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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,284 Reviews
THE BROS
66
poor

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Reviews: 1,284
Hads: 3,449
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.33%
Wants: 56
Gots: 658 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Reviews: 1,284 | Hads: 3,449
Photo of ttango
4.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A consistently dismissed beer due to ownership by InBev. Pity because Leffe Blonde is an excellent example of the style. "Better" abbey blondes generally have too much of everything for my tastes. I'm looking for something with the requisite Belgian esters that's also lighter, crisper and with less of a lingering mouth-feel than a beer like a St Feuliien blonde -- and Leffe delivers as well as any in the style. As a non-sweet beer drinker, this beer is sweeter (to me) than most any beer that I consistently drink with flavors reminiscent of candy corn. But the sweetness is pleasant as it is balanced by a slight acidity and wheat-flavored undertones. A winner. InBev or not. (687 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I can not understand, what I consider to be severely unwarranted low ratings for this beer. No, it's not barrel aged, double hopped, triple hopped or what ever. Maybe it is the Belgian equivalent of an adjunct lager . . . Who knows. What I can say is this . . . It's a very, very tasty and easy drinking Belgian beer ! And when did easy drinking become a bad thing ? Enjoy. (376 characters)

Photo of 50wolves
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - pours golden clear with minimal carbonation, frothy white head that disappears quickly. Aroma - smells of florals, clovey, sweet and fresh. Taste - light tasting, overall it is a sweet beer mouthfeel - lacks astringency is creamy overall - I get a fresh vibe from the beer, creamy sweet easy tp drink, appearance is excellent in a tulip glass and smell is memorable and appreciable. Would highly recommend and would drink again. (441 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Crisp Clear golden color. Big Frothy head takes a while to dissipate. Mild Carbonation.

Smell: Heavy Belgian yeast but something seems a bit off, a little nutty and peppery.

Taste: Very, very much banana. a little nut on the back end.

Feel: Pretty dang solid mouth feel. Good body for a Belgian.

Overall: Pretty solid despite the BA rating. If anything its not a bad entry level belgian that makes for a decent budget option too. at 6.6% and $9 a six pack, it wouldn't be to hard to suck these things down all summer. (527 characters)

Photo of thorkelson
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite go-to Belgians. I don't understand the low rating because it's a very solid beer. Although it isn't the most complex, it's very light and has a great mouth feel. (180 characters)

Photo of kantormill
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Leffe blonde is visually pleasing with a rich golden coloring. Sickly sweet, nutty toffee with citrus rinds peaking out every now and then aromatically. Mostly rind and toffee in your mouth with the flavors intensifying after the finish. Very clean in your mouth with a decent amount of linger. (294 characters)

Photo of KennethLavrsen
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this classical Leffe and I have enjoyed 1000s of them. A beer I never grow tired of. It has a wonderful smell and taste of malt. Not a hint of alcohol taste. A balanced beer. Fresh and beautiful. I enjoy the small 25 cl bottle in a real Leffe glas. A wonderful aperitif before a meal. (291 characters)

Photo of DevAJ
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it for the first time in a while. I like Omer and Kwak a lot better, but this isn't quite as bad as I originally remembered. It went fairly well with a brownie as the sweetness of the brownie and the bitterness of the beer worked well together. (250 characters)

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is really nice, very refreshing. I'd say it has a faint vanilla taste to it

It taste and smells similar to a German Weiss-Bier but doesn't have the cloudy yeasty side of it and is no where near as heavy. No swirling the bottle around to get the yeast out ! (268 characters)

Photo of Lukasbane
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I tried it I hated this beer. But than I tried it again and allowed myself to enjoy it slowly. Thats how I saw how tasty it is! It's as if in each bubble of carbonation there is a spice hidden inside (214 characters)

Photo of Pseudamon
4.93/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sensational... strength... taste... quality... Trappist sensibilities... Why the low marks people??? C'mon... This is amazing... I can taste a 1000 years culture in every sip... (177 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden in color; transparent. Pours with a 1+ finger creamy white head that dies down leaving a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of noticeable bubbles.

Smell: Slightly grainy mixed with malt.

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Slightly grainy, mildly malty and slightly sweet. Mild form of a typical Belgian blond, in my opinion. While there are better, I would gladly drink this again.

