Abbaye De Floreffe Triple - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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very good

153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-18-2002)
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Reviews by ccrida:
Photo of ccrida
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Koningshoeven goblet, the Floreffe Triple is a clear golden orange with a modest off white head that subsides pretty quickly to a thick skim, leaving pretty heavy foam lace.

At first, the aroma is moderate, grainy with spicy yeast, phenols and a touch of honey. As it warms, it really opens up, gaining a soft, vanilla sweetness and some really enjoyable hefe like esters.

The taste is also a bit subdued, and very similar to the nose...mainly phenols and yeast spice, with a dry, acrid finish that is more boozy then it should be at 7.5%. I fiind it notable that the label states they use cane sugar, rather then the traditional candi sugar, which gains complexity through caramelization and inversion. I think this triple really suffers as a result, lacking depth, pushing towards cidery and a bit sour . Luckily, the graininess is sufficient to keep it from lacking any character. Overall, it comes off a bit harsh, and a bit metallic tasting.

The mouthfeel is sharp, but with a nice level of carbonation.

This is not that great of a triple. If I was doing a bland tasting, I'd guess it was a sub-par attempt by a US micro undereducated in the style. I don't know enough about this brewery, but assuming the label blurb referencing the abbey is indicative of their history, I'll consider it an early rung on the evolutionary ladder of triples, a recipe pre-Jean De Clerck (PJ). Well actually, I think it's the sugar more the yeast at fault here, but pre-PJ had a nice ring to it!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

orange brew with a decent head. malty/sweet nose that was very appealing. the first sip was of malt and an alcohol bite. the strong flavours of banana and clove in this beer are reminiscent of those found in a good bottle of schneider weisse, possibly even more so. dry finish. very enjoyable.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazey yellow transluscent pour from the bomber to the pint glass (that's all the bar had). The scents waft from the top of the headless brew of sweet malts, grapes, plum, and dried fruit and mild hints of citrus. The banana sweetness was most present up front with a dry wine hop finish. The body is a bit thin and lacking carbonation. The finish is a little thicker adding a smoothness to the experience. Overall a good representation of the style though much too sweet for my pallet.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked with best before dating on rear label. Pours clear darkish, golden amber, under a super impressive light tan head. head shows loft and puffy softness, then merange, world class/excellent retention, all kinds of lacing, lots of bubbles continue to rise to the top. Very nice. Peppery, powdered sugar and yeasty nose. Tasty tripel, lots of pepper, citric fruit and warming alcohol and spice. Not as complex as other tripels, but definatly well worth a try.

Photo of bsp77
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Swedes21
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of wjimson
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle at SAQ in Quebec. Too bad one cannot find this in Ontario LCBO or beerstore. Poured a dark pale gold, slightly cloudy, with 1 inch of head. The look is magnificant, as I could imagine how phenolic and clean this will taste, given past experience with beers like Duvel and La fin du monde.

Smells slightly floral, hoppy and dry. Taste clean initially, and then the rich and subtle malt taste comes in, along with a mild taste of spice and phenol. The alcohol is noticeable, but nicely balanced with the slight bitterness. A very good beer. Drinkability? Quite drinkable given the alcohol content, as the rest of the beer is very nicely balanced to make this drinkable.

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

(Served in a Chalice)

A- This beer has an apricot colored body with a thick creamy head of nice bit of lacing after each sip. There is a sea of tiny bubbles that glide around the body.

S- This beer has a soft candy sugar note to it with a nice green note at the finish.

T- There is a soft sweetness at the beginning that has a light fruity quality to it with a dry pear note to follow. There is a nice bitterness at the finish with a faint tangerine zest to the hop hint. There is a carbonic acid note that is part of the bitterness hint.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a faint alcohol heat that comes through as the beer warms.

D- This beer has a smooth soft flavor with some sweetness and some bitterness that balance nicely. This is a well built beer with not a lot of interests.

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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 the beer that all the platitudes and pandering in the world wouldn't be able to deter those who think that it's really all that good of an idea in the first place.

Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date code 20090322. I interpret best before March 22nd of next year.

Pops loudly and pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with HUGE head. The head is big, rocky, fluffy, and just plain out-of-this-world. Not only that but it sticks around forever! Even at the end of the glass there's a good 1/2" sitting there. Incredible lacing thickly coating the glass. It looks like liquid lemon meringue pie.

Aroma is a mix of lemons and spice. A nice unique yeast adds to the character.

Flavor is unusual too. Lots of citrus flavors, some black pepper spiciness, and a sour/dry finish. Very interesting from beginning to end.

Mouthfeel is good especially considering the amount of carbonation. It doesn't seem sharp or unpleasant in any way.

