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Leffe Tripel - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 231
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 17.1%
Wants: 28
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

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Photo of freneticamnesic
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy gold brown, cloudy. Thick white head.

S - Roast malts, citrus

T - Roast nuts, light malts, brown sugar, apples, and floral hops

M - smooth, medium in body and carbonation

O - Overall a very good tripel, and nicely balanced with the sweet sugary and fruitty flavours together with the nutty/malty tones.

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Photo of beerfox
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33 cl bottle poured a hazy gold, like a morning sunrise over a misty ocean, with a persistent rocky head of creamy white that left a web of delicate lacing.

A complex aroma of citrus fruit and sweetened malt, but with spices of clove and coriander. Subtle tones of yeast and alcohol.

Flavors are a dance to the tastebuds. A complex fruit spiciness, balanced by tang and bitterness, with residual pleasant alcohol edge. Becomes more enticing as it warms. I feel as if it is drawing me into the glass, seducing me into an interplay of sweet and bitter, coaxing me to ask for more.

A round palate with a memorable finish. I could drink this forever.

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Photo of Andreji
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brew.

Pours a dark golden-orangy tone with a creamy white head, dense but not too large. Very full of smell with ranging wheat, malts and some hops.

The taste and mouthfeel, heavy, with sweet wheaty and maltyness and some fruity spin at the end. A bit devious since the ABV is clearly hidden. Very nice anyways.

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Photo of basica
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You probably wouldn't go wrong with a Leffe; it is like the Hoegaarden, either you think it is
not bad or you think it is close to being a great beer. The Leffe tripel exhibited the "Leffe
typicality" which is primary in the yeast and spices. This tripel came in a smaller, 30cl bottle.
It pours out nicely golden with a generous not too frothy head with an apt amount of carbonation.
I was able to see some dark sediments floating about at the bottom of the beer. The Leffe Tripel
smells yeasty and laid with spices like the Corriander. This was pretty similar to the Leffe
Tripel; I think that the yeasty taste is stronger and the spices was slightly different.
Maltiness level was probably around the same but the Tripel was subtlely fruity, maybe starfruit,
green grapes or something along that kind of fresh fruit taste. The Leffe blond was not fruity
at all. The tastes were strong rich and very well balanced and I could easily find an
appreciation for it. The mouth feel should be close to full body and the carbonation was just
right and it goes down amazingly smooth for an 8.5 ABV Tripel. Very smooth; very high level of
drinkability and, in fact refreshing and cooling which is not as common in most tripels. The
after taste was a fairly lasting yeasty, fruity, spicey and slightly malty taste. A great tripel
and if I were to compare it to the Chimay Tripel what I like about the Chimay Tripel would be a
good amount of fruitiness which is less common in blond beers as compared to in brune beers.
Leffe is a great beer; I have the final Leffe to try and that's the Brune; I am living in the
belief that it would be the best Leffe and my next 10/10. Yea, we'll see. :)

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Photo of ernie
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Allegedly brewed at De Cluis, Hoegaarden. Very different from other Leffe beers, retaining true abbey character.

Dark reddish-brown color, very deep. Low carbonation level, modest creamy head, proper lace.

Smell is malty, very rich, with hints of dried fruit, berries, yeasts plus a very weak smoky note.

Taste malty-fruity, complex, with some acidic, almost metallic notes in the finish. Mouthfeel smooth and light, you practically don't feel the alcohol. Sweetness strong but not overwhelming, balance just alright.

Very good beer. Recommended.

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Photo of Poser
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden brown with decent head and good lacing. strong floral aromas with touches of fruit. Very malty and rich with the same fruit flavors. Like the blonde, it has a slightly acidic finish that helps balance out the malty, fruity flavors.

Alcohol isn't overpowering despite the high level.

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Photo of drmeto
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

-pours hazy amber with fairly long lasting beige head
-huge toffee,caramel,banana,spice,
-huge toffee,caramel,spice,slight banana plus vanilla,bready, finishes very sudden
-alcohol unnoticeable aside from warming,high carbonation,creamy
really good tripel

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Photo of SmashPants
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: traditional 330mL bottle, stylish label. I like it as a package; stylish.

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy amber-orange with plenty of fine carbonation across the profile. A one-finger fluffy white head hangs about for a time before settling to a creamy cap. Plenty of thick lacing. A fantastic-looking beer.

Aroma: mmm, that's a proper tripel right there. Toasted malts, honey, caramels, citrus and spices.

Taste: again the toasted malts with some wheat and clove, some bittering hops.

Aftertaste: the hop bitterness drops away pretty quickly, to be replaced by sweet malts. Very, very drinkable.

Mouth feel: a moderate body with just enough of that fine carbonation to carry plenty of flavour through. A good mouth feel.

Overall: I'm a big fan of tripels and a big fan of Leffe, so I had high hopes for this one. Thankfully and once again Abbaye de Leffe have once again delivered. A fantastic tripel - one of the best. Complex and easy drinking - I'll pay the extra bucks for this one.

