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Leffe Radieuse - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

256 Ratings
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Ratings: 256
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 17
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

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Ratings: 256 | Reviews: 128
Photo of hansavijaticar
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red-brown, weak head. Smell and taste: candies, caramel, peaches, honey, cinnamon, raisins. Nicely balanced, but not very exciting, just as Leffe Blonde and Bruine. Winter beer, goes well eith brown cake.

Photo of SmashPants
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Format: traditional 330mL bottle, stylish label. I like it as a package; stylish.

Appearance: poured into a wide-mouth trappist glass. A clear, mid red-brown in colour with a finger of creamy beige head that leaves extremely thick lacing down the glass. Looks pretty darn good.

Aroma: some fruits here with a touch of sherry, bread malts and plenty of Belgian yeasts.

Taste: definite heavy fruits here with strong Belgian yeasts and an almost cake-like biscuit and bread malt character. A touch of warming alcohol. Very, very drinkable.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger through. A lovely beer.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate to medium carbonation. Quite smooth in feel.

Overall: one of my favourite Belgian strong dark ales. I do love myself a tasty Leffe. I'll pay the AU$100 a case - every now and then.

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4/5  rDev +6.7%

A dark strong ale much more similar in texture to its dark ale counterpart than you would expect. Subtle bitterness to start that mellows quick and transitions into a sweet toasted malty finish as it leaves your mouth.

Photo of BonzoBall
3.75/5  rDev 0%

This is the BEST of the Leffe range. Good flavour and aftertaste.

Photo of titvs
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18E). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 49 02:38. AROMA: sweet malty notes with some background notes of dried grapes. mild spicy alcohol notes. no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: amber color and translucent. average ivory and moussy head with low retention. low lacing. TASTE: sweet malty background with low esters and phenols. some spicy alcohol character. medium-low bitterness. finishes medium-dry. PALATE: medium-low body with medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a not so complex belgian strong ale. average at most.

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +6.7%

A: Reddish Brown colour, it pours a 2 finger head which shrinks into one finger. It’s a cloudy. Nice lacing.

S: Smells of peaches and apple sauce, and caramel, and malt.

T: Tastes of the typical Belgian Trappist / Abbaye ale flavour, sweet, dark fruits. More licorice becomes evident, and alcohol, as it warms.

M:Heavy body, with high carbonation. Smooth, hides the alcohol well.

O: Cool looking bottle with red and yellow. Would get again. Can certainly be drunk by itself, but would go well with desserts- apple pie, anything with apples and cinnamon, peach and fruit desserts, creamy desserts, etc. Awesome with Thai Yellow Seafood Curry. Have had this one at least 3 times since first reviewing it over a couple years.

Photo of magpieken
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. BB 24/10/15. Pours bright, amber colour with a large, dense off white head. Aroma of coriander, roasted malt, plums, cherries, banana and citrus. There’s a bit going on here. Medium sweet, malty taste, quite reminiscent of a Scotch Whisky. Full body and luscious texture with a gently warming alcohol sensation. Medium dry finish.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper colored body; small head with good lacing

Aroma: Malty; slight hops; dried fruit

Taste: Malty start with dried fruits in the mid; light hop finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

Photo of MTNboy
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A red amber body that is slightly clear. There is average carbonation to the body. The aroma is a little fruity and has a mild spice. The flavor is malty, very sweet and some tones coriander. There is a bit of prune and raisin esters. There is a dessert like finish. It has full body with some warmth but not as much as one might think.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had a taste of Radieuse before, but being at Leopold in Den Haag brought me a chance to drink a bottle on my own. Coming from a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Beauty in a glass is a ruby red with orange and brown hues, a long lastng head, and webbed lacing around the glass. The aroma of dark candi sugar, soft yeast, prunes, and red grapes sets the tone for a fun aroma. Even more fun is the taste; while sweet, brings a lovely fruitiness, toffee, clove, and soft enough to continues to be consumed. It's medium bodied witha slight syrupy feel.

Given my lack of previous success with Leffe, I'm a little surprised by how much I enjoyed Radieuse. I would be glad to meet this beer again.

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish brown in color. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that died down rather quickly, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits and spices are present in the nose - cloves seem to stand out in particular among the spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and seems to be dominated by favors of dark fruits and cloves along with some hints of yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is well masked from the taste so this beer is rather easy to drink considering its strength.

