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

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Leffe Brune / BrownLeffe Brune / Brown

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-25-2001

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Photo of Tone
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong sweet malt, strong caramel malt, clove, floral notes, yeast, hint of hop, and alcohol. Fits the style of a Belgian Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong sweet malt, caramel malt, alcohol, clove, yeast, floral notes, hint of wood, and slight earthiness. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, but body is too cloying.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red-orange with a fine two finger light khanki ead with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted malt, caramel, fresh and dried dark fruit, clove. Flavor is Belgian yeast, toasted malt with a hint of caramel, dates, figs, raisins, cloves. Full flavored at first, but drops off into a finish leaving clove forward dark fruit and residual Belgian yeast notes. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A solid Belgian dark that has a good, authentic flavor start that dies away into the finish which is a little on the thin side, although there are enough traces of the original flavors to cover most of the clove spicing. Not a top tier Belgian, but authentic and satisfying. A surprise for an Inbev product.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.04/5  rDev +6%
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 beer from Belgium runs around $20 for a 4-pack. This is definitely a steal, and makes a great beer to pick up when money might be tight to pick up the more expensive brands. Not bad, and may get more in the future.

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Photo of The_Bujon
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little fizzy for a dark Belgian beer. Caramel aroma and on initial taste, however this is quickly lost with the aftertaste being consumed with a fizz attack! The foamy head looks great when first poured, but dissipates rapidly. Quaff rating from me is reasonable, and I think that sums up the beverage as a whole.....not one I would beeline for.

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Photo of banishjo
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very inviting sweet caramel smell. Pours a dark brown, with a minimal head. Texture is rich and creamy, with hints of toffee and especially hazelnut. Fairly high alcohol content, but it's masked well with the great blend of flavors. Compared with other Belgian beers, this one is a good bang for your buck, and I wish I could find it in the states more.

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Photo of 60sFolks
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice and dark brown color. Aroma of dried fruit enter my Basel sensors. My pallet detects citrus and honey. Light in the mouth. I will add this to my rotating list of dark ales.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost opaque dark brown color with a nice copper hue and low activity. Foamy and frothy light brown 3-4 finger head, lasting around 5-10 minutes, with thick legs. Flavors of caramel, molasses, dark berries, dark roasted grains, soft chocolate, vanilla, banana yeast, clove, walnuts, herbal spices. Malty banana bread feel, with sugary toffee, and sharp spices. Slightly creamy and oily medium body with prickly carbonation. Medium to strong finish of good length, not dry and ends clean, burnt malts and toffee, kind of a ginger red ale pumpkin feel, lots of fruity esters, properly spiced with crispy Belgian yeast. Fresh, well intensified, good accessibility. A bit too oily but still pleasant. Filling and warming. Higher ABV alcohol sensation. Very tasty and good balance. Overall excellent quality craft.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle,into a Prairie Artisan Ales snifter.

Frothy,cream colored,1 1/2 finger head.Dark brown in color with ruby hues.Very light amount of carbonation.Beautiful lacing that sticks to the side of the glass.

On the nose I get mostly dark fruit and wheat.Also getting some caramel and dark malts.

On the palate i get mostly chocolate,caramel,and dark malts.Also getting a good dose of wheat.A little bit of dark fruits hidden in there as well....dates maybe.

The body is thin,with a slightly dry finish.

This is my first time trying this style of beer,and my first time rating an imported beer.I enjoyed this one,might have to try their blonde ale.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a nice thick head has mucho lacing. Some subtle fruitness, strong banana notes, sugars, but what stands out about this beer is the dark chocolate flavor (which also adds the slight bitterness). The roasted malt and banana-caramel flavor is the star here. The bit of bitterness isn't bothersome either. It finishes with a nice carbonated zip, albeit the mouthfeel is thinner than the color of the beer portends. While this on and off again brewery/abbey has been around for many centuries, the ale is apparently not brewed at the abbey itself (I have conflicting info on this), which shouldn't be too surprising because it is owned by InBev, and an authentic abbey ale would thus, be surprising. But perhaps it is! Nevertheless, this is very potable and refreshing. Perhaps one of InBev's best available beers. Because it is an InBev beer, it is probably more available in supermarkets and stores (I got my six pack at Marsh Supermarket), and probably doesn't get a fair shot by some drinkers who detest InBev. I certainly prefer this to the Leffe Blonde, but both are drinkable--but not super-savorable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Abbaye de Leffe S.A. "Leffe Brune"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Best before end: 10/01/18" and sampled on 29 NOV 16
$2 @ Giant, St. Davids, PA

