Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium | website

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 sirpsycho
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, best before date 12-20-2007 Beautiful golden color, nice frothy head. Creamy texture, very, very, smooth. Carmel, honey bread dough. Very easy to drink. Wow, I found my new favorite everyday beer !!! Will be keeping a case of this on hand at all times.

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Photo of phantomwyse
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This pours liquid honey, marigold orange with traces of sunflower yellow along the edges. Puffy head eggshell white and rises about a finger or so before settling down to a patchy froth.

S: The sweetness is what grabs you first-- honey, grape skins, apple turnover and then moves over to a slight earthiness, like a lawn after rainfall. Finishes with a delicate must.

T: Honey and a mellow crème brulee sweetness hits up front. In the middle, a languid musk, like a humid basement, takes over and then moves to a defined fruitiness – white grapes and apple. And at the end, the earthiness returns with dry hay.

M: Fully medium bodied that starts of crisp and then finishes just inside of silky.

D: Why has it taken me this long to drink this beer? Probably because it seemed so commonplace and I’ve seen one too many a hipster drinking it. But, it’s good. Not mindblowingly good, but good, solid, all around a nice thoughtful beer for warmer nights.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a Leffe glass. It pours a light golden color with a 2 finger head. There is a nice row of lace rings left on the glass. The smell is full of sweet lemon and banana. There is also some malt and yeast to the smell. The taste is malty with a bit of citrus and anise. Only a tiny bit of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is fairly nice, just a little light. The drinkability is very nice. A decent Belgian brew.

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Photo of franktheman
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Store bought at LCBO in a bottle. Great smell has a hint of caramel, and roasted malt, 2 finger head. Had it in a bar in Ottawa, in a nice Leffe glass. Looked very nice! Would recommend this beer to a friend! Worth every penny! Goes down easy, with a refreshing taste and smell!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glowing golden yellow color, strong medium white bubbly thick head appears, fades within a short while to a thin skim and thin ring, lace in minimal strings. Nice nose of malty sweetness, dulled mild citrus and banana yeasted spice and tiny phenolic notes coming through as it warms. Taste is quite mild of malt sweetness, wheat, some dulled citrusy lemon notes with a touch of banana and spices. Its a nice mix with some light hops, finishes pretty strong with a big fullness on the palate and some fruity dryness with peppery notes. The feel is well carbonated with a slightly small start but grabs hold quickly and becomes quite full with a nice subtle dry finish thats crisp and dulled of citrus and spice. Not all that flavorful or complex but the carbonation makes up for some of that. A pretty nice blond abbey that comes across like a hefe on steroids.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Leffe, available in 6-packs for $10, is a deal. Here's a fabulously frothy (bigger bubbles) Belgian (ex-original Abby), with the qualities that I'm beginning to think are common for a Belgian Double or a French Farmhouse Ale. The appearance and smell are delightful. Smells of fruit and spring, like Saison Dupont, but the taste is heavier, more malty and less crisp than the smell would suggest. It's not a hugely complex taste that many Belgian's have, but in a blind taste test you could easily be fooled into thinking this was a much more expensive pour. It drinks real easily at just 6.6%ABV, however, so that 6 pack may not last too long.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Second review 9/19/04

I had a few of these babies in Spain this summer, and, well, it is not the most Belgian of beers, but I find it quite drinkable and smooth. Upgraded.

Served in a 330cl bottle. Smelled like a Belgian beer -- kind of rich and somewhat fruity and malty, but the taste was very light and fairly indistinctive. It has an amber color and the head poured pretty full, but died soon after. The carbonation was light and the mouth feel nice. It had a pleasant finish with a small hint of hops. A drinkable beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a nice clear golden color, with a decent head. Aroma is strong and malty and has a decided lemony overtone. Flavor is malty and strongly of citrus, mainly lemon and nicely tart. Texture is smooth, and finish is refreshing and satisfying.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle "best before end 13/08/06"

Lots of pretty white foam above clear yellow-gold. Some lace.

Sweet cut-hay scent becomes more of a syrup sweetness as the head dies down.

