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

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Leffe Brune / BrownLeffe Brune / Brown

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Ratings: 1,474
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 41
Gots: 229 | FT: 0
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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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tapered pilsner glass. Best before 01/09/13.

A: Deep amber color with a touch of pink. Huge amount of off-white head with a batter-like whiter head forming in the center. Dies down leaving the center foam and lots of lacing.

S: Bananas with a bit of chocolate. Not my favorite aromas but fine for the style. Not a terribly strong bouquet.

T: More complex than the smell. Roasted malts up front leading to a yeasty, wine-like taste. A little sourer than it should be.

M: Very smooth, not as overly carbonated as the head had me expecting.

O: It's a good beer, nothing remarkable.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leffe Brune has a medium, beige head, lots of thin lacing, and a clear, reddish-brown, highly bubbly appearance. The aroma is of spicy, yeasty cinnamon, chocolate powder, sweet bread, and fruit. Taste is of monkey bread, cinnamon, confectionery sugar, caramel, chocolate, dark malt, and a decent hop bitterness present to balance out the beer. Mouthfeel is mostly medium, and Leffe Brune finishes mostly dry, soft, and quite drinkable. Just a super beer!


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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice looking brown ale, head is nice and sticky with a full 1/2 inch of head and a dark brown yet clear in color beer.

S - Smell is mild but I do get some chocolate, molasses, brown malt, and a surprising bit of hops.

T - Sweet with chocolate and brown malts then quickly to the hops and a sweet dry finish with a mild bit of coriander and plum.

M - Medium yet light and drinkable. A well crafted dark ale.

Overall I am surprised I didn't find this sooner. A really easy drinking Belgium Dark ale that is more balanced than the blonde.

Photo of KAJJ324
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of seyton
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Hyhat
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

Leffe is one of those beers that appear commonly in my area, even in the poorest of beer selections. Therefore, I was not surprised that this sixer came from the farmer's market, notable for a wide selection of largely predictable brews. This mysterious beer still struck me as deserving of a try, so here we are now.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle to my nostradamus snifter glass. Served at 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Head is a light brown consistency, soapy frothy consistency with a medium retention quality, thickening to a lumpy cream as it recedes. Some light sticky lacing is present. Body color is a dark brown with a glorious solid ruby red consistency when held up to the light. Carbonation is relaxed but plentiful. This is a pretty nice looking Belgian brown, certainly indicative of a well-crafted body and good head quality, two important features in appearance. 4.5

(Smell) Aroma contains a big suggestion of medium caramel malts. A medium cracker dry bitterness to the malt is on the wane, although it plays a decent compliment to the dominant malt flavor. Belgian yeast strains are certainly evident, providing that delicious Belgian spicy yeasty bread note that you can't help but love, bringing in subtle dark spice and deep fruit subtleties like raisins and dates. Although potency is a bit lacking, the smell is very pleasing for a commonly available beer and fairs well for this beer. 4

(Taste) Delicious robust raisin bread yeast tones with a moist, roasty caramel-laden finish that rounds out with a slight tartness and a touch of spicy alcohol. It doesn't stray far from the remainder of the Belgian Dark ales that I have had over the years but I find it one of the better bargains for the price and the availability, and the quality is nearly on-par with the more renowned Belgian counterparts out there. I could certainly have another of these, and would recommend the flavor as great to most drinkers. 4

(Mouthfeel) While the majority of the brew is slick and creamy, texture is a most crisp on the finish, which may aid a bit in drinkability but could afford to smooth out a bit more. Body is medium. Alcohol presence is low/medium, peeking through the body just a bit from time to time. A decent pairing with some slight imperfections. 3.5

(Overall) I'll be damned. Never judge a Belgian by its bottle. This is certainly one hell of a go-to beer with a ton of flavor and taste. Find it just about anywhere and don't sweat the price, because this beer is a pretty fantastic take on the style and most developing palates won't tell much of a difference, so your money will go to good use. 4

Abbaye de Leffe S.A.'s
Leffe Brune Abbey Ale

Photo of soulfly1492
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Cinnamon, mild black malt, molasses, dark fruity esters, lots of plum and pruin. Spicy phenols, some spicy clove, reminiscent of a winter warmer. Impressive aroma for a Leffe.

Appearance: Huge light brown head develops during the pour. Great retention. Layers of lacing emerges as the head dissipated about 1.5" in a tulip glass. Dark drown in color, some ruby and purple shows up when held up to a light.

Taste: Very sweet. Dark fruit in the form of plum and pruines. Mild chocolate. Not tasting the strong phenols from the aroma. Some mild spice at the aftertaste, which although mild is fabulous.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Smooth mild carbonation. Just a bit oil, finishes just on the dry side.

Overall: Smooth, a bit mild overall, but clearly complex. Goes down quick.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a chalice. Best before 13/09/13.

A: Pours a clear ruby with a puffy 2 finger slightly tanned head. Lots of bubbles. Head leaves some good lacing as it slowly goes away.

S: Faint belgian yeast, hint of sweetness. Slight bit of alcohol.

T: Well balanced malt and yeast taste. Mild yet tasty and very easy to drink. Little bit of an alcohol taste at the end but well hidden.

M: Great carbonation. Real refreshing. Lighter on the palette than it looks.

Overall another easy to drink belgium that I would drink again. Would love to try this on tap. I'd imagine anyone who likes beer could drink this.

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into NB globe. Pour looks really nice. Deep brown with a hint of red. Thick clumpy yeasty head. Great aromas of dried fruit, dark chocolate, and belgian yeast. Taste is of sweet caramel-like dried fruit and a hint of chocolate. Its typical belgian flavors as well, but has a nice sweet chocolate balance.
Really approachable and session-like belgian. Not completely sure, but I think its a recent release in the USA...I have had it before in Canada, but if im correct, glad to see it here in the states. If im wrong...glad its still here!

Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle (best by 08/07/13) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with plenty of bubbles coming up through the beer. Dense light tan head with big sheets of lacing. When held up to the light, coppery red and brown. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: Yeast, toasted malt, dark fruits. Smell does start to go away as the beer warms up though.

Taste: Sweet caramel, barest hint of licorice, deep malt flavor. The bitter finish at the end is crisp and sudden - it does not linger. The bitterness gets a bit more pronounced as it warms up, but still not greatly. A simple but deep flavor profile here.

Mouthfeel: Nice brisk but not overpowering carbonation. Just right really. Nice thickness under the carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A nice tasty Belgian beer. Not very wide or complex in flavor profile, but rather deep an pronounced with the strong malt flavors it brings. Definitely malt forward. Very drinkable - finished this off fast and definitely want another.

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