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

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Ratings: 1,336
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 34
Gots: 150 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001)
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Photo of Daniellobo
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly decent pour for a large scale Belgium brew. Appearance and drinkability carry the beer forward, over an average, if pleasing, profile.

Presentation: 12 oz. draft serving. Menu notes name of the brew. Served in a Leffe glass.

A -Brown with ruby brown edges. Generous frothy head, medium retention and great lacing.

S - Subdued malty spiciness, yeasty Belgium notes, and a sweet coating.

T - Malt sweetness, and faint spicy and yeasty notes.

M - Medium to light body, crisp, generous but not intrusive carbonation. Smooth and with a fairly clean finish.

D - Sure. it is nothing too memorable but it is rather drinkable and pleasing.

Notes: Sits way behind in the type of beers that I am interested on. But years ago this was one of the beers that expanded my curiosity making me walk away from the dominance and boredom of average macros. Remains fairly tasty and decent if somewhat forgettable, but worth some respect.

Daniellobo, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sample- Pours a dark brown body with a caramel coloured head that lasts. Aroma is sweet, fruity and of slight alcohol. Taste is sweet and sugary, and quickly turns to a bitterness that feels nice in the throat. Hops are way more apparent in the finish.

mrmanning, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a goblet, a combination of black & ruby with a ring of head.

My first reaction to the smell is pie -- it's got kind of a yeasty, doughy smell reminiscent of pie crust being made. Some grainy flavor, dark fruit, honey, some subtle citric & grape notes.

Taste makes good on the aromatics, with more of the grape-ish flavor, a little more of the bready character too.

Mouthfeel is nice, even, smooth. Not too harsh.

Very good drinkability on this one -- for a medium-bodied, moderate ABV beer, this packs a lot of flavor. I had stopped by many times before trying this one -- sadly for this jaded beer geek, the site of Leffe fails to excite me any more -- but I was very pleased & reminded why I like Leffe so much in the first place.

OneDropSoup, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
2.85/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This isn't a bad looking beer at all. Dark and clear, when held up to the light it's all ruby and crimson, a deep brown and orangey amber. The head is spotty but shows promise initially. Overall there is no denying that it looks like a really well brewed beer.

The initial aroma reminds me of toasted whole wheat bread. It has hints of chocolate and caramel as well. Nice if underwhelming.

The taste is very bready and toasty with underlying notes of chocolate and--surprisingly--there's something of a Dunkelweizen about it. Malty yet dry. Melba toast leaps to mind as I sip it. Medium bitterness, maybe a tad grassy. There's something mildly astringent and plasticy and phenolic about this beer, it's a tad harsh and, while not horrible, it's far from great.

Medium bodied, the carbonation gives an initial bit at first that dies down and reveals the flavors slowly.

MeisterBurger, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A typical "supermarket" beer. Had this one from tap in the Vlaamsche Reus though. Poured into an original Leffe glass. The beer pours a clear brown color, with a average-sized white head.

Smell: Sweet in general. Brown sugar, caramel malts and very well hidden dark fruits and spicy hops.

Taste: Sweet brown sugar, caramel malts again, but here I also taste some nice spicy hops and fresh fruit (apple?). Aftertaste is sweet-bitter, a bit dry

Mouthfeel: watery-bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall: Don't compare this to an abbey/trappist dubbel, it lacks the "depth", it is much more watery and less balanced than these beers. Mainly sweet, but still I somehow like it. It is almost a session beer. One of the better beers from Leffe.

rvdoorn, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of nathanmiller
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I took my first taste, I must say I was disappointed. "Oh," I thought to myself, "it's just another Belgian table beer."

So I moved on to another beer and figured I'd just finish the growler later. But then I checked Leffe's website, and they recommended pairing with savory foods like meats and poultry. Since I was having chicken that night, I figured I'd give it a second try.

Unbelievable. I'm so thrilled I gave it a second chance. The taste was literally amazing when paired with the chicken. Such a rush of flavors I've not experienced in a long time.

