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

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Ratings: 1,576
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 51
Gots: 324 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.73/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a “best before” date of 27/4/13, into a Leffe goblet

Appearance: poured a dark brown with reddish/mahogany highlights as light passed through the beer. After poured, the beer was capped with a thin whitish head that dissipated into a small lacing of bubbles crowing the beer.

Aroma: strong aromas of dark bread and roasted malt, with a faint hint of smoke and spice. Cloves, maybe?

Taste: According to the label, the beer presents a sweet caramel yet bitter taste. I get the sweet caramel, and a lot of malt, but I don’t get any bitterness. First taste, as the beer is cold, is very malty. A lot of dark bread, and toffee, with a nice sweet and slight alcohol finish. As the beer warms up to almost room temperature, (which is how I prefer all my Belgian beers) I get dried stone fruit, like prunes or raisons.

Mouthfeel: For a dark beer, there’s a nice effervescence, making the beer crisp and refreshing. It’s a great beer for both winter and summer.

Overall: I love Belgian brown ales, and while not being the best Belgian brown ale out there, Leffe brune is my absolutely favorite Belgian brown ale. Hell, it’s probably my favorite beer period. I can (and have) drink this all night.

Photo of kevofficiel
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The look of this beer is dark and brown on the light. 2 fingers of head. Light carbonation
The smell is about that chocolate, coffee and some raisin. Very, very nice.
The taste of it. Wonderful, full of chocolate coffee roast. You don't really feel that 6,5 ABV. Easy to drink. Refreshing and as a dark ale it's really nice. The taste stay on you tongue for a while and it's really light. Very different from a Guinness or a Rickard's Dark. This Leffe Brune is much much better. Even better than the Leffe Blonde.
So overall would I recommend it ? Totally YES. Very nice beer, that you can drink it during summer and during winter. It's refreshing, it's tasty. And if you find it on special, go for it, you won t be disappointed.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Popsinc
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Marty
4.7/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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."

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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..

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely dark brown with ruby highlights and a tan, long-lasting head that leaves sheets of lace.
Nice aroma full of caramel, fruit and spice.
Great tasting beer. Plenty of delicious malt flavors -- toffee, caramel, cracker as well as a slight tart note beneath and a very nice, bittering finish. A little bit of peppery spice in ther as well.
Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.
Overall, a really good beer.

Photo of BlueHammer
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Highly carbonated beer with a brown colored head and a deep brown color. It does appear pretty clear in the light. The nose is a bit faint but is still fairly enticing with some Belgian yeast and candy sugar. The mouthfeel is a bit oily,but creamy. The taste seems a bit fleeting and underwhelming for a Belgian beer. Just some peppery Belgian yeast that grows in intensity in the aftertaste. There's a bit of growing warmth with in the finish.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 250ml bottle with a BB of Feb 2013. One of a six-pack given to me as a gift (from France).

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep chestnut hue with ruby highlights and good carbonation. Forms a decent head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of rich, sweet malt with notes of dried fruit, brown sugar, bananas, yeast esters, hints of roasted grain and a whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of sweet malt with a fruity, yeasty character. Notes of prunes, dried fruit, brown sugar, bananas, yeast esters and faint roasted malt. No bitterness or hop aroma. A warming hint of booze upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and tingly. Mildly astringent. Aftertaste of sweet malt and yeast.

Tasty and highly drinkable. Quite sweet, but a pleasantly complex flavour. The only thing missing is the depth that bottle-conditioning would provide. A decent brown beer that goes down nicely; well worth sampling.

Photo of ADR
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, darkest brown possible with a big bottle-conditioned head (3/4 of an inch and climbing) that's dark tan in color. Laces in large mats made up of small bubbles. A little nutmeg and some red wine in the aroma. Light and airy malts, some sense of the water/wine mix you get at a Catholic Mass and a decided impression of apple stems (yes, the stems). Mid mouth, there starts to be a toffee sense along with some phenolic spices. As with Leffe Blond, too much sweetness going on. The astrigent undertone works pretty well to balance the finish, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Pretty good...thanks to Rachel M. and Ethan L. for bringing a bottle back from Europe, and Liza P. and Ken K. for letting me drink it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a deep amber brown with a moccha tan colored two fingered sized head while leaving a nice even web of lacing. Aroma has mild brown sugar hints coated with darker roasted specialty malts, and as it warms forms pleasant fruit tones notably tart apple notes. Taste is a very balanced flavor consisting of a nice tartness that blends and contrasts very well with the harsh dark roasts coating the palate with trickling sweet fruit tones. Mouthfeel is a lighter creamy body very nice going down nothing bad to say about it. Drinkability is amazingly easy to drink this beer, and enjoyable classic session beer.

