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Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,336
Ratings:
3,728
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
15.6%
 
 
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Photo of DevAJ
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had it for the first time in a while. I like Omer and Kwak a lot better, but this isn't quite as bad as I originally remembered. It went fairly well with a brownie as the sweetness of the brownie and the bitterness of the beer worked well together.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The cheapest good beer that can be found in any spanish supermarket

1 Jul 2016. 75 cl bottle from Supeco (2.5€) shared with Luis & Javi at dinner at home because of visit because mother in law at hospital because broken knee after falling down. With pizza, cheese & caña lomo. A classic that never fails

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This stuff is really nice, very refreshing. I'd say it has a faint vanilla taste to it

It taste and smells similar to a German Weiss-Bier but doesn't have the cloudy yeasty side of it and is no where near as heavy. No swirling the bottle around to get the yeast out !

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

The first time I tried it I hated this beer. But than I tried it again and allowed myself to enjoy it slowly. Thats how I saw how tasty it is! It's as if in each bubble of carbonation there is a spice hidden inside

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Photo of Pseudamon
4.93/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sensational... strength... taste... quality... Trappist sensibilities... Why the low marks people??? C'mon... This is amazing... I can taste a 1000 years culture in every sip...

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Photo of sprat1960
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Golden in color; transparent. Pours with a 1+ finger creamy white head that dies down leaving a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer and lacing on the sides of the glass. Lots of noticeable bubbles.

Smell: Slightly grainy mixed with malt.

Taste: Tastes like it smells. Slightly grainy, mildly malty and slightly sweet. Mild form of a typical Belgian blond, in my opinion. While there are better, I would gladly drink this again.

Feel: Light to medium body; not watery. Nice carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. I thought it was a good, somewhat commercial form of a typical Belgian blond.

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Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
2.67/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No comments on this one really, other than it seems to be widespread and quite popular - an easily attainable gateway into the world of Belgian beers.

Look - A rich golden colour with a pillowy white head that sticks around for quite some time.

Smell - Sweet, lots of banana and cloves.

Taste - Very sweet with tons of banana...almost too sweet for me. Some malt, cloves, but much is overshadowed by the sweetness.

Feel - A bit lighter than other similar Belgian beers, but overall a pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, not a bad beer by any means, but I prefer Duvel's slightly sour maltiness to the sweetness of this one.

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Photo of badgustav
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Aroma - malty, rich, with fruity notes and an underlying sweetness. Hops are subtle.

Look - a deep gold, leaning towards copper. Head is rich and rocky, dissipating at a moderate speed.

Flavour - rich, sweet, and malty. A slight hop bite. Fruitiness doesn't come through to the flavour. As the beer depletes, so does the original maltiness.

Feel - a medium to light body, finishes slightly sweet and dry

Overall - a tasty beer, though the Blonde label seems misplaced. Very drinkable, but not terribly complex

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Photo of drmeto
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S:
-banana,clove,pepper,bready
T:
-Follows the nose with a decent hoppy note
F:
-medium to full body
-high carbonation
O:
Really good and balanced Blonde

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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 dukeandduke
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3/9/15 (Bottle) - Blonde golden pour, mild carbonation, slight head build up. Citrus aroma dominates with hints of caramel and floral hops. Very sweet beer, perhaps too sweet, at least for my taste. Medium body with a smooth texture.

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Photo of Birmz
1.35/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Wife works for bud and brought this home from work..... hate it but I'm not much of Belgian guy anyways more of a stout and sour type guy. Though it looks great and pours good, it lacks a lot of quality

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

Clear dark gold, almost amber color. White creamy 2 finger head, lasting 2 -3 minutes, with thick legs.

Aromas and flavors of fruits, citrus, clove, and herbal spices. More sweet than sharp, very flavorful and perfumed , but with a slight alcohol taste.

Slick light body with ample carbonation. Short but well intensified finish, ending on the sweet side with a fruity aftertaste.

Overall : Fresh and tasty, but a little too much for a pale ale, taste more like a wheat beer or tripel.

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Photo of jakewatt135
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle says best by 05/06/15
Don't know how old it makes it but it's been sitting in my fridge for close to a year.

