Leffe Ruby | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Leffe RubyLeffe Ruby

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.81/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank on tap in Bar Belge, Paris.

A: The body is purely cristalline with a ruby body. The head is white, one finger thick. The aspect is interesting.
S: The aroma is very rich. The smell of cherry is very sweet being on top of rhe hoppiness and the yeasty profiles. Very good indeed.
T: The taste is interesting because most fruit beers I've had so far weren't this good. Leffe Ruby is very very rich in cherry, to an amount that goes beyond description. The end is a bit weird because the sweetness and the minor profile of bitterness don't connect very well but in overall it's good.
M: The body is low to high. Carbonation is visible but not too prominent.
O: Finally a fruit beer I can relate with.

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Photo of HipCzech
2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at a cafe in Paris, served in 25 cl Leffe chalice. Pours bright, clear, pale red with a frothy head of slightly pink foam. Smell and taste of red fruit (raspberry, strawberry, cherry), medicinal herbs and faint Belgian yeast. Runs a bit sweet, though offset a bit with decent bitterness: cherry cough drops. Medium body with lighter carbonation. Refreshing and easy to drink, though candy sweetness steers it towards soda territory.

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Photo of Kallenovsky
3.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the better fruity beers I've had over the years. It's also stronger than most of the ones I've tried. I didn't get the feel of artificial flavor as some have stated. The raspberry fruit flavor is fairly intense, dominating anything else like a grapefruit radler would.

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Photo of cesarrdgz
2.49/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

No es mala, el problema es que se compara con una cerveza y pues esta muy alejado de eso, sabe más a un vino burbujeante que a una cerveza. No está tan dulce como otras cervezas con frutas, quizá sea más para personas que no les guste la cerveza fuerte (de verdad)

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Photo of josanguapo
2.27/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

From elcervecero. In Tongerlo glass. Watchinh Vikings 2x10. Not a kind of beer but ive been able to finish this much easier than the delirium red. And the nose is very nice

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Photo of BrotoriousABV
2.09/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

An odd one. Each sip seems to alternate between tasty and silly. The fruitiness is nice, and it's a refreshing beer, but I can't quite escape the taste that someone's spilled half a pint of pale ale into half a cider & black. Not repulsive, but by no means good.

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Photo of KennethLavrsen
1.28/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Artificial fruit taste. I did not even finish my glass. If you want malt/hubs tasting beer this is not for you. If you like sweet fruit juice with alcohol then this is for you

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Photo of Paul_Hutchinson
2.51/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Looks great. Lovely red ruby cloud with a nice head which slowly disappears to leave a lacy foam. Fruity nose but is overpowered by the malt. The taste is similar, initially a refreshing strawberry flavour but the aftertaste is all malt which kills off the fruitiness. The taste doesn't really linger long except the sickly taste of malt. Not a favourite of mine, and having now had two leffe beers, this is not a brewery for me

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Photo of Boto
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

50cl can from French food store: This one pours a fairly clear ruby color. There was a bit of a pinkish head on it that leaves some lacing. An interesting aroma. Getting mainly sweeter raspberries and strawberries as the main component. Also getting a bit of a caramel malt in the background. Interesting taste. Getting some red berries, but just a bit of sweetness some them. Tasting a bit of a abbey beer behind it. Have they taken their abbey beer and added some fruit flavor to it? My guess is probably. It rates just an OK. I’d rather have a real lambic than this.

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Photo of gmattkennedy
4.36/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this in Paris at a Caffe. I tried to describe it to a friend but could only get out....it's like champagne? Regardless, I loved it and have been trying desperately to find it in the US since to no avail.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Ruby red in colouration with a pinkish foam raised from active carbonation.

Smell - Some tones of raspberry, cherry and a floral almost leafy element. Zero malt or hop to be found which is typical of the style but the fruit aroma is not full or developed.

Taste - The flavour is a reasonably good sweet sour mix of the same fruit as detected in the nose however here the floral and leafy elements are slightly woody. The flavour profile is a decent example of the style as it has little malt forward and the hops are not to be detected at all. the fruit however is not as assertive as it could be and feels somewhat watered down.

MF - Sharp and crisp but rather thin and boasting no CO2 feel at all. It ends with an odd enough balance between dry and cloying so that there is pretty much no linger and the beer leaves you with nothing in the mouth to tell you that you have been drinking.

Overall - Not bad as an example to let someone who has never had a fruit/veggie beer before know what it is about but it is not a strong contender at all. Leffe generally produce much better beers than this and I find this one to be a little bit of a let down and I will not get or drink this again unless it is given to me.

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Photo of interzen
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

I suspect that this stuff might have been near some fruit at one point in its journey to the bottle, but it sure as hell doesn't taste like any fruit I've ever had.

Nasty and artificial - an embarrassment to the Leffe name, IMO.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.4/5  rDev +15.3%

A: Ruby red glazed with a small off-white head. Clusters of yeasty bubbles.
S: Smells incredibly perfumey. Turkish Delight and strawberry flavoured confectionaries.
T: Tastes exactly like it smells. Like Turkish Delight in a glass. It's pretty sweet and very rich. Very effeminate indeed, and a bit much for me.
O: Eugh!

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Photo of vinicole
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Is this really a beer? I think not. No hint of hops, malt, yeast or grain of any sort.
Raspberry and sweet. Quite pleasant I guess and not what I was expecting. Low score due comparison with real beers.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.99/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

750ml Bottle from Tesco (£2.99):
Looks like clear blackcurrant juice with a 1cm, bubbly white head that disappears almost instantly.

