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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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very good

1,501 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,501
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 44
Gots: 253 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of scott451
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 10/02/13. Poured into a pint glass. Clear dark ruby with a two finger bubbly pale tan head. Good head retention. Lots of clingy lace.

Smells of sweet malts. Phenols. Lots of yeast. Sweet up front in the taste. Very present alcohol. Not much hop to speak of.

Surprisingly light body. Low to moderate carbonation. Very good overall. A bit simple but well crafted. I think a bit more impressive overall than the Blonde. Good quality overall for a mass market Belgian.

Photo of starlight37
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now I've been staring at our set of Leffe glasses in the store for 2 years now, but this will be the first time I've ever had the dark version of the brew. The best known brew from the Leffe Abbey is their Blonde Ale, but the Leffe Brune (Brown) is the slightly stronger and obviously darker concoction from the Abbey of Notre Dame Leffe (translation might be inaccurate, blame google).

For such a dark brown colored beer, the foam on top is quite white in color. A very thick foam rises to the top, a good finger and a half to two fingers thick. The beer itself is a very dark brown color, nearly completely opaque, but just a touch of light makes it through.

Aromas are full of brown sugar, roasted malts and candy sweetness. There's also a bit of spice and nutty notes in the nose, and maybe a little toffee? On the palate the Brune is much lighter than expected! With all that malty sweetness in the nose, I expected a bit more intensity in the mouth. The Brune is fairly light in body dominated entirely by both fruity and roasted malts with a fair amount of alcohol shining through. I'm surprised how much the alcohol is noticeable, as the website lists the Brune at only a subtle 6.5% abv.

The Leffe Brune is a flavorful and smooth but not super impressive. I've had a Blonde several times and to the best of my recollection, the Blonde was a bit more impressive in quality. I have no trouble finishing this Leffe Brune tonight, but I don't see myself reaching for another either.

Photo of WankelEngine
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown with a slight reddish tint. It is clear but almost opaque from the darkness. There is a light tan head of three fingers with solid retention. It recedes slowly and unevenly, leaving a veritable landscape of foamy mountains.

S: The nose opens with caramel malt and toffee. Belgian yeast gives the beer a bit of spice.

T: The Belgian yeast comes through prominently, providing some notes of cloves and the standard Belgian flavors. Caramel malts provide a smooth backbone. There is a little bit of dark fruit/plum flavor and a hint of chocolate.

M: Thick and fairly full-bodied but smooth and very drinkable.

O: Pretty good. The Belgian yeast blends nicely with the rich malt flavors. Much easier to drink than I had imagined.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of sfprint
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

exp 10/12

A: Pretty dark brown, like a maximized darkness of sun tea, no visible rising carbonation, single finger fluffy cream head. would be transparent.
S: Sweet chocolate coffee, with some yeast and a vague dark fruitiness.
T: Very little bitterness, but tied to the alcohol. Difficult to describe the darkness. Slightly sweet, but pretty ambiguous. Ok flavor, but sort of strange. Not my favorite.
M: Fairly silky and soft. Not much in the way of carbonation.
O: Kind of a weird one. Wouldn't jump to another one. The blonde is far superior.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rodney45
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish brown, like the color of cola, or tree bark. Tan head, with good retention and lacing.

S: Has a plum and cherry aroma. Smells very much like a belgian beer. Also has a flowery style summer rose aroma.

T: First notes are of vanilla, butter toffee, corriander, belgian spices and cherry. Secondary notes are malt, cereal grains, plum, orange, and cany( You know the kind, that you'd find in a toysRus as a kid, and your mom would buy for you even though she knew it was imported from Asia and looked suspicious... tldr:cherry japanese candy) Balanced finish, and the aftertaste is a little dry, but more sweet than anything else.

M: Creamy and medium to heavy body. Low carbonation and very balanced, not bitter.

O: This beer is a top notch Belgian dark ale. I'd truly say that this is a complex and harmonious beer, with such a unique flavor profile, that i'd rate it in the top 25% of all Belgians around. Knowing that the brewery is owned by InBev makes me sad, but i rated this with no bias, only dictated by the profile of the beer. A good solid beer.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a deep, clear, ruby-copper color with two fingers of billowy, pale tan head. Outstanding retention and lace.

S: Banana, caramel, and a little pepper. Nice.

T: Leads with caramel malt, quick flash of dark fruit in the middle, then a sharp turn to Belgian pepper on the finish. As the beer warms, the fruit lingers longer into the finish.

M: Medium body, carbonation is at once creamy and soda-like.

O: Pretty nice beer despite the fact of being produced in mass quantities. Would make a decent introduction to Belgians for the uninitiated, and still has some charms for those with more experience. I would drink this again.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leffe Brown
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Pours a deep amber with an off white head. Aromas of Belgian yeast, candy sugar and alittle fruityness. In the taste, a nice Belgian amber, with candy sugar, toffee and light toasted malts. Not overly sweet but has little discernable hop notes. Shortbread, muted fruit, and a full malty body compliment each other well here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall, my favorite of the Leffe line, really tasty.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 1,501 ratings.