Leffe 9 - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 03-06-2006

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Ratings: 149 | Reviews: 67
Photo of aleigator
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Has a reddish, amber color, with a perfect sized, froth head.

Aromas are slightly spiced, reminding me instantly of a german Hefeweizen, with bready, dough yeast and banana - altough it tends to be a little bit sweeter.

Drinks extremely smooth, due to its soft yeast foundation. Taste is between sweet honeyed malts and peppery spices. The banana from the nose is still there, but perfectly wrapped up by slightly hot spices, vanilla and honey. Has a perfect fitting, lively carbonation with a medium body. Finishes with a toffee, clove spiced sweetness, and some slightly biting peppers.

Photo of doktorhops
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beer: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the beer-blogger Doc. His five-year mission: to explore strange new Ales, to seek out new Double Imperial IPAs and new Bière de Gardes, to boldly drink where no man has drunk before* [cue Beer Trek theme]. Today’s review in the lead up to my #500 milestone (for those keeping track this is #496) is Leffe Rituel 9°. Now those of you familiar with my reviews on BeerAdvocate will know that I’m not Leffe’s biggest fan - I find their beers sweet to the point of requiring an Insulin injection (i.e. too sweet). What makes me think 9° will be any different? I don’t really, but I’ll give Leffe another shot because I trust the monks when it comes to beer (religion “no”, beer “yes”).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents a hazy deep orange body with cream coloured 1cm dense head that leaves some light lace patches around the glass. Impressive head for a 9% ABV brew. Most impressive. 9/10.

S: Aroma is sweet over ripe cider apples, a hint of clove spice, followed by doughy bread yeast and a touch of pear/banana... then add A TRUCKLOAD OF SUGAR!!! Dammit Leffe, you always do that to me! It’s not all bad though - the truckload of sugar does accentuate the fruity esters of apple, pear and banana, in fact it’s like sniffing a bowl of fruit salad... with a truckload of sugar on top. 7/10.

T: Cloying sugar up front, we expected that from you Mr. Leffe, however what we didn’t expect was how the array of other flavours would work together (well it turns out): overripe cider apples, clove, pear, banana with a hit of brandy and a sourdough bread yeast middle. The flavour can be best described as “a bowl of overripe fruit, covered in sugar and fermented with sour Saison yeast”. Not bad but that sugar, again Leffe. 7/10.

M: Leffe generally get this part right, and Rituel 9° is no exception: Medium bodied with a dense but light carbonation. 9/10.

D: I would love Leffe if they toned down their sugar - they combine classic Belgian tastes well, Rituel 9° included. If you want something similar but less cloying I would go with the brilliant Brasserie d'Achouffe’s La Chouffe (the one with the Gnome on the bottle)... I guess that’s high praise for Leffe. 6/10.

Food match: The acidity of a cheese platter to cut through all the sweetness.

*Yes I’m watching Star Trek reruns, what of it?

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Nice belgian ale of a beautifull amber color, but somewhat transparent, and a nice whitey foam
Aroma is extremely malty and full of cereals. Same thing for the taste, with some fruity tones in the end.
The beer has some similarities with whiskey. Beginning with the color, but also in the taste and aroma - let's say.. a special malty tone ;)
Carbonation is at good level, body is huge.

Photo of Slatetank
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

the label of this bottle says 'rituel 9', poured chilled from the bottle in a tulip.

The color is dark amber, clear with 3 fingers of white cap with very fine bead and thick webbing of lace sticks. The smell has lots of sweetness perhaps malt with a noticeable candy-like smell with a slightly cheesy yeast nose and mild floral accent with light alcohol aroma. The feel has malt sweetness with woody texture and chewy texture with spice and creamy body with sweet throughout almost a cloying effect w/ alcohol drying finish.

The taste has a mineral quality with a light caramel and spice accent w/ warming of alcohol in the taste and sweet candy sugar type flavor and mild toasted sweet malt but flavor is not as full as the smell lets on. The taste of sweet malt continues after the swallow as residual sugar flavor. This is barely a good belgian at this point...only 4 months old but it has started to decline. I would say this is decent but would not buy it unless it is fresh.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

250 ml bottle purchased in Paris as part of a six pack for under 1 euro per bottle. Served fairly cool into a wine glass.

Appearance - rich dark golden color with some coppery hues. A finger of thick dense head is poured and has excellent retention time before eventually dissolving into a soapy conglomeration on top of the beer. Clear and a few bubbles are apparent.

Smell - huge Belgian yeast aroma that absolutely dominates, after that there's a peppery and woodsy aroma that comes through.

