Leffe 9 - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | 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

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Beer added by: Jason on 03-06-2006

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.11/5  rDev -42.8%
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 sfprint
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
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 BillyB
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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 thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :
Appearance : mousse blanche, bonne persistance. Robe ambrée, limpide
Smell : notes maltée et caramel
Taste and mouthfeel : attaque suave et fruité, ensuite liquoreux, finale persistante et fruitée
Drinkability : bière trop forte

Photo of Absumaster
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
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 basica
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
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 Slatetank
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
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 ggaughan
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
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 MarkoNm
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
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 Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
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 TheSarge
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of roblowther
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from a grocery store in Bourganeuf, France. Pours a copper color with gold highlights. Bubbles are everywhere! Very fine, champagne-like. The head is thin but dense. The beer itself is very clear. The smell is sharp with a warm fruit behind, maybe blueberries? The taste is very malty, but not sweet. It is, in fact, quite dry. The finish in particular leaves your mouth feeling its been tricked because whatever was in it wasn't liquid. I'd rate it higher except for that, really. The mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for something as malty as this is. The drinkability is not bad but, again, that finish. I like Leffe beers, and I like this...ish. It was not the foray into complex abbey-style ales that I was hoping, though. At least its less traumatic that I can't get this variety in Texas, I suppose.

Photo of aleigator
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
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 CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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 TheBrewo
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a bright, sunset orange. It looks lighter, more yellow, towards the bottom of the glass. It throws a one and a half finger tan head of thick, batter-like bubbles. They slowly pop and sink down with the rest of the head, which has nice retention. Lacing is left thick against the walls of the glass, all the way around. There is no sediment noted, and the beer is quite transparent. Carbonation is active. The aroma is very Leffe-esque. The primary notes are a sourdough yeastiness, heavy malts, esters that are somewhere between banana and bubblegum, the faintest medicinal brush, and faint vanilla bean. With warmth the booze comes through stronger. As we sip, the palate is met by bready malts, surprisingly bitter yeast, and the full force of the 9% abv. This gives way through the middle, which hits with cleaner malts, fruity banana esters, and a citrus bite, all with the abv wafting off the surface to ride along top the palate. The finish is with a yeasty kick that does, along with the peppery booziness, add furthering bitterness. The aftertaste breathes with bready malts, yeast, and quite strongly of medicinal phenols. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. Each sip has a nice creaminess, as indicated by the fervent head, and there is nice slurpability to it. The mouth is partially coated, but is left more on the astringent side of things. The abv is nice and high, and is abundantly present throughout the tasting, which acts to slow the drinker down a bit.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew were the aromas and the strength. The aromas were very similar to Leffe Blonde, but this had a bit more complexity and was generally more robust. The abv certainly hits hard. While this, at times, detracts from the overall experience of the tasting, it gives the brew a thrust that keeps the drinker on his toes.

Photo of garcia2a
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This tasty came from a gift shop in Brussels. The bars were closing and as fate had it, I was still thirsty!

This beer pours a deep golden tone with a moderate head and carbonation. About 75% of the head was retained during my tasting.

The bouquet was interesting as there were flowery tones, a slight bitter component and a powdery malt scent. This lead me to believe that I was in for a ride.

The first sip was heavy on the mouth, kinda big, but has a wonderful malty and caramel taste that lasted for a few seconds. This boldness returned with each sip.

This beer is lovely, but big on the mouth, almost brash. This is one to have maybe 2 of with a nice pot of garlicy mussels and a loaf of crusty bread.

Photo of Etan
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 eduardolinhalis
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 -4.6%
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 Douberd
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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 rapidsequence
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250 ml bottle, one of a six pack I bought in Provence for 4.5 euros.

Appearance: Its a fairly dark golden orange, totally clear. This does not seem to be bottle conditioned. Frothy, big bubbled head without a lot of retention, but some pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Its a slightly fruitier and boozier smelling Leffe blond. Big clove aroma. Banana and light fruit.

Taste: Like the blond, this beer has a big clove punch. Apple, pear, and white grapes. Quite an ethanol bite on the back. Long yeasty and clovey finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation level is about what I expect. It feels a little too sticky sweet, kind of like a tripel. OK overall.

Drinkability: Decent beer. Not a great BSPA. Better than the blond, the brune, and the horrible ruby.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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 doktorhops
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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 AmberMan22
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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 RuudJH
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Leffe 9 from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
83 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.