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

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491 Reviews
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Reviews: 491
Hads: 1,652
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 52
Gots: 385 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 DaveBar
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased as a single at the LCBO for $2.50 330ml. Served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- Excellent! Opened very well with a ton of head. Nice dark but clear color. Head turns to film shortly after pour

S- Pretty good. Caramel and clove

T- Excellent! Liked this beer for a long time. Only unpleasantness that keeps this beer down is the metallic flavor.

M- Very good. Nice and semi-creamy. Tart on the tongue and no bitterness

O- Excellent. A staple in the cellar. Buy a six and keep 'em offered from time to time or have one when that dark roasted caramel flavor is warranted.

Food Pairing

This nice little dark brew matches well with... roasted chicken!


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Photo of ssmack
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with copper highlights. One inch of beige head that lasted right to the bottom of the glass. Very good lacing.

Smells of biscuit malt but it is a mild aroma.

Tastes of sweet malt - caramel. Fruity prunes. A touch of steely bitterness.

Medium feel with some bite.

Not the strongest or most complex Belgian dark but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Tsekouratos
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle. Dark brown to black color with a white long-lasting head. Aromas were of nice burnt caramel, burnt sugar and maybe some chocolate. The taste was more or less the same with the alcohol present! Carbonation was medium, and the body was light to medium. A little disappointing for a dubbel, didn’t got the characteristics of the style, but a good beer nonetheless!!

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Photo of Minkybut
2.32/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Once again with Leffe. I have never tried this brown so I was hoping it was better than the blond. NOPE. Poured at 40 degrees, beer was very pretty I must admit with a giant head. Mahogany color mmmI thought. But as soon as I smelled it I knew it was that same sour beer we hate. Don't understand it either My wife spent a year in Holland and loved this beer on tap. When she got back here to Va. we started buying it and first sip she took was yuk! And we have tried several times hoping it was just a bad or old beer. I don't know maybe the export product is not the same as the beer overseas. Don't matter I will never again waste money to try it anymore unless we find it on tap.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 3.75 - Nice dark brown clear color with a good 3 fingers of head on it that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
S - 3.75 - Not that much for smell. Dark fruits, bready malts and cinnamon. Belgian yeast.
T - 3.5 - Alright, it's not horrible, but it's not that great either. Very fruity dark fruit flavor. Bready malts. Belgain yeast. Banana. Nothing too complex
M - 3.5 - Kind of light for the style. Missing a certain "wow" factor. No alc taste at all (actually a downside for this kind of beer). Aftertaste is almost nothing, but bready malts at best.
O - 3.5 - I rarely give a rating this low for a genre of beer that I like so much. I liked this when I first had it, but it's just not that good.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Leffe Brune
A- clear but dark brown with hints of dark red. 1 1/2 finger finger extremely creamy off white head.
S- slight dark fruit, heavy brown sugar.
T- extremely creamy. Super sweet. Mild fruit and stronger brown sugar.
Actually needs some hops of some kind to balance the sweetness. Has that "bubblegum" flavor that Leffe blonde has in the background.
M- a little too slick.
O- good because it is a style I like, but actually a poor take on it. No hops balance whatsoever, even as it warms, not evenly slightly in the background. Bubblegum-ness is gross. I guess that's Leffe's trademark though... Egh.
A- 4. S-4. T- 3 M-3.25. O- 3.25

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Photo of gr0g
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown/mahogany with a khaki head. Retention and lace formation are very good. Aroma showcases estery notes of dark fruits - raisins, dates, figs. There's a faint yeasty/phenolic character.

The flavor profile includes everything along the dark Belgian ale spectrum, harmonious blended. Ripe fruit and even some candi sugar is detectable. Treads the middle ground between dry and sweet. A minor banana/clove note. Mouthfeel is good with a carbonation that's vigorous but not prickly, and this combines with a relatively low alcohol content and balanced flavor profile to make a dark Belgian that pairs well with food (not overpowering other flavors).

A very pleasant surprise given that this falls under the InBev umbrella and is brewed at a commercial brewery. At the excellent price of under $8 a sixer, this is as close to a solid "everyday" Belgian ale as there is.

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Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Caribou Cafe in Philadelphia. Served at cellar temperature in a Leffe goblet. Dark mahogany color with a big foam. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Medium body but a touch of stickiness.

Malty with an edge of the classic dark flavors: toffee, raisin, black roast coffee. A subtle burr of hops provides another dimension. Sweet and fruity, though, is the main taste, with the Belgian yeasty flavors adding some complexity.

Spicy nose and tangy aftertaste. This seems to be a staple of French bistro kind of places. I'll have to taste this again. This is better than I remember from the bottled version.

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Photo of GJ40
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 33cl bottle. Brown with some light coming through and a small head of large bubbles. Aroma has black pepper, nuts, bread and a hint of prunes. Flavor is smooth with a varied blend of raisins, prunes, biscuits, black pepper and plums. Body is a bit thin with a moderately high carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer but not especially flavorful or adventurous. But I enjoy it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish-brown color with a thick, rocky biege head; sticky streaks of lacing. Light, roasted grain nose, some banana-like esters; nuts. Sweet malt flavors; vanilla; caramelized sugars; subdued bitter finish. Medium-bodied, somewhat soft with carbonation; kind of a thick, syrupy feel.

