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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Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
2.67/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

No comments on this one really, other than it seems to be widespread and quite popular - an easily attainable gateway into the world of Belgian beers.

Look - A rich golden colour with a pillowy white head that sticks around for quite some time.

Smell - Sweet, lots of banana and cloves.

Taste - Very sweet with tons of banana...almost too sweet for me. Some malt, cloves, but much is overshadowed by the sweetness.

Feel - A bit lighter than other similar Belgian beers, but overall a pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall, not a bad beer by any means, but I prefer Duvel's slightly sour maltiness to the sweetness of this one.

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Photo of clvand0
2.69/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at the local pub. It poured a light amber color with a tall, white head that left respectable lacing on the glass. The aroma was very malty with some spiciness - like many Belgians. The flavor was somewhat thin and not very distinct. The wheat was the most prominent flavor, but I just really didn't think there was anything special about this one and didn't care too much for it.

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Photo of PancakesbyMail
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle, poured into glass. Bought at Henrietta Wegman's.

A: Very light golden in color, translucent. Pours with a very large bubbly head that slowly dissipates and laces the sides.

S: Sugary, with notes of yeast and citrus. Faint, nothing special or memorable.

T: Sweet to a fault, absolutely no trace of alcohol. A little lemon taste, as well as banana, with noticeable yeast flavor. Malt flavor is essentially absent from my tasting.

M: A little too much carbonation, and not exactly crisp - just a little bit syrupy. Aftertaste is mild and not unpleasant.

O: Too sweet for me, but this is the first Belgian Abbey style I've tried and it definitely got me interested. I don't particularly care for this beer and wouldn't buy it again but it's something I'll be exploring in the future..

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark gold with about an inch light white head. Smells of bread yeast, alcohol, and sweet malt. Very full body. The taste is almost sickeningly sweet on top of a distinct yeast flavor. I couldn't even make my way all the way through this beer- will not buy again. I think it's too sweet and filtered for a Belgian Blonde. On top of that, I'm not a huge fan of the style in the first place, which is why this is getting dumped in the trash.

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Photo of TechMyst
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

FRESH: good til 4/11/07; consumed 10/19/06
PURCHASED @: Cardinal
COST: $8/six
HEAD: huge yellow; disapating slowly (bottle opened and foamed immediately out)
LACE: lasting foamy spots
COLOR: light amber
AROMA: fruity belgian ale
MOUTHFEEL: medium; fizzy
PALATE: slick
TASTE: like a fruity lager somehow
COMMENTS: like a light st. bernardus

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Photo of jeffaz02t
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal gold with a decent puffy head.

S: Cloves, banana, with a fruitiness.

T: banana and fruit sweetness, no real bitterness. Sweetness dominates this beer to a fault. It dries up some at the end, but the sweetness never really leaves completely and it is a very specific type of sweetness and I do not care for it very much. Almost nauseating.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy.

D: Too sweet. No thanks.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this beer from a 12oz bottle. Malty smell. Very clear, golden in color. White frothy head, Excellent Head Retention- It was a very nice looking beer. Too nice. This beer was filtered to the max and the last time I checked, a Belgian Ale should be unfiltered. This is a commercialized version of a Belgian Pale Ale- there are much better examples on the shelf. The taste was poor it had a heavy syrup taste, it was overly sweet. I would avoid this beer.

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Photo of litheum94
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

P: A giant yellow tinged head pours out, taking a good amount of time to settle. When it does settle, there's hardly anything left. Body is a clear golden, and really, this is too clear for a Belgian ale.

A: The nose is dominated by spicy Belgian yeast, with earthy tones. Some raspberry sweetness as well. Not much hops.

T: Starts off earthy with a good amount of carbonation. Some spicing and faint leafy hops. Then the sweetness starts. It's vague and dominating, tasting somewhat like raspberries and boardering on cloying. It leaves a slightly nasty taste in the mouth, like an overlly sweet candy.

I used to like this beer, and now it just tastes like a bad version of a Belgian. I can't help but think that this beer didn't taste like this when it was invented. Disappointing.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle with best before end date clearly printed on the bottom right corner of the back label.

