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

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1,234 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,234
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 30
Gots: 100 | 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:
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Photo of ndekke39


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this on-tap at Vol De Nuit in New York City. Served in the proper goblet. Pours a clear, deep red with a medium, white head. Great retention. Smells and tastes of burnt sugar, bananas, bread, yeasty, and red grapes. Nice complexity to it; it kept morphing as it slowly warmed to room temperature. Medium mouthfeel, highly drinkable beer. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2007 17:59:52 | More by ndekke39
Photo of tempest


3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Blue Tusk.

It looked, smelled, and tasted like a nitro pour to me, but the bartender said it wasn't. Served in its proper glassware, it was dark red/brown with a creamy head. Had great lacing and retention. Smelled and tasted lightly of dark fruit and a medicinal flavor, without a lot of yeast character. The taste seemed dominating by something else, like nitro, but apparently that's not the case. Overall, a smooth sipper but not that flavorful. I'd call it the Guinness of Belgian beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2007 02:36:48 | More by tempest
Photo of Poser


4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with an amber tint. Great foamy top with good lacing. Smell is spicy and bitter fruit. Has a soft mouthfeel with a somewhat bready flavor. Full of dark malts and fruity flavors. Surprisingly light finish.

A solid brew, but so far I prefer their blonde or the tripel.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 23:35:13 | More by Poser
Photo of Braudog


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at KClingers: Another amazing pull at KClingers, a beer I haven't seen anywhere else in the US. It's much darker than I remembered or expected. Drinks smooth and slightly roasty. The aroma is somewhat pruney, as is the flavor, but ulimately this is a damn good dark, sweet beer. (#2716, 2/17/2007)

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2007 22:01:50 | More by Braudog
Photo of Hammarby


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber/deep copper/dark brown cola-ish color and tan head. Head is foamy and laces.
S: Citrus, yeast, smells like a wheat beer. Berries and tones of chocolate fudge.
T: Burnt sugar, bitterness, yeast, spices (coriander?). Sugary taste without the sweetness. Bitterness in the aftertaste. Dry-ish. Very faint hint of eucalyptus.
M: Medium body, a bit too carborated for my taste. Dryness helps drinkability. Tastes do not harmonize completely. Drinkability still good. Like a dark wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 21:41:48 | More by Hammarby
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap poured into a snifter

A - Mostly dark, opaque with some light amber tints, one finger head that disappeared quickly, minimal lacing

S - Very complex scent, similar to a lighter Weize beer, some floral scent, yeasty, with malt but very little hops; great smell

T - Delicious, deep taste, some malt and spiciness; yeasty with fairly little dominating taste; one that keeps you thinking; lingering aftertaste

M - Solid; good carbonation, medium bodied

D - A great beer; I'm not a huge weize beer fan, but this takes that flavor and then adds some great malty complexity; definitely one I could drink a lot

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2007 03:12:26 | More by soupyman10
Photo of belgbeerdrinker


2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: dark brown color, with long-lasting head that finally dissipates to thin layer, light carbonation
s: yeasty odors
t: yeast taste up-front with a medicinal background & with a slight bitter finish as the medicinal taste lingers too long & harsh
m: medium body with minor evidence of carbonation, not very smooth
d: not the worst belgian dark i've had, but certainly far from many others. would drink it if i was in a pinch for belgian darks, but not otherwise

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 11:19:45 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Photo of rec


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Die-hard beer-snobs will tell you no decent Belgian ale isn't bottle-conditioned, which only one in the Leffe range is, and it isn't the Brune. The fact of the matter is, the Leffe range is a mass-produced product. It's actually brewed by Interbrew, "for the abbey".

If you can accept that, and drink the beer for the beer it is, I'm going to tell you without hesitation that it's one of the few great Belgian brews widely available.

I personally love the caramel malt sweetness of Leffe Brune, and its accompanying hint of fruity spice. It has a dry yeasty finish, and while isn't as complex as some might expect, is well rounded. The texture is just brilliant which is soft and bordering on thick, but not syrupy.

