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 SleepyMonk
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled dark glass bottle with tan colored foil wrapped around the neck and cap of the bottle.

Poured into a Leffe chalice the beer produces are a tight creamy 3 fingers of head that degrades slowly and shows initial signs of good lacing, an indication that is validated towards the end of the session.

The body shows a hazy pale tea like color with a small quantity of sediment settling down towards the bottom of the glass.

Aromatically it shows muted fruit notes with grains and a moderate clove vapors trying to make its way through the dominant flavors.

The taste is active with competing flavors however it falls just slightly short of being categorized as complex. This shouldn't detract from the fact that the palate is a well balanced performance of citrus fruits, garden herb spice and a hint of that sticky pine sap.

The initial big flavor falls away quickly into a spice finish with new herb notes emerging.

A good Tripel

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Photo of juju7
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was pretty damn good. The appearance was a surprise as it was a very light gold, not in keeping with other tripels I have come across. A nice big fluffy head that laced very nicely all the way to the end. Big aromas of sweet Belgian yeast, bananas, cloves, spices and caramelized orange. Nice full mouthfeel with all the things you'd expect from a Belgian tripel, warmth, spice and character. A yummy little beer and probably the best of the Leffe bunch.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear yellow with a soft, clumpy head and doesn't give too much lacing on the glass

Smells sweet and sugary, with a dose of yeasty spice and a hint of alcohol in the back

Taste is initially quite sweet and there is less of the beligian yeast spice that I was hoping for. The bitterness is subdued and this is hopped in restraint. The alcohol is warming but not overbearing

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied as expected for a tripel, with a medium sharp carbonation

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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 ColoradoBobs
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250 ml bottle as shown, a gift from a mighty generous fellow B-A (thanks a million, Joe, you know who you are!), whose sister brought it back from France! Bottle indicates 8.5% ABV.

Tons of visible yeast in the bottle. Upon opening, had a bit of a froth-up, as it ran out the top: vigorous carbonation!

Pour into a goblet yields a huge off-white head that fades quickly to a thin lid over a cloudy gold-amber body. Yeast is visible.

Smell is clove, allspice, coriander, black pepper, mild citrus, grass, hay, and floral hops. Intriguing. If it tastes like it smells, I'm gonna love it.

It tastes like it smells, with some bittering hops at the end to dry things out. Mild cracker-malt sweetness undergirds the ample spices. Mmmmm. In some ways, this reminds me of the mighty Vitus.

Mouthfeel is nice and round, and well-spread by the soft carbonation. Delectable.

Drinkability is very good.

Joe, what can I say? Really a nice beer. Tell your sister I said "Merci beaucoup!"

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

bottle carried back from Belgium. A gift from a friend, thanks.

A: cloudy dull honeyed body, like unfiltered honey. little head, bland white. surprised by the lack of retention for a tripel.

S: apples and some fruity candy and yeasty esters. some yeasty powdery pizza-esque dough!

T/M: very soft body, flavor flashes sugar up front that fades into the fruitiness of the nose, apples, and white grapes mostly. on the back palate an astringent dryness rises of unknown origin...its not spicy like many triples, in either yeast or hop character, but powdery dry. finish is short but enticing.

D: the lightness of the body and the softness of the mouthfeel make this a very easy drinker.

a fine beer, if of little distinction. more interesting than the blonde that hits our shores but of less interest and quality than so many other readily available tripels.

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Photo of darklordlager
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-orange, with a modest 1/2" of foam after a gentle pour.

Smell is all spice, some fruit, and belgian yeast. Nothing overly complex

Taste is of sweet caramel/honey up front, with some spice in the middle which fades into a balanced, almost floral taste with some pear notes.

Mouthfeel is medium, yet it tastes a bit watery at the same time.

Nothing too complex about this one...My favourite Leffe still remains the Radieuse.

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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 gab351
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 25cl bottle into a leffe goblet

appearance: very hazy golden brown with lots of big floaties all over the place. not doing much for me here

smell: very yeasty with some fruit aroma in as well (apple, banana?) lots of malts abound. nothing spectacular so far

taste/mouthfeel: the best part of the beer here. very nice feel and taste. very loamy in mouth and very bready. nice fruit tones exaggerated and a spicy malt coming out too. well balanced in my opinion

overall: quite drinkable. not the best triple by any means but worth the try if it's available to you. goes down a little warm from the alcohol but it doesn't stand out too much and is mostly overpowered by the malt and yeasty flavors. pleasant brew!

