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 Bricelyn
4.67/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Its like looking through a glass of clover honey, the head was disappointing it was a finger and a 1/4 of cream soda head that dissipated quickly but is actually leaving a light lacing on my glass.

It smells like a mix of overly ripe avocados (Not odd for a Belgian ale to me at least) and alfalfa hay bales. Finishing with a little wisp of the alcohol.

First thing that hit me as I took a drink was the carbonation burning my tongue very sprite like carbonation... It has however mellowed out and is quite smooth now on my 4th or 5th sip.

It's got a slight crispness to it that mellows into a fermented fruit, and leaves the palette sticky with a happy coppery slime. Classic Belgian ale

I will be polishing off this brew over the Christmas holiday, I'd call this one very drinkable.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold and perfectly clear. Frothy white head, not persisting. Spare lacing. Grainy, light toasted malty aroma. Fruity esters like banana. Bit of earthy hops and some spices. Moderate malty sweetness, caramel, light bitterness. Medium body, creamy with medium-high carbonation. Medium lasting, medium-dry finish. Bit astringent, spiciness bit too strong in aftertaste. Some warm alcohol.

It is way too sweet IMO. Lack of bitterness with caramely sweet taste make it quite cloying. In a mouth feel is quite harsh.

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Photo of Rocko
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yellow golden color and a decent white head with a fruity smell. After a while the head settles and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

There is some spicy taste in this beer that makes me think of Duvel. I don't know what it is, maybe someone can tell me. :) However being a big Duvel fan I don't think it tastes as good as in the Duvel. Overall it's a decent blonde with a special kind of taste I don't really fancy. Everyone should try it though, it might float your boat. :)

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Photo of greg202stewart
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I was on a steady diet of Duvel the bartender recommended I try this one as a cheaper relative. I found it to be a unique beer, different than the most Belgians. It has a very sweet flavor, but goes down smooth and crisp and goes good with most food. An above average beer.

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Photo of Maakun
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clour is golden, small white head that doesn't last too long. Leaves a thin layer.

Smell is cloves, malt. It's quite light, there's a hint of fruit and some other spices, but it's a bit flat.

Taste starts sweet and spicy. Cloves, yeast, banana. Then some malts and more fruit, like plums. After it's warmed up a bit there's more cloves and sweetness, some korainder and other spices coming in. The sweet cloves gets a bit overpowering for my taste. There's hardly any hops to balance it out. Aftertase is more cloves, and only now a slight bitterness.

Mouth is medium with nice carbonation, but the spicyness doesn't really fit well with it.

It's not bad, but I don't care much for the heavy cloves and sweetness. It's a commercial beer ofcourse, but would be much better with more balance.

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

The first to drink from a fresh keg, had 2 half pints on the first day 1 half pint on the second. Luckily, social occasions had given me an excuse to visit the local grad club for 4 days straight. The beer was served at around 8 degree Celcius in a Leffe glass. Thin head floated 1cm above the 33cl mark. The smell is good, like raw straw water with a hint of spritz. A very clean taste with marked floral notes from the belgian yeast. Slight raw sweetness. Very clean and drinkable. It washed down with conversation too easily. A very drinkable and sensible choice for the rainy spring days.

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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 manitouman84
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange with a pillowy delicate white head which slowly dissipates leaving a nice clean white lacing down the glass. Smells strongly of yeast, citrus fruit like aromas and ethyl acetate. Delicate on the tongue; pear, isoamyl acetate, citrus, and spicy phenolics to finish. No bitterness, light mouthfeel, crisp and very drinkable, especially in the warmer weather. The flavors as a whole seem a little discombobulated, there is also something in the background lingering that seemed a bit off, maybe not balanced perfectly to suit the style, but still very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of ScottUCF84
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, poured into a pint.

A- Gold and transparent, with a surprisingly thick head, reminiscent of a hefe. Lots, and lots of bubbles, very much like champagne (no lie).

S- Actually smells like a hefe-weisse. Bananas, cloves.

