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Abbaye De Floreffe Triple | Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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Abbaye De Floreffe TripleAbbaye De Floreffe Triple

Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 104
Reviews by Douglas14:
Photo of Douglas14
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice, slightly hazy yellow color with a little bit of a brown hue to it. It has a nice thick head that leaves a lot of lace and keeps a good 1/8 inch layer above the beer. The nose is very earthy and sugary...maybe even some hints of woods. The taste follows the aroma very well: sweet fruits, yeast, and dough come in to compliment the earthy tones that are present. It has a nice mouthfeel and finishes excellent. Definitely a great tripel...nothing over the top, yet still full of spicey and flavorful characteristics.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five+ finger white head that fades slowly, leaving a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet almost honey nose. Flavor is almost sweet, with spicy yeast finish. $3.70 for a 11.2oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle seems a month or two past "best before" date of 20090406.
Aroma is most notably pils malt base with very limited spice, phenols, sweetness or alcohol. Not typically what I'd expect.
Moderate frothy head that is patient in it's time to settle. Quite cloudy in it's atypical darker color that is much closer to amber than yellow or gold. Fair amount of sediment floating around and ample bubbles rising.
Flavors show greater diversity of experiences. Base of pils still noted, but showing display of sweetness and mild spice with some warming of alcohol. The sweetness is quite appealing with a candy/sugary nature. Takes on a bit of caramel flavors in time as well that are kinda' nice.
Nicely carbonated with a light and frothy foam that fills the mouth with each drink and allows, no insists, on a slower drinking experience. A more moderate body is hidden by the effervescent quality.
Because of the feel this drinks pretty well. Flavors are incomplete and too subdued, but what's there is fine enough. Seems a tad old with a heaviness of the malt probably not noted when fresh.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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


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Photo of Suds
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tripel pours with a slightly hazy golden color and a brilliant white head. It's a great looking brew, and one that really gives you an invitation to drink it. The smell, however, is one of the only soft points in the beer. It's a little musty, with a touch of alcohol, pale malt, and gassiness. Not spectacular, for sure. The flavor is more on-target, with a solid bitterness, yeast, esters, a pepperiness, some serious warmth, and a great dryness. The flavor lingers into a long aftertaste. Medium body, with serious carbonation. Dovetails nicely with the spicy and warm components. Nice drinkability too. This is a solidly good Tripel.

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Photo of stcules
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

White and rich hat of foam, compact, but not very linger. Golden colour, with orange reflexes.
The smell is spettacular: very fresh, with field flower, orange flower, honey, quite fruity too, with chewingum notes and some syrup (strawberry? tamarind?).
Taste fruity, orange peel, citron, with a lasting sensation of freshness.
Medium body, good persistence of the aftertaste, with honey, friuts and light notesd of bitter.

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Photo of bditty187
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, peachy-gold in hue, off-white head, at the apex the head was a half finger tall. The bubbles fell quickly to a soapy, thick cap that had decent staying power. Unorganized but noteworthy lacing. Overall, the appearance is attractive in a "plain Jane" kind of way.

Soft, buttery nose with hints of caramel apples, lemon, and cloves; not much hops for a Triple and it was only vaguely malty. The nose is disappointedly simple; it doesn't smell like a Triple should, IMO. Moderate-low potency; decent nose... the fruitiness grew on me over time but I needed more hops to add some depth. The alcohol is hidden. Really, the nose is just okay.

Fruity, buttery-caramely palate, sweet throughout until the aftertaste (it dries out a tickle). Like the nose the palate is simple but still likable; the flavors kind of remind me of a beer like Triple Moine. I'd like more hops, more biscuit/cracker maltiness, and more pizzazz. Like I've said, decent palate... good in the moment but forgettable.

Medium in body, creamy, smooth carbonation; the mouthfeel does work well with this beer.

Drinkable. Pleasant. But forgettable. This review is from notes. I just didn't have much to say as the beer didn't say much to me. One thing this beer has going for it as it sells for less than $7 for a 750ml. It is a value beer and worth a purchase. Compared to other Triples it falls short. Purchased in Omaha.

