1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Leffe Tripel - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Not Rated.
Leffe TripelLeffe Tripel

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

214 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 214
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 22
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (12) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 214 | Reviews: 90
Photo of rvdoorn
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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

Photo of TheBrewo
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours the color of pale golden orange. The head stands a finger high, and is composed of big white bubbles that disappear quickly. Little lacing is left as it goes. There is a full haze to the clarity of the brew, and particulates are noted throughout the glass. Carbonation looks light to medium. The aroma is wrought with clovey phenols and yeast. There is a little vanilla, and generous grain, but nothing sweet to really soften the edge. Faint orange and spice are detectable as well. As we sip a pleasing mix of malt and yeast hit the palate. The front, too, is actually sweetened a bit by a flash of sugary citrus. This lags through the middle where phenols crash in, bittering the flavor, with vanilla simultaneously softening things up far back at the base of the tongue. The finale is yeasty and metallic. These are muddled in a sea of malt, with peppery spice gluing everything together. The aftertaste breathes with cloves and phenols, and a touch of that same yeast. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The beer puts up quite a froth with each sip, and is creamy to the lips. The mouth is left dry by the finish. The abv is standard, and even a bit low for the style, but the beer drinks with simplicity.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the yeastiness. There were bold inclusions in the aroma and the taste, which for a tripel, were uncharacteristically bitter. This was not a bad thing, but there was some metallic flavoring in the finish that was less than desirable. This offering is clearly a tripel, and does not disappoint as an average for the style.

Photo of philphilphil
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Ashmada
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A oft-consumed social beer for me.

L: Murky golden color, medium head with good lacing, with a somewhat mesmerising body.

S: Very yeasty smell with traces of spices and fruit.

T: Starts with slightly sweet malt follows with spicy and citrusy hints and ends in bitterness.
The alcohol does shine through, but isn't overpowering.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

D: If time permits (this is not a beer you quaff down in a matter of seconds), I'll almost always have a second... but rarely a third, owing to the 8.5% ABV.

Photo of xylophonica
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of akenethon
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: orange-golden color, persistent foam, some settlement on the bottom.
S: smokey, malty smell with hint of fruit(apricot)
T: malty yet refreshing, slightly sweet. could be a little more aromatic. slightly bitter, medicine herb-like aftertaste.
M: somewhat sour, and fresh for its style. it feels lighter than its alcohol content
D:It's a good beer, I like the malty taste and the herbal aftertaste that hits right ather you swallow it, but mouthfeel is kinda weak.

Photo of Ior
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25 cl bottle from a six-pack purchased at the local supermarket, poured into a wine glass.

Hazy golden colour. Off-white head with decent retention. Some lacing.

Honey dominates the nose. There are spices and citrus as well. Quite complex. Similar to a belgian wit, but sweeter.

Citrus, honey, spices and yeast are present in the taste. Drier than suggested by the smell. Some grainy notes perhaps. Alcohol barely noticable. Dry, short, yeasty finish that makes you want to take another sip. I suspect this would go excellent with food.

Medium mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable

A nice surprise considering that I'm not a big fan of the regular Leffe blond. Perhaps I'll have another...

Photo of eric5bellies
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a nice hazey honey colour with tight white head that retains well.

S - Nice spicey herbs, yeast and slightly sweet.

T - Lemon citrus and yeast are the dominant flavours, lttell bit of caramel, very spicey toward the finish with an alcohol kick. The sweetness balances out the malts nicely

M - Medium carbonation and body.

D - This is an underated Tripel IMO, It has the complexity that one desires when selecting this style.My favourite beer in the Leffe range.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of mulder1010
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Photo of RuudJH
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25cl bottle into a tulip glass.

A: This tripel pours a hazy saffron/orange, with about an inch of rocky head on top. Lacing is very present, and good looking, but only dots the glass with minimal stickage on the way down.

S: The smell is of flowery yeast, and spiced fruity malt. A twinge of hops and alcohol enter the equation, making for a delightful experience.

T: Much akin to the smell, the taste follows the same formula by in large. However, some of the hoppiness is lost out to a slightly more present alcoholic taste. However, standing at 8.1% this beer does a great job of disguising its strength. Light fruit (maybe pear with apple hints), mixed with clove-y spices and a solid malt foundation make for a good drink.

M: Here I was a little disappointed. Though the body is heavier than other beers of this color, carbonation seems minimal. There isn't a real creamy feel despite this, which leads to the general notion of a very average mouthfeel.

Drink'ty & Notes: This certainly seems like a good example of a tripel. The flavors are well balanced and well proportioned for the style, and the smell is excellent. This is my last of the 6-pack, and while I disliked the first few, I did really enjoy this last one. Being my first tripel, I think I just needed to get sighted in on what to expect. I'll look forward to trying more in the near future.

