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Leffe 9 - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 156
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 6
Gots: 30 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-06-2006

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Reviews: 69 | Hads: 156
Photo of srandycarter
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of TheSarge
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of garcia2a
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Namako
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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Photo of KI9A
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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?

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Photo of ggaughan
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

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Photo of basica
3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Boto
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of roblowther
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BillyB
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of janubio
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Eijkb
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of paulaner
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll have to admit with all the hype about this beer when I found out that is was not a dark beer I thought I would be let down, as I have had alot of other belgium beers of this alcohol content and thought nothing of them except all alcohol and no flavor. I tried my hardest not to let this make my opinion of this beer be biased.

Lets start on the review now. The color is a golden copper with a short lived head that will quickly come back with a little swirl. As for the aroma it was a little weak mostly fruity aromas. The mouth feel was exceptionally rich with a warming feeling. The flavor I noticed most was fruity with some biscuit flavors. My true feelings is a strong Leffe Blonde.

This beer was quite surprising being that I am a dark beer fan, I can not say that it let me down with all the hype but it wasn't one of the top Belgiums that I have had.

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Leffe 9 from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
83 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.