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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,626
Reviews:
1,405
Ratings:
4,017
pDev:
15.73%
Bros Score:
2.81
 
 
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89
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1,095
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Photo of BEER88
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 duceswild
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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 dvmin98
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Jason
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 drewone
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks just like apple soda. Very bubbly white head and lots of riding carbonation strands, just like soda.

S - Smells sweet and faintly grainy. Honey-like sweet scent and light bread grains.

T - Sweet and light on the palate. A very standardized flavor in this beer. Commercial flavor would be a good term I've seen thrown around about this beer. Its tasty but its very light and mild. Faint touches of sweet, grainy and very mild alcohol present. Similar taste notes to a light summer wheat beer.

M - It says it's full bodied but its very light bodied. Heavier carbonation leaves the tongue a little tingly. Carbonation comprable to soda.

O - This would be a very light session beer or a thirst quencher in the summer.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper with three fingers of head, great retention, and carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Spice and citrus notes in the nose; coriander, clove, orange and lemon zest. Taste is orange peel, yeast, clove, in that order. There's just a hint of apple sweetness in the finish. The flavor is mild and the beer itself is a little thin. The carbonation is moderate and the spice gives a little warmth.

The flavors are all there, but this beer just isn't bold nor full enough for my liking.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of chippo33
1.25/5  rDev -64.9%

Photo of stakem
3.24/5  rDev -9%
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 VeganUndead
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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 t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

on tap, which was a nice change. Poured light and golden, clear. Disappointing brew. Tasted fairly watery, thought it might have been just me, but after reading some other reviews, I see I'm not alone. Did have some tasty yeasyness to it, also detected some bubblegummy Belgian type flavors. But overall, lacked body, flavor, and character. middle of the road Belgian, good to try on Belgian newbies.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 4,017 ratings