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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I see this everywhere, I felt like I was missing out. Clear gold with a large white head. Chunky skim retention and lacey sea foam splashes. Bottled expiration date on back.

Lemongrass and chamomile and yeasty Belgian spice aroma. Dry and buttery with sweet edges. Really, really, sweat without anything offered up for balance except a gasping phenolic blah that doesn't really go anywhere. Leffe Blond, cloying be thy name.

This beer seems like what a Belgian pale would be if Bud/Miller/Coors got a hold of one. What am I going to do with the rest of these?

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Photo of Chugmonkey
2.29/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Massive chunky pure white head with great head retention on beautiful golden colored, highly carbonated beer. Looks incredible.

Aroma is of sweet, maybe honey, and some spice.

Taste is really sweet - stick in the back of your throat, hard to swallow sweet. I tasted sweet honey like flavors, spiciness, but the alcohol bite was not masked by these and stuck out really bad. No hop or malt flavor, just a sickening sweetness. I really tried to like it, let it warm up, but just struggled through the sweetness the whole glass.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
2.31/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Nice golden appearance with about 2 finger foamy head that faded to about a pinky that stuck around for the duration of the beer. An OK amount of lacing.

S- Overall the smell is extremely sweet! Smells like an American Adjunct Lager that has a biscuit aspect to it.

T- So weird! VERY SWEET, malty, and biscuty. Hops are very easily detected. There is a strange bitterness when you swallow the beer. You can even taste the alcohol, even at what the bottle says is "6.0% ABV". Unbalanced taste overall!

M- Medium in mouth, not too too heavy. It's got a sticky quality, just about syrupy in texture. Very sweet. I even think that alcoholic taste is easily detected in the body of the beer. The drinkabilty is not bad, but there are other beers I'd rather turn to if I was thirsty.

Overall the beer is not really balanced. The mouthfeel was quite off-putting. It was like a Czech Pilsner, but was practically sickly sweet. Would love to try other Belgian Pale Ales, but will stay away from the Leffe Blonde!

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Photo of Soneast
2.35/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden color with a 2 finger, white head with some decent retention, leaving pretty good lace.

Smells slightly fruity, some honey and bubblegum notes detected.

Taste is a tad richer than the appearance led me to believe. Some caramel laced with lemon zest and cloves up front with a sort of yeasty and decidedly hop-free finish with a bubblegum aftertaste. Way too sweet and "bubblegum-ey" for me.

Medium body, the lack of carbonation seems to be a drawback of this beer as it turns what could be a creamy texture to a syrupy texture. Left a pretty unpleasant sweet aftertaste in my mouth that I kept burping up the rest of the night, not exactly enjoyable.

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Photo of xare
2.41/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried Leffe Blonde for the first time and it poured as a lovely golden color with an amazing head. Probably the best appearing beer that I've ever had, especially when it wasn't even poured into its signature chalice. Laced very well the entire way.

Smell was of corn and probably some touches of spices but I didn't really get to distinguish what spices they were as it folded into the corn aroma and all I could make out was fermented corn.

Tasted like corn, a few spices (mace perhaps but I doubt it), finished with alcohol. I wasn't able to distinguish anything notable about the taste apart from alcohol and corn.

Mouthfeel was quite creamy and carbonated just right. There was a slight aftertaste of creaminess that turned me off just a bit so it didn't get a perfect score.

Drinkability suffered from the taste. I can see someone finishing those at an exceptional pace if they enjoyed the taste but for my personal drinkability, I wouldn't be able to enjoy this as a session beer but rather as a one-of beer.

I would probably drink Leffe Blonde again but only once a year.

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Photo of Long813
2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dated: 10/05/11, 4902:01
From LCBO, 33cl

G: Chalice

A: Clear tinted orange-golden body with two fingers of white foamy head. Good retention and leaves thick lacing.

S: Banana, apple and funky yeast. Very weak aroma and hard to pick out.

T: Funky yeast is very prominent, some apple flavouring. Again very weak.

