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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,763 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 2,763
Reviews: 1,207
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.1%
Wants: 26
Gots: 181 | 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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amhendrick

Virginia

2/5  rDev -43.5%

06-17-2014 01:25:51 | More by amhendrick
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WDJersey

Colorado

2/5  rDev -43.5%

08-01-2012 03:53:55 | More by WDJersey
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hawkmage

California

2/5  rDev -43.5%

12-31-2011 03:25:00 | More by hawkmage
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od_sf

California

2/5  rDev -43.5%

06-04-2012 22:02:20 | More by od_sf
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CED

Ohio

2/5  rDev -43.5%

06-12-2014 22:30:55 | More by CED
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CFDalton


2/5  rDev -43.5%

06-29-2014 02:45:37 | More by CFDalton
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pisomojado8

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -43.5%

08-13-2012 00:33:56 | More by pisomojado8
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gonger

Iowa

2/5  rDev -43.5%

12-08-2011 02:35:52 | More by gonger
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SimonPuggle

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -43.5%

07-03-2014 22:57:28 | More by SimonPuggle
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rmoriar1

Indiana

2.05/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Golden Brown/ Amber
S: Grains and Wheat, Some fruit notes
T: Blend of tainted licorice and syrup, abrasive smokey bitter aftertaste
M: Light mouthfeel
D: Difficult to put down one of these, no less six
Overall: Not a very good taste, avoid, if possible

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 07:27:50 | More by rmoriar1
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mschofield

Massachusetts

2.08/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a sparkling highly carbonated gold, with a short one finger big bubbled head, which quickly dissipated to a film.
Fruity and yeasty aroma.
It's very sweet, far too sweet, other notes than come through show some complexity but they're overwhelmed. Bready, spicy and fruity taste. Notes of toffee and butterscotch.
Light body, coating from the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2004 23:45:37 | More by mschofield
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bala747

Singapore

2.08/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was shocked when I tasted this beer to review it, so shocked in fact that I am almost sure this is a bad bottle, and may not be representative of the beer. The best before date is September 2011. I have drunk this beer many times before but haven't touched it for about three years.

A: The colour was a rich golden brown, with head that dissipated suspiciously quickly, leaving no lace at all. I last drank Leffe Blonde a few years ago and I recall it being fizzy and lacy.

S: Lots of grain, and some hoppiness. Almost smelt like an adjunct lager. No esters or other discernable smells anywhere.

T: Alcohol, like drinking a shot of vodka and nothing else. The taste was vile. All I got was alcohol in my mouth. I am almost suspecting that someone spiked this bottle.

M: The strong alcohol taste pretty much killed it for me. Can feel next to nothing after that.

D: Shockingly bad.

The reason I am so shocked is that I used to LOVE drinking this beer until it became too pricey for me about three years ago. I came back to try this beer and was shocked at how bad it was. I am sure this review will change as I am really sure that this bottle was just from a bad batch.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 08:05:56 | More by bala747
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Kwak

New Jersey

2.1/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours nice from the tap good blond color strong body. Nice head thick white chewy hung around for the whole drink their was a good amount at the bottom of the glass when I was done. nice aroma of pairs and some type of herb. Highly carbonated. Sweet malt quality
a little to sweet so much as I don't think I could drink another. A little to much alcohol flavor, almost like whine.the fruity sweet flavor was too much in the end not the best blonde IMHO!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2002 11:06:41 | More by Kwak
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harrymel

Washington

2.13/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best by 22SEP13

Golden with some white sheet and excellent clarity. Smells like standard belgian yeast with some metallic tones and a bit of banana and petunia. Pretty uneventful nose. Flavor is buttery with banana and some soil along slight coriander and bits of belly button lint. Medium bodied with mild carb and a slicking finish. Not impressed with this and will likely not visit again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 05:00:40 | More by harrymel
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bierguru

Florida

2.15/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A -
golden in color thick white head holds well mild carbonation

S -
malty slight sweetness with some citrus backbone

T -
starts sweet and finishes like a sweet sour i get some melon maybe pear honey malts i really almost spit back my first couple of sips
i will saw as the beer warmed it tasted better but but i still wanted to spit it back

M -
thickish fairly foamy nothing really awful about it but nothing great about it it was kind of watery

D -
awful would never have again well maybe on tap but i think my reason for why i didnt like this beer are clearly stated

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 01:51:44 | More by bierguru
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Todd

Colorado

2.2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a very nice crystal clear golden beer with large carbonation bubbles that give way to a very patchy large bubbled foam head that lasts for quite sometime, then goes near still with some lace.