It's quite simply one of the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2007 14:59:56 | More by rec
Photo of Vancer


4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great brew – amazing how much better they are when they’re fresh! Just great stuff to behold and enjoy.

Started off with a deep mahogany brown with ruby red edges. Then a massive ivory head appeared, from an easy pour. Plastic Dixie cup was covered with sheet lacing.

Good ol’ malts, Belgium yeast and candy kane in the aroma and quaff. This one was a tad different, very dry and crisp – any malt sweetness was subdued by the spices they used. Excellent sipper – I’d luv to have more, but this is most likely gonna be it.

Thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam, I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 23:45:49 | More by Vancer
Photo of jwc215


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at Pigalle in Manhattan.

Brown with ruby highlights. The fluffy white head descends to a thin covering. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass.

Mildly spiced fruit and cotton candy. Somewhat perfumy/medicinal aroma.

I found the taste also to be mild - spiced yeast, caramelish malt. Tastes like sugar candy with a medicinal touch. The taste was pleasant, but subdued. A hint of alcohol.

It's a mild Belgian. Has typical Belgian characteristics - sugar, spiced candy. But, for a Belgian, nothing particularly special.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2006 23:12:04 | More by jwc215
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, chocolatey mocha-brown body, almost completely opaque. Head is a frothy cappuccino steamed milk color and texture, with good retention and clingy lacing that sticks in spots and sheets.

Smell: Chocolate chips, brown sugar, raisins, slightly bready yeast, and a soft breeze of alcohol. Notes of maple sugar and homemade marshmallows add to the complex sweetness.

Taste: Falls a bit short of the nose; less complex and less robust than I expected. Soft caramel, light milk chocolate, figs, and prunes pile sweetness on top of a dark wheat bready malt character, countered by a dry yeasty edge and a poke of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Soft and chewy, and thankfully not syrupy. My one critique is that it might be a bit too airy.

Drinkability: Tasty, and at only 6.5% ABV, quite drinkable, with a lightness to it despite the seemingly heavy malt sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 09:26:49 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and an inch of rocky tan head. the head is slow to drop and leaves lots of clumpy lace behind.

aroma is great. burnt caramel sweetness. spicy, but more mild than the blonde. hint of alcohol.

taste is good. similar to the blonde, but a little "more". a little more bitterness, a little more sweet maltyness. a little funk. bit of alcohol warmth on the way down. spicy, but more subdued than the blonde. less clove.

mouthfeel is ok. there is a little more sting from the carbonation and the carbonation level is higher in general. fairly full bodied.

drinkability is ok. the sting from the carbonation takes a way from it a little, but otherwise it's nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 02:46:40 | More by grub
Photo of richdebs

United Kingdom (England)

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer pours very well and finishes with a dark coffee colour with a very creamy head

Smell: Not overly hoppy, more roasted malt

Taste: Excellent, full of flavour, as a beer should be

Mouthfeel: Again very good, this beer is not overly carbonated so it sinks very nicely

Drinkability: I have marked this down to a 3 only because at 6.5% ABV it is not a beer that could be drunk all night without leaving the path clear to a bad head in the morning.

Overall: I like it

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 21:09:52 | More by richdebs
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Haven't tried many in this style, and I was expecting something heavier and "darker" tasting. It was surprisingly mild however. Good color, amber with a white head, and constant carbonation streaming up the glass. The taste was clean, and somewhat fruity, with a slight hint of burnt sugar and caramel. I would order this again over the Blond, as it was a nice change.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2006 20:07:28 | More by alysmith4
Photo of vancurly


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 01/08/07. Poured into a Leffe chalice.

Big beige head, heavy rocky froth. Deep dark brown, with mahogany edges.

Aromas of coffee, and a distinct salami-like gamey note.

Chewy Belgian malts, again the gamey note which brings in a subtle briney taste. Aftertastes include some floral/vegetal hop, with a medium bitterness. Drink it with antipasto....

Second mouthful, and I get a quick hint of charred steak. Some gamey caramelisation I guess. Strange but true. Drink it with BBQ beef...

