Leffe De Noël
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Style:
Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #108
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
80
Ranked #44,292
Avg:
3.51 | pDev: 13.68%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
67
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Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  6
Gots
  14
SCORE
80
Good
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The_Bujon from Ireland

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fizzy malty body with caramel head, which slims down rapidly to a thin filmy top in true leffe form.

The Aroma is malty caramel and is pretty pleasant, although not as rich as a typical Belgian Christmas Brew.

Taste is good, as per aroma, with a sweetness which suits.

Feel is definitely on the watery side, and a touch too much effervescence for this to be a contender.

Overall it is good, in the way a standard Leffe Blonde is good, not up to the standard for a Belgian Noël, and not as good as Radieuse, Rituel or Tripel from this brewery.

Aug 01, 2017
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SpongeHop from Belgium

3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L - dark bronze with white Lacy head that dissipates quickly
S & T - watery, light malty sweetness, very light bread yeasty, nutmeg
F - bit watery

O - did not like it that much. Very understated aroma and watery quality. This makes it very drinkable, but makes me not really *want* to drink it very much... Try Gouden Carolus Noel for an (in my opinion) way better version of a christmas ale.

I don't recommend this one.

Jul 29, 2017
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jonmikel from Spain

4.07/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle glass bought at Carrefour in Brussels.
-Very dark colour. Very opaque. A finger of foam.
-The smell reminds me of the Hefeweizen but less strong.
-The taste is very good.
-The feel is nice.
Overall, a beer worth a try if you're in the session.

Jan 14, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had it several times on tap, mostly in Grenoble. Leffe de Noël shows the characteristics yeast notes from the brewery. This supermarket ale isn't a great example of a christmas ale even if the spicy notes are not that bad

Jan 02, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Uvinum. In La Trappe chalice. Playing Mutant Mudds. Pleasant but a bit watery and a bit more sweet than desiderable. In any case, it can be drinked without much effort. Avg 3.62.

20 Jan 2018. From Hopt. 2017 label. At lunch, after futsal match. With fried fries + eggs and San Jacobo. Very pleasant caramel sweetness, nicely sugary. The spices are very light, hard to perceive. The body is much better than I remembered

Dec 10, 2015
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Boto from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught: This one pours a ruby tinged mahogany color. There was a bit of an off white head that lingered and left some lacing. The nose was nice. Notes of cinnamon, toffee, caramel, some yeastiness and some dark fruits. The taste was also good. A bit of cinnamon and other spices, but not overly done. Nice malt body, with notes of toffee, caramel, dark fruits and some yeastiness. A decent brew!

Jan 13, 2015
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janubio from Spain

3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

300 ml. bottle. Nice red mahogany colour, very big head that take its time to fade and leaves a big lace. Smell of dried fruits, some caramel and some spices, but not clearly discernible. Sticky palate, taste of spices and dried fruits, but, as with te smell, not discernible. Again, it's out of date, so I'll have to try it again, my first impression is of a good but not exceptional beer.

Oct 07, 2013
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in its own chalice.

A: Pours a deep amber clear color forming a medium bubbled light beige head. Medium to low retention. A small layer remains in the top forever but only few lacings are left in the glass

S: Sweet and a bit spicy. Notes of cinnamon, caramel, nuts, toffee and dark fruits: plums, mainly. Strong notes of Belgian yeasts: Quite bready and earthy. Caramel and slightly roasted malts and a bit of flowery hops in the end

T: Sweet upfront. Caramel, toffee, caramel malts, dark fruits. Again, notes of plums. Strong notes of Belgian yeasts. Final is slightly bitter

M: Medium body. A bit molasses. Medium carbonation. Bittersweet Belgian style aftertaste which is more sweet than bitter in this one

O: Good drinkability. Easy beer. A bit warming too. Nice winter beer

Feb 09, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handsome chestnut color in the glass. Looks very clear and flitered with no sign of sediment. Decent foam and quite finely carbonated in the mouth.

