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

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1,205 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,205
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 29
Gots: 85 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001)
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-30-2012 17:19:46 | More by adamcthomp
Photo of magine


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a chestnut brown, massive light tan head. Tons of tight bubbles make up this huge head. Great lace and a chunky island remains. Good looks here.

Brew smells of spicy yeasts, dark fruits and caramel. Good nose.

Brew is spiced up front; spiced yeasts, some dark fruits and some caramel. Brew finishes a little dry, spicy and peppery all the way through. Almost some smoked flavors as well. Good flavors, a little thinner in the feel. Maybe a bit too much carbonation though. Very good to session this one. Good stuff.

This is a good solid brew; tasty and sessionable. Perfect abv for a good solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 01:33:01 | More by magine
Photo of Flaviking

4.5/5  rDev +19%

03-29-2012 21:52:59 | More by Flaviking
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

03-29-2012 01:46:28 | More by gleemonger
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark but clear chestnut brown with a huge clumpy head that leaves thick strands of lacing.

Aroma is sweet with caramel, toffee, and spicy Belgian yeast.

Taste is virtually identical to regular Leffe but with a touch more caramel maltiness and a faint hint of smoke.

Thinnish body but lots of prickly carbonation gives it enough substance.

Very drinkable if a bit overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 14:22:19 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of vitorjffg


3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-28-2012 14:21:26 | More by vitorjffg
Photo of impending


2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5


33cl into a tulip. Pours a copper brune, minor dense head faded slowly, ok lacing.

Scent of yeasty dark fruits, raisins and plum and surprisingly strong banana esters, nice.

Taste contains all the scent hinted but watered down. A hint of zinc in the aftertaste overshadows all that came before. Medium bodied creamy mouthfeel.


Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:52:49 | More by impending
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3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Easy recognisable as a dubbel: pretty big on flavour, round body but this one is not very smooth and with a too bitter aftertaste.

Once dubbel beer was my favorite style, I always thought of Westmalle dubbel as the best beer in the world, bitter and hoppy with just a tiny hint of sweet.
This Leffe has a similar character (a bit sweeter though), so does the Corsendonk and St. Bernardus Pater 6, all big on bitter flavour and ditto aftertaste.

(All of them can cause a stomach ache due to their bitterness, but this must be something personal because I never heard anyone mentioning this)

But there are other dubbels on the market, beers that are smoother, more balanced and sweeter.
To mention my two favourites: Rochefort 6 and La Trappe dubbel, the latter is even superior to its (bigger) brother La trappe Tripel, in my opinion of course.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 14:06:06 | More by nout72
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3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a large, fading head.
Nose shows strong grassy notes with some golden syrup and brown sugar just noticeable underneath.
Flavours are more impressive, with bready malt, brown sugar and raisins noticeable, however it seems to fall flat shortly after that. Almost watery, in fact. Also there's a metallic character in the finish.
Carbonation is too high.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 01:19:11 | More by CrazyDavros
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4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

03-21-2012 14:31:12 | More by TYFIGHTER05
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one was a must review for me after its victory in the Battle of Belgium tournament at work. It took down some big names.Poured into New Belgium snifter with three fingers of whipped lacing that lined the glass. Color is that of molasses. Really looks more like an english pub ale than a Belgian but darker.

Nose is full of banana nut muffin, gingerbread, baking spices, and a little bit of cookie batter. There's some trail mix fruit as well.

Tastes like a winter classic. Gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon and apricot.

I intially thought I tasted some root beer initially, but I really feel like it has some hazlenut coffee on the finish.

Beer really fits its billing. Something I would apreciate most during the winter because of its feel. The sugar in Belgian beers is always so unique and this is no exception. Not a huge body and the alcohol doesn't scare. This beer is a great gateway into curiosity and interest in Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 07:48:27 | More by zep9865
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-20-2012 01:00:16 | More by juliusseizure
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1.5/5  rDev -60.3%

03-18-2012 00:58:02 | More by cjac
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

03-16-2012 21:07:16 | More by brinch
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark brown/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down somewhat quickly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of belgian yeast, spices, dark fruit and sweet roasted caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice bready yeast character, sweet caramelly malts, a bit of dark fruit and some spices at the end.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 18:34:03 | More by SebD
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

03-16-2012 01:13:17 | More by SFC21
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

03-15-2012 23:17:30 | More by alexandrerocco
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 33cl bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Pours a deep brown color with ruby hues and a big foamy off white head that dwindles down to soft peaks which stick around for a long time.

The aroma is very rich and spicy with dark fruits, molasses and hints of brown sugar. Really complex and the belgian yeast characteristic gives way to light floral notes on the back end.

Taste is very good. Complex, caramalized brown sugar and yeasty bready malts come through. Dark molasses and a hint of all spice come through as well. Very spicy on the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and fluffy with a dry finish and a very high level of carbonation leaves the palate clean and dry on the finish.

Overall this beer is very good and a great alternative to the basic brown ale. I wouldnt classify this as a belgian dark as as this doesnt have much of a fruity characteristic and really doesnt fit with the masses. Great beer though!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 20:55:18 | More by Augustiner719
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Russian Federation

4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-15-2012 12:46:45 | More by thekkk
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

03-14-2012 14:37:15 | More by PierceMyers
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet. This pours a dark brown with a small tan head which quickly dissipates, best before 10/2/13. The smell is of tobacco, yeast esters, dark fruit, bread malts. The feel is medium, high carbonation. The taste is okay, banana, spice, a nice dry finish, dark fruit.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 03:28:03 | More by DavidST
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle gifted to me by Thorpe429; thanks Mike! Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Best by date of 27/4/13 on it.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, bready malts, spices, Belgian yeast, raisins, and dark fruits. Very nice, really like the bananas in the nose.

t - Tastes of bananas, raisins, figs, dark fruits, spices, cloves, Belgian yeast, bready malts, grains, and nuts. Little more dark fruit and pepper then the nose and less bananas, a step down for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and very creamy; very easy to drink. Great body.

o - Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer. I thought it had a really nice nose full of Belgian yeast and bananas, though the taste wasn't quite as great. A very good beer I'd have again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 01:35:36 | More by mdfb79
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

03-11-2012 19:08:33 | More by Keegan
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

03-11-2012 18:53:01 | More by ADH
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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

03-10-2012 21:52:39 | More by PaulH
Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 1,205 ratings.