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

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85
very good

1,370 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,370
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 38
Gots: 161 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nicely on-tap at Beerbistro. The sweetness was in check from spice and fruit. A tad of roast like chocolate and citrus fruits. Not bad for Interbrew, a passable Belgium. Popular with mates.
A tad spice in aftertaste.The Blonde is not as much fun to look at or to taste.

Sammy, May 13, 2004
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark iced tea color with a 3 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a craggy cap. Thick chunks of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel malt, banana, spices, and Belgian yeast. Taste is of dark malt, caramel/toffee, banana, spices, and the yeast. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Belgian dark ale that I enjoyed slightly more than the Leffe Blonde.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Huhzubendah. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a nice off-white head and good retention. A bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light bready notes along with dark fruit and a touch of brown sugar.

The flavor is fairly similar with a bit of dryness coming through the finish. Light-medium body. Very slightly chewy with carbonation that is a bit too high, but the chewiness still takes hold, leading to a nice feel through to the semi-dry finish.

Overall, pretty good; it's not something I would seek out, though I certainly wouldn't turn it down.

Thorpe429, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Waterfront Ale House, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear mahogany in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving delicate lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel in the smell along with notes of dark fruits and hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of bready and caramel malts as well as raisins. A light to moderate amount of sweetness is present in the initial taste; this transitions to a light amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly. It seems to share some of the characteristics that you would expect from a dubbel.

metter98, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dark brown beer with a nice head with medium retention. Aroma is comprised solely of some malt, which seems a bit weak. Taste is somewhat malty, though a bit too diluted for my taste, with a light chocolate ending. Carbonation is very average and body in too thin for an Abbey Dubbel. Overall, this is a notch below standard dubbel but very good for a macro beer. Hey, I think the world would be a better place if macro brewers could produced more beer like this one.

Phyl21ca, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A darker version of one of my favorite beers

Looks nicely browned. Quite clear. Highly carbonated. Pour created off white head that lingered for quite some time. Looks like a cola or an amber bock.

Aromas: typical belgian sweetness, tartness, yeasty, and spicy. Also has a caramel and toasty aroma.

Tastes: caramelly and malty in relation to the blonde. the toasted tones actually mask much of the flavors, spices, and fruitiness that I like about the Blonde. Fuller and rounder to the palate. More creamy than expected. Tingling to the toung.

Finishes caramelly sweet. Ever so slightly bitter. Alcohol flavor increases. The traditional Belgian flavors never really occur.

Impression: a nice beer, but didn't really hold true to style. Looses it's vernacular flavors. Still a good drinking beer.

BEERchitect, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ygtbsm94, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

kylehay2004, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before End: 10/02/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body, flashing a little garnet when held to the light, and exceptionally clear from aggressive filtering. Tall, lasting, beige head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Dark breadiness with an edge of toastiness to it and sweet notes of caramel, cocoa, and dark corn syrup. Folds into fruity scents, from 'nanas to berries with a small spritz of wafting alcohol.

Taste: Sugary sweet malts upfront, with tastes of firm toast and little inclusions of brown sugar, caramel, and chocolate. Little inclusions, mind you. Fruity accents of banana, raisin, raspberry coming together with the unabashed sweetness to give an impression of holiday fruitcake. A few drops of Karo dark. Sweetish, fruity finish with a small sliver of alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Slight stickiness involved.

Overall: Not great, no, but no too bad, either, really. More enjoyable for me than the blonde variety, I'll say.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with red highlights with a nice somwhat creamy very sticky head,aroma is very sweet and brandyish.A pretty comples ale first I got some rich port like flavors with some candied sugar notes with a light smokiness that lingers into the finish.A nice beer to savor after a meal like I did,very well made and drinkable for the style in my mind.

oberon, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Gotta drink something whilst my mind is happily torn asunder by the first season of Adventure Time, right? This stuff pours a dark ruby-brown topped by two fingers of off-cream foam. The nose comprises graham cracker, Belgian yeast, light rye bread, and clove. The taste holds notes of mild cocoa, clove, light brown sugar, banana peel, light Belgian yeast, and light toasted biscuit. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a solid, if somewhat underwhelming, Belgian dark. It won't blow you outta the water, but it'll do for a quick Belgian-y nip.

