Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde

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 Sabtos
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sparkling gold with a large, off-white foam head and tons of coral lace.

Smell is banana, clove, pepper, toffee, and something astringent like copper or iron.

Taste is sharp, almost bitter, with banana, clove, and a little boozy cherry syrup. Apple emerges as it warms.

Frothy but thin.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. Best before 04-11-07.

A- Dark amber with orange highlights. Very clear. Few bubbles. Smallish head that clings to the glass a bit. Reduces to a foamy ring as I drink.

S- Ordinary beer. Touch of spice and slight sweet fruity aroma let you know it is a Belgian ale. But is very weak.

T- Flat watery spot in the middle. Nicer finish of fruitiness and mildly bitter hops. Overall too mild. Faint yeast flavours. An overly mild yet noticeably Belgian ale.

MF- Light. a bit too watery. Refreshing.

D-Easy drinking. Nothing unpleasant but lacks character, especially for the style.

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Photo of jaluria
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A relatively clear, golden-yellow colored beer with loads of foam that seems to sit stationary for some time leaving behind some nice lacing. Aromas of grains, yeast, and apricots seem to dominate. The taste is typical of this style with a fair amount of bitterness that is complemented by sweet fruity flavors. My biggest problem with this brew is it's unusual aftertaste that just lingers on and on. The aftertaste is a bit like swallowing a slightly stale loaf of bread; just not very appealing. The drinkability takes a hit because of this as well. I would rather follow this beer with a glass of water than to have another one.

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Photo of Luigi
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a clear rich golden color with mild carbonation and a rich two/three finger head.

The aroma is sweet, kind of like honey. There is a hint of Belgium yeast, which give a little bit of a bread hints to this ale. Light fruits but, nothing is prominent. A rather weak aroma even though all the characteristics of a BPA are present.

The taste is very much the same, as it carries all the characteristics of a BPA. Yet, these flavors are not very strong. Hints of sweet ripe fruit are the most dominate flavor.

The finish is rather slick on the palate yet clean. If you are familiar with Belgium ales, they tend to be unfiltered and more pungent in the fruit aromas. Either way, this ale went down easy, but I have had much better.

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Photo of selecter70
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was happy to see the pub across the way with a whole Belgian draught line and remembered that I hadn't had a Leffe in quite a while. So...the golden blonde poured nicely by a pro and its aroma had a sharp fruit quality to it and a nice clear golden hue with dense head. The flavor was both creamy & pure, but overall quite sweet. The sweet fruitiness overwhelmed the very mild hops and left a lingering sweet-corn aftertaste. An ok desert-like beer, but too many would feel like a candy-corn overdose...

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Photo of geexploitation
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very clear, with a bright amber (gold highlights) color and minimal head, in spite of a constant upward stream of bubbles. The aromas are mostly sweet ones, with an overlay of spicyness and some pungent, doughy yeast elements. Not much depth to the aroma, though. On the palate, the sweetness is a bit overplayed and the yeast notes a bit cloying. What's pleasing are the spices, which build in the second half, and the hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thick for the style, and the carbonation is pretty intense -- too much so. Overall, this is an OK Belgian pale ale, but there's nothing to separate it from any pack.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear. Well carbed. Straw gold color. 3 finger pillowy white head. Small tight bubbles. Creamy head. Looks great.

S: Belgian phenolics, banana, caramel, sweetness and fresh baked bread.

T: Rich creamy head was amazing. Then led to sweetness, caramel flavor, bread, some hop bitterness but more sweet. Lemon. Earthy, floral bitterness is at the end.

M: Creamy head is amazing. Rest of the beer is rather thin to medium. The residual malt sweetness lends to a little thicker mouthfeel.

O: I thought it was ok. Smell was better than the taste. Taste was only as good as the head. The rest of the beer had too much sweetness for me. I think this beer would do well to reduce the beta rest temperature or if they use decoction maybe pull a thinner portion of the mash...just a thought. Wouldn't be likely to buy from store.

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Photo of Brewtr0n
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Wine goblet. This beer seems filtered, no yeast on the bottom.

A: A very clear golden brown with two inches of head that subsides reasonably quickly.

A: A little fruity (pears) and flowery, tiny hints of sulfur and cheese

T: dry finish, but not extremely dry. A little sweet and fruity (pears again) at the end, almost no apparent hop character apart from some bittering, mostly malt driven.

M: A medium mouth feel, very smooth. The impression is aided by the carbonation -lots of tiny bubbles.

D: Could definitely drink several of these in succession if I wasn't feeling guilty about supporting In Bev instead of craft brewers.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the pour is on the side golden yellow and clear with a weak head for the style. nose is of belgian sugar cane. palate is that mostly. with a bit of fruit and straw. its consistently the same flavor aways. the yeast has a clear quality but but of a high market in the world of blonds. its seems like its a typical beer to appease. it seems to be geared more for first time appeal instead of solid recipe in a market of great beer. i like this style a lot... i don't like this beer though. its too close to the over sweeten european strong lagers with a good yeast gone to waste.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle with a best before end of 17/06/10 date on it. Guess I'm drinking this one near the deadline! Poured into a pint glass as I don't have a chalice-shaped glass that is recommended on the label.

