Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Reviews:
1,399
Ratings:
3,958
pDev:
15.73%
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2.81
 
 
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Photo of Tolnik
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass. It came forth with a excellent amount of foam and reduced to a lingering amount of head on the goldish orange beer. The aroma of banana is the first thing that is picked up out of this beer. The other tones that the nose picks up is the spices and malts of the beer. The taste follows similar suit in its characteristics. Overall a great beer that I will return to when wanting a lighter beer.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of Abbaye de Leffe's Leffe Blonde today for $8.89 at Liquor King. I was surprised to find this beer at a place that doesn't have a great beer selection, in a sea of crappy beer this Belgian Blonde caught my eye, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a Tulip.

A- The label is pretty simple but it has a nice clean look to it, it poured a pretty clear golden yellow color that took on more of a darker golden color when held to the light with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick rocky layer that stayed till the end and left lot's of nice lacing. This was really good looking beer that had lots of nice head.

S- The aroma starts off with light biscuit and bread like aromas along with some sweet grains, those aromas quickly give way to a large amount of Belgian yeast that imparts a very dominating banana aroma followed by all those typical spices that come with the Belgian yeast with the clove and a little bit of nutmeg sticking out the most. The aroma is nice and full of bananas and spices, I like it.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma, it starts of with some sweet, bready, and biscuity malts that have a higher amount of sweetness. After that comes a pretty big banana flavor that is followed by all those Belgian yeast spices that I picked up in the aroma. Towards the end there's some more sweetness with hardly any bitterness and a sweet banana and slightly spicy aftertaste. The flavors are good but it was a little too sweet for my taste.

M- Fairly smooth, a little chewy, a little sticky, slightly creamy, on the light side of being medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it got to be a little too sticky.

Overall I thought this was a goof beer and an above average example of the style, it was full of flavor with the Belgian yeast really dominating all aspects of this brew. This beer had ok drinkability, it went down fairly smooth, but the higher amount of sweetness and stickyness would prevent me from having a bunch, three in a sitting is enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was it's appearance and aroma, they were both pretty good with lots of nice head and a pretty bold aroma. What I liked least about this beer was the higher amount of sweetness and the slightly sticky mouthfeel, if the sweetness was a toned down a little it would for sure improve this beer. I would buy this beer again when looking for something cheap and flavorful but I don't think I will be keeping it in the fridge that often, I recommend giving it a try, it may make for a good gateway into the style. All in all I thought this was a good beer for what it was and it was a much better choice then all the other beer available at that store, this is one solid Belgian Blonde.

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Photo of Sebas
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rmcnealy
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leffe is an excellent beer! This Belgian "Abbey" pale ale is very good. Served in bottle (had on tab and wasn't as good) and pours a mid to dark gold. Lace was white with minimal consistency. Quickly faded to leave a 3/8 head. The taste is good. Very strong aromas. As a previous reviewer mentioned, there is a definite hint of clover. Bananas initially entice the taste buds. The taste flees leaving barely a trace of its existence. Will definitely try again.

Rob
Chicago

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Photo of WHROO
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Rich golden, crystal clear, big white beaded head,& very lively carbonation - champagneish. Extremely well made in appearance.
S: Whooaa, phenols & cloves big time - one of the strongest cloves aroma's I have tried (not that I have tried heaps & heaps of BPA's)
T: Ditto...FULL of cloves & spices, also some caramel/toffee, very full bodied this one.
M: Medium, yet very strong... this is a very full bodied little sucker.
D: For me, maybe just a little too much of the cloves...got very sick of it, & was looking for a palate cleanser quite quickly.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 4/17/2015. Pours lightly cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange peel, pear, apple, banana, honey, biscuit, bubblegum, herbal, floral, clove, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pale malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange peel, pear, apple, banana, honey, biscuit, bubblegum, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, pear, apple, banana, honey, biscuit, bubblegum, clove, light pepper, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of pale malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with a great yeast/malt flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Belgian pale ale. Good balance, complexity, and robustness of pale male and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice blond for an evening BBQ. This pours a slightly hazed amber/golden body. Fizzy and heady. A white head quickly develops up to about 3 fingers; a bit rocky and sticky. Looks nice.
Smells of slight citrus and corriander. The Belgian yeasts come through nicely, a bit sweet as well. A malt characteristic softens the spice. this also gives it a bit of thickness that I'm not used to in the style.
A nice drinking beer. It seems a bit stale, I can't keep from thinking about the maltiness. After this beer, I drank an Urquel and found similarities in sweetness.

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Photo of B-SHAY
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ecoastman
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leffe Blonde is one of those beers that I want to love more than I end up doing. I love the brand image and their glass is one of my favourites. But in the end this beer comes across for what it is: a macro attempt at a trappist style ale. Good but not great and certainly not worth paying the same money as you would for the real stuff.

The Blonde looks great in the chalice with a golden hue that is darker at the wider top and transitions to a brighter shade at the narrow bottom. The head is dense and pillowy to start and recedes to a thin layer with some nice lacing along the way.

It has a nice sweet malty, fruity and bread aroma with some of the complexities expected in a Belgian.

It starts well with the same notes as in the aroma but there's a mineral character in the middle that takes several sips to subdue. The carbonation is very fine which makes it feel a little low and the mouthfeel is a little like sugary water. The finishing bitterness is low and the hop character includes some tropical fruits like mango and faint pineapple.

