Leffe Brune / Brown - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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Reviews by SmashPants:
3.91/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle: traditional 330mL bottle, stylish label. I like it as a package; stylish.
Appearance: lovely dark colour, some ruby highlights against the light. A short but creamy head hangs about for some time. Not much lacing.
Aroma: toffee and caramel dominate with notes of umami and spice backing up.
Taste: I'm starting to get used to this style - caramel malts, vanilla, cloves and spices. Perhaps some star anise as well.
Aftertaste: quite bitter on the finish, but not much else.
Mouth feel: a medium to heavy body with lower to mid carbonation. Pretty spot on, if a bit flatter than I am used to.
Overall: a good Belgian Dark - not massively overcomplicated, but heavy in sweet malt and treacle flavours. Pretty decent for AU$70 a case (2013) - figured it would be a fair bit more than that. Definitely more of a sipping beer than a sessional.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2013 11:06:19 | More by SmashPants
More User Reviews:
2.48/5 rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Was excited to give this two-year-old Leffe a try! It poured a medium dark amber color with little to no head, but that may have been because I was pouring from a day-old growler and this doesn't seem to be a very carbonated beer in the first place. The nose is sweet, almost raisin-y, and has the tiniest hint of nuttiness...the previous reviewer who mentioned root beer was spot-on. The taste of the beer was surprisingly sweet, almost unappealingly so at first, and none of the nuttiness in the nose translated onto the palate. It had a perfectly fine but not exceptional mouthfeel. The finish was fast and slightly sour. I was bummed I wasn't enjoying it more as a sipping beer, and after some pondering decided to pair it with a few mild and sweet-ish cheeses (havarti, mild cheddar, and some of Sargento's New Zealander). That made a huge difference...the sweetness calmed down and more nuttiness and yeastiness popped out, and I even poured a second small glass. I think this is an ok beer, and I might seek it out if I was looking for something to serve with a cheese plate or other sweet/savory appetizers. Probably won't buy again, though.
Serving type: growler
07-28-2014 02:02:55 | More by TheMcCollums
Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.