Tried a bottle of this a year ago and hated it but kept it around to see if age did anything. And this could be my palate changing but it isn't half bad. Nothing special here but a decent clove with a slight banana flavored beer. I remember the aftertaste being unpleasant before but now it is very smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of Djburger56
4.64/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent lager. Great flavor. Not over powering.refreshing. Such a superior choice over run of th mill domestic. This is what the big breweries need to survive against the onslaught of craft breweries out there. This import competes nicely against local craft. An excellent beer. Readily available almost anywhere in major cities in the USA. Great go to choice when craft is just not available.

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

Had high hopes for this Belgian beer...started out well with nice foam and good smell in the glass. Initial taste was good as well, very similar to a Chimay but not as refined. The aftertaste has something with it though, just can't tell what it is however. Certainly not as smooth on the finish at the initial taste though. Overall, I'll finish this 6 pack and chalk it up to experience.

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Photo of supervike
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice foam head that stays, good amount of carbonation. I detect a flavor of clove and a bitterish aftertaste. Lingers with a semi sweet flavor. Flavorful ale.

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Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful blonde pour with fruits & spices on the nose. Strong fruit & spice flavor reminiscent of a hefeweizen but with higher carbonation & bitterness.

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Photo of KillerJigger
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a fan but my wife really likes it! Have been trying to get out of my HOPPcentric ways. Seems to affect how beers w\o hopps taste and sometimes i'm to negative to them. Now i've decided to just drink more of the styles at a time to compare. Cheers to more tasting!

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from the 11.2 ounce bottle into a schooner glass. A moderate pour produces about a one inch creamy head that proves rather sticky. The beer is a pale ruddy golden with carbonation on the high side.

The aroma is somewhat faint- I detect some yeasty funk, banana, and maybe just a touch of herbal hops. The flavor is sweet, funky, bready, and estery, with touches of peppery spice. The mouth feel is creamy, with some barnyard, pepper and candy lingering into the aftertaste.

This beer has too much residual sweetness for my taste. There are a lot of flavors but they don't meld well and the unrelenting sweetness is a distraction.

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Photo of PostRockandCats
1.72/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

L: Beautiful Golden Amber with a Tall, soapy head.

S: Malty and fruity. Lots of banana.

T: Malty and sweet. Not balanced at all.

M: Light and bubbly

O: Not good. At all.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is hard to believe that I have never reviewed this beer! I have drank it many times over, both on draft and from a bottle. I spied this guy with my little eye in the singles case at Country Garden Six Pack on Friday and I could not resist.

From the bottle: "Anno 1240"; "Belgian Ale [-] Abbey Ale"; "Deliciously soft and subtle"; "Savor the Mystery of the Ages. Award-winning Leffe Blonde is a full-bodied deep golden ale that is surprisingly subtle and delicate. Belgium's classic abbey ale is best served in its own chalice-shaped glass, accentuating the ale's aroma and creating the perfect head."

I Pop!ped the cap and gave it a good pour into a chalice (although not a Leffe), forming two fingers of dense, eggshell-white head with great retention. Color was Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a soft maltiness, underlain by both a grassy hoppiness and even a slight yeasty quality. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but with loads of CO2 bubbles. The taste was fruity, like mixed fruit, undoubtedly a result of their yeast strain and its inherent esters. It was eminently drinkable and I was crushing it as I looked down and over half of it was already out of my glass and into my neck. The finish was semi-sweet, fruity, estrous, but the yeast had done its job and rendered it with a dryness that could not be overlooked.

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Photo of BillBabbitt
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful, crystal clear, bronze color with a full, soft white foamy head. Nice aroma and a slightly sweet, intensely floral taste. Pairs well with a light pasta.

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a large foamy head. Yeast and bread on the nose, with banana, bubblegum and clove right across the palate. Would have to be a small beer list for this to be my first choice though, doesn't show a great deal of quality.

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Photo of Ordievet
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looked pretty good smelled great but taste was "meh" a little sweet for my taste and didn't taste well with a burger. All in all I wasn't a fan it was just too sweet for a blonde and I are a burger with it and the taste still lingered. Tasted like I was drinking a weak perfume.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
81 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.
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