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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Reviews: 1,364 | Ratings: 3,842
Photo of Internatbrewlove
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian Pale Ale pours clear amber in color with a moderate white head that fades quickly to a fine lacy layer. The aroma is a mixture of banana and citrus. The flavor is that of banana, clove and citrus with a slight sweetness and a hint of pepper. the mouth feel is quite good with a lasting fine to moderate carbonation. Overall the flavor fades more quickly than superior Belgian pale ales such as Duvel's.

This is a great daily beer. It tastes especially good with soft pretzels and land jagers.

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

Pours from the bottle with an incredibly foamy head. The head sticks around for a long time, slowly evening out and dying off, but not fully. The lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the first sip is taken.

A scent of mildly spicy yeast lingers in the smell. Almost a lemony essence is present.

Bright golden body, not quite yellow...sparkling bubbles continue to rise to the surface.

A nice drinking beer. A good light start for those interested in sampling Belgian style beers.

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Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color with a fluffy white head. The head retains itself for the duration leaving a nice, sticky lace on the glass. Aromas of sweet bananas are initially detected, mixed with light malt and a mild spiciness of cloves. The taste is equal to the aroma, moderately sweet with a slight touch of spiciness. This is a very well balanced beer, crisp, refreshing and easy to drink.

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

A: Poured a clear, light golden color with good carbonation leaving a big white cap.

S: Honey, bread, floral and a hint of fruit

T: A little bit of fruits; apples, pears and some floral notes. Some bready notes, spice and light hop bitterness

M: Lighter to medium body ,plenty of taste

O: Enjoyable, flavorful and very drinkable. Good for the style

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

From a 33 cl bottle dated “best before 19-9-06”. Leffe Blonde delivers a light, crisp aroma with a hint of spice from a bright golden body. The flavor is equally crisp and slightly tart with a light touch of pepper and a hint of cinnamon. This is a fairly standard Belgian pale, but it’s a high standard. Its authenticity as an abbey ale however, is stifled by its contracted Interbrew origins.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup while walking into the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond.

Appearance: clear, light orange with a thick, 2 finger head that stays for the jousting.

Smell: love that Belgian funk! Cloves, caramel and yeast.

Taste: malt pops up, along with citrus, spices, vanilla and yeast. Slightly bitter finish. Yum!

Mouthfeel: medium; really pops on the tongue

Overall: this was my first foray into Belgian style ales about five years ago. I've never forgotten the surprise and delight at the discovery. Having one now instills my delight at this under appreciated taste. Leffe is a great stepping stone ale for those seeking the Belgian upgrade.

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

I'm giving this one 8's all around and for good reason, this is one great Abbey Ale. Aroma is slightly wild and yeasty, I also detect a wheat quality. Sharp golden color favoring a faint amber tint, the pour created a massive white head that took it's time to simmer down. Good lacing with nice carbonation. Mouthfeel is unbelievably filling with a sweet smooth finish. Awesome flavor, reminds me of a hefe-weizen at first but more complex. That familiar Belgian earthiness is present, backed by a peppery spicy and floral taste. What an all around great one we have here, I can imagine enjoying this on any occasion.

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Photo of Edith0703
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The smell carried over to the taste. It's really rich, creamy and malty. Unlike nearly every other malted barley brew I have tried, it is not the barley that comes through. This is by far the maltiest beer I have ever tried.

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Photo of xylophonica
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Light caramel colour with about 2 fingers of head. The hue of the liquid becomes quite pale when held up to the light but is pretty much perfect for this type of ale. Good lacing as well.

S - Light and sweet, hints of strawberry. Mild herbal aromas & a touch of pine revealed as it's consumed. Slightest bubblegum aroma detected as well. Only wish the aroma was more prominent.

T - Sweet and herbal. Definite light berry taste. Very creamy even after the head is gone. The cream really supports the berry flavours.

M - Smooth and creamy. Fairly light on the tongue.

D - Very easy to drink. The creaminess of this really makes it go down a treat.

This is an abbey beer of the highest order. Supremely drinkable. The flavours & aromas are there but they're a little bit hidden and difficult to access. If they were a bit more prominent this could be a truly great beer, but overall still a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Arno
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful. Deep golden color tending slightly towards orange. Strings of bubbles. Foamy, good 2 fingers when pouring, but loses the foam pretty quickly. It's not very thick but airy.

Smell: Sweet, honeylike and malty. Somewhat fruity. Banana and ripe pear.

Taste: Very sweet, honey and fruit like taste, followed by a light bitter and malty flavor. Long lasting taste, from sweet to malt to a light bitter.

Mouthfeel: Tingling fizz gives it a fresh touch. It has a semi thick feel giving it a little more body. But it leaves a bit of a slimy effect in the mouth.

