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 kosmoraios
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To me, this ale is almost a cross between a hefeweizen and a BSPA. Pours a deep, clear golden color into my tulip glass, with a 1-finger head that is gone in about 90 seconds, leaving minimal lacing on the glass. The carbonation rising in the glass is somewhat subdued and slow.

Fruity-sweet malts, some cashew-nutty yeast, and some type of light toffee dominate the nose.

Taste is sweet. Sweet malty notes, some light toasted bread, perhaps a bit of honey or toffee. There's a tinge of perhaps a light cider-like apple flavor for me in this one. The sweetness becomes almost too much as the ale warms.

The mouthfeel, as the ale warms, becomes oily and a tad bit phenolic. As the carbonation dissipates, the spicyness and crispness of the mouthfeel go with it.

Pretty drinkable, especially if price is a factor. A 6-pack of these go for about $8, whereas a 4-pack of Duvel goes for about $9. I've read what people have to say, and I do agree that it is a very commercial Belgian Pale, but when you factor in price, it's a pretty agreeable ale.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear yellow-gold color with sunburst shades, a little like apple juice. Fluffy white head retains very well. Bubbles slowly rise to the top in vertical marching formations.

Aroma is full of fruit, with apple and pear dominant, and a nice floral bouquet, along with a bit of yeast lending it a wilder personality.

Flavor is crisp, heavy on fruits and flowers. Banana and honey in addition to the aromas detected. A strong hoppy presence mixes with a spikey yeast element to provide good balance. Finish is very dry and slightly tart.

What's not to like here? I've read some comments about Leffe being nothing more than swill, and I wonder if people are bringing the politics of its current ownership/distribution into the judgment of the beer itself...or maybe its popularity and accessibility turns people off for some reason? This is simply a great beer, nearly quintessential when it comes to defining the Belgian pale ale style.

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Photo of ernie
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden amber color, long-lasting creamy head, immense lacework.

Aroma malty and fruity, with strong citric and yeasty notes and hint of ripe pears.

Start malty, soft but sticky, body big and rounded, very fruity taste, more yeasts in the finish, together with a much-welcome acidic note. Aftertaste long, sweetish. Mouthfeel sticky, sometimes chewy.

Not the best Blonde from Belguium, I prefer them drier. From the other hand, widely available and easily drinkable.

Note: bottled version a bit more restrained in character.

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Photo of stouty1
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another of the many biers my wife brought me from her trip to France (thank you, honey!). I was disappointed because she was limited to how much she could bring home and she accidentally bought two of these. However...

Poured a sweet nutty brown with a great foamy head which lasted forever (seemed like it anyway). Smells of citrus and a hint of bannana. Taste definitely proved my nose correct with the bannana and fruityness. Almost had a Hefe feel and taste to it. Maybe that's why I liked it so much. I couldn't get enough of this. I am so glad I had a full liter of it. Oh wait, and I have another. Thank God for mistakes!

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Photo of tpbernardi
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours deep gold and crystal clear. Has a nice thick head and tiny bubbles.

Smell: It has a hoppy, citrus smell to it.

Taste/Feel: The taste is sweet, but not overly so. It doesn't coat the tongue in sweet, but lingers just a few seconds then goes away and finishes dry.

Drinkability: Easy drinking

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Photo of JohnY
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottled into a belgian style tulip glass. Nice head formation torward the top of the glass. Citrus and Coriander on the nose. Formed tiny (champagne like) bubbles that lasted until I was done with this 11.2 oz bottle (not long). Nice lace. Smooth and well balanced. Wonderful golden color. Easy to drink. Perfect summertime beer.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a really nice gold color with a huge white head that leaves nice lacing. It has a nice raisin and bubblegumesque scent, which is quite pleasant. Taste is very different, it has a bubblegum type of flavor that isn’t too overwhelming or overpowering, accompanied by a nice sweet malt flavor. Very different than anything I’ve ever had and is quite pleasant to drink, wouldn’t be too hard to kill a 6’er quite quickly.

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Photo of houdini
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden yellow, with a decent sized white head. Lacing holds up pretty well.

Smell: Distinct hop aroma. Somewhat fruity.

Taste: A honey-like sweetness dominates the flavor of the beer, with a faint backend of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation slightly tingles the tongue.

Drinkability: The sweetness may make this a tad difficult for repeat consumption in a given day, but overall, an easy going, inoffensive brew.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Attractive brown bottle, huge head, crystal clear, gold color in the glass, good head retention.

Smell: distinctive Belgian yeast scent, smells a little on the sweet side.