Taste - sweet and boozy, with a sugariness that just keeps building and building and is overkill. So etching akin to super sweet candied molasses is also present in there as well as a generous helping of the funky Belgian yeast. It tasty but more of an papery if since the sweetness is crazy high on this one.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated, but the carbonation can't cut through what becomes a sweet and sugary conglomeration. At the end of the day, I feel like I will need a chisel of a toothbrush to get rid of the the accumulation of sugar on my teeth.

Overall - a great looking, but super sweet strong Belgian pale ale, it's a good beer but should only be consumed in small quantities since the sugariness is overbearing at times.

Photo of endovelico
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber. Medium-high effervescence. No floaties. One inche of thick white foam.

S: Boozy, Rich and intense aromatics of prune and dried fruits. Some fresh orange aromatics show through the backend as well.

T: Medium - high intensity. Follows on the nose. No hop flavour.

P: Bitterness low. Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation. Sweet finish.

O: Polished, sophisticated and of enough complexity even if it's not a very bold take on the style.

Photo of MarkoNm
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Surprisingly this one turned out to be my favourite Leffe so far.
Pours out with an amber/redish color and a very hefty white head. There's lots of carbonation also.
The aroma is hoppy and there's also a slight aroma of alcohol, but all in the limits of gentleness.
The taste is decently hoppy, slightly fruity sweet with some alcohol. The finish is bittery and comes with a slight spicy kick, which is nice.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cafe Leffe in Lille. Served in a 25 cl Leffe Chalice.

Appearance: Clear amber, rocky light tan head, thin strands of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Metallic, a little musty, with some underlying caramel sweetness every now and then.

Taste: Malty, tiny bit boozy, mild bitter finish. Some fruity esters throughout.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, sticky - just right carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Not bad - I think it would be better with food. I had already eaten so I had this with friends and discussion. One was enough. A little bit too mild in flavor - there are better Belgian strong pale ales out there. With this much ABV - you want some more flavor and taste to back up the alcohol and the higher cost per glass.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber/organgish; medium, cream head; clear

Aroma: Malty; citrusy; spicy; cloves

Taste: Juicy malt; cloves and orange on start; semi-sweet; slightly syrupy finish with a little bitterness; very good

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: light amber or dark gold in color poured a 2 finger width head collapsing to a thin film in about 30 seconds but leaving good lacing on the glass.
S: as with the style banana and raw sugar are prominent but a faint scent of raspberry mixes in to make the beer very tempting to sip deep.
T: sip deep indeed. Of course banana and sugar are the main characters. But the alcohol content brings out these flavors even more while adding a punch in the mouth.
M/D: the alcohol content distracts you from the smooth and medium body but as stated above brings out the flavors. Overall a great beer to add to your rotation if you light Belgian beers.

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that has very good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits, light fruits, pale malts and yeast is present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell but has notes of spices and hints of alcohol towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer hides its alcohol rather will and isn't very difficult to drink. It has a lot of dark fruits for the style and seems a little like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale in some ways.

Photo of Douberd
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 330 ml, at home, poured into a tulip glass. ABV is 9%
Impressive appearance with a live deep orange/light amber colour, a finger of white, soapy head with very good retention and lots of activity in the glass.
Aroma of bananas, yeast, plums, some spices.
Taste is sweet and fruity, becomes slighty bitter afterwards, a bit hoppy and another bit alcoholic.
Quite carbonated, medium dry on the palate. Medium to full body.
Nice beer, goes down easily despite the high ABV.

Photo of Etan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle purchased in a Paris supermarket (3.70 euros...???).

A: Pours a brassy clear light amber with a small white head.

S: Clean sweet malt - molasses, cakey graininess, a bit of alcohol.

T: Very sweet. Notes of maple syrup, sugary pale malt, mild herbal note. The 9% is somewhat perceptible. Finish is dry.

M: Tight, crisp, fine carbonation, medium-bodied, a bit syrupy.

O: A bit too sweet and syrupy.

Photo of jonb5
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into a large tulip shaped wine glass. Dark golden colour, 2 finger well retained head, clear. Aroma was wild belgian yeast. Tasted yeast and sweet berries, had the usual Leffe sharpness. Slight burn from the booze at the finish but it generally it was hidden well. Smooth mouthfull, well carbonated, slightly chewy. Overall enjoyed it, unmistakably Leffe.

Photo of megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Leffe 9

Appearance: orange-red, medium head, and good fluffy lacing.

Smell: fruits and yeast.

Taste: malty yeast with a touch of apple and mild dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Overall:
This is a very nice brew. The fruit flavors and aroma are refreshing.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in its own chalice.

