Leffe Brune / Brown
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Leffe Brune / BrownLeffe Brune / Brown
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Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #16
Ranked #26,985
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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MNAle from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 10/09/22. IDK if that is Oct 9 or Sep 10. Never mind …

The aroma is a bit subdued. Spicy. Peppery. Clove. A bit of a banana bread aroma.

The beer is dark from the front, clear ruby with a back-light, with ample small bubbles of carbonation. It is topped with a thick, tan-to-off-white, head with excellent retention. Thick lacing remains on the opposite side of the chalice as I take a sip.

The taste is much richer than the subtle aroma would lead you to expect. Rich and malty. Banana bread, toffee, pepper and clove. Sweet caramel controlled by the spicy, slightly bitter middle and finish, resulting in a finish on the sweet side. While it would be classified by me as a sweet beer, that is overstating. It is nicely balanced and enjoyable.

The mouth feel is smooth with a creamy remainder on the tongue and throat, broken up by the carbonation.

Overall, quite delightful.

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tolar111 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a wide fluted glass similar to the Leffe Branded glassware. The beer pours a dark brown that is slightly translucent when held up to the light. The head that forms is fluffy off white/brown. It settles to a cap that leaves a nice lace as the glass empties. The smell is light but full of dried fruit and a hint of booze. The taste follows the smell, rich with dried fruit and little warming booze. The feel is good, and the carbonation is just right. The mouthfeel is a little slick, but not in a bad way. Overall, I like this beer. I only bought a single for a tasting, but would gladly purchase a 6 or 12 in the future. I think the big beer connection and easy availability works against this very good beer's ratings (I wrote the last sentence before I posted my review and saw that I gave Leffe Brune a slightly lower than than average rating, oh well).

Nov 14, 2021
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp 11.2 fl oz bottle poured into my snifter. Freshest before 10/09/2022 on the label. Cheers to a clear date code that I dont need a ring, black light, calculator to figure out!
the beer pours a clear mahogany color with rich ruby highlights on the sides of the glass when held to the light. Several active streams of carbonation rise to the surface. A large pillowy khaki colored head of 4.5 cm foams up even with a very gentle pour. This foam recedes slowly and leaves some dense lattice as I swirl the glass. the foam never fully fades and is a very sturdy surface covering throughout.
Aroma is malt forward with some toffee and a bit of brown sugar, but also a rich dose of cloves and other spice notes. Maybe cinnamon mixed in there. No hop presence and the nose is appealing to me.
First sip reveals a medium body with soft tingly carbonation. Texture is a little slick and the beer drinks easy.
Flavor starts with a bit of caramel which then rolls to spicy yeast character. I get cloves again but here anice flavor comes through, which was undetected on the nose. No hop presence again and the booze is well hidden. This is a nice approachable beer with a good amount of complexity in its yeast profile, without being over the top. Glad I picked this up for the online brown ales tasting. Would drink this again, and may strive to have some on hand on the regular!

Nov 13, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce glass poured into a tulip glass. Best before 10/9/22, so pretty fresh.

L---Clear brown color. Massive light brown head had very good retention and left beautiful lacing.

S---Banana, caramel and some light spice.

T---Banana, bread, & caramel.

F---Medium+ bodied with good carbonation.

O---A tasty beer, but there's a lot of beers from Belgium that I'd have first.

Nov 03, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

"Freshest before 9/10/22"; drank 10/11/21 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque brown/orange appearance.

A slow pour yielded a huge khaki head (careful pouring!); strong, frothy tree-rung lace.

Banana bread, clove & faint caramel notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Banana bread, mild clove & faint brown sugar flavors. I fucking love this; fall in a glass.

Oct 12, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a pint glass. Best by 6/12/21, so a few months late on this one.

Looks splendid in the glass. Deep, deep auburn colored body. Decent off white head persists in good form throughout, leaving scattered lacing

Kind of a caramel aroma without the sweetness.

On tasting, sweeter than the nose would suggest. The balance is a little more bitter than roasty.

Mouth between medium and full, finish a light to medium bitter roast.

Overall, an okay beer. Appreciate the effort at balance. Haven't had many Belgian brown ales, this was just okay.

