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

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483 Reviews
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Reviews: 483
Hads: 1,610
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 51
Gots: 349 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.19/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (289 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (989 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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! (761 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (1,022 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 (267 characters)

Photo of Foam
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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 . (601 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (805 characters)

Photo of pacino77
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
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. (1,240 characters)

Photo of breakingbland
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 16/07/14 ("best before" date) into a tulip.

Appearance: Poured a lovely reddish-brown with a 1+ finger light tan colored head that stayed awhile until it devolved into an irregular layer of foam.

Aroma: A nice, typical Belgian fruity/spicy funky aroma with malt and hops.

Taste: Some funkiness is present, but just as the label says, this Belgian has a major hops flavor component. It's a nice balance, however, between the hops and malt, with the malt having a caramel character. As it warms up (probably warmer than the recommended 41 degrees F serving temp), the maltiness comes to the forefront even with the hops, making it more like a typical Belgian. In any case, a pleasant grapefruit hops bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body which gives this darkish beer a light body in the mouth and makes it a refreshing brew. The carbonation feels medium-light on the tongue. A whipped cream foaminess develops as the beer lingers in the mouth.

Overall: I enjoy the funkiness of a Belgian beer, but I like this one even though the hops predominate more than in other Belgians. It drinks easily and has a refreshing feeling overall that I enjoyed. I'll look for this again. (1,217 characters)

Photo of Smurf2055
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into Chimay Goblet.

Dark mahogany with a small off-white head.

Smells like caramel and toffee.

Somewhat syrupy, very pleasant. Very crisp. Sweet yet bitter.

Very carbonated. Very full body. Complex and rich. Nice lacing.

It’s a nice beer, but there are better out there. Pretty good for a cheap stand in though. (330 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brown ruby color. Made lots and lots of thick off-white head and leaving strong laces. I am sure some will underrate its appearance just because it is an Inbev brew.
Good scent of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, caramel, toasted malts and earthy hops.
Sweet flavor, lots of prunes, caramels, brown sugar and a mild but noticeable bitterness from its hops. Hints of pepper and cloves.
Full body with low carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden.
I found this more interesting than the Blond version. Solid and quality beer from a massive producer at competitive prices. Definitely worth it, leave prejudice apart. As other Belgian examples, I would prefer them to be less sweet, I believe it is easier to hide flaws behind that. (718 characters)

Photo of tonton
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 33cl bottle into my Ikea glass (read my earlier reviews for a description of this glass). Pours a deep brown with a quickly dissipating 1.5" white head. Not the most beautiful brown.

Compared to the excellent Leffe Blonde, this just doesn't measure up. It's a good beer, but seems to lack the complexity, feel, and aroma of a better beer. Plenty of hops and some overroasted malts. Not much else.

I expected more. (431 characters)

Photo of Rob44
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

A draft version at Jacob Wirth's in Boston. Superb spicy flavor, if I had to guess there must be a
significant amount of wheat malt in this beer. It's almost a cross between a root beer flavor
and coriander wheat beers that I've tried. An excellent unique taste, the only knock is a bit
of thinness in the mouthfeel. (317 characters)

Photo of fank2788
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a tulip
Very dark brown, just a shade lighter than black in the glass with a huge light khaki colored head that takes a while to subside. The smell is of wheat bread, dark caramel and belgian yeast in the form of banana and clove. The taste is similar to the smell with the yeast character in the forefront and the rest of the flavors bouncing around behind. The finish is dry but smooth as the carbonation level is low which makes this beer feel nice and thick in the mouth. Overall hop character is limited in terms of hop aroma, flavor and bitterness. Overall I'm a fan of brown ales and this is version of the belgian dark style is reminiscent of an english brown with more yeast character. Not quite as tasty as others of the style but still a good classic example. (794 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Expected more from this classic ale, but should have realized it was InBev before purchasing.

A spectacular looking pour. It's a clear mahogany colour with an impressive off-white head that has great retention and lacing. Sweet aroma of caramel, with underlying roasted malts and Belgian yeast. Although these elements are also prevalent in the taste, the flavours are simpler than I expected and focus more on the residual sugars than anything else.

A simple and sweet beer, with less “brown” or Belgian than I’d hoped. (530 characters)

Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.