Leffe Brune / Brown - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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Reviews by Stavage:
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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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.