1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Abbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Not Rated.
Abbaye De Floreffe Prima MeliorAbbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

171 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 171
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 171 | Reviews: 109 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of BeerSingh
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of BeerBeing
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 0.75 liter brown glass semi-custom bottle with cork/cage, mostly blue label

Appearance: very dark brown, light brown head, good lacing

Smell: excellent, raisins, plums, coffee, herbs, sweet malt

Taste: excellent, full body, great mouthfeel, sweet malt, a lot of it, fruity at the same time (black grape), you can feel alcohol also

Notes: VERY TASTY, good stuff

Photo of DustinSWB
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of starlight37
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of AlexAfonin
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of jpworld
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Globetrotter
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found in a Moscow supermarket, this brew comes in a 750ml brown bottle with cork and cage. The label is white, gold and blue, with a nice drawing of an abbey. Ingredients include cane sugar and spices. Best before 6/18/06, I couldn't wait longer than 12/19/04.

Pours an opaque deep burgundy hue under a 1.5 finger tan head that lacks body but makes up for it with staying power. A couple of wisps of lace cling to the glass, but most of the head just sinks down the glass as the liquid is consumed. Sweet fruit and spice nose, with grape prominent but a touch of perhaps coriander lurking in the background. Well carbonated and slightly sticky mouth coats the tongue nicely. Nice smooth taste, opening with more grape to go with the chewy malt. A raft of spices floats along the surface, tough to pinpoint but adding luxury to the experience. There is also that signature Francophone sweetness in the hops, which leave no bitter impression at all but announce an unmissable presence in the finish. The aftertaste is a refreshing combination of grape and bread. This is good stuff.

Photo of AlexF
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Petite bouteille de 33 cl.

La Prima Melior est d'une couleur brune foncée et opaque. Une mousse foncée, abondante et persistante décore le verre. De belles bulles s'échappent du fond du verre. La grande classe.

Au nez, la Prima Melior offre des touches de raisins madérisés, de chocolat et une touche metallique. Les arômes sont très agréables et laissent présager un goût exceptionnel.

En bouche, le côté ferreux metallique est très présent, conjointement à un gout de pain d'épices, de brownies.

Bien qu'excellente, la Prima Melior, en tenant compte de son style, n'offre selon moi pas une texture assez moelleuse. Cet aspect est toutefois mineur. L'alcool est très bien caché.

Haut de gamme !

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML cage w/ cork > mini snifter

This one is a deep, dark brown with purple highlights and ruby hues. Very vibrant look and an amazing soft, creamy head, wicked sticky lacing, superb retention.

The aroma is an abundance of dark-sweet fruits and herbs, sweet raisin, prunes and spice underneath.

Wow, this one is verging on *gulp* red wine. But with even more charecter! Very jammy, grape jam, blackberry, very dank fruity flavors and white pepper. The hop gives a nice balance of earthy, bitter hop. A slight black licorice current from the star anise. Tangy and sour yeast with a dry, light but smooth feel. Very complex.

Sip this puppy S L O W.

Photo of doktordebris
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a 11.2 from the Foodery(?) in Northern Liberties, Philly. It was the next drink I had after a glass of the great Geants' Goliath an hour earlier at The Belgian Cafe, where it was so loud that I kind of damaged my throat just trying to converse with my friends. So, I know you're not supposed to review a beer with handicaps like this, but the Prima Melior still treated me with a more than substantial, even inspiring after-dinner drinking experience.

A: Poured into some funky shaped goblet/cocktail glass thingy(closest to a proper glass my friend had available). Foamed up pretty nicely, left the lees for later. A thick beige head topped a dark warm brown, leaving just a bit of lacing.

S: No hoppy smell, just rich dark malt, with a deep sweetness that made me think of fruitcake. Followed by some citrusy highlighting.

T: Ahh.. Perfect for the holidays. Big and chocolatey rich, yet graceful down the hatch, warming at the finish. The most surprising element I noticed was the orangepeel, good to see it used in something other than a Wit for once. Poured in the leftover lees, which put an exclamation point on the citrus, with a little breadiness to compliment. The combination reminds me of how I've always enjoyed chocolate and oranges together, and this time especially following the Goliath and mussels I had for dinner earlier.

Mf: Carbonation was perfect for a belgian. Thick, but more accessible for those usually scared off by belgian darks.

D: I thought this was very drinkable, didn't get too sweet as time went on. Not too over the top, even with it's concentration on maltiness, yet plenty complex for any beersnob.

Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml bottle, with a best before date of 12/18/2008, it's a youngin'. The front label says brewed with spices (star anise, orange peel), while the back cites anise and corriader, so maybe all three? We'll see...

Poured into my old Abbaye d'Aulne goblet, Prima Melior is a dark, hazy garnet with a thin but long lasting bone colored heard that leaves moderate foamy lace.

The smell is nice and rich malt, more on the cured side of the dark fruits, with some definite citrus, which I find unusual for a BSDA, but works well here, especially with the anise, which is fainter.

The taste is semi-sweet, a nice citrus tartness behind the aforementioned cured fruits, a la raisin and fig, with a hint of anise. Very smooth and balanced, with quite a lot of depth. A touch roasty, but no astringency to speak of, and a slight flash of booze on the finish.

The mouthfeel is very carbonated, as this is a pretty young brew, with a medium body.

