Leffe De Noël | 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 Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by thierrynantes on 12-09-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
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5
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13
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stevoj
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of samEBC
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Boto
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of josanguapo
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of desint
2.8/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Oidmoe
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of thierrynantes
3.26/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer on tap (33cl.), tasted end of dec. 2007.

Appearance : red copper color, with white foam head.
Smell : fruity a slightly spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : taste of caramel malt and spicy. balance between sweetness and bitterness, smooth and delicate.
Drinkability: Christmas beer correct, but without more (served too cold?)

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Photo of WynnO
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenBreeg
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YvesB
2.69/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Absumaster
2.78/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of impending
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
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

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Photo of mattfancett
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4.5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of janubio
3.37/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Leffe De Noël from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.43 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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