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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde

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2,536 Ratings

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Ratings: 2536
Reviews: 1195
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

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 jeffaz02t


2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal gold with a decent puffy head.

S: Cloves, banana, with a fruitiness.

T: banana and fruit sweetness, no real bitterness. Sweetness dominates this beer to a fault. It dries up some at the end, but the sweetness never really leaves completely and it is a very specific type of sweetness and I do not care for it very much. Almost nauseating.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy.

D: Too sweet. No thanks.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2011 07:49:28 | More by jeffaz02t
Photo of litheum94


2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

P: A giant yellow tinged head pours out, taking a good amount of time to settle. When it does settle, there's hardly anything left. Body is a clear golden, and really, this is too clear for a Belgian ale.

A: The nose is dominated by spicy Belgian yeast, with earthy tones. Some raspberry sweetness as well. Not much hops.

T: Starts off earthy with a good amount of carbonation. Some spicing and faint leafy hops. Then the sweetness starts. It's vague and dominating, tasting somewhat like raspberries and boardering on cloying. It leaves a slightly nasty taste in the mouth, like an overlly sweet candy.

I used to like this beer, and now it just tastes like a bad version of a Belgian. I can't help but think that this beer didn't taste like this when it was invented. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 02:56:03 | More by litheum94
Photo of PancakesbyMail

2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, poured into glass. Bought at Henrietta Wegman's.

A: Very light golden in color, translucent. Pours with a very large bubbly head that slowly dissipates and laces the sides.

S: Sugary, with notes of yeast and citrus. Faint, nothing special or memorable.

T: Sweet to a fault, absolutely no trace of alcohol. A little lemon taste, as well as banana, with noticeable yeast flavor. Malt flavor is essentially absent from my tasting.

M: A little too much carbonation, and not exactly crisp - just a little bit syrupy. Aftertaste is mild and not unpleasant.

O: Too sweet for me, but this is the first Belgian Abbey style I've tried and it definitely got me interested. I don't particularly care for this beer and wouldn't buy it again but it's something I'll be exploring in the future..

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 23:50:42 | More by PancakesbyMail
Photo of Osiris9588


2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a very clear light copper with a big pillowy white 3-finger head. It shows decent retetnion and leaves copious strands of sticky lacing. Bubbles cascade up throught the center in a twisting column.

The smell is yeast, clove, citrus, malt, and banana, slightly floral. The flavor offers the same, and is none too balanced, and there is a scortched caramel aftertaste that is somewhat unpleasnt and preponderance of alcohol for a 6.6 ABV.

The mouth is well-carbonated and rather complex, but the flavors do not seem to mesh all that well. I have drank more than two of these in an evening, but only after being somewhat lubricated by other beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 18:53:39 | More by Osiris9588
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New Hampshire

2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear and active golden color with a thin but tall, frosty-white head with moderate to quick dissipation for this style.

A very sweet honey malty aroma that seems out of balance as far as aroma for this style. Crispy, light wheat with very subtle fruits...very subtle. Over ripe banana's and clover as it warms a bit.

A tangy and then metallic bitterness at first, yikes...not impressed with the first impression. A long, sweet malt goes way too far and then evens out with a rather unimpressive and not-so-complex yeast flavor.

The feel is light, crispy and clean and is by far the most impressive aspect of this belgian style.

And I was wondering why this 6-pack was so cheap!?

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 20:44:28 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of 4000qtrap


2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz. bottle

S: Soft spiced apples. Light grain, caramel, white grape. Has a muted perfume, almost sulfery, character overall. Interesting and nice.

T: Doesn't live up to the nose. Sweet caramel apple/pear with a light medicinal cinnamon/clove bite that is a little unpleasant. Comes across as flabby due to the heavy body and its not very dynamic through the sip, definitely one dimensional. Light yeast, soft clove, and continued apple and pear which ride over any hint of malt. Finish is semi-dry which along with fruits has an odd cinnamon-like edge to the finish that lingers.

Notes: While the nose is nice, its not crisp nor refreshing and has a few unpleasant flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 23:55:19 | More by 4000qtrap
Photo of rangerred


2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance is a crystal clear medium gold with a one finger head. Really good lacing.

Smells of clove, banana, and some bubblegum. A touch of pears and caramel is also detectable. The aromas are a little weak.

Flavors of clove, pear, and bubblegum dominate but are quickly overtaken by alcohol which is odd considering this beer is only 6.6%. Some yeast lingers throughout but is quite weak. Finishes a touch sticky.

Overall this is not a very good beer. The flavors are not prominent enough and the alcohol is way too noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 02:34:25 | More by rangerred
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale hazy gold with a thin lacy ivory head. Smells of citrus (grapefruit?) and fruity yeast. Lightly spicy aromas, like black pepper.

