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 Andrewharemza
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours cola brown with tinge of red when held to the light, it has a good size tan head. Aroma caramel, spice, brown sugar. Taste follows the nose. Very nice not bitter at all.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very approachable and inviting.
While I like the sweetness from its malt, what makes this beer better than its peers is creamy, soft mouthfeel. Its low carbonation adds to this.
this ale is easy to get and easy to drink. Try it.

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium".

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Photo of ADicerni
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A. Opaque Brown with amber tint. Thick foamy head that lasts a few minutes
S. Piney or spicy yeast scent.
T. Piney malt sweet taste. Not a lot of bitterness from the hops but a nice malty finish.
F. Crisp carbonation gives a sparkly feel in the mouth.
O. I like this beer overall, it's a good example of a Belgian Dark Ale.

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Photo of _drummer_
4.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this in Hua Hin, Thailand. Dark, good carbonation, with a medium head when poured into a glass. It has a rich flavor with a strong malt aftertaste. It's a very smooth drink down to the last drop.

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Photo of jw4free
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: dark brown, root beer. S: nice malt backbone. T: dark cherry and oak barrel. F: full bodied, creamy. O: an excellent beer to savor the depth of character.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearamce - poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into a snifter glass. Pours a dark amber, (almost looks black intil put in light. Poured with a big foamy head that lasted 15 mins.

Aroma - Molasses, caramel malt smells mesh .

Tasste - Caramel malts, clove, light banana candi sugar. some light phenols

Feel -mediun bodied with tingling carbonation. .

Overall - not bad for a 6 abv beer! the flavors come together well and everything works. Cheers!

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Photo of joeseppy
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful brown pour with sudsy tan head. Spicy aroma and clean. Got that spice drop candy taste. Toasty caramel and light brown sugar. Pleasing maltness. Faint memories of banana foster. Drinking this out of a Westy chalice I can't help but to think of Westy 12- I know, sacrilege. Great brune and the price is spot on. Would buy again for sure.

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Photo of RickS95
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's such an adorable beer with its little 330 ml bottle. The pour is a burgundy brown, clearish color, with a beautiful thick frothy head of slightly off white bubbles. Peaks and valleys and a sloppy lacey mess sticking to the glass.

Caramel malt dominates. A few spices fill in the spaces, but the caramel is the star.

The taste follows the lead of the smell and the malt and yeast work in perfect harmony creating a yummy concoction of caramel, the slightest hint of cinnamon, and a splash of pepper,

A bit on the thin side, it's very easy to drink with just 6.5% ABV. There's no heat and due to the caramel sweetness, the spicy feel compliments the sweetness for nice balance.

A great beer. Tame enough to go through s sixes in a night, but good enough that you'll want to savor each drop.

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Photo of jonmikel
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The look is very brownish and is fully opaque. I took it from a can so I think that's why it has few foam. The smell is quite good. There is coffee smell and flavour. Overall is pretty good for the price at the supermarket. 2€-3€ per litre in Carrefour in Belgium.

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Photo of James954
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Best Before: 11/2016

L: dark brown cola color yet is still translucent when held to the light. Light head lacing.

S: Faint smell of molasses and raisins

T: Malty, molasses, brown sugar, and a dry finish. After taste is similar to an 12 year aged Dark Rum (Zaya 12 year). The aftertaste manages to linger and is not offensive either!

Feel: Medium hefty mouthfeel that is just right for this beer.

Overall: This is a great beer in that it has a dark brown sugar and molasses taste that is also dry on the finish...I like that.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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 -14.7%
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 +10.2%
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 -0.5%
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 +3.9%
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 -8.7%
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 +31.2%
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 +7.6%
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 -17.8%
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 +10.2%
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 +5.8%
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 +3.4%
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. Clean despite the sweet.

Tasted in Belgium so results may differ in USA. Again in Dominican Republic, liked it even better!

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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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 -3.1%
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 +12.9%
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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Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,815 ratings.
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