Biggest plus: I have a growler I get to finish of this delicious beer.
Biggest minus: Who knows when I'll be able to refill; the keg died during the next person's fill up...

nathanmiller, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of RuudJH
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leffe is a mainstream abbey ale, and widely available in the Netherlands.

A: Dark brown and clear, with a beige head that sticks around all throughout the tasting, and produces a fair lacing too.
S: syrup sweetness is the first impression from the bottle. Also spices like cloves, with lightly roasted malts at the base.
T: the bitterness of both the hop and the burned sugar is strong. After that, the sweetness of syrup, and roasted nuts 'n grains.
M: It's decently smooth and warming, allthough the alcohol is more present than you'd expect from a 6,5 %.
D: The cultivated hops and the warming character make it very acceptable as a double, but lack of complexity in both smell and taste makes this it a bit boring after a few bottles.
Still, it's well worth a try in a bar, to get an impression of dark ale, very suitable in the cold months.

RuudJH, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of smanders
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you liked Leffe Blond, or even if you thought it was only "ok," I would recommend giving Bruin a try. The flavors are more muted and smooth, and it's just a lot more enjoyable of an ale. No wincing or biting/awkward flavors. Even from the bottle, I enjoyed this Belgian Dark Ale. I will caveat that with the fact that the bottle was consumed in Germany. I'm convinced the beer gods taint most European beer on the trans-Atlantic journey to the States.

smanders, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of bmwats
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a standard pint.

A: Deep dark brown color. Really nice foamy head. Pretty solid lacing.

S: Roasted malt.

T: Roasted malt, and slightly sweet.

M: Full and hearty.

D: Great balance of the malt, and sweetness.

This is great quaff.

bmwats, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of isjohnder
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 330ml bottle into a oversized wine glass.

looks nice dark nutty brown ale, nice head but it halfs in how tall it is. very good lacing.

smells fruity and sweet, with a hint of vegetable that might be the yeast used.

sweet and malty it has toffee notes, with some bitterness later. it is quite fruity like overipe plums. slight spicyness like clove or cinnamon, taste of bannana and yeast is also present. it has a slightly warmingness about it that is a presence of alcohol.

mouthfeel is warm, but silky and after it leaves a slight chalkyness about it.

drinkability is very good.

overall i was very impressed by this beer, it is good solid beer, you may want to try the leffe blonde first as it gives you a good introduction to belguim ales, the first belguim real ale i had was a leffe blonde and it opened my eyes to a completely different style of beer now belguims are one of my favorites.

isjohnder, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at Sunset Taps + Grill in Allston, MA. Great bar, get to it if you have the means.

A- Looks nice, deep, dark, black-coffee roasted in appearance. Slight, active head.

S- Smells nutty and sweet. Pretty welcoming bouquet.

T- Fantastic. Malty, sweet roasted/toasted candied dark fruit, a bit of spice. There's a medicinal quality here, like found in old-fashioned cola or root beer. Very very quality and unique. 5 of 5, cannot be improved, I like the flavor that much.

M- Pretty well carbonated, this full-bodied, heavy beer goes down nicely.

D- Moderate, but great. I Wouldn't want more than 1 or 2, but I'll enjoy that tulip all the way down. On tap, this stuff is f'in awesome.

ShogoKawada, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of botham
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on tap at the Hop Leaf in Chicago. pours a deep chocolate brown with a single finger of rich tan head that has mild retention and leaves solid lacings.

aroma is of dark fruit and caramelized sugar mainly with a distinct yeasty character. rich and complete in the nose.

taste is lightly fruity and sweet with a yeasty character and fruit notes of raisen and plums. the finish falls apart a bit, but still holds its own. the aroma is much more pleasant than the taste.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth on the palate with a sticky finish of dark fruit. leaves the palate sticky.

drinkability is decent. a bit too sweet without the flavors to back it up. the brew ends up a bit flabby in the end; it could be a bit more flavorful with a better finish. not bad for a belgian dark, but not too good either.

botham, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of PartyBear
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark chestnut brown in colour, with no visible carbonation. The head is very thick, and creamy white, with a good level of lacing down throughout.