A flavorful brown ale that comes across a little heavy yet packed with lots of great malt flavors. Hop bitterness and aroma are hard to detect, but rich malt flavors abound.

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Photo of scotorum
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear ruby brown formed a full inch plus light tan head which receded slowly.

s: Rather soapy.

t: Well-balanced dark fruit and hops. The nose remains slightly off-putting but the taste is pleasant and refreshing.

m: Moderate, very smooth.

o; A good Abbey ale. I would not buy it again, however, due to the slightly unpleasant odor.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Highly carbonated beer with a brown colored head and a deep brown color. It does appear pretty clear in the light. The nose is a bit faint but is still fairly enticing with some Belgian yeast and candy sugar. The mouthfeel is a bit oily,but creamy. The taste seems a bit fleeting and underwhelming for a Belgian beer. Just some peppery Belgian yeast that grows in intensity in the aftertaste. There's a bit of growing warmth with in the finish.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: traditional 330mL bottle, stylish label. I like it as a package; stylish.

Appearance: lovely dark colour, some ruby highlights against the light. A short but creamy head hangs about for some time. Not much lacing.

Aroma: toffee and caramel dominate with notes of umami and spice backing up.

Taste: I'm starting to get used to this style - caramel malts, vanilla, cloves and spices. Perhaps some star anise as well.

Aftertaste: quite bitter on the finish, but not much else.

Mouth feel: a medium to heavy body with lower to mid carbonation. Pretty spot on, if a bit flatter than I am used to.

Overall: a good Belgian Dark - not massively overcomplicated, but heavy in sweet malt and treacle flavours. Pretty decent for AU$70 a case (2013) - figured it would be a fair bit more than that. Definitely more of a sipping beer than a sessional.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Dark red brown with beige head. It looks just beautiful in a chalice glass.
S: Sugary, caramel overtones, raisins.
T: Light flavor of high toasted malt, dark fruits, very aromatic and balanced.
M: Body behaves pretty well, carbonation is perfect.
O: It pleased me a lot, good surprise.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 24/09/13

A - Pours a cola brown with an off white head.

S - Molasses, brown sugar, bananas, sweet taffy, figs, strong tea, unkown spice, tobacco 4

T - Candy sweet brown malt, banana, fig jam, tobacco, sweet with some peppery spice, burnt caramel with a wet spicy finish. 3.75

M - Moderate cola carbonation without the sting. Lush feel, light across the palate.

A tasty Belgian brown. Sweet with malts slighlty overstepping the yeast solid yeast. Good carbonation. Glad to have found this while in Turks and Caicos.

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Photo of sommersb
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 06-21-2013
Freshness: Best by 10-13-2014
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: 6-pack from Publix

A: Clear and dark brown beer with traces of burgundy. The rocky, tan head sits tall in the glass and shows very good retention and excellent lace.

S: Aromas are musty, with notes of sweet malts, brown bread, earthy hops and a trace of band aid

T: The taste begins with light toasted malt bitterness and flavors of caramel and dark fruits. I expected it to be sweeter than it is, but it has a fairly dry and spicy taste, reminding me a bit of a beer with some rye malt.

M: Body is average. The carbonation seemed fine in my first bottle, but the second was over-carbonated leaving a crazy amount of foam in the glass. The finish is dry and has roasted grains for a touch of bitterness to counter the caramel malt sweetness.

O: Overall a good, enjoyable dark Belgian ale. I liked it, but it probably isn't something I'd look to buy again.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought a bunch of these to a party I hosted here recently and left a bunch of these in the fridge. Lucky me.

Served in a Stone IPA glass.

A: Poured a nice burnt, brown color with a bit of an amber hue and a 1/2 finger head to boot. Fairly translucent.

S: Belgian-y for sure, with some brown sugar and carmel. Smells good.

T: Definitely Abbey-made with a distinctive Belgian yeast strain up front and completely devoir of anything artificial. The dark, caramel, brown sugar component was rolled into the overall profile very nicely.

M: Champagne-like in its carbonation bill, not too sweet, but if the Belgian thing isn't your cup of tea, you may not dig this.

O: This was a pleasant surprise and I definitely prefer this to the Blond. Thumbs up!

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leffe bruin dark, tap at Stella cafe in Brussels airport.
Big creamy thick 1 finger head fades fairly slowly with an entire layer of lacing. Somewhat clear but dark mahogany brown color with a auburn hue.

Nose has an immediate Belgian bruin aroma, floral Belgian yeast esters, dark caramel malts and a bit of candy sugar, some candied raisins and dates, with a light apple mixed with nuts and dates.

