Abbaye De Floreffe Triple | Brasserie Lefèbvre SA

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
Belgium
brasserielefebvre.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
190
Reviews:
102
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.05%
 
 
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Ratings: 190 |  Reviews: 102
Photo of BelgianBeerChef
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tomesco
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of polloenfuego
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of DylanBrkhff
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Antyk
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sherillc
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AceTriple999
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of arlo19
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Dzu
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of safaricook
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
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 DannyBaldoni
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zet
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of Fusion7777
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giggy
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BobbyOlson
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rickus
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smithj4
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
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 Fabianno
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Abbaye De Floreffe Triple from Brasserie Lefèbvre SA
3.78 out of 5 based on 190 ratings.
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