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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium
abbaye-de-leffe.be

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,840
Reviews:
536
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
13.65%
 
 
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63
Gots:
524
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0
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Photo of Brew_Darrymore
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HBeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +9.2%
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 +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JackF30
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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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3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Juno_Malone
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JamFuel
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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2.79/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,840 ratings.
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