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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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Reviews: 513 | Ratings: 1,774
Photo of Dentist666
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Troy-Hawaii
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. Dark brown color, caramel smell, nutty caramel taste, mouth feel a little thick. Overall an ok beer, but not really for me.

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Photo of akolb
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, dark brown with a light colored head. Great retention.
Aroma: Subtle banana and clove.
Taste: A touch of sweetness, banana at the back of the mouth, a hint of bitterness. Delicious.
Drinks almost like a lighter, more subdued version of a dubbel. This is a great beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In La Trappe Glass. Browsing Birraire. At first it reminded me the disgustimg taste of guinness vagely, but as it warms it gets better, that taste dissappears and becomes a beer that never tires you

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Photo of Dzu
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Dark brown with a creamy beige head.
S: Dark bread , a notes of coffeee, chocolate,dark fruits.
T: Banana, roasted bread, sweet a little (caramel), weak bitterness. Well balanced.
F: Smooth, oily.
O: Probably the first belgian dark ale i've had and i like it.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cola to ruby in color, quite clear, with fine, medium-retention, film-forming, beige head. Spicy, almost minty alcohol, and Band Aid are strongest aromas. Coffee and roasted meat are there as well. Altogether, like fresh potting soil. More complex, and in my opinion more enjoyable, smell than that of many a Strong Belgian Dark. Unfortunately doesn't last as long so I'll rate it lower. After it's had the opportunity to off-gas, banana notes to the fore. This is also present on the palate, throughout, although complimentary to other flavors: Light roasted coffee up front, sweetly boozy and nutty in the middle followed immediately by herbal, rindy hops, with Band Aid and menthol in the back. These latter two sensations are too strong for my tastes. Low level of carbonation, just barely tingly and smoothing out to pure suds. All but disappears after a half hour or so, leaving it to seem too watery. Lighter end of medium in body, fairly dry and warming finish.

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Photo of dk63
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I could rate it a 10 I would. This is my favorite beer of all and could find it until recently. The store I was buying at in NC told me the US importer quit bringing to the states. Would love to hear differently from someone.

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Photo of Alexrdvz
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This would be a biased review as I simple love Belgian style beer, but the nutty flavor of this brown Leffe if just amazing. Right amount of alcohol. Roasted flavor, not burnt. Nice beer for chatting and chilling out with friends. Not to be served too cold (think room temperature of a basement in Belgium) lol

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Photo of BethanyB
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: A dark brown that's nearly opaque, but reveals some deep copper highlights at its base when poured into a goblet. The off-white head does not last, but still leaves behind evenly spaced rings of lace.

Smell: Prune and a tinge of roasted malt are sullied by a splash of DMS. A faint fragrance, but not one I'd want to be stronger.

Taste: Roasted malt and white pepper create a flavor profile which resembles rye bread. The fruit on the nose is not in the flavor. A soft caramel finish feels out of place. It's not bad, but it still doesn't make a good mark.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel and medium-high carbonation create a thick, yet crisp quality that would do well to serve a more complex brew.

Overall: More of a mediocre smoky stout than a strong dark Belgian. Far less appealing than Leffe Blonde, and nothing I'd try again.

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really solid Belgian Ale.

Look: Pours a dark brown, but still translucent. Gets a massive head on it if you're not careful!

Smell: A moderate scent of spice and malt.

Taste: Lightly sweet at first, followed by malt and spice, with an ever so slight aftertaste of hops.

Feel: Moderately carbonated, not too thick, not too thin. Goes down pretty smooth.

Overall: A fine Belgian Ale, imo. Nothing spectacular, but still very pleasant.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A winner in my book. Loved the transition from sweet to peppery slightly bitter finish with no dissonant notes in between! Nice color, great head and lacing + carbonation. Will be interested in trying others from this brewer + revisiting this one as well.

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Photo of Act25
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While Leffe is not of one of my favorite belgians, this brown is great.

A Clear cola brown, with bright, thick tan lasting head and loads of lace. Highly carbonated. Looks like an amber bock.

S: Belgian sweetness, tartness, yeast, and spice mix. More than others offers a caramel and toasty malt aroma.

T: Follows smell with more caramel malt, and toasted notes which I like, so that it's not so bubble gum. Fuller, creamier, and rounder that the blonde.

F: Tingly finish. With toasted caramel, but enough bitter balance. Not cloying, not overly fruity.

O: Try it if you can find it, wish it was the standard that is mostly available in USA.

Tasted in Belgium so results may differ in USA.

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lovely refreshing beer. Similar to Leffe blonde but more of a crisp and earthy taste rather than smooth and sweet. The colour is like cola and the head stays for a while.

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Photo of drmeto
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

-pours a clear ruby-brown with a medium to big,foamy,offwhite head
-high carbonation visible
-big caramel,slight banana,roasty coffee,slightly bready
-Follows the nose plus sugar
-light to medium body
-high carbonation
Not as complex as other Belgian Dubbels but still good

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew pours a brown/black color but shows wine red highlights when held up to the light. It is 50% opaque and there is strong carbonation that does not diminish as you drink it. Pours with a 2.5 finger head which lasts with both a collar and strong lacing.

The smell is earthy and musty, dank and oak like. Lots of sweet malt and some roasted malt.

The taste mostly follows the nose with sweet and roasted malts leading the charge. This is followed by a musty, earthy taste then what tastes like wheat and yeast finishing off with enough hops to prevent it from being too sweet. The finish is very smooth; there is no aftertaste at all.

Overall this is one sweet, smooth drinking beer. I believe you could call it "sessionable".

