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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear gold with a nice inch and a half of fairly long-lasting head. Decent lacing too. Not bad at all.

S- Quite malty and a little tart. Sourdough bread and cloves in the aroma. The smell gets a little less pleasant as the beer warms.

T- More bread and cloves. A little sweet throughout, but finishes fairly dry. Some vegetal flavors are apparent as well. There's a touch of bitterness at the end, but not much.

M- Medium-bodied, kind of spritzy. Decent carbonation level.

D- Not too bad. The 6.6% ABV limits drinkability somewhat. I wouldn't mind having another, though.

It is what it is. Sure there might be better examples of the style. There might be cheaper examples, too. There might even be better examples that are also cheaper. But... um... I don't really know where I'm going with this. Just your average BPA, nothing more. Give it a try if you're a fan of the style. Otherwise, I'd pass.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle. Foil top, nice.

A- Very similar to a macro pilsner. More head, sticks around for a while. A little frothy.

S- Hoppy, a little tough. Not what I expected.

T- Wow, this is more like a saosin than an abbey ale. Very bubbley and hoppy. The malt comes in late to settle down the hops a bit but they still stick around. Dry finish, but still crisp and clean. I noticed a fait fruity taste as it warms.

M- Fizzy, dry, not bad but not great.

D- It was nice to try but this isn't my cup of tea. I'll stick with the Leffe Brown, sweeter, smoother and better balanced.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a few days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

There's a big, noisy white head that dies to a one inch meringue with full lacing. The beer is deep gold/orange-gold.

Very nice smell: spice, citrus. The front is sweetish, spicy. The middle brings on a slightly strange sour malty flavor. The finish is fresh, dry, with noticeable alcohol. The aftertaste is a little sour... strange. Overall, this beer is ok. I actually preferred it cooler than warmer. For that reason, and because of the funky aftertaste, this beer should probably be drunk as quickly as possible.

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Photo of Beauregard
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A tasty, if one dimensional, Belgian blonde. Sweeter than most. Well carbonated, pours bright golden with an effervescent white head. Aroma of candy, clove, bubblegum. Flavor is sweet, estery, lacking a real malt backbone but pleasant enough. Not my favorite but good for drinking if other Belgians aren't available.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a 330 bottle

A: Very soapy looking head that died down pretty quick. Very light copper color. Head was spilling out of the bottle when I opened it.

S: Grainy malty smell. Honestly it felt like I could pick out some weird plastic smell in it too.

T: Very slight Belgian character the rest of the experience is just a nasty grainy after taste which is masked by water. Not hoppy or estery/phenolicy enough for a Belgian pale.

M: A decent crispness to it but nothing special.

O: I got a sixer of this to used the pop tops on my home brew to be honest.Would not get again, would not recommend but I wouldn't turn it down if someone really insisted on me having one.

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Photo of fbone
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought this at average grocery store,so I wasn't expecting a "top shelf" abbey ale .

A- average light brown to dark golden look with ample carbonation, thick head quickly disappears.

S-I detect a slight fruity aroma.

T-fruity upfront with a slight pine like hop flavor that follows.

M-sort of a light body,malty fruit stronger than the hops .

D-Easy to drink,this 6 pack is going down.

A good beer I will buy again,but perhaps lacks the world class spunk of a Belgian ale.Belgian ales are my favorite types of beers,this one is good but there are more magical ones out there.

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Photo of MrVisegrips
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a clear gold with a rocky white head. Good head retention finally fades to an excellent lacing. The aroma is clean with notes of honey and slightly vanilla. The flavors are again highlighted with honey and vanilla. There is also a late grassy bitterness in the finish; which is a bit too dry for my taste. Drinkability and mouthfeel are both good; but nothing that really stood out for me. Overall, maybe not the best example that I've had, but a nice enjoyable brew for sure.

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Photo of aseiter
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This being my first review I wanted to try something Belgium, the most underated beer. I think leffe blonde had a hefeweizen look and taste which was good just unexpected. I enjoyed the smooth flow from the bottle and will continue to try the leffe brand.

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Photo of colts9016
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A golden yellow color with a nice two finger head. There is carbonation coming from the bottom of the beer. The clarity of the beer is very clear. There is a nice orange hue to the beer. As the head dissipates, it leaves some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A nicely toasted malt followed by a nice estery aroma. The are hints of bananas, citrus, a fragrant perfume and butterscotch.

Taste: A light toasted malt with a ester, bananas, citrus, and sweet honey. There are notes of butterscotch, fragrant perfume, and citrus.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonation, with a bitter finish that last for a few moments. The beer is well made. I like the buttery notes with a nice malt back bone that stands up to the hops in this beer.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Trappist glass]

Poured a clear dark yellow with a large white rocky head that was mostly diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma of straw malts, a grassy hop and a moldy yeast. It tasted bitter-sour at first and progressed into a yeasty full bodied flavor slighty hinted with honey. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture. Overall a nice yeasty belgian brew.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, sedimentary/effervescent-laden golden yellow body... beautiful white head leaves picturesque lacing seen only in internet photos--an especially good bottle? Soft hoppy scents that invite without agitation--a slightly off-color scent warms its way in late... light, almost fizzy presentation--effervescent as expected, nutty at the teeth...citrus flavoring takes its lead with a fresh bit of bread at points(!)... crisp and short with little aftertaste.... the understanding that InBev sells this makes an unbiased review difficult--an above-average Belgian that minds its manners through it relatively low alcohol content and its swift presence in the mouth--I recall my first chalice at Avignon outside the gardes, and the experience was magical to me--this noncorked bottle still measures well with the more distinguished abbeys...

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Leffe Blonde...

Appearance-pours a grand colored blonde orange with a decent three fingered head, the head sticks around nicely.

Smell-fairly clean, slight hoppiness and fruit but the smell seems unfortunetely filtered, more clean than a normal Belgian.

Taste-whispers of fruit cloud around the alcohol purges, spicy hops surround it, candy cane sugar as well.

Mouthfeel-slightly alcoholic but overall goes down smoothly with decent flaovor and sugary aftertaste.

Drinkability-Alcoholic and really sweet for the average beer drinker, but this an alright beginner's Belgian for somebody like myself.

Overall-this Belgian is really filtered, which is a shame because it seems like beneath this filtering there is a monster waiting to come out, a shame it's full potential wasn't reached.

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Photo of NerdLife
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Easy to drink. Clear, golden color. Good enough for a hot day. Slightly spiced with a bit of fruitiness. It definitely has its own unique flavor which might be an acquired taste. Not something I would particularly go out of my way for but I wouldn't necessarily decline a drink either.

Decent beer.

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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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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,828 ratings.
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