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Average: 3.82 | pDev: 13.61%

Reviews: 569 | Ratings: 1,955

Belgian Dark Ale | 6.50% ABV

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Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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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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Photo of Amendm
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
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.

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Photo of orioles70
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
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!


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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
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.

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Photo of Tomais
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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 jrc1093
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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 shanedupuis
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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 MonDak_Joe1953
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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 88caprice
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Jagoff
1.12/5  rDev -70.7%
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 spectru
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany brown color. Above medium body as well as above average carbonation.
Aroma was mostly malt, dried dark fruit, brown sugar, and a little bit of alcohol. Taste was similar,a little sweet with a small amount of bitterness. Overall a really solid enjoyable beer

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Photo of suspiciousone
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice head, nice aroma, attractive dark color. Very good feel and even attractively priced compared with other such beers. Overall a great one which goes well with many different foods.

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Photo of qjholler
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A) Pours a nice deep mahogany color with a sizeable light beige head. When held up to the light, the body looks more garnet than brown. Decent lacing appears as the head subsides.
S) Malts and yeast lead the way, with notes of spiced bread and sweet fruit following close behind.
T) Moderately sweet, with a nice blend of fruit tastes (fig and raisin) and spices that aren't overbearing. A bready malt flavor finishes out the bill, making for a well-balanced taste that is quite pleasant, if not terribly unique.
M) Medium-bodied with a similar level of carbonation, making it very drinkable. The carbonation is effervescent and short-lived, and the tactile sensation of the brew doesn't overstay its welcome.
O ) A very enjoyable beer. 6 packs are available for 7.99 at Total Wine, making a decent value for an import (especially as Belgians can be pretty pricy). Definitely worth a shot if you like the style, and it will likely become one of my go-to brews when I'm in the mood for a nice Belgian Dark that won't obliterate my wallet.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a beautiful dark brown/reddish with a nice amount of head. Quickly dissipated. Nose is full of wood, wheat, dirt, caramel, a bit of cinnamon spice, fig, pizza dough, and some nice dark fruit (although subtle). Taste is really smooth. Initially a bit sweet, but a bitter backbone comes through on the aftertaste and lingers for a bit. Definitely getting tree bark, caramel, bread, dark fruit, and some nuts. Mouthfeel is really nice and creamy and robust. Overall, this is a really nice beer from the style.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pourse deep Garnet red with a big, creamy, tan head. A good amount of carbonation.
Smells of yeast, dark fruit, caramel and malt.
The wonderful yeast and clove stand out immediately. Dark fruit and malt very pleasant. Carmel and very slight coffee. This is wonderful. I would have never guess 6+ alcohol.
Incredibly smooth. I need more from this brewery!

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Photo of atr2605
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-pours a cocoa cola color with a tan sudsy head with good retention
S-caramel, burnt sugar, slightly herbal, roasted notes
T-more caramel, toffee, biscuit, roasted notes in the finish
M-medium bodied with above average tight carbonation
O-not the best example of the style, but good value and widely available

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Photo of Themorg826
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Brown, low clarity. White lacy head present after pour

Smell- Candied malts, sweetness. Tinge of caramel and slight tropical undertone

Taste- Toffee and malty goodness.

Feel- Good amount of carbonation. Slight warmth

Overall- Tasty and approachable

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Photo of jkblr
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle bb 9/1/19 poured into a chalice at fridge temp 6.5% ABV. The beer pours bright reddish brown with short lived light brown head. The head recedes to a paper thin island with no lacing. The aroma is faint with caramel and some yeasty clove notes. The taste is burnt sugar, pepper, clove and maybe a hint of banana. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, highly carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. The beer is balanced with bitterness seeming to be more roasty that hop driven. Overall, ok, but most all abbey beers are better. Scored as a Belgian dark ale not a dubbel.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Head holds up throughout the drinking session and pours a deep, dark amber color; it was like a Mahogany Rush (like the Montreal rock band!). Slight bitterness (probably more than there should be though) with malt overtones and aromas. Very good beer to drink as you watch football in December.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had it from a bottle in Grenoble. Leffe Brune shows the characteristics yeast notes from the brewery. This supermarket ale isn't a great example of a Belgian dark ale as it shows off notes

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

On draft in Jerusalem. Nice dark appearance with tan head that disipates in time. Nice sweet nutty aroma. Taste is also very smooth sweet nutty pleasant.

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Photo of pat61
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: drops bright dark brown filled with streams of rapidly rising bubbles that support a lacy 2.5" tan cap with good retention

S: It smells of dark dried fruit, dark dense bread, and very faint banana.

T: mildly sweet and tastes like a fresh slice of dark banana bread with dark dried fruit, raisins, a hint of nuts, and some dark toast and a very faint hint of chocolate, dark caramel and spice

F: Creamy, mousse-like texture with a medium to medium light body and above average carbonation

O: This is a flavorful and easy to drink but is somewhat tame.

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