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

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre for the first night of Belgian Beer Fest II.
Poured in a Leffe glass. Very good appearance, a clear vibrant gold, but not much of a head, otherwise this could have been a 5. The smell was leaning away from the cereal sort of smell I expected and gave a pretty distinct sweet smell. The taste was also pretty malty sweet, maybe fruity too, along with some of the Belgian yeast funk/earthiness. A nicely drinkable Belgian pale ale when you're not in the mood for some of the higher alcohol Belgians.

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3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brew indeed. Pours a dark gold body with a very fluffy white head. A slight smokey aroma that gives way to an extremely well hidden fruity boquet of aromas. Taste is similar to a nice wheat, bananas and apples. Full bodied and very smooth. I like it.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle with best before end date clearly printed on the bottom right corner of the back label.

Poured into a chalice like they suggested. Clear golden with a tone of orange. Slightly off-white head is superfine. Smell is biscuity at first, with a whole bunch of yeast and herb notes. Tastes spicy and continues into an almost cough medicine-like bitterness. Finishes sticky and hot. Not very impressive. This is an odd beer, unlike anything I've tried, but I'm not a fan.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

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

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2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tannish in color, and clear with a large thick head, foamy even, but evaportated quickly. The clearness of the beer was striking. Mine smelled somewhat harsh, stale almost. Tasted rather sweat, lots of syrupy, sweet, and citrus. Very smooth gong down but not thin. Overall it had some flashes of being a great beer, but the harsh smell seemed to dominate this one. I bought this as a single bottle of a pack, maybe is was old, that's why is what sold that way. Anyway, I am kinda glad I only had one to drink....Whose next ?

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3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold, pale amber colour. Heavy rocky, off-white head. Leaves a solid lace behind.

Cracking the bottle gives off hop volatiles... herbal, vegetatious.... This is lost quickly, leading into heavier hop notes & toffee. Some funky sulfur, and a waxy perfume that wouldn't go out of place in a candle shop.

Flavours of honeycomb, and musky, peppery spice. A slight ascorbate or citrate-like tang.

Chewy, full mouthfeel. Slight dustiness, like the astringency of an old claret. Medium bitterness. And a slight cloying sweetness that would probably preclude this being a session beer.... need a lager to wash it down.

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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like this beer. Clean, crisp taste that is flavorful. Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Fruity smell and taste, lemons, bananas and spices. Not much of a head or lacing. Another beer from Belgium that I enjoy.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Appearance]: Light amber-golden color, clear, some little bubbles, head looks great, nice lacing.
[Smell]: Spice (cloves, hint of cinnamon and nutmeg), banana, grains and yeast. Smells really good.
[Taste]: Strong cloves and banana up in front. Grainy, mild yeast, some slight bitterness from the hops. Finish off sweet and dry aftertaste.
[Mouthfeel]: Light-medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, carbonation is pretty strong.
[Drinkability]: Fairly drinkable.

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3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

A: Very nice clear to somewhat cloudy golden color with full white head that stayed a long time and left a full lace on the glass.

S: Interesting smell. Not sure what that is but it smells sweet.

T: Fruity, light and dry, mild aftertaste.

M: Creamy and nicely carbonated.

D: Not a bad Belgian Pale Ale but nothing spectacular. All in all an average beer that I'm not sure I will buy again.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper colour, small white head - huge concentration of bubbles. Unlike most belgian pale ales I've had in the past, this is very clear, with no visible floaters.

S: Banana and clove, slight fruity sweetness.

T: Peppery clove taste, with a longlasting malt aftertaste - very well balanced.

M: Lots of carbonation - very refreshing, though perhaps a little watery.

I'm growing to love this beer - it may not be as complex as many other examples of the style, but at £4 a 4-pack it's definitely one of the best-priced beers available in UK supermarkets, and in my view the most enjoyable.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,863 ratings.
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