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

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1,289 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 33
Gots: 126 | 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.

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Photo of Clubchat

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%

Bouteille, Sherbrooke

A - Deep brown with ruby reflects and a fair white/tan head

S - Nutty, roasty, sweet caramel with notes of coffee

T - Dry, with a roasted & caramel malt flavor, little hop on the finish

MF - Smooth & creamy, good mouthfeel liked it

D - Really not my favorite beer but worth a try, drinkable

12-02-2008 15:36:10 | More by Clubchat
Photo of DmanGTR


3.78/5  rDev 0%

Had this on tap at a bar in Philly.

A - poured ruby-garnet with an off white 1/2" head that diminished quickly with no lace in an authentic Leffe goblet

Sm - caramel, hints of figs and grapes, a very slight whiff of sweet bubble gum, biscuits, and dark chocolate

T - initial reaction: sweet! Candi sugar, caramel malts, leading into tones of toffee and chocolate, ending with a very slight hoppy note.

M - mildly thin and lightly carbonated, somewhat syrupy

D - very drinkable, I had to sip mine to prevent it from clearing my glass to quickly. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

Overall - A decent offering in the dark ale style. I definitely enjoyed this one more so than the Leffe Blonde, yet there are lacking characteristics in this particular brew regarding the depth and complexity in its taste. A bit too sweet.... don't get me wrong, I love the sweetness of Chimay Grande Reserve or a JW Lees Harvest Ale, but this one seemed out of place. I would, however, get it again though. Definitely worth a try.

11-07-2008 06:00:29 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of matt7215

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

on tap at the public house in paris ontario served in a leffe glass

pours very dark brown, it looks black unless back lit. the froathy thick tan head shows good retention.

aromas are of dark fruit with some roasted malt chocolate coming through.

the flavours are similar but what this one lacks is depth and complexity you get in other belgian offerings.

mouthfeel is a little thin and it drinkable but lacking as ive already said.

this is a nice brew on tap, much better then the bottled version, and its one belgian that is best fresh.

11-05-2008 21:47:55 | More by matt7215
Photo of demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%

Have just finished a lot of running around on a cool and blustery fall day. The occasional flake of snow is a strong reminder that up here in the great white north we are about to leave fall and enter winter. A nice looking dark beer is sittin gin my Chimay chalice. Actually looks more black than brown, and when back lit garnet hues shine forth. A nice whipped and almost rocky pale tan head formed on the pour, roughly a finger's worth, and is displaying nice retention, and a few sticky clumps of lace are already visible.

Dark candi sugar with notes of caramel and toffee as well as nutty yeast with a hint of phenolics are most evident. Some buttery toffee and hints of cocoa also present. A mild woodsy leafiness is also present thanks to the hops.

The candi sugar reaches the palate first with its sweeter notes of toffee. Then some tasty and nutty malts show up with a nice filbert character, and just a hint of cocoa. A hint of dates and prunes is also present. The spiciness shows up with hints of clove and black pepper, along with some alcohol. The finish is warm, with a nicely balanced woodsy and leafy bitterness as found in the aroma.

A nicely made ale, very well balanced and very smooth in feel. Unfortunately the alcohol is too apparent, and the only weakness of this brew. Perhaps i should have enjoyed this one at a cooler temperature.

The alcohol warmth and hint of fusel character is getting in the way of the drinkability. Im glad to have tried this, but have to say i am disappointed in this brew, with more noticable alcohol than the 8% tripel from Konigshoeven i enjoyed yesterday.

10-27-2008 22:43:44 | More by demcorhip
Photo of adamette


4.38/5  rDev +15.9%

On tap at Tap & Mallet in Rochester, NY a few hours ago. Served in a 0.25 L "Leffe" glass goblet. Very cool.

A Wonderful deep brown body with only a little light revealing a deep ruby brown color with direct light. That body supported a 1.0 cm light brown head which stayed around for about a minute after the waitress brought it to our table. I was really impressed by the look of this beer.

S A great, sweet, malty, grainy smell with apparent alcohol as well.

T Wonderful brown ale. Now THIS is what an ale should taste like! The alcohol is there but there is just a great malty sweetness with very little if any hops bitterness. Aftertaste was shorter lived than other similar strong, dark ales that I have had but that is not necessarily a negative.