Poured into a chalice like they suggested. Clear golden with a tone of orange. Slightly off-white head is superfine. Smell is biscuity at first, with a whole bunch of yeast and herb notes. Tastes spicy and continues into an almost cough medicine-like bitterness. Finishes sticky and hot. Not very impressive. This is an odd beer, unlike anything I've tried, but I'm not a fan.

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Photo of Osiris9588
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a very clear light copper with a big pillowy white 3-finger head. It shows decent retetnion and leaves copious strands of sticky lacing. Bubbles cascade up throught the center in a twisting column.

The smell is yeast, clove, citrus, malt, and banana, slightly floral. The flavor offers the same, and is none too balanced, and there is a scortched caramel aftertaste that is somewhat unpleasnt and preponderance of alcohol for a 6.6 ABV.

The mouth is well-carbonated and rather complex, but the flavors do not seem to mesh all that well. I have drank more than two of these in an evening, but only after being somewhat lubricated by other beers.

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Photo of rangerred
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance is a crystal clear medium gold with a one finger head. Really good lacing.

Smells of clove, banana, and some bubblegum. A touch of pears and caramel is also detectable. The aromas are a little weak.

Flavors of clove, pear, and bubblegum dominate but are quickly overtaken by alcohol which is odd considering this beer is only 6.6%. Some yeast lingers throughout but is quite weak. Finishes a touch sticky.

Overall this is not a very good beer. The flavors are not prominent enough and the alcohol is way too noticeable.

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Photo of scottakelly
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow. Small white head.

S: Light spice and alcohol.

T: Blah. Some spice. Kind of like someone tried to spice up a Coors Light. Alcohol is very prominent. I'll pass on this one.

D: Medium. I'll never drink one again. But I could see someone having a lot of these.

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Photo of Cresant
2.74/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Chimay glass. Dated best before 19/04/07. The body was a rich clear golden color. The yeast stayed firmly at the bottom of the bottle. The head was frothy, white and lingered.

Smell was typical belgian yeasty. Earthy.

Taste was somewhat bitter. Banana bread and chalky yeast. Dry. Nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel was rich and filling. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of Illinick
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Tap at Piper’s Pub
A: Banana yellow and peach with light apricot and orange creamsicle hues. Fluffy white head that sticks around and displays quite a bit of full fledged lacing
S: Strong scents of banana, tons of clove, white pepper, and some candi scents.
T: Follows nose with overbearing sweet flavors of fruit, cloves, some candi, apricot and some banana. Some white pepper and medicinal and herbal at times. Sweet and syrupy.
MF: Medium, creamy, and at times syrupy.
Overall: A decent brew, but too commercial. It's also too sweet and syrupy and at times it's almost hard to drink.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale hazy gold with a thin lacy ivory head. Smells of citrus (grapefruit?) and fruity yeast. Lightly spicy aromas, like black pepper.

Your first impression of the taste is sweet, sweet, sweet. And not malty sweet, like sugary sweet. I don't know if they use lots of cane sugar in the brewing process but whatever it is, it is overdone. For the first time in any of my reviews I will use the adjective "cloying" to describe it. Once the wave of sweetness passes you get some grapefruity citrus and the peppery spice, some rounded alcohol flavors and hints of honey. This is a bold tasting beer, it definitely asserts itself on your palette and is sticky in the finish. Problem is it's way too sweet and not nearly complex enough to pull it off. I seem to remember having better impressions of the bruin in the past but I'll take a miss on the blonde next time.

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Photo of tomsamarati
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I like the texture and mouth feel of Leffe Blond. But the overwhelming cloves is a real turn-off. I feel like I'm in a dentist chair and he just put a cotton swab coated in oil of cloves on my gums.

I purchased a 6 pack of Leffe Blond. It will probably take me 3 months to drink it.

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Photo of Savan
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Meh... this is different than any beer I have had, and to be honest, not sure what to think of it. At first taste (on the tip of your tongue) it is refreshing, as it hits the back of your mouth it as a mysterious .... Coriander? taste. I would compare this to "Lift bridge- Farm girl" but, not as balanced. Could be i just dont like the style or that i just had a IPA prior. At anyrate, worth a try wouldn't get a 12 pack but if it were available as a single somewhere i would try it again.

