Abbaye De Floreffe Triple - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
10-07-2007 02:54:09 | More by feloniousmonk
3.83/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
09-20-2007 11:38:31 | More by janubio
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
Appearance: Pours mostly clear reddish golden with a loose, but fluffy, off white head that was an inch thick at first. The head receded to about 1/4" within about 30 seconds and stayed at that level for a long time after the pour. There is a little lacing left on the glass after drinking.
Aroma: A considerable citrusy lemon aroma along with some bready notes and quite a grainy malt foundation. The alcohol is present in the nose, but is not aggressive. As the beer warms a bit there is a sweet caramel butter like sweetness coming out.
Taste: The flavor has a considerable amount of fruit in it as well, but in addition to the citrus, there is a banana thing going on in here also. The flavor is pretty mild with a medium mouthfeel, and moderate carbonation. The hops are more in the nose than in the finish, so the sweetness is the flavor that is in charge in the end. Late after the sip, there is a mild warming that sets in and stays with you for a good while.
Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. It is really clean and the hops are so mild that it doesn't remind me much of a Tripel. The body is even a little much for this style. I expect them to be a bit more dry in the finish with some alcohol making a bit more assertive appearance. It is a good beer for someone who isn't too familiar with the style because it is mild and easy to drink without too much remarkable going on the whole time. For me, I like my Tripels more "dirty", but this one is OK.
08-14-2007 02:26:29 | More by SkeeterHawk
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Thanks to Chris and Kyoko for cracking this one open during a nice evening on the patio.
Pours a slightly hazy, amber/orange colour, small white head forms, very bubbly, lace spots, good retention, solid collar. Smell is caramel, alcohol, bread, banana and clove, almost weissbier like, citrus zest, sweet and malty, very nice. Taste is wheat, caramel, banana and clove, yeast, some alcohol, spicy, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, very pleasant tripel, very well done. Thanks C&K!
08-09-2007 00:24:41 | More by Viggo
2.95/5 rDev -21.8%
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!
08-08-2007 04:26:40 | More by ccrida
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
06-27-2007 02:01:29 | More by wjimson
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours a cider-colored, deep amber/light brown color with goldish highlights. Clear first off, cloudy on the second pour, with a bright white, fluffy head that leaves a ton of lacing. Relatively mild aroma of subtle European hops and light candi sugar. On the palate, things are more interesting and more solid. Big carbonation first off, along with sharp hop bitterness and orangey citrus notes. Good balancing of sweet fruit and bitter hop notes. Mouthfeel is quite full, but soft due to the bottle conditioned carbonation. This is a very good tripel -- not the richest of tripels or the most complex, but solid all around.
04-22-2007 21:14:44 | More by geexploitation
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
Bottle Inspection: Corked and caged 750 ml brown bottle. Notes cane sugar, secondary bottle fermentation, 7,5% abv., and a best by 20081025 (sampled 20070413).
Aroma: Sharp alcoholic edge spiced with white pepper and light malt.
Appearance: While described on the bottle as brown, its hard to call it darker than amber, and then a light amber. Excellent clarity and a full finger of tightey whitey head that dropped another finger of thick sprayed on foam of lace above it before the first sip.
Looks drop dead gorgeous.
Flavor: Nice triple profile. Some mild candy at first, mild yeast driven peppery spice in the middle, and a long creamy finish. Flavors are mild and well blended. Alcohol is felt but not tasted, and there is just a hint of lemon peel in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy texture, soft carbonation, mild chew in a full body.
Overall Impression: Wow. A very solid Belgian Tripel. The only ding I can give it is that its a bit too mild. Some more fruit notes would be appreciated, but for what it is, its a great beer.
Glad to see this one in Texas. Recommended!
04-14-2007 01:15:28 | More by HardTarget
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
04-06-2007 19:31:46 | More by Billolick
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
750ml bottle, poured into an Abbaye du Val-Dieu glass (big, wide-mouthed chalice). It is slightly hazy dark gold, with a solid inch of foam atop it. Aroma is initially grainy malt with some grassy hops. I didn't detect any fruitiness when I first sniffed it right after it was poured, but about a minute later it has a pleasant apple-vanila scent. Flavor has grainy, well-attenuated malt taste--unusual for a tripel. Nice hoppy bitterness with a powdery, grassy hop flavor. Finish is dry. Fairly light bodied.
Not a big complex Triple, but light and tasty enough to be very enjoyable.
03-01-2007 02:56:16 | More by allengarvin
4.13/5 rDev +9.5%
This beer is clear, orange golden with a thick and stabile head and lots of carbonation.
Smell is very malty with a slight huskiness and some flowery notes. Hop aroma was subtle, but hoppy.
Taste is a fine combination of malts and hops, with the latter being flowery and spicy. The yeast gives a nice profile and there is probably some coriander in here. Aftertaste is very short and when swallowed taste is quickly gone, so I had to take some points off for drinkability.
