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

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very good

1,447 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,447
Reviews: 475
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 38
Gots: 204 | FT: 0
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Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001)
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Photo of cleeze
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a unique brew.

Poured a very dark drown maybe blackness? With a nice frothy cream colored head that disappeared rather quickly to show some bad ass lacing.

Smell was of dark fruits. Deffinatly raison which I absolutely love in a brew. Also so rum alcohol notes as well.

Taste again was fruity. Raisons and maybe a little banana as well. Malty goodness

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a leffe, tuliped goblet. Body is a dark brown with amber highlights. A half finger, parchment paper colored head emerges - with decent retention. Very suddy lacing. Nose is medium, some yeastiness, bread, and grass. Doesn't smell like it looks.

Mouth feel is extremely smooth, while being nice and light. Slight tingle to the tongue. Flavors are quite bold for a not so high ABV. Sweet brown sugar beginning with notes of alcohol. Finish has a very nice ginger bitterness.

I was very surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I am not a fan of the blonde as I feel it's not constructed that great. This on the other hand, really is put together nicely. Nice and low ABV as well for a solid, sessionable Belgian.

Photo of Faune
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark Brown, Caramel, almost black. Good head retention.

S- Malty, roasted, toasted, sweet, Chocolate, nutty, caramel, yeast and a hint of spice.

T- Sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roasted/toasted almonds.

M- Creamy, Chewy, good carbonation.

D- I would definitely have another.

Photo of wl0307
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 15/04/10, served lightly chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed goblet.

A: dark russet brown in colour, coming with a 1cm dark beige froth with good retention, on top of semi-lively carbonation that ascends constantly to the surface.
S: while the sweet edge of caramelised sugar dominates the nose, the other elements run quietly at the second layer - sweet nutty and chocolatey dark malts, grassy and slightly earthy hops, a very light aromatic tinge of dark candy sugar, sour-sweet dark fruits, and chocolate-flavoured milk. Not bad, mostly malty and yeasty without more complexity (or complication?).
T: toasted Munich-malts with a deep caramely and light nutty hint comes on top of aromatic yeastiness and a little dark-fruitiness, while a sweet black-tea-ish undertone of hops with its bitter-sweet (more like dried powdered herbs plus licorice) and spicy edge slowly expands, as well as bitter hint of burned sugar that constantly stays aside. Semi-chewy and even dry-ish in the finish, likely due to the input of hops as well.
M&D: lightly fizzy on the palate and the body is not thin for a pasteurised bottled beer, this bottle of Leffe Bruin drinks quite well thanks to a simple theme and a decent level of semi-dry and bitter input of hops. A surprisingly pleasant offering from the InBev!

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from jenny lou's in beijing.

330ml bottle. importer's label of june 19, 2008, with "best by" of dec 19, 2009. poured into tulip.

quite dark brown, almost black and opaque. deep, dark, gemstone red when under the light. great head that shrinks slowly. wonderful lacing.

lightly spicy aroma of nutmeg, maybe cloves. hint of molasses or brown sugar. roasted, almost smoky quality to the malt. grassy hops are faint. gentle phenols and raisiny esters round things out.

caramel and nutmeg/clove again upfront on the palate. more of that brown sugar, plus roasted tone to the malt. hints of raisins and dates before a slight distraction of acidity and stronger phenols. fortunately that fades, as we get into a mildly bitter finish that also lingers with lighter phenols, dried fruits and trace of spices again.

not too thin, relatively smooth, with some faintly astringent character on the finish. carbonation is mild to moderate, but can be prickly, and also is nice and fluffy when rolled on the tongue.

a surprisingly decent offering from inbev.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly murky deep brown color. Has a thick over milked coffee looking head that is quite aggressive. In fact the head is almost half the glass. An easy one to have spill over.

Smell is deep grains and some fruits, a little caramel and brown sugar.

Taste is like light brown sugar mixed with cereal. Sweet but not over sweetened. A smooth beer with hints of cotton candy flavored bubble gum and Belgian yeast spices.

Not very carbonated and a medium body almost like an over steeped sweetened tea. A good middle of the road brown.

Photo of dcoux09
1.3/5  rDev -65.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

I never heard of Leffe until I was at a party and one of my good friends was drinking it. Traded away a Gritty McDuff's pale ale for one and boy did I regret it. Smelt it and it smelled very bitter for a beer, especially a Belgian one. Poured nicely with a cream white head, which gave it some potential. I tasted it and my first reaction was to check the bottle if it was expired. It was very bitter and sour... possibly too much hops. Had another sip and left it in the sink. If you were to try, it would take a while to drink another one after the first.

