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

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Ratings: 1,421
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001)
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Photo of ZorPrime
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brown beer has nice bubbles! This is one of the thing that interest me!

The taste is very sweet and good. The aftertaste is also very good. I would say this beer is perfect!! for me anyway :)

I think I could drink this with any food.

Definitely one of the best beer I had.

ZorPrime, May 24, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the legendary Hopleaf. Served in a Leffe Chalice/Tulip/Wineglass thingy :)

A: Deep brown with ruby tints. 1 finger head thaqt holds very well. Great lacing.

S: Fruity yeast esters. Sweet caramel malts. Reminds me of a dubbel, almost.

T/M: Alcohol is subdued which works well. Like a mild dubbel I guess. Spices are li ght but enjoyable. Light yeasty esters with a nice malt backbone. Rye malt? A touch of chocolate malt in the back. Body i sjust above medium and carbonation adds a nice liveliness.

D: I'd definitely order this again. I'll be looking to see if it's available in my area. I think this would work as a good 'starter' Belgian.

pwoods, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very easy drinking Belgian Dark Ale- a little too thin for me, but certainly flavorful and highly drinkable.

A- Dark brown color- translucent- thin white head on top.

S- Smell was of raisons and malts, somewhat lacking in this department which took away from the overall experience.

T- Lots going on here- some bitter notes- some sweeter notes (chocolate, spices, malt, raison, etc.)

M- Thinner than expected. This one is oily and goes down easy.

D- Highly drinkable but nothing that will blow you away. Nonetheless, a nice beer.

DavidSeanNJ, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of batty
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle bought in spain, best before date more than a year into the future.

head rises quickly on the poor, and looks quite dense. color is a clear dark amber. head drops after a minute or so to a thin layer, which stays. smell is sweet fruity, with some darker malts. taste brings a sweet fruitiness, balanced well with brown malts and bitter, as well as a good level of carbonation. could defnitely continue for a few more of these, but the finish could be a bit cloying perhaps after awhile.

batty, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of auxiliary
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark brown in color, nice offwhite head and it left some lace on the glass.

smell - Smells of sweet malt here.

taste - Nice sweet flavors. Malt, chocolate and some hops.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - Don't underestimate this beer. AB might import it but it is a great bee. I ordered a flight of beers and this was the best out of 4. would buy this again, very tastey.

auxiliary, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of AlexLMS
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: brown colour with ruby highlights. Acceptable clarity according to the dark colour. Head: brown colour, moderate in size and creamy. May not be long lasting. Lots of beautiful lacings.
Aroma: toasted malts and coffee.
Taste: roasted malts, coffee, spices, ripe fruits and some chocolate notes.
Mouthfeel: dry, average to low carbonation, moderate alcoholic strength (6.5% ABV) and a medium to full body.
Finish: lingering slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: great beer. Consistent and very tasteful. Leffe Brune is one of my regular Belgium ales as it is easy to find and not overpriced.

AlexLMS, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of papat444
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Dundee's in Montreal.

Paired with Roast Chicken Baguette.

Appearance: Dark brown, opaque body with hints of red. Very thin head (though that's probably because of the trip from the bar to my table)

Smell: Malt-like, slightly bitter.

Taste: Smooth malty taste with hints of nut & brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Nutty aspect is more pronounced as malty & creamy in the palate. Some roasted barley is also present. Finishes with a burnt, bitter quality.

Drinkability: Drinks remarkably well, solid in it's smoothness.

Overall: Better than the blonde IMO. Well built & though subdued, still has some solid flavor. Would have again.

papat444, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at a Kingston, Ontario LCBO a few months ago and I'm cleaning out my beer fridge. 33cl, 6.50% abv. Best before 29/11/08, or in the US style, 11/29/08. "The authentic Belgian abbey beer: The roasted barley malts give this Leffe Brown its sweet caramel yet bitter taste." Poured into my branded Leffe goblet.

