Leffe 9 | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 03-06-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
179
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
19.89%
 
 
Wants:
9
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47
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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 179
Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured in its own chalice.

A: Orange color with a big white bubbled head which dissipates quickly leaving no lacings

S: Honey. Sweet malts, Belgian yeasts. A bit fruity and spicy. Alcohol

T: Honey, sweet malts, Belgian yeasts. Alcohol and a decent hop bitterness in the end

M: Heavy body. Molasses too. Belgian sweet bitterness pleasure

O: Nice beer

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Photo of Tinfang
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25cl bottle purchased as an 8pack in France. Best by date of Jan 2013.
A: clear, lightly coppery. Poured into a wide-mouth glass. Little head which subsided quickly, nearly no lacing.
S: almost none. A bit of fruit and alcohol.
T: Hints of orange along with the expected Belgian spicyness. A taste of alcohol but not unpleasant. The spicy quality lingers pleasantly on the palate and dominates the taste experience.
M: medium, little carbonation
O: My opinion of this beer improved with each sampling. The combined flavors don't clearly express an individual character for this beer however, which keeps it from being great. I would cheerfully buy this again.

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Photo of Beeronious07
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it came as one of 4 beers in the gift pack that also includes two Leffe chalices. the price of the whole gift pack was 25.72 euro. served it at the temperature of 12 Celsius in the 330 milliliter chalice i got from the gift pack. best before date 09/04/12

A - totally loved the coper color. little retention, same with the carbonation and lace.

S - as i poured it in the chalice the 1st thing that hit me was the banana, but after closer examination i felt the honey, some spices ad the strong alcohol in the back.

T - strong banana in the front. mainly sweet taste with caramel in the back.also the alcohol is pretty suppressed.

M - u can feel a lot more carbo than u can taste but still is not too much. medium body.

awesome beer, if u can u should try it ... needless to say more

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Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from a small grocery store in Paris. They had half a dozen beers on the shelf and this was one of them.

Pours a burnt copper color with an airy tan head. Head falls rather slow, thin lacing.

Mild malt aroma that seems pleasantly sweet. No real hops in the nose.

Nice malt taste. Sweet yet mildly so, and quite delicious. Bit of hop in the finish maybe.

Medium bodied mouthfeel and rather sharp on the tongue. Biting and perfectly carbonated.

Pretty good. Defiantly worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of sfprint
2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pink like rose wine. very mild carbonation, barely any head.
S: also rose wine like, with plum, alcohol and strong sweetness and a tinge sour.
T: a strange and unpleasant prominent tartness cuts what seems like a very nice base flavor. alcohol. also rose wine like, pleasant and balanced under the not so nice veil. sad that the tartness ruins it for me.
M: medium body, tartness with low carbonation.
O: almost a good beer, with one major flaw.

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Photo of STEG
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A special thanks to jeffo for this treat in our last trade.

Clear honey hue, 2 finger off white head.

Bubble Gum, sweet malt, banana and light clove dominate the nose.

Taste is moderately different, significantly malty with some honey like flavors. Moderately sweet, and somewhat two dimensional but there are slight hop notes and slight distinct belgian yeast notes.

Mouthfeel is moderately smooth as much as I dislike using that term. Somewhat lively carbonation throughout makes this 9% beer not a chore to get through.

Overall this was a welcome experience made possible by jeffo and I appreciate it very much, but for now, I'll put the DeMolen first before wanting to try another Leffe offering.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4th Beer in my 'Odd-Beer tasting evening: 18th June 2011.

33cl Brown bottle, best before 7th Sept 2012, poured into a stemmed Leffe tulip.

Looks impressive, filled the glass very well. Good well formed white head above a light amber body.

The smell is of very mild smoked ham and Belgian yeasts, add some vanilla wrapped in a banana skin and you're almost there.

The taste also seemed to have a smoked hint, as well as those yeasts in the smell. Alcohol is very evident in the taste, but the banana and vanilla from the smells appear too.

Medium body feel, Leffe get some bad press from a lot of Belgian beer fans, but this is fine.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: poured a amber color with a very short lasting head, leaving no lacing.
Smell: Honey, spicy (ginger), malts, caramel and plums
Taste: Plums, wood, yeast, caramel, light bitter finish
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied, quite sticky
Overall: Pretty decent beer

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Photo of Veillantif
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sadly, I've only seen this come in these awful 25 cL bottles endemic to France.

A: Pretty amber color; cute head, though a little thin.

S: Hints of honeysuckle and oleander. I actually have no idea what oleander smells like, but it looks like it would smell like this beer.

