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 Trailboss76
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Beautiful golden color. Nice foamy head. Distinctly see lots of rising bubbles / carbonation. "Thick" flavor, pretty demanding but not necessarily from being strong (or high ABV). I think I like the looks better than the taste - but it's not dreadful, just different. All those bubbles "feed" the head which stays around.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A go to beer, pretty well sold everywhere these days. My choice as a BBQ beer. For a mass produced brew it is actually quite sweet and refreshing, no significant scent to this one beyond the sugary content, but smooth enough with just enough gas to quaff back, and at 6.6% you can manage a few before the BBQ gets out of control!.....FIRE!..FIRE!

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bright blonde and bubbly. Aroma is sweet with Belgian yeast notes. Flavor is so very sweet that I am reticent to take another sip. (I relented). The finish is dry, but also sweet. Flavorful, but not multifaceted.

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Photo of SevenBeersDaily
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this ale a great many times, and I think it gets a lower reputation than it deserves because most people either taste it on tap or in the small bottles - and often too cold. The best offering are the larger bottles, and (believe it or not) the cans. Serve it chilled, but not frozen in an icy mug. The proper glassware is important, too. Having said that, there are some remarkable notes present in this ale that make it stand out from the crowd. There is a bottom-of-the-forest floor with notes of oak and a tiny hint of cloves and wild raspberry beneath the gentle caramel sweetness and characteristic Belgian yeast. This is an ale to have with herb-roasted pheasant, not pizza or sushi.

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Photo of JackF30
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A rather calm beer that strikes the right balance between being casually drinkable and enjoyable. Pours well, with a good head, and is smooth and calm. The taste isn't the most impressive but is pleasant nonetheless.

One slight quibble, and this is not a fault of the beer itself, is that I have found the bottles recently have more often than not been difficult to uncork, and due to the nature of the cork, screws are not particularly useful. This may be a result of retailers storing it for times horizontally however.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I really liked this beer, poured into a tulip it was a golden amber with a fluffy fizzy head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is of spice, candy, vanilla, and almonds. The taste was a bold almond toffee foam cream flavor that almost resembled pop moreso than beer but carries that Abbey beer flavor. It's not the best Abbey or Belgium beer but it has it's distinctiveness and had a touch of warmness in its flavor that is perfect for a cold day.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you're going to buy a six pack, skip the Blonde and go with the Brune. This ale is thin and just lacks any distinction or impressiveness. Its better than 99% of most commercial American beers, but if you're looking for something to savor, this just doesn't quite get you there.

Update: after having it again, I had to up the rating a little. I really felt I missed some the bread and malt the first time, as it just doesn't hit you hard. You have to really be a patient sipper.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Excellent look when poured in a glass: crystal dark yellow colour with a big head and sparkles continuously coming from the bottom of the glass.
Very nice flowery smell.
The taste is a bit sweet in the beginning, with the flowery scent. Pleasant and refreshing.
It's not an inventive, full of surprises beer, but more of an established classic which proves very good.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap before and recently bought a six-pack....more carbonated than I expected with a nice bold malt and fruit taste...I like this beer...crisp and classic!

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Photo of Allenjoseph5
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pored into a Dogfish Head Goblet.

L- deep gold with a 1/2 inch frothy, bright white head that lingers around for a while (the nucleation sites at the bottom of the glass definitely adding to the head retention). A little chill haze that clears up quickly as it warms. Some lacing.

S- light malt. Lots of banana and some clove as well. Hints of white pepper.

T- sweet malt up front. A surprising amount of bitterness, which is pleasant. Clove spiciness stays on the breath.

F- highly carbonated but appropriate for the style. Medium body.

O- Very good. Maybe a bit too much carbonation. Glad i have 3 more, but I won't be running out to grab more.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (6.6%) and it lists the best by date (07/20/2017). As advertised the beer is a blonde color. It forms a pretty massive 3 finger head when poured.

S: [3.50] The scent is strong. I can smell it while pouring and from the glass that is still arms length away. The scent is spicy Belgian yeast (banana) and maybe some corn or malt in the background.

T: [3.50] The flavor is similar to the nose but more subtle. The Belgian yeast flavor is dialed down to a 3 or 4 and makes it not overpowering. There is some nice malt balance on the finish that comes across as slightly sweetened corn cereal.

M: [3.50] Nice body and carbonation with a clean finish.

O: [3.50] This is not my favorite style but this one is nice. It has the reigns on the Belgian yeast phenols that I dislike. The body is nice and it goes down crisp and smooth.

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Photo of rocketcat
2.87/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Very calm beer, full of flavours of different kind. No aftertaste, I'd say that this is one of fine beer to drink: rush of flavours that don't stay long.
Mieto olut, josta tulee monenlaisia aromeja. Jälkimakua ei ole. Hieno naukkailuolut: nopea aromikkuus ei polttele pitkään, vaan on juotava vähän kerrallaan usein.

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Photo of Justkeepbrewing
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden Amber with a nice sized head. A lot of lacing here. Smell is subtle banana, floral, herbal, lemon, and cherry. Taste of the same with a wheat element. Almost bubble gum sugar tops what bitterness that's here. Feel is smooth with a dry finish. I will buy this again. Though I would not brag about it, I do enjoy drinking it. That's what matters most in my book!