S - Strong sweet malty and caramel aromas.

T - The taste is reminiscent of bonfire toffee, and sticky sweet. Slight hints of cocoa

M - Thick feel, more creamy than oily though.

D - Really good dark ale, one of my favourites.

PartyBear, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of bonbright7
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this on tap at Waterzooi in Garden City, NY last night. Its swirling foamy brown and tan outside was interesting to see as it was paired with the right glass by a cute bartender. Raising the glass, one could tell it was going to be good as its fragrant aroma delivered multiple nuances. The first taste was a complete character of dark malts and each subsequent taste built upon that impression...until it was gone too quickly. This was very easy to drink and my only hesitation to drinking all night was that Waterzooi has a great beer menu with other beers to visit too.

bonbright7, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the LCBO - pours a shade lighter than your average cola with a nice finger plus of head that has some staying power and leaves splotches of lacing down the glass.

Nose is yeast/bread off the bat and then fills in with caramel, a slight metallic hint, Euro hops and some light roasting. Perhaps a hint of ethanol in there as well.

Taste has some nice dark fruits in it, bread, caramel, some roasting bitterness (but not much) in the finish mixed in with a faint hop drying. Some spices give it some zing. Pretty dry mouthfeel but over-carbonated IMO, light body.

Not bad but a little disjointed and hardly a world-beater in its class. The mix of bitternesses in the finish I think is what puts me off as well as the light body and carb.

ritzkiss, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of StJamesGate
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours oxblood with a fast-fading creme-colored head. Nose is pumpernickel, chestnut and baker's chocolate. Black cherry and vanilla pod malts up front, phenol hit at the end, rooty sarsaparilla linger. Fairly chewy.

Wasn't expecting this nice from Leffe. Not complex for the style, but very quaffable.

StJamesGate, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of plaid75
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Waterfornt Ale House, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a deep brown hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and excellent lacing.

The smell featured light yeast esters and a soft dark malt.

The taste consisted of a full soft nutty malt, some residual smoke and a subtle ester.

The mouthfeel was full and smooth.

Overall a tasty and user friendly belgian dark.

plaid75, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer unfortunately not as readily available as its somewhat less sophisticated sister Leffe Blonde:

A - Nutty brown - very dark - I like it very much

S - Only let down of the beer it smells of nothing really faint hops and malt character

T - Decidedly better than its smell and more in line with its appearance. A very well balanced beer not sweet and not bitter but full of flavour. I taste a bit of caramel and a hint of chocolate, malts and an undertone of hops but little fruitiness which I tend to like in a beer

M - Medium carbonation, nice size bubbles not fizzy. Not too dry either and far from sticky

D - I can drink this very quickly despite all the alcohol almost too easy to drink

DerBayer, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of tdawgydog
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had Leffe Brune during my trip to Belgium last year. While regular Leffe is pretty easy to come by these days, I have trouble finding Brune anywhere in the Hudson Valley region of NY. While this tastes very similar to it's lighter sibling, I really prefer the additional complexity and malt in the brune. It gives the beer greater body and makes it much more enjoyable. I brought a six pack of this home from Quebec with me. It seems to be much more readily available north of the border and I'm not sure why it's so hard to come by around here.

tdawgydog, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of cdizinno
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on 6/19/09 at Flying Saucer in Columbia, SC.

A: Pours a dark brown, with a light tan head. Nice lacing.

S: Nice malty sweet scent along with spices.

T&M: Very flavorful. Nothing overpowering but a complex combination of sweet, mild toffee and spices, mainly clove. Nicely carbonated, slightly sticky, and full bodied.

Very good and will definitely try again if the chance arises.

cdizinno, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of SleepyMonk
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled brown glass bottle with brown foil wrapped around the neck and cap.

