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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde

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1,303 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,303
Hads: 3,536
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 25.91%
Wants: 59
Gots: 727 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

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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Photo of mclanem
1.6/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer looked totally normal at first, golden color had little head to it, and smelled kinda sweet. To my surprise when I drank it, this is the worst beer I have ever had period, maybe it is just me I don´t like sweet beer but this was terrible I did not take a mouthful or drink more than first touched my tounge on first sip. NOT for those who don´t like sweet beer. BAD BAD BAD

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Photo of jongillin
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This style is still a little new to me but here it goes:
Had this beer in a glass fit for it's serving type. Great appearance: a nice honey gold color. Great head that is creamy white.
Gives off a nice hoppy aroma with some fruit/citrus in there too.
As far as taste goes I noticed the spicy/citrusy flavor right off the bat. This spice possibly clove, though I have seen some other mention coriander. I can't be certain. It leaves the mouth with a nice crisp finish (perhaps due to some apple).
Mouthfeel is a little watery, however, it leaves a nice crisp feeling due to the carbonation.
I think this is a good beer especially for some of the warmer months coming on. Grab a cold one and enjoy in the hammock.

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Photo of noknife83
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours very clear, with about an inch of foam, medium amber in color

Smells of pear and ginger

Has a strong sweet taste first and then the spies come through, then finishes slightly sour.

Admittedly I usually am not a fan of Belgian beer, but I liked this one better than most.

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Photo of Clubchat
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden brown, good carbonation to support the fair creamy head, nice lace

S - Yeasty & malty on nose, maybe some sour fruits, little bit of spice

T - I get a fruity, banana, malt, and spice coming through, honey-like (corn) & floral sweetness, some bitter at the end

MF - It feels somewhat dry and a bit astringent, not a good sensation on my tongue because of the sharpness

D - Slightly drinkable, nothing special here

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Photo of gromis
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a medium gold with a very slight haze to it. Average head, not an an abundance of carbonation.

To me, the nose is yeasty with some spiciness to it.

Taste has a pleasant, slight grape-ish overtone to it. There is a definite small spiciness to it as well. Sort of reminds me of a "light dopplebock."

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Photo of RnRManifesto
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Beer is a transparent orange color with three fingers of foamy white head that sticks around a while after pouring. Big time lacing on the glass that sticks on the glass like glue. It's not going anywhere. Appearance is the best part of this beer.

Smell is of straw, grassy, grains. Not the most pleasant. Almost smells to me like a macro beer which doesn't set me up for a great taste experience.

Taste is much better than the smell. A little bit of Belgian spice, not too much. Some malty sweetness, but again, not a lot. This is a pretty smooth beer. It's not offensive, but also not spectacular. There's not really a lot going on. I'm not an expert on Belgians but this is certainly near the bottom of the list from the ones I've had, though, it's not bad, either. It's better than Stella, that's for sure!

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Photo of babayaga
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip.

Appearance- Big white 3-finger head, mixture of bubble sizes. Body is crystal clear yellow. Head is very lasting.

Aroma- Clove and banana, can smell the yeast, not much else.

Flavor- Decent Belgian yeast flavors come through, more clove, sweet light malt, very mild bitterness. I am having trouble smelling/tasting the hops in this.

Mouthfeel- Light with lively carbonation.

A pleasant but uninteresting ale. Reminds me of a clear, sweet hefe.

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Photo of TheLastEngineer
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had the fairly rare opportunity to have this on tap, courtesy of JP McGrady's in Bethlehem, PA. Oh, but those Belgians do make fine stuff.

Pleasing golden color, not quite consistent with blonde nomenclature. Large, full head with good staying power. The smell was a pleasing combo of yeast with some fruitiness. Very good taste with almost no bitterness. It hides the high ABV nicely. The mouthfeel is rich, almost syrupy, but the ample carbonation keeps things from sticking to the palate for too long. Quite drinkable but perhaps a little too sweet and heavy for a marathon drinking session.

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Photo of thefireman
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer at Eulogy in Philly. It really had a fruity, yeasty smell. The taste was the same, with a touch of banana. A nice head that lasted throughout. Great finish. Maybe not the best of the Belgians, but still a good brew. Was a real hit with my wife. I will definately try again.

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Photo of AndIWantYou
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I have to say, with this beer, Belgian pale ales are growing on me.

This beer created a nice, bubbly head, but the beer itself looks kind of... wimpy? I'm not sure how to describe it. I guess I expected something a little cloudier and creamier.

The beer doesn't smell very good at first, but as it warms up it begins to smell better. Ditto for the taste, although it tastes OK even right out of the fridge.

If I could have this on tap somewhere, I think I'd like it better. For my money, I think I'll try to find another bottled Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of MrVisegrips
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a clear gold with a rocky white head. Good head retention finally fades to an excellent lacing. The aroma is clean with notes of honey and slightly vanilla. The flavors are again highlighted with honey and vanilla. There is also a late grassy bitterness in the finish; which is a bit too dry for my taste. Drinkability and mouthfeel are both good; but nothing that really stood out for me. Overall, maybe not the best example that I've had, but a nice enjoyable brew for sure.

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Photo of mkabull
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beers color was a light amber/dark golden color had a yeasty/estery aroma . 1st taste stood out as abeing typical to style with a combination of malt/yeast/fruit all coming out . A very nice light finish a very drinkable beer and a very enjoyable beer . Though this style of beer is not my favorite this beer opened my eyes to the enjoyability of belgian style beers .

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Photo of BillBabbitt
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful, crystal clear, bronze color with a full, soft white foamy head. Nice aroma and a slightly sweet, intensely floral taste. Pairs well with a light pasta.

