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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,098 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 3,098
Reviews: 1,227
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 38
Gots: 347 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001)
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Photo of tone77
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet and fruity. Taste is crisp and sweet. Lots of fruits and some spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth. I could spend the night drinking this beer. Overall this is a quality brew.

tone77, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of trekbiker3000
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a nice golden yellow color, excellant carbonation and maintains a nice head.

Their is a definite sweet floral odor that entices. A chalice glass would be recommended to get the full effect of the aroma.

There is no bitterness in this beer, the hops are very well balanced.

The beer seemed very delicate on the tongue with an almost champagne-like quality. I would recommend this beer if you like a good flavored, aromatic ale.

trekbiker3000, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. (33 cl) bottle brought back from my first trip to Belgium in Sept. 03. Dated on the back: 05-2004. Pours a nice golden color with a moderate off-white head that thins out somewhat quickly.

Aroma- slightly sweet bready aroma with mild Belgian yeast notes. Some light citrus notes. Flavor- slight hoppy twist of the tongue with citrus and bready notes. Some sweetness, but not strong. Shows some lemon and vanilla at the end, when mixed by my tongue into a nice creaminess. Milder than the tripels I have been tasting lately.

Drinkability- easy to sit back and enjoy this. This was one of my first brews I tried on tap in Belgium last year when I first hit Brugges- when I knew nothing of the world of Belgium beer. At the time, I thought this was one of the best beers that I have ever had. I still enjoy it, but have grown to appreciate others a little more.

Dukeofearl, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of mooseisloose
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this blond into a 0.4 liter short-stemed beer chalice. Creamy off-white head that has lots of lacing and sticks to the side of the glass like a champ. Excellent bubble column rising up throught the center of the glass. Color is burnt golden. The smell is mesquite honey and cloves with a slight hint of eucalyptus. A great aromatherapy beer. Taste is sweet fading to nutmeg and finishing with pure honey. Great texture attributed to micro carbonation. Great starter beer or reverse-spacer beer in a session. This blondie drops the laundry, I'm impressed.

mooseisloose, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of velosuds
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received an 18-pack Best of Belgium Beers as a Boss' Day gift. Included this, Stella Artois, and Hoegaarden. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before 08/01/12. Good to know I didn't need to rush through this one.

A-Pours a clear, golden yellow toward orange hue. Looks a lot like a pilsner, but tastes much better. A three finger bright white head ensued. Heavy, sticky lace. Nice appearance.

S-Aroma is fruity, yeasty, with sweet candy and malt notes. And spice. Quite nice.

T-A crisp, clean, and refreshing beer that is sweet like pears with a zesty lemon twang, and a pepper like yeast taste that I like more than expected.

M-Very smooth. Carbonation level is perfect. Light to medium body. Very satisfying.

D-Very drinkable indeed. And I think the best of the "Beers of Belgium" gift pack I received. This may be one of the best "macro" type beers I have enjoyed. I am surprised this is not rated higher. Of the three "Beers of Belgium" I liked this best and would buy it.

velosuds, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of Quej
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light clear golden colour. Poured very foamy, but left several unusual, small rings of lacy head, which looks a little suspicious.

S - Smells rather yeasty, with some citrus scents that gives it an almost sour smell. Smells of traditional Belgian yeasts, which almost, but do not quite, mask the scent of alcohol.

T - A strong yeasty taste, accompanied by good pale malts. Slight lemon citrus flavours, once again contirbuting to a bit of a sour edge. Alcohol is tasteable, even at rather cold temperatures and only get stronger as it warms. Its taste would hint at a stronger beer than it is.

M - The feel is heavily carbonated, and somewhat thin. It doesn't linger or leave much of an aftertaste, aside from slight metals.

D - The beer is rather drinkable and light. Definitely a beer I could enjoy several of.

It is a good beer, typical of its style, but not examplary of it. It is a very approachable belgian blonde; it is quite a delicious treat. However, in comparison to other beers of its style it, although very delicious, lacks the strength of taste and of alcohol, but not taste of alcohol, to make it great among its kind.

Quej, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of Phelps
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Handlebar in a tulip.

A gorgeous beer. Perfect clarity, honey-hued, two inches of sticky white froth.

Light, sweet pear in the very spicy nose. Lots of clove, white pepper, white bread and a hint of banana.

Less flavor. A tiny bit of earthy hops, dry pears, candy sugar. Smooth and lightly sweet, with the perfect touch of bitterness.

Medium body, moderate pinching carbonation. Crisp finish.

Smooth, light, crisp. I could drink this for days.

Phelps, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of carlos_fleico
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

carlos_fleico, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of Bayern1971
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leffe Blonde, my gateway into the wonderful world of golden Belgian ale. I have no idea why this is classified as a "Pale Ale" as there's nothing pale about this full-bodied beauty. Pours a nice golden hue into a Duvel tulip-glass. A bit heady which dies down much too quickly with light lacing. Smell is tart, bright and slightly clovey like a German Weizenbock. Mouthfeel is mellow carbonation and no trace of alcohol even though it's 6.6% alcohol. Tastes slightly sweet with a nice interplay of sweet yeasts against tart hops, leaning more sweet at first sip, almost like it's a Weissbeer with identify problems. Finish is smooth and you can't wait to take another sip. Now that Leffe is distributed everywhere these days (even my local WalMart has it), it's a great value for those seeking a nice, slightly-complex golden Belgian on the cheap.