Poured into a Leffe chalice glass it produces 2 fingers of carbonated head that fizzles away quickly with a collar of lacing.

Held to the light the color is a deep tan blended with a red hue. Very reminiscent of a cola.

The aroma is horrendously thin and one needs to drag away deep and often to receive moderate amount of malt and grainy yeast.

Malt and hops on the taste with dry roasted dark fruits also blending in to the palate.

Sweet fruit flavors rise up quickly in the mouth and fall away whilst still maintaing a tactile sticky gum-like feel as the alcohol begins to dry the entire thing up.

Not a great beer when it comes to Belgian standards but a lot better than most commercial mass produced beers out there

SleepyMonk, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.8/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz tap pour in a Leffe Stemmed glass at The Firkin in Libertyville. $5.80

A - Dark brown with red highlights and a small tan head leaving some lacing. Good retention.

S - Brown roasted malts with a sweet smell and a yeasty, Belgium characteristic.

T - Rich maltiness with no noticeable hop characteristics. A yeasty, dark fruity subtleness to it. Incredibly delicious.

M - Very smooth yet well carbonated. Malty but not overly ruch. Medium in body.

D - The Leffe Brune is super easy drinking. It's both delicious and smooth. I could have one after another. Another Belgian beer I love!

BeerFMAndy, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of Stavage
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Leffe goblet, decent head and decent lacing. Very dark brown colour.

Smelled of grains, with a berry like fruitiness and an almost caramel chocolate scent but edging towards the smell of one of those health store chocolate imitation products. I think its because that grainy barley smell mingles with all the other scents rather than remain distinct.

Tasted of dark roast malts, had a certain sweetness though this was well balanced. Almost had a stout like roasted bitterness though not nearly as strong as with a stout. Some of those berry smells came through in the flavour. Definitely not as subtle or complex or as pure sex as many Belgian Dark Ales but it had taste and the taste wasn't bad.

Mouthfeel was ok. Smooth enough, full enough, carbonated enough. Didn't leave the mouth dry but didn't leave it wet. Did what it had to do.

Quite drinkable. Not boozy tasting at all and where it loses out to its fancier brothers in style in taste it makes up for in ease of drinking. Sometimes you just want a beer to relax with and not think about too much. Works well as a beer to have by itself or with dinner or with dessert.

Kind of hard to rate this one as though it really doesn't compare to say a Rochefort or a Chimay Blue it's only a fraction of the price and works perfectly as an easier drinking Belgian Dark. At least where I am Leffe occupies that position of easy drinking affordable dark with really no competition.

Stavage, May 31, 2009
Photo of eat
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking pour, good dark brown colour. Not too watery with a foamy head, shrinking down to a thin layer with a bit of lacing.

Strong smell: yeast, metal, spices.

Tastes brown. Roasted barley comes out nice; a great little hint of smoke; a little bitterness. I don't notice much caramel like it says on the bottle; not as sweet as most belgian style beers, which is nice. At 6.5% I can taste the alcohol as much or more than in many good 9% Belgian style beers I know, so it loses point there. If it was 9% I might rate the taste a 4.5. Not an overly strong alcohol flavor but too present to be 6.5%.

The mouthfeel is nice; not too thin; a little creamy almost; great carbonation

I wouldn't want many of these at one time but would drink this again, maybe two and I would want to move on to something else or stop there. I see this on tap sometimes, I'd be interested in trying it out at a bar. Not bad but not great.

eat, May 26, 2009
Photo of seand
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a dark translucent brown, with a finger and a half of light tan head. The head dies down but leaves a small layer on the surface. Nice lacing.

S: Relatively subtle, but clearly Belgian - hints of malt, spices, and yeast.

T: Quite pleasant, no overpowering flavors. Sweet, with mild toffee and fruit flavors, and a touch of alcohol and a little bit of bitterness on the finish.

M: Nicely carbonated, slightly sticky, medium to full bodied.

D: Quite easy to drink, and a fairly reasonable ABV.

seand, May 24, 2009
Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.