Brewed by InBev Belgium
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Leuven, Belgium


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RATINGS: 716   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Strong and generous amber-coloured abbey beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
neur0 (909) - GERMANY - SEP 15, 2014
(Flasche) Es hat eine kupferbraune Farbe, ist trüb mit einer fast weißen Schaumkrone. Das Aroma hat was von altem Kühlschrank, fruchtig, vergoren, mit Diacetyl und einer beerigen Kopfnote und verbranntem Karamell. Es schmeckt nach aufgeweichtem Vollkornbrot, etwas röstig, erdig, etwas ölig und wieder das verbrannte Karamell. Die Bittere ist eher leicht.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alengrin (2066) - BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2014
One of the more ’classic’ Leffes, since 1973. Thick, crackling, cream white head sticking to the edge of the glass, colour a deep and warm orangey copper with steady sparkling, clearly filtered, cristal clear. Pasteurization is evident in the nose as with all Leffes (except for the Tripel which is brewed elsewhere than the rest); otherwise a sweetish and spicy aroma, but in an ’industrial’ kind of way and on the weak side. Apart from the cooked pasteurized smell, I primarily get caramel and caramel candy, candied figs, toasted bread, some pepper, some tomato, some lavender, some bourbon. The taste starts sweetish, dried apricots and raisins, light sourish touch, light and slick, with soft carbonation. Caramelly malts take over in the middle but are too light to withstand the somewhat astringent, long-lasting, drying and bittering, bourbon-like alcohol effect in the finish, which otherwise reveals some spicy hoppiness too, but again in a way too light for it to become truly ’big’. Body is light and straightforward for a beer this strength. Somewhat simple, with the badly disguised alcohol and the typical ’cooked-to-death’ Leffe flavour bothering me a bit; overall a very artificial and industrial character as was to be expected, but if I’m honest, I’ll admit that I like this one (a lot) better than the Brune or even (a bit) better than the newer big ones (9° and Royale).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1741) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2014
330ml bottle from Vanuxeem. Pours a deep amber with good white head. Aroma is fairly malty and fruity. Taste is vibrant dried dark fruits, smooth malts, hops and even a touch of oak. Sweet, flavoursome, strong blend but definitely not the best Leffe out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackafholmes (223) - - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle from a shop in york. Clear copper ale with a small off white head. Aroma is banana and wheat. Taste is tingly, sweet and a touch bitter. Very prickly carbonation kills any oil, which is a shame.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
melush (835) - SPAIN - AUG 29, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en El Corte Ingles. Color ambar oscuro. Sabor a malta, ligeramente a alcohol, afrutado.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angel77 (1016) - oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 29, 2014
Botella de 33 cl de el c. Ingles, tomada en junio de 2002. fecha cons pref para antes 03-2003. lote DKLB. Cuerpo medio de 8.2 vol y buena sensación alcohólica. Color cobrizo y aromas y sabores ligeramente afrutados, acabando con un ligero amargor algo seco. Bastante buena.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hackobock (1424) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle, july 30. Pours hazy dark amber with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is caramel, ripe banana, plums and spices. Taste is medium sweet banana and malt, light bitterness. Finish is short light bitter with a sweet malty backbone. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheDog (528) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Reddish colour with a very nice head. Aroma and taste of malt, dark fruits, prunes, raisins, a bit coriander. Nice and sweet balanced finish. Great strong ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
mikske79 (1244) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 14, 2014
Dit was echt volledig mijn smaak niet, dit bier vond ik echt enorm slecht. Dit drink ik niet meer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cantabrian (848) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle, from Victoria Wines in Nadi, Fiji. The beer is translucent copper with a very persistent, dense, off-white head. Aromas of raspberries, apple juice and vanilla. Flavour goes through the same ingredient, but also with cloves, banana and cinnamon. Rather dry finish. The palate is sticky, leaving that weird spinach velvety sensation on the tongue.

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