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

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1,420 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,420
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 39
Gots: 187 | 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:
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

sjstraub, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of RodneyFarva
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a one finger head which quickly dissipates, but a thin layer sticks around for almost the entire time i was drinking this

aromas of some malts, raisins, some yeast, and caramel.

taste is a nutty malty flavor, quite sweet, some dark fruits and caramel as well. very full-bodied and balanced. the dryness at the end nicely counterbalances some of the sweeter flavors at the end.

nicely filling, felt very satisfied after one, and given its wide availability in europe and low price, one i will come back to.

RodneyFarva, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich ruby-brown hue with a crystal-clear body. Head is two fingers of pillowy tan foam. Quite nice.

Smell: light, malty aroma with a little bit of bread and biscuit. There's also a bit of a yeasty character which isn't my favorite but is present in relatively low concentration, so it's not terrible.

Taste: malty body with a sweet caramel character and maybe even a dab of roasted malt flavor. Some of that fruity yeastiness is also present; it's OK and a very decent middle of the road dark ale, but it's not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: medium to medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a good level of creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a slightly above-average beer which hits some high points but the flavor is just not my favorite composition. Certainly drinkable, I probably won't go out of my way for this one again.

flagmantho, Nov 11, 2011
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 blakelive784
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a snifter -

A - Pours an extremely dark, non-transparent brown color. The head is 3 fingers, dense, creamy, and has very good retention. Very appealing.

S - Caramel, cream, and strong yeasty banana esters. Floral hops are surprisingly present. Very nutty, rather strong, and very appealing.

T - Bold caramel and banana on the open, with a nutty toasted malt foundation. A nice bitter counterpoint at the climax, and a little ethanol on the end. Very well balanced.

M - Medium bodied, a bit coarse and dry on the finish. Well built.

D - Very solid beer overall. It's well built, balanced, and priced. I'd certainly have it again.

blakelive784, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of magictacosinus
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've actually had Leffe's blonde ale before, but I found it too mediocre at the time to be willing to revisit it. This was served in a Leffe trademark goblet at a café/brasserie somewhere in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

Contains a very darkened color that is somewhat cloudy in appearance yet one that looks pretty balanced and thick enough to be an ideal Belgian dark ale. Contained a nice and foamy head that never seemed to disappear completely, which gave this beer a more lovely presentation. Aromas are similar to thick, toasty malts with some black current and fig scents on the side. There's a bit of hoppiness to it as well, but the malts are ridiculously overpowering here. Not really that much of a smelling beer, but there are notable sweet aromas and fruity esters if you look hard enough for them.

Tastes quite good, though: very full bodied and creamy, and essentially retains the whole philosophy of beer being served as a meal. After finishing a glass of this (after having a big dinner with dessert), I felt stuffed! There's a great malty character to this beer, and the slight bitter aromas accentuate the flavor. More sweet than I expected it to be. Smokey, mocha-drenched flavors all around. There's actually less fruitiness in the taste than in the scent, but it's definitely good enough for what it is. Highly easy to drink: a smooth, albeit sort of uninteresting mouthfeel with chewy malts to begin with, yet followed with a slightly unpleasant alcohol throat burn that finishes each gulp.

A very good dark ale, although not flavorful enough that I would hastily pick one up again. I would bet that this is a far superior beer on tap, as the extra sweet kick makes it a tasty and quite comforting drink.

magictacosinus, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of stanolszyk24
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers that I have found in my European travels. It is very hard to find in the US however, I just got some here in the US and it was again fantastic. Bottle has an expiration of 2013 on it so it is very fresh. I love the dark color, and the smell of this beer. It is an excellent representation of the best of the Abbey style beers and one that I always enjoy drinking.

