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Abbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Abbaye De Floreffe Prima MeliorAbbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior

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BA SCORE
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151 Ratings
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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A Special Reserve Ale exclusively for the use of the Abbot and his guests. A rich brown beer seasoned with Anise & Coriander, secondary fermentation in the bottle, based on the brewing tradition of Floreffe Abbey, founded in 1121.

Ale brewed with spices (star anise, orange peel).

(Beer added by: rastaman on 09-09-2003)
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SmashPants

Australia

3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: an incredibly solid tall brown 750mL bottle. A standard Belgian old-school label.

Appearance: pours a dark brown with highlights, limited visible carbonation. A tan head drops from two fingers to one fairly quickly, and settles to a rocky cream. Very little lacing.

Aroma: some sweet malts with spice, a touch of heavy fruits. Really not much to it though, which is a bit disappointing for a Belgian ale.

Taste: heavy fruits and spices with some caramel malts. Not the most brilliant Belgian Strong I have had to date, but still quite drinkable.

Aftertaste: the fruits are joined by a touch of star anise. Still lacks some complexity.

Mouth feel: a light- to-moderate body with mild carbonation. A bit lacking.

Overall: not the most impressive Belgian Strong Dark Ale I have had to date. Some heavy fruits and spice with caramels, but really nothing too impressive. Still fairly drinkable, but you can get something better for an equivalent price.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 12:26:01 | More by SmashPants
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

2.35/5  rDev -37%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a beautiful deep black color, covered with generous dark tanned head with solid retention.
There are some sweet fruits in the aroma, together with some interesting spices.
The taste is surprisingly weak and watery. Some spices along some roasty feel, no realy bitterness.
Too bad, promises much more than delivered.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 11:55:54 | More by MarkoNm
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Tinfang

California

2.79/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Purchased through Beerboxx. Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. A careful pour along the side of the glass resulted in an enormous fluffy head - ended up looking like a hot fudge sundae. Pale tan head settled slowly with nice lacing. Beer was murky dark brown.

Smells of caramel, yeast and alcohol faintly.

I was surprized when reading other reviews. This bottle tasted like Trappist Rochefort without any candy sugar - I tasted no coriander or orange. I wonder if this was a defective batch since my overall impression was of a beer with an obvious gap in the flavor profile.

Overall it's pleasant but I would only buy it again for verification purposes if I found it locally.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 21:23:35 | More by Tinfang
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BeerEngineer

California

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

General: Received this with the rare beer of the month club. It's a wine bottle size with a cork and basket seal. The carbonation upon opening the bottle was good, a nice hiss when I opened it. I'm enjoying this beer out of my New Belgium tulip style glass.

Appearance: very dark brown, nearly black with some ruby hues to it. The head is an off white that dissipates fairly quickly but does leave some decent lacing.

Aroma: A nice maltiness with some hints of orange and the star anise. Not a big fan of the aromas of this but it's a unique beer that's for sure.

Mouthfeel: medium body with high carbonation. There is a nice drying effect with this.

Taste: There's a lot of flavors going on with this beer. Star anise and orange peel are the forefront of this but there is a good back up on this. Not a huge fan of this beer, it's just not my style.

Overall: As far as the style is concerned its very different than some of the other strong ales that i've had. It's a combination between a strong ale and a spiced ale. Just not my thing. I think that the rare beer of the month club needs to drop this one from it's rotation.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 03:13:09 | More by BeerEngineer
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A deep brown pour with 2 fingers if head which quickly dissipated, smells if licorice/anise, coriander, definitely getting an orange peel scent, along with the sugary malty profile of a quad.
The taste is a bit odd. Citrusy from the irange peel, a weird medicinal flavor from the star anise, with a bit of a sweet yet dry candy flavor
Medium in body with high carbonation.
Not really enjoying this. It's my first beer from the rare beer club, and I'm honestly not impressed at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 04:07:14 | More by facundoCNB
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Pegasus

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mahogany body, surmounted by a large, dense tan head, which retains well. Superb, fine unbroken lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Brown sugar, dark fruit, anise, orange rind, and sweet vinous alcohol comprise the complex and beguiling aroma.

