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

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Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brownish ruby, clear. Beige foam low on average lasted,
Aroma: gently roasted herbs typical "belgium", light dryness with a hint of dark fruit.
Taste: lightly roasted again, touches of yeast, spices, appear dark fruit, plums, cherries.
Gentian caramel, slightly burnt. High saturation. A little alcohol comes.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into snifter. Very dark brown, with a persistent beige head.

Nose of malt and toasted wheat.

Taste brings out somee classic abbey characteristics: dark wheat, some caramel. Hops implied by the bitterness. Banana and clove are also very faint.

Carbonated, but generally smooth mouth.

There's a lot going on here, but none of it is dominant. In that, Leffe Brune is a good blend. As many have said, definitely a try for those who are just now exploring Belgian darks.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown color with an impressive and large foam head, the lace is sudsy and creamy all the way until the bottom of the glass. The aroma has dark fruit, dark bread, toffee and light bubblegum. Mostly sweet and malt forward, very light phenols, coffe, toffee and caramel like flavor coats the mouth. A slight sweet tartness in the finish. The peppery spices are light but balance it enough . The aftertaste is slightly bitter. Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of EMH73
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue, thick one inch tan head that is well retained a leaves good lacing. Smell is sweet malts with a hint of spices. Taste is dominated by sweet malts, with notes of caramel, bananas and spice. Moderately carbonated, smooth, light and very drinkable.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle BB 12/06/17. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a handsome brown with ruby highlights. Clear, light easily penetrates. 1 finger beige head, quickly fades to several thick islands. Steady visible carbonation. Lacing was modest. Retention was fair.

Aroma: Initially, loads of caramel, and slight toastiness. Digging a little deeper, some familiar Belgian phenolics of light green banana, perhaps maraschino cherry. A little clean noble hop on there, too, but faint.

Taste: Not nearly as sweet on the palate as on the nose. Lightly sweet arrival with some malty complexity, a touch of sourness and some light clove, then turning to a very firm bittering, and right at the end you get a taste of its Belgian roots. Not that this is a hoppy beer by any measure, but I'm kind of surprised at how much bittering there is in this; this is probably the most highly hopped Belgian beer I've had, apart from Duvel (I have not had many Belgian beers).

Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected lighter side of midweight. It actually may not be that light, but the high carbonation makes it feel lighter, and more refreshing. Very clean on the finish, with just a hint of lingering phenols.

Overall: This is a very light dark Belgian beer, if that makes any sense. Light on flavor, light on texture, eminently drinkable. What I love about brown ales, this definitely has: really drinkable, dark toast and caramel nose, though it is all really light. The clove and banana phenols that I like in Belgians this also has, but in a very restrained way. I am actually really glad I started my "tour" of Belgian beer reviews with this beer, it is a good "gateway" Belgian ale.

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Photo of davidperez
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Leffe chalice, it pours a dark brown, clear, with some red glare against the light, and a beautiful two-finger ecru head, creamy and foamy, with excellent retention.
After quite some time the head settles as a 1 finger head. Very nice lacing.

The bouquet is really pleasant. Malty sweetness, toasted malts, banana, brown sugar and slight spiciness. Not very assertive though.

The taste follows the nose, but the sweetness doesn't overrun your palate. Molasses appear too.
The flavors are greatly intertwined, so it's almost as you get one multifaceted sweet note, assertive but not to the point as to require bitterness to keep its appeal. The bitterness does show a bit though, in that ephemeral but pleasing finish, balancing the fading sweetness.
Nice amount of carbonation, medium to light body, smooth.

A very nice beer, that I hold dear to my heart since it was one of the beers that drove me to learn about craft beer, and I got to drink it on a very special occasion.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours cola brown with tinge of red when held to the light, it has a good size tan head. Aroma caramel, spice, brown sugar. Taste follows the nose. Very nice not bitter at all.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very approachable and inviting.
While I like the sweetness from its malt, what makes this beer better than its peers is creamy, soft mouthfeel. Its low carbonation adds to this.
this ale is easy to get and easy to drink. Try it.

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium".

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Photo of ADicerni
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. Opaque Brown with amber tint. Thick foamy head that lasts a few minutes
S. Piney or spicy yeast scent.
T. Piney malt sweet taste. Not a lot of bitterness from the hops but a nice malty finish.
F. Crisp carbonation gives a sparkly feel in the mouth.
O. I like this beer overall, it's a good example of a Belgian Dark Ale.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.82/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this in Hua Hin, Thailand. Dark, good carbonation, with a medium head when poured into a glass. It has a rich flavor with a strong malt aftertaste. It's a very smooth drink down to the last drop.

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Photo of jw4free
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: dark brown, root beer. S: nice malt backbone. T: dark cherry and oak barrel. F: full bodied, creamy. O: an excellent beer to savor the depth of character.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearamce - poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a dark amber, (almost looks black intil put in light. Poured with a big foamy head that lasted 15 mins.

Aroma - Molasses, caramel malt smells mesh .

Tasste - Caramel malts, clove, light banana candi sugar. some light phenols

Feel -mediun bodied with tingling carbonation. .

Overall - not bad for a 6 abv beer! the flavors come together well and everything works. Cheers!

