Abbaye De Floreffe Triple
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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3.79 | pDev: 10.29%
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
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elnachooo from Spain

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

De color ámbar, con una espuma cremosa de buena retención. Ligera y de carbonatación media. Aroma floral y a levadura. En boca predomina el dulzor gracias a la presencia de miel.

Apr 23, 2021
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vernardico from Mexico

4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 330 ml bottle.

Pours a dark golden color, almost orange. A bit hazy. Good look, as the head goes all the way up of the tulip glass.

Very nice head, with big bubbles, medium duration and good retention. Medium to high carbonation.

Smell is fruity. Apple like. A bit alcoholic with hints yeasty, maybe.

The flavor is, as in many belgians, rather sweet. Apple like, yeasty and a bit bready. The alcohol is there too, normal for its 8%. Nice hoppy finish, soft and dry biterness at the end.

For a tripel, i found this rather refreshing.

I think this is a very good beer. Not the best belgian, or tripel, of course. But its very enjoyable, and i can keep drinking this.

Jul 26, 2020
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OlaB from Norway

3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark-golden color with a medium top of white head that dissolves in a normal pace and leaves some decent lacings on the glass.
Aroma is of apples,pears, honey, bread, spices and floral hops.
The taste is sweet and fruity with light malty and bready tones. The finish is slightly dry with notes of spicy yeast and floral hops. The flavour is a little weak and unballanced. Mouthfeel is soft and clean with a medium carbonation and a medium body.
A good and drinkable triple by all accounts, but lacks a little to be a really good one.

Jan 06, 2019
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The_Bujon from Ireland

3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured badly into a Karmaleit tulip glass.....eeeeek the explosion of foam was complete amateur.

It settled to a reasonable head, but quickly dissipated into a dishwater film, a bit disappointing.

Getting the nose in there and a malty, boozy wave hits you, not as expected.

Taste is sharp, sweet, and full of malt. Despite it's name, there is no sign of flora with this brew. You'll be greeted with a fizzy toffee type sensation, which does leave a 'come back for more' film on the tongue.

Feel is ok, a little artificial, and after that decent taste sensation, your mouth does dry up pretty quickly.

Overall, a solid tripel, not the best, but still a pretty decent brew

Dec 16, 2017
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Quick review: pours nicely. Golden with a fluffy white head. Smell is off, grape soda with some yeast. Taste is heavy sweet Candi. Very metallic taste/feel as well. Carbonation is high and the body is medium. This beer seems below par for a tripel. Or maybe it didn't agree with my palate.

Mar 08, 2017
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arlo19 from Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a great frothy head. Nose is a little sourness and yeast. Taste is very clean, a little heat but not bad for 8%. Very light mouthfeel makes this an easy drinker. Finish is dry and clean.

Jun 20, 2016
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I popped the cork on Floreffe Triple I wasn't expecting something quite so dark; this dusky orange beer still allows some transparency but it's certainly not clear and, away from the light, looks downright muddied. The head, however, is true to form: creamy, rocky, long-lasting and lace supplying.

Simply smelling a Tripel often sends excited tingles through my limbs - but this one, not so much. It has a familiar mulled pear or apple note, hints of clove or nutmeg, and a subtle sweet breadiness, something like a moist sponge cake. But it's not exactly what I was looking for...

It's common practice for Belgian brewers to use 'candi sugar' in Abbey-style styles, like Tripels. What's essentially just caramelized beet sugar provides a highly fermentable food source for the yeast which helps boost alcoholic strength without leaving behind too much residual sweetness.

In this recipe, however, either too dark a variety was used and/or it didn't entirely ferment out. Both sweetness and booze are both prominent, the former not surprising given the colour but the latter a little unexpected given its alcohol content (8%) actually clocks in at the lower end of spectrum for this style.

Regardless, I'm not a professional brewer (or even a decent homebrewer for that matter), so I won't speculate on the possible technical or scientific explanations, rather just the facts: Floreffe Triple has a strong residual sweetness that's caramelly and fruit esters that stem more from ethanol than yeast.

