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Abbaye De Floreffe Triple - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-18-2002

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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 94
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Veiled golden color with strong activity. Resistant gorgeous extra foamy white 3 finger head with some average legs.

Aromas and flavors of fruits, caramel, grains, floral spices. Faint grainy and hopped flavors with a slight metallic and alcohol aftertaste. The taste is more bitter than sweet and a little too spicy.

A warming beer, almost creamy, a little dry and vinous. Champagne like carbonation. The finish is not too strong and well balanced, but a little short.

Overall a quality beer with a slightly off flavor for my taste. Still very fresh and enjoyable but a harsh tripel having a strong vinous and metallic feel.

Photo of RuudJH
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After opening the bottle, this brew very happily stuck it's head out.
After a bit of clean up, poured it into the glass. Looks orange golden, with a big fluffy head. Streaming carbonation.
Smell is very strongly of fresh white bread. After carefull sniffing, I detect some lemon and lemon peal.
Taste is balanced bittersweetness, slowly fading away in the back of my mouth. Quite mellow. Alcohol is hardly detected and well covered. Gives just a warming feeling.
Overall this is a good modest Belgian tripel, of which there are so many. Good flavour, good feel, not too extreme, just for enjoying.
Cheers.

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, at 8% ABV, another part of the '1/2 Meter of Beer' mixed pack available here in Alberta.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and eventually Dairy Queen creamy opal head, which leaves a proper array of sudsy webbed lace all around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, buttered white bread, a warm orchard fruitiness - peach, pear, and overripe apple - mixed table pepper, mildly spicy yeast, honeyed candi sugar, and a bristling, nose-twitching alcohol astringency. The taste is bready, somewhat biscuity pale malt, more booze-tinged apple, pear, and banana generic fruit bowl sweetness, sugary, floral field honey, active yeast bitterness, and a sidling, well-knowing, and sort of metallic edginess.

The bubbles are pretty well sublimated, barely a wisp of their initial splendour to be found at this mid point in the game, the body just on the lee side of a steady medium weight, and so-so smooth, the yeast and alcohol having their way right now. It finishes still on the sweet side, as things go, the caramel malt, additional sugars - alcohol and otherwise - kind of collaborating on the death knell (to me, at least) of this particular offering.

For the style, this does well enough, I suppose, providing a sweet, yeasty, and above all, boozy sort of experience. However, I am quite on the fence about such a plainly one-sided kind of deal - where be the hops, at least in the basest interest of balance? This comes off as an example of a beer that all the platitudes and pandering in the world wouldn't be able to deter those who think that it's actually all that good of an idea in the first place.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear deep gold and sudsy white head with plenty of lacing.

S: Yeasty bread, overripe bananas, butter, vanilla and hints of spices.

T: Sweet caramelized bananas together with smooth vanilla and yeast. Extremely smooth.

M: Thick, coating and chewy with very low carbonation.

O: Surprisingly smooth and thick, this beer works well with plenty of meals or as a sipper on its own. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of MDDMD
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-slightly hazy orange color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-caramel malt, fruit, some yeast, spices

T-tropical fruit, caramel malt, honey, bit of clove, yeast, bread

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent but a little too sweet for my tastes, otherwise nothing that stands out

Photo of alexipa
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful orange with a bright white fluffy head that lines the glass.

S: Something is strange here. Some Belgian yeast scent but also a weird undertone as well. Another reviewer may have nailed it with likening it to olives. Not good.

T: Spicey Belgian yeast, cloves, and a strong malty back end. Some wheat flavors in there as well.

M: Full bodied but well carbonated. Fairly hot; I can definitely taste the full 7.5%.

O: This is one of those "meh" beers. It's good, I would probably drink it regularly if I had it on hand. It's certainly not great and not really worth seeking out.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 330ml bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy yellow/ orange with a thick 2.5 finger head. Retention was pretty nice and so was lacing as well.

S: Belgian yeast characters come through in the smell but there is also an olive like aroma that was rather off putting.

