Leffe Brune / Brown
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Leffe Brune / BrownLeffe Brune / Brown
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Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #19
Ranked #23,670
3.82 | pDev: 13.61%
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Very Good
Leffe Brune / BrownLeffe Brune / Brown
Notes: Savor the Mystery of the ages

The authentic Belgian Abbey ale: Enjoy this delicious malt forward ale, accentuated with subtle caramel and roasted notes from dark malts
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber/light brown at 55 degrees straight out of my chiller; excellent clarity; one finger of fluffy dark beige head; very good cap retention; sticky layers of lacing; solid ring from start to finish. Clove, esterly/spicy Belgian yeast, caramel malt nose. Semi sweet caramel malt, clove, toasted brown bread. Moderate prickly carbonation; medium light body; no warmth from 6.5% abv. Overall, I like; easy drinking, kinda fun with all the carbonation; a little more clove than I normally want, but enjoyable for what it is on occasion; I would definitely drink again.

Sunday at 08:01 PM
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a chalice.
Best by: 9/14 /21

Pouring clear and brown with caramel highlights and a lot of rising bubbles. The two finger khaki head is fluffy and leaves sheets of good lace. Belgian yeast, spice and brown sugar make up a fairly robust nose. Malty and medium sweet along with some moderate bitterness the taste features caramel, toast and bitter sweet chocolate. The medium body is soft, smooth and a little bit creamy with medium-high carbonation. Rich and tasty without being overly heavy. Very good.

Jul 10, 2020
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1angrydwarf from Kansas

3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: hey it's brown
S: toasted malt with spice esters
T: roasted malt with a sweet note that brings out the caramel flavor. As it warms the flavors increase to suggestions of stone fruit with dry finish.
O: sweet note mid taste is similar to the Leffe blonde but similarities end there. I enjoyed teasing out different flavors as it warmed. If you like brown ales and yeasty esters give it a try.

Jun 22, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first Belgian beer I ever had while in Belgium, had Leffe Brown at Brasserie de la Gare, Brussels Zud, Brussels, on draft into 50-cl. Leffe goblet.

A bit of spice in the aroma, and malty, malty, before a bit of a drying finish.

Jun 14, 2020
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful whipped froth with stellar retention... Medium to dark brown... Nose is of light brown sugar and cloves... Palette with notes of cherry, coffee, cola and Belgian yeast... Medium bodied... exceedingly smooth and lush... Overall, more than a sum of its parts...

May 30, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with a 3 finger fluffy off white head-pillows of lacing.

Sweet bread malt, caramel, candied pecans and faint banana bread on the nose and palate.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Smooth and soft.

This is a really nice brown/Belgium dark ale. Very drinkable with pleasant, soft flavors. Recommended.

May 02, 2020
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LarryLove81 from New York

3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It pours nice but I was hoping for a bit more in the taste department. It’s bit “one noteish.” It has a decent roasted malt flavor. Has a little bit of a sweet flavor. Not much of a finish. I find Leffe Blonde to be a more interesting and more complex. Also just plain tastier.

May 02, 2020
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some nice walnut highlights when held to the light. Nice two finger light tan head that falls slow to a cap some spotty sheet lace.

Aroma is lightly toasted bready malts, caramel and toffee hints light nuttiness almost banana bread like. Speaking of bananas yet with some nice light spice and yeast notes.

Taste is nice malty bread notes with a good caramel and toffee hints light nuttiness and banana appear towards the finish along with a good dose of clove and yeast esters with some smokey hints. Flavor is good descent little Belgium Brown and cheap too.

Mouthfeel is medium personally like my carbonation a little lower but guess this is pretty much on par fro the style.

Overall I like this beer don't know if I just haven't tried before or its new to my local Kroger but I see myself repurchasing this one.

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Mar 25, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours to a muddy brown hue with a thick head and plenty of lacing. Aroma is sweet and bread-like, Taste is caramel and malt. Finish is smooth and warming. The affordable and worthy Belgian.

Mar 08, 2020
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Mitchster from Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours out to a clear deep brown, forming a mdoest light yellow head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is brisk, ~3.25 carbs or so. Nose is is banana bread, smoke and cloves. Mouthfeel is very cola like. Spritzy, medium light bodied, cola. Taste=smokey banana cola. Smoky yeast phenolics are quite pronounced. There is a saccharin like sweetness, a very simple plain sweetness. Not malt complexities, not rum raisin, not figs/dates....just diet cola.

Very one dimensional and simple belgian dubble. It passes in a pinch, but I can't recommend it and I wouldn't buy it again.

