Leffe Blonde | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium
abbaye-de-leffe.be

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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3,831
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3.59
pDev:
15.6%
 
 
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Photo of DoubleJ
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Me and a friend wandered off to Newport Beach last night and found a pizza joint with decent taps. This was one of the choices. Or so I thought. On to the beer:

The beer arrived in my mug a filtered deep colored blonde with a decent head that leaves little lacing on the glass. I'm not sure what the brewers were going for, but it smelled and tasted more like a Franziskaner than an Orval. Lots of chewing gum in the aroma and taste, and I'm talking about the cheap Wrigley's brand. A dash of cloves and a pinch of peppermint(?) provide to back up the main chewing gum flavor. Finish is thick and semi-sticky.

The flavors were fine, but the overall blend of them needs some balance and work.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. 12 oz. bottle. Light yellow and tawny with a white head.

s. Light fruits and belgian yeast.

T. Very flavorful. Fruit is apparant, dried raisin specifically makes an impression. Also a helping of banana goodness comes from that funky yeast. Has some characterics of a Hefeweizen but much more complex. Sweetish.

M. A bit excessively carbonated in my opinion, but still a fine drinker.

D. This is a very good BPA. If you're looking for a great hop profile, I'd look elsewhere. If you're looking for a very well balanced, complex belgian style pale ale, here it is.

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Photo of dar482
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a medium to deep gold, clear.

The aroma hits of honey, sweet malts, sweet orange peel, a bit of grain, sugary sweetness.

The flavor follows with sugary sweetness up front, honey on bread, onto a medium dry finish with more lingering honey and citrus peel, onto a light earthy hop bitterness. Medium to high carbonation moves the beer along with a smooth mouthfeel with hints of alcohol has the beer goes down.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden with quite a decent head but not a lot of lacing for a Belgian. Quite bready at first smell, followed by light banana and then clove. The taste is fairly mellow but exhibits similar notes as the smell. Some more noticeable clove on the finish along with a definite, but not out of place, sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and on the lighter side. Quite drinkable and refreshing. I brought a six pack of this camping recently. It was hot and humid and this stuff really hit the spot, went with a variety of foods, and was relatively easy on the wallet. I even converted one of my Stella Artois drinking friends with this beer. Not the most ravishing Belgian on the planet, but not bad and one I'd overlooked in the past.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.57/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a big tulip glass, consumed before the best by date.

Leffe, a bold golden/blonde ale that shines, really, im looking at it and it's shining. No other colors here, just 1st place gold. A big white rush of foam on the top part of the glass leaving window covering lace with legs.

Smells include sweet malt and a bit of corn, I swear to god. A bit of hay and some wheat. Nothing in terms of detectable hops. Kind of boring, but this is a simple style.

Malts are in the forefront and run the show. They give off a bisquit/bread thing and also I kind of detect a malt liquor type taste as well. Leffe is not quite that bad, but it certainly ain't great. I think some belgian yeast could of spiced this up, there is just nothing going for it.

The feel is smooth and lush but the flavor just aint there. The carbonation was light and maybe a boost would of made some sparks in feel, otherwise this was flat as a pancake, but not completly dead. Medium bodied. I'm not a fan of this beer, I found out when I noticed the small sips I was taking, I usually down Belgian pales, but not this one. I dumped the rest out.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: clear body with a medium golden hue. Two fingers of foamy, light ivory head. Looks attractive.

Smell: light, sweet malt with a bit of orchard fruit and a pretty decent helping of chalkiness. There is also a hit of light, earthy hop aroma.

Taste: flavor tracks well with the aroma, though there is a bit of biscuitiness which I don't love. Still, not bad.

Mouthfeel: rich, creamy and delicious. Body is medium with a pretty big dose of carbonation. Great.

Drinkability: pretty light and refreshing for a decent Belgian beer. Some of the flavor is not my favorite, but overall it is quite a pleasurable experience.

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

There's plenty of jokes about blonds having nothing upstairs, no substance to them if you know what I mean. But Leffe Blonde, with its deeper golden complexion and large pillow-y capping, dispels a lot of that hearsay. Whether its taste will follow suit remains to be seen, but its shiny, satiny highlights are dazzling distractions, as is its woolly lacing.

Thanks to their yeasts, Belgian ales are often beyond compare with regards to their complexity. Even the more commercial examples, like Leffe, showcase that ostentatiously. A mosaic of spices, fruits and alcohol vapors combine to make a quirky and characterful aroma. And all that is accomplished without the help of hops or malts.

