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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 hypoboxer
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Leffe is by far my favorite "go to" beer when entertaining. It's fairly easy to find in my local stores and is exotic enough to introduce them to Belgium ales.

The taste is crisp and the carbonation is perfect that allows it to go with many dishes. The smell is also very welcoming.

This is a fantastic Pale Ale, coming from a fan of IPAs.

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Photo of aaronh
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This meduim amber colored beer was served with a minimal amount of white head, but a decent amount of foam could be coaxed back by swirling the glass. The aromas were strong on bubble gum, orange, and coriander. Very pleasing. The taste is also sweet, with that bubble gum note, followed by smooth orange creme and just a touch of coriander. Some hops are noticeable in the finish. The mouthfeel is rich and supple. Simply luxurious on the tongue. The drinkability is also very good. This is an impressive beer, and i can see why so many call it one of the favorites.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful crystal clear orange in the glass with a nice single finger head of white that takes forever to disappear. When it does it leaves behind a solid coating of white lacing.
Aromas are mildly belgium yeasts and soft sweet malts.
Mouthfeel is creamy and tingly with the massive carbonation and sugars.
Taste of sweet malts, tropical fruits, finish to light, very light lemon.
Aftertaste is just pure and fresh.
Lovely Blonde.

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Photo of ledemie
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap in Paris

A: served a dull golden tone with a big and wavy white head

S: sweet with a Belgium beer aroma

T: Grassy, Hop is mellowed out from the sweetness, orange peel, clove.

Ml: decent carbonation, medium body.

D: high,, good beer to tackle a Steak Frite in Paris, good everyday beer, thought I tried the Bottle here and was not impressed....

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer several time out of the bottle and found it way better than average but nothing special. I just recently had it on draft and I was pretty blown away. Wow, fantastic. It really tasted as fresh and spicy as being at the pub in Brussels. The smell is banana, slight pepper, and grain. The taste smooth sweet liquorish, clove, and vanilla.

Bottom line, if you see it on tap, have two!

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent gold color with a tremendous head that dissipates quickly. The smell and taste are about as traditional as you can get for a blonde. There is not much variation between this and the bigger brands like Hoegaarden, the citrus and light hops taste is verbatim. Great for anyone who is just getting into whites.

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Photo of cyrenaica
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle
6.60% ABV

I tried this beer on February 21, 2008 after purchasing from my local LCBO outlet. This beer poured an translucent orangy-gold with a thin, creamy white head. The aroma was slighty yeasty with some malty and hoppy hints. The mouthfeel was full-bodied, creamy, and amply carbonated. The taste was dryish, yeasty, with a little bit of sweetness. A very good beer.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, best before 10/05/11. Poured into my favorite chilled O'Douls pint glass. (No disrespect intended to the beer- I just enjoy the irony of drinking good beer from an O'Douls glass.)

Beautiful crystal clear golden yellow brew with a robust cascade of carbonation floating to the top. Head settles to a 1/2" mat of thick white foam and leaves thick chunky lacing. Nose is yeast, honey, banana, mix of fruits and florals, skunky type hops (saaz?). Taste is much like the nose plus coconut, some nuttiness and warm belgian spices (cinnamon, clove). Slight sweetness and hops in the short finish.Wonderfully complex. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, good carbonation, refreshing, no sign of alcohol. Highly drinkable, very good.

Review may be biased as I spent all day working the yard/ garden, and this really hitting the spot. Perfect context for this beer.

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Photo of Finite
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden amber, a rocky head which retains pretty poorly but laces well.

Smell: Sweet, alcohol underlying smell, some dark fruits. Some crisp hops also which provide some nice balance.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: cherries, semi dark malt sweetness. Highly carbonated. Bitey and refreshing. Some adjunct spices. Finishing with a stunning crisp hop bitter freshness similar to apple.

Drinkability/Overall: Easy enough to drink and a beautiful brew. Borderline my favourite from Leffe. A great fruit, dark tasting contrast with a refreshing crisp pale ale. Well balanced.

