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

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Ratings: 1,519
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 44
Gots: 267 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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Ratings: 1,519 | Reviews: 488
Photo of bobsy
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO. Extremely dark red with small off-white head. Some lace spots are left on the glass. Spicy sweet yeast in the aroma. Some dark caramel malts and a rich fruitiness too. Caramel malt flavour with the slightest hint of coffee. Dark fruits and sweetness come through in the spicy finish. Remarkably smooth on the palate. Goes down with remarkable ease.

Updated: Glass at the Pogue Mahone. Flavour seems diluted somewhat, but with the sweetness emphasized. Artificial, plastic aftertaste lingers in the mouth. I'll pass on this next time. Scores adjusted to reflect crap tap and decent bottle.

Photo of arturorg
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Uniboue tulip

A: Dark brown big frothy head that takes a while to settle and when it does leaves rest of the "foam" painting the glass.

S: Malt, bread, hoppy and a little bit sweet (burnt caramel)

T: Malt, caramel with roasted coffee note, it's a little bit astringent.

Overall: Good beer, widely available around this parts, almost any supermarket carry this beer (Barcelona, Spain) and kind of cheap.

Photo of jayjay1976
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a sixer of these mini 0,25l bottles at a Carrefour somewhere along the road from Paris to Stuttgart.

I couldn't find a chalice because I don't play dungeons & dragons OR live in my mom's basement, but anyway I poured into a tulip glass. Deep ruby brown with a large foamy head which quickly surrenders (I know, I know its Belgian but I did buy it in France :) leaving a thick lace of creamy foam and islands of froth. Pretty as expected in a sweet and dirty, permissive kinda way.

rich toasted malt, yeasty and even a bit smoky, not unlike a cabaret dancer.

Finely carbonated, bitter and rich, malty and a bit of a sour note. Loads the palate begging a fruit and cheese plate or a pile of onion rings with a zesty sauce. Surprisingly crisp and fresh for such a dark brew.

sharp and tangy, copper notes and alpine cheese.

Overall, this dark beauty exceeded my expectations. I will be looking for more of this refreshing dark beer.

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

From tasting notes:
11.2 bottle shared and poured into the leffe chalice.
A: A dark brown body, with a thin, consistent head around the rim. slightly good lacing.
S: A mostly caramel aroma, can't find much more.
T/M: A medium bodied mouthfeel and brew. A mainly caramel notes, just as the nose suggested. But none the less very good.
D: I would drink this over many other browns.

Photo of spinrsx
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a dark brown with a huge foamy beige head. I can't see a whole lot of carbonation. There appears to be lots of web like lacing.

Smell - hops, yeast, a peppery spice. Smell reminds of 'la fin du monde' to an extent.

Taste & Mouth - low to average amount of carbonation, a vanilla/cocoa/molasses flavor and slightly peppery and bitter finish.

Drink - If you are a fan of abbey style beers, this is one is probably a hit. I would prefer to be drinking something else.

Photo of PonchoEquihua
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprisly i found this beer while mi vacation in Mexico´s Nortwest State Sonora at a Hermosillo city grocery supermarket for a good price.

Usually not a place to find a imported belgium beer so i got the blond and brown version.

A.- Dark brown with a good carbonation almost a finger... good retention.

S.- Very good with hints of caramel, molasses and chocolate.. maybe coffe and a little bit frutty.

T.- Excelent balance that molasses and caramel.. with a just the enough alcohol and bitternes beligium beer

M.- thats the best part, excelent mouthfeel but witotuth the alcohol, ...

D.- Even the city temperature is mostly above 102 F i found this a very good beer for a warm evening.. enjoying this excelent beer


Photo of dolzan
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, with a lasting, creamy head.

Sweet and fruity, with a yeasty finish that somewhat balances the sweetness. Almost a hint of sourness at the end, that makes a pleasant overall experience.

Very smooth and deceptively drinkable for its ABV.

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

This pours a dark mahogany colour with a beige head that drops away fairly quickly.