Smell: Soft clove-like aroma with a background yeasty / banana character. Fruity bubble-gum-like aromas too.

Taste: Smooth, a bit creamy and light. Malt sweetness is subdued at first with bubble-gum flavours throughout. Faint caramelly malts and honey flavours are detectable amongst a rather bready malt character, overall. Alcohol fusels come through as the beer warms. An odd yeasty/bready character follows and peaks, with a raw-ish feel on the palate. No real detectable hop bitterness, however the beer goes twangy for a brief second then falls back to more of the odd flavour. Finish is a bit dry with strong residual sweet flavours.

Notes: A very commercial Belgain ale. And, sadly, this beer might be a very good beer if it wasn't so damn clean & filtered -- most Belgian beers are bottled-conditioned. My advice is to skip this beer. It's not the worse, but there are plenty of non-commerical Abbey-style Belgian ales out there to drink.

You should also make serve at just below room temp, as the flavours seem to get better.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2001 17:33:37 | More by Todd
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dza360

Kansas

2.2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One word sums up this beer. Diacetyl! And way too much of it. If I squint my pallet and really try to forget about the popcorn taste I can almost detect a little something that resembles other good beers of this style, but life is too short to waste time on beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 23:08:11 | More by dza360
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Chugmonkey

Wisconsin

2.2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Massive chunky pure white head with great head retention on beautiful golden colored, highly carbonated beer. Looks incredible.

Aroma is of sweet, maybe honey, and some spice.

Taste is really sweet - stick in the back of your throat, hard to swallow sweet. I tasted sweet honey like flavors, spiciness, but the alcohol bite was not masked by these and stuck out really bad. No hop or malt flavor, just a sickening sweetness. I really tried to like it, let it warm up, but just struggled through the sweetness the whole glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 12:26:20 | More by Chugmonkey
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pjwilson

California

2.2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Felt like a Beligan beer and the local corner store has it in stock.

A: uh oh. Where's the yeast? Looks like this beer has been filtered. Looks like a lager

smell: weak banans, hint of figs

taste: just not as good as it should be. I dunno, malts?

mouthfeel: just way to weak. Almost a Stella like harshness

overall: frankly this beer is poop. I won't get this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 03:19:41 | More by pjwilson
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GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

2.23/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was brought over for Christmas,a variety pk,Leffe was the only one i hadn't tried,and i could'nt wait to pour this one.Poured a cloudy off yellow orangey color,nice thick white foamy head,impressive,that stuck around for a long while and left some really nice sticky lacing.Nose was fruit and spices,orange and stale corn with a hint of stale grass all mixed in there in the aroma,all that just threw me off,i new what i was in for and was not liking it.First sip and...hmmm sweet,a hint of clove and spices,mild fruit.2nd sip,sweetness comes in a little stronger,really notice the fruits,orange and a little lemon,cloves and spices seem a bit strong.3rd sip,,,,ahhh...no like this one,sweetness really getting to me and the strong spices,mouthfeel was very full bodied,heavy feel and kinda dry on the finish.All in all,this just wasn't my type of beer,sure glad it was not me that bought it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 07:11:16 | More by GrimmReaper
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

2.23/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I see this everywhere, I felt like I was missing out. Clear gold with a large white head. Chunky skim retention and lacey sea foam splashes. Bottled expiration date on back.

Lemongrass and chamomile and yeasty Belgian spice aroma. Dry and buttery with sweet edges. Really, really, sweat without anything offered up for balance except a gasping phenolic blah that doesn't really go anywhere. Leffe Blond, cloying be thy name.

This beer seems like what a Belgian pale would be if Bud/Miller/Coors got a hold of one. What am I going to do with the rest of these?

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 00:11:35 | More by donkeyrunner
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

2.25/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From notes of an unfortunately copious amount of this garbage consumed in France last December…

Sweet, thin watery gunk. Typically Leffe yeasts and sugars are more pronounced than the barley or hops. Bleigh! Macro sugar water with a nice carbonation stream. Clear gold body with a fluffy, light head. Smells slightly medicinal and almost fruity but leaves me wanting more in all categories.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2006 18:03:20 | More by DaPeculierDane
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brainiacd1spam

California

2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

05-29-2012 05:17:23 | More by brainiacd1spam
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fionn13

Ireland

2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

06-03-2012 23:18:21 | More by fionn13
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javlin624

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

12-19-2013 06:23:42 | More by javlin624
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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