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

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Ratings: 1,519
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 43
Gots: 263 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 1,519 | Reviews: 488
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of shambeano
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip.

A- Pours a dark brown with about an inch of fluffy off white head that slowly subsides, with some lacing. looks pretty tasty.

S- Sweet malts upfront, a touch yeasty, a little toffee and a bit of spice.

T- Straight up there is a touch of toffee malt, a little bit of dark dried fruit, raisins, a touch of alcohol. then a sweetness again to finish. a number of things going on, but im not really wowed with it.

M- mid bodied, a touch of carbonation on the tongue, really gets some salivation to the sides of the tongue before slightly a slightly dry finish. feels pretty good.

O- not a bad drop, i was expecting a bit more from it though.

Photo of nandika
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of kurgan3
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of kja157
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of hreb
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle served in tapered, geometric stange. Chilled but not cold. Best before 18/05/13. Beer is crystal clear but dark dark and tops itself with loads of carbonation and an epic head. Aroma is of the classic funky Leffe yeast.

The word that most immediately comes to mind to describe Leffe Brown's flavor is "smooth". Yeah, that's not praise, but it's not the end of the world either. There is the caramel sweetness you expect from Leffe, but it's even more controlled than the Blonde.
No, not bland, but it is mild: a little bit roasty, not too heavy on the tongue. Nothing to betray the ABV except the weight of the mouthfeel.

Pretty, and interesting for variety, but neither the best Leffe nor BDA.

Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes...

A - Pours a nice dark brown, two fingers of head, solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Musty caramel, hint of espresso and toffee with the some fruity cloves on the finish.

T - Sweet cloves with rich caramel, toffee and buttered bread, a nice caramel corn flavour lingers.

M - Medium bodied ale that comes across a tad heavy and finishes surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty Belgian dark ale, nicely balance with the fruity yeast and cloves nicely balanced with a solid caramel and toffee malt finish.

Photo of ThirstyTorpy
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of HopNelius
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served out of 12oz bottle and into stemless wine glass.
Appearance- dark brown 2 finger head with some lacing. Medium carbonation
Smell- notes of dark fruit, figs, dates, raisins, yeast comes through and malt.
Taste- dark fruit, figs, daits, raisins.cinnamon, with Belgium yeast. Very drinkable.
Mouthfeel- pleasant and sweet.
Overall- solid beer, one of the more drinkable Belgiuns I have had.

Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inch tall off white head on a clear brown body. Excellent drink by drink step lacing. Good head retention as well.

Smells definitely Belgian in yeast origin.slight fruityness.

Brown malts show through a tad but the Belgian yeast is the star of the show.

Mouthfeel is medium, good carbonation

Great drinkability. Pleasantly surprised with this offering. Highly recommended if you want a Belgian beer that you are going to have a few of.

Photo of Douberd
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured, from a bottle 300 ml.

Very dark coloured, with an above average head which stays for quite long and then dissapears (but not completely) really slowly, leaving heavy lacing on the glass as it goes down.

Smell is a bit fruity with caramel.

Leaves a light bitter taste, pleasantly bitter. Thin bodied in palate and lightly carbonated. Overall a great beer, I really ejoyed it.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark amber. Thick off white head with fair retention and tons of lacing.

Smell is of ripe fruit and spices (heavy cinnamon and clove).

Taste is sweet and bread-like with ripe fruit. Prunes and banana in there. Some bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most with lots of carbonation.

Overall this is good.

Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears dark brown in the glass until held up to a light, then you see a very deep clear red with some bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smells like fresh bread immediately after opening the bottle. After pouring into the glass the yeast becomes more prominent. Smells a bit like hay.

Light tang in the taste and some mild sweetness with a musty yeast character in the back. Also way in the back there is a slight metallic taste. This reminds me of a toned down Abt 12.

Feels like a dryer beer, some dust, some carbonation.

Photo of likeemdark
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Rlombardi75
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.

Photo of samEBC
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JZ57
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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