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Leffe 9 - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

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 CrazyDavros


3.45/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

03-30-2009 23:51:11 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of atis


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

03-05-2009 21:21:05 | More by atis
Photo of BarryNL


3.58/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

10-29-2008 20:13:24 | More by BarryNL
Photo of Andreji


4.22/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

07-16-2008 03:15:40 | More by Andreji
Photo of scootny

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

05-29-2008 03:26:17 | More by scootny
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

05-27-2008 14:49:15 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of jenitivecase


4.33/5  rDev +16.4%

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).

05-18-2008 02:19:40 | More by jenitivecase
Photo of srandycarter


3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

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

05-15-2008 07:36:17 | More by srandycarter
Photo of TheSarge


3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

05-05-2008 16:23:24 | More by TheSarge
Photo of Absumaster


3.08/5  rDev -17.2%

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.

04-10-2008 08:06:29 | More by Absumaster
Photo of garcia2a


3.48/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

03-28-2008 19:31:19 | More by garcia2a
Photo of Namako


4.18/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

03-17-2008 14:44:03 | More by Namako
Photo of hoegaardenhero


4.03/5  rDev +8.3%

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

03-03-2008 15:47:27 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of KI9A


4.13/5  rDev +11%

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?

01-31-2008 01:33:16 | More by KI9A
Photo of ggaughan


3.2/5  rDev -14%

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.

01-09-2008 21:26:09 | More by ggaughan
Photo of thierrynantes


3.03/5  rDev -18.5%

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

11-20-2007 21:14:47 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

11-08-2007 14:50:28 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%

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...

08-22-2007 13:54:56 | More by mdagnew
Photo of basica


3.05/5  rDev -18%

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.

08-03-2007 17:45:14 | More by basica
Photo of Boto


3.65/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

07-27-2007 20:45:11 | More by Boto
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

06-25-2007 18:01:41 | More by jdhilt
Photo of roblowther


3.35/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

03-14-2007 13:51:14 | More by roblowther
Photo of BillyB

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

06-17-2006 14:42:35 | More by BillyB
Photo of janubio


4.28/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

04-05-2006 22:29:02 | More by janubio
Photo of Eijkb


3.83/5  rDev +3%

I am a Leffe fanboy, my favourite until now was Leffe Blond. Living in Belgium I have tasted many many beers and when judging on taste there are betters beers, but it all comes down to drinkability.

On to Leffe 9 (or Leffe Blue as I like to call it).

A nice looking beer with no worthy smell. The liquir is a little thick, but I like that because you feel you have something worthly in your mouth. After the first mouthfull I sensed a little tick of honey, and that is exactly what i like.

Nice tastefull beer with (too!) great drinkability for a 9% beer.

03-22-2006 19:06:29 | More by Eijkb
Leffe 9 from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.