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

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1,337 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,337
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 34
Gots: 150 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

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 mattcrill
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Patrick Sheehan's in St. Catharine's, Ontario

Appearance: Pitch black with cola edging. A fluffy tan head with moderate retention.

Smell: Virtually none but I think that it has to do with the fact that it was served too cold. Still, it should be able to push through that.

Taste: Apple juice, dark carmel, prunes, licorice, and a more biting apple cider in the finish. The alcohol presence increases as it warms. It borders on being a tad too cloying for me. But a nice balance of all the mentioned flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch creamy. A warming alcohol finish left on the palate.

Drinkability: More to be savored. The alcohol presence and the sweetness makes this one a touch difficult to navigate. Still, a very enjoyable beer that went well on a cloudy evening. Recommended.

mattcrill, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had always held the blonde version by this brewery in high regard so I was expecting an experience and was not disappointed. This particular bottle traveled well from Belgium to Korea, I saw little tarnish oppossed to the draught version I had last spring.
A beautiful dark chocolate color with big thick head. The smell is sweet but pleasant with caramel tones
Enter a toasted, filling flavor. Quite useful. This is gourmet beer, there's more in here than I can identify but most of it is really good. It flows silky and tasty to the last drop. Yes, I could drink a bunch of these, despite the high alcohol.

daliandragon, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of joedon
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this from the tap at The Ginger Man in New York. What a surprizing beer! Pours a rich dark brown, almost opaque color. Very dense, tan head with nice lace and fine bubbles/carbonation.
Aroma of malt, grass, yeast and a little burnt caramel.
Very complex flavor. Layers of taste starting with smoky, caramel, sour apple and malt. Finishing with cardamom, clove and tamarind. Every sip was interesting.
Very smooth finish with a sweet aftertaste. Spices linger and a nice alcohol buzz in the nose.

joedon, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty mahogany brown pour, with a thin head but nice lacing.

Smell was a little sweeter than I expected. Maybe light caramel, light hops and pretty well hidden alcohol.

The taste is again a little malty sweet with an alcohol subtone that hindered drinkability a little, I thought.

Mouthfeel's a little heavier than average, but really nice carbonation.

Once you've adjusted to the brew after the first three sips, it's tough to put it down. Quite good drinkability.

DaveFL1976, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of Viggo
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown with red highlights, huge off white head forms, refuses to leave in a timely manner, nice lacing. Malty and spicy, some yeast, banana, smells almost weisse like. Taste is sweet malt, little spice at the back of the mouth but mostly sweet. Body is quite full so that with the thickness makes this kind of cloying and not very pleasant. High carbonation.

Viggo, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml bottle, poured into Watou brewery chalice.

Appearance: A dark brown, with thick pillowy head. Head disintegrates slowly, finally forming clumpy islands.

Smell: Belgian funk yeast is present, kind of like a dubbel.

Taste: Really pretty good. I was surprised after reading some bitter comments (no pun intended) about Interbrew...

Notes: I'll probably try it again. No problems here.

TurdFurgison, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on-tap at the University of Western Ontario's Graduate Club. Unfortunately, it has currently been replaced by Leffe Blonde for the summer!

I've had it bottled many times, but actually prefered the draft (more flavour).

Appears dark ruby brown, with a nice head.

Smells sweet.

Taste is sweet. The balance is definitely tipped to the sweet side, but it is not cloyingly sweet. Predominantly caramel malt flavour. Great flavour, but not a lot of depth.

Mouthfeel is just slightly fuller than moderate.

Drinkability: The first one is always exceptionally drinkable, but the sweetness precludes it from being a session beer.

Truly a world class beer, which may even define the Belgian Dark style!

Derek, Jul 13, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear ruby brown with a generous, fluffy tan head that produces nice lace as it recedes. A combination of spice, fruit and malts in the nose. Sweet and malty, with a bitter roasted flavour running through the middle. Fruit and spice are much lighter, letting some chocolate come through. Finishes with a dry maltiness, just slightly astringent.

