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 IronDjinn
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -6.7%
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 -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of robwestcott
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -6.7%
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 -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Zet
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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 -6.7%
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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Photo of dsreeves
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marty
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a sixer of this stuff at a beer store where everything was overpriced, thinking "what's one buck more when I can get a real Belgian?" I remembered trying this for the first time at Monk's Cafe in Philly and being very impressed.

Maybe I was just excited to be at Monk's, or maybe this beer's just better on tap, but man, what a let down. This beer's just average. LOOKS great on its way into the glass; very carbonated, and produces a light, puffy head. Smells like a Belgian Pale ale, but no particularly unique aromatic characteristics. Tastes... like a pale ale, albeit a malty Belgian pale ale. What startles me is the sour aftertaste. It's not a good green apple sour, but more like an apple juice gone bad sour.

I won't rule out buying this on tap againa, but I sure don't plan on buying it in the bottle again anytime soon.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The beer appeared a nice clear light golden color with a nice big, 3 finger, white head that had good retention.

The aroma was nice less sweet and yeasty than expected from a Belgian, but not bad overall.

The taste was good, again a little lighter than expected, but you got the typical Belgian pale ale taste.

The beer had a lighter feel than most of the style, but the beer was very, bordering on extremely, easy to drink. The beer was smooth, crisp and refreshing but less carbonation than expected.

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Photo of acoldrick
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BcCraft710
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of yonnie
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I find it kinda humorous that the Bros rated this as worse than Budweiser and Miller High Life. The Brune is better though.

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Photo of bigchiquilin
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fezzz
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shadman
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Decent looking ale. much clearer than I would have expected, but showned some good head retention and a bit of sticky lacing. Sweet, fruity aroma and some musty yeastiness noted. Some raisin rum flavours with some subtle hops in the background. A touch syrupy perhaps.

Very smooth, full bodied ale..maybe a bit sticky from the sweetness.

Not bad, but a bit too sweet and syrupy to have more than 1 or 2 in a session.

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Photo of Benesi88
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Guinness4me
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a honey-lemon color with a slight white head that faded quickly. I think if you can get past the smell, you'll be glad you took the chance. It reminded me of green bananas being carmelized in a pan of sugar and butter; quite the odd combo.

I found the taste to be light and non-existant of standard hops and malt. After the initial crisp blast of a cider taste, the ale gets quite bitter at the back of my tongue. The mouthfeel is a tingle followed by a yearning for more.

Great starter beer for the non-beer drinkers of the world. What a great beer for people who have only slugged away on white wines. It's a great beer to draw the wine snobs closer to the light.

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Photo of upton7418
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: very clear golden yellow color with a small head that remain like a ring...the head stay around the rim of the glass but dissipates in the center

S: very fruit smell the turns bready as it warms I prefer the dark belgians but not bad

T: the fruit smell transfer into the taste leading the a light bready taste. there is also a spice the comes into the taste as it warms the more it warms the bubblegum flavor begins to come through at the very end as it warmed the banana came through very strongly

M: Strong carbonation that maintains through the glass but actually smooth going down.

O: better than i expected but i wish there was a little less carbonation i'm happy i tried it but would go to Duval before i went back to this.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of alysmith4
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clerk at my local gourmet beer store warned me that this brew was "very spicy." In fact, TOO spicy for him. But for a girly-girl like me, I thought it was perfect. I had one, and then two- and was good and spiced up for the night. I haven't had much of this particular style, but I thought this beer was a good one of it's kind. Get in touch with your feminine (spicy) side, and enjoy!

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Photo of rugene
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jisraelt
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mottarapp
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cbcrunch
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,865 ratings.
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