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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour an opalescent orange color, off white head that is impressive is size, foamy in it consistency, and sheets of fine lace to coat the glass. Nose is sweet, banana like, malts, quite pleasant. Front is malt sweet, the top skinny; the finish is potently acidic, passively hopped, with a dry as a bone aftertaste that lingers on. Much better than the "Blonde", more sting to this beer, more flavors to please the palate, and well worth the sample.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Floreffe Tripel
Ale Brewed with Cane Sugar, 750 ml, caged & corked. 7.5% abv.
A Special Reserve Ale exclusively for the use of the abbot and his guests. A rich brown beer seasoned with can sugar, secondary fermentation in this bottle, based on the brewing tradition of Floreffe Abbey, founded in 1121.

Poured into a small Tripel Karmeliet glass.

Hazed golden/orange appearance, high and mighty head, lacey, bone white, with fierce carbonation. Never-ending streams along the glass, racing up to meet the foam.

Lemon and orange hits the nose first. then spice. light, bright, and creamy. Nice.

More citrus in the taste, spices ridge the senses, just ride along the tongue. Light bodied, sweetness defining the flavor. Not too much complexity, but an abundance of delightful sugary sweetness. If that's what you like, this'll turn your crank. I need something a little extra.
This would bring joy to many, easy-drinking, light, reminds me of a fruitier white wine, perhaps, would go great with food, makes a nice chaser.
But it's not what I want now, not tonight, doesn't tickle those places I like to have tickled...personally, that means hops or booze or big, splashy malt...not just cane sugar.

I'll finish this, soon enough...but my tongue will be aching for something else.

Don't let this report stop you from trying it. Results may vary, and, as I said, makes a great food chaser, delightul, if simple. And not a bad price. Got mine on sale for $6.50 if you can believe it.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

orange brew with a decent head. malty/sweet nose that was very appealing. the first sip was of malt and an alcohol bite. the strong flavours of banana and clove in this beer are reminiscent of those found in a good bottle of schneider weisse, possibly even more so. dry finish. very enjoyable.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A muck filled deep hallowed orange color, lots of stuff in it. Tall white capping of soft fuzzy foma that creams to a heavy skim always present. Lacing ties itself in tiny knots and flecks of spottyness across the glass.

Aroma is big with fruits and candy sweet sugars that speaks to a largely dulled lemon candy with some notions to pear, apple, and apricot. Semi spritzy and spicy with yeast and floral hops.

Taste is genuinely sweet and deep with candied sugar and fruits. Moderate length, could have more to it in length but it developes a strong character of tender malts and sweetness among its candied fruityness. Notions of apricot are the main course with slimming apple skin notes and some green raisin and pear. Very slight dryness of fruit skins, yeast, and hop dustings appear as it warms into the finishing areas.

Body is about medium with a solid tone that slips right in and keeps an occupied fullness for the most part of its sweeter maltyness. Warmth and light spicy yeast and dryness keep an interesting float of impact in its finish.

A pretty nice Tripel. The sugar cane used in the brewing makes for a pretty solid addititon to its malt body and sweeter, candified side of its nature. Quite drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Corked and caged 750 ml brown bottle. Notes cane sugar, secondary bottle fermentation, 7,5% abv., and a best by 20081025 (sampled 20070413).

Aroma: Sharp alcoholic edge spiced with white pepper and light malt.

Appearance: While described on the bottle as brown, it’s hard to call it darker than amber, and then a light amber. Excellent clarity and a full finger of tightey whitey head that dropped another finger of thick sprayed on foam of lace above it before the first sip.
Looks drop dead gorgeous.

Flavor: Nice triple profile. Some mild candy at first, mild yeast driven peppery spice in the middle, and a long creamy finish. Flavors are mild and well blended. Alcohol is felt but not tasted, and there is just a hint of lemon peel in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy texture, soft carbonation, mild chew in a full body.