Appearance is opaque brown, red accents, rich foamy tan head. Descends to rocky head.

Aromas: loads of malt here, bread, caramel, spice. Some dark fruitiness, cherries, plums, etc. Light coffee. Not bad at all. Reminds me a lot of the Trois Pistoles I had last night, just lighter.

Malty sweet palate, with some nice balancing bitterness and sourness. Warming for sure, moderate feel & carbonation. Very smooth. Spice is out front. Lots of brown sugar, coffee, pretty tasty finish actually with some subtle fruitiness. Alcohol is noted but is a nice flavour in the darker Belgian styles.

Not a bad Belgian, certainly better than the Blond if I recall correctly.

Antilochus, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of DaveUK
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark reddish brown, bright with a dense head of off white bubbles. Fair to good retention.

Aroma - Apples and pears, spicy and citrussy hops, bananas become stronger down the glass. Faintly detectable notes of toffee and caramel.

Taste - Initially, burnt and roasted malt bitterness, followed by subdued apples, pears and banana. The fruity flavour becomes stronger down the glass with the malt fading into the background. I think a little less overpowering spice and fruit would let the malts really shine.

Mouthfeel - Medium, fairly clean but with some stickiness on the lips. No sourness and little alcohol or acidity.

Overall - A bold combination of dark barley malts, wheat and spicy hops. The combination works well, however, I think that a dryer, less sweet, feel would help to bring out the burnt malt taste better. Slightly out of balance.

DaveUK, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Cloverleaf Tavern

A: Pours a dark brown body with a frothy, white head. Decent retention; held for about half the beer. Nice lacing along the top of the beer as well as along the glass throughout the beer.

S: A sweet, malty and caramel smell. Hints of tofee and a kind of black olive tartness.

T: A malty taste with hints of bananas and olives in the aftertaste. After a few sips, the olive taste really starts to fade into the background and the sweet, caramel/toffee malts start to become more evident in the aftertaste.

M: A nice, smooth full-bodied mouthfeel overall.

D: A pretty drinkable beer. Slightly bitter, black olive taste was very distinctive, but did not take away from the beer overall.

maddogruss, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of lithium6977
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, much like Coca-Cola. Cream colored head with some lacing.

S - Dark fruits (plums, etc) with hints of chocolate, coffee, and some floral notes from the hops.

T - Fantastic overall. Chocolate and coffee are the main flavors, with hints of fruit, caramel, and florals from the hops.

M - Medium carbonation, but very smooth. Great mouthfeel.

D - Very easy to drink even at 6.5%.

I'm relatively new to the beer drinking world, but when I first tasted this beer I thought, "that's what a beer should taste like." This is one of my favorite beers.

lithium6977, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.72/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saturday, February 16, 2008 -

Had this on-tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ... from what I hear, this is the only bar in the state that has Leffe Brune on-tap... never seen the bottled-form anywhere, except for, of course, the blonde, so I was eager to try this one... Amazing, frothy and bubbly head dominated the Leffe serving glass with an extremely dark-brown, prune-colored hue... smell was very typical for the style, with dehydrated fruits, figs, and caramel nuances... taste was sublime, thick, rich, and satisfying without being overbearing... great mocha and caramel taste led to a strong presence of brown sugars and malts... a nice mouthfeel with easy drinkability at a modest 6.5% ABV... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of pirates
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, another great offering from Leffe.

A - Dark brown, almost Coca Cola like. Wonderful head that laces nicely.

S - Once again with Leffe, the nose isn't as stellar as others have made it out to be, but the brown definitely noses better than the blonde.

T - Of roasted malts with a lingering bitter aftertaste that is synonymous with dark beer, but the leffe is silky smooth.

M - Smooth and silky mouthfeel.

D - As with other leffe offerings a very rich and rewarding beer. More drinkable than the blonde in my opinion, probably because of the less sweeter taste.

