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 jwff
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a petrified sap orange with a nice white head. Smell is yeasty with a little honey and lilac. This filtered blonde tastes very clean, if not a bit too thick. Strong tastes of toasted honey throughout, with some mild carbonation at the end to give a tiny bite. Can be a bit too sweet at times, so I think this would be a one and done brew. Perfect for a hot summer day when you want something a little thicker.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at over fridge temperature in a Chimay chalice. Best by 28/02/07. Paired with Alaskan wild salmon with tartar sauce.

Appearance- Pours a clear medium gold, with an inch thick head that laces wildly, like a maze.

Smell- Full bodied, bready aromas, and a huge presence of what smells like fermentable sugars to boost the strength. Very sweet on the nose, with some candi sugar-like notes as well. Big.

Taste- With such a gigantic display of flavor, this beer cries out for food... in fact, I could not really enjoy this one alone. With my salmon, this was nice... but I can only imagine what an authentic meal of mussels and frites paired with Leffe Blonde would be like. Huge, full, sweet taste that muscles its way through the taste buds, leaving with a syrupy finish without much bitterness. The word is "full".

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Fantastically prickly... just short of being overdone, it really moves in the mouth and helps lift the oils from the salmon off the tongue. Cleansing and rejuvinating, it withers towards the end of the sampling. A great food beer, I can't wait to try it as it is meant to be truly enjoyed.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an almost clear golden color with orange hues. Two and a half finger white fizzy head with a lot of activity bubbles wise. Pretty decent lace hugging the glass.
S: Aromas of bananas and tropical fruit, maybe guava?, with that belgian style phenol. Slight metallic smell.
T: Tastes of bananas and tropical fruit up front with a slight bitter finish. Maltiness is also noticeable. Medicore taste wise, not a huge wheaty belgian kick.
M & D: Mouthfeel is just ok on this offering. Carbonation concentrates on the tongue as the beer slicks down the throat. Drinkability is also just alright. Not as heavy as I thought or would have liked, but nonetheless a good change of pace and woth a try.

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Photo of Contra
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been enjoying Belgian beers recently, so I wanted to try this one out. I was surprised to see it was only 6.6% abv, considering its strong taste & body.

Quite an unique flavor to it, strong in yeast, as well as a honey/molasses like flavor. Pours a rich golden color, and a fair amount of carbination. Overall, a well rounded brew with quite a lot to offer. Perhaps not quite as complex as I normally like, but the powerful flavor makes up for it.

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

I must say I was pleasantly surprised with this one, after reading Leffe is a commercial beer. I found this one to be very smooth, floral and refreshing. Great drinkability and nice belgian yeast strain. The head and lacing kept up with Duvel, IMO. Decent smell and sweet, smooth taste. Also, a slight hop, kickback on the swill! I recommend this one and it is very reasonably priced.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color with a small white head that stuck to the sides of the glass. Smell was pleasent with light fruit and something a little peppery, also somewhat musty. Taste was interesting, prickly and fruity with some clove and orange coriander tastes as well, almost witbierish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and very easy on the palate. Certainly seems like a beer that I could have many of in one sitting. Not bad, I liked it. Maybe not earth shattering, but worth trying. I would let this one warm a bit, a few more complexities pulled through towards the end of my glass.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in appearance with a white head. Good carbonation. Smells of bannana and spices. A wonderfully rich taste with a strong finish. Good lacing throughout. Incredibly drinkable. I'm finding that the Belgian strong/ double ales are my favorite. I have yet to have a bad double and am probably biased when it gomes to rating this type of beer.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having their Brown/Brune many times, I thought I knew what to expect with this one. Better than I thought it would.

Nice white head with funky (good) smell. Somewhere between peach and yellow. Taste follows after that funk. Funky enough to satisfy. Not so funky that people not familiar with more exotic lambics, etc. wouldn't enjoy it.

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Photo of LeffeHanded
4.97/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Leffe Blonde is perhaps my favorite tripel beer.

