Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Leffe Royale - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Not Rated.
Leffe RoyaleLeffe Royale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

25 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 25
Hads: 131
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 43 | 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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (16) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 25 | Hads: 131
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.

 644 characters

Photo of FLima
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very elegant label. Amber golden color with a thick head with medium retention and leaving good laces.
Aroma with notes of cloves, the traditional Leffe medicinal (e.g. Band-Aid), banana and orange marmalade.
Flavor with notes of ginger, caramel, medicinal herbs, Cointreau liquor drops (orange), candi sugar, a bit of banana, raisins, apple puree, cloves and perfume. Dry aftertaste with a low bitterness and its residual medicinal phenol taste.
Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is felt, but adds to its flavor.
I am under the impression I liked better the regular Leffe Blond, given it is more rounded, or maybe because I was expecting even more phenols. But Royale felt to me as a more alcoholic version. I was wondering if my memory was failing me so I went to the fridge and caught another bottle of Royale and one of Leffe Blond. They are indeed very much alike, this one is more alcoholic and maybe a bit more complex, and the other one feels more balanced.

 1,003 characters

Photo of andrenaline
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber colour, thumb of big bubbled head with some retention and no real lacing. Nose is dominated by bananas, cloves and hints of dried raisins. Flavour are much the same as the nose, loads of bananas and cloves, bubblegum and citrus notes and an interesting energy drink flavour that lingers on the palette. A tasty brew, nothing crazy, but pretty solid nonetheless.

 372 characters

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.

 259 characters

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.

 293 characters

Photo of thehyperduck
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle from the LCBO; this is the 2015 edition, brewed with Whitbread Golding hops. I believe the name translates to "Leffe Quarter Pounder" en Anglaise, but my French is rusty. Served slightly chilled.

Pours clear golden-orange in hue, capped off with roughly one inch of puffy, foamy, bone white-coloured head. Retention is a little weak for this style - most of the froth has vanished by the five minute mark, having been replaced by a wide collar and bubbly cap, in addition to a webbed pattern of lace imprinted onto the glass. This Belgian ale has a relatively unassuming aroma that includes a mixture of clove spice, bubble gum, red apple, golden raisin and caramelized sugar. The featured hops add a rather floral, leafy vibe to the nose, and a faint hint of alcohol is released as the beer warms up.

A nice beer; as it warms, it starts to remind me of an amped up version of Leffe Blonde, as there is definitely some flavour profile overlap between them. Banana esters/bubble gum are prominent throughout the sip, with flavours of caramelized sugar, apple, fig and sultana raisin beginning to dominate by the midpoint. An earthy, floral bitterness serves as a sufficient counterpoint to the sweetness exhibited thus far, with some powdery, yeasty clove spice toward the finish aiding in that effort. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with appropriate carbonation levels for the style - prickly without being overbearing, producing a near-crisp feel in the mouth. The alcohol does not factor into the flavour at all, and the beer is a bit easier to gulp than I'd expect for 7.5%.

Final Grade: 3.95, a B+. Leffe Royale will definitely provide a more refined Belgian ale-drinking experience than this brewer's flagship brands, but it still lacks the complexity and intensity of the gold standards of this style. It's a fairly solid, respectable sort of Belgian ale - one that checks all the required boxes, but still seems to be missing that certain spark that might propel it into "must-try" territory. I'm considering picking up another bottle for short-term cellaring purposes, but it's definitely not a priority. Worth a shot if you spot it, but don't expect to be blown away.

 2,216 characters

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.

 378 characters

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

 758 characters

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml corked and caged bottle served at fridge temperature into a pint glass. Purchased for $8.95 CDN from the LCBO at a Christmas seasonal display. Labelled as "whitbread Golding" presumable to indicate the hops in this beer.

Appearance - clear golden coloured beer with amber highlights. Nice finger plus of dense white head and the head retention is fairly good. Nice swatch of spidery lacing left behind. Visible carbonation is well hidden.

Smell - powdery aroma, bready with candi sugar. Slight smokiness to the aroma, and a few spices thrown in for good measure. Aroma isn't overwhelming but interesting.

Taste - sweet with lots of candi sugar. Some alcoholic flavours too. Very mild bitterness. A dry toasted flavor lingers in the background. Bitterness escalates after a few sips to a more reasonable level. Bananas and cloves thrown in for good measure. Some Smokiness shines through after a few sips and adds tremendously to an otherwise ordinary beer for a few sips then seems to disappear.

Mouthfeel - decent carbonation and full body. It feels sharp at first but either it gets subdued quickly or the alcohol takes the edge off.

Mouthfeel - not a bad beer, but not worth the price tag. A bit of an amped up version of the blonde they normally produce with a few refinements and seasonal spices. The smokey flavours after a few sips but it too seems to disappear. Worth a shot if you're into that type of thing, but Leffe Royale may not elicit all positive responses.

 1,485 characters

Photo of polloenfuego
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden color with about two fingers worth of head that break after the first couple of sips. There is good lacing and nice islands of bubbles left behind. The smell is Belgian yeasts, bubble gum, cloves, spices and some fruitiness. Taste has the sweetness move forward with the yeasts also present. The cloves and other spices come in soon after and then you are left with the bitter of the hops. Feel is full and carbonation is medium. There is no sign of the alcohol present.

Not a bad beer, but not what I would call a stellar example of the style. I would call it a good lead in beer for those who are just getting into the world of Belgian beers or craft. This is a gentle approach to the style.

 720 characters

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.


 820 characters

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

 532 characters

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.

 464 characters

Photo of janubio
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper colour, with a tiny head that does not hold for too long, but leaves a good ring and lace. Aroma of resins, clove, dark fruits, caramel, banana. Medium body, medium carbonation.. Taste of cloves, caramel, hops (resins), fruits. There's a good alcoholic finish, like brady. Good Leffe.

 291 characters

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.

 641 characters

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.

 677 characters

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.


 941 characters

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I agree with the previous reviews. A Belgian beer to be sure and a good entry into the world of higher class ales but at their very basic level. Banana, yeast and malt dominate.
Not bad and certainly worth the purchase, it's just that you won't be blown away.

 259 characters

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

 322 characters

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. Apperance, aroma and taste are right for the style. It´s delicious and complex. Also very affordable in Mexico. One of my favorites.

 189 characters

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.

 490 characters

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

 516 characters

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.

 441 characters

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.

 764 characters

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.

 736 characters

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