The taste of honeyed oats and almonds, lightly toasted grains and figs and prunes is a welcome one. It isn't an earth-shaker in terms of complexity, but does register at least a sizable five or six on the scale. I'm almost detecting a faint nuttiness and a dry, white wine-like taste and acidity that washes over the palate leaving it to feel fresh and anew.

Even for a lowly, six-something percent beer this is a little thin and underwhelming for my tastes. It lacks the toasty, crunchiness to its pale malts that the best Walloon and Flemish examples encompass. But it's still mighty drinkable and, most importantly, is free of the cloying, (corn) syrupy texture that most mainstream beers do have.

I've been to more than a few establishments where Leffe has been the only half-decent thing on tap, and for that I was thankful. Because while it's not quite good enough to make the shelves in my cellar, it's a more than acceptable fill for my glass if I'm out with friends at a less than craft-friendly restaurant, which, coincidentally, is the only place I ever drink it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml from the Coop for about $1.70.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Big rocky head drops leaving significant lace chunks.. clear golden brew.

Very spicy aroma doesn't leave room for much else... cloves and whiffs of black pepper... light peachy/pear fruitiness... smells pretty sweet.

.. it is pretty sweet.. descent hop backbone.. but again spiciness dominates.. more fruitiness than the aroma.. more peaches and pears spiked with whole cloves... not overly complex but not horrible.. seems like a "supermarket" Belgian... Overall, just too sweet for me.

I've had Leffe Blond more than a few times, but now that I've reviewed it, I probably won't buy it unless I am going to be brewing a BPA and need some for comparison.

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

Pours a clear deep golden beer with a large long lasting head.

Smell is spicy with the scents of medicine and bubble gum. Smells of sweet honey with a strong scent of coriander. Spice is mostly ginger and pepper.

Taste is sweet and mildly spicy with a coriander being the strongest flavor. Taste of honey lingers a bit too much here. Taste gets more herbal as you finish your beer. It is a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel is OK.

The sweetness level and a lack of complexity hamper drinkability. Needs about half the sugar and extra spice flavors.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle marked 19/01/11-4322:48. Sampled on March 27, 2010 and served about 45 degrees. The pour is a cloudy yellow-orange with a short-lived off-white head that diminishes to a thin ring around the glass and a thin coating at the top of the beer. Clove, malts, and thin hops are the key sensations in the aroma, which is quite typical of a Belgian Abbey Ale like this. But it it not quite as pungent as some. The mouthfeel falls in the medium category with a likeable creaminess. The taste has all the right characteristics of clove, coriander, hops, and wheat typical of a Belgian Abbey ale. This is a beer that is a delight to drink but really does not stand out from other Belgian Abbey ales out there.

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

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a yellow-orange, slightly darker than pilsner colour, with a thick, white head, with spotty lacing.

S: Estery, lots of pears, and a bit of ginger, perhaps, that's what it smells like anyway.

T: Heavy apple flavour, very cidery, a bit of banana as well, tasty, though it had a bit of a metallic tinge that I did not like.

M: Smooth, slightly medicinal, medium-bodied, with a bit of alcohol warming.

D: This is a pretty good BPA, good flavours, especially for something owned by a giant conglomerate. Could definitely drink this again, might buy six-pack next time. Good call.

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

Blind tasting at my brother-in-laws, poured into a Munich Hacker-Pschorr Brau Tulip Glass, my brother-in-law likes to test me!

Impressive golden colour, full of life with a good white head.

The aroma told me it was Belgian, a citrus, yet sweet smell that only their brews seem to have (in my limited knowledge).

The taste followed the smell, very pleasant, as was the mouthfeel.

The 0.33cl brown bottle was brought to me and I was amazed it was a Leffe Blond, if I had known, would the scores have changed?

Most likely, I am not supposed to like beers from Inbev.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The brown 33 cl long-necked bottle's got an old-looking labeling. A picture of an old monastery. Beige color with a real old font.

A: Golden pour with a large white, but a bit uneven head that dissipates into small lacings.

S: Lots of wheat/ripe bananas. Fruity and sweet.

T: Wheat and sweet malt. Citric notes and yeast. Kind of spicy.

M: Aftertaste is short, but holds nice sweetness and some faint bitterness. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: A very "public" Belgian. This could probably work as an introduction to better beers. But for beer-connoisseurs, it's still a nice beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a seethru gold with minor lacing and a citric spiciness with hints of sweet malts and bread malts in the aroma. Has a fruit taste, mostly oranges from what I picked up, with some sweet malts and a light herbal hopiness that balances this light-to-medium bodied beer that is slick on the sides but has a little syrupy backbite. Pick up some bread and toffee malts as well for some reason. I like this beer, I know other people knock it and it is simplistic but having one occasionally never hurt anyone.

