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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

3,005 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 3,005
Reviews: 1,220
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 34
Gots: 298 | 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 bruachan
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

winking lizard tour beer. and a good one

gold with a billowing head. caused me some pouring problems, but it's filtered so a repour didn't spill sediment. great lacing

plenty of coriander, but balanced. a little saisonesque

creamy mouthfeel, well carbonated

bruachan, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of cnally
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured out a very orange tinted golden color with a massive fluffy white head. soapy lacing stayed behind.

very crisp aroma of burnt sugars, yeasts and nutmeg.

the flavor comes in waves. but my oh my does it do wonders. very sweet alla round, like a caramel cotton candy. but let me finish. initially, a very caramel malt flavor fades into a good bitter hop on your tongue, then the aftertaste is all sugars. i love it. i could see that most people won't like it so much because damn this is sweet.

creamy mouthfeel with not quite enough carbonation from a belgian for me.

highly delicious. very tight. very sweet. and drinkable...to a point.

cnally, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of Slynger
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright clear golden orange with a big, fine, fluffy white head.

Sweet honeyed grains along with fruity citrus and yeast in the nose. Some earthly hops as well.

Medium bodied with lots of fuzzy-fine carbonation that messages the tongue. Sweet, smooth honey; malty, melony and yeasty. Some light and bitter earthly spice.

Quite nice really. Not front of the line stuff here, but not far back from the front few.

Slynger, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold, with active tiny bubbles rising to meet a creamy white head that fills the glass, then slowly settles out. Excellent retention that leaves sticky rings of lace. Medicinal belgian phenol nose, background pilsener malt, and a mild banana/clove yeast aroma. Lots of pale malt sweetness, and a touch of crisp pilsener at first sip. Tart phenolic aftertaste, with a hint of goldings hops. The flavor could use a pinch more hops to balance the big residual sweetness, but the mouthfeel is perfectly executed. Mild carbonation and medium in body, it draws a delicate sweet flavor and smooth crispness from the malt.
The mild hops prevent the residual sugar from cloying, and results in a soft, inviting finish.

PBRstreetgang, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of TripelJ
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured slow to avoid an eruption out of the glass, nice 2.5" head--diminishes within a few minutes. Liquid gold with a cloud-like head when first poured. Fine bubbles race to the surface and maintain a thin layer throughout the beer. Nice Lacing. Smell is Sweet and "perfumey".... Typical belgian sweetness gives way to a nice hoppy bitterness (Almost champagne-like). These are nicely balanced to create a very drinkable blonde. Took a break from the tasting to let it warm up and more of the flavor that I fell in love with when drinking this beer on draught is coming out. Orginally, this was my first belgian beer and I have been waiting for months to try it again. Last time it was on draft and had a tad more character, but nonetheless, I was very impressed with the bottled version. I will always go back to this one and always recommend it as a stepping stone to some of the more prominent belgians.

TripelJ, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of Vancer
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like I thought more of this brew than many, but Good it was!

A surprising crisp and filtered clear bright sunshine filled my lil’ sampling glass, topped with a lacey white head.

But the aroma and quaff – Good ol’ Belgium yeast and sugar kane. But this one actually finishes with a crisp hop kick. Very full bodied, rich and tasty. One of the biggest blondes I’ve ever had. An easy sipper, the 6.6% is non-existent, and won’t drop you after a couple hour session.

And this was a very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. I was brought this for the unique chance to enjoy fresh from the brewer.

Vancer, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of tpbernardi
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours deep gold and crystal clear. Has a nice thick head and tiny bubbles.

Smell: It has a hoppy, citrus smell to it.

Taste/Feel: The taste is sweet, but not overly so. It doesn't coat the tongue in sweet, but lingers just a few seconds then goes away and finishes dry.

Drinkability: Easy drinking

tpbernardi, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of yesyouam
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Leffe Blond is a crystal clear golden ale with a white head that backs off to a thin, seething foam that grows back after each sip. Lacing and retention are outstanding. The aroma is bright and fruity: pear, peach, cherry and lemon zest. The malt is biscuity. There are spices like peppercorns and fennel that linger in the nose. Soft, fluffy and medium bodied, it leaves the tongue a bit silty. The yeast is fruity enough to be fruit salad. It's a little sweet, a little herbal, moderately hopped and heftily boozed. There is a clap of leather and wet soil somewhere in there. It's earthy and complex. After looking at the ABV, I think this may be a really good dessert beer. This is not a session ale-- it's more like a birthday cake in a bottle.
(rated Dec 1, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of AyySchenks
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%

AyySchenks, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of HarrisonFord
4.16/5  rDev +17.2%

HarrisonFord, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of wingman14
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crisp clear dark yellow with a frothy white head. Smell is yeasty and light, subtle sweet. Taste is as crisp as the look, clean and yeasty, some sweetness, a nice balance of flavors, very nice on the palette. Nice smooth medium mouthfeel. Overall a well balanced beer, a bit sweeter then what I like, but still very tasty. A well done beer.

wingman14, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of taez555
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a big fluffy white head with a crystal clear yellow/orange body.

