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

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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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Ratings: 1,863 |  Reviews: 541
Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.89/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Leffe Brune Ale 6.5% ABV.
Look: Mahogany brown body and off white head. A good bit of carbonation.
Smell: dark malts, caramel sweetness, toffee.
Taste: Raisin, caramel, sweet smooth malts, roasty, slight sourness, crisp and wonderful.
Feel: Light, airy, sharp, pillowy carbonation, lovely all around.
Overall: It's been a while since I re-visited this wonderful dark and sweet Belgian beer, but it's been too long. This time I got the 12 ounce bottle from my local place. I got it along with several other Belgians to go along with a theme. It is just a really nice ale that I will never be disapointed by and it's just what I want from a dark Belgian beer, but it is really easy on your liver. It seems so light that I feel like I wouldn't get drunk on it. It is super malt forward. I actually think that if it didn't have more carbonation than it would taste like a scotch ale, but ofcourse than it wouldn't be so wonderfully snappy. I love it, luuuuv, it!

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Photo of Pnotuner
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Okay. This is way too hoppy for me and my taste buds. My go to baseline beer is the Model Negra from Mexico. I think this Left Brune will be better to have with a meal. It does have a very smooth silky feel on the pallet.

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Photo of Traymond
2.84/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

L: Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle into glass. Dark brown/blackish color. Large, non-dissipating head.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, toffee, slight caramel, little fruity. Quite pleasing overall.

T: Sweet but not cloyingly so. Quite a unique taste. Alcohol not so much apparent until it goes down the hatch. Nice taste but slight lingering after-note of some sort that is not so pleasant. Toffee and coffee notes come out more as the beer warms in temperature.

F: Normal. Not super carbonated.

O: Glad I tried it, but not really my style. Seems that the Dark Ales are more of an acquired taste rather than something one likes on first taste, but to each his own. Very likely won't be returning to this.

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Photo of Jtee
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 330ml bottle served at 11 degrees Celsius into a chalice. I think the suggested serving temperature of 5-6 degrees Celsius is just too cold. Best before date: 16.6.2018

Look: The beer pours a clear deep copper/light brown with 4cm of dense, rocky, beige head that settles to a craggy cap within three minutes. Exceptional lacing.

Smell: Moderate intensity and balances towards sweet. Prominent Belgian yeast with fruity esters (banana) and spicy phenols (cloves) along with a toasty graininess. Caramel and a bit of funk. Makes me think of banana bread when all put together. Very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Delicious and follows the aroma seamlessly. Fruity esters at the forefront followed by phenols. The caramel makes it's presence known with hints of milk chocolate. The finish is surprisingly long with moderate intensity and bitter balance.

Feel: Medium-full body with lively carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a tiny bit of warming sensation from the alcohol.

Overall: If you like Belgian beers I can't see how you can go wrong with this one. It's just overall really well-rounded and approachable. Outstanding in terms of looks with a pleasant aroma and tons of flavour that all point to Belgium. It's not the crème de la crème of the region (or style) but certainly worthy. I'm always happy to revisit this beer.

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Photo of delegeferenda
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great introduction to Belgian ales, Leffe Brune is hard to fault.

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Photo of Macamah
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Sam106
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stlfatguy
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan brown body, off white head. Smell of light chocolate banana bread. taste some pepper spices, sweet with a little caramel. Mostly malt and light cHocolate banana bread. Hint of hop bite on tail, but without after taste.

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Photo of Ricsan
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Really solid, brown, sweet and tasty beer. A pretty solid baseline for anyone trying out new things or just a beginner's beer.

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Photo of jmryan8
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chebode2
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BVGDrug
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: A dark brown beer with a billowing three finger, khaki head of foam that laces the glass well.

Aroma: A melange of dark fruits and yeast. Predominantly on the nose there are notes of soft banana, gentle clove, bubblegum and caraway seed complemented by a backdrop of chocolate roasted malt, plums and red figs.

Taste: Upfront, a lightly toasted chocolate malt bill imparts some dry, bittersweet flavors that ultimately coalesce into a blend of fleshy, dark red fruits like dates, sugarplums, tamarind and raisins. These flavors linger throughout but on the finish there is some spicy yeast driven character reminiscent mainly of caraway, anise and fennel along with subdued yet pertinent undertones of clove, bubblegum and sweet banana as it warms.

Feel: Mouth feel is average in body with a decent weight to it, that's neither too thin or too thick. Moderately carbonated with a delicate yet thirst quenching effervescence.

Overall: What's not to like about Leffe Brune? You can find it nearly everywhere and it's rather inexpensive for people who are conscious of their budget. Aside from that, the flavor of the beer is delicious with big chocolate driven notes of fruit and yeast, and a luxuriously silky yet thirst quenching mouth feel. The only problem I can see some people having with this beer is that it can be rather sweet at times. One of the best budget friendly Belgian Dark Ales.

Rating: [A-] Excellent. 4.02/5.

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Photo of schavuytje
1.22/5  rDev -67.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Lean brown: what a sugar bomb even according to belse double measurements, you smack all the carmelized sugars with a slightly wrinkled edge, also taste the caramel sugars the upper tone is the cruelty of the yeast and the cheaply burned malt

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Photo of wattoclone
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweet dark ale with a roasted malt finish and a burnt malt / slight hop bite. So sweet it is on the verge of syrupy, but not quite. The ABV is reasonable for this style.

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Photo of JSG18
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stuff.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MGoeltz
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VonZipper
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alexsergio
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of teromous
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The date on the back label states: "15/04/18 49 13:31"

Appearance: The body is a very dark brown color with deep ruby reds as light passes through. The head is very large and rocky with a light tan color. It has great retention and lacing. It looks absolutely perfect.

Aroma: I am getting a light bit of a smokey aroma.

Taste: It starts out with a nice sweet caramel flavor that has a smokey, woody quality about it. There is a bit of brown sugar and sweet malt flavor. All of the flavors are very light and although it is a sweet tasting beer it never feels syrupy or heavy.

Mouthfeel: It feels on the lighter side of medium in the mouth with a very airy feel. It is effortlessly easy to drink this beer and it goes quickly.

Overall: It is a nice, light feeling, sweet beer that has just a touch of smoke to balance out the sweetness. It is very enjoyable and I would both buy it again and recommend it. It would make a good dessert beer for those who are looking for something that is sweet but not heavy.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a clear brown with a nice head, slowly reducing to a thin layer. Lacing as you enjoy it. Some malt in the nose. The mouth gets toasted malt, clove and fruit. Nice!

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Photo of mcpat1993
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Too heavily carbonated and no head.

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Photo of shelby415
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikeinportc
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,863 ratings
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