M Full due to strong tastes of sweet malt but not thick, molasses like.

D Not really high. This, to me, is a session beer which should be (and was in my case) enjoyed nice and slowly. I simply love the taste of this beer but it is not repeatedly drinkable.

Notes: What a great offering from Leffe. I appreciated their blonde but to me this is head and shoulders above their Blonde.

10-24-2008 03:17:21 | More by adamette
Photo of endovelico


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured at Bora lá bar in Almada, 330 ml bottle. Best served before 09-09-2008. Reviewed under low artificial light. Poured into a slightly chilled narrow snifter (That's the only way i can describe it). I Let it warm up to adequate temperature. Date of review: 20-10-2008.

Presentation: Classy design consisting of Brown / Tan / Gold color schematic with Abbey art like elements. The color choice fits well with the bottle shape and color aswell as with the brown bottleneck wrap, which gives it a very appealing look.
The art is Abbey style with elements such as the stain glass logo and the medieval font, which although appealing by its own, doesn't seem to blend well with the rest of the elements.

Appearance: Pours a translucent deep ruby / brown (about 17-18 on the Lovibond). Two finger white pillowy head that quickly fades into a moderate sized cap. Perceived effervescence is low.
This leffe has decent lacing, leaving behind a thin fur like lacing coat.

Aroma: Nose is of medium to high strength. I can pick up Coffe and Dark Fruits / Berries with Chocolate undertones.

Taste: Similar to aroma, evident dark fruits, belgian sugar and chocolate taste. The coffe eis without a doubt the most pronounced flavor. Alcohol taste is well "hidden" and blends well with the overall malt and ester profile. Roasted malt lends a medium bitterness to the brew.

Palate: Body is medium to full. Carbonation is Low. The texture is milky / tart like.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. It's very well balanced with barely perceived alcohol presence. Could use a bit less coffee character.

Final Comment: Overall a decent beer and a cheap alternative to other more expensive Belgian ales. It's also an excellent beer for the uneducated friend wanting to learn more about Belgian Ales or Beer in general.

10-22-2008 19:08:23 | More by endovelico
Photo of HalfFull


3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

Served on tap in a weizen style glass at a French cafe downtown. Pours a deep brown with some red highlights and yields a rich lingering head.

Bit of spicy malts and a hint of cocoa on the nose. Not bad but yet not quite as complex as what I expected given the color of the beer.

Very pleasant taste and quite smooth with a light yet definitive Belgian nose. The malt texture coupled with a rather light apparent carbonation gives the beer a nice feel. Not too sweet on the palate, the 6.5% number surprises me as I couldn't detect much alcohol; though did consume with a meal, a 'conversation' and a water side. Alas, I found this beer to offer a very nice mouthfeel and it was quite enjoyable. Sans food I think the drinkability may be compromised a bit, but will certainly try again.

08-15-2008 07:07:58 | More by HalfFull
Photo of therica


3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

On-tap in Leuven.

A= nice dark-red mahogany color, active-foamy head.

S= a nice intro to the taste.

T= somewhat unique in my experience, a nice blend of smoky, caramel, coffee, dry hops.

M= somewhat flat dry taste on palate and tongue.

D= very drinkable but I'd probably stop at 2 and switch to something less bold.

07-29-2008 09:13:49 | More by therica
Photo of BeerB4Water


4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

Had the pleasure of enjoying this on tap at The Khyber in Philadelphia during Beer Week.

It poured like a good wine...it was begging to be poured into the awaiting glass that wore its logo. One of the most drinkable beers I have ever experienced with a taste of a sweet Belgian mixed with the density of an English brown. Aftertaste is a bit dusty with an olive aroma. Great beer to pair with foods of the same variety!

07-25-2008 19:58:05 | More by BeerB4Water
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4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

A classic Belgium brown brew. Very drinkable dark brown/black brew. It is as good a beginner beer into Belgium beers as any. It's lower Alcohol (6.5%) makes it a good beer to drink all night. I would recommend to just about any non light beer drinker.

07-24-2008 22:21:19 | More by plazabevinc
Photo of RedHaze


3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

From notes.

Best by 11/05/09, purchased in Germany.

Pours a dark red-tinged brown with a dense three finger head. The foam settles very slowly to a thick cap, and leaves behind a thick webbing of lace.

