Leffe 9
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Strong Ale - Belgian Pale
Ranked #328
Ranked #36,537
3.71 | pDev: 12.4%
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had Rituel 9° in Nov. 2019 poured from 25-cl. bottle, label stamped À consommer de préférence avant le: “12/03/21,” into red wine glass.

A beautiful copper-gold beer, with a nice creamy head, which lasts and pulls thick rings of lace down the glass. Aroma of spices and sweet malt, and same for flavor, with a drying finish.

May 12, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

InBev Belgium sprouts “Leffe Rituel 9˚”
33 cl brown glass bottle, “À consommer de préférence avant le 27/11/20 43 23:53”
€1,80 @ PAM Panorama S.p.A., Pisa, IT

Notes via stream of consciousness: The label states that it’s a strong blonde bier but it’s really a deep amber-orange in color. It’s crystal clear beneath a two inch head of rocky off-white foam, and you can see hundreds of fine bubbles steadily streaming upwards. The aroma expresses sweetish, caramel is malt and some gently spicy and softly fruity Belgian yeast phenols. The flavor follows with some deviation: there’s some banana and apple, a bit of honey, some golden raisin, a light toastiness, some mild nuttiness, something (I guess phenols) almost smoky, and a spritz of alcohol. The head has held remarkably so far and it’s still a quarter of an inch thick or more. Rings of solid lace complete the appearance. In the mouth it’s medium-full to full in body and creamy-smooth once the initial effervescent zestiness from the carbonation passes. I’m quite impressed with this for its quality and richness although it could use a little more complexity. Complexity, however, isn’t really a Leffe kind of thing as all of their beers seem to follow that pattern - and that’s OK, this reminds me in a way of Kwak, and it may be even more complex than that (I’ll have to hunt one down and try it again to see). I’m personally drinking this for breakfast right now as the sun rises over the Tuscan countryside (7:30 AM here in the Colle de Valle D’Elsa) but I can easily imagine pairing this with some slightly bitter semi-soft cheese and a few slices of prosciutto or panini, or even pizza, pasta with red sauce, or a grilled steak.
Review #6,821

Dec 01, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Unusual for such a beer it's not bottle-conditioned and crystal clear, mid chestnut brown. Pours with 5mm fine just off-white head. Holds well.
S- Notably smokey, unusual in a Leffe and similar beer.
T- Pungent taste, deep charred timber and smoke. The palate adapts and now very deep roasted fruits are coming through with a background broad richness with sweet notes (serve well chilled, at least to start from).
F- Rich, deep, smokey fruit notes.
O- The dinky 250ml bottle, and flavour profile, almost invites this to be drunk from a brandy glass. Unusual points for the style are that it's really pretty rich, and the smokey notes. The latter might divide opinion. Interesting to try, but perhaps a bit too sweet for me to buy again.
Bought from Beerhawk UK, short-date though BB: 15/12/19 [ps. This was written/scored before reading any other reviews below, which I will now enjoy (even more!) doing.
Having read other reviews now, and near the bottom of the glass, yes by the end the sweetness is rather tired and unecessary. Serve well chilled!

Nov 26, 2019
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Raime from Greenland

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sixer as a gift. Quick review.

Look - Slightly murked golden with a half finger of white head. Low carbonation.

Smell - Lotsa bread with a touch of banana. Light sulphur with an obvious alcohol twang.

Taste - Slightly oxidized, spicy and bready with a touch of banana and some quite apparent alcohol.

Feel - Again, spicy on the body and moderately alcoholic with all the flavors retaining. Swallows a touch flat and adds an apple flavor.

Overall - It's a pretty solid and easy to find Belgian brew. Not the best around but it would perform well in a pinch, especially at the ABV.

Jul 14, 2018
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The_Bujon from Ireland

3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also known as Leffe Rituel, this one tastes like a beefed up leffe blonde.
The foamy head does stay with the beer as it's consumed, even if you take your time.....which I generally try to avoid.
It is reasonably smooth given it's strength, and dangerously so, managed to get through a six pack without too much effort. The scent is a touch bitter, and taste is sweet on the tongue.

