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 JohnY
4.52/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottled into a belgian style tulip glass. Nice head formation torward the top of the glass. Citrus and Coriander on the nose. Formed tiny (champagne like) bubbles that lasted until I was done with this 11.2 oz bottle (not long). Nice lace. Smooth and well balanced. Wonderful golden color. Easy to drink. Perfect summertime beer.

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Photo of ChillMike
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a really nice gold color with a huge white head that leaves nice lacing. It has a nice raisin and bubblegumesque scent, which is quite pleasant. Taste is very different, it has a bubblegum type of flavor that isn’t too overwhelming or overpowering, accompanied by a nice sweet malt flavor. Very different than anything I’ve ever had and is quite pleasant to drink, wouldn’t be too hard to kill a 6’er quite quickly.

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Photo of houdini
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden yellow, with a decent sized white head. Lacing holds up pretty well.

Smell: Distinct hop aroma. Somewhat fruity.

Taste: A honey-like sweetness dominates the flavor of the beer, with a faint backend of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, carbonation slightly tingles the tongue.

Drinkability: The sweetness may make this a tad difficult for repeat consumption in a given day, but overall, an easy going, inoffensive brew.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Attractive brown bottle, huge head, crystal clear, gold color in the glass, good head retention.

Smell: distinctive Belgian yeast scent, smells a little on the sweet side.

Taste: I've had a lot of Belgians lately, and it's possible I'm tiring of them, because for me this was "more of the same." Candi sweetness, followed by some fruit. Finishes on a bitter note, which I like.

Mouthfeel is very much to style. A bit creamy. Aftertaste is sweet and lingering.

Drinkability for me suffers from being a little too sweet for my tastes, but this one has nothing objectionable about it, it's widely available, and the bitter finish does help a bit. Solid, but I drank it slow and didn't care to order another.

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Photo of cameraman
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since I do not have any type of belgian glass ware, I used an over sized winr glass. The color is deep golden, with a slight white head forming. The aroma starts off with some scents of yeast, then followed by strong a citrus fragrance. The taste is very sweet, but mostly citrus fruit flavors, with a spicy ending. The feel of this beer is very lite at first and seems to get heavier as it crosses the palate. This an okay beer, the sweetness would turn off some, but it lacks that punch that belgian beers usually have in taste.

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Photo of PorterNicole
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: This beer is a bright, clear, golden color with a frothy bright white head. Excellent head retention and lacing. There is a thin film of head left on the sides of the glass the whole way down.

s: Very tangy, and extremely fruity. You can also smell some yeast and the hops that are present in the beer.

t: The initial taste of this beer is a little...unfriendly. There is a bite right away and you don't get the full body of the beer until the aftertaste. The aftertaste is a light honey flavor, a little malty with a strong hops finish, although a little dry.

m: The mouthfeel is a little viscous, and bubbly.

d: I'd say that Leffe blonde has a pretty good drinkability. I could only really put away one of these in a sitting, as it takes a while to drink it because of the intial biting taste of the beer. The aftertaste is worth it, though.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold, with active tiny bubbles rising to meet a creamy white head that fills the glass, then slowly settles out. Excellent retention that leaves sticky rings of lace. Medicinal belgian phenol nose, background pilsener malt, and a mild banana/clove yeast aroma. Lots of pale malt sweetness, and a touch of crisp pilsener at first sip. Tart phenolic aftertaste, with a hint of goldings hops. The flavor could use a pinch more hops to balance the big residual sweetness, but the mouthfeel is perfectly executed. Mild carbonation and medium in body, it draws a delicate sweet flavor and smooth crispness from the malt.
The mild hops prevent the residual sugar from cloying, and results in a soft, inviting finish.

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Photo of Phatz
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Orrshow
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a deep golden color with about a centimeter of bubbly head which holds strong. The lacing is nice as well.

Smell – Right off the bat I can smell a peppery Belgian yeast aroma arising. Orange peel, apricot, apple, and some citrus are there as well. The overall effect is nice but a touch weak. There is potential here though.

Taste – The flavor doesn’t reflect the smell very well. It is very faint. There is a little bit of citrus flavor and mild Belgian yeast. It’s somewhat sweet and quite almost adjunct as well. Watered down comes to mind…

Mouthfeel – Meh. It’s coarse and somewhat thin.

Drinkability – Alright. I don’t enjoy sipping this beer though. It is just not doing it for me.

I most likely won’t buy this again. It might work for an introduction to Belgians for those who aren’t used to strong beer…that’s it.

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Photo of BrinkyBeerBoy
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool lookin' 11.2 oz bottle with best before date, and on the back in quotes

Poured this into snifter w/ 1.5" bone white creamy head that falls quickly to ring, leaving laces on the side. Crystal clear gold in colour.

