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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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1,304 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,304
Hads: 3,541
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 25.91%
Wants: 59
Gots: 732 | 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 Zorro
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's plenty of jokes about blonds having nothing upstairs, no substance to them if you know what I mean. But Leffe Blonde, with its deeper golden complexion and large pillow-y capping, dispels a lot of that hearsay. Whether its taste will follow suit remains to be seen, but its shiny, satiny highlights are dazzling distractions, as is its woolly lacing.

Thanks to their yeasts, Belgian ales are often beyond compare with regards to their complexity. Even the more commercial examples, like Leffe, showcase that ostentatiously. A mosaic of spices, fruits and alcohol vapors combine to make a quirky and characterful aroma. And all that is accomplished without the help of hops or malts.

The taste of honeyed oats and almonds, lightly toasted grains and figs and prunes is a welcome one. It isn't an earth-shaker in terms of complexity, but does register at least a sizable five or six on the scale. I'm almost detecting a faint nuttiness and a dry, white wine-like taste and acidity that washes over the palate leaving it to feel fresh and anew.

Even for a lowly, six-something percent beer this is a little thin and underwhelming for my tastes. It lacks the toasty, crunchiness to its pale malts that the best Walloon and Flemish examples encompass. But it's still mighty drinkable and, most importantly, is free of the cloying, (corn) syrupy texture that most mainstream beers do have.

I've been to more than a few establishments where Leffe has been the only half-decent thing on tap, and for that I was thankful. Because while it's not quite good enough to make the shelves in my cellar, it's a more than acceptable fill for my glass if I'm out with friends at a less than craft-friendly restaurant, which, coincidentally, is the only place I ever drink it.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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

A: Clear golden orange. White head foams up well and takes it’s time to settle, leaving an above average lace.

S: Sugar cane, coriander, apricot, pepper, light booze, spicy cinnamon.

T: Light bread, orange, orange zest, coriander, pepper, manger, hay. Spicy and sweet with a restrained complexity

M: Medium body with a light spicy/sweet finish.

O: A delicious and accessible blonde. I've had a lot of luck using this beer to introduce novice beer drinkers to the style.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml from the Coop for about $1.70.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Big rocky head drops leaving significant lace chunks.. clear golden brew.

Very spicy aroma doesn't leave room for much else... cloves and whiffs of black pepper... light peachy/pear fruitiness... smells pretty sweet.

.. it is pretty sweet.. descent hop backbone.. but again spiciness dominates.. more fruitiness than the aroma.. more peaches and pears spiked with whole cloves... not overly complex but not horrible.. seems like a "supermarket" Belgian... Overall, just too sweet for me.

I've had Leffe Blond more than a few times, but now that I've reviewed it, I probably won't buy it unless I am going to be brewing a BPA and need some for comparison.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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

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Photo of wl0307
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks just like apple soda. Very bubbly white head and lots of riding carbonation strands, just like soda.

S - Smells sweet and faintly grainy. Honey-like sweet scent and light bread grains.

T - Sweet and light on the palate. A very standardized flavor in this beer. Commercial flavor would be a good term I've seen thrown around about this beer. Its tasty but its very light and mild. Faint touches of sweet, grainy and very mild alcohol present. Similar taste notes to a light summer wheat beer.

M - It says it's full bodied but its very light bodied. Heavier carbonation leaves the tongue a little tingly. Carbonation comprable to soda.

O - This would be a very light session beer or a thirst quencher in the summer.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 11/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a clear light orange amber. Light head and lacing. Aroma of wheat and Belgian spices, light malt. Moderate body. Sweet malt and light fruit with a sweet, light finish. Overall rather subdued; a tame Belgian pale ale. I still enjoyed it and will pick it up if more assertive Belgians aren't available.

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Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: clear body with a medium golden hue. Two fingers of foamy, light ivory head. Looks attractive.

Smell: light, sweet malt with a bit of orchard fruit and a pretty decent helping of chalkiness. There is also a hit of light, earthy hop aroma.

Taste: flavor tracks well with the aroma, though there is a bit of biscuitiness which I don't love. Still, not bad.

Mouthfeel: rich, creamy and delicious. Body is medium with a pretty big dose of carbonation. Great.

Drinkability: pretty light and refreshing for a decent Belgian beer. Some of the flavor is not my favorite, but overall it is quite a pleasurable experience.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brown 33 cl long-necked bottle's got an old-looking labeling. A picture of an old monastery. Beige color with a real old font.

A: Golden pour with a large white, but a bit uneven head that dissipates into small lacings.

S: Lots of wheat/ripe bananas. Fruity and sweet.