Big effervescence in the mouth, slight lip tingle like sherbet lolly, medium body, and semi-sweet finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 07:03:50 | More by vancurly
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chimay chalice

A nice deep mahogany brown body with a nice fluffy 2 finger head which just collapsed leaving the faintest whisper over the top, that put me off at first.

Smell is of caramels, raisins and toffees once the beer warms up a little, i found when the beer was cold out of the fridge, after a couple of swirls it was hard to get any smell, much better when allowed to warm slightly

Taste is once again better when beer has warmed, Lovely chocolaty biscuits and raisins, with a crisp slightly bitter finish, well balanced.

A nice lively carbonation without being uncomfortable, perhaps a little syrupy towards the bottom of the glass.

A nice example of a belgian dark, complex without being mindblowing and some nice flavours and smells once allowed to settle in the glass. I could drink a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 20:57:53 | More by seanyfo
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is my favorite Belgian Brown Ale.

Served on-tap, this beer pours into a dark caramel-color with a nice white head that forms about 3/4 inch on top. It takes a few minutes to settle down. It has a light, yet bold taste that finishes quite sweet. There is also a hint of nuttyness that Leffe pulls off better than any beer I've had. I think it has a perfect blend of malt and hops that make it almost quenching to drink. My only complaint would be that the beer is slightly fizzy on the tongue.

The flavor seems best when served colder.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2006 14:18:54 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of headlessparrot

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had Leffe Brune before; the first time I had it, I very much enjoyed it's rich flavour and had decided in my mind that i was going to purchase more at some point in the future. A bottle of it, however, was included in my birthday-gift six pack, so let's take a closer look at the darker cousin of the Leffe Blonde that I first sampled about a year ago.

There's no doubt that the Brune looks better than its brother; it pours from a 330mL, foil-capped brown bottle into my Leffe goblet a gorgeous chestnut shade, with hints of mahogany, auburn, and a touch of ruby around the edges. Almost purple-ish when held to the light. Topped by a solid two fingers of off-white head that dissapates fairly quickly to a single finger, but lasts for quite awhile at this level. Accented by a fair bit of gobby lacing. A very good looking beer, no doubt.

Smell is quite tasty. Dominated by thick, roasted malt that presents quite obvious toffee, caramel and chocolate scents (both milk and bitter chocolate). Very little in the way of hops, but that doesn't take anything away from the nose of this big brew. Very sweet. Licorice. Dark fruits (raisins, plums), a hint of pear. Just a touch of alcohol warmth. Hints of nut. Faintly vinous. Ultimately, though, I can't get over how sweet this beer is. Perhaps a hint of sugar. A touch of Belgian-style yeast. I love it, but then, I'm a sucker for sweets.

Taste is more of the same. Initially dominated by the roasted malt. Caramel, toffee, chocolate sweetness. No real hop presence. Hints of raisins and plums, as well as a touch of pear. Almost... chewy. Dries out after a moment, though it remains sweet, finishes dry (but not at all bitter). A hint of dark fruits on the finish and in the aftertaste. Some lighter fruit presents itself as the beer warms. A touch of dry herbs. Creamy. This is delicious - not particularly well-rounded, but deliciously sweet and mouthwatering. Almost like candied beer.

Mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is lively, but not excessive. Body is a touch coarse, which results in the chewy nature of Leffe Brune. But it's nevertheless quite a delicious ale, and drinkability is fair. Obviously the relatively high alcohol means this isn't a multiple bottle brew (an assertion made all the more real because of the beer's sweetness), but it's still a great sipper. Not superbly complex, as many Belgians are, but delicious nonetheless.