When I'm at a bar filled with macros I'm always glad to resort to this one.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Great two-finger head that remained throughout the entire drink. Good lacing. Color was a light gold. Smelled of sweet fruitiness, and tasted oh so sweet. Taste reminds me of pecan pie. Leaves a slight nutty aftertaste. Very smooth, with light to medium body. Enjoyed this beer very much.

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Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very clear deep gold colour topped by a thick, fluffy white head. Retention is good, with foam sticking to the sides of the glass. Carbonation is apparent with continuous bubbling supporting the head. Slightly spicy aroma with plenty of yeast character and malt, and just a hint of alcohol. Some light fruitiness, almost pear-like.

The flavours are very similar to the aroma profile. More spiciness and phenols are present. Fruit flavour is definitely pear. Balanced more towards malty sweetness, there is also a moderate, soft bitterness. Hop flavour comes out at the finish, on the floral side. Some alcohol warming is apparent. Medium body and carbonation. Creamy texture to start, but this becomes slightly coarse towards the end due to the carbonation.

Certainly a fine belgian, but lacking some of the depth I've come to expect from other interpretations of the style. 330 mL brown bottle, best before date on rear label.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is a golden/tan color. Upon smelling it, I noticed a slight hop smell and a strong fruit smell. The fruit was one of the first things i tasted on my first sip, afterwards, the hoppy bitterness hit, but this was pleasant. This beer is very good, and very light and refreshing . It is something i could drink easily in the summer time.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Leffe chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a deep golden/orange color with a billowy white head. The head has a fair amount of retention, but fades slowly over time to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is very classic of a Belgian. A biscuit aroma with a strong presence of yeast cake, banana and a lighter lemon citrus aroma. There is also a light pepper spicy aroma mixed with the rest.

Taste – A sweet and somewhat bready flavor met the tongue. The sweet is mainly citrus and a light caramel in nature with the breadiness a mix of biscuit and malty bread. Soon after the initial taste the yeast that was detected in the nose comes to the taste. This is soon also meet with flavors of banana and spice. These flavors take the taste to the end and leave a quite sweet yet satisfying flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body is a above average in thickness and chewiness and the carbonation level is quite average. The chewiness of the brew is really very nice for the style and allows al the flavors to coast and sit on the tongue.

Overall – This is a very affordable Belgian beer with a fantastic flavor and feel. A great session Belgian!!

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of assurbanipaul
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden chestnut, slightly cloudy. White, billowy head eventually settles down to a nice tame layer, good lacing down the sides. Aroma is caramel and buttery toffee.

Taste is sweetly malted with a weizen body. More toffee, mild hops, heavy and sweet approaching but not quite cloying. Spices start to emerge as it warms: more butter, cloves, mild banana flavors, very subtle. Loses a lot of its cloying nature closer to room temperature. Slightly acidic bite in the aftertaste.

Full bodied, medium to heavy mouthfeel, alcohol is hardly noticeable. Very light carbonation, a moderately complex taste. I've had this on tap and prefer the bottle, and my advice is to let it come to just below room temperature to let the sweetness fade and more flavors to come through.

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Photo of JasW
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not sure what the Bros were drinking to rate this so poorly. This is a solid if unspectacular Belgian pale. I'll gladly drink it anytime.

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Photo of dcotom
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beausox
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikehughes2010
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of surfcaster
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Available in France which is not known for its beer selections. On tap in a 50cl Leffe chalice.

Classic Belgian blond/pale with a very fruity nose and hints of bubble gum and banana. Was so thankful to find it when I did.

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Photo of Evansbeer
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First off, this beer reminds me a lot like Dogfish Head's Birra Etrusca.

This beer is very sweet, almost like a wine. It has very seasonal notes, much like an Italian beer.
I would recommend this beer to anyone who is interested in a good, light (blonde) beer

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Photo of GRPunk
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle (best by 07/01/12) poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A- A moderate pour left a 2-finger fluffy white head. The body was quite clean (maybe too clean) and gold with moderate-heavy carbonation. The head drops to 1-finger and then a full, foamy lace that left really good sticky webbing on the glass.

S- There was an onrush of Belgian goodness. It started as sugary sweet, candied apples, a pleasant musty characteristic, and some spicy black pepper in the background.

T- Very similar to the aroma. Refined, white sugar and apple sweetness. A black pepper presence is late coming and helps with some balance and a drier finish. Flavor wants to dry out in the end, yet lingers a touch due to the sweeter characteristics.

M- A little spritzy. Higher carbonation which fits pretty well. A bit too crisp and clean for the style. Sweetness makes for a bit of viscus feel at the same time. I expect a degree of chewyness from a Belgian interpretation.

D- It's an easy drinker. I could put back a couple in a sitting. The sweetness might take away from the drinkability just a bit. Maybe it isn't as authentic as the true Monastic brewers, but it's a solid commericial effort. I like that it's something I can share with my wife. Nice on its own or with a cheese platter.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Perfectly clear red-orange-yellow, off-white head that is dense on top but course beneath, good streams of carbonation. Smell and flavor are a bit monotone, with varying potencies of clove, bubblegum, and banana esters. The flavor also carries some peppery spice and earthiness, I'd guess the malt is similar to Pilsner. Seems sweet initially, but finishes dry. Creamy medium body.
Simplistic for a true Belgian ale, and the flavors seem more like a hefeweizen, but still tasty. Ignoring the expectations based on its origins and competition, this is a great beer.

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Photo of Grogsky
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zippo999
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 3,958 ratings
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