As result, this particular example provides fewer and less focused flavours of orchard and citrus fruits, and in their place a toffee-like maltiness out of place for the style. The peppery spice notes register as harsh due to flagrant alcohol and what should be a light, creamy, well rounded body is anything but.

There are much better Belgian ales out there than Floreffe, but that doesn't mean Brasserie Lefèbvre's offerings aren't worth buying. Their Triple (or Tripel, depending on your linguistic allegiance) is middle-of-the-pack at best but shouldn't be entirely dismissed - it's a merely OK beer but can be found at relatively good value.

Jun 16, 2016
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Consume before Oct 21st 2017.

Burnt orange body color, almost into a red amber territory but definitely on the brown side, and a bit murky. Lots of pinhead fine white streams of carbonation on the sides, matching to a frothy white bright head. Head retention is a mix of styrofoam and weak soapy appearances, but doesn't move at all with an easy three fingers, more if you are aggressive on the pour. Head just wont budge and keeps getting lapped up with each bubble coming forward, and cling cling cling ROCKY clumps abound while drinking.

This is a real interesting nose. Mineral and floral notes, with a real honey kick but with a much less subdued sense of sweetness. There's a touch of faint phenol clove character but also some rye like spicy quality as well. Very unexpected, gotta love the variety on these Belgian tripels, and this nose is quite a unique and memorable one.

Palate makes a big surprise. Caramel malts and a big crisp carbonation not unlike a Marzen. Hints of toffee and also banana esters but then some of that classic tripel candi sugar comes in a little bit. Playful carbonation but also a real nearly doppelbock German quality in flavor. Soft mix of sweet banana, and almost vanilla cream in the mix, with a good phenolic brown spiced finish.

This almost comes off as a Marzen large doppel belgian twist, which is a real fun and memorable beer. Not what I look for in this style particularly from a Belgian producer, but this is quite a neat made brew.

Mar 27, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that took a long time to die down and consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with notes of fruity esters—bananas seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell, but isn't nearly as yeasty—there are more banana-like flavors and underlying notes of candi sugars. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable for a tripel as it does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol from the taste. It's a nice choice if you like tripels that are a little fruitier and sweeter than the norm.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 26, 2016
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Zet from Netherlands

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light orange with an okay head of foam. Smell of citric, yeast and bread. Quite some fruit and spice notes in the taste, but the yeast was a bit dominating here, covering the other flavours. Still a good beer, but it could have been superb without this, well, moldiness. I had this beer a few months after its best before date, but i don't think that would lead to a yeast mendoza.

Dec 18, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an absolutely towering head (Used a tulip). Fluffy and airy, yet solid like a dollop of shaving cream. Nice butterscotch flavor comes through. This is an excellent tripel!

Oct 15, 2015
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep copper, hazy with a very wide white foam head, excellent retention. Smells citric, sweet, caramel, and lots of fruit esters. Taste is complex, citric, alcoholic and bitter. More bitter than the usual belgian tripel. Caramel notes are strong in taste. High body and high carbonation. Overall very nice belgian tripel, monks deliver again.

Sep 21, 2015
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RuudJH from Netherlands

3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After opening the bottle, this brew very happily stuck it's head out.
After a bit of clean up, poured it into the glass. Looks orange golden, with a big fluffy head. Streaming carbonation.
Smell is very strongly of fresh white bread. After carefull sniffing, I detect some lemon and lemon peal.
Taste is balanced bittersweetness, slowly fading away in the back of my mouth. Quite mellow. Alcohol is hardly detected and well covered. Gives just a warming feeling.
Overall this is a good modest Belgian tripel, of which there are so many. Good flavour, good feel, not too extreme, just for enjoying.

Dec 24, 2014
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, at 8% ABV, another part of the '1/2 Meter of Beer' mixed pack available here in Alberta.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and eventually Dairy Queen creamy opal head, which leaves a proper array of sudsy webbed lace all around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of semi-sweet bready caramel malt, buttered white bread, a warm orchard fruitiness - peach, pear, and overripe apple - mixed table pepper, mildly spicy yeast, honeyed candi sugar, and a bristling, nose-twitching alcohol astringency. The taste is bready, somewhat biscuity pale malt, more booze-tinged apple, pear, and banana generic fruit bowl sweetness, sugary, floral field honey, active yeast bitterness, and a sidling, well-knowing, and sort of metallic edginess.