stanolszyk24, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of BeerSingh
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since Leffe Blonde was a gateway craft beer for me in a way, I was pretty happy to pick this one up. Poured it at around 10 degrees C into a chalice. The beer had a dark brown, transluscent body with faint ruby highlights. A fluffy, tan coloured head evolved lusciously by the time I finally completed the careful pour. A great sight - good retention and peaks of lacing. The nose offered the famed belgian yeast with a heavy dose of dark malts and fruits. The smell was quite sweet in spite of the presence of the yeast. A little trail of hot spice was evident as well.
The taste took off from where the olfactory senses had landed. Rich, caramelite malts with expansive amounts of dark fruits, raisins and plums for a wee bit of tartness. The taste was well balanced - not at all overtly sweet, but a well rounded, spicy sweet package. Mouthfeel was slick, with medium carbonation. Enough to give the beer life to sweetly hit every nook and corner of your palate. A nice sipper / dessert beer. I wouldn't really have plenty of these at one go, but I would definitely like to stock up on these to savour every once in a while.

BeerSingh, Oct 05, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into an official Leffe glass chalice.

A dark chestnut body, with a small but coffee and caramel head. Head forms nicely but doesn't stick around. Some pock marked head for a puck left over. No lacing is shown on the glass at all.

Nose is Belgian like yeast and toffee sticking like doppelbock malt. Slight candied coffee and sugar.

Light bodied candied sugar and malt with a mild roast. Reminiscent of coffee cake much like the spice cake of the blonde. Texture is solid and simple filling with malt and just a little bt of heat.

This is truly like dessert coffee cake beer right here.

smakawhat, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured at room temp in a Sofia, Bulgaria hotel room glass; I got this for about 1.80 leva, fantastic bargain

A: not much carbonation, very deep head with thick bubbles, dissipates quickly
S: sweet malty smell with aromas of caramel
T: flavorful, Belgian dark ale, bottle-conditioning moderate
M: a bit dead, watery

This was a fantastic relief from the terrible beers I had been drinking on my Bulgaria trip. Very yummy beer, and very affordable, at least at Bulgarian prices.

Arithmeticus, Aug 30, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had a Belgian ale in a while, and I don't think I've ever sat down and reviewed a dark so I'll kill a few birds with one stone here. Best before date stamped on the bottle, Sept. 2012.

Pours a deep, translucent mahogany colour, a bit lighter than a glass of cola. A purposefully aggressive pour yielded two fingers of puffy, bumpy tan-coloured head; it gradually dies down over a few minutes leaving tons of sticky lacing on the sides. Smell is pretty enjoyable; the Belgian yeast is noticeable right away, along with roasted caramel malts, coriander spice, some prunes and figs. I'm eager to taste this one.

Most of the notes present in the nose are also easy to detect on the tongue. Roasted barley malts, molasses, banana and dark fruit all blend together in one of the tastier mouthfuls of beer I've had in a while. The yeast is still very prominent, and the coriander provides some spice to keep things interesting. A smoky roasted flavour lingers on the palate for a few seconds after swallowing. Not a ton of bitterness here but there's enough to balance the sweetness. Medium-bodied overall, just a teensy-bit syrupy so there's a bit of chew. Carbonation level leans toward the low side. The extra alcohol is unnoticeable, at least until you stand up after having two of them I imagine.

Glad I picked this one out of the singles bin - it was a perfect change-up from the pale ales and euro lagers I've been having recently - but much less glad that I neglected to get a 6-pack because this is tasty stuff. An excellent ale, not that I expect anything less from Belgian stock.

thehyperduck, Aug 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a pillowy off white head with great retention and sticky lacing - deep brown colour - really pleasing

S - sweet malt, dark fruit and banana

T - sweet malt, molasses, biscuit, chocolate notes

M - extremely smooth with a nice warming in your belly - low carbonation and medium body - only slightly bitter and dry

O - a very nice dark ale and one I will definitely go back to again soon

Stocean1, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Beeronious07
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

it came as one of 4 beers in the gift pack that also includes two Leffe chalices. the price of the whole gift pack was 25.72 euro. served it at the temperature of 8 Celsius in the 330 milliliter chalice i got from the gift pack. best before date 25/05/12

A - very dark color. creamy/bubbly 1 finger head just like the other Leffes that were in the gift pack, thing that i love.

S - not a lot of it but when it hits you, u feel some dark chocolate and caramel.

