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Abbaye De Floreffe Triple - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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85
very good

152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of NiceGuyMike
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Less than 5 bucks for a 750 ml seems like a good deal. Claims to be made from cane sugar.

a: Dark golden yellow, about a finger of white head; little lacing.
s: Musky
t: Musky, sweet.
m: Medium bodied, creamy, nice carbonation.
d: Not so great. I can do without.

Photo of droomyster
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a big and fluffy tan head. Smell has an interesting sour, almost vinegar-like quality to it; there is also the distinct aroma of pineapple (which I've never smelled in a beer before) and granny smith apples. Taste is reminscent of a caramel apple; strikes a nice balance between bitter and sweet. Very interesting. Its medium body is very swishable and allows you to draw out every sip and appreciate its complexity. Not the best tasting tripel in the world but certainly one of the more unique.

Photo of mwa423
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Also bought the $5 4-pack from Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, Ohio. Best Before 5-10-2009 at 11:37 P.M. I saved two, and I'm drinking one on 5-10-09 at 11 and 12 and we'll see about that!

A - Very dark and very hazy, almost closer to an amber then most belgians. Lots of head, I couldn't fit the entire pour into one glass, ald the head stayed throughout the entire beer.

S - Strange smell, acidic, but lots of banana. Has a smell that is closer to wine.

T - Lots of banana, with bits of citrus and lots of yeast.

M - The flavor and texture sticks to your tongue. It is very good consider how high the carbonation is.

D - While I enjoyed an after dinner belgian, the next three will be finished over time.

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

Paid $4.99 for a four-pack at Jungle Jim's International Market...

The beer pours a hazy colored base with a moderate sized white head, very long head retention and limited lacing on the glass. The aroma is a wild mix of yeast, lemon, mild hops, bananas and alcohol... very creative.

Low carbonation and medium bodied, well-blended mix of lemons and yeast coupled with a creamy head; very sweet aftertaste. Feels good in the mouth with a smooth delivery and at 7.5% abv with the only hint of alcohol in the smell... well, it's a very well-rounded brew!

Final Thought: Floreffe provides us a fine example of a creative Belgian tripel.

Photo of dukedevil0
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend picked up a 750mL from Binny's South Loop in Chicago, IL.

A: Lighter yellowish amber color with white head and good lacing.

S: Yeast scent and lemons.

T: Tastes similar to the smell, with light lemon, some yeast, slight banana.

M: Slightly thin, but fits for this style.

D: Pretty drinkable, the alcohol is not picked up, flavor is smooth and easy to drink, not heavy.

Good but not something amazing.

Photo of stephens101
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky, pale orange pour results in a two-finger off-white head. Retention is good, with a fine sheet of lace left around the glass. Smells of sweet malts, yeasts and phenols initially. A second whiff reveals an aroma of pears and a biscuity essence. Tastes spicy, fruity, malty and sweet, with a good hit of alcohol at the end. Mouth-feel is medium bodied. Carbonation is medium. It's not as complex tasting as I would have hoped, but not bad overall.

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 Kemmerlin
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy light golden yellow color that was unfiltered. I really liked the long lasting thick head and dense lacing on the glass.
S: it smells dank with sour smelling grass and the sugar really comes out in the back of the nose. The best way to some it up is that it smelled like a rich budweiser.
T: At first it tasted like sweet fried bananas then quickly converted to the sugar cane it was brewed with which gave it a very tropical taste.
M/D: Has a kind of sticky feel in the mouth I am guessing is from the sugar. It is also light and fluffy. A decent brew and unquestionably different than any kind of triple I have had good drinkability.

Photo of nekronos
4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just superb. It was the best of the three Floreffes I drank recently. NIce caoba dark colour and awesome head. This is a treause that for luck We got in the country. I liked it best. After drinking this one some others may be dissapointing. Must be drunk with a proper glass.

Photo of BWH3
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750mL bottle into a Goblet

A: Pours a nice thick white head. Very effervescent. Golden and hazy. I bit darker and hazier than most.

S: Sweet and a bit spicy. Aroma is bread, honey, and banana rolled into one.

T: The other light fruits of pear and fresh apple come through. The great malt backbone is still there. A slight floral and mineral bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavy for a Tripel. Great carbonation. Above average head retention for the style.

D: Overall, moderately complex Tripel that is well balanced and extremely enjoyable drink. I have tried 2 beers from this brewer and find them to be an unheard of and under appreciated brewer.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a huge white head. Crazy frothy texture that you could have set a coin on top. Smells of sweet fruits, I picked up some apples. The taste is similar, sweet spicy apple and a smooth alcohol taste with no bite. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is the same. Overall a very solid beer, nothing too special but I'd try it again.

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 ViveLaChouffe
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle purchased in a beer store in La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium...

Pours a hazy gold with a billowing snow-white head. Smell is quite sweet and fruity (pears and citrus) with some light sweet spice.

Alcohol is quite evident in the mouth, a strong malty sweetness and a fruitiness (pear and green apple). Even with the great sweetness and the very present alcohol, there is a softness in the mouth with a fairly clean finish and not a lot in the way of aftertaste.

Something doesn't mesh quite right but it's not bad at all...