One of the better Belgian tripels, I don't know why this isn't reviewed more often.
02-11-2007 09:21:50 | More by Absumaster
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
Bottle: Poured a light amber/yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of fruit and ester is quite enjoyable with a light spice mix. Taste is a mix between some spices, floral malt and some wheat. Body is a bit thin and alcohol is slightly burning but nothing out of control. I would say hat this tripel is above the middle of the pack but not part of the greatest of the style.
12-12-2006 14:54:04 | More by Phyl21ca
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
A new offering at the SAQ that was more than welcome after many years of drout.
A gentle pour yields a golden slightly veiled beer with a monstrous and fluffy stark white head. The retention is phenomenal and huge clumps of lace garnish the sides of the glass to the bottom. Random patterns of bubbles rise slowly to feed the cap of foam and keep it from fading.
Aromas are classic belgian with huge notes of malt and hops up front surrounded by spices, fruit, and candied sugar. Hints of leaven bread surface throughout the aromas and add a touch of tartness... barely perceptible, but adds to the complexity.
The first sip yields a much drier brew than I was expecting, with a gentle maltiness initially that gives way to a peppery hop bitterness. Through the malt and hops you can detect notes of citrus fruit and sourdough bread that fade into a resiny bitterness and a long piney aftertaste.
Pleasant and much more drinkable than I was hoping for, a bomber makes a rather tall nightcap for one drinker, but it is manageable.
05-23-2006 02:00:58 | More by Beersignal
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
04-05-2006 03:25:30 | More by Sammy
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
Exuberantly foamy head, wonderful aggregation of tiny bubbles which create a silky and creamy white glittering top to the nicely hazy orange peachy body. The head doesnt seem to be fading, ever.
The smell reveals a very enjoyable dry fruity and yeasty character that makes a triple a triple. Notes of lime combine with dry straw and a sweet candy-like floral aspect; a round orange-grapefruit citric character appears also with some baking notes of yeast, yogurt and banana.
The taste appears more aggressive than one could expect after the extremely enjoyable smoothness of both the appearance and the smell. The yeasty notes of a baked yogurt cake show more acidity, and the whole citric experience seems to be reinforced, with a juicy lemony and grapefruity character that gets almost mouth puckering. The dry straw of the smell converts itself in a dry and almost sour wooden impression that has some robustness. Definitely some hefe weizen similarities also, with a pronounced emphasis on citrus. This would probably be more enjoyed paired with some food than when standing on its own.
The mouthfeel is very light and aired yet not thin. Very creamy and smooth, thanks to an everlasting head, it takes some cherry and wood sour and solid aspect after a while, getting slightly chewy in the mouth, with an overall feeling reminiscent of a Flemish red ale.
Refreshing and highly drinkable, this is a very interesting tripel, with definitely outstanding appearance and smell, thats only flaw is to be a bit too much on the tart citric side for my taste. But definitely worth a try, and more.
04-29-2005 21:34:45 | More by tjd25
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
This is the way a triple should look in my eyes. Beautifull great snowwhite head. Totaly clear and shiny bronze colour makes the appearance almost perfect.
Smell is mostly banana but with some malt and spice mixed in alcohol. Very fresh and fruity. So is the taste; full malty, fruity and extrafresh from the carbonisation thats high. Aftertaste is a bitterness of a good quality but could be litle more. Good beer though.
01-14-2005 19:48:01 | More by paterlodie
4.18/5 rDev +10.9%
Poured an orange brew with big foamy head.
The smell had something authentic, fresh, fruity & with some hints of flowers and malt.
The taste was nice too: woody, fruity (mainly banana) and complex.
Nice mouthfeel and excellent drinkabillity.
A very decent tripel and an excellent brew to pair with a cheese dish. recommended!
12-17-2004 17:36:59 | More by Paddez
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
White and rich hat of foam, compact, but not very linger. Golden colour, with orange reflexes.
The smell is spettacular: very fresh, with field flower, orange flower, honey, quite fruity too, with chewingum notes and some syrup (strawberry? tamarind?).
Taste fruity, orange peel, citron, with a lasting sensation of freshness.
Medium body, good persistence of the aftertaste, with honey, friuts and light notesd of bitter.
06-25-2003 13:19:29 | More by stcules
4.33/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
02-14-2003 16:15:22 | More by Popsinc
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
The pour an opalescent orange color, off white head that is impressive is size, foamy in it consistency, and sheets of fine lace to coat the glass. Nose is sweet, banana like, malts, quite pleasant. Front is malt sweet, the top skinny; the finish is potently acidic, passively hopped, with a dry as a bone aftertaste that lingers on. Much better than the "Blonde", more sting to this beer, more flavors to please the palate, and well worth the sample.
11-18-2002 05:55:40 | More by Gusler
Abbaye De Floreffe Triple from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
85 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.