Mar 01, 2020
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle with brown and gold foil.

pours a dark brown with thin tan head. aroma of dark malts - bready, caramel, a touch of chocolate. taste is a bit sweet, with similar flavors and a bit of earthy Belgian yeast flavor. thin to medium bodied.

Dec 20, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a dark, ruby, brown color with a massive light-tan head. A classic Belgian-sized head. SRM of 19-20. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of toffee, dark fruit, fig, and black cherry. Then some banana and authentic Belgian yeast notes similar to bananas and cream. (3.75)

Flavor: Huge yeast on the tongue upfront. Authentic Belgian yeast flavors. Banana, citrus, and a slight funk. Then some banana, cream, toffee, and strong breadiness. Finishes yeasty and slightly dry. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Excellent carbonation. The yeast and carbonation allow it to finish clean. 4.25)

Compared to New Belgium's Abbey: It has a slightly darker color. Very similar dark toffee and fruit flavors. It does have more of an authentic yeast profile, whereas Abbey has the classic New Belgium yeast profile. Slightly lighter, dryer, and less candied sweetness. Maybe more chocolate. This one has a classic Belgian yeast that is only found in Belgium. Otherwise they are extremely similar.

Overall: A very good Belgian dark ale. I don't run across too many of these. Hard to compare, but this one has authentic flavors and carbonation.

Dec 01, 2019
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aleigator from Germany

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear hazelnut brown color with a big, stable beige head.

Smells of rock sugar, caramel malts and a lighter note of bread dough, together with a whiff of clove.

Has a light and refreshing mouthfeel, exhibiting a light bodied, well carbonated beer.

Tastes of molasses, cocoa, rock sugar and glazed toffee. Gets even sweeter then with additional caramel and balancing, lightly roasted malts and a dry, noble hop note. Finishes mineralic, sweet and little earthy, focused entirely on the malts.

Solid and tasty, not overly complex though, since this is certainly satisfied to provide a profound sweetness.

Nov 09, 2019
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle in Hanoi.
Pours with a huge, foamy, off-white head that settles slowly. The body is clear but very dark reddish brown.
Good complexity with light sweetness. Moderately spicy for style.

Overall: much better than the more common blonde ale.

Nov 02, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From notes 8/22/12: Pours a clear rich Brown with garnet/ruby highlights producing a soap foam, puffy, 2+ fingers of slowly diminishing, light tan head that leaves webby islands of lace as it recedes. Aroma is rich and sweet, dark bready malt, molasses/brown sugar, caramel and a hint of chocolate, Belgian yeast esters of banana, dark fruit and thin apple; hints of roast and alcohol. Taste is sweet dark malt with roasted hints, toffee and prune, a hint of ginger and anise. Pepper finish with a little bitterness. No hop presence outside of the bitterness. Mildly astringent and slightly bitter amid a malty aftertaste. Pleasant and drinkable I would call this a mild dark Belgian ale.

Oct 14, 2019
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown with a one finger off-white frothy head that lingers with a thick film. Heavy lacing is present. Nose is faint and reflects sweet malt, caramel, and light milk chocolate. Taste follows the nose except for a hint of cafe au lait with a bit of root beer tang on the finish, which lingers. Medium body with invigorating carbonation. Overall, a very nice bruin.

Aug 28, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(330 ml bottle, best before end 30 Jul 2020; purchased single off shelf... poured into St. Bernardus chalice)

L: brilliantly-clear, chestnut-brown liquid; pale sandy-colored, dense, bouncy foam, which collapses soon, but keeps a steady, spitty cap and generous lacing, like the blonde

S: woody, lightly-roasted (chest)nutty, sweet medium-roast coffee aromas... rather malty undercurrent; hint of impending drop-off in the finish, we'll see... lovely, like a malty, lightly-spiced, sweet coffee drink... brawny yet restrained intensity; smoky roast, dark caramel, cake batter

T: roasty nutty-coffee syrup, balanced with a strident herbal bitterness and stealth boozy spice... the bitterness (thankfully) persists, along with a rich, nutty, dark toffee-ish caramel

F: frothy smear; medium-light body, quietly attenuating in the finish; ghostly viscosity, passing through in a slow wave; the alcohol thins out the silky sludge just enough

O: is this recipe an alteration of their blonde? - just with a well-executed shift to and balance in roasty flavors, which seem to mellow the apparent sweetness, but not by much... like the blonde, a bit too bulbous in its worty malt/syrup foundation, dextrinous delivery... another one that ought to be enjoyed on its own... decadent Belgian confection with no personality; I want to like them, but they're beer candy (1474)

Aug 23, 2019
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice muddy brown color with reddish edges and a finger of head. The nose has bready and sweet notes. The flavor is deeply malty with a hefty sweetness to it. The body is hearty but not overly dense like a quad.