Photo of PolarBear3
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a brown copper colour with off white frothy two finger head that retains fairly well

S - Strong sweet candy like aromas with malts. Plum, some cherries with a hint a vanilla.

T - get the sweet malts and dark fruit straight up and slighty bitter and a little boozy on the finish.

M - medium bodied with medium carbonation

O- Fantastic aromas on the nose which promised so much but I thought was a little disappointing in the end. Worth a try but not he best of the Leffe variety.

Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice thick and consistent head. Copper red color.
Fruity aroma from cherry, also cloves and coriander. Good carbonation.
Sweet taste from malt combined with spices, and hints of plum. A little citric and not so bitter.
Alcohol (8.2%) was very well hidden, just left a slightly warmth in the aftertaste. Very balanced beer. Being Brazilian, I see Inbev products with some caution, but in this case we should be thankful that they are able to produce beer with such quality at decent prices.

Photo of Arno
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Light brown / amber. Creme head, which fades quite quickly. Good lacing.

smell: I get a mixture of rye and plum mainly. With some light caramel, almost honey like sweetness. Yeasty.

taste: Like the smell suggests actually. You get the rye and light caramel/honey like sweetness. Then some plum comes through.
The finish has still a mild rye flavor, more bread like. Very mild bitter coming through from the yeast and candy sugar sweetness.

mouthfeel: Medium bodied, quite round and smooth and a little bit sugary. Medium carbonation.

overall: It's a fine beer. It has a nice sweet but balanced flavor signature. With the rye, plum and caramel/honey/candy sugar it's more a winter beer i guess. It's yout typical fresh beer, but very enjoyable nonetheless :)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a dark clear amber color forming a big beige fluffy head. Medium to low retention and some lacings left. Beautiful beer

S: Very fruity. Dark fruits esters, mainly plums. Sweet candy and strong notes of sweet malts. Belgian yeasts. Hints of alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront. Sweet candy, caramel malts, dark fruits (mainly plums). End is composed of a smooth hoppy bitterness which is just pleasant

M: Medium to heavy mild molasses body. Sweet upfront and mild bitter hoppy aftertaste

O: Easy drinking beer. Despite of being a large scale beer, Leffe is still a nice Belgian style beer

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at the Tobu department store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Poured into a white wine glass. Amazing dark hue with smells of banana and clove that pop out prominently, as well as apple and coriander. The taste matches with banana coming through the strong ethanol presence. Overall, this was a wonderful strong Belgian that I would definitely recommend and that I will be looking for again!

Photo of sfprint
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

exp 3/4/13
A: Dark orangy red, scum on the surface as a head. Transparent, no visible rising carbonation.
S: Sweet plum, very similar to plum wine but less sweet than that.
T: Nice. Perhaps plum like, but not so sweet. I've had similar ones that I can't remember the name of, but I don't think any were as good as this one. Nice blend. Very slight tartness in the aftertaste.
M: Almost no carbonation, medium body.
O: Good, special flavor. Well blended.

Photo of paulozanello
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rubi color, slightly hazy. The head is tan and very exuberant, with good retention and an average lacing for a highly carbonated belgian abbey beer.

Aroma is caramel malts, nuts, clove, honey and burnt sugar along with fruity notes mainly cherries and plums.

Taste starts with sweet caramel malts, cristal malts, clove, with lots of residual sugar and a certain burnt note as well. Although not as intense as the aroma there is again a cherry like fruity note. It ends very dry and abruptly despite being sweet at first.

Body is medium with very high sparkly carbonation. Little to no bitterness perceptible. Abv is very well hidden.

Like many belgian beers brewed with high performance yeast there is a perfect balance between the initial sweetness and a dry finish, even for a large scale brewery such as Leffe.

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

bottle poured into a Trappistes Fochefort goblet...

A- nice copper color, with plenty of carbonation. wispy white head settles quickly

S- fruity with hints of cherry, citrus and pleasant yeast

T- surprisingly heavily malty flavor. caramel with cherry and a sweet, toasty, malt finish. Pleasant, but not on par with other Belgian offerings.

MF- nice mouthfeel, but lacks balance. A somewhat dry finish

Overall- While this beer far exceeds most beers on the market, it falls below average for Belgian brews. I do drink it regularly, but that is because of the limited offering here in Eastern Australia and its priced a full $1.50 per bottle below Chimay Cinq Cents.