I've had the chance to savor this fine brew on tap and in the bottle in two countries, and was highly impressed by the beer's consistency. The fine Belgian liquid appears dark gold, with a thin but sustaining head. The floral aroma very apparent, also reavels hints of sweet friut. A very well balanced sweet friuty taste accompanied with notes of honey, follows a refreshing mouthfeel. Leffe finishes clean, with no aftertaste.
Light to moderately carbonated, Leffe Blonde is a very drinkable Belgian abbey ale. I do prefer the slightly less potent and more flavorful Leffe bruin though, that I have yet to find in Massachusetts.

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Photo of jwc215
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I slowly poured this into a tulip glass. The beer was chilled, but not cold. According to the bottle, it was best before February 2007, ten months away. I was a bit surprised that it would be fresh for so long.
Poured dark gold, almost amber, with a thick white bubbly head with a steady stream of carbonation coming up the middle of the glass. Both the head and the stream endured through the drink (especially the latter).
The floral aroma was not powerful, but present.
The taste had a floral, somewhat fruity taste. It was fairly malty with some hop taste in the background. It had a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Nothing in particular stood out, but there was an overall fresh, pleasant, light mouthfeel.
Overall, it's not the best ale that Belgium has to offer, but it's a good value for the price, and really quite drinkable.
A while ago, I remember comparing this with the brown. The brown was more complex and delicious, but it is not as easily attained (around here anyway). So, I do recommend this ale.

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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 mrasskicktastic
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear golden with vigorous carbonation and a two finger head which leaves a thin ring of lace behind after it dissipates in about a minute.

S - Coriander, cloves, lillies and stale smelling light-bodied malt dominates. A touch of bananas and white grapes as well. Over all it is definitely positive though.

T - At first it has a medley of white grapes, coriander, cloves and floral (lilies predominantly) flavors. This lingers and warps into a slightly fruity bitterness. A bit of metals and stale light grains join the mix. After a while, the aftertaste becomes a bland and slightly caustic bitter, with the stale grain grain lingering. It isn't terrible, but it makes you want to drink something new after you finish.

M - Very frothy, a bit thin, but very refreshing.

D - Really good! I didn't expect much from this beer because I had seen in in the "Best of Belgium" beer pack, which contains Stella Artois. Naturally I was skeptical of any beer that would be cited as "the Best" alongside of Stella. Leffe Blonde is quite good though. It has a complex and interesting flavor. It is no trappist and it is no Duvel, but it is pretty good. I didn't expect much, and it surprised me. To say this is the "Best of Belgium" is nothing compared to the insult of Stella.

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Photo of jongillin
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This style is still a little new to me but here it goes:
Had this beer in a glass fit for it's serving type. Great appearance: a nice honey gold color. Great head that is creamy white.
Gives off a nice hoppy aroma with some fruit/citrus in there too.
As far as taste goes I noticed the spicy/citrusy flavor right off the bat. This spice possibly clove, though I have seen some other mention coriander. I can't be certain. It leaves the mouth with a nice crisp finish (perhaps due to some apple).
Mouthfeel is a little watery, however, it leaves a nice crisp feeling due to the carbonation.
I think this is a good beer especially for some of the warmer months coming on. Grab a cold one and enjoy in the hammock.

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright, medium gold with moderately thick, concentric rings of lacing. The brett yeast comes through noticeably, but nicely, giving the beer a sweet taste, with a strong dose of red apple, which also dominates the smell.

Forget who distributes this, it's good--drinkable and smooth, yet hearty enough for its flavor to hold its own while I paired it with buffalo chicken strips.

