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

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1,422 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,422
Reviews: 473
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 39
Gots: 187 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001)
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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Leffe-branded chalice. A lovely opaque chocolate brew, with ruby about the edges. Leaves about a 1/2 inch of thick bubbled head that doesn't last long, but leaves a good deal of lacing. Some foamy patches left on the surface.

The nose is dark fruits, yeast, a bit of dark chocolate, roasted malts and spices.

Starts off somewhat sweet, with yeast, caramel and malt notes dominating the palate. Grapes and figs are also present. Surprisingly dry, spicy finish. The alcohol is completely masked!

Velvety mouthfeel, with a solid level of carbonation.

The beer that first introduced me to Belgian ales (as well as drinking beer out of a chalic) has always been a winner for me. A great sipper, perfect for a quiet evening session.

JohnnyBarman, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of sliverX
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a recent trip to Ottawa, forget the steakhouse though.
Presented in a Leffe chalice a rich translucent brown with ruby edges and a wispy white head that left slight lacing
Smell was of a rich sweet Belgian candy sugar mixed with a typical malt profile and a slight yeast note
taste followed the nose but with a alcohol presence that makes its self well known but doesn't smack you in the face
Mouthfeel light to medium bodied with very slight carbonation which suited the brew
Drinkability I liked this slightly better than the Blonde but both were very enjoyable and great to start a venture into Belgium

sliverX, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A rather dark brown beer with a hint of orange, the head is beige, rich, firm and leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is complex, lots of sweet malty tones, spices (cardamom, cumin), sourness (lemon, sour milk), grass and hay.

Mostly sweet tones, caramel, some licorice, a bit salt caviar, and a bitter tang at the end.

Mildly carbonated, rather smooth and a dry finish.

This is a hard to judge beer, it looks and smells very nice, but the taste is a bit to sweet for me.

rarbring, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of xjapanhomebrewx
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very delicious looking dark, coppery brown. Head dissipated quite quickly, but it didn't take away from the overall experience.

Aroma was sweet and candy-like. Some dark fruity aromas are present such as raisins and fig. Also, some serious malt in the nose as well, with hints of chocolate malt or roasted barley.

Taste is sweet and fruity at first, even a bit tangy, but then moves into a malty biscuity stretch with a slight amount of roastiness that doesn't overpower, but instead works well with all the other flavors. Finishes with a less than modest amount of hop bitterness, hardly presenting itself at all, but certainly does the job of balancing the sweetness of this beer.

Medium-bodied and quite impressed with how smooth it was. The extra bit of alcohol was very well hidden. Seems like it would make a great beer for cooking with as well.

xjapanhomebrewx, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of franktheman
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is great! I think it is better than Leffe blonde! Great color, great head! I actually used this beer for a marinade for my ribs! Drink some as well! Would recommend this one to a friend, and I would buy this beer again, without a doubt.! The Leffe glass is also amazing!

franktheman, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Reddish brown / ruby color. Off white and pretty light / frothy head.

S - Sugary sweet and some dark fruit, also has a spicy and medicinal smell.

T - Fairly sweet, some of this from a fruity dark fruit (but not as much as most Belgians). Sweet caramel malts. This is cut somewhat by a spices and a medicinal flavor. Has the alcohol taste is surprisingly present considering the ABV (not overpowering just more than you would expect).

M - Smooth and medium bodied.

D - A little too unbalanced sweetness for me to drink multiple ones of this beer.

Notes: Fairly cloying. Kind of like a spicy/warming liquid candy. This was better than what I expected it to be, and not a bad beer but not a great one.

FreshHawk, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at BeerBistro.

This beer appears a clear dark reddish amber colour, with a half finger of soapy tan head, which leaves a thin ring of lace around the glass. It smells of bready yeast, coriander, and slightly boozy white grain. The taste is sweet candy malt, barn-like yeast, a bit of dark fruit, and mild earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a bit slick, and fruity, and it finishes fairly dry and yeasty. The extra alcohol is fairly well integrated.

This very much reminds me of Unibroue products, but they have obviously been doing it for a might stretch longer...

biboergosum, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Long813
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated: 03/04/11 4912:20
From LCBO, 330ml

G: Chalice

A: Dark chesnut brown body with one finger of off-white head. Poor retention and leaves minimal lacing. Nothing special about how this looks.

S: Dark fruits, yeast, and some spiciness. Very weak aroma overall, same strength of the blond.

T: Dark and bitter fruits come across strong - figs, raisins and some other fruity mixtures. The yeast is also quite please and complements the fruits. Hint of spiciness in he back, but nothing to apparent.

M: Medium bodied and medium-high carbonation. The carbonation makes for a foamy texture and leaves a very dry-fruity after taste.

D: I don't find anything overly special about this beer. There is nothing drawing me in to drink it again.

Long813, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of nokes
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Leffe chalice, deep ruby/mahogany colour with a one-finger head. A few bubbles, but not many, and the head died back pretty quickly to a thin film, leaving no lacing on the glass to speak of. The colour and clarity are fantastic at any rate.

Smells good. Caramel, roasted malts and dark fruit.

Taste is very nice. It's good beer, no question. The caramel, roastiness and fruits are all there,

Mouthfeel is good, too...reasonably full-bodied and well-rounded with a little carbonation to make it livelier.

Drinkability is good for one beer, but I don't think I could do these in succession. A bit sweet and sticky. Not a session beer for me.

Recommended to try for sure. It's a good beer across the board. Like it.

nokes, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Luk13
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap. Nice brown pour with a persistent white head. Aromas of yeast, plums and candy sugar and light alcohol. Good fruity sweet taste with some strong yeast and alcohol notes. Good mouthfeel, not too watery and correct carbonation. Definitly better on tap.

Luk13, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of shoude
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a restaurant in Bristol RI, served in a Leffe chalice glass

Good dark brown color, head lingered well and stuck to the sides of the glass, yeasty aroma, good slightly sweet full mouth feel

went great with the fresh deep fried soft pretzel and the spicy littlenecks

shoude, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -15.6%
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 +4.8%
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 -24.4%
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 -7.7%
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 +14.1%
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 -7.7%
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 -1.1%
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 +11.9%
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 +4.8%
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 +18%
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 -16.4%
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 +6.1%
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 +11.9%
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
Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 1,422 ratings.