Feel: Light to medium body; not watery. Nice carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. I thought it was a good, somewhat commercial form of a typical Belgian blond. (625 characters)

Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
2.67/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No comments on this one really, other than it seems to be widespread and quite popular - an easily attainable gateway into the world of Belgian beers.

Look - A rich golden colour with a pillowy white head that sticks around for quite some time.

Smell - Sweet, lots of banana and cloves.

Taste - Very sweet with tons of banana...almost too sweet for me. Some malt, cloves, but much is overshadowed by the sweetness.

Feel - A bit lighter than other similar Belgian beers, but overall a pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, not a bad beer by any means, but I prefer Duvel's slightly sour maltiness to the sweetness of this one. (621 characters)

Photo of badgustav
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma - malty, rich, with fruity notes and an underlying sweetness. Hops are subtle.

Look - a deep gold, leaning towards copper. Head is rich and rocky, dissipating at a moderate speed.

Flavour - rich, sweet, and malty. A slight hop bite. Fruitiness doesn't come through to the flavour. As the beer depletes, so does the original maltiness.

Feel - a medium to light body, finishes slightly sweet and dry

Overall - a tasty beer, though the Blonde label seems misplaced. Very drinkable, but not terribly complex (515 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S:
-banana,clove,pepper,bready
T:
-Follows the nose with a decent hoppy note
F:
-medium to full body
-high carbonation
O:
Really good and balanced Blonde (153 characters)

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lite gold pour with white head. Good clarity and carbonation. Baked flowers in the nose. Clovey taste with some biscuit foundation. Lite watery mouthfeel. Overall, the coriander overwhelms the drink...corporate Belgian meh... (225 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3/9/15 (Bottle) - Blonde golden pour, mild carbonation, slight head build up. Citrus aroma dominates with hints of caramel and floral hops. Very sweet beer, perhaps too sweet, at least for my taste. Medium body with a smooth texture. (233 characters)

Photo of Birmz
1.35/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Wife works for bud and brought this home from work..... hate it but I'm not much of Belgian guy anyways more of a stout and sour type guy. Though it looks great and pours good, it lacks a lot of quality (202 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark gold, almost amber color. White creamy 2 finger head, lasting 2 -3 minutes, with thick legs.

Aromas and flavors of fruits, citrus, clove, and herbal spices. More sweet than sharp, very flavorful and perfumed , but with a slight alcohol taste.

Slick light body with ample carbonation. Short but well intensified finish, ending on the sweet side with a fruity aftertaste.

Overall : Fresh and tasty, but a little too much for a pale ale, taste more like a wheat beer or tripel. (488 characters)

Photo of jakewatt135
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle says best by 05/06/15
Don't know how old it makes it but it's been sitting in my fridge for close to a year.

Tried a bottle of this a year ago and hated it but kept it around to see if age did anything. And this could be my palate changing but it isn't half bad. Nothing special here but a decent clove with a slight banana flavored beer. I remember the aftertaste being unpleasant before but now it is very smooth and enjoyable. (438 characters)

Photo of Djburger56
4.64/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent lager. Great flavor. Not over powering.refreshing. Such a superior choice over run of th mill domestic. This is what the big breweries need to survive against the onslaught of craft breweries out there. This import competes nicely against local craft. An excellent beer. Readily available almost anywhere in major cities in the USA. Great go to choice when craft is just not available. (398 characters)

Photo of dramer
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had high hopes for this Belgian beer...started out well with nice foam and good smell in the glass. Initial taste was good as well, very similar to a Chimay but not as refined. The aftertaste has something with it though, just can't tell what it is however. Certainly not as smooth on the finish at the initial taste though. Overall, I'll finish this 6 pack and chalk it up to experience. (388 characters)

Photo of supervike
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice foam head that stays, good amount of carbonation. I detect a flavor of clove and a bitterish aftertaste. Lingers with a semi sweet flavor. Flavorful ale. (161 characters)

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful blonde pour with fruits & spices on the nose. Strong fruit & spice flavor reminiscent of a hefeweizen but with higher carbonation & bitterness. (154 characters)

Photo of KillerJigger
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a fan but my wife really likes it! Have been trying to get out of my HOPPcentric ways. Seems to affect how beers w\o hopps taste and sometimes i'm to negative to them. Now i've decided to just drink more of the styles at a time to compare. Cheers to more tasting! (271 characters)

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
82 out of 100 based on 1,284 ratings.