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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,941 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 2,941
Reviews: 1,214
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.06%
Wants: 30
Gots: 272 | 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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Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served on the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with clear glden yellow edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Great retention, only slowly fading into a thin lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lace behind.

Earhy aroma with lots of zesty spice as well as some sweet alcohol and crisp light fruit. Lots of zesty pepper and coriander along with earthy straw and lemongrass notes. Pale malts with subtle light fruit in the nose, mostly apple.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of zesty spice, sweet crisp light fruit, earthy hops, alcohol qnd bready yeast. There's a very prominent spice character up font with lots of zesty pepper, coriander and lemon zest that lingers throughout. This is countered mid-palate by a strong bread/yeast character that adds cmplexity and fullness to the body. Hintsnof wheat, banana, and lemon peel as well as some faint apple and pear. Decently balanced and easy to drink especially in the warmer months but not something that I would regularly seek out. A nice introduction to Belgian beers.

corby112, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent light gold with a massive head of white fluff that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass. Tiny strand of carbonation slowly rise to the top.
Smell is of freshly baked white bread, Candi sugar, caramel, and spice.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sticky sweet sugar, white grapes, with toasted pils malt and doughy bread flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied sweet but not cloying. Carbonation is solid and spritzy with a yeasty finish.

weeare138, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Standard amber hue. It does have a decent head at the start, but it doesn't live until the end. this is probably due to the lower than expected carbonation. While it's around though, there's some decent lacing on the glass.

Nose is quite fragrant and sweet. Aromas of butterscotch, caramel and Belgian candy sugar, which however start to overpower a little too much. this means the nose becomes a bit unbalanced, especially for the style where you're not expecting something sickly.

Taste is quite sweet on the front palate, but quickly turns bitter and dry, with lingering volatiles and phenols. The aftertaste lasts for a long time, and I wish it ended sooner. Mouthfeel very weak and thin.

I feel like it should be better than it is. I might revisit it, but this time it ended up drinking like a very bland beer.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Alto Cinco in Syracuse.

This isn't an amazing belgian, but I think it's a nice example of Belgian characteristics. This amber beer is heavy on the yeast flavor with what seems to be a candi sugar sweetness. Not much bitterness, but this a very smooth and tasty beer. A good companion to a meal and worth trying.

tempest, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, light golden color with good carbonation leaving a big white cap.

S: Honey, bread, floral and a hint of fruit

T: A little bit of fruits; apples, pears and some floral notes. Some bready notes, spice and light hop bitterness

M: Lighter to medium body ,plenty of taste

O: Enjoyable, flavorful and very drinkable. Good for the style

barleywinefiend, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and golden, constantly bubbling from carbination. Presents a nice head.

Smell: Consistenly sweet smelling before and after the head has nearly dissolved.

Taste: Initial bursts of sweetness brought on by its fruity character also has lots of spice.

Mouthfeel: Light to Medium body.

Drinkability: Hints of nutty aftertaste but carbonation has me belching before im 1/2 way through the experience.

stakem, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of wl0307
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at a trendy gastro pub in East End London. Insanely expensive: 3 quid for half pint!! I'm definitely ripped-off!! (should've known better...)

A: light golden hue, with a white head thick but loosely-formed and breaking down pretty fast and leaves little to entertain my eyes; light carbonation. The fast-retreating foam is a bit disappointing for a Belgian ale on tap.
S: fruity, like banana oil, honey, grainy maltiness, sweetened orange, and a lightly bubble-gum note--overall refreshing, but a bit too sugary.
T: smoothly-textured candyish and grainy malts upfront, with a refreshing flavour of troical fruits of esters, leading to a dryish fruity flavour at the back--bittersweet like chicory syrup, with a slightly spicy (clove?) note in the end. Pretty standard flavour for this style, but lacking complexity which is key to make Belgian ales desirable--could be the result of filtering?
M: light-bodied, backed by understated bubbly texture, and moderately-flavoured; overall quite clean on the mouthfeel.
D: an average Belgian blond--nothing more nothing less.

wl0307, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap, which was a nice change. Poured light and golden, clear. Disappointing brew. Tasted fairly watery, thought it might have been just me, but after reading some other reviews, I see I'm not alone. Did have some tasty yeasyness to it, also detected some bubblegummy Belgian type flavors. But overall, lacked body, flavor, and character. middle of the road Belgian, good to try on Belgian newbies.

Billolick, May 05, 2004
Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear deep golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense bright white head that slowly reduces to a small thick patch near the center of the beer, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts, floral hops, and spicy yeast.

T: Upfront there is some malty sweetness that is soon combined with banana + clove and some yeast spiciness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thick and with some dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is enjoyable but is not anything super special and is quite easy to find - might be a good beer for people to introduce themselves to Belgian beers. Easy enough to drink but a little too heavy to be sessionable.

dbrauneis, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden with quite a decent head but not a lot of lacing for a Belgian. Quite bready at first smell, followed by light banana and then clove. The taste is fairly mellow but exhibits similar notes as the smell. Some more noticeable clove on the finish along with a definite, but not out of place, sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and on the lighter side. Quite drinkable and refreshing. I brought a six pack of this camping recently. It was hot and humid and this stuff really hit the spot, went with a variety of foods, and was relatively easy on the wallet. I even converted one of my Stella Artois drinking friends with this beer. Not the most ravishing Belgian on the planet, but not bad and one I'd overlooked in the past.

Georgiabeer, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A bottle served into a pilsner-esque glass at the Gas Station.

