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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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3.59
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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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellowish brew with a nice foamy head. I taste the usual belgium spice but still less present then I would have hope for. This beer is also less hearthy then I would have liked. I guess this is a good introduction to belgium brew but not up to the level of a great brew.

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Photo of zeff80
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/28/08

A - Poured out a golden hue with a foamy, white, two-finger head that lingers and leaves a little lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, corriander, yeast and light malt.

T - It tasted of clove, some banana, yeast and some subtle spices.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good Belgian ale. I was quite light and reminded me of a German hefe.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium sized off white head just pretty much sits there above a clear rich sharp golden colored beer.

Spiced aroma of nutmeg, cloves, banana, and maybe a light sour grain in the background, I really don't know but something else seemed to be trying to come through.

Cloves, nutmeg, and other spices along with a light banana tasting drink.

A light dryish aftertaste that pretty much loses all of the spices on this light to medium bodied blonde.

When I pulled this from the fridge I was thinking "another blonde beer without anything to look forward to", I was pretty much wrong. This beer for being a blonde had a lot of spices and other light tastes enticing me again and again, I wish more American 'Blondes' had similar things happening.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Total Wine in Alexandria. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a somewhat hazy golden-blonde color with a great looking white head and plenty of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward some light peach followed with a large banana presence and a bit of clove and bread. The flavor profile is quite similar, though the banana and bread are the most prominent here. The body is light and a bit chewy. I wasn't expecting much from this but it was quite good.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/17/2015. Pours lightly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange peel, pear, apple, banana, honey, biscuit, bubblegum, herbal, floral, clove, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pale malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange peel, pear, apple, banana, honey, biscuit, bubblegum, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, pear, apple, banana, honey, biscuit, bubblegum, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of pale malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great yeast/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of pale male and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace.

S - Malty with a honey/ pilsner malt character. Slight yeasty fruit character and some herbal hops.

T - Fruity yeast and honey malt notes up front. Earthy hops in the middle. Pilsner malt and weak hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A bit light of yeast character, but enjoyable and drinkable. Nice earthy hop character.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with a nice sticky head,the aroma is very yeasty and a little fruity.Taste has a honey taste that hits you right away along with some spicey yeast notes not alot of fruitiness in the taste in my opinion.I like this beer but there are alot better Belgian pales out there.

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

Crystal clear, deep golden/amber with a hugh foamy & rocky white head that holds extremely well, buoyed by a very fine and effervescent carbonation. The tiny, slow rising bubbles add to the enjoyment of the appearance. Extensive lacing is created throughout the serving. The body is medium/full with an exceptional creaminess in the mouth from the very fine carbonation. The aroma is softly sweet, almost candyish, with a light citrus fruitiness and subtle phenolics. The flavor is a gently fruity (citrusy... orange?), and sweetly grainy malt that's lightly backed by hop bitterness and gentle spice. It finishes softly dry with some gently lingering peppery spiciness that's very nice and helps to keep the sweet malts from becoming cloying. Well balanced, firm and round, but somewhat limited in character. An excellent crossover beer into the world of Belgian ales.

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Photo of chinchill
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle served in pint glass. Fresh bottle is dated best by May 14, 2012: more than a year away. No sediment in bottle.

The pint glass could just barely hold this 11.2 oz beer and it's considerable head; this from a restrained pour. The head dies back a bit quickly but has good retention and exceptional glass lacing. The enticing liquid itself is clear golden color that seems to glow. Substantial carbonation is evident.

Taste and smell are yeasty, spicy (cloves + ?) and sweet. The flavor is less sweet than the aroma suggests, a good thing. This will certainly prove too sweet or too heavy in clove flavoring for many. This is the case for me, but I enjoyed the interplay of yeast, malts and spices, as well as the mouthfeel and some other aspects of this Belgian blonde.

M - smooth but bubbly, with a slight creaminess on the tongue and a slight dryness in the finish.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong Belgian yeast along with some spice, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of Belgian yeast and spice. The malt character is thin and there's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a good beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for a lighter Belgian.

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

Served in a bottle at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear deep golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense bright white head that slowly reduces to a small thick patch near the center of the beer, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts, floral hops, and spicy yeast.