Overall a lovely beer.

pirates, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe, pours a dark brown with an ok white head. This is what I would call a cloyingly sweet beer. It has a real sweet twang to it, maybe also sweetness added from fruity taste as well. I also felt it had a bit of roasted malt character to it as well but the sweetness stands out more than that. Overall it was just too sweet for me to enjoy.

MiScusi, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of rodenbach99
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was from a 330ml brown bottle bought at my next door depanneur.

It is an abbey beer. Brewed by Inbev for the Abbaye de Leffe.

It shows under a nice reddish-copper tone. Nice white-beige medium lasting head. It as some nice spices notes on the nose, not exuberant. This beer has a good medium-bodied taste, some maltiness. Some freshness in the aftertaste.

This is a perfect initiation for the complex world of belgian beer. Easy drinking. I like this beer.

I also drank this beer in Belgium under the Leffe 6 Brune label.

rodenbach99, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of bloberglawp
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my cousin Liane who brought me back this bottle from a recent trip to France. Until just recently this was not available localy. Big 750 ml corked and caged bottle, best before dec. 23 2008.

Pours a rather dark brown, big frothy white head that dissipates to a nice size film and laces well to the "Eau Benite" goblet I'm drinking out of.Aroma is quite like leffe blond with a little more roast caracter. Flavors of cocoa, nutty malts, almost porter like and candy sweetness/mouthfell in the finish, flavor, again is very much like a leffe blond.

I dove into this one expecting a dubbel or a strong dark belgian, but its not a dubbel nor a strong dark belgian, its a belgian dunkel (dark) ale. Its certainly a interesting beer, but keep in mind its not a dubbel... kinda like a porter is not a robust or baltic porter.

bloberglawp, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmmmBEEEER for sharing a bottle. The beer is a clear dark brown-amber color with a medium thick and rocky beige head that dissipates slowly. Patches of lacing. Aroma of malt and dark fruit with a touch of barley. Medium, smooth body with malt and nut flavors atop a moderate hops base. Some yeast flavors here and there as well. The finish is roasty with a fruity aftertaste. Above average overall.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of tsbuttry
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The only place I've managed to find the Leffe Brown (as opposed to the more common Blonde) is at the indy bar I go to on trivia night. This is almost always my choice of drink (with the occasional IPA thrown in if I feel like something hoppy) while playing.

Appearance: This may be the perfect beer from an appearance standpoint. Excellent, deep brown (but not black) color and excellent head retention.

Smell: Very malty aroma. While like most Belgians it doesn't hit you with hops, Leffe Brown still has a strong aroma from all the roasted malts they put in it.

Taste: For something with no discernable hop flavor, this is as high as I'll ever go. The malt flavor is incredible with a subtle but not sick sweetness and a good deep, roasted flavor.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly good while the beer is in your mouth, but like most beers with a low hop content, it lingers and leaves an aftertaste.

Drinkability: Excellent. It goes excellent with food, I could easily see myself drinking a couple while watching a football or baseball game (it doesn't seem to aesthetically match basketball, though), and it's possible to put down 4 or 5 in the course of several hours at the bar without feeling bloated.

tsbuttry, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a DT tulip. Thanks to MsSara for bringing this back from Japan for me.

A: Pours a nice looking deep ruby-brown with an off-white, three finger head that threatened to spill over the top of the glass. Big sticky sheets of lace.

S: Aromas of Belgian yeast, ripe, dark fruit, chocolate, tangy berries, toasted malt, and a hint of candi sugar.

T: Toasted malt, plums, caramel, and chocolate right off the bat. The longer it stays in my mouth the more fruit I notice (plums, raisins, figs, apples) and the toasted malt, caramel, and chocolate flavors make more appearances. Berries and/or cherries are in there as well.

M: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel that carries on through to the extreme end of the finish where it turns slightly spicy and dry.

D: Extremely drinkable. Not especially thick or overly filling. Sessionable.

