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Leffe Tripel - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 22
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 212 | Reviews: 89
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.

Photo of KI9A
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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!

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.

Photo of Freshie
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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.

Photo of LittleCreature
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of basica
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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. :)

Photo of roblowther
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged, corked bottle purchased from a supermarket in Bourganeuf, France. Pours a cloudy golden color with a medium-thick dense smooth head. Smells of peaches, apricots, and a floral hop overtone. Taste has the fruit up front, but this soon gives way to a maltiness that is not evident in the appearance. It is a bit heavy for the light nature of a tripel. The finish is dry & refreshing, with the hops showing up at that point. Mouthfeel is creamy. If anything, I would have expected silky but creamy it is. The drinkability is very good. The alcohol shows itself only as a warming finish & the dryness lends a refreshing element to beer. All in all a good beer. Not what I would have expected, but sometimes you just head where life, or the beer, steers you.

Photo of Poser
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of Stephen63
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Full head and attractive amber body served in a my prized Leffe glass.

S - I found sweetness with fruit in the background.

T - Mostly spicy on the tongue with additional sweetness/candy. Hops on apparent on the finish.

M - Really nice and light, nice carbonation.

D - Yes a larger bottle (750ml) could easily be consumed.

Although not the best tripel this is a decent beer and proves that the big brewers can get it right.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half a 330 ml bottle. The brew is a light golden color with fairly good clarity. There is a massive carbonation that leads to a 4 finger ivory white head that falls to a finger over top. There is a nice spot of yeasties in the middle. The nose is really nice. I find some spicy yeast character that overlays a very sweet base of candied sugar and pilsener malt, with a touch of banana ester tossed in to round it out. It is blended really well. The flavor is interesting. I find it to be fairly metallic. Behind that, there is a mild candied sugar sweetness, with banana ester. There is a mild grassy hop that finishes a mild bitter and a touch astringent. The flavor feels lighter than the nose. The feel is moderate with a light carbonation. This one is okay. I think the aroma is working really well. The astringency in the flavor is a little off-putting. This is a decent

Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pale amber body with 2 finger solid creamy head with little orange sediment pockets on the top. Lots of nice brussels lacing, actually looks like its from tap.

S- lots of yeast and cloves, some sweet banana notes and maybe some toffee/fudge, very sweet overall, fresh bread smell hits you after a while too. As the beer warms i get a butter biscuit smell too.

T- a nice clovey alcholic kick in the start, the banana notes linger well on the tongue, lots of character without being toooo complex

M- lively carbonation with a creamy smoothness from the head complimenting well, to give a solid brew

D- a very drinkable tripel, this is actually my first and has made me want to explore the style a lot more. Need to get my palate to except complexity more, a nice introduction!

Photo of haz77
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of ernie
4.49/5  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.

Photo of karst
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From on of best known Belgian "abbey" brewers by contract with Abbaye Notre Dame de Leffe but now brewed at Interbrew owned Artois in Leuven, near Brussels - this is one of the four distinct varieties produced by Leffe.

Leffe Blonde, Leffe Bruin and Leffe Radieuse (AKA Vieille Cuvee) make up the others.

Poured from a 330 ml best by 06 07 06 bottle - into Duval tulip (beer and glass curtesy of a fellow homebrewer who co-brewed this style with me the last time we shared a brewpot). Clear light golden (until a hard swirl with yeast are poured - which softens the tart flavor). Sturdy white head falling to a cap with lace.

A lighter than expected but enticing sweet citrus (kind of a peach grapefruit blend) floral aromas mix with a mild Belgian yeast aromatics.

Flavor profile offers sweet citrus, light spices and noticable yeast with floral and herbal qualities from hops. My overall impression was Leffe offers an unusual flavor profile for this style.

Alcohol well hidden (maybe a result of this being my 4th beer of the session?) - not notice in aroma or flavor but adding to a dry finish with a balanced but stronger IBU from hops ( suspect that the IBU:OG ratio exceeded the 2:5 ideal ratio) but still very nice.

Although Jason refused to reveal his source - thanks for sharing this unique Abbey Tripel.