T: Coriander and cloves in small to moderate amounts.Belgian yeast esters are present .A little bit of a honey flavor and some very slight pear as well. Hop bitterness is low. Nothing was very bold in the taste and it was quiet balanced.

M: Bubbly feeling in the mouth and very smooth. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

O: It was a good beer but I've had better. Nothing astounding but it was nice to have one of. I got it as a gift too so I'm quiet content.Overall kind of boring for a Tripel and nothing really stood out for me .If you're looking for a great Tripel look elsewhere but this was a decent representation of the style.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Orangeish, cloudy. Big and thick foam, nice retention

S- Caramel and honey malts, very sweet with a candied sugar feel. Slight estery spiciness

T- Again very sweet though never over the top, notes of honey from the malts, a bit of a sugary feel. Fruity notes on the back of things (apple, maybe orange). Slight touch of bitterness in the finish

M- Medium body, a bit on the light side for a tripel, carbonation is quite lively. Alcohol is way too easily noticed expecially since 7.5%ABV is on the low side for a tripel. Things get worse if it warms too much

O- Enjoyable, but still mediocre, lots of better tripels out there

Photo of Filosoof
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the thinnest tripels I have ever had. I don't know the exact recipe, but it seems to me as if Lefebvre has used similar ingredients as in their great Barbar Honey Beer, but then with a bit worse quality. 4 times worse ingredients means 16 times worse beer....

L: the foams starts thick, but disappears quite quickly; the colour is clear, somewhat between gold and amber;
S: don't smell much, some candy sugar, some white bread;
T: quite sweet and thin, apple and banana, water, bread, lacking bitterishness; the same tiny sourness alcoholfree beers have;
M: overall it seems like lemonade with alcohol in it;
O: drinkable, for once.

Photo of n2185
2.87/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Slight Belgian spice notes up front with candy sugar and a lot of ester and yeast aromas. It's all kind of muted, though. Definitely not the best smelling beer out there.

T: Spices here as well followed by some candy sugar and then sweet ester and yeast flavors. The finish is a little bready but with a lingering sweetness.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is a little undercarbonated, but avoids being too thick feeling.

O: Not a very good tripel, overall. Not overly offensive, but far from good. It's a bit too estery and yeasty for me and lacks depth.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Floreffe dubel was very uninspiring but I'm still excited to see how this will turn out.

SMELL: Popping the cork and vinous yeastiness permeates the air around me, very nice. Reminds me of wine we made in test tubes in science class. I'm at a loss to describe a significant aroma which is not quite fruit and not quite flowers. I've seen pineapple mentioned in other reviews but I'm smelling something less organic.

APPEARANCE: Translucent amber body with delicate bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Massive foamy white head comprising bubbles of varying size. Lasts a good five minutes.

TASTE: Sour, yeasty & peppery like a Belgian pale ale only slightly more vinous. Very carbonated but in a classy Belgian way. Bread and pleasant sour yeast in the aftertaste. Cannot taste any alcohol whatsoever. Some apple. Complex, light and easy to drink. Quite foamy

OVERALL: Really nice beer, almost brilliant, and incredibly easy to drink at 7.5%. Right down my street and I can't wait to taste some of the higher rated tripels; I already have a load waiting for me back home.

Photo of NightINgale
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A - Definitely looks very nice! Pours a slightly cloudy amber body with a lava-lamp effect going on. Rich white head that sticks around pretty well. Nice lacing.

S - The aroma is not as impressive. Grain, slightly citrus notes, caramel and a little bit of spice.

T - Starts sweet and fairly fruity (apple, lemon, grapefruit, banana), with some caramel and bread. The finish has a nice hop bitterness and Belgian Candi sugary qualities to it.

M - Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated. It's got a nice creamy body but is a bit too boozy for a 7.5% beer, though, and becomes a little harder to swallow when it warms up.

O - This is a very decent tripel. Not the best, not the worst. Gives you an idea of what this beer style's got to offer and leaves you wanting a little more, perhaps.

