Leffe Blonde
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Style:
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #84
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
82
Ranked #45,176
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 15.51%
Reviews:
1,498
Ratings:
4,286
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Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  105
Gots
  1,193
SCORE
82
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with a rich foamy off white head. Definite aroma of clove, fruity esters, and a hint of vanilla. Malt base smells slightly adjunct which leads me to believe this beer will taste low in character. Taste is a little flat with hints of vanilla and spice. The base beer just doesn't have the inviting quality of a good golden ale. Taste like an adjunct with flavors added.

Oct 15, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a pint glass. Best by 11/10/22, so plenty fresh.

Looks pretty good in the glass. Dark golden yellow body. Big bubbly white head shrinks to a collar and covering, scattered lacing.

Spice and vanilla aroma, a hint of banana. A little boozy too.

On tasting, lightly sweet, vanilla more forward with a spiced ending. Abv apparent, seems just a little harsh.

Mouth between medium and full, finish full, a little bitey, on the sweet side.

Overall, a fair amount going on, certainly not a smooth beer. Happy to have tried it, wouldn't want a regular diet of it.

Oct 03, 2021
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Storm_Rryder from Iowa

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, high carbonation, some foam. On the malty side, quite sweet actually. Followed by some other flavors, somewhat bitter, perhaps hops or spices. My mouth not developed enough to say. After trying so many different style, nice to come back to a Belgian, always like them, this one included. Now i need to find the darker one.

Sep 25, 2021
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LanceBiggums

3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big frothy white head. Good retention. Maybe the most lacing I've ever seen. This is the reason it gets high marks for appearance. Yeasty nose, followed by the whiff of ethanol sharpness typical of Belgians, perhaps a hint of citrus. Taste follows the nose. Quite sweet. Biscuit malt, hint of citrus, followed by the ethanol, drying cloves and pepto bismol on the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smoothish, but leaves the tongue sticky. Overall just okay. I'm not a big fan of the pepto bismol aftertaste.

Aug 19, 2021
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden homie. White head. Lace.

Bananas, cloves, yeast. Wheat flavors. Reminds me of a German hefe but a Belgian version. Smooth, easy drinking. Soft feel. Bananas, clove, bubblegum finish.

Aug 14, 2021
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RaulMondesi from California

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Why hello there, Raul has landed. And by that he means just south of Belgium and in the beautiful city of Neuf-Beauin. And at this point, you could have put 3 day old horchata in my glass and i’d still be stoked. But nah, it ain’t like that. Raul is with Miss Raul and her amazingly beautiful family, and he has a half decent drink going on. It’s nothing like taking Mrs. Brussels for a spin on the old pogo stick, but it’s a nice adventure nonetheless.

See ya.

Aug 01, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, amber gold appearance with a large white head and good lacing. Yeasty aroma, some fruitiness, and esters typically associated with the style. Smooth, sweet taste, moderately spicy, mild grain texture. Medium bodied, softly carbonated mouthfeel. Short lived, slightly bitter finish.

Jul 10, 2021
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SoCalNative from California

4.62/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly a unique beer. Got this in a "Best of Belgium" variety 12 pack that came with original Stella & Hoegaarden. Gotta admit it's one of the more "WTF" flavors I've ever tasted in a "beer."

When I say: "WTF?!" I don't mean it in a bad way.

This is a unique beer and should be tried at LEAST once by ANY beer drinker. I will buy this again.

Jul 04, 2021
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had a bottle of this 2 months ago at a local French restaurant that we like. Belgian yeast is not my thing, but I like to try new beers and they don't have many beers at this restaurant. We ate outdoors and were isolated, but it was the first time eating onsite at any restaurant in 13 months! I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor, Belgian yeast and all. The most notable point I wrote in Untappd was that the bottle said best before mid-year. Of 2022! More than one year out at the time!