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Photo of joeseppy
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful brown pour with sudsy tan head. Spicy aroma and clean. Got that spice drop candy taste. Toasty caramel and light brown sugar. Pleasing maltness. Faint memories of banana foster. Drinking this out of a Westy chalice I can't help but to think of Westy 12- I know, sacrilege. Great brune and the price is spot on. Would buy again for sure.

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Photo of RickS95
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's such an adorable beer with its little 330 ml bottle. The pour is a burgundy brown, clearish color, with a beautiful thick frothy head of slightly off white bubbles. Peaks and valleys and a sloppy lacey mess sticking to the glass.

Caramel malt dominates. A few spices fill in the spaces, but the caramel is the star.

The taste follows the lead of the smell and the malt and yeast work in perfect harmony creating a yummy concoction of caramel, the slightest hint of cinnamon, and a splash of pepper,

A bit on the thin side, it's very easy to drink with just 6.5% ABV. There's no heat and due to the caramel sweetness, the spicy feel compliments the sweetness for nice balance.

A great beer. Tame enough to go through s sixes in a night, but good enough that you'll want to savor each drop.

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Photo of jonmikel
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The look is very brownish and is fully opaque. I took it from a can so I think that's why it has few foam. The smell is quite good. There is coffee smell and flavour. Overall is pretty good for the price at the supermarket. 2€-3€ per litre in Carrefour in Belgium.

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Photo of James954
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Best Before: 11/2016

L: dark brown cola color yet is still translucent when held to the light. Light head lacing.

S: Faint smell of molasses and raisins

T: Malty, molasses, brown sugar, and a dry finish. After taste is similar to an 12 year aged Dark Rum (Zaya 12 year). The aftertaste manages to linger and is not offensive either!

Feel: Medium hefty mouthfeel that is just right for this beer.

Overall: This is a great beer in that it has a dark brown sugar and molasses taste that is also dry on the finish...I like that.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip.
Pours dark brown beer with thin beige head, which runs to some laces rapidly.
Smell - candy sugar, raisins, prunes, spices.
Taste - caramel, dark bread, spices, roasted malts. Nutty aftertase.
Medium body, prickly carbonation.
OK dubbel.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown color, caramel smell, nutty caramel taste, mouth feel a little thick. Overall an ok beer, but not really for me.

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Photo of akolb
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, dark brown with a light colored head. Great retention.
Aroma: Subtle banana and clove.
Taste: A touch of sweetness, banana at the back of the mouth, a hint of bitterness. Delicious.
Drinks almost like a lighter, more subdued version of a dubbel. This is a great beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In La Trappe Glass. Browsing Birraire. At first it reminded me the disgustimg taste of guinness vagely, but as it warms it gets better, that taste dissappears and becomes a beer that never tires you

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Photo of Dzu
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown with a creamy beige head.
S: Dark bread , a notes of coffeee, chocolate,dark fruits.
T: Banana, roasted bread, sweet a little (caramel), weak bitterness. Well balanced.
F: Smooth, oily.
O: Probably the first belgian dark ale i've had and i like it.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cola to ruby in color, quite clear, with fine, medium-retention, film-forming, beige head. Spicy, almost minty alcohol, and Band Aid are strongest aromas. Coffee and roasted meat are there as well. Altogether, like fresh potting soil. More complex, and in my opinion more enjoyable, smell than that of many a Strong Belgian Dark. Unfortunately doesn't last as long so I'll rate it lower. After it's had the opportunity to off-gas, banana notes to the fore. This is also present on the palate, throughout, although complimentary to other flavors: Light roasted coffee up front, sweetly boozy and nutty in the middle followed immediately by herbal, rindy hops, with Band Aid and menthol in the back. These latter two sensations are too strong for my tastes. Low level of carbonation, just barely tingly and smoothing out to pure suds. All but disappears after a half hour or so, leaving it to seem too watery. Lighter end of medium in body, fairly dry and warming finish.

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Photo of dk63
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could rate it a 10 I would. This is my favorite beer of all and could find it until recently. The store I was buying at in NC told me the US importer quit bringing to the states. Would love to hear differently from someone.

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Photo of Alexrdvz
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This would be a biased review as I simple love Belgian style beer, but the nutty flavor of this brown Leffe if just amazing. Right amount of alcohol. Roasted flavor, not burnt. Nice beer for chatting and chilling out with friends. Not to be served too cold (think room temperature of a basement in Belgium) lol

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Photo of BethanyB
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: A dark brown that's nearly opaque, but reveals some deep copper highlights at its base when poured into a goblet. The off-white head does not last, but still leaves behind evenly spaced rings of lace.

Smell: Prune and a tinge of roasted malt are sullied by a splash of DMS. A faint fragrance, but not one I'd want to be stronger.

Taste: Roasted malt and white pepper create a flavor profile which resembles rye bread. The fruit on the nose is not in the flavor. A soft caramel finish feels out of place. It's not bad, but it still doesn't make a good mark.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation create a thick, yet crisp quality that would do well to serve a more complex brew.

Overall: More of a mediocre smoky stout than a strong dark Belgian. Far less appealing than Leffe Blonde, and nothing I'd try again.

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Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.