T: Upfront there is some malty sweetness that is soon combined with banana + clove and some yeast spiciness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thick and with some dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is enjoyable but is not anything super special and is quite easy to find - might be a good beer for people to introduce themselves to Belgian beers. Easy enough to drink but a little too heavy to be sessionable.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really mellow, smooth, and malty. Great Belgian yeasty flavor. Big head with a good mouthful of carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Spicy and aromatic. Flowers and candy are the flavors, but it has an acidic touch, which along with the modest alcohol makes it perfectly drinkable. The beer is fairly sweet, which is a plus for me in this style. Medium body.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best Before: 24/07/10.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, gold body with a smallish, fizzy, white head.

Smell: It's a sweet-scented, nigh sugary nose with notes of lightly grainy pilsner malts, fruits brushed with clover honey, spice, soft florals, and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet maltiness blended with some grainy pilsner malts and sprinkled with crushed honey candies. Drying, warming alcohol enters fairly early in the taste. Slight white peach fruitiness. Subtle clove spiciness and even subtler banana taste. Subdued hop flavor with no more than enough bitterness to make itself known. Regardless of the alcohol and, albeit low, hop character, reemerging candied sweetness pops in here and there. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: While perusing the label for any possible dating, I caught some light through the bottom of the bottle and noticed just how downright clean the inside of the bottle looked. Sure enough, it's been filtered to a high degree and seems to have lost more than it's gained. Overall, it's a passable, acceptable, widely available Belgian blonde, though I dare say there're better blondes to be had out there.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling orange-amber when backlit with bright golden sunshine. I was greeted with the usual voluminous Belgian head on the pour... in this case a thickly creamy crown of pale beige that looks fantastic. It's both bubbly and rocky as it melts, leaving a great deal of intricate lace in the process. Whatever else Leffe Blonde has in store, it looks great.

The nose is less impressive. Clove is prominent and there isn't a whole lot else to back it up. Underpowered and unidimensional is difficult to overcome. Having said that, it's pleasant enough to be considered above average for the style.

Tough call on the flavor. I'll have to live with this one for a while. Funny thing... when I was a beer novice, I didn't like much of anything from Belgium. Now that I've learned to appreciate the complexities of the yeast, I like just about every beer from that country that I've been exposed to. That's the way it works I guess.

Leffe Blonde falls short. The biggest reason is that it's so hotly clove-like that none of the other ingredients have a chance to make a positive impression. Did the brewer add ground clove to the brew kettle? If not, he used the mega-cloviest yeast strain on the planet. All trace of subtlety and nuance is lost in the storm of spice.

Hops are especially prominent as well. Not so much in terms of flavor (although how would one know?), but in bitterness. Bitter fights sweet, rather than cooperating with it. It isn't exactly a chore to drink, but I've had enough clove to last me for a few weeks. Need a clove demonstrator for a tasting? Leffe Blonde is your beer.

I like the mouthfeel just fine. Its light silkiness and energetic carbonation is just what I look for in a Belgian pale ale. I have no choice but to dock it a half-point though, since it tends to coarsen as it warms, feeling just as unpolished as the flavor profile in the end.

In spite of my love for (almost) all things Belgian, Leffe Blonde is a bit of a disappointment. Largely because it uses a clove hammer of a yeast strain when a finely honed yeast chisel would have worked better. It's a testament to my affection for the style that I still found something to like in this less than stellar version.

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Photo of russpowell
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This used to be a nice change of pace I would buy when I was stationed in Germany. I would always be able to find this in French Supermarkets. There wasn't much else going but Pils & Exports on my side of the border, BBD of May 17 2013

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of cream colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Green apples. a touch of pear

S: Green & golden delicious apples up front, green banana, plus a bit of phenols, A touch of juicy fruit mixing with touch of dirt & more green banana. Finishes with green apple skin & a bit of cheap boozey cider

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, decent balance

A okay take on the style, always liked the darker leffe better

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Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice tight-bubbled head (two fingers), dark honey golden in color. Very clear. Lots of effervescence apparent. Excellent lace. Very attractive.

Strong aroma of wheat malt, a little citrus and nearly no nutty smells. Fairly standard aroma for a white beer.

Sweet for the style. The initial taste is fairly bland--one dimensional malt. Holding the liquid in my mouth produces very little change. The swallow allows for the wheat to come forward along with some clove and other sweet spices (corriander and cinnamon come to mind).

There's a milky texture to this brew, which I believe contributes to a slight sourness in the aftertaste. Thin body for style.

Interesting beer although I believe there are some better Belgian Whites out there for the lovers of this style.