Definitely one of the best from Leffe, boof! boof! boof! boof!

....updated second time round, the beer looks better than I first rated. All else as was, a good brew indeed.

Mar 28, 2017
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Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle brought back from Belgium last summer. Pours a clear copper colour with a medium white head which leaves lacing. Aromas of fruit, caramel, malt, yeast, alcohol and hints of spice. The taste is full and medium sweet, again with fruit including apples, caramel, malt, yeast as well as coriander and a hint of vanilla. The alcohol is fairly well hidden considering it 9.0 ABV.

Aug 05, 2016
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber gold (quite a lovely color actually) with a medium head that leaves some lacing. Nose is...straight up hefe. In a blind test, I would have said 100% hefe. Yeast esters and banana. Very nice, although not exactly what I'd expect. Flavor surprises again with full caramel, dates, some residual sugar. Not what I expect from a triple, but quite nice. Warming. Overall, a very good beer...best of the Leffe brand.

Jul 26, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the best ale I had today and I think there were three... plus a lager for lunch (and it was well below average.)
The rating's for Leffe, in general, are below what I think they are. Maybe that is because most raters fear (or want to punish) Leffe for being owned by the monster called InBev (probably soon to change its name and add to its brands.) Such fears are not well-founded in Leffe's case. I think InBev paid good money and wants Leffe to continue producing good beers.

My generalized opinions aside, the best way to improve this beer would be to figure out how to use that much brewer's sugar (or slightly less) and still have it taste this fruity/sweet. I taste the sugar more than I want.
But, I will have Leffe 9 again when the sweet part of my taste buds need stimulation.

Jul 08, 2016
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Shanex from France

3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The Leffe Blonde, only a bit stronger, and not that different. I used to be a Leffe fan, it's relatively cheap in Europe and a six-pack will make a decent party either by yourself or with a pal. I gave this one a 'good' rating. I mean, some people have never had Leffe yet, and it has to be tried... it's called the 'Budweiser' of Europe, only a bit better.

Mar 26, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a clear amber with a small white head. Aroma caramel, banana, clove, vanilla. Taste apples, pear, banana, spice, caramel, candy sugar. Very nice.

Mar 05, 2016
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Zet from Netherlands

2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Amber copper colour with a medium sized steady head of soapy foam. Smell of bread, cloves and alcohol. The taste starts okay, with bread malt and alcohol again, but it's got that sugary malty flavour i tend to dislike with a lot of Leffe beers. This beer tends to get boring quite fast. Typical Leffe. Due to the high abv, this beer even feels like a chore in the end. I can't imagine that being its purpose.

Feb 15, 2016
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jonmikel from Spain

3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass froma 33 cl. bottle bought at Carrefour in Brussels.
-Very transparent liquid. Amber-reddish color, nice to see it. No head of foam.
-Very nice smell. It's a spicy one. In my opinion, there are some hints of banana.
-The taste is good. It reminds to spices though it isn't truly spicy.
-The feel is good but not extraordinary.
The smell is the better part of the beer, in my opinion, it's disappointing overall.

Jan 16, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Like the classic Leffe on steroids, this one delivers a big slap in your face with its booziness. The unbalanceness of the beer is still a success. Not worthy

Nov 09, 2015
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FLima from Brazil

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber copper color with a thick head with good retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with good phenolic notes (cloves, cinnamon, vanilla), pineapple juice, plums, dough, banana and caramels.
Concentrated flavor with notes of caramels, grapes, plums, honey, Cointreau liquor, banana, some of the characteristic medicine from their beers and cinnamon. Dry aftertaste that partially removes its sweetness to make it bearable.
Medium towards full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 9% just contributes positively to its flavor with no warming sensation.
Strong Belgian Ale with decent fruity and phenolic flavors, it just could tune down a bit its sweetness. Though I didn’t think it was too cloying for this small bottle.