T: Wheat and sweet malt. Citric notes and yeast. Kind of spicy.

M: Aftertaste is short, but holds nice sweetness and some faint bitterness. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: A very "public" Belgian. This could probably work as an introduction to better beers. But for beer-connoisseurs, it's still a nice beer.

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Photo of tone77
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet and fruity. Taste is crisp and sweet. Lots of fruits and some spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth. I could spend the night drinking this beer. Overall this is a quality brew.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark orange-bronze color with an off white bready head leaving a good sticky lacing behind.

S: yeasty with bananas, cloves, and a candi sugar sweetness along with some fruits (pears, apples).

T: there was a sweet fruitiness as well (pears, apples) and candi sugar, cloves, bananas and a slight yeasty muskiness. There was a nice tang of spices on back of tongue of bitter orange and coriander.

M: crisp and highly carbonated with a lively fizziness.

D: Good drinkability, certainly not one of the better Belgians but a good intro into the style. Very light, refreshing, and fruity.

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Photo of beertunes
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip. Poured a nice deep, gold color with a tall, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and surprisingly light lacing.

The aroma was slightly sweet, with a nice grain scent and a very good yeast scent. The taste followed along very closely with there being a slightly more noticeable spice taste being supported by the nice base grains.

The body was very good, full, round, smooth and clean without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability is excellent, I could have this all day long.

Overall, a near excellent beer that is certainly worth your time.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle marked 19/01/11-4322:48. Sampled on March 27, 2010 and served about 45 degrees. The pour is a cloudy yellow-orange with a short-lived off-white head that diminishes to a thin ring around the glass and a thin coating at the top of the beer. Clove, malts, and thin hops are the key sensations in the aroma, which is quite typical of a Belgian Abbey Ale like this. But it it not quite as pungent as some. The mouthfeel falls in the medium category with a likeable creaminess. The taste has all the right characteristics of clove, coriander, hops, and wheat typical of a Belgian Abbey ale. This is a beer that is a delight to drink but really does not stand out from other Belgian Abbey ales out there.

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Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear deep gold colour topped by a thick, fluffy white head. Retention is good, with foam sticking to the sides of the glass. Carbonation is apparent with continuous bubbling supporting the head. Slightly spicy aroma with plenty of yeast character and malt, and just a hint of alcohol. Some light fruitiness, almost pear-like.

The flavours are very similar to the aroma profile. More spiciness and phenols are present. Fruit flavour is definitely pear. Balanced more towards malty sweetness, there is also a moderate, soft bitterness. Hop flavour comes out at the finish, on the floral side. Some alcohol warming is apparent. Medium body and carbonation. Creamy texture to start, but this becomes slightly coarse towards the end due to the carbonation.

Certainly a fine belgian, but lacking some of the depth I've come to expect from other interpretations of the style. 330 mL brown bottle, best before date on rear label.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into Unibroue chalice jan6 2010

A clear golden with a good amount of bubbles that float up to a giant head that has great retention and leaves several rings of lace

S very fruity a combination of tropical fruits, a little banana and some yeast

T again fruity with some very mild hops and a tangy funk I can't quite place with a little bit of booze

M medium bodied with a crisp and clean finish

D not a bad beer but it looks better then it actually is, easy enough to drink for 6.6%

still much better then our big name beers but something tells me this may be leaning towards the macro side for Belgian standards, then again I could be wrong. worth a try no doubt but I'm sure there's better one's out there in the same price range

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright, clear gold color. Poured a 2 finger frothy white head with excellent retention. Decanted continually. Laced in broken wavy rings.

S: Pale malt, bananas and bubblegum. Fairly strong yeast funk.

T: Pale malts and light-colored fruits much like the nose. Mild spices in the finish. Quite a few strong flavors that clash and ultimately don't balance.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Cleansing carbonation but sweet/spice comes back in the finish.

O: A little better than average, but expected good.

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

Pours a clear golden amber, big fluffy white head, some lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet malt, spices, some hops, coriander and orange peel. Taste is really sweet, some spice, coriander and orange and a little bit of yeast. Pretty smooth, mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Not bad, better than the brune but the sweetness is pretty cloying.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking deep golend. Streams of CO2 rise at a rapid clip. A big fluffy white head adorns the surface. Lacing if full and intricate. Aroma's musty and yeasty. A little spicy. Bready. Pretty good. Flavors are crisp and refined. Bready yeastiness is quite nice. Some subdued fruity esters....seemingly apples and pears. A little pepper spiciness. Pretty nice taste all together. Body is about medium and the mouthfeel is nice. A little airy, but carbonation seems right all together. This is a belgian beer I would get again.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.