The foam tastes yeasty. An impression of wheat runs through bready malt with lemony finish.

Wheaty thickness to the body with light carbonation. Very easy to drink.

A solid beer that melds very nicely with food, especially salty foods like yakitori.

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Photo of cnally
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured out a very orange tinted golden color with a massive fluffy white head. soapy lacing stayed behind.

very crisp aroma of burnt sugars, yeasts and nutmeg.

the flavor comes in waves. but my oh my does it do wonders. very sweet alla round, like a caramel cotton candy. but let me finish. initially, a very caramel malt flavor fades into a good bitter hop on your tongue, then the aftertaste is all sugars. i love it. i could see that most people won't like it so much because damn this is sweet.

creamy mouthfeel with not quite enough carbonation from a belgian for me.

highly delicious. very tight. very sweet. and drinkable...to a point.

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Photo of OldskoolT68
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is my 1st true Belgian Ale & I was quite surprised how much I like it?

It has a very thick head with slightly fruity flavor to me. This my 1st beer review, "Ever", so please don't pick my review apart too muc.

I ppurchased it TW&M for under $8. So to me that that's to me a very good price for a better than average beer.

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Photo of far333
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light golden color with a white fluffy head that recedes slowly and leaves light lace around the glass. Nose is sweet yeast and malt, some fruit and honey. Flavor is rich and sweet, without being overpowering. Smooth mouthfeel delivers yeasty, biscuity flavor over the tongue with a slight carb tingle and a lingering hop bitter. Light flavor, very crisp and refreshing.

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4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes:
11.2oz bottle, shared into the Leffe chalice.
A: A deep god body. No head or lacing.
S: Great blode aroma, with orange and mint notes.
T/M: Spice on the mouthfeel, a yeasty brew with mild carbonation.
D: Crisp and refreshing, a classic blonde, would enjoy any time.

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Photo of Louski
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet

A nice medium-light gold color with about a finger and a half of head. Immediate smell of banana and clove with various other undertones. Banana and clove come right through in the taste as well followed by a dry (almost too carbonated) finish. I'm a big fan of this beer when the temperature rises in early summer. My only qualm being that 2 or 3 of these is filling and the higher alcohol content sneaks up on you.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is hard to believe that I have never reviewed this beer! I have drank it many times over, both on draft and from a bottle. I spied this guy with my little eye in the singles case at Country Garden Six Pack on Friday and I could not resist.

From the bottle: "Anno 1240"; "Belgian Ale [-] Abbey Ale"; "Deliciously soft and subtle"; "Savor the Mystery of the Ages. Award-winning Leffe Blonde is a full-bodied deep golden ale that is surprisingly subtle and delicate. Belgium's classic abbey ale is best served in its own chalice-shaped glass, accentuating the ale's aroma and creating the perfect head."

I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a good pour into a chalice (although not a Leffe), forming two fingers of dense, eggshell-white head with great retention. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a soft maltiness, underlain by both a grassy hoppiness and even a slight yeasty quality. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but with loads of CO2 bubbles. The taste was fruity, like mixed fruit, undoubtedly a result of their yeast strain and its inherent esters. It was eminently drinkable and I was crushing it as I looked down and over half of it was already out of my glass and into my neck. The finish was semi-sweet, fruity, estrous, but the yeast had done its job and rendered it with a dryness that could not be overlooked.

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Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got hands on this through some beer trade with a fellow BA. Nice balanced brew that is very easy to drink. Nice Belgian PA

Pours a golden bright brew, along with a nice beige and creamy crown that lingers around. Sweet malts on the nose along with some ripe fruits and floral hints. Very near the smell. Sweet malts, fruits. Nice body with good balance with a nice bitter hints that do not overpower the brew. Great drinkability, good brew for any time.

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Photo of RustythePelican
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: On-tap at the InBev Beer Institute, poured into a Leffe chalice. Poured a brown/gold with a thick head that took around a minute to dissipate.

Smell: Orange predominates, with hints of clove, dates and ripe cherries.