Overall Impression: Wow. A very solid Belgian Tripel. The only ding I can give it is that it’s a bit too mild. Some more fruit notes would be appreciated, but for what it is, it’s a great beer.
Glad to see this one in Texas. Recommended!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light amber/yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of fruit and ester is quite enjoyable with a light spice mix. Taste is a mix between some spices, floral malt and some wheat. Body is a bit thin and alcohol is slightly burning but nothing out of control. I would say hat this tripel is above the middle of the pack but not part of the greatest of the style.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.05/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was rather unimpressed by this beer, which came as a surprise as I had it immediately after enjoying the Lefebvre Floreffe Brown, which I enjoyed a great deal. This beer seemed to have a yeasty mustiness to it, rather than the sweet champagne-like qualities I've come to expect from tripels. It wasn't rancid or undrinkable, it was just hardly terrific.

Appearance was a cloudy straw color with lots of yeasty sediment which never really settled out. I'm not really a sediment-friendly type of drinker, so I usually try to decant effectively...my efforts were futile in this particular case. Aroma was a bit musty and stale. Flavor was very yeasty, and also musty. Not enjoyable. Mouthfeel was unremarkable, but almost irrelevant due to lackluster flavor.

I would not recommend this beer. I had this bottle at the Palm Tavern in the Bayview neighborhood of Milwaukee.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle purchased in a beer store in La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium...

Pours a hazy gold with a billowing snow-white head. Smell is quite sweet and fruity (pears and citrus) with some light sweet spice.

Alcohol is quite evident in the mouth, a strong malty sweetness and a fruitiness (pear and green apple). Even with the great sweetness and the very present alcohol, there is a softness in the mouth with a fairly clean finish and not a lot in the way of aftertaste.

Something doesn't mesh quite right but it's not bad at all...

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Photo of tjd25
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Exuberantly foamy head, wonderful aggregation of tiny bubbles which create a silky and creamy white glittering top to the nicely hazy orange peachy body. The head doesn’t seem to be fading, ever.

The smell reveals a very enjoyable dry fruity and yeasty character that makes a triple a triple. Notes of lime combine with dry straw and a sweet candy-like floral aspect; a round orange-grapefruit citric character appears also with some baking notes of yeast, yogurt and banana.

The taste appears more aggressive than one could expect after the extremely enjoyable smoothness of both the appearance and the smell. The yeasty notes of a baked yogurt cake show more acidity, and the whole citric experience seems to be reinforced, with a juicy lemony and grapefruity character that gets almost mouth puckering. The dry straw of the smell converts itself in a dry and almost sour wooden impression that has some robustness. Definitely some hefe weizen similarities also, with a pronounced emphasis on citrus. This would probably be more enjoyed paired with some food than when standing on its own.

The mouthfeel is very light and aired yet not thin. Very creamy and smooth, thanks to an everlasting head, it takes some cherry and wood sour and solid aspect after a while, getting slightly chewy in the mouth, with an overall feeling reminiscent of a Flemish red ale.

Refreshing and highly drinkable, this is a very interesting tripel, with definitely outstanding appearance and smell, that’s only flaw is to be a bit too much on the tart citric side for my taste. But definitely worth a try, and more.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly yeasty tangerine with a spunky sparkle brought about by a generous number of rapidly rising bubble streams. Most tripels aren't this dark (i.e. orange), which makes me wonder about the malt bill. The bone colored cap is large and firm, then becomes softly rocky as it melts. Small spots of suds look like Morse code lace.

The aroma is appropriately tripel-like, although it isn't a humdinger. It smells like something other than the standard five ingredients were used (candi sugar is the fifth). Good-great tripels don't need spices. Let's see how it all plays out on the palate.

Floreffe Triple-Tripel (the label covers both bases) is actually a pretty good version. That said, it's still going to come down to 3.5 versus 4.0 for the all-important flavor score. Hmmm, I wonder if it's coriander... which I usually like in otherwise well-brewed beer.

There just a hint of caramel, which isn't a deal-breaker. Any more and it would be, though. An apricot and peach fruitiness is apparent, as is a little grassy hoppiness. Malt sugars and candi sugar are nicely offset by bitterness and spiciness. What the hell, this is pretty tasty beer in the end.

Even though the mouthfeel isn't the most luxurious that I've ever encountered, it has the expansive light creaminess that all good Belgian ales possess. American brewers could learn a thing or three from that country with respect to mouthfeel and carbonation.

