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Abbaye De Floreffe Triple - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-18-2002)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 17:01:35 | More by BWH3
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 02:41:09 | More by nrpellegrini
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 02:18:39 | More by harkjohnny
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 02:20:34 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 00:23:00 | More by ATPete
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 04:45:44 | More by atigerlife
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 19:55:13 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

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).

Serving type: growler

07-31-2008 19:58:59 | More by bloberglawp
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 22:29:10 | More by jdhilt
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 19:50:47 | More by Nipitato
Photo of ManWithHat

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 01:22:48 | More by ManWithHat
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 22:06:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of ballewblake

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 23:29:52 | More by ballewblake
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 22:41:41 | More by albern
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 15:09:56 | More by bditty187
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 22:41:16 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Douglas14


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice, slightly hazy yellow color with a little bit of a brown hue to it. It has a nice thick head that leaves a lot of lace and keeps a good 1/8 inch layer above the beer. The nose is very earthy and sugary...maybe even some hints of woods. The taste follows the aroma very well: sweet fruits, yeast, and dough come in to compliment the earthy tones that are present. It has a nice mouthfeel and finishes excellent. Definitely a great tripel...nothing over the top, yet still full of spicey and flavorful characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 02:30:30 | More by Douglas14
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

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

750 ML bottle copped caged and corked from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa...
Attractive, bright copper appearance with a modest-sized foamy and frothy head that eventually receded and left a nice amount of lacing...
Sweet, tangerine-orange, and fresh floral scent repelte with fruits and melons...
Sweet, candied taste dominant in the flavor with a burst of citrus, phenols, and cane sugars... honeydew melon and florals also present and noticeable...
Easily drinkable, without any sign of alcohol being detected...
Great flavor, and a good mouthfeel as well make this a great, enjoyable brew...
Worth a shot...

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 20:01:24 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Yotus


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

Pours a dense thick head from a 750m bottle into a Corsendonk tulip glass. Deep gold hue, bordering on amber. Light yeastiness spiciness/malt in the nose. Quite effervescent; good lacing on glass.

Quite yeasty in the palate, light malt/citrus/pear-like notes. Finishes quite dry for an Abbey-style tripel. The overall flavor seems to be lacking backbone; while it is quenching, I have tasted better Tripels. Medium-light body, crisp somewhat sourish bitter finish (carbonic bite). The label states that this is brewed with cane sugar, which would explain the lightness of body. Hop presence is minimal; just enough to provide balance.

At 7.5% ABV, I can enjoy the whole bottle. Quite drinkable, but nothing to right home about.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 02:14:46 | More by Yotus
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 23:14:52 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of Gmann

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 22:49:13 | More by Gmann
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 19:28:08 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of thierrynantes


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

Beer bottle 33 cl, tasted in 2000.
Appearance : Golden-amber, white foam abundant, tight, well saturated.
Smell : rich, deep aroma of caramel malt, acridity nose (yeast) and alcohol.
Taste and mouthfeel : Fresh Flavor, bitterness and acridity, aromatic, spicy nuances, mouth full, backward hop taste rich and lasting.
Drinkability : good beer in the style tripel

Reviewed 11-10-2007, translated from french 1-5-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 18:29:31 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of feloniousmonk


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

Floreffe Tripel
Ale Brewed with Cane Sugar, 750 ml, caged & corked. 7.5% abv.
A Special Reserve Ale exclusively for the use of the abbot and his guests. A rich brown beer seasoned with can sugar, secondary fermentation in this bottle, based on the brewing tradition of Floreffe Abbey, founded in 1121.

Poured into a small Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Hazed golden/orange appearance, high and mighty head, lacey, bone white, with fierce carbonation. Never-ending streams along the glass, racing up to meet the foam.

Lemon and orange hits the nose first. then spice. light, bright, and creamy. Nice.

More citrus in the taste, spices ridge the senses, just ride along the tongue. Light bodied, sweetness defining the flavor. Not too much complexity, but an abundance of delightful sugary sweetness. If that's what you like, this'll turn your crank. I need something a little extra.
This would bring joy to many, easy-drinking, light, reminds me of a fruitier white wine, perhaps, would go great with food, makes a nice chaser.
But it's not what I want now, not tonight, doesn't tickle those places I like to have tickled...personally, that means hops or booze or big, splashy malt...not just cane sugar.

I'll finish this, soon enough...but my tongue will be aching for something else.

Don't let this report stop you from trying it. Results may vary, and, as I said, makes a great food chaser, delightul, if simple. And not a bad price. Got mine on sale for $6.50 if you can believe it.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 02:54:09 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of janubio


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a deep hazy golden colour, with a compact head that have almost no bubbles, holds well and leaves a good lace.
Aroma of peaches, spices, herbal tones, coriander.
Taste of peaches, sweet, buiscuit, with a texture like dry champagne. I seem to notice a hot peppery hint.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 11:38:31 | More by janubio
Abbaye De Floreffe Triple from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
85 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.