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

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1,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 30
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001)
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Reviews by Stavage:
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3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Leffe goblet, decent head and decent lacing. Very dark brown colour.

Smelled of grains, with a berry like fruitiness and an almost caramel chocolate scent but edging towards the smell of one of those health store chocolate imitation products. I think its because that grainy barley smell mingles with all the other scents rather than remain distinct.

Tasted of dark roast malts, had a certain sweetness though this was well balanced. Almost had a stout like roasted bitterness though not nearly as strong as with a stout. Some of those berry smells came through in the flavour. Definitely not as subtle or complex or as pure sex as many Belgian Dark Ales but it had taste and the taste wasn't bad.

Mouthfeel was ok. Smooth enough, full enough, carbonated enough. Didn't leave the mouth dry but didn't leave it wet. Did what it had to do.

Quite drinkable. Not boozy tasting at all and where it loses out to its fancier brothers in style in taste it makes up for in ease of drinking. Sometimes you just want a beer to relax with and not think about too much. Works well as a beer to have by itself or with dinner or with dessert.

Kind of hard to rate this one as though it really doesn't compare to say a Rochefort or a Chimay Blue it's only a fraction of the price and works perfectly as an easier drinking Belgian Dark. At least where I am Leffe occupies that position of easy drinking affordable dark with really no competition.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2009 08:30:12 | More by Stavage
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Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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