Leffe Tripel
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #163
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #18,716
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 10.65%
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
274
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Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
86
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 274
Photo of Sigmund
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(330 ml bottle, bought in Denmark. ABV was 8.5%.) Hazy golden colour, large lasting head. Strong sweetish yeasty and fruity aroma. Flavour is sweet but not cloying, yeasty and spicy (cloves), reasonably malty with a decent hoppy bitterness which leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Not a bad triple, but like others of this style the yeast is a bit too dominant to be "perfect" in my book. I won’t mind having another one, though.

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Photo of janubio
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml. bottle, pour into a Leffe glass. Cloudy yellow to orange colour, with a dense and compact head that leaves some lace when it vanishes. Lots of sediments floating around. Smell is at first yeasty, earth, then it opens to what it seems a lot of spices, clove, coriander cardamom, orange zest, fruits... Dense and creamy palate, taste of orange zest, spices (as in the smell), notes of honey, flowers... Probably my favorite on e from Leffe.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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 BeerGlassesCollector
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange colour topped by a huge creamy white head that does NOT settle down. I was drinking this beer for about 15 minutes and the head did not settle down. The aroma is fruity, malty and citrus hints. Taste is malty and sweet. I like the fact that this Tripel is sweeter than others. Alcohol is quite high and you can't really understand that you are drinking 8.4% ABV since it sits behind the sweetness of the beer. Excellent brew but it's a bit heavy on the stomach

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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 PopTheTop
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this beer from Beer Planet in Brussels in a 12 pack of assorted brews. I was excited to try this one after seeing that it had a pretty good rating. I kept it in the back room until I found the correct glass for it.

Before pouring the beer, I slowly turned the bottle upside down to mix in the contents that settled at the bottom. This beer poured nicely into a Abbaye de Leffe Trappist style glass with very little head. The color was a slightly milky, golden color. Towards the bottom of the glass were very small, dark particles from the bottom of the bottle and noticeable carbonation bubbles all around the glass.

I'm not an expert at detecting different smells in the beer but I could definitely smell the alcohol at 8.5%. The smell was pleasant and inviting.

The first sip of beer was pretty strong but delicious. This brew has very good mouthfeel and doesn't leave a bad aftertaste like some of the similar beers I have tried. It has a very nice carbonation feel to it and the taste of alcohol isn't very pronounced while drinking despite the ABV.

Other things I noticed while drinking were the lack of lacing on the glass and the relative ease of drinking. This beer was very good and is definitely one that I could drink quite often.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An unusual tipple is the tripel! Not a traditional tripel at all, more like a weiss bier, imagine a much better erdinger.
Looks hazy with very little head, especially if served chilled from the fridge. I suggest leaving this 5 minutes to warm up a tad, but the feel of the beer is great, silky smooth, just a slightly acquired taste I think. Overall I find myself coming back to this one, a bit like picking a scab, you cant help yourself, even though your head says better. I recommend this well over and above all German Weiss biers to be honest.

...coming back to this second time round, I decided I needed marking up a touch.

It is a very complex brew, lovely toffee malty taste which I under scored by a half point, so it's up from 3.75 to 4.25.

This one will grow on you if you allow it.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 Cl bottle

Pours hazed lighter amber. Supports a lasting and lasting eggshell cap. Slowly going to a frothy merainge. Nice looking brew.

Yeasty nose with yeast and cloves coming to mind.

Tasty and approachable triple. More Belgian yeasty notes, with coriander, pepper and tart apples coming to mind...nicely done

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Photo of LittleCreature
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Ashmada
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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 josanguapo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From elcervecero. In Tongerlo cup. Watchinh Better Call Saul 1x07. My favourite Leffe so far. Tasty and with good aroma. Avg 4.37

17 Nov 2018. Nueva etiqueta. En copa Grimbergen. De Hipercor. Viendo Colony 1x03-04. Aunque en aroma tiene cierto interes, en boca resulta bastante plana y te la bebes aburrido,aunque realmente tampoco tiene nada desagradable. Avg 3.18

14 Julio 2019. En copa Grimbergen. Viendo La Vida de los Otros. Nueva etiqueta. Mejor de lo que la recordaba. Tipico perfil de tripel bien implementado. Se bebe bastante rapida a pesar de su abv

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Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 tjd25
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A large persistent foamy head. The body is of an opaque golden color. The smell is sweet, yeasty and citric. I had an impression of carrot once, but not this time. The taste is of sweet citrus and spices. very yeasty. Very floral and herbal hoppiness, with a certain fruitiness too (peaches). The alcohol is fairly noticeable, and lowers the beer’s drinkability in my opinion. Mouthfeel is round and smooth, very enjoyable.

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

A- pale amber body with 2 finger solid creamy head with little orange sediment pockets on the top. Lots of nice brussels lacing, actually looks like its from tap.

S- lots of yeast and cloves, some sweet banana notes and maybe some toffee/fudge, very sweet overall, fresh bread smell hits you after a while too. As the beer warms i get a butter biscuit smell too.

T- a nice clovey alcholic kick in the start, the banana notes linger well on the tongue, lots of character without being toooo complex

M- lively carbonation with a creamy smoothness from the head complimenting well, to give a solid brew

D- a very drinkable tripel, this is actually my first and has made me want to explore the style a lot more. Need to get my palate to except complexity more, a nice introduction!

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Photo of DaveUK
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Douberd
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 doktorhops
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So apparently I have 465,789,223 more Belgian beers to taste test [note to self: Belgians love their beer]. In the spirit of attempting the impossible I bought a Tripel from Leffe, the brewery that attempts to compete with the Trappist ales... and fails... so far... I'll give it another shot though... sort of... maybe... alright then.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a St Feuillien chalice.

A: Has a cloudy, brown yeast speckled, pale orange body with a minimal white lacing on top. The "Lees" (as they call the yeast sediment in wine-making) can be a turn off to the uninitiated but be aware it is non-harmful, beneficial even as yeast sediment has an earthy flavor and is rich in B vitamins.

S: Spicy and clove-like Phenols right on the nose, followed by an earthy/sour yeast, light biscuit malt base and a touch of coriander with honey notes. Quite a rich spicy/earthy aroma overall which appeals greatly.

T: Sweet upfront, as expected from a Tripel, but it follows with a well-rounded and unexpectedly complex mixture of pepper, clove, coriander, cardamom, sourdough yeast, and finishes more dry than bitter. Solid flavour profile from a Leffe; most unexpected.

M: Mid to light body, slight slickness, oily residue and light carbonation.

D: Best of the Leffe's I've had thus far and I blame that on bottle conditioning, which can at times have a random effect on the flavour but in this instance serves Leffe well. Compared to Chimay Tripel it's a better brew, but not as good as Westmalle Trappist Tripel.

Food match: Paired well with a gourmet mushroom, asparagus & pine nut pizza from Crust Pizza.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow-gold with a fluffy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing. Nose is bright and yeasty with a bit of earthy spice notes. Taste is a sweeter example of a tripel, both the yeasty notes and some caramel and spice comes through. Overall, quite good and probably the best offering I've had from Leffe.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 juju7
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Ior
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Cs1987
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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 akenethon
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Leffe Tripel from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 274 ratings