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Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ beer into a tulip glass.
Aroma- This beer has a nice aroma of fruit and wheat
Appearance- this beer pours a copper color with a large white head
Taste- A nice smooth flavor that is very easy on the palate.
Overall- Leffe Blonde is a highly enjoyable brew.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in appearance with a white head. Good carbonation. Smells of bannana and spices. A wonderfully rich taste with a strong finish. Good lacing throughout. Incredibly drinkable. I'm finding that the Belgian strong/ double ales are my favorite. I have yet to have a bad double and am probably biased when it gomes to rating this type of beer.

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Photo of beerbuddah
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six-pack of this - 330ml bottle poured into a Leffe Goblet.

A - a nice golden color, lots of foamy head, then a nice layer with patchy islands after a few minutes.

S - smell is not too potent in any way. I get a hint of alcohol, some sweetness/maltyness.

T - very good, it's a sweet beer, and you taste malt first. This gives way to the slight bitterness of the hops near the end, and the finish is crisp. This beer is very well balanced.

M - though the finish is crisp, and it does taste like malty sweet honey, the body is semi thick.

D - Good, the alcohol is hidden, except for a bit at the end. It's much more drinkable and accessible than some of the other Belgian brews I've tasted.

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Photo of STEG
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange color into a tulip glass with a white 1.5 finger head. Bottle looks great too with some nice gold foil with black leffe lettering scattered throughout. Smells of pear banana apple and mango. Tastes like bananas with a bubble gum/cotton candy finish. Little bit a hint of peanut butter in here as well. Very drinkable, I will definitely buy this again, and in greater numbers.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 1, 2009

Poured into shaker from bottle. Excellent experience. More pleasant, tasty, flavorful than the Duvel I had moments earlier. Golden color, white head, hints of malt, citrus. Not too bitter, Smooth, enjoyable, worth the effort and would buy again. Cheers!

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Photo of matchz
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This clear orange golden ale is sweet! Scents of sweet fruit, oranges and peaches with just a hint of herbal hops in the background lead into a sweet malty flavor. Honeyed fruit with a full mouth feel make this drink a pleasure to drink. Probably not the best Abbey Ale out there but better then most I've tried.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Walter traded me one for a random Ashville beer. Pretty Amber. Big head. Mellow. The bottle said soft and subtle, and that's a pretty good description. Not much hops here. But carmel, bananas and maybe clove? The same flavors are in the aroma. Better as it warms.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a nice looking 500mL copper colored can of this beer at a grocery market in Paris. This beer is at just about every cafe in Paris, and I'm not complaining (except for the price; 4.5 - 5 euros for 25cL).

Poured a thick, mousse-like, cream colored head that held like a champ. Transparent golden beer just about matches the color of the can. Smells like it was made with Belgian yeast. A bit doughy with a touch of creamy/sugary desert. Carmalized sugar and apricot with a solid malt base and a bit of alcoholic bit to hold back the sweet flavors. The mouthfeel would be thicker if it weren't for the alcohol, which manages to lighten up the body and cut the sweeter flavors. Nice Belgian yeast flavors with a touch of alcohol. What more can you ask for?

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Photo of Offa
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting Belgian beer that is sweet but very tasty and has some similarities to a sweet version of a maibock mixed with a more normal Belgian-style ale.

Dark, clear gold, it has a big white head slowly shrinking to a thin foam and leaving some nice lace.

The aroma is clearly within the range of normal Belgian pale ales and witbiers, banaa, spices, fruit, a lot of bread dough, and a hint of bubblegum.

The taste is raisiny sweet with some honey, alcoholic spiciness, fruitiness, and plenty of bread. It's on the sweet side but smooth and quite tasty.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark straw gold color with white foamy head. It was filtered of all debris except the strong presence of carbonation bubbling up.
S: Overwhelming presence of clove that hides the rest of the beer aromas. I do enjoy the smell of cloves so that is the reason for the relatively high score on smell.
T: Along with the smell, it tastes like cloves with some other type of spice that reminds me of the holidays and brings a smile to my face.
M: Lots of carbonation on the tongue and leaves a slimy feel in my mouth that quickly dries out.
D: I am a big fan of the taste and find myself going back for more. The amount of carbonation keeps me from literally gulping it down like I am not suppose to do.

