Leffe Vieille Cuvée | 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 Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 08-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
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14
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of Daniellobo
2.71/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite a mediocre offering, somewhere between a pretentious profile and low quality boredom.

Presentation: 33 cl capped bottle. Leffe branding with purple distinguishing touches, main label in yellow with abbey drawing and purple ribbons with name of the brew. Back label offers a one liner noting authenticity and succinct tasting notes. Shows best by date (20/02/12), and Alc. by Vol. (8.2%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep amber pour with a generous frothy head, good retention, fair surface memory and lacing. Things do go down from here...

S - Sweet and yeasty nose, monochord and a bit perfunctory. Fades quickly with the tiniest of fruity touches.

T - Taste is that of a bizarre brew that tries to hint a complex profile but that is nowhere near it. There is a generic yeasty sense and under all the boring texture a couple of touches of dark fruit, hint of caramel that is sustained. Light push from the hops, with a weak bitter impulse that fail to revive the flavor instead are held by the now lightly tingly carbonation. Flavor fades... Leaves one with a malty sense, with that lingering bitterness. Like under all the forgettable layering it could be an old ale, a wee heavy even, but can't by a broad distance...

M - Initial flat sense but... The carbonation is there emerging over a deceptive medium body, slightly watery at points and with a tiny sirupy point later on with a clear tingly carbonated uplift over an emerging boozy finish.

D - Flavor comes last to the palate... What an strange rhythm, when it does the brew has given quite a mediocre impression and the range in the palate is not enticing at all. Hefty without any quality that makes it really desirable.

Notes: I really was not expecting much from this offering but surely a bit more than this. Any of their regular macro offerings, the blonde or particularly the bruin, is better than this far from mediocre attempt at an old Belgium ale.

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Photo of JaimeLI
2.78/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of descartes
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 33 cl bottle.

Appearance: A redish brown with a nice quarter inch of white head.
Smell: Grape smell with a sharp alcoholic smell as well as a hint of hops.
Taste: Really strong hops taste, strong bodied but otherwise very muddled spicy and sour flavor. Uggh strong but something is wrong, cann't quite put my finger on it.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Limanuljaska
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Fettpopps
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18E). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 49 03:05 AROMA: sweet malty and caramely background with peppey alcohols. Some faint dried fruits (raisins and some plums). no hop aromas or other additions. APPEARANCE: deep amber color and translucent. large and dense moussy head with ivory color. average retention with some lacing. TASTE: sweet malty profile without much complexity. some bread notes and medium-low bitterness. finishes medium-dry. PALATE: medium-low body with average carbonation. OVERALL: yet another average Belgian Strong Ale that faces tough competition.

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Photo of dgilks
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Quite a robust aroma but it isn't great. I'm getting some light phenolics and esters but the dominant note is underattenuated, sweet, sickly malt.

Moderately dark amber colour with a big, fluffy off white head. Good retention.

The flavour is better than the aroma. Moderately sweet with a good phenolic note. A hint of spicy alcohol and chocolate comes through. Just a slightly tart edge and note of dried fruit.

Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.

An okay example of a Dark Belgian Ale. Unfortunately, it is nowhere near the quality of a good Trappist example.

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Photo of rastaman
3.16/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quite good, but sweeter than i would like, and not overly complex, has a sort of toffee and slightly spicy flavour, reminded me of a less characterfull (is that word?) version of Kwak, very enjoyable in the end.

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Photo of lmaduells
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Commercial beers typically you can find in a department store products Leffe usually not cheat. No beer was a great product at a good price, offers a beer t extraudinaria not drink but it can catch you without mental intoxication (which happens with Spanish industrial beers !!)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy and brown color ale with a great big foamy head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some nice Belgian malt. Taste was to be honest a little bit disappointing with a watery body and a unrefined sugar taste that didn’t do much for me. The body is watery with some great carbonation and a nice creamy texture. I’m not the biggest fan of this brewery but I have to admit that this beer featured some great characteristics but lack some cohesion and a malt profile to hold the whole thing together.

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Photo of _nano_
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of laituegonflable
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mediciney copper colour, quite metallic really. Head is generous, nice and fluffy, sinks slowly but leaves nice webs of lace. Clear body showing lots of light carbonation. Great head and lace; pretty decent overall.

Smell is very fruity, with apricot and plum edges, a hint of apple and that classic musty Belgian yeast overlain. Actually very jammy. Seems a bit saccharine, fruit-wise but otherwise nice.

Taste is a bit lacking really. Lots of fruity sweetness at first, with that apricot and deep rich plum but degenerates into weak sweetness late-mid after quite an earthy malt note mid-palate, with a touch of brown sugar. Feels a bit overly sweet, like it's a bit old and the non-malt characters are diminished. They're still there; just underplayed. Spice comes through on the back, quite piquant with a touch of tobacco and some spicy alcohol on the very back. Yeah, it's alright, just lacking and a bit oversweet in the critical places.

Mouthfeel is decent. Very full but a touch of carbonation texture - just a whisper, it just adds texture to an otherwise flat palate and it's thick enough to pad the tongue.

Not bad overall but I feel it could be better, could have been better, even, once, but it's not its former glorious self.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a Leffe branded chalice.

A: The body is coppery to red and crystalline. The head is white but has no retention at all nor lacing. Sad foam is sad.
S: The aroma is a weird belgian combination of malts and yeast. It has two big profiles here that, for me, they don't match as well as in the Leffe Blond or Leffe Brune.
T: The taste is not my kind because there too many things trying to get my full attention here. Malts is one, yeast is another and alcohol is the third one. If in the aroma the barley/belgian yeast was not my thing, with tons of alcoholic tones it's even worse. But don't you even think that this is a bad taste. It's good as well but not as great as I wanted it to be.
M: The mouthfeel is medium to high even when there's no head to show that this beer has some carbonation on it.
O: One of my missing Leffes is now checked. Not my favorite. For me, Leffe Blond will always be the best cheapest craft beer you can get.

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Photo of der_meister
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jarmby1711
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In general higher alcohol beers so far for me have just been too strong , and this is no exception
The colour is teak to deep brown and the large head was loose and persistent There was litle bead.
The smell had a lot of clove like spiciness and plenty of alcohol.
The taste was dominated by the alcohol ( which I dont particul;arly enjoy ) however there was some fruitiness in there which I thgink was bananaish.
It was well balanced and smooth to oily
Always hard to judge a beer when ou realise that the style just doesnt suit.
For me a novelty but hard to think about trying again.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark, dark amber with off-white clotted lacing.
Dark bread and tree bark.
Honey flavor, w/o being overly sweet. Complex variations on dark malt and dried fruit (past expiration date dried fruit). Baroque in complexity. Roses. Nice rich mouth feel.
For all of that it just does not add up to a drink I will be reaching for again.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of nu38
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of likeemdark
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Poupae
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Leffe Vieille Cuvée from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.77 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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