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Abbaye De Floreffe Triple - Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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96 Reviews
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Reviews: 96
Hads: 170
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 7
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-18-2002

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Photo of tgorgz
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber, almost orange blossom and honey colour. Lots of sediment floating about, and a bit of carbonation as well.

S- Lots of orange but it doesn't blow you away.

T- Initial bite, then a lingering bitter taste at the end.

M- Definitely the most intriguing part of the beer because it is surprisingly light for a tripe. Also a "cool" bitter taste, and not an unpleasant bitter. Overall, I really enjoyed it, and would have it again.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of Monsteruss
2.96/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After pouring, the foam was thick, bubbly, light wheat in color with thick lacing. The color was a dark hazy amber with honey gold highlights. It had a light malt, fruity taste with a nice balance of hops and wheat. The taste was light malty, deep and heavy and fruity. Had a sence of high gravity. The taste also had a flowery undertone with hints of carmel. Mouthfeel - deep and full-bodied. Drinkability - due to the heaviness, a less than ok session.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: a bit cloudy yellow colored brew. Head is pure white, nice and creamy with good retention and lacing.

S: Oranges dominate the smell with some orange juice and zest. Good amount of herbal dryness and biscuit malts. A little bit of cloves and coriander. There are also some nuts in this that combines with some honey and other smell to make something that reminds me of banana bread.

T: Very light tasting considering the strong and complex smell. It is pretty much about biscuit malts, coriander, cloves and orange zest. Much less sweet than the smell. Herbal/piny hops quite present considering it is a belgian ale. Banana bread is still there. A bit off in the taste for a tripel.

M: Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation, as expected. Drying finish, weird.

D: Well, the finish doesn't make me want to take more and the beer isn't good enough on the palate to consider another one.

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Photo of GioannBagoss
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, 75 cl.
Poured in two different glasses ( kwak stagecoach and classical trappiste rochefort)

A.:Color: SRM 8 to 10, orange reflexes.
Whitish foamy cream on top dispelling slowly.

S.: the Achill's heel. Some citrus, some spice.

T.: evident test of lemon flower.

M.: good persistence of the fragrances.

D.: served with"ossobuco alla milanese con polenta" (milanese marrowbone and polenta).
Not more than 25 - 33 cl.
Due to the persistence in mouth, we didn't need else.
Just a drop of Port.

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Photo of tbeckett
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Soapy white head. Huge pop from the cork with tons of smoke. Golden orange, no carbonation. The most interesting part of the beer.

S - Orangest and yeast. Aside from that it's really subdued.

T - Yeasty. Not alot aside from that. Some sourness. Not terrible but nothing really comes out at you. Sorta bland.

M - Dry finish. Medium body. Sorta thin for ABV.

D - Low. Pretty boring beer for what I expected. Wouldn't keep my attention past the small glass I had.

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Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a haizy, dark maize. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. There is also suspended sediment. Smells of yeast, slight wheat, slight sour, slight citrus, hops, sweet malt, and alcohol. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, hops, yeast, slight wheat, slight citrus, and hint of alcohol. Overall, better body and blend, than aroma.

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Photo of treque
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange, opaque, rich lather serving large bubble that is dissolved to generate a thin foam constant carbonation abundant (bubbling), leaving sediment

S: intense and penetrating aroma.

T: Slightly acid flavor, refreshing start to the final with bitter taste, medium body

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish / copper color with a fluffy off white head. In the aroma, candy sugar, yeasty, and small traces of fruitiness. In the taste, dry sugar, yeasty, and small hints of fruit, must be from the cane sugar. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry to sweet sugary fruit in the aftertaste.

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Photo of JayQue
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Belgian experience!! Poured from a 750 ML caged and corked bottle into my trusty Chimay goblet. A light orange color, opaque, lots of sediment. The head is white, delicate, full of carbonation. Head retention is average...the medium sized head fades fast, but the covering at the top of the glass holds strong throughout. Lacing looks thick at first, top of the glass has a lot of lacing, but as you drink, the lacing is very delicate and spotty.

Smells good..yeasty, sweet, apples and pears and a bit of funk (like a ripe cheese).

Great Belgian taste, sweetness, funk, fruit, and richness.

Mouthfeel is rich and inviting, Any alcohol presence is the warming variety not the off-putting alcohol burn. I didn't notice that much alcohol presence at all.

Drinkability is good. I drank the whole bottle, am feeling the effects a bit but would gladly take more if it was offered. A nice Tripel.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.88/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best by date was Sep 2008 so who knows how old this sucker is...

A - Pours a coppery/amber/orange color with two fingers of big bubbly head that becomes frothy at the top (thick, like somewhere in between steamed milk and ice cream) and leaves a lot of lacing...sediment everywhere (that's how I like it)
S - old musty leathery yeasty smells
T - lightly fruity, big yeasty flavors, alcohol warmth, and definitely some sugary sweetness all over the place...tastes old and good
M - medium/big body (full for the style), sticky finish...you can chew on it
D - dangerously drinkable as a triple should be...I love this beer.

If you try this beer and you're not too impressed, try aging it a few years.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

300 mL brown bottle with a best by stamp of L2009 05 10. Pours a hazy dark gold color with a fluffy, off-white foam. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is honey, candi sugar, touch of lemon and grainy malt. Not really getting a whole lot going on in the nose, but what is there is pleasant.

