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

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Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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Photo of Mojo
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 ounce bottle poured into Foothills Brewing goblet

A - rich dark brown color nearly opaque, with a two finger foamy head, great retention and great lacing.

S - raisins, figs, bread, yeast.

T - follows the nose. Some cola. Malt forward with a dry yeasty finish.

M - thin but well carbonated.

O - decent Belgian. Worth trying.

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Photo of TheMcCollums
2.48/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Was excited to give this two-year-old Leffe a try! It poured a medium dark amber color with little to no head, but that may have been because I was pouring from a day-old growler and this doesn't seem to be a very carbonated beer in the first place. The nose is sweet, almost raisin-y, and has the tiniest hint of nuttiness...the previous reviewer who mentioned root beer was spot-on. The taste of the beer was surprisingly sweet, almost unappealingly so at first, and none of the nuttiness in the nose translated onto the palate. It had a perfectly fine but not exceptional mouthfeel. The finish was fast and slightly sour. I was bummed I wasn't enjoying it more as a sipping beer, and after some pondering decided to pair it with a few mild and sweet-ish cheeses (havarti, mild cheddar, and some of Sargento's New Zealander). That made a huge difference...the sweetness calmed down and more nuttiness and yeastiness popped out, and I even poured a second small glass. I think this is an ok beer, and I might seek it out if I was looking for something to serve with a cheese plate or other sweet/savory appetizers. Probably won't buy again, though.

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Photo of spoony
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle (best by June 16, 2015) into a tulip. Reviewed from notes dated June 20, 2014.

A-An aggressive pour produces about three fingers of dirty, mocha-colored head. The beer leaves sticky lacing and has a pretty good retention period. The liquid is walnut brown and mostly clear with just a bit of haze.

S-The aroma is holiday-spiced with ginger bread, clove, and root beer like scents. I wouldn't say it is cloying, but this is a sweet and syrupy-smelling brew. It reminds me of maple syrup, actually.

T-The taste is similar to the smell with root beer, ginger bread, mild sweetness, and cocoa flavors. The beer doesn't pack the overt spices of a holiday brew, but more subtle, integrated flavors.

M-The feel is a bit thin with more crispness than I would like for the style.

O-This is a decent brew with some interesting flavors, but nothing spectacular. The root beer/ginger bread flavors are interesting, but the lack of complexity and the slightly thin mouthfeel hurt the scores.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a deep brown with a creamy, beige-colored head. Creamy looking. Good retention, and nice lacing. Difficult to see thru the beer, but when held up to light there are nice red highlights.

S - Nice mix of dark fruit and Belgian yeast. I would prefer it if the aroma was a little more potent.

T - I was quite pleasantly surprised here! It tastes like a slightly muffled version of some of the dubbels that I really like. It's also just a touch sweeter. There is a slight sourness, and a slight metallic note on the finish but it doesn't last long.

M - Excellent job here. It feels medium-bodied with carbonation that you really feel. But it's not fizzy. Mild tingle on the finish. Slightly dry.

O - This is a really good beer. At the price point I would consider it an excellent value, particularly for those interested in breaking into abbey ales. I'll be buying this again and will definitely use it as a lower cost fix for when I've got a hankering for a Belgian Dark of some sort.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought a six of this for about $9 after trying a single yesterday and determining that I would need more. One of my cousins brought me a 750 of Leffe from Belgium many years ago that was amazing, but ever since I've tried anything imported from Leffe it hasn't quite compared to that one from Belgium.

Actually got to pour the whole thing into my Chimay glass without it getting too precarious; the bottles are those pesky 11.2oz sizes, but hey, something that actually fits in this glass. Pours dark brown, true to its namesake, starting with some big head, reducing to a thin but unbroken blanket, steadily fizzing from the etched bottom of the glass. Solid.

Nose on this is great, exactly what you want from an abbey ale: banana, dark fruit, caramel, spice, but not going grapey as some of the darker Belgians can for me. Tastes sweet and fruity with light bitterness, and a bit of leather. I thought that was interesting and went to the website, which I think identifies that flavor as coffee/chocolate, but I'm getting leather. Either way, it's a nice element.

