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 JohnBeerRun
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer because I was attracted to the looks of it. The head on this beer was a light color that wasn't very thick, the smell on the other hand was fruity and rich with a sweet taste. The mouthfeel was very fulfilling with a kind of fizzy bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Filtered gold. Lots of additional carbonation. Almost macro like.

Smell: Bubblegum is the main smell. Sourdough bread. white concord grapes. Citrus. Not very dry.

Taste: Odd soupy taste, rubberband. grainy malts, floral pilsner hops. Citrus, and tomato.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, dry and warming. A tad thin.

Overall: This isn't as bad as I originally thought it was, but it is still a wildly divergent and almost mass-market version of a cool very belgian style. Not recommended

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Photo of jaguar1712
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of tfsimpkins
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of shambeano
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip.

A- Pours a clear dark golden yellow, with about an inch of fluffy white head that sticks around for ages, leaving a bit of lacing. looks alright.

S- straight up a clovey, spicy yeastiness, followd by some orange peel and citrus. quite nice.

T- yeasty and spicy straight away, some citrus on the finish but a little more nondescript than on the nose. nice though.

M- light to mid bodied with a fair bit of tingly carbonation, dry finish.

O- pretty nice beer, a fair bit on the smell that you get when you taste it, but on the taste it comes through a bit weaker.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 750ml bottle from Newport Farms Liquor in Ocean Beach for $4.59 and poured it into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. They were running a special on the 750's so I couldn't pass it up.

A: Pours a super clean straw-like hue with a one inch fluffy white head and decent lacing.

S: Bubblegum, cloves and wild honey, crackery malt, traditional Belgian yeast with the faintest hint of earthy hop.

T: Flavors are light and subtle and similar to the nose - unfortunately the sweetness and spice is overwhelming though and washes out the other flavors suggested in the smell.

M: On the bigger side of medium bodied, sticky and lightly carbonated with a syrupy finish that coats the mouth.

Had tons of these on tap in Brugge, as it's served there like Budweiser is here in the States and I really enjoyed the hell out of it - drinking glass after glass throughout the afternoons moving on to bigger beers in the evening, but man this stuff does not translate the same in the bottle. Too sweet and spice ridden and it only seemed to get worse as it warmed up. I think i'll wait till the next time im in Belgium to revisit this one.

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

Gold and very yellow in apprearance. Smell is quit typical of you ero brews. Mouthfeel is very champaigeny with lots of bubbles. The taste is very typical of a Belgian Pale Ale, one that is average. Very wheat and yeast heavy in taste. Overall this a good Belgian if that is your type of beer, although we have had better.

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Photo of nandika
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kurgan3
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of kja157
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of EricMichael
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of JCFinn
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Murrhey
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Reviewed live.

A- Fluffy finger width white head. Decent carbonation. Two minute long retention. Light amber color with brilliant clarity.

S- Wheaty, and some banana like a hefeweizen. Has a lot of weizen attributes in the nose and some sugariness as well.

T- Bready and wheaty, with definite weizen attributes. Kind of dull and metallic flavored on the end.

M- Very carbonated with a lighter body and a filmy linger.

O- Below average.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ThirstyTorpy
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a chalice

A: Pours a beautiful translucent gold with a creamy dense head that's just a tad darker than white.

S: Aroma is faintly spicy and lightly fruity with apricot and peach type esters, a little tinny as well.

T/M: Texture is very bubbly as the carbonation stings the tongue. Light fruit esters punch through the bubbles accompanied by white pepper and cardamom. Finish is a bit adjunct-like, rice or sugar perhaps. It's likely candi sugar but it doesn't taste like it.

A more flavorful beer than it initially lets on but it's all still subtle.


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Photo of ccbass22
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of shigg85
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 8/1/13.

Pours a clear honey orange with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a thin film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of Belgian yeast, grain, spices, and some banana. Taste is of grain and banana up front with spice and yeast flavors coming through more on the aftertaste. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a light carbonation with a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice light flavor that is very easy to drink.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear golden blonde with a fluffy white head that retains well.

S - Sweet banana, cloves, coriander, fresh straw,

T - Follows the nose with yeasty banana bread, bubblegum, cloves, coriander, honey, thick pale malts, grassy straw, white pepper, finishes semi-dry.

M - Light and fluffy smooth texture, low to medium carbonation.

A full flavored BPA for sure. It's sweet but not cloying and well rounded. I really like this. Recommended.

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Photo of Douberd
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured, from a bottle 300 ml. Gives a deep yelloy colour, with a two-finger head.. Aroma is fruity and quite pleasant,something between bananas and ..bubblegum? As carbonated as it is needed. Taste is fruity also with a bit of alcohol and leaves you with a bitterness. Overall, a quite nice beer.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of jmshulk
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,906 ratings.
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