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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Leffe Brune Review

Continuing on with the Belgian trend, I have the Leffe Brune to review. You may remember our Leffe Blonde review from a while back. This is the dubbel version. As with Maredsous, this beer is not a real abbey ale - the Leffe name is just used under license. Like many of the beers we review here, this is a strong beer, at 6.5% ABV. It is a very nice color - a dark brown with some red showing through. It pours with a thick tan head that goes down and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

The nose is interesting, with some yeast, typical for this style of beer. It also offers rich roasted malt, molasses, and what smells to me like autumn leaves on moist earth. It's a pleasant smell. The taste is full, sweet, and smooth. There are notes of caramel, malt, brown sugar, coffee, and toast. A very roasted-tasting beer, very nice.

The finish is long and continues the pleasure. There is a slight cocoa-like bitterness that takes over from the sweetness, and some spice with a touch of banana to round out the experience. Again, like the Maredsous Tripel, this is definitely a beer to sip and enjoy. One of my favorites.

Cost - $2.70 for a 330 mL bottle.
Taste - 8.7/10

Overall - 8.7/10...a very enjoyable beer.

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