Oct 03, 2021
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RaulMondesi from California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Out and about in Paris and things are, well, sometimes the way that they are. But after taking a seat and sippin’ this brownie, I was more content than earning a Golden star on my sash. What Raul? Hell if I know.


Aug 13, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

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

April 2002: A helluva lot better than the Leffe Blond! (Guess I'm a malty guy.) Pretty sweet; caramel, chocolate, oak and dried fruits in the aroma, malts (somewhat roasted), caramel and oak in the flavour, hops in the finish, a little too sweet in the aftertaste. Not bad!

Jul 20, 2021
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Cola brown with a 1 1/2 finger white head. The head has an interesting grey undertone. Head has good retention.

Smell: Spice's, with cinnamon being the most obvious. Christmas cake.

Taste: Spicey and nutty, with dominant brown sugar and caramel. It has a slight medicinal quality. Almost like a light version of a quad.

Feel: Sparkly, too carbonated. A light to medium body.

A solid B+. Perfect for the days when you want to dip your toes into heavy Belgium territory, but you don't want to dive straight into the quads and the 10% ABV beers.

Jul 11, 2021
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elnachooo from Spain

2/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Leffe debe ser una de las marcas de cerveza mas sobrevaloradas del mundo.
En este caso, la cerveza es de color cobrizo, de cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Un dedo de espuma de retención media.
Aroma a malta y caramelo. En boca es plana, como todas sus cervezas, con notas dulces por el caramelo y algo de regaliz.

Apr 11, 2021
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James94 from England

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Dark brown with a reddish hint, two-finger initial head
S: Banana, wheat, cherry, apple
T: Some alcohol, wheat, grape, banana, caramel, hint of chocolate
F: Smooth feeling, slightly alcoholic, quite complex

O: 4.25

Mar 05, 2021
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RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

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

11.2 oz. bottle into a chalice with a very dark brown color, large 2"off-white head that disappears quickly with good lacing. Smells of malt, dried fruit, and yeast. Taste is semi-sweet with caramel malts, dark fruit, bread, Belgian yeast and minimal hops. Medium to full body with good carbonation. Overall, a very tasty dark ale, not too sweet, with a complex flavor profile.

Feb 18, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 6/9/20, quite a bit past this now :(

Slightly disappointing to have my first Belgian Brown be past freshness, but I'm sure it'll still be good. It's my fault anyways, had this one sitting around for quite some time but just never got around to it

Pours a clear dark brown with a red glow around the edges and with 2 fingers of creamy off white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves nice lacing

The aroma seemed more spiced than malty here, lots of clove, cinnamon, lightly citrusy hops, and some brown sugary malt

The front end of the sip had a nice warmth, bringing notes of caramel malt, toast, and subtle dark fruits with a touch of general citrus. The swallow brings notes of dry spice, some pepper and clove along with a light malty sweetness

A nice medium body pairs with gentle carbonation for a sweet and slightly sticky beer. Finishes more sticky than it starts, it coats the mouth but it actually works here

This was pretty solid even for being past peak freshness. I'd try it again fresher, and would love to have more examples of the style

Dec 09, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Restrained pour into a goblet producing a clear brown colored brew (ruby highlights) with a one finger head. This brew has moderate carbonation and some lacing. This brew appears filtered.

S - Malt, barley, caramel, yeast, bread.

T - Very good. Caramel and toasted barley notes. Slightly bitter. Big flavors on this one. Very good tasting brew.

M - Robust and full bodied. Rich and deep. More complex than expected.

D - This is a very good beer. I'm not exactly sure why this brew isn't given higher ratings. However, don't deduce Trappist from the Abbey Ale implication- that would be a mistake.

Oct 22, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

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

Pours brown with some amber highlights. Off white, rocky head that sticks around a while. Aroma is candied fruit, banana esters, yeast. Taste follows nose with the sweetness up front. No bitterness really. A bit of clove and dark bread in there too. Feel is lively with some tight carbonation throughout. Overall, this is a great beer to drink with a meal. I could see it balancing out savory foods nicely.

Aug 30, 2020
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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.

Aug 02, 2020
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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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