Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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81
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3,906 Ratings
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Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde
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:
3,906
Reviews:
1,384
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
15.6%
 
 
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Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap during a recent trip to Brussels. This brew is a clear and light golden-amber hued liquid. The head is of modest size, but stable and foamy. The smell is a nice mix of yeast, malt, and grass. It smells a bid sweeter than it tastes, with a notable caramel aroma. As you drink the brew, a hint of alcohol comes forth. The body is full and nice. A bit more yeast and light malt comes out in the taste. The carbonation is present, but a little more restrained than I expected. I enjoyed the beer with smoked salmon and asparagus. It was a nice accompaniment, and a worthy beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden colore beer with good carbonation and a faily desent white head.
Aroma was spicy and inviting hops are very light
Taste is light and refreshing with a well balanced malt hop character, remember this is Beligum pale so it is not overly hopped. There is a spicy yeastiness too that I pick up similar in my opinion to most beligum yeasts.
Smooth and balances with a slight alcohol kick
Good beer.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Summer 2011.

Pours a clear golden color with a thick pillowy head. Lots of carbonation rising to the top. Scent is strong in dry malts, yeast, and slightly remind me of bread. Taste is rather bold but trickles off. Really hits the taste buds with lots of yeast and malts with decent volume but slowly disappears. Lots of flavor but nothing too unigue. As to be expected from one of the largest Belgian brands.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: clear body with a medium golden hue. Two fingers of foamy, light ivory head. Looks attractive.

Smell: light, sweet malt with a bit of orchard fruit and a pretty decent helping of chalkiness. There is also a hit of light, earthy hop aroma.

Taste: flavor tracks well with the aroma, though there is a bit of biscuitiness which I don't love. Still, not bad.

Mouthfeel: rich, creamy and delicious. Body is medium with a pretty big dose of carbonation. Great.

Drinkability: pretty light and refreshing for a decent Belgian beer. Some of the flavor is not my favorite, but overall it is quite a pleasurable experience.

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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 mltobin
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a Leffe glass.
Appearance is a light golden tone, with a one finger head.
Smell is of a cinnamon and some other spices.
Taste is sweet, with vanilla, sugar, and birch flavors.
Mouthfeel is light, crisp, with a sugary after-taste.
Drinkability is decent, but again it is a rich, sweet beer, it is really best as an after dinner beer.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has always been a solid Belgian brew in my opinion and I don't get the low score it has received on here. Always a treat for me and it is much easier to find than many of the sought after Belgians.

A - Pours a golden blond with a big three finger foamy light tan head. Sticky lacing and good retention.

S - Plenty of yeast and Belgian spices. Even the aroma is slightly sweet and smells of candied sugar.

T - Sweet and spicy with hints of banana and clove. Not very hoppy but one wouldn't expect that it would be. Finishes slightly boozy and dry. Some bubblegum in the finish as well.

M - Smooth and creamy, leaves a slightly sticky feeling on the lips.

D - I have managed to drink a six pack of it before but I normally just like to sip on it and note how the flavors change as it warms up.

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Photo of PEIhop
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Leffe goblet.

A- Light golden color, nice 2 fingers of frothy off white colored head, attractive lacing and retention.
S- Refreshing aroma, sweet, spice, banana, clove, some breadiness in the background, refreshing aroma.
T- Taste similar to nose, pretty sweet, banana, spice, clove, some breadiness comes out, not a bad tasting beer.
M- Light mouthfeel, well carbonated, creamy, smooth.
O- Not an overly complex beer, but really easy drinkability, definitely enjoyable on a hot summer day.

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Photo of RobAM
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like it. I think it's a well balanced brew but just a bit pricey...

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Photo of rvelectric
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Appearance- Deep golden color, bright white head with poor retention. Very clear with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles.

Smell- Lightly sweet malts and a waft of esters

Taste- Clean, light malts, honey sweetness. creamy, clove and hints of bananna. Very slight hint of hops. Esters hang on the palate a while.

Mouthfeel- Lightly syrupy, but high carbonation washed palate.

Drinkability- Delicious and light. Very drinkable. Try this with fruit and a mild cheese and cracker plate.

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

This beer had a nice frothy head, a clear medium golden color and moderate to high carbonation.
Upon smelling and then tasting there were notes of spices on the nose. The most noticeable other flavor was a caramel flavor with a little sweetness that was followed by a moderate alcohol finish.
The best before date on the bottle was 10/10/08. I enjoyed this beer and may buy another six pack but Trippel is still my favorite Belgian style. Cheers

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Photo of joeseppy
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Never gave this brew a second thought. My nephew just moved back from Germany and was a frequent flyer through Belgium. His favorite is the Leffe Brune. Of all the beer on hand at Thanksgiving after dinner he recommended this craft of the immediate brew choices. Immediately I enjoyed the spice candy drop flavour. Lighter bodied indeed with hints of mild grains. Not in the mood to sit down and collect my beer thoughts are n paper but rather remember a fine time indeed. Can't lose with this.

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Photo of horsehockey
3.84/5  rDev +7%

Photo of MizzouBrew
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cboland79
3.84/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Bcaserto
3.84/5  rDev +7%

Photo of dr_boost
3.84/5  rDev +7%

Photo of KillerJigger
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a fan but my wife really likes it! Have been trying to get out of my HOPPcentric ways. Seems to affect how beers w\o hopps taste and sometimes i'm to negative to them. Now i've decided to just drink more of the styles at a time to compare. Cheers to more tasting!

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Photo of adarby
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a wonderful gold appearance with carbonation that barely "sizzles" and leaves a fine 1/2" head that stick around until disturbed by your lips.

There really isn't much of a smell to this one. Which in my book is middle-of-the-road. I have had some very unpleasant smelling brews. No scent is sometimes a good thing.

Tons of malt are present in the beer, with a slight hop aftertaste. The flavor is short-lived, but very strong with malts.

This beer is wonderful when enjoyed chilled, but not ice-cold. It feels fairly thick in the mouth, not really expected out of a blonde, but overall I find this beer very drinkable, just not more than probably 1 or 2 in one setting.

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Photo of BigTuna1066
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of zotzot
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lewnanny
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real nice beer, at first the smell is distinctive. When poring the beer, the foam was very present, but has disappeared fast. The color is a nice yellow gold.

I will definitely buy this beer again.

The SRM: is about 5 and the IBU is not pronounced at all near 0. This blonde has its particular taste and I can distinguish the citrus from it.

The 330 ml, retailed for 2.65$ (CAD) for an ABV of 6.6%. I will definitely have this one again soon.

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Photo of Hophead-Djer
3.84/5  rDev +7%

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