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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 babayaga
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip.

Appearance- Big white 3-finger head, mixture of bubble sizes. Body is crystal clear yellow. Head is very lasting.

Aroma- Clove and banana, can smell the yeast, not much else.

Flavor- Decent Belgian yeast flavors come through, more clove, sweet light malt, very mild bitterness. I am having trouble smelling/tasting the hops in this.

Mouthfeel- Light with lively carbonation.

A pleasant but uninteresting ale. Reminds me of a clear, sweet hefe.

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Photo of tdm168
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper with three fingers of head, great retention, and carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Spice and citrus notes in the nose; coriander, clove, orange and lemon zest. Taste is orange peel, yeast, clove, in that order. There's just a hint of apple sweetness in the finish. The flavor is mild and the beer itself is a little thin. The carbonation is moderate and the spice gives a little warmth.

The flavors are all there, but this beer just isn't bold nor full enough for my liking.

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Photo of euskera
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a honey blonde into a chalice glass. Nice carbonation with a 3/4 inch head that clings to life quite well. Smell is yeasty with a bit of malt sweetness in the mix. Taste is pleasant, but nothing impressive, a bit of tartness in there that didn't quite seem to fit. A fine brew, but nothing I'd go out of my way to find..

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Photo of MikeDippel
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to glass. Light golden clean, clear, and bubbles.

I enjoyed the fruity yeast smell.

Standard Belgian taste that goes down nicely.

High amount of carbonation, which was nice in a Belgian blonde.

I would recommend this Belgian blonde as a solid staple blonde. It completes the basics of what a blonde should be.

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Photo of Atron67
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a crystal clear bubbly deep golden color, a finger thick of fluffy white head poured on top.

S- has a light phenolic head on top, slight maltiness present,very little hop noticable,

T- has a light maltiness that tastes pretty good, has an underlying phenolic maltiness underneath the whole time. kind of like a hefeweizen minus the wheat in my mind.

M- pretty light body, effervescent, smooth

D- an ok drink but after this 6 pack im prolly done with it, not a bad choice thou

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Photo of BMoldy
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an appealing medium amber with a 1 1/2 finger off-white head. Within minutes the head is gone and there's not much left to show for it. The smell is very Belgian and very similar to Duvel (which I had earlier today), but lacks the freshness and subtle complexity. Funky, peppery/clovey Belgian yeast pervades the nose, supported by a slightly toasty malt. Unlike Duvel, however, there is no delicate hop aroma. The taste as well is a bit of a biting, yeastiness with an odd almost burnt character and some sickly sweet caramel notes. Although the carbonation is light at first, the beer finishes with a cloying stickiness that's –let's be frank– pretty nasty. Mouthfeel in general is a little too heavy and slightly boozy, though it could certainly be worse.

Okay, I'll come clean: I've never liked this beer per se, but this was a present and I wanted to give it a fair shake. The poor drinkability really did me in, though. Despite being a big fan of dark Belgian ales, I'm starting to realize the paler versions just aren't for me. Still, a decent introduction to what makes Belgian beer different, though it comes with the sobering possibility of scaring someone away from it forever.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

golden color, little foamy white head, laces..
medium carboanation
clear look

smell a bit malty. cereal, maybe corn,

taste; at my surprise, this one is pretty sweet, corn or something, not very malty, sweet after-taste..thin body

mouthfeel is medium after-taste of sweetcorn
medium carb, fine bubbles.

drinkability. its alright, but...this is not like the one in Europe for sure. Theres a big difference.Maybe freshness of the product. usually it have a full body, malty and refreshing. this one seem its from with corn and other ingredients..im disapointed here

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Photo of dgallina
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle without freshness date.

Pours an overly crystal-clear golden yellow. Soapy off-white head dissipates to a thin film but leaves decent lace behind. Lots of sweet banana and spice (clove?) in the nose, with some underlying toasted grain and alcohol fruitiness. Medium-rich and creamy round body. Grainy at the outset, builds light bananas and spices in the middle before finishing slightly drier. Unpleasant tinny medicinal alcohol lingers in the mouth afterwards.

Not too terrible considering the giant conglomerate that brews it, but far from the best Belgian abbey-style ale.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Thin and yellow with a decent head, but that went away rather quickly. Obvious carbonation, no lacing. Not very enticing.