Photo of ecoastman
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed again Nov/09 - I only got it again because it came in a gift pack which included what I really wanted - another chalice and 2 bottles of the Radieuse that I've never seen before. The review below has very few changes (minus the snow blizzard). I think the look and taste deserves a little better than a 3.5 score so I moved them up to a 4. I'll only drink this if I'm in a bar full of macros - then this stuff is great...

Drinkability - I'm enjoying this beer after having had to shovel the driveway twice already today. I'd probably have another but it looks like I'll need to shovel another two times in the blizzard we're having. Another semi-strong beer might put me on the couch. I might have 2 in a night and I think I prefer this to the Leffe Blonde. I'll look for it in a pub (very good for a macro beer) but probably won't buy it for home.

Appearance - very dark brown but some light comes through the clear beer. The carbonation is medium with a good head to start but low retention. Some very light lacing remains after the halfway point.

Smell - Mild malty sweet & bread aroma that is sweet, along with light roasted-nutty and caramelly. Very ight notes of smokiness.

Taste - caramel and nut flavours are dominant with a mildly noticeable choco-raisin-fruit flavour. Light bitterness in the finish. As noted with the Blonde, there's a very slight metallic taste in the background but I'm enjoying this beer.

Mouthfeel - medium body and a little chewy. The beer is smooth with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Photo of Clubchat
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bouteille, Sherbrooke

A - Deep brown with ruby reflects and a fair white/tan head

S - Nutty, roasty, sweet caramel with notes of coffee

T - Dry, with a roasted & caramel malt flavor, little hop on the finish

MF - Smooth & creamy, good mouthfeel liked it

D - Really not my favorite beer but worth a try, drinkable

Photo of DmanGTR
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a bar in Philly.

A - poured ruby-garnet with an off white 1/2" head that diminished quickly with no lace in an authentic Leffe goblet

Sm - caramel, hints of figs and grapes, a very slight whiff of sweet bubble gum, biscuits, and dark chocolate

T - initial reaction: sweet! Candi sugar, caramel malts, leading into tones of toffee and chocolate, ending with a very slight hoppy note.

M - mildly thin and lightly carbonated, somewhat syrupy

D - very drinkable, I had to sip mine to prevent it from clearing my glass to quickly. Alcohol is hardly noticeable.

Overall - A decent offering in the dark ale style. I definitely enjoyed this one more so than the Leffe Blonde, yet there are lacking characteristics in this particular brew regarding the depth and complexity in its taste. A bit too sweet.... don't get me wrong, I love the sweetness of Chimay Grande Reserve or a JW Lees Harvest Ale, but this one seemed out of place. I would, however, get it again though. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of matt7215
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the public house in paris ontario served in a leffe glass

pours very dark brown, it looks black unless back lit. the froathy thick tan head shows good retention.

aromas are of dark fruit with some roasted malt chocolate coming through.

the flavours are similar but what this one lacks is depth and complexity you get in other belgian offerings.

mouthfeel is a little thin and it drinkable but lacking as ive already said.

this is a nice brew on tap, much better then the bottled version, and its one belgian that is best fresh.

Photo of demcorhip
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Have just finished a lot of running around on a cool and blustery fall day. The occasional flake of snow is a strong reminder that up here in the great white north we are about to leave fall and enter winter. A nice looking dark beer is sittin gin my Chimay chalice. Actually looks more black than brown, and when back lit garnet hues shine forth. A nice whipped and almost rocky pale tan head formed on the pour, roughly a finger's worth, and is displaying nice retention, and a few sticky clumps of lace are already visible.

Dark candi sugar with notes of caramel and toffee as well as nutty yeast with a hint of phenolics are most evident. Some buttery toffee and hints of cocoa also present. A mild woodsy leafiness is also present thanks to the hops.

The candi sugar reaches the palate first with its sweeter notes of toffee. Then some tasty and nutty malts show up with a nice filbert character, and just a hint of cocoa. A hint of dates and prunes is also present. The spiciness shows up with hints of clove and black pepper, along with some alcohol. The finish is warm, with a nicely balanced woodsy and leafy bitterness as found in the aroma.