Your first impression of the taste is sweet, sweet, sweet. And not malty sweet, like sugary sweet. I don't know if they use lots of cane sugar in the brewing process but whatever it is, it is overdone. For the first time in any of my reviews I will use the adjective "cloying" to describe it. Once the wave of sweetness passes you get some grapefruity citrus and the peppery spice, some rounded alcohol flavors and hints of honey. This is a bold tasting beer, it definitely asserts itself on your palette and is sticky in the finish. Problem is it's way too sweet and not nearly complex enough to pull it off. I seem to remember having better impressions of the bruin in the past but I'll take a miss on the blonde next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 20:27:50 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of TechMyst


2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

FRESH: good til 4/11/07; consumed 10/19/06
PURCHASED @: Cardinal
COST: $8/six
HEAD: huge yellow; disapating slowly (bottle opened and foamed immediately out)
LACE: lasting foamy spots
COLOR: light amber
AROMA: fruity belgian ale
MOUTHFEEL: medium; fizzy
PALATE: slick
TASTE: like a fruity lager somehow
COMMENTS: like a light st. bernardus

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 15:24:31 | More by TechMyst
Photo of Illinick


2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Piper’s Pub
A: Banana yellow and peach with light apricot and orange creamsicle hues. Fluffy white head that sticks around and displays quite a bit of full fledged lacing
S: Strong scents of banana, tons of clove, white pepper, and some candi scents.
T: Follows nose with overbearing sweet flavors of fruit, cloves, some candi, apricot and some banana. Some white pepper and medicinal and herbal at times. Sweet and syrupy.
MF: Medium, creamy, and at times syrupy.
Overall: A decent brew, but too commercial. It's also too sweet and syrupy and at times it's almost hard to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2006 14:38:23 | More by Illinick
Photo of Cresant


2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Chimay glass. Dated best before 19/04/07. The body was a rich clear golden color. The yeast stayed firmly at the bottom of the bottle. The head was frothy, white and lingered.

Smell was typical belgian yeasty. Earthy.

Taste was somewhat bitter. Banana bread and chalky yeast. Dry. Nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel was rich and filling. Medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 18:54:18 | More by Cresant
Photo of kellyst


2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow. Small white head.

S: Light spice and alcohol.

T: Blah. Some spice. Kind of like someone tried to spice up a Coors Light. Alcohol is very prominent. I'll pass on this one.

D: Medium. I'll never drink one again. But I could see someone having a lot of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 16:13:31 | More by kellyst
Photo of paulfear


2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

had a nice bronze color when i poured it. the head was almost completely gone by the time i set the bottle down.

i didn't get any strong aromas off it, but what i could get was slightly yeasty and perhaps even slight citrus.

got an initial bite of sweetness or tang. its pretty smooth for the most part. aftertaste is slightly bitter, not much, and dry.

it was pretty light body and sort of tingled the tongue with the carbonation.

i'd have to say its okay, nothing spectacular. it isn't something i would go out of my way to get again. the further down i got in this the less and less i enjoyed it. to the point where i was disappointed i still have the rest of the six pack to go.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 00:20:06 | More by paulfear
Photo of tweeder263


2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear gold brew with a huge head.Fairly high carbonation.Has a grassy hop like scent very faint. Taste is very unusual, its very much belgian but lighter. I was expecting this to taste like a lager from its appearance.Its a little too sweet for me.Mouthfeel not too bad. An ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 23:42:50 | More by tweeder263
Photo of Intrinsic


2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, there's really nothing interesting to say about Leffe. It's definitely better than most of the crap that's out there, but compared to other Belgians it's not that great. Its a more watered down, 'Americanized' version. The head is almost non-existent, which is not at all characteristic of this type of beer. I smell lots of yeast, some malt, not too bad I guess. The taste is watery. Thumbs down there. Overall, I can say I will buy this again, but only because there won't be anything else to choose from.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 23:43:31 | More by Intrinsic
Photo of erz316


2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured into the specially shaped Leffe glass, its like a chalice-snifter, or something.

A - a light amber, or golden hue with tinges of red is how I would attempt to describe the beer. the head is white and is retaining very well from the massive bubbling coming from the bottom of the glass. looks great, and I can't wait to try it.

S - the beer smells more like a weissbier than a belgian. wheat domniates the topnotes, while there is an underlying note of something herbal or plant-like

T - a very sweet beer, not to my taste, but acceptable to some I imagine. up front there is a thick carbonation that pairs with the wide malt body to make a very even flavour. during the finish there is a pang from the hops on the mid-back of the tongue. the aftertaste has a bit of alcohol, but this quickly subsides to the pervasive sweetness of the malts. I wish I could find more to say about this, but it is a highly uncomplicated beer in my opinion.

MF&D - the thickness of the beer intertwined with the overall sweetness and lackluster taste make for an average if not disappointing beer. nothing horrible, but nothing I would venture to try again in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 04:58:46 | More by erz316
Photo of projectflam86


2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours nice golden color with thick foam head that leaves some lacing.

S- Fruity banana yeast nose with some floral scents.

