Leffe Brune / Brown - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Ratings: 1,449
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 39
Gots: 209 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001)
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Reviews by BeerPhan86:
Photo of BeerPhan86
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a mostly clear ruby-mahogany brown with a big two finger light brown head. Excellent retention on the head with very sticky lacing. It's a good looking beer.

S - Belgian yeast and dark candied fruit for the most part. There's a caramel/toffee aspect as well. Has that somewhat "musky" scent of a good Belgian.

T - Initially there is plenty of sweetness and banana, which rides out into a spicier, darker taste with plenty of roasted flavors. Definitely a spicy/peppery kick from the Belgian yeast. Finish is dry and boozy, which is par for the course with Leffe offerings. More of the raisin and dark fruit notes come out as the beer warms.

M - Creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Very wet without much slickness on the lips.

O - Pretty good dark Belgian ale for 9.99/six pack. Definitely not in the same tier as some of the more expensive Belgian ales, but for a guy like me who enjoys Belgian beer in moderation it does just fine. Many Belgian beer fans view Leffe as mediocre, but this is still a delicious treat and reasonably priced.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffreysan
4.73/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a “best before” date of 27/4/13, into a Leffe goblet

Appearance: poured a dark brown with reddish/mahogany highlights as light passed through the beer. After poured, the beer was capped with a thin whitish head that dissipated into a small lacing of bubbles crowing the beer.

Aroma: strong aromas of dark bread and roasted malt, with a faint hint of smoke and spice. Cloves, maybe?

Taste: According to the label, the beer presents a sweet caramel yet bitter taste. I get the sweet caramel, and a lot of malt, but I don’t get any bitterness. First taste, as the beer is cold, is very malty. A lot of dark bread, and toffee, with a nice sweet and slight alcohol finish. As the beer warms up to almost room temperature, (which is how I prefer all my Belgian beers) I get dried stone fruit, like prunes or raisons.

Mouthfeel: For a dark beer, there’s a nice effervescence, making the beer crisp and refreshing. It’s a great beer for both winter and summer.

Overall: I love Belgian brown ales, and while not being the best Belgian brown ale out there, Leffe brune is my absolutely favorite Belgian brown ale. Hell, it’s probably my favorite beer period. I can (and have) drink this all night.

Photo of kevofficiel
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The look of this beer is dark and brown on the light. 2 fingers of head. Light carbonation
The smell is about that chocolate, coffee and some raisin. Very, very nice.
The taste of it. Wonderful, full of chocolate coffee roast. You don't really feel that 6,5 ABV. Easy to drink. Refreshing and as a dark ale it's really nice. The taste stay on you tongue for a while and it's really light. Very different from a Guinness or a Rickard's Dark. This Leffe Brune is much much better. Even better than the Leffe Blonde.
So overall would I recommend it ? Totally YES. Very nice beer, that you can drink it during summer and during winter. It's refreshing, it's tasty. And if you find it on special, go for it, you won t be disappointed.

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with red highlights with a nice somwhat creamy very sticky head,aroma is very sweet and brandyish.A pretty comples ale first I got some rich port like flavors with some candied sugar notes with a light smokiness that lingers into the finish.A nice beer to savor after a meal like I did,very well made and drinkable for the style in my mind.

Photo of Popsinc
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour with a medium, creamy tan head. The nose is quite simple. A lit spice, a little sweetness. The taste is of light roasted malts with a caramel sweetness on the finish. Lightly spiced and quite a smooth, creamy body. A little bit of caramel sweetness on the finish. Quite generic for a Belgian but not half bad.

Photo of Marty
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was malt-tastic! A very sweet, malty brown ale... didn't really come across as sour to me. Dark brown in color with a medium-sized head. A very drinkable beer, but I found it so sweet and delicious that I was able to force myself to take very small sips and make it last. I'm tempted to say there were hints of raisins in this guy, but I really don't know. My taste buds simply said "goooood."

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am really not a fan of Leffe any more. I drank gallons of their brews these last three weeks and they really didn’t do much for me. This one seems to be rather more German than Belgian, like a thicker version of a typical German dark. Carmel and Roasted malts dominate. The color is nice, a dark brown, almost black with a thick white head. The taste and mouthfeel are rather sweet and not very complex. Very dark..

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in branded chalice.

LOOK (4/5) Pours a really dark mahogany or deep ruby-brown. The clarity is really good. Head is great - it starts very large, rocky & off white heat - this falls at an average pace to a thick film and some nice lacing. Maybe a bit too dark for the style, but very nice.

SMELL (4/5) The smell is complex and rich. The malts are of a rich sort of malts - I noted some caramel (front-and-center), toast, molasses, and melanoidins. I'm not sure on where the malt fruitiness ends and the yeast begins - but I think they come together to give off a great dried dark fruit flavor.

TASTE (4/5) Similar to aroma The malt flavor is fairly sweet but with a bit more roasted/burnt flavors than in the nose. Same fruitiness as the smell. A lasting bitterness (but no hop flavor) lasts into the finish and balances very well. Very smooth.

FEEL (3.0/5) Body was a bit too light for the flavor, especially given the high carbonation here. I just felt too insubstantial. The carbonation, with the light body, however, does work to dry out the finish and work against the sweetness.

DRINK (3.5/5) The lighter body should make this one more drinkable, and it does, but this slight disconnect kinda bothers me.

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of RoninBirdman
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BlueHammer
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Half Door in Hartford, Conn. Deep brown color with reddish tones, opaque. Thick light tan colored head that left significant lacing as I drank the beer. This beer smelled somewhat nutty and sweet. The taste started with a slightly hoppy bite, was sweet in the middle, and then tasted hoppy again as I swallowed it. I enjoyed the taste but wasn't blown away by it, as I have been with similar style beers. There was just a little carbonation and the beer had a smooth presentation, making it easy to drink. The taste of alcohol was present. A good beer and recommended but there are others I'd recommend ahead of it.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on Tap in a Leffe goblet at The Petit Abeille in NYC. pours dark honey, maple, with gobs of lacing and sheets of lacing. Exhibits a sweet, nutty nose. This is a fruity, nutty, malty brew, notes also of maple syrup, some subtle smokeyness, raisins, all flowing towards a long tasty finish. Fine stuff, especially if you can find it on tap.

Photo of aquazr1
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JayEvans813
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of Freehouse
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Leffe-branded chalice. A lovely opaque chocolate brew, with ruby about the edges. Leaves about a 1/2 inch of thick bubbled head that doesn't last long, but leaves a good deal of lacing. Some foamy patches left on the surface.

The nose is dark fruits, yeast, a bit of dark chocolate, roasted malts and spices.

Starts off somewhat sweet, with yeast, caramel and malt notes dominating the palate. Grapes and figs are also present. Surprisingly dry, spicy finish. The alcohol is completely masked!

Velvety mouthfeel, with a solid level of carbonation.

The beer that first introduced me to Belgian ales (as well as drinking beer out of a chalic) has always been a winner for me. A great sipper, perfect for a quiet evening session.

Photo of CDS86
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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