T- Sweet with a mild spice. A pinch of hops creep up in the aftertaste, along with alcohol. I must add the taste doesn't reflect it's appearance; there is not a bold bite from the carbonation.

M-Crisp at first, syrupy going down.

D-I would say 3 max in a session due to the sweetness and alcohol content.

Overall this is a great beer; moderately priced (around $8 for six) with a solid ABV and a great taste you don't come across every day.

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Photo of ledemie
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap in Paris

A: served a dull golden tone with a big and wavy white head

S: sweet with a Belgium beer aroma

T: Grassy, Hop is mellowed out from the sweetness, orange peel, clove.

Ml: decent carbonation, medium body.

D: high,, good beer to tackle a Steak Frite in Paris, good everyday beer, thought I tried the Bottle here and was not impressed....

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Photo of DaveUK
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear bottle brown colour, large initial head of small white bubbles. Good retention.

Aroma - Ripe apples and pears, bananas, citrus fruits, spicy hops, hints of coriander and vanilla.

Taste - Powerful toasted malt and caramel, subdued bananas with a grassy hop character. The finish is dry and malty.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy feel. Significant sweetness in the palate and on the lips. Adequate carbonation.

Overall - Contrasting and interesting aroma and taste. Superior to the brune but let down by the sickly sweet mouthfeel.

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Photo of iannutter
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

I know that this beer isn't the end all, be all by any means of Belgian Ales, but for it's extremely wide distribution and relatively low cost, this is a beer that I don't think should be written off right off the bat.

While it may be a little syrupy and over processed, the baseline flavour is still nice. It's a subtle beer, with hints of light cloves and banana bread. The mouthfeel is nice while drinking, but can start feeling sticky if you let enough time elapse between drinks.

If you're in an area where the selection is limited, this is not a bad bet- quite good as a session beer.

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Photo of JMWEB2
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden color, white head dissipates leaving moderate retention.

S: Sweet citrus, maybe some honey, and toffee scent. Some malt in back.

T: Spicy up front, and some hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Very smooth, easy drinking, light to medium body.

O: Its drinkable, its got flavor, but its not anything unique.

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Photo of descartes
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 33 cl. bottle.

Appearance: Golden yellow with a small ring of head.
Smell: Faint floural smell with a little alcohol to boot.
Taste: Slightly sweet and then fades so a citric hops, then goes to a honey aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body but soon becomes watery.
Drinkability: A solid beer that won't blow you away with complexity.

Overall: The hops were too dry and harsh (different from strong) and overall this drink lacked in balance.

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Photo of Bugsey
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I first had this beer in Paris. It's a highly available beer over there, and highly advertised. So I was curious. What is this mass-marketed beer I've never heard of before?

What a delight. It's a perfect color, with a perfect creamy head. The flavor is slightly fruity, banana, clove, apricot. The feel is creamy, but clean. The complexity is present but not overwhelming.

It has to be one of the finest beers among those made in high volumes.

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

Versée, la Leffe Blonde a une couleur blonde foncée et un bon collet de mousse. Les bulles sont grosses et persistantes. Des lacets de bulles agrémentent le verre.

Odeur définitivement fruitée avec des notes de miel. Je m'attends à un goût sucré.

En bouche, la Leffe passe agréablement bien. Un sucré mielleux bien présent mais pas excessif et un arrière goût quelque peu fruité avec presqu'aucune amertume fait que cette bière est très facile à apprécier. Elle manque toutefois quelque peu de complexité. Bière agréable facile à apprécier!

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Photo of jizdepski
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a big abbey fan, i have been eyeballing leffe for a while. i have been told its not a great beer, so i have put it off in favor of what i really like drinking when it comes to selection time.

i finally i bought a 6 pack for 8.99 at my local fine foods store, and went straight home to pour a tall glass. it looks like a beautiful beer, very bright and golden, with carbonation bubbles finding their way surfaceward to take their place among a nice bubbly head that lingers a bit and lightly hugs the glass. smells nice, a bit fruity, with a refreshing effervescent quality. does smell a bit on the citrus side. the taste was a bit disappointing from the get-go. i think i expected more, but it really tasted more like a fruity lager than anything else,with notes of banana bread. the cloves while present don't really add to the beer...the alcohol flavor is there, but more pronounced on the finish, which i would have to describe as bitterly bland. not a whole lot going on here. as for the mouthfeel, quite thin, which was expected. i could probably polish off 5 or 6 of these, but wouldn't enjoy it as much as a should (except for the ABV, a clean 6.6). for an abbey blonde, i guess it fits the bill, but barely. i wouldn't recommend it however. in general a letdown.

