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Leffe Tripel - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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94 Reviews
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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 Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle brought from coolwines,golden colour, aroma of yeasts, fruity notes (berries) and some caramel, taste is much the same as the aroma not bad.

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Photo of WGO
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Body is a light orange with a an almost perfect white head.
Yeasty, buttery aroma. Taste is similar yeasty ester, little spice and quiet buttery.
Little dryness, medium finish that doesn't hang around long. Not much alcohol warmth coming through for 8.5%. Pretty average overall.

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Photo of Zet
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This tripel smells and tastes like a witbier on steroids. Nice smell of cloves due to the usage of wheat. The coriander and orange peels give this beer the typical witbier taste, while still remaining its rich tripel character. It lacks the complexity I'd expect of a tripel though and the alcohol tends to dominate the closer you get to the bottom of your glass. A nice tripel, but then again, the tripel category has some excellent competitors.

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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 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 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 BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Appearance – Cloudy like the dregs of a Duvel with a decent head that although not long lasting leaves good lacing.

Smell – This one has a sweeter nose than the brun but not as sweet as the blond.

Taste – A light hint of caramel hits you on the first nip but becomes less and less obvious with each sip. The malt becomes more obvious with each mouthful as does a taste of sugar which is nice in its own way but to be honest I could not drink a lot of this one, purely because it seems to get sweeter and stronger with each mouthful, to some that is a good thing but not entirely to my own pallet, But probably representative of the style.

Mouthfeel – Medium body but still a little thinner in the mouth than I expected.

Overall – I guess my taste comments say it all. This is a decent brew and more than passable, if you like the style then this beer will undoubtedly please you but probably not excite you.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into Duvel Goblet/Snifter

A - unfiltered orange colour with thin head which holds

S - sweet malts, slight banana, clove, candy sugar

T - sweet malts, candy sugar and a very slight hop kick. Clove and Banana finish

M - quite carbonated for this style, but goes down smoothly

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Photo of PopTheTop
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this beer from Beer Planet in Brussels in a 12 pack of assorted brews. I was excited to try this one after seeing that it had a pretty good rating. I kept it in the back room until I found the correct glass for it.

Before pouring the beer, I slowly turned the bottle upside down to mix in the contents that settled at the bottom. This beer poured nicely into a Abbaye de Leffe Trappist style glass with very little head. The color was a slightly milky, golden color. Towards the bottom of the glass were very small, dark particles from the bottom of the bottle and noticeable carbonation bubbles all around the glass.

I'm not an expert at detecting different smells in the beer but I could definitely smell the alcohol at 8.5%. The smell was pleasant and inviting.

The first sip of beer was pretty strong but delicious. This brew has very good mouthfeel and doesn't leave a bad aftertaste like some of the similar beers I have tried. It has a very nice carbonation feel to it and the taste of alcohol isn't very pronounced while drinking despite the ABV.

Other things I noticed while drinking were the lack of lacing on the glass and the relative ease of drinking. This beer was very good and is definitely one that I could drink quite often.

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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 janubio
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml. bottle, pour into a Leffe glass. Cloudy yellow to orange colour, with a dense and compact head that leaves some lace when it vanishes. Lots of sediments floating around. Smell is at first yeasty, earth, then it opens to what it seems a lot of spices, clove, coriander cardamom, orange zest, fruits... Dense and creamy palate, taste of orange zest, spices (as in the smell), notes of honey, flowers... Probably my favorite on e from Leffe.

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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 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 IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Orangish body; full of sediment and suspension; medium head; good lacing

Aroma: Malty; peppery; vinous fruits

Taste: Spicy; juicy malts; warming alcohol

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down a bit but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a puffy thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with notes of cloves and hints of yeast.
T: The overall taste is similar to the smell, except that the yeast flavors are a little more prominent and there are faint hints of bananas.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some notes of dryness towards the finish.
O: This beer tastes a bit strong but manages to hide its alcohol rather well. It's not as fruity and alcoholic compared to some other triples.

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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 doktorhops
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of sbauer
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 33cl bottle.

A: Golden yellow. Slightly cloudy with some yeast chunks. Minimal lacing and head.

S: Green apple, butter, quince.

T: Crisp, straw malts, lemon citrus. Belgian yeast esters and alcohol burn. Mostly dry. Gentle hop bitters.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated.

O: An interesting aroma, but the taste falls flat without much to go off. Somewhat refreshing, but not terribly interesting.

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Photo of sfprint
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

expires April of 2013.
no visible carbonation or a head. dark orangy brown in color with small bits of sediment suspended in the opaque fluid. smells on the edge of plasticy at first but still good. bready and a bit sweet, however on the tongue the sweetness doesnt translate. a bit tart and implies lemon. a hair bitter. not a light and bright tripel, this one is heavier.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml. bottle poured into a chalice. This Tripel pours a clear golden with half an inch of white cap. Show average retention and lace.

Aroma of light Belgian yeast notes. Subtle and quite subdued.

Decent malt flavor but more of a BPA than a Tripel in nature. Offers a coarse pils character and dryness, along with an interesting and perhaps at odds creaminess to the feel of the beer. Lacks finesse and complexity to be blunt. Simple yet masks the ABV fairly well.

Feel does offer a bit of character but is limited by a certain faux spice character to the finish. Overall not rating too high for a Tripel but still a ale. Yeast notes are a bit too subtle to generate any enthusiasm.

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Photo of Douberd
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ABV 8,5%
Bottle of 300 ml. At home, poyred into my Chimay chalice.
This beer has a honey liked colour, very hazy. One finger of off-white head that quickly was reduced into just a thin layer on the beer's surface. leaving heavy lacing behind.
An amazing strong aroma of dark fruits, plums mostly, and some banana and apricot notes.
The taste is sweet with the fruity notes much more noticeable. It leaves a nice bitterness behind. Unfortunately it also had a slight metallic taste, but maybe it's just my bottle, since I had it a couple of times before and I don't remember it having it. 4
Rich and full body, average carbonation. The alcohol certainly distinguishable, if not at first, certainly when the beer starts to warm up a bit. Dry on the palate.
A really great beer.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dull cloudy orange under a finger of bubbly head.

S - Quite mild estery tripel aroma, yeast, apple and grape.

T - Yeast, brett, champagne, orange, apple, pear and the slightest hint of smoke.

M - Spicy mouthful, highly carbonated, medium body.

O - Enjoyable for a tripel fan like myself but when Tripel Karmeliet is so widely available and tremendous you are better off with one of those.

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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 ZorPrime
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow beer, quite dark almost amber. Veiled. Nice looking head on top of it, however it disappear quite too fast to my liking :). Nice aroma... fruity with some belgian yeast. Nice, and very inviting! Well balanced in the nose. On the taste, it is quite sugary with some fruity notes. Maybe too sugary for my liking. Very dry finish. Medium body. Carbonation is quite good and very well balanced.

A nice tripel that I would like to get my hands on it in Quebec. Drank this one during supper at Hotel New York in Rotterdam!

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