Leffe Radieuse - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 20
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

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Reviews by CrazyDavros:
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber/ruby. Inch-high off-white head fades to a thing covering. Good lacing.
Typical Belgian yeast aroma, some white rum, lots of phenols, then some banana, nutmeg and cinnamon and a fair whack of sweet malt. Remarkably like the dubbel I brewed the other day.
Flavour is mostly alcohol, some fruity malt, doughy yeast and some lemon. The alcohol and high sweetness combine to make a cloying finish.
Loads of alcoholic heat on the palate and too much carbonation. Used to think Leffe was the be all and end all of intense expensive beers. Thank god I got over the stage.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.43/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Seems more like an Amber with light fruit notes. Strangely bitter. Much less fruity than expected. Kind of mixed up and confused. I don’t think that this beer quite knows what it is. Color is an off brown rouge, almost raison colored. Very little white head that doesn’t last. Mouthfeel and taste are very alcoholic and strong. The brew becomes acidic as it goes down almost burning the tongue. Too sweet also. Not very good at all.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I remember disliking this the first time I had it, but was quite impressed this time.

Appearance: Pours with a large head with large bubbles that dissipate quickly. Lacing is sticky and good. Colour like black tea, that orange-brown hue with a reddish tint.

Smell: Very impressive and unusual. Smells sort of like a Kriek - strong cherry and stone fruit aroma, elements of candied sugar and honey, the smell sets it up to seem a much sweeter brew than it is.

Taste: Belies the smell, but is still good for a strong one. Chewy and bitter, an unusual hoppy taste (not particularly potent). Quite light-bodied for a dark ale like this - obviously due to the filtering (as said before, leaving this unfiltered would have intensified the flavours). Coffee and bitter stone fruit notes are clear. Actually quite refreshing for the style.

Mouthfeel: Nice and fluffy, a little creamy, carbonation is good. Froth seems to form in the mouth nicely.

Drinkability: Pretty good... I wouldn't want to have too many in a row. Hop character is bitter and you'd get sick of it. Nice one to start the night though: strong but quite easy to enjoy for the first ale of the evening.

Overall, I was surprised at having initially disliked it. Perhaps my palate has improved since last time I tried it. Not as good as the Bruin but quite unusual and worth the high price to try it. Somewhere between a Kriek and a strong dark ale: interesting.

Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its OK, but like the other Leffe brews i've tried its perhaps a bit sweet, still drinakble and a decent body, pretty good.

Photo of JohnW
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with light texture head, medium dark colour and clear. Sweet heavy smell with a darker hue, which is followed by the taste. Rich fruity and fairly sweet, but balanced by a bitter slightly burnt caramel flavour that follows and lingers as you swallow it. That takes some of the initial heavy sweetness away and makes it a pleasant drink, though not the best example of this style of beer from Belgium, but worth drinking. You can detect the similarity of family style and flavours with the lesser strength Leffe beers.

John W
Bham UK Jan 2006

Photo of watermelonman
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring to a nice red and brown color, this beer looks inviting. The head develops into a good size that shrinks but not entirely, and a few lines of lace are left behind.

The smell was appealing but disappointingly weak. The taste had more flavor, giving a twist of friut up front with a fairly strong finish. Hops are not powerful but do kick in at the end. The drinkability is good, especially considering the alcohol content.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml red foil-capped bottle. Props to tbeckett for this bit of less than readily available abbey ale.

This beer pours a clear, dark copper hue, with three fingers of foamy, billowy pale ecru head, which settles slowly, but surely, rendering some decent 'Old Lace' lace around the glass. It smells of bready caramel malt, burnt brown sugar, vinous black fruit, and some zippy floral/earthy hops. The taste is more big bready toffee malt, dark candy sugar, some mild Belgian yeast, and a surprisingly prominent, and bitter, forest floor hoppiness. Lurking in the background, one can detect the simmering booze, but it remains a mere wraith at this point. The carbonation is on the down side of front and center, the body nice and full and a bit spritzy, and smooth nonetheless. It finishes with a relative echo of grainy, sugary malt, against a rising hoppy specter and booze warming.

The regular Leffe Blonde bores me, mostly because it's just, well normal. Lately, I've been macking on the BSDAs, as a sort of antidote (or partner in crime) to my DIPA predilection, and have made my way through all of the locally available offerings of the former. Great to try an another well-wrought example of big, boozy malts, but Belgian-balanced. Phew.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown and has a spicy yeastiness. Above average mouthfeel. Satisfying though not exceptional Belgian. Yes got a little cherry and orange, cinammon,a little chocolate. Appropriate carbonation. Sufficient caramel sweetness to make itt drinkable.