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Photo of Jason
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz slender brown bottle with a freshness date on the back. Crystal clear golden colour with a thin bubbly lace that clings to the glass a bit.

Medicinal from the phenolics, hints of bubble gum and ripe pears with an herbal hop backing for the aroma.

Semi-thick mouth feel with a viscous carbonation and sturdy medium body. Sweet maltiness is the wins the in battle with a rolling sweetness throughout that throws out honey like qualities. Leaf herbal hop bitterness tries to clean up the sweetness but settles back into an underlying flavour. Clean estery alcohol is a tad fruity. Hits of phenols bring an obvious medicinal quality. Finishes sweet with a long lingering herbal and medicinal flavour.

Too processed and clean for a Belgian blonde, sweet to the point of almost being syrupy on the palate. There are other Belgian blond ales that are far superior to this one. Perhaps worth a try if you appreciate the style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

My brother brought home a sixer o' this (I'm becoming proud of his recent purchases) and allowed me to join him in partaking of the Belgian-ness. It pours a bright golden straw topped by a thick coif of white foam. The nose comprises clove, wheat, banana, pepper, and a touch of cardamom. The taste is pretty much the same, only with a touch of orange peel and a bit more wheat, along with some Belgian yeast. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a dry-ish finish. Overall, a very nice Belgian blonde, tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is hard to believe that I have never reviewed this beer! I have drank it many times over, both on draft and from a bottle. I spied this guy with my little eye in the singles case at Country Garden Six Pack on Friday and I could not resist.

From the bottle: "Anno 1240"; "Belgian Ale [-] Abbey Ale"; "Deliciously soft and subtle"; "Savor the Mystery of the Ages. Award-winning Leffe Blonde is a full-bodied deep golden ale that is surprisingly subtle and delicate. Belgium's classic abbey ale is best served in its own chalice-shaped glass, accentuating the ale's aroma and creating the perfect head."

I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a good pour into a chalice (although not a Leffe), forming two fingers of dense, eggshell-white head with great retention. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a soft maltiness, underlain by both a grassy hoppiness and even a slight yeasty quality. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but with loads of CO2 bubbles. The taste was fruity, like mixed fruit, undoubtedly a result of their yeast strain and its inherent esters. It was eminently drinkable and I was crushing it as I looked down and over half of it was already out of my glass and into my neck. The finish was semi-sweet, fruity, estrous, but the yeast had done its job and rendered it with a dryness that could not be overlooked.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden orange. White head foams up well and takes it’s time to settle, leaving an above average lace.

S: Sugar cane, coriander, apricot, pepper, light booze, spicy cinnamon.

T: Light bread, orange, orange zest, coriander, pepper, manger, hay. Spicy and sweet with a restrained complexity

M: Medium body with a light spicy/sweet finish.

O: A delicious and accessible blonde. I've had a lot of luck using this beer to introduce novice beer drinkers to the style.

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

Leffe blonde appears clear and golden hued with an inch of white fluffy head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of fruit, yeast, and alcohol. The flavor is good, and distinctly Belgian. The alcohol is more noticeable than I would like. The feel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and an alcoholic finish. This is a decent Belgian brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this one on tap @ the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. Sunshine gold in color this beer pours a nice slightly fluffy head that leaves a decent lace down the sides of the official glass. The aroma is very simple sweet and effervescent, not a lot of hop aroma here. The biggest jump out you flavor in the brew is the clovey spice that kicks in during the finish of each sip. Very sweet simple and enjoyable with a touch of alcohol biting the palate. A relatively lighter bodied beer, very good and refreshing.

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Photo of stakem
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear and golden, constantly bubbling from carbination. Presents a nice head.

Smell: Consistenly sweet smelling before and after the head has nearly dissolved.

Taste: Initial bursts of sweetness brought on by its fruity character also has lots of spice.

Mouthfeel: Light to Medium body.

Drinkability: Hints of nutty aftertaste but carbonation has me belching before im 1/2 way through the experience.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a decent sized bubbly bone white head that slowly dissipates. Aromas of bready sweet pilsner with a touch of floral hops and a solid shot of pepper and yeasty esters. The flavor is rich and sweet with hints of orange and sweet bread. Peppery yeasty with a bit of spice rounds out the flavor quite nicely. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a spicy bubbly mouthfeel. That is a pretty nice Belgian right there, I'm surprised I haven't tried this before.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,846 ratings.
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