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Brewed by InBev Belgium
Style: Belgian Ale
Leuven, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2796   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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Keg and bottle: Filtered.
Uses Vieux Temps yeast.
"Leffe Blond is a pale abbey beer, with a full, sunny, golden colour. It has a smooth and full bodied taste and a rich creamy head. Like all the Leffe beers, it is a ’connoisseur’ beer that is easy to drink."


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4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (404) - Auckland, - DEC 20, 2012
This is a very professional beer, it’s accomplished and it plays to its audience, delivering a great Belgium Ale in a mass produced way. I’m a fan though because I like the style, and will forgive the commercial nature of the brand. Given a Duvel, Chimay or this I’d arm wrestle you for the Chimay, you could have the Duval which I find to be slightly sour. The Sugar and sweetness will catch up with you if you’re thinking of a big night in, but then at 6.5% by the time you got to a well earned 4th you’d be smiling for two reasons. Get Some, treat yourself


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beachmaster (155) - Oklahoma, USA - OCT 27, 2014
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. pours a clear amber, with a large fluffy head that slowly fades. Good lacing. Nose is Belgian yeast, cloves, bananas, etc. Taste is smooth, with notes of clove and bananas. Mouth feel is creamy, with a long, pleasant finish. Quite good, and a typical Belgian abbey ale.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
KennethArd (240) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2014
Floral aroma with hay, grass, banana, watermelon & mandarin. Clear golden with large white head. Inharmonious bitter sweet taste. Medium body, thin texture & average carbonaton.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bricktop86 (580) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Pours yellow witha white head. Aroma is light sweet malt and slight spice. Taste follows nose.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
honeyglass (6) - Łomża, POLAND - OCT 26, 2014 does not count
Złota barwa, przejrzyste piwo. W aromacie głownie banany. W smaku słodowe, goryczka niewielka.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cimbasso (132) - - OCT 26, 2014
Sampled on draught in Nice. This beer is everywhere here, in practically every restaurant and bar. It has a golden colour with a compact white head. The aromas are very fruity and spicy - dried orange peel, ripe banana, dried apples and cloves. The taste is similar, with hints of bubblegum and tobacco. An intensely flavoured beer with a good mouth feel. Not much in the way of hop taste, but that does not seem to detract from this popular blond abbey beer.

4.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
elosop (163) - SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
Halmgul med fin krona. Banan och jäst i doften. Smakar omedelbart bred "belgiskt" sött med underliggande karamelltoner. Lång "brödig" eftersmak. Schmeckt gut!

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alengrin (2189) - BELGIUM - OCT 24, 2014
The ultimate, ubiquitous blonde abbey beer, tasted from tap and from the regular 33 cl bottles several times, but for this rating I pour it from a 50 cl can - right after having swallowed its brown older brother from the same type of packing. In existence since 1967, I’m willing to admit this is a kind of classic in the category of medium-strength blonde abbey beers, but I am equally certain it has changed an awful lot since then. The present-day version shows a thinnish, off-white, finely structured but quickly opening head and a clear ’old gold’ colour with practically no visible sparkles. Aroma does not invite me to have a taste: cooked cauliflower as expected, biscuit, old and dried cake, cigarette tobacco, honey, dried apricot, iron but strangely a bit less strong than the brown version, truckloads of cooked corn, something sulphuric not unlike melting plastic, candied orange, dry cookies, vanilla. Taste begins with a fake sweet fruitiness, apricot and apple, some orange peel but not very convincing, very rounded and slick mouthfeel, medium to strong, minerally carbonation, honeyish sweetness in the middle with lots of cooked corn - a thing I thoroughly hate in pale lagers, and I’m beginning to think this is one - evolving into a finish which hardly is worth to be called a ’finish’, plastic-like solvents abound, sweetness sticks a bit, hops are very subdued, and the worst part of it is that the alcohol, though not really wry, is noticeable, which should not be the case in a beer of 6,6% ABV. Chemical, disgustingly sweet in an artificial way and a bit alcoholic: I suspect this is not even a true Belgian ale, but rather a pimped ’strong’ and sugared lager. As with its dark counterpart, I refuse to accept this, its historical influence notwithspoken. Wish I had a time machine to go and taste one in the late sixties - probably only to mourn the fact that this has become a diffuse shadow of its own self. Or did people already like it in this form in those days? By the way: I’m having this after a Heelch o’Hops by Anderson Valley, as I suspected this would take less concentration to be analyzed closely, and I’m happy the artisanal hoppiness of it still penetrates through this Leffe Blonde - as I cannot find any true hoppiness in it from itself. Stop buying InBev’s merchandizing tricks, and stop buying this abomination!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
camoes (154) - PORTUGAL - OCT 21, 2014
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18A). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 49 20:02. AROMA: sweet malty background with spicy aromas, reminiscent of honey-like or caramel. faint orange notes. no hop aromas noticeable. APPEARANCE: gold color and translucent. large creamy white head with good retention. pronunced lacing. TASTE: smooth light sweet malt background. low bitterness in the aftertaste. finishes semi-sweet. no hop flavours discernible. PALATE: creamy and medium body. high carbonation. OVERALL: a belgian blond ale without much complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rotaman14 (123) - Potsdam, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2014
Golden beer, no head to speak of. Fruity aroma of banana, apples, some bubblegum. Bittersweet, malty taste, with lots of spice, very intense. Medium finish with hints of bubblegum and spices. Medium body. Overall a very nice beer, that probably gets underrated by many due to its very broad distribution, as is the case with many beers on this site.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
konungen (59) - - OCT 18, 2014
Klart guldfärgat öl med stor vit skumkrona. Fräsch doft av jäst, bröd, malt, smått fruktig och smaken likaså. Riktigt bra smak med en lagom styrka och fyllighet. Ingen "wow" öl men riktigt bra! Flaska från Systembolaget. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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