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Leffe 9 - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
84
good

113 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.9%


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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beerpirates

Belgium

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.

A: Golden almost orange body with a giant fluffy creamy off white head that leaves very nice lacing.

s : Initial notes of sweet malt in the aroma quickly gives way to dry alcohol with muted dry malt and sugary hints.

S : Sweet flavour of lightly caramel and pale malts, dry alcoholic undertones but the alcohol is surprisingly restrained.

M Smooth medium bodied palate.

D : verynice to drink , Nice carbonation

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 10:16:39 | More by beerpirates
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Tnecniv

Netherlands

4.78/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking from an artist painted Duvel tulip glass,

Wow! This beer is just wow! As I'm used to drinking more 'tasteless' beers from Leffe. This is a widely available incredible beer.

The smell could have added just a little extra to my personal favorite one beer a day programme.

My first post on beeradvocate :-)

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 19:30:38 | More by Tnecniv
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rapidsequence

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 01:00:22 | More by rapidsequence
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xylophonica

Australia

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Orangey/golden colour with a decent amount of head. Solid carbonation.

S - Sweet malty aromas with a touch of bread and cheese.

T - First sensation is one of bite with strong carbonation. That sensation starts to soften after the first taste but this really is a beer with a strong presence. As with the aromas there's some bread and fruits here as well, banana with the addition of maybe pear mixed with some honey.

M - Very strong on the palate. Highly carbonated initially but mellowing out on the back of the tongue to bring forward the underlying fruit qualities.

D - Best way to describe this is that it's a more full on version of its little sister; Leffe Blonde. Good to drink one bottle but for anymore I would probably switch to the more mild version.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 14:14:51 | More by xylophonica
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.83/5  rDev +3%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 16:07:20 | More by eric5bellies
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 04:30:15 | More by TurdFurgison
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 14:04:01 | More by RuudJH
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ThaCreep

Belgium

2.08/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 16:19:16 | More by ThaCreep
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BoitSansSoif

France

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 19:16:32 | More by BoitSansSoif
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Fizzlybear

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 09:56:17 | More by Fizzlybear
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 20:26:25 | More by AmberMan22
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Regenpak

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 15:36:55 | More by Regenpak
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adamette

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 21:42:56 | More by adamette
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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2009 11:10:55 | More by EatsTacos
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 20:06:14 | More by Suds
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Finland

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Netherlands

3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Colombia

4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Kansas

4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Netherlands

3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 08:06:29 | More by Absumaster
Leffe 9 from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.