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

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Leffe Brune / BrownLeffe Brune / Brown

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1,276 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,276
Reviews: 457
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 33
Gots: 121 | 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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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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1.25/5  rDev -66.9%

03-13-2013 23:20:12 | More by chippo33
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New Jersey

1.25/5  rDev -66.9%

05-12-2014 00:02:26 | More by kevinm2342
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1.3/5  rDev -65.6%

I never heard of Leffe until I was at a party and one of my good friends was drinking it. Traded away a Gritty McDuff's pale ale for one and boy did I regret it. Smelt it and it smelled very bitter for a beer, especially a Belgian one. Poured nicely with a cream white head, which gave it some potential. I tasted it and my first reaction was to check the bottle if it was expired. It was very bitter and sour... possibly too much hops. Had another sip and left it in the sink. If you were to try, it would take a while to drink another one after the first.

12-20-2008 06:06:25 | More by dcoux09
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1.5/5  rDev -60.3%

03-18-2012 00:58:02 | More by cjac
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New York

1.6/5  rDev -57.7%

This might be the oddest beer i've ever tasted. It caught my eye while passing through the supermarket and I had high hopes.

The good thing I can say about Leffe Brune/Brown is that it ours well and gives you a nice thick head atop your beer.

Leffe Brown had a caramel/malt smell but not in an appealing way. I found myself shying away from smelling it again. As for the taste it's like a sweet caramel brown ale but it just failed. I couldn't even finish it, and that's really saying something. I got maybe a quarter through it and said it taste too bad for me to want to finish. I'm stuck with five left so maybe the second time around I'll enjoy it more but this beer was awful.

05-21-2014 01:57:44 | More by DenzelShawnG
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Russian Federation

1.98/5  rDev -47.6%

I've tasted this ale more than 40 times in different places and on various occasions, not to count consuming bottled Leffe at home. Must admit that I gradually developed strong dislike for this particular Dark.

It looks good, yeah - very dark brown with proper head, lace and everything. It smells wonderful - roasted malts, black fruit, yeasts and dry herbs. But it's the taste that disappoints me: always too sweet, too heavy, free of any sophistication, with a sticky mouthfeel and unpleasant finish.

This ale, packed with sugar, maybe a good restorative for those who remained unconscious for a long time. Conscious drinker must have something else.

07-01-2006 14:30:46 | More by ernie
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2/5  rDev -47.1%

10-21-2012 12:47:30 | More by Zonian1
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2/5  rDev -47.1%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

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2/5  rDev -47.1%

07-10-2012 02:34:18 | More by Jsimansk
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Ontario (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -45%

Leffe Blonde is a pleasant and complex beer but this is nothing of the sort.

Appearance: promising. Pours with a thick head and robust, brown body. Lacing is excellent. Makes you want to drink the beer.

Smell: fruity with a dry, wine-like aroma. However, the smell is the calm before the nasty, bitter storm.

Taste is awful. A thick and musty wine flavour with hints of fruit. There is no "sweet caramel" to speak of (as the label suggests). The dry, bitter finish and high carbonation accentuate an unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: also terrible. The head on this beer is too thick and carbonated and therefore tough to get through. The aftertaste is painfully dry. This beer can best be described as bitter and bloated.

Drinkability: the review says it all.

06-20-2006 18:06:22 | More by cratez
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Hong Kong

2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

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New York

2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

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Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

04-14-2014 01:48:42 | More by AugustusRex
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2.3/5  rDev -39.2%

Once again with Leffe. I have never tried this brown so I was hoping it was better than the blond. NOPE. Poured at 40 degrees, beer was very pretty I must admit with a giant head. Mahogany color mmmI thought. But as soon as I smelled it I knew it was that same sour beer we hate. Don't understand it either My wife spent a year in Holland and loved this beer on tap. When she got back here to Va. we started buying it and first sip she took was yuk! And we have tried several times hoping it was just a bad or old beer. I don't know maybe the export product is not the same as the beer overseas. Don't matter I will never again waste money to try it anymore unless we find it on tap.

12-13-2013 17:27:56 | More by Minkybut
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South Carolina

2.48/5  rDev -34.4%

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.

07-28-2014 02:02:55 | More by TheMcCollums
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Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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