Leffe Vieille Cuvée - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-17-2002

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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 54
Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
4.61/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: a traditional, classically-styled label. Nice as an entire package - has me looking forward to the beer inside.

Appearance: Deep reddish-brown colour with ruby highlights. Two-finger dark tan, think head. Great retention, and wonderful lacing. Such a nice proposition!

Aroma: Rich dark fruits and spices, very full and hearty. No hint of the 8.2% ABV, very nicely rounded.

Taste: spices (mainly cloves) and herbal hops. Warming alcohol as well, with a decent amount of wheat and dark fruits - plums and light raspberries.

Aftertaste: the spices longer nicely, but become a touch cloying after a while.

Mouthfeel: not over the top - minimal carbonation per the style - goes down nicely.

Overall: I'm such a big fan of the Leffe ales - well presented, brilliant flavours and sessional beauties. Only problem is the price - it's worth it, but for a peasant like myself, only for an occasional treat :)

More User Reviews:
Photo of rastaman
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite good, but sweeter than i would like, and not overly complex, has a sort of toffee and slightly spicy flavour, reminded me of a less characterfull (is that word?) version of Kwak, very enjoyable in the end.

Photo of ggaughan
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained this bottle on a holiday trip to Bruges. As I had never seen this Leffe version I thought it would be worth picking up to try.

The beer poured a clear, bronze color with a slight off white head that ran away pretty quickly. The aroma is a bit mixed with some caramel malty tones and also some fruity tones as well. The taste is a bit of the same but has a spicy kick on the tongue at the beginning and it is also a bit bitter as well. This is a well balanced beer and one of the better Leffes that I have tried to date.

Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Belgium, somewhat aged which minimizes sweetness of caramel. Pours dark with a modest head.Fresh spiciness in nose. Drinks smooth, dark, balanced, interesting, with malt and spice. Drying finish. Medium mouthfeel. A good Belgium, and beyond the normal Leffe servings. ABV unnoticeable but clubs you over the head later.

Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Drinks of the World

This is a beer to think over. Maybe it's the just the slew of plain Swiss beers I've had that makes this stand out, but I'm a fan. Right off the bat the aroma reminds me of a rose garden with herbal spice thrown in - very floral, yet earthy. The flavor has a big sweet strawberry and cherry malt with a hint of toffee with those same yeast characteristics. As for the appearance, it's a clear red-amber with a white head and lacing. The carbonation is pleasantly crisp and the body isn't too thick to weigh this down. It reminds me of Duvel in terms of drinkability and how the mix of malts and esters linger in the aftertaste. Worth seeking.

Photo of descartes
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: A redish brown with a nice quarter inch of white head.
Smell: Grape smell with a sharp alcoholic smell as well as a hint of hops.
Taste: Really strong hops taste, strong bodied but otherwise very muddled spicy and sour flavor. Uggh strong but something is wrong, cann't quite put my finger on it.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a small fading head.
Nose shows doughy yeast, spicy phenols, sultanas and rich golden syrup. somewhat faint though.
Sweet flavours, more sultanas and brown sugar, not much else though. Very moreish however.
Carbonation is suitably high.
Leffe's most impressive?

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy and brown color ale with a great big foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some nice Belgian malt. Taste was to be honest a little bit disappointing with a watery body and a unrefined sugar taste that didn’t do much for me. The body is watery with some great carbonation and a nice creamy texture. I’m not the biggest fan of this brewery but I have to admit that this beer featured some great characteristics but lack some cohesion and a malt profile to hold the whole thing together.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feeling a bit under the weather so instead of having a beer, I figure that I'll continue to add some old paper reviews tonight.

Inflatablechair brought this over a long while back... Thanks Sam!

1" fluffy white head.. the brew is a brilliantly clear burnt orange.

nose is very Continental BSDA... deep dark fruits.. rich malts... toasty and quite a bit of raisin.. phenolic.... nice.

flavor is raisin with caramel .. spicy phenols remind me of white pepper... meshes well with the fruity esters.. dark and pretty delicious.. a bit of alcohol with warmth.

body is surprisingly lighter than expected given the rich palate.. carbonation is abundant yet smooth.

Sam is the man... I wish I would have taken better notes on this rarity.

All 4's.