Overall: It's probably not the most exciting beer out there, nor is it my favorite one. But it's a beer i can easily drink any day. It's very easygoing with a full, sweet and maltiness flavor with a light bitter to give it some more depth and balance. It's the sweetness that's leading though. The biggest problem might be it's too full tasting to be a refreshing beer, and lacks depth to make it a really interesting one. But very enjoyable and easy to drink nonetheless.

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Photo of Beeronysus
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light golden transparency with a thick cloudy and resilient head that laces well as you progress. "Clearly" a filtered ale, not bottle conditioned.

Smell: Lovely, delicately spiced banana bread-like aroma. A harmonious balance of the yeast derived esters and phenols.

Taste: A warm sweet biscuit-like malt flavor leads the charge followed by fleeting notes of soft orange and clove.

Mouthfeel: Finishes like a lager--clean and crisp and dry, but with enough substance and alcohol (6.6% ABV) to lend itself as a medium bodied ale.

Overall: A very pleasant and clean beer. Many seem to call it "simple", but this beer has a lot of character for a "blonde". There is a harmony of subtle flavors at play--not easy to pull off. In that respect, it's far from just "simple".

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Photo of BryanRex
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought this was a good traditional abbey ale. I didn't expect it to taste even half as good as it did, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Pours a clear amber with a fluffy white head that resembles a marshmallow. Excellent lacing and retention, but I typically prefer a more translucent bottle conditioned appearance. Unmistakable traditional Belgian smell. I could make out a bready malt aroma with hints of citrus, clove and spice. This ale has a well balanced complex taste full of citrus, spice and sweet malt with very low bitterness present. I really enjoyed the soft sweetness, and crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied and very filling with medium carbonation. The finish is spicy and sweet. I could see how some might find it too sweet, but I really liked the variation on the style.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. (33 cl) bottle brought back from my first trip to Belgium in Sept. 03. Dated on the back: 05-2004. Pours a nice golden color with a moderate off-white head that thins out somewhat quickly.

Aroma- slightly sweet bready aroma with mild Belgian yeast notes. Some light citrus notes. Flavor- slight hoppy twist of the tongue with citrus and bready notes. Some sweetness, but not strong. Shows some lemon and vanilla at the end, when mixed by my tongue into a nice creaminess. Milder than the tripels I have been tasting lately.

Drinkability- easy to sit back and enjoy this. This was one of my first brews I tried on tap in Belgium last year when I first hit Brugges- when I knew nothing of the world of Belgium beer. At the time, I thought this was one of the best beers that I have ever had. I still enjoy it, but have grown to appreciate others a little more.

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Photo of jim102864
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was really an afterthought purchase since I don't normally seek out Leffe, particularly the Blonde, for a variety of reasons. Still, I grabbed a sixer at my local and enjoyed the experience. Poured the 11.2 into my deep Duvel tulip glass. Wow, big head on this bad boy. A bleach white, bubbly foam with lace hanging on for dear life along the sides of the glass. Very clean appearance. Golden yellow with some carbonation. Aroma is loaded with bananas, both ripe and aged with notes of vanilla, coriander and camamille. The taste more or less reflects the nose. Bananas and vanilla rule the day with some citrusy wisps in the background. Only a whisper of alcohol in the finish accented by camamille. Moderate mouthfeel with continued light carbonation. It's a drinkable brew, but I can't imagine drinking more than one in one sitting.

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Photo of mooseisloose
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this blond into a 0.4 liter short-stemed beer chalice. Creamy off-white head that has lots of lacing and sticks to the side of the glass like a champ. Excellent bubble column rising up throught the center of the glass. Color is burnt golden. The smell is mesquite honey and cloves with a slight hint of eucalyptus. A great aromatherapy beer. Taste is sweet fading to nutmeg and finishing with pure honey. Great texture attributed to micro carbonation. Great starter beer or reverse-spacer beer in a session. This blondie drops the laundry, I'm impressed.

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Photo of Galgari
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours beautiful dark golden colour with nice head and decent lacing. The smell offers herbal and citric notes. The taste is balanced with the nice bread tones. It feels creamy and mildly bitter.
All in all, taking into the consideration the fact that it is a mass produced beer and the price, it is very nice beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a hazey golden colour with a good but dissipating white head. Aroma banana, clove, bubble gum, bready. Taste banana, clove, yeasty, sweet. Very nice.

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

Crystal clear, deep golden/amber with a hugh foamy & rocky white head that holds extremely well, buoyed by a very fine and effervescent carbonation. The tiny, slow rising bubbles add to the enjoyment of the appearance. Extensive lacing is created throughout the serving. The body is medium/full with an exceptional creaminess in the mouth from the very fine carbonation. The aroma is softly sweet, almost candyish, with a light citrus fruitiness and subtle phenolics. The flavor is a gently fruity (citrusy... orange?), and sweetly grainy malt that's lightly backed by hop bitterness and gentle spice. It finishes softly dry with some gently lingering peppery spiciness that's very nice and helps to keep the sweet malts from becoming cloying. Well balanced, firm and round, but somewhat limited in character. An excellent crossover beer into the world of Belgian ales.

