Leffe Blonde
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Style:
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #72
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
82
Ranked #42,183
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 15.56%
Reviews:
1,444
Ratings:
4,153
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Photo of 60sFolks
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a good ale to enter into the cooler spring. A nice re-introduction to the the darker beer seasons. Very drinkable, not overboard on alcohol content.

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Photo of Lanas
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Before drink this beer i expecting something complete different from that style because i never try it but in the end this beer satisfied me. I was expecting something like German Kristall beers but "Leffe blond" it taste different..
First of all this beer has insane carboration and that make it very strong beer.. Can easy fill your mouthfeel with the strong and punchy carboration.. It is a light beer but the high carboration and some other notes here on the taste make this beer more heavy and complete i guess.. On the other hand the taste is little rough in the beginning but the aftertaste is great and remind you one "Belgium Beer".. Also the aroma and the appearance with these small bubbles is amazing.. For sure very pretty beer in the eye..
Overall a decent and refreshing beer to drink.. Little rough with the high carboration and little more bitter than usual for my taste but is ok choice in the summer..

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Photo of Wziontek
4.71/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful beer, orange amber head with a beautiful amount of creamy head.
Slightly sweet caramel smell but not too over powering.

Rich slightly fruity taste and nice finish. Want one right now

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(330 ml bottle, best before end 4 Sep 2020; purchased single off shelf... poured into St. Bernardus chalice)

L: polished-clear, orange-amber liquid; stupid amount of off-white foam, but a careful pour will top it out nicely... keeps a messy cap/collar, does lace in broad bands

S: banana and clove all day - quite potent intensity; good amount of honey-kissed golden bread (or soft pretzel) crust in the background... can't deny it, rather inviting, if not uniquely nuanced... delicate caramel and creme gradually emerge

T: bubblegum and clove at the fore, with a sugar-cookie dough finish; dries out nicely in the finish, with a lingering buzz or vaguely-peppery clove phenol... I will reemphasize its dryness; surprising, pleasing absence of back end sweetness; faint metallic note... full-flavored approach, for sure; the sweetness and a delicate, pointed bitterness does develop, the former of which takes on a mildly-buttery, creme-brulee tone

F: frothy touch up front, lightly creamy-silky viscosity in the follow-through, with a subtle residual slickness and a soft sedative warmth... perhaps a touch to rich in its body, but the ample carbonation and moderate booze smooth it out

O: I can't help but think there's a degree of trickery or artificial interference in executing these aromas and flavors, or they just dialed in a fortunately-composed, confectionery recipe... this is dessert unto itself, not readily applicable for food pairing at first take... bold, but not beautiful; I've had this a few times on tap and I always question why I try it again (1473)

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Photo of Premo88
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(best before end: 18/07/20 printed on bottle — can't find a straight answer online as to what that means, July 20, 2018 or July 18, 2020? DM if you know and I'll adjust)

L: crystal clear gold topped by huge Belgianesque head of fluffy white/offwhite foam that sticks to the walls of the glass like paint; fantastic pour, beautiful on the way down as it laces off a thickish collar of white foam

S: funk ... the yeasty/earthy/lemony aroma wafts out of the bottle as you pour; it's almost skunky but when you dig into the glass you find little skunk and much more earthy funk; lemon, lemonpeel, lemon candy ... there's definitely some sweetness, some from the malt, maybe some residual from the brewer's candi sugar?

T: follows the nose closely though two things stand out: 1. the lemon is never tart but more earthy like lemon peel, and 2. clove — there's a hint of clove flavor that grows and grows along with another hefeweizen-like wheat note; earthy note and clove mix and make it almost bitter, but like with the nose, there's sweetness there to help balance; while not tart, it has a drying effect that makes you keep reaching for the glass, almost vinous like a semi-dry white wine mixed with a sweeter (but not dessert) white wine

F: doesn't get better for carbonation lovers like me ... tickles and tingles and fills up the mouth with a wonderful mix of carbonation and heft from the weight of the liquid; perfect

O: the only quibble I have with this one is the bottle code, which at some point I'll get a clear answer on; whether this beer is a year past it's best-by date or a year short of it, it's fantastic with a nice mix of several Belgian notes in all aspects from look to smell, taste to feel; I will revisit this beer again

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Photo of JimboBrews54
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

YUM!!!!!!!!!!! This is one awesome brew that is hand crafted to perfection. Makes me proud being a Buffalo myself, this one is spicy with a well balance of flavor. This one has a slightly sweet taste with plenty of esters to balance out the crispness of the beer. It balances out very well that doe snot go over the top on any flavor.

