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Abbaye De Floreffe Triple - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
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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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.

Yotus, Mar 23, 2008
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.

Metalmonk, Feb 15, 2008
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.

Gmann, Dec 01, 2007
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.

rhoadsrage, Nov 26, 2007
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.

thierrynantes, Nov 10, 2007
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.

feloniousmonk, Oct 07, 2007
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.

janubio, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

SkeeterHawk, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Viggo, Aug 09, 2007
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!

ccrida, Aug 08, 2007
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.

wjimson, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

geexploitation, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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, it’s 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 it’s a bit too mild. Some more fruit notes would be appreciated, but for what it is, it’s a great beer.
Glad to see this one in Texas. Recommended!

HardTarget, Apr 14, 2007
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.

Billolick, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

allengarvin, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Absumaster, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Phyl21ca, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of Beersignal
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Santé

Beersignal, May 23, 2006
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.

Sammy, Apr 05, 2006
Photo of tjd25
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 doesn’t 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, that’s only flaw is to be a bit too much on the tart citric side for my taste. But definitely worth a try, and more.

tjd25, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

paterlodie, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of Paddez
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Paddez, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of stcules
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

stcules, Jun 25, 2003
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.

Popsinc, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gusler, Nov 18, 2002
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Abbaye De Floreffe Triple from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
83 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.