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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3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 06-21-2013
Freshness: Best by 10-13-2014
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: 6-pack from Publix

A: Clear and dark brown beer with traces of burgundy. The rocky, tan head sits tall in the glass and shows very good retention and excellent lace.

S: Aromas are musty, with notes of sweet malts, brown bread, earthy hops and a trace of band aid

T: The taste begins with light toasted malt bitterness and flavors of caramel and dark fruits. I expected it to be sweeter than it is, but it has a fairly dry and spicy taste, reminding me a bit of a beer with some rye malt.

M: Body is average. The carbonation seemed fine in my first bottle, but the second was over-carbonated leaving a crazy amount of foam in the glass. The finish is dry and has roasted grains for a touch of bitterness to counter the caramel malt sweetness.

O: Overall a good, enjoyable dark Belgian ale. I liked it, but it probably isn't something I'd look to buy again.

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

A friend brought a bunch of these to a party I hosted here recently and left a bunch of these in the fridge. Lucky me.

Served in a Stone IPA glass.

A: Poured a nice burnt, brown color with a bit of an amber hue and a 1/2 finger head to boot. Fairly translucent.

S: Belgian-y for sure, with some brown sugar and carmel. Smells good.

T: Definitely Abbey-made with a distinctive Belgian yeast strain up front and completely devoir of anything artificial. The dark, caramel, brown sugar component was rolled into the overall profile very nicely.

M: Champagne-like in its carbonation bill, not too sweet, but if the Belgian thing isn't your cup of tea, you may not dig this.

O: This was a pleasant surprise and I definitely prefer this to the Blond. Thumbs up!

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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Leffe bruin dark, tap at Stella cafe in Brussels airport.
Big creamy thick 1 finger head fades fairly slowly with an entire layer of lacing. Somewhat clear but dark mahogany brown color with a auburn hue.

Nose has an immediate Belgian bruin aroma, floral Belgian yeast esters, dark caramel malts and a bit of candy sugar, some candied raisins and dates, with a light apple mixed with nuts and dates.

Taste starts similarly, but with the candy flavors first, caramel, toffee, nutty candied apple and candy sugar, raisins and dates mostly candied, and a light toasted quality. A hint of booze wafts out with the sweetness and faint esters. It also had a light caramelized almost burnt brown sugar and faint inherent bitterness. Finish is dry but leaves a sticky residue, a mild gassy and earthy bitterness, more caramel toffee nuts and dried fruits lingering too.

Mouth is med bodied, little syrupy, decent carb.

Overall a nice beer, pretty much a bruin dark to a "T", but doesn't go beyond to do anything special either

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(4.0) A: Clear mahogany red with a tall billowy white head that recedes to a thin blanket. Patchy lacing that clings.

(3.75) S: Cherries, plums, sweet banana, light molasses, some grains, and subdued caramel. Enticing but not overpowering. A good mix of aromas.

(3.75) T: Semi-tart dark fruits, grains, banana, bubblegum, and light caramel backbone. A nice spice element is present. A slight root beer taste that is quite earthy is noticeable.

(3.5) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Syrup like texture that’s a bit sticky but generally fairly clean.

(3.5) D: It has been quite a while since I had this, and I was quite surprised by the taste. I much prefer the Leffe brune over the blonde. Will have to start considering this at establishments with macro-heavy lineups.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Chestnut; medium cream head, long lasting; effervescent

Aroma: Malty; sweet; coriander

Taste: Creamy start with nutty notes throughout; tart, slightly bitter finish; good overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Leffe Brune / Brown from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.81 out of 5 based on 1,823 ratings.
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