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Photo of safaricook
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blind Tasting Tripel Project of Fall 2015
Almost clear orange/golden body, Big white foam that dies fast though lots of carbonation
Pears and peppery phenols with the latter dominating most of the time, also vanilla and little booze
Fruity and malt sweet at first, dries out at the end with pepper and only little bitterness
fizzy and light on the palate, little abrasive
I prefer Tripel that have the phenols dominating over the fruity esters and this one is tilting the balance in that direction.
Perfectly executed, very nice Tripel. It is maybe a little sweet when it warms up but otherwise I like it a lot. I must admit that not rating this beer blind I would have probably given lower scores, this being a beer from an evil corporate brewer. This is a good example that we should keep an open mind and judge beer solely by its taste and not its maker

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Photo of Rocko
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice beer, it pours cloudy golden together with a nice white frothy head that settles perfectly with about 1cm of foam left on top. Not a big smell but still a pleasant spicy smell with hints of fruit, mostly peach. Very nice taste, not too sweet, not too bitter. Fruity, spicy and easy to drink. Can I have another one? :)

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Photo of khiasmus
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Very cloudy light golden color, a finger of head that settles to a single layer too quickly, and no lacing.

S- Complex. Spicy phenolic clove, as well as some orange peel, pepper, and tons of golden, sweet malt. Basically, go read the style guidelines in bjcp... it smells like that.

T- And... ditto to the taste. Tastes like a perfect tripel, and nails the guidelines. Banana, clove, grapefruit, pepper... Starts off with a lovely soft sweet, malt character, complimented by the phenolics. Hop bitterness is surprisingly evident towards the finish, but is not supported by the carbonation.

M- Smooth, medium-bodied. finishes dry with some warming alcohol and the lingering bitterness and slight astringency. Carbonation is a bit low for the style.

D- All being said, while this beer is not exactly the definition of a tripel, it is an excellent beer and well worth the money. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ale glass on Superbowl Sunday

A: good head, carb; medium yellow color; nice lacing
S: apple, pear, yeast, belgian aroma
T: classic Belgian tripel; tastes boozy, but isn't terribly; cider, pear, sweet, not hoppy

overall, a really nice beer

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle as shown, a gift from a mighty generous fellow B-A (thanks a million, Joe, you know who you are!), whose sister brought it back from France! Bottle indicates 8.5% ABV.

Tons of visible yeast in the bottle. Upon opening, had a bit of a froth-up, as it ran out the top: vigorous carbonation!

Pour into a goblet yields a huge off-white head that fades quickly to a thin lid over a cloudy gold-amber body. Yeast is visible.

Smell is clove, allspice, coriander, black pepper, mild citrus, grass, hay, and floral hops. Intriguing. If it tastes like it smells, I'm gonna love it.

It tastes like it smells, with some bittering hops at the end to dry things out. Mild cracker-malt sweetness undergirds the ample spices. Mmmmm. In some ways, this reminds me of the mighty Vitus.

Mouthfeel is nice and round, and well-spread by the soft carbonation. Delectable.

Drinkability is very good.

Joe, what can I say? Really a nice beer. Tell your sister I said "Merci beaucoup!"

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Photo of Schoeni
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice yellow golden colour, good foam, I like the Aroma: fruity, fresh, like pear and green banana. Good warming and sweetening taste. creamy, and straight Body. nice.

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Photo of baugherlager
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap in Maarssen, The Netherlands. Exceptional in appearance. I couldn't believe the the malty sweetness of this beer would of expected it from the dubbel. This beer is like candy. Extreme lacing down the side of the glass. Lots of honey, and alcohol. I would recommend this beer, especially on tap. A good abbey style tripel to get in touch with.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow appearence in the goblet with a white sheen and lace. Tiny bubbles everywhere. Rich sweet yeast nose. Earthy malt sweetness upfront with a big dose of clove. Floral hop layers on the tongue. Smooth and well balenced all the through. Warm (ABV) finish, very drinkable triple. Slightly dry white pepper finish.

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Photo of karst
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From on of best known Belgian "abbey" brewers by contract with Abbaye Notre Dame de Leffe but now brewed at Interbrew owned Artois in Leuven, near Brussels - this is one of the four distinct varieties produced by Leffe.

Leffe Blonde, Leffe Bruin and Leffe Radieuse (AKA Vieille Cuvee) make up the others.

Poured from a 330 ml best by 06 07 06 bottle - into Duval tulip (beer and glass curtesy of a fellow homebrewer who co-brewed this style with me the last time we shared a brewpot). Clear light golden (until a hard swirl with yeast are poured - which softens the tart flavor). Sturdy white head falling to a cap with lace.

A lighter than expected but enticing sweet citrus (kind of a peach grapefruit blend) floral aromas mix with a mild Belgian yeast aromatics.

Flavor profile offers sweet citrus, light spices and noticable yeast with floral and herbal qualities from hops. My overall impression was Leffe offers an unusual flavor profile for this style.

Alcohol well hidden (maybe a result of this being my 4th beer of the session?) - not notice in aroma or flavor but adding to a dry finish with a balanced but stronger IBU from hops ( suspect that the IBU:OG ratio exceeded the 2:5 ideal ratio) but still very nice.