Smell; mild cocoa, dusty yeast, hints of coffee, and a little spiciness. Overall not bad, and certainly better than the Blonde.

Taste; a little toffee and chocolate start things off, followed by a mild, but pleasant spiciness. There's a bit of a smokiness through the middle, then fades into a sweet candied sugar. Unfortunately a slight metallic twinge is present in the finish.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouhfeel is medium bodied, and pretty smooth with just a slight bite from the carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but is hurt by that slight metallic taste.

07-21-2008 23:42:09 | More by RedHaze
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

Got this growler filled by Tommy at Skibbo's in the Boogie Down Bronx. It was in my fridge for 3 weeks (too long I thought) and when I opened it was happy to find that it poured just as good as it had in the store.
Poured into a frozen mug a deep brown color with a creamy off white 3 inch head. The head settled slowly to a heavy sheen with heavy clingy lacing throughout. The smell was of malts, caramel and sweet fruits. Tasted of roasted malts and was rather sweet up front with banana and spice notes. The carbonation was nice medium bodied and went down rather well. I have finished half the Growler now and may as well finish it off, since it will be flat tomorrow from what I am told. Oh well, Cheers!

07-09-2008 22:50:22 | More by Pleepleus
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured from Sackets Harbor 2 litre growler from Skibbo's on East Tremont in the Bronx, NY. Polished this off on the 3rd and 4th with oversized wine glass.

A: Blackened earth with fat tan head and average retention but better lacing for some reason. The 2nd day there was nary a bubble when poured, aromas remaining but mouthfeel shot.

S: Smoked spices with dates and tart cherries, coco and bubble gum.

T: Toasted malts with chocolate and tannic hops. Moves from sweet to tart with the dark fruit

M: Medium to light bottle, me questioning the tap or my growlerat first. Carbonation is consistent and helps maintain the overall sweetness of the delivery as well as the tangyness of the finish.

D: Very good and interesting smoked accents with heavy fruit. Leffe certainly put some thought into the mix and I will pull for this one again.

07-05-2008 02:21:33 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of TheSarge


3.23/5  rDev -14.6%

Leffe Brown is a good beer for folks that are new to Belgian brews. The appearance of this brew is near perfect with massive amounts of milky brown head, with a clear body that is brownish red in color.

Aromas are not too perceptible, there is a slight earthy and sweetness.

The taste is sweet, with a root like flavor. Sassafras comes to mind for me.

This is richly carbonated and drowns out complexities a bit. There is a powdery dryness to the finish.

This is very drinkable and not threatening as I kind of said in the beginning. A good stepping stone for the newbies!

06-25-2008 18:01:21 | More by TheSarge
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

I was very impressed with this beer from the bottle, on-tap it's equally impressive.

A nice deep brown/black with a nice white thick head that stays until the last sip.

Smells chocolatey and almost like a stout at first then I get a hint of a wheat beer, fruity, and some banana -- very nice.

Taste like it smells, like a chocolatey beer mixed with a witbier or hefeweizen. Delicious. This beer is a must try on-tap.

06-19-2008 16:24:21 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of DoubleJ


2.68/5  rDev -29.1%

It was available next door from my work place on-tap, and for a long time wasn't available in my area, so I ordered a pint of it. On to the beer:

The beer arrived nice and brown, leaving some lacing on the glass as it was consumed. Clean aroma with a touch-up of caramel. THe taste was intersting at first, but more I drank of it, the less interested i was of it. It started sweet and phenolic with a dash of clove. Candied fruits and weak brown sugar were detectable. The finish is the spoiler, which is of bitter astringent pepper.

Where's my dark fruit and/or cocoa flavors? It had some moments, but I ended up dissapointed. At $7 a draft, I won't be doing that again.

06-04-2008 23:51:11 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of TheEremite


3.1/5  rDev -18%

If you've had Leffe blond, then there isn't much to say about this beer. It's exactly what you'd expect. It's Leffe with some roasted/chocolate malt. It's a good idea. I just don't think it comes off all that well. It's very carbonated and makes it somewhat difficult to drink. It also has a lot (maybe too much) going on flavor wise. It's decent, not spectacular and I don't think I'll buy it again.

