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

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1,206 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,206
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottel poured into my leffe glass

Appearance: Beautiful deep bown colour with red tinged edges, and a thick white head.

Smell: Very roasty, nutty, with notes of coffe, malt and black bread.

Taste: follows the nose , Dry, with a roasted malt flavor, with a wisp of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, with a clean, crisp finish.

Drinkability: very drinkable , no alcohol detected

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 20:28:11 | More by beerpirates
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United Kingdom (England)

3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, poured into leffe goblet. 2 finger head but I poured it too quickly. Looks a bit like Guinness, but it's a few shades clearer. Smells like Leffe Blonde but tastes sweeter and maltier. A winter beer, smooth but quite heavy could not have more than 1

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 16:42:49 | More by jonb5
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml poured into a Leffe branded Goblet.

A - Poured a dark brown with a thin beige head. Copper hues are noticeable when held in direct light. Minimal lacing.

S - Lots of sweet caramel, hint of toast, and a bit of alcohol.

T - Sweet caramel, some dark fruit, a bit of spiciness and a hint of toast. It's can be a bit subdued at times yet it is very well balanced and quite delicious.

M - Good carbonation, creamy, sticky and finish is wet (but not watery).

D - Tasty and easy to drink. Enjoyed on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 01:32:23 | More by decimator
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4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My favourite beer. Dark and richly flavored Bock. A bit heavy, but less than most dark beers. Goes great with heavy food such as stake or Lasagne. Taste is where it really gets you, no real better word, but than this is closest - It's nutty. and nutty is a great and rich way. Also it goes down like a Guiness - Smooth and easy so your mouth won't sting and it would just wash your mouth so you can go back to your stake.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 16:09:56 | More by anakar
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3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance was dark witg decent head.
Smell is small and kinda dubbelish
Taste is a mix of dubbel and stout, i believe this beer is a dubbel.
Mouthfeel is not bad.
Drinkabulity is, i can get many beeter beer for the same price (including leffe blonde)

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 05:26:35 | More by philphilphil
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a ruby red/light brown colour with good carbonation and a creamy off white head of two fingers that fades to one leaving good lacing.

S - Smells very sweet. Not your typical dark fruit aromas but mild raisin scent with some dates and honey.

T - Really yeasty. Boozy fruitcake sort of taste but sort of dull at the same time. Really sweet finish. It lacks alot of the more interesting flavours of darker Belgian styles but doesn't offend. Interesting but not overly so.

M - Low-Medium body with a dry finish. Sweet in the mouth with some nice carbonation. Doesn't fail but doesn't impress.

D - This is a good intro to Belgian styles and very accessible. Not the most interesting Belgian dark but it's abv is reasonable and it's full of flavour compared to alot of other mainstream brews. This could be a gateway beer but it lacks the flavour of many of the other high quality Belgian brews. Still, it's by no means a terrible beer and I would have no problem drinking a few.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 01:14:59 | More by tbeckett
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3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My last little 250 ml bottle from a random local grocery store in Provence. The six pack was 4 euros.

Appearance: Looks brown in the glass, but a bright, clear ruby in bright light. Nice head at first, but not the best retention. OK Belgianesque lacing.

Smell: Sort of subdued... Some spice and a slight sweet fruitiness. Yeast and some toasted malt.

Taste: Spicy clovey yeast (Leffe must use the same yeast for all their beers). Again, some fruitiness-- a little raisin, maybe plum. A slight sourness is a bit funky, but not real prominent. Pretty clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty well done here. Carbonation is right. Medium feel.

Drinkability: Another OK offering from Leffe. Nothing really great about any of their beers. Nothing really wrong either.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 03:15:55 | More by rapidsequence
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown from a .33L bottle into my "chalice." Gave me several inches of fluffy light brown head which went down quickly gracing my chalice with some lacing. A nice aroma, fruity, yeasty, maybe hints of berries. For a mass marketed InBev beer, I am impressed. Taste is once again accented by the aroma, the yeast, some malts and some berries come through. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied. Some gentle warming from the alcohol. Drinkability is fine. Picked up one at the Supermercado in Puerto to test it out - there is no advantage to bulk buying in Spain unless they are giving free gifts like chalices. Will definitely pick one up again if given the chance. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 15:27:37 | More by jhtipton
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear, dark copper with amber hints to it, with a big lightly tanned head with both small and big bubbles in it. Leaving some lacing.