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lovely refreshing beer. Similar to Leffe blonde but more of a crisp and earthy taste rather than smooth and sweet. The colour is like cola and the head stays for a while.

Photo of rastaman
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A good brune, but once again perhaps a bit sweet, i like it though, but just not as much as i could have (because of the sweetness).

Photo of pwoods
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the legendary Hopleaf. Served in a Leffe Chalice/Tulip/Wineglass thingy :)

A: Deep brown with ruby tints. 1 finger head thaqt holds very well. Great lacing.

S: Fruity yeast esters. Sweet caramel malts. Reminds me of a dubbel, almost.

T/M: Alcohol is subdued which works well. Like a mild dubbel I guess. Spices are li ght but enjoyable. Light yeasty esters with a nice malt backbone. Rye malt? A touch of chocolate malt in the back. Body i sjust above medium and carbonation adds a nice liveliness.

D: I'd definitely order this again. I'll be looking to see if it's available in my area. I think this would work as a good 'starter' Belgian.

Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A real big light brown head slowly falls into a nice lacing above a clear burnt red colored beer.

A well balanced aroma consisting of light yeast, caramel malts, and dark fruits.

Light caramel malts, light yeast, dark dried fruits, hints of coffee blend well in a dry tasting (almost like a wine) beer.

An almost parching dry aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty decent tasting brown, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would have.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly murky deep brown color. Has a thick over milked coffee looking head that is quite aggressive. In fact the head is almost half the glass. An easy one to have spill over.

Smell is deep grains and some fruits, a little caramel and brown sugar.

Taste is like light brown sugar mixed with cereal. Sweet but not over sweetened. A smooth beer with hints of cotton candy flavored bubble gum and Belgian yeast spices.

Not very carbonated and a medium body almost like an over steeped sweetened tea. A good middle of the road brown.

Photo of Hammarby
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber/deep copper/dark brown cola-ish color and tan head. Head is foamy and laces.
S: Citrus, yeast, smells like a wheat beer. Berries and tones of chocolate fudge.
T: Burnt sugar, bitterness, yeast, spices (coriander?). Sugary taste without the sweetness. Bitterness in the aftertaste. Dry-ish. Very faint hint of eucalyptus.
M: Medium body, a bit too carborated for my taste. Dryness helps drinkability. Tastes do not harmonize completely. Drinkability still good. Like a dark wheat beer.

Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer isn't a thick or heavy one, showing appropriate body in its medium brown color with some deep bronze shining through in the light. The tan head is a rocky and creamy cap one finger in height. Lacing is deposited patchily and in good quantity.
Dark chocolate and caramel are on the nose with a bit of a smoky edge and a mild tartness making things interesting as dark fruits come in. A bit of earthiness is in here as well. The sourness takes an interesting turn at the very end as it mingles with the not-quite-burnt note.
There's a bit of spiciness, and the earth works at the end to really hold things together for just a good balance and depth.
The tartness tingles, and malts are displayed on the tongue primarily with caramel notes. A touch of earth and toast make up the bulk of the flavor, and spiciness, while muted, is present lightly. It doesn't maintain the full character of the smell, but it puts it together for the most part.
It's creamy and a bit crisp on the tongue, combining with the tartness that translates into a bit of a tingle. The body is a light medium.

Photo of anders36
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This abbey beer pours a dark brown redish colour with i think long lasting head into the glass. It has a nice little rosted smell, with hints of coffee and chocolate. The taste is a little sweet and not so bitter. There is also some hints of dark chocolate and some bready aftertaste. A quite good beer, but not the best one in Belgium.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice. Best before 13/09/13.

A: Pours a clear ruby with a puffy 2 finger slightly tanned head. Lots of bubbles. Head leaves some good lacing as it slowly goes away.

S: Faint belgian yeast, hint of sweetness. Slight bit of alcohol.

T: Well balanced malt and yeast taste. Mild yet tasty and very easy to drink. Little bit of an alcohol taste at the end but well hidden.

M: Great carbonation. Real refreshing. Lighter on the palette than it looks.

Overall another easy to drink belgium that I would drink again. Would love to try this on tap. I'd imagine anyone who likes beer could drink this.

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tapered pilsner glass. Best before 01/09/13.

A: Deep amber color with a touch of pink. Huge amount of off-white head with a batter-like whiter head forming in the center. Dies down leaving the center foam and lots of lacing.

S: Bananas with a bit of chocolate. Not my favorite aromas but fine for the style. Not a terribly strong bouquet.

T: More complex than the smell. Roasted malts up front leading to a yeasty, wine-like taste. A little sourer than it should be.

M: Very smooth, not as overly carbonated as the head had me expecting.

O: It's a good beer, nothing remarkable.

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