Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a crystal clear deep yellow-gold. A pure white head starts rocky and thick, about 2 fingers tall. It fades a bit quickly and leaves a thin foam, but that thin foam leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Banana pours out of the nose at first. Letting it sit, I get a bit of soft fruit flesh, yeasty earth, and bubble gum. There's a ghost of phenolic aroma in there as well, though, and more plastic-like notes are barely detectable but there.
In the flavor, some of the subtle character is lost for bready malts, but they do linger. There's a very, very gentle bit of pepper just barely there as well. The phenols are tamed a little but it's also slightly fusel for a 6.6% ABV.
This beer does lack the balance of softness and firmness that is the beauty of Belgian beers. It's too spritzy at first, which eventually calms down. It is lightly crisp and after time gets smooth, so that while for some beers this could be a pretty good mouthfeel, it's nothing special here.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of ThomasMetal75
2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A- Nice golden appearance with about 2 finger foamy head that faded to about a pinky that stuck around for the duration of the beer. An OK amount of lacing.

S- Overall the smell is extremely sweet! Smells like an American Adjunct Lager that has a biscuit aspect to it.

T- So weird! VERY SWEET, malty, and biscuty. Hops are very easily detected. There is a strange bitterness when you swallow the beer. You can even taste the alcohol, even at what the bottle says is "6.0% ABV". Unbalanced taste overall!

M- Medium in mouth, not too too heavy. It's got a sticky quality, just about syrupy in texture. Very sweet. I even think that alcoholic taste is easily detected in the body of the beer. The drinkabilty is not bad, but there are other beers I'd rather turn to if I was thirsty.

Overall the beer is not really balanced. The mouthfeel was quite off-putting. It was like a Czech Pilsner, but was practically sickly sweet. Would love to try other Belgian Pale Ales, but will stay away from the Leffe Blonde!

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of bnes09
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent golden brew. Towering white head with exceptional retention and mountains of sticky lacing.

Brilliant aroma of spicy alcohol, rich and tangy yeast and lemon.

Malt flavor is a little weak. Just a bit of white bread. Good yeast character. Hint of lemon. Finish is sweet with apple qualities.

Light body. Subtle yet stimulating carbonation. Slick with little texture.

Pretty good brew. Some familiar Belgian complexities but not as good as other examples. Still tasty and drinkable.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of mscudder
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

A - Poured a thick pale head which left a fair amount of lacing. The beer itself is a light gold that has a degree of transparency.

S -Yeast, some subtle sweetness and passive fruits.

T - Some malts, banana, yeast and light fruits. Nothing overpowering here. Leaves much to be desired having had some top tier BPA's. Not horrible by any stretch, but far from optimal.

M - Strong carbonation and an overall low-medium body. Light and refreshing with a mild addition of malts to keep the beer together.

O - This is an excellent introduction to BPA's for those who have yet to explore the realm. There is much that one could improve with this beer, but I may find myself purchasing a few more given the proper time and place.

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of TheStig
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a persistent two-finger head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is slightly musty, with some overripe fruit notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Not as smooth as an altbier. Slight astringency. Taste is fruity, but without anything definite. Bubblegum, perhaps. If I had to pick, I'd place it near a fruit smoothie, with all of the different fruits blended together into one (not unpleasant) flavor. Some grassy undertones, a hint of wheat.

Like others have said, it's a good way to introduce people to the world of Belgian beer, but compared against the rest of the plethora of Belgian beers, it falls flat.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks great after the pour, with a golden, light orange-yellow color beneath a massive, fluffy, meringue-like, eggshell-colored head. The aroma is light but pleasant, with a musty yeast character at first that gives way to a combination of light biscuity malts and some bright grassy/floral characteristics. The flavor is similarly a combination of biscuits, grass, and dried herbs. The medium body and light, fine carbonation let this one linger in the aftertaste longer than I'd prefer, though. Overall, this beer is light and drinkable yet has some substance.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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