Taste: A very good tasting beer, and a great introduction to the world of Belgian beers. Taste is not complex, but sufficiently layered with citrus and dark fruit tastes, with some nice hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Not particularly thick, medium to high carbonation.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer, and reasonable alcohol content allows for several samples. It may be chic to criticize macro brewed beers like Leffe, but it's a solid everyday beer and a great introduction to the beers of Belgium.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bomber. Hazy straw yellow with 3 finger frothy head. Taste of clove and malt with a smooth and balanced feel.
Enjoyable beer.

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Photo of elmore
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured a translucent golden orange color into a Piraat tulip glass with a 2 finger head that receded rapidly.

S: notes of citrus and cloves. not as much of a yeasty, bready smell as I'm used to with Belgian style ales - I don't no if this is bottle conditioned, but I saw no sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

T: bananas, citrus and a little bit of peppery spicy hop aftertaste. Not very complex, but not unpleasant.

M: lost all carbonation rapidly - kind of flat - I enjoy the champagne - like texture of most belgian ales - this beer didn't have that. Thin.

D: low abv and somewhat bland. kind of boring, but pleasant - I could probably drink this all night - but I would only want to if a better belgian wasn't available.

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Photo of Bugsey
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first had this beer in Paris. It's a highly available beer over there, and highly advertised. So I was curious. What is this mass-marketed beer I've never heard of before?

What a delight. It's a perfect color, with a perfect creamy head. The flavor is slightly fruity, banana, clove, apricot. The feel is creamy, but clean. The complexity is present but not overwhelming.

It has to be one of the finest beers among those made in high volumes.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at about 35F from greenish-amber 11.2 oz bottle into tall 0.4L stemmed pilsner glass.
Aroma at the bottleneck is yeasty.
Big, stark white, rocky head on top of a crystal clear light golden beer. Bubbles rise continuously, looks great!
Aroma at the glass is still yeast, very pleasant.
Taste is great, lightly malty, plenty of fruitiness and spiciness. Tart at the finish.
Mouthfeel is a little excessive with carbonation, wish I could get the look without the fizziness. Otherwise, on target.
Drinkability? All day long. This is a refreshing, tasty, light beer I could drink all afternoon at the ball game. Glad I had two in the fridge so I could crack open a second and continue the refreshment. Got these from my brother-in-law who bought a 'taste of Belgium' 12-pack. It's the best of the three in the case, I think. One of my new favorite everyday beers.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is really nice, very refreshing. I'd say it has a faint vanilla taste to it

It taste and smells similar to a German Weiss-Bier but doesn't have the cloudy yeasty side of it and is no where near as heavy. No swirling the bottle around to get the yeast out !

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Photo of jgurley
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Deep golden color and super thick, off-white, foamy head. Smell is belgian yeast with a hint of banana peel. Lace sticks around thickly. Malty sweetness on the tongue with Belgian yeast and a tad of booziness. A little bit of a smoky, woodsiness in the middle. Quick bitterness on the back and dry to slightly sweet aftertaste. Lacks the level of bitterness of other Belgian blonds like Duvel or Piraat. Light to medium mouthfeel and fairly carbonated. Not bad, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of KennethLavrsen
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this classical Leffe and I have enjoyed 1000s of them. A beer I never grow tired of. It has a wonderful smell and taste of malt. Not a hint of alcohol taste. A balanced beer. Fresh and beautiful. I enjoy the small 25 cl bottle in a real Leffe glas. A wonderful aperitif before a meal.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is light pleasing and fruity. Also has notes of sourness, spice (clove) freshness, and pils malt. Rather comples.
Dark gold and very clear. Medium off white head and fairly dense.
Same type of complexity and in the aroma, just less intense. Contains nice pils qualities with a great balance of other flavors, such as phenols, fruit, alcohol, nice sweetness (honey like), yet maintaining a nice smoothness.
Fully carbonated. A little warmth in the stomach. Becomes quite soft in time.
This one took me by surprize. An outstanding and enjoyable beer. I would think a great one to introduce Belgian styles.

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