Appearance: Clear dark brown body beneath a rocky head of off-white that holds quite well and leaves nice lacing behind.

Aroma: Pleasant, well-integrated mix of gentle dark caramel/brown sugar and subtle roasted malts with yeasty phenolics and fruit (clove/spice, raisin/prune, apple, banana).

Flavor: Not unlike the aroma, it's soft and smooth and well integrated. It's caramelish but it isn't clearly "caramel"; it has a spiciness but it's not spicy; and it's roasty but it doesn't go fully roasty like a stout. It kind of hints heavily at everything but never puts one component right out there. There's an almost cola-like flavor at its center, wrapped in soft fruit and the suggestion of dark bittersweet chocolate. It's a little sweetish upfront but a solid bitterness balances it, and aided by its spiciness, it finishes dry with lingering, swirling notes of spiciness and reminiscent fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and bristling with a slightly elevated, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Overall: A brilliant act of subtlety, it offers loads of character coming from many different components without overdoing anything, essentially fusing it into "one". It's easy to drink yet completely satiating, as well as intriguing, leaving it stunningly, almost compulsively, drinkable.

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Photo of beer488
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first leffe brown. Wasn't expecting much but was pleasantly surprised. Nice brown color inthe glass with a very thick caramel colored head. Aromas are sweet caramel and malt. Tasted great, sweet, caramel, malt, with very little hoppy bitterness. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours as a clear dark brown with a tan one-finger frothy head of average retention. Really inviting aromas of caramel and spicy malts. Flavors are malt-heavy (essentially zero hops even on the backend). Sweetness like toffee with perhaps some spicy raisin tastes. Interesting!

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Photo of Bobra_Fredgin
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is really good. I drank and I was like, "Wow! This is really good!". It's a mix of lemon meringue, cherry, vanilla, orange, cinnamon, and vinegar. It was creamy in my mouth then exploded! Hopefully you guys have a similar experience!

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured 11.2 oz bottle into snifter glass. 6.5% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a reddish tint. Huge off white head that is slow to recede.

Smell- Caramel, brown sugar, prunes

Taste- A rich caramel malt flavor with light hints of toasted bread. Picks up more of a fruity taste of darker fruits such as grape and fig. Minimal chocolate flavor. Finishes bold with a pepper spice note and hints of toffee.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- I enjoyed this as it had decent complexity. Reminded me of a dubbel. Not sure on what sets this style apart but this is a very smooth beer.

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Photo of OlaB
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: gives a dark brown color. Have a small top of head when I pour it in the glass. The head are disolving rather quickly. Some lacings on the glass.

S: roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits.banana and spices

T&F: the taste is very sweet the whole time,you can feel roasted malts and caramel in the start. Is a fruitiness in the sweet taste and I also sense a spicy flavour in the taste. The finish is bitter and dry,and I sense the sweetness in the aftertaste for a long time.i would have liked the malts where noticeable in the taste.

O: Is a little to sweet for my taste, I would have liked it more malty.else it is a good beer but far from extraordinary

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brune pours a dark brown color with a small lacing head. Nice dry and sweet fruity aromas. Taste is dry, with a hint of bitterness, and some warm alcohol. Good feel, a tad watery. Overall a solid dark ale, less sweet and more bitter then others.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Very dark ruby body, clear. Huge long lasting off-white head.
S- Roasted malts, belgian yeast, herbs, a hint of caramel.
T- Spices, clove, caramel, banana, roasted grains.
F- Medium, full.
O- Great belgian brown. Aroma is a bit muddled.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle with a foil top.

