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Leffe 9 - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
84
good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-06-2006)
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Reviews by sfprint:
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sfprint

Germany

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

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.

07-17-2011 01:19:26 | More by sfprint
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petewheeler

Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.8%

08-15-2014 21:42:00 | More by petewheeler
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

01-09-2008 21:26:09 | More by ggaughan
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BillyB

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

06-17-2006 14:42:35 | More by BillyB
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

05-21-2013 12:35:37 | More by Ciocanelu
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EBeckett3

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-16-2013 02:51:33 | More by EBeckett3
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Hobbit

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

08-02-2013 02:55:57 | More by Hobbit
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brinch

Denmark

3/5  rDev -19.1%

03-16-2012 21:08:07 | More by brinch
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scootny

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

05-29-2008 03:26:17 | More by scootny
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basica

Singapore

3.05/5  rDev -17.8%

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.

08-03-2007 17:45:14 | More by basica
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hanlonrn


4.75/5  rDev +28%

07-10-2012 12:08:36 | More by hanlonrn
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frontalot

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-06-2014 21:30:59 | More by frontalot
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -7%

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.

03-30-2009 23:51:11 | More by CrazyDavros
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

11-08-2007 14:50:28 | More by Phyl21ca
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BoitSansSoif

France

3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

11-14-2009 19:16:32 | More by BoitSansSoif
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Veillantif

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

05-24-2011 01:38:00 | More by Veillantif
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ThirstyTorpy

Malta

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-04-2012 07:54:39 | More by ThirstyTorpy
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Regenpak

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

07-19-2009 15:36:55 | More by Regenpak
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desint

Belgium

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

05-24-2013 12:50:58 | More by desint
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.58/5  rDev -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.

02-13-2010 14:04:01 | More by RuudJH
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

04-20-2013 15:40:36 | More by metter98
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.6/5  rDev -3%

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.

06-18-2011 21:18:45 | More by BlackHaddock
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ThaCreep

Belgium

2.08/5  rDev -43.9%

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.

01-02-2010 16:19:16 | More by ThaCreep
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kurgan3

Poland

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

03-21-2013 19:00:34 | More by kurgan3
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Jose9e

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

05-09-2012 19:48:34 | More by Jose9e
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Leffe 9 from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.