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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Photo of Intrinsic
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, there's really nothing interesting to say about Leffe. It's definitely better than most of the crap that's out there, but compared to other Belgians it's not that great. Its a more watered down, 'Americanized' version. The head is almost non-existent, which is not at all characteristic of this type of beer. I smell lots of yeast, some malt, not too bad I guess. The taste is watery. Thumbs down there. Overall, I can say I will buy this again, but only because there won't be anything else to choose from.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

A okay take on the style, always liked the darker leffe better

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

O: overall not bad, though for a Belgian ale this is not one of the top tier from that country. I'd drunk it again if at another restaurant abroad that has a meager choice, but wouldn't recommend to be sought out.

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

Photo of MDDMD
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

O-nothing special here, too sweet and overall not a stellar example of this style

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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

MF- Creamy light body with a foamy, high level of carbonation. Finishes cloying with very lower bitterness.

Started off decently but the sweetness grows a ton. Just doesn't do it for me because the fruit and yeast flavors are decent but don't get past the cloying sweets.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into a pint (nothing purist about that sentence)

A: Pours with a HUGE 4 finger head full of medium sized bubbles. Beer is a light copper with ample CO2 bubbles within.

S: Bananas and bubble gum strong upfront smell. With cinnamon and clove in the background.

T: Spicy yet sweet. Nothing really special in the taste. Has yeastie qualities.

M: Excellent full body, feels like it encapsulates your mouth as you sip. Leaves just the right amount of pucker that begs you to take another sip (this could be addicting)

O: Very drinkable beer. While lacking in tasty deliciousness, the smell and mouthfeel of the beer alone far make up for this. It's not that it tastes bad, just not as superb as other belgians. I will buy more.

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1.5/5  rDev -57.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 750mL bottle, purchaed at a local Albertosons for only $2.50

A - Golden hue, being poured into a standard 16 oz. pint glass, good head and the head retains, sticking to the sid eof the glass as it is consumed.

S - Sweet and cinnamon, is what I take away, after being poured into a glass.

T - Sweet and spicy, but not overly spicy, with a nice end. Some banana and spice flavr come thru from the yeast... clean and easy to drink.

M - Full, yet easy to drink. More filling than a good lager, and the ABV at 6.6% sneakes up on you, yet is not noticed while drinking.

O - Priced at $2.50 for a 750mL from the local Albertson's, I bought 2 bottles and enjoyed them while working in the yard. A solid, all around beer and one that I sue as a suggestion for those lookng to graduate into a Belgian style beer. A good choice for those looking to moe from a good lager or blonde ale into a Belgian style.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 4,006 ratings