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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Photo of thedamon
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of duracell
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

330mL on draft in a goblet at the Brussel airport.

A - Dark brown color with red hues. The rocky head has a good retention and leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass. One of the most beautiful beers on draft I have ever seen. 5/5

S - Typical smell from a belgian brew with a domination of esters. Yeasty, toasted with some dark fruits notes and aromas of nuts and caramel. The whole blend is somehow fresh (hop contributes?). 4/5

T - Tast is mild in comparison with the smell. Yeast is well present upfront, then the taste develops notes of dark fruit and raw sugar but flovors stay too discrete in my opinion and lack some spiciness. 3/5

M - With a rather light body making this beer quite watery, the mouthfeel is very disappointing. Other than that, hop is present at then end with a relatively strong bitterness. 2/5

O - I big disappointement for me in terms of flavors and mouthfeel. I'll try it from a bottle to compare... Worth a try though. 3/5

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Photo of Stobin
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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

I had this for the first time last night, having had the Leffe Blonde on numerous occasions. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste, considering it was reasonably priced for a Belgian at $10.00 for a 6 pack. Although I do not believe it is bottle-conditioned, the level of carbonation was a reasonable facsimile of bottle- conditioning. It had some of the the Belgian "funk" that I so dearly love, yet was more sessionable than many Belgians at 6.5% abv.

Perhaps the best way to sum it up is to say it seemed like a Belgian beer reproduced for the masses. I don't mean that as a slam, as I enjoyed it and will certainly buy it again. In fact, I think it serves as a better "all nighter" than the higher abv Belgian classics (my beloved Maredsous Tripel for example...) that I enjoy so much. It is worth a try as long as you don't go in expecting Chimay.

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Photo of parintele
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought at the neighborhood store in London for a pound,39. ($2.29) Poured into a glass at my hotel room in London.

A: Very brown with a one finger fluffy tan head that stays. Great lacing.

S: coriander, Belgian funk, biscuits, malts.

T: Dark, rich, delicious. Belgian funk comes riding in. Chocolate. Smokey with a smooth coffee finish. Like Leffe Blonde with some heft.

M: Medium, creamy carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable. Would drink again. The Leffe brewery does ale right.

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Photo of jaybags
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of The_1084
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Rootimus88
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Glibber
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark Coffee color with an ample mocha head that clings to the tulip glass. Smells of wheat, straw, and biscuit. This dark beer has quite a bit of carbination, and a roasted malt flavoring with some coffee bitterness. The alcohol warming with carbination makes it easy to drink, but I cannot pick out any fruit or sweetness that I had read about.
To bring a Belgian beer to Idaho for under $1.50 for a 11.2oz bottle I shouldn't have been expecting a complex beer, and it is not one- but is adequate.

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Photo of JLapadura
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of hanlonrn
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of theempire
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Jsimansk
2/5  rDev -47.5%

Photo of sammo
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Metz
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of RichardMNixon
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tapered pilsner glass. Best before 01/09/13.

A: Deep amber color with a touch of pink. Huge amount of off-white head with a batter-like whiter head forming in the center. Dies down leaving the center foam and lots of lacing.

S: Bananas with a bit of chocolate. Not my favorite aromas but fine for the style. Not a terribly strong bouquet.

T: More complex than the smell. Roasted malts up front leading to a yeasty, wine-like taste. A little sourer than it should be.

M: Very smooth, not as overly carbonated as the head had me expecting.

O: It's a good beer, nothing remarkable.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Leffe Brune has a medium, beige head, lots of thin lacing, and a clear, reddish-brown, highly bubbly appearance. The aroma is of spicy, yeasty cinnamon, chocolate powder, sweet bread, and fruit. Taste is of monkey bread, cinnamon, confectionery sugar, caramel, chocolate, dark malt, and a decent hop bitterness present to balance out the beer. Mouthfeel is mostly medium, and Leffe Brune finishes mostly dry, soft, and quite drinkable. Just a super beer!


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Photo of kingslotty
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice looking brown ale, head is nice and sticky with a full 1/2 inch of head and a dark brown yet clear in color beer.

S - Smell is mild but I do get some chocolate, molasses, brown malt, and a surprising bit of hops.

T - Sweet with chocolate and brown malts then quickly to the hops and a sweet dry finish with a mild bit of coriander and plum.

M - Medium yet light and drinkable. A well crafted dark ale.

Overall I am surprised I didn't find this sooner. A really easy drinking Belgium Dark ale that is more balanced than the blonde.

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Photo of KAJJ324
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of seyton
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Hyhat
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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