer providers and are much more expensive. This is a wonderful find for fans of Belgian beers who are not willing (or able) to invest in an expensive bottle of Belgian master-brewing, but want that delicious Belgian taste.

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Photo of Kromes
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crystal clear gold with thick white fluffy head. This is one of the most cleanest beers I've ever seen, they must filter it like crazy because I don't see a single thing in this beer, which is weird for a belgian ale. A full bready, spicy belgian yeast aroma with some fruity banana aroma. A really nice belgian yeasty sweet spice flavor, cinammon and clove. It is very, very smooth and there is a slight citrus tang in the finish. Yeah, that's pretty damn good. No real detectable hop flavor in this. As the glass warms up, the alcohol flavors pop out. It

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Photo of mjc410
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour into my Chimay chalice raises a bright white head that is considerably under a finger. It forms just a slight surface lacing, but it leaves some very nice suds on the sides. The body is a bright, translucent gold, with hints of amber. The nose is sweet, with hints of caramel, lots of candi sugar, a bit of hay, and a bit of citrus. Finally, just a tad of pepper. The taste is very bready, sweet, with everything mentioned in the nose. It has a sweet start, but ends with a lingering breadiness (not as sweet) that is very nice. Very balanced. Mouth is medium, with high but fine carbonation - a balance of smooth and tingly. A fine, and affordable ($10/sixer in State College, PA) Belgian.

Thanks to Rob McHugh for the constant prodding to try this!

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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 apants007
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

drank it straight from the bottle.... expecting a good laugh...

a: good lookin' bottle i guess... kinda pretentious with not enough of the tongue in cheek manliness I expect from a delicious brew...

s: hmmm... well that actually has something coming out of the pipes... it smells like you just walked into a bakery that just brought out the almond croissants...

t: man, this tastes like a hippy girls armpit wrapped up in a biscuit... it's like patchouli almond lavender jam on a bizquik biscuit.... in a good way...

mf: tight carbonation, subtle aftertaste... i like it in my mouth...

i didn't think i'd like this beer... I thought it would be in the Newcastle or 1667 range at best... but it is damn good. I will drink this as much as possible in the near and far future!

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 1,303 ratings.