Leffe Brune / Brown
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Leffe Brune / BrownLeffe Brune / Brown
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgian Dark Ale
Ranked #12
Ranked #21,114
3.8 | pDev: 13.68%
Nov 29, 2022
Oct 25, 2001
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
View: More Beers
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of TheSchnork
Reviewed by TheSchnork from Connecticut

4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured standard 11.2 oz bottle into tulip glass at home.

Belgian brown. Beautiful three finger head.

Strong phenols coming on stronger than 6.5% ABV would suggest.

Charred fruit. Esters. Aftertaste detracts a few points (or maybe I should say adds them because of originality) - burnt toffee, licorice, dark tobacco.

Hard to imagine pairing this with anything other than dessert.

Something about these pack a headpunch beyond their ABV - ideal for end of the night when you wanna get into the stratosphere.
Nov 29, 2022
Rated: 3.65 by Ananabiya

Nov 23, 2022
Photo of txaudiophile
Reviewed by txaudiophile from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This was one of the first Belgian beers I ever tried and loved it. After trying more Belgian beers over time I finally had the chance to try this again, and I don't like it near as much any more. It is good, but not great. McChouffe is a far better Belgian Brown. This beer has too much of a certain flavor about it (phenol or liquorice?) and needs a more balanced flavor. A little thin as well.
Nov 11, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by Shantzak from Pennsylvania

Oct 29, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania

Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 3.79 by Sphagnicola from Belgium

Sep 15, 2022
Photo of jadpsu
Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
LOOK: Pours a deep mahogany brown with an outstanding tan head that maintains good retention and plenty of side glass lace.
AROMA: Roasted malts and yeast, cloves. Sweet caramel, maple syrup.
TASTE: Cloves linger in the aftertaste. Not a fan of that.
Looking for a malty Brown Ale but the Belgain characteristics were quite prominent, so not what I was hoping for.
Sep 13, 2022
Photo of BubbleBobble
Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark mahogany with rich cherry accents, huge 4" fluffy tan head with exceptional retention and lacing. Nose is roasted malt, light smoke, charred wood, a caramel. Taste is interesting with notes of caramel, baking soda, raisin, and a small amount of raw sugar on the finish. Bit of warming alcohol lingers after the finish. Mouthfeel is ultra soft and smooth with only a hint of carbonation. Overall a nice, drinkable beer, though the sugary finish is a little off-putting.
Sep 11, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by The-Jolly-Imbiber from Antarctica

Aug 31, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by Matym92 from Sweden

Aug 21, 2022
Photo of puck1225
Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I had this beer with some excellent mussels in Arlington, VA. Surprised this was my first opportunity to review it.

The beer was poured from a bottle into a shaker pint glass. Dark clear brown color with a nice creamy beige head and great curtain lacing. Smell and taste of dark fruit and caramel. Apricots and dates with a nice malty background. Very tasty and excellent with the food.
Aug 12, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Aug 10, 2022
Rated: 4.88 by morinessan from Sweden

Jul 23, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Jul 08, 2022
Rated: 4.07 by Shiredave from New York

Jul 04, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Jun 25, 2022
Photo of AlexandraDen
Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a nice dark mahogany brown with a half finger of dense foam that quickly returns into a spotty cap

Strong yeasty and caramel malt notes are forward on the nose, mildly toasty. Figs and raisins, dried dark fruit. Bananas as well as spices such as clove and allspice.

Taste follows the nose pretty well. The yeasty notes are lightly doughy, pleasantly toasty caramel malt, the lower abv% (in comparison to other strong dark Belgian ales) gives it less of a rum/alcohol tinged inflection on the notes, which does let the lightly peppery and spicy esters and fruits have more of a fresh character. Mild bananas, banana bread, cloves, maybe even bakers chocolate, and plums and fresh figs.

Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation, gently tickles the sides of the mouth and tongue. Average length finish that tends to the dryer side, relatively sweet, the spicy yeasty and bready notes most relevant on the finish.