Jun 16, 2021
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Melovebeerbecaisritisgood from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look-dark gold
smell-slightly yeasty,hoppy
taste-slightly yeasty,citursly,stiil good though,hoppy,slight honey taste
feel-fine
overa all- I love this beer

May 15, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a beautiful straw yellow/gold color with a bitchin two-finger off-white head with great retention.
S: Smells rich of cloves, bananas, floral hops, slight amount of hops.
T: Follows the nose, slightly bitter aftertaste to balance out the banana flavor.
F: Medium-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, refreshing.

Apr 08, 2021
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leffe is crystal clear, pale amber in color slightly darker than the color of ripe hay. The head is dense, mousse-like, and lasting.
Taking a sniff, the first impression I get of Leffe's aroma is that it's mildly, delicately barnyard in nature. On closer examination though, I smell clove combined with toasted grain. Generic spiciness and Belgian funk combine with a juiciness that somehow reminds me of ripe orchard fruits. Notes of honey bind the aroma together into a lightly perfumed whole.
Leffe is smooth and medium bodied, with a light carbonation dancing across the tongue. Honey-like sweetness comes through first, leading directly into light but notable flavors of clove and malt tinted flavors of bread dough. Hints of what could be banana come through at this point before moving on to the next flavors. Belgian and alcoholic spiciness come through in the middle, adding crisp punctuation to the previous flavors. The finish is crisp, dry, and just a little bit bitter.
It's got a lot of interesting flavors going on without becoming so funky overall as to become unlikable. The flavors are spicy and malty, with just a hint of banana rounding things out in the center. Those same flavors keep themselves from crossing a line into becoming too spicy and funky for their own good.

Apr 05, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Rating in 2002: I guess Belgian blonds are not my favourite style, the yeast becomes too dominant in both aroma and flavour, not least in this one. Of course it's better than any macro swill, but give me a darker beer, please!

Mar 22, 2021
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James94 from England

4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark blonde, some initial head and lacing that disappears quickly
S: Wheat, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, herbs
T: Cherry, citrus, wheat, brown sugar, banana
F: Balanced carbonation, slightly watery towards the end

O: 4.25

Mar 16, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Crystal clear, rich golden color. Fluffy, light yellow head with nice retention and very good lacing.

S---Yeast, banana, bubblegum & light pepper. Very nice.

T---Banana, spices, yeasty.

F---Good carbonation. Medium+ mouthfeel.

O---I was very interested in finally trying this one. I was not let down.

Feb 15, 2021
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CharltonBilow from California

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I don't like bitter, hence I don't like hops. This beer has a little bitter taste. It's not strong on bitter so I still enjoyed it. The flavor minus the hops is wonderful. It is not too foamy when poured and relatively smooth.

Feb 05, 2021
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich gold color, clear; under a tall white foam head... Hey - real good - got a very soft, smooth honeyed feel with moderate sweetness and virtually no bitterness - elements of banana, honey, clove, super-ripe pale orchard fruits, bubblegum, and sweet bread... Very enjoyable - maybe my favorite true blonde yet; best by date of 2/5/22...

Feb 02, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours iconic blonde body with fluffy white head that has moderate retention and leaves a few thin patches of lacing as it settles to a patchy cap

aroma is a whiff of ester/yeasty/peppery/pear+honey funk

taste hits sweet and bright first with honey and pear before dashing in the cracked spices and getting funky with the yeast.

high carbo and light body, feels fluffy and finishes dry but still sweet. plasters like bubble gum.

overall:
fairly average Belgian blonde that is bright, sweet, and ester-fest. a little sweet for my taste and i've had plenty better, but it's still a great brew

Dec 23, 2020
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Rug from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 12/29/21

My first Belgian blonde, can't imagine it's too different from a Belgian pale except with less aggressive hops. Looks like this one is the most reviewed of its style, same as their Brune

Pours a clear gold with 2 fingers of white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

The aroma is very estery, lots of white pepper, bubblegum, earthy honey, and sweet pears. A nice floral aroma that I can't quite put my finger on

The flavor starts off bright, lots of pear, some lemon, white pepper, and a touch of bubblegum. The swallow brings notes of sweet malt, floral grain, and white grape

A light medium body pairs with effervescent carbonation for a super refreshing beer. Finishes sweet and dry, reminiscent of a chardonnay

This is miles better than the ratings led me to believe! Balanced and authentically Belgian, it drinks very easy for the abv, and is very affordable

Dec 13, 2020
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LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$2.00, 40.3ºF (4.61ºC), 6.6%ABV, 11.2fl oz., No bottled date, freshest by October 14th 2021, which tells me it's probably bottled on Oct. 14th 2020, but who knows?