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a lovely dark brown with ruby highlights and a tan, long-lasting head that leaves sheets of lace.
Nice aroma full of caramel, fruit and spice.
Great tasting beer. Plenty of delicious malt flavors -- toffee, caramel, cracker as well as a slight tart note beneath and a very nice, bittering finish. A little bit of peppery spice in ther as well.
Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.
Overall, a really good beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- A great smell of malt with maybe some spice tossed in.
Appearance. Pours dark brown with an off-white colored head.
Taste- Has a great sweet malt flavor that builds with each sip.
Palate- this is a full bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- An outstanding beer, I would drink this again and again.

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3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The best qualities of this brew that stand out are the mouthfeel and the look.
The look is deep caramel but not cloudy. I love the mouthfeel for this style, it is crisp not overcarbonated and fairly smooth. However I thought it was a tad sweet, I was expecting some sweetness from the caramel malts, but the balance between the bitter and sweet was rough. At first sip sweet hickory was blasted onto the middle of my palate, followed with a bitter chocolate towards the back of the palate. Overall a good brew, not one that I would buy again.

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Photo of ottstinate
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While on business travel in Luxembourg, the Leffe Brown was a welcome companion. It's nutty, full flavor, comfortable brown invitation, and smooth full taste made dinners something to remember. All beer experiences are colored by the when and where we drink them. This was a perfect storm of circumstance and beer. Delicious!

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Photo of JLSIV
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into a 16 oz tulip glass. A dark brown with a ruby hint around the edges and thru light. A nice two finger rocky creme colored head with excellent retention (still there after 15 minutes of drinking). Very clear and bright. Excellent all around lacing.

Aroma is mostly malt, with a very small hint of pepper, no discernable hops.

Taste is definitely on the rich, sweet malt side, my first beer of this type. Some caramel and a little spice, but no hops. Some might be put off by this, but I enjoy it very much.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, with a slight alcohol warmth, but nothing over the top. The carbonation is perfect.

Overall, I would enjoy this beer again and again. I tend to enjoy sweeter, maltier beers, and this is definitely a style I will like again. It also seems to hold up well in the bottle.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance (4.25) : The first thing I notice is the towering head. It's very creamy, stands about four fingers tall (that's over half the glass for me) and recedes very slowly. It leaves it's fingerprint behind with lacing that fogs the glass and webs around in intricate, starchy patterns. The head begins to look like soap foam after a short while. The body is coffee brown with a signature cranberry red tint when held to the light. The opacity is roughly 70% which is good for the style. It's a strong looking beer, and the head really proves that the Belgian yeast is active and alive inside the bottle.

Aroma (4) : A bit on the weak side but a hefty sniff gives way to spiced black jelly bean, hot leather, medicated mint balm, and a few peppermint coffee notes. It's a very "foreign" smell. I like it.

Taste (3.75) : Light bodied and easy drinking. Oat bread notes hit first, then caramel, molasses, and a yeast flavor, finishing with some slight hop and honey malt. Swishing in the mouth yields strong holiday anise candy. It's unmistakeable. It's almost like what I would expect a dessert or sweet course to taste like in Belgium. There's just this foreign baked goods/candy thing about it. A baked bread dessert. Maybe bread pudding?

Mouthfeel (3.5) : It is light bodied, lightly carbonated, and ends candy-like (as if you sucked on a piece of candy).

Overall (3.92) : It is a nice Belgian beer and has a very festive quality to it. I just get this picture of a Belgian speaking housewife making desserts for her husband's friends. Is that weird? I dunno. Try it for yourself.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours as expected with a nice frothy enduring head that sculpts and laces the glass.
The nose strkes me as a bucolic countryside yeast with hints of hops and some floral undertones.

The flavor has somewhat of a lightness or maybe transparency to it but the yeast flavor that I noted in the nose comes through along with hops bitterness and caramel.

Over all this is a rather meager stanced beer. It is not particularly robust but then again I don't expect that from a Belgian Ale.

It is by all means a satisfying beer and I have enjoyed it. I expect to acquire more but there are others that I'd reach for-- it's just not that memorable.

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Photo of Gazreale
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

A - Poured into a Leffe goblet. Dark reddish brown. Pours a large cream head with good retention but not much lacing.

S - Not a strong nose but dark sugar and toffee detectable.

T- Sweet malt with some alcoholic warmth, giving way to a strong sweetness of chocolate, toffee and dark sugar.

M- Thick, almost creamy, with slight carbonation on tongue, smooth finish.

O - Enjoyable Dubbel with pleasant sweetness but slightly imbalanced without enough bitterness.

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18B). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 49 11:37. AROMA: low sweet malt aroma with faint notes of caramel. no hop aromas. some spicy alcohol aromas are present. APPEARANCE: dark amber color and translucent. reddish depth. large ivory head with average retention. some lacing is present. TASTE: notes similar to aromas. dilluted sweet malt background flavour. low bitterness. finishes semi-sweet. PALATE: medium-low body with average carbonation. OVERALL: a mild (aroma and flavour wise), belgian dubbel that lacks more malt derived complexity. a bit on the watery side.

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Photo of cheesepuffs
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

I gave this beer a 2.5 because I'm not yet familiar enough with the style. I would have given it an even lower score if I had more to compare it to, and if it didn't have such phenomenal lacing on the glass.

For me, I couldn't get past the sickening sweetness. This beer reminds me of a Polish baltic porter called Black Boss, which reminds me of that "Sugar In The Raw" natural cane sugar you put in coffee. The sugary profile masked near everything else for me and I actually poured most of this one down the drain. This is my 187th beer and the only other drain pour on my watch was Miller Fortune. Maybe I'm just getting pickier.

Anyway, if you like ultra sweet beers then go for it, but if you like a brew with balance then this one's not for you. No hop balance here. No bitterness to bring the sweetness down to earth, and that, for me, made it a chore to drink. Not questioning it's quality of ingredients, but the flavor is definitely polarizing.

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Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,774 ratings.
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