Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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81
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3,863 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
3,863
Reviews:
1,367
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
15.6%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
994
For Trade:
0
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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

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On tap at Le Manoir in Paris, France into a 50 cL Abbaye de Leffe glass.

A: clear golden yellow with small rimming of white head, good lacing.

S: light Belgian spice and yeast. Hints of floral and bubble gum. Not amazing for a Belgian beer but decent.

T: again lightly yeasty and distinctly Belgian. Though besides the floral tones reminds me a bit of a mass-produced lager than a Belgian ale.

M: crisp, refreshing, light. Good carbonation. Not a bad mouthfeel but certainly nothing amazing here.

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A-golden color with a nice thick head and good lacing

S-cloves and tropical fruit/bananas with a heavy yeasty presence

T-heavy sweetness and fruit with hints of cloves, sweet malt

F-medium to heavy body with light carbonation, a slightly syrupy feel

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A- Pours out a golden hue with a massive, foamy white head. Retention is impressive and thick lace forms as the head begins to fall down. Big lace patches all around the glass.

S- Bread and Belgian yeast mostly up front. Sweet light malts, raisin and dark fruits in here as well. Kind of fades out with time, hard to pick up after a while.

T- A lot sweeter here than I would have expected. Has a light fruit, sort of grape feel with a big table sugar feel. Yeast spice (clove, coriander), banana esters, raisin, apple, bread and light malts.

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Reviewed from notes.

Poured out a clear golden straw color with a two finger head of huge-sized bubbles which stick around for about two minutes and leave a modicum of lacing behind on the inside of the glass.
Smells and tastes of banana bread with a lighter flourish of Belgian fruity esters and a garnish of earthy / spice noble hops blending together quite nicely. Actually, the flavor is slightly weaker than I would have expected from the intensity of the nose. Body is somewhat thicker than expected as well, a full round medium body with -just- not quite enough carbonation to keep the body from feeling heavy and tired in the mouth. A few minor tweaks to body and flavor and this beer could become absolutely stellar.

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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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