Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Reviews: 1,278
Hads: 3,427
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 55
Gots: 630 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leffe Blonde is probably the most commerical "Abbey" ale that you can get, as it is another member of Interbrew/InBev's expansive portfolio. I'm not that well versed in Belgian beers yet (but I am certainly working on that now), but while I did find this to be a decent and drinkable beer, it was definitely lacking in something that would set this apart from other commercial beers.

Leffe Blonde pours a golden apple juice-like color that is quite clear. A nice foamy head forms and retains quite well, leaving bubbly lace in its wake as well. The aroma is sweet smelling, with some fruity aromas, some spiciness (almost clove-like in a hefe way), and some yeastiness (strange, seeing how this had no yeast sediment). The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side and is moderately carbonated. The motif for this beer can be summed up as sweet. There is a fruitiness abound in this brew (plums come to mind), and the flavor strikes me in a perfumey type of way. There are low amount of some medicinal flavors and alcohol here, and some very light butterscotch/caramel can be detected as well from the malts. The hop flavors, although a bit low, seemed herbal and citric to me. Although low in flavor, there is a decent dryness in the finish of the beer. The aftertaste is a bit too clean as well, with just some lingering dry fruitiness, and a light alcoholic warmth in the end.

About two summers ago I went to a show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ and there was a "Premium/Imported" Beer vendor there. His laughable choices included Rolling Rock, Heineken, Corona, and this beer. It struck me as somewhat odd that this beer was included with the others. This is far superior to those listed, but as a Belgian ale it was more watery and not as bold as I anticipated. I guess this is a good beer to acquaint myself with the wide world of Belgians but those with more experienced palettes will probably want to pass. (1,930 characters)

Photo of apintofknowledge
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden-orange color, with a slight haze. Aroma was spicy and sweet at the same time. Now for the taste... very smooth, with a good mouthfeel. The tiny bubbles of carbonation dance nicely on my tongue. Sweet malt flavor with a hint of honey... perhaps a bit too sweet... and some spiciness and very slight sour yeast flavor to help to balance all that sweetness. Another few sips and a little fruit comes through... mild fruits like pears and apples, maybe raisins. The overly sweet character begins to fade as I drink more... becomes a more drinkable, enjoyable offering as I continue... (596 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden/light amber color with a white head. Aromas of light malts and a bit of tobacco and some other weak esters. Taste is about as weak as the aroma. A healthy malty sweetness and a bit of spicy astringency towards the end, but nothing to rave about. It's drinkable, but there are certainly better Belgian blonde ales to be had. I'll bet this beer was wonderful some ages in the past. Now it seems like a very typical, mass-marketed product and it shows in it's quality. It's not a bad beer, it just could be done better. (537 characters)

Photo of tatterdash
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark clear golden with a thick white head that laces very well, pretty much coating the glass and has a variable appearance which I like. Aroma was a touch of alcohol with a strong smell that is almost the spiciness of root beer. Taste is light fruits and hops, with less alcohol than expected from the smell. Mouthfeel was very smooth with a snap of crispness from the hops. I like the Blond, but I prefer the Brun. (424 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.01/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is a pretty bland, processed tasting Abbey ale.

The pour reveals a deep gold beer with a copious ivory head that recedes quickly. It leaves lots of lace behind. The aroma is of perfumey Belgian malts and sugars, quite sweet really. There a subtle spicyness in the nose as well. The taste is flawed. It starts of quite well with a passable malt presence and good spiceyness. Then a metallic saccarine sweetness emerges. The mouthfeel and drinkability of this beer is ruined by the sweetness. It leaves a chemically aftertaste thats not pleasant at all. Ive experienced this with other bottles as well. This is definitely a beer Im staying away from. (657 characters)

Photo of revdrjbob
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this Belgian beauty up along with a few others for late afternoon drinks with my girl.
Poured a cisp golden amber colour into the Leffe glass that I got last year for Xmas from Cryer Malts (cheers David!), fluffy brilliant white head, beading running up the glass.
The aroma is sweet, slightly fruity, and hinting at the yeast charachter, with notes of malt.
Tastes malty, with an average sweetness and a fresh fruity, yeasty, rounded mouthfeel.
A great beer, and one of my favourite Belgian styles. (511 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the Belgian Beer Experience: three Belgian beers with three glasses.