A nicely made ale, very well balanced and very smooth in feel. Unfortunately the alcohol is too apparent, and the only weakness of this brew. Perhaps i should have enjoyed this one at a cooler temperature.

The alcohol warmth and hint of fusel character is getting in the way of the drinkability. Im glad to have tried this, but have to say i am disappointed in this brew, with more noticable alcohol than the 8% tripel from Konigshoeven i enjoyed yesterday.

Photo of adamette
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tap & Mallet in Rochester, NY a few hours ago. Served in a 0.25 L "Leffe" glass goblet. Very cool.

A Wonderful deep brown body with only a little light revealing a deep ruby brown color with direct light. That body supported a 1.0 cm light brown head which stayed around for about a minute after the waitress brought it to our table. I was really impressed by the look of this beer.

S A great, sweet, malty, grainy smell with apparent alcohol as well.

T Wonderful brown ale. Now THIS is what an ale should taste like! The alcohol is there but there is just a great malty sweetness with very little if any hops bitterness. Aftertaste was shorter lived than other similar strong, dark ales that I have had but that is not necessarily a negative.

M Full due to strong tastes of sweet malt but not thick, molasses like.

D Not really high. This, to me, is a session beer which should be (and was in my case) enjoyed nice and slowly. I simply love the taste of this beer but it is not repeatedly drinkable.

Notes: What a great offering from Leffe. I appreciated their blonde but to me this is head and shoulders above their Blonde.

Photo of endovelico
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at Bora lá bar in Almada, 330 ml bottle. Best served before 09-09-2008. Reviewed under low artificial light. Poured into a slightly chilled narrow snifter (That's the only way i can describe it). I Let it warm up to adequate temperature. Date of review: 20-10-2008.

Presentation: Classy design consisting of Brown / Tan / Gold color schematic with Abbey art like elements. The color choice fits well with the bottle shape and color aswell as with the brown bottleneck wrap, which gives it a very appealing look.
The art is Abbey style with elements such as the stain glass logo and the medieval font, which although appealing by its own, doesn't seem to blend well with the rest of the elements.

Appearance: Pours a translucent deep ruby / brown (about 17-18 on the Lovibond). Two finger white pillowy head that quickly fades into a moderate sized cap. Perceived effervescence is low.
This leffe has decent lacing, leaving behind a thin fur like lacing coat.

Aroma: Nose is of medium to high strength. I can pick up Coffe and Dark Fruits / Berries with Chocolate undertones.

Taste: Similar to aroma, evident dark fruits, belgian sugar and chocolate taste. The coffe eis without a doubt the most pronounced flavor. Alcohol taste is well "hidden" and blends well with the overall malt and ester profile. Roasted malt lends a medium bitterness to the brew.

Palate: Body is medium to full. Carbonation is Low. The texture is milky / tart like.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. It's very well balanced with barely perceived alcohol presence. Could use a bit less coffee character.

Final Comment: Overall a decent beer and a cheap alternative to other more expensive Belgian ales. It's also an excellent beer for the uneducated friend wanting to learn more about Belgian Ales or Beer in general.

Photo of HalfFull
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a weizen style glass at a French cafe downtown. Pours a deep brown with some red highlights and yields a rich lingering head.

Bit of spicy malts and a hint of cocoa on the nose. Not bad but yet not quite as complex as what I expected given the color of the beer.

Very pleasant taste and quite smooth with a light yet definitive Belgian nose. The malt texture coupled with a rather light apparent carbonation gives the beer a nice feel. Not too sweet on the palate, the 6.5% number surprises me as I couldn't detect much alcohol; though did consume with a meal, a 'conversation' and a water side. Alas, I found this beer to offer a very nice mouthfeel and it was quite enjoyable. Sans food I think the drinkability may be compromised a bit, but will certainly try again.

Photo of therica
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in Leuven.

A= nice dark-red mahogany color, active-foamy head.

S= a nice intro to the taste.

T= somewhat unique in my experience, a nice blend of smoky, caramel, coffee, dry hops.

M= somewhat flat dry taste on palate and tongue.

D= very drinkable but I'd probably stop at 2 and switch to something less bold.

Photo of BeerB4Water
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of enjoying this on tap at The Khyber in Philadelphia during Beer Week.

It poured like a good wine...it was begging to be poured into the awaiting glass that wore its logo. One of the most drinkable beers I have ever experienced with a taste of a sweet Belgian mixed with the density of an English brown. Aftertaste is a bit dusty with an olive aroma. Great beer to pair with foods of the same variety!

