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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
259
Reviews:
99
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
77
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Ratings: 259 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of spycow
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale golden yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down a bit but never completely faded away, consistently leaving a puffy thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with notes of cloves and hints of yeast.
T: The overall taste is similar to the smell, except that the yeast flavors are a little more prominent and there are faint hints of bananas.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some notes of dryness towards the finish.
O: This beer tastes a bit strong but manages to hide its alcohol rather well. It's not as fruity and alcoholic compared to some other triples.

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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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pour is a bit darker than usuall for this style, hazy deep golden. The white head is smaller than others in thes style, airy and light. Dissipates quickly into faint lacings.

S: Sour yeasty notes. Sweet malt and some wheat. Lots of citric fruits.

T: Sweet malt, seams a bit dark. Dark dried fruits, but even more fresh fruits: bananas (hence the wheat), oranges and some faint grapefruit. Yeast and spices.

M: Long lovely sour, sweet bitter aftertaste - very complex. Body is full and carbonation medium.

O: A nice beer, but not very exciing as a tripel.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wl0307
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the Sainsbury's supermarket, during its sale on Belgian bottled beers. 8.5%abv., served chilled in a broad-rimmed goblet. BB 15/03/07.

A: pours a cloudy, pale orangey hue, with chuncks and bits of yeast sediments swimming in it--due to chill-haze I reckon. A pretty thin and fluffy beer head dissipates fast. I suspect chilling this beer outdoors at just about 2 centigrade hasn't done any good to the presentation of this beer--my mistake.
S: sweet fruity and yeasty aroma prevails upfront--orange, mango, faintly banana, fresh sugar-cane juice, aromatic yeastiness, a bit of wheats and thin-bodied, sweetish pale malts, with a faint but noticeable entry of noble hops at the back... Not particularly complex for a Tripel, but quite pleasant.
T: banana and clove-ish yeasty upfront, underlining a bready maltiness which comes soft and light but is also backed by candy-sugar, Chinese green bean paste, and a light-weight but increasingly bitter-sweet aftertaste mixing vertically spicy yeasts (clove, wood, and faintly nutmeg) and restrained bready+corn-ish maltiness. I like the lingering spicy-bitter aftertaste, which makes the otherwise pretty mild Tripel all the more interesting.
M&D: lively mouthfeel on top of a semi-light body, this Tripel is very approachable and surprisingly balanced. I've had this beer only once before, purchased in a Belgian supermarket in Leuven, and that bottle was poured rather carefully and clear. Somehow, this time round the "disturbed" bottle has presented me with a nectar more impressive with more depth~~ The floating yeast-sediments make all the difference I suppose, and surely it is much much better than Leffe's other dull beers. Not bad.

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Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dark gold with sticky froth. 4
Grainy nose with some Juicyfruit and pencil erasers. 3.75
Baguette with honey, some pear, rosemary, candy sugar, and marshmallow end. 3.75
Medium, low fizz, round. 4

Signature Leffe bubblegum. Not quite lean enough for a tripel, missing the pepper, and too sweet. Simple and easy. 3.75

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Photo of ovaltine
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color, mountainous creamy off white head and oodles of fine lace to coat the glass. Aroma of fresh fruit, malts, citrus, as the start is malt sweet, the top reedy, the finish is poignantly hopped, zestfully carbonated, droughty long lasting aftertaste. A bit of a "belly" warmer” from the high ABV, a good triple, not the best, but certainly not the worst I've tried, and well worth a sample.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a large fading head.
Nose shows doughy yeast, faint honey and lots of butterscotch.
Big doughy characters dominate the flavours followed by more honey and some booze. Overly sweet.
Nice moderately high carbonation helps with that though.

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Photo of samEBC
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Jeffo
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the bottle shop on my street.

From a bottle into a Leffe Chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2 finger medium-thick white head with decent retention. Lots of carbonation evident. Colour is a nice amber or golden poppy yellow / orange colour. Head settles to a decent thick cap and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Good looking for sure.

SMELL: A strong cool nose of toasted and wheat malt. Spicy elements as well, cloves for sure and perhaps some coriander. A bit of citrus in the back. Reminds me of a milder weizenbock nose. Enticing.

TASTE: Toasted and wheat malt with some clove and coriander again, much like the nose. A touch of spicy alcohol there as well. A slightly bitter hop and sweet malt finish. Aftertaste is too short lived, but pleasant for sure. Again, slightly weizenbock like. Enjoyable.

PALATE: Full body with medium carbonation. Thick and heavy on the palate, goes down creamy smooth with a slight bite at the end to remind you it's a triple. Finishes slightly dry on the palate. Good feel.

OVERALL: One of the better triples I've had. An enjoyable and drinkable treat, this one is perhaps overlooked somewhat because it's so readily available here in Holland. Reminds me somewhat of a weizenbock as well. This is one I'll certainly pick up again when I'm in the mood for something with a punch.

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Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: I bought this last year and decided to see how good it could be with a little nurturing. Mine poured a darder, golden color that was very hazy. It had a good strong head on it. The aroma is fairly common for this type, with a bready, yeasty start and a bit of banana and clove in it. A hint of some spiciness also. It is a bit weaker in strengh than some of the others of this type. The taste is quite smooth. Bready, with a bit of banana and clove to the taste. A touch lighter than expected. I think that ageing didn’t have any real impact on the flavor, except for maybe taking a bit of the rough edges off of it.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a golden yellow / orange colour with a slight cloudiness... White head poured big and foamy and faded to a thin layer...

Aroma - Spicy, orange and banana notes, sugary, light maltiness, some spicy hops, light peppery notes, noticable alcohol...

Taste – Sweet maltiness, bready, spicy and peppery, nice hop bitterness, floral, orange hints...

Feel - Quite smooth. Medium body... Pretty drinkable...

Overall - A suprisingly good beer.... recommended...

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Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.

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Leffe Tripel from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.86 out of 5 based on 259 ratings.
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