The Leffe poured a good golden colour with the proper amount of creamy white head. The head settled and slowly disappeared and left a good lace. The smell is somewhat hoppy with a good amount of spice. The taste...somewhat spiced, with a bit of hops.

My first experience with an Abbey beer; overall quite positive. I would pick up the odd bottle of this; I'm now inclined to try the brune. (485 characters)

Photo of stjarnflikka
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden, quite sprinkly beer with orange traces.

The smell is sweet, with clear fruit traces and some yeast and malt.

The taste is malty, with an average sweetness och a fresh fruity tone. The carbonation and alcohol tickles a bit on the tongue and there is a cider-like fruittone and a sweet aftertaste.

A nice well-balanced beer! (348 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leffe Blond when poured into a glass was a deep golden color with a foamy head, but not much lace. When tasting, the flavor had a mild fruity sweetness, but also tart as to balance this Belgium Ale. As the bottle said, "Leffe BLonde is a full-bodied deep golden beer that is surprisingly subtle and delicate". (309 characters)

Photo of Truh
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always wondered who had more fun with this one on 9/7/2004. 16-oz shaker pour at the Red Line in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.

Skein of clinging head to start. Crystal clear pale gold hue with a lazy action throughout. Pungent pear and cidery initial aroma followed by a sticky, sinewy cream-like herbal presence of cloves and cinnamon, though clearly understated. Cloves are the first thing on the tongue, with some tangy white pepper bite and some hot dashi. Oddly alluring velvetiness to mouth, and eminently consumable. (527 characters)

Photo of bark
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is gold with a tint of red, liquid is clear. The low beige
foam dissolves into an almost invisible lid.

The smell is fruity with a clear flavour of yeast. There are also
some notes of almonds, cherries and raspberries

The carbonation is soda-like with a sparkling mouthfeel, which suits
this style fine.

The taste is somewhat yeasty, with a great variety of fruity flavours
and touches of cask-maturing and candy sugar with some light
bitterness. The aftertaste got notes of sweet malt, dark rum and a
hint of alcohol.

Compared to other abbey-style beers, this one from Interbrew just
lacks some personality. (638 characters)

Photo of chunkylover53
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leffe Blond is a lovely orangey-brown with a small, quickly-dissipating head. It laces nicely and is lightly carbonated.

There is an aroma of light fruit and hops.

Taste: Not much at first, then it blossoms fruit and hops, and is followed by a strong, pleasant fruity aftertaste.

A very nice brew. (307 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Leffe Blonde out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a chalice. Freshness date for 9/5/05 marked on the back of the label.

Honey golden in appearance with a frothy head at first, but the head disappears very quickly. Strange.

Aroma of cloves, spices, pears, and Belgian yeast.

Syrupy mouthfeel with sweet honey flavors up front. Cloves and sweet fruit take over the palate.

Overall, fruity and spicy...maybe a little too sugary. Tasty and very drinkable at 6.6 % ABV. (493 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a pale hazy golden color with one finger of head. The nose is full on orange, almost like a belgian wheat beer, not a blonde. The taste is much of the same, with a bit of creamyness thrown in with the orange. The feel is rather thick and creamy. The drinkability is good. this is a nice sweet, smooth beer. (322 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold with a big fluffy head this was one of my first Belgian beers way back and I must say that it suffers in comparison to the beers I have tasted since then. There is a sweetness that is followed by a coarseness that shows a lack of real craft. It is not bad but doesn't really stand up as a good example of the style. (325 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Bukowski's in Boston.

Big head floating over a pale yellow body. Smell wasn't what I was expecting, very light, no characteristics you'd like to find on the nose of a Belgian. The taste made up for it, it was a decent Belgian flavor and mouthfeel and for the price you can't complain too much. Easily drinkable.

Low on dough and jonesing for a Belgian, this is not a bad choice. "Not the best, but still a good buy" as they say. (444 characters)

Photo of Guinness4me
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a honey-lemon color with a slight white head that faded quickly. I think if you can get past the smell, you'll be glad you took the chance. It reminded me of green bananas being carmelized in a pan of sugar and butter; quite the odd combo.