Smells quite good. Dark grapes and slightly overripe apples, some semi dark bread and dark syrup with a faint puff of alcohol. A hint of sweaty socks and very lightly charred wood together with light meatiness to it.

The yeast that contributed with nice fruity and sweaty notes int eh nose is in the taste working in a suffocating way on the rest of the brew... There are buttery and smooth hints of ripe fruits and gooseberries, but they get lost in a mist of bakers yeast. The yeast taste is not catastrophic though, but it makes the beer feel like its growing in the mouth a bit. I still quite enjoy this though, smooth and interesting in a relaxed way.

Mouthfeel is great, with small smooth bubbles and a pleasantly viscous body.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 18:49:26 | More by dqrull
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle BB 08/08/11, purchased in Quebec City in July 2010.

Poured into a Leffe chalice, with the bottle gushing. A nice initial head that disappears and neither laces nor caps... The aroma is distinctly Leffe / Belgian. Smells like their Blonde, with an almost citrusy musk. The taste is a little disappointing in the sense that I was expected a bit of roasted flavours to come through over the belgian yeast esters that are dominating. Some citrus and a bit of spice plays on the palate, but this is essentially Leffe Blonde with some dehusked Carafa III thrown in it for colour. Tasty, though not a brown ale to me...

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 22:42:28 | More by kjyost
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rich burgundy with a small tan head, not a whole lot of smell.

Taste is unassuming but actually rather satisfying. The base is a straightforward sweet and smooth maltiness, with hints of richness and roastiness and dark fruits dancing around the edges of your tongue. A tiny bit of sourness with a slight metallic taste.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy; satisfying.

I can't really call this a great beer, but it's very drinkable, and not a bad fallback if there's nothing more exciting on offer. It's definitely a beer that makes you glad to be a beer drinker... :)

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 12:58:53 | More by snogglethorpe
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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, thick head & lots of carbonation. Normal retention, deep clear colour.

Smells roasty, hints of malts and caramel.

Taste is also deep, doesn't linger and is smooth for a bitter beer. Continues to tase malty and delicious.

Feels full-bodied with mentioned flavours.

Overall this is a pretty tasty Belgian. Not too bitter, I could see having a few of these. Distinct olde looking labels, neat tiny bottle shape.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 18:46:19 | More by heebes
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO. Extremely dark red with small off-white head. Some lace spots are left on the glass. Spicy sweet yeast in the aroma. Some dark caramel malts and a rich fruitiness too. Caramel malt flavour with the slightest hint of coffee. Dark fruits and sweetness come through in the spicy finish. Remarkably smooth on the palate. Goes down with remarkable ease.

Updated: Glass at the Pogue Mahone. Flavour seems diluted somewhat, but with the sweetness emphasized. Artificial, plastic aftertaste lingers in the mouth. I'll pass on this next time. Scores adjusted to reflect crap tap and decent bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 19:36:06 | More by bobsy
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Uniboue tulip

A: Dark brown big frothy head that takes a while to settle and when it does leaves rest of the "foam" painting the glass.

S: Malt, bread, hoppy and a little bit sweet (burnt caramel)

T: Malt, caramel with roasted coffee note, it's a little bit astringent.

Overall: Good beer, widely available around this parts, almost any supermarket carry this beer (Barcelona, Spain) and kind of cheap.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 13:40:05 | More by arturorg
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3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a sixer of these mini 0,25l bottles at a Carrefour somewhere along the road from Paris to Stuttgart.

I couldn't find a chalice because I don't play dungeons & dragons OR live in my mom's basement, but anyway I poured into a tulip glass. Deep ruby brown with a large foamy head which quickly surrenders (I know, I know its Belgian but I did buy it in France :) leaving a thick lace of creamy foam and islands of froth. Pretty as expected in a sweet and dirty, permissive kinda way.

rich toasted malt, yeasty and even a bit smoky, not unlike a cabaret dancer.

Finely carbonated, bitter and rich, malty and a bit of a sour note. Loads the palate begging a fruit and cheese plate or a pile of onion rings with a zesty sauce. Surprisingly crisp and fresh for such a dark brew.

sharp and tangy, copper notes and alpine cheese.

