Leffe Brune / Brown - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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Reviews by casualfan:
3.68/5 rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had this for the first time last night, having had the Leffe Blonde on numerous occasions. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste, considering it was reasonably priced for a Belgian at $10.00 for a 6 pack. Although I do not believe it is bottle-conditioned, the level of carbonation was a reasonable facsimile of bottle- conditioning. It had some of the the Belgian "funk" that I so dearly love, yet was more sessionable than many Belgians at 6.5% abv.
Perhaps the best way to sum it up is to say it seemed like a Belgian beer reproduced for the masses. I don't mean that as a slam, as I enjoyed it and will certainly buy it again. In fact, I think it serves as a better "all nighter" than the higher abv Belgian classics (my beloved Maredsous Tripel for example...) that I enjoy so much. It is worth a try as long as you don't go in expecting Chimay.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2012 13:51:03 | More by casualfan
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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 1,235 ratings.