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

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

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Ratings: 1,833 |  Reviews: 532
Photo of Sammy
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
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 kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +9.7%
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 +2.1%
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 -17.6%
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 SocalKicks
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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 +4.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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 nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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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