Leffe Royale | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stevoj on 06-28-2012

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of dcmchew
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slatetank
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of orangesol
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of stevoj
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep amber/golden with a rich , thick off-white head. Nose is yeasty and spicy with notes of coriander and banana. Taste is sweet and slightly bitter. Medium/light body, creamy texture, average carbonation. Banana and gummi bonbons on palate (almost like a hefe). Sweet and bitter finish.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Posh looking .75 litre cork and caged bottle poured into 3 Leffe stemmed tulip/chalices on 20th Dec 13.

Looked fine, an orange hue to the golden almost clear body, with a white covering that hung around: nicely carbonated, you could see the bubbles rising through the beer.

It went a bit downhill after that: the aroma was grainy and slightly fruity but as the beer warmed it became metallic and not so pleasant.

The taste also went iffy as it warmed a little, started off crisp and sharp with a semi-sweet lead it then turned on me; again being metallic, the alcohol also became apparent in the mouth.

Drink it fast and cold or not at all.

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Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLima
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very elegant label. Amber golden color with a thick head with medium retention and leaving good laces.
Aroma with notes of cloves, the traditional Leffe medicinal (e.g. Band-Aid), banana and orange marmalade.
Flavor with notes of ginger, caramel, medicinal herbs, Cointreau liquor drops (orange), candi sugar, a bit of banana, raisins, apple puree, cloves and perfume. Dry aftertaste with a low bitterness and its residual medicinal phenol taste.
Light to medium body with effervescent carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% abv is felt, but adds to its flavor.
I am under the impression I liked better the regular Leffe Blond, given it is more rounded, or maybe because I was expecting even more phenols. But Royale felt to me as a more alcoholic version. I was wondering if my memory was failing me so I went to the fridge and caught another bottle of Royale and one of Leffe Blond. They are indeed very much alike, this one is more alcoholic and maybe a bit more complex, and the other one feels more balanced.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber colour, thumb of big bubbled head with some retention and no real lacing. Nose is dominated by bananas, cloves and hints of dried raisins. Flavour are much the same as the nose, loads of bananas and cloves, bubblegum and citrus notes and an interesting energy drink flavour that lingers on the palette. A tasty brew, nothing crazy, but pretty solid nonetheless.

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Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle from the LCBO; this is the 2015 edition, brewed with Whitbread Golding hops. I believe the name translates to "Leffe Quarter Pounder" en Anglaise, but my French is rusty. Served slightly chilled.

Pours clear golden-orange in hue, capped off with roughly one inch of puffy, foamy, bone white-coloured head. Retention is a little weak for this style - most of the froth has vanished by the five minute mark, having been replaced by a wide collar and bubbly cap, in addition to a webbed pattern of lace imprinted onto the glass. This Belgian ale has a relatively unassuming aroma that includes a mixture of clove spice, bubble gum, red apple, golden raisin and caramelized sugar. The featured hops add a rather floral, leafy vibe to the nose, and a faint hint of alcohol is released as the beer warms up.

A nice beer; as it warms, it starts to remind me of an amped up version of Leffe Blonde, as there is definitely some flavour profile overlap between them. Banana esters/bubble gum are prominent throughout the sip, with flavours of caramelized sugar, apple, fig and sultana raisin beginning to dominate by the midpoint. An earthy, floral bitterness serves as a sufficient counterpoint to the sweetness exhibited thus far, with some powdery, yeasty clove spice toward the finish aiding in that effort. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with appropriate carbonation levels for the style - prickly without being overbearing, producing a near-crisp feel in the mouth. The alcohol does not factor into the flavour at all, and the beer is a bit easier to gulp than I'd expect for 7.5%.

Final Grade: 3.95, a B+. Leffe Royale will definitely provide a more refined Belgian ale-drinking experience than this brewer's flagship brands, but it still lacks the complexity and intensity of the gold standards of this style. It's a fairly solid, respectable sort of Belgian ale - one that checks all the required boxes, but still seems to be missing that certain spark that might propel it into "must-try" territory. I'm considering picking up another bottle for short-term cellaring purposes, but it's definitely not a priority. Worth a shot if you spot it, but don't expect to be blown away.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Leffe Royale from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 165 ratings