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Photo of bruachan
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

winking lizard tour beer. and a good one

gold with a billowing head. caused me some pouring problems, but it's filtered so a repour didn't spill sediment. great lacing

plenty of coriander, but balanced. a little saisonesque

creamy mouthfeel, well carbonated

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Photo of mentor
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn;t purchase this myself but I put no label on the cap. Likely provided by trbeer. Stupid me for my lack of documentation. Whoever, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a two finger white head with a light yellow dusting. almost crystal clear with a couple of particulates. Smells clovey phenolic edgy with some fruity esters and malay sweet that rises on an aromatic. Tastes clove edgy with banana esters. Bread crust. Green apple finish with a rough edgy belgian yeast character. Homey and lightly colored belgian candy sugar. Wet sweet carries thoughout, but seems lacking in some complexity. Dry finish and a bit more sharply carbonated that I would have expected. A malt wet sweet with a yeast funk edge. Md body that rolls into the mouth light. Carb is a bit sharper than I'd like and (IMO) doesn't mix with the clove funk in a positive way.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a large chalice. Quite clear, golden in color, with a very slight head. Small as the head may be it produced a ton of nice lace.

Not much to speak of in the nose. Some sweetness.

The flavor is a nice balance of sweet malt and bitter fruits, with an interesting smokey element.

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Photo of Naes
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a very clear golden colored ale with a tall white layer of thick froth. It has a lot of visible active carbonation with good retention and lacing.
The aroma is sweet and has the distinctive Belgian yeasty smell.
The flavor was a little bit of a letdown. It begins a bit watery then hits you with sugar and a bit of citrus followed by a slight alcohol presence. The overall sugary feel to it doesn’t do it for me.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This stuff is all over Italy. Probably my staple Belgian while I'm here. Paid 1.50 euro for a bottle.

Smells a bit musty, sharp but light hops, floral, maybe a bit of bubblegum. Bubblegum is a bit more noticeable with the taste. A bit sticky with syrupy sweetness, bitter aftertaste. Not much hop in the taste. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and fizzy, but overall ok. Admittedly I'm drinking this a bit warmer than normal.

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

From notes of an unfortunately copious amount of this garbage consumed in France last December…

Sweet, thin watery gunk. Typically Leffe yeasts and sugars are more pronounced than the barley or hops. Bleigh! Macro sugar water with a nice carbonation stream. Clear gold body with a fluffy, light head. Smells slightly medicinal and almost fruity but leaves me wanting more in all categories.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Isn't it always a shame when you try a beer you haven't had in a long time, and you remember it used to seem a lot better? Ah well, I suppose that's the downside of discovering and learning more about beer...

This clear, light golden ale smells initially of earth and grass, with mild fruit entering the nose as well. The flavor profile is of gentle, rounded malt with a slight mineral twang. Mild notes of sweetness and bitterness play on the medium finish. Sure, it doesn't offer too much, but it doesn't ask too much either.

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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 paulfear
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

had a nice bronze color when i poured it. the head was almost completely gone by the time i set the bottle down.

i didn't get any strong aromas off it, but what i could get was slightly yeasty and perhaps even slight citrus.

got an initial bite of sweetness or tang. its pretty smooth for the most part. aftertaste is slightly bitter, not much, and dry.

it was pretty light body and sort of tingled the tongue with the carbonation.

i'd have to say its okay, nothing spectacular. it isn't something i would go out of my way to get again. the further down i got in this the less and less i enjoyed it. to the point where i was disappointed i still have the rest of the six pack to go.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a light golden yellow colour... White head disappeared almost instantly...

Aroma - Slight saltiness, lemony, traces of clove, vanilla, some corn notes, light spices..

Taste – Slightly sweet maltiness, citrusy notes, some nuttiness, peppery, earthy, light hops...

Feel - Quite sharp. Light / Medium body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - An OK beer.... Worth a try...

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Photo of BigBry
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leffe Blonde pours into my Leffe chalice glass a deep blonde color, with large white head of large bubbles. Left the appropriate and expected lacing. The smell is quite yeasty and I got a bit of a soap smell as well. The aroma could have more spices or something, but it was pretty much just sour yeast. It is much the same on the taste. Lots of yeast flavors, with not alot of anything else coming through. Dry aftertaste, with a bit of hoppy finish. Lots of carbonation, so leaves a crisp tingle on the tongue. Above average, but lots of better Belgians out there.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,843 ratings.
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