Leffe Royale - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stevoj on 06-28-2012

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Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 18
Reviews by thierrynantes:
Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (75 cl.) tasted in 2012.

Apperance : dark golden color with a small white foam head.
Smell : fruity and spicy aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : sweet and fruity flavour of spices and caramel.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian strong ale.

More User Reviews:
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

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.

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.

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Posh looking .75 litre cork and caged bottle poured into 3 Leffe stemmed tulip/chalices on 20th Dec 13.

Looked fine, an orange hue to the golden almost clear body, with a white covering that hung around: nicely carbonated, you could see the bubbles rising through the beer.

It went a bit downhill after that: the aroma was grainy and slightly fruity but as the beer warmed it became metallic and not so pleasant.

The taste also went iffy as it warmed a little, started off crisp and sharp with a semi-sweet lead it then turned on me; again being metallic, the alcohol also became apparent in the mouth.

Drink it fast and cold or not at all.

Photo of MTNboy
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a golden color with an orange hue. The body has a good bit of carbonation to the body that leads to the ivory head. There is a decent lace. It has a great crisp smell with a hoppy finish but mainly clove, yeast and malt dominate. This beer had a nice hop presence but was not as strong as I thought. I like the citrus flavor mixed with spice. It has a medium feel.

Photo of beerpirates
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle Poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

Very nice colour, deep golden, light amber with a huge three finger head on top, white in colour, thick and creamy. Very good retention after losing its 2/3 of height. Average activity in the glass.
Light aroma of dark fruits and yeast , cinnamon
Taste is quite sweet and fruity, mostly dark fruits, plums, cinnamon ,some raisins too, with a slighty metalic aftertaste.
Medium body and high carbonation. Quite dry on the palate. Alcohol very well hidden. A good all day beer

Photo of Douberd
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Brown bottle, 330 ml. The neck and the crown cap are wrapped with golden foil, bearing some crowns on it.
ABV 7,5%. Poured into a tulip at home.

Very nice colour, deep golden, very close to orange to be more specific, with a huge three finger head on top, white in colour, thick and creamy. Very good retention after losing its 2/3 of height. Average activity in the glass.
Light aroma of dark fruits and yeast.
Taste is quite sweet and fruity, mostly dark fruits, plums, some raisins too, with a slighty metalic aftertaste.
Medium body and high carbonation. Quite dry on the palate. Alcohol very well hidden.
A good beer but a bit overpriced for what it offers.

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.

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.79/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very fancy looking beer that delivers what it promises. It´s delicious and complex. Also very affordable in Mexico. One of my favorites.

Photo of woutervaneijk
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Strong smell, strong taste, strong everything. Great one.

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

330ml bottle served in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a dark orange almost orange color forming a very creamy yellow head. Many lacings are formed and left in the glass

S: Smells like a Leffe blond. Very sweet in the nose with strong notes of honey, caramel, caramel malts. Very bready yeasts. Quite spicy with strong notes of cloves and perhaps vanilla. Light flowery hops and some light notes of alcohol

T: Sweet upfront. Caramel, caramel malts, honey, bread. Spicy! Strong notes of cloves. In overall, a sweet beer, Belgian style. Mild hoppy bitterness in the end. A little bit metallic

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. A little bit molasses. Balanced Belgian bittersweet profile

O: Good drinkability. Strong Leffe personality. Smooth beer. Recommended

Photo of stevoj
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep amber/golden with a rich , thick off-white head. Nose is yeasty and spicy with notes of coriander and banana. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter. Medium/light body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Banana and gummi bonbons on palate (almost like a hefe). Sweet and bitter finish.

Photo of endovelico
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Light mohoganny. Medium-high effervescence. No floaties. One inch of thick white foam.

S: Spicey and brisk. Coriander upfront with an assortment of other spices also detectable at the back.

T: Medium high intensity. Follows on the nose. Slight hop flavour detectable.

P: Bitterness low. Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation. Alcoholic flavours blend well and are enjoyable overall.

O: Polished, sophisticated and of enough complexity even if it's not a very bold take on the style.

Photo of kevinl6
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of the other Leffe products and was pretty excited to try this one. 330ml bottle, black and gold label. Poured into a Corsendonk glass.

A: A perfect blend of gold/amber, a rich appearance.... minimal head that sticks to the glass.

S: Very similar to Leffe Blonde, not very strong. Picking up on some orange and spice.

T: Again similar to the blonde, at first. Sweeter and richer though, again the orange, and a nice alcoholic finish. Very well balanced.

M: Surprisingly full, light carbonation, a little dry.

O: The bottom line is that if you are a fan of the blonde and the brune like I am, this is a must try. If you don't like those products, then this one probably won't do it for you either. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Photo of benfons
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: yellow-amber colour, small head, clear

S: orange, pineapple, banana, some spice, a lot of sugar

T: sweet, bready, there is some orange and banana, hint of hops, alcoholic finish

M: dry, undercarbonated, alcoholic

O: while it doesn't taste or smell that bad, it's just not that enjoyable because it's undercarbonated

Photo of Augustiner719
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

Pours a nice bright prance color, similar to a west coast style DIPA with that glowing orange hue to it. BIg head that recedes rather quickly, but leaves some lacing down the glass. Aroma is strong baked apples, clove spice, and some caramelized orange peel/ candied orange peel. Has a pastry like bready quality to it. Malty but also nicely acidic with a clean and crisp finish. Mouthfeel could be a little brighter, more along the lines of a Duvel would be ideal. Has medium carbonation but high carbonation really would do this beer better. Great for pairing with foods, and probably as versatile as hefeweizens in the beer and food world. Overall, this is a nice brew, worth grabbing a bottle or two. I believe it comes in 6 packs, at least here in switzerland, but the champagne bottle format is really cool, especially with the blacked out bottle and gold foil.

cheers!

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Leffe Royale from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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