Photo of Bierman9
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a 0.5l bottle of this (€3.50) at Brasserie Lamborelle in Bastogne on 27SEP11.

This Tripel was a muted golden color, with a touch of haze present. Carbo was steady, with a foamy, lasting off-white head, and nice lacing. Some candyish aromas come forth, along with a bit of tropical fruit. Medium in body, it was a bit light and airy going down.

Flavor was not overly pronounced, with some light tropical fruit and a touch of bitterness mixed in. It was a little bit rindy at the finsih, which was somewhat dry. Solid but unspectacular. Prosit!!

3.88 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1390

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: dark orange hue with a very slightly hazy body with suspended floaties. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Darker than I normally expect for a tripel, but still quite nice.

Smell: deep, rich malt aroma. Smell is good but it lacks any of the fruity complexity I like so much in tripels.

Taste: rich malt and a fair bit of alcohol, despite its somewhat low ABV for a tripel. I like the malt character, but without any complexity this beer is almost bland, I'm sorry to say.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a bit of an underwhelming tripel. I like it well enough, but it's just not complex enough to warrant seeking.

Photo of csiewert
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy amber color with a good amount of chunky debris with a finger of white foamy head that laces and retains well. The aroma has notes of caramel and fruit, like fig and cherry. The taste has hints of caramel, fig and bread. The mouthfeel is mouth and finishes clean. Overall a decent trippel.

Photo of greybeardloon
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before January 18, 2013.

A: Dark, somewhat hazy orange. Huge, fluffy head, thick strips of lacing.

S: Spicy and yeasty with banana and maybe some lemon.

T: Yeasty flavors, a splash of pineapple juice. Sugary without being too sweet. There's a slight hop bitterness. Peachy in the way that sauvignon blanc can have peach notes. Some booze, but not much. There's something "soft" about the flavor (in a good way.)

M: Fluffy and spritzy.

O: Maybe it was the 11.2 oz bottle, but this beer disappeared awfully quickly. A well-made beer.

Photo of CHickman
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy gold in color with a massive foamy/bubbly off white 2-3 finger head that faded slowly; this head was so thick and creamy that it was like a cross between whipped cream and a bubble bath; left very good foamy lacing that slid down fast, leaving rings.

Smells sweet, like citrus and yeast, with sweet malt, lemon, coriander, spices like pepper and faint clove, grass, wet bread and a metallic funk. Very mellow noce for a triple, and very basic malty yeast aroma.

Tastes sweet and fruity, like a champagne - flavors include sweet malt, yeast, lemon, cloves, spices like pepper, tart fruit like sour apple, light caramel, grass, light citrus hops, wet bread and the typical metallic funk associated with yeast; tastes like a zesty, funked up hefeweizen, not a Triple. The sweetness must be from the cane sugar listed on the label, but that doesn't help ease that fact that this is an unbalanced beer that's too sweet. It doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't really stand out either.

Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing, with a champagne feel from the high carbonation, a light body and a dry, crisp finish. This has all the elements of being a great beer, but the flavor is just too one dimensional and sweet. The alcohol heat shows up pretty much after each sip, but is not a distraction and not a negative element considering that this is a triple. This was a strange beer as it was not what I expected. Drinkable, yes; would it be my first choice....not sure. Would like to try it with spicy food as it may work best that way.

Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Very cloudy amber-blonde (much darker than typical for style) with a huge dollop of a white head, like the top of a root beer float.

Smell: Pretty sweet, with mostly banana and yeast. The clove and pepper are pretty minimal.

Taste: Somewhat sweet, bready and syrupy. The banana and fleshy fruits are in full force. Some light clove and pepper on the finish, but some metallic notes actually overtake the spiciness and leave a slightly unwelcome lasting impression.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, with a body that is a little thick and syrupy (especially considering the use of cane sugar). Semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Decent Tripel with a strong fruity profile but the overly syrupy body and metallic finish are detriments.

