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Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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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 McWooze
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of techtatu
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden color with about 2 finger width of white head. Weaker than most abbey ale, but it's a blonde so that's quite understandable. Had a hint of hoppes, and a traditional abbey odor.

Something to drink towards the end of a good night. Not exactly a closer beer but maybe a pre closer?

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Photo of muirn
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a beer goblet.

Crystal clear golden color with a touch of copper. It's too bad it' clear. Full (2 inch) head. Almost dense, but not quite like eggs whipped to stiff peaks. Head dissipated quickly - which was disappointing - but still left significant acing. Not nice patterns, but still lacing.

Smell is weak. Some banana flavor, a touch of honey and faint spice. Faint hops. It should smell stronger, but there's nothing else to complain about.

Taste is a bit weak and watery. In fact, it vaguely reminds me of a Kristallweisen. The banana is too strong for the style, but it's still OK. The beer tastes good, but it isn't a Duvel or Delirium Tremens. But, it's a lot cheaper if that's important.

The carbonation is nice, and it's easy to drink. In fact, it isn't bad. It's just sterile and safe. If, like me, you like the Belgian style, but can't afford to stay stocked with the greats - it's nice to have around. It's not bad, but it's not as great as the Belgian style can be.

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Photo of coopdog1000
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jul_dredd
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shanex
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Probably the most popular beer in Europe, both for locals and tourists, for beer snobs, there are way better than that. Leffe Blonde has various aromas from sweet honey to banana and caramel. It's pretty cheap in Europe and a keg would be fairly available for a good party. In other words, a good, everyday beer.

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Photo of tapman
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark gold, though not quite yellow, and has a white head that pours large and sinks swiftly. Appears filtered and no sediment in the bottle.

Smells like vanilla and clove with a hint of spiciness.

Taste is lemony, spicy, very clove-like with only a hint of banana in the finish. A little sour-bitter in the finish as well as a slight mineral-like brand.

Heavy, but not sticky. Feels substantial on the palate. Not as effervescent as others.

A fine example. I would rather have a Chimay or even a Unibroue beer, but cost-wise this is much less. I bought this serving as an individual bottle from the Jewel, a big grocery chain here in Chicago. For $2 per 12oz. not the worst.

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Photo of Ljoreilly
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrMullet
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with moderate head.
Smell is complex, heaven on banana and a bit of spice.
Taste is bready with significant banana.
Fruity esters and some clove.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber in colour with a very nice, foamy white head with good retention and some light bubbles rising to the surface.

Quite clean and light smelling. Hints of bread and perhaps some pepper but not a lot else to be honest as it is quiet bland.

Again quite a clean taste with a mix of coriander and pepper accounting for the majority of the flavour.It finishes with a spicy yet sweet & warm aftertaste.

Medium bodied and again pretty smooth. Very drinkable but by no means a session beer due to the high alcohol content that is apparent in the drink.

A rather nice drink that goes down quiet well although it is most certainly lacking in smell. I thought it would be a lot stronger prior to trying this one but it was very drinkable.

1001 Beer Challenge:

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured a deep, clear yellow into a pint glass from the tap. There was very little head on top of this beer. The nose is somewhat light and sweet, with an absence of hop aroma. It wasn't very impressive-looking.

Tasting: It had a light, crisp flavor with sweet hints that had Witbier-like characteristics. I caught slivers of vanilla and banana, along with malt smoothness. It wasn't bitter. I suppose I could have had more than one of these, but I didn't feel like it given 1) I was heading elsewhere and 2) it wasn't earth-shattering.

This beer has crossover potential, I will say that. I'd probably head straight for the Witbiers if I'm looking for something with a similar flavor, however.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at Gestalt Haus, with a lovely (vegan) sausage dinner... Mmmm. It paired perfectly.

A> No head. carbonated to the max... I mean 'lively'. Dark golden, almost orange.

S>Not like most. Not hoppysmelling. All I smell is apple pie. Apple and cinnamon notes. Not bad. I actually quite fancy pie now.. with cheddar. Not sure to give it extra points or take them away for making me crave something I shouldn't have, or at least can't order at Gestalt Haus.

T>Tart, malty, smoothes to a sweet finish. Spicey hang. Cloves. Not too complex, and really sweeter than I prefer. Refreshing none the less.

M>Feels pretty fabulous in my boca.

D> After a couple of boots of this last year, I can't drink too much of it. But it did the trick for me tonight, and its really pretty consistent, just a bit simple.

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Photo of Momon
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kenito799
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Moulerie Moss, Quebec City, with mussels in anise-cream sauce.