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

I love this stuff. It’s a nice and smooth, medium bodied, Belgian pale with a fairly sweet and creamy taste. It has one of my favorite appearances out of all the beers I’ve had and it looks amazing in a glass. Weak in terms of other Belgian’s, but better then most everything else. Gotta love it.

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Photo of TeeCee
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Quick review - not as good as I was hoping or expecting it to be.

It was poured in a standard American lager pint glass as is typical at the Bulldog. The color was a honey gold with a light head that left little to no lacing.

It smelled slightly sweet and a little hoppy/flowery.

The taste started of mildly sweet and developed into a slight bitterness as it warmed.

The mouthfeel was as thick as might be expected of a Belgian double, not so thick as a German dopple bock.

I wouldn't call this a session beer. You might enjoy a few slow but this beer would not be good for drinking while eating boiled seafood unless you also had a large glass of water next to it.

Disclaimer - this is my second beer review (and I'm using my first as a template).

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Photo of matt20102
3.06/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle with a thick, creamy, lingering head. There is a subtle, hoppy, herbaceous aroma which nicely complements the malty character of the blonde. There is a big malty character which is actually quite drinkable- more drinkable than I find most malty beers. While not terribly complex, this is definitely a beer that I will enjoy again...

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Photo of Schneic8
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a mug.

Appearance: Poured a dark golden color/light copper color. White head that didn't last and a mild amount of carbonation.

Smell: Sweet smell with some floral notes and maybe banana.

Taste: Sweet tasting beer that seems almost artificial. It tastes like it smells. I get floral and banana flavors with maybe a deep caramel taste. It has a long sweet after taste.

Mouthfeel: It is thin and more smooth than crisp. Sits well and has a slight bite from the carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall: Solid beer. Not favorite because I am not a huge fan of the sweetness that presents itself. I like the softness of this beer and if I was in the right mood I would try again.

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Photo of stawn
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden honey color with a nice frothy head into a chalice glass.

S - Smell is bready & some clove.

T - Pleasantly good! This almost tastes like a Hefeweizen.

M - Malty body, but still sort of thin. Smooth and refreshing on the palate. The small amount of hops that are present touch on the back of the tongue, but immediately flushed out by sweetness.

I got this in a Belgian sampler pack from my pops and thought it would find its way to the drain just as fast as it found my glass.
Decent brew.

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Photo of Faune
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light golden amber color with lots of tiny bubbles. Big, creamy, white head which slightly clings to the side of the glass.

S- Yeasty, grainy, honey, fruity, some hops and floral/grassy notes.

T- Sweet Honey/nectar, malt, some hops, grassy and a pleasant toffee sweetness.

M- Smooth with lively carbonation.

D- I'd certainly have another.

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Photo of MikeGill
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into the Leffe chalice.

I have been drinking this stuff for years so I guess it's time to sit down, write a review and actually think about what's in the glass.

Very clear gold. Head is a consistant foamy layer. There is a pleasant milky chai smell. Somewhat sweet and yeasty with aromas of banana skin and candy.

Supple and easy drinking. Crisp Co2 bite produces delicate mouthfeel with a soft chewy texture. Lemon pound cake flavors along with granola. There are also flavors of ripe pear, banana and honey. Some bitterness and spice. Powdered sugar on the finish.

Overall, a simple pleasing beer.

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Photo of flyingspatula
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a world famous beer, but I was not impressed with this at all. It is way too sweet, especially with food. The color is yellowish copper, and the smell is not so great. I don't taste much hops in this beer, very malty. I definitely won't be trying this beer again.

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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