A: Orange color with a big white bubbled head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacings

S: Honey. Sweet malts, Belgian yeasts. A bit fruity and spicy. Alcohol

T: Honey, sweet malts, Belgian yeasts. Alcohol and a decent hop bitterness in the end

M: Heavy body. Molasses too. Belgian sweet bitterness pleasure

O: Nice beer

Photo of Tinfang
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl bottle purchased as an 8pack in France. Best by date of Jan 2013.
A: clear, lightly coppery. Poured into a wide-mouth glass. Little head which subsided quickly, nearly no lacing.
S: almost none. A bit of fruit and alcohol.
T: Hints of orange along with the expected Belgian spicyness. A taste of alcohol but not unpleasant. The spicy quality lingers pleasantly on the palate and dominates the taste experience.
M: medium, little carbonation
O: My opinion of this beer improved with each sampling. The combined flavors don't clearly express an individual character for this beer however, which keeps it from being great. I would cheerfully buy this again.

Photo of Beeronious07
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it came as one of 4 beers in the gift pack that also includes two Leffe chalices. the price of the whole gift pack was 25.72 euro. served it at the temperature of 12 Celsius in the 330 milliliter chalice i got from the gift pack. best before date 09/04/12

A - totally loved the coper color. little retention, same with the carbonation and lace.

S - as i poured it in the chalice the 1st thing that hit me was the banana, but after closer examination i felt the honey, some spices ad the strong alcohol in the back.

T - strong banana in the front. mainly sweet taste with caramel in the back.also the alcohol is pretty suppressed.

M - u can feel a lot more carbo than u can taste but still is not too much. medium body.

awesome beer, if u can u should try it ... needless to say more

Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from a small grocery store in Paris. They had half a dozen beers on the shelf and this was one of them.

Pours a burnt copper color with an airy tan head. Head falls rather slow, thin lacing.

Mild malt aroma that seems pleasantly sweet. No real hops in the nose.

Nice malt taste. Sweet yet mildly so, and quite delicious. Bit of hop in the finish maybe.

Medium bodied mouthfeel and rather sharp on the tongue. Biting and perfectly carbonated.

Pretty good. Defiantly worth a try if you come across it.

Photo of sfprint
2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pink like rose wine. very mild carbonation, barely any head.
S: also rose wine like, with plum, alcohol and strong sweetness and a tinge sour.
T: a strange and unpleasant prominent tartness cuts what seems like a very nice base flavor. alcohol. also rose wine like, pleasant and balanced under the not so nice veil. sad that the tartness ruins it for me.
M: medium body, tartness with low carbonation.
O: almost a good beer, with one major flaw.

Photo of STEG
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A special thanks to jeffo for this treat in our last trade.

Clear honey hue, 2 finger off white head.

Bubble Gum, sweet malt, banana and light clove dominate the nose.

Taste is moderately different, significantly malty with some honey like flavors. Moderately sweet, and somewhat two dimensional but there are slight hop notes and slight distinct belgian yeast notes.

Mouthfeel is moderately smooth as much as I dislike using that term. Somewhat lively carbonation throughout makes this 9% beer not a chore to get through.

Overall this was a welcome experience made possible by jeffo and I appreciate it very much, but for now, I'll put the DeMolen first before wanting to try another Leffe offering.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4th Beer in my 'Odd-Beer tasting evening: 18th June 2011.

33cl Brown bottle, best before 7th Sept 2012, poured into a stemmed Leffe tulip.

Looks impressive, filled the glass very well. Good well formed white head above a light amber body.

The smell is of very mild smoked ham and Belgian yeasts, add some vanilla wrapped in a banana skin and you're almost there.

The taste also seemed to have a smoked hint, as well as those yeasts in the smell. Alcohol is very evident in the taste, but the banana and vanilla from the smells appear too.

Medium body feel, Leffe get some bad press from a lot of Belgian beer fans, but this is fine.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: poured a amber color with a very short lasting head, leaving no lacing.
Smell: Honey, spicy (ginger), malts, caramel and plums
Taste: Plums, wood, yeast, caramel, light bitter finish
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied, quite sticky
Overall: Pretty decent beer

Photo of Veillantif
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sadly, I've only seen this come in these awful 25 cL bottles endemic to France.

A: Pretty amber color; cute head, though a little thin.

S: Hints of honeysuckle and oleander. I actually have no idea what oleander smells like, but it looks like it would smell like this beer.

T: Mirthful and worthy of careful tasting (what one calls dégustation in this country). Prepare for rampant sugariness, for better or worse.

M: This could stand a little more carbonation, so it's not so juicy. Nice aftertaste begs for another drink (which, at 9%, can be perilous).

O: Great beer to bring to a party; not so good with meals, much better with some kind of salty snack.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy honey color capped by a couple of inches of foam; both retention and lacing were good

Smell: Malt forward, with banana and honey elements

Taste: Malt forward flavors take the stage, front and center, with the banana and honey elements joined by a spicy yeast character at mid-palate; after the swallow, the alchohol becomes apparent and washes it all down in a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very respectable BSPA; it is a shame that Leffe exports only the Blonde to the US

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Leffe 9 from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
83 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.