Leffe Royale | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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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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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of fortyfield
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 pieltre
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of matuto
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Didn't like it.

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Photo of Dazka
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TerryW
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A muscled up version of Leffe Blonde, boozier and sweeter. Pretty big head, lots of chunky lace to start. Clear gold below. Sugary banana nose w/a hint of alcohol. Similar flavor profile. Lots of sugary banana, noticeable alcohol, but not at all harsh. Noticeable Belgian yeast character. Alcohol is nicely integrated, but you can feel it creep up on you.

Better warm than cold, so you can pick up the nuance. A bit of an intro Belgian, sweet, simple, no particularly rough edges.

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Photo of Dragon79
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jaisell
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of eric5bellies
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brend91
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

I agree with the previous reviews. A Belgian beer to be sure and a good entry into the world of higher class ales but at their very basic level. Banana, yeast and malt dominate.
Not bad and certainly worth the purchase, it's just that you won't be blown away.

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Photo of hotsudge
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 polloenfuego
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden color with about two fingers worth of head that break after the first couple of sips. There is good lacing and nice islands of bubbles left behind. The smell is Belgian yeasts, bubble gum, cloves, spices and some fruitiness. Taste has the sweetness move forward with the yeasts also present. The cloves and other spices come in soon after and then you are left with the bitter of the hops. Feel is full and carbonation is medium. There is no sign of the alcohol present.

Not a bad beer, but not what I would call a stellar example of the style. I would call it a good lead in beer for those who are just getting into the world of Belgian beers or craft. This is a gentle approach to the style.

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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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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml corked and caged bottle served at fridge temperature into a pint glass. Purchased for $8.95 CDN from the LCBO at a Christmas seasonal display. Labelled as "whitbread Golding" presumable to indicate the hops in this beer.

Appearance - clear golden coloured beer with amber highlights. Nice finger plus of dense white head and the head retention is fairly good. Nice swatch of spidery lacing left behind. Visible carbonation is well hidden.

Smell - powdery aroma, bready with candi sugar. Slight smokiness to the aroma, and a few spices thrown in for good measure. Aroma isn't overwhelming but interesting.

Taste - sweet with lots of candi sugar. Some alcoholic flavours too. Very mild bitterness. A dry toasted flavor lingers in the background. Bitterness escalates after a few sips to a more reasonable level. Bananas and cloves thrown in for good measure. Some Smokiness shines through after a few sips and adds tremendously to an otherwise ordinary beer for a few sips then seems to disappear.

Mouthfeel - decent carbonation and full body. It feels sharp at first but either it gets subdued quickly or the alcohol takes the edge off.

Mouthfeel - not a bad beer, but not worth the price tag. A bit of an amped up version of the blonde they normally produce with a few refinements and seasonal spices. The smokey flavours after a few sips but it too seems to disappear. Worth a shot if you're into that type of thing, but Leffe Royale may not elicit all positive responses.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for $9.95 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 7deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that films out within 3mins or so. Rather dark gold colour and filtered clear

S- Bubble gum, yeast and fig

T- Sweetness. Clove. Bready yeast. Floral. Bubble gum comes back at the very end. Complex to say the least but all of Leffe products have a complex body.

M- A touch sticky but other than that great.

O- Very good. I like this one as it's a soft sipper that you can just let linger and it changes in so many ways. Wish the format was the 330ml though as this format is WAY too expensive to buy regularly

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went very well with...... Gingerbread snaps. The ginger bread just opens up and the brew opens up to show you all it's complexity.


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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 Nesy
4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of _nano_
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Walbert_Neto
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | 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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Leffe Royale from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 165 ratings