Fairly light body for the rich taste. Main flavor is nutty, roasted malt. It tastes like a little spice, but whether any is added I can't identify a familiar flavor, though clove comes to mind as I sip. Warm and very easy to drink. Malty with a slight bitterness at the end. Sort of a token Belgian yeasty dry flavor makes a brief appearance, though it does add some surprising complexity.

From the 33 cl bottle purchased in Namur, Belgium. In spite of this being another InBev industrial product-- they don't even say where it was brewed-- it's quite drinkable and grows more interesting as you sip.

Oct 13, 2012
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djura from Serbia

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got it from France,0,75l champagne bottle.

A-Nice amber ruby color. Darker foam,lasting for minute or two. Medium carbonation.

S-Chocolate malt,sugar,coffee and i think roasted barley. Almost nothing from fruits.

T/M-Real Christmas worm ale. High alcohol volume,high carbonation,bitter aftertaste. A bit watery. It is not spicy enough.

O-Expected more from leffe and Christmas ale,but in all it's good.

Apr 02, 2012
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jhtipton from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25 cl bottle into my affligem chalice. Nice redish brown tint with mild head and minor lacing. Relatively clear and dark. Smells of malts Christmas spices and molasses like sweetness in taste. A pretty god Christmas ale with some mild bitterness but not too different from their browwn.
Will try again as it is overall a nice dark ale.

Dec 26, 2011
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SuperSpy from Georgia

3.14/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nut brown, almost crystal clear. A huge rocky head that leaves lace sticking to the entire glass.

Generic Christmas spices and a hint of sweet malt.

Lighter bodied than I expected. Very little carbonation. Some sweet malt upfront, a few dark fruit flavors, and again with the generic spices. Bitter earthy hops toward the middle and the finish. Semi-dry and a hint of cherry in the aftertaste.

Not a bad beer. Easy to drink but not a terribly impressive beer.

Dec 26, 2011
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sfprint from Germany

2.83/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

exp 3/17/12. 750ml bottle.

A: Soda head, 2.5 fingers. Brownish cola color, but less dark than coke. Lots of large carbonation bubbles rising all around.
S: Nostril opening sharpness, vanilla, but also like a sour. Christmas spicy.
T: Relatively bland and unexciting. In the realm of syrupy without being sweet. Very mild flavor. Almost like a nut brown ale, but with less flavor.
M: Not so carbonated, light body.
O: Boring. It is beer, but boring.

Nov 20, 2011
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benfons from Belgium

3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a month older than it should be (also the reason why I'm drinking a winterbeer when it's 20°C.

A: Clear brown colour, thick head that settles quickly into a small but stable head

S: Coffe, Malts, a hint of orange peel and some smoky caramel

T: sweet malts up front, a hint of coffee and then straight into a bitter finish

M: A bit thin, ABV is fine

T: Not impressed, but i would drink it again

May 03, 2011
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impending from California

3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

33cl into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous crystal clear dark copper garnet. Minor cream colored head subsided fairly quick, minor lacing.

Aroma is nicely Noël with the typical spices of ginger, clove and orange peel atop the mild dark skinned fruits.

Taste is appropriately kerstbier as well but suffers from being built upon a dark ale and not a strong dark. Mild phenols contribute to the aftertaste which is short lived but pleasant. Thin but lively mouthfeel.

Belgian dark ales unfortunately sit alongside the strong dark ales which generally are much more flavor forward consequently it is easy to consider the dark ale . . . a watery stepchild.
cheers
jd

Feb 27, 2011
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from my notes: found this beer in a supermarket in brussels in 2009. One month later i poured it in my leffe glass. The beer poured a brown amber color with a longlasting white head. Smell was spicy clove, caramel and apple.taste was similar to the smell,but very weak and watery. Mouthfeel was thin. Overall i think there are many less watery belgium xmas beer on the market. A let down

Feb 22, 2011
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Bradthoc from Nevada

4.62/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired one of these from the Bier Temple; Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium in December 2009. Poured in January 2010.

The beer poured a nice light amber color into a 33cl Leffe glass, with a creamy head after sitting outside refridgerator for about 10 minutes.

Immediately you notice the strong smell of spices and fruits, typical of holiday beers.

