Leffe Blonde
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Style:
Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #78
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
82
Ranked #44,227
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 15.56%
Reviews:
1,475
Ratings:
4,223
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Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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SCORE
82
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sjdevel from Utah

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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)

Saturday at 01:56 AM
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marcbosch from Netherlands

3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
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 -2.8%
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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BJB13 from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle poured into a Tulip.
Best by:15/10/21

Clear copper with lots of visual carbonation, topped with two fingers of cream-white persistent foam. Leaves decent lace. Light nose of yeast and honeysuckle. Rich Belgian yeast flavor dominates the palate, staring lightly sweet but finishes dry and spicy, mainly clove. Medium body and carbonation, frothy and a bit creamy. My first Belgian blonde, nice ale.

Aug 29, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A totally yummy Belgian Blonde Ale. This is really tasty. It pours well, has a great smell, and a good initial taste and finish. You do not taste the 6.6% ABV at all, which may not be a good thing if you are drinking a lot of them! The taste has a hint of cloves (I think) but it is not overpowering. Highly recommended.

Jul 26, 2020
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kookajamo from Delaware

3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid Belgian blonde, even after inbev acquisition. Beautiful golden hue, great head, lively carbonation and some lacing present. Flavor is traditional blonde but rather sweet, in a good way that isn't cloying, and clove is also present. Some slight vanilla flavor comes through during the end of the sip. ABV well hidden. Finishes crisp and dry. Refreshing and crushable especially for a 6.6%

Jul 19, 2020
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1angrydwarf from Kansas

3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: looks golden yellow
S:light spice (clove and banana) from yeast
T: light ale taste relatively balanced with a pronounced sweet note in the middle with spice coming in at the end.
F: medium body
O: definitely gets more flavorful as it warms. Hides it's alcohol well. Due to its sweetness and phenolic profile it reminds me of vanilla. I enjoyed it but the sweet nature of this won't be for everyone.

Jun 22, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

1240 was originally when this monastery began to brew beer, wow. It is amazing to think about all of the wars, political changes, countries lost and developed, or discovered after this brewery began to make beer. Resoundingly this is now an ABIn_Bev brand sold alongside the same promotion package as Michelob, Bud Light Lime, and Stella Artios, but this beer has still massive appeal and even better flavor.

Pouring from a 11.2 fl oz bottle condition in a tulip body glass, this 6.6% abv Abbey blond ale has a stunning amberish gold hue with a lot of carbonation. A rich creamy head sits atop of this highly carbonated brew that even feet away gives off the smell of cloves.

Taste wise you're met with an overwhelming sweetness upfront similar to rock candy and a banana clove-like taste with a very light mouthfeel that reminds me of hefewießen beers sans the wheat of course. This is highly drinkable and the alcohol is hardly noticeable in the backend. There is a bit of creaminess that lingers downward but overall this is very approachable, though maybe too much for a new to beer drinker.

Jun 13, 2020
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OlaB from Norway

3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a medium top off white head that dissolves quickly.
Aroma is bread, banana, candy, pepper, herbs and spices.
The taste is sweet and fruity with some dry spice notes. Some slight bready malt notes in the back. The finish is slightly bitter and leaves a decent aftertaste.
Soft and smooth mouthfeel with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
This was the beer that got me into belgian beers, so i will always have a nostalgic feel about leffe blonde. I still think is good and enjoyable, but after I tried a lot of other belgians by the years this one is not something I normaly pick anymore.

Jun 06, 2020
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Grounder from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really nice daily beer. Golden yellow, excellent balance of malt and hops, may be a note of sweetness. Solid feel, not watery at all. I was pleasantly surprised.

Jun 06, 2020
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DanfromVan from Canada

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Is now being carried by BCLDB Liquor Stores so is now a staple in the province.
My go to beer for a traditional Belgian Blonde, especially traveling in some of the smaller towns whose only outlet is a market who carries only Bud and Cariboo. Rarely found outside of a BCLDB store. It's this or Piraat, which seems to be the only regular Belgian stocked in the Province.
Poured into a Tulip.
Nice yellow colour tinging towards gold.
Quick full head that dissipates rapidly,
Taste is rich and slightly sweet, with a very light alcohol aftertaste. Always seems seems like I am anticipating another tasting level to achieve, but that only happens once the beer warms in the hand, then a little fruit ad molasses creeps in..
Defiantly will be buying again.

May 30, 2020
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OrdinaryManDrinks from England

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favourites! First of all it looks very nice when poured, golden and almost clear. The froth disappears quite quickly but the beer stays well carbonated. Regarding the taste I ain't someone who has the palate or vocabulary to tell you all about how hoppy or malty a beer is but this is exactly my taste, rich and balanced. Some beers taste overwhelming or not like much at all, this one is just right for me. It is as refreshing but more interesting than a lager but without the heavyness and overwhelming complexity that some other ales have. Combine this with an OK price point and it's usually my choice when available.