S - Slight hint of skunkiness and some spices, perhaps ginger.

T - Very spicy, with a slight burn, yet this brew has more complexity than I initially thought. Slight aftertaste reminiscent of apple cider.

M - Thin and watery, light bodied, and the only thing that lingers is the herbal graininess.

D - Average I suppose, I will have to give this one another shot, I'd like to try it on tap. I wasn't too impressed, but it's not bad by any means.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A nice golden hue, that leaves an off white head at the top that sticks around the glass as you sip.

S: Bananas, sweet honey and hints of some apples, sweet malts at the tail end

T: Flavour is a bit to much, lots of mix in this one from the nose but some hop bitterness on the tail end.

M: High carbonation, medium bodied very filling.

D: Bland, nothing special with this beer, good with a burger.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a- golden hue with 2 finger head reducing steadily to leaving a whisp.

S- Very sweet maltiness, some spice, lots of clove

T- Very sugary again with a nice alcoholic kick, cloves come through well in finish. Finishes smoothly enough with a lingering sweet aftertaste

M- a bit sticky and syrupy with medium carbonation, reminds me a bit of artois bock.

D- An average pale ale i would say, sticky mouthfeel isnt pleasant but some nice notes in smell and taste. Ok offering but stick with duvel for a better widely available pale ale.

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow, not a good one here. Disappointed, cloudy, slightly skunky smell and really, not a good beer. Oh well, you can try hundreds of others. Skip this one, though.

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Available everywhere, leffe blond in a triple style goblet at around 60 F.

Pour golden straw, musty, yeasty aroma with hints of honey and sweet malts, flavor is quite enjoyable, well balanced hops and malt flavors, dry finish with a hint of sweetness.

Not my favorite, but certainly good enough to drink.

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Photo of akolb
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Gold with a good head. It smells like homebrewers' T-58 yeast, with wheat and an unidentifiable yeastiness. Taste has light banana, low bitterness. A little caramel malt. Mouthfeel is rather thick and smooth. Not nearly as good as Leffe Brune, or most other Belgian blondes, but certainly drinkable.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lite gold pour with white head. Good clarity and carbonation. Baked flowers in the nose. Clovey taste with some biscuit foundation. Lite watery mouthfeel. Overall, the coriander overwhelms the drink...corporate Belgian meh...

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Photo of Sabtos
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sparkling gold with a large, off-white foam head and tons of coral lace.

Smell is banana, clove, pepper, toffee, and something astringent like copper or iron.

Taste is sharp, almost bitter, with banana, clove, and a little boozy cherry syrup. Apple emerges as it warms.

Frothy but thin.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. Best before 04-11-07.

A- Dark amber with orange highlights. Very clear. Few bubbles. Smallish head that clings to the glass a bit. Reduces to a foamy ring as I drink.

S- Ordinary beer. Touch of spice and slight sweet fruity aroma let you know it is a Belgian ale. But is very weak.

T- Flat watery spot in the middle. Nicer finish of fruitiness and mildly bitter hops. Overall too mild. Faint yeast flavours. An overly mild yet noticeably Belgian ale.

MF- Light. a bit too watery. Refreshing.

D-Easy drinking. Nothing unpleasant but lacks character, especially for the style.

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Photo of jaluria
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A relatively clear, golden-yellow colored beer with loads of foam that seems to sit stationary for some time leaving behind some nice lacing. Aromas of grains, yeast, and apricots seem to dominate. The taste is typical of this style with a fair amount of bitterness that is complemented by sweet fruity flavors. My biggest problem with this brew is it's unusual aftertaste that just lingers on and on. The aftertaste is a bit like swallowing a slightly stale loaf of bread; just not very appealing. The drinkability takes a hit because of this as well. I would rather follow this beer with a glass of water than to have another one.

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Photo of Luigi
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a clear rich golden color with mild carbonation and a rich two/three finger head.

The aroma is sweet, kind of like honey. There is a hint of Belgium yeast, which give a little bit of a bread hints to this ale. Light fruits but, nothing is prominent. A rather weak aroma even though all the characteristics of a BPA are present.

The taste is very much the same, as it carries all the characteristics of a BPA. Yet, these flavors are not very strong. Hints of sweet ripe fruit are the most dominate flavor.