Photo of Kulrak
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with about 3 inches of chunky head that sticks around for a while and laces the glass. Smells estery and yeasty, with hints of cloves and citrus. Tastes very sweet, malty & woody with some estery fruitiness in there. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is heavy and a little creamy, but with a lot of carbonation burn on the tongue. Finishes very cleanly. All in all, a very drinkable beer, once again Leffe hasn't let me down.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a nice transluscent redish copper colour withe nice tight white head that retains to a film.

S - Sweet prunes and raisins

T - Nice candy sugars quitea tart finish but plenty of dark fruits in play

M - Medium to light body with mediun carbonation.

D - Quite an unusual offering fro Leffe

Photo of atigerlife
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with orange highlights. Medium sized fluggy light brown head. Moderate carbonation seen rising. Good head retention and lacing. Overall, a very attractive and interesting beer to look at.

Aroma is sweet, caramel, malts.

Taste is sweet, malts, dark fruits, winey with some spiceyness.

Mouthfeel is cleansing and medium bodied.

Overall, a very nice beer. Quite warming. Wonderful digestive. Wish I had more...

Photo of rec
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours well, quite similar to the other brews in the Leffe range. A big beige head comes to life quickly, and even when gone presents quality lacing..

Sweet malt, orange, lighter fruits and spice hit the nose up-front.

Herbal spice and sugar cane are evident with first sip, the yeast and a mild citrus also reach the tounge quickly after. Rich malt and nuts are present in the sweet, moist and sour finish.

It's a beer I'll never turn my nose up to, but I still prefer the Brune, and I'm sure it will remain my favourite from Leffe.

Photo of MTNboy
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark red with a thin layer of cream colored head but the lace sticks around is very spread out. The aroma is powerful with malt and fruity. The taste has dark cherry, wood and plum esters. There is a nice full feel with hardly any carbonation. It has a spicy after taste and a lot of warmth.

Photo of joecast
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours with a fluffy, beige, 1cm head, and a nice clear, dark amber color.
sweet aroma of ripe dark fruits. almost an intense concentrated goldings-like smell. no obvious sign of alcohol on the nose.
taste is sweet maltiness turning to alcohol warmness as the temp rises.
mouthfeel starts bubbly, but carries a filling thickness as the end nears.
a seriously full beer all around. good or bad, it would be difficult to stuff anything else in.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

With a fairly conservative pour, Leffe Vielle Cuvee pours a 50-50 mix of body and head. The body is a beautiful crystal clear copper/amber while the long-lasting, frothy tan head takes forever to settle down. The nose is a combination of malt, toffee and some fruity flavors (plums, maybe?) with a bit of alcohol. For 8.5%, the alcohol smell isn't as strong as I'd expect.
Taste is quite delicious. Sweet, plummy, with a bit of alcohol bite that I wish were a little more mellowed, but well-balanced nonetheless. The sharp, not smooth alcohol character of the beer knocked the taste down by a half a point, in my book. Aftertaste is that of toasted barley and that alcohol-bite leftover taste.
The mouthfeel on this is beer is just about perfect. It starts out creamily carbonated in your mouth, has a medium body and just coats your mouth. Drinkability on this is good, but that slightly astringent alcohol bite makes me slow down a bit.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle

A- Ruby brown, maybe a little darker than ruby. Head is big at first but it fades quickly still leaving a decent covering. Good locking but there's close to no lacing

S- Very sweet but good. Prunes are right there along with the sweetness from the malt. I also feel grapes and maybe some more dark fruits hints. Then there are some spicy alcoholic notes (esters?) to bring life

T- Not as sweet as the smell suggests. Of course there's sweetness from the malts but they also have some roasted underlined tones to bring balance. Then dark fruits as the smell suggested, with a spicy alcholic feel to bring some complexity

M- Not a big but still rich body with a lively alcoholic character. A bit too carbonated in my opinion, good on tongue but too fizzy and aggressive on the palate

D. A pleasant sweetness in a not overly complex drink. But of course there that common flaw with Leffe beers (alcohol is highly detectable while swallowing)

This is actually very similar to Leffe Radieuse (the Radieuse being a little better). I can't see the point with making two beers instead of one

Photo of Sigmund
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(33 cl bottle, bought in Denmark). Deep golden brown colour, no haziness, large head. Aroma is not very strong, but pleasant - yeasty and fruity (canned plums), some spices and herbs too. Full bodied sweet flavour, still quite smooth. Brown candy sugar, Christmas fruit cake spices and herbs prevail. Some alcoholic warmth, but not dominant. A great sipping beer!