GbVDave, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Bière (25, 33, 75 cl et pression) de fermentation haute
Appearance : robe acajou
Smell : arôme fruité et épicé
Taste and mouthfeel : palais malté, sucrée et caramélisée avec quelques notes de café. développe une douce amertume en bouche, finale de chocolat et d'épice
Drinkability : une bonne bière dans style abbaye brune

thierrynantes, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of Freshie
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color. Tan head. Retention is good. Laces well.

Aroma is slightly metallic, but other than that, sweet.

The taste is sweet, and a bit smokey. Syrupy after-taste blends with leffe's sweet character. Some fruit. Caramel.

Pretty drinkable, but the sugary mouth-feel might be too much for some less experienced Belgian ale drinkers.

Freshie, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/8/07 at East Ave Café in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large, off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, dark malts and some chocolate.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of Belgian yeast, chocolate and some spices. The malt character is hearty and there’s decent hops presence for the style to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is good beer to stick with for an evening especially if you’re in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a nice rich chocolate brown with reddish highlights; generous bubbly head that leaves thin delicate layer of belgian lace on glass

s: complex and sweet; spices and fruitiness; not quite fragrant enough but what is there is good

t: great balanced mixture of mostly chocolate with hints of coffe malts; strong spicey deep flavor builds to a peak mid-sip and then fades leaving nice aftertaste

m: smooth and a little creamy which is nice; ultimately could be a little thiscker and creamier for my taste in the style

d: a great well blended beer; great malt presence; nice sweetness; great beer

hoegaardenhero, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of JOaikido
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml brown bottle. Best before 26 January 2009.

A- Huge light beige head that settles a little too rapidly but leaves some lacing. Colour is a clear dark red-brown. No cloudiness. Attractive overall.

S- Dominated by malt. Caramel with a hint of banana and other fruit. Sweet,

T- Good level of very present bitterness. Well balanced to the sweet malty middle. Caramel flavours. Alcohol taste comes througheven when cool. The strength of the alcohol flavour seems out of proportion with the ABV. Ligering bitter aftertaste.

MF- OK, but a little too light-bodied for the style. Alcohol feel seems too high for the ABV.

D- Good beer but its parts have a little trouble coming together.

JOaikido, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of basica
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wanted to put off having the Leffe Brune till a visit to Ice Cold Beer and I finally did and it was suggested by a client who thought we could meet there. Immediately I ordered this beer that I should have long tried... (having already tried Westys long ago) The Leffe brune did not fall below my expections at all. I did not reveal it that day though... instead I bought a bottle to go as it was not sold at the shops and supermarkets locally. This Leffe pours into my tall Leffe chalice with a nice thick 2 finger plus head that was generally creamy but slightly more bubbly than the other Leffes. When I poured it at Ice Cold Beer for Rex and myself it did not yield much head but this time it did and I have no idea why. The color of the pour was a dark ruby brown. The smell was caramel, dark fruits, spices, yeast and some malts too. The taste starts off spicey, malty with light brown sugar sweetness; the fruitiness kicks in shortly after not exactly an outright strong fruitiness but it instead blended with the malts and sugars to become a malty sweet fruitiness with some dates and raisins. The fruits were not the pronounced and it was rather light but the malts go strong and reveal the light fruitiness beneath it. The finish was slightly yeasty and slightly bitter dry as well. The after taste was malty with a hint of dark fruits; slowly raisins surface in the after taste. Sweet malty, slightly fruity aromas were detected on the nose. A final note to the taste is the ressemblance to the Leffe Blond in a sense that I can taste the typical Leffe taste (mainly from the malts and spices); very nice. The taste improves as the beer warms; so do not drink it too quickly if you have it out from the fridge! The fruitiness and brown sugar sweetness seem to show up a little more and the taste seems more mellow as it warms. The mouthfeel was probably medium bodied but with a fairly low amount of carbonation but a slightly creamy yet slightly stinging feel in the throat which was pretty good per se; nonetheless, it was generally a smooth drinking beer. Very nice indeed.

basica, Oct 16, 2007
Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 1,421 ratings.