Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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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:
1,358
Ratings:
3,817
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
15.6%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,358 | Ratings: 3,817
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | 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 real scent to this one, 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Cburnette23
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I agree more with the bros score than the BA score. This one is alright, but to be honest, I dropped a pretty dime on a big sampler and was disappointed. Nothing bad, but just kind of - meh. Candy-sweet, which may have been it's best quality. An utterly average Belgian white, and to be honest I've had better from an assortment of American brewers. I'd skip it if I had another chance, there are better goodies to be found elsewhere. It's descent, but boring.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.
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Mieto olut, josta tulee monenlaisia aromeja. Jälkimakua ei ole. Hieno naukkailuolut: nopea aromikkuus ei polttele pitkään, vaan on juotava vähän kerrallaan usein.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a clear gold with a lasting white head. Lots of yeasts in the aroma. Heavily carbonated, tastes are of sweet malt, cloves and perhaps banana. Decent mouth-feel with a hint of citrus on the backend.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leffe Blonde pours a bright straw color, with a small lacing head. Yeasty and candy aromas. Taste is creamy, lots of yeast, and a mellow sweet Belgian spice flavor. Good body and feel. Overall, solid.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a deep golden amber with a nice foamy head. Smells of fruit, citrus, wheat, grass, and a mild bakery like smell. The taste is typical Belgium with a fruity light flavor and nice carbonation zest. The finish is a smooth with a grapefruit bite of dryness. Overall a very good beer, I really enjoyed the flavors of this beer and the cost was spot on for a nice tasting Belgium. I was surprised at the lower scores overall, I thought this was a pretty good beer.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle BB 1/09/17. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a clear dark gold with 1.5 fingers white head. Fair carbonation visible, nothing crazy. Islands of thick froth linger, with a thick ring around the edges of the glass. Fair lacing.

S: some familiar clove and banana phenols, but pretty mild. Tiniest bit of white bread malt.

T: arrives slightly sweet. Sweet light crystal maltiness and clove phenols express across the middle. A little more phenolic at the end with a little lingering noble hop bitterness. Lacks the grapey or fruity smells I usually associate with Belgians, and tastes more like a hefeweizen.

M: whoa is that tingly! Very actively carbonated. Heavier side of mid-weight, but carbonation makes it feel lighter. A little lingering clove or green banana, but for the most part pretty clean ending.

O: if you are craving an easy drinking Belgian ale and want something with a respectable ABV, this absolutely fits the bill. It's like a baby tripel. Not bad, but not nearly as good as the brune. I'd buy it again in a pick six every now and again, but wouldn't buy a six pack.

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Photo of Keg-Stand-Kenny
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes: First time having this beer.

Presentation: 11.2 ounce bottle poured into a 16 ounce pub glass.

Look: The beer pours with a respectable sized head. The head lingers around for quite a while. It's a nice rich amber color. Though it's not foggy or cloudy at all. It has a good but not great overall look to it.

Smell: I detect a variety of aromas. It smells earthy, floral, malty, sweet, and grassy. It's a nice smelling beer, though the smell is somewhat faint for a Belgian ale.

Taste: The taste is somewhat faint, and underwhelming. It tastes malty, earthy, and a bit hoppy. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste too. By no means does this beer taste bad, but it doesn't have a very distinct or bold taste to it. The taste is alright overall.

Feel: It has a smooth, yet thick and frothy feel to it. It has a nice feel to it overall.

Conclusion: This beer is alright. It's got a nice look an smell to it, but it lacks flavor. It's nothing to write home about, and I would not go out of my way to get it . But if you served me some, I'd gladly drink it. In turn, I would not recommend this beer because it lacks flavor, and tastes generic.

Cheers.

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Photo of JacksonPooBear
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I REALLY like this beer. One of the first Belgians I had and opened my eyes to the trapist beers of Belgium. Beautiful amber color; light champagne-like head; clear through & through. My favorite drinking out of a stemmed beer glass. To me, it compares with the best out there - only topped by Chimay in my mind.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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