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:
112
Reviews:
59
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
11.41%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
35
For Trade:
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Photo of Mezcal
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer will be better if alcohol were a little less noticeable, overall, an ok beer in every aspect. Must add that is good for hot days.

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Photo of chebode2
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drmeto
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear copper-red with a small to medium,foamy,offwhite head
-low to medium carbonation visible
S:
-faint smoke,nutty,caramel,mushrooms,plums
T:
-caramel,spicy,chocolate,clove,plums
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-slight alcohol noticeable
O:
Very different from Leffe's other Beers.
It almost reminded me of a franconian Lager at times.
A good, somewhat unique Belgian Dark Ale

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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 SirDirtJoe
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LocusSolus
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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 mozartandmadnes
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of davidperez
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Leffe chalice, it pours a clear copper, closer to orange than red. It forms a thin layer of head, light brown, with small retention.

Nice sweet bouquet. Lots of banana esters, caramel, raisins, red apple, and a slight herbaceous note. Spicy hoppiness after swirling.

The flavor follows the nose and expands on it.
Caramel, molasses, prunes, raisins, banana and medicinal phenols.
Mid flavor some bitterness enters and balances the sweet notes, and that bitterness grows the warmer the beer gets.
Bready, banana aftertaste, with a caramel sweetness and that bitterness coating your palate too. It lingers long.
Medium to light body, smooth, high carbonation. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

Interestingly enough, this beer's recommended temperature is 5°C, much more chilled than its usual counterparts within the belgian dark strong ale style, and you do appreciate more notes and depth in this beer the colder it is.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of MaSaiani
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Campodog
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Catalin90
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thatsmyspot
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBorrego
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moretta
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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 josanguapo
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Hipercor. Paid as a leffe radieuse because of a labeling error (1.35€). In Westvleteren glass. Playing Bardbarian. Great aroma and good taste, with alcohol well hidden. However, its sweetness could be tiresome in the long run.

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Photo of celio7x
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Walbert_Neto
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fabianno
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of FLima
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Darker amber color with a thick two fingers head with good retention and leaving some laces.
Nice aroma with notes of prunes, fig jam, molasses, some pine, port wine and banana.
Similarly, flavor with notes of prunes, pine, molasses, port wine, rum, some candi sugars and just a hint of chocolate and black currants. Mildly dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness (though enough to tame any potential excess from its malt sweetness).
Medium body with slightly fizzy carbonation. Alcohol of 8.2% abv is well hidden.
Nice surprise from Leffe, same for Radieuse. Interesting to have a Belgian Strong Dark Ale so easy to drink and still not boring. Sweet, but not overly so for the style, and with lots of vinous and other dark fruits notes.

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Leffe Vieille Cuvée from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.77 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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