AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20Chad9976 (1511) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2015
hard to believe that the world’s largest beer conglomerate can actually
get niche, Old World styles right. Leffe Brune was originally brewed by
Abbaye de Leffe, but that brand is owned by AB-InBev; so who knows if
it’s still being brewed at the same place it traditionally has been, or
if it’s made in an ABI facility.
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a wine glass. It had a best before date
of 6/10/16 and cost $1.99 ($0.18 per ounce). Thanks to Mike for this
Appearance: Seemingly brown in color, though actually a deep shade of
burgundy. Carbonation can be seen within. There is no sediment (this
doesn’t appear to be bottle-conditioned). Pours to a large, white, foamy
head which laces and retains quite well.
Smell: Sweet dark malts not unlike that of an English brown ale, though
the Belgian yeast esters are prominent and create for a lovely floral
and fruit scent.
Taste: This beer is marketed as Belgian brown ale, though that’s not
really a major recognized style. It’s not quite a Belgian Strong Dark
Ale, nor an Abbey Dubbel. It has the sweetness and flavors commonly
found in British brews of the sort. Caramel, toffee, raisin, a touch of
rum are all found in here. The yeast gives it a little bit of banana and
also some peppery character on the back end. There’s even a hint of
smoke, but it comes across almost as dark chocolate. All these flavors
seem to be authentic; I’m not detecting anything faux and/or cloying.
Overall, it’s quite delectable.
Drinkability: At only 6.5% ABV, Leffe Brune is fairly light for such a
complex and robust Belgian brew. I do notice a mild alcohol presence in
the form of flavor and warmth, but it’s not distracting. The mouthfeel
is a bit thinner and less carbonated than I expected; however, I
appreciate that it’s comfortable in the mouth and smooth on the throat. A
mild sweetness lingers on the palate. Though there are many beers out
there that are even sweeter, this is a liquid dessert.