Taste: I've had a lot of Belgians lately, and it's possible I'm tiring of them, because for me this was "more of the same." Candi sweetness, followed by some fruit. Finishes on a bitter note, which I like.

Mouthfeel is very much to style. A bit creamy. Aftertaste is sweet and lingering.

Drinkability for me suffers from being a little too sweet for my tastes, but this one has nothing objectionable about it, it's widely available, and the bitter finish does help a bit. Solid, but I drank it slow and didn't care to order another.

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Photo of cameraman
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since I do not have any type of belgian glass ware, I used an over sized winr glass. The color is deep golden, with a slight white head forming. The aroma starts off with some scents of yeast, then followed by strong a citrus fragrance. The taste is very sweet, but mostly citrus fruit flavors, with a spicy ending. The feel of this beer is very lite at first and seems to get heavier as it crosses the palate. This an okay beer, the sweetness would turn off some, but it lacks that punch that belgian beers usually have in taste.

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Photo of PorterNicole
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: This beer is a bright, clear, golden color with a frothy bright white head. Excellent head retention and lacing. There is a thin film of head left on the sides of the glass the whole way down.

s: Very tangy, and extremely fruity. You can also smell some yeast and the hops that are present in the beer.

t: The initial taste of this beer is a little...unfriendly. There is a bite right away and you don't get the full body of the beer until the aftertaste. The aftertaste is a light honey flavor, a little malty with a strong hops finish, although a little dry.

m: The mouthfeel is a little viscous, and bubbly.

d: I'd say that Leffe blonde has a pretty good drinkability. I could only really put away one of these in a sitting, as it takes a while to drink it because of the intial biting taste of the beer. The aftertaste is worth it, though.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold, with active tiny bubbles rising to meet a creamy white head that fills the glass, then slowly settles out. Excellent retention that leaves sticky rings of lace. Medicinal belgian phenol nose, background pilsener malt, and a mild banana/clove yeast aroma. Lots of pale malt sweetness, and a touch of crisp pilsener at first sip. Tart phenolic aftertaste, with a hint of goldings hops. The flavor could use a pinch more hops to balance the big residual sweetness, but the mouthfeel is perfectly executed. Mild carbonation and medium in body, it draws a delicate sweet flavor and smooth crispness from the malt.
The mild hops prevent the residual sugar from cloying, and results in a soft, inviting finish.

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Photo of Phatz
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color that is completely translucent. It had a big white head.

Smell: Sharp spicy citrus aroma, some yeastiness and a bit of malts hang gently in the back of the nose.

Taste: This is a very sweet beer with a straightforward flavor of sweet citrus malts and citrus lemon spiciness, sprinkled with yeast, in a watery body.

Mouthfeel: A bit average for the style. The Belgian Pale Ale (blonde) tends to be very light weight; making it a refreshing summer beer but body of this beer seems to come from the carbonation which only holds up for so long.

Drinkability: Decent refreshing summer beer, easy drinking. It is very Belgian-eqe in many ways and yet light and quaffable.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of Orrshow
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a deep golden color with about a centimeter of bubbly head which holds strong. The lacing is nice as well.

Smell – Right off the bat I can smell a peppery Belgian yeast aroma arising. Orange peel, apricot, apple, and some citrus are there as well. The overall effect is nice but a touch weak. There is potential here though.

Taste – The flavor doesn’t reflect the smell very well. It is very faint. There is a little bit of citrus flavor and mild Belgian yeast. It’s somewhat sweet and quite almost adjunct as well. Watered down comes to mind…

Mouthfeel – Meh. It’s coarse and somewhat thin.

Drinkability – Alright. I don’t enjoy sipping this beer though. It is just not doing it for me.

I most likely won’t buy this again. It might work for an introduction to Belgians for those who aren’t used to strong beer…that’s it.

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

Cool lookin' 11.2 oz bottle with best before date, and on the back in quotes

Poured this into snifter w/ 1.5" bone white creamy head that falls quickly to ring, leaving laces on the side. Crystal clear gold in colour.

On the nose: thick sweet medicinal phenols, candy sugar, pineapple, vanilla, and alcohol spices. Also getting a faint harsh hop aroma as well.

Not a bad soft spritz. Good creamy medium mouthfeel.
On the palate is pretty much like the aroma.
Sticky sweet upfront(pineapple/pear).Touch of alcohol comes in the middle, and tapers off into a kinda harsh, buttery/spice hop finish..not really subtle & delicate like the bottle says.
After you get over the processed taste, and the 6.6% kicks in.. their alot better.

This isn't bad at all for $29.99 a case(stupid PA by the case law). Great when the funds are low, and you need a Belgian Beer fix! I will enjoy pairing this with grilled seafood, and good cheeses in the backyard on a nice sunny day.