The finish is rather slick on the palate yet clean. If you are familiar with Belgium ales, they tend to be unfiltered and more pungent in the fruit aromas. Either way, this ale went down easy, but I have had much better.

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Photo of selecter70
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was happy to see the pub across the way with a whole Belgian draught line and remembered that I hadn't had a Leffe in quite a while. So...the golden blonde poured nicely by a pro and its aroma had a sharp fruit quality to it and a nice clear golden hue with dense head. The flavor was both creamy & pure, but overall quite sweet. The sweet fruitiness overwhelmed the very mild hops and left a lingering sweet-corn aftertaste. An ok desert-like beer, but too many would feel like a candy-corn overdose...

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Photo of geexploitation
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very clear, with a bright amber (gold highlights) color and minimal head, in spite of a constant upward stream of bubbles. The aromas are mostly sweet ones, with an overlay of spicyness and some pungent, doughy yeast elements. Not much depth to the aroma, though. On the palate, the sweetness is a bit overplayed and the yeast notes a bit cloying. What's pleasing are the spices, which build in the second half, and the hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thick for the style, and the carbonation is pretty intense -- too much so. Overall, this is an OK Belgian pale ale, but there's nothing to separate it from any pack.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear. Well carbed. Straw gold color. 3 finger pillowy white head. Small tight bubbles. Creamy head. Looks great.

S: Belgian phenolics, banana, caramel, sweetness and fresh baked bread.

T: Rich creamy head was amazing. Then led to sweetness, caramel flavor, bread, some hop bitterness but more sweet. Lemon. Earthy, floral bitterness is at the end.

M: Creamy head is amazing. Rest of the beer is rather thin to medium. The residual malt sweetness lends to a little thicker mouthfeel.

O: I thought it was ok. Smell was better than the taste. Taste was only as good as the head. The rest of the beer had too much sweetness for me. I think this beer would do well to reduce the beta rest temperature or if they use decoction maybe pull a thinner portion of the mash...just a thought. Wouldn't be likely to buy from store.

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Photo of Brewtr0n
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to Wine goblet. This beer seems filtered, no yeast on the bottom.

A: A very clear golden brown with two inches of head that subsides reasonably quickly.

A: A little fruity (pears) and flowery, tiny hints of sulfur and cheese

T: dry finish, but not extremely dry. A little sweet and fruity (pears again) at the end, almost no apparent hop character apart from some bittering, mostly malt driven.

M: A medium mouth feel, very smooth. The impression is aided by the carbonation -lots of tiny bubbles.

D: Could definitely drink several of these in succession if I wasn't feeling guilty about supporting In Bev instead of craft brewers.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the pour is on the side golden yellow and clear with a weak head for the style. nose is of belgian sugar cane. palate is that mostly. with a bit of fruit and straw. its consistently the same flavor aways. the yeast has a clear quality but but of a high market in the world of blonds. its seems like its a typical beer to appease. it seems to be geared more for first time appeal instead of solid recipe in a market of great beer. i like this style a lot... i don't like this beer though. its too close to the over sweeten european strong lagers with a good yeast gone to waste.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle with a best before end of 17/06/10 date on it. Guess I'm drinking this one near the deadline! Poured into a pint glass as I don't have a chalice-shaped glass that is recommended on the label.

Anyways, pours a golden yellow with a roughly 2-finger wide white head that simmers down to thin film of white lace. Leaves some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. Smells like fruits and spices. More specifically, I can detect a tart smell, almost like green apples, and what comes across as a cinnamon sugar-like smell.

Taste--a bit of a boozy character up front. You can taste the 6.60 ABV. After that, the fruitiness opens up. Similar to the smell, I can detect some tartness and fruits (apple and something else, which I can't quite identify--if I had to guess it would be pear) up front that gradually fades into a residual sugary sweetness. A decent transition. In fact, has some slight similarities to Leffe Brune, which I will have to go back and sample for a comparison. I recall being more intrigued,pleased with the Brune, however. Really has a lingering taste, so much more so than just about anything else I have tried, and unlike the Brune. It's a sweet, almost medicinal, herbal-clove taste that doesn't score any points with me.

Mouthfeel has a crisp zing from the carbonation and alcohol. Drinkability is fine. Maybe a bit much on the alcohol hit and lingering aftertaste to enjoy much more.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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