One of the most enjoyable beers I have ever had, this seasonal Leffe is smooth on the palate, crisp with a subtle taste of alcohol for an aftertaste.

The warm light flavors of cinnamon and apple are an appealing mix for cold winter days.

Feb 01, 2011
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brown color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, apples and cinnamon. Somewhat surprisingly, the beer smells a lot like fresh-baked apple pie. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of caramel and toffee malts, as well as some dark fruit, apples, cinnamon and sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice holiday beer. Better than expected.

Dec 28, 2010
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basica from California

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Translucent amber pour into my Leffe glass, capped with a beautifully thick and milky white head with good retention and nice lacing; a pleasant eye candy. (4.5)

S - Strong notes of spices with some dark fruits and the familiar aroma of Belgian yeast. (4)

T - Upfront brown sugar sweetness and caramel, followed by some dark fruits, blended with spices in the middle and decked with some yeasty notes; the finish was short, insignificant and slightly bitter. (3.5)

M - Medium to full-bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a pleasantly creamy smooth texture (4)

D - The creamy smoothness and interesting flavors lend this beer pretty good drinkability but the short and uneventful finish in the taste was a bit disappointing and probably the only key flaw. (4)

Procured online from BelgianShop.com for the Christmas season and consumed on Christmas Day, December 25, 2010.

Dec 25, 2010
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BlackHaddock from England

3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl brown bottle, poured into my huge 'Judas' tulip glass. Best before 11 Mar 2012, so this is a young one (reviewed 14 Dec 2010).

Looked impressive, ruby red body with a vast tan coloured head of foaming bubbles on top. The head fell away quickly, but left some lacing on the glass as the beer level sank.

Red berries and Christmas spices filled my nose, along with hints of yeast smells.

The taste followed the aromas, red berries, spices and yeast: add alcohol and some marzipan to liven and sweeten it up.

The marzipan type flavours I got began to take over as the beer warmed and the beer then seemed a little sickly and too sweet towards the end of the tasting, pity.

Overall, OK, but strange the way it changed completely as it warmed in the glass: drink it cold.

Dec 14, 2010
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atis from Finland

3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear copper with generous off-white lacing that slowly fades, no lacing. Smell is fruity (reminds of dried fruit) with significant presence of yeast, some malts as well.

Taste is rather disappointing at first, because the body is not as full and complex as it looks. Sweetish malt, caramel, some spicy alcohol and weak bittery aftertaste, it starts to feel watery towards the end of the bottle.

It seems to me that this beer has no character, it is rather ordinary and forgettable Belgian ale. But it sure looks good.

Dec 10, 2010
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SmokinSmyth from Belgium

3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this while grilling and eating some burgers, in slightly chilly (i.e. Christmas type) weather.

Poured a rich dark color, with a good head but minimal lacing on the Leffe glass.

Smell was not strong but good, spicy with a hint of cinnamon.

Tasted good, with a spicy start but a mild finish. Felt good in the mouth, if a little watery than my liking for a "cold weather" beer.

Nov 01, 2010
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Phyl21ca from Canada

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear medium burgundy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of candi sugar and fruity ester is OK for style though I have smell better. Taste is also a nice enough mix between some candi sugar notes with some light Belgian malt with light notes of fruity ester. Body is too light for style with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. OK at best but I must admit to having tasted better Belgian Christmas beer in my life.

Sep 11, 2010
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ThaCreep from Belgium

2.33/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fruity aromas on the nose, soft touch of alcohol that is reminiscent of the liquor. Both spicy on the nose than taste, there also collects cloves. The finish is slightly sweet but still hot although it is somewhat artificial. This flavor is persistent and, unfortunately, far from appetizing. A Christmas beer that has many shortcomings in matters of taste.

Jan 03, 2010
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Absumaster from Netherlands

2.78/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear, dark brown, reddish beer with a small head.

Smell is very spicy with notes of clove and cinnamon and maybe some cumin. Some hints of wood.

Taste is spicy, with the spice as described above. With the addition of traces of oxidatrion and a strong fresh wood taste. A real holiday spirit beer, but in my opinion a bit too much of the spices and higher alcohols and woddy taste.

Jul 31, 2009
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