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Photo of Guzzler78
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as Belgians go this one isn't special.
This one pours a clear golden honey like color. About one finger of white head. Leaves little lacing.
Smells of clove, corriander, sweet honey like malts.
Tastes sweet and spicy-again corriander, cloves-a medicinal aftertaste that hangs around on the tongue a bit too long.
A full mouthfeel, slightly creamy, alcohol and medicinal tingle.
An OK beer, not up to par with other Belgians- a filterd, generic Belgian.

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Photo of bilbobrewer
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle bought at Brussels grocery store, BB: 20/02/16
served chilled...close to recommended 5C.

Nice copper colour, crystal clear -- oddly so (!), not much head on the pour.
The head also dissipates quickly.
Smell is unique....yeast esters working overtime here. Old bananas.
Taste is crisp but relatively uninteresting.....more like a mega-brewery offering than a crafted product from an abbey.
Okay to drink, but not a tribute to the region or style, by any means.
On the plus side, you could drink more than a couple of these easily and safely. But I won't be going out of my way to find more. For a widely available and very popular beer here, my expectations were too high.

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Photo of m_hall
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard pour from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip... color is medium amber, and very clear - unlike many Belgian Ales, this has been filtered, so no yeast sediment. Head is white and falls rather quickly into a sudsy film on top, leaving light lacing on the glass.

Nose is malt up top, with biscuit-y and yeast-y tones. Some light fruit and spice notes. Pretty typical of the style. Certainly not unpleasant, but nothing that would jump out and grab one's attention.

Flavor is mainly sweet malts up front, with light spicy notes (cloves) and fruity esters, but nothing too prominent. A fairly strong green apple acidic tartness follows leading up to dry finish- very Belgian. As Abbey Ales go, this one's not too brutal on the alcohol (6.6% ABV).

Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is fairly mild. Very easy to drink -very easy to drink several of them in succession, in fact.

While not a remarkable beer by any stretch, Leffe is quite a good beer. It's not going to make you forget Duvel any time soon, but it's certainly pleasant and easy-going. Could also be a good baseline starter example for someone just starting to explore the Belgian Ale family, for just those reasons.

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Photo of crotharagain
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not bad, having one in a hotel room in Paris right now. America surpassed Europe in making quality beers about 10 years ago so can't wait to get home.

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Photo of jovy1097
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Huge, foamy head that lasts quite a while. Underneath, a bubbly golden liquid that looks very inviting.

S: Musty, bready yeast and maybe some cloves. I can detect a noticeable phenol in the smell that is off-putting.

T: Spicy, sweet, and bubblegum. Doesn't have any bitterness of note. Not bad.

M: Creamy with a little sharp carbonation. You can feel the bite of alcohol in this one.

D: This is one you should not gulp. That being said, it's easy to drink. Not a brew that stands out from the crowd though. Not bad, but don't go out of your way to get it.

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Photo of konadrinker
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden caramel color with about 2 fingers of head. Good lacing as well.

S - Light and sweet, hints of berries. Mild herbal aromas with the slightest bubblegum aroma detected as well.

T - Sweet and herbal. Definite berry taste. Very creamy even after the head is gone. The cream really supports the berry flavours. First sip was very sweet tasting.

M - Smooth and creamy. Light on the tongue.

D - Very easy to drink. The creaminess of this really makes it go down a treat.

Supremely drinkable. The flavours & aromas are there but they're a little bit hidden and difficult to access, but overall still a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of sirpsycho
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, best before date 12-20-2007 Beautiful golden color, nice frothy head. Creamy texture, very, very, smooth. Carmel, honey bread dough. Very easy to drink. Wow, I found my new favorite everyday beer !!! Will be keeping a case of this on hand at all times.

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Photo of Taffle
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just arrived in today so I thought I should give it try. Very attractive little bottle if I might say.

Nice golden-orange pour rich in beauty and carbonation. Very full-bodied head retaining for eons. Has a pleasant, drinkable appearance.

Smells malty sweet, with hints of lemon and hop.

Sweet, malty undertones paired with lots of fruity, acidic flavors. Sublte hop notes add a nice touch. A bit heavy on the tart finish - but refreshing.

An excellent summer brew that's easy to drink and suitable for a wide range of palates. Well bodied, semi-sweet, and texture-ly appeasing.

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Photo of willmc
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Sight: Pours a great golden color very clean, with a nice 2 finger white head that lingers for a while, with lots of lacing around the glass.
Aromas: Sweetness and fruit, very floral.
Tastes: Sweet malts, with some hops on the finish, citrus earthy tones. This beer is full of flavor and character. The cup does run'ith over. Worth picking up.

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Photo of jdoherty
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A golden brown color with a lot of head coming up but dissapating quickly. The smell is quite strong and very floral and sugary. The taste is very heavy, very chewy. It most certainly fills your mouth and seems like those suds on the side of your glass are the same ones on the side of your mouth once you are done drinking it. Obvioisly this is a high quality beer that has simply been over produced and is now just average. Good for one drink, then move on

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Photo of apants007
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

drank it straight from the bottle.... expecting a good laugh...

a: good lookin' bottle i guess... kinda pretentious with not enough of the tongue in cheek manliness I expect from a delicious brew...

s: hmmm... well that actually has something coming out of the pipes... it smells like you just walked into a bakery that just brought out the almond croissants...

t: man, this tastes like a hippy girls armpit wrapped up in a biscuit... it's like patchouli almond lavender jam on a bizquik biscuit.... in a good way...

mf: tight carbonation, subtle aftertaste... i like it in my mouth...

i didn't think i'd like this beer... I thought it would be in the Newcastle or 1667 range at best... but it is damn good. I will drink this as much as possible in the near and far future!

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Photo of 50wolves
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 1,303 ratings.