Aug 07, 2019
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

$ 7.60 (Including tax and deposit)/11.2 oz bottle ($ 0.678/oz) at Alkies, Massena, NY. Reviewed 7/26/19.
Rear label stamped “Best before end: 06/09/20. Refrigerated overnight in hotel refrigerator then served in a hand washed and dried shaker. Stored on shelf in store.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Golden brown, clear.
Body – Brown-amber, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum nine cm, aggressive center pour), very light tan, medium density with rocks, good retention, stabilizing at an irregular fifteen to thirty-five mm lacy crown and cap. Much torn curtain lacing remains as the head retracts.
Lacing – Excellent! See also above.
Aroma – 4 – Spicy with some more complex alcohols and esters.
Flavor – 4.25 - Begins slightly sweet and less spicy than the nose would have you expect. There is a hint of caramel and some very slightly bitter malt in the aftertaste. No ethanol taste or aroma (6.5 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Almost medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – How have I not had this since 7/15/06? This is an excellent, inexpensive, readily available Belgian Brune – one that will be in my rotation from now on. Thanks, INBEV, for not ruining this!

Jul 26, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An easy pour from a 11.2-oz bottle yields a fat finger of creamy/rocky light beige froth with long retention and spots of lacing. Clear reddish brown color with garnet-red highlights. The taste and smell feature caramel and roasted malt, earthy hops, baked bread, dried currants, raisins, baked pears(with apple pie spices), figs and banana. Roasted malt is well ahead of the caramel malt in the taste, semi-sweet with average bitterness, uniform and balanced. A quick finish ends with a mild hop aftertaste. Medium body, well carbonated throughout. Smooth malty rich feel, alcohol is well hidden. It has that big-brewery and aged aura like some other great beers. Beautiful in sunlight, deep and bright ruby-garnet red. BB 7/30/20.

Jul 23, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before date on the label, 21/04/20.

Pours a clear mahogany brown with a head of foam that other brewers would love to see in their beers.

Caramel malt sweetness in the nose, milk chocolate, roasted malt that offers little bitterness.

Taste is a real malt bomb. Caramel and chocolate sweet, roasted malt that offers little bitterness, smooth as silk mouthfeel, drinkability is off the charts. For me at least.

Aboot $13 for a 6pack and worth every penny.

Feb 19, 2019
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orioles70 from Maryland

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the gentle malty sweetness offset by just the right amount of roasted bitterness. Beautiful brown color, big foamy head, goes great with a soft pretzel or smoked almonds at the end of a winter day. Not as good as an abbey ale, but cheaper and much easier to find for everyday drinking.

Jan 25, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.61/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a customer taster pint; best before 8/18/2019.
A: Pours a crystal clear brown color with orange to garnet highlights, a fluffy, wheat colored head with at least three fingers initially, very good retention, and sticky rings of lacing.
S: Tangy. Roasty aromas, cafe au lait more than chocolate, up front, spicier and pepperier with light caramel as it sets, then more mocha, but with a strong helping of grasses and grains.
T: Semisweet. Flavors follow the nose with elements up front with the addition of brown sugar. Peppery bitterness is front and center from the start, creating a really well crafted counterweight to the sweetness.
M: Light to medium bodied with strong to moderate effervescence. Very smooth, but with a good bit of tingling on the palate.
O: This BDA is out of this world. Didn't know what to expect. Hits all the right notes. Will be back.

Jan 20, 2019
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter pours one of my favorite brunes that
are more widely available. Pours a lightly murky ruby tinged brown color
with a fantastic head of off white foam that settles to a thin layer and clumping
pool with excellent lacing....in short very nice. Nose of light chocolate malts with
candy sugars and a hint of smokey malts with light herbal notes amongst some
dried fruit elements. Flavors nail the style with dark candy sugar and subtle
chocolate malts awash in dried dark fruit notes of fig and dates with a
hint of coffee and light anise. Mouth feel is very nice with medium light
carbonation, medium body, and a lightly dry sweet herbal finish.

Overall, a solid brew from a great little brewery!


Jan 07, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a Leffe chalice from an 11.2 fl z bottle on November 3, 2018. This bottle was brought back from Belgium by a friend. Hints of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and spice. Classic.

Dec 05, 2018
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