Leffe Tripel | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium
abbaye-de-leffe.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
261
Reviews:
100
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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Photo of PeteRiz
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of VierBier
2.73/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Jopen goblet for better head retention. Nice two cm off white head over a dark yellow, very hazy beer.

The aroma is unpleasantly sweet, not the smell of fruit or chocolate, but of synthetic sweeteners. Luckily there is a whiff a spice too.

Taste is a bit yeasty, but again the sweeteners spoil it.

Nothing wrong with the mouthfeel: full bodied with just the right level of carbonation.

Overall not a bad beer if you like your tripels sweet. Personally I prefer more hoppy, yeasty varieties.

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Photo of benfons
2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy blond color decent dense head, apparently i should have poured it more carefully a lot of fragments are floating around;

S: rather sweet, grains, apricots, pineapple

T: not delivering on the promise of the nose, some hoppiness, but mainly something soapy overpowering other things.

M: Good thickness good abv but the soapiness bothers

O: this one wasn't great, altough i think that i might have had a bad bottle

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Photo of HalfFull
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml. bottle poured into a chalice. This Tripel pours a clear golden with half an inch of white cap. Show average retention and lace.

Aroma of light Belgian yeast notes. Subtle and quite subdued.

Decent malt flavor but more of a BPA than a Tripel in nature. Offers a coarse pils character and dryness, along with an interesting and perhaps at odds creaminess to the feel of the beer. Lacks finesse and complexity to be blunt. Simple yet masks the ABV fairly well.

Feel does offer a bit of character but is limited by a certain faux spice character to the finish. Overall not rating too high for a Tripel but still a ale. Yeast notes are a bit too subtle to generate any enthusiasm.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The sweet smell of alcohol is also present in the nose, although in this beer, it is more smoky and more spicy. The taste is quite spicy and mostly spicy, especially with touches of pepper. This is still drinkable, despite the detectable presence of alcohol, because the body remains soft. The aftertaste is too spicy and alcohol just to mingle to give a tangy finish. Probably the richest flavors from the Leffe brewery (AB InBev) but not the most drinkable.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of desint
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Hultkrantz
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Appearance – Cloudy like the dregs of a Duvel with a decent head that although not long lasting leaves good lacing.

Smell – This one has a sweeter nose than the brun but not as sweet as the blond.

Taste – A light hint of caramel hits you on the first nip but becomes less and less obvious with each sip. The malt becomes more obvious with each mouthful as does a taste of sugar which is nice in its own way but to be honest I could not drink a lot of this one, purely because it seems to get sweeter and stronger with each mouthful, to some that is a good thing but not entirely to my own pallet, But probably representative of the style.

Mouthfeel – Medium body but still a little thinner in the mouth than I expected.

Overall – I guess my taste comments say it all. This is a decent brew and more than passable, if you like the style then this beer will undoubtedly please you but probably not excite you.

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Photo of PierreBrun
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of paterlodie
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of pensinck
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of MaevaS
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of sbauer
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 33cl bottle.

A: Golden yellow. Slightly cloudy with some yeast chunks. Minimal lacing and head.

S: Green apple, butter, quince.

T: Crisp, straw malts, lemon citrus. Belgian yeast esters and alcohol burn. Mostly dry. Gentle hop bitters.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated.

O: An interesting aroma, but the taste falls flat without much to go off. Somewhat refreshing, but not terribly interesting.

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Photo of byronic
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Sspeer1
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Oliver
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Necronomad
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Jah_Json
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of hawkon
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap served into stemware in Ghent, Belgium. Courtesy of Herman. Best before date is August, 2008. Reviewed live.

A: One finger of slight cream, thin, and of very poor retention even considering the high ABV. Floating yeast particles abound. Copper colour, nontransparent but not solid.

Sm: Alcohol, caramelized malt, light fruit esters, lingering fermented brewer's sugar, light pleasant yeast, and maybe even some floral tones. A moderate strength scent.

T: The notes from the nose are present but very limited. The barley comes through aided by the malt and tinges of floral and slight fruit esters. Complex yet restrained. Brewer's sugar lends a slightly unwelcome sweetness just before the climax. Some tobacco notes. Not bold, but pretty well constructed.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Doesn't quite match the flavours of the body, but it tries. Par for the style, just not for the beer.

Dr: High ABV, very drinkable for the ABV, but average quality. I imagine the price is a bit high, but it was shared by a friend so I don't know.

***
04.03.2016 2nd impressions:

33cl bottle from the supermarket in Rotterdam.

~1cm white cap. Translucent semitransparent copper body. Vibrant. Head retention is okay - ~1.5 minutes.

Aroma is Belgian yeast (with some subtle spiciness), Belgian pale malt, fruity esters. Honey. Maybe clove.

Taste follows the aroma in terms of a malt emphasis...Belgian pale malt, blonde malts, accompanying sweetness. Belgian abbey yeast brings a bit of spiciness into the fold, though only clove is distinct. Honey-like sweetness. Minimal hop character (to style). I love that it isn't boozy like many poor tripel style beers. Mild fruity esters. A blip of orange peel - maybe even candied orange peel. It's sweet for a tripel; I crave more of a pungent spiciness from the yeast. Attenuation could be better; was Trappist yeast used, or a less active yeast?

It's not imbalanced, just unbalanced. The build is simplistic for a Trappist beer of any type, but it's not plain or dull. Depth of flavour could be better. Flavour duration and intensity are average.

Mouthfeel isn't hot or boozy (thankfully), but it isn't soft or fragile either (to its detriment). Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, a bit too coarse and dry (parching the palate). There's plenty of room for improvement.

In summary, this big beer backed tripel isn't a bad offering in its style, but discerning drinkers expect better from Belgian breweries. Benelux is lucky this is a supermarket beer, but then with Westmalle, La Trappe, et al. available on the same supermarket shelf (often right next to it), why reach for this? The price is about right, but there are far better tripel style beers available even more widely.

Low B- (3.32) / WORTHY

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Photo of RuudJH
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leffe is a beer widely available.
When a large brewery like this makes a triple, I expect it to be extra interesting.

It has a golden colour, with lots of floaty bits in it, but hardly any carbonation. Good head, good lacing.
Smells and tastes of bread, hops, cloves. also quite fruitysweet for the style. Overall it's a bit boring though.
Mouthfeel is watery for a 8.5% abv.. The bubbles are sorely missed.

I've had plenty of triples that are way more complex than this. It's not too disappointing, but the brewer should try a little harder.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Leffe Tripel from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.86 out of 5 based on 261 ratings.
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