Leffe Brune / Brown - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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Reviews by breakingbland:
3.89/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bottle dated 16/07/14 ("best before" date) into a tulip.
Appearance: Poured a lovely reddish-brown with a 1+ finger light tan colored head that stayed awhile until it devolved into an irregular layer of foam.
Aroma: A nice, typical Belgian fruity/spicy funky aroma with malt and hops.
Taste: Some funkiness is present, but just as the label says, this Belgian has a major hops flavor component. It's a nice balance, however, between the hops and malt, with the malt having a caramel character. As it warms up (probably warmer than the recommended 41 degrees F serving temp), the maltiness comes to the forefront even with the hops, making it more like a typical Belgian. In any case, a pleasant grapefruit hops bitterness lingers.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body which gives this darkish beer a light body in the mouth and makes it a refreshing brew. The carbonation feels medium-light on the tongue. A whipped cream foaminess develops as the beer lingers in the mouth.
Overall: I enjoy the funkiness of a Belgian beer, but I like this one even though the hops predominate more than in other Belgians. It drinks easily and has a refreshing feeling overall that I enjoyed. I'll look for this again.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2013 16:23:13 | More by breakingbland
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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.