Taste is much better with a nice, classic tripel flavor of honeyed malt, graininess and a healthy presence of Belgian yeast. Bready and a fair amount of herbal/floral hops. Pretty decent tripel here, well done stylistically.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a chalice

APPEARANCE: Pours a big rocky thinner-looking 2 ½ finger white head slowly receeds to a thin film, clinging lace immediately. Film cap remains and leaves some thin lacing down the glass. Color is carrot orange, opaque, with higher carbonation evident that decorates the top.

SMELL: Toasted malt, sweet apples and apricot, some honeydew melon and hints of citrus fruits as well. Quite sweet and fruity. Mild traces of cloves and other spices in the back. Mild strength and average at best.

TASTE: Toasted malt, some sweet fruit like above, apples, honeydew melon and apricot. Some citrus fruit and lemon too, with hints of clove and a touch of spicy alcohol at the end. Mild aftertaste has some sweet fruit, spices, and some alcohol there. A touch of hop bitterness at the end to balance it out. Pretty decent really.

PALATE: Thinner body, a little light and airy. Goes down light with a little scratch at the back from the ABV. Finishes crisp with the right amount of dryness. A little too light and airy for my liking, though not too far off.

OVERALL: Decent beer. I'd have it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle seems a month or two past "best before" date of 20090406.
Aroma is most notably pils malt base with very limited spice, phenols, sweetness or alcohol. Not typically what I'd expect.
Moderate frothy head that is patient in it's time to settle. Quite cloudy in it's atypical darker color that is much closer to amber than yellow or gold. Fair amount of sediment floating around and ample bubbles rising.
Flavors show greater diversity of experiences. Base of pils still noted, but showing display of sweetness and mild spice with some warming of alcohol. The sweetness is quite appealing with a candy/sugary nature. Takes on a bit of caramel flavors in time as well that are kinda' nice.
Nicely carbonated with a light and frothy foam that fills the mouth with each drink and allows, no insists, on a slower drinking experience. A more moderate body is hidden by the effervescent quality.
Because of the feel this drinks pretty well. Flavors are incomplete and too subdued, but what's there is fine enough. Seems a tad old with a heaviness of the malt probably not noted when fresh.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A muck filled deep hallowed orange color, lots of stuff in it. Tall white capping of soft fuzzy foma that creams to a heavy skim always present. Lacing ties itself in tiny knots and flecks of spottyness across the glass.

Aroma is big with fruits and candy sweet sugars that speaks to a largely dulled lemon candy with some notions to pear, apple, and apricot. Semi spritzy and spicy with yeast and floral hops.

Taste is genuinely sweet and deep with candied sugar and fruits. Moderate length, could have more to it in length but it developes a strong character of tender malts and sweetness among its candied fruityness. Notions of apricot are the main course with slimming apple skin notes and some green raisin and pear. Very slight dryness of fruit skins, yeast, and hop dustings appear as it warms into the finishing areas.

Body is about medium with a solid tone that slips right in and keeps an occupied fullness for the most part of its sweeter maltyness. Warmth and light spicy yeast and dryness keep an interesting float of impact in its finish.

A pretty nice Tripel. The sugar cane used in the brewing makes for a pretty solid addititon to its malt body and sweeter, candified side of its nature. Quite drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tripel pours with a slightly hazy golden color and a brilliant white head. It's a great looking brew, and one that really gives you an invitation to drink it. The smell, however, is one of the only soft points in the beer. It's a little musty, with a touch of alcohol, pale malt, and gassiness. Not spectacular, for sure. The flavor is more on-target, with a solid bitterness, yeast, esters, a pepperiness, some serious warmth, and a great dryness. The flavor lingers into a long aftertaste. Medium body, with serious carbonation. Dovetails nicely with the spicy and warm components. Nice drinkability too. This is a solidly good Tripel.

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Photo of lumpsowers
4.77/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber pour, big frothy head, serious lacing. Bready, spicy aroma. Complex, floral and spicy, sweet without being cloying. Fizzy carb with medium mouth. Acidic, not bitter, with cinnamon and caramel tones. Excellent! Aka Lefebvre Floreffe Triple

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly yeasty tangerine with a spunky sparkle brought about by a generous number of rapidly rising bubble streams. Most tripels aren't this dark (i.e. orange), which makes me wonder about the malt bill. The bone colored cap is large and firm, then becomes softly rocky as it melts. Small spots of suds look like Morse code lace.

The aroma is appropriately tripel-like, although it isn't a humdinger. It smells like something other than the standard five ingredients were used (candi sugar is the fifth). Good-great tripels don't need spices. Let's see how it all plays out on the palate.

Floreffe Triple-Tripel (the label covers both bases) is actually a pretty good version. That said, it's still going to come down to 3.5 versus 4.0 for the all-important flavor score. Hmmm, I wonder if it's coriander... which I usually like in otherwise well-brewed beer.

There just a hint of caramel, which isn't a deal-breaker. Any more and it would be, though. An apricot and peach fruitiness is apparent, as is a little grassy hoppiness. Malt sugars and candi sugar are nicely offset by bitterness and spiciness. What the hell, this is pretty tasty beer in the end.

Even though the mouthfeel isn't the most luxurious that I've ever encountered, it has the expansive light creaminess that all good Belgian ales possess. American brewers could learn a thing or three from that country with respect to mouthfeel and carbonation.

Floreffe Triple-Tripel and Floreffe Prima Melior (a BSDA) are both solid versions of their respective styles. Just because better Belgians are available doesn't mean these ales aren't worth a look. I consider $3.89 for 330 ml money well-spent.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of droomyster
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of mwa423
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of mobyfann
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of dukedevil0
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Abbaye De Floreffe Triple from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
85 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.