Leffe Brune / Brown | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3.79/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium
abbaye-de-leffe.be

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,818
Reviews:
561
Ratings:
1,926
pDev:
13.72%
 
 
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68
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Photo of Tomais
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Comparable to the Leffe blonde (tea tannin, clove), but with caramel, a little coffee, some dried fruits, and a slightly smokey, more rounded taste.
Nice very-fine carbonation. (Would probably be better in a Pils glass than Tulip.)
Sweetness is too strong and overpowers. The sugar is nice -- tastes like good raw cane sugar (FWIW I dont even know if they add sugar) -- but for someone who doesnt take sugar in their coffee, it's reminiscent of getting a coffee with a little sugar in it -- it's hard to notice the other tastes then... Maybe a characterful cheese would balance out the sweetness.

Four months before sell-by date. Tulip glass.

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Photo of _Adam_
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jrc1093
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle states best before 10/06/19

Pours a deep auburn with a dark maroon hue and capped with a massive off-white head; great retention and relentless soapy lacing clings to the glass in various forms.

Aroma features delicate malt, yeasty banana esters, brown sugar tones, and creamy chocolate notes which only smooth out over time; simple but alluring and delicious bouquet.

Taste is of mild chocolatey malt, soft plum and fig notes, and light hints of yeast; finish is quick, but the flavor is solid.

Mouthfeel is consistently light with carbonation on the fluffier, heavier side throughout; a nice yeasty grit on the finish as it thins a bit; crisp and very slightly roasty nonetheless, qualities which shine through nicely.

Enjoyable intro to Belgian browns for me here; great, straightforward profile, and while it does hold back quite a bit from what I’m thinking is its total potential, it still leaves you with an eminently enjoyable, easy-drinking offering.

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Photo of isaac_barrow
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of edc20
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shanedupuis
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This goto dark Belgium ale has a nice touch of coffee flavor together with a full-bodied dark-roasted aroma and taste as well as plenty of carbonation.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrankCazabon
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnTurano
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of csnyder83
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpaulreese
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonnyCastle
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 11.2oz, brown bottle into glass. Label is marked Best Before End: 17/08/19. Label indicates this bottle of beer was brewed in Belgium and imported into the U.S.
Clear, ruby brown colored body, with one finger off white head, which leaves behind spots and strings of lacing.
Roasted malts and caramel in the aroma, with a touch of molasses.
Very smooth taste of roasted malts, with flavors of caramel and molasses. Has sweeter, higher, lighter notes that point to a dark, dried fruit. Light yeast notes at the very end, as they waft away. In the end, this is like a semi-sweet cola with alcohol.
Medium to heavy mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Easy to drink, semi sweet dark Belgian ale.

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Photo of Cjvailbn
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Knickfan3
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of 88caprice
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass. A good Belgian dark ale. Mahogany brown, dried fruit yeasty aroma and tast. A little sweet. Hard to describe, but quite good.

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Photo of Acocar
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dawon
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jagoff
1.12/5  rDev -70.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

You can throw away all of the ratings pre-July 2018.

I just picked up a case of Leffe Brüne, my all time favorite for over a decade. The case looked totally different. On closer inspection, it wasn’t imported and the date is American format, not European. Well... gotta give it a shot.

It tastes nothing like Leffe Brüne. Turns out that InBev is brewing it in the USA. The new formula has none of the flavor and dark complexity of the old Leffe. The dominant taste is a distasteful bitter flavor, Anheuser-Busch InBev has completely destroyed a wonderful brew.

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Photo of Txtoasted
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown Belgium beer. Malty and delicious ale.

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Photo of sraufstok
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spectru
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Clear very dark bronze with a tall frothy tan head, lacy, persistent; Pleasant smell, but not strong; Feels smooth and tangy; Lovely rich full-bodied flavor but nothing distinctive that I can name, a little sweet and a little bitter; I really like this ale.

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Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,926 ratings