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

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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 40
Gots: 232 | 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 smanders
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of bmwats
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of botham
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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.

Photo of bonbright7
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of DerBayer
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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.

Photo of cdizinno
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of SleepyMonk
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
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

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
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!

Photo of Stavage
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of eat
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of seand
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of mulder1010
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had on tap in sydney in the belgian beer cafe in a leffe glass

a- very nice, a carmel head and lacing was quite nice.
s- lots of barley
t- more barley, a little bit of carmel.
m- got the abv 6.6%. Not nearly as good as I had hoped it woudl be
d-- Ok, nothing special, or earth shattering.solid beer and on tap is nice considering the options in Sydney. Tasted a lot of the alchohol and a bit of a turn off, but a good beer. What I have heard the blond is better.

Photo of mareth01
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a nice large tan head with good retention and lacing throughout the review. It had a clear, dark chestnut color.

You can definitely smell the toasted malted barley when you put it to your nose.

The taste is quite unique in that you get a hint of sweetness in the beginning but then it transforms in to a strong toasted barley after taste.

It was crisp and pleasant to the palate, with just the right amount of carbonation for this medium body brew.

Overall, this leffe is decent but I would prefer to drink the blonde over this brune.

Photo of Bogodar
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: 0,33 l; Served: Pokal; Bought: Local store

Brown to dark caramel. Yeasty, malty... very rich flavour of an upper fermentation beer. Long smooth aftertaste, but not too long lasting. The head does not go off for a long time. The beer is quite strong (6,5%), but you won't tell until it reaches your head.
Consumed with Upper Silesian karminadel (kind of schnitzel) - perfect match ;)

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

Leffe Brune does indeed contain some lovely shades of brown. Mahogany, chestnut and rosewood all mingle to procure the beer's splendidly colourful canvas. The reddish tones in particular became heated when held into the light, where the beer's clarity is fully showcased. Its head, uncharacteristic of true Belgian abbaye beers, fully dissipates within minutes of the pour.

Its aroma, on the contrary, is every bit as typically Belgian as any. It contains a potent, distinct yeast that is reminiscent of many spices including clove, pepper, ginger and cinnamon. There are hints of dark, over ripened fruits and also the impression of dark, well toasted breads. A trace of dark toffee is also noted.

The flavour is a shortened, in-brief version of the aroma. The phenols are subdued and the impression of dark fruit short lived. The one element that increases is that of dark toffee, which carries along from the first moment of sipping to the last instance of swallowing.

The beer walks a fine line between a true-to-style, traditional Belgian offering and a mass-produced, bastardized big industry rip off. Best I can tell InBev continues to use a proper yeast but shortcuts are made with regards to the malts, which border on syrupy.

The beer is also lacking the depth in flavour, including the nuances of spice and fruity esters. Perhaps bottle conditioning the beer would re-introduce some of those components after it has been (quite clearly) filtered. The drinkability is good even without but would be great with. I actually note a fair bit of corn syrup type taste as the beer warms.

Leffe Brune was one of the first beers to introduce me to Belgian style ales. Needless to say, my opinion of it has changed over the last five or six years. I can still enjoy the beer but not without knowing there are far more and far better Belgian offerings out there. If you like Leffe, do yourself a favour and start looking more into other Belgian beers.

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

Pours quite dark chestnut brown with a thin and bubbly head.

Smell: A lot of candied sugar and dried dark fruits. Some toasted/burnt malt

Taste: Sweetness to begin, sugary and slightly fruity. Raisins, dried prunes, plums. The taste then moves into a sticky malt with a barely percievable hop bitterness. The finish is not dry but there is a good roasted/burnt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but a little thin, carbonation is pretty high and crisp

Photo of goblet
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured this from a 330 ml bottle into my goblet ,the bottle it self is typical for a leffe with the foil(it`s brown) around the cap and neck .

Appearance:right after the pour i go a white frothy head that reduced to a thin coat,the color is deep brown like the foil around the cap.no carbonation almost no lace.clean .

Smell:the aroma is very subtle ,some chocolate fruits like figs and plums , a bit of sweet malt and brown sugar even hidden hops this is hard to detect but it`s there ,the malt and yeast i think are what this brew aims to prefect.

Taste:meduim body ,mild malt sweetness,milk chocolate, grainy,nuts and dark ripe fruits ,toasted bread like. i don`t taste the alcohol and the yeast is filtered ,very smooth .

Mouthfeel:it`s a bit sweet and malty not bitter or sour full of good hardy flavor,chocolate and brown sugar on the palate leaves a malty dry after taste .

Drinkablility and notes: this is a good to very good beer ,clean tasting for a dark brew ,sweet yet subtle and very easy to enjoy anytime,i prefer dark beer to be more rich and thicker but this is tasty and balanced.

Photo of Jeffo
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this down the road at the bottle shop.

From a bottle into a Leffe chalice.

Note: My bottle, bought in the Netherlands, says it's a Dubbel. When tasting, I compared it to other Dubbels.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small 1 finger thinner looking off-white head that quickly fades to a thin cap. Colour is dark brown, bistre perhaps, and zero carbonation is evident. A bit of film remains to the end but leaves no apparent lacing. Very average looking.

SMELL: Caramel malt and some dark fruits notes as well, such as plumbs and dates mostly. A slight roasted characteristic as well, which was a pleasant touch, but the nose it unfortunately too mild to really make a statement.

TASTE: Sweet caramel malt and some nice fruity undertones as well, much like the nose advertised. Some hop bitterness and a slight touch of roasted malt at the end. The long lasting mild aftertaste is mostly caramel malt sweetness and a touch of bitterness near the end. Definitely pleasant, and certainly more impressive than the nose.

PALATE: Medium full body with medium carbonation. Certainly thicker and fuller than the look had suggested. Malty creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with not bite. A crisp finish, slightly dry on the palate.

OVERALL: A very average look and nose, but the taste and palate were a pleasant surprise on this one. I must admit, I'd had this one quite a few times when out on the town, but have never really paid much attention to it. This one was a pleasant surprise and I'll pay more attention next time I order it at a restaurant or bar. Drinkable and enjoyable, I'll be ordering this one again.

Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 1,479 ratings.