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 Lnedrive14
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oh - why do I review this? I dont know, I guess just for the hell of it.

Leffe is quite a good introduction to the belgian style, I think. A very sweet brew, but as ones tastes become a bit more refined, the beer becomes altogether unnecessary. It is very syrupy, almost tastes like robitussin. Not that it is all bad - i myself love tussin. Anyway, an adequate beer, but certainly not something I would go out and purchase. Very fruity and way too thick for the style. I would like something a bit more summery (not that that is really a word with any meaning, but anyway). In any case, I guess it was a nice surprise a bar, so that I didnt have to order a guiness, but there are definitely better things out there for the price.

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

From a 33 cl bottle dated “best before 19-9-06”. Leffe Blonde delivers a light, crisp aroma with a hint of spice from a bright golden body. The flavor is equally crisp and slightly tart with a light touch of pepper and a hint of cinnamon. This is a fairly standard Belgian pale, but it’s a high standard. Its authenticity as an abbey ale however, is stifled by its contracted Interbrew origins.

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Photo of kmcnair
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12oz bottle. Pours a perfect copper color and makes a thin white head, leaves a nice bit of lacing on my glass. Strong bread yeasty aroma. Peppery spices, clove and sweet banana are dominant in the flavor, however there's a bit of metallic in the background that is not so pleasant and perhaps a bit plastic. Nice medium palate that finishes dry with crisp bubbly carbonation. Halfway through this and the metallic flavor has seemingly diminished quite a bit, though the plastic remains. While this brew has a couple of strong points, the weak points are dominating here, I don't think I'll be drinking this one again for a while. One thing I noticed here is that this brew isn't bottle conditioned, which seems to be pretty standard for the style. Perhaps Leffe's commercial nature will inspire some macro drinkers to crossover into the craftbrew world, but I can't say that I recommend this. A decent gateway beer at best.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 11.2 bottle poured into a pint glass.

Poured a golden brown color with a very fluffy head. Good lacing.

The smell was of malt, bread and tart apples. Nothing outstanding. The taste was vanilla, nuts and some light plum and honey flavors. Not as impressive as some other beers, but quite nice.
The mouthfeel was slightly harsh though not oppressive. Decent amount of carbonation. Overall, I found this to be quite acceptable and I would have again, thought I prefer the Leffe brune and the radieuse. The blonde is more like a little brother.

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

bright golden hue. good head that lasts.moderately full bodied. mild bitterness. aromas show sweet pale malt accents. rich and chewy on the palate showing good malt intensity and sweetness that is balanced and a dry hop finish. shows a very drinkable character. impressively flavorful.

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Photo of wl0307
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at a trendy gastro pub in East End London. Insanely expensive: 3 quid for half pint!! I'm definitely ripped-off!! (should've known better...)

A: light golden hue, with a white head thick but loosely-formed and breaking down pretty fast and leaves little to entertain my eyes; light carbonation. The fast-retreating foam is a bit disappointing for a Belgian ale on tap.
S: fruity, like banana oil, honey, grainy maltiness, sweetened orange, and a lightly bubble-gum note--overall refreshing, but a bit too sugary.
T: smoothly-textured candyish and grainy malts upfront, with a refreshing flavour of troical fruits of esters, leading to a dryish fruity flavour at the back--bittersweet like chicory syrup, with a slightly spicy (clove?) note in the end. Pretty standard flavour for this style, but lacking complexity which is key to make Belgian ales desirable--could be the result of filtering?
M: light-bodied, backed by understated bubbly texture, and moderately-flavoured; overall quite clean on the mouthfeel.
D: an average Belgian blond--nothing more nothing less.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass it presents itself with a slightly hazy golden color and a large frothy white head. Soft carbonation yet good head retention and even some nice lacing rings as it went down. Aroma is fruity and spicy. Some lemon, pepper, and pear. Flavor is about as strong as the aroma suggests, but the yeast stands out more in the flavor. Light-to-medium bodied with a slightly dry aftertaste.

Not the best Belgian out there, but a decent value for the price. A good gateway Belgian perhaps?

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

Pours rich and clear golden with good lacing lasting to the end of the glass. Slightly disappointing in that there is no yeast left in the bottle.

Smells of pear and mild green apple.

