Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

BA SCORE
81
good
3,845 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor
Read the review
Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde
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:
1,364
Ratings:
3,845
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
15.6%
 
 
Wants:
82
Gots:
984
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 1,364 | Ratings: 3,845
Photo of rszopko17
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: Looks like honey

Smell: Light, fresh, pleasant

Taste: Fruity (banana), apple cinnamon after taste

Not bad, but I personally felt it was too sweet. Plus I am not a huge fan of banana flavored drinks.

 207 characters

Photo of jmarod7
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall a beer I would have to just to be nice to whoever ordered it for me. Too strong when it comes to the smells of Belgium yeast. Does pour a nice head though.

 163 characters

Photo of KMillard
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange, fore taste is sweet bannana and cloves with a syrup feel on the tongue. Aftertaste and nose is a bit of a trainwreck, but a brief wreck at that. Not an everyday favorite, but good for one now and then.

 215 characters

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear bright pale gold body under fluffy white head. High carbonation.

Bready yeast-driven flavor of light spice (hint of clove-tea and apple skin). Perhaps slightly over-bitter in the aftertaste, almost like homebrew made from old liquid extract.

Conclusion: A nice Belgian pale, but not outstanding. Better choices abound, but this is not bad by any means. If I made it at home I would be pretty happy with it. I think the "Bros" rating of "poor" is pretty harsh. I think this is pretty good.

 502 characters

Photo of emerge077
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before: 17/06/18. Brewed by InBev, Brussels.
Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for the party leftovers!

Bright pale gold, almost too pale, looks identical to a macro lager in color.
Champagne streams of carbonation and a rocky head leaves behind chunky soapy lacing.

Grains of paradise and coriander in the aroma, dry with a spicy trappist yeast strain.
Peppery bitterness, honeyed pale malt, yeast lends clove, banana, and pepper notes. Dry clean finish.
Light bodied and highly carbonated, the beer dissipates quickly on the palate. A little too clean.
Overall it's a pretty utilitarian BPA, others have more nuance and distinctive flavor, but it's ok for what it is.
Wouldn't refuse one, but wouldn't buy it.

 715 characters

Photo of Bombelsky
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold and perfectly clear. Frothy white head, not persisting. Spare lacing. Grainy, light toasted malty aroma. Fruity esters like banana. Bit of earthy hops and some spices. Moderate malty sweetness, caramel, light bitterness. Medium body, creamy with medium-high carbonation. Medium lasting, medium-dry finish. Bit astringent, spiciness bit too strong in aftertaste. Some warm alcohol.

It is way too sweet IMO. Lack of bitterness with caramely sweet taste make it quite cloying. In a mouth feel is quite harsh.

 512 characters

Photo of DrainBamage
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden color with super thick lumpy head. Smells fruity, yeasty, and a little like an adjunct lager. Bitterness is low and tastes a lot like a wheat beer. Not too impressed, Orval is much much.

 201 characters

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice: color is gold, transparent, light effevescent, head is off white and presents about 2 inches thick, nice lingering thick top of at least 1/2 inch and great lacing. Transparency is odd for a belgian style but head presence is countering.

Smell is yeast, clove, phenol, lighter banana, some lighter fruits such as apricot/pear like flavor.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a bit more grain and malt flavor, with fairly balanced flavors of yeast, clove, phenol, pear. sweetness is a bit stronger than some Belgian blondes.

Mouthfeel is sweeter than dry, but still dry at the finish but sweet on the sides of the mouth. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a good beer, but it seems to be overmanaged - too clear, too sweet on the finish.

 765 characters

Photo of banishjo
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden color, with a fairly large head and lots of carbonation. A slightly spicy aroma, with hints of banana, cinnamon and honey. This beer goes down smooth, and is perfect for a nice summer day on the porch. Also pairs well with pasta and seafood.

 256 characters

Photo of donspublic
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into massive glass, yields 2 fingers of massive cream colored head, nice retention and lacing. Lightish amber in the glass, crystal clear to look at. Smells of Belgian yeast, all bubblegum and light clove. Taste pretty much that fruity esters on the front that leads into sweet malt and finishes with a semi sweet spicy finish. Not pad, a little sweet for my liking, prob a little too sweet for a pale.

 425 characters

Photo of Trailboss76
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Beautiful golden color. Nice foamy head. Distinctly see lots of rising bubbles / carbonation. "Thick" flavor, pretty demanding but not necessarily from being strong (or high ABV). I think I like the looks better than the taste - but it's not dreadful, just different. All those bubbles "feed" the head which stays around.

 321 characters

Photo of The_Bujon
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A go to beer, pretty well sold everywhere these days. My choice as a BBQ beer. For a mass produced brew it is actually quite sweet and refreshing, no significant scent to this one beyond the sugary content, but smooth enough with just enough gas to quaff back, and at 6.6% you can manage a few before the BBQ gets out of control!.....FIRE!..FIRE!

 346 characters

Photo of Bluecrow
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright blonde and bubbly. Aroma is sweet with Belgian yeast notes. Flavor is so very sweet that I am reticent to take another sip. (I relented). The finish is dry, but also sweet. Flavorful, but not multifaceted.

