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Leffe 9 - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
83
good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-06-2006

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Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 67
Reviews by Regenpak:
Photo of Regenpak
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I poured this into its Leffe glass I thought: "Whoo! Strong stuff!" And strong it is, at 9% alcohol. It's a beautiful, clear, golden brown liquid with a quickly receding head that wasn't much to begin with. Even at a slightly too warm temperature. It's pretty sweet, and heavy. It goes very well with crackers with old Beemster cheese. With my low tolerance for alcohol no more than two servings...

I got this as payment for fixing a friend's CB, purchased at Dirck iii. Luckily this great beer doesn't come in the cowardly 30 cl eurobottles (maybe transported to the Netherlands then bottled) but in a proper 33 cl "pijpje", imported from Belgium. No yeast deposit in the bottle, though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ggaughan
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up 4 pack of this at the local supermarket by us in Luxembourg. The beer poured a brilliant gold color with a slight, very thin off white head. There was some nice retention on the glass. The aroma was scotchy and citrus. The taste was a bit spicy and also a bit of a caramel taste as well. After these tastes settled a bit, there was a bitter ending on the tongue that lasted awhile but was not overly pleasing. Still, this is a decent beer worth trying if you find it.

Photo of BillyB
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Given to me by a new colleague whose wife is from belgium. She brings beers back when she visits home (he doesn't realize it may have been a mistake telling me this . . .).

Strong candy sugar aroma and taste.
Sweet, yeasty, bready.

Bright orange, copper color. One finger, white foamy head.

Aromas of orange, mellon.

Medium bodied. Crisp, carbonated, alcoholic warmth.

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 scootny
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle courtesy of ggaughan. A clear honey amber with a two finger head. Light retention but it thins to a wispy covering. Decent lacing down the glass. No visible carbonation.

Smell is sweet, malty, and banana Belgian yeast esters. A bit of alcohol. Some Belgian spice notes.

Taste is malt, fruits, light spices, and a bit of phenolic band-aid. Clean hops finish it out. Dry finish with crackers and a light alcohol.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Just enough weight and carbonation to chew on but not so heavy that I relegate it to meals and such.

Drinkability is good. Alcohol is well hidden but there. Still it is easy to drink a few.

Photo of basica
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BA ratings did not leave me much confidence in this Leffe despite the fact that Leffe is
generally good. However this one's quite a disappointment; I can't help feeling that this one's
did Leffe a disservice or maybe I had a bad bottle? My bottle was shipped from Belgium with a
nice Leffe 9 Souvenir set; I was not exactly excited to drink this beer but still, it is a Leffe
that I could not get in Singapore and by virtue that it's a Leffe, it is worth trying. The Leffe
9 pours out with a big generous head and above average retention; looking really good and foamy.
It is somewhat a slightly dark golden shade and smells of a sharp yeasty smell; probably a little
too sharp. This is probably going to be a typical Belgian Blond. The taste unfortunately says
the same; a strong yeasty taste greets the pellates at once and finishes off with a bitter
yeasty and slightly musky taste. Don't get me wrong, this is not the "spolit" kind of muskiness;
but to put it in a straight forward manner it was a little of a turn off. The salvaging aspects
in the taste was that it still tastes like a Leffe and the typical Leffe spices are present but
the yeast is clearly overpowering; and the yeasty bitter and slighly musky finish was the biggest
problem I had with it. The after taste was slightly yeasty and ends off very slightly citrusy;
however not much significance in the after taste actually, to be perfectly honest. Mouthfeel was
between medium to thick body and with a slightly high albeit acceptable carbonation level.
Smoothness was definitely there, for a high ABV beer like this. I was slighly intoxicated after
this 9 ABV one; it does feel strong... but the feeling of disappointment was way higher.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber, medium head fades quickly to small layer, leaving expected belgan lacing.
Aroma is of musty old books, the typical belgian doughy yeast, old straw and barnyards.
More doughyness form taste, as well as some banana, spices, hint of earthy hops and some faint vanilla or milk chocolate. Oh and the alcohol is definately noticeable.
Average mouthfeel, perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast with some peach flavoured malt and some alcohol. Taste is also dominated by some spicy yeast notes with some nice Belgian malt with some notes of fruit such as peach. Body is a bit thin for the style with too much filtration applied and some alcohol notes are also discernable. Not bad overall for a Inbev products but maybe a bit too much alcohol and sweetness IMHO.

