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Leffe Vieille Cuvée - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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85
very good

81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-17-2002)
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

Salva, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of SmashPants
4.65/5  rDev +23%
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 :)

SmashPants, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Hobbit
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Hobbit, Aug 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Moncho, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

educorgan, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of John
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby/brown. Head is tight, creamy and sustained. Rich aroma of raisins, prunes, dark bing cherries & alcohol. The dark ripe fruit is the predominate flavor with some alcoholic undertones but overall the alcohol is masked quite well. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew. In fact, I snuck in a Chimay Red in between two of these and IMHO, the Leffe was clearly fuller flavored. This and the Radiusse are impressive beers.

John, Oct 14, 2002
Photo of Vancer
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fresh, best before 24/03/08 brew. Whoo, a opaque brown, make that black, pour capped by a frothy, sticky tan head. Fresh!

Quite an unique aroma, malty, yes, but mixed with a pilsner like euro yeast. Sweet caramels, Belgium yeast, sugar cane, banana, orange and malt grace the quaff, even some lite coffee notes. Geez, every brew I get envious of the Belgium’s that get to enjoy this on an everyday basis.

Dry and crisp, this is just top shelf stuff. Man, I need a case of these bad boys. At 8% I could sip these all day, albeit slowly.

Thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam, I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy.

Vancer, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of SoPeL
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

SoPeL, May 19, 2014
Photo of tempest
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

tempest, Jul 07, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark violet color, flirting with brown, with bright crimson poking through the cracks, adorned with a large, fluffy white head.
Aroma: Bam! Big fruit explosion, wild and tasty, winey,and bit sour, a little sharp, juicy, hoppy, and over-all dominated by grape flavor.
tingly on the tongue, vibrant, and again, juicy is a most appropriate adjective. Fruit all up in the yin-yang, folks. A bit light-ish in body, with great hops, excellent balance, and eminently drinkable, tantalizingly tasty.
Full-flavored, rich and bountiful, rosey, happy, delicious.
Great desset choice, if you're lucky enough to try one.
Large thanks to jeffboo for hauling this bottle over from merry old Europe for me!

feloniousmonk, Oct 24, 2003
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4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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...

atigerlife, Apr 22, 2007
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

joecast, Nov 27, 2004
Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Suds, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of AlexLMS
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: bright, ruby colour. Very clear. The head is creamy, medium tan and quite substantial. It may persist for a long time but presents nice lacings.
Aroma: sweet malts, caramel, spices and alcoholic vinous.
Taste: again sweet malts, port wine, caramel, herbal hops and spices.
Mouthfeel: silky and creamy, average carbonation, high but reasonably disguised alcoholic strength and a full body.
Finish: starts with a sweet alcohol feeling that turns rapidly to more bitter nice long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: I think Vieille Cuvée is the best Leffe in the market. It is very well balanced, the bitter aftertaste is delightful and it is quite spiced. A must have.

AlexLMS, Feb 16, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber red, good head retention, good lacing. Sweet malts with floral smells. Tastes of vanilla and caramel malts. The whole mix was smooth and satisfying. The after taste was present with sweetness still there on the edges of the palate and bitterness on the middle.

Leffe didn’t let me down. Is a good session beer.

Finite, Nov 25, 2005
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Sigmund, Aug 10, 2004
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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

ernie, Aug 14, 2006
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

PCfirefox, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

ThirstyTorpy, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

JohnGalt1, Jan 13, 2010
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

sd123, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

sprucetip, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Daredevil
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

color: elegant dark brown
texture: creamy, portish
palate: rich malt and roasted grain with aromas of caramel, cashew nuts
finish: a hint of herbal spiciness

A well brewed and well presented beer, well worth the slightly higher price than blonde or brune from the same brewer

Daredevil, Mar 28, 2006
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

little_star, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Evil_Pidde, Apr 19, 2013
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Leffe Vieille Cuvée from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.