I think I prefer Leffe Brune to its Blonde counterpart, though they're different enough beers that making the comparison isn't exactly fair. Regardless, Leffe Brune is a delicious ale, sweet and tasty, and definitely worth a drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 03:23:34 | More by headlessparrot
Photo of delicious


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served to me in the appropriate glassware with very little head. The body is a dark chestnut, and where the light makes it through, it comes out glowing auburn.
As the brew is consumed, it leaves a thin, scalloped, cream-colored lace along the glass opposite my lips.
It smells sweet and malty, with some molasses and brown sugar.
There is a little fruit in the flavor along with the brown sugar, and as it slowly warms in the air-conditioned environment, the roasted malt really starts to come through.
The mouthfeel is just about average, but that also bolsters its drinkability, though it's a little too sweet to down quickly.
This makes for a perfect choice when you're craving some belgian goodness but don't want to commit the time and attention that a more serious beer commands, perhaps because one's senses are split between the glass, the plate, the lady's conversation, and the lady's outfit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2006 02:11:06 | More by delicious
Photo of joecast


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 10/06 6.5%abv
pours very dark, murky mahogany and purple. Bright lights will show crimson through the glass. Head is thin with a shade of tan and grey.

aroma has more than a touch of sweeter caramel malts. Lightly floral, but mostly sweet. Some dark fruit, maybe plums and raisins. Overall though it seems like a bunch of sweet smells mixed together. As it warms, a hint of alcohol joins the party.

taste starts a bit coarse, but smooths out as it warms. Kind of helps the sweetness, which is also found in the taste, come into line. Seems to be a warm sipper more than anything else. More dark fruits and caramel with little bitterness. Still seems to keep its balance though.

good mouthfeel which aids the sipping nature of this beer. Not exceptional, but quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 10:19:06 | More by joecast
Photo of ernie

Russian Federation

1.98/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I've tasted this ale more than 40 times in different places and on various occasions, not to count consuming bottled Leffe at home. Must admit that I gradually developed strong dislike for this particular Dark.

It looks good, yeah - very dark brown with proper head, lace and everything. It smells wonderful - roasted malts, black fruit, yeasts and dry herbs. But it's the taste that disappoints me: always too sweet, too heavy, free of any sophistication, with a sticky mouthfeel and unpleasant finish.

This ale, packed with sugar, maybe a good restorative for those who remained unconscious for a long time. Conscious drinker must have something else.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2006 14:30:46 | More by ernie
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

2.08/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Leffe Blonde is a pleasant and complex beer but this is nothing of the sort.

Appearance: promising. Pours with a thick head and robust, brown body. Lacing is excellent. Makes you want to drink the beer.

Smell: fruity with a dry, wine-like aroma. However, the smell is the calm before the nasty, bitter storm.

Taste is awful. A thick and musty wine flavour with hints of fruit. There is no "sweet caramel" to speak of (as the label suggests). The dry, bitter finish and high carbonation accentuate an unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: also terrible. The head on this beer is too thick and carbonated and therefore tough to get through. The aftertaste is painfully dry. This beer can best be described as bitter and bloated.

Drinkability: the review says it all.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 18:06:22 | More by cratez
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at a pub I can't remember. Poured into correct glassware, although the bartender overflowed the glass. But that's OK, because I broke it. Not on purpose. And, fortunately, not while there was any beer still in it. Still, I felt bad. But I digress...

This beer, although nice to have when most of what is available is macros or generic lagery type beers, is too sweet for me. I can see having one, once in a while, but I definitely wouldn't want to session it or anything. Nevertheless, I'm glad I tried it, and now I know that it's a decent import choice if Heineken is the only other option.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2006 18:32:20 | More by crwills
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark, but clear brown. Head is a bit brittle, but sticky.

S - Yeasty and malty. Spicy, fruity notes as well.

T - Somewhat coffee-like. Surprisingly strong toasty aromas with a malty sweetness. A touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a touch of astringency.

D - A little heavy for a session beer. Flavours are surprisingly bold and assertive. A little one-dimensional, but better than mass-imports.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 23:32:09 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of Absumaster


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with a small head, smell was really good with chocolate and mild roasted notes.
Taste was also very much chocolate and slightly sweet. Apart from these tastes, there was not much going on. It was rather clean and mild which is not a bad thing, but from a dubbel, I expect a little more complexity and burned or toasted flavors. Drinkability and mouthfeel were very good.

This beer is produced by Inbev, which produces a lot of middle-of-the-road beers that do not affend anyone, but lack authenticity. Still I have reviewed this beers without taking this into account and it turns out to be a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 13:45:41 | More by Absumaster
Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 1,234 ratings.