Fairly chewy malt backbone ushers in subdued estery yeast flavors -- mostly pear here. A little bit of tea-like hop presence in the background. Instead of building towards a big finish as many belgians do, this seems to slack off towards the end; probably due to the relatively low abv and filtering.

Sacrifices some flavor for drinkability, hence no 4's other than appearance. This would, however, be a good pick to "ease" someone into the style.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The clerk at my local gourmet beer store warned me that this brew was "very spicy." In fact, TOO spicy for him. But for a girly-girl like me, I thought it was perfect. I had one, and then two- and was good and spiced up for the night. I haven't had much of this particular style, but I thought this beer was a good one of it's kind. Get in touch with your feminine (spicy) side, and enjoy!

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Photo of becktone
2.89/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This blonde pours to be a nice golden color with a huge head which is now receeding quite fast. To begin with the head must have been about an inch and a half thick. The head is a white color looking much like soap bubbles and has fairly good retention.

Not really impressed by the smell of this beer. I can't really detect anything at all.

The beer has an interesting taste. There is not much bitterness to it at all. It leaves a sweet aftertaste in my mouth that kind of reminds me of butterscotch candy.

This beer is full bodied and seems to me to have more carbonation than most beers, but I think that this feature compliments the taste of this beer. As to the drinkability of this beer, I find nothing special about it, except for its unique taste, but I am sure that there are many beers out there that represent this style much better.

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

Pours a clear golden amber, big fluffy white head, some lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet malt, spices, some hops, coriander and orange peel. Taste is really sweet, some spice, coriander and orange and a little bit of yeast. Pretty smooth, mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Not bad, better than the brune but the sweetness is pretty cloying.

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

Highs: Nice fluffy head, complex hefeweizen-type flavor
Lows: Slight alcohol flavor

Pours a dusky translucent gold color with a thick, attractive fluffy white head that sticks around. Nose is of wheat, malt, and grapefruit, reminiscent of a good hefeweizen. Flavor is quite complex, again favoring a hefeweizen in that there are notes of grapefruit and other citrus, but there’s more: apple, a touch of acid, and even an “iced tea” flavor. There is a hint of alcohol. Overall, the flavor is quite pleasing. The mouth is full, bubbly, and refreshing; drinkability is good. There’s a slightly bitter finish.

Overall, a very decent brew.

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Photo of MarcGetty
4.73/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leffe is has a quintessential golden color with high carbonation and an usually long lasting head. It's head is quite unusual and makes this beer worth trying by itself. Rich long lasting taste but without a bad aftertaste. A little bit of aroma, very drinkable and always a terrific beer to rediscover.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a medium amber color with massive white chunky head. Smell is herbal, spicy. Very nice. Taste is spicy, banana-like and initially enjoyable, but also very subtle. Almost as if it has been watered-down. Finish is light and nice, but not quite what I was looking for. Almost too easy to drink. I would describe this as a macro Belgian Pale Ale. It seems as if Inbev has turned this beer into the the Bub Light of Belgian Pale Ales.What will be next? Maybe they will buy an Abbey.

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

Leffe Blonde

Appearance- yellowish orange with a huge white head. An easy pour still creates a huge frothy head.
Smell- spicey, vanilla and pepper, and banana.
Taste- sugary vanilla and banana. Some citrus, lemon.
Mouthfeel- light and watery. Slight alcohol detection.

Overall- A decent Blonde with a touch of alc. present.


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

Pours a clear deep golden beer with a large long lasting head.

Smell is spicy with the scents of medicine and bubble gum. Smells of sweet honey with a strong scent of coriander. Spice is mostly ginger and pepper.

Taste is sweet and mildly spicy with a coriander being the strongest flavor. Taste of honey lingers a bit too much here. Taste gets more herbal as you finish your beer. It is a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel is OK.

The sweetness level and a lack of complexity hamper drinkability. Needs about half the sugar and extra spice flavors.

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Photo of BeerBeing
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 33cl brown glass generic "slim" bottle, multicolored label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: clear golden color, large white head, good lacing

Smell: clove, yeast, fruitness

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, sweet malt, some yeast, minor hops

Notes: just average

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

Eh. Decent Belgian, but pretty boring. Pleasant Belgian aroma. Pleasant Belgian flavor, but not much depth. Also, apparently, filtered, as there was no sediment at all. Tsk tsk. Crystal clear.

Drinkable, but not something i'll return to. Seems plentiful in Pensacola, though...