Taste: Opens with very bread-like dark malt, similar to a European dark bread. Later in the taste, dark fruits (figs, plums), and some lightly charred malts appear. Coriander and anise soon appear, but in restrained quantities. From the inception of the taste to its close, there is a sweet undercurrent of vinous alcohol. Late in the taste, there is a quite restrained flourish of herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A solid, drinkable example, while not extraordinary, s in a little more over-the-top, its not bad at all. Would prove itself elegant at a holiday dinner.

Presentation: Packaged in a One pint, 9.4 fluid ounce Belgian-style brown glass bomber with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 12:58:03 | More by Pegasus
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-dark brown color with a little hint of mahogany, decent light tan head and good lacing

S-dark fruit, brown sugar, dark malt, spices

T-dark malt, spices, toffee, raisins

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-pretty standard dark ale, nothing too compelling

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 02:20:20 | More by MDDMD
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Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 330 ml bottle

A: Very dark in appearance. Ruby red highlights are visible in the light. The beer is topped with a large bubbled two fingers of beige head. Delicious looking.

S: Brown sugar, dried dark fruits. Alcohol is a tad too noticeable for the style.

T: The dominant flavor is really brown sugar most likely because of the addition of dark belgian candi sugar. Dried dark fruits like in the smell are also present. Figs, plums, prunes, and dates come to mind. Perhaps a bit of apricot as well. The alcohol once again is to prevalent and is displeasing to an otherwise well done beer. A bit metallicy at times as well.

M: Fairly dry and a touch to thin for me. Crispness is good however.

O: A fairly decent beer with the main problem being noticeable alcohol. Wouldn't recommend it or buy it again but it was a good experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 20:13:36 | More by Haydn-Juby
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PolarBear3

Australia

1.94/5  rDev -48%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Pours a dark brown colour with large frothy off white head that dissipates very quickly.

S - Dark cherry or sherry like aromas with some dark chocolate malt

T - Very sweet malts with some burnt cherries and aniseed,, leaving a awful slightly bitter finish

M - Over carbonated with medium bodied

O - Very ordinary, will not be able to finish the bottle. That says it all.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 06:06:57 | More by PolarBear3
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DoubleJ

California

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle served at Het Waterhuis in Ghent and served in its branded goblet. On to the beer:

Who likes a fluffy head which retains well? I do. I also like the dark brown color with reddish hues of this beer. The nose of toasted malt, kiss of chocolate, and a dose of cherry make a pleasant aroma. A good flavor continues the momentum, which starts with dark chocolate and toast. A kiss of tartness adds a little something different. Brown sugar notes too. Its aftertaste withers into a semi-sweet flavor. Regarding its feel, the beer is medium full with pleasing carbonation and somewhat acidic sensation.

Agreeable strong dark ale, and one that doesn't weigh you down too much.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 03:12:47 | More by DoubleJ
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mactrail

California

3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge foam-up that dissipates to some streamers of froth.

Distinctive flavor of nuts, spice, pumpkin pie, licorice-- the whole candy store. Besides "canesugar" the label lists spices, so maybe the wise ones will know if this is spiced up like Anchor Christmas ale, which is exactly what this tastes like-- only sweeter. Clean flavors, no hint of oxidation or other odd flavors, but it's just very plain, just lots of cinnamon, allspice and such.

For the ridiculous foam and the excess of additives, and the lack of Belgian flavors, I don't rate this very high. However, I suppose you could call this a Winter Warmer and enjoy it with a slice of fruitcake. From the 33 cl botle bought at Beer And Gin House in Gent.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 21:26:26 | More by mactrail
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Everydayoff

Thailand

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a Leffe chalice by freshness date.

A:
Blackish opaque brown with massive rocky frothy head that retains very well then leaves several lacing patches stick to a glass once dissipated.

S:
Dark and roasted malt, dark fruits reminiscence of raisins and some sweet portion of sugarcane, a little bit spice from alcohol.

