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Leffe 9 - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 156
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 6
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

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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Photo of Tnecniv
4.73/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking from an artist painted Duvel tulip glass,

Wow! This beer is just wow! As I'm used to drinking more 'tasteless' beers from Leffe. This is a widely available incredible beer.

The smell could have added just a little extra to my personal favorite one beer a day programme.

My first post on beeradvocate :-)

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Photo of megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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

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Photo of xylophonica
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Orangey/golden colour with a decent amount of head. Solid carbonation.

S - Sweet malty aromas with a touch of bread and cheese.

T - First sensation is one of bite with strong carbonation. That sensation starts to soften after the first taste but this really is a beer with a strong presence. As with the aromas there's some bread and fruits here as well, banana with the addition of maybe pear mixed with some honey.

M - Very strong on the palate. Highly carbonated initially but mellowing out on the back of the tongue to bring forward the underlying fruit qualities.

D - Best way to describe this is that it's a more full on version of its little sister; Leffe Blonde. Good to drink one bottle but for anymore I would probably switch to the more mild version.

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Photo of jenitivecase
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours clear burnt orange with basically no head, just a thin layer of bubbles.

S: notes of spices, with fruity undertones: banana, apple, other woody fruits; slight smoky hints.

T: follows the nose pretty closely; tangy with spicy notes: coriander, nutmeg, etc.; exotic fruits in the middle and slightly gingery aftertaste.

M: Goes down smooth; slightly creamy but not overwhelmingly so. Lingers on the tongue for a pleasant aftertaste without being cloying.

D: I could definitely drink more than one of these. Definitely a strong offering from Leffe (although I have yet to be disappointed by their output).

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Photo of janubio
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden color and medium white head that doesn't last much. Some woody and winey aroma, with fruit and spices, I seem to notice some pepper. In the mouth I notice some fruit and kinda winey flavor, buiscuit, honey, but most of all, clove. Good body and persistent aftertaste.

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Photo of Andreji
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leffe 9 was a very pleasant finding this summer in Paris. sadly i didn't fetch any to bring back to colombia, but i sure have another reason to go back to paris (or belgium or europe)

the beer has a very nice dark brownish pour with a considerable caramel and burnt fruity scent, a thick feel of a viscous apricot-iness and a poorly hidden alcohol however coming in just right to the point of pleasure. low carbonation unlike other leffes i mussay and a very nice bitter-sour ending.

definetly another good product from the oh-so undermined Abdij van Leffe.

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Photo of Namako
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cl corked brown bottle with a best-by date of 21 May 2009. Purchased this on a weekend jaunt over to the Cora Supermarkt in Strasburg, France, about an hour and half drive from Heidelberg, Germany. Popped the cork slowly, without hearing the hiss associated with opening a carbonated brew. It poured a crystal-clear medium copper color with an off-white head which quickly faded to a thin surface coat - overall, slightly carbonated. Smelled of caramel with a hint of biscuit, tasted a bit spicy (cloves, coriander, pepper?) with maybe a plum or maybe honey flavor. Only slightly yeasty with a warm alcohol note, however, not nearly what you'd expect from a 9% ABV. In fact, as other have noted, this is a very drinkable 9% beer! I'll buy again, next time I see it on the shelf.

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Photo of endovelico
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of KI9A
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 33cl bottle, thanks to a friend at AB/Inbev ( THANKS! ).

Medium copper color, with fluffy, off white head, lingering a bit, into alot of lacing.

Smell of malt/caramel.

Tastes of raisins, malt, and spice, maybe a mix of cloves & ginger? This beer hides the ABV pretty well, there is a warm finish of alcohol, but finishes really clean, and dry.

Damn good beer, not a session beer as others have mentioned, but, how many 9% ABV are? Just the ticket on a cold winter evening in St. Louis. Inbev, how about turning this brew loose stateside?

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Photo of Fizzlybear
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Poured a rich dark amber with a large off white head, Nearly no lacing.

S - In the smell I picked up honey and fruit notes with a bit of malt in the background. Quite pleasant.

T - The initial taste was very much the malt, but the sweetness of this beer prevailed along with a slight bit of the alcohol

M&D - Although it was a 9% beer I found it very easy to drink, with a good level of carbonation and a smooth finish .

Overall a decent brew, a slight improvement on the leffe blonde.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: copious amounts of fluffy white head that leaves lace coating the glass; hazy reddish brown body

s: fruity apple and pear scents with cinnamon spiciness; yeasty flavors; sugary sweetness; plums and hints of alcohol

t: buttery cherry fruit flavors; chocolate malts; pears and spice; some brandy tastes as well

m: very creamy and smooth; almost no carbo; a little syrupy

d: a very well-balanced beer and a good offering from leffe; complex flavors that are very mature with the high alcohol

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Photo of Regenpak
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of Beeronious07
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.99/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a creamy head. Good lacing.

Smell: Very fruity and assertive. Pears, apples, citrus fruits even. Very sweet smelling; candied sugar

Taste: Very fruity from start to finish and therefore a little one-dimensional. Not much of yeast aspect to contribute to any of the spicy character I'd expect in a belgian of this strength. Bananas with a hint of cloves and corriander almost remind me of hefe.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation that is pretty sharp, with a thin body.

Drink: Just a bit too sweet to drink a lot of

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Photo of adamette
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Leffe chalice clear glass at Cafe Leffe in the Sablon area of Brussels (down the street from my hotel) 6 28 09. Very cool place to have this beer!

A Golden Brown, translucent body under a minimal head.

S Grainy, alcohol smells.

T Grain, medium malt brown ale. Spices really come to the forefront when it warms.

M Full with big ABV, many tastes.

D Good drinkability.

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Photo of Veillantif
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of scootny
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of atis
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice amber with large off-white head that soon fades, small downsliding/no lace. Aroma is complex spicy and peppery malt with lots of fruity esters (oranges mostly), very light perfumy hops.

Taste is spicy, fruity and sweet alcohol with caramel malt, alcohol becomes more pronounced towards the finish, but never loses its smooth character. Some weak esters, reminding of pears. Mouthfeel is medium with slightly above average carbonation.

This beer I like the most from all Leffes I have tried. It is a pity it can be found much more seldon than Brune of Blonde.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

at beermania in beijing. poured into branded chalice.

clear amber blond. some head quickly fades to wisps and a ring. lacing is rather minimal.

aroma starts phenolic, but moves into hints of alcohol surrounding an estery fruitiness and touch of dough or yeast.

flavor again has some medicinal notes, but more towards spiced clove or anise. caramelized malts provide a body. moderate bitterness cleans things up and goes into the finish.

not too thin, with a decently prickly carbonation.

acceptable, but still loses to duvel and delerium tremens.

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Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of paulaner
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll have to admit with all the hype about this beer when I found out that is was not a dark beer I thought I would be let down, as I have had alot of other belgium beers of this alcohol content and thought nothing of them except all alcohol and no flavor. I tried my hardest not to let this make my opinion of this beer be biased.

Lets start on the review now. The color is a golden copper with a short lived head that will quickly come back with a little swirl. As for the aroma it was a little weak mostly fruity aromas. The mouth feel was exceptionally rich with a warming feeling. The flavor I noticed most was fruity with some biscuit flavors. My true feelings is a strong Leffe Blonde.

This beer was quite surprising being that I am a dark beer fan, I can not say that it let me down with all the hype but it wasn't one of the top Belgiums that I have had.

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Leffe 9 from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.