Bayern1971, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden-orange and is topped with a fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Very nice looking. Smells of sweet malts, bananas, and some subtle spice. It's light to medium-bodied with notes of vanilla and spice on the palate. There's something inexplicable about this beer. It's subtle to an extent, but keeps you going and wanting more. Refined and tasty, but not too big either. Give it a shot and figure it out for yourself.

stephens101, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of bigdeuce
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say I was pleasantly surprised with this one, after reading Leffe is a commercial beer. I found this one to be very smooth, floral and refreshing. Great drinkability and nice belgian yeast strain. The head and lacing kept up with Duvel, IMO. Decent smell and sweet, smooth taste. Also, a slight hop, kickback on the swill! I recommend this one and it is very reasonably priced.

bigdeuce, May 06, 2006
Photo of franktheman
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Store bought at LCBO in a bottle. Great smell has a hint of caramel, and roasted malt, 2 finger head. Had it in a bar in Ottawa, in a nice Leffe glass. Looked very nice! Would recommend this beer to a friend! Worth every penny! Goes down easy, with a refreshing taste and smell!

franktheman, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of xylophonica
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Light caramel colour with about 2 fingers of head. The hue of the liquid becomes quite pale when held up to the light but is pretty much perfect for this type of ale. Good lacing as well.

S - Light and sweet, hints of strawberry. Mild herbal aromas & a touch of pine revealed as it's consumed. Slightest bubblegum aroma detected as well. Only wish the aroma was more prominent.

T - Sweet and herbal. Definite light berry taste. Very creamy even after the head is gone. The cream really supports the berry flavours.

M - Smooth and creamy. Fairly light on the tongue.

D - Very easy to drink. The creaminess of this really makes it go down a treat.

This is an abbey beer of the highest order. Supremely drinkable. The flavours & aromas are there but they're a little bit hidden and difficult to access. If they were a bit more prominent this could be a truly great beer, but overall still a pleasure to drink.

xylophonica, May 08, 2010
Photo of RocketWidget
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden blonde, so light you might call it a pilsner. Certainly the billowy white head reminds me of a pilsner, with the exception that the head stays thick and is much longer lasting then what I see in a traditional Czech Pilsner. The carbonation of this brew seems to just go on and on, a very nice touch! Smells cool and crisp, perhaps a honey aroma in there? Taste is bold and hoppy, sweet and refreshing. A solid brew, and one that reminds me why Belgian strong pale ales are some of my favorite beers.

RocketWidget, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden yellow with nice wheat head. great retention.

S- citrus, yeast, and floral. good light smell.

T- fruits, citrus, malt and yeast. yeast aftertast. very nice.

M- light body and medium carbonation fairly smooth.

D- this is quite tasty and very drinakable. I will purchase this one again.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of snilsen13
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Leffe, available in 6-packs for $10, is a deal. Here's a fabulously frothy (bigger bubbles) Belgian (ex-original Abby), with the qualities that I'm beginning to think are common for a Belgian Double or a French Farmhouse Ale. The appearance and smell are delightful. Smells of fruit and spring, like Saison Dupont, but the taste is heavier, more malty and less crisp than the smell would suggest. It's not a hugely complex taste that many Belgian's have, but in a blind taste test you could easily be fooled into thinking this was a much more expensive pour. It drinks real easily at just 6.6%ABV, however, so that 6 pack may not last too long.

snilsen13, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I've had many good experiences with...time to review it.

Pours with a frothy medium head, dark yellow colouring, and mild lacing....smells of apple and caramel... I can hardly wait.

Spicy, wheaty, complex, not too soft in the mouth, slight and not unpleasant bitterness. Plum flavours. Never feels thin in the mouth. This is a strong character beer.

Good price for an excellent Belgian. it may not be my favorite in this style, but it is a style I love, so I'll keep coming back.

trevorwideman, Sep 04, 2005
Photo of msondel
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%

msondel, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Alan_Sage
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%

Alan_Sage, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of UdoH
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%

UdoH, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of bothap
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%

bothap, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Alex93
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%

Alex93, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of EagleTalon
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a generous white head and lacing and deep golden color. Aroma is sweet, spicy, peppery and unmistakably Belgian. Flavor is sweet, malty and spicy. The way this feels in the mouth is superb--slight alcohol warmth/tingle and just the right amount of viscosity. A fine Belgian blond to sip all year round.

EagleTalon, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of Louski
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet

A nice medium-light gold color with about a finger and a half of head. Immediate smell of banana and clove with various other undertones. Banana and clove come right through in the taste as well followed by a dry (almost too carbonated) finish. I'm a big fan of this beer when the temperature rises in early summer. My only qualm being that 2 or 3 of these is filling and the higher alcohol content sneaks up on you.

Serving type: bottle

Louski, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of u2carew
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
A) Opens with a cork psst and pours with a two finger head - white and thick. Sticky lacing on the drink down. Clear golden body.
S) Bright fruity esters - definitely Belgian. Banana, orange, and hints of clove. Yeasty.
T) Vanilla. Hints of oak. Some banana notes. Quite sweet upfront then tapers off quickly. Subtle hints of grain.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Light body. Chalky in the finish.
O) A very easy drinking beer and tasty. I found myself taking big swigs and nearly chugging it because it is so smooth. I will finish the whole 750.

u2carew, Jul 14, 2012
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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