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 BdM
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mishi_d
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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 MI_beerdrinker
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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 beers from Belgium sell for around $20 a 4-pack. This is definitely a steal, and makes a great beer to pick up when money might be too tight to pick up the more expensive brands. Not bad, and may get more in the future.

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Photo of bmaslakov
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Timtac
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tomislav
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Bujon
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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 +17.9%
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 T-34-85
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 60sFolks
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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 metalspice
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scamboogery
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kyle_Hanson
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Brew_Darrymore
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HBeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +9.5%
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 evanwoertz
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Foley67
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JackF30
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.8 out of 5 based on 1,831 ratings.
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