Leffe is the slightly cheaper, super available popular Belgian ale you can find everywhere. It’s an excellent dip into these kinds of beers. Hard for me to ever dislike any kind of beer that is malty and yeast forward. Question is, how to judge this beer? Against all others in the Belgian category, or against beers in general? These notes are practically explosive compared to macro brews, likely to blow your mind the first time you pick up this 6 pack instead of Bud. But it’s a little light and mild in flavour profile compared to other dark strong ales from Belgium. Overall, it’s quite a fine beer, balanced, not overtly complex but it’s very crisp and enjoyable.
May 13, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by cdub70085 from Connecticut

Apr 26, 2022
Photo of MrOH
Reviewed by MrOH from Malta

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Clear chestnut brown, dense light khaki head, great retention and lacing
Dried fruit, green banana, and toasted bread aroma
Slightly tart, green banana, caramel, and dried fruit flavors
Medium light bodied and appropriate carbonation
Pretty good, I think it would be better with food than on its own
Apr 06, 2022
Photo of LesDewitt4beer
Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This beer is highly underrated.
11.2oz bottle into a small snifter. Poured at 60F or 16C.
L: Pours deep ruby brown/dark mahogany, good carbonation w/a 1.25" light khaki semi-creamy head w/very good retention. Light sticky banding & lacing.
S: Port wine, cork, caramelized malts, roasted malts, light vinegar, banana, light clove, a hint of chocolate that lingers.
T: Minerals, red wine oak cask, dark fruit, banana, caramelized malts, light toffee, light chocolate, light sugary sweetness, moderately rich overall & floral.
F: Crisp, lightly acidic then a quite smooth medium bodied mouth feel w/an elegant medium length delicately dry finish.
O: A beautiful tasting rich in flavor semi-sweet brown ale that has sentimentally ardent and almighty depth. It is gently warming and complex but not overly so. It is outstanding in it's style.
Mar 22, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by KT3418 from Colorado

Mar 07, 2022
Photo of Snowcrash000
Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a deep, dark mahogany coloration with a large, creamy, lasting head. Smells of bready, caramel malt and estery fruit and spice notes of banana, apple and clove, as well as just a hint of toffee and chocolate. Taste follows the nose, with a good balance of bready, caramel malt and fruity and estery yeast notes of banana apple and clove, as well as hints of chocolate and toffee. Finishes with a medium sweetness and some caramel malt and estery fruit and spice lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

I think it's interesting how this basically tastes exactly like Leffe Blonde with darker malts. The general flavor profile really is incredibly similar here, with the yeast profile being very recognizeable, just with more bready, slightly toasted malts and hints of chocolate. I still like it a lot better than the Blonde though, because those dark malts really make a difference here.
Feb 11, 2022
Photo of Peach63
Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Copper with a 2" tan head, which lasts. Heavy glass clinging lacing.

Aroma is coffee, roast malt, caramel.

Taste is caramel, toffee, roast malt, coffee.

Medium body, lively carbonation. Semidry finish.

One of the best brown ales I've had.
Feb 07, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by misteil from Ireland

Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 5 by wcampbell69 from Massachusetts

Jan 29, 2022
Photo of dbzakj
Rated by dbzakj from Maryland

2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
This is passable as a brown ale, the taste isn't quite up to snuff as some others and the texture is alright.
Jan 27, 2022
Photo of charlatan
Reviewed by charlatan from Scotland

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dark tan coloured beer with offwhite head which becomes mottled after a while. Strong yeasty, slighty chalky smell. First up I notice it's carbonated, then sweet, feels slightly syrupy on the tongue. Tastes of sugar with fairly subtle hops gradually asserting themselves to some sort of Kendal mint cake effect. Definitely a sipper and this is a 750ml bottle, so it lasts a matter of hours.
Jan 22, 2022
Photo of JayQue
Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
My first beer of this style. Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay goblet. This beer has a brown dense color with a big frothy off-white head. Head retention is excellent and there is lots of filmy lacing on the sides of the goblet. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and some Belgian yeast. The taste is similar but also includes a bit of dark fruit (plums figs etc.) The flavor is somewhat complex and very inviting. Mouthfeel is rich, malty and smooth. A very easy-drinking beer. I would gladly try this one again.
Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by Rhetion from Florida

Dec 30, 2021
Photo of MNAle
Reviewed by MNAle from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.
Nov 30, 2021
Photo of tolar111
Reviewed by tolar111 from New York

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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
Photo of sulldaddy
Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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
Photo of rudiecantfail
Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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
Rated: 3.94 by marcrech from Brazil

Nov 01, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida

Oct 18, 2021
Photo of GuyFawkes
Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
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
Rated: 3 by altrio

Oct 04, 2021
Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 2071 ratings