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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 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 garcia2a
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this tasty while visiting ggaughan in Strassen.

This tasty poured a deep golden color, with a nice amount of cloudiness and low carbonation. The head was fleeting and did not leave much of a lacey ring.

The bouquet is nice and complex. I get grapefruit, apples, cloves, yeast, and a decent amount of malt. This translated well into the taste of this beer, a wonderful malt bite to start with exotic fruits and a hint of hops towards the end.

The mouthfeel is excellent, as the low level of carbonation really lets the complex tastes tickle the old taste buds. Each sip only makes you want more, a nice tasty for any day!

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

Beer poured a hazy golden browish color into my Leffe chalice. The nose had some funky, grapefruit notes to it. The taste was earthy, citrusy and it was rounded out well by a hop bitterness on the back end. The higher abv is not overly noticable which makes for an easy drinking beer.

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

Appearance - Straw yellow brown, cloudy reminiscent of a real cider. Large head of white bubbles, with outstanding head retention.

Aroma - Pears and ripe apples, sugary, sappy malt, spicy and yeasty.

Taste - Sharp sourness and a very dry woody note dominate the first sip. Down the glass, bitter light fruits, sweet malt, spicy hops and a hint of anisee all reveal themselves. The warming effect of alcohol is well concealed but still present.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light with a crisp and refreshing carbonation.

Overall - Smooth and drinkable for its strength. This abbey style beer has a strong dryness indicating it would be good to accompany food.

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Photo of KI9A
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle, thanks to a friend at AB/Inbev. ( THANKS!).

Very hazy yellow, with small flecks of sediment. Thin, but sturdy head that died quick. Left a nice lace.

Aroma. Big malty, fruity, clove. You can almost "smell" the ABV.

Taste. Citrus, slight clove, bananna hit you right away. Almost a German Dunkel feel, until you swallow. Then the ABV warms your mouth, throat, and innards. This is an easy big ABV beer to drink. Flavor, and feel are wonderful.

As with the Leffe 9 degree I just had, I sure wish Inbev would turn these loose on us stateside!

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Photo of khiasmus
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Very cloudy light golden color, a finger of head that settles to a single layer too quickly, and no lacing.

S- Complex. Spicy phenolic clove, as well as some orange peel, pepper, and tons of golden, sweet malt. Basically, go read the style guidelines in bjcp... it smells like that.

T- And... ditto to the taste. Tastes like a perfect tripel, and nails the guidelines. Banana, clove, grapefruit, pepper... Starts off with a lovely soft sweet, malt character, complimented by the phenolics. Hop bitterness is surprisingly evident towards the finish, but is not supported by the carbonation.

M- Smooth, medium-bodied. finishes dry with some warming alcohol and the lingering bitterness and slight astringency. Carbonation is a bit low for the style.

D- All being said, while this beer is not exactly the definition of a tripel, it is an excellent beer and well worth the money. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of Freshie
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow golden haze. Too much sediment. Crisp white head.

Aroma is yeasty, with fruity esters. Banana. Clove.

Taste is spicy with trends of dark fruit. Currants, raisins. A bit of banana. Clove. The usual tripel fare.

Warms the palate. A bit syrupy aftertaste.

Nice but not great.

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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 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 Cs1987
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale amber with two fingers of head, and some brown sediment. The head eventually reduces to a few millimeters.

Smell - Strong with hints of fruit, in general quite a pleasant smell.

Taste - Fairly spicy with a hint of raisin. The alcohol seemed a little too prominent at first. However, the taste improved and the alcohol taste died down as the beer warmed up. I would suggest not opening this beer until it reaches about 10°C (50°F).

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation level. Aftertaste and texture are fairly good but nothing special.

Drinkability - I certainly would have liked another one afterwards, which is rare for a beer with over 8% ABV.