Taste starts similarly, but with the candy flavors first, caramel, toffee, nutty candied apple and candy sugar, raisins and dates mostly candied, and a light toasted quality. A hint of booze wafts out with the sweetness and faint esters. It also had a light caramelized almost burnt brown sugar and faint inherent bitterness. Finish is dry but leaves a sticky residue, a mild gassy and earthy bitterness, more caramel toffee nuts and dried fruits lingering too.

Mouth is med bodied, little syrupy, decent carb.

Overall a nice beer, pretty much a bruin dark to a "T", but doesn't go beyond to do anything special either

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(4.0) A: Clear mahogany red with a tall billowy white head that recedes to a thin blanket. Patchy lacing that clings.

(3.75) S: Cherries, plums, sweet banana, light molasses, some grains, and subdued caramel. Enticing but not overpowering. A good mix of aromas.

(3.75) T: Semi-tart dark fruits, grains, banana, bubblegum, and light caramel backbone. A nice spice element is present. A slight root beer taste that is quite earthy is noticeable.

(3.5) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Syrup like texture that’s a bit sticky but generally fairly clean.

(3.5) D: It has been quite a while since I had this, and I was quite surprised by the taste. I much prefer the Leffe brune over the blonde. Will have to start considering this at establishments with macro-heavy lineups.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Chestnut; medium cream head, long lasting; effervescent

Aroma: Malty; sweet; coriander

Taste: Creamy start with nutty notes throughout; tart, slightly bitter finish; good overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Foam
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack at a local bottle shop .
I've been a long-term fan of the Blonde version and had only had the Brun, once, at "The Sharp Edge" on draft .
Slightly more bitter and roasty tasting than the blonde version .
Kind've like a Belgian beer for Coors Miller Budweiser wimp drinkers. A stepping stone to real Belgians . Not as much soul or heft as proper Belgian brews .
A vanilla-cream/raisin-y aroma and taste with a very creamy almost nitrogenated mouth-feel .
For me personally, makes me want to go slurp the real deal like Bornem Dubbel or thereabouts .
Better than no Belgian brew at all .

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich chestnut brown with a big, fluffy light tan head. Retention is very good, slowly dropping to a creamy, thick layer of foam about 1/4" high. Really nice lacing.
Smell is full of roasted malt, dark fruit and a bit of smoke. Well balanced and better still when it warms.
Taste is rich, full of roasted malt, dark fruits and smoke with a hint of nut. Balance is great. Warming just makes it better.
Rich, medium-full body, lighter effervescence, a really good dark ale.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Called a brown ale for a reason, the color is silky and sexy. The head conjured up quickly in a rush of carbonation and was thick on top but built upon a row of bubbles; it disappeared quickly.

Reminiscent of a Rauchbier the scent was of beef jerky, cloves and leather. Sort of sweet Sort of Smokey this aroma is very nice.

The taste is kind of confusing. Seems like there's a lot going on but yet nothing. I got some of the tastiest clove flavors but it got washed away in a carbonated rush that I thought tasted like Sprite. Caught some smoky flavor but it got washed away in a wateriness. Both the carbonation and wateriness lend to the feel which is very light and easy.

Overall, it's very interesting. Not off putting at all it made me curioser and curiouser, to quote an old story book character.

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Photo of pacino77
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

generally speaking, i only grab a leffe if i'm strapped for cash and am trying to stretch bucks and still have something resembling the experience of drinking a nice belgian. it's a bizarre and probably mostly unsuccessful compromise (as most compromises are) because i wish the whole time that i was sipping corsendonk instead of slugging leffe, unless i can take a step back and temper the averageness of the brew with the beauty of being a being in time at all, and in my own humanness, rejoice. so, then, as a stepping stone to realizing a higher plane of consciousness, i am a bit indebted to this beer, though my getting there is traceable quite readily to it's just-a-hair-above-mediocre character. it does look nice in a glass, though its head was thin and weak and it smelled a bit like dried montmorency cherries.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a “best before” date of 27/4/13, into a Leffe goblet

Appearance: poured a dark brown with reddish/mahogany highlights as light passed through the beer. After poured, the beer was capped with a thin whitish head that dissipated into a small lacing of bubbles crowing the beer.

Aroma: strong aromas of dark bread and roasted malt, with a faint hint of smoke and spice. Cloves, maybe?

Taste: According to the label, the beer presents a sweet caramel yet bitter taste. I get the sweet caramel, and a lot of malt, but I don’t get any bitterness. First taste, as the beer is cold, is very malty. A lot of dark bread, and toffee, with a nice sweet and slight alcohol finish. As the beer warms up to almost room temperature, (which is how I prefer all my Belgian beers) I get dried stone fruit, like prunes or raisons.

Mouthfeel: For a dark beer, there’s a nice effervescence, making the beer crisp and refreshing. It’s a great beer for both winter and summer.

Overall: I love Belgian brown ales, and while not being the best Belgian brown ale out there, Leffe brune is my absolutely favorite Belgian brown ale. Hell, it’s probably my favorite beer period. I can (and have) drink this all night.

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Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.