 212 characters

Photo of SevenBeersDaily
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this ale a great many times, and I think it gets a lower reputation than it deserves because most people either taste it on tap or in the small bottles - and often too cold. The best offering are the larger bottles, and (believe it or not) the cans. Serve it chilled, but not frozen in an icy mug. The proper glassware is important, too. Having said that, there are some remarkable notes present in this ale that make it stand out from the crowd. There is a bottom-of-the-forest floor with notes of oak and a tiny hint of cloves and wild raspberry beneath the gentle caramel sweetness and characteristic Belgian yeast. This is an ale to have with herb-roasted pheasant, not pizza or sushi.

 699 characters

Photo of JackF30
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A rather calm beer that strikes the right balance between being casually drinkable and enjoyable. Pours well, with a good head, and is smooth and calm. The taste isn't the most impressive but is pleasant nonetheless.

One slight quibble, and this is not a fault of the beer itself, is that I have found the bottles recently have more often than not been difficult to uncork, and due to the nature of the cork, screws are not particularly useful. This may be a result of retailers storing it for times horizontally however.

 523 characters

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really liked this beer, poured into a tulip it was a golden amber with a fluffy fizzy head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is of spice, candy, vanilla, and almonds. The taste was a bold almond toffee foam cream flavor that almost resembled pop moreso than beer but carries that Abbey beer flavor. It's not the best Abbey or Belgium beer but it has it's distinctiveness and had a touch of warmness in its flavor that is perfect for a cold day.

 447 characters

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you're going to buy a six pack, skip the Blonde and go with the Brune. This ale is thin and just lacks any distinction or impressiveness. Its better than 99% of most commercial American beers, but if you're looking for something to savor, this just doesn't quite get you there.

Update: after having it again, I had to up the rating a little. I really felt I missed some the bread and malt the first time, as it just doesn't hit you hard. You have to really be a patient sipper.

 482 characters

Photo of qrazvan
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Excellent look when poured in a glass: crystal dark yellow colour with a big head and sparkles continuously coming from the bottom of the glass.
Very nice flowery smell.
The taste is a bit sweet in the beginning, with the flowery scent. Pleasant and refreshing.
It's not an inventive, full of surprises beer, but more of an established classic which proves very good.

 367 characters

Photo of YoungMtn52
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap before and recently bought a six-pack....more carbonated than I expected with a nice bold malt and fruit taste...I like this beer...crisp and classic!

 172 characters

Photo of Allenjoseph5
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pored into a Dogfish Head Goblet.

L- deep gold with a 1/2 inch frothy, bright white head that lingers around for a while (the nucleation sites at the bottom of the glass definitely adding to the head retention). A little chill haze that clears up quickly as it warms. Some lacing.

S- light malt. Lots of banana and some clove as well. Hints of white pepper.

T- sweet malt up front. A surprising amount of bitterness, which is pleasant. Clove spiciness stays on the breath.

F- highly carbonated but appropriate for the style. Medium body.

O- Very good. Maybe a bit too much carbonation. Glad i have 3 more, but I won't be running out to grab more.

 671 characters

Photo of fscottkey
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (6.6%) and it lists the best by date (07/20/2017). As advertised the beer is a blonde color. It forms a pretty massive 3 finger head when poured.

S: [3.50] The scent is strong. I can smell it while pouring and from the glass that is still arms length away. The scent is spicy Belgian yeast (banana) and maybe some corn or malt in the background.

T: [3.50] The flavor is similar to the nose but more subtle. The Belgian yeast flavor is dialed down to a 3 or 4 and makes it not overpowering. There is some nice malt balance on the finish that comes across as slightly sweetened corn cereal.

M: [3.50] Nice body and carbonation with a clean finish.

O: [3.50] This is not my favorite style but this one is nice. It has the reigns on the Belgian yeast phenols that I dislike. The body is nice and it goes down crisp and smooth.

 870 characters

Photo of rocketcat
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very calm beer, full of flavours of different kind. No aftertaste, I'd say that this is one of fine beer to drink: rush of flavours that don't stay long.
///////////////////
Mieto olut, josta tulee monenlaisia aromeja. Jälkimakua ei ole. Hieno naukkailuolut: nopea aromikkuus ei polttele pitkään, vaan on juotava vähän kerrallaan usein.

 341 characters

Photo of Justkeepbrewing
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden Amber with a nice sized head. A lot of lacing here. Smell is subtle banana, floral, herbal, lemon, and cherry. Taste of the same with a wheat element. Almost bubble gum sugar tops what bitterness that's here. Feel is smooth with a dry finish. I will buy this again. Though I would not brag about it, I do enjoy drinking it. That's what matters most in my book!

 375 characters

Photo of Sabtos
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sparkling gold with a large, off-white foam head and tons of coral lace.

Smell is banana, clove, pepper, toffee, and something astringent like copper or iron.

Taste is sharp, almost bitter, with banana, clove, and a little boozy cherry syrup. Apple emerges as it warms.

Frothy but thin.

 289 characters

Photo of MattChiasson
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle poured a medium gold that was (unfortunately, in my opinion) filtered crystal clear. However, it produced a nice head with terrific lacing throughout. I got malty notes of caramel/butterscotch, together with characteristic belgian yeast and candy sugar, and some spicy noble hop. Good carbonation. Med-Full body. Creamy.

 338 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,845 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe