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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
511
Ratings:
1,757
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
25.26%
 
 
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Reviews by Dennycurr:
Photo of Dennycurr
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

At 7% alc. it is DEADLY smooth.
Have only had it in Europe....but was wowed.
I like the blonde Leffe over here..(Only one I've had except this brown ale across the pond) and there DEFINITELY is that Leffe taste in the dark. But the richness surpasses the blonde.

Den

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jeffreysan
4.73/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a “best before” date of 27/4/13, into a Leffe goblet

Appearance: poured a dark brown with reddish/mahogany highlights as light passed through the beer. After poured, the beer was capped with a thin whitish head that dissipated into a small lacing of bubbles crowing the beer.

Aroma: strong aromas of dark bread and roasted malt, with a faint hint of smoke and spice. Cloves, maybe?

Taste: According to the label, the beer presents a sweet caramel yet bitter taste. I get the sweet caramel, and a lot of malt, but I don’t get any bitterness. First taste, as the beer is cold, is very malty. A lot of dark bread, and toffee, with a nice sweet and slight alcohol finish. As the beer warms up to almost room temperature, (which is how I prefer all my Belgian beers) I get dried stone fruit, like prunes or raisons.

Mouthfeel: For a dark beer, there’s a nice effervescence, making the beer crisp and refreshing. It’s a great beer for both winter and summer.

Overall: I love Belgian brown ales, and while not being the best Belgian brown ale out there, Leffe brune is my absolutely favorite Belgian brown ale. Hell, it’s probably my favorite beer period. I can (and have) drink this all night.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle BB 12/06/17. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a handsome brown with ruby highlights. Clear, light easily penetrates. 1 finger beige head, quickly fades to several thick islands. Steady visible carbonation. Lacing was modest. Retention was fair.

Aroma: Initially, loads of caramel, and slight toastiness. Digging a little deeper, some familiar Belgian phenolics of light green banana, perhaps maraschino cherry. A little clean noble hop on there, too, but faint.

Taste: Not nearly as sweet on the palate as on the nose. Lightly sweet arrival with some malty complexity, a touch of sourness and some light clove, then turning to a very firm bittering, and right at the end you get a taste of its Belgian roots. Not that this is a hoppy beer by any measure, but I'm kind of surprised at how much bittering there is in this; this is probably the most highly hopped Belgian beer I've had, apart from Duvel (I have not had many Belgian beers).

Mouthfeel: Lighter than expected lighter side of midweight. It actually may not be that light, but the high carbonation makes it feel lighter, and more refreshing. Very clean on the finish, with just a hint of lingering phenols.

Overall: This is a very light dark Belgian beer, if that makes any sense. Light on flavor, light on texture, eminently drinkable. What I love about brown ales, this definitely has: really drinkable, dark toast and caramel nose, though it is all really light. The clove and banana phenols that I like in Belgians this also has, but in a very restrained way. I am actually really glad I started my "tour" of Belgian beer reviews with this beer, it is a good "gateway" Belgian ale.

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Photo of kevofficiel
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The look of this beer is dark and brown on the light. 2 fingers of head. Light carbonation
The smell is about that chocolate, coffee and some raisin. Very, very nice.
The taste of it. Wonderful, full of chocolate coffee roast. You don't really feel that 6,5 ABV. Easy to drink. Refreshing and as a dark ale it's really nice. The taste stay on you tongue for a while and it's really light. Very different from a Guinness or a Rickard's Dark. This Leffe Brune is much much better. Even better than the Leffe Blonde.
So overall would I recommend it ? Totally YES. Very nice beer, that you can drink it during summer and during winter. It's refreshing, it's tasty. And if you find it on special, go for it, you won t be disappointed.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours cola brown with tinge of red when held to the light, it has a good size tan head. Aroma caramel, spice, brown sugar. Taste follows the nose. Very nice not bitter at all.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with red highlights with a nice somwhat creamy very sticky head,aroma is very sweet and brandyish.A pretty comples ale first I got some rich port like flavors with some candied sugar notes with a light smokiness that lingers into the finish.A nice beer to savor after a meal like I did,very well made and drinkable for the style in my mind.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour with a medium, creamy tan head. The nose is quite simple. A lit spice, a little sweetness. The taste is of light roasted malts with a caramel sweetness on the finish. Lightly spiced and quite a smooth, creamy body. A little bit of caramel sweetness on the finish. Quite generic for a Belgian but not half bad.

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Photo of Marty
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was malt-tastic! A very sweet, malty brown ale... didn't really come across as sour to me. Dark brown in color with a medium-sized head. A very drinkable beer, but I found it so sweet and delicious that I was able to force myself to take very small sips and make it last. I'm tempted to say there were hints of raisins in this guy, but I really don't know. My taste buds simply said "goooood."

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am really not a fan of Leffe any more. I drank gallons of their brews these last three weeks and they really didn’t do much for me. This one seems to be rather more German than Belgian, like a thicker version of a typical German dark. Carmel and Roasted malts dominate. The color is nice, a dark brown, almost black with a thick white head. The taste and mouthfeel are rather sweet and not very complex. Very dark..

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in branded chalice.

LOOK (4/5) Pours a really dark mahogany or deep ruby-brown. The clarity is really good. Head is great - it starts very large, rocky & off white heat - this falls at an average pace to a thick film and some nice lacing. Maybe a bit too dark for the style, but very nice.

SMELL (4/5) The smell is complex and rich. The malts are of a rich sort of malts - I noted some caramel (front-and-center), toast, molasses, and melanoidins. I'm not sure on where the malt fruitiness ends and the yeast begins - but I think they come together to give off a great dried dark fruit flavor.

TASTE (4/5) Similar to aroma The malt flavor is fairly sweet but with a bit more roasted/burnt flavors than in the nose. Same fruitiness as the smell. A lasting bitterness (but no hop flavor) lasts into the finish and balances very well. Very smooth.

FEEL (3.0/5) Body was a bit too light for the flavor, especially given the high carbonation here. I just felt too insubstantial. The carbonation, with the light body, however, does work to dry out the finish and work against the sweetness.

DRINK (3.5/5) The lighter body should make this one more drinkable, and it does, but this slight disconnect kinda bothers me.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SkiBum22
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of -DF-
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of RoninBirdman
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely dark brown with ruby highlights and a tan, long-lasting head that leaves sheets of lace.
Nice aroma full of caramel, fruit and spice.
Great tasting beer. Plenty of delicious malt flavors -- toffee, caramel, cracker as well as a slight tart note beneath and a very nice, bittering finish. A little bit of peppery spice in ther as well.
Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.
Overall, a really good beer.

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Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of sobertramp
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BlueHammer
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the Half Door in Hartford, Conn. Deep brown color with reddish tones, opaque. Thick light tan colored head that left significant lacing as I drank the beer. This beer smelled somewhat nutty and sweet. The taste started with a slightly hoppy bite, was sweet in the middle, and then tasted hoppy again as I swallowed it. I enjoyed the taste but wasn't blown away by it, as I have been with similar style beers. There was just a little carbonation and the beer had a smooth presentation, making it easy to drink. The taste of alcohol was present. A good beer and recommended but there are others I'd recommend ahead of it.

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Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on Tap in a Leffe goblet at The Petit Abeille in NYC. pours dark honey, maple, with gobs of lacing and sheets of lacing. Exhibits a sweet, nutty nose. This is a fruity, nutty, malty brew, notes also of maple syrup, some subtle smokeyness, raisins, all flowing towards a long tasty finish. Fine stuff, especially if you can find it on tap.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%

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