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

A-Clear brownish-gold w/rich off-white head, nice retention, and bits of tracing.

S-Sweet rich malt, Belgian yeast and spice, clove, black dirt, hint ripe banana, more than a hint of alcohol.

T-Slightly sweet malt upfront w/doughy and spicy notes midway that carry into the dry finish.

M-Well-balanced, moderate carbonation, medium-bodied.

D-Definitely a sipper, but I'm confident I can still assemble some Ikea furniture if I tip back one more.

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 RuudJH
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The strongest Leffe, possibly meant as the brewer's most characterful beer.
Clear ale, color dark amber, nice creamy head and good carbonation.

Smell of malt, floral and herby. Slight alcohol, but not too bad.
The taste is very well balanced between hoppyness and malts, with a peppery finish.

The drink is not too sweet from slight caramel... in fact the aftertaste is more or less bitter-dry.
The alcohol is not too present in the mouthfeel.

This is an ok drinkable beer, but it lacks the complexity.

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 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 ThaCreep
2.11/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Few aromas fairly interesting character in the delivery of high alcohol and smoke flavors and rich grain. Many malt too. Aftertaste pronounced. We mostly eat with this beer but it remains unattractive to the level of taste and most importantly, very heavy on the stomach and not very digestible.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Transluscent copper colour with a tight white head that retians to a film

S - Plenty of malt with a little sweet Banana.

T - Yeasty spice and some stewed cherries.

M - Medium carbonation and body.

D - Not a bad drop but I prefer the Triple

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 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 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 AmberMan22
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

They got 3/4 of the style right. It's Belgian, strong, and an ale -- but it isn't pale.

Leffe 9 is more of a rosé mahogany color, strange considering the style. I don't really know how to score that. Head dissipates rapidly, and despite the tulip glass helping the carbonation, there is no stickage or lace.

Smell is pleasant, flowery, yeasty, malty, alcohol certainly present but not deterring.

the beer tastes much the same, a rather sweet borderline sugary taste squares off against the alcohol. fruity.

Unlike the other leffe's I've had, this one feels watery and thin. Carbonation is acceptable, not really anything special here.

Overall, a good beer.
However, there are plenty of FAR better BSPA's that are
a)readily available, and
b)should be tried before this one.

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 Eijkb
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am a Leffe fanboy, my favourite until now was Leffe Blond. Living in Belgium I have tasted many many beers and when judging on taste there are betters beers, but it all comes down to drinkability.

On to Leffe 9 (or Leffe Blue as I like to call it).

A nice looking beer with no worthy smell. The liquir is a little thick, but I like that because you feel you have something worthly in your mouth. After the first mouthfull I sensed a little tick of honey, and that is exactly what i like.

Nice tastefull beer with (too!) great drinkability for a 9% beer.

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

Bottle.

A: Golden almost orange body with a giant fluffy creamy off white head that leaves very nice lacing.

s : Initial notes of sweet malt in the aroma quickly gives way to dry alcohol with muted dry malt and sugary hints.

S : Sweet flavour of lightly caramel and pale malts, dry alcoholic undertones but the alcohol is surprisingly restrained.

M Smooth medium bodied palate.

D : verynice to drink , Nice carbonation

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 Absumaster
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bright orange, brown beer with almost no head. Just a thin layer of white bubbles.

Smell is spicy with notes of clove. A sweet malty backbone. A fruitiness that is just over the top, phenolic and flowery with exotic fruits. To me it appears a bit artificial.

Taste is sweet and sticky, not bitter. The spices are present, this is also coming from the yeast. Probably more from the yeast than actual spices. I taste cloves and vanilla, sweet mango's and a bit pineapple. Gumballs I would say. There is no bitterness in this beer, a Belgian Strong ale without bitterness or hops is just a bad BSPA!
This beer tastes like an upgraded Leffe blond, which also has these tooth aching sweetness and overly fruity characteristics.

Photo of TheSarge
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Leffe 9 pours nicely with a slightly off white head of ample amounts. The body is quite clear and light amber in color. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.

The aroma reminds me of apple, slight vanilla, and slight floral.

In the way of taste, I detect hints of toast and honey of front, and finishes with a lingering twist of sweetness and bitterness at the same time.

This feels quite nice. It's crisp and inviting up front, with a warm finish.

This is an overall very drinkable brew. It's not overwhelmingly complex.

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Leffe 9 from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
83 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.