Photo of blaje
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve years after my first tatsing of this beer, I got a chance to taste it again. The wait is over. Lets see how my first impression (very good at that time) holds the road...

Pours red-mahogany, translucid without any yeast suspension and on top if it, a nice white head lasting <2min. Probably because this beer was served a bit to cold!

Nose: Some sweet malt is perceptible, no signs of roasted grains. Cherries and other red fruits are presents, but does not dominates.

Taste: Maraschino cherry, metallic, banana ester (certainly due to alcohol level) and many subtle flavours to complex for me to pinpoint. Alcohol taste is very well balanced. Carbonation is good. On-Tap, this brew would score a bit higher.

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

The Leffe I accidently drank turns out to be a great mistake! The reddish hue of the beer sits below a nice head. It smells a bit like the Bruin but with a slightly more yeasty complexion. I love the taste, not like the Blonde cousin in that you can sense a malty alcohol hint that follows a fruity wetness you just have to have more of. Wasn't as good of a mouth feel once it got a little warm, so recommend having this one cold in your Leffe stemware! Overall a very good beer, but I wish it was more available in the U.S.

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.

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 jbonapar
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a new bottle, a copper color with a quickly dissolving, but nice foam. Fantastic lacing.

Smell: Rains and dates with a hint bread. Sweet. Fruit Cake.

Taste: Sweetness with a bitter finish. Starts off with hints of fruit cake and raisins, similar to the smell. A tart finish with some strongly developing hops. Alcohol warms the mouth as tartness dissipates.

I certainly would purchase this again, very enjoyable.

Photo of scootny
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330 ml bottle courtesy of ggaughan. It pours a clear ruddy brown into my Chimay chalice. A two finger head and decent lacing along the rim. No carbonation evident but something has to be keeping the milky wisps on the top of my glass alive. A nice looking BSDA.

Smell is dark fruits and malt. Heavy banana and yeast esters. A hint of bubble gum and light alcohol.

Taste is more of the same. Sweet malt and dark fruits, (figs and dates). The malt is more prominent than the fruit but the two of them come first. Some caramel comes through. Banana in the middle with fruity yeast and just the slightest bit of alcohol heat. Clean hops in the finish with toasted biscuit lingering on the palate.

Mouthefeel is wonderful,a medium weight with a slight chewyness. Carbonation is works with the dry finish to leave a clean mouth in a state of anticipation.

Drinkability is very good. The alcohol does not call attention to itself and as such I went through my glass faster than I wanted. I could quaff a few. It is strong though so watch out!!

Photo of basica
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the Leffe Radieus in the same sitting as when I had the Andechser Doppelbock at
Brauhaus with Paul. The Leffe Radieus Pours out a dark red brown with a minimal head which
quickly disappears to leave a nice lacing. The Radieus smells really fruity and the taste is
strongly fruity and sweet as well; mainly cherries perhaps and other sweet dark fruits seems
to be present. The mouth feel is a little thin bodied for the high level of fruitiness;
carbonation was slightly over but that was alright. And although this Leffe goes strong at
8.2 ABV it feels surprisingly light and very smooth drinking. Very commendable drinkability
for a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. The after taste is again pleasantly sweet and fruity.
Although the beer is not strong and not really thick bodied enough, it still exhibited a
unique character and was definitely not like some washed down fruit beer. Quite a unique
experience and perhaps not something I would expect of a Leffe. But I positively like the
Leffe Radieus and if you are a fan of fruity Belgium Dark ales, do not miss this one.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this one as part of the Leffe gift pack released by the LCBO this past holiday season, it's pretty much the only reason I picked up said package.

A clear dark copper/bronze colour greets me in the Leffe branded glass, hints or ruby also flicker in the light. A small white head does not last especially long dissipating disappointingly quickly though it does leave some reasonable lacing.

A powerful bouquet of spice and fruity esters hits the nose rapidly spurred on by high amounts effervescence. Citrus and cardamom mix with hints of star anise and cinnamon. Grapefruit and kumquat provide a light refreshing quality; sour grape and blackberry esters add some interesting yeasty fermented complexity. A mild malt tone provides the backbone for the palate.