Sweet with lots of raspberries plus a solid malt base & lots of sugar plus lighter fruits. Some strawberries come through with hints of spice & sourness. Definitely sweet beer but not overpowering.

Sweet with lots of strawberries & raspberries, the strawberries are the more dominant. Some sugar & a candy like tastes appear with some cherries & syrup, almost artificial in places.

Light medium, some spice & medium carbonation. Sweet but not overly so.

I wasn't overly confident before trying this one but it was miles better than Leffe Nectar at least. Not a great beer really & both the Brune and Blonde version are also better but it was an okay beer for a midweek drink.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours reddish with a pale pink, tall head. Dissipation takes a long, long time and leaves fantastic lacings.

S: Lots of raspberries, but rather sweet - lemonade instead of berries? Some malt.

T: Sweet - but not overly sweet. Raspberries and some malt, alongsides with oranges and some spices.

M: Aftertaste holds the raspberries for a really long time. Body is medium and carbonation is mild.

O: Not bad, but I expected more...

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Photo of janubio
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

330 ml. bottle. Thick head with pink tones that leaves a good lace, rose wine colour. Smell of medicinal syrup, red frutis and vanilla. Thin body, sweet palate. Taste of red fruits, apples and medicinal fruit. Not exactly the best of the Leffe beers.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby/copper; small head, dissipates quickly; good lacing

Aroma: Fruity, but fake fruity; maybe strawberries mixed with something

Taste: Taste is actually impressive; fruity, but pleasant; sort of a malty fruit soda; enjoyable overall

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

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Photo of Radome
1.99/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 30 cl bottle bought in Germany.

A - A crystal clear beer, very light in color. Light copper or orange, it almost seems pink-tinged when held up to light. Head is pure white and made of large, soap-like bubbles. It fades quickly, but has sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is not beer-like. A spice sticks out like a sore thumb (cardamom?) Malt and hops can't make it past that smell. Fruit is at low level, but there might be some strawberry. It smells more like an expensive French soap than beer.

T - Again, I can't find anything resembling a beer. It is a sweet, strawberry fruit juice with the same spice flavor to match the aroma. Malt is very much in the background and hops are non-existent. No alcohol flavor.

M - Prickly, almost harsh carbonation. No hops bitterness or alcohol burn. Body is light.

O - This is much closer to a wine cooler than a beer. I'm not sure it belongs on the RateBeer site, except maybe I can warn some beer lovers away before they waste their money.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A ruby red beer with a settling head.

Smell is very fruity, red fruit mainly, like lemonade syrop. Maybe some wheat in the smell?

Taste is sweet and reminds nowhere of beer. I has no bitterness and the malts are sparingly present. The fruit aroma is very present and although clearly artificial, it is not chemical or overly present. The alcohol is very well hidden, but that is not a plus in this case. The beer is like a breezer (bacardi), I know there is alcohol but it drinks like soda pop. Good job of Leffe to formulate a rose beer of which I could drink a couple, if I would ever have the plan to do so. (Probably never!).

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Photo of Douberd
3.27/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle of 300 ml at home. I didn't know it was a fruit beer when I got it.

Pours a light red coloured beer with a very froathy, reddish one finger head, with average retention more or less.

Smell is of sour cherries mostly.
Taste is very sweet and fruity of course. Again, a bit of sour cherries and some kind of berries. It doesn't taste as artificial as others.
On the body is thin and very carbonated.

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Photo of stevoj
2.84/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste and aroma remind me of cough syrup, cherry hard candy. Not too bad, but very sweet, and somewhat medicinal in the finish. much better krieks to be found, this one was too candy sweet.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A clear dark pink beer with a white/pink head. It looks a bit like lemonade.

S - It smells like lemonade too - raspberries.

T - A very sweet raspberry beer, for the rest isn't there anything left to go for.

M - A medium carbonatation that feels soft and not pricky in my mouth. No bitterness and/or alcohol to discover. Just before swallowings there is a craemy softness.

O - It is not a bad beer and it tastes well made. It is just not my style anymore.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We pour a brew a color somewhere between pink and gold. It holds a two finger head light rose in color. This is pillowy, and recedes at a rather slow pace leaving specs of lacing as it goes. There is near full transparency and no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears highly active. The aroma sings with tart fruit. There is sloppy adjuncty grain mixed in amongst the notes of cool, artificial cherry. It smells of a cheap lambic, but even more fake and fruity. The flavor profile follows very closely to the aroma. We begin with tangy cherry flavoring that sits closely next to pale grain and metallic pangs. This moves through to the middle which is characterized by salty, sweet candy-fruit and grain. The finish is strong with wet adjuncty malts that are all over the place. All along it remains sickeningly sweet. The aftertaste breathes of menthol, cherry cough-drop. The body is light to medium and the carbonation is beyond high. The mouth is left wet and a little puckered, with the faintest suggestions of froth throughout. The abv is easy and the beer drinks as easily as any fruity soda would.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew were the cherry inclusions. The brew embodies a seemingly enjoyable lambic fruitiness at first, but quickly dives to an adjuncty, artificial finish that leaves little to be desired. It is actually quite hard to distinguish this as a “beer”, as it tastes so much like a flavored soda, with little distinction from a serious grain or any other defining flavors.

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Photo of fewa
2.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The beer pours a nice ruby red colour with a white head, which disappears fast. The scent is rather disappointing. It smells artificial, sweet and fruity. Taste; is this beer or lemonade? Horribly sweet, artificial red fruits and some traces of bitterness in the aftertaste. This is not beer, this is lemonade.

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2.95 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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