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

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Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 520 | Ratings: 1,797
Photo of Sammy
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nicely on-tap at Beerbistro. The sweetness was in check from spice and fruit. A tad of roast like chocolate and citrus fruits. Not bad for Interbrew, a passable Belgium. Popular with mates.
A tad spice in aftertaste.The Blonde is not as much fun to look at or to taste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark iced tea color with a 3 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a craggy cap. Thick chunks of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel malt, banana, spices, and Belgian yeast. Taste is of dark malt, caramel/toffee, banana, spices, and the yeast. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Belgian dark ale that I enjoyed slightly more than the Leffe Blonde.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

not even close to the red or the blonde, this is leffe's worst. pours a decent enough looking chocolate brown color with a thin creamy head. smell is belgian yeast, milk chocolate, and candy sugar. sweet and intoxicating. taste is less exciting than the nose, kind of just a drab belgian brown ale, nothing outstanding or out of the ordinary. mouthfeel is smooth, but its what killed this beer for me. it was almost flat and became more wine like in the mouth because of it. exactly the wrong feel for this style of beer. drinkable enough i guess, but not worth it for the price when the red and the blonde cost the same

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Waterfront Ale House, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear mahogany in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving delicate lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of caramel in the smell along with notes of dark fruits and hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of bready and caramel malts as well as raisins. A light to moderate amount of sweetness is present in the initial taste; this transitions to a light amount of bitterness towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly. It seems to share some of the characteristics that you would expect from a dubbel.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A darker version of one of my favorite beers

Looks nicely browned. Quite clear. Highly carbonated. Pour created off white head that lingered for quite some time. Looks like a cola or an amber bock.

Aromas: typical belgian sweetness, tartness, yeasty, and spicy. Also has a caramel and toasty aroma.

Tastes: caramelly and malty in relation to the blonde. the toasted tones actually mask much of the flavors, spices, and fruitiness that I like about the Blonde. Fuller and rounder to the palate. More creamy than expected. Tingling to the toung.

Finishes caramelly sweet. Ever so slightly bitter. Alcohol flavor increases. The traditional Belgian flavors never really occur.

Impression: a nice beer, but didn't really hold true to style. Looses it's vernacular flavors. Still a good drinking beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at BeerBistro.

This beer appears a clear dark reddish amber colour, with a half finger of soapy tan head, which leaves a thin ring of lace around the glass. It smells of bready yeast, coriander, and slightly boozy white grain. The taste is sweet candy malt, barn-like yeast, a bit of dark fruit, and mild earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, a bit slick, and fruity, and it finishes fairly dry and yeasty. The extra alcohol is fairly well integrated.

This very much reminds me of Unibroue products, but they have obviously been doing it for a might stretch longer...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a Leffe goblet in Holland. Cost was 4 euro for a 25cl pour. Reviewed from notes taken in June 2011.

A: Pours a two finger head, wonderfully fluffy, of white colour, with delicate smooth cream, of excellent thickness, and featuring good retention for the ABV. Colour is a solid dark brown-black. Nontransparent.

Sm: Hoppy. Cream, a light hint of toffee, and maybe even a hint of vanilla. A very light aroma; I struggle to isolate the notes with me broken nose. All apologies, lads.

T: Cream, light toffee, some nutty notes, well chosen dark malts, and maybe a hint of vanilla. More simple than expected, but certainly balanced. The built feels a bit muted, if not bland, but I like the taste in a general sense. Still, I remember it being better from the bottle.

Mf: Smooth and wet. It should be less so on both counts. Not badly executed, but there's definitely room for improvement.

Dr: Relatively high ABV is well concealed. I was surprised at its price in Holland. Good quality, but there are far better brews in the style.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dark brown beer with a nice head with medium retention. Aroma is comprised solely of some malt, which seems a bit weak. Taste is somewhat malty, though a bit too diluted for my taste, with a light chocolate ending. Carbonation is very average and body in too thin for an Abbey Dubbel. Overall, this is a notch below standard dubbel but very good for a macro beer. Hey, I think the world would be a better place if macro brewers could produced more beer like this one.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A real big light brown head slowly falls into a nice lacing above a clear burnt red colored beer.

