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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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 198
Photo of josefnewsong
4.88/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best by date was Sep 2008 so who knows how old this sucker is...

A - Pours a coppery/amber/orange color with two fingers of big bubbly head that becomes frothy at the top (thick, like somewhere in between steamed milk and ice cream) and leaves a lot of lacing...sediment everywhere (that's how I like it)
S - old musty leathery yeasty smells
T - lightly fruity, big yeasty flavors, alcohol warmth, and definitely some sugary sweetness all over the place...tastes old and good
M - medium/big body (full for the style), sticky can chew on it
D - dangerously drinkable as a triple should be...I love this beer.

If you try this beer and you're not too impressed, try aging it a few years.

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Photo of nekronos
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just superb. It was the best of the three Floreffes I drank recently. NIce caoba dark colour and awesome head. This is a treause that for luck We got in the country. I liked it best. After drinking this one some others may be dissapointing. Must be drunk with a proper glass.

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Photo of lumpsowers
4.77/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber pour, big frothy head, serious lacing. Bready, spicy aroma. Complex, floral and spicy, sweet without being cloying. Fizzy carb with medium mouth. Acidic, not bitter, with cinnamon and caramel tones. Excellent! Aka Lefebvre Floreffe Triple

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
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.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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 JayQue
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Belgian experience!! Poured from a 750 ML caged and corked bottle into my trusty Chimay goblet. A light orange color, opaque, lots of sediment. The head is white, delicate, full of carbonation. Head retention is average...the medium sized head fades fast, but the covering at the top of the glass holds strong throughout. Lacing looks thick at first, top of the glass has a lot of lacing, but as you drink, the lacing is very delicate and spotty.

Smells good..yeasty, sweet, apples and pears and a bit of funk (like a ripe cheese).

Great Belgian taste, sweetness, funk, fruit, and richness.

Mouthfeel is rich and inviting, Any alcohol presence is the warming variety not the off-putting alcohol burn. I didn't notice that much alcohol presence at all.

Drinkability is good. I drank the whole bottle, am feeling the effects a bit but would gladly take more if it was offered. A nice Tripel.

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Photo of stcules
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
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 GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date code 20090322. I interpret best before March 22nd of next year.

Pops loudly and pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with HUGE head. The head is big, rocky, fluffy, and just plain out-of-this-world. Not only that but it sticks around forever! Even at the end of the glass there's a good 1/2" sitting there. Incredible lacing thickly coating the glass. It looks like liquid lemon meringue pie.

Aroma is a mix of lemons and spice. A nice unique yeast adds to the character.

Flavor is unusual too. Lots of citrus flavors, some black pepper spiciness, and a sour/dry finish. Very interesting from beginning to end.

Mouthfeel is good especially considering the amount of carbonation. It doesn't seem sharp or unpleasant in any way.

Drinkability is good but the spicy/sour flavors are battling my taste buds and winning. I wouldn't last more than two rounds.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a growler, its a 750 corked caged bottle.

Pours a hazy (yeast) medium yellow-orange. Huge silky head and nice lacing. Aroma of candy, malt and spice. Flavor of floreffe house yeast esters and sweet fruity candy, also some sprice from the hops, a light bitterness follows.

Quite a balanced ale, a little on the high end of the scale of triples when it comes to mouthfeel and perceived residual sweetness (FG).

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a slightly cloudy ruby-orange with a solid bone white foamy head that left a good film lacing. Visible carbonation was strong.

S: The nose was spicy, yeasty with some fresh bread, bananas, and coriander. There was some candi-sugar sweetness, cloves and alcohol phenols as well with a fresh flowery hopping.

T: starts with a nice grainy sweetness with light fruit notes (green apples). There was some coriander, cloves and fresh flowery citrus notes as well. Tart fruitiness with a slight acidity.

M: lively from the carbonation with a nice light graininess and a medium fullness.

D: A great tart and fruity drinking triple that finished dry, crisp and leaving you wanting more.

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Photo of tjd25
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Paddez
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured an orange brew with big foamy head.
The smell had something authentic, fresh, fruity & with some hints of flowers and malt.
The taste was nice too: woody, fruity (mainly banana) and complex.
Nice mouthfeel and excellent drinkabillity.

A very decent tripel and an excellent brew to pair with a cheese dish. recommended!

