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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3.81/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-01-2014 20:40:49 | More by Brenden
Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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