Leffe Tripel | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3.85/5
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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
Ranking:
#11,832
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
265
pDev:
10.39%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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38
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84
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Photo of dansmcd
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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 brinch
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of bckayaalp
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Campodog
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of PeteRiz
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured chilled in ale glass on Superbowl Sunday

A: good head, carb; medium yellow color; nice lacing
S: apple, pear, yeast, belgian aroma
T: classic Belgian tripel; tastes boozy, but isn't terribly; cider, pear, sweet, not hoppy

overall, a really nice beer

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Photo of kja157
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of ThirstyTorpy
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ZorPrime
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow beer, quite dark almost amber. Veiled. Nice looking head on top of it, however it disappear quite too fast to my liking :). Nice aroma... fruity with some belgian yeast. Nice, and very inviting! Well balanced in the nose. On the taste, it is quite sugary with some fruity notes. Maybe too sugary for my liking. Very dry finish. Medium body. Carbonation is quite good and very well balanced.

A nice tripel that I would like to get my hands on it in Quebec. Drank this one during supper at Hotel New York in Rotterdam!

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Photo of Twal
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of cowineaux
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of RedFox
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Mar02x
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A white head, decent looking and then turns to fluffy quite quick. The fluid is clear and gold colored. No visible carbonatie.

S - A strong smell of pine and citrus.

T - A rather dry and solid taste of pine and citrus. This beer is more inbetween a triple and a DIPA. The grain tones make it just more a triple though.

M - A creamy sticky feeling comes direct after the medium carboantion has settled down. After swallowing the medium bitterness sets in.

O - A reasonable triple, not extraordinary though.

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Photo of supermeniscus
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of lesgo
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Evil_Pidde
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Beeronious07
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

it came as one of 4 beers in the gift pack that also includes two Leffe chalices. the price of the whole gift pack was 25.72 euro. served it at the temperature of 10 Celsius in the 330 milliliter chalice i got from the gift pack. best before date 22/07/12

A - even though there is none carbonation and i don't like the pale brown color, i totally loved the black grains visible when exposed to light.

S - all that my noobie nose can say is that the smell is fruity with a pinch of alcohol in the back.

T - some banana and apricots and thats it. mainly fruity like the smell, and also the intensity of it is like the smell, not very strong.

M - no carbonation at all. medium body and its hard to imagine that the ABV is 8.5.

after finishing the beer you don't even feel like u had it, instead like after a glass of apricot juice.

beerly yours,
beeronious07

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
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 kojevergas
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Leffe Tripel from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 265 ratings
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