The nose was an amazing mix of wheat, phenols, spice, banana, tropical fruit, esters and slight almost farmyard quality. Really an amazing nose. Sort of a mix of a fresh german weis beer and belgian triple.

The taste was just along the same lines. Wheat malt, phenols, soft flowers, a touch of honey, banana, and tropical fruit. A very light body with a light carbonation.

Basically a simple, very well done, belgian blonde. A perfect belgian session beer, and an asskicker all in one. Great beer.

taez555, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy before 04/30/09
Pours a straw like golden color, very effervescent with a massive white fluffy head. Aromas are quite estery with bright clove and citrus, a little banana, and an overall candy like perfume boquet. On the palate, the spices continue to come through, though it has a nice firm malty, toasty flavor. The hops are evident in the finish with a slight bitter note; the floral sense presupposes Nobel varieties, maybe Saaz. A medium high carbonation delivers a nice fluffy, creamy mouthfeel, medium low body and a nice phenolic finish. Overall, I always passed this beer up, but I'm glad I gave it a shot.

dreadnatty08, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of EMV
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in a SAQ in Quebec figuring it was worth a try. Turns out I was very right. Even in a bottle this one poured a dark golden honey color with a gorgeous head leaving lots of lace. Moderate carbonation and a fruity smell that's not unpleasant, and hops can definitely be detected with a good whiff.

The real selling point for me though is the taste. It's a little on the sweet side without being cloying. Like the color, the taste is a bit honey-ish, with a quality aftertaste, and it goes down easy.. perhaps too easy, as it would be entirely too easy to drink a few too many of these. Overall a very palatable beer that I would pay to drink again, and one of the better Belgian blondes I've tried.

EMV, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of NHGrafx
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz brown bottle. Best before 11/10/10. So it is a bit old.

Pours a cloudy amber color with a massive head that lasts for a few minutes.

Aroma is very yeasty. Aroma has some similarities with a Bavarian Hefeweissen. There are some banana and spicy smells too. Lemony grassy smell and malts with some hops in the background.

Taste has some sweetness. Fruityness like pears and yeast flavor too. Definitly getting the hop flavor here, but it is not overly bitter. Some spiciness too, slightly sweet corn flavor in the background which is not very noticeable.

Mouthfeel is decent, slightly watery, but tolerable. Drinkability is pretty high for my tastes. Overall not bad. Tastes very nice even at an age of 1+ and beyond the "expiration" date. From what I remember when I got it fresh, the taste is not much different so it seems like it can be lying around for a while and not suffer badly.

NHGrafx, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of VTaler
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer us a year old
Poured from a bottle into a clear goblet

A - Amber/honey color with a decent frothy white head. That stays for some time.
S - Very nice smell. Lots of fruity banana esters with nice belgian yeast smell. Some hop presence.
T - Tastes better than it smells. At first you taste malt with the nice fruity banana esters but not sweet. Yeast is definetally present and it tastes very good. Second taste is kind of a spicy hop taste. Pepper and clove notes. Hops are nice and not too bitter. For belgian ales like these this one is somewhat watered down.
M - Medium carbonation and a somewhat thick mouthfeel
D - I could have a couple of these but no more than that

Ive had this beer in the same 6 pack a year ago and it tastes much better than it did a year ago

VTaler, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of Lion088
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

Lion088, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of poohbearzeccola
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

poohbearzeccola, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of rdub
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled bottle into my favorite glass - a stemware type beer glass. Medium gold color with an awesome aroma. I wish they made this in cologne. The head stuck around for quite awhile but I had this as my evening snack so the whole drink went fast. Taste is of bananas and bread, all in all pretty good. Medium mouthfeel, high on the drinkability. I like it.

rdub, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of joeridewit
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

joeridewit, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong Belgian yeast along with some spice, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of Belgian yeast and spice. The malt character is thin and there's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for a lighter Belgian.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of LouderThanDevil667
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

LouderThanDevil667, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of celikelf
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

celikelf, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of sacfly
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz, best before 01/02/09
Pours a very clear, pale golden color with a huge frothy head of large off white bubbles. Aroma is spicy- ginger and yeast. Taste is more spice, ginger and nutmeg... Reminds me of a ginger snap cookie. Medium to light body. Creamy, spicy aftertaste lingers. Easy to drink and interesting. Better than many blondes I've had recently and much cheaper. I'll keep this one on hand!

sacfly, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a great belgian blonde, slightly overpriced here in the states, but a worthy brew. pours clear and shiny sun colored, with a lcy white head a few inches high. smells yeasty, golden fruity like raisins or white peaches. taste is a little sweet but very delicate and balanced. no discernable hop flavors, but thats okay in this style. mouthfeel is pleasant and quite light. excellent with seafood or fine cheeses. also very sessionable due to its unique flavors and light mouthfeel (and small bottles). still prefer the red to the blonde though

StonedTrippin, Dec 17, 2011
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 3,005 ratings.