Leffe Brune / Brown - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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Reviews by demcorhip:
3.45/5 rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Have just finished a lot of running around on a cool and blustery fall day. The occasional flake of snow is a strong reminder that up here in the great white north we are about to leave fall and enter winter. A nice looking dark beer is sittin gin my Chimay chalice. Actually looks more black than brown, and when back lit garnet hues shine forth. A nice whipped and almost rocky pale tan head formed on the pour, roughly a finger's worth, and is displaying nice retention, and a few sticky clumps of lace are already visible.
Dark candi sugar with notes of caramel and toffee as well as nutty yeast with a hint of phenolics are most evident. Some buttery toffee and hints of cocoa also present. A mild woodsy leafiness is also present thanks to the hops.
The candi sugar reaches the palate first with its sweeter notes of toffee. Then some tasty and nutty malts show up with a nice filbert character, and just a hint of cocoa. A hint of dates and prunes is also present. The spiciness shows up with hints of clove and black pepper, along with some alcohol. The finish is warm, with a nicely balanced woodsy and leafy bitterness as found in the aroma.
A nicely made ale, very well balanced and very smooth in feel. Unfortunately the alcohol is too apparent, and the only weakness of this brew. Perhaps i should have enjoyed this one at a cooler temperature.
The alcohol warmth and hint of fusel character is getting in the way of the drinkability. Im glad to have tried this, but have to say i am disappointed in this brew, with more noticable alcohol than the 8% tripel from Konigshoeven i enjoyed yesterday.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2008 22:43:44 | More by demcorhip
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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.