Leffe 9 | 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 Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 03-06-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
185
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
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9
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Photo of Fezzz
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zet
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of danflux
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Biggiekrock627
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jonmikel
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of YvesB
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Moretta
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer, but not perfect, i rather drink their 'Royale'

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Photo of thatsmyspot
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bruno74200
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of josanguapo
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

From elcervecero. In Tongerlo cup. Playing Bit Evolution. Too much sugary. The Leffe tripel is much better. This one tires

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Photo of FLima
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of Allegue04
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of der_meister
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drmeto
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours a clear amber with a medium,frothy,white head
-low-medium carbonation visible
S:
-Salami,White bread,caramel,toffee,plum,banana
T:
-Follows the nose without the salami but with cherries
-ice coffee-ish finish
F:
-medium to full body
-high carbonation
-noticeable alcohol
O:
Weakest Leffe i've had so far.o.k. overall

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Photo of oopp99
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WGO
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rulisekmartin
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kamilgracki
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nrod
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cydrman
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Srecko
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Etrusco
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aleigator
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.56/5  rDev -3%
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?

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Leffe 9 from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.67 out of 5 based on 185 ratings.
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