M: Medium-light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Creates a froathy texture and is very pleasant. Leaves a dry-stick funky finish.

D: Nothing about this beer is off putting, but that's where it ends. The price is not justified and it it a sad attempt at a belgian style.

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Photo of crnipeter
2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

330 ml, BBE 16. November 2011, into Leffe goblet. Pours clear golden, effervescent body overlain by gradually subsiding white head that fades to a persistent cloth. Nice lacing on the walls. A very simplistic aroma profile consisting of toasted malt reminiscent of sweet corn, conspicuous clove and light applish fruitiness . Taste is corn-like toasted malt, clove and restrained fruity tartness (apple/citrus). Some bitterness that seems to be phenolics derived and fails to balance out the dominant malty sweetness. Slightly alcoholic finish. Light to medium bodied and quite lively on the palate.

In short: liquefied sweet corn with clove staring in the face.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle--top is foil wrapped.

Look--Pours a pleasant amber color with a decent head which is quickly gone. Traces of lacing throughout the drink, however. Somewhat disappointing in how clear it is. Ultra-filtered.

Smell--Esters/medicinal. Nothing offensive but nothing remarkable. Not terribly complex. Disappointing for an "Abbey" ale.

Taste--Initially very very very...sweet. Cloying doesn't cover it. And not in a manner evocative of any particular sweet-flavored thing--just sweet-flavored beer. There is not enough carbonation or of anything else to balance the sweetness. I've had beers that have this much sweetness on part of the palate, but they've usually had something else they bring to the party. It isn't undrinkable--it's actually pretty smooth. As the beer warms, things even out slightly--so I would recommend drinking this one closer to room temp.

Feel--Smooth and creamy. The carbonation is initially there, but it doesn't have enough staying power in that regard.

Overall--Belgian ales of all strengths and variations are my favorite style, so I'm a bit more punishing on individual beers I try within the style. If this was a first-time trying a beer of another style, I might try it again, but in this instance--no thanks. There are many other similarly-priced offerings of this style that are better--commercial and non-com.

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Photo of KidsDoc
2.44/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz poured into Duvel tulip

A: clear pale orange with thin bubbly white head stays nicely on top; spotty lacing

S: light sweet malt, but an odd smell kept coming through that I can only oddly describe as reminiscent of cafeteria green beans! - strange.

T: stale bready malt. mild spice aftertates. light yeast presence.

M: thin, minimal carbonation. Light as it should be but borders on watery

D: smooth but not worth the time. A bit of an effort to finish this one just because the taste was so unusual. will easily look past this one from now on. Had to try it - bottle looked great.

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Photo of ghisty
2.44/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours beautifully. very carby. silky looking head. nice gold color.

grainy.but there is a note of the extra ABV to it. my initial impression was
that i might actually dump this one out. and thats rare.but ive decided to sit it out
anyways back to review.the nose is of corn. and grain. and maybe turnip? theres something odd in there.whatever it is , it spoils an otherwise unoffensive blonde for myself anyways.

starts off with a very evident higher abv. not pleasant. but a bit down the pint things lighten up. grains become more evident over the alcohol. still tho, theres something in the nose of this that i dont exactly enjoy. and that carries thru to the taste.
i doubt ill purchase it again. no hate towards the brewer , because they make a beautiful wiess. this is just not for my tastes at all.

almost adjunct like in its carb. smooth drinking. if you like the style.

*takes a second to sit back and quaff on it for a few*
its not overall terrible as I had thought, its just has too much ABV. if this were a normal 4 or 5% it might have better gravity and not taste so metallic and warm
i assume by the style that its an old recipe, so my bad review is probably just from lack of context, I didnt overall dislike this beer, just something about the is just not my thing. it does have upsides. the finish is grainey. and its smooth.
if you already like this and disagree.. enjoy it ..my dislike leaves more for you!

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Photo of Beernoisseur
2.44/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was hoping for more here. Poured from a brown bottle into a pilsner glass (my tulip was dirty)

A - Beautiful Honey amber color with a healthy head that hangs on for a while.