The bubbles are pretty well sublimated, barely a wisp of their initial splendour to be found at this mid point in the game, the body just on the lee side of a steady medium weight, and so-so smooth, the yeast and alcohol having their way right now. It finishes still on the sweet side, as things go, the caramel malt, additional sugars - alcohol and otherwise - kind of collaborating on the death knell (to me, at least) of this particular offering.

For the style, this does well enough, I suppose, providing a sweet, yeasty, and above all, boozy sort of experience. However, I am quite on the fence about such a plainly one-sided kind of deal - where be the hops, at least in the basest interest of balance? This comes off as an example of a beer that all the platitudes and pandering in the world wouldn't be able to deter those who think that it's actually all that good of an idea in the first place.

Jun 12, 2014
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FondueVoodoo from Canada (BC)

4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear deep gold and sudsy white head with plenty of lacing.

S: Yeasty bread, overripe bananas, butter, vanilla and hints of spices.

T: Sweet caramelized bananas together with smooth vanilla and yeast. Extremely smooth.

M: Thick, coating and chewy with very low carbonation.

O: Surprisingly smooth and thick, this beer works well with plenty of meals or as a sipper on its own. Definitely worth seeking out.

Aug 12, 2013
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-slightly hazy orange color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-caramel malt, fruit, some yeast, spices

T-tropical fruit, caramel malt, honey, bit of clove, yeast, bread

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent but a little too sweet for my tastes, otherwise nothing that stands out

Jul 15, 2013
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alexipa from Colorado

3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful orange with a bright white fluffy head that lines the glass.

S: Something is strange here. Some Belgian yeast scent but also a weird undertone as well. Another reviewer may have nailed it with likening it to olives. Not good.

T: Spicey Belgian yeast, cloves, and a strong malty back end. Some wheat flavors in there as well.

M: Full bodied but well carbonated. Fairly hot; I can definitely taste the full 7.5%.

O: This is one of those "meh" beers. It's good, I would probably drink it regularly if I had it on hand. It's certainly not great and not really worth seeking out.

May 23, 2013
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Haydn-Juby from Vermont

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 330ml bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy yellow/ orange with a thick 2.5 finger head. Retention was pretty nice and so was lacing as well.

S: Belgian yeast characters come through in the smell but there is also an olive like aroma that was rather off putting.

T: Coriander and cloves in small to moderate amounts.Belgian yeast esters are present .A little bit of a honey flavor and some very slight pear as well. Hop bitterness is low. Nothing was very bold in the taste and it was quiet balanced.

M: Bubbly feeling in the mouth and very smooth. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

O: It was a good beer but I've had better. Nothing astounding but it was nice to have one of. I got it as a gift too so I'm quiet content.Overall kind of boring for a Tripel and nothing really stood out for me .If you're looking for a great Tripel look elsewhere but this was a decent representation of the style.

Feb 24, 2013
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Cozzatoad from Italy

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Orangeish, cloudy. Big and thick foam, nice retention

S- Caramel and honey malts, very sweet with a candied sugar feel. Slight estery spiciness

T- Again very sweet though never over the top, notes of honey from the malts, a bit of a sugary feel. Fruity notes on the back of things (apple, maybe orange). Slight touch of bitterness in the finish

M- Medium body, a bit on the light side for a tripel, carbonation is quite lively. Alcohol is way too easily noticed expecially since 7.5%ABV is on the low side for a tripel. Things get worse if it warms too much

O- Enjoyable, but still mediocre, lots of better tripels out there

Jan 10, 2013
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Filosoof from Netherlands

3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the thinnest tripels I have ever had. I don't know the exact recipe, but it seems to me as if Lefebvre has used similar ingredients as in their great Barbar Honey Beer, but then with a bit worse quality. 4 times worse ingredients means 16 times worse beer....