Anyways, pours a golden yellow with a roughly 2-finger wide white head that simmers down to thin film of white lace. Leaves some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. Smells like fruits and spices. More specifically, I can detect a tart smell, almost like green apples, and what comes across as a cinnamon sugar-like smell.

Taste--a bit of a boozy character up front. You can taste the 6.60 ABV. After that, the fruitiness opens up. Similar to the smell, I can detect some tartness and fruits (apple and something else, which I can't quite identify--if I had to guess it would be pear) up front that gradually fades into a residual sugary sweetness. A decent transition. In fact, has some slight similarities to Leffe Brune, which I will have to go back and sample for a comparison. I recall being more intrigued,pleased with the Brune, however. Really has a lingering taste, so much more so than just about anything else I have tried, and unlike the Brune. It's a sweet, almost medicinal, herbal-clove taste that doesn't score any points with me.

Mouthfeel has a crisp zing from the carbonation and alcohol. Drinkability is fine. Maybe a bit much on the alcohol hit and lingering aftertaste to enjoy much more.

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Photo of mutt
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lots of cloves. My brother, who loves Belgium beers, bought this. He loves it. Not my cup of tea (or beer should I say). I went with another wheat beer for my next. Might be heading to the store for so e seasonal American ales!!! Overall, I give this beer an average rating. I like Belgium style beers, but not with this much clove taste.

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Photo of Morris729
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very lovely rich golden color with a creamy white head that clings to the sides of the glass as you drink. The aroma is sweet and almost syrup like. The taste is also on the sweet side with notes of honey and cream. A nice beer, especially for a beginner who’s just starting to sample Abbey-style beers.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I remember tasting this when i was about 19 and finding it absolutely awful. Something inside of me knew I was missing out but I really couldn't stand to take another sip. I now love the style and am eager to taste and review it. One sip with this new palate of mine, and just what I thought: a whole new beer to me.

A- Kind of a rosy light gold. Almost clear. Moderate amount of bubbles rising. Very nice looking white head looks chewy. Lacing looking right.

S- Surprisingly strong pear smell. Apple sauce and apple pie filling. Yeast. Reminds me a bit of a nectar cola. A little bit of clove. When warm I get red licorice. A little sickly sweet but not unbearable. Smells like a mix of the usual belgian blond, a hefweizen and when the head is still thick and fresh, a pilsen.

T- Similar to smell but easier on the pear. Clove is still here. Alcohol taste is strong. A bit of an off, wet carboard background/after-taste that kind of ruins it. Tastes really artificial or processed.

M- Full and viscous. Lots of carbonation that feels pretty much perfect. Pretty dry considering the viscosity and sweetness.

D- Refreshing, not that much to offend. Six-pack session is a maybe if you're really thirsty. What makes me uncertain is how damn sweet it is.

Something about this beer feels pretty different from any beer I've ever had. I've had sweet done better. Happy I tried it again (as if I wasn't going to) Will buy it again. Can't wait to try the Brune.

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Photo of Orrshow
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a deep golden color with about a centimeter of bubbly head which holds strong. The lacing is nice as well.

Smell – Right off the bat I can smell a peppery Belgian yeast aroma arising. Orange peel, apricot, apple, and some citrus are there as well. The overall effect is nice but a touch weak. There is potential here though.

Taste – The flavor doesn’t reflect the smell very well. It is very faint. There is a little bit of citrus flavor and mild Belgian yeast. It’s somewhat sweet and quite almost adjunct as well. Watered down comes to mind…

Mouthfeel – Meh. It’s coarse and somewhat thin.

Drinkability – Alright. I don’t enjoy sipping this beer though. It is just not doing it for me.

I most likely won’t buy this again. It might work for an introduction to Belgians for those who aren’t used to strong beer…that’s it.

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Photo of Douberd
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured, from a bottle 300 ml. Gives a deep yelloy colour, with a two-finger head.. Aroma is fruity and quite pleasant,something between bananas and ..bubblegum? As carbonated as it is needed. Taste is fruity also with a bit of alcohol and leaves you with a bitterness. Overall, a quite nice beer.

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Photo of jayfarley3
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle, pours a golden yellow with a big frothy white head that clings to the side of the glass. smells of sweet malts, fruits, bananas and a little spice. tastes of sweet malt, sweet fruits and just a touch of bitterness. mouthfeel is creamy with lively carbonation. this isnt a bad beer but i will most likley pass it up next time.

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Photo of mnrider
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz brown bottle--->Oversized wine glass,
best before printed on label.

