Leffe Radieuse - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2011 01:03:33 | More by TheBrewo
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Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.