T+M:
Quite complex, it comprises by 3 tiers. I – Barley malt and roasted malt kick off after sip. This portion also lends some bready and astringent traits. II – Following by dark fruit esters generate by yeast. III – Sugarcanes bring sweetness until the finish with slight bitterness from hop hiding in. Alcohol fusel can be detectable along mid-way to the finish. The body is medium with right amount of carbonation.

O:
Another good Strong Dark Ale, definitely worthy.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 09:57:59 | More by Everydayoff
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jjkatter

Australia

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a Trappistes Fochefort goblet…

A- Dark, porter like color with a caramel, pillowy head. Lots of carbonation present.

S- fruity, flowery aroma with a hint of yeast.

T- Overwhelmingly sweet. This beer could do with some taming of the sugar. Very yeasty
MF- so sweet, it’s difficult to find it a pleasant experience.

O- Thank God I’m not diabetic. Maybe it would do better aged for some time, but I am having trouble finishing this bottle. The beer had good intentions, but did not deliver. Hell, it looked and smelt great... I would not buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 08:02:24 | More by jjkatter
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heygeebee

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger tan head over dark brown body. Head dies quickly.

Into Xmas pud territory straight away on the nose, with some sherry and brandy hints as well. Also raisins.

Taste is as smell, with no hop presence noted at all.

Mouthfeel quite light for the ABV.

Not an outstanding example of style, but not the worst either.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 07:53:08 | More by heygeebee
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Revisiting this guy, complete with review, after remembering enjoying it about a year ago. I let it warm up a bit from the fridge (just FYI). It pours a dark-ish ruby-brown topped by a finger of slightly-off cream foam. The nose comprises rye bread, Belgian yeast, nutmeg, figs, brown sugar-cinnamon, pecans, and oak. The taste brings in all of these for a reunion, along with some red apple skin, black grapes, black pepper, and a touch of cocoa and vanilla. The body is a medium that yearns to lean to the lighter side, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a very nice BSDA, one that affirmed my memory (always a plus) and seemed to please the lady (always a plus). Good times here all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 00:44:01 | More by TMoney2591
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice clear dark Mahogany colour with an off White head that retains real well.

S - A burnt caramel aroma and quite sweet.

T - A little chocolate up front and some sweet malts. HAs a slight oak flavour in the middle with the sugars always present but not spoiling the beer. The alcohol is well disguised.

M - Light to medium body with a medium to full carbonation.

O - This one really suprised me in a nice way. The sweetnes threatens to take over but never does.I recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 14:44:57 | More by eric5bellies
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mandolinhomebrew

Austria

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, or extremely dark brown given right angle and lighting, nice fat caramel looking head, and fair amount of carbonation - doesn't explode though. Head dissipated fairly quick.

S: Sweet, roasty chocolaty & a bit of caramel. Not strong in terms of alcohol. There's some sort of freshness to it, but I hesitate to say it's the hops.

T: Chocolate & roasted malts. It's not bitter at all really but the sweetness is still under control, maybe due to the roasted malts. The sweetness definitely comes through at the finish. There is a slight woodiness to it, and some caramel comes out in aftertaste. I'm getting some yeast, some biscuity-ness, and even hints of raisins or plums. The 8% is masked fairly well, but when I take a bigger sip I definitely know it's a strong ale.

M: Light to medium body. Carbonation is pretty generous, and the bubbles are small/fine, which adds some smoothness.

D: Pretty drinkable for an 8% dark Belgian.

O: Most of my favorite Belgian beers tend to mask the stronger alcohol content so you can focus on everything else that's going on. This is a dark strong Belgian ale that does this fairly well. It really showcases the malts without being too sweet or overly roasty. It's definitely on the sweet side, but I've had plenty of dark strong Belgians that were much sweeter. It's definitely a nice sipping beer to sit and think about.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 20:09:33 | More by mandolinhomebrew
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danieelol

Australia

2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

A: Well carbed initially, blackish brown. More carbonation than a typical BSDA imo. 3.5

S: Nose opens up after a while. Can only barely pick up sweet stewed fruit (pear) and yeast. Bubblegum. And some alcohol leaving it port-like notes. Not unpleasant though. 4

T: Bit of pear flavour, some relatively nice spices like cloves. Way too sweet though. Makes me not want to drink it. 2.5

M: Quite fine for the style, but it's hard to ignore the sweetness when reviewing the mouthfeel. 3.5

D: I couldn't finish the bottle. I probably drank about half of it, and it took me ages. Has to be a 1.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 03:12:18 | More by danieelol
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in a trade with my buddy Apophis666, thanks Sietse.

