Leffe Brune / Brown - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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Reviews by jettjon:
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Got a killer deal on a sixer at Publix and was shocked to see that I hadn’t reviewed this outstanding beer (though I have almost certainly sampled and even bought it before). I will also state that this beer wins the World Championship of Head Retention as far as I’m concerned. I poured one into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!) and drank half of it and put the other half in the fridge. Over an hour later, it still had sticky lace halfway up the glass to the rim, and a rock solid finger-thick cap of foam. Holy head retention, Beerman! Otherwise, this brew appears a nice dark reddish brown color like cherry or mahogany with tons of carbonation streams fueling that never-ending head. On the nose it’s definitely complex with the expected notes of sugary malt but also complex aromas of banana, cloves, and perhaps raisins. Mouth is similarly complex but not so much so as the nose, with a malty backbone tempered with just-right bitter hops along with clove-like spice. Hints of chocolate and toasted malt, finishes on a slightly sharp bitter note. Mouth is creamy and full and overall very satisfying.
Overall: A stellar brown ale and quite coincidentally precisely what I’ve been craving for a very long time. I’ve been drinking mostly huge American beers lately and I’ve forgotten how sublimely awesome many of the less ostentatious Belgian brews can be. This beer definitely reminded me and left me wanting more.
Serving type: bottle
05-31-2012 02:06:55 | More by jettjon
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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.