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Leffe De Noël - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
79
okay

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thierrynantes on 12-09-2007)
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Photo of ThaCreep
2.3/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fruity aromas on the nose, soft touch of alcohol that is reminiscent of the liquor. Both spicy on the nose than taste, there also collects cloves. The finish is slightly sweet but still hot although it is somewhat artificial. This flavor is persistent and, unfortunately, far from appetizing. A Christmas beer that has many shortcomings in matters of taste.

ThaCreep, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of rekel
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

rekel, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of desint
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of Absumaster
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear, dark brown, reddish beer with a small head.

Smell is very spicy with notes of clove and cinnamon and maybe some cumin. Some hints of wood.

Taste is spicy, with the spice as described above. With the addition of traces of oxidatrion and a strong fresh wood taste. A real holiday spirit beer, but in my opinion a bit too much of the spices and higher alcohols and woddy taste.

Absumaster, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of GRUUMSH
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

GRUUMSH, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of sfprint
2.78/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

exp 3/17/12. 750ml bottle.

A: Soda head, 2.5 fingers. Brownish cola color, but less dark than coke. Lots of large carbonation bubbles rising all around.
S: Nostril opening sharpness, vanilla, but also like a sour. Christmas spicy.
T: Relatively bland and unexciting. In the realm of syrupy without being sweet. Very mild flavor. Almost like a nut brown ale, but with less flavor.
M: Not so carbonated, light body.
O: Boring. It is beer, but boring.

sfprint, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of supermeniscus
3/5  rDev -12.5%

supermeniscus, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of ronaldo_epr
3/5  rDev -12.5%

ronaldo_epr, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of samEBC
3/5  rDev -12.5%

samEBC, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of stevoj
3/5  rDev -12.5%

stevoj, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of impending
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

33cl into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous crystal clear dark copper garnet. Minor cream colored head subsided fairly quick, minor lacing.

Aroma is nicely Noël with the typical spices of ginger, clove and orange peel atop the mild dark skinned fruits.

Taste is appropriately kerstbier as well but suffers from being built upon a dark ale and not a strong dark. Mild phenols contribute to the aftertaste which is short lived but pleasant. Thin but lively mouthfeel.

Belgian dark ales unfortunately sit alongside the strong dark ales which generally are much more flavor forward consequently it is easy to consider the dark ale . . . a watery stepchild.
cheers
jd

impending, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of SmokinSmyth
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this while grilling and eating some burgers, in slightly chilly (i.e. Christmas type) weather.

Poured a rich dark color, with a good head but minimal lacing on the Leffe glass.

Smell was not strong but good, spicy with a hint of cinnamon.

Tasted good, with a spicy start but a mild finish. Felt good in the mouth, if a little watery than my liking for a "cold weather" beer.

SmokinSmyth, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of atis
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear copper with generous off-white lacing that slowly fades, no lacing. Smell is fruity (reminds of dried fruit) with significant presence of yeast, some malts as well.

Taste is rather disappointing at first, because the body is not as full and complex as it looks. Sweetish malt, caramel, some spicy alcohol and weak bittery aftertaste, it starts to feel watery towards the end of the bottle.

It seems to me that this beer has no character, it is rather ordinary and forgettable Belgian ale. But it sure looks good.

atis, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of SuperSpy
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nut brown, almost crystal clear. A huge rocky head that leaves lace sticking to the entire glass.

Generic Christmas spices and a hint of sweet malt.

Lighter bodied than I expected. Very little carbonation. Some sweet malt upfront, a few dark fruit flavors, and again with the generic spices. Bitter earthy hops toward the middle and the finish. Semi-dry and a hint of cherry in the aftertaste.

Not a bad beer. Easy to drink but not a terribly impressive beer.

SuperSpy, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of rvdoorn
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from my notes: found this beer in a supermarket in brussels in 2009. One month later i poured it in my leffe glass. The beer poured a brown amber color with a longlasting white head. Smell was spicy clove, caramel and apple.taste was similar to the smell,but very weak and watery. Mouthfeel was thin. Overall i think there are many less watery belgium xmas beer on the market. A let down

rvdoorn, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of SimonTja
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

SimonTja, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of SGToliver
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

SGToliver, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl brown bottle, poured into my huge 'Judas' tulip glass. Best before 11 Mar 2012, so this is a young one (reviewed 14 Dec 2010).

Looked impressive, ruby red body with a vast tan coloured head of foaming bubbles on top. The head fell away quickly, but left some lacing on the glass as the beer level sank.

Red berries and Christmas spices filled my nose, along with hints of yeast smells.

The taste followed the aromas, red berries, spices and yeast: add alcohol and some marzipan to liven and sweeten it up.

The marzipan type flavours I got began to take over as the beer warmed and the beer then seemed a little sickly and too sweet towards the end of the tasting, pity.

Overall, OK, but strange the way it changed completely as it warmed in the glass: drink it cold.

BlackHaddock, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of thierrynantes
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer on tap (33cl.), tasted end of dec. 2007.

Appearance : red copper color, with white foam head.
Smell : fruity a slightly spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : taste of caramel malt and spicy. balance between sweetness and bitterness, smooth and delicate.
Drinkability: Christmas beer correct, but without more (served too cold?)

thierrynantes, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear medium burgundy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of candi sugar and fruity ester is OK for style though I have smell better. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some candi sugar notes with some light Belgian malt with light notes of fruity ester. Body is too light for style with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. OK at best but I must admit to having tasted better Belgian Christmas beer in my life.

Phyl21ca, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of janubio
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

300 ml. bottle. Nice red mahogany colour, very big head that take its time to fade and leaves a big lace. Smell of dried fruits, some caramel and some spices, but not clearly discernible. Sticky palate, taste of spices and dried fruits, but, as with te smell, not discernible. Again, it's out of date, so I'll have to try it again, my first impression is of a good but not exceptional beer.

janubio, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of mattfancett
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

mattfancett, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of jhtipton
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25 cl bottle into my affligem chalice. Nice redish brown tint with mild head and minor lacing. Relatively clear and dark. Smells of malts Christmas spices and molasses like sweetness in taste. A pretty god Christmas ale with some mild bitterness but not too different from their browwn.
Will try again as it is overall a nice dark ale.

jhtipton, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Anacross
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Anacross, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Ry1975
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Ry1975, Dec 27, 2012
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Leffe De Noël from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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