Look--Pours a dark but perfectly tranlucent reddish brown with substantial tan head. I tend to prefer the "haze" but this is dark enough that the transparency isn't offputting.

Smell--Distinctive and expected smells of a darker Belgian, with a pleasant mixture of fruitiness, maltiness, and a toasted/roasted smokiness--a bit of herb and ester starts to work it way to the front as the beer warms.

Taste--The initial few tastes are very sweet, particularly the after-taste--but during each sip, the smokiness helps balance it out. The "taste" and the "nose" reinforce one another, especially the smokiness, -thankfully. The balance improves slowly as the beer comes to temperature, though the word "sweet" is still the one that flashes into my mind with each sip. Despite the somewhat strange sweetness it is very smooth and easy to drink.

Feel--Good solid carbonation which also helps balance out the sweetness.

Overall--Much better that the same brewery's "blonde" cousin, but weighed down by the overwhelming sweetness, particularly in comparison to what one would expect of this style. I don't know that I've tried a sweeter pair of Belgian ales. Nonetheless, the "brown" Leffe is solid, and very easy to drink. I would try it again, perhaps to give it a second review.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a large head, even with a conservative pour. Color is dark brown, almost black, with little opacity.

Smells of roasted malt, caramel, and of Belgian yeast.

Taste is similar to the smell, with bananas and fruits being emphasized in addition to the malt and caramel. Also some plums and figs. Mouthfeel is light, with little bitterness and clean carbonation.

This is a rock-solid beer.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brownish ruby, clear. Beige foam low on average lasted,
Aroma: gently roasted herbs typical "belgium", light dryness with a hint of dark fruit.
Taste: lightly roasted again, touches of yeast, spices, appear dark fruit, plums, cherries.
Gentian caramel, slightly burnt. High saturation. A little alcohol comes.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into snifter. Very dark brown, with a persistent beige head.

Nose of malt and toasted wheat.

Taste brings out somee classic abbey characteristics: dark wheat, some caramel. Hops implied by the bitterness. Banana and clove are also very faint.

Carbonated, but generally smooth mouth.

There's a lot going on here, but none of it is dominant. In that, Leffe Brune is a good blend. As many have said, definitely a try for those who are just now exploring Belgian darks.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown color with an impressive and large foam head, the lace is sudsy and creamy all the way until the bottom of the glass. The aroma has dark fruit, dark bread, toffee and light bubblegum. Mostly sweet and malt forward, very light phenols, coffe, toffee and caramel like flavor coats the mouth. A slight sweet tartness in the finish. The peppery spices are light but balance it enough . The aftertaste is slightly bitter. Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. Easy to drink and tasty.

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Photo of EMH73
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue, thick one inch tan head that is well retained a leaves good lacing. Smell is sweet malts with a hint of spices. Taste is dominated by sweet malts, with notes of caramel, bananas and spice. Moderately carbonated, smooth, light and very drinkable.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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 davidperez
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Leffe chalice, it pours a dark brown, clear, with some red glare against the light, and a beautiful two-finger ecru head, creamy and foamy, with excellent retention.
After quite some time the head settles as a 1 finger head. Very nice lacing.

The bouquet is really pleasant. Malty sweetness, toasted malts, banana, brown sugar and slight spiciness. Not very assertive though.

The taste follows the nose, but the sweetness doesn't overrun your palate. Molasses appear too.
The flavors are greatly intertwined, so it's almost as you get one multifaceted sweet note, assertive but not to the point as to require bitterness to keep its appeal. The bitterness does show a bit though, in that ephemeral but pleasing finish, balancing the fading sweetness.
Nice amount of carbonation, medium to light body, smooth.

A very nice beer, that I hold dear to my heart since it was one of the beers that drove me to learn about craft beer, and I got to drink it on a very special occasion.

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Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,815 ratings.
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