Photo of ATPete
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle

The Floreffe triple pours a dirty orange brown color with an enormous white cloud of a head floating atop the brew. Sugary sweet malts and yeast in the nose, notes of bubble gum, banana, citrusy hops and floral esters. A surprising amount of roasted malt character while tasting. Hints of caramel and wood as well as pepper, molasses, candy sugar, fermented fruit, boozy heat and subtle, slightly bittering hops, not way off balance but just enough that it cries imperfection. Medium, coating body, moderate carbonation, and decently drinkable. If in search of a Belgian tripel that is going to wow you, look elsewhere.

Photo of atigerlife
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange/dark golden. Small slightly off-white head that dissipated quickly. Visible large bubble car rising.

Aroma of apple cider, alcohol, malts, pears and spices.

Taste has a strong alcohol component. Also apple cider, malts, yeast, spices and light citrus. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, this is an OK brew but certainly far down the list of my favorite tripels. Still, somewhat interesting, just too sweet for me.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.05/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was rather unimpressed by this beer, which came as a surprise as I had it immediately after enjoying the Lefebvre Floreffe Brown, which I enjoyed a great deal. This beer seemed to have a yeasty mustiness to it, rather than the sweet champagne-like qualities I've come to expect from tripels. It wasn't rancid or undrinkable, it was just hardly terrific.

Appearance was a cloudy straw color with lots of yeasty sediment which never really settled out. I'm not really a sediment-friendly type of drinker, so I usually try to decant effectively...my efforts were futile in this particular case. Aroma was a bit musty and stale. Flavor was very yeasty, and also musty. Not enjoyable. Mouthfeel was unremarkable, but almost irrelevant due to lackluster flavor.

I would not recommend this beer. I had this bottle at the Palm Tavern in the Bayview neighborhood of Milwaukee.

Photo of bloberglawp
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a growler, its a 750 corked caged bottle.

Pours a hazy (yeast) medium yellow-orange. Huge silky head and nice lacing. Aroma of candy, malt and spice. Flavor of floreffe house yeast esters and sweet fruity candy, also some sprice from the hops, a light bitterness follows.

Quite a balanced ale, a little on the high end of the scale of triples when it comes to mouthfeel and perceived residual sweetness (FG).

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

Pours a five+ finger white head that fades slowly, leaving a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet almost honey nose. Flavor is almost sweet, with spicy yeast finish. $3.70 for a 11.2oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of Nipitato
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Deep gold he. Moussy off white head with good retention. Opaque/cloudy. Belgian lace develops as beer is quaffed.

S: A pretty restrained aroma. Very perfumy. Yeasty. Also noticeably boozy. Some orange rind and coriander add character along with some husky grain aroma.

T: Good pils malt base. Some orange like character. Quite boozy but not hot. Clove like phenols rock hard. Some bitterness finishes. Not dry.

MF: Highly carbonated. Alcohol warming. Medium full body. Not dry.

D, notes: A pretty full bodied and flavored tripel that is wll balanced.

Photo of ManWithHat
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange/brownish hue with an inch of fluffy white head.

S - A sweet sugary, fruity smell with hints of spice and yeast.

T - The taste is full but mellow, lots of fruit (pear and citrus), finishes with a sharp alcohol bite. The flavours are well balanced.

M - Medium body that starts smooth finishes dry from the carbonation.

D - Not too complex or overpowering, quite drinkable.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-orange body topped by a thin, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sugary aroma of sliced bananas and white grapes with lesser notes of pale malt, spice, peach juice, and yeast.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a full, sugary sweetness. Tastes of peaches, bananas, and white grapes present a nice fruitiness. Slight yeastiness. Very, very mild bitterness. Mulling spices on the crisp, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. Smooth texture.

Drinkability: In all honestly, Floreffe Tripel was a pleasant surprise and better than expected.

Photo of ballewblake
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 750 into a duvel tulip. Golden hue with bubbling carbonation coming up from all sides of the tulip to the huge off white head from a fast pour. Head reduces sort of quick leaving a bubbly lace on the glass. Some bubblegum and sweetness in the smell. Sweet taste on the lips and tip of my tongue, almost Nutrasweet like. The taste is pretty mild and really smooth, not aggressive or over powering in any regard. Something about the taste screams fake, like an artificial sweetener in it. Not a bad brew, really smooth but something is off this round. Easy to drink and pretty tame on the alchy level. Shouldn't have a problem finishing the 750, but I think I prefer their dubble to the tripel.

Photo of albern
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice tripel, although a little on the tame side, and more like a Belgian blonde. The beer pours a slightly reddish orange with prodigious carbonation for the style. There is plenty of cloudiness and some yeasty bits about. The head was pretty modest and perhaps a bit disappointing. Not much lacing or retention. The smell is candied sugar malts, some fruity citrus, some bubblegum or berry like sweetness. The taste is full bodied, very typically Belgian in that you will get the full complement of candied sugar fermentation, coriander, rind, maybe a hint of pineapple, and some pepperishness in the finish. The alcohol is reasonably well hidden, although you'll detect it in the finish. The beer is pretty mild for a tripel but very good. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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 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.

Abbaye De Floreffe Triple from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
85 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.