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Leffe 9 - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of RuudJH
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

RuudJH, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
2.08/5  rDev -43.9%
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.

ThaCreep, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BoitSansSoif, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Fizzlybear
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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.

Fizzlybear, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of AmberMan22
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

AmberMan22, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Regenpak
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Regenpak, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

adamette, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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

EatsTacos, May 05, 2009
Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Suds, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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.

CrazyDavros, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of atis
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

atis, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of BarryNL
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rich amber colour - perfectly bright, but then the lack of yeast soon tells you it's filtered; a bit of a shame for an 'abbey' beer with trappist pretensions. A tight lacy head which lasts fairly well with some lacing on the glass.

S: Light malt dominates, with floral hints and a slight grassy alcohol aroma.

T: Basically a bigger version of the Blonde - and most of the extra flavour seems to come from the alcohol. I wouldn't be surprised if this was the same ingredients as the Blonde but with extra sugar added to bump up the alcohol. Slight honey notes but the aftertaste is mostly alcohol.

M: Fluffy and well carbonated.

D: Reasonable, but to be honest, I'd probably find something more interesting for the next drink.

BarryNL, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of Andreji
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Andreji, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of scootny
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

scootny, May 29, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.88/5  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.

tai4ji2x, May 27, 2008
Photo of jenitivecase
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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).

jenitivecase, May 18, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
3.78/5  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

srandycarter, May 15, 2008
Photo of TheSarge
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

TheSarge, May 05, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
3.08/5  rDev -17%
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.

Absumaster, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of garcia2a
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

garcia2a, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Namako
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Namako, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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

hoegaardenhero, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of KI9A
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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?

KI9A, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

ggaughan, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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

thierrynantes, Nov 20, 2007
Leffe 9 from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.