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Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium
abbaye-de-leffe.be

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,350
Ratings:
3,784
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
26.18%
 
 
Wants:
75
Gots:
947
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Photo of RocketWidget
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden blonde, so light you might call it a pilsner. Certainly the billowy white head reminds me of a pilsner, with the exception that the head stays thick and is much longer lasting then what I see in a traditional Czech Pilsner. The carbonation of this brew seems to just go on and on, a very nice touch! Smells cool and crisp, perhaps a honey aroma in there? Taste is bold and hoppy, sweet and refreshing. A solid brew, and one that reminds me why Belgian strong pale ales are some of my favorite beers.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden yellow with nice wheat head. great retention.

S- citrus, yeast, and floral. good light smell.

T- fruits, citrus, malt and yeast. yeast aftertast. very nice.

M- light body and medium carbonation fairly smooth.

D- this is quite tasty and very drinakable. I will purchase this one again.

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I've had many good experiences with...time to review it.

Pours with a frothy medium head, dark yellow colouring, and mild lacing....smells of apple and caramel... I can hardly wait.

Spicy, wheaty, complex, not too soft in the mouth, slight and not unpleasant bitterness. Plum flavours. Never feels thin in the mouth. This is a strong character beer.

Good price for an excellent Belgian. it may not be my favorite in this style, but it is a style I love, so I'll keep coming back.

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Photo of tone77
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet and fruity. Taste is crisp and sweet. Lots of fruits and some spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth. I could spend the night drinking this beer. Overall this is a quality brew.

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Photo of Schlitzcooler
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A = Clear golden color. Head gradually settles to a froth on top.

N = Some hints of alcohol, skunk, fruit, but not a good indication of the taste.

T = Low key sweetness, fruit up front - maybe a little apricot and pear. A little bitterness after. Distinct. Balanced.

M = Smooth, velvety goodness.

D = I enjoyed this bottle. I somehow think of this as a winter beer probably from the warming memories of it on tap a few years back.

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Photo of Beeronious07
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it came as one of 4 beers in the gift pack that also includes two Leffe chalices. the price of the whole gift pack was 25.72 euro. served it at the temperature of 6 Celsius in the 330 milliliter chalice i got from the gift pack. best before date 03/06/12

A - Small, not very long sustainable creamy head and awesome golden clear color. the carbonation was next to none.

S - very rich and powerful aroma. fruits and flowers with some honey in the front and the powerful aftershock of alcohol in the back.

T - the sweethess for the aroma is felt again in the taste, also some banana and some yeast.

M - the absence of carbonation can definitely be felt, but still there is this ticklish feeling u get if u keep it in your mouth for longer.
i don't know how to explain this, but if u keep it in your mouth i doesn't feel like beer at all, it feels like something more condensed.

the aroma of this beer is something special !!!
but i have to say that the taste disappointed me maybe because i was expecting too much from it because of the aroma ....

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

I picked up a pack of a mix of belgium beer and this was in the mix.

Appearance- Pours an amber brown color with a large three quarter inch head that stays with the beer and doesn't dissapate.

Smell- honey, wheat, slight berry fruit, very slight alcohol taste

Taste- Fully flavor mostly fruit and honey, a little carbonation sting

Mouthfeel- Slight carbonation sting in the mouth, light body on palate

Drinkability- Easy to drink a lot

I found myself buying another pack of this just to intoduce to my buddies because it is a good all around beer.

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

Pours to a generous white head and lacing and deep golden color. Aroma is sweet, spicy, peppery and unmistakably Belgian. Flavor is sweet, malty and spicy. The way this feels in the mouth is superb--slight alcohol warmth/tingle and just the right amount of viscosity. A fine Belgian blond to sip all year round.

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Photo of u2carew
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
A) Opens with a cork psst and pours with a two finger head - white and thick. Sticky lacing on the drink down. Clear golden body.
S) Bright fruity esters - definitely Belgian. Banana, orange, and hints of clove. Yeasty.
T) Vanilla. Hints of oak. Some banana notes. Quite sweet upfront then tapers off quickly. Subtle hints of grain.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Light body. Chalky in the finish.
O) A very easy drinking beer and tasty. I found myself taking big swigs and nearly chugging it because it is so smooth. I will finish the whole 750.

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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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Photo of GDBEERMAN
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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