I found the taste to be light and non-existant of standard hops and malt. After the initial crisp blast of a cider taste, the ale gets quite bitter at the back of my tongue. The mouthfeel is a tingle followed by a yearning for more.

Great starter beer for the non-beer drinkers of the world. What a great beer for people who have only slugged away on white wines. It's a great beer to draw the wine snobs closer to the light. (682 characters)

Photo of joecast
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

clear gold (uh, blonde?) color with rather large bubbles rising to the surface where they meet a blossoming frothy bubbly head.
appetising malty sweet floral aroma.
good maltiness in the flavor but not as strong as i expected from 6.6%abv. some accompanying spiciness at the start with a lasting finish once warmed a bit.
no doubt a solid beer, but still a bit underwhelming from something i expected to be more memorable. (426 characters)

Photo of euskera
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a honey blonde into a chalice glass. Nice carbonation with a 3/4 inch head that clings to life quite well. Smell is yeasty with a bit of malt sweetness in the mix. Taste is pleasant, but nothing impressive, a bit of tartness in there that didn't quite seem to fit. A fine brew, but nothing I'd go out of my way to find.. (330 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear goldenyellow in color with a mesmerizing white head that was thick and pillowy and gave a nice sheeting action on the glass.

And then it goes downhill.

Aromas are dominated by a candied sugar sweetness. Thin layer of fruit as well. Flavor is dull. Way too sweet. Nothing suceeds in balacing this. There's some spicy and bitter notes that attempt to peak through. Finish is watery and uninspiring. Low-medium body. (434 characters)

Photo of claytri
4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It poured a spectacular clear orange gold and developed a thin white head. The aroma is full of spice and fruit. The taste is bold and full of flavors. There are several spices and fruits competing for room here. It's a great blend and the flavor filled out as the beer warmed. A good solid medium feel to this with a bit of carbonation. I think there was a little hops, but no more than just enough to keep this from being too sweet, no bitterness at all. This one definately goes on the regular list. (502 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at a shared tasting in Venice, Italy.

Golden.

Pleasantly aromatic with notes of caramel, green melon, doughy yeast, herbs, seeds and lemon.

Bisciuty, toasted and caramel malt with notes of melon, herbs and other fruits. Alright I'll face the facts. I know this is a adjunct infested Belgian Macro screwed up by Interbrew but ya know what....it still tastes pretty good. (386 characters)

Photo of Cwrw
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leffe Blonde looks more darkish brown and slight red than blonde. Extremely clear with phenomenal styrofoam-white large-bubble head, that bubbles like soap lather and sticks stubbornly to the glass like thick plaster. The reason I enjoy the appearance so much is because of the hue of the liquid itself, rich and darker than many others. Though the smell is excellent, I was expecting more complexity, or perhaps I was anticipating more yeast. There is definite musky yeast, with the malt extraordinarily well balanced with it. Nuttiness in the smell, along with apples and peaches. The aroma could have more complexity, but it is very well balanced; i.e. it does not rely solely on yeast. It is much the same on the taste. You can sense the malt very well on the front of the tongue, and even some hop in the finish. Of course, the yeast still is the dominant force in the flavour, giving phenolic tastes and dry dusty fruits. There are indeed grassy hop feels on the finish. Very dry aftertaste. Gaseous carbonation, burning on the tongue, very akin to many other Belgians, and perhaps not so good as some. This is not the most complex Belgian beer I have tried, but it still tastes so much better than the best of some countries. It does not excel only when placed next to its country's own beers, and it still is one of the better beers out there in its own standard. (1,371 characters)

Photo of AbePhroman
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My local store has a "mix a six" thing so I tried this out. Not too bad for a Belgian blonde. The head settled fast on a light amber body. Smells pleasant like most Belgian pale ales. This tastes very malty, with some fruity hints. Not too much hops goin on here, very sweet. I find this very drinkable as it goes down very smooth. Would recommend to anyone looking for a light Belgian brew. (391 characters)

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