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

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre for the first night of Belgian Beer Fest II.
Poured in a Leffe glass. Very good appearance, a clear vibrant gold, but not much of a head, otherwise this could have been a 5. The smell was leaning away from the cereal sort of smell I expected and gave a pretty distinct sweet smell. The taste was also pretty malty sweet, maybe fruity too, along with some of the Belgian yeast funk/earthiness. A nicely drinkable Belgian pale ale when you're not in the mood for some of the higher alcohol Belgians.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a nice golden yellow color, excellant carbonation and maintains a nice head.

Their is a definite sweet floral odor that entices. A chalice glass would be recommended to get the full effect of the aroma.

There is no bitterness in this beer, the hops are very well balanced.

The beer seemed very delicate on the tongue with an almost champagne-like quality. I would recommend this beer if you like a good flavored, aromatic ale.

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

Received an 18-pack Best of Belgium Beers as a Boss' Day gift. Included this, Stella Artois, and Hoegaarden. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a clear pint glass. Best before 08/01/12. Good to know I didn't need to rush through this one.

A-Pours a clear, golden yellow toward orange hue. Looks a lot like a pilsner, but tastes much better. A three finger bright white head ensued. Heavy, sticky lace. Nice appearance.

S-Aroma is fruity, yeasty, with sweet candy and malt notes. And spice. Quite nice.

T-A crisp, clean, and refreshing beer that is sweet like pears with a zesty lemon twang, and a pepper like yeast taste that I like more than expected.

M-Very smooth. Carbonation level is perfect. Light to medium body. Very satisfying.

D-Very drinkable indeed. And I think the best of the "Beers of Belgium" gift pack I received. This may be one of the best "macro" type beers I have enjoyed. I am surprised this is not rated higher. Of the three "Beers of Belgium" I liked this best and would buy it.

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

Enjoyed at Handlebar in a tulip.

A gorgeous beer. Perfect clarity, honey-hued, two inches of sticky white froth.

Light, sweet pear in the very spicy nose. Lots of clove, white pepper, white bread and a hint of banana.

Less flavor. A tiny bit of earthy hops, dry pears, candy sugar. Smooth and lightly sweet, with the perfect touch of bitterness.

Medium body, moderate pinching carbonation. Crisp finish.

Smooth, light, crisp. I could drink this for days.

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Photo of carlos_fleico
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a translucent golden color with light hints of amber. About two fingers of a white foamy head with great retention, dissipates very quickly leaving thick lacing behind. A lot of carbonation - stems of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. (4.5)

S: Strong mix of wheat and barley malts - wheat predominates. Strong Belgian yeast aroma, fruity, cooked pineapple, apple, banana, grassy, orange zest and Belgian spices. (4)

T: Smell is richer than the taste. Alcohol is more apparent in the taste. Barley caramel malts, not a whole lot of wheat malts. Belgian yeast is still strong. The taste is very sweet upfront, but gets bitter as the beer fills the palate. (4)

M: Light to medium body, high carbonation, boozy. Refreshing and alcoholic sensation in the mouth after each sip. Lovely bready aftertaste. (4.25)

O: Even though this is a very simple and cheap Belgian Ale, this brew will always be special to me, considering it was the first Belgian Ale I've ever had. I can get this for the same price as most Adjunct Lagers/Euro Pale Ales at local liquor stores, so I never hesitate about what I'll buy when I want something cheaper. Leffe is the beer I always have in my refrigerator. (4)

Today I had a glass of Leffe with pasta, with red sauce and chicken breast. Surprisingly, it paired amazingly well. The sensation and aftertaste were absolutely great. I'll definitely try to repeat this combination.

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Photo of Bayern1971
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leffe Blonde, my gateway into the wonderful world of golden Belgian ale. I have no idea why this is classified as a "Pale Ale" as there's nothing pale about this full-bodied beauty. Pours a nice golden hue into a Duvel tulip-glass. A bit heady which dies down much too quickly with light lacing. Smell is tart, bright and slightly clovey like a German Weizenbock. Mouthfeel is mellow carbonation and no trace of alcohol even though it's 6.6% alcohol. Tastes slightly sweet with a nice interplay of sweet yeasts against tart hops, leaning more sweet at first sip, almost like it's a Weissbeer with identify problems. Finish is smooth and you can't wait to take another sip. Now that Leffe is distributed everywhere these days (even my local WalMart has it), it's a great value for those seeking a nice, slightly-complex golden Belgian on the cheap.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,842 ratings.
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