Mouthfeel is pretty perfect. 6.5 abv holds it up pretty well, and it's medium-bodied, but has a bit of a chewiness to it. Nicely carbonated, and good to the end of the glass.

Overall, great experience, nice beer. Maybe this was the one my cousin brought back for me? Will definitely get this again.

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Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The taste is rich, thick with hops and balanced notes of malt. A slight but pleasant bitterness appears at the end. Refreshing but still kind of a "heavy" beer.

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Photo of MECove
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Rich, smooth, sweet, brown and blonde. Fantastic fluffy head. Not too thick but full bodied so you know that you're drinking and not sipping flavored water. There's a delicious underlying light caramel. It's the dessert and appetizer all wrapped up together.

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Photo of DenzelShawnG
1.66/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

This might be the oddest beer i've ever tasted. It caught my eye while passing through the supermarket and I had high hopes.

The good thing I can say about Leffe Brune/Brown is that it ours well and gives you a nice thick head atop your beer.

Leffe Brown had a caramel/malt smell but not in an appealing way. I found myself shying away from smelling it again. As for the taste it's like a sweet caramel brown ale but it just failed. I couldn't even finish it, and that's really saying something. I got maybe a quarter through it and said it taste too bad for me to want to finish. I'm stuck with five left so maybe the second time around I'll enjoy it more but this beer was awful.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle to a tulip.

A: pours brown with a ruby tinge and a nice three finger head that looks great and lasts for a good while before breaking and leaving good lacing behind.

S: malts, dark fruits and Belgian yeast.

T: much like the nose, the dark fruits come through. There is a slight bitterness on the finish.

M: good carbonation and a remarkably light feel.

O: not bad, I wasn't sure what to expect as I do not particularly care for Leffe blonde. Belgian strong darks are among my favorites, so this was not much of a change. I will have this again.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch 49 16:18 – Best before 3/28/15. Poured into a tulip.

An unsatisfying thinness pervades the sip and otherwise ruins an above average beer. Something is lacking with this beer for me and I believe it starts with the mouth feel. The A, S & T characteristics do not match the MF. 3.5

A – Pours a clear reddish brown (more brown than red) with a three-finger beige mousey head. Almost opaque in the glass. Excellent Belgian lacing. 4.75

S – A little sour, no alcohol, some fig, faint sweetness. 3.5

T – Very spicy (+), caramel, malty, low bitterness, hides its alcohol well (for the style). 3.75

MF – Thin, medium light body, medium dry, good carbonation provides some sharpness on the palate. 2.75

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Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer isn't a thick or heavy one, showing appropriate body in its medium brown color with some deep bronze shining through in the light. The tan head is a rocky and creamy cap one finger in height. Lacing is deposited patchily and in good quantity.
Dark chocolate and caramel are on the nose with a bit of a smoky edge and a mild tartness making things interesting as dark fruits come in. A bit of earthiness is in here as well. The sourness takes an interesting turn at the very end as it mingles with the not-quite-burnt note.
There's a bit of spiciness, and the earth works at the end to really hold things together for just a good balance and depth.
The tartness tingles, and malts are displayed on the tongue primarily with caramel notes. A touch of earth and toast make up the bulk of the flavor, and spiciness, while muted, is present lightly. It doesn't maintain the full character of the smell, but it puts it together for the most part.
It's creamy and a bit crisp on the tongue, combining with the tartness that translates into a bit of a tingle. The body is a light medium.

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This one pours a cup full of clear, brown color with a cream colored white head that quickly settles down to a lacing around the brim.
The aroma is gentle, some roasted malts, fruits? and caramel.
The taste is pleasantly sweet, followed by some roasted feel mixed with fruit, slightly bitter.
Better than the blonde version, but still not my favourite Leffe.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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 -1.6%
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 -3.1%
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 -39.1%
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 -6%
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 -11.3%
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 +2.4%
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%
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 -1.6%
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 -2.6%
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 -10.2%
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 -16.3%
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 +3.1%
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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Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.