Photo of spinrsx
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy amber/gold colour with a gigantic size frothy and rocky white head. I can see a fair amount of carbonation and there is some fantastic lacing all over the sides of the glass. The head was pretty much fully lasting.

Smell - wheat, cloves, lemons

Taste & Mouth – The beer had an average amount of carbonation and has a nice full bodied taste. I can taste wheat mixed with cloves and some lemons. There are also some fruit esters and a fairly strong yeasty taste. The beer finishes with a yeasty spicy aftertaste.

Overall – Not my favourite tripel by a long shot but it has a few different tastes going on that make it interesting. It also has a really fantastic appearance in the glass. It was pretty easy to drink and actually went down quite fast. The alcohol was hidden well and I’d say that the beer is worth trying.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into pint glass
A –Huge frothy 2+ finger nearly white head did not allow me to pour the entire bottle into my pint glass, left lots of lacing, a very cloudy light brown beer with yellowish tints, lots of bigger bubbles 4
S – Fruit, yeast and spice lead with mild sweet malts & citrus 4
T – Sweet malts more pronounced in the flavor, caramel and citrus zest with a mild spiciness. A bready/yeasty presence permates 3.5
M – Medium body, dry finish, an overall light mouth feel for a triple 4
O – a drinkable and overall light triple, I will have another but this is not a unique enough brew that I will seek it out again 3.5

Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear golden color with a white mousse-like head

S - sweet pale malts with strong fruity yeast esters, spicy phenols come out as it warms

T - sweet malt up front accented by fruity yeast esters and to a lesser extent spicy phenols (but definitely present, especially on the finish), sweet up front but finishes dry; hops are balancing, but largely absent

M - medium light, high carbonation, warming alcohol

D - This is a decent tripel. I don't know if it's the best example I've had, but it's definitely not the worst - slightly above average. If the hops were a little bit stronger it would be fantastic. Cheers.

Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 flo oz. bottle marked: L20090111-09:27. Sampled on April 10, 2011. It pours a handsome looking deep copper-amber at first but becomes cloudy as the bottle empties. The aroma is powerful with a strong balance of sweet malts and an alcohol scent. A little yeast takes up the rear. The body is thin to medium. The overall taste is also rather sweet with an alcohol kick at the end. Mellow though.

Photo of Everydayoff
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a chalice by freshness date.

A:
The pour produces hazy dark orangish honey color, massive creamy rocky head with good retention and leaves plenty of lacing patches when dissipated into a creamy film on the surface, high amount of active small bubbles carbonated.

S:
Solid caramel and candy sugar note with touch of lemon zest, fruitiness and some spice from yeast which is also a bit pinch. Bready malt is also there to add more complexity.

T:
All round sweetness taste from caramel, cane-sugar, alcohol and fruit components. Barley malt and hop also reveal with subtly touch in the finish which is slight sweet together with flash of bitterness.

M:
Even cane-sugar component has attenuated the body but it is still rich medium body with soothing carbonation, dry finish.

O:
Another pretty good Triple, alcohol is well hidden and easy to go with.

Photo of tgorgz
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber, almost orange blossom and honey colour. Lots of sediment floating about, and a bit of carbonation as well.

S- Lots of orange but it doesn't blow you away.

T- Initial bite, then a lingering bitter taste at the end.

M- Definitely the most intriguing part of the beer because it is surprisingly light for a tripe. Also a "cool" bitter taste, and not an unpleasant bitter. Overall, I really enjoyed it, and would have it again.

Photo of Swedes21
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - deep ale, clear, white head, lacing, good carbonation

Smell - orange, citrus, cloves, wheat, slight earthy tones.

Taste - found this to be very "dry" in tasting, not a tonne came from it. little sour near the end, not even bitter. upfront taste on the tip of the tongue of zesty orange.

Mouthfeel - some carbonation added, not much else happening. I found the sour end went away and turned to a little more sweet bitterness.

Drinkability - an ok beer, wont lie i was expecting a lot more. glad i tried, wouldnt find it again for a tripel.

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Abbaye De Floreffe Triple from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
85 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.