On the nose: thick sweet medicinal phenols, candy sugar, pineapple, vanilla, and alcohol spices. Also getting a faint harsh hop aroma as well.

Not a bad soft spritz. Good creamy medium mouthfeel.
On the palate is pretty much like the aroma.
Sticky sweet upfront(pineapple/pear).Touch of alcohol comes in the middle, and tapers off into a kinda harsh, buttery/spice hop finish..not really subtle & delicate like the bottle says.
After you get over the processed taste, and the 6.6% kicks in.. their alot better.

This isn't bad at all for $29.99 a case(stupid PA by the case law). Great when the funds are low, and you need a Belgian Beer fix! I will enjoy pairing this with grilled seafood, and good cheeses in the backyard on a nice sunny day.

For a little bit more $, I would rather buy Affligem Blonde, but this is worth a try.

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Photo of mcallister
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold color. Nicely carbonated quarter inch head that doesn't want to fade away.

Flowery nose with hints of spice, some coriander, white pepper, orange peel, lemon, malt, and belgian yeat, with other citrusy aromas.

Exhibits soft round flavors, great mouthfeel thick and creamy. Flowers, spice, belgian yeast, lemon, orange, banana, wheat, malt, with very little hops, and no noticeable alcohol. Delicious!!

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden yellow with a thick creamy head.

S - Sweet, smoked aroma. Notes of yeast, and faint apple.

T - Alcohol presence is noticeable. Grain, yeast and bitterness are at the forefront. Finish is medium-bitter, without complexity.

M - Light, a bit on the watery side, and a bit hard on the carbonation.

D - Not too bad. Compares favorably to the macro lagers and ales, but I would expect more from the style.

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Photo of jwff
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a petrified sap orange with a nice white head. Smell is yeasty with a little honey and lilac. This filtered blonde tastes very clean, if not a bit too thick. Strong tastes of toasted honey throughout, with some mild carbonation at the end to give a tiny bite. Can be a bit too sweet at times, so I think this would be a one and done brew. Perfect for a hot summer day when you want something a little thicker.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at over fridge temperature in a Chimay chalice. Best by 28/02/07. Paired with Alaskan wild salmon with tartar sauce.

Appearance- Pours a clear medium gold, with an inch thick head that laces wildly, like a maze.

Smell- Full bodied, bready aromas, and a huge presence of what smells like fermentable sugars to boost the strength. Very sweet on the nose, with some candi sugar-like notes as well. Big.

Taste- With such a gigantic display of flavor, this beer cries out for food... in fact, I could not really enjoy this one alone. With my salmon, this was nice... but I can only imagine what an authentic meal of mussels and frites paired with Leffe Blonde would be like. Huge, full, sweet taste that muscles its way through the taste buds, leaving with a syrupy finish without much bitterness. The word is "full".

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Fantastically prickly... just short of being overdone, it really moves in the mouth and helps lift the oils from the salmon off the tongue. Cleansing and rejuvinating, it withers towards the end of the sampling. A great food beer, I can't wait to try it as it is meant to be truly enjoyed.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an almost clear golden color with orange hues. Two and a half finger white fizzy head with a lot of activity bubbles wise. Pretty decent lace hugging the glass.
S: Aromas of bananas and tropical fruit, maybe guava?, with that belgian style phenol. Slight metallic smell.
T: Tastes of bananas and tropical fruit up front with a slight bitter finish. Maltiness is also noticeable. Medicore taste wise, not a huge wheaty belgian kick.
M & D: Mouthfeel is just ok on this offering. Carbonation concentrates on the tongue as the beer slicks down the throat. Drinkability is also just alright. Not as heavy as I thought or would have liked, but nonetheless a good change of pace and woth a try.

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

I've been enjoying Belgian beers recently, so I wanted to try this one out. I was surprised to see it was only 6.6% abv, considering its strong taste & body.

Quite an unique flavor to it, strong in yeast, as well as a honey/molasses like flavor. Pours a rich golden color, and a fair amount of carbination. Overall, a well rounded brew with quite a lot to offer. Perhaps not quite as complex as I normally like, but the powerful flavor makes up for it.

