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Leffe 9 - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.86%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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: 146 | Reviews: 67
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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 olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -45.7%

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

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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 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 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 jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes 5/31/2007, pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving some lace. Nice clear amber color. Raisin nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is balanced late caramel sweetness, clean finish. Served on-tap in 330ml tulip glass, €5.00 ($6.85) at Radisson Hotel Brussels, Belgium.

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

I had a bottle of this at a random bar in France, 3.4 euros. The beer is dark straw color, clear but relatively dark, with meager head retention. The aroma is just right, bready and yeasty, not quite as inviting as St Bernardus Tripel but on the same course as that one. It smells as tastes primarily sweet, with a bit of alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

I liked this better than other Leffe beers, with the exception of Radieuse which is my favorite from them. I'd recommend to try both if all you've had access to is the blond and brune.

Photo of dcmchew
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

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 Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's a gold and burnt copper-color beer with a nice, stable white head. Its aroma is of pale malt, peppery spice, yeast, and alcohol. A sub-layer of smells (after a few sips) reveals some ripe fruit (pear, apple, peach). Fairly sweet beer, with malt and yeast in the aroma. More warming than I expected. Quite smooth and drinkable.

Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another big beer available at liquor stores in France and Spain

a big white head small quick soapy lacing remains
s banana spice tropical fruit
t same aa smell add sweet malt some bitter finish
m creamy coating good carb good balance
d not too heavy but body is good

Photo of Boto
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

75cl bottle from the Carrefour: This one pours a dark golden color, with a thick white head. It is pretty much crystal clear. There is not much of an aroma to it. What I do get has notes of raisins and yeast. Maybe some other sweet fruits in there. The taste is not bad. Certainly not one of the better Belgians, as I think they are going for the higher ABV drinker, but fairly tasty nonetheless. Somewhat sweet, bready and yeasty taste. The fruits and malts are there, but subdued. The overall palate is good: I think you could drink these quite easily, which is probably their intent. Aiming for buzz factor with a halfway decent flavor.

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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 mdagnew
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle shared with my brother-in-law who brought it back from France...

Poured a dark golden orange colour... White head poured big and foamy and faded to nice thin coating... some light wispy lacing around the glass... fair amount of carbonation...

Aroma - Light caramel malts, some biscuity traces, light spices, light orange and fig fruitiness, candy sugar, light yeast, some spicy hops, peppery notes, alcohol not too noticeable..

Taste – Slightly watered down fruitiness (oranges and raisins), definite spiciness - cloves and light ginger ? Some light floral honey sweetness, light caramel malts, nice biscuit notes, quite peppery, some warming alcohol just makes itself known..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... medium bodied... Dangerously drinkable for a 9% beer...

Overall - Another decent version of Leffe.. probably not quite as good as the Triple but certainly worth a try...

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 TheBrewo
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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 randylangford
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Leffe 9 from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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