May 28, 2020
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Beernaby from Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awright, I'm gonna be right up front with you right now! My two favorite Belgian-style beers are out of California: Mischief
by the Bruerie and Le Merle from North Coast... but, I feel like Leffe Blonde throws me back to a more traditional Belgian
Abbey Ale. These monks drank 3.2 liters of beer a day (maybe they were praying not to have a headache) but they created
great beers (and wines.) They clearly liked bananas, since that is the predominant flavor in this one; nevertheless, it is a clear, crisp and refreshing brew... and a nice way to finish off your evening! It is crystal clear in appearance and light and
lacy on head. The taste is banana bread and Nilla-Wafer with a feel like spring-water.

May 28, 2020
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just1cho from California

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 11.2oz bottle*

This beer poured a brilliant honey color and had about a two finger thick head with great retention. There was a healthy diversity of rocky and micro bubbles and left a nice lacing around my cup with the head subsided.

The aroma was, for the most part, phenolic as I got a lot of spicy and peppery notes. Despite this, I also got a good bit of sweet malts that showed a lot of its bready/biscuit character. There was also a hint of the yeast character as I got a bit of banana as well.

The taste follows the nose. There was a sweet malty note and a peppery spiciness upfront, this then evolved to more of a fruity banana character in the middle. The beer then finishes with notes of bread and biscuit with low notes of hop bitterness.

This was full-bodied and had a high level of carbonation. This was also dry on the start and finish and was highly drinkable.

Overall, this wasn't bad, just kinda average for me. I wasn't too big of a fan of the spicy notes from this beer so I probably won't choose to drink this on my own, but I wouldn't complain if this was handed to me.

May 23, 2020
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jonmikel from Spain

3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden amber colour and transparent. Almost no head of foam. Citrusy smell. It is a fresh smell. You can feel the carbonation. Although it is of heavy alcohol it is a smooth beer. After a while you feel a little bit of rawness in the mouth but it is very nice. I like it but I wouldn't describe it as th best Belgian Ale.

May 02, 2020
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hottenot from North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant almost orange color.
Smell is very subtle.
Tastes like bananas, cloves and sugar.
Very tasty and chugable ( A session beer )
Medium thick going down the gullet.

Apr 19, 2020
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking pour with nice lacing as it goes down. I was expecting more banana and clove but instead got a sweetness and euro lager skunkiness I didn’t really care for. This seems like just a Belgian blonde for the masses.

Mar 02, 2020
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gothamcity

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour: amazing head retention. More than 10 minutes and great lacing and head.
Aroma: dusty smell but at the same time a very fresh smell of spring water of Sierra mountains etc.
Taste: very sweet when warm , some juiced cucumber, very light.
Feel:

Feb 28, 2020
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tigerinatrance from New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fuckin beautiful brew! Beautiful bottle, beautiful head, beautiful color, that gorgeous foil around the neck and cap... Poured as directed into it's own chalice, the Pope himself couldnt help but try a sip. He'd raise it to his lips, and if I were the Pope, grimace at the smell. You would reassure him it is delicious. He would take a sip. It is delicious. Indescribable in flavor. Pretty close to delicious. The feel... near perfect beer feel. The old Pope might pop a lil chub at the mouth feel. Overall, needs to be tried once by anyone who loves beer.

Feb 27, 2020
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ItalianWarrior96

2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I bought this beer for a cost of around 1.50€.
It is a good looking beer, it smells nothing special.
The foam is not very compact.
The flavor leaves nothing special in the mouth.
Overall an almost good beer

Feb 27, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An easy pour from an 11.2-oz. bottle released a generous finger of soapy white foam with long retention and broken rings of lace. Clear light yellow-gold body, micro-small bubbles rise to support the head.

Grain silo wet day sweetness greats the nose and follows to the taste; mild floral hops, semi-sweet malt, wheat, and wet grass tag along. Yeasty dough, old banana and vague baking spice are included.

A metallic twang at first dwindles to a semi-sweet malty taste, lightly bitter with honeydew melon and a little orange/grapefruit juice. There is a malty and yeasty blend of flavor support that contributes to the body. The finish is long yet cleans away leaving a mild bitter aftertaste with just a hint of ripe fruit.

Medium plus body with abundant carbonation throughout the drink, warms well making the alcohol detectable.
Belgian style smells and tastes in an affordable package, overall smooth and well flavored.
Besides the can-like metallic taste at first, no issues to report.

Feb 15, 2020
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Anders91 from California

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: golden with a medium white head

Smell: malt and banana

Taste: follows the nose, slight bitterness, a hint of banana, but leaves me wanting more banana

Feel: smooth

an unremarkable beer, but plenty drinkable

Jan 30, 2020
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JohnnyRocker

5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer! When my main source is out, I will drive a few more miles to get it. Just a fantastic beer! Nothing else quite like it. It has 6.6% alcohol content but doesn't taste strong at all.

Jan 06, 2020
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Denisebell

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haters gonna hate, and this beer has many haters. However, this is my favorite all-time beer. Apparently, this is the Bubweiser of Belgium, which still makes it 1000-times better than Natty Light. Please try this if you're Belgian-curious. It's a good entry-level pour. It tastes like banana bread drizzled with honey.

Dec 23, 2019
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B_mit

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Has a very good sweetness balanced with the alcohol content. Fruity notes without being too sweet. And for the price, very well done and also readily available at even grocery stores. A lot of flavor and relatively complex for the price point.

Dec 21, 2019
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