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Leffe 9 - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 153
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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 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. (680 characters)

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 (562 characters)

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. (487 characters)

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. (983 characters)

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. (637 characters)

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. (320 characters)

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. (540 characters)

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. (395 characters)

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. (333 characters)

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. (639 characters)

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 (268 characters)

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... (912 characters)

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 (281 characters)

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. (727 characters)

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. (1,877 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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 (367 characters)

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. (414 characters)

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. (529 characters)

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 (274 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (551 characters)

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. (645 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

250 ml bottle purchased in Paris as part of a six pack for under 1 euro per bottle. Served fairly cool into a wine glass.

Appearance - rich dark golden color with some coppery hues. A finger of thick dense head is poured and has excellent retention time before eventually dissolving into a soapy conglomeration on top of the beer. Clear and a few bubbles are apparent.

Smell - huge Belgian yeast aroma that absolutely dominates, after that there's a peppery and woodsy aroma that comes through.

Taste - sweet and boozy, with a sugariness that just keeps building and building and is overkill. So etching akin to super sweet candied molasses is also present in there as well as a generous helping of the funky Belgian yeast. It tasty but more of an papery if since the sweetness is crazy high on this one.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated, but the carbonation can't cut through what becomes a sweet and sugary conglomeration. At the end of the day, I feel like I will need a chisel of a toothbrush to get rid of the the accumulation of sugar on my teeth.

Overall - a great looking, but super sweet strong Belgian pale ale, it's a good beer but should only be consumed in small quantities since the sugariness is overbearing at times. (1,232 characters)

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. (735 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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? (2,410 characters)

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Leffe 9 from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
83 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.