Floreffe Triple-Tripel and Floreffe Prima Melior (a BSDA) are both solid versions of their respective styles. Just because better Belgians are available doesn't mean these ales aren't worth a look. I consider $3.89 for 330 ml money well-spent.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange with lots of creamy head. Marvellous fruity yeasty aroma with candi, malt, and hops. Good mouthfeel and spices, very drinkable, partcularly with reasonable ABV. Zesty and full mouthfeel, slightly above average carbonation. Somewhat drying finish.
Had this a second time a year later and is it my cellaring. Drying there, spiciness, just all together only an average Belg.
Averaged the two.

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Photo of Billolick
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked with best before dating on rear label. Pours clear darkish, golden amber, under a super impressive light tan head. head shows loft and puffy softness, then merange, world class/excellent retention, all kinds of lacing, lots of bubbles continue to rise to the top. Very nice. Peppery, powdered sugar and yeasty nose. Tasty tripel, lots of pepper, citric fruit and warming alcohol and spice. Not as complex as other tripels, but definatly well worth a try.

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Photo of Beersignal
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new offering at the SAQ that was more than welcome after many years of drout.

A gentle pour yields a golden slightly veiled beer with a monstrous and fluffy stark white head. The retention is phenomenal and huge clumps of lace garnish the sides of the glass to the bottom. Random patterns of bubbles rise slowly to feed the cap of foam and keep it from fading.

Aromas are classic belgian with huge notes of malt and hops up front surrounded by spices, fruit, and candied sugar. Hints of leaven bread surface throughout the aromas and add a touch of tartness... barely perceptible, but adds to the complexity.

The first sip yields a much drier brew than I was expecting, with a gentle maltiness initially that gives way to a peppery hop bitterness. Through the malt and hops you can detect notes of citrus fruit and sourdough bread that fade into a resiny bitterness and a long piney aftertaste.

Pleasant and much more drinkable than I was hoping for, a bomber makes a rather tall nightcap for one drinker, but it is manageable.


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Photo of mobyfann
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $4.99 for a four-pack at Jungle Jim's International Market...

The beer pours a hazy colored base with a moderate sized white head, very long head retention and limited lacing on the glass. The aroma is a wild mix of yeast, lemon, mild hops, bananas and alcohol... very creative.

Low carbonation and medium bodied, well-blended mix of lemons and yeast coupled with a creamy head; very sweet aftertaste. Feels good in the mouth with a smooth delivery and at 7.5% abv with the only hint of alcohol in the smell... well, it's a very well-rounded brew!

Final Thought: Floreffe provides us a fine example of a creative Belgian tripel.

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris and Kyoko for cracking this one open during a nice evening on the patio.

Pours a slightly hazy, amber/orange colour, small white head forms, very bubbly, lace spots, good retention, solid collar. Smell is caramel, alcohol, bread, banana and clove, almost weissbier like, citrus zest, sweet and malty, very nice. Taste is wheat, caramel, banana and clove, yeast, some alcohol, spicy, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, very pleasant tripel, very well done. Thanks C&K!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a Chalice)

A- This beer has an apricot colored body with a thick creamy head of nice bit of lacing after each sip. There is a sea of tiny bubbles that glide around the body.

S- This beer has a soft candy sugar note to it with a nice green note at the finish.

T- There is a soft sweetness at the beginning that has a light fruity quality to it with a dry pear note to follow. There is a nice bitterness at the finish with a faint tangerine zest to the hop hint. There is a carbonic acid note that is part of the bitterness hint.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a faint alcohol heat that comes through as the beer warms.

D- This beer has a smooth soft flavor with some sweetness and some bitterness that balance nicely. This is a well built beer with not a lot of interests.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into an Abbaye du Val-Dieu glass (big, wide-mouthed chalice). It is slightly hazy dark gold, with a solid inch of foam atop it. Aroma is initially grainy malt with some grassy hops. I didn't detect any fruitiness when I first sniffed it right after it was poured, but about a minute later it has a pleasant apple-vanila scent. Flavor has grainy, well-attenuated malt taste--unusual for a tripel. Nice hoppy bitterness with a powdery, grassy hop flavor. Finish is dry. Fairly light bodied.

Not a big complex Triple, but light and tasty enough to be very enjoyable.

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Abbaye De Floreffe Triple from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 197 ratings