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Leffe Royale - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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25 Reviews
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Reviews: 25
Hads: 129
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stevoj on 06-28-2012

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Reviews by roblowther:
Photo of roblowther
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Listed as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale but it looks more like a quad, maybe even a bit light for that. It has a golden caramel color with a thin, soft off-white head that leaves a bit of sticky lace. Smell is caramel, coriander, and a slight hop floral smell. The taste is dominated by the caramel, with a slightly drier woody aftertaste. Basically, what the smell smells the taste delivers, so no surprises there. Mouthfeel is a lightly carbonated with a nice substantial stickiness that coats the tongue. Overall, a good beer. Pretty drinkable and nicely balanced. I've always liked Leffe's blonde and if you like that, you'll like this more.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Satyr179
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of vinivini
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Brend91
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattfancett
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of PretzelCity
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Filosoof
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another disappointing brew from the Leffe guys. Maybe it's their best, but overall it is again lacking something that would make me happy.

L: dark golden look, with nice lasting top, with fine bubbles.
S: the Leffe-yeast is very mentionable, malty but milder than the regular Leffe blond.
T: difficult to say, malt with a touch of citrus;
M: round, alcohol feels too strong, though it's only 7,5%, overall a bit disharmonic;
O: this seems the best Leffe can, and it's quite okay, but I find it still a bit too poor

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Photo of scottgoblue314
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BierMeJohn
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BPHL
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of _nano_
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frontalot
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of RD1163
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DaveBar
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for $9.95 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 7deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within 3mins or so. Rather dark gold colour and filtered clear

S- Bubble gum, yeast and fig

T- Sweetness. Clove. Bready yeast. Floral. Bubble gum comes back at the very end. Complex to say the least but all of Leffe products have a complex body.

M- A touch sticky but other than that great.

O- Very good. I like this one as it's a soft sipper that you can just let linger and it changes in so many ways. Wish the format was the 330ml though as this format is WAY too expensive to buy regularly

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went very well with...... Gingerbread snaps. The ginger bread just opens up and the brew opens up to show you all it's complexity.


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Photo of MikWalker
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Takahiro
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cL bottle (6pack)

A: gold- to slight tanned, very clear, lingering head
S: grain, caramel, fruit (banana) and cloves,
T: bit tannic, husky malty grain, some oak? some hint of vanilla, has got some whisky-like finish. hint of alcohol sweetness
M: very elegant touch, finishes dry, with a hint of sweeness
O: as i put it, this beer has some finesse to the taste. it does NOT have the strong phenols of the blond that i tasted. a good beer.

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Photo of Coren
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of Maakun
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in Orval glass. Light amber colour, with off-white head that shrinks fast to a small layer with some little islands.

Smell has big banana, cloves, some artificial fruit candy, yeast and some malts. Big and bold, but not really my thing. Would be better if it was slightly more subtle.

Taste: cloves. A lot of them. Some yeast, followed by a nice bitterness. Then some malts, and fruits (dried apricots). Not bad, but not very complex and very in-your-face on the cloves.

Mouth is medium, nice carbonation, just the right amount of tickling on the tongue. Very drinkable.

This is not a bad beer, but it has a very pronounced profile that you'd really have to be into to fully enjoy this beer. I'm not, and I could do with more subtlety and complexity.

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Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Leffe , it has a good reputation it scores well in bars as they have easy accessible uncomplicated brews steers the young clear of the terrible mass produced lagers.
Orange brown colour, creamy head, nice carbonation. Great lacing.
Citric aroma, a little bit of banana in there. Also some pine.
Taste is quite bitter. Crisp clean finish.
Pretty good beer, actually. It's balanced with sweet and bitter, it's refreshing and has a pleasant aftertaste as well.

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Photo of mtbdonn
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Leffe Royale from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.