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Photo of kenco12
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So, in my never ending quest to find Leffe Brunne in Detroit, MI. I found a guy who "ordered" it for me. Turns out, in the order, he mistaken Leffe Blonde for Leffe Brunne. Now I had never had the Blonde, but the guy offered it to me for free, as an apology for me driving out there for the Brunne, which wasn't there.

So I unwrap the gold aluminum over the cap, grab my bottle opener, crack it open, and let it settle for a moment. Take a nice swig, and it was love at first site. The beer went down smooth, with an aftertaste that only craves for more. The 6-pack was $9.99+dep, so not that pricey, but still a little expensive compared to some of the microbrews around here *great lakes, bells, etc.*

In the end, I wound up drinking 3 before telling myself I needed to enjoy it again another day. A great buy, and a great reccomendation for anyone looking for a flavourful beer. Delicious to the end.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was slightly skeptical, knowing this was an InBev product, and hearing from friends that the quality of Leffe had been reduced by that aquisition. I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed with this blonde Belgian, she was quite nice, left me feeling satisfied, and even called me the day after!!

A- Nice pour with good carbonation release, initial 3-4 fingers of light rolling head, that reduces slightly, but maintains a white cap throughout...leaving a substantial pattern of clean white lacing. A pleasant transparent golden bronzed color.

S- Smell of fragrant fresh fruits, apricot, berry, light spices, and a sweet honey orange. The smell diminished quickly, but presents itself pleasantly in the flavors.

T- Nice creamy texture, expands the smells to develop the oranges/flowery tastes, with a slight alcohol sweetness. Reiterates the honey and slight citrus.

M- Nice refreshing, sits on tounge nicely, not overly carbonated, good balance of textures, light and mild.

D- Absolutely. A very drinkable, flavorful beer.

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Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_greg
4.32/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers. Mostly I was surprised by how much flavor it had for such a light beer. It's a clear honey color, can smell a little hops but it smells a lot like banana. It has a light wheat and banana taste. (I know there are no bananas in it) The fizz on the tongue is refreshing. A good summer beer.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- golden yellow blonde beer, pours with nice thick white head and moderate carbonation streaming up glass

Smell- spice yeast, bananas, fruit, malts, sugar,

Taste- YEast, spice, clove, nice sweet yet enjoyable unique finish, belgian flavor and spicing, enjoyable taste overall with decent lingering finish

Mouthfeel- thick and creamy

Drinkability- I am shocked that I liked this beer now, it was originally a sink pour to me which goes to show just how much my taste and palate have changed in the past few months from massive amounts of wine and beer tastings, A very nice and dangerous session beer considering the huge alcohol, delicious and slightly sweet flavor make it one to easily drink alot of fast, nice beer overall and opened me up a bit tonite to want try some more belgians of this style soon

**5/9/10 I have to say I tried this beer again after a while with out it and I had to up the ratings even a little bit more, this beer to me is just so enjoyable, its got a good spice that keeps a nice level of sweetness in check, its such a great value and refreshing and good yet simple example of a belgian style, to me this is an abosolute great value every day kind of drinking belgian that gives you all that unique belgian flavor with out hitting you over head with the wallet, is it the best beer ever no but its pretty damn good all things considered

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Photo of GiaLvo
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Amazingly refreshing and easy to drink beer.
Perfect for the summer.
The head disappears quickly but the taste stays good even if sipped slowly.
I could taste some fruity aroma but I couldn't identify it.
Definitely one of the best beer amongst those that are easily found in supermarkets.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: golden color with a nice white head that lasts and lasts and lasts.

S: sugary, sweet, candy, baked, yeasty Belgian goodness. If you pour it into the proper chalice shaped glass, you really get a big nose. I am even getting some smoky tones today... strange...

T: There are some spicy and earthy notes hidden in warm bread like malts. It is a delicate flavor, but has quite a bit of depth. There is a really nice balance of malts and hops.

M: The beer has quite a bit of carbonation and it kind of floats upon your tongue. I find it very pleasant to drink.

D: This is one of my favorite Belgian beers. Honestly, I am not much of a Belgian beer drinker, but I think this one is great!

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,767 ratings.
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