DrJay, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A darker version of one of my favorite beers

Looks nicely browned. Quite clear. Highly carbonated. Pour created off white head that lingered for quite some time. Looks like a cola or an amber bock.

Aromas: typical belgian sweetness, tartness, yeasty, and spicy. Also has a caramel and toasty aroma.

Tastes: caramelly and malty in relation to the blonde. the toasted tones actually mask much of the flavors, spices, and fruitiness that I like about the Blonde. Fuller and rounder to the palate. More creamy than expected. Tingling to the toung.

Finishes caramelly sweet. Ever so slightly bitter. Alcohol flavor increases. The traditional Belgian flavors never really occur.

Impression: a nice beer, but didn't really hold true to style. Looses it's vernacular flavors. Still a good drinking beer.

BEERchitect, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of Dennycurr
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At 7% alc. it is DEADLY smooth.
Have only had it in Europe....but was wowed.
I like the blonde Leffe over here..(Only one I've had except this brown ale across the pond) and there DEFINITELY is that Leffe taste in the dark. But the richness surpasses the blonde.

Den

Dennycurr, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of twilight
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say that I do not endorse ImBev/Interbrew, nor would I ever buy any of their products. A friend from Belgium brought me this one in lieu of the beers I really wanted. Her trip was slashed from three days to four, so she didn't have time, and ended up picking a 750 for me at the airport. Though I was a little disappointed, I was excited to get a super fresh sample. The bottle is dated 03/03/06, so it's roughly a month old.

The 750 comes in a cardboard tube with foil around the cap. The beer itself is a deep dark red with a small fine head that leaves a little lacing around the glass. The smell is slightly grassy with some sweetness and a smattering of fruit rounding out the aroma.

The taste is normal, fine, standard. Nothing special save for the afterbite of sweet grassiness. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth carbonation and a nice drinkability, though if I were out, maybe I'd get this one if it weren't owned by evil. Nice beer...

twilight, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of Paddez
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap a few days ago. Served in the right glass, on the right temprature. A clear, dark and brown brew with some ruby reds tints. The medium sized head settled for a while and than diminished to a layer of foam.
the smell is dominated by sweet malts and some faint fruits and spices.
The taste is very sweet and mostly malty. A little too sweet, but the notes of caramel & fruits and the slightly dry, acidic finish make up for this.
Smooth and pretty round, with a crisp carbonation.
The drinkabillity of this brew is a bit limited by it's sweetness though.

With the exception of the tripel, this is in my opinion the best brew from Leffe. Recommended.

Paddez, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on Tap in a Leffe goblet at The Petit Abeille in NYC. pours dark honey, maple, with gobs of lacing and sheets of lacing. Exhibits a sweet, nutty nose. This is a fruity, nutty, malty brew, notes also of maple syrup, some subtle smokeyness, raisins, all flowing towards a long tasty finish. Fine stuff, especially if you can find it on tap.

Billolick, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of watermelonman
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured to a fairly plain dark brown with a nice large head. The head lasts well and leaves some good lace.

The smell is pretty good but doesn't contain much aside from dark malts. The taste is a bit better but also suffers from being a little too plain. Still, it's not a bad beer, and it's definitely easy to drink.

watermelonman, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of tatterdash
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an impressive dark brown with some red in the light. The head is thick and bubbly, and off-white, approaching tan, very good lacing and retention. Smell was syrupy-sweet smelling, with some cloves and alcohol. Taste was a dark sweet malt up front, with a bit of spiciness and a rather sweet malty finish. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. This isn't a bad beer, but it doesn't really leave me wanting more. It's better on draft (and causes quite a stir around the table from those not used to chalices).

tatterdash, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of stjarnflikka
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, creamy like beer with some red traces. Quite carbonated.

There is a caramell-sweetness in the smell, and theres malt and some sweet berries.

The taste is "dark" with some sweetness, a stroke of chocolate. It is fresh and light and the carbonation tickles the tongue. The aftertaste is bitter with a candy like sweetness and some citric traces.