A: The Belgian ale is pale, golden and translucent. Crystal clear, the ale has a sizeable, over three fingers, head on first pour that laces nicely.

S: The Belgian yeast stands out, fruity sweet, alongside candied fruits. A decent nose.

T: The body of the ale is nearly identical to the nose, mildly sweet with a fruitiness that runs throughout it. A bready malt base, pale and grainy, adequate against the sweetness. A little cloying near the finish. An intro Belgian.

M: The mouthfeel is ho-hum, not really exciting but not terrible either. Middle of the road.

D: No off flavors, the ale just isn't terribly exciting.

akorsak, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice with the brand in gold)

A- The beer has a clear light golden body with a thin white ring of foam that last through the glass. There is a very faint carbonation.

S- The smell of perfume is slightly sweet with a rose note and a faint bitterness that doesn't smell like hops.

T- The lightly sweet perfume flavor is taken over by bitter hops that finish the beer. As the beer warms there are notes of bubblegum and faint apricots. There is also a dry cider hint and a light Perry hint aswell.

M-This beer has a light mouthfeel and a faint fizz texture that just enhances the hops slightly.

D- The dry light fruit flavors are crisp with a faint sweetness to give the balance. Then they are rudely squashed by bitter hops. The hops would be fine if they had some depth of flavor or other characteristic besides just bitterness.

rhoadsrage, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Me and a friend wandered off to Newport Beach last night and found a pizza joint with decent taps. This was one of the choices. Or so I thought. On to the beer:

The beer arrived in my mug a filtered deep colored blonde with a decent head that leaves little lacing on the glass. I'm not sure what the brewers were going for, but it smelled and tasted more like a Franziskaner than an Orval. Lots of chewing gum in the aroma and taste, and I'm talking about the cheap Wrigley's brand. A dash of cloves and a pinch of peppermint(?) provide to back up the main chewing gum flavor. Finish is thick and semi-sticky.

The flavors were fine, but the overall blend of them needs some balance and work.

DoubleJ, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep golden beer with a large long lasting head.

Smell is spicy with the scents of medicine and bubble gum. Smells of sweet honey with a strong scent of coriander. Spice is mostly ginger and pepper.

Taste is sweet and mildly spicy with a coriander being the strongest flavor. Taste of honey lingers a bit too much here. Taste gets more herbal as you finish your beer. It is a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel is OK.

The sweetness level and a lack of complexity hamper drinkability. Needs about half the sugar and extra spice flavors.

Zorro, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a five finger white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Honey and clove nose, flavor is flowery, honey and cloves. $7.99 for a 6-pak 330ml bottles from Market Basket Concord, NH.

jdhilt, May 03, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -15.5%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
2.55/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a big tulip glass, consumed before the best by date.

Leffe, a bold golden/blonde ale that shines, really, im looking at it and it's shining. No other colors here, just 1st place gold. A big white rush of foam on the top part of the glass leaving window covering lace with legs.

Smells include sweet malt and a bit of corn, I swear to god. A bit of hay and some wheat. Nothing in terms of detectable hops. Kind of boring, but this is a simple style.

Malts are in the forefront and run the show. They give off a bisquit/bread thing and also I kind of detect a malt liquor type taste as well. Leffe is not quite that bad, but it certainly ain't great. I think some belgian yeast could of spiced this up, there is just nothing going for it.

The feel is smooth and lush but the flavor just aint there. The carbonation was light and maybe a boost would of made some sparks in feel, otherwise this was flat as a pancake, but not completly dead. Medium bodied. I'm not a fan of this beer, I found out when I noticed the small sips I was taking, I usually down Belgian pales, but not this one. I dumped the rest out.

BARFLYB, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/17/2015. Pours lightly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange peel, pear, apple, banana, honey, biscuit, bubblegum, herbal, floral, clove, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pale malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange peel, pear, apple, banana, honey, biscuit, bubblegum, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, pear, apple, banana, honey, biscuit, bubblegum, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of pale malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great yeast/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of pale male and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, May 01, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +12.7%

wrightst, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leffe blonde appears clear and golden hued with an inch of white fluffy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of fruit, yeast, and alcohol. The flavor is good, and distinctly Belgian. The alcohol is more noticeable than I would like. The feel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and an alcoholic finish. This is a decent Belgian brew.

Huhzubendah, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. 12 oz. bottle. Light yellow and tawny with a white head.

s. Light fruits and belgian yeast.

T. Very flavorful. Fruit is apparant, dried raisin specifically makes an impression. Also a helping of banana goodness comes from that funky yeast. Has some characterics of a Hefeweizen but much more complex. Sweetish.

M. A bit excessively carbonated in my opinion, but still a fine drinker.

D. This is a very good BPA. If you're looking for a great hop profile, I'd look elsewhere. If you're looking for a very well balanced, complex belgian style pale ale, here it is.

Stinkypuss, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice blond for an evening BBQ. This pours a slightly hazed amber/golden body. Fizzy and heady. A white head quickly develops up to about 3 fingers; a bit rocky and sticky. Looks nice.
Smells of slight citrus and corriander. The Belgian yeasts come through nicely, a bit sweet as well. A malt characteristic softens the spice. this also gives it a bit of thickness that I'm not used to in the style.
A nice drinking beer. It seems a bit stale, I can't keep from thinking about the maltiness. After this beer, I drank an Urquel and found similarities in sweetness.

Mebuzzard, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

mdaschaf, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +12.7%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 2,941 ratings.