Overall, this dark beauty exceeded my expectations. I will be looking for more of this refreshing dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 18:07:00 | More by jayjay1976


3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes:
11.2 bottle shared and poured into the leffe chalice.
A: A dark brown body, with a thin, consistent head around the rim. slightly good lacing.
S: A mostly caramel aroma, can't find much more.
T/M: A medium bodied mouthfeel and brew. A mainly caramel notes, just as the nose suggested. But none the less very good.
D: I would drink this over many other browns.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 00:31:19 | More by GDBEERMAN
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Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a dark brown with a huge foamy beige head. I can't see a whole lot of carbonation. There appears to be lots of web like lacing.

Smell - hops, yeast, a peppery spice. Smell reminds of 'la fin du monde' to an extent.

Taste & Mouth - low to average amount of carbonation, a vanilla/cocoa/molasses flavor and slightly peppery and bitter finish.

Drink - If you are a fan of abbey style beers, this is one is probably a hit. I would prefer to be drinking something else.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 02:08:22 | More by spinrsx
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4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprisly i found this beer while mi vacation in Mexico´s Nortwest State Sonora at a Hermosillo city grocery supermarket for a good price.

Usually not a place to find a imported belgium beer so i got the blond and brown version.

A.- Dark brown with a good carbonation almost a finger... good retention.

S.- Very good with hints of caramel, molasses and chocolate.. maybe coffe and a little bit frutty.

T.- Excelent balance that molasses and caramel.. with a just the enough alcohol and bitternes beligium beer

M.- thats the best part, excelent mouthfeel but witotuth the alcohol, ...

D.- Even the city temperature is mostly above 102 F i found this a very good beer for a warm evening.. enjoying this excelent beer


Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 23:51:48 | More by PonchoEquihua
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, with a lasting, creamy head.

Sweet and fruity, with a yeasty finish that somewhat balances the sweetness. Almost a hint of sourness at the end, that makes a pleasant overall experience.

Very smooth and deceptively drinkable for its ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 15:13:55 | More by dolzan
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark mahogany colour with a beige head that drops away fairly quickly.

Some sweet malt aromas come across on the nose - a bit of toffee.

More toffee and some really nice caramel on the palate. A little bit of dark fruit but I was expecting more, glad it's not there. The sweetness is there but well balanced.

This isn't the first time I've drunk this but I had forgotten what a nice beer it is. Yum.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 12:13:59 | More by Macca
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle <br>
6.5% ABV <br>
I tried this beer on June 28, 2008 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer pours a slightly translucent dark brown with a long lasting tan coloured head. The aroma was sweet malt and some spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is primarily malty, with a hoppy bitter finish, and in between, some peppery spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 23:07:36 | More by cyrenaica
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South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at a restaurant in Esztergom, Hungary. Reviewing from notes.

Poured from the tap into the Leffe glass. This is somehow more aromatic from the tap, with a bit more brown sugar character than the bottled version. Very drinkable and satisfying. A good option for Belgian taste in a small town where better beer is harder to come by.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 08:40:01 | More by BucBasil
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3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark and murky with some ruby highlights. Muted, doughy bread and a little hint of cocoa on the nose but it feels a touch flat (as in lifeless, not carbonation). Flavours on the palate are restrained but pleasant. Some more doughiness and a some spicy clove and cinnamon. Overall, its quite decent but doesn't excite. Worth having but not necessarily going out of your way for.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 08:31:22 | More by juju7
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Leffe Chalice

A - Nice hazey mahogany colour with alarge bubbled head that does retain.

S - Nice nutty aromas with some dark sweet fruit.

T - Nice dark fruits and quite nutty, the sweetnes is well managed a little bready alcohol too.

M - Well balnced in carbonation and body

D - Not the best Bruin but one of the few that you could session.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 14:59:24 | More by eric5bellies
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a chalice

appearance is a dark brown brew with a tan, fluffy head that lingers

aroma is of toffee, malt, cinnamon and brown sugar and chocolate

taste - malty richness, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses

mouthfeel - perfectly carbonated beverage, smooth finish, slightly sweet, but nicely balanced

drinkability - my only regret is that I only purchased one bottle of this, I would gladly revisit. at 6.5%, this is a nice beverage

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 19:02:48 | More by keithmurray
Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 1,206 ratings.