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Leffe Tripel - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 20
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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rredshift

Germany

5/5  rDev +29.9%

08-12-2013 17:38:15 | More by rredshift
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lesgo

Indiana

5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-08-2011 17:10:18 | More by lesgo
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evergreen_machine

Ohio

5/5  rDev +29.9%

10-15-2013 19:54:06 | More by evergreen_machine
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B14

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

04-14-2012 23:12:47 | More by B14
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freneticamnesic

Netherlands

4.61/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 15:59:44 | More by freneticamnesic
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beerfox

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2005 00:54:51 | More by beerfox
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Andreji

Colombia

4.58/5  rDev +19%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 15:43:41 | More by Andreji
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basica

Singapore

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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. :)

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 18:08:55 | More by basica
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Jose9e

Netherlands

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

05-09-2012 19:48:27 | More by Jose9e
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ernie

Russian Federation

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 14:44:18 | More by ernie
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cowineaux

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-03-2012 20:34:13 | More by cowineaux
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Abbo

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

07-12-2013 21:56:28 | More by Abbo
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knot

Belgium

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

03-23-2014 19:05:52 | More by knot
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ketan324

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

02-26-2014 16:23:49 | More by ketan324
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backslide311

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

06-22-2014 15:19:06 | More by backslide311
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Lyman610

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

07-22-2014 02:27:54 | More by Lyman610
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kja157

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

02-07-2012 19:04:48 | More by kja157
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Campodog

Spain

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

02-19-2012 10:07:44 | More by Campodog
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Poser

Alabama

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 05:16:28 | More by Poser
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Rocko

Sweden

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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? :)

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2003 11:05:16 | More by Rocko
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SmashPants

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 08:38:49 | More by SmashPants
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 04:35:51 | More by khiasmus
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doktorhops

Australia

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So apparently I have 465,789,223 more Belgian beers to taste test [note to self: Belgians love their beer]. In the spirit of attempting the impossible I bought a Tripel from Leffe, the brewery that attempts to compete with the Trappist ales... and fails... so far... I'll give it another shot though... sort of... maybe... alright then.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Has a cloudy, brown yeast speckled, pale orange body with a minimal white lacing on top. The "Lees" (as they call the yeast sediment in wine-making) can be a turn off to the uninitiated but be aware it is non-harmful, beneficial even as yeast sediment has an earthy flavor and is rich in B vitamins.

S: Spicy and clove-like Phenols right on the nose, followed by an earthy/sour yeast, light biscuit malt base and a touch of coriander with honey notes. Quite a rich spicy/earthy aroma overall which appeals greatly.

T: Sweet upfront, as expected from a Tripel, but it follows with a well-rounded and unexpectedly complex mixture of pepper, clove, coriander, cardamom, sourdough yeast, and finishes more dry than bitter. Solid flavour profile from a Leffe; most unexpected.

M: Mid to light body, slight slickness, oily residue and light carbonation.

D: Best of the Leffe's I've had thus far and I blame that on bottle conditioning, which can at times have a random effect on the flavour but in this instance serves Leffe well. Compared to Chimay Tripel it's a better brew, but not as good as Westmalle Trappist Tripel.

Food match: Paired well with a gourmet mushroom, asparagus & pine nut pizza from Crust Pizza.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 04:59:54 | More by doktorhops
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 00:42:30 | More by Arithmeticus
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 09:10:20 | More by frank4sail
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Leffe Tripel from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.