T- Strong clove wheat flavor initally. Developes into a fruity malt flavor that attempts to hide the bitter alcohol bite that finishes.

M- Carbonation is a little on the excessive side and the alcohol flavor is a bit too pronounced.

D- Looks and smells better than it tastes. I think they tried to do a little too much with the flavor and ended up with a mess.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 23:47:52 | More by projectflam86
Photo of tvv375ia


2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from 11.2oz bottle into pint glass

A-amber colored with a 2 finger head that stays around a while and fades to a nice cap with lots of lacing

S-some spiciness maybe cloves

T-sort of a citrus/lemon at first and the cloves on the finish I don't really care for that combination

M-good carbonation but that clove finish is not great

O-not something that I particularly care for

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 09:27:20 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of Siegenthaler


2.79/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Celebrating day 2 of BEER ADVENT.

I have had this belgian a few times in the past but not for a while. Popped the foil-covered cap and poured into a belgian goblet. Pours crystal clear with a golden-apple juice look brightening in color when viewed from a different angle. The head is my favorite aspect of this beer. Beautiful off-white bubbles of varying sizes and good retention. Frothy surface down to the last sip.

Smells a bit like apple juice with a yeast bread background and slight hints of holiday spice. Not a beer where I want to keep sticking my nose back in the glass for more. Tastes like it smells with slight hints of banana and Belgian-sugary sweet candy. The taste went from sweet to sweeter to too sweet as it warmed in my glass. The last few sips left me wanting to put something else in my mouth ASAP. Thin body but big bubbly carbonated feel fills your mouth quickly.

I would drink it again if I was offered some but wouldn't go out of my way to get more.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 23:13:16 | More by Siegenthaler
Photo of Garin

Alberta (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It poured a very clear golden brown, with plenty of carbonation to support a substantial, creamy head. Lots of lace.

On the nose I get tons of yeasty malt, and some sour fruit. I get a little clove and sulphur as well.

The flavour is muted. I get bandaids, banana, malt, and spice coming through the aroma. The front end is a bit tingly and sharp with hints of honey-like floral sweetness. I feel some bitter on the back. The middle of my tongue is totally dead. Weird.

In the mouth, it feels somewhat dry and astringent, with a slightly sharp carbonation. It's almost an assault, actually.

For the aroma, I find it slightly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 05:40:08 | More by Garin
Photo of JamesS


2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just an average beer overall. It has an all right look to it, a nice straw color with great head but almost no lacing. Not much of a scent, a little maltiness coming up from the brew. All right taste, some malts, but mostly bland. Goes down fine, not great and not bad. I doubt I'll try it again, but wouldn't dissuade any one from giving it a shot. Seemed more like a blonde ale than a pale ale, too.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2007 17:25:09 | More by JamesS
Photo of JBogan


2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking golden color with a good sized white head which stayed a while and left minimal lacing.

Smelled of spices and a bit of corn, along with a hint of citrus.

Tasted very sweet, much more than I would have liked. The spices were there, but everything seemed overwhelmed by the sweetness.

Mouthfeel was good, with a medium body and smoothness. Crisp enough for a hot day like today to seem refreshing.

If they could figure out a way to make this less sweet then it would be a much improved beer. The first one was ok, but by the middle of the second I was just trying to finish it and get it over with.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 02:03:34 | More by JBogan
Photo of VitaEBella87


2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured gently from a bottle into a snifter, so as not to disturb the yeast sediment...

A: Clear yellow-amber color with bone white head about one finger high. Constant stream of tiny translucent bubbles rising up replenishing the head along the sides of the snifter....quite mesmerizing to watch actually. Lacing sticks profusely down the side of the glass.

S: Fruity and yeasty notes from fermentation characteristic of what I've experienced in many other Belgian beers.

T: Taste is kinda subdued for me. Some notes that I sense, but can't really identify (this is most likely because I'm still new at this). Sweetness comes through initially, followed by the fruity notes from the yeast, which linger through the aftertaste. Flavor sticks to your tastebuds after each sip, and in some instances became slightly off.

M: Body is moderate and nice, but carbonation was a bit too much at times.

D: It was alright, but there are other Belgian beers I've tasted that I'd much rather prefer to drink than this one. Easy to drink though.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 18:16:57 | More by VitaEBella87
Photo of Naes

New York

2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a very clear golden colored ale with a tall white layer of thick froth. It has a lot of visible active carbonation with good retention and lacing.
The aroma is sweet and has the distinctive Belgian yeasty smell.
The flavor was a little bit of a letdown. It begins a bit watery then hits you with sugar and a bit of citrus followed by a slight alcohol presence. The overall sugary feel to it doesn’t do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 06:55:43 | More by Naes
Photo of likethetaste


2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer in a variety pack from World Market. THis beer poured a nice amber color with a nice head. It has a fruity flavor with some strong spicy flavors that I personally just do not like. This is not a bad beer but I do not like the flavor myself. It is not one that I would buy again but it does have some quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 20:13:26 | More by likethetaste
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