Photo of adamette
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Leffe chalice clear glass at Cafe Leffe in the Sablon area of Brussels (down the street from my hotel) 6 28 09. Very cool place to have this beer!

A Opaque yellow brown body under a medium thick white head. About one inch. Nice look. The look is improved significantly by the glassware and the location.

S Grains, malt. Not easy to smell with wafts of smoke coming from the next door table of french people (all 6 of whom are smoking). enjoyed what I could smell of the beer though.

T Nice malt, grainy tripel very much reminds me of an Affligem tripel that I tasted just a few hours ago.

M Big Alcohol and grains but not as strong or big on the mouthfeel as other tripels.

D One and done for me with its bigness.

Notes: Nice to have at Cafe Leffe in Brussels!

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled dark glass bottle with tan colored foil wrapped around the neck and cap of the bottle.

Poured into a Leffe chalice the beer produces are a tight creamy 3 fingers of head that degrades slowly and shows initial signs of good lacing, an indication that is validated towards the end of the session.

The body shows a hazy pale tea like color with a small quantity of sediment settling down towards the bottom of the glass.

Aromatically it shows muted fruit notes with grains and a moderate clove vapors trying to make its way through the dominant flavors.

The taste is active with competing flavors however it falls just slightly short of being categorized as complex. This shouldn't detract from the fact that the palate is a well balanced performance of citrus fruits, garden herb spice and a hint of that sticky pine sap.

The initial big flavor falls away quickly into a spice finish with new herb notes emerging.

A good Tripel

Photo of juju7
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was pretty damn good. The appearance was a surprise as it was a very light gold, not in keeping with other tripels I have come across. A nice big fluffy head that laced very nicely all the way to the end. Big aromas of sweet Belgian yeast, bananas, cloves, spices and caramelized orange. Nice full mouthfeel with all the things you'd expect from a Belgian tripel, warmth, spice and character. A yummy little beer and probably the best of the Leffe bunch.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear yellow with a soft, clumpy head and doesn't give too much lacing on the glass

Smells sweet and sugary, with a dose of yeasty spice and a hint of alcohol in the back

Taste is initially quite sweet and there is less of the beligian yeast spice that I was hoping for. The bitterness is subdued and this is hopped in restraint. The alcohol is warming but not overbearing

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied as expected for a tripel, with a medium sharp carbonation

Photo of Jeffo
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the bottle shop on my street.

From a bottle into a Leffe Chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2 finger medium-thick white head with decent retention. Lots of carbonation evident. Colour is a nice amber or golden poppy yellow / orange colour. Head settles to a decent thick cap and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking for sure.

SMELL: A strong cool nose of toasted and wheat malt. Spicy elements as well, cloves for sure and perhaps some coriander. A bit of citrus in the back. Reminds me of a milder weizenbock nose. Enticing.

TASTE: Toasted and wheat malt with some clove and coriander again, much like the nose. A touch of spicy alcohol there as well. A slightly bitter hop and sweet malt finish. Aftertaste is too short lived, but pleasant for sure. Again, slightly weizenbock like. Enjoyable.

PALATE: Full body with medium carbonation. Thick and heavy on the palate, goes down creamy smooth with a slight bite at the end to remind you it's a triple. Finishes slightly dry on the palate. Good feel.

OVERALL: One of the better triples I've had. An enjoyable and drinkable treat, this one is perhaps overlooked somewhat because it's so readily available here in Holland. Reminds me somewhat of a weizenbock as well. This is one I'll certainly pick up again when I'm in the mood for something with a punch.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
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!"

Photo of kaimcm
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of darklordlager
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of VierBier
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Photo of gab351
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 25cl bottle into a leffe goblet

appearance: very hazy golden brown with lots of big floaties all over the place. not doing much for me here

smell: very yeasty with some fruit aroma in as well (apple, banana?) lots of malts abound. nothing spectacular so far

taste/mouthfeel: the best part of the beer here. very nice feel and taste. very loamy in mouth and very bready. nice fruit tones exaggerated and a spicy malt coming out too. well balanced in my opinion

overall: quite drinkable. not the best triple by any means but worth the try if it's available to you. goes down a little warm from the alcohol but it doesn't stand out too much and is mostly overpowered by the malt and yeasty flavors. pleasant brew!

Photo of MinorThreat
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of TheSarge
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leffe Tripel has a decent bright white head, and a pale, orange gold color. The body is quite hazy.

Aromas are of bubble gum and a powdery ester. I detect a slight hint of orange too.

Again for the bubble gum, it comes through in the taste, with a tart orange rind bite.

This feels a bit powdery and dry, and not very thirst quenching. Thiere is a warming effect, too.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Leffe Tripel from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.