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

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1,224 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,224
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 30
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001)
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I noticed a row of wooden knobs on the bar when I came in for dinner and asked about the tap list. a server recited the list from memory and "bruin" caught my ear. so I ordered one.

presentation was in leffe goblet, and had nice thick head on it. lighting was low in the restaurant, but I could see amber brown glints of color when held up to the light (such as it was).

it smelled deeply malty, with hints of cinnamon and allspice, and this got me a little exited.

the flavor was good: special-B, hints of spice, and a sold dark malt backbone. extremely smooth and clean.

mouthfeel was full, but not cloying, and the finish was tight, and worked well with the port sauce of my chicken.

however... after a few sips I recalled unibroue's trois pistole, and found the leffe to be lacking in comparison. then it hit me that leffe must be part of stella artois' portfoilio, and it all made sense. competent well done beers, but merely good, and not great or fantastic. the base flavors are there, but they just don't go quite far enough. it's like a fantastic belgian(-style) beer put into a rock tumbler. what comes out is beautiful and smooth, but all the edges have been completely removed. there's simply no solid palate-bumping belgian style to the leffe. it simply lacks the complexity and soul. I recall thinking the same thing about stella artois.

there are better beers in this vein out there, and I can only hope that people who find themselves enjoying aspects of this will seek out better things.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2006 02:18:45 | More by tfinn
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Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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