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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-21-2001

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Photo of foogerd
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pale clear yellow body, white head which died out and left some nice lacing.

S- Streamlined consistent belgian yeast, light pear notes in spice.

T- Sugary bubblegum, juicy breads dipped in honey, yeasty breadiness.

M- Thick foamy and carbonated.

D- Very drinkable, theres better examples of the style but this is a good solid option that you can always find.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this about an hour ago. Poured a nice gold color with medium head that faded quickly and left a little bit of lacing. Smelled of spieces, oranges, sugar and yeast. Tasted of sweet, fruity yeast. Smooth, just slightly oily. Nice and sessionable for a Belgian.

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Photo of jimbotrost
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at LCBO in Sarnia, Ontario. Pours a copper hue with a full yellowish head. Carbonation is low and nose produces yeasty and sugary sweet. Flavor is slight fruity but big honey like. Body is full and syrupy and comes in after the tide of honey. Aftertaste is long.

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Photo of mcrawford
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of koolk
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a traditional Leffe glass. Nice creamy head, poured well to the line. Some lacing, but otherwise head went quickly.

Sweet fruit and spice aromas, with hints of pepper and anise.

Creamy palate, but slightly thin. Good deep spice flavours of cloves with some sweet white fruits and a candied aftertaste. Hides the alcohol better on tap that it does via the bottle.

Prefer the tap to bottle as it feels less hot and more blalanced.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color with a very large, foamy white head that stays around for a long time, leaving lots of foam as it dissipates.

Smell: Grassy and herbal hops, with a bread smell and notes of apple.

Taste: Begins with a bready flavor, and finishes with a pleasant bitter flavor and some alcohol. Also has slight hints of apple and grape.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, natural carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability: Not the best Belgian beer available, but certainly still good (also cheaper and easier to find than many Belgians). A beer I'd recommend and would enjoy having again.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leffe Blond when poured into a glass was a deep golden color with a foamy head, but not much lace. When tasting, the flavor had a mild fruity sweetness, but also tart as to balance this Belgium Ale. As the bottle said, "Leffe BLonde is a full-bodied deep golden beer that is surprisingly subtle and delicate".

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Photo of Iano54
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of therica
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having consumed enough of this, very happily, in Leuven Belgium (see my earlier review for the on-tap in Belgium version), I was anxious to try it in bottle. I tried a few bottles before leaving, and also carried a few home with me on the flight.

The bottled version is a bit more carbonated and active, therefore less appealing to me than the tap-version- albeit a minor detraction.

The head was nearly white, thick and stayed for about a minute (versus me slurping it eagerly!). The head was about true to the taste of the beer, as well.

Appearance- nice dark-yellow, some small carbonation rising.

Taste-- like its tap counterpart, this beer is not overly sweet in comparison to some Belgian's. But it's a moderately sweet beer, in comparison to many other ales. I really like it, even in bottle-- it's just not quite the tap version, however.

Drinkability-- for me, it would be great in-session, whether in bottle or on-tap. I'm still trying to track down a keg from local suppliers, however, for future beer-events, here. I know that it's served on-tap in some pubs, at least one in Washington DC for instance.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's your very standard Belgian blonde. Hazy straw yellow body, good head retention; smells minerally, estery but no banana; good pale malt background and spices that keep it interesting. Flavour is straightforward, similarly estery, pale malt, a bit of earthiness. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied. Easy to drink, refreshing on a warm day. It's a fairly standard archetype of the Belgian blonde style, especially given how available it is.

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Photo of jbennett1919
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-yellow with a nice lingering two-finger head.

Smells of spicy cloves, and banana. A little yeast is also present in the aroma.

Taste is very similar to head and quite pleasant. Spicy cloves are dominant, along with some banana, raisin, bubblegum and citrus flavors. The clove lingers on the tongue and is accompanied by some hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing and good.

This is a very drinkable beer and for its price, a very good representation of some better and more complex Belgian styles. I would not go to great lengths to seek out this beer, but would not turn it down in the future.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of the Belgian Beer Experience: three Belgian beers with three glasses.

The Leffe poured a good golden colour with the proper amount of creamy white head. The head settled and slowly disappeared and left a good lace. The smell is somewhat hoppy with a good amount of spice. The taste...somewhat spiced, with a bit of hops.

My first experience with an Abbey beer; overall quite positive. I would pick up the odd bottle of this; I'm now inclined to try the brune.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark gold/light copper in appearance with some medium carbonation and one finger of white head that leaves a nice cap throughout. Bright.

S - Lot's of yeast and sweet spice with some good banana and orange peel to back it up.

T - Spice, yeast, orange, and banana all return with the banana really taking over this time.

M - Good carbonation, very smooth and a medium body that falls closer to the full end of the spectrum.

D - Easy to drink this. Not overly complex but quite nice and I could see myself sessioning this.

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Photo of thatsmyspot
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nibbod
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Boto
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml can: I liked this beer quite a bit. It is a pretty good abbaye style ale, despite it being fairly mass produced by Interbrew. It pours arich golden color, with a bit of a white head. Fairly decent lacing down the glass. The nose is a bit sweet, and bready and fruity. Somewhat remenicent of a tripel. Taste is sweet and a little fruity, with bananas and a hint of caramel sweetness. I really detected no difference between the can and tap versions. I don't know if that is a good or bad thing!

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Photo of Onawen12
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of treehugger02010
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Flip and Bailey's in Rosemont, PA. It came in a chalice.
Appearance: The body is a clear golden color. The head is white and fluffy. It has great retention and thin but a lot of lacing.
Smell: The aroma is of pale malt with a slight earthy hop.
Taste: The flavors are mostly of bitter hops. It is very good, but not much depth.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very crisp.
Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of biggmike
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught. Pours golden with with white creamy head that stayed around for a long time.. Has somewhat of a citrusy taste. Tastes a lot like a Hefeweizen. Aroma is citrusy and malty. Mouthfeel has good medium feel to it. Lacing on glass was pretty good. I wish I could find the Brune where I live.

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Photo of peandyd
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Great smell and taste. Refreshing yet full flavoured. Overall a beautifully classic balanced Belgian ale

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Photo of liam_mcnulty
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of argock
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11oz brown bottle into a clear 16oz tulip. Single purchased from World Market for $1.79.

A: Crystal clear honey gold with 1-2 finger frothy off-white head with good retention and decent lacing.

S: Apples and pears dominate the aroma with only a spritz of floral hops.

T: A clean and simple Belgian light ale with sweet, fruity flavors met with a light floral hops finish.

M: The best part of this beer is the silky feel. Aftertaste is sweetly fruity and carbonation is on target.

D: I really liked this brew, a lot better than Duvel and other light Belgians.

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Photo of JordanlikesAles
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good blond ale with some fruity & spicy esters. Very drinkable.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, which is nicely decorated. One of the first Belgian pale ales I've had. It used to be my go to BPA, but it kind of got worn out. Trying it again for the first time in quite awhile.

A: Pours a clear, bright gold/amber with a massive, white two finger head that leaves a good amount of lace.

S: That familiar Belgian yeast with some clove and honey can be detected. A bit funky but that is to be expected with the yeast that is used.

T: Honey and floral notes are present along with some herbal (clove) and that slight yeasty funkiness that lingers at the finish of each sip.

M: Good solid carbonated background and a slight oily and creamy mouthfeel.

D: This one is somewhere between a session beer and a sipper. It has a slightly higher than average ABV, and it also has that Belgian funkiness that is expected, but can be tiresome after two or three. A pretty good introduction to anyone looking to get into BPA's.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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