Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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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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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a very slender, subtly seductive foiled bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy pale blond color with an impressive inch- thick head, which lulls into a quarter inch in about a minute, leaving thick, patchy lacing. This stuff looks appetizing.

S - The first thing I notice is a spicy Belgo-yeast, then faint grassy hops, slight citrus, and maybe honey?

T - Sharp grassy hops in between a delightful sweet chorus of banana, bubble gum, possibly coriander and honey. There's almost a peppery quality to it.

M - Mellow carbonation and a pleasantly light body make this very drinkable.

O - If you're a fan of Belgians, this one is definitely worth a peek.

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely pale color, kind of a hazy dull gold. Very clear. The head is bright white and enormous with major retention. After some minutes, the head falls in on itself leaving a little crown. Major lacing.

The scent is pleasant enough with spices (pepper and orange peel), lemon and possibly even some honey. Very floral. Bready and malty.

Tastes like a Belgian with the use of Belgian yeast and spices. Like the nose, orange peel and pepper (and other spices) are the dominant flavor.

There's some complexity here. First, for such a light beer, it's got a lot of body. It's mostly spicy, with some sweet notes in middle, before more spice and some tart in the finish. It's got a warm, spicy, sticky feel in the swallow, with a faint bitterness from the orange peel.

I'm happy I got this beer. It's not exactly what I expected, but was easy to drink and makes a good night cap. Glad I have several more to enjoy.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous gold, with a huge fluffy white head that clears quickly.

Sweet honey and malt in the aroma, with banana and pear.

I like the instant sweetness in the mouth, definitely honey and banana maltiness, with a slight bitterness that appears in a flash. It's the high carbonation that keeps this from tipping into sickening-sweet.

Another BA-er put it well: "... problem might be it's too full tasting to be a refreshing beer, and lacks depth to make it a really interesting one. But very enjoyable and easy to drink nonetheless."

Maybe that explains the lower scores, here. It's definitely a positive flavor. And I feel I could drink this pretty regularly.

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3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before September 24th 2013. I've been a little curious about this one for a while, but not enough to get a six pack. Hooray for singles!

Pours a beautiful clear golden-amber colour; highly effervescent, with a torrent of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass up to the lofty, eggshell-white head. And lofty might even be a bit of an understatement - in addition to being puffy, pillowy and smooth, it's nearly three fingers thick. Retention is respectable, but weaker than most of the other Belgian pales I've tried. It's mostly gone within six or seven minutes, but it leaves behind a complicated doily pattern of lacing on the sides of the glass. Nice aroma, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style - yeast is very prominent as usual, with elements of bready malts, banana, and a light, understated clove spiciness. Nothing fancy, but definitely clean and enticing.

Decent flavour, with lots more bready malts, candied sugar and orchard fruit (peach, perhaps pear or apricot) sweetness. The banana taste is prominent mid-sip, where the light clove spice also comes forward. Leans on the sweet side, but with enough bitterness and spice to balance it. The alcohol is noticeable in the aftertaste, which itself provides some appreciated dryness to cut through the sweetness of the malts. On the light side of medium-bodied, with surprisingly light carbonation for a rather smooth mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable, but not something I'd want to have more than one or two of in a night.

Leffe Blonde started off impressive, but the flavour leaves a bit to be desired. It's certainly not bad - it's just straightforward and plain, which is not an endearing trait in Belgian styles.

Final Grade: 3.41, a serviceable B-. This is a decent brew, but not an exceptional one. I am glad I bought this as a single, because while I could probably drink 6 of these, I could also easily find better beers to spend that money on. Due to the fact that Leffe Blonde is balanced, not complex, and has an agreeable flavour, I might actually recommend this to a newbie looking for a relatively easy-to-find BPA - but I wouldn't count on this stuff impressing a lot of seasoned BAs. In short - it's worth a try, but not something to go out of your way for.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 4,018 ratings