Photo of Beeryce
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33cl bottle into stemmed bowl-shaped Leffe chalice creating a foamy lather of slightly off-white extremely stable head which surprisingly produced very little lacing. The color of the beer was a clear amber brown with a slight purple hue that I am not sure was real or imagined due to the combination of the purple foil topped bottle and exquisite framboise and vinous nose.

The taste starts out slightly bitter with a spicy mildly alcoholic tang to it. The body of this beer is unique and excellent with a complex mixture of currants, dark cherries and blackberries melded with sweet creamy maltiness. These flavors balance the alcoholic characteristics of this Belgian Strong Dark Ale with out overpowering them.

The aftertaste however was somewhat unpleasant with an overpowering metallic tinge. I don’t know if this is from the bottle cap or contact with the foil during pouring. I will try this beer again in hopes that it was just a rare occurrence.

The mouthfeel was nice with a crisp effervescence that is definitely more carbonated than other Belgians. I am not sure what the Cuvee refers to as, at least with wine, it can refer to multiple things such as: the best the producer has to offer, a special reserve batch of a particular style or a blend of two or more varieties or styles.

On the whole a very good beer that is a must try in my opinion. It was complex and full of flavors that were very pleasing with the exception of the metallic aftertaste.

Photo of Andreji
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw and bought it for the first time in Lugano, CH.Very dark red tone which seems almost fully opaque but not too dense. the smell is dominated by its sweetness, from the malt, but is also very spicy and inviting. The flavour is a very, very broad and spicy blend that mixes and triggers in your mouth, ranging among several different sensations among which the overwhelming sweetness- excessive, IMHO, dominates and rather renders it overall a bit less gratifying. still, worthy of a repurchase. nice overall.

Photo of ernie
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown color, rather dark, with an occasional spark of orange. Beautiful dense head, moderate carbonation.

Smell malty, spicey, winey, with a hint of black berries and ripe fruit.

Start sweetish, high alcohol content well felt but not overwhelming, malts and fruit very well balanced. Mouthfeel anything but watery, this brew isn't shy of its gravity. Nice acidity in the finish, long fruity-bisquity aftertaste.

Recommended!

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chilled 330ml bottle poured into a Leffe chalice glass.

Body is a rich and bold dark amber with an almost perfect looking 3-fingers of creamy head that falls away gradually to a rocky uneven surface with sticky lace.

Aroma is focused on sweet dark fruits like plumbs, raisins and grape. Malt and spicy yeast also feature.

Taste begins with a bitter hop taste with roasted malts, burnt honey, roasted malt and mild espresso flavors.

Vaguely moderate balance with a medium degree of carbonation.

This and the Tripel are possibly the best of the Leffe range in my opinion.

Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer appeared as a new offering at the local supermarket, just in time for Christmas. The brew is a ruddy brown color with a tan head and considerable lace. It's a nice looking glass of beer. The aroma is great...lots of mixed spice and malts. There's an herbal, peppery, phenolic, yeastiness in the aroma that's backed by a touch of ethanol. There's a touch of distant ripe fruit, but also very discernible bitter chocolate, in the aroma. The taste has a lot of malt presence, along with sugar and an omnipresent alcohol warming. Relatively smooth with a medium body. Pepper and phenols in the finish. Long and lingering aftertaste. This is a very enjoyable and contemplative beer.

Photo of Everydayoff
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a Leffe chalice by freshness date.

A:
Clear ruby brown color, thick off-white head with average retention, it sinks into some perpetual foamy film covering atop while clinging patches of lace appear on the glass side sip by sip. Carbonation seems to be medium to high.

S:
Very interesting; cherries predominate along with other dark fruits in kind of plum and dark berries. There is also sugarcane poking to a nose.

T:
Scorched fruits pronounce fruitiness, sweetness and bitterness through the taste buds where dark malt lays as base. Caramel, molasses, phenol and some spice of alcohol come in late addition which also help to yield long lasting sweet finish together with ester from yeast.

M:
The body is medium to bold, rather rich in texture. The palate contacts with good crispness and fine carbonation, dry finish.

O:
Solid beer with robust fruity character, it would be a long kiss good night to have this before bed.

Photo of janubio
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a pretty red colour, with a small head that doesn't last for too long. Aroma is floral, cherries, chololate, cinnamon. Flavor is smooth, very creamy. Taste: is an explosion in the mouth, flowers, honey, chocolate, cherries, cinnamon... but all of them very shy. I think to remember a heavier body years ago.

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Leffe Vieille Cuvée from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.