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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 VierBier
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Jopen goblet for better head retention. Nice two cm off white head over a dark yellow, very hazy beer.

The aroma is unpleasantly sweet, not the smell of fruit or chocolate, but of synthetic sweeteners. Luckily there is a whiff a spice too.

Taste is a bit yeasty, but again the sweeteners spoil it.

Nothing wrong with the mouthfeel: full bodied with just the right level of carbonation.

Overall not a bad beer if you like your tripels sweet. Personally I prefer more hoppy, yeasty varieties.

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Photo of benfons
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy blond color decent dense head, apparently i should have poured it more carefully a lot of fragments are floating around;

S: rather sweet, grains, apricots, pineapple

T: not delivering on the promise of the nose, some hoppiness, but mainly something soapy overpowering other things.

M: Good thickness good abv but the soapiness bothers

O: this one wasn't great, altough i think that i might have had a bad bottle

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

The sweet smell of alcohol is also present in the nose, although in this beer, it is more smoky and more spicy. The taste is quite spicy and mostly spicy, especially with touches of pepper. This is still drinkable, despite the detectable presence of alcohol, because the body remains soft. The aftertaste is too spicy and alcohol just to mingle to give a tangy finish. Probably the richest flavors from the Leffe brewery (AB InBev) but not the most drinkable.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This might be my favorite style of Leffe, which is saying it’s like my favorite species of cockroach. It’s less sweet than the other Leffes making this one comparable to a bag of Imperial white rather than a straight up plantation in Barbados, at least as far as the sweetness factor goes. The carbonation is more aggressive though, more fun. It’s very yeasty. Hazy with some particulates, this beer pours an almost orange yellow gold. Nice white head, dissipates quickly. Drinkable if you’re desperate but really one of the worst examples of the style, I have tasted.

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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 paterlodie
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pouring the beer in my tulip tasting glas first you notice is that its far from clear. A big haze is there and in my glass it looks like in a snowstorm, lots of small particles. Because I noticed this I only poured out about 75% of the beer.
Very nice white head and a koreander/yeasty arome to be noticed. Litle malt to be noticeted too but hard to find it back in the taste of the beer wich is mostly a combination of koreander and bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and litle bitter.
Not my kind of tripel.

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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 RuudJH
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leffe is a beer widely available.
When a large brewery like this makes a triple, I expect it to be extra interesting.

It has a golden colour, with lots of floaty bits in it, but hardly any carbonation. Good head, good lacing.
Smells and tastes of bread, hops, cloves. also quite fruitysweet for the style. Overall it's a bit boring though.
Mouthfeel is watery for a 8.5% abv.. The bubbles are sorely missed.

I've had plenty of triples that are way more complex than this. It's not too disappointing, but the brewer should try a little harder.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-orange, with a modest 1/2" of foam after a gentle pour.

Smell is all spice, some fruit, and belgian yeast. Nothing overly complex

Taste is of sweet caramel/honey up front, with some spice in the middle which fades into a balanced, almost floral taste with some pear notes.

Mouthfeel is medium, yet it tastes a bit watery at the same time.

Nothing too complex about this one...My favourite Leffe still remains the Radieuse.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a large fading head.
Nose shows doughy yeast, faint honey and lots of butterscotch.
Big doughy characters dominate the flavours followed by more honey and some booze. Overly sweet.
Nice moderately high carbonation helps with that though.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a honey gold color with a bright white head of 1 finger that did slowly fade away. Little to no carbonation shown on the glass. No real lacing on the glass.

S-- A floral yeast smell with honey in this as well. A bit of an alcoholic nose to this but not very big. Once warm it does become a bit more herbal and the yeast smell is more defined.

T-- Kind of a lemon cake taste to this. Different. Has some lemon and some sweetness mixed in with the yeast taste. Still has a floral quality to it. Honey is present as pretty dry as well.

M-- Good carbonation in the mouth and pretty lively I though. Finishes quite dry. Very alcoholic in the mouth though and got a burn in each swallow.

D-- Not a bad beer at all. Just the ABV 8.1% needs to be hidden more carefully and I think the sweetness needs to be brought out more along with the yeast taste. One is enough. I guess the way to say it is that Leffe makes good beers but not outstanding ones. Worth trying but after one or 2 you get the idea and move on to more complex stuff.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap served into stemware in Ghent, Belgium. Best before date is August, 2008. Reviewed live.

A: One finger of slight cream, thin, and of very poor retention even considering the high ABV. Floating yeast particles abound. Copper colour, nontransparent but not solid.

Sm: Alcohol, caramelized malt, light fruit esters, lingering fermented brewer's sugar, light pleasant yeast, and maybe even some floral tones. A moderate strength scent.

T: The notes from the nose are present but very limited. The barley comes through aided by the malt and tinges of floral and slight fruit esters. Complex yet restrained. Brewer's sugar lends a slightly unwelcome sweetness just before the climax. Some tobacco notes. Not bold, but pretty well constructed.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Doesn't quite match the flavours of the body, but it tries. Par for the style, just not for the beer.

Dr: High ABV, very drinkable for the ABV, but average quality. I imagine the price is a bit high, but it was shared by a friend so I don't know.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-Thin white head leaving small lacing over a hazy gold brew.

S-Sweet Belgian yeast scent

T-Nice, malty sweetness and that Belgian yeast banana-ish and alcohol tase. Nice layers pretty good.