Drinkability is good but the spicy/sour flavors are battling my taste buds and winning. I wouldn't last more than two rounds.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unseasonably spring-like weather has drawn me toward tripels, and since this was the last one at hand it was an easy choice. Back label reads "A Special Reserve Ale exclusively for the use of the Abbot and his guests." So how come I have one? I do not know this "Abbot".

Poured into the goblet with an abundant pillowy head with smooth rounded peaks and valleys. A burnt yellow/gold in color, with a mass exodus of bubbles feeding the head. Label mentions a "brown" color, which it really isn't.

Pretty much smells like the quintessential tripel. Spicy clove, crisp green apples, juicy pear, dusting of yeast. Yeah.

Flavor brings on big sweet fruits up front, some pepper, some lime, a flash of dirty yeast and then quickly into a spicy, pungent, sharp finish. Pretty dry, though the hotter spicy notes stick around awhile, as does a lingering sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated with a balanced airy-but-not-light texture.

The cane sugar is noticeable but not at all dominant. I've had sweeter tripels that didn't use cane sugar. All in all, a substantial tripel that has its rewards.

Photo of harkjohnny
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

never seen this brand before. it was on special at Jungle Jim's $5 for a 4 pack so i figured I'd give it a shot.

Quite the head on this one. Pours into a chalice with a big dense foamy and rocky white head. I could only get about half the 11.2oz bottle in on the first pour. It's settling slowly and leaving lots of lace. Pretty golden color is transparent and effervescent.

Aroma is sugary sweet with a few yeasty phenols. My nose isn't working great today however.

Flavor of the first sip says spicy! Not only from yeast but from carbonation and also the alcohol burn. It's not terribly over the top and the malt helps cut it down some. Medium body. Finish is sweet and drying.

Wasn't sure what to expect but I'd say a decent find for the price.

Photo of mattfancett
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange with lots of creamy head. Marvellous fruity yeasty aroma with candi, malt, and hops. Good mouthfeel and spices, very drinkable, partcularly with reasonable ABV. Zesty and full mouthfeel, slightly above average carbonation. Somewhat drying finish.
Had this a second time a year later and is it my cellaring. Drying there, spiciness, just all together only an average Belg.
Averaged the two.

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Hatshep18
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Filosoof
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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 bditty187
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, peachy-gold in hue, off-white head, at the apex the head was a half finger tall. The bubbles fell quickly to a soapy, thick cap that had decent staying power. Unorganized but noteworthy lacing. Overall, the appearance is attractive in a "plain Jane" kind of way.

Soft, buttery nose with hints of caramel apples, lemon, and cloves; not much hops for a Triple and it was only vaguely malty. The nose is disappointedly simple; it doesn't smell like a Triple should, IMO. Moderate-low potency; decent nose... the fruitiness grew on me over time but I needed more hops to add some depth. The alcohol is hidden. Really, the nose is just okay.

Fruity, buttery-caramely palate, sweet throughout until the aftertaste (it dries out a tickle). Like the nose the palate is simple but still likable; the flavors kind of remind me of a beer like Triple Moine. I'd like more hops, more biscuit/cracker maltiness, and more pizzazz. Like I've said, decent palate... good in the moment but forgettable.

Medium in body, creamy, smooth carbonation; the mouthfeel does work well with this beer.

Drinkable. Pleasant. But forgettable. This review is from notes. I just didn't have much to say as the beer didn't say much to me. One thing this beer has going for it as it sells for less than $7 for a 750ml. It is a value beer and worth a purchase. Compared to other Triples it falls short. Purchased in Omaha.

Photo of jdscotty
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of kwa357
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a huge rocky pure white head that left plenty of lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is rather faint for a tripel, I mainly pick up pale malt. The taste is not as sweet as expected, rather toned down. A pale malt base, some light tropical fruit sweetness and a light hop presence to balance it out, a bit of an alcohol kick in the end. Not much of a Belgian yeast flavor. The feel is light and has a soft fizzy carbonation, not as sharp as most tripels. The finish is quite balanced. This brew is a rather underwhelming tripel, definitely not as complex as it should be and doesn't really remind me of a Belgian beer at all. However, this beer is still pretty good and quite drinkable. Worth a go.

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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 beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a slightly cloudy ruby-orange with a solid bone white foamy head that left a good film lacing. Visible carbonation was strong.

S: The nose was spicy, yeasty with some fresh bread, bananas, and coriander. There was some candi-sugar sweetness, cloves and alcohol phenols as well with a fresh flowery hopping.

T: starts with a nice grainy sweetness with light fruit notes (green apples). There was some coriander, cloves and fresh flowery citrus notes as well. Tart fruitiness with a slight acidity.

M: lively from the carbonation with a nice light graininess and a medium fullness.

D: A great tart and fruity drinking triple that finished dry, crisp and leaving you wanting more.

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Abbaye De Floreffe Triple from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
85 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.