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Leffe Vieille Cuvée - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Reviews: 55
Hads: 95
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

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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Reviews: 55 | Hads: 95
Photo of SmashPants
4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
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 :)

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Photo of John
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of atigerlife
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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...

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Photo of joecast
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of AlexLMS
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Finite
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

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Photo of ernie
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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.


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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Daredevil
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of Mitchster
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this in Venice, Italy, and drank it in Lucerne, Switzerland. Clear, dark amber with caramel highlights, forms a moderately dense beige head with flocculent clusters atop medium sized bubbles with good retention and good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is spicy with phenolic cloves, bananas, and a slight amber earthiness. No alcohol is evident, and the aroma is not distinct from the other Leffe beers I've had. Mouthfeel is immediately spritzy upon the tongue with a wet finish and medium body. Taste begins with spicy cloves and herbal hops, fading into a ruddy hopiness, a hint of nickel, followed by a warming estery alcohol, and finishing in a earthy wheat malt with mild balancing bittering hops and somewhat cloying mouthfeel. Alcohol is barely perceptable, but gives one a pleasant buzz. This is a well-made brew, but the ruddiness halfway through limits its drinkability.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Hipercor. Paid as a leffe radieuse because of a labeling error (1.35€). In Westvleteren glass. Playing Bardbarian. Great aroma and good taste, with alcohol well hidden. However, its sweetness could be tiresome in the long run.

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Photo of Beeryce
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a La Trappe signature glass.
Surprisingly little head and what there was of it disappeared fairly quickly.

A - Nice, rich dark amber colour.

S - Vague berry hints, some malty overtones

T - Not as much berry flavour as I might've expected. Quite spicy and bitey on the tongue due to a decent carbonation. Hints of vanilla and possibly blackcurrant.

M - Bit fizzier then expected, slightly coarse. Doesn't help the flavour.

D - Liking it more as I drink. A decent example of the style without being mind-blowing, fairly easy to drink once you get over the fizz. Alcohol content barely detectable.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a clear dark amber color forming a very creamy, soapy and persistent light yellow head. Lots of lingering and molasses lacings are formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet, fruity and spicy in the nose. Notes of caramel, caramel malts, honey, candy sugar, dark fruits (mainly plums and grapes). Light spicy notes like cloves and black pepper. Strong Belgian yeasts character: quite bready and earthy. Light notes of flowery hops

T: Sweet and malty upfront. Strong notes of toffee and caramel malts. Notes of honey and dry dark fruits (plums and raisins). Sweet bread and some spices like cloves. Notes of bubblegum, earth and hops. Light bitterness. Balanced bittersweet strong Belgian Ale style

M: Full and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Very sweet and malty aftertaste

O: Good drinkability despite the sweetness and high ABV (8.2%). Belgium Strong Ale character. Recommended

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Photo of Sammy
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Faune
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Extremely dark amber, a nice two finger head. Left a nice amount of lacing in the cup

S- malt, roasted tones, sweetness and fruit.

T- Sweet at first and a nice dry finish. Maltyness, cloves, some spice, roasted notes, some fruit notes.

M- Smooth and creamy with a nice gentle amount of carbonation.

D- A darn good quaffer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
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?

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Leffe Vieille Cuvée from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.