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

Appearance: bright, medium gold with moderately thick, concentric rings of lacing. The brett yeast comes through noticeably, but nicely, giving the beer a sweet taste, with a strong dose of red apple, which also dominates the smell.

Forget who distributes this, it's good--drinkable and smooth, yet hearty enough for its flavor to hold its own while I paired it with buffalo chicken strips.

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Photo of bruachan
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

winking lizard tour beer. and a good one

gold with a billowing head. caused me some pouring problems, but it's filtered so a repour didn't spill sediment. great lacing

plenty of coriander, but balanced. a little saisonesque

creamy mouthfeel, well carbonated

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Photo of mentor
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn;t purchase this myself but I put no label on the cap. Likely provided by trbeer. Stupid me for my lack of documentation. Whoever, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a two finger white head with a light yellow dusting. almost crystal clear with a couple of particulates. Smells clovey phenolic edgy with some fruity esters and malay sweet that rises on an aromatic. Tastes clove edgy with banana esters. Bread crust. Green apple finish with a rough edgy belgian yeast character. Homey and lightly colored belgian candy sugar. Wet sweet carries thoughout, but seems lacking in some complexity. Dry finish and a bit more sharply carbonated that I would have expected. A malt wet sweet with a yeast funk edge. Md body that rolls into the mouth light. Carb is a bit sharper than I'd like and (IMO) doesn't mix with the clove funk in a positive way.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a large chalice. Quite clear, golden in color, with a very slight head. Small as the head may be it produced a ton of nice lace.

Not much to speak of in the nose. Some sweetness.

The flavor is a nice balance of sweet malt and bitter fruits, with an interesting smokey element.

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Photo of Naes
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a very clear golden colored ale with a tall white layer of thick froth. It has a lot of visible active carbonation with good retention and lacing.
The aroma is sweet and has the distinctive Belgian yeasty smell.
The flavor was a little bit of a letdown. It begins a bit watery then hits you with sugar and a bit of citrus followed by a slight alcohol presence. The overall sugary feel to it doesn’t do it for me.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This stuff is all over Italy. Probably my staple Belgian while I'm here. Paid 1.50 euro for a bottle.

Smells a bit musty, sharp but light hops, floral, maybe a bit of bubblegum. Bubblegum is a bit more noticeable with the taste. A bit sticky with syrupy sweetness, bitter aftertaste. Not much hop in the taste. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and fizzy, but overall ok. Admittedly I'm drinking this a bit warmer than normal.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From notes of an unfortunately copious amount of this garbage consumed in France last December…

Sweet, thin watery gunk. Typically Leffe yeasts and sugars are more pronounced than the barley or hops. Bleigh! Macro sugar water with a nice carbonation stream. Clear gold body with a fluffy, light head. Smells slightly medicinal and almost fruity but leaves me wanting more in all categories.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Isn't it always a shame when you try a beer you haven't had in a long time, and you remember it used to seem a lot better? Ah well, I suppose that's the downside of discovering and learning more about beer...

This clear, light golden ale smells initially of earth and grass, with mild fruit entering the nose as well. The flavor profile is of gentle, rounded malt with a slight mineral twang. Mild notes of sweetness and bitterness play on the medium finish. Sure, it doesn't offer too much, but it doesn't ask too much either.

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Photo of Marty
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a sixer of this stuff at a beer store where everything was overpriced, thinking "what's one buck more when I can get a real Belgian?" I remembered trying this for the first time at Monk's Cafe in Philly and being very impressed.

Maybe I was just excited to be at Monk's, or maybe this beer's just better on tap, but man, what a let down. This beer's just average. LOOKS great on its way into the glass; very carbonated, and produces a light, puffy head. Smells like a Belgian Pale ale, but no particularly unique aromatic characteristics. Tastes... like a pale ale, albeit a malty Belgian pale ale. What startles me is the sour aftertaste. It's not a good green apple sour, but more like an apple juice gone bad sour.

I won't rule out buying this on tap againa, but I sure don't plan on buying it in the bottle again anytime soon.

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

330ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a light golden yellow colour... White head disappeared almost instantly...

Aroma - Slight saltiness, lemony, traces of clove, vanilla, some corn notes, light spices..

Taste – Slightly sweet maltiness, citrusy notes, some nuttiness, peppery, earthy, light hops...

Feel - Quite sharp. Light / Medium body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - An OK beer.... Worth a try...

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

Leffe Blonde pours into my Leffe chalice glass a deep blonde color, with large white head of large bubbles. Left the appropriate and expected lacing. The smell is quite yeasty and I got a bit of a soap smell as well. The aroma could have more spices or something, but it was pretty much just sour yeast. It is much the same on the taste. Lots of yeast flavors, with not alot of anything else coming through. Dry aftertaste, with a bit of hoppy finish. Lots of carbonation, so leaves a crisp tingle on the tongue. Above average, but lots of better Belgians out there.