This crystal clear golden brew was brought in a Leffe Blonde chalice with a thin rim of white foam. Aroma is sweet bubble gum-fruity Belgian all the way, very nice.

Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, on the cloying side, and in general crispness lacks here. The taste is certainly good, with some mild bitterness balancing the fruity malt sweetness. There is a lack of complexity, however, as this scrubbed, clear version of a Belgian ale comes across as mass produced. The mouthfeel reduces it drinkability for me. I wouldn't choose it over a "real" Belgian but still it is a good beer.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle.

A- Pours a golden straw color. One and a half finger white head shows medium retention. Nice streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Banana and clove really go into overtime in the nose covering the entire aroma. Peppery spicey notes as well in the front with a undertone of sweet malts. Bubblegum like notes as well in the backend. Light fruits also come into play in the aroma as well. Alcohol hints are more jumpy in the ending.

T- Once again like the nose it has a huge banana and clove taste with hints of belgian yeast as a whole. Sweet malts toward the middle with hints of stone fruit. Ending of the beer has a sweet honey like flavor with rock candi. Alcohol is coming about in the backend with a lot of heat more so than I remembered before this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high I thought for the beer. Clove and banana with a hint of sweetness left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol heat, honey like sweetness, and light malts. High alcohol drying on the palate after each sip. Flavors were balanced toward what the style was. No real off flavors are present in the beer.

D- This beer is average to me. Nothing really screams out for me to drink more than a glass of it. The ABV is in the middle range but doesn't seem like it. The alcohol seems to pop out more like a 9 or 10 percent beer.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time available at my local grocer, poured from a bottle into a DFH snifter:

A: pours a clear golden with a two finger head that fades into some lacing

S-some notes or clove and banana, a bit of Saisson here

T-follows the nose, but it seems kind of pedestrian

M-see above

D-ok, glad I tried it, but may not be quick to search it out again

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a goblet with a Leffe logo even on it (which didn't impress me too much, I have one at home). Thin layer of head around the rim. Appearance was a pale cloudy straw, what I expect from a light Belgian. Nose was sweetish, some spice and a bit of apple/pear. Taste was sweetly/sour, less spice than was in the nose, but definitely notes of apple/pear in there. Thick mouthfeel, an okay sipping beer to be enjoyed with a meal, but nothing in the realm of a sessional.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Brown bottle with foil and cap top. Purchased for 3.95 pounds at the Heathrow Marriott. Freshness dating was evident (best before 29/03/06). They served it with an actual Leffe tulip glass, which found its way to my home somehow…

Appearance: Poured a bright golden color with a ½ inch of head, fed by a half dozen thin spouts of carbonation. Dissipated to a decent ring with fine lacing.

Smell: Mostly yeast that gives a lemon/bread aroma with some faint wheat and malt in the background.

Taste & Mouth Feel: More sweet than I expected, with the atypical yeast flavors, mostly accented by cloves and pepper. There is a very definite citrus undertone that brings back the lemon/bread aroma in the flavor as well.

Drinkability & Notes: Tingly mouthfeel that was as drinkable as a carbonated drink, finishes more sweet than I think it really should.

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Photo of Lipa
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robwestcott
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured cold from the tap to an oversized tumbler a translucent gold leaning to copper with no head whatsoever

subte citrus and spicel aroma.

banana and cloves up front, citrus, cotton candy and serious Belgian yeasts.

light bodied, big carbonation, smooth and spicy sweet.

drinkable - yep.

overall - better than average, not great.

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Photo of fdkayti
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Strawberry blonde with a gnarly head and thick lacing. Clear with plenty of bubbles.

S- Nothing sticks out, but it smells good. Banana and some sort of sweetness.

T- Clove, tropical fruits. Sweet and smooth with some acidity coming through.

MF- Thin, as it should be. Makes ya want more. Belgium ftw! Medium carbonation.

O/D- A good beer to drink on the patio of a Greek café while techno music pounds in the background. I enjoy it. Great relief in the heat of a Chicago summer.

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Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zet
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Smell of cloves and malt. The taste itself is very malty as well, not exactly what you expect from a blond. Decent, but a bit boring. Not a lot of complexity going on here.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted in a goblet from the 750mL bottle.

This beer pours a crystal clear golden with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a little bit of film. THe smell is sweet and yeasty but not too complex. The taste is also very straight forward and quite reminiscent of the smell. The mouthfeel is rather thin for a Belgian and fizzy. Overall, a drinkable Belgian Pale Ale but there are better ones out there.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 3,958 ratings
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