Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Leffe Blonde

Leffe Blonde
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Leffe, Belgium

Imported by:
Anheuser-Busch InBev

Belgian Pale Ale
6.60% ABV

Commercial Description:
Filtered. Uses Vieux Temps yeast which gives the clove-like flavour.
"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."

Updated: 03-30-2010

General Pricing:
11.2oz, 330ml bottle, ~ $8.00-$10.50 6 pack, ~$29.00-$38.00 Case

Pours a nice clear pale straw or blonde color with a bright white rich but somewhat soapy head. The Head diminishing fairly quickly.

Oh those sweet Belgian malts and yeast on the nose. Well these may actually be pilsner malts but the Belgian yeast makes it produce a nice sweet aroma with some spicy notes. It’s a pleasant peppery smell of coriander spice and maybe a hint of banana. The fruity esters and volatiles produced by the Belgian yeast are unmistakable.

Hum smooth rich and creamy. It’s a heavier bodied beer than it looks. You can definitely pick up that coriander spice in the finish. This is, as most Belgians are, a very low hopped beer. Very smooth and refreshing beer sweet up front on the tongue but finishes fairly dry. You are left with that classic Belgian spicy finish, nothing overpowering just a lingering spicy craving for another sip. This is an easy drinking smooth beer.

The head has completely diminished there is just a slight ring around the top of the beer with little to no lacing.

This beer is now at 65° and it’s as refreshing now as when I first poured it. It really goes to show you that a good beer does not taste bad when it warms up, unlike most domestic beers well the macro’s anyway.

This is my favorite “everyday” summer Belgian. Maybe that’s because it’s so widely available and affordable. Since this beer is imported by InBev now Anheuser-Busch InBev, you can find it just about everywhere. A case of this beer is under $30.00. You can’t find too many ales for that price, especially not good ones like this. I’ll take a Leffe Blonde any day of the week over most domestic beers.

This beer is a solid B maybe a B+. There are better Belgian Blonds/Pale Ales out there but you can’t beat this for the price. This is also a great starter beer for those who are looking to try some Belgians, an excellent first step into good Belgian Bier.


  1. Got the last six pack of the leffe and I was excited to try it again. I poured it into the longer glass and I did it fast. Big mistake. I couldn't even finish it. Ken then suggested when I open my next to do a slow pour and in the rounded glass. Excellent! I loved it and it got better every moment it was around. Which by the way wasn't very long.

  2. Yes, as you found out, glassware does matter.

    “Unhurriedly” in a round bottom class is the basic rule of thumb for Belgian Bier. Belgian ale for the most part does not like or need the extra agitation that you get from a flat bottom glass.

    The round bottom set of glasses that I left with you are by far my favorite beer glass. For the most part you can’t go wrong using them for almost any beer.