Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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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 joecast
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

clear gold (uh, blonde?) color with rather large bubbles rising to the surface where they meet a blossoming frothy bubbly head.
appetising malty sweet floral aroma.
good maltiness in the flavor but not as strong as i expected from 6.6%abv. some accompanying spiciness at the start with a lasting finish once warmed a bit.
no doubt a solid beer, but still a bit underwhelming from something i expected to be more memorable.

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Photo of Phatz
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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 ruckus232
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 Ounce brown bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: Medium golden color with thick white head that leaves nice lacing on the sides.

Smell: Sweet fruity flavors like an apple but a little less tart with hints of spiciness in the background.

Taste: Same as the smell with the fruit sweetness but the spiciness is a little more pronounced. There is nothing overwhelming which is good and bad. Nice flavor but a little bit to sweet.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leffe Blonde is probably the most commerical "Abbey" ale that you can get, as it is another member of Interbrew/InBev's expansive portfolio. I'm not that well versed in Belgian beers yet (but I am certainly working on that now), but while I did find this to be a decent and drinkable beer, it was definitely lacking in something that would set this apart from other commercial beers.

Leffe Blonde pours a golden apple juice-like color that is quite clear. A nice foamy head forms and retains quite well, leaving bubbly lace in its wake as well. The aroma is sweet smelling, with some fruity aromas, some spiciness (almost clove-like in a hefe way), and some yeastiness (strange, seeing how this had no yeast sediment). The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side and is moderately carbonated. The motif for this beer can be summed up as sweet. There is a fruitiness abound in this brew (plums come to mind), and the flavor strikes me in a perfumey type of way. There are low amount of some medicinal flavors and alcohol here, and some very light butterscotch/caramel can be detected as well from the malts. The hop flavors, although a bit low, seemed herbal and citric to me. Although low in flavor, there is a decent dryness in the finish of the beer. The aftertaste is a bit too clean as well, with just some lingering dry fruitiness, and a light alcoholic warmth in the end.

About two summers ago I went to a show at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ and there was a "Premium/Imported" Beer vendor there. His laughable choices included Rolling Rock, Heineken, Corona, and this beer. It struck me as somewhat odd that this beer was included with the others. This is far superior to those listed, but as a Belgian ale it was more watery and not as bold as I anticipated. I guess this is a good beer to acquaint myself with the wide world of Belgians but those with more experienced palettes will probably want to pass.

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Photo of SassaDog
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of utyata
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moretta
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rvdoorn
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from my notes: had this beer many many times and now it is time to finally review it. Poured into my de molen sniffer. The beer pours a yellow colour with a clear thick white stable head. Smell is yeast, sweet and a bit spicy. The taste is overall too sweet for the style, but it has some nice spicyness in it.also yeast seems too much present. Mouthfeel is good, biit thin but the carbonation nicely tickless the tongue. Overall an easy beer to drink when one is thirsty. Bit too sweet maybe and it lacks depth

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a chalice

A: Pours a beautiful translucent gold with a creamy dense head that's just a tad darker than white.

S: Aroma is faintly spicy and lightly fruity with apricot and peach type esters, a little tinny as well.

T/M: Texture is very bubbly as the carbonation stings the tongue. Light fruit esters punch through the bubbles accompanied by white pepper and cardamom. Finish is a bit adjunct-like, rice or sugar perhaps. It's likely candi sugar but it doesn't taste like it.

A more flavorful beer than it initially lets on but it's all still subtle.


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Photo of larryi86
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- A clear golden color with a three finger white head

S- Yeast, bananas, some spices, honey.

T- A weak version of the nose, get a weird almost wet grass flavor in the finish, spices and yeast help balance it out, but it is still there.

M- Light to medium body, a lot of carbonation.

O- Not bad but I would prefer to spend the extra money on something like Orval, disappointing compared to other Abbey Ales.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright, clear gold color. Poured a 2 finger frothy white head with excellent retention. Decanted continually. Laced in broken wavy rings.

S: Pale malt, bananas and bubblegum. Fairly strong yeast funk.

T: Pale malts and light-colored fruits much like the nose. Mild spices in the finish. Quite a few strong flavors that clash and ultimately don't balance.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Cleansing carbonation but sweet/spice comes back in the finish.

O: A little better than average, but expected good.

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Photo of techtatu
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden color with about 2 finger width of white head. Weaker than most abbey ale, but it's a blonde so that's quite understandable. Had a hint of hoppes, and a traditional abbey odor.

Something to drink towards the end of a good night. Not exactly a closer beer but maybe a pre closer?

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Photo of muirn
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a beer goblet.