T - not too heavy but yet strong taste. sweet, roasted malt and again chocolate.

M - creamy, low on carbonation and thick.

something like 2 weeks ago i did a review for Barbãr Winterbok and that was the 1st time i try Belgian Dark Ale. i wasnt that sure about the taste that time but i can say it grew on me.
i totally loved this beer i can say its one of the best i have tried ....

Beeronious07, Aug 12, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a Belgian pub, in traditional Belgian fashion in a branded chalice shaped glass

appearance: Well poured in traditional Belgian fashion, the head retention is gorgeous, it appears darker than american brown ales

smell: you definitely get that Belgian yeast aroma right away, with some subtle chocolate and molasses notes

taste: this is one of my personal favorite brown ale tastes, malts flavors are at the helm with roasted malts taking over for a delightful aftertaste.

mouthfeel: low carbonation, which is preferred by me for brown ales. The sweetness really comes out in the mouthfeel

overall: I didn't have a less than great beer on my trip to Belgium, this however, stood out as it is a favorite type of beer of mine

Benysaj, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Kartoffeln
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, dark mahogany with a big, pillowy, cream-coloured head. It has good retention, gradually sinking to a healthy cap of foam and leaving lots of fine, bubbly lacing.

S: Caramel, chocolate, and slight biscuit malts; typically Belgian yeast aromas of banana, clove, coriander, and a hint of vanilla; and rich scents of dark fruits and candied figs. Faint note of turbinado sugar.

T: Sweet, lightly fruity caramel malts grounded by mildly roasty biscuit malts are quickly joined by spiciness from the yeast - banana, clove, and coriander, following the nose. Hints of dark cherry and a sharp ethanol note towards the swallow. The roasted malt undertone carries through to the finish with a hint of bitterness, joined by a faint taste of grassy hops. Not enough to balance the sweetness, though.

M: Light-to-medium body with fine, low carbonation. The pronounced sweetness of the flavour profile and somewhat sticky mouthfeel gets kind of cloying by the end of the bottle, though.

D: Despite a good flavour profile, the overall sweetness of this ale is personally off-putting; a stronger roasted character would be a real improvement, in my opinion. If you like the sweet side of Belgian ales, though, it should be worth a try.

Kartoffeln, Aug 04, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle purchased as part of a six-pack. Poured into an pint glass.

A fairly aggressive pour reveals about 2 fingers of creamy head that dissipates to about less than half a finger in less than a minute. The beer is a clear, deep brown colour, with what appears to be a medium/light level of carbonation.

The nose is fairly subtle. There are some silky malty hints, slight hints of caramel and a touch of chocolate. Of course, the trademark Belgian yeast flavour is clearly picked up.

Bready malts and caramel/chocolate are evident upon initially entering the mouth, but the finish is nicely hopped, providing a nice balance, and leaves you with a lasting aftertaste that is pleasant.

This beer has perhaps a little too sweet of a mouthfeel for some, but none the less it is a very refreshing brown ale with a distinct Belgian flavour.

aletale, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of heygeebee
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger head that does not last.Deep brown with reddish hues.

Aromas of caramel, toffee and, yep, you guessed it, Begian yeast.

Taste is subdued, malt drive, caramel, some bitternes, not much. A little christmas cake, not much.Bitterness catches up as it warms and is not as pleasant as it could be. Prefer colder.

Mouthfeel is good for style. Creamy.

Overall, solid.

heygeebee, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in branded chalice.

LOOK (4/5) Pours a really dark mahogany or deep ruby-brown. The clarity is really good. Head is great - it starts very large, rocky & off white heat - this falls at an average pace to a thick film and some nice lacing. Maybe a bit too dark for the style, but very nice.

SMELL (4/5) The smell is complex and rich. The malts are of a rich sort of malts - I noted some caramel (front-and-center), toast, molasses, and melanoidins. I'm not sure on where the malt fruitiness ends and the yeast begins - but I think they come together to give off a great dried dark fruit flavor.

