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Leffe Tripel | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Leffe TripelLeffe Tripel

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

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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 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 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 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 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 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 kmpitz2
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half a 330 ml bottle. The brew is a light golden color with fairly good clarity. There is a massive carbonation that leads to a 4 finger ivory white head that falls to a finger over top. There is a nice spot of yeasties in the middle. The nose is really nice. I find some spicy yeast character that overlays a very sweet base of candied sugar and pilsener malt, with a touch of banana ester tossed in to round it out. It is blended really well. The flavor is interesting. I find it to be fairly metallic. Behind that, there is a mild candied sugar sweetness, with banana ester. There is a mild grassy hop that finishes a mild bitter and a touch astringent. The flavor feels lighter than the nose. The feel is moderate with a light carbonation. This one is okay. I think the aroma is working really well. The astringency in the flavor is a little off-putting. This is a decent

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Photo of safaricook
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blind Tasting Tripel Project of Fall 2015
Almost clear orange/golden body, Big white foam that dies fast though lots of carbonation
Pears and peppery phenols with the latter dominating most of the time, also vanilla and little booze
Fruity and malt sweet at first, dries out at the end with pepper and only little bitterness
fizzy and light on the palate, little abrasive
I prefer Tripel that have the phenols dominating over the fruity esters and this one is tilting the balance in that direction.
Perfectly executed, very nice Tripel. It is maybe a little sweet when it warms up but otherwise I like it a lot. I must admit that not rating this beer blind I would have probably given lower scores, this being a beer from an evil corporate brewer. This is a good example that we should keep an open mind and judge beer solely by its taste and not its maker

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: gold hazy color, nice head settling to thin layer, good lacing, little bubble streams apparent
s: smells lightly sweet (malts) and refreshing (coriander)
t: sweet malts, spices and bits of banana, quick bitter hop finish along with alcohol warmth -- doesn't linger too strong
m: heavy carbonation from start to finish, light to medium body at first then finished creamy
d: surprisingly pretty good tripel considering some of the other leffe beers i've had, pretty good balance of characteristics. enjoyed it.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry but this comment is in french :

Appearance : Blonde mordorée, limpide (sur lie), belle mousse blanche serrée, abondante. Saturation moyenne-faible.
Smell : Arôme malté-houblonné amer, parfum acre des levures.
Taste and mouthfeel : Saveur fruitée à peine douce, amertume aromatique, bouche pleine, équilibrée et savoureuse. Harmonie de rondeur et d'amertume parfumée.
Drinkability : une bonne bière de style triple

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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 TheBrewo
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours the color of pale golden orange. The head stands a finger high, and is composed of big white bubbles that disappear quickly. Little lacing is left as it goes. There is a full haze to the clarity of the brew, and particulates are noted throughout the glass. Carbonation looks light to medium. The aroma is wrought with clovey phenols and yeast. There is a little vanilla, and generous grain, but nothing sweet to really soften the edge. Faint orange and spice are detectable as well. As we sip a pleasing mix of malt and yeast hit the palate. The front, too, is actually sweetened a bit by a flash of sugary citrus. This lags through the middle where phenols crash in, bittering the flavor, with vanilla simultaneously softening things up far back at the base of the tongue. The finale is yeasty and metallic. These are muddled in a sea of malt, with peppery spice gluing everything together. The aftertaste breathes with cloves and phenols, and a touch of that same yeast. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The beer puts up quite a froth with each sip, and is creamy to the lips. The mouth is left dry by the finish. The abv is standard, and even a bit low for the style, but the beer drinks with simplicity.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the yeastiness. There were bold inclusions in the aroma and the taste, which for a tripel, were uncharacteristically bitter. This was not a bad thing, but there was some metallic flavoring in the finish that was less than desirable. This offering is clearly a tripel, and does not disappoint as an average for the style.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12oz bottle

A-Thin white head leaving small lacing over a hazy gold brew.

S-Sweet Belgian yeast scent

T-Nice, malty sweetness and that Belgian yeast banana-ish and alcohol tase. Nice layers pretty good.

M-Wow, the best part of this beer. Pillowy, pretty soft, prefect carb.

D-Pretty high for the ABV, good beer.

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Photo of adamette
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Leffe chalice clear glass at Cafe Leffe in the Sablon area of Brussels (down the street from my hotel) 6 28 09. Very cool place to have this beer!

A Opaque yellow brown body under a medium thick white head. About one inch. Nice look. The look is improved significantly by the glassware and the location.

S Grains, malt. Not easy to smell with wafts of smoke coming from the next door table of french people (all 6 of whom are smoking). enjoyed what I could smell of the beer though.

T Nice malt, grainy tripel very much reminds me of an Affligem tripel that I tasted just a few hours ago.

M Big Alcohol and grains but not as strong or big on the mouthfeel as other tripels.

D One and done for me with its bigness.

Notes: Nice to have at Cafe Leffe in Brussels!

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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 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 Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle brought from coolwines,golden colour, aroma of yeasts, fruity notes (berries) and some caramel, taste is much the same as the aroma not bad.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in its own chalice.

A: Pours a hazy golden "whity" color. Looks like a Weissbier. Head is bubbled and medium head. Medium to low retention. Many lacings

S: Quite malty and spicy upfront. Sweet and fruity. Citrus notes. Bit booze. Bready and earthy Belgian yeasts

T: Sweet upfront. Strong notes of sweet pale malts, honey, dry peaches and spices. Citrus notes. Balanced bittersweetness. Belgian bready and earthy yeasts.

M: Full bodied: creamy and molasses. Medium carbonation. Malty bittersweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Very decent triple

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Photo of dansmcd
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dull cloudy orange under a finger of bubbly head.

S - Quite mild estery tripel aroma, yeast, apple and grape.

T - Yeast, brett, champagne, orange, apple, pear and the slightest hint of smoke.

M - Spicy mouthful, highly carbonated, medium body.

O - Enjoyable for a tripel fan like myself but when Tripel Karmeliet is so widely available and tremendous you are better off with one of those.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leffe Tripel has a decent bright white head, and a pale, orange gold color. The body is quite hazy.

Aromas are of bubble gum and a powdery ester. I detect a slight hint of orange too.

Again for the bubble gum, it comes through in the taste, with a tart orange rind bite.

This feels a bit powdery and dry, and not very thirst quenching. Thiere is a warming effect, too.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a nice hazey honey colour with tight white head that retains well.

S - Nice spicey herbs, yeast and slightly sweet.

T - Lemon citrus and yeast are the dominant flavours, lttell bit of caramel, very spicey toward the finish with an alcohol kick. The sweetness balances out the malts nicely

M - Medium carbonation and body.

D - This is an underated Tripel IMO, It has the complexity that one desires when selecting this style.My favourite beer in the Leffe range.

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Photo of drmeto
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

-pours hazy amber with fairly long lasting beige head
-huge toffee,caramel,banana,spice,
-huge toffee,caramel,spice,slight banana plus vanilla,bready, finishes very sudden
-alcohol unnoticeable aside from warming,high carbonation,creamy
really good tripel

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