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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 MattChiasson
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle poured a medium gold that was (unfortunately, in my opinion) filtered crystal clear. However, it produced a nice head with terrific lacing throughout. I got malty notes of caramel/butterscotch, together with characteristic belgian yeast and candy sugar, and some spicy noble hop. Good carbonation. Med-Full body. Creamy.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a clear gold with a lasting white head. Lots of yeasts in the aroma. Heavily carbonated, tastes are of sweet malt, cloves and perhaps banana. Decent mouth-feel with a hint of citrus on the backend.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leffe Blonde pours a bright straw color, with a small lacing head. Yeasty and candy aromas. Taste is creamy, lots of yeast, and a mellow sweet Belgian spice flavor. Good body and feel. Overall, solid.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a deep golden amber with a nice foamy head. Smells of fruit, citrus, wheat, grass, and a mild bakery like smell. The taste is typical Belgium with a fruity light flavor and nice carbonation zest. The finish is a smooth with a grapefruit bite of dryness. Overall a very good beer, I really enjoyed the flavors of this beer and the cost was spot on for a nice tasting Belgium. I was surprised at the lower scores overall, I thought this was a pretty good beer.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle BB 1/09/17. DFH Tulip.

A: pours a clear dark gold with 1.5 fingers white head. Fair carbonation visible, nothing crazy. Islands of thick froth linger, with a thick ring around the edges of the glass. Fair lacing.

S: some familiar clove and banana phenols, but pretty mild. Tiniest bit of white bread malt.

T: arrives slightly sweet. Sweet light crystal maltiness and clove phenols express across the middle. A little more phenolic at the end with a little lingering noble hop bitterness. Lacks the grapey or fruity smells I usually associate with Belgians, and tastes more like a hefeweizen.

M: whoa is that tingly! Very actively carbonated. Heavier side of mid-weight, but carbonation makes it feel lighter. A little lingering clove or green banana, but for the most part pretty clean ending.

O: if you are craving an easy drinking Belgian ale and want something with a respectable ABV, this absolutely fits the bill. It's like a baby tripel. Not bad, but not nearly as good as the brune. I'd buy it again in a pick six every now and again, but wouldn't buy a six pack.

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Photo of Keg-Stand-Kenny
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes: First time having this beer.

Presentation: 11.2 ounce bottle poured into a 16 ounce pub glass.

Look: The beer pours with a respectable sized head. The head lingers around for quite a while. It's a nice rich amber color. Though it's not foggy or cloudy at all. It has a good but not great overall look to it.

Smell: I detect a variety of aromas. It smells earthy, floral, malty, sweet, and grassy. It's a nice smelling beer, though the smell is somewhat faint for a Belgian ale.

Taste: The taste is somewhat faint, and underwhelming. It tastes malty, earthy, and a bit hoppy. There is a slightly bitter aftertaste too. By no means does this beer taste bad, but it doesn't have a very distinct or bold taste to it. The taste is alright overall.

Feel: It has a smooth, yet thick and frothy feel to it. It has a nice feel to it overall.

Conclusion: This beer is alright. It's got a nice look an smell to it, but it lacks flavor. It's nothing to write home about, and I would not go out of my way to get it . But if you served me some, I'd gladly drink it. In turn, I would not recommend this beer because it lacks flavor, and tastes generic.


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Photo of JacksonPooBear
4.68/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I REALLY like this beer. One of the first Belgians I had and opened my eyes to the trapist beers of Belgium. Beautiful amber color; light champagne-like head; clear through & through. My favorite drinking out of a stemmed beer glass. To me, it compares with the best out there - only topped by Chimay in my mind.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
2.42/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle--top is foil wrapped.

Look--Pours a pleasant amber color with a decent head which is quickly gone. Traces of lacing throughout the drink, however. Somewhat disappointing in how clear it is. Ultra-filtered.

Smell--Esters/medicinal. Nothing offensive but nothing remarkable. Not terribly complex. Disappointing for an "Abbey" ale.

Taste--Initially very very very...sweet. Cloying doesn't cover it. And not in a manner evocative of any particular sweet-flavored thing--just sweet-flavored beer. There is not enough carbonation or of anything else to balance the sweetness. I've had beers that have this much sweetness on part of the palate, but they've usually had something else they bring to the party. It isn't undrinkable--it's actually pretty smooth. As the beer warms, things even out slightly--so I would recommend drinking this one closer to room temp.

Feel--Smooth and creamy. The carbonation is initially there, but it doesn't have enough staying power in that regard.

Overall--Belgian ales of all strengths and variations are my favorite style, so I'm a bit more punishing on individual beers I try within the style. If this was a first-time trying a beer of another style, I might try it again, but in this instance--no thanks. There are many other similarly-priced offerings of this style that are better--commercial and non-com.

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Photo of M1ata
4.51/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap in Paris.

Very clean, pale beer with a brief, 1 finger head. Extremely clean, smooth taste that completely hides the higher ABV. Very little hop character, but not too malty.
Overall a very clean, smooth, and easygoing beer.

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Photo of matcris
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A crystal clear amber/orange with a finger + of off white foamy head that slowly settles down to a nice layer. Lots of medium bubbles rising. Bit of lacing that slides quickly.
AROMA: Very floral, apricot, cloves, banana bread.
TASTE: Nice sweet to bitter ratio, again...banana, cloves, honey, lots of breadiness.
FEEL: Mildly sticky but drying on the finish. Above average carbonation. Medium body.
OVERALL: Solid choice, nothing off in the flavor, balanced.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work whom I trade beer with----THANKS KEVIN!

This great standard pours a nice clear golden color with a fantastic fluffy white head of foam that lingers long with a thick ring, thick layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of breaded malts, sweet honey, banana notes, bubblegum, and subtle coriander. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet candy malts on the front and sides mingling nicely with breaded malts and honey that fades into the middle with banana phenol notes via the yeast. Back strikes it home with touches of bubblegum and subtle light hop notes that re spritzy and lively against the nice carbonation that is medium carbonated and refreshing finishing with a sweet honey note. Overall I am astounded that this is not higher rated since it is the best commercially easily found blonde available that hits the right notes for the style.



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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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