Floreffe is another beer label for the 6th generation family Brasserie Lefebvre. It is a quite well-known label, though the beers more commonly found in bars are the classic styles of witbier, blond and tripel.
The Prima Melior (which translates as something like ‘ahead of the very best’) is much less commonly found. We’ll bundle it into that catch-all Belgian category for dark beers of Belgian Strong Dark Ale.
Star Anise and orange peel are added to the brew, and it is the aniseed that comes through strongly in the aroma, along with Belgian yeast, dark dried stone fruit, chocolate and spice.
The flavour is a similar concoction of licorice and chocolate, plums and raisins, tartness from over-ripe berries, caramel and a slightly medicinal spice character. While there are lots of sweet notes, it somehow maintains a balance with the hops.
Above all else, it is really smooth and easy drinking for the 8% ABV.