Photo of Raebies
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In the glass it is a golden brown with medium fizz. I drank it a little too quickly straight out of the fridge, but the complexity still came through. Clean, distinct flavours of pine hops and banana fruitiness. A mild to medium acidity. I am definately curious about trying other beers in the Leffe range. It packs a whollop at 8.2% ABV.

Photo of RodneyFarva
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip glass.

pours copper colored with a 2 finger head which dissipates with moderate lacing

mostly malts, some fruits in the nose, plums and raisins.

taste is fairly sweet, malts and same fruits throughout, with a noticeable alcohol sweetness at the end

overall, I quite enjoy it. better than several other Belgian Strong Dark Ales I have sampled

Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light copper brown with a fairly big off white head which lessens down to half a finger of foam after a while. Decent looking. Leaves some inconsistent lacing.

S- Malts! Pretty much malts all the way through with that nice, raisin/plum scent. Smells very appealing. I don't pick up any alcohol on the nose at all.

T- What we have is some malts upfront followed by definite raisin/ plum hints which finishes with some light bitterness. All in all, this is quite a sweet little number albeit lacking some robustness. Best part is- no hint of alcohol. Although, I would prefer a little more warmth on the back.

M- Nice mouthfeel. Very smooth with a good body and decent carbonation. Pleasant.

O- This is a good beer. It really isnt absolutely wowing me but it is definitely an above average brew. Pairs well with dessert food bit also stew or something similar. Nice effort.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew that radiates an orange-brown color when held to the light. It produces a massive two and a half finger head of cream colored bubbles which retains nicely. The lacing left as it slowly departs is impenetrable. There beer is fully transparent and the carbonation appears active. The aromas that fill the nose are characteristic of any other Leffe beer. The malts are soft but strong, with dashes from minimally burnt and caramel malts. Otherwise the other prime component is that Belgian yeast they seem to like. It is slightly tart to the feel, but sits nicely with the malts. Esters abound with faint banana and vanilla. The final thing to waft off the surface is a spicy booze quality, that mixes with a syrupy strawberry sweetness. As we sip a bitter grain hits up front. This transitions quickly into a softer caramel malt. There is also dark fruit here, of figs and plum, which sits with a black pepper booze, much as it did in the nose. The middle is much milder, with a complete toning down of the heavy flavor components, which are distilled into a simple malt and yeast balance. It is somewhat bitter, as in the onset, but much lighter on the malts. Moving to the finish we see a revival of the robust booze character and a brief flash of sugary sweetness and a cooling affect from the esters. There are also faint phenolic cloves to round everything out. The aftertaste breathes with characteristic Leffe grain, yeast, darker fruit, and booze. The body is medium and the carbonation is high. The feel to each sip is a bit thin and watery, as far as the liquid itself goes, but the quality to the lips is with a nice froth and smack. The head provides a continual creaminess throughout the experience. The abv is nice and high, and the beer drinks quite easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. While it shared many elements exhibited in all Leffes, despite the stylistic differences, it found a nice balance between darkness, fruitiness, and booziness. This enhanced as the beer warmed. Where we fell a bit was in the corresponding flavor, which seemed to show the lighter side of what was promised by the nose.

Photo of shambeano
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first review in a little while, poured into a tullip at room temperature.

A-pours a brownish amber, pretty clear but with about 2 inches of fluffy white head even though it was a careful pour. big bubbles pop away leaving a lot of sticky lacing,and about a half cm that simply refuses to fade away.

S- upfront a whole bunch of sweet malts, caramely, with dark fruits, sultanas and raisins, with a touch of alcohol.works together and nice.

T- much like the taste, a toffee maltiness, that dominates upfront followed by alchoholy dark fruits, sulatana, raisin and dried fig. but not too much more.

M- creamy to begin with, but that is cut through by the carbonation soon after, making it feel a bit lighter bodied than it should. slightly dry finish by the end.

O- i enjoyed this beer, looks good and a good nose, but lacks a bit to taste and in the mouth comparitively. still, a very nice beer that im glad ive tried and a beer im sure i will feel like in future.

Photo of SirChuckles
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just because it's a "typical" Belgian, doesn't mean it can't be tasty. This hard-to-find Belgian gives your taste buds notes of caramel at first, followed by a little wheat and typical Belgian malt. If you like either the Leffe Blonde or Brune, I think you'll enjoy the Radieuse. It is a little heavy on the carbonation side, so definitely a beer to take your time with.

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Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.