L: the foams starts thick, but disappears quite quickly; the colour is clear, somewhat between gold and amber;
S: don't smell much, some candy sugar, some white bread;
T: quite sweet and thin, apple and banana, water, bread, lacking bitterishness; the same tiny sourness alcoholfree beers have;
M: overall it seems like lemonade with alcohol in it;
O: drinkable, for once.

Nov 18, 2012
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

2.87/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Slight Belgian spice notes up front with candy sugar and a lot of ester and yeast aromas. It's all kind of muted, though. Definitely not the best smelling beer out there.

T: Spices here as well followed by some candy sugar and then sweet ester and yeast flavors. The finish is a little bready but with a lingering sweetness.

M: Medium-light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is a little undercarbonated, but avoids being too thick feeling.

O: Not a very good tripel, overall. Not overly offensive, but far from good. It's a bit too estery and yeasty for me and lacks depth.

Aug 09, 2012
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Hoppsbabo from England

3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Floreffe dubel was very uninspiring but I'm still excited to see how this will turn out.

SMELL: Popping the cork and vinous yeastiness permeates the air around me, very nice. Reminds me of wine we made in test tubes in science class. I'm at a loss to describe a significant aroma which is not quite fruit and not quite flowers. I've seen pineapple mentioned in other reviews but I'm smelling something less organic.

APPEARANCE: Translucent amber body with delicate bubbles streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Massive foamy white head comprising bubbles of varying size. Lasts a good five minutes.

TASTE: Sour, yeasty & peppery like a Belgian pale ale only slightly more vinous. Very carbonated but in a classy Belgian way. Bread and pleasant sour yeast in the aftertaste. Cannot taste any alcohol whatsoever. Some apple. Complex, light and easy to drink. Quite foamy

OVERALL: Really nice beer, almost brilliant, and incredibly easy to drink at 7.5%. Right down my street and I can't wait to taste some of the higher rated tripels; I already have a load waiting for me back home.

Jun 25, 2012
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NightINgale from Russian Federation

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A - Definitely looks very nice! Pours a slightly cloudy amber body with a lava-lamp effect going on. Rich white head that sticks around pretty well. Nice lacing.

S - The aroma is not as impressive. Grain, slightly citrus notes, caramel and a little bit of spice.

T - Starts sweet and fairly fruity (apple, lemon, grapefruit, banana), with some caramel and bread. The finish has a nice hop bitterness and Belgian Candi sugary qualities to it.

M - Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated. It's got a nice creamy body but is a bit too boozy for a 7.5% beer, though, and becomes a little harder to swallow when it warms up.

O - This is a very decent tripel. Not the best, not the worst. Gives you an idea of what this beer style's got to offer and leaves you wanting a little more, perhaps.

Mar 30, 2012
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a 0.5l bottle of this (€3.50) at Brasserie Lamborelle in Bastogne on 27SEP11.

This Tripel was a muted golden color, with a touch of haze present. Carbo was steady, with a foamy, lasting off-white head, and nice lacing. Some candyish aromas come forth, along with a bit of tropical fruit. Medium in body, it was a bit light and airy going down.

Flavor was not overly pronounced, with some light tropical fruit and a touch of bitterness mixed in. It was a little bit rindy at the finsih, which was somewhat dry. Solid but unspectacular. Prosit!!

3.88 rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Oct 06, 2011
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flagmantho from Washington

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: dark orange hue with a very slightly hazy body with suspended floaties. Head is two fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Darker than I normally expect for a tripel, but still quite nice.

Smell: deep, rich malt aroma. Smell is good but it lacks any of the fruity complexity I like so much in tripels.

Taste: rich malt and a fair bit of alcohol, despite its somewhat low ABV for a tripel. I like the malt character, but without any complexity this beer is almost bland, I'm sorry to say.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a bit of an underwhelming tripel. I like it well enough, but it's just not complex enough to warrant seeking.

Oct 01, 2011
Abbaye De Floreffe Triple from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 204 ratings