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Photo of defunksta
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous deep orange color that is yeasty and cloudy, but slightly clear. A massive head that lingers as typical for great Belgium beers.
Aroma: It has the wonderful and unique Belgian yeast aroma that makes you know it's from Belgium and not the states. The Belgian spice profile is perfect and reminds me of DuPont in terms of aroma. Tons of banana, clove, and coriander. The right balance.
Flavor: Taste follows the nose. All Belgian yeast upfront. Banana, clove, coriander. Mandarin orange. Just the right balance that it reminds me of DuPont. Followed by a Belgian candy-like and honey sweetness that is strong. Finishes very sweet. Alcohol is hidden in the sweetness.
Feel: A very smooth mouthfeel. So nice to have a smooth and sweet Belgian candy finish. The high carbonation cleans the palate appropriately and makes it not too thick or syrupy on the finish.

Overall: A really delicious Belgian Blonde here. Exceptional and authentic Belgian yeast give it a perfect flavor profile with a Belgian candy sweetness. I'd pick this as my favorite dessert beer. Drinks much like a weaker Tripel, but for the punch, this might be the better choice.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Around a medium body with above average carbonation
Aroma is a very strong pleasant mix of cereal, grain,malt, citrus and peel, a slight amount of spice and bubblegum
Taste is pretty much everything a Belgian should be. There is a slight astringent bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.
Overall I thought it was very flavorful, went well with food and went down real easy

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Photo of Martin194
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Clear, pale gold with a white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Yeast and grain, but some sweetness as well, like bananas and honey, as well as a sort of chemical scent similar to band-aids.

Taste: Sweet in the mouth, more bitter aftertaste. Grain, toffee, some banana, a hint of citrus. The aftertaste has more of that chemical character.

Feel: Normal carbonation, medium body, leaves kind of a dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Pretty tasty beer overall, though I wasn't a fan of the Band-Aid flavor.

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Photo of Beersnake1
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Nose is pine, spice, orange, and toffee. Taste is citrus, tropics, wheat, toffee. Mouthfeel is medium and nice. Overall, a really great blonde. Easy drinking!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep gold with off white head that legs, but fades; lots of spicy phenols + yellow pear esters plus some orange blossom honey; grainy, some orange peel, slight Band-Aids, candy sugar + a Noble spice end; lt-med, fizzy, smooth.

3.75 4 3.75 4 3.75

Poor head retention but smells the part. In the event, too sweet - I want more IBUs to cut the honey. A bit diapery on the phenols, too. It’s tasty, I get why it’s popular, but I feel the headache starting before I get to the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of jlindros
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed as part of BJCP training. 25A Belgian Blond Ale

Light fizzy smaller head with fair to mild retention, not much lacing, very clear deep gold almost tan orange color

Nose fair grainy-sweet blond malt, faint earth hops, some nice peppery phenols almost clove like, flashes of fruity esters but barely and citrusy, little perfumey, faint honey malt, little sugar sweetness, soft yet complex

Taste brings more blond malts, grainy-sweet with more sugar like notes, mild earthy spicy hop with a fair bitterness, yeast bringing more mild phenols, spicy and clove notes, as well as the citrus esters with a little orange rind, and touch pome fruit, honey malt sweetness sending the balance towards the malt and sweetness, but a drier finish, with a touch of warming alcohol, bit more bitterness too, and more spicy phenols lingering coming with the alcohol

Mouth is med bod, mild alcohol warmth, quite high on the carbonation, effervescent

Overall on to style, enjoyable, not something that blows you away but enjoyable for what it is

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Photo of timon
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Talk about underrated. Fine, hate on it, fools. That just means more for me waahahaha. The look in the glass is amazing: copper glass with a snow-white head that laces more than military boots. The smell is divine. Smells very much like a boozy tripel and not a blonde. Taste is a bit muddled, but there is high quality flavor in there. It's a winner at $11 a sixer.