S - There's something weird about this beer. I can't quite put a finger on it, but it almost smells medicinal. Phenols? other than that, sweet and yeasty. Clearly Belgian.

T - The same odd flavor in the nose comes through in the mouth, just stronger. It's kind of a chemically flavor, that i don;t think should be there. I love strong pale belgians, and i've noticed a similar flavor in others, but it's not offensive to me like it is in this one. Hmmm. Other than that, Sweet, yeasty, and fruity notes.

M - Medium soft mouthfeel.

D - This will be the last one of these I'll have. It wasn't terrible, but neither was "4 Christmases" and I won't be experiencing that again either.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
2.46/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Good light amber color. Head stuck around nicely. The best part about the appearance was the carbonation which rose aggressively throughout.

Smell: I found the most powerful smell to be banana. I also picked up undertones of alcohol.

Taste: Extremely sweet. Bananas and fruit up front. Very breif, almost nonexistent, suggestion of hops. Finishes with over-ripe fruit.

Mouthfeel: Very thick.

Drinkability: I only bought a single, so I can't say for sure. However, I think that this beer is too sweet to drink more than one or two.

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Photo of xraided81
2.46/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pale golden clor with a rich, thick buubly head, good head retention, leaving a legs on the side of the glass
S: peppery, spicy, cloves, earthy, belgian aroma, i am not trashing this beer, but it almost has a vomit like smell, i am not a fan of belgians, but this yeasty aroma is present in most belgian strains.
T: sweet, sugar- candy like taste, has a bitter after taste,
M: effervesent sparkle gives it a refreshing taste, light in body a

D: i can drink one of these and time to move on to something else, i get the feeling of a sugar rush if i had one too many of these, not my favorite style.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.47/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - White one finger head with low retention. Crystal honey gold body with a small amount of visible carbonation.

Smell - Very banana and wheat, like a hefeweizen. Something sweet like honey or ripened fruit.

Taste - A bit acidic and sour with a fishy and/or copper aftertaste That aftertaste renders this beer completely undrinkable.

Mouthfeel - The best part about the beer. Full and very carbonated.

Overall Drinkability - The only reason I'd ever have this beer again is just to make sure it wasn't a bad bottle. I suspect that's not the case though. Best before end 26/05/12. Numbers below that are 4922:22.

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Photo of Cylinsier
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 oz.

Pours a clear brass-gold color with a moderate head that doesn't hang around too long, although a bit of lacing is everpresent.

Smells estery and a bit like bananas that are overripe. There's a weird kind of burned element to it, but not smokey.

The taste is also like bananas and stale bread.

Mouthfeel is full and fizzy.

What a disappointment. I saw "Belgian Abbey Ale" and thought that surely it had to be a little good. Not terrible but not worth having really either. Just kind of blah.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.51/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal yellow color with a frothy white two finger head. There is some lacing to be seen. The aroma is of clove, spice, and a slight fruit smell. The taste is of a sweet malt. There is also a taste of banana faintly and some clove. The mouthfeel is a little stingy and moderately carbonated. Overall you could have more than one but nothing to make you want to have a sixer.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear brass with active carbonation and a moderate sized, fluffy head. Smells of pale, toasty malts, a good heaping of grain, subdued spicy Belgian yeast, and a wort-like smell creeps in. Taste is very worty, with a bit of a bread taste and some esters in there somewhere. Finishes cloyingly sweet with, what do you know, a saccharine flavor (just like the last 4 or so beers I've had in the last couple of days). Boring, and just plain gross. Mouthfeel is too fulsome for me here and the carbonation does nothing to liven this up. I'm having a hard time completing this.

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Photo of crotharagain
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not bad, having one in a hotel room in Paris right now. America surpassed Europe in making quality beers about 10 years ago so can't wait to get home.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

whopping head with massive fizzy big carbonation and a perfectly clear view right through the body. Thats where I have a problem is the ultra clear super filtered appearance and it truly translated into a beer without character. candy like smell and the usual belgian yeast coming through. I had many beers this day and this was the worst of the bunch...I had this beer second before the next three which were all grand cru's so this is not a victim of circumstance. Not one of my favorite belgian pale ale's to put it nicely and I would recommend you skip this pup.