As always poured in my Struise glass. Nice and pretty darkbrown fluid and a light brown firm head with big bubbles. Nice carbonation.

Sweet and roasted malt smell, brown sugar?

Nice taste and not too sweet. I am enjoying this beer, no doubt about that!

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 20:54:02 | More by Brabander
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy brown colour with a massive size frothy and fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't tell how much carbonation there is because of the murkiness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, raisins, pears, cask wood, cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a slightly below average amount of carbonation and it has a full bodied taste. There are lots of malts mixed with dark fruits (raisins?) and a touch of pear sweetness. There are also notes of cloves and cask wood and the beer also has a slightly metallic taste. It finishes with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Drink - The alcohol was well hidden and it had a pretty decent taste. It didn't blow my mind but I still enjoyed it. There are other beers in this style that are better options though.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 18:22:29 | More by spinrsx
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown, opaque with a slight red tint at the edges. Finger width of light brown head without much retention and very little lacing.

S: The smell is a little strange, mostly because I can't pick up much beyond the sweetness. It smells deep and rich, like candied fruits and not much else. It's not a bad smell, just too sweet for my taste.

T: Deeply malty flavor with slight hints of citrus with lots of spice. I get a lot of stone fruit, a nice complex, rich flavor. The alcohol comes through, but very little. Doesn't taste much like it smells, much spicier and better.

M: Surprisingly medium bodied with high carbonation. Does not feel heavy at all.

D: A dangerously drinkable beer. The relatively light body and well hidden alcohol make it go down fast and easy.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 14:31:48 | More by DaveBlack
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philphilphil

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance is dark clearish brown with small head which receded from an inch or so.
Smell is below par, kinda offputting but not representative of the whole drink.
Taste is far better than smell, is fruit with malt and a touch of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is corrct, maybe a tad more carbonation would be good?
Drinkability is pretty good, cheap for a belgian, gets you smashed quickly. Not bad stuff, still theres better, and ill probs go for that better stuff next time.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 00:01:10 | More by philphilphil
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head. A thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface.
S: There are aromas of candi sugar and dark fruits in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: The beer has a slight amount of sweetness and some flavors of dark fruits but this is contrasted by lots of flavors of spices in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is definitely one that needs to be sipped given all of the spices in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 04:48:36 | More by metter98
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cooch69

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours from its 750 ml. bottle a deep chestnut brown with a one and a half finger head with good clinging potential.
This beer smells of bitter roasted malts, alcohol, caramel biscuits, and dark fruit(raisins).
The first wave consists of dark fruits and an upfront roasted maltiness. The oranges in this beer seem to appear as a dancing partner with the alcohol. The two don't seperate, they are blended together almost like a tangerine infused vodka. The second wave shows a light roast of black coffee and a bit of a hoppiness in the form of a bittering agent.
The beer is medium-full bodied with a nice carbonation that is not overly agressive. It is definetly a sipper, but it is not overly complex or strong.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 05:16:47 | More by cooch69
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basica

Singapore

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark amber brown color with a pretty well retaining thick, rocky, foamy head. (4)

S - Light nose of Dark fruits and perhaps some malts. (3.5)

T - Strong upfront sweetness and floral tastes fill the palate together with an attack of dark fruity goodness which gradually fades into a mild bitterness in the finish. The after taste was slightly raisiny but not too pronounced. Deliciously crafted. (4.5)

M - Medium-bodied mouth-feel with just the right amount of carbonation tinge and a nice foamy smoothness and mild dryness; well-balanced. (4.5)

D - Very drinkable due to the well-crafted taste package and the presence of a "correct" mouthfeel, by my definition, for this style. very sessionable though probably just a tad sweet. (4.5)

I have to admit that the Floreffe Prima Melior has exceeded my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 16:14:30 | More by basica
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Abbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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