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Photo of droomyster
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a big and fluffy tan head. Smell has an interesting sour, almost vinegar-like quality to it; there is also the distinct aroma of pineapple (which I've never smelled in a beer before) and granny smith apples. Taste is reminscent of a caramel apple; strikes a nice balance between bitter and sweet. Very interesting. Its medium body is very swishable and allows you to draw out every sip and appreciate its complexity. Not the best tasting tripel in the world but certainly one of the more unique.

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Photo of albern
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice tripel, although a little on the tame side, and more like a Belgian blonde. The beer pours a slightly reddish orange with prodigious carbonation for the style. There is plenty of cloudiness and some yeasty bits about. The head was pretty modest and perhaps a bit disappointing. Not much lacing or retention. The smell is candied sugar malts, some fruity citrus, some bubblegum or berry like sweetness. The taste is full bodied, very typically Belgian in that you will get the full complement of candied sugar fermentation, coriander, rind, maybe a hint of pineapple, and some pepperishness in the finish. The alcohol is reasonably well hidden, although you'll detect it in the finish. The beer is pretty mild for a tripel but very good. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unseasonably spring-like weather has drawn me toward tripels, and since this was the last one at hand it was an easy choice. Back label reads "A Special Reserve Ale exclusively for the use of the Abbot and his guests." So how come I have one? I do not know this "Abbot".

Poured into the goblet with an abundant pillowy head with smooth rounded peaks and valleys. A burnt yellow/gold in color, with a mass exodus of bubbles feeding the head. Label mentions a "brown" color, which it really isn't.

Pretty much smells like the quintessential tripel. Spicy clove, crisp green apples, juicy pear, dusting of yeast. Yeah.

Flavor brings on big sweet fruits up front, some pepper, some lime, a flash of dirty yeast and then quickly into a spicy, pungent, sharp finish. Pretty dry, though the hotter spicy notes stick around awhile, as does a lingering sugar sweetness. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated with a balanced airy-but-not-light texture.

The cane sugar is noticeable but not at all dominant. I've had sweeter tripels that didn't use cane sugar. All in all, a substantial tripel that has its rewards.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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 allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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 HardTarget
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Beersignal
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Absumaster
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is clear, orange golden with a thick and stabile head and lots of carbonation.

Smell is very malty with a slight huskiness and some flowery notes. Hop aroma was subtle, but hoppy.

Taste is a fine combination of malts and hops, with the latter being flowery and spicy. The yeast gives a nice profile and there is probably some coriander in here. Aftertaste is very short and when swallowed taste is quickly gone, so I had to take some points off for drinkability.
One of the better Belgian tripels, I don't know why this isn't reviewed more often.

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Photo of BWH3
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 750mL bottle into a Goblet

A: Pours a nice thick white head. Very effervescent. Golden and hazy. I bit darker and hazier than most.

S: Sweet and a bit spicy. Aroma is bread, honey, and banana rolled into one.

T: The other light fruits of pear and fresh apple come through. The great malt backbone is still there. A slight floral and mineral bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavy for a Tripel. Great carbonation. Above average head retention for the style.

D: Overall, moderately complex Tripel that is well balanced and extremely enjoyable drink. I have tried 2 beers from this brewer and find them to be an unheard of and under appreciated brewer.

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Photo of Smakawhat
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.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the way a triple should look in my eyes. Beautifull great snowwhite head. Totaly clear and shiny bronze colour makes the appearance almost perfect.
Smell is mostly banana but with some malt and spice mixed in alcohol. Very fresh and fruity. So is the taste; full malty, fruity and extrafresh from the carbonisation thats high. Aftertaste is a bitterness of a good quality but could be litle more. Good beer though.

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Photo of greybeardloon
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before January 18, 2013.

A: Dark, somewhat hazy orange. Huge, fluffy head, thick strips of lacing.

S: Spicy and yeasty with banana and maybe some lemon.

T: Yeasty flavors, a splash of pineapple juice. Sugary without being too sweet. There's a slight hop bitterness. Peachy in the way that sauvignon blanc can have peach notes. Some booze, but not much. There's something "soft" about the flavor (in a good way.)

M: Fluffy and spritzy.

O: Maybe it was the 11.2 oz bottle, but this beer disappeared awfully quickly. A well-made beer.

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Abbaye De Floreffe Triple from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 198 ratings