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

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Ratings: 1,476
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 41
Gots: 230 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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Photo of benfons
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
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

Photo of DAllspaw
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Photo of Roke87
3.36/5  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.

Photo of desiderius
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Photo of BeerCon5
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of djura
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of cervezango
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

its looks nice mostly i like the head, more persistent head I've ever seen, it just didn't go away, i drank through the head, tiny bubbles very dark when not looking at it through the light a deep red color.

smells like sweet wine and yeast

tastes kinda like a weak wisenbock a little sweet smokey raisin

not to heavy with a minor peanut butter/ caramel aftertaste

make sure you don't drink it too cold i open mine when it was too cold, and it got better as it warmed up,

i have to admit i was a bit disappointed because of how much it cost and how highly rated it was on beer advocate 9th place in this style.
a well done beer , good overall

that being said

Photo of DoctorDog
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330 ml bottle poured into a large wine glass. "29/04/12" stamped into a box on bottom of back label under "Best Before End." Acquired via Franz4 via international beer-mule smuggling network.

A: A dark, ruddy brow. ~1 fingers of tan, effervescing head, which dissipates to a thin incomplete cap quite quickly.

S: Dark fruits. Hints of spiciness, with a distinctive "Belgian yeast" odor. Some caramel sweet notes.

T: A bit of roastiness coming out here, along with some spicy/peppery/yeast and dark fruit/banana and caramel sweetness.

M: Moderately carbonated with a fairly crisp, medium-light feel.

O: Good. A pleasant, easy drinking brew.

Future outlook: Probably wouldn't go out of my way to acquire this again, but it's a pretty good beer that I am happy to have gotten the opportunity to try.

Photo of Franz4
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle dated best by 4/29/12 (or 29/04/12 to be more specific)

A- pours a barely translucent dark reddish brown with a 2finger foamy head that settles rapidly with no lacing. As you tilt the glass the head appears to make an oily slide rather than stick.

S- scent is spicy, maybe a touch of coriander is present, yeast provides most of the nose. Some presence of fruit in the aftertaste (apricots or am I nuts?)

T- just the slightest roastiness, pepper and spiciness is present, followed by a slighty chewy yeasty flavor

M- Light bodied, but it does stick to the tongue slightly, finished sweet

O- I'm glad I was able to try this, but I probably won't go to the trouble of obtaining it again. It's a well-crafted beer, but not in the top tier of belgian brews.

Photo of kflorence
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost opaque black in color with a huge, frothy off-white head that lasts forever. Lots of lacing as you drink. Darker than expected, but looking good.

S: Smells fairly reminiscent of the blonde version of the beer, though with darker fruit, caramel and malt undertones. There's also some cheese, coffee, toast and some alcohol astringency.

T: Sweet up front with a lighter, sweet brown sugar and molasses malt with a bit of yeast and some grains. This is followed by a lot of roast; coffee, maybe some dark chocolate, and finally some darker fruits and some residual sugary sweetness. The taste tapers off rather quickly and leaves behind a spicy, toasted flavor that lingers on the tongue, much like the flavor left after smoking a quality cigar. Alcohol is pretty well masked, but still detectable.

M: A nice, medium bodied brew with a bit of chewiness and some syrup. Good amount of carbonation and a nice feel on the tongue. I could use a bit more creaminess, but other than that no complaints.

O: This is a solid Belgian Dark Ale, though it may be lacking in complexity. I think I prefer the lighter "blonde" version, but this one won't disappoint. A bit sweet for me, I suppose. Cheers!

Photo of TheBrewo
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of rich amber-brown. It holds a solid tan colored head of one and a half fingers. This is composed of big sticky bubbles, like one would find over a milkshake. Retention is medium, and thick lacing is left around the glass. Carbonation looks active and no sediment is noted. The aroma is big, with dark toasted malts. There is also a great deal of sweetness, lent from a syrupy, brown sugary, molasses inflection. This is added to by hints of dark fruit, of fig and sugary dates. The booze is also palpable in the very back, and stings with a spicy bite. As we sip, the tongue is met with rich, coppery malts. Here there is also that characteristic Leffe yeast coming through, along with darker flavors that almost touch coffee bean or cocoa. Moving through the middle we get some of that fruit from the nose, but with a white sugar sweetness at the peak. The flavors in the finish drop off quickly, leaving a mouthful of peppery booze. This spicy kick is what breathes most apparently thorough the aftertaste, with those rich malts coming for the ride. The body is medium and the carbonation is quite high. The latter is one of the first things noticed upon the sip. This nearly over-carbonation leaves the drinker feeling a bit burpy. Otherwise, the mouth is left cooled and clean feeling, with little drying or coating either way. The abv is within range and the beer drinks somewhere in the middle.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how robust it came across. To start the aroma was nice and full, giving some complexity through its integration of all of the notes. The taste followed nicely, with the flavors coming through as promised by the nose. This starkness, however, also forces the drinker to slow down, as it can become overbearing if drunk too quickly.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Les Postiers Brussels.

Body is a clear garnet brown with a nice foamy tan head with good retention, leaves clouds and rings of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of dark malt, dark fruit, and spice.

Begins sweet and fruity with some spice, then tastes of charred malt and milk chocolate in the mid-palate, and ends on the dry side with a lingering char and dark chocolate bitterness.

Body is light and the carbonation gives this a lively mouthfeel. It is not creamy as I would have expected given the foamy head.

This is a tasty brown brew with a low ABV that makes it sessionable.

Photo of jeffaz02t
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with hues of maroon. Tan head, however it was never substantial.

