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Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium
abbaye-de-leffe.be

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:
1,350
Ratings:
3,784
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
26.18%
 
 
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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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Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden-orange and is topped with a fluffy white head that sticks around forever. Very nice looking. Smells of sweet malts, bananas, and some subtle spice. It's light to medium-bodied with notes of vanilla and spice on the palate. There's something inexplicable about this beer. It's subtle to an extent, but keeps you going and wanting more. Refined and tasty, but not too big either. Give it a shot and figure it out for yourself.

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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 donteatpoop
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a nice thick cap of white foam that rose up quite a bit over the chalice rim.

Smells of spice, clove, yeast, and vague underlying hints of fruit.

The taste is very good, a nice malty mouthfull of clove and spice, the yeast acting as a thickening agent that gave the brew a little additional body that many of the other blondes I've had are lacking.

Goes down smooth, a very good example of the style.

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

Pours a golden blonde, so light you might call it a pilsner. Certainly the billowy white head reminds me of a pilsner, with the exception that the head stays thick and is much longer lasting then what I see in a traditional Czech Pilsner. The carbonation of this brew seems to just go on and on, a very nice touch! Smells cool and crisp, perhaps a honey aroma in there? Taste is bold and hoppy, sweet and refreshing. A solid brew, and one that reminds me why Belgian strong pale ales are some of my favorite beers.

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

A- Clear golden yellow with nice wheat head. great retention.

S- citrus, yeast, and floral. good light smell.

T- fruits, citrus, malt and yeast. yeast aftertast. very nice.

M- light body and medium carbonation fairly smooth.

D- this is quite tasty and very drinakable. I will purchase this one again.

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

This is a beer that I've had many good experiences with...time to review it.

Pours with a frothy medium head, dark yellow colouring, and mild lacing....smells of apple and caramel... I can hardly wait.

Spicy, wheaty, complex, not too soft in the mouth, slight and not unpleasant bitterness. Plum flavours. Never feels thin in the mouth. This is a strong character beer.

Good price for an excellent Belgian. it may not be my favorite in this style, but it is a style I love, so I'll keep coming back.

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Photo of tone77
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet and fruity. Taste is crisp and sweet. Lots of fruits and some spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth. I could spend the night drinking this beer. Overall this is a quality brew.

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Photo of Schlitzcooler
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A = Clear golden color. Head gradually settles to a froth on top.

N = Some hints of alcohol, skunk, fruit, but not a good indication of the taste.

T = Low key sweetness, fruit up front - maybe a little apricot and pear. A little bitterness after. Distinct. Balanced.

M = Smooth, velvety goodness.

D = I enjoyed this bottle. I somehow think of this as a winter beer probably from the warming memories of it on tap a few years back.

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Photo of Beeronious07
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it came as one of 4 beers in the gift pack that also includes two Leffe chalices. the price of the whole gift pack was 25.72 euro. served it at the temperature of 6 Celsius in the 330 milliliter chalice i got from the gift pack. best before date 03/06/12

A - Small, not very long sustainable creamy head and awesome golden clear color. the carbonation was next to none.

S - very rich and powerful aroma. fruits and flowers with some honey in the front and the powerful aftershock of alcohol in the back.

T - the sweethess for the aroma is felt again in the taste, also some banana and some yeast.

M - the absence of carbonation can definitely be felt, but still there is this ticklish feeling u get if u keep it in your mouth for longer.
i don't know how to explain this, but if u keep it in your mouth i doesn't feel like beer at all, it feels like something more condensed.

the aroma of this beer is something special !!!
but i have to say that the taste disappointed me maybe because i was expecting too much from it because of the aroma ....

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Photo of Burdman
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a pack of a mix of belgium beer and this was in the mix.

Appearance- Pours an amber brown color with a large three quarter inch head that stays with the beer and doesn't dissapate.

Smell- honey, wheat, slight berry fruit, very slight alcohol taste

Taste- Fully flavor mostly fruit and honey, a little carbonation sting

Mouthfeel- Slight carbonation sting in the mouth, light body on palate

Drinkability- Easy to drink a lot

I found myself buying another pack of this just to intoduce to my buddies because it is a good all around beer.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a generous white head and lacing and deep golden color. Aroma is sweet, spicy, peppery and unmistakably Belgian. Flavor is sweet, malty and spicy. The way this feels in the mouth is superb--slight alcohol warmth/tingle and just the right amount of viscosity. A fine Belgian blond to sip all year round.

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Photo of u2carew
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.
A) Opens with a cork psst and pours with a two finger head - white and thick. Sticky lacing on the drink down. Clear golden body.
S) Bright fruity esters - definitely Belgian. Banana, orange, and hints of clove. Yeasty.
T) Vanilla. Hints of oak. Some banana notes. Quite sweet upfront then tapers off quickly. Subtle hints of grain.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Light body. Chalky in the finish.
O) A very easy drinking beer and tasty. I found myself taking big swigs and nearly chugging it because it is so smooth. I will finish the whole 750.

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Photo of sirpsycho
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, best before date 12-20-2007 Beautiful golden color, nice frothy head. Creamy texture, very, very, smooth. Carmel, honey bread dough. Very easy to drink. Wow, I found my new favorite everyday beer !!! Will be keeping a case of this on hand at all times.

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