Although Jason refused to reveal his source - thanks for sharing this unique Abbey Tripel.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Leffe Tripel pours a fantastic dark copper color, blanketed by a 1/4" head as white as snow. There's some carbonation and haziness due to sediment. I found the aroma to be lively and bright, consisting mostly of fruit esters. Apple, pear, plum, and banana were all detectable along with a ice phenolic quality as well. It's flavor is candied, yet bready, with a tart and crisp finish. Lots of white pepper spiciness throughout. The body and feel are both just right - moderately heavy, without reminding the drinker of the fairly high ABV. This Tripel from Leffe stacks up fairly well to other Tripels, and I quite prefer this to their pale.

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Photo of roblowther
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged, corked bottle purchased from a supermarket in Bourganeuf, France. Pours a cloudy golden color with a medium-thick dense smooth head. Smells of peaches, apricots, and a floral hop overtone. Taste has the fruit up front, but this soon gives way to a maltiness that is not evident in the appearance. It is a bit heavy for the light nature of a tripel. The finish is dry & refreshing, with the hops showing up at that point. Mouthfeel is creamy. If anything, I would have expected silky but creamy it is. The drinkability is very good. The alcohol shows itself only as a warming finish & the dryness lends a refreshing element to beer. All in all a good beer. Not what I would have expected, but sometimes you just head where life, or the beer, steers you.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33 cl bottle brought from Belgium on my first trip in Sept. '03. Appearance: Pours a semi-tranparent, light golden color in a Leffe goblet. I botched the pour and had a lot of small brown yeast particles floating aroound. The bubbles kept them moving around, but most of it settled out in about 10 minutes. There was a sizeable very white fluffy head that stuck around a good long time.

The aroma was sweet, flowery, and had that distint aroma that shouts out "I'm from Belgium". I also noticed citrusy (sweet grapefruit?) and very light earthy aroma (probably from the yeast I poured into the glass). Flavor: Bright, crisp and clean. Fruity and sweet- moreso than most triples I've had. Includes a nice gentle alcohol tingle. Very refreshing and a nice balance of flavors. After several tastes, there was a flavor I knew was there and couldn't put my finger on- afterwards, I realized the word I wanted was buttery. This beer is sweet and buttery (what a revelation to a new reviewer!). Once the beer warmed a little and the yeast had settled out, I noticed a bit more of the hoppy tang.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, although it may not be as complex as some other triples. Because of its sweetness, I probably wouldn't drink a lot of these, but I would like to try it again.

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Photo of Solomon420
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer. I had some from the tap in Someren, Holland. Again sitting on the terrace watching the world go by. One of the nicest things about Euorpe is the outdoors eating culture. Its full of terraces so one can just sit and drink and watch everyday life just meander by without a damn care in the world. Also, every beer you order comes poured into its very own glassware, which is just one of those nice little features that make the beer even more enjoyable to drink :)

Easy to drink, nice color (almost the poster child for Tripel styles). It did have a more aggressive alcohol presence when compared to the Grimbergen Tripel I had the night before. The taste was not as sweet or fruity either. But still pleasant and the overall alcohol taste was not overpowering my any means, but it did make its presence known as I drank it down. Very nice and I drank a few more before heading to my room. This beer is on my list for sure for next years visit to Holland.

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Photo of monorailred
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good flavor with a very good head that lasts. It had a very nice color and is very drinkable. You can certainly tell it is an alcoholic beverage as it is apparent in the smell and the taste. That said, it is a quite good brew That I look forward to enjoying again.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this tasty while visiting ggaughan in Strassen.

This tasty poured a deep golden color, with a nice amount of cloudiness and low carbonation. The head was fleeting and did not leave much of a lacey ring.

The bouquet is nice and complex. I get grapefruit, apples, cloves, yeast, and a decent amount of malt. This translated well into the taste of this beer, a wonderful malt bite to start with exotic fruits and a hint of hops towards the end.

The mouthfeel is excellent, as the low level of carbonation really lets the complex tastes tickle the old taste buds. Each sip only makes you want more, a nice tasty for any day!

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Photo of Mar02x
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A white head, decent looking and then turns to fluffy quite quick. The fluid is clear and gold colored. No visible carbonatie.

S - A strong smell of pine and citrus.

T - A rather dry and solid taste of pine and citrus. This beer is more inbetween a triple and a DIPA. The grain tones make it just more a triple though.

M - A creamy sticky feeling comes direct after the medium carboantion has settled down. After swallowing the medium bitterness sets in.

O - A reasonable triple, not extraordinary though.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy yellow body, some hints of orange coming through. Yellowish head with good retention

Smell, lots of fresh fruit, nuts more specifically almonds. Little bit of yeast

Taste, crisp and flowery. Some slight spice and warming alcohol on the finish

A suprise, not like leffe's usual crap, a tasty tripel. The only reason i bought this was because i wanted a couple of beers for my hotel room on my first night there and de bierkoning was closed

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Leffe Tripel from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
87 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.