TMoney2591, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

JAHMUR, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thick rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dark fruits like black cherry, plum and raisin.

T - It tasted of biscuity malt with some dried fruit flavors of raisin and plum. There was a mild spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is really nice Belgian dark ale. I'm glad this arrived in town.

zeff80, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at BeerBistro.

This beer appears a clear dark reddish amber colour, with a half finger of soapy tan head, which leaves a thin ring of lace around the glass. It smells of bready yeast, coriander, and slightly boozy white grain. The taste is sweet candy malt, barn-like yeast, a bit of dark fruit, and mild earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a bit slick, and fruity, and it finishes fairly dry and yeasty. The extra alcohol is fairly well integrated.

This very much reminds me of Unibroue products, but they have obviously been doing it for a might stretch longer...

biboergosum, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

not even close to the red or the blonde, this is leffe's worst. pours a decent enough looking chocolate brown color with a thin creamy head. smell is belgian yeast, milk chocolate, and candy sugar. sweet and intoxicating. taste is less exciting than the nose, kind of just a drab belgian brown ale, nothing outstanding or out of the ordinary. mouthfeel is smooth, but its what killed this beer for me. it was almost flat and became more wine like in the mouth because of it. exactly the wrong feel for this style of beer. drinkable enough i guess, but not worth it for the price when the red and the blonde cost the same

StonedTrippin, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a deep amber brown with a moccha tan colored two fingered sized head while leaving a nice even web of lacing. Aroma has mild brown sugar hints coated with darker roasted specialty malts, and as it warms forms pleasant fruit tones notably tart apple notes. Taste is a very balanced flavor consisting of a nice tartness that blends and contrasts very well with the harsh dark roasts coating the palate with trickling sweet fruit tones. Mouthfeel is a lighter creamy body very nice going down nothing bad to say about it. Drinkability is amazingly easy to drink this beer, and enjoyable classic session beer.

WVbeergeek, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/8/07 at East Ave Café in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large, off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, dark malts and some chocolate.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of Belgian yeast, chocolate and some spices. The malt character is hearty and there’s decent hops presence for the style to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is good beer to stick with for an evening especially if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

RblWthACoz, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leffe bruin dark, tap at Stella cafe in Brussels airport.
Big creamy thick 1 finger head fades fairly slowly with an entire layer of lacing. Somewhat clear but dark mahogany brown color with a auburn hue.

Nose has an immediate Belgian bruin aroma, floral Belgian yeast esters, dark caramel malts and a bit of candy sugar, some candied raisins and dates, with a light apple mixed with nuts and dates.

Taste starts similarly, but with the candy flavors first, caramel, toffee, nutty candied apple and candy sugar, raisins and dates mostly candied, and a light toasted quality. A hint of booze wafts out with the sweetness and faint esters. It also had a light caramelized almost burnt brown sugar and faint inherent bitterness. Finish is dry but leaves a sticky residue, a mild gassy and earthy bitterness, more caramel toffee nuts and dried fruits lingering too.

Mouth is med bodied, little syrupy, decent carb.

Overall a nice beer, pretty much a bruin dark to a "T", but doesn't go beyond to do anything special either

jlindros, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leffe Brune/Brown, Anno 1240, Puissante et savoureuse/Powerful and full of taste.

Opaque caramel brown coloring, light and clear at the bottom, with a cream-toned head, starts big and billowy, drifts down in time. Looks lovely.

Aroma: soft, slightly sweet, caramel and nuts, dark fruits, raisins, dates, subtle spice notes, clove, etc. Very nice.

Taste: small bitterness hits the palate first, then replaced with sweet malt. Lush, tasty, with excellent balance. Never too anything, and just enough of what you need. Rich and full in the mouth. Bitter and sweet keep perfect pace. Little this, little that. Bitter now, sweet next, and just plain delicious.

This is one of my favorite styles of Belgian beers, and Leffe or whoever's in charge of this, has finally decided to let this version into the U.S. At last. And it is good. Great to know. I look forward to tapping it at a Belgian-leaning bar near me.

feloniousmonk, Feb 29, 2012
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Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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