Photo of plazabevinc
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic Belgium brown brew. Very drinkable dark brown/black brew. It is as good a beginner beer into Belgium beers as any. It's lower Alcohol (6.5%) makes it a good beer to drink all night. I would recommend to just about any non light beer drinker.

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

From notes.

Best by 11/05/09, purchased in Germany.

Pours a dark red-tinged brown with a dense three finger head. The foam settles very slowly to a thick cap, and leaves behind a thick webbing of lace.

Smell; mild cocoa, dusty yeast, hints of coffee, and a little spiciness. Overall not bad, and certainly better than the Blonde.

Taste; a little toffee and chocolate start things off, followed by a mild, but pleasant spiciness. There's a bit of a smokiness through the middle, then fades into a sweet candied sugar. Unfortunately a slight metallic twinge is present in the finish.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouhfeel is medium bodied, and pretty smooth with just a slight bite from the carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but is hurt by that slight metallic taste.

Photo of Pleepleus
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this growler filled by Tommy at Skibbo's in the Boogie Down Bronx. It was in my fridge for 3 weeks (too long I thought) and when I opened it was happy to find that it poured just as good as it had in the store.
Poured into a frozen mug a deep brown color with a creamy off white 3 inch head. The head settled slowly to a heavy sheen with heavy clingy lacing throughout. The smell was of malts, caramel and sweet fruits. Tasted of roasted malts and was rather sweet up front with banana and spice notes. The carbonation was nice medium bodied and went down rather well. I have finished half the Growler now and may as well finish it off, since it will be flat tomorrow from what I am told. Oh well, Cheers!

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Sackets Harbor 2 litre growler from Skibbo's on East Tremont in the Bronx, NY. Polished this off on the 3rd and 4th with oversized wine glass.

A: Blackened earth with fat tan head and average retention but better lacing for some reason. The 2nd day there was nary a bubble when poured, aromas remaining but mouthfeel shot.

S: Smoked spices with dates and tart cherries, coco and bubble gum.

T: Toasted malts with chocolate and tannic hops. Moves from sweet to tart with the dark fruit

M: Medium to light bottle, me questioning the tap or my growlerat first. Carbonation is consistent and helps maintain the overall sweetness of the delivery as well as the tangyness of the finish.

D: Very good and interesting smoked accents with heavy fruit. Leffe certainly put some thought into the mix and I will pull for this one again.

Photo of TheSarge
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leffe Brown is a good beer for folks that are new to Belgian brews. The appearance of this brew is near perfect with massive amounts of milky brown head, with a clear body that is brownish red in color.

Aromas are not too perceptible, there is a slight earthy and sweetness.

The taste is sweet, with a root like flavor. Sassafras comes to mind for me.

This is richly carbonated and drowns out complexities a bit. There is a powdery dryness to the finish.

This is very drinkable and not threatening as I kind of said in the beginning. A good stepping stone for the newbies!

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was very impressed with this beer from the bottle, on-tap it's equally impressive.

A nice deep brown/black with a nice white thick head that stays until the last sip.

Smells chocolatey and almost like a stout at first then I get a hint of a wheat beer, fruity, and some banana -- very nice.

Taste like it smells, like a chocolatey beer mixed with a witbier or hefeweizen. Delicious. This beer is a must try on-tap.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.68/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It was available next door from my work place on-tap, and for a long time wasn't available in my area, so I ordered a pint of it. On to the beer:

The beer arrived nice and brown, leaving some lacing on the glass as it was consumed. Clean aroma with a touch-up of caramel. THe taste was intersting at first, but more I drank of it, the less interested i was of it. It started sweet and phenolic with a dash of clove. Candied fruits and weak brown sugar were detectable. The finish is the spoiler, which is of bitter astringent pepper.

Where's my dark fruit and/or cocoa flavors? It had some moments, but I ended up dissapointed. At $7 a draft, I won't be doing that again.

Photo of TheEremite
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If you've had Leffe blond, then there isn't much to say about this beer. It's exactly what you'd expect. It's Leffe with some roasted/chocolate malt. It's a good idea. I just don't think it comes off all that well. It's very carbonated and makes it somewhat difficult to drink. It also has a lot (maybe too much) going on flavor wise. It's decent, not spectacular and I don't think I'll buy it again.

Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 1,447 ratings.