Overall - At first this seemed quite similar to Kwak. However, although I did allow the bottle to warm up for a while before opening, the taste and smell of the beer improved significantly as it warmed, and the similarities to Kwak seemed to completely disappear. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fairly high ABV beers.

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.5
Poured a fluffy three fingers of off-white head with flecks of brown sediment. The colour is a cloudy amber-orange, with some sediment sitting on the bottom.

Smell - 4
A sweet, pleasant smell. Sugary sweetness with some malt and a spicy finish (nutmeg particularly). Fruitiness is also there, mostly apricot and some orange peel. Got much stronger as it warmed.

Taste - 4
The head is sweet, tart and delicious. For 8.5% ABV, the alcohol is well hidden, it only really kicks at the end after the sweetness. Some apricot, malt and sugary sweetness, and a moderately bittersweet, alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Carbonation is just about perfect, almost creamy. Light to moderate weight in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.0
The ABV may be high, but I am wishing I had a second, because this is very easy to drink. Perhaps a little too sweet to want to drink for too long (but I probably wouldn't let that put me off).

OVERALL - 3.95
A very tasty Belgian beer. It will be too sweet for some, but I love it, especially once it warmed up a bit. Like all Leffe beers it's reasonably priced for what it is (high price, good quality). I am yet to find a better tripel, but that said, it is only the second tripel I have tried. I look forward to tasting others if this beer is anything to go by.

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Photo of basica
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You probably wouldn't go wrong with a Leffe; it is like the Hoegaarden, either you think it is
not bad or you think it is close to being a great beer. The Leffe tripel exhibited the "Leffe
typicality" which is primary in the yeast and spices. This tripel came in a smaller, 30cl bottle.
It pours out nicely golden with a generous not too frothy head with an apt amount of carbonation.
I was able to see some dark sediments floating about at the bottom of the beer. The Leffe Tripel
smells yeasty and laid with spices like the Corriander. This was pretty similar to the Leffe
Tripel; I think that the yeasty taste is stronger and the spices was slightly different.
Maltiness level was probably around the same but the Tripel was subtlely fruity, maybe starfruit,
green grapes or something along that kind of fresh fruit taste. The Leffe blond was not fruity
at all. The tastes were strong rich and very well balanced and I could easily find an
appreciation for it. The mouth feel should be close to full body and the carbonation was just
right and it goes down amazingly smooth for an 8.5 ABV Tripel. Very smooth; very high level of
drinkability and, in fact refreshing and cooling which is not as common in most tripels. The
after taste was a fairly lasting yeasty, fruity, spicey and slightly malty taste. A great tripel
and if I were to compare it to the Chimay Tripel what I like about the Chimay Tripel would be a
good amount of fruitiness which is less common in blond beers as compared to in brune beers.
Leffe is a great beer; I have the final Leffe to try and that's the Brune; I am living in the
belief that it would be the best Leffe and my next 10/10. Yea, we'll see. :)

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Photo of roblowther
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged, corked bottle purchased from a supermarket in Bourganeuf, France. Pours a cloudy golden color with a medium-thick dense smooth head. Smells of peaches, apricots, and a floral hop overtone. Taste has the fruit up front, but this soon gives way to a maltiness that is not evident in the appearance. It is a bit heavy for the light nature of a tripel. The finish is dry & refreshing, with the hops showing up at that point. Mouthfeel is creamy. If anything, I would have expected silky but creamy it is. The drinkability is very good. The alcohol shows itself only as a warming finish & the dryness lends a refreshing element to beer. All in all a good beer. Not what I would have expected, but sometimes you just head where life, or the beer, steers you.

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Photo of Poser
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden brown with decent head and good lacing. strong floral aromas with touches of fruit. Very malty and rich with the same fruit flavors. Like the blonde, it has a slightly acidic finish that helps balance out the malty, fruity flavors.

Alcohol isn't overpowering despite the high level.

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Photo of Stephen63
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Full head and attractive amber body served in a my prized Leffe glass.

S - I found sweetness with fruit in the background.

T - Mostly spicy on the tongue with additional sweetness/candy. Hops on apparent on the finish.

M - Really nice and light, nice carbonation.

D - Yes a larger bottle (750ml) could easily be consumed.

Although not the best tripel this is a decent beer and proves that the big brewers can get it right.

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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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