T: Mirthful and worthy of careful tasting (what one calls dégustation in this country). Prepare for rampant sugariness, for better or worse.

M: This could stand a little more carbonation, so it's not so juicy. Nice aftertaste begs for another drink (which, at 9%, can be perilous).

O: Great beer to bring to a party; not so good with meals, much better with some kind of salty snack.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a hazy honey color capped by a couple of inches of foam; both retention and lacing were good

Smell: Malt forward, with banana and honey elements

Taste: Malt forward flavors take the stage, front and center, with the banana and honey elements joined by a spicy yeast character at mid-palate; after the swallow, the alchohol becomes apparent and washes it all down in a balanced finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very respectable BSPA; it is a shame that Leffe exports only the Blonde to the US

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The brew pours a bright, sunset orange. It looks lighter, more yellow, towards the bottom of the glass. It throws a one and a half finger tan head of thick, batter-like bubbles. They slowly pop and sink down with the rest of the head, which has nice retention. Lacing is left thick against the walls of the glass, all the way around. There is no sediment noted, and the beer is quite transparent. Carbonation is active. The aroma is very Leffe-esque. The primary notes are a sourdough yeastiness, heavy malts, esters that are somewhere between banana and bubblegum, the faintest medicinal brush, and faint vanilla bean. With warmth the booze comes through stronger. As we sip, the palate is met by bready malts, surprisingly bitter yeast, and the full force of the 9% abv. This gives way through the middle, which hits with cleaner malts, fruity banana esters, and a citrus bite, all with the abv wafting off the surface to ride along top the palate. The finish is with a yeasty kick that does, along with the peppery booziness, add furthering bitterness. The aftertaste breathes with bready malts, yeast, and quite strongly of medicinal phenols. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. Each sip has a nice creaminess, as indicated by the fervent head, and there is nice slurpability to it. The mouth is partially coated, but is left more on the astringent side of things. The abv is nice and high, and is abundantly present throughout the tasting, which acts to slow the drinker down a bit.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew were the aromas and the strength. The aromas were very similar to Leffe Blonde, but this had a bit more complexity and was generally more robust. The abv certainly hits hard. While this, at times, detracts from the overall experience of the tasting, it gives the brew a thrust that keeps the drinker on his toes.

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Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.

A: Golden almost orange body with a giant fluffy creamy off white head that leaves very nice lacing.

s : Initial notes of sweet malt in the aroma quickly gives way to dry alcohol with muted dry malt and sugary hints.

S : Sweet flavour of lightly caramel and pale malts, dry alcoholic undertones but the alcohol is surprisingly restrained.

M Smooth medium bodied palate.

D : verynice to drink , Nice carbonation

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Photo of Tnecniv
4.73/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking from an artist painted Duvel tulip glass,

Wow! This beer is just wow! As I'm used to drinking more 'tasteless' beers from Leffe. This is a widely available incredible beer.

The smell could have added just a little extra to my personal favorite one beer a day programme.

My first post on beeradvocate :-)

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250 ml bottle, one of a six pack I bought in Provence for 4.5 euros.

Appearance: Its a fairly dark golden orange, totally clear. This does not seem to be bottle conditioned. Frothy, big bubbled head without a lot of retention, but some pretty nice lacing.

Smell: Its a slightly fruitier and boozier smelling Leffe blond. Big clove aroma. Banana and light fruit.

Taste: Like the blond, this beer has a big clove punch. Apple, pear, and white grapes. Quite an ethanol bite on the back. Long yeasty and clovey finish.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation level is about what I expect. It feels a little too sticky sweet, kind of like a tripel. OK overall.

Drinkability: Decent beer. Not a great BSPA. Better than the blond, the brune, and the horrible ruby.

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Photo of xylophonica
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a chalice.

A - Orangey/golden colour with a decent amount of head. Solid carbonation.

S - Sweet malty aromas with a touch of bread and cheese.

T - First sensation is one of bite with strong carbonation. That sensation starts to soften after the first taste but this really is a beer with a strong presence. As with the aromas there's some bread and fruits here as well, banana with the addition of maybe pear mixed with some honey.

M - Very strong on the palate. Highly carbonated initially but mellowing out on the back of the tongue to bring forward the underlying fruit qualities.

D - Best way to describe this is that it's a more full on version of its little sister; Leffe Blonde. Good to drink one bottle but for anymore I would probably switch to the more mild version.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Transluscent copper colour with a tight white head that retians to a film

S - Plenty of malt with a little sweet Banana.