Sep 05, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

-pours a clear amber with a medium,frothy,white head
-low-medium carbonation visible
-Salami,White bread,caramel,toffee,plum,banana
-Follows the nose without the salami but with cherries
-ice coffee-ish finish
-medium to full body
-high carbonation
-noticeable alcohol
Weakest Leffe i've had so far.o.k. overall

Jul 16, 2015
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aleigator from Germany

3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Has a reddish, amber color, with a perfect sized, froth head.

Aromas are slightly spiced, reminding me instantly of a german Hefeweizen, with bready, dough yeast and banana - altough it tends to be a little bit sweeter.

Drinks extremely smooth, due to its soft yeast foundation. Taste is between sweet honeyed malts and peppery spices. The banana from the nose is still there, but perfectly wrapped up by slightly hot spices, vanilla and honey. Has a perfect fitting, lively carbonation with a medium body. Finishes with a toffee, clove spiced sweetness, and some slightly biting peppers.

Jan 23, 2015
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doktorhops from Australia

3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Beer: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the beer-blogger Doc. His five-year mission: to explore strange new Ales, to seek out new Double Imperial IPAs and new Bière de Gardes, to boldly drink where no man has drunk before* [cue Beer Trek theme]. Today’s review in the lead up to my #500 milestone (for those keeping track this is #496) is Leffe Rituel 9°. Now those of you familiar with my reviews on BeerAdvocate will know that I’m not Leffe’s biggest fan - I find their beers sweet to the point of requiring an Insulin injection (i.e. too sweet). What makes me think 9° will be any different? I don’t really, but I’ll give Leffe another shot because I trust the monks when it comes to beer (religion “no”, beer “yes”).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents a hazy deep orange body with cream coloured 1cm dense head that leaves some light lace patches around the glass. Impressive head for a 9% ABV brew. Most impressive. 9/10.

S: Aroma is sweet over ripe cider apples, a hint of clove spice, followed by doughy bread yeast and a touch of pear/banana... then add A TRUCKLOAD OF SUGAR!!! Dammit Leffe, you always do that to me! It’s not all bad though - the truckload of sugar does accentuate the fruity esters of apple, pear and banana, in fact it’s like sniffing a bowl of fruit salad... with a truckload of sugar on top. 7/10.

T: Cloying sugar up front, we expected that from you Mr. Leffe, however what we didn’t expect was how the array of other flavours would work together (well it turns out): overripe cider apples, clove, pear, banana with a hit of brandy and a sourdough bread yeast middle. The flavour can be best described as “a bowl of overripe fruit, covered in sugar and fermented with sour Saison yeast”. Not bad but that sugar, again Leffe. 7/10.

M: Leffe generally get this part right, and Rituel 9° is no exception: Medium bodied with a dense but light carbonation. 9/10.

D: I would love Leffe if they toned down their sugar - they combine classic Belgian tastes well, Rituel 9° included. If you want something similar but less cloying I would go with the brilliant Brasserie d'Achouffe’s La Chouffe (the one with the Gnome on the bottle)... I guess that’s high praise for Leffe. 6/10.

Food match: The acidity of a cheese platter to cut through all the sweetness.

*Yes I’m watching Star Trek reruns, what of it?

Jan 17, 2015
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JaimeLondon from Brazil

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Nice belgian ale of a beautifull amber color, but somewhat transparent, and a nice whitey foam
Aroma is extremely malty and full of cereals. Same thing for the taste, with some fruity tones in the end.
The beer has some similarities with whiskey. Beginning with the color, but also in the taste and aroma - let's say.. a special malty tone ;)
Carbonation is at good level, body is huge.

Dec 16, 2014
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

the label of this bottle says 'rituel 9', poured chilled from the bottle in a tulip.

The color is dark amber, clear with 3 fingers of white cap with very fine bead and thick webbing of lace sticks. The smell has lots of sweetness perhaps malt with a noticeable candy-like smell with a slightly cheesy yeast nose and mild floral accent with light alcohol aroma. The feel has malt sweetness with woody texture and chewy texture with spice and creamy body with sweet throughout almost a cloying effect w/ alcohol drying finish.