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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 jamie2dope
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color with a small white head that stuck to the sides of the glass. Smell was pleasent with light fruit and something a little peppery, also somewhat musty. Taste was interesting, prickly and fruity with some clove and orange coriander tastes as well, almost witbierish. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and very easy on the palate. Certainly seems like a beer that I could have many of in one sitting. Not bad, I liked it. Maybe not earth shattering, but worth trying. I would let this one warm a bit, a few more complexities pulled through towards the end of my glass.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden in appearance with a white head. Good carbonation. Smells of bannana and spices. A wonderfully rich taste with a strong finish. Good lacing throughout. Incredibly drinkable. I'm finding that the Belgian strong/ double ales are my favorite. I have yet to have a bad double and am probably biased when it gomes to rating this type of beer.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having their Brown/Brune many times, I thought I knew what to expect with this one. Better than I thought it would.

Nice white head with funky (good) smell. Somewhere between peach and yellow. Taste follows after that funk. Funky enough to satisfy. Not so funky that people not familiar with more exotic lambics, etc. wouldn't enjoy it.

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Photo of LeffeHanded
4.97/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Leffe Blonde is perhaps my favorite tripel beer.

I've had the chance to savor this fine brew on tap and in the bottle in two countries, and was highly impressed by the beer's consistency. The fine Belgian liquid appears dark gold, with a thin but sustaining head. The floral aroma very apparent, also reavels hints of sweet friut. A very well balanced sweet friuty taste accompanied with notes of honey, follows a refreshing mouthfeel. Leffe finishes clean, with no aftertaste.
Light to moderately carbonated, Leffe Blonde is a very drinkable Belgian abbey ale. I do prefer the slightly less potent and more flavorful Leffe bruin though, that I have yet to find in Massachusetts.

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Photo of jwc215
3.91/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I slowly poured this into a tulip glass. The beer was chilled, but not cold. According to the bottle, it was best before February 2007, ten months away. I was a bit surprised that it would be fresh for so long.
Poured dark gold, almost amber, with a thick white bubbly head with a steady stream of carbonation coming up the middle of the glass. Both the head and the stream endured through the drink (especially the latter).
The floral aroma was not powerful, but present.
The taste had a floral, somewhat fruity taste. It was fairly malty with some hop taste in the background. It had a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Nothing in particular stood out, but there was an overall fresh, pleasant, light mouthfeel.
Overall, it's not the best ale that Belgium has to offer, but it's a good value for the price, and really quite drinkable.
A while ago, I remember comparing this with the brown. The brown was more complex and delicious, but it is not as easily attained (around here anyway). So, I do recommend this ale.

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Photo of snilsen13
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Leffe, available in 6-packs for $10, is a deal. Here's a fabulously frothy (bigger bubbles) Belgian (ex-original Abby), with the qualities that I'm beginning to think are common for a Belgian Double or a French Farmhouse Ale. The appearance and smell are delightful. Smells of fruit and spring, like Saison Dupont, but the taste is heavier, more malty and less crisp than the smell would suggest. It's not a hugely complex taste that many Belgian's have, but in a blind taste test you could easily be fooled into thinking this was a much more expensive pour. It drinks real easily at just 6.6%ABV, however, so that 6 pack may not last too long.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear golden with vigorous carbonation and a two finger head which leaves a thin ring of lace behind after it dissipates in about a minute.

S - Coriander, cloves, lillies and stale smelling light-bodied malt dominates. A touch of bananas and white grapes as well. Over all it is definitely positive though.

T - At first it has a medley of white grapes, coriander, cloves and floral (lilies predominantly) flavors. This lingers and warps into a slightly fruity bitterness. A bit of metals and stale light grains join the mix. After a while, the aftertaste becomes a bland and slightly caustic bitter, with the stale grain grain lingering. It isn't terrible, but it makes you want to drink something new after you finish.

M - Very frothy, a bit thin, but very refreshing.

D - Really good! I didn't expect much from this beer because I had seen in in the "Best of Belgium" beer pack, which contains Stella Artois. Naturally I was skeptical of any beer that would be cited as "the Best" alongside of Stella. Leffe Blonde is quite good though. It has a complex and interesting flavor. It is no trappist and it is no Duvel, but it is pretty good. I didn't expect much, and it surprised me. To say this is the "Best of Belgium" is nothing compared to the insult of Stella.

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Photo of jongillin
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This style is still a little new to me but here it goes:
Had this beer in a glass fit for it's serving type. Great appearance: a nice honey gold color. Great head that is creamy white.
Gives off a nice hoppy aroma with some fruit/citrus in there too.
As far as taste goes I noticed the spicy/citrusy flavor right off the bat. This spice possibly clove, though I have seen some other mention coriander. I can't be certain. It leaves the mouth with a nice crisp finish (perhaps due to some apple).
Mouthfeel is a little watery, however, it leaves a nice crisp feeling due to the carbonation.
I think this is a good beer especially for some of the warmer months coming on. Grab a cold one and enjoy in the hammock.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,831 ratings.
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