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Leffe Tripel - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 20
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of ThaCreep
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

ThaCreep, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of RuudJH
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

RuudJH, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of AmberMan22
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

AmberMan22, Sep 20, 2009
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!

adamette, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of SleepyMonk
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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

SleepyMonk, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of juju7
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

juju7, May 27, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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

EatsTacos, May 18, 2009
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.

Jeffo, May 05, 2009
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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!"

ColoradoBobs, Feb 20, 2009
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.

kaimcm, Dec 19, 2008
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.

darklordlager, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of VierBier
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

VierBier, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of gab351
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

gab351, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of MinorThreat
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

MinorThreat, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of TheSarge
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

TheSarge, May 07, 2008
Photo of garcia2a
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

garcia2a, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of ggaughan
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

ggaughan, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of DaveUK
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Straw yellow brown, cloudy reminiscent of a real cider. Large head of white bubbles, with outstanding head retention.

Aroma - Pears and ripe apples, sugary, sappy malt, spicy and yeasty.

Taste - Sharp sourness and a very dry woody note dominate the first sip. Down the glass, bitter light fruits, sweet malt, spicy hops and a hint of anisee all reveal themselves. The warming effect of alcohol is well concealed but still present.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light with a crisp and refreshing carbonation.

Overall - Smooth and drinkable for its strength. This abbey style beer has a strong dryness indicating it would be good to accompany food.

DaveUK, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of KI9A
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle, thanks to a friend at AB/Inbev. ( THANKS!).

Very hazy yellow, with small flecks of sediment. Thin, but sturdy head that died quick. Left a nice lace.

Aroma. Big malty, fruity, clove. You can almost "smell" the ABV.

Taste. Citrus, slight clove, bananna hit you right away. Almost a German Dunkel feel, until you swallow. Then the ABV warms your mouth, throat, and innards. This is an easy big ABV beer to drink. Flavor, and feel are wonderful.

As with the Leffe 9 degree I just had, I sure wish Inbev would turn these loose on us stateside!

KI9A, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of khiasmus
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

khiasmus, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of Freshie
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Freshie, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry but this comment is in french :

Appearance : Blonde mordorée, limpide (sur lie), belle mousse blanche serrée, abondante. Saturation moyenne-faible.
Smell : Arôme malté-houblonné amer, parfum acre des levures.
Taste and mouthfeel : Saveur fruitée à peine douce, amertume aromatique, bouche pleine, équilibrée et savoureuse. Harmonie de rondeur et d'amertume parfumée.
Drinkability : une bonne bière de style triple

thierrynantes, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: gold hazy color, nice head settling to thin layer, good lacing, little bubble streams apparent
s: smells lightly sweet (malts) and refreshing (coriander)
t: sweet malts, spices and bits of banana, quick bitter hop finish along with alcohol warmth -- doesn't linger too strong
m: heavy carbonation from start to finish, light to medium body at first then finished creamy
d: surprisingly pretty good tripel considering some of the other leffe beers i've had, pretty good balance of characteristics. enjoyed it.

belgbeerdrinker, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of Cs1987
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale amber with two fingers of head, and some brown sediment. The head eventually reduces to a few millimeters.

Smell - Strong with hints of fruit, in general quite a pleasant smell.

Taste - Fairly spicy with a hint of raisin. The alcohol seemed a little too prominent at first. However, the taste improved and the alcohol taste died down as the beer warmed up. I would suggest not opening this beer until it reaches about 10°C (50°F).

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation level. Aftertaste and texture are fairly good but nothing special.

Drinkability - I certainly would have liked another one afterwards, which is rare for a beer with over 8% ABV.

Overall - At first this seemed quite similar to Kwak. However, although I did allow the bottle to warm up for a while before opening, the taste and smell of the beer improved significantly as it warmed, and the similarities to Kwak seemed to completely disappear. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fairly high ABV beers.

Cs1987, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a fluffy three fingers of off-white head with flecks of brown sediment. The colour is a cloudy amber-orange, with some sediment sitting on the bottom.

Smell - 4
A sweet, pleasant smell. Sugary sweetness with some malt and a spicy finish (nutmeg particularly). Fruitiness is also there, mostly apricot and some orange peel. Got much stronger as it warmed.

Taste - 4
The head is sweet, tart and delicious. For 8.5% ABV, the alcohol is well hidden, it only really kicks at the end after the sweetness. Some apricot, malt and sugary sweetness, and a moderately bittersweet, alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Carbonation is just about perfect, almost creamy. Light to moderate weight in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
The ABV may be high, but I am wishing I had a second, because this is very easy to drink. Perhaps a little too sweet to want to drink for too long (but I probably wouldn't let that put me off).

OVERALL - 3.95
A very tasty Belgian beer. It will be too sweet for some, but I love it, especially once it warmed up a bit. Like all Leffe beers it's reasonably priced for what it is (high price, good quality). I am yet to find a better tripel, but that said, it is only the second tripel I have tried. I look forward to tasting others if this beer is anything to go by.

LittleCreature, Sep 05, 2007
Leffe Tripel from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
87 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.