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Abbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Ciocanelu, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

NightINgale, Mar 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

sagath, Jan 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

pin, Dec 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

mactrail, Oct 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

jpworld, Aug 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

harpus, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

chasmandocharles, May 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

educorgan, May 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

no8, Mar 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

starlight37, Jan 24, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.4%

Stoutsman, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Everydayoff
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%

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

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

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

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.

Another good Strong Dark Ale, definitely worthy.

Everydayoff, Jan 13, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

jjkatter, Jan 06, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

heygeebee, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

rekel, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +34%

BeerSingh, Nov 16, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

TMoney2591, Jul 22, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

eric5bellies, May 24, 2011
Photo of mandolinhomebrew
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

mandolinhomebrew, Mar 06, 2011
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2.65/5  rDev -29%

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.

danieelol, Feb 20, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

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!

Brabander, Feb 10, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

spinrsx, Jan 31, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

DaveBlack, Dec 28, 2010
Abbaye De Floreffe Prima Melior from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
84 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.