Overall score is lowered due to lack of explicit bottled date. Solid beer for price and great taste which raises overall score I am gonna give it an 80, definitely would purchase again especially if I wanna have a beer and be able to still do work and not be too inebriated.

Dec 08, 2020
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Marachnid from England

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Leffe isn't overly carbonated; you are able to note the subtle flavours of the beer, enjoying it's sparkling yet mildly thick texture.

The scent and flavours are very unique; the nose is quite floral, mostly ylang ylang but with a slightly orange undertone. The flavours are extremely odd. At first they made me gag (not ideal praise) but with more thought and tasting, they are fantastic. This manages to have an initial taste of vanilla bean, being very sweet and cloying. After a few sips however the flavour develops into something extremely savoury; it tastes like cooked tomatoes and fresh basil. I have never had a beer quite like it, and it certainly grows on you. Of course, great price.

Nov 06, 2020
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sjdevel from Utah

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

LOOK - - - crystal clear deep golden color - great head coming out of the bottle - great soapy bubbles around the glass and very interesting lacing and activity
SMELL - - - some sweet malt, cracker, biscuit, and yeast. Hints of spices (clove, ginger, nutmeg?)
TASTE - - - a nice bite of spices and tangy/tartness (almost a vinegar bite as well) - next comes in powerfully some rich and sweet honey, caramel corn, dark corn syrup, candy corn - then some bread/biscuit/yeast comes in as the sweetness lessens - spices come in and out the entire time - definitely clove, ginger, and nutmeg notes - at times there seems to be a bit of a cracked black pepper undertone
FEEL - - - medium bodied but lighter end of the spectrum - carbonation stands pretty strong the entire time
OVERALL - - - this is a great beer - this is sweet, rich, yeasty, bready, and spicey - I can't believe I have never had one of these as I have seen it on shelves for a long time - will definitely pick up again - Belgians really know how to brew beer - this is one of the better blondes that I have had - after taste is impressive (caramel corn, candy corn, and clove)

Oct 24, 2020
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marcbosch from Netherlands

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured into a tulip, warm yellow to faded copper, visual carbonation, generous head. Faint to moderate lacing.
S: Yeast, spices (clove, vanilla, perhaps coriander), sweet bread malt.
T: Following the nose. Spices and yeast forward, not much in the banana-ester department, some rubbing alcohol, pleasant malty background. I think this one is a bit more about the spices. End is dry but could be a tad drier for my taste, some vanilla aftertaste.
F: As expected. Moderate-high carbonation, Low to medium body, dry-ish finish.
O: On-point, typical and enjoyable Blonde. Complex enough to merit your attention but a very good weeknight dinner drink too.

Oct 12, 2020
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hk117 from Hong Kong

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml on tap - huge frothy head with heavy carbonation. Smooth mouth feel with a strong yeasty and dried spice flavour. Aroma is also yeasty with a hint of sweet bread. Tastes lighter than its abv for sure. Overall a solid mainstream Belgian blonde

Sep 05, 2020
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Sayb from Arizona

3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear gold with a red tinge . One finger head that dissipates slowly . Lots of carbonation bubbles.
S: Cloves ,hops , slight ginger.
T: Definite cloves presence a hint of nutmeg .
F: A bit heavy with noticeable carbonation , a sweet after taste .
O: A very nice relaxing brew . compliments kicking back watching a movie .

Sep 04, 2020
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