Leffe Brune / Brown - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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Reviews by tfinn:
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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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.