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

This is the beer that got me started on Belgians. I had several in France on tap, where this is as common as Bud.
Have been buying it in the bottle here in CT...it's just not the same....it's good though , and worth a try, I think.
Clear gold...big frothy head, settles to 1/2 in.
Smells like clove , yeast , fruit.
Tastes all the above...pretty complex..a little hop coming through and a good amount of sugar..with a bubblegum hint..not too much....gets better with a little rise in temp.
Mouthfeel is medium ...carbonation medium.
Drinkable, I think...I could easily have a few.
I agree with the other reviews that they should not clean this up so much....but it's still a very good Belgian Blonde.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium yellow with a one finger yellow tinged head that is fairly thick and reasonably well retained, but not the sort of billowing lasts-forever cloud of foam that I always hope for when having a beer of this style. Smells of sharp spices like pepper and cloves, with fruity notes, sweetness, and an alcoholic tone as well. Tastes mostly of malts and snd spiced fruits, with hops and an alcohol bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is reasonably thick, but a bit too clean. Drinkablilty is solid, but not particularly impressive. This isn't a bad beer, but I feel like they've sterilized it too much, and it just doesn't cut it for me.

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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 JerzDevl2000
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this beer as part of the holiday pack that included the Hoegaarden and Stella, and I wanted to give it a try. I tend to prefer witte/white ales from Belgium over this style, since I like the subtle flavors and smooth drinkability of them. After sampling the Leffe Blonde, it's apparent that this style is not the same, nor quite what I expected in anticipation.

Lots of head on this pour, and the beer itself had a nice golden straw color to it. The bubbles quickly settled and there wasn't much lacing as I tasted my sample. Not as much of a body to it as I thought there would be either - very maltly, with just a few citrus, straw, and clove hints to it. Unfortunately, I didn't feel much of any depth or enjoyable aftertaste to it. The lingering "bitterness" was more of an excuse to take another sip, and this beer just wasn't that filling or enjoyable on more than a basic level for me. Maybe I've become too accustomed to the American Pale Ales, but there was something about this that just didn't grow on me as I worked my way through my sampling.

This wouldn't be a terrible brew for a night out but it doesn't have any matching potential for food, in my opinion, and there wasn't much about it that stood out. It's certainly old-fashioned, and for more modern tastes like mine, this was worth a try and not much else...

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Photo of AlexJ
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2+ year old bottle rescued from Dad's basement. Crisp, clear amber yellow pour with a 2 inch head of white fluff that settles a bit too quickly, leaving delicate, lacey artwork.

Aroma is sweet honey malts, candi sugar, pear, melon, and spicey yeast and clove.

Flavor is a delicate medley of honey drenched golden fruits, strong yeast and spice, with a delicately hopped finish with notions of wildflowers and peppery Saaz. Alcohol seems more like 8 % than 6.6 %.

Body is just barely medium, very slick and crisp, with a soft texture and light, pinpoint carbonation. Should rate higher IMO.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Standard amber hue. It does have a decent head at the start, but it doesn't live until the end. this is probably due to the lower than expected carbonation. While it's around though, there's some decent lacing on the glass.

Nose is quite fragrant and sweet. Aromas of butterscotch, caramel and Belgian candy sugar, which however start to overpower a little too much. this means the nose becomes a bit unbalanced, especially for the style where you're not expecting something sickly.

Taste is quite sweet on the front palate, but quickly turns bitter and dry, with lingering volatiles and phenols. The aftertaste lasts for a long time, and I wish it ended sooner. Mouthfeel very weak and thin.

I feel like it should be better than it is. I might revisit it, but this time it ended up drinking like a very bland beer.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark orange with a nice puffy head. Smell is of caramel, and burnt sugar. Taste is quite nice, essence of caramel, pears and prunes make their way down the palate. Mouthfeel is delicate, very smooth, carbonation is very minimal which makes this ever so easy to drink. Nice drink to relax with at night after a big meal.

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Photo of mclanem
1.6/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer looked totally normal at first, golden color had little head to it, and smelled kinda sweet. To my surprise when I drank it, this is the worst beer I have ever had period, maybe it is just me I don´t like sweet beer but this was terrible I did not take a mouthful or drink more than first touched my tounge on first sip. NOT for those who don´t like sweet beer. BAD BAD BAD

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Photo of AaronRed
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice light fluffy head appears with the pour. Very clear. Sweet smell emanates from the glass- sort pear like. I think this is a nice tasting beer, well balanced with fuit and a candy-like presence. It's extremely easy to drink. It's not a rich beer by any means, but stands up to spicey food or can be had nicely on it's own.

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4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 1/4" slightly off-white foamy head. Good retention across a wide chalice. Honey gold color. Some lace.

S - Rose petal. Fruit. Peach. Clean. Yeast. Perfume.

T - Subtle fruit flavors. Apricot/peach. Powder. Light bitter finish.

M - Soft, medium bodied mouthfeel. Good champagne style carbonation.

D - Great drinkability. I enjoyed this immensely and look forward to more.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.59 out of 5 based on 3,842 ratings.
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