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

ABV 8,5%
Bottle of 300 ml. At home, poyred into my Chimay chalice.
This beer has a honey liked colour, very hazy. One finger of off-white head that quickly was reduced into just a thin layer on the beer's surface. leaving heavy lacing behind.
An amazing strong aroma of dark fruits, plums mostly, and some banana and apricot notes.
The taste is sweet with the fruity notes much more noticeable. It leaves a nice bitterness behind. Unfortunately it also had a slight metallic taste, but maybe it's just my bottle, since I had it a couple of times before and I don't remember it having it. 4
Rich and full body, average carbonation. The alcohol certainly distinguishable, if not at first, certainly when the beer starts to warm up a bit. Dry on the palate.
A really great beer.

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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 Arithmeticus
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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 ZorPrime
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Mar02x
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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 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 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 Beeronious07
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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,

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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 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 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 rvdoorn
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: poured a hazy gold color with a nice stable white head.
Smell: banana, vanilla, orange and spicy clove.
Taste: sweet, nutty, malty, hoppy and fruity with orange peelings and some yeast
Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, quite cripsy
Overall: nice tripel

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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 philphilphil
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

very leffe. Similarish too the blonde.
Appearance is cloudy with 23 inch thick head.
Smell is tripel typical,
Taste is like eveey other leffe, which is good.
Mouthfeel is thickish with about correct carbonation.
Drinkability is only restriceted by price.

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Photo of Ashmada
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A oft-consumed social beer for me.

L: Murky golden color, medium head with good lacing, with a somewhat mesmerising body.

S: Very yeasty smell with traces of spices and fruit.

T: Starts with slightly sweet malt follows with spicy and citrusy hints and ends in bitterness.
The alcohol does shine through, but isn't overpowering.

M: Creamy, medium-bodied mouthfeel.

D: If time permits (this is not a beer you quaff down in a matter of seconds), I'll almost always have a second... but rarely a third, owing to the 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 75cl bottle into a chalice.
Note: This bottle is actually rated at 8.5% rather than the 8.1% listed above.

A - Very dark murky/honey colour. Nice finger of head.

S - Malt and breads. Hint of honey as well.

T - Very creamy, not just from the head but the main body of the beer as well. The smoothness continues and partially masks the rest of the flavours. Little bit of bite & spiciness but again is mainly hidden by the cream.

M - As mentioned above very smooth, but a bit lacking in character otherwise.

D - Easy to drink but a bit like an inflated version of the blonde.

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Photo of akenethon
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: orange-golden color, persistent foam, some settlement on the bottom.
S: smokey, malty smell with hint of fruit(apricot)
T: malty yet refreshing, slightly sweet. could be a little more aromatic. slightly bitter, medicine herb-like aftertaste.
M: somewhat sour, and fresh for its style. it feels lighter than its alcohol content
D:It's a good beer, I like the malty taste and the herbal aftertaste that hits right ather you swallow it, but mouthfeel is kinda weak.

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Photo of Ior
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

25 cl bottle from a six-pack purchased at the local supermarket, poured into a wine glass.

Hazy golden colour. Off-white head with decent retention. Some lacing.

Honey dominates the nose. There are spices and citrus as well. Quite complex. Similar to a belgian wit, but sweeter.

Citrus, honey, spices and yeast are present in the taste. Drier than suggested by the smell. Some grainy notes perhaps. Alcohol barely noticable. Dry, short, yeasty finish that makes you want to take another sip. I suspect this would go excellent with food.

Medium mouthfeel, lively carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable

A nice surprise considering that I'm not a big fan of the regular Leffe blond. Perhaps I'll have another...

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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 BoitSansSoif
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB Dec 10, 2011
A-Hazy golden color w/nice creamy head and decent retention that thickly laces.
S-Lightly toasted bread, fruity esters (pear, apple, apricot), light spice (clove), faint banana.
T&M- Same as aroma, slightly sweet throughout, finish is slightly dry w/clean aftertaste and a hint of alcohol heat. Fairly light body, lightly carbonated...a tad too light.
D-Fine example of a triple, easy to drink, basic. Decent brew for fair price. I still prefer the Leffe 9° or Brune though if I'm grabbing Leffe.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a honey gold color with a bright white head of 1 finger that did slowly fade away. Little to no carbonation shown on the glass. No real lacing on the glass.

S-- A floral yeast smell with honey in this as well. A bit of an alcoholic nose to this but not very big. Once warm it does become a bit more herbal and the yeast smell is more defined.

T-- Kind of a lemon cake taste to this. Different. Has some lemon and some sweetness mixed in with the yeast taste. Still has a floral quality to it. Honey is present as pretty dry as well.

M-- Good carbonation in the mouth and pretty lively I though. Finishes quite dry. Very alcoholic in the mouth though and got a burn in each swallow.

D-- Not a bad beer at all. Just the ABV 8.1% needs to be hidden more carefully and I think the sweetness needs to be brought out more along with the yeast taste. One is enough. I guess the way to say it is that Leffe makes good beers but not outstanding ones. Worth trying but after one or 2 you get the idea and move on to more complex stuff.

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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 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 AmberMan22
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25cl bottle into a tulip glass.

A: This tripel pours a hazy saffron/orange, with about an inch of rocky head on top. Lacing is very present, and good looking, but only dots the glass with minimal stickage on the way down.

S: The smell is of flowery yeast, and spiced fruity malt. A twinge of hops and alcohol enter the equation, making for a delightful experience.

T: Much akin to the smell, the taste follows the same formula by in large. However, some of the hoppiness is lost out to a slightly more present alcoholic taste. However, standing at 8.1% this beer does a great job of disguising its strength. Light fruit (maybe pear with apple hints), mixed with clove-y spices and a solid malt foundation make for a good drink.

M: Here I was a little disappointed. Though the body is heavier than other beers of this color, carbonation seems minimal. There isn't a real creamy feel despite this, which leads to the general notion of a very average mouthfeel.

Drink'ty & Notes: This certainly seems like a good example of a tripel. The flavors are well balanced and well proportioned for the style, and the smell is excellent. This is my last of the 6-pack, and while I disliked the first few, I did really enjoy this last one. Being my first tripel, I think I just needed to get sighted in on what to expect. I'll look forward to trying more in the near future.

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