Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Leffe BlondeLeffe Blonde

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium | website

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

Very crisp, clean, and refreshing beer. I usually like some darker Belgians, but this is a nice change of pace. It has the standard fruity Belgian taste with a decent amount of carbonation that leaves a somewhat spicy aftertaste. There are better Belgians out there, but this one is not bad at all. One of "The Brothers" has this beer rated at a 2.2. That is worse than Budweiser. I find that ludicrous.

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Photo of Try-em-all
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow, not a good one here. Disappointed, cloudy, slightly skunky smell and really, not a good beer. Oh well, you can try hundreds of others. Skip this one, though.

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Photo of BillBabbitt
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful, crystal clear, bronze color with a full, soft white foamy head. Nice aroma and a slightly sweet, intensely floral taste. Pairs well with a light pasta.

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Photo of Ethanol4one
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presents wonderfully clear and clean in the class, both color and massive froth, with a light banana, clove aroma, followed by a light clove malted tast, balanced against very little to bitter the flavor.

Made a nice starter beer, when followed by a few strong, hopped up American IPAs (Sam Adams' Latitude 48) at the tree trimming party where no trimming took place.

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Photo of GiaLvo
4.31/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Amazingly refreshing and easy to drink beer.
Perfect for the summer.
The head disappears quickly but the taste stays good even if sipped slowly.
I could taste some fruity aroma but I couldn't identify it.
Definitely one of the best beer amongst those that are easily found in supermarkets.

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Photo of StarSAELS
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear golden yellow; an aggressive pour (ie right into the middle of the glass yielded a foamy head that took a while to go down. Looks very nice in the glass.

S: Delicately spicy, fruity; as it warms I can smell more alcohol.

T: Delightfully fruity (orange?) and hoppy-spicy.

M: Smooth and creamy; a long, dry finish.

D: Definitely deserves buying the six pack. I'm going to enjoy another one right now!

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Photo of TheStig
3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a persistent two-finger head. Moderate lacing.

Smell is slightly musty, with some overripe fruit notes.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Not as smooth as an altbier. Slight astringency. Taste is fruity, but without anything definite. Bubblegum, perhaps. If I had to pick, I'd place it near a fruit smoothie, with all of the different fruits blended together into one (not unpleasant) flavor. Some grassy undertones, a hint of wheat.

Like others have said, it's a good way to introduce people to the world of Belgian beer, but compared against the rest of the plethora of Belgian beers, it falls flat.

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Photo of JWFokker
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle, it's a decent looking beer. Golden, and oddly crystal clear for a Belgian pale ale, but it's got a nice white head that has decent lacing if you're into that. The nose is rather mild, with sweet fruity notes, but nothing noteworhty. The flavor is mostly sweet malt with a touch of spices. No noticeable hop flavor. The finish is kinda syrupy sweet, not exactly to my liking. The mouthfeel is pretty average. As far as drinkability goes, I don't think I would want to have more than two. The sweet syrupy character of this beer could get to be rather cloying beyond one or two.

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Photo of Jordan1985rec
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't really understand why so many people hate this beer here in the states. I understand that it's not the best Belgian beer in the world, but still it's really pretty good for what it is. This is one of my regular, weekly beers, this and Guinness Extra Stout, so if you already don't like me, that's okay. A lot of people already gave a fairly good representation of the taste, mouth-feel,etc. So I just wanted to give my $0.02 about this beer, it is drinkable, mild, and a good entry level Belgian beer. While I can always appreciate a Chimay etc., this is a good, well rounded beer.
P.S. Let me say that I am going to Belgium next summer, so I may have a new appreciation then, Cheers friends!

Amendment: 27 Nov 2008.
I had a couple of these last night and they seemed far more sweet than ones I have had in the past. I don't know if they have changed anything, or if my tastes have simply changed a little, but it was unpleasantly sweet last night... That's what she said.

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Photo of pandashaver
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a tulip. Beautiful clear golden orange body with foamy white 2 finger head...pretty nice lacing and retention. Not hazy like most Belgians.

S - Banana, spices, much like a lighter version of a Belgian tripel. I'm not yet very experienced in Belgians, but this smells Belgian.

T - Again, all the spice and yeast. Sweet malts and dry spice. Not overpowering but lots of character. Not watery at all in my opinion. Only the slightest bitter.
M - Thin to medium for a beer of this character. Which is okay if you plan on drinking more on the night, as I absolutely do on this night.

D - Very easy to drink, could have many more in one sitting.

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Photo of strictly4DK
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a Leffe chalice.

A - Clear, golden color with a 1 finger thick white head. Leaves a thin layer of retention and little lacing.

S - Strong phenolic scent of band-aids followed by some sweet ripened pear. A couple swirls of the glass gives some grassy hops.

T - Upfront this is quite medicinal. Yeast also gives off some spice notes and tons of cloves. Hints of honey intermittently invade certain sips. Little if any hop presence. Overall, cloyingly sweet.

M - Medium body, slightly thick for the style. Carbonation is pretty low. Cloves linger on the palate.

D - This is a very commercial belgian blonde which is evident by the clean palate and lack of carbonation. However, it's more than sufficient for a belgian style blonde that you can find just about everywhere.

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

Leffe Blond Ale

A= Pours a golden hue with a white frothy head with fine carbonation.

S= faint vanilla, clove, almonds very pleasant .

T/MF= Light and delicate not heavy gental carbonation with the notes of golden crisp apple, vanilla bean, sweat malt, slightly spicy (clove).

My family liked this ale, it went great with our sunday dinner which included tilapia fish with baked yams complimented the blonde ale.

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Photo of Kyle987
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last time I had this was last summer in Brussels, and I thought it was amazing. This time it didn't quite measure up, but still a very enjoyable beer.

Poured into a red wine glass, which is a little embarassing, but it's the closest in shape to the proper glassware. Moderate head, pale golden orange color. Just shy of being perfectly clear. Very attractive smell, grainy with some yeast and a fresh sweetness. Taste isn't as good as the aroma would make you expect. Too processed. Initial impact is highly carbonated and lacks much flavor. Then there's a sweet bread taste. Mouthfeel is great; high, but not excessive carbonation, and significant body. Light lacing. Very drinkable, but failed to meet my (very) high expectations.

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

Poured a light golden color with about 2 finger width of white head. Weaker than most abbey ale, but it's a blonde so that's quite understandable. Had a hint of hoppes, and a traditional abbey odor.

Something to drink towards the end of a good night. Not exactly a closer beer but maybe a pre closer?

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