Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium
abbaye-de-leffe.be

Style: Belgian Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
1,420
Ratings:
4,075
pDev:
15.73%
 
 
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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$ 10.65 (Including tax and discount)/six-pack of 11.2 oz bottles ($ 0.158/oz) from Spec’s, DeZavala, San Antonio, TX. Reviewed 11/12/18.
“Best before end 09/12/19” on back label. In reefer in the store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Medium yellow, clear, sparkling.
Head – Large (Maximum six cm, aggressive center pour), off-white, medium density, excellent retention, slooowly diminishing to a scalloped seven to seventeen mm ring and a conic island of dense foam.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Light yellow, clear.
Aroma – 4 - Light hops, apples, pears.
Flavor – 3.75 – Not much. A little mild hop spiciness, a little apple/pear taste. No alcohol (6.6% ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 3.5 – While the present flavors are
pleasant enough, it is so ephemeral that it could be easily missed among the weak hops. Still, this is a light and pleasing drink, ideal for a change of pace after drinking dark and heavy delicious stouts.

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Photo of Tomais
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Taste is tea tannin and sweet clove -- there used be boiled (hard) clove sweets with this taste. Bitter finish. The clove is too strong, beer is a little heavy and cloying -- the bitter finish helps, but does not redeem.

Four months before sell-by date. Tulip glass.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a Pilsner glass; best served by 2/2/2019.
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden color with robust head formation, leaving a three to four finger, lemon chiffon head, excellent retention, and rings of Belgian lacing. Beautiful champagne style bubbles rise up from the bottom throughout.
S: Yeast derived aromas of cloves and banana. Maybe slightly tangy and spicy.
T: Sweet. Flavors largely follow the aromas. Bitterness not much in evidence.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down very smoothly.
O: Really a delicious Belgian Blonde Ale. Surprised by the frequency of low scores.

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Photo of Vidblain
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of isaac_barrow
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of _Adam_
4.16/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Luke_Warmwater
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of corywalston
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Brook82
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rooster1970
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ccamic78
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elnachooo
2.32/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Carbonatación media. Cuerpo extremadamente ligero. Una cerveza acuosa, dulce, casi sin rastros de amargor. Sería como la cerveza Corona pero de Brasil.

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Photo of Troopintj
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drinking the beer dry of these bottles on a cruise ship. Good abbey-style golden ale.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 8/20/19

Pours a clear, effervescent gold with a towering, two-finger white head; excellent retention and a fair bit of soapy lacing clinging around the glass.

Aromas of clove, yeast, and earthy spice almost verging toward peppery, which merges nicely with the slight herbaceousness on the finish; detailed and delicate.

Taste lets in some balanced banana notes to go along with earthy clove, undertones of spice, and some herbal tones; the balance is done nicely here, even if it does lean one-dimensionally toward the clove/banana notes at times.

Mouthfeel has medium-high levels of carbonation that excellently carry its light-medium body and allowing a certain balanced robustness to flourish somewhere in between; the finish is bright and clean, leaving enough impact on the palate without becoming too overbearing.

Easy-drinking and nicely refined abbey ale that is consistent throughout and maintains a smooth profile throughout; solid Belgian to return to if the mood for a lighter beer strikes.

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Photo of einman
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eafowler7
5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cb8282
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrankCazabon
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkblr
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle bb 3/5/19 poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 6.6% ABV. The beer pours bright light golden amber with abundant nearly white head. The aroma is just a touch of yeasty clove and very faint banana. The taste is more of the same with clovey light banana with a touch of pale malt body on the finish. There is no noticeable hop taste, but just enough bitterness to keep the beer from finishing sweet. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and highly carbonated. Overall, good. I am one who hits a brick wall on banana flavor in a beer. Once I pick up that smell or flavor, any beer becomes one dimensional to me.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bbtkd
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Abbaye de Leffe S.A. Leffe Blonde, 6.6% ABV. Pours clear pale gold, with a nice 3+ finger white foamy head that left lots of lacing. Nose is banana bubblegum, taste follows, almost no bitterness. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent. Reminiscent of a Hefeweizen.

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Photo of matthieu_xyz
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fin489
1.9/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Too much bubble gum, unsatisfying taste, didn't finish

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Photo of CR2036
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear golden/cooper with a decent foamy white head that sticks around for a while.
S: Faint smell of banana, bubblegum, and spice.
T: Lots of spice followed by clove and banana esters with a faint taste of bubblegum. Finishes with a beautiful Belgian yeast with faint breadiness.
F: Good carbonation with a thick, creamy mouthfeel, yet still refreshing. Not too heavy.

O: While it may not be the best example of a Belgian Ale, it still is a great beer for the price. Definitely a beer to try out if you never had it before.

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