Spice cake is what first comes to mind after the first sip. Cumin, allspice and cinnamon mingle with syrup like malt sweetness which becomes slightly cloying at times. Herbal flavours, notably tarragon, add a slight earthy feel. Plum notes add a fruity feel while that of fermenting dates provides a rich, slightly sour yeasty quality. Bitterness from the hops but more notably the alcohol rounds out the taste, the alcohol especially lingering with the sweetness providing a boozy liqueur like sensation.
A smooth velvety feel in the mouth is in contrast to the light carbonated quality of the beer.

A very nice strong Belgian dark with some nice complexities, just a few steps shy of being really interesting.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pourred a nice copper brew with a huge head that stayed on for a while (What a start!). Mix of spice is not present enough for my liking and would have expected better body from a belgian strong ale. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, I wasn't impressed and I had better brew from Leffe. I had this from the bottle and wondered if it wouldn't better in a draught format.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear dark reddish amber with beige head, decent retention, bits of tracing.

S-Cloves and more cloves, bubble gum, dates and figs, Belgian yeast. Notes of cloves fade and caramel rises as the brew warms. Final aroma before finishing glass is of toast with cherry preserves.

T-Sweet toasty malt with vanilla, apparent but fleeting dark fruits, and a toasty and spicy finish. The aftertaste is on the sweet side alcoholic warmth and the hops just taking a small bite out of the sweetness.

M-Medium creamy body, moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth for the alcohol.

D-Another good offering from Leffe...easy to find, easy to drink.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a 33 cl bottle brought back from my recent trip to Italy (this is what they carry in grocery stores in Europe- I am so jealous!). Pours a medium reddish brown, with translucent orangish-red highlights into a Leffe goblet. Quite pretty, actually, although the thin head quickly disappeared.

Aroma is very nice- sweet caramelly toffee & roasted notes, with high-sugar fruits (apples, dates, figs) and some chocolatey feelings.

The flavor is nice and creamy- not as sweet as the aroma (which is good). The alcohol went right up into my sinuses from the first sip. Flavor is slight sweetness, bready & malty, with root beer characteristics. At the end of the swallow, the flavor turns sharp (yeasty and musty and a little hoppy). Generally the flavor was excellent at the beginning, but I did not care for the finish. After I went to bed, I was trying to think about this beer, and that's when I thought of a good, slightly sweet root beer (not like the really sweet varieties). Mouthfeel is excellent.

Overall, I really like this, but I wish the end flavors weren't as distracting from the rest of the presentation.

Photo of RuudJH
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colour dark orange to brown, fluffy head, nice carbonation.
Smell of malt and bread, red and dark fruit.
Taste is bittersweetness. There's some fruit, but mostly syrup and malts. The hops are very present, especially in the aftertaste.
The announced koriander is hard to notice.
The 8.2% abv is well hidden: the beer has a warming quality to it.
Overall a well crafted and pleasant beer.

Photo of Kulrak
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden brown color with light tan head, and lots of it. The head is creamy and chunky and stays around for a while. Smells of estery sweetness, very pleasant. Tastes very sweet as well, with a nice clean finish. Some orange notes on the back end. Very creamy mouthfeel, not harsh at all, but not flat. All in all a very drinkable beer. Wish I could afford to get it all the time.

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 Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours that deep ruby brown color that I love; the beige head is greathearted, with fine lace that clings mightily to the glass. Nose is malt, fruit sweet, hint of plums? Sweet malt start, with a skinny top, middling carbonation, hop spicy, very dry long lasting aftertaste. Complex flavors, and a quite interesting beer to say the least.

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

33cl Bottle, best before 9th Feb 2013, reviewed Apr 2011. Poured into a Leffe chalice.

The body was a clear Mahogany Browny/Red colour above sat an off-white head of large bubbles that was to leave some good lacing as the beer level fell.

The beer gave off a slight hop aroma with red berries and summer floral smells mixed in.

The beer came across as a well carbonated, semi-sweet beer with hints of red berries in the flavours, especially in the aftertaste. The alcohol wasn't evident in the brew, well hidden considering it holds 8.2%ABV.

One of the Leffe stables better beers.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

In a mahogany color with pronounced red glare, the draft gives off aromas of red fruits with a sweet odor of alcohol. The taste is pretty much alcohol that the mouth is relatively soft. One thinks then wood but in the end, we immediately notice that the flavors seem artificial, are far from being pleasant to the taste.

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Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.