M-Wow, the best part of this beer. Pillowy, pretty soft, prefect carb.

D-Pretty high for the ABV, good beer.

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Photo of Beeronious07
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

it came as one of 4 beers in the gift pack that also includes two Leffe chalices. the price of the whole gift pack was 25.72 euro. served it at the temperature of 10 Celsius in the 330 milliliter chalice i got from the gift pack. best before date 22/07/12

A - even though there is none carbonation and i don't like the pale brown color, i totally loved the black grains visible when exposed to light.

S - all that my noobie nose can say is that the smell is fruity with a pinch of alcohol in the back.

T - some banana and apricots and thats it. mainly fruity like the smell, and also the intensity of it is like the smell, not very strong.

M - no carbonation at all. medium body and its hard to imagine that the ABV is 8.5.

after finishing the beer you don't even feel like u had it, instead like after a glass of apricot juice.

beerly yours,

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: poured a hazy gold color with a nice stable white head.
Smell: banana, vanilla, orange and spicy clove.
Taste: sweet, nutty, malty, hoppy and fruity with orange peelings and some yeast
Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, quite cripsy
Overall: nice tripel

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is a bit darker than usuall for this style, hazy deep golden. The white head is smaller than others in thes style, airy and light. Dissipates quickly into faint lacings.

S: Sour yeasty notes. Sweet malt and some wheat. Lots of citric fruits.

T: Sweet malt, seams a bit dark. Dark dried fruits, but even more fresh fruits: bananas (hence the wheat), oranges and some faint grapefruit. Yeast and spices.

M: Long lovely sour, sweet bitter aftertaste - very complex. Body is full and carbonation medium.

O: A nice beer, but not very exciing as a tripel.

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Photo of philphilphil
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very leffe. Similarish too the blonde.
Appearance is cloudy with 23 inch thick head.
Smell is tripel typical,
Taste is like eveey other leffe, which is good.
Mouthfeel is thickish with about correct carbonation.
Drinkability is only restriceted by price.

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Photo of Freshie
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow golden haze. Too much sediment. Crisp white head.

Aroma is yeasty, with fruity esters. Banana. Clove.

Taste is spicy with trends of dark fruit. Currants, raisins. A bit of banana. Clove. The usual tripel fare.

Warms the palate. A bit syrupy aftertaste.

Nice but not great.

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Photo of haz77
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange/gold, with a little suspended sediment and a small fluffy white cap. This falls to a thin island and ring. Low carbonation.

S - Fruity esters, clove, yeast, some herbal phenols, mixed spices. Very pleasant.

T - Initial fruitiness (mostly banana) and sweet malt, with the clove moving forward in the middle. The clove recedes, but doesn’t disappear, and a peppery spiciness comes though towards the finish. Finish/aftertaste is bitter and fairly short.

M - Smooth, medium body. Low-medium carbonation.

D - Nothing particular outstanding or complex, but does the job. Worth trying, and easily the best of the Leffe beers I've had.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very good Belgian brew. The high alcohol-by-volume makes it a low-nightly-consumption brew. It pours out a balanced golden color, with a slight tint of depth in its color. The aroma is quite floral with notes of fruit and spice. A very respectable bier, and one that I would recommend to someone beginning their trip through the realm of the Belgians. Prost!

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB Dec 10, 2011
A-Hazy golden color w/nice creamy head and decent retention that thickly laces.
S-Lightly toasted bread, fruity esters (pear, apple, apricot), light spice (clove), faint banana.
T&M- Same as aroma, slightly sweet throughout, finish is slightly dry w/clean aftertaste and a hint of alcohol heat. Fairly light body, lightly carbonated...a tad too light.
D-Fine example of a triple, easy to drink, basic. Decent brew for fair price. I still prefer the Leffe 9° or Brune though if I'm grabbing Leffe.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a chalice.
Note: This bottle is actually rated at 8.5% rather than the 8.1% listed above.

A - Very dark murky/honey colour. Nice finger of head.

S - Malt and breads. Hint of honey as well.

T - Very creamy, not just from the head but the main body of the beer as well. The smoothness continues and partially masks the rest of the flavours. Little bit of bite & spiciness but again is mainly hidden by the cream.

M - As mentioned above very smooth, but a bit lacking in character otherwise.

D - Easy to drink but a bit like an inflated version of the blonde.

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Photo of kaimcm
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle carried back from Belgium. A gift from a friend, thanks.

A: cloudy dull honeyed body, like unfiltered honey. little head, bland white. surprised by the lack of retention for a tripel.

S: apples and some fruity candy and yeasty esters. some yeasty powdery pizza-esque dough!

T/M: very soft body, flavor flashes sugar up front that fades into the fruitiness of the nose, apples, and white grapes mostly. on the back palate an astringent dryness rises of unknown origin...its not spicy like many triples, in either yeast or hop character, but powdery dry. finish is short but enticing.

D: the lightness of the body and the softness of the mouthfeel make this a very easy drinker.

a fine beer, if of little distinction. more interesting than the blonde that hits our shores but of less interest and quality than so many other readily available tripels.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured a hazy golden browish color into my Leffe chalice. The nose had some funky, grapefruit notes to it. The taste was earthy, citrusy and it was rounded out well by a hop bitterness on the back end. The higher abv is not overly noticable which makes for an easy drinking beer.

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