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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-17-2002)
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Photo of Daniellobo
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite a mediocre offering, somewhere between a pretentious profile and low quality boredom.

Presentation: 33 cl capped bottle. Leffe branding with purple distinguishing touches, main label in yellow with abbey drawing and purple ribbons with name of the brew. Back label offers a one liner noting authenticity and succinct tasting notes. Shows best by date (20/02/12), and Alc. by Vol. (8.2%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber pour with a generous frothy head, good retention, fair surface memory and lacing. Things do go down from here...

S - Sweet and yeasty nose, monochord and a bit perfunctory. Fades quickly with the tiniest of fruity touches.

T - Taste is that of a bizarre brew that tries to hint a complex profile but that is nowhere near it. There is a generic yeasty sense and under all the boring texture a couple of touches of dark fruit, hint of caramel that is sustained. Light push from the hops, with a weak bitter impulse that fail to revive the flavor instead are held by the now lightly tingly carbonation. Flavor fades... Leaves one with a malty sense, with that lingering bitterness. Like under all the forgettable layering it could be an old ale, a wee heavy even, but can't by a broad distance...

M - Initial flat sense but... The carbonation is there emerging over a deceptive medium body, slightly watery at points and with a tiny sirupy point later on with a clear tingly carbonated uplift over an emerging boozy finish.

D - Flavor comes last to the palate... What an strange rhythm, when it does the brew has given quite a mediocre impression and the range in the palate is not enticing at all. Hefty without any quality that makes it really desirable.

Notes: I really was not expecting much from this offering but surely a bit more than this. Any of their regular macro offerings, the blonde or particularly the bruin, is better than this far from mediocre attempt at an old Belgium ale.

Daniellobo, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of descartes
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

descartes, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -20.6%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -20.6%

pin, May 21, 2013
Photo of Limanuljaska
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Limanuljaska, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of dgilks
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Quite a robust aroma but it isn't great. I'm getting some light phenolics and esters but the dominant note is underattenuated, sweet, sickly malt.

Moderately dark amber colour with a big, fluffy off white head. Good retention.

The flavour is better than the aroma. Moderately sweet with a good phenolic note. A hint of spicy alcohol and chocolate comes through. Just a slightly tart edge and note of dried fruit.

Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.

An okay example of a Dark Belgian Ale. Unfortunately, it is nowhere near the quality of a good Trappist example.

dgilks, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of rastaman
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

rastaman, Aug 17, 2002
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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.

Phyl21ca, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of laituegonflable
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mediciney copper colour, quite metallic really. Head is generous, nice and fluffy, sinks slowly but leaves nice webs of lace. Clear body showing lots of light carbonation. Great head and lace; pretty decent overall.

Smell is very fruity, with apricot and plum edges, a hint of apple and that classic musty Belgian yeast overlain. Actually very jammy. Seems a bit saccharine, fruit-wise but otherwise nice.

Taste is a bit lacking really. Lots of fruity sweetness at first, with that apricot and deep rich plum but degenerates into weak sweetness late-mid after quite an earthy malt note mid-palate, with a touch of brown sugar. Feels a bit overly sweet, like it's a bit old and the non-malt characters are diminished. They're still there; just underplayed. Spice comes through on the back, quite piquant with a touch of tobacco and some spicy alcohol on the very back. Yeah, it's alright, just lacking and a bit oversweet in the critical places.

Mouthfeel is decent. Very full but a touch of carbonation texture - just a whisper, it just adds texture to an otherwise flat palate and it's thick enough to pad the tongue.

Not bad overall but I feel it could be better, could have been better, even, once, but it's not its former glorious self.

laituegonflable, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of jarmby1711
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In general higher alcohol beers so far for me have just been too strong , and this is no exception
The colour is teak to deep brown and the large head was loose and persistent There was litle bead.
The smell had a lot of clove like spiciness and plenty of alcohol.
The taste was dominated by the alcohol ( which I dont particul;arly enjoy ) however there was some fruitiness in there which I thgink was bananaish.
It was well balanced and smooth to oily
Always hard to judge a beer when ou realise that the style just doesnt suit.
For me a novelty but hard to think about trying again.

jarmby1711, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of Naerhu
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark, dark amber with off-white clotted lacing.
Dark bread and tree bark.
Honey flavor, w/o being overly sweet. Complex variations on dark malt and dried fruit (past expiration date dried fruit). Baroque in complexity. Roses. Nice rich mouth feel.
For all of that it just does not add up to a drink I will be reaching for again.

Naerhu, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

mattfancett, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

nu38, Apr 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

bladdamasta, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of NeMe
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

NeMe, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Poupae
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Poupae, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of BILF
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

BILF, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

tom10101, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of rvdoorn
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this bier in Brussels and brought it back home. Poured into a Westvleteren glass. The beer pours a clear deep copper-brown color, with a cappuccino-cream-color head, that disappeared fast into a very long lasting lacing.

Smell: very spicy, alcoholic, floral hops, fruity esters (citrus and hints of banana) and yeasty

Taste: similar to the smell, bitter-sweet overall, spicy hops, clear malted barley, a bit too alcoholic, fruity, yeast and some sugar (caramel). Bitter spicy alcoholic aftertaste

Mouthfeel: creamy, watery-bodied, with some sharp medium-high carbonation

Overall: not bad, not good. Still I think it is one of the best Leffe beers on the market. The alcohol however, is too much present in this one.

rvdoorn, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of hefevice
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Unfortunately I tasted this after Chimay Blue followed by the white. Leffe does not seem to balance the high alcohol of its strong ales anywhere near as well as others it seems. Looks fantastic, a wonderful clear deep strawberry amber with a good dense head and plenty of lacing. Aroma is a little spicy, a little fruity, with a lot of alcohol apparent. Taste is a more subtle and balanced than the Radieuse but it still finishes very dry and alcoholic. Mouth is light and fluffy, seems to be quite complementary. Wondering whether the Leffe strong ales could do with some secondary fermentation to improve balance.

hefevice, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of vancurly
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange, brown. Beige head.

Nose first of fresh hops, then some complex malts. Even an earthy hint of mushroom or somesuch....

Flavour is spicy. Some yeasty phenolics, fruity candy hints. Lolly shop.

Foamy mouthfeel, with good malt body that balances the bitterness that comes out.

I reviewed this in parallel with the Radieuse... this is not as harsh, and more approachable.

vancurly, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of tbeckett
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured ruby with decent carbonation. Bright. One finger of off white head. Spotty lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Sugared plums, dark fruit, very sweet, sweet dark fruit.

T - Sugar, dark fruit. One dimensional but nice.

M - Good carbonation, full body and a sweet finish.

O/D - OK. Pretty straight forward but not too shabby. Could use more complexity.

tbeckett, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of rec
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

rec, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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

Cozzatoad, Mar 13, 2011
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Leffe Vieille Cuvée from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.