Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde
3,934 Ratings
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 jonb5
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 ml bottle, poured into my leffe goblet. 1 and a half finger head. Looks like apple juice mixed with soda. Smells of berries, can taste wheat. The after taste is on the sweet side of bittersweet. Goes down well, would like to have this as a session beer but I only get to a french or belgian supermarket once or twice a year & it's to expensive to binge on in GB.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a beautiful long lasting just slightly off-white head, resting atop a clear rich deep gold liquid. Fresh fruity and spicy malty notes in the nose make for a very appetizing harbinger of what awaits. Taste is a tasty candyish mix of fruit, malt, a bit of breadiness..all very fresh-tasting & lip smackingly delicious. Finishes smooth and deceptively drinkable, drys oh-so-slightly in the end. This was a nice find, I recommend it without reservation.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of becktone
2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This blonde pours to be a nice golden color with a huge head which is now receeding quite fast. To begin with the head must have been about an inch and a half thick. The head is a white color looking much like soap bubbles and has fairly good retention.

Not really impressed by the smell of this beer. I can't really detect anything at all.

The beer has an interesting taste. There is not much bitterness to it at all. It leaves a sweet aftertaste in my mouth that kind of reminds me of butterscotch candy.

This beer is full bodied and seems to me to have more carbonation than most beers, but I think that this feature compliments the taste of this beer. As to the drinkability of this beer, I find nothing special about it, except for its unique taste, but I am sure that there are many beers out there that represent this style much better.

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Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of klewis
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Winking Lizard, Fairlawn, OH - 2/14/07

A: Pours a beautiful orange color with a one-finger frothy head. Plenty of lacing throughout the drink.

S: Yeasty and slightly phenolic.

T: Light flavors of fruity esters, mint, and a hint of phenols. Not a lot of flavor, but what there is is pleasant.

M: Light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Finishes clean.

D: Better than I expected. The flavor is such that it seems that it could pair well with many different types of foods. Recommended.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright, crystal-clear orange-bronze color. The tall, off-white head has a fluffy, foamy texture. Retention is solid, and a decent amount of lacing sticks to the glass as the head fades.

S: Sugary, with light grainy malt aroma. Moderately fruity and mildly phenolic, with substantial clove/spice notes. Sort of a paint-by-the-numbers Belgian nose, but there's nothing wrong with it.

T: Initially, a dose of sugary sweetness, but there is a rougher grainy/pilsner character underneath it all. Fruity - peach and golden apple notes are definitely present. Mild phenols. Clove flavor is well featured, and there's a light peppery spice available as well. Perhaps a light herbal hop presence keeps a decent balance.

M: Slightly lighter than medium bodied. Carbonation is perky but not overdone. Some definite dryness into the finish.

D: Certainly not world class, but this is a perfectly acceptable, accessible Belgian pale ale. A nice crowd-pleaser, just a bit lacking in excitement. I'd be interested in trying an unfiltered version.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a 330 poured into a Tooheys New pint glass

A-- Poured a gold color with a nice head. Head died off after about 1 minute. Left some decent lacing. Nice carbonation with the pour.

S-- sweet and malty with the good traces of alchohol.

T--same as above... malty and sweet. Typical Belgian with the alchohol being forward. Fairly crisp beer. Too much sugar.

M--well carbonated beer in the mouth. Pretty lively. Still get a lot of the sweetness with this beer.

D-- Not the strong suit of this beer. A little too sweet I think. For a blond the abv is pretty apparent. Can do one or 2 but a little too sweet to be much more. Decent beer but just sweet for my palate.

If you want a quick buzz on a summer day, this is a good choice. the Raduise is a much better beer. I still prefer this over the brune. Make this not nearly as sweet and this would be a good grade higher. Too sweet for a plae ale to me. Very average beer as opposed to Duvel.

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Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in tall water glass in Sofia, Bulgaria hotel.

A: really thick head (4-finger), but little carb; dark blonde
S: sweet banana aroma, clearly a Belgian
T: banana, sweet, brown sugar
M: dead in the mouth; what gives? Ah, I think I may have poured it all into the head.

A good Belgian beer, but not one of their stellar examples. But what a welcome relief in beer-forlorn Bulgaria.

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Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a chalice.

A: Pours a clear gold with full white head that sticks around.

S: Beligian yeasts and spice, especially clove and cinnamon. There is a hint of sweetness and even some booze as well.

T: Light funk leads the flavour. Citrus (especially orange and lemon) balance the initial flavour and a smooth bitterness rises in the finish.

D: Its a tad cloying, unfortunately, but the ABV is well hidden and its flaws aren't significant enough to make it bad. Good easy-drinking stuff.

Overall: It aint politically correct (this being InBev and all), but I have to say, this is a solid Belgian single! It has its mistakes, but it hits the right notes and makes for a simple, tasty brew.

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Photo of jettjon
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Nice fluffy head, complex hefeweizen-type flavor
Lows: Slight alcohol flavor

Pours a dusky translucent gold color with a thick, attractive fluffy white head that sticks around. Nose is of wheat, malt, and grapefruit, reminiscent of a good hefeweizen. Flavor is quite complex, again favoring a hefeweizen in that there are notes of grapefruit and other citrus, but there’s more: apple, a touch of acid, and even an “iced tea” flavor. There is a hint of alcohol. Overall, the flavor is quite pleasing. The mouth is full, bubbly, and refreshing; drinkability is good. There’s a slightly bitter finish.

Overall, a very decent brew.

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Photo of kkleu357
2.76/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Had a nice golden color to it, but the beer is just way too darn sweet. Tastes too much like candy banana. Very sweet smell as well.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 11.2 oz bottle into a crystal beer mug.

A-brilliant dark yellow color with a spongy white head

S-yeasty, cloves, spicy

T-strong cloves presence, sweet hard candy, yeasty

M-medium to light

D-Nice representation of the style. Very refreshing. Nice beer to start the night off or to start off dinner.

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Photo of amano_h
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of endless1408
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of stomioka
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bsm80x
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of jamie2dope
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
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 tmm313
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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