A well balanced aroma consisting of light yeast, caramel malts, and dark fruits.

Light caramel malts, light yeast, dark dried fruits, hints of coffee blend well in a dry tasting (almost like a wine) beer.

An almost parching dry aftertaste on this medium bodied beer.

A pretty decent tasting brown, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would have.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a two-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left thick rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of dark fruits like black cherry, plum and raisin.

T - It tasted of biscuity malt with some dried fruit flavors of raisin and plum. There was a mild spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is really nice Belgian dark ale. I'm glad this arrived in town.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Huhzubendah. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a nice off-white head and good retention. A bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some light bready notes along with dark fruit and a touch of brown sugar.

The flavor is fairly similar with a bit of dryness coming through the finish. Light-medium body. Very slightly chewy with carbonation that is a bit too high, but the chewiness still takes hold, leading to a nice feel through to the semi-dry finish.

Overall, pretty good; it's not something I would seek out, though I certainly wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +5%

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/28/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, banana, clove, chocolate, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, banana, clove, chocolate, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, banana, clove, chocolate, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice dubbel style. All around great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leffe bruin dark, tap at Stella cafe in Brussels airport.
Big creamy thick 1 finger head fades fairly slowly with an entire layer of lacing. Somewhat clear but dark mahogany brown color with a auburn hue.

Nose has an immediate Belgian bruin aroma, floral Belgian yeast esters, dark caramel malts and a bit of candy sugar, some candied raisins and dates, with a light apple mixed with nuts and dates.

Taste starts similarly, but with the candy flavors first, caramel, toffee, nutty candied apple and candy sugar, raisins and dates mostly candied, and a light toasted quality. A hint of booze wafts out with the sweetness and faint esters. It also had a light caramelized almost burnt brown sugar and faint inherent bitterness. Finish is dry but leaves a sticky residue, a mild gassy and earthy bitterness, more caramel toffee nuts and dried fruits lingering too.

Mouth is med bodied, little syrupy, decent carb.

Overall a nice beer, pretty much a bruin dark to a "T", but doesn't go beyond to do anything special either

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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 nathanmiller
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I took my first taste, I must say I was disappointed. "Oh," I thought to myself, "it's just another Belgian table beer."

So I moved on to another beer and figured I'd just finish the growler later. But then I checked Leffe's website, and they recommended pairing with savory foods like meats and poultry. Since I was having chicken that night, I figured I'd give it a second try.

Unbelievable. I'm so thrilled I gave it a second chance. The taste was literally amazing when paired with the chicken. Such a rush of flavors I've not experienced in a long time.

Biggest plus: I have a growler I get to finish of this delicious beer.
Biggest minus: Who knows when I'll be able to refill; the keg died during the next person's fill up...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/8/07 at East Ave Café in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large, off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, dark malts and some chocolate.

T: The taste is sweet with flavors of Belgian yeast, chocolate and some spices. The malt character is hearty and there’s decent hops presence for the style to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is good beer to stick with for an evening especially if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Caribou Cafe in Philadelphia. Served at cellar temperature in a Leffe goblet. Dark mahogany color with a big foam. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel. Medium body but a touch of stickiness.

Malty with an edge of the classic dark flavors: toffee, raisin, black roast coffee. A subtle burr of hops provides another dimension. Sweet and fruity, though, is the main taste, with the Belgian yeasty flavors adding some complexity.

Spicy nose and tangy aftertaste. This seems to be a staple of French bistro kind of places. I'll have to taste this again. This is better than I remember from the bottled version.