A very enjoyable BSDA that went down way to easily. It's interesting, that I bought both this and the Abbaye De Floreffe Triple at a tasting, where I definitely preferred the triple. But now that I've have a bottle of each, it's clearly the other way around. And while this surely cellars well, it's remarkably smooth at this young age.

Photo of brewbucker
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shigadeyo for trading this to me.

This pours a very deep murky brown with a medium head. The fade fades some but leaves a thin pillowy layer. The aroma is fantastic. Rich fermented fruits, candied malts, spices and touches of booziness (is that even a word)? Flavor is sweet and candied. Lots of rich boozy fruits, spice and malts. There is also a slight tartness that is quite nice. This one turned out to be a nice surprise. I thought it would be good but it turned out to be great.

Photo of ntillemans
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Several fingers of head that died down into a nice lacey film in short order. Reddish, brown color.

S - Malty, fruity with a hint of licorice

T - Strong maltiness with alcohol warmth peeking through and the bitterness of orange peel swiftly sweeping in to offset the sweetness.

M - Some carbonation...but the sugars import a slight syrupiness.

D - I liked this one a lot. I could have had more, though it was very filling.

Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this 750ml bottle up on sale for $4.99. Seemed like a deal and I love this style so what the hell.

Pops with authority (just how I like it) and pours into my globe glass with a perfect inch of head. The color is a nice deep dark brown with red highlights. Pretty good clarity from what I can tell.

Aroma is nice and malty with some sweet cherry-like characteristics. Nice Belgian yeast on the nose as well.

This beer is full of flavor but nice and subtle at the same time. Not overpowering like some of this style, it has the softer taste of a dubbel. Very impressive fruit flavors of cherry, plum, and raisin. Nice subtle spiciness and the Belgian yeast is great.

Mouthfeel is typical for the style with full body and a little extra carbonation.

Drinkability is very good for the style given that it's not too strong in flavor or alcohol.

Overall, a surprising find and one that I may want to pick a few more up of given the price.

Photo of crossovert
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle "best before" 2009 04 04.

Pours like motor oil and when it is in the tulip it is a dark brown/ pretty much black with a thick large tan head that rises to the top of the glass, leaving some lacing as it recedes slowly.

The scent is pleasant and rich but not overly rich. There is definitely a lot of orange in the scent along with some anise, no coincidence. There's not much else going on besides the yeasty dark fruit scents that are usually found in this style.

The first thing I notice is the smooth, rich, not hugely carbonated mouthfeel. It works perfectly with the flavors of this beer. There is some residual orange form the smell that transfers to the taste but there isn't a huge anise kick in the flavor, it is more vanilla and coriander with a hint of cocoa. It has that spice tinged flair but it is very fruity. It is super complex.

Overall this one surprised me big time. It is one of the smoother, not as sweet BSDAs out there.

Photo of jrallen34
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a tulip.

This beer pours a dark brown with a big light tan with great retention and lacing. The head stayed for about 5 minutes.

The aroma was awesome, with light hops and lots of spice, light orange.

The taste was like the aroma but stronger. Its very spicey you can almost chew this beer and you get lots of allspice. Its almost like a stout but it isn't. Tons of flavor in each sip always changing. Very drinkable.

Photo of altheimera
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark chocolaty taste. Spicy. Sweet caramel finish. Very dark appearance. Very drinkable.

very strong odor was noticeable immediately upon opening the bottle , though it dissipated quickly.

I enjoyed this beer, would definitely drink it again, though it was hard to finish the whole bottle (bit too sweet by the end)

Photo of rastaman
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, use by date September 2001, so its an old bottle, the girl at Bottles in London gave it too me for £2, down from the normal £5, because it was past its use by date. Beautifull dark brown, slightly hazy appearance, with a beautiful white head, with fantastic lace. The aroma is of chocolate, vanilla, some roastiness, herbs, raisins and port wine.
Wonderfully smooth, mouth covering stuff, lots of choc and vanilla, and that roasty and herbal notes i picked up in the aroma, are there to finish off, very long finish, with some lovely port wine qualities, nice aged character.

Photo of basica
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of garcia2a
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Floris in Brussels. They would only serve it in an earthen mug, so I had to use a triple karmeliet glass for the color and clarity.

These beer poured a deep mahogany, nice and cloudy with a fair amount of carbonation. I estimate about a 1 inch head.

The bouquet has light and airy malt tendencies, some yeast and a hint of caramel and cocoa on the backend. This gives little indication of the pending gustatory experiences to come.

The taste is big, bold and heavy on the malt. Finished with a pleasing caramel flavor. The body was big and although the beer started off with decent mouthfeel, as the cloying began the taste became a bit tart. Overall the beer has roasty and warmong tendency that can only be rivaled by sweaty eddie himself!

This is a nice beer overall, a good session beer or just a "sippin' in the Poconos" tasty.

Photo of Mick82
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked, with best before dating on the rear label. Pours very dark brown, minimal light shining thru, even on the edges. This one, just like the triple, lifts a huge long lasting frothy head, here its dark tan and leaves classic looking Belgian lace. Fine bubbles continue to rise. On the nose, notes of raisins and sugary spice come forth. Allowed to warm, a picture of a big, flavorful BSDA emerges. Notes of plenty of raisins, cocoa, rum, dark grains and Belgian goodness. Alcohol and candi sugar notes are quite moderate and well inserted into the mix. Impressive creation, in the same league as the heavy hitters of the style. This is a lesser know brewery that is turning out some fine creations. Well worth a try IMHO...go get some...and enjoy.

Photo of bluelynbrewing
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Abbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.