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Leffe Vieille Cuvée - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

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 bladdamasta
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

bladdamasta, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of SmashPants
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
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 tbeckett
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
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 ThirstyTorpy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

ThirstyTorpy, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

likeemdark, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev +5.5%

sd123, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of educorgan
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

educorgan, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of sprucetip
4/5  rDev +5.5%

sprucetip, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of fugitive
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 330ml. Color deep dark red with medium lasting white head. Aroma malt, sweet, cherries, plum, spicy, alcohol. Taste sweet, malt, alcohol, cherries, plum, orange, sugar, some bitterness. Very lasting taste. I must say that is my favorite Leffe.

fugitive, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -20.8%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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?

CrazyDavros, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Faune
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Faune, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.6/5  rDev -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

Cozzatoad, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Everydayoff
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Everydayoff, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of anakar
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice, but just nice - Not fitting for such an expensive beer.

App - Dark gold, very small head (maybe I poured it wrong, but still). Lots of carb

Smell - Fruity, but not strong or very rich

Taste - Goes like the smell, trying to be luxorious, but coming very short

Mouthfeel - Just like any other leffe; Goes down smooth, a bit heavy

* Very important comment, I had it again after a couple of months aging, and it's much better.
So I redid the numbers, but I also must note that it does get luxorious if you give it a chance to age
And the ABV is higher

anakar, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Daniellobo
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
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
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3.83/5  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

eric5bellies, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

SleepyMonk, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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

eduardolinhalis, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of dgilks
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
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 xylophonica
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

xylophonica, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of czfreeman
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So happy to finally find a rare Belgian here in Munich. Grabbed this one at a grocery near Munchener Freiheit. I am a fan of the norma lLeffe Blond, it is a standard in my beer fridge.
Unwrapping the purple foil and decanting, the brew pours a medium brown ruby mahagony tone, accented by reddish-violet tints around the edges. Light streams of carbonation move under a light, fluffy slightly tan head. Good appearance, but lacks a bit compared with a La Terrible or a Rochefort.
Aromatics is where the beer picks up a little steam. Fig, red grape, currant, smoky oak, cherry, raisin, a hint of rum, and dark fruit round out the nose. Rum-cherry-raisin, orange, and sweet oak is my primary impression, and seems at this point that this BSDA will lean a bit on the sweet side.
The flavor is immediatly much less sweet than expected. Cherry, blood orange,a hint of bitter caramelized sugar, smoke, oak, raisin, a light warming in the throat carries the rum aroma I found in the smell test. Finishes lightly bitter, with a nice touch of cleansing, tingling carbonation. I began with the brew at cellar temp, yet as it opens up and more oxygen is introduced, 10 minutes or so, it really picks up a Merlot character than really is light, tannic and superb.
Drinkablity is higher than expected for a BSPA, yet lower in the same thought. It is easier to drink than a normal BSDA in that the flavors are a bit subdued and take a little while to pick apart. Also the body is relatively light, and less throat and stomach warming than other, stronger examples. It is lowered in this same fact, as it doesn't pack the same super-complex, satisfyingly delicious punch as some of it's bigger brothers.
For me this brew falls in the dead center of the BSDA category. Not too strong, but never approaches weak or watery. Good brew.

czfreeman, Feb 07, 2010
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.

JohnGalt1, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Nickls
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a nice frothy, sticky eggshell head; decent spidery lacing; rich copper-brown hue

S - Sweet plums and raisins; richly malty; kiss of booze; some passion fruits

T - Rich and flavorful sweet raisin notes; some other dark passion fruit-like notes; some caramel; toffee; and almost a slight roasted quality; Nice enough but doesn't really distinguish itself

M - Medium to thinner; very lively carbonation; a little sitcky

D - Nice sipping brew, and a quite tasty brew. Enjoyable throughout, but a tad too sweet IMO.

Overall, an unexpectedly nice brew from Leffe and I actually would recommend to fans of the BSDA style that tends to a touch sweeter take. Worth a look.

Nickls, Nov 08, 2009
Leffe Vieille Cuvée from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.