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

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before End: 10/02/13.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body, flashing a little garnet when held to the light, and exceptionally clear from aggressive filtering. Tall, lasting, beige head. Nice lacing.

Smell: Dark breadiness with an edge of toastiness to it and sweet notes of caramel, cocoa, and dark corn syrup. Folds into fruity scents, from 'nanas to berries with a small spritz of wafting alcohol.

Taste: Sugary sweet malts upfront, with tastes of firm toast and little inclusions of brown sugar, caramel, and chocolate. Little inclusions, mind you. Fruity accents of banana, raisin, raspberry coming together with the unabashed sweetness to give an impression of holiday fruitcake. A few drops of Karo dark. Sweetish, fruity finish with a small sliver of alcoholic warmth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Slight stickiness involved.

Overall: Not great, no, but no too bad, either, really. More enjoyable for me than the blonde variety, I'll say.

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

Served on tap at Brabant Belgian Brasserie in New York, NY

A: Pours a semi-opaque dark brown, almost cola-like in color. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thin film with some thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There are aromas of caramel, some dark fruit, and slightly lower amount of spices (though the spice is still present, just not as intense as the caramel and dark fruit).

T: The flavor for this beer really follows the smell, there is a very pleasant sweetness from the caramel and the dark fruit, along with just a hint of the spices, and a light bitterness in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is very enjoyable, very easy to drink, and could be a good session beer. It drank really smoothly and it is definitely one that I would enjoy having again. This beer is well balanced.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Gotta drink something whilst my mind is happily torn asunder by the first season of Adventure Time, right? This stuff pours a dark ruby-brown topped by two fingers of off-cream foam. The nose comprises graham cracker, Belgian yeast, light rye bread, and clove. The taste holds notes of mild cocoa, clove, light brown sugar, banana peel, light Belgian yeast, and light toasted biscuit. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a solid, if somewhat underwhelming, Belgian dark. It won't blow you outta the water, but it'll do for a quick Belgian-y nip.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle gifted to me by Thorpe429; thanks Mike! Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Best by date of 27/4/13 on it.

a - Pours a dark mahogany brown color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, bready malts, spices, Belgian yeast, raisins, and dark fruits. Very nice, really like the bananas in the nose.

t - Tastes of bananas, raisins, figs, dark fruits, spices, cloves, Belgian yeast, bready malts, grains, and nuts. Little more dark fruit and pepper then the nose and less bananas, a step down for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and very creamy; very easy to drink. Great body.

o - Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer. I thought it had a really nice nose full of Belgian yeast and bananas, though the taste wasn't quite as great. A very good beer I'd have again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer appears chestnut brown with an inch of frothy, khaki colored head. Ample sticky lacing clings to the sides of the goblet.

The aroma consists of yeast, light spice and fruit notes, grain, brown bread.

The flavor is decent. A bit too dry and grainy. Lasting bitterness in the finish. Dries out the palate quickly. Overall, this is OK. Not in the upper class of quaffable Belgian brews.

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

Appears a deep amber brown with a moccha tan colored two fingered sized head while leaving a nice even web of lacing. Aroma has mild brown sugar hints coated with darker roasted specialty malts, and as it warms forms pleasant fruit tones notably tart apple notes. Taste is a very balanced flavor consisting of a nice tartness that blends and contrasts very well with the harsh dark roasts coating the palate with trickling sweet fruit tones. Mouthfeel is a lighter creamy body very nice going down nothing bad to say about it. Drinkability is amazingly easy to drink this beer, and enjoyable classic session beer.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep chocolate brown with ruby highlights. Creamy white head from a vigorous pour.

S - Light hammy smoke, soft malt, touch of pine, some oak smoke.

T - Soft and sweet. Touch of booze, raisins, soft smoke. Some café latte in the finish.

M- Overall smooth with a touch of cedar / booze sharpness.

D - A very nice beer. It's easy enough that you could enjoy it in a social setting and not miss the boat, and flavorful enough to keep your attention.

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