Leffe Radieuse - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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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.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2011 22:48:56 | More by biboergosum
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Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.