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Photo of slyke
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very inviting bright gold-orange color with a white head a generous inch high. About 1/8 of an inch of head remained on the beer throughout.

Smell: A sweet, citrusy aroma - very inviting.

Taste: Sweet citrus again - very tasty. Very balanced - not noticeably malty or hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel almost bready, but in a positive sense. I like beers that have a nice full mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is an very good tasting beer - I could sip my way through a few of these.

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

Finally got to try this from the tap! Had it at the Hop Devil Grille in NYC just before seeing Jerry Gaskill perform at Arlene's Grocery.

My tasting notes are the same as my bottle review (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/470/2137/?ba=EPseja) but with these exceptions:

A - The head on this one was rocky, dense and unkillable! It stayed strong throughout and left a thick curtain of lacing down the sides of the Leffe glass (shown in the picture). Really nice, just like the bottle version.

S - Same as the bottle review, but with a slightly sweeter candy-sugar smell on top of all of the other delicious scents.

T - Organic notes were bolder on tap, which for me improved the character. There were also notes of sweetness that helped keep the alcohol in check.

M - Much creamier and rounder in the mouth -- carbonation is definitely under control -- but still with a very slight touch of alcohol aggressiveness.

D - The improved smell, taste and mouthfeel of the tap version of this beer naturally improves its drinkability as well. A marked difference from the bottle.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a loner 12oz bottle off the shelf at Galco's and emptied it into my handy Duvel glass. Had a clear golden color, a decent level of fine carbonation and a bleached white head that was foamy but left scant lacing.
Nose was primarily loaded with fruity sweetness bearing indicators of pear and peach. Also a fair amount of sweet grains similar to a fresh-cut hayfield, some herbal hops and a hint of coriander.
The taste was grainy and rather wheat-like initially. Fruity esters took over as the tastes of orchard fruits came out. Still, these flavors weren't all that powerful on the palate and the finish was noticeably lacking in spiciness compared to others of the style. It lacked the peppery bite and touch of herbal hops I was expecting after I smelled it. The feel was medium-bodied and bordering on syrupy.
Overall, Leffe Blonde was too slickly sweet to be a really enjoyable brew. Maybe more of a throwback to what earlier Belgian pale ales were like but it can't compete with today's spicier offerings.

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Photo of packetknife
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It had been over three years since I last had this beer and I didn't have fond memories. How things have changed (including my luck I'm guessing). Pours medium to light amber, not much fogginess, with a semi-dense thick white head that faded slowly and laced well. The nose was rather unremarkable with some acidity and citrus and something I can only describe as 'warm' coming through. Starts off with a bit of spice and chewiness on the tongue. Makes way for spice with bread, good carbonation feel. Leaves a distinct, but light enough, hoppiness on the finish. Feels good, drinks well. Either I've changed a lot or I got a better set of bottles.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into hotel glass. The glass was too small, so I had to fill twice.

Appearance: Very clear yellow with thin white head. Belgian abbey styles don't usually look this clear to me...

Smell: Slightly bready yeast. Actually a good smell, but not very strong.

Taste: The flavor was OK, with malty breadiness, but it wasn't rich enough for me.

Notes: For the price ($1.80), not bad. But I can find excellent examples of Belgian ales easily, so why try this twice?

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

Ahh, good old Leffe. This beer is standard fare in almost all the bars in Paris, and while I did drink some while I was there I did not review it until I came home. Fancy that. For the record, I sampled this at Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philadelphia.

Came to me as a copper hued beer atop which rested a one finger head. No carbonation was seen, but pleasant rings of lacing were left as the beer went down. Aroma of light malt. Taste was light with a bubble gum quality to it. Light malt shows through in the flavor as well. Mouthfeel was tingly. While this isn't the best Belgian beer in the world, it was perfect for the summery day I sampled it on. I'd drink it again.

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

This is a beer that I've had many good experiences with...time to review it.

Pours with a frothy medium head, dark yellow colouring, and mild lacing....smells of apple and caramel... I can hardly wait.

Spicy, wheaty, complex, not too soft in the mouth, slight and not unpleasant bitterness. Plum flavours. Never feels thin in the mouth. This is a strong character beer.

Good price for an excellent Belgian. it may not be my favorite in this style, but it is a style I love, so I'll keep coming back.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,801 ratings.
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