Edit: just tried one out of the bottle and it was not too good. Maybe that's why it's underrated here. You need to pour this! I was looking this up right now and saw it made silver for Belgian blondes at the World Beer Cup in 2012, right between beers rated at 4.0 and 4.1 (bronze and gold, respectively). This is a 4.0 beer. Just drink it from a damn glass.

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Photo of Sarah_Bearah
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No monkey business here! If you SEE this approachable ale with a bitter clove bouquet, DO make sure to give it a try! You’ll go ape as the sweet Bananas Foster and freshly baked apple Brioche flavors swing through the jungle of your taste buds! The smooth finish will have you bringing this one back to your troop over and over again.

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Photo of BilltownBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma-
Fruity malt

Appearance-
Beautiful golden and Crystal clear. Bleach white, thick billowing head. Beautiful beer.

Body-
Moderately sweet, and medium bodied. Highly carbonated.

Flavor-
Sweet with a fruity yeast funk. Beer is slightly unbalanced towards the malty side, with virtually no bitterness.

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Photo of RMehrenberg
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Lots of forthy foam on top of glistening golden brew. Hard to discern much aroma through the thick head. Tastes of malt, a hint of cinnamon. Mouth feel is adequate.

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Photo of RemDog517
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden with medium head. Smells like fresh cut green apples and a hint of banana. Sweet taste upfront with a good mouthfeel. Sweet and floral notes linger for a solid finish.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear honey color with a pure white creamy looking head. The carbonation present makes me think it isn't brewed with "traditional" Belgian yeast. Retention is meh and lacing is pretty good.

S: Apple juice is front and center here. You get some bready malts, honey. There are some cloves and cinnamon in the back. Overall, very fruity and sweet with some spices in the back. A bit artificial.

T: Quite a bit of apple juice again here. Some bready malts and honey again. Cloves and cinnamon are more present and balance the taste better here. Problem is that the sweetness feels even more artificial than in the smell.

M: The mouthfeel is incorrect for the genre and confirms my suspicion that this beer isn't brewed with traditional yeasts. Too heavy and sticky. The carbonation is smooth but still not as "foamy" as it should be.

O: This is an alright beer. Like most "macros", this is entirely drinkable. But, the artificial mouthfeel is pretty bad and the non-usage of traditional Belgian yeast is another weird decision. Still, not that bad.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, dark golden coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of sweet, caramel malt and spicy and mildly fruity estery/phenolic yeast aromas of clove, banana and green apple. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by sweet, caramel malt and estery yeast, with notes of honey, clove, banana and green apple. Finishes with a very light bitterness, some sweetness and those estery yeast notes lingering, almost turning a bit phenolic in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation. This is a pretty nice Belgian Blonde, but the balance seems a little off, which keeps this from being truly great in my opinion. A little too sweet and heavy on the clove, especially turning a little harsh and phenolic in the aftertaste.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden, builds a big 3/4 small bubbles white finger head that dissapears slowly. Good retention. Soapy lacing,

Aromas of belgian yeast mixed with very sweet malts and a weird perfumey aroma I can't pick up.

Taste follows the nose. There's a weird flavour in the end.

Mouthfeel is full, but goes down well.

Good but not the best of it's style.

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

Fantastic Belgian blonde! Had a few of these straight from the bottle, and even better, they were free. Nice pulls of Belgian Yeasty ess, pear, and green apple. Cloves and spice. White bread. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes 4/7/12: Pours an nice clear deep gold with lots of carbonation bubbling up producing 3+fingers of white, foamy head with excellent retention and nice ring-like lacing. Aroma is sweet Belgian yeast, fruity esters of banana and apple,cloves and other spices. Taste Belgian candy sugar, banana and clove with hints of apple, bread, biscuit and pepper. A nice prickle develops in the finish. The aftertaste is fruity and slightly bitter.

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Photo of MECove
4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the banana undertones! I could drink this all night. It's smooth and sweet but not too rich. It's light with a hint of cream. You don't notice that it is 6.6 % so if you aren't careful, it can "hit" you quickly. This would be a nice drink in between meals or as a dessert. It's crisp and delicious!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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 0%
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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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 4153 ratings