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Average: 3.82 | pDev: 13.61%

Reviews: 569 | Ratings: 1,955

#11 ranked Belgian Dark Ale | 6.50% ABV

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Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium
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Notes: Year-round availibility. 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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Photo of bark
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a brown beer. It is very dark brown, as a matter of fact. When I look through the glass I can see some brown-purple shades in the clear liquid. But the foam is white, firm and melts in a medium pace.

The smell is very sweet. It reminds me of traditional Swedish non-fermented “small beer”, sweeten with saccharin. I can smell some flavours of pumpernickel bread, and maybe some hints of smoked ham. There is something in the smell that I just have to categorize as “Belgian”.

The taste of this beer follows the same pattern, generally sweet with a touch of dark rye bread. An interesting observation is the total lack of a traditional taste of hops. There sure is some kind of hops in this brew, as a small bitterness appears after several minutes, but when I drink the beer, I cannot find the hopes I am used to from other beers. Neither can I really say that I find much evidence of fermentation in the taste.

The carbon dioxide is a little on the sharp side, but not too sharp.

The aftertaste is dominated by the saccharine sweetness, but after a while, the bitter notes makes the taste more balanced.

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More User Reviews:
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 kevofficiel
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Davedrinkinbeer
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6-pack at my favorite liquor store, I usually see the blonde variety, but finally the Brown Ale version was stocked.

Smell is malty, taste is malty with roasted nuts mostly. Little bitterness is present, and is very consistent from start to finish. Beer is highly carbonated, medium feel, and finishes with a small aftertaste. Beer overall is refreshing, and not dry.

Overall, this is a solid dark Belgium beer, it doesn't break any new ground, just a good beer. It is not nearly as complex as the leading Belgian Dark beers, but I found this 6packer for a whopping $9.99-- most high quality dark beers from Belgium sell for around $20 a 4-pack. This is definitely a steal, and makes a great beer to pick up when money might be too tight to pick up the more expensive brands. Not bad, and may get more in the future.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Jeffreysan
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
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 Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 botham
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on tap at the Hop Leaf in Chicago. pours a deep chocolate brown with a single finger of rich tan head that has mild retention and leaves solid lacings.

aroma is of dark fruit and caramelized sugar mainly with a distinct yeasty character. rich and complete in the nose.

taste is lightly fruity and sweet with a yeasty character and fruit notes of raisen and plums. the finish falls apart a bit, but still holds its own. the aroma is much more pleasant than the taste.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth on the palate with a sticky finish of dark fruit. leaves the palate sticky.

drinkability is decent. a bit too sweet without the flavors to back it up. the brew ends up a bit flabby in the end; it could be a bit more flavorful with a better finish. not bad for a belgian dark, but not too good either.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip.
Pours dark brown beer with thin beige head, which runs to some laces rapidly.
Smell - candy sugar, raisins, prunes, spices.
Taste - caramel, dark bread, spices, roasted malts. Nutty aftertase.
Medium body, prickly carbonation.
OK dubbel.

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Photo of logicalparadox
2.75/5  rDev -28%

You know, the one thing you have to give to Leffe is that their beers have tremendous, impressive heads with enviable retention. Why can't every beer I drink look like this in the glass?

But I wish I were smelling and tasting something else.

This beer is sweet, ever so slightly roasted with a very hidden smokiness, almost of hickory. Not bad by themselves, but the whole is less than the sum of the parts. The sweetness becomes too much, and there's not enough bitterness to accent it. Flavor-wise, there's not much else going on and the mouthfeel is a little on the watery side.

Belgian dark ale? Maybe. It's made in Belgium and it's dark. It's a vague style, to be sure, but to me this beer is flirting with being a big imperial stout, but at the same time is coming close to a black lager. This is not a bad thing in and of itself, but the lack of balance, the high sweetness, and the lack of depth make me shake my head no rather than nod my head yes.

Nah. Get something else.

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Photo of jiffymon
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ACarp
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of sokol_1993
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: dark brown/black, not too much head and little head retention
Taste: somehow I felt artificially sweet, liquorice taste, coupled with some roastiness, which is strange.
Feel: medium body. Aftertaste does not linger around long, quickly dissipated in my mouth.
Overall: Well, it is a cheap and easily accessible Belgian dark ale, as compared to better ones. If it is available, I won't deny one, but it will not be my go to.

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Photo of pcbnumber1
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wizo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of AdamBear
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with a thin tan head

S-comes in with good dark belgian sugars and bubble gum, strong scent

T-great taste of dark roasted malts. roasted sugars and bubble gum. its a quality taste with a matching after-taste

M-creamy medium carbonation with a good dry finish

O-a great and easy drinking dark belgian. i could have a lot of this.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.32/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into Chimay Goblet.

Dark mahogany with a small off-white head.

Smells like caramel and toffee.

Somewhat syrupy, very pleasant. Very crisp. Sweet yet bitter.

Very carbonated. Very full body. Complex and rich. Nice lacing.

It’s a nice beer, but there are better out there. Pretty good for a cheap stand in though.

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Photo of nikbullet
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of lockewoodfin
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TheMcCollums
2.48/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Was excited to give this two-year-old Leffe a try! It poured a medium dark amber color with little to no head, but that may have been because I was pouring from a day-old growler and this doesn't seem to be a very carbonated beer in the first place. The nose is sweet, almost raisin-y, and has the tiniest hint of nuttiness...the previous reviewer who mentioned root beer was spot-on. The taste of the beer was surprisingly sweet, almost unappealingly so at first, and none of the nuttiness in the nose translated onto the palate. It had a perfectly fine but not exceptional mouthfeel. The finish was fast and slightly sour. I was bummed I wasn't enjoying it more as a sipping beer, and after some pondering decided to pair it with a few mild and sweet-ish cheeses (havarti, mild cheddar, and some of Sargento's New Zealander). That made a huge difference...the sweetness calmed down and more nuttiness and yeastiness popped out, and I even poured a second small glass. I think this is an ok beer, and I might seek it out if I was looking for something to serve with a cheese plate or other sweet/savory appetizers. Probably won't buy again, though.

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Photo of Mousel
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craiglcook
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of beerbtl
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of martyl1000
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delish. Malty goodness, dry finish. Very dangerous. Could drink many of these. Pretty brown haze with a fluffy off-white head and perma-lacing. Aroma is its weak poi t, with only the subtlest Belgian yeast and banana whatchamacallit. Flavor isn't very complex,but just so drinkable.

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

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