A: Pours a clear golden color with plenty of
carbonation. Large off white head, leaves nice
lacing with good retention.

S: A strong aroma filled with fruity yeast and
hints of herbal hops.

T/M: Sweet with a yeasty taste which goes down
smooth. Bready malts come through with a less
noticeable hop presence. The finish is mostly
sweet with a hint of dryness. The taste of alcohol
comes out as the beer warms.

O: An OK Belgian Blonde Ale for me. Seems a
little too sweet for my liking with this style. Also
needs to be less filtered.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with minimal head. The nose is sweet and yeasty. Typical Belgian nose and quite yummy. Just smelling it reminds me why I love the Belgian stuff so much. Flavor is extremely sweet. Especially on the back end of the “flavor rush”. Strong yeast tones as well, but I find the flavor overall to be rather subdued. Perhaps after trying so many different of this level of brew, I am coming to appreciate a more unfiltered and raw beer. Feel is a little thin. Drinkable? I think it depends on your personal preference.

As I think about it, something in this brew reminds me of makeup. Weird.

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Photo of MNJR
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is good, not too special - orange/golden. Light head, so-so lacing, a few spots here and there in the glass. Head dies quickly. Smell is not a strong point - yeasty and sour floral scents.
I taste sweet orange rind with a peppery lemon spice finish. A bit of tartness. Good effervescent carbonation, but if you're not into heavier carbonation it might be kind of like a soda. Paste on the aftertaste, which is disappointing. This is tasty in it's own way, like a weird lemon dessert cake with an odd frosting on top. Not "bad," but nothing special to recommend.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with a huge bright white head. Pear aroma with a some floral in the mix. Not digging the taste much. Tastes like I am drinking a rose. Much too floral in the taste with some light hops on the swallow. A way long bitter/floral aftertaste that does not agree with my palate. Extremely thin mouthfeel. Overall I didn’t enjoy this beer very much. I had a tough time downing a single bottle due to the flavor.

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Photo of Jonopoly
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a 6-pack of this brew to give it a try.

Appearance: Poured into an oversized wine glass. Pours a clear, rich golden color with medium carbonation. A fluffy white head dies down to a thin 1/2 finger ring, leaving some nice lacing.

Smell: Aroma starts off sweet, with some hints of lemon and banana, followed by some yeast and spices. Pretty inviting.

Taste: Immediate flavor of fruits, mainly lemons, along with some malts. This is followed by a yeasty taste and ends with a sugar/candy-like taste and a faint alcohol note in the back. An odd taste, but still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: A medium-bodied brew, kind of a creamy/chewy feel.

Drinkability: I'd say 1 or 2 of these would go down pretty easily, but I can see the flavors becoming unpleasant after a few. Definitely a beer to enjoy one of, and move on to something different!

Overall not a bad brew, the candy-like flavors make it a nice treat. It's just not the type of beer i'd commonly seek out.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 33cl bottle poured into Leffe branded chalice glass.

Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head and brief patches of lacing.

Nose has elements of yeast with an alcohol under current.

Taste is sourced from a surprisingly developed palate when one considers how lackluster the nose is. Complex yeast flavors with mild hints of malt and even sweet fruit characters.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a spicy finish laden with peppers and fennel.

Jaded beer snobs amongst these reviews put this beer into cesspit like category and in some ways they maybe right. An over commercial product of multi national machine it might be and it is not on the standard of many of its brethren but a bad beer it is not friends.

This is a worthy beer and many will enjoy it.

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Photo of haz77
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a completely clear dark gold with an inch of foamy head. This falls to a fingers worth. Low to medium carbonation.

S - Fruity esters, phenols, clove, pear, floral.

T - Sweet malts at first, with a fruity edge. Honey and bread in the middle. Slightly dry finish and metallic/citrus aftertaste. Not what I was expecting from the smell.

M - Light-medium body and somewhat slick. Prickly carbonation.

D - An average beer.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 25.36 ounce corked bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: golden and clear with medium carbonation and 1 finger head with good retention and decent lacing.

SMELL: faint banana and spice, subtle and understated.

TASTE: taste follows nose, there is very little hop profile and not much going on here. It was not unpleasant but underwhelming.

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation, slightly creamy.

OVERALL: this beer did not offend nor did it particularly impress me. there are better Belgian ales to be had so I will probably not buy this again.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.11/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice 2 finger head with high levels of carbonation. Decent head retnetion and a slightly clear amber color.

Smell is of slight banana and clove with a bubble gum overtone. I am not a fan of bubble gum too much. As it warms, this beer smells like Bazooka.

Taste is of clovey and slightly sweet with some unfermented sugars. It's not as dry as I would like. It's sort of uninteresting. Just some pale malt and a bubble gum yeast strain.

This beer is decently crisp, but there is a little bit too much body for the style.

The yeast strain in this beer turns me off to it. It's not bad, but there are so many better belgians out there I figure: "why bother?"

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