Photo of Solomon420
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice beer. I had some from the tap in Someren, Holland. Again sitting on the terrace watching the world go by. One of the nicest things about Euorpe is the outdoors eating culture. Its full of terraces so one can just sit and drink and watch everyday life just meander by without a damn care in the world. Also, every beer you order comes poured into its very own glassware, which is just one of those nice little features that make the beer even more enjoyable to drink :)

Easy to drink, nice color (almost the poster child for Tripel styles). It did have a more aggressive alcohol presence when compared to the Grimbergen Tripel I had the night before. The taste was not as sweet or fruity either. But still pleasant and the overall alcohol taste was not overpowering my any means, but it did make its presence known as I drank it down. Very nice and I drank a few more before heading to my room. This beer is on my list for sure for next years visit to Holland.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.99/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket, during its sale on Belgian bottled beers. 8.5%abv., served chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet. BB 15/03/07.

A: pours a cloudy, pale orangey hue, with chuncks and bits of yeast sediments swimming in it--due to chill-haze I reckon. A pretty thin and fluffy beer head dissipates fast. I suspect chilling this beer outdoors at just about 2 centigrade hasn't done any good to the presentation of this beer--my mistake.
S: sweet fruity and yeasty aroma prevails upfront--orange, mango, faintly banana, fresh sugar-cane juice, aromatic yeastiness, a bit of wheats and thin-bodied, sweetish pale malts, with a faint but noticeable entry of noble hops at the back... Not particularly complex for a Tripel, but quite pleasant.
T: banana and clove-ish yeasty upfront, underlining a bready maltiness which comes soft and light but is also backed by candy-sugar, Chinese green bean paste, and a light-weight but increasingly bitter-sweet aftertaste mixing vertically spicy yeasts (clove, wood, and faintly nutmeg) and restrained bready+corn-ish maltiness. I like the lingering spicy-bitter aftertaste, which makes the otherwise pretty mild Tripel all the more interesting.
M&D: lively mouthfeel on top of a semi-light body, this Tripel is very approachable and surprisingly balanced. I've had this beer only once before, purchased in a Belgian supermarket in Leuven, and that bottle was poured rather carefully and clear. Somehow, this time round the "disturbed" bottle has presented me with a nectar more impressive with more depth~~ The floating yeast-sediments make all the difference I suppose, and surely it is much much better than Leffe's other dull beers. Not bad.

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

330ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a golden yellow / orange colour with a slight cloudiness... White head poured big and foamy and faded to a thin layer...

Aroma - Spicy, orange and banana notes, sugary, light maltiness, some spicy hops, light peppery notes, noticable alcohol...

Taste – Sweet maltiness, bready, spicy and peppery, nice hop bitterness, floral, orange hints...

Feel - Quite smooth. Medium body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A suprisingly good beer.... recommended...

Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: I bought this last year and decided to see how good it could be with a little nurturing. Mine poured a darder, golden color that was very hazy. It had a good strong head on it. The aroma is fairly common for this type, with a bready, yeasty start and a bit of banana and clove in it. A hint of some spiciness also. It is a bit weaker in strengh than some of the others of this type. The taste is quite smooth. Bready, with a bit of banana and clove to the taste. A touch lighter than expected. I think that ageing didn’t have any real impact on the flavor, except for maybe taking a bit of the rough edges off of it.

Photo of baugherlager
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap in Maarssen, The Netherlands. Exceptional in appearance. I couldn't believe the the malty sweetness of this beer would of expected it from the dubbel. This beer is like candy. Extreme lacing down the side of the glass. Lots of honey, and alcohol. I would recommend this beer, especially on tap. A good abbey style tripel to get in touch with.

Photo of cypressbob
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy yellow body, some hints of orange coming through. Yellowish head with good retention

Smell, lots of fresh fruit, nuts more specifically almonds. Little bit of yeast

Taste, crisp and flowery. Some slight spice and warming alcohol on the finish

A suprise, not like leffe's usual crap, a tasty tripel. The only reason i bought this was because i wanted a couple of beers for my hotel room on my first night there and de bierkoning was closed

Photo of beerfox
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Leffe Tripel from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.