Crystal clear golden color with a touch of copper. It's too bad it' clear. Full (2 inch) head. Almost dense, but not quite like eggs whipped to stiff peaks. Head dissipated quickly - which was disappointing - but still left significant acing. Not nice patterns, but still lacing.

Smell is weak. Some banana flavor, a touch of honey and faint spice. Faint hops. It should smell stronger, but there's nothing else to complain about.

Taste is a bit weak and watery. In fact, it vaguely reminds me of a Kristallweisen. The banana is too strong for the style, but it's still OK. The beer tastes good, but it isn't a Duvel or Delirium Tremens. But, it's a lot cheaper if that's important.

The carbonation is nice, and it's easy to drink. In fact, it isn't bad. It's just sterile and safe. If, like me, you like the Belgian style, but can't afford to stay stocked with the greats - it's nice to have around. It's not bad, but it's not as great as the Belgian style can be.

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Photo of coopdog1000
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jul_dredd
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JakeScully
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Probably the most popular beer in Europe, both for locals and tourists, for beer snobs, there are way better than that. Leffe Blonde has various aromas from sweet honey to banana and caramel. It's pretty cheap in Europe and a keg would be fairly available for a good party. In other words, a good, everyday beer.

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Photo of tapman
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark gold, though not quite yellow, and has a white head that pours large and sinks swiftly. Appears filtered and no sediment in the bottle.

Smells like vanilla and clove with a hint of spiciness.

Taste is lemony, spicy, very clove-like with only a hint of banana in the finish. A little sour-bitter in the finish as well as a slight mineral-like brand.

Heavy, but not sticky. Feels substantial on the palate. Not as effervescent as others.

A fine example. I would rather have a Chimay or even a Unibroue beer, but cost-wise this is much less. I bought this serving as an individual bottle from the Jewel, a big grocery chain here in Chicago. For $2 per 12oz. not the worst.

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Photo of Ljoreilly
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrMullet
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with moderate head.
Smell is complex, heaven on banana and a bit of spice.
Taste is bready with significant banana.
Fruity esters and some clove.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light amber in colour with a very nice, foamy white head with good retention and some light bubbles rising to the surface.

Quite clean and light smelling. Hints of bread and perhaps some pepper but not a lot else to be honest as it is quiet bland.

Again quite a clean taste with a mix of coriander and pepper accounting for the majority of the flavour.It finishes with a spicy yet sweet & warm aftertaste.

Medium bodied and again pretty smooth. Very drinkable but by no means a session beer due to the high alcohol content that is apparent in the drink.

A rather nice drink that goes down quiet well although it is most certainly lacking in smell. I thought it would be a lot stronger prior to trying this one but it was very drinkable.

1001 Beer Challenge:

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured a deep, clear yellow into a pint glass from the tap. There was very little head on top of this beer. The nose is somewhat light and sweet, with an absence of hop aroma. It wasn't very impressive-looking.

Tasting: It had a light, crisp flavor with sweet hints that had Witbier-like characteristics. I caught slivers of vanilla and banana, along with malt smoothness. It wasn't bitter. I suppose I could have had more than one of these, but I didn't feel like it given 1) I was heading elsewhere and 2) it wasn't earth-shattering.

This beer has crossover potential, I will say that. I'd probably head straight for the Witbiers if I'm looking for something with a similar flavor, however.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this at Gestalt Haus, with a lovely (vegan) sausage dinner... Mmmm. It paired perfectly.

A> No head. carbonated to the max... I mean 'lively'. Dark golden, almost orange.

S>Not like most. Not hoppysmelling. All I smell is apple pie. Apple and cinnamon notes. Not bad. I actually quite fancy pie now.. with cheddar. Not sure to give it extra points or take them away for making me crave something I shouldn't have, or at least can't order at Gestalt Haus.

T>Tart, malty, smoothes to a sweet finish. Spicey hang. Cloves. Not too complex, and really sweeter than I prefer. Refreshing none the less.

M>Feels pretty fabulous in my boca.

D> After a couple of boots of this last year, I can't drink too much of it. But it did the trick for me tonight, and its really pretty consistent, just a bit simple.

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Photo of Momon
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kenito799
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Moulerie Moss, Quebec City, with mussels in anise-cream sauce.

This crystal clear golden brew was brought in a Leffe Blonde chalice with a thin rim of white foam. Aroma is sweet bubble gum-fruity Belgian all the way, very nice.

Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, on the cloying side, and in general crispness lacks here. The taste is certainly good, with some mild bitterness balancing the fruity malt sweetness. There is a lack of complexity, however, as this scrubbed, clear version of a Belgian ale comes across as mass produced. The mouthfeel reduces it drinkability for me. I wouldn't choose it over a "real" Belgian but still it is a good beer.

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