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Photo of Intrinsic
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, there's really nothing interesting to say about Leffe. It's definitely better than most of the crap that's out there, but compared to other Belgians it's not that great. Its a more watered down, 'Americanized' version. The head is almost non-existent, which is not at all characteristic of this type of beer. I smell lots of yeast, some malt, not too bad I guess. The taste is watery. Thumbs down there. Overall, I can say I will buy this again, but only because there won't be anything else to choose from.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Source/Serving: 11.2 oz. bottle

S: Soft spiced apples. Light grain, caramel, white grape. Has a muted perfume, almost sulfery, character overall. Interesting and nice.

T: Doesn't live up to the nose. Sweet caramel apple/pear with a light medicinal cinnamon/clove bite that is a little unpleasant. Comes across as flabby due to the heavy body and its not very dynamic through the sip, definitely one dimensional. Light yeast, soft clove, and continued apple and pear which ride over any hint of malt. Finish is semi-dry which along with fruits has an odd cinnamon-like edge to the finish that lingers.

Notes: While the nose is nice, its not crisp nor refreshing and has a few unpleasant flavors.

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Photo of tweeder263
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear gold brew with a huge head.Fairly high carbonation.Has a grassy hop like scent very faint. Taste is very unusual, its very much belgian but lighter. I was expecting this to taste like a lager from its appearance.Its a little too sweet for me.Mouthfeel not too bad. An ok beer.

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Photo of paulfear
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

had a nice bronze color when i poured it. the head was almost completely gone by the time i set the bottle down.

i didn't get any strong aromas off it, but what i could get was slightly yeasty and perhaps even slight citrus.

got an initial bite of sweetness or tang. its pretty smooth for the most part. aftertaste is slightly bitter, not much, and dry.

it was pretty light body and sort of tingled the tongue with the carbonation.

i'd have to say its okay, nothing spectacular. it isn't something i would go out of my way to get again. the further down i got in this the less and less i enjoyed it. to the point where i was disappointed i still have the rest of the six pack to go.

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Photo of JamesS
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just an average beer overall. It has an all right look to it, a nice straw color with great head but almost no lacing. Not much of a scent, a little maltiness coming up from the brew. All right taste, some malts, but mostly bland. Goes down fine, not great and not bad. I doubt I'll try it again, but wouldn't dissuade any one from giving it a shot. Seemed more like a blonde ale than a pale ale, too.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear and active golden color with a thin but tall, frosty-white head with moderate to quick dissipation for this style.

A very sweet honey malty aroma that seems out of balance as far as aroma for this style. Crispy, light wheat with very subtle fruits...very subtle. Over ripe banana's and clover as it warms a bit.

A tangy and then metallic bitterness at first, yikes...not impressed with the first impression. A long, sweet malt goes way too far and then evens out with a rather unimpressive and not-so-complex yeast flavor.

The feel is light, crispy and clean and is by far the most impressive aspect of this belgian style.

And I was wondering why this 6-pack was so cheap!?

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Photo of Siegenthaler
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Celebrating day 2 of BEER ADVENT.

I have had this belgian a few times in the past but not for a while. Popped the foil-covered cap and poured into a belgian goblet. Pours crystal clear with a golden-apple juice look brightening in color when viewed from a different angle. The head is my favorite aspect of this beer. Beautiful off-white bubbles of varying sizes and good retention. Frothy surface down to the last sip.

Smells a bit like apple juice with a yeast bread background and slight hints of holiday spice. Not a beer where I want to keep sticking my nose back in the glass for more. Tastes like it smells with slight hints of banana and Belgian-sugary sweet candy. The taste went from sweet to sweeter to too sweet as it warmed in my glass. The last few sips left me wanting to put something else in my mouth ASAP. Thin body but big bubbly carbonated feel fills your mouth quickly.

I would drink it again if I was offered some but wouldn't go out of my way to get more.

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Photo of tvv375ia
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from 11.2oz bottle into pint glass

A-amber colored with a 2 finger head that stays around a while and fades to a nice cap with lots of lacing

S-some spiciness maybe cloves

T-sort of a citrus/lemon at first and the cloves on the finish I don't really care for that combination

M-good carbonation but that clove finish is not great

O-not something that I particularly care for

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,829 ratings.
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