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

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1,286 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,286
Reviews: 459
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 33
Gots: 124 | 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 basica:
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

I wanted to put off having the Leffe Brune till a visit to Ice Cold Beer and I finally did and it was suggested by a client who thought we could meet there. Immediately I ordered this beer that I should have long tried... (having already tried Westys long ago) The Leffe brune did not fall below my expections at all. I did not reveal it that day though... instead I bought a bottle to go as it was not sold at the shops and supermarkets locally. This Leffe pours into my tall Leffe chalice with a nice thick 2 finger plus head that was generally creamy but slightly more bubbly than the other Leffes. When I poured it at Ice Cold Beer for Rex and myself it did not yield much head but this time it did and I have no idea why. The color of the pour was a dark ruby brown. The smell was caramel, dark fruits, spices, yeast and some malts too. The taste starts off spicey, malty with light brown sugar sweetness; the fruitiness kicks in shortly after not exactly an outright strong fruitiness but it instead blended with the malts and sugars to become a malty sweet fruitiness with some dates and raisins. The fruits were not the pronounced and it was rather light but the malts go strong and reveal the light fruitiness beneath it. The finish was slightly yeasty and slightly bitter dry as well. The after taste was malty with a hint of dark fruits; slowly raisins surface in the after taste. Sweet malty, slightly fruity aromas were detected on the nose. A final note to the taste is the ressemblance to the Leffe Blond in a sense that I can taste the typical Leffe taste (mainly from the malts and spices); very nice. The taste improves as the beer warms; so do not drink it too quickly if you have it out from the fridge! The fruitiness and brown sugar sweetness seem to show up a little more and the taste seems more mellow as it warms. The mouthfeel was probably medium bodied but with a fairly low amount of carbonation but a slightly creamy yet slightly stinging feel in the throat which was pretty good per se; nonetheless, it was generally a smooth drinking beer. Very nice indeed.

10-16-2007 16:15:30 | More by basica
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

09-29-2003 21:00:10 | More by oberon
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

07-12-2004 22:47:04 | More by Popsinc
Photo of Marty


4.72/5  rDev +24.9%

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."

03-25-2003 19:42:29 | More by Marty
Photo of DaPeculierDane


2.95/5  rDev -22%

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..

01-03-2006 02:15:30 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of Rijtjeshuis

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

07-16-2011 23:04:31 | More by Rijtjeshuis
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-01-2013 22:11:14 | More by SkiBum22
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

05-03-2013 22:20:06 | More by SuomiHobbit
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

08-20-2013 19:50:58 | More by RoninBirdman
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-10-2013 06:00:53 | More by danthehopslamman
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-09-2014 16:59:40 | More by generallee
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3.25/5  rDev -14%

05-15-2013 02:18:15 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-30-2012 17:02:32 | More by TimoP
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-15-2014 21:41:51 | More by petewheeler
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

04-30-2006 18:56:28 | More by BlueHammer
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

01-13-2005 02:30:35 | More by Billolick
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-29-2013 14:55:38 | More by JayEvans813
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-11-2013 15:26:33 | More by Freehouse
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

03-14-2010 02:04:00 | More by JohnnyBarman
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-22-2012 20:13:19 | More by CDS86
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-23-2012 18:43:22 | More by Marius
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

01-20-2013 16:52:55 | More by Swonkie
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

04-16-2013 20:06:07 | More by jiffymon
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

03-10-2014 20:26:21 | More by Mirela
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

05-21-2013 02:22:07 | More by Janeinma
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Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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