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Photo of kmcnair
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a perfect copper color and makes a thin white head, leaves a nice bit of lacing on my glass. Strong bread yeasty aroma. Peppery spices, clove and sweet banana are dominant in the flavor, however there's a bit of metallic in the background that is not so pleasant and perhaps a bit plastic. Nice medium palate that finishes dry with crisp bubbly carbonation. Halfway through this and the metallic flavor has seemingly diminished quite a bit, though the plastic remains. While this brew has a couple of strong points, the weak points are dominating here, I don't think I'll be drinking this one again for a while. One thing I noticed here is that this brew isn't bottle conditioned, which seems to be pretty standard for the style. Perhaps Leffe's commercial nature will inspire some macro drinkers to crossover into the craftbrew world, but I can't say that I recommend this. A decent gateway beer at best.

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Photo of Avantyawn
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a very attractive rich golden yellow. Nice little frothy head with better than expected lacing.

S: Intense not-so subtle bubblegum and bananas. Strong yeast scent, sweet tarts.

T: Unfortunately, the same qualities from the scent translate to the palette in a not so appealing manner. This beer is super harsh for the style, over the top almost saccharine sweetness , tastes almost like diet soda or sugar free bubble gum. Yuck, I remembered enjoying this in the past, but this is in drainpour territory because it just doesn't taste pleasant. Harsh, over the top and not gentle in any manner.

M: Strong carbonation, but that diet soda taste cannot be avoided.

O: The harsh over the top sweet taste just drags this down. It is unpleasant to drink, I will not be purchasing this again. Yuck...Drainpour time

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Photo of palmer69
2.55/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

poured very hazy out of the small bottle. smelled like wet lemony grassy herbs, with the smell like it was i thought it would be a pretty tasty beer...it wasn't.

the taste was very pungent, almost musky taste with some lemon.

carbination was good, it was very smooth on the tongue.

I would drink it again if it was free, or the only thing available, but I would definantly not search this one out. Expected better.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.57/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a big tulip glass, consumed before the best by date.

Leffe, a bold golden/blonde ale that shines, really, im looking at it and it's shining. No other colors here, just 1st place gold. A big white rush of foam on the top part of the glass leaving window covering lace with legs.

Smells include sweet malt and a bit of corn, I swear to god. A bit of hay and some wheat. Nothing in terms of detectable hops. Kind of boring, but this is a simple style.

Malts are in the forefront and run the show. They give off a bisquit/bread thing and also I kind of detect a malt liquor type taste as well. Leffe is not quite that bad, but it certainly ain't great. I think some belgian yeast could of spiced this up, there is just nothing going for it.

The feel is smooth and lush but the flavor just aint there. The carbonation was light and maybe a boost would of made some sparks in feel, otherwise this was flat as a pancake, but not completly dead. Medium bodied. I'm not a fan of this beer, I found out when I noticed the small sips I was taking, I usually down Belgian pales, but not this one. I dumped the rest out.

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Photo of flyingspatula
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a world famous beer, but I was not impressed with this at all. It is way too sweet, especially with food. The color is yellowish copper, and the smell is not so great. I don't taste much hops in this beer, very malty. I definitely won't be trying this beer again.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
2.62/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip @ 40°F.

$10.99 / 6 pk.

S: Too sweet. Overwhelms almost everything. Not a bad smell, just too sweet for beer this particular style.

A: Small loose white head that quickly dissipates and does not cover. Low lacing, with no ring. Clear amber body.

T: Sweet, sweet, sweet. Not much else.

M: Medium to high carbonation. Bites the tongue. Low to medium body.

D: Not horrible, but I wouldn't spend the night on this. Just a little too harsh to sustain the sweetness. Drink a six pack of Sprite?

O: Not my favorite, but better than Miller Lite!

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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