Some sweet malt aromas come across on the nose - a bit of toffee.

More toffee and some really nice caramel on the palate. A little bit of dark fruit but I was expecting more, glad it's not there. The sweetness is there but well balanced.

This isn't the first time I've drunk this but I had forgotten what a nice beer it is. Yum.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle <br>
6.5% ABV <br>
I tried this beer on June 28, 2008 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer pours a slightly translucent dark brown with a long lasting tan coloured head. The aroma was sweet malt and some spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is primarily malty, with a hoppy bitter finish, and in between, some peppery spiciness.

Photo of BucBasil
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a restaurant in Esztergom, Hungary. Reviewing from notes.

Poured from the tap into the Leffe glass. This is somehow more aromatic from the tap, with a bit more brown sugar character than the bottled version. Very drinkable and satisfying. A good option for Belgian taste in a small town where better beer is harder to come by.

Photo of juju7
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and murky with some ruby highlights. Muted, doughy bread and a little hint of cocoa on the nose but it feels a touch flat (as in lifeless, not carbonation). Flavours on the palate are restrained but pleasant. Some more doughiness and a some spicy clove and cinnamon. Overall, its quite decent but doesn't excite. Worth having but not necessarily going out of your way for.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Leffe Chalice

A - Nice hazey mahogany colour with alarge bubbled head that does retain.

S - Nice nutty aromas with some dark sweet fruit.

T - Nice dark fruits and quite nutty, the sweetnes is well managed a little bready alcohol too.

M - Well balnced in carbonation and body

D - Not the best Bruin but one of the few that you could session.

Photo of keithmurray
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a chalice

appearance is a dark brown brew with a tan, fluffy head that lingers

aroma is of toffee, malt, cinnamon and brown sugar and chocolate

taste - malty richness, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses

mouthfeel - perfectly carbonated beverage, smooth finish, slightly sweet, but nicely balanced

drinkability - my only regret is that I only purchased one bottle of this, I would gladly revisit. at 6.5%, this is a nice beverage

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

A: nice color
S: smells above average, but slightly rubberish
T:well balanced sweetness, has the typical belgian ale flavor, but not so intense. not a very dense taste, light compared to others. would have been nicer to have a bit more body.
balanced, slightly sour and bitter aftertaste. reminds me of german smoked bier "rauchbier" , I like it
M: smooth mouthfeel.
D: easy to drink, nothing distrubing, but also not the kind of beer you would sip and meditate on

I would say this beer is a good introduction for those who never had belgian brown ales, but probably would not satisfy the connoisseur. considering price and availability, it is a good pick in where I live. possibly very good to drink with roasted pork or ribs, perhaps can even be used as marinade.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.54/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Still that alcohol affects the nose with sweet roasted malt. On the palate, this malt is up, a little sweet and followed by an attack weaklings artificial flavors and especially fat. Not really tastes amazing, just a beer pretty soft on the palate, with few spices and a little power, just a little spice in the finish.

Photo of xylophonica
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Trappe signature glass.

A - Very dark. Not much head but what there was has remained, lovely lacing on the glass from top to bottom. Very nice yeast froth pattern on top.

S - Roasted malts. Almost nutty, not overly prominent.

T - Creamy to start with, slight nutty tones in the background. Smooth, with a nice amount of carbonation. It's dark nature emerges as it flows down your throat.

M - Smooth, creamy. Quite nice.

D - The creaminess helps this go down a treat. The roasted malts and nut flavours give you the feel of a dark beer without the heavy-taste in the mouth. Very easy to drink.

Wasn't sure what this would be like but very happy with the result. It's a dark beer that's light on the palate so is eminently drinkable. Good dark to start with if you're new to the style.

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

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Dark amber-brown color with a huge grizzly head which lasts for long and leaves a lot of lacings

S: Smells toffee, caramel roasted malts and Belgium yeasts. Very spicy

T: Strong taste of roasted malts. Belgium yeasts. Brown bread. Sweet and fruity (dark fruits) as it should with a light bitter end

M: Medium to full body. Creamy. High carbonation. Nice Belgium sweet-bitter taste. Intense sensation

O: Great drinkability. Good quality even after being purchased by AMBEV.

