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Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

love this beer!....one of my all time favs!

golden and transparent...with a beautiful white fluffy head...and oh...no doubt great lacing...

smell is banana esters....with little to no hop presence....

the taste is pretty sweet....great esters coming off in the taste....the malt comes off in the taste pretty nice as well...

great dry feel...

overall this i would say is the standard of belgian pale ales....great beer

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of salias
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rather creamy

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Photo of cwkash
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Timby007
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BenHoppy
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fdrich29
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Bukowski's in Boston.

Big head floating over a pale yellow body. Smell wasn't what I was expecting, very light, no characteristics you'd like to find on the nose of a Belgian. The taste made up for it, it was a decent Belgian flavor and mouthfeel and for the price you can't complain too much. Easily drinkable.

Low on dough and jonesing for a Belgian, this is not a bad choice. "Not the best, but still a good buy" as they say.

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Photo of cwd
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MTNboy
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had not tried this beer in years but I remember trying it when I was in Germany (Oddly enough). So when I saw it on tap at the Flying Saucer I figured what the hell.

Appearance- Blonde is a an understatement. It is a clear yellow with a wonderful head.

Smell- It has almost a fresh bread and fruit scent to it.

Taste- I am not going to tell you anything really different than the people who wrote about this beer before the wheat really does come through in the taste. It is very sweet with almost no bitter tones. Citrus and other fruit flavors are dancing around in your moth and it is hard to lock on to one particular flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Nice smooth and easy to knock back.

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Photo of JMad
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured an 11.2 oz bottle into my tulip glass...

The liquid is clear and golden with a thick white head that stuck to the glass. It smells mostly of clove and banana with hints of grass. The taste is mostly clove, Belgian spice, some sweet bread and an aftertaste that resembles hay. The beer feels a little syrupy at first until the soft carbonation fills the mouth. It finishes slightly dry. I don't know why the bros gave it bad reviews but I thought it was right up there with you're average, quality, Belgian Blonde.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a clean, bright gold with foamy white head which quickly faded to a thin ring. Light lacing was thin and wet.

Aroma of citrus, Belgian yeast, and bubble gum.

The taste is everything the aroma said it was. Plus a rich sweetness /tartness. Finish is very smooth and without aftertaste.

Medium mouthfeel, slightly drying, and with a zing to the carbonation.

This is a fine Belgian Pale from Leffe.

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Photo of Omer_faruck
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Quality beer. One of the better belgian ales I have tried. Feels really smooth.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, Rhode Island

A- Pours a golden clear body resembling an adjunct. The head is nice though, rises a good 3 inches before reduceing to a round chunk of foam in the center of the glass. Leaves some uniform lacing.

S- Unripe bananas, cloves, belgian spices, crackers, some slight skunk.

T- Wheaty, malty, nice banana notes mixed in with a spicy clove taste.

M- Medium carbonation, medium body. Pretty drinkable.

Overall I was pleasantly suprised with this beer. It definitely hits all the good points of a traditional belgian while still being affordable.

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Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap during a recent trip to Brussels. This brew is a clear and light golden-amber hued liquid. The head is of modest size, but stable and foamy. The smell is a nice mix of yeast, malt, and grass. It smells a bid sweeter than it tastes, with a notable caramel aroma. As you drink the brew, a hint of alcohol comes forth. The body is full and nice. A bit more yeast and light malt comes out in the taste. The carbonation is present, but a little more restrained than I expected. I enjoyed the beer with smoked salmon and asparagus. It was a nice accompaniment, and a worthy beer.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden colore beer with good carbonation and a faily desent white head.
Aroma was spicy and inviting hops are very light
Taste is light and refreshing with a well balanced malt hop character, remember this is Beligum pale so it is not overly hopped. There is a spicy yeastiness too that I pick up similar in my opinion to most beligum yeasts.
Smooth and balances with a slight alcohol kick
Good beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Summer 2011.

Pours a clear golden color with a thick pillowy head. Lots of carbonation rising to the top. Scent is strong in dry malts, yeast, and slightly remind me of bread. Taste is rather bold but trickles off. Really hits the taste buds with lots of yeast and malts with decent volume but slowly disappears. Lots of flavor but nothing too unigue. As to be expected from one of the largest Belgian brands.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: clear body with a medium golden hue. Two fingers of foamy, light ivory head. Looks attractive.

Smell: light, sweet malt with a bit of orchard fruit and a pretty decent helping of chalkiness. There is also a hit of light, earthy hop aroma.

Taste: flavor tracks well with the aroma, though there is a bit of biscuitiness which I don't love. Still, not bad.

Mouthfeel: rich, creamy and delicious. Body is medium with a pretty big dose of carbonation. Great.

Drinkability: pretty light and refreshing for a decent Belgian beer. Some of the flavor is not my favorite, but overall it is quite a pleasurable experience.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 8/1/13.

Pours a clear honey orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of Belgian yeast, grain, spices, and some banana. Taste is of grain and banana up front with spice and yeast flavors coming through more on the aftertaste. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light carbonation with a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice light flavor that is very easy to drink.

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Photo of mltobin
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a Leffe glass.
Appearance is a light golden tone, with a one finger head.
Smell is of a cinnamon and some other spices.
Taste is sweet, with vanilla, sugar, and birch flavors.
Mouthfeel is light, crisp, with a sugary after-taste.
Drinkability is decent, but again it is a rich, sweet beer, it is really best as an after dinner beer.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has always been a solid Belgian brew in my opinion and I don't get the low score it has received on here. Always a treat for me and it is much easier to find than many of the sought after Belgians.

A - Pours a golden blond with a big three finger foamy light tan head. Sticky lacing and good retention.

S - Plenty of yeast and Belgian spices. Even the aroma is slightly sweet and smells of candied sugar.

T - Sweet and spicy with hints of banana and clove. Not very hoppy but one wouldn't expect that it would be. Finishes slightly boozy and dry. Some bubblegum in the finish as well.

M - Smooth and creamy, leaves a slightly sticky feeling on the lips.

D - I have managed to drink a six pack of it before but I normally just like to sip on it and note how the flavors change as it warms up.

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Photo of PEIhop
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Leffe goblet.

A- Light golden color, nice 2 fingers of frothy off white colored head, attractive lacing and retention.
S- Refreshing aroma, sweet, spice, banana, clove, some breadiness in the background, refreshing aroma.
T- Taste similar to nose, pretty sweet, banana, spice, clove, some breadiness comes out, not a bad tasting beer.
M- Light mouthfeel, well carbonated, creamy, smooth.
O- Not an overly complex beer, but really easy drinkability, definitely enjoyable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of RobAM
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like it. I think it's a well balanced brew but just a bit pricey...

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Photo of rvelectric
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 3,963 ratings
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