The taste has a mineral quality with a light caramel and spice accent w/ warming of alcohol in the taste and sweet candy sugar type flavor and mild toasted sweet malt but flavor is not as full as the smell lets on. The taste of sweet malt continues after the swallow as residual sugar flavor. This is barely a good belgian at this point...only 4 months old but it has started to decline. I would say this is decent but would not buy it unless it is fresh.

Nov 24, 2014
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

250 ml bottle purchased in Paris as part of a six pack for under 1 euro per bottle. Served fairly cool into a wine glass.

Appearance - rich dark golden color with some coppery hues. A finger of thick dense head is poured and has excellent retention time before eventually dissolving into a soapy conglomeration on top of the beer. Clear and a few bubbles are apparent.

Smell - huge Belgian yeast aroma that absolutely dominates, after that there's a peppery and woodsy aroma that comes through.

Taste - sweet and boozy, with a sugariness that just keeps building and building and is overkill. So etching akin to super sweet candied molasses is also present in there as well as a generous helping of the funky Belgian yeast. It tasty but more of an papery if since the sweetness is crazy high on this one.

Mouthfeel - well carbonated, but the carbonation can't cut through what becomes a sweet and sugary conglomeration. At the end of the day, I feel like I will need a chisel of a toothbrush to get rid of the the accumulation of sugar on my teeth.

Overall - a great looking, but super sweet strong Belgian pale ale, it's a good beer but should only be consumed in small quantities since the sugariness is overbearing at times.

Jul 22, 2014
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endovelico from Portugal

4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber. Medium-high effervescence. No floaties. One inche of thick white foam.

S: Boozy, Rich and intense aromatics of prune and dried fruits. Some fresh orange aromatics show through the backend as well.

T: Medium - high intensity. Follows on the nose. No hop flavour.

P: Bitterness low. Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation. Sweet finish.

O: Polished, sophisticated and of enough complexity even if it's not a very bold take on the style.

Jul 18, 2014
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MarkoNm from Slovenia

3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Surprisingly this one turned out to be my favourite Leffe so far.
Pours out with an amber/redish color and a very hefty white head. There's lots of carbonation also.
The aroma is hoppy and there's also a slight aroma of alcohol, but all in the limits of gentleness.
The taste is decently hoppy, slightly fruity sweet with some alcohol. The finish is bittery and comes with a slight spicy kick, which is nice.

Dec 08, 2013
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cafe Leffe in Lille. Served in a 25 cl Leffe Chalice.

Appearance: Clear amber, rocky light tan head, thin strands of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Metallic, a little musty, with some underlying caramel sweetness every now and then.

Taste: Malty, tiny bit boozy, mild bitter finish. Some fruity esters throughout.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick, sticky - just right carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Not bad - I think it would be better with food. I had already eaten so I had this with friends and discussion. One was enough. A little bit too mild in flavor - there are better Belgian strong pale ales out there. With this much ABV - you want some more flavor and taste to back up the alcohol and the higher cost per glass.

Jul 01, 2013
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Amber/organgish; medium, cream head; clear

Aroma: Malty; citrusy; spicy; cloves

Taste: Juicy malt; cloves and orange on start; semi-sweet; slightly syrupy finish with a little bitterness; very good

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

Jun 15, 2013
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Kemmerlin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: light amber or dark gold in color poured a 2 finger width head collapsing to a thin film in about 30 seconds but leaving good lacing on the glass.
S: as with the style banana and raw sugar are prominent but a faint scent of raspberry mixes in to make the beer very tempting to sip deep.
T: sip deep indeed. Of course banana and sugar are the main characters. But the alcohol content brings out these flavors even more while adding a punch in the mouth.
M/D: the alcohol content distracts you from the smooth and medium body but as stated above brings out the flavors. Overall a great beer to add to your rotation if you light Belgian beers.

May 09, 2013
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