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Leffe Tripel - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 20
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

seanyfo, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of haz77
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

haz77, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of ernie
4.5/5  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.

ernie, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of karst
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

karst, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of Solomon420
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Solomon420, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3/5  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.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of wl0307
3.93/5  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.

wl0307, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.93/5  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...

mdagnew, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Boto, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of baugherlager
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

baugherlager, Aug 10, 2005
Photo of cypressbob
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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

cypressbob, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of beerfox
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

beerfox, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

paterlodie, Jan 04, 2005
Photo of Sigmund
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(330 ml bottle, bought in Denmark. ABV was 8.5%.) Hazy golden colour, large lasting head. Strong sweetish yeasty and fruity aroma. Flavour is sweet but not cloying, yeasty and spicy (cloves), reasonably malty with a decent hoppy bitterness which leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Not a bad triple, but like others of this style the yeast is a bit too dominant to be "perfect" in my book. I won’t mind having another one, though.

Sigmund, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of koolk
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy deep blonde-light orange with floaties. good creamy head that is very persistant, fine carbonation.

Sweet candy floss and light caramel with heavy and piercing spice aromas.

Front palate is swamped with strong menthol flavours as the aftertaste is high burning alcohol and spice. This palate is well balanced as there is a pronounced sweet flavour, but it is leveld out well with the spiciness.

I guess this is the pick of the Leffe range, being less sweet is a bonus in my book.

koolk, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of tjd25
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A large persistent foamy head. The body is of an opaque golden color. The smell is sweet, yeasty and citric. I had an impression of carrot once, but not this time. The taste is of sweet citrus and spices. very yeasty. Very floral and herbal hoppiness, with a certain fruitiness too (peaches). The alcohol is fairly noticeable, and lowers the beer’s drinkability in my opinion. Mouthfeel is round and smooth, very enjoyable.

tjd25, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33 cl bottle brought from Belgium on my first trip in Sept. '03. Appearance: Pours a semi-tranparent, light golden color in a Leffe goblet. I botched the pour and had a lot of small brown yeast particles floating aroound. The bubbles kept them moving around, but most of it settled out in about 10 minutes. There was a sizeable very white fluffy head that stuck around a good long time.

The aroma was sweet, flowery, and had that distint aroma that shouts out "I'm from Belgium". I also noticed citrusy (sweet grapefruit?) and very light earthy aroma (probably from the yeast I poured into the glass). Flavor: Bright, crisp and clean. Fruity and sweet- moreso than most triples I've had. Includes a nice gentle alcohol tingle. Very refreshing and a nice balance of flavors. After several tastes, there was a flavor I knew was there and couldn't put my finger on- afterwards, I realized the word I wanted was buttery. This beer is sweet and buttery (what a revelation to a new reviewer!). Once the beer warmed a little and the yeast had settled out, I noticed a bit more of the hoppy tang.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, although it may not be as complex as some other triples. Because of its sweetness, I probably wouldn't drink a lot of these, but I would like to try it again.

Dukeofearl, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of Andreji
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice brew.

Pours a dark golden-orangy tone with a creamy white head, dense but not too large. Very full of smell with ranging wheat, malts and some hops.

The taste and mouthfeel, heavy, with sweet wheaty and maltyness and some fruity spin at the end. A bit devious since the ABV is clearly hidden. Very nice anyways.

Andreji, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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!

goindownsouth, Mar 23, 2003
Photo of Rocko
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice beer, it pours cloudy golden together with a nice white frothy head that settles perfectly with about 1cm of foam left on top. Not a big smell but still a pleasant spicy smell with hints of fruit, mostly peach. Very nice taste, not too sweet, not too bitter. Fruity, spicy and easy to drink. Can I have another one? :)

Rocko, Feb 28, 2003
Photo of ipogios
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange colour topped by a huge creamy white head that does NOT settle down. I was drinking this beer for about 15 minutes and the head did not settle down. The aroma is fruity, malty and citrus hints. Taste is malty and sweet. I like the fact that this Tripel is sweeter than others. Alcohol is quite high and you can't really understand that you are drinking 8.4% ABV since it sits behind the sweetness of the beer. Excellent brew but it's a bit heavy on the stomach

ipogios, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow appearence in the goblet with a white sheen and lace. Tiny bubbles everywhere. Rich sweet yeast nose. Earthy malt sweetness upfront with a big dose of clove. Floral hop layers on the tongue. Smooth and well balenced all the through. Warm (ABV) finish, very drinkable triple. Slightly dry white pepper finish.

frank4sail, Dec 05, 2002
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color, mountainous creamy off white head and oodles of fine lace to coat the glass. Aroma of fresh fruit, malts, citrus, as the start is malt sweet, the top reedy, the finish is poignantly hopped, zestfully carbonated, droughty long lasting aftertaste. A bit of a "belly" warmer” from the high ABV, a good triple, not the best, but certainly not the worst I've tried, and well worth a sample.

Gusler, Nov 10, 2002
Photo of rastaman
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extremely drinkable tripel. Not as sweet as others from Leffe, smooth, not an over the top with flavour, but very nice beer, i like it.

rastaman, May 13, 2002
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Leffe Tripel from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
86 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.