S: yeasty, bread, chocolate, nutty, slight smokiness.

T: yeast up front, with a warm chocolate and biscuit flavor. Slightly drier than I anticipated.

M: heavy, creamy with low carbonation level.

D: No alcohol detected and the flavors are simple and to the point. Not a bad choice for a sesh.

Photo of vfgccp
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep chocolate brown with ruby highlights. Creamy white head from a vigorous pour.

S - Light hammy smoke, soft malt, touch of pine, some oak smoke.

T - Soft and sweet. Touch of booze, raisins, soft smoke. Some café latte in the finish.

M- Overall smooth with a touch of cedar / booze sharpness.

D - A very nice beer. It's easy enough that you could enjoy it in a social setting and not miss the boat, and flavorful enough to keep your attention.

Photo of Everydayoff
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Leffe chalice by freshness date.

Dark brown with a garnet hue, average tan foamy head with several soapy lacing sheets, though its translucent texture, the carbonation can be perceived and well suit.

Dominance by fruity notes; dark berries, dark grapes, also reinforce with a bit roasted malt trait.

Commencing with slight dark fruit sweetness, a little caramel then roasted malt and roasted fruit peel bitterness overpower against the other components. The bitterness also wanders throught the aftertaste.

The body is velvety and full. The palate contacts with high but mild carbonation.

Concealing its relatively high alcohol very well by constituting roast and fruity characters, it's quite good drinkable and enjoyable brew.

Photo of Matt1516
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Coca-Cola hue, tan fluffy two-finger head with lacing.

Smells of toffee and chocolate. Maybe a little molasses.

Ditto for the taste. Creaminess to the mouthfeel. A little too sweet and cloying for my liking. If the finish was a little more bitter it would make it more drinkable. Although it's technically a "strong beer", the alcohol taste is subtle. Caramel notes on the finish.

More of a dessert treat than a session beer.

Photo of ticklechicken
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

* Appearance - Dark brown with red edges. Lightly carbonated and not cloudy. Poured gently, the head was rather thin.
* Smell - Sweet chocolate and fruity smell.
* Taste - Chocolate malt taste with secondary hit of bitterness that lingers.
* Mouthfeel - Slightly heavy and lightly cabonated
* Drinkability - All round a good beer that went down better when gulped, as it prolonged the initial flavours.

Photo of Bricelyn
4.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 5 inch mug, tried to pour it a little rough as the last brew from Abbaye de Bdij van leffe was a little soda like in its carbonation. Albeit the hard pour it gave me only a quarter inch of head however the creamy head is retaining and leaving a nice lacing on my mug.

It smells lightly astringent at first but there is the definite Belgian yeasty fruit smell coming off. Very sweet smelling. Taste is chocolate smoke that harsh-ens to bakers chocolate and settles into the Belgian yeast.

Mouth feel was a little rough at fist allot like leffe blonde, but just like the blonde the more I let it warm and sit it settles into an excellent softness.

Very drinkable it cuts the sweetness of Queen ann cherry's quite nicely!

Photo of madvoice
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark chocolate in colour with a thick foamy head that left a lot of lacing.

Smells of chocolate, malt and caramel

Has a rather sweet chocolate malt flavour.

Has a very pleasant and smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. Though something to be enjoyed on special occasions rather than an everyday choice.

Photo of Kulrak
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chocolate brown with 2cm of head that fades away fairly slowly. Smells of yeast, banana and raisins. Tastes sweet and mildly chocolatey with a lot of dark malt, also with some yeastiness. Mouthfeel is very heavy and creamy without any fizziness, just slightly carbonated. Overall it's a very drinkable beer, I'll be looking for it again for winter nights.

Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my leffe glass

Appearance: Beautiful deep bown colour with red tinged edges, and a thick white head.

Smell: Very roasty, nutty, with notes of coffe, malt and black bread.

Taste: follows the nose , Dry, with a roasted malt flavor, with a wisp of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, with a clean, crisp finish.

Drinkability: very drinkable , no alcohol detected

Photo of jonb5
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, poured into leffe goblet. 2 finger head but I poured it too quickly. Looks a bit like Guinness, but it's a few shades clearer. Smells like Leffe Blonde but tastes sweeter and maltier. A winter beer, smooth but quite heavy could not have more than 1

Photo of decimator
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml poured into a Leffe branded Goblet.

A - Poured a dark brown with a thin beige head. Copper hues are noticeable when held in direct light. Minimal lacing.

S - Lots of sweet caramel, hint of toast, and a bit of alcohol.

T - Sweet caramel, some dark fruit, a bit of spiciness and a hint of toast. It's can be a bit subdued at times yet it is very well balanced and quite delicious.

M - Good carbonation, creamy, sticky and finish is wet (but not watery).

D - Tasty and easy to drink. Enjoyed on occasion.

Photo of anakar
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favourite beer. Dark and richly flavored Bock. A bit heavy, but less than most dark beers. Goes great with heavy food such as stake or Lasagne. Taste is where it really gets you, no real better word, but than this is closest - It's nutty. and nutty is a great and rich way. Also it goes down like a Guiness - Smooth and easy so your mouth won't sting and it would just wash your mouth so you can go back to your stake.

Photo of philphilphil
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance was dark witg decent head.
Smell is small and kinda dubbelish
Taste is a mix of dubbel and stout, i believe this beer is a dubbel.
Mouthfeel is not bad.
Drinkabulity is, i can get many beeter beer for the same price (including leffe blonde)

Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.