For a little bit more $, I would rather buy Affligem Blonde, but this is worth a try.

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Photo of mcallister
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold color. Nicely carbonated quarter inch head that doesn't want to fade away.

Flowery nose with hints of spice, some coriander, white pepper, orange peel, lemon, malt, and belgian yeat, with other citrusy aromas.

Exhibits soft round flavors, great mouthfeel thick and creamy. Flowers, spice, belgian yeast, lemon, orange, banana, wheat, malt, with very little hops, and no noticeable alcohol. Delicious!!

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden yellow with a thick creamy head.

S - Sweet, smoked aroma. Notes of yeast, and faint apple.

T - Alcohol presence is noticeable. Grain, yeast and bitterness are at the forefront. Finish is medium-bitter, without complexity.

M - Light, a bit on the watery side, and a bit hard on the carbonation.

D - Not too bad. Compares favorably to the macro lagers and ales, but I would expect more from the style.

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

Poured a petrified sap orange with a nice white head. Smell is yeasty with a little honey and lilac. This filtered blonde tastes very clean, if not a bit too thick. Strong tastes of toasted honey throughout, with some mild carbonation at the end to give a tiny bite. Can be a bit too sweet at times, so I think this would be a one and done brew. Perfect for a hot summer day when you want something a little thicker.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at over fridge temperature in a Chimay chalice. Best by 28/02/07. Paired with Alaskan wild salmon with tartar sauce.

Appearance- Pours a clear medium gold, with an inch thick head that laces wildly, like a maze.

Smell- Full bodied, bready aromas, and a huge presence of what smells like fermentable sugars to boost the strength. Very sweet on the nose, with some candi sugar-like notes as well. Big.

Taste- With such a gigantic display of flavor, this beer cries out for food... in fact, I could not really enjoy this one alone. With my salmon, this was nice... but I can only imagine what an authentic meal of mussels and frites paired with Leffe Blonde would be like. Huge, full, sweet taste that muscles its way through the taste buds, leaving with a syrupy finish without much bitterness. The word is "full".

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Fantastically prickly... just short of being overdone, it really moves in the mouth and helps lift the oils from the salmon off the tongue. Cleansing and rejuvinating, it withers towards the end of the sampling. A great food beer, I can't wait to try it as it is meant to be truly enjoyed.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an almost clear golden color with orange hues. Two and a half finger white fizzy head with a lot of activity bubbles wise. Pretty decent lace hugging the glass.
S: Aromas of bananas and tropical fruit, maybe guava?, with that belgian style phenol. Slight metallic smell.
T: Tastes of bananas and tropical fruit up front with a slight bitter finish. Maltiness is also noticeable. Medicore taste wise, not a huge wheaty belgian kick.
M & D: Mouthfeel is just ok on this offering. Carbonation concentrates on the tongue as the beer slicks down the throat. Drinkability is also just alright. Not as heavy as I thought or would have liked, but nonetheless a good change of pace and woth a try.

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

I've been enjoying Belgian beers recently, so I wanted to try this one out. I was surprised to see it was only 6.6% abv, considering its strong taste & body.

Quite an unique flavor to it, strong in yeast, as well as a honey/molasses like flavor. Pours a rich golden color, and a fair amount of carbination. Overall, a well rounded brew with quite a lot to offer. Perhaps not quite as complex as I normally like, but the powerful flavor makes up for it.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say I was pleasantly surprised with this one, after reading Leffe is a commercial beer. I found this one to be very smooth, floral and refreshing. Great drinkability and nice belgian yeast strain. The head and lacing kept up with Duvel, IMO. Decent smell and sweet, smooth taste. Also, a slight hop, kickback on the swill! I recommend this one and it is very reasonably priced.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color with a small white head that stuck to the sides of the glass. Smell was pleasent with light fruit and something a little peppery, also somewhat musty. Taste was interesting, prickly and fruity with some clove and orange coriander tastes as well, almost witbierish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and very easy on the palate. Certainly seems like a beer that I could have many of in one sitting. Not bad, I liked it. Maybe not earth shattering, but worth trying. I would let this one warm a bit, a few more complexities pulled through towards the end of my glass.

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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 GeoffFromSJ
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having their Brown/Brune many times, I thought I knew what to expect with this one. Better than I thought it would.

Nice white head with funky (good) smell. Somewhere between peach and yellow. Taste follows after that funk. Funky enough to satisfy. Not so funky that people not familiar with more exotic lambics, etc. wouldn't enjoy it.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,831 ratings.
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