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Leffe Blonde - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
80
good

2,747 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 2,747
Reviews: 1,207
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 26
Gots: 177 | 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.

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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2007 07:32:30 | More by tempest
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2005 04:29:09 | More by wl0307
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 23:25:42 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2004 02:30:17 | More by Billolick
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good beer right here. Pours a light golden color with tons of head. Tons of effervescence going on, making it pretty appealing. Taste is very creamy upfront and smooth with some nice yeasty taste to it typical of most Belgians. Almost 7% ABV is hidden very well as this is very drinkable. Pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 20:06:14 | More by oriolesfan4
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2006 19:42:09 | More by rhoadsrage
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 23:16:33 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-22-2013 16:21:47 | More by InspectorBob
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 14:16:51 | More by dbrauneis
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 22:38:50 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 02:35:13 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 04:06:31 | More by Georgiabeer
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-22-2012 15:27:59 | More by DrunkinYogi
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DoubleJ

California

3.08/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2008 19:17:43 | More by DoubleJ
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -28%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 04:57:14 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.3%

12-25-2012 16:14:35 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 20:45:10 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2006 17:59:21 | More by biegaman
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

12-07-2013 17:41:08 | More by BillRoth
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 20:18:16 | More by Huhzubendah
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superspak

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 03:53:24 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%

11-30-2011 22:21:23 | More by brandoman63
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 00:30:15 | More by beerthulhu
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 19:26:48 | More by Mebuzzard
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 17:48:49 | More by Viggo
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