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

Clear golden pour with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Grainy aroma. Taste has grain (wheat and yeast) and pepper upfront. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Can also taste some clove and biscuit. Finishes with yeast and pepper. Good but not great. Very standard for the style.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a five finger white head that fades very slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Honey and clove nose, flavor is flowery, honey and cloves. $7.99 for a 6-pak 330ml bottles from Market Basket Concord, NH.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a transparent light gold with a massive head of white fluff that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass. Tiny strand of carbonation slowly rise to the top.
Smell is of freshly baked white bread, Candi sugar, caramel, and spice.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with sticky sweet sugar, white grapes, with toasted pils malt and doughy bread flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied sweet but not cloying. Carbonation is solid and spritzy with a yeasty finish.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Bright gold pour with steady mild carbonation.

S - Coriander, yeasty, some honey malt, mild banana.

T - Straight yeast, light banana, some peppery seeds of paradise, and cloves.

M - Medium body with very creamy texture.

O - A solid go to beer that opens the eyes of macro drinkers. Had this so many times in the past and wondering why it took so long to finally review this beer.

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

On Tap

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a large size frothy and fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Banana, cloves, corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount carbonation and most of the flavour consists of bananas, breads/grains, cloves, and a corn syrup sweetness. It ends with a yeasty banana flavour.

Overall - You could do far worse than this beer. It has a nice balanced taste and it goes well with meals. It would work well as a gateway beer to get others into craft I'm sure.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark orange-bronze color with an off white bready head leaving a good sticky lacing behind.

S: yeasty with bananas, cloves, and a candi sugar sweetness along with some fruits (pears, apples).

T: there was a sweet fruitiness as well (pears, apples) and candi sugar, cloves, bananas and a slight yeasty muskiness. There was a nice tang of spices on back of tongue of bitter orange and coriander.

M: crisp and highly carbonated with a lively fizziness.

D: Good drinkability, certainly not one of the better Belgians but a good intro into the style. Very light, refreshing, and fruity.

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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 corby112
3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served on the Celebrity Solstice cruise ship.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with clear glden yellow edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Great retention, only slowly fading into a thin lasting cap that leaves chunks of soapy lace behind.

Earhy aroma with lots of zesty spice as well as some sweet alcohol and crisp light fruit. Lots of zesty pepper and coriander along with earthy straw and lemongrass notes. Pale malts with subtle light fruit in the nose, mostly apple.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of zesty spice, sweet crisp light fruit, earthy hops, alcohol qnd bready yeast. There's a very prominent spice character up font with lots of zesty pepper, coriander and lemon zest that lingers throughout. This is countered mid-palate by a strong bread/yeast character that adds cmplexity and fullness to the body. Hintsnof wheat, banana, and lemon peel as well as some faint apple and pear. Decently balanced and easy to drink especially in the warmer months but not something that I would regularly seek out. A nice introduction to Belgian beers.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a chalice. Says best by 19/09/10 on the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear golden yellow color. Effervescent head quickly dissipated to a light layer of off-white bubbles. Some lacing present.

(S)- Lots of clove/bananna/ and lemon. Even a touch of a pineapple type citrus. Yeast with a flowery scent present.

(T)- Definite pale aspect in the flavor. Sweet lemony clove with a touch of bitterness. A bit of a corn taste to it.

(M)- Plenty of carbonation bubbles to keep your mouth busy. Light and crisp, yet has a slight drying part in the mouth.

(D)- If you want a no nonsense belgian pale ale, then this is for you. A simple and straightforward beer to satisfy your belgian craving, however, there are far better brews than this if you are looking for something more.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright, clear gold color. Poured a 2 finger frothy white head with excellent retention. Decanted continually. Laced in broken wavy rings.

S: Pale malt, bananas and bubblegum. Fairly strong yeast funk.

T: Pale malts and light-colored fruits much like the nose. Mild spices in the finish. Quite a few strong flavors that clash and ultimately don't balance.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Cleansing carbonation but sweet/spice comes back in the finish.

O: A little better than average, but expected good.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear, light golden color with good carbonation leaving a big white cap.

S: Honey, bread, floral and a hint of fruit

T: A little bit of fruits; apples, pears and some floral notes. Some bready notes, spice and light hop bitterness

M: Lighter to medium body ,plenty of taste

O: Enjoyable, flavorful and very drinkable. Good for the style

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Leffe Blonde from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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