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle with a date of 09/08/11 on it.

A: Nice caramel brown color with a nice substantial head. Foam sticks nicely to the sides of the pint glass. Has good staying power.

S: Green apples, Belgian yeast. A bit of a floral aroma.

T: Starts out with a sweetness--brown sugar/molasses. Then transitions to a pleasant tart fruit flavor. Kind of reminds me a little bit of candied apples when you put it all together. Very enjoyable transition of flavors.

M: Carbonation maybe a little high for my tastes. Otherwise, above average. The sweetness from the malts provides a nice coating.

D: Very good. First I have tried of this style and I would be willing to pick up some more during my next beer run.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a 6-pack of 25cL bottles at Auchan. Best by Sept. 19, '11. Popped 2 in the fridge as soon as I got home.

A-Clear dark-brown w/hint of reddishness, slightly creamy light beige head, good retention, nice lacing.

S-Fruit esters and sweet malt, bits of black cherry, apple, spice, chocolate, smokiness.

T-Slightly sweet toasted malt, fruity and spicy upfront and midway w/dried fruit and raisin notes, and clean at the end w/bitter hops and a wisp of smoke taking over the finish.

M-Bit more carbonated than the on-tap version I had. Light-to-medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, well-balanced. The aftertaste is pleasant and even.

D-Still really like this beer, and this style.

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

With my growing love for Belgian beers and further amount of experience I've gained since the last time I had this beer, I decided to give this one a complete re-review.

Pours a deep garnet red that only truly reveals its lovely hue when held up to the light. One finger of sticky beige head yeilds after a soft pour, retaining very well and leaving sheets of spotty lace.

The sweetness of plums, figs, and a bit of raisons melds very nicely with a sour cherry and grape backdrop. Belgian yeast and hints of toffee are also thrown into the mix, making for a very malt-forward nose. But that's what is to be expected and it's not overly done.

The notes of cherries and grapes switch roles with the sweet dark fruits, becoming the more prominent fruits in the taste, but still meshing very nicely together. The Belgian yeast seems to be omnipresent, but becoming more pronounced towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fluffy, and foamy with a very good balance. Like almost every other Belgian I've had, the higher ABV is very well concealed.

I seemed to enjoy this one much more the second time around. Fruity and sweet but still very palatable. I still favour BSDA's and BSPA's, but this seems like a great intro into the world of Belgian's.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brown 33 cl long-necked bottle's got an old-looking labeling. A picture of an old monastery. Beige and brown color with a real old font.

A: The pour is deep deep burgundy with a really large thick creamy off-white head. The slow dissipation leaves lacings galore.

S: Wheat and light roasted barley malt. Frutiy; green apples and ripe bananas, faint citric notes. Some yeast (Belgian-style).

T: Roasted sweet malt. Some ripe bananas, dark dried fruits, citric notes (orange zest). Strong coffee.

M: Smooth creamy medium to full body together with light carbonation. Aftertaste is long and at first a bit sweet, but then the bitterness kicks in...

D: A nice beer. I'll buy it again. A nice Belgian Dark Ale, not very complex - it could work as an introduciton-beer to Beligian Dark Ale.

Photo of sunrisesolara
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

.33L emptied into a Snifter.

A: Pours walnut brown with a fluffy 2-finger tan head which quickly receeds to a thin ring. Lacing in the upper third of the glass.

S: Sweet, over-ripe fruits, roasted chocolate malts as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

T: Sweet malts come to the fore, fruitiness is tempered with mild hops. Finishes dry with a yeasty aftertaste which lingers.

D: This beer surprised me, as I was less than impressed by the Blonde. Easy drinking and nothing hateful, just not my favorite.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of sliverX
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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

Photo of rarbring
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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