A better beer than the blonde, not as drinkable though.

stjarnflikka, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of canucklehead
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is definetely the pick of the Leffe litter as it has class and balance in its structure. Unlike the blonde this beer shows real craft and care. The finish has that nice slightly sweet tinge that works well with the style. Good value for the price as well so I will grab a few more while they last.

canucklehead, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of paterlodie
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well pooring it in my favorite trappist glass a first notice was there that this beer has white foam what is not the "normal" dubbels I like. Not to much smell but the the caracteristic "Leffe" geur was in it. The taste was a litle malty but overal sweet and hops was minimised to the low limit a Dubbel can have in my opinion. Only good thing is that you can drink it easily...

paterlodie, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass fill up shows a dark purple brown pour that is clear through the darkness. A sticky brown foamy head that will erupt with a few healthy swirls in the glass.

Bold maltiness up front. Mixed spicy nose.

First swigs: Sweet rich smooth caramel mixed with table sugary blends of brown sugar and Easter peeps bunnies.Blended dark exotic fruits like overly ripened bananas raisins and dark molasses cake. Pure delight. Nutty flavors and pears with root beer hard candy.

Slick medium body leads to a good drinkability. A bit sugary in the finish.

Last swigs: Complexity disguised in the 6.5% ABV. Problem: Want to get this down the gullett in a hurry. GOOOOD! Root beer barrel candy. On tap as a flavor of the month at TDR in Springhouse, PA on 9/16/04.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of Goldorak
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at a restaurant in Bruges. I would have went to the Hobbit, but it was closed :(
At least it was served in the classic Leffe chalice.

Apperance: Dark brown with red highlights, and small tan head.

Smell: Lightly sweet, spicy, roasted malt.

Taste: Very roasted malt, with light mouthfeel and good carbonation. We can only find this on tap back home at a few select places, and the bottle version is much better, a lot less fizzy, a lot more taste.

Goldorak, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy off-white head of the finest creme. Dark opaque body. Massive sheets of lace.

Creamy cinnamon sweet aroma.

Next to no bitterness with a primarily molasses malt prominent flavor. Sweet but nicely balanced.

Creamy smooth heavy body.

There is none of the obvious corn flavors I find typical of Leffe beers. In my opinion this is the best of the Leffe line-up.

Naerhu, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of baiser
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, rich mahogany brown. Not opaque, lets just a tiny bit of light through. Creamy tan head, leaves wonderful patches of lace, clinging to the glass.

Smells of cherries, spicey sweetness.

Flavour was much sweeter than expected, a bit too sweet for me. Hints of caramel, cherries, spices. Not much hop flavour. Leaves a slight plum after taste, very nice. Finishes just a bit dry which I liked.

Notes: This beer is very easy to drink.Would've liked it better if the sweetness was toned down a bit. Enjoyed this more than the blonde.

baiser, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour with a medium, creamy tan head. The nose is quite simple. A lit spice, a little sweetness. The taste is of light roasted malts with a caramel sweetness on the finish. Lightly spiced and quite a smooth, creamy body. A little bit of caramel sweetness on the finish. Quite generic for a Belgian but not half bad.

Popsinc, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: very dark brown, with a very wimpy tiny head and moderate lace. The aroma is sweet, of sugary caramel, with some roasted malts. The flavor is also very sweet, dominated by a very sweet caramel flavor, hops are just a mild aftertaste. No detectable fruit flavor except some sweet figs. I think so many beers like this would be vastly improved if they had more hop complexity. This beer is rather one dimensional. I like the leffe blonde better.

CAMRAhardliner, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of pootz
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is interbrew’s top of the line as such we get it in Canada...I’m glad...it’s a workin’ mans dark Abby toned down for international palates and it fills that niche’ very well. Poured a dark slightly clouded chestnut brown with a nice off white head with good retention. Low carbonation. Aromas of molasses-berries-spice with a slight sour note. Starts full bodied and delivers the raisin-spice tastes but has a more pronounced malt presence than Leffe blond giving a pronounce raisin bread impression from the malt...very satisfying...worth the drink....but a tad too sweet for my tastes.

pootz, Jul 08, 2004
Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.