T - Yeasty spice and some stewed cherries.

M - Medium carbonation and body.

D - Not a bad drop but I prefer the Triple

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this at a random bar in France, 3.4 euros. The beer is dark straw color, clear but relatively dark, with meager head retention. The aroma is just right, bready and yeasty, not quite as inviting as St Bernardus Tripel but on the same course as that one. It smells as tastes primarily sweet, with a bit of alcohol burn in the aftertaste.

I liked this better than other Leffe beers, with the exception of Radieuse which is my favorite from them. I'd recommend to try both if all you've had access to is the blond and brune.

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

The strongest Leffe, possibly meant as the brewer's most characterful beer.
Clear ale, color dark amber, nice creamy head and good carbonation.

Smell of malt, floral and herby. Slight alcohol, but not too bad.
The taste is very well balanced between hoppyness and malts, with a peppery finish.

The drink is not too sweet from slight caramel... in fact the aftertaste is more or less bitter-dry.
The alcohol is not too present in the mouthfeel.

This is an ok drinkable beer, but it lacks the complexity.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.11/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Few aromas fairly interesting character in the delivery of high alcohol and smoke flavors and rich grain. Many malt too. Aftertaste pronounced. We mostly eat with this beer but it remains unattractive to the level of taste and most importantly, very heavy on the stomach and not very digestible.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear brownish-gold w/rich off-white head, nice retention, and bits of tracing.

S-Sweet rich malt, Belgian yeast and spice, clove, black dirt, hint ripe banana, more than a hint of alcohol.

T-Slightly sweet malt upfront w/doughy and spicy notes midway that carry into the dry finish.

M-Well-balanced, moderate carbonation, medium-bodied.

D-Definitely a sipper, but I'm confident I can still assemble some Ikea furniture if I tip back one more.

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Photo of Fizzlybear
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Poured a rich dark amber with a large off white head, Nearly no lacing.

S - In the smell I picked up honey and fruit notes with a bit of malt in the background. Quite pleasant.

T - The initial taste was very much the malt, but the sweetness of this beer prevailed along with a slight bit of the alcohol

M&D - Although it was a 9% beer I found it very easy to drink, with a good level of carbonation and a smooth finish .

Overall a decent brew, a slight improvement on the leffe blonde.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

They got 3/4 of the style right. It's Belgian, strong, and an ale -- but it isn't pale.

Leffe 9 is more of a rosé mahogany color, strange considering the style. I don't really know how to score that. Head dissipates rapidly, and despite the tulip glass helping the carbonation, there is no stickage or lace.

Smell is pleasant, flowery, yeasty, malty, alcohol certainly present but not deterring.

the beer tastes much the same, a rather sweet borderline sugary taste squares off against the alcohol. fruity.

Unlike the other leffe's I've had, this one feels watery and thin. Carbonation is acceptable, not really anything special here.

Overall, a good beer.
However, there are plenty of FAR better BSPA's that are
a)readily available, and
b)should be tried before this one.

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Photo of Regenpak
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I poured this into its Leffe glass I thought: "Whoo! Strong stuff!" And strong it is, at 9% alcohol. It's a beautiful, clear, golden brown liquid with a quickly receding head that wasn't much to begin with. Even at a slightly too warm temperature. It's pretty sweet, and heavy. It goes very well with crackers with old Beemster cheese. With my low tolerance for alcohol no more than two servings...

I got this as payment for fixing a friend's CB, purchased at Dirck iii. Luckily this great beer doesn't come in the cowardly 30 cl eurobottles (maybe transported to the Netherlands then bottled) but in a proper 33 cl "pijpje", imported from Belgium. No yeast deposit in the bottle, though.

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Photo of adamette
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Leffe chalice clear glass at Cafe Leffe in the Sablon area of Brussels (down the street from my hotel) 6 28 09. Very cool place to have this beer!

A Golden Brown, translucent body under a minimal head.

S Grainy, alcohol smells.

T Grain, medium malt brown ale. Spices really come to the forefront when it warms.

M Full with big ABV, many tastes.

D Good drinkability.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a creamy head. Good lacing.

Smell: Very fruity and assertive. Pears, apples, citrus fruits even. Very sweet smelling; candied sugar

Taste: Very fruity from start to finish and therefore a little one-dimensional. Not much of yeast aspect to contribute to any of the spicy character I'd expect in a belgian of this strength. Bananas with a hint of cloves and corriander almost remind me of hefe.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation that is pretty sharp, with a thin body.

Drink: Just a bit too sweet to drink a lot of

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Leffe 9 from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.67 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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