05-31-2008 22:58:09 | More by TheEremite
Photo of Halcyondays


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

On-tap at the Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a reddish wood brown with a medium off-white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Dark fruit, molasses, sugar.

T: Prune and grape juice/raisin take the main flavour profile in this one. Hop balance is light, earthy hay and grass. Has its moments of complexity.

M: Rather light carbonation on the palate, easy drinking, a bit of alcohol.

D: Finally able to try this beer by Leffe. A good beer, not great, has great moments, but inconsistent.

05-31-2008 21:42:35 | More by Halcyondays
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Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

This brown beer has nice bubbles! This is one of the thing that interest me!

The taste is very sweet and good. The aftertaste is also very good. I would say this beer is perfect!! for me anyway :)

I think I could drink this with any food.

Definitely one of the best beer I had.

05-24-2008 11:29:59 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of pwoods


4.43/5  rDev +17.2%

On tap at the legendary Hopleaf. Served in a Leffe Chalice/Tulip/Wineglass thingy :)

A: Deep brown with ruby tints. 1 finger head thaqt holds very well. Great lacing.

S: Fruity yeast esters. Sweet caramel malts. Reminds me of a dubbel, almost.

T/M: Alcohol is subdued which works well. Like a mild dubbel I guess. Spices are li ght but enjoyable. Light yeasty esters with a nice malt backbone. Rye malt? A touch of chocolate malt in the back. Body i sjust above medium and carbonation adds a nice liveliness.

D: I'd definitely order this again. I'll be looking to see if it's available in my area. I think this would work as a good 'starter' Belgian.

04-30-2008 02:03:29 | More by pwoods
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

This was a very easy drinking Belgian Dark Ale- a little too thin for me, but certainly flavorful and highly drinkable.

A- Dark brown color- translucent- thin white head on top.

S- Smell was of raisons and malts, somewhat lacking in this department which took away from the overall experience.

T- Lots going on here- some bitter notes- some sweeter notes (chocolate, spices, malt, raison, etc.)

M- Thinner than expected. This one is oily and goes down easy.

D- Highly drinkable but nothing that will blow you away. Nonetheless, a nice beer.

04-27-2008 23:44:51 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

bottle bought in spain, best before date more than a year into the future.

head rises quickly on the poor, and looks quite dense. color is a clear dark amber. head drops after a minute or so to a thin layer, which stays. smell is sweet fruity, with some darker malts. taste brings a sweet fruitiness, balanced well with brown malts and bitter, as well as a good level of carbonation. could defnitely continue for a few more of these, but the finish could be a bit cloying perhaps after awhile.

04-14-2008 19:37:29 | More by batty
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

appearance - Dark brown in color, nice offwhite head and it left some lace on the glass.

smell - Smells of sweet malt here.

taste - Nice sweet flavors. Malt, chocolate and some hops.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - Don't underestimate this beer. AB might import it but it is a great bee. I ordered a flight of beers and this was the best out of 4. would buy this again, very tastey.

04-07-2008 23:08:09 | More by auxiliary
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4.13/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: brown colour with ruby highlights. Acceptable clarity according to the dark colour. Head: brown colour, moderate in size and creamy. May not be long lasting. Lots of beautiful lacings.
Aroma: toasted malts and coffee.
Taste: roasted malts, coffee, spices, ripe fruits and some chocolate notes.
Mouthfeel: dry, average to low carbonation, moderate alcoholic strength (6.5% ABV) and a medium to full body.
Finish: lingering slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: great beer. Consistent and very tasteful. Leffe Brune is one of my regular Belgium ales as it is easy to find and not overpriced.

04-07-2008 15:31:16 | More by AlexLMS
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Quebec (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Had this on tap at Dundee's in Montreal.

Paired with Roast Chicken Baguette.

Appearance: Dark brown, opaque body with hints of red. Very thin head (though that's probably because of the trip from the bar to my table)

Smell: Malt-like, slightly bitter.

Taste: Smooth malty taste with hints of nut & brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Nutty aspect is more pronounced as malty & creamy in the palate. Some roasted barley is also present. Finishes with a burnt, bitter quality.

Drinkability: Drinks remarkably well, solid in it's smoothness.

Overall: Better than the blonde IMO. Well built & though subdued, still has some solid flavor. Would have again.

03-12-2008 01:33:57 | More by papat444
Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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