TASTE (4/5) Similar to aroma The malt flavor is fairly sweet but with a bit more roasted/burnt flavors than in the nose. Same fruitiness as the smell. A lasting bitterness (but no hop flavor) lasts into the finish and balances very well. Very smooth.

FEEL (3.0/5) Body was a bit too light for the flavor, especially given the high carbonation here. I just felt too insubstantial. The carbonation, with the light body, however, does work to dry out the finish and work against the sweetness.

DRINK (3.5/5) The lighter body should make this one more drinkable, and it does, but this slight disconnect kinda bothers me.

Rijtjeshuis, Jul 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a translucent walnut, with a tall frothy three finger lingering tan head, Ample lacing clings to the glass.

S. Dark roasted malts, dark dried fruit, earthy, herbal

T. Rich sweet and roasted malts. Slightly spicy and hebal. Dried fruit esters, slight alcohol towards the finnish.

M. Medium Bobied, fizzy carbonation decent duration.

O. A real good brew lots of flavor, good balance, although slightly sweeter than bitter.

smibroncos, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of benfons
2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: cola color, thick head with a lot of air in it, (almost cola like once again)

S: little there, something medicinal some spices (maybe coriander), quite sweet

T: very little there, too sweet, something burnt but that's it

M: a little thin, abv is fine

O: not a very good beer, too thin too sweet, below average

benfons, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of DAllspaw
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at bier market in Toronto. Served in Chalice with solid 1 inch mocha head. Saw the server coming my way and instantnly knew it was going to be good.

I can't quite peg this to another belgian I've tried, but reminded me most of Ommegang Abbey Ale at first taste.

Don't have a lot of details, but suffice to say I was impressed to the last drop.

DAllspaw, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Roke87
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a Leffe chalice at cellar temperature.
Best before date: 02/08/12

Appearance- Pours a dark dark ruby colour with two fingers of fluffy off white head that eventually resides to a nice top

Smell- Is a little muted, spiciness right off the bat paired with dark fruits, figs and raisons. Also get a slight hint of yeast and roasted malts.

Taste- Very similar to the smells, the spice dominates the palate for sure mixed with yeast, bready malts, and dark fruity flavours.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied with good carbonation for a dark ale, I found the spice really dominates the tastes on this one.

Overall- This is not my first time drinking a Leffe and quite possibly not my last although it’s definitely not the best dark ale I have ever tried, personally I enjoy the American ales a bit more than the Belgians. All in all a good offering from a world class, mass produced brewery, that is probably one of if not their best beer offering.

Roke87, May 08, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Beautiful dark brown color; some carbonation evident against light; brownish foamy head, with moderate retention and lacing.

Smell: Smells like... first word that comes to head is 'wine'; I can discern toasted bread and raisins; not the most impressive aroma I've ever smelt, but very nice.

Taste: Malty, bready, toasty, complicated, lovely! Belgian forests (made of beer bottles) come to mind; sweet on my lips, tart and a bit hoppy (just as needed) on my throat; I can taste chocolate and raisins. I love it.

Feel: On the light side of medium; not the best feature of this beer; carbonated as needed.

Overall: It's a very very good belgian beer. I love the fact its ABV is only 6.5%, I could drink this every other day! The experience of drinking it is comparable to drinking stronger belgian beers. Will definitely revisit it!

desiderius, Apr 27, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with 2 fingers of fluffy white head with good retention.

The scent is of faint dark fruits, toasted caramel malt, some yeast.

The taste is of ripe fruit, toasted caramel matl, spice, and yeast notes.

Medium bodied, crisp and smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was a decent beer, the flavor was good but I thought it was a little light for the style. I would drink this again but it wouldn't be my first choice.

BeerCon5, Apr 25, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving from the 0-33 bottle,pours very tick and steady foam.

Smell - various spicy ingredients like coriander (?),a little dark fruit as well.

T - Quite a bit of sweetens in the middle that are mostly dark fruit. Finishes with a sour bitterness that is balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

Very drinkable,served on 12-14 C,very good beer from very good beer company.

djura, Apr 24, 2011
Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 1,420 ratings.