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Leffe Radieuse - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001)
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AlexanderSta, Aug 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

basica, Jun 09, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

AlexLi, Jul 09, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

shick1, Mar 11, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +23.3%

Lion088, Sep 04, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +23.3%

ManosPanda, Sep 09, 2014
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4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great brew! Just top notch in all aspects.

A fresh brew, label noted BB 9/9/08 , which thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam, I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy.

My clear coffee cup was graced with a clear, ruby edged amber brown brew – ivory pillow and ring lace.

GREAT aroma starting with malts, then the fruity esters kick in, including winter spices – mainly clove.

A spicey lil’ brew, geez, I seem to be hit with a wintergreen and clove one-two punch in the quaff. Solid offering of the Belgium yeast and sugar cane too.

Sharp and dry, there is no hint of a 8.2% train coming at ya. A real wow brew. Wish I could get more of these.

Vancer, Dec 06, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

BoringBunny, Nov 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

olympicgatorade, May 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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!

shigg85, Jun 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a prune-juice like colour topped by a nice thick head. Aroma and taste are dominated by fruits with alcohol hints. Nice fruity long lasting after taste. Alcohol level is 8.2% but it felt around 5.5% when i drank the beer. It goes down quite easily and is very pleasant to drink. Another wonderful beer by Leffe

ipogios, Jan 01, 2003
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I really enjoyed this beer. Dark and rich prune juice appearance...(forgive the analogy and any unpleasant associations). Aroma and flavors of dark ripe fruit; plums, raisins, prunes, yeasty spiciness and alcohol interplay with the senses. Hops subtly but effectively balance out the equation. Outstanding brew that paired perfectly with a delicious, rare steak. A nice find on tap this past weekend in Toronto.

John, Aug 06, 2002
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 2000 vintage.
Look: poured a deep red-brown color, leaving almost no head
Smell: Heavy sweet malts, caramel, nuts, vanilla, dark fruits and spices.
Taste: Sweet plums, caramel, but also some red cherries. Spicy and creamy.
Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation, thick body
Overall: By far my favorite leffe, and as shown by this bottle, with great aging potential

rvdoorn, Jun 04, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Thick, darkish-cream coloured head with moderately sized bubbles. Moderate, even dissipation. Deep amber colour. Best term is 'burnt orange'. Clear.

Smell: Strong smell of sweet, dark fruits and, strangely, candied dates. Slight hoppiness.

Taste: Definitely candied dates, strawberry, and possibly blackberry? More apparent, but certainly subtle hoppes, easing into a pleasant bitterness. No sign of the 8.5%.

Mouthfeel: A bit fizzy, unfortunately. Otherwise very smooth and enjoyable.

Drinkability: A shame I only bought one today.

Edmund, Apr 23, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lovely deep amber, cherry in color with half an inch of frothy white foam atop. The cherry notes really shine through when held up to the light. Plenty of lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look good.

S: Smells of dark fruits, sweet malts, vanilla and yeast which lends the beer an overarching "bubble gum" smell. Reminds me a lot of Leffe Blonde, with the addition of a darker fruit and roasted malt characteristic. Enticing, if a bit on the sweet side.

T: Surprisingly, the dark fruits don't shine through much on the tongue, with the exception of some subtle raisin and cherry. What really comes through to me are the sweet, roasted and caramel malts, vanilla, spice and the yeast, which, like in the aroma, blends to create a "bubble gum" flavor. Hops are hardly noticeable and the alcohol is masked superbly well, almost undetectable. Very similar to Leffe Blonde, but with a bit more of a fruity/roasted characteristic.

M: This is a medium bodied beer with perfect carbonation and a lovely, creamy and slightly chewy mouthfeel. It is highly drinkable for a higher ABV brew and goes down super easy.

O: Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer after having tried some of the other Leffe beers and being only mildly amused. Leffe Blonde was the first offering of theirs I tried and I really enjoyed it, so I was very interested to see what their other brews were like. This one is a tad bit on the sweet side, but not overly so, and has enough flavor and complexity to keep me happy. It's high drinkability for such a high ABV brew is also quite impressive. I am usually not too fond of Belgian strong ales, but this one is certainly an exception. Cheers!

kflorence, Apr 08, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hands down this is the best Leffe I've had. Not too bad, considering most of their beers are mediocre at best.

With a good pour, Radieuse produces a fair amount of light tan head. The body is dark, fairly well filtered with slight haze. The head retention lasts forever and lacing sticks well to the glass.

Aromas are copperish/metallic hops, with spicy notes and hints of raison.

This brew is very flavorful with hints of plum, orange and a slight mixture of various spices to offset the fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is full, chewy, coarse, dry, with a warm finish.

Overall this is a complex beer, sweet, fruity, all of it works well to make this a thought provoking beer.

TheSarge, Jul 11, 2009
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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Happened across a bottle straight from Belgium.

A - Crystal clear amber nut brown with deep orange/maroon highlights. Pours a thick creamy head that peaks well and lasts throughout the drink. Above average lacing.

S - Lovely ester character. Bananna, dark nuts, soft yeast. Light spice.

T - Delicious. Biscuits and honey. A low layer of orange marmalade. Reconstituted raisins. Ripe bananas. Mellow booze. Soft malt throughout. Backdrop of spicy herbal hops and yeast. I enjoyed it even more as it warmed.

M - Silky smooth. Round with a sweet finish. Refreshing carbonation and a boozy tingle on the backend.

D - Great smooth mouthfeel, and a well balanced flavor profile. Great drinkability for 8.2%.

vfgccp, Jan 26, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into a Leffe glass.

The head was quite thin and quickly dissapated. An interesting brown/orange/red amber color.

The smell was sweet with hints of cherries. The taste was very pleasant. Caramel and molasses hints. A cherry-wine like taste in the backgrount. Light. Quite a subtle taste considering its ABV. The carbonation was quite light with a creamy feel.
Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised with this beer. I have always liked Leffe, but this was my first taste of Radieuse and it is as good, if not better, than the brune [and definitely better than the blonde].
I ate this with steak and blue cheese. Absolutely perfect!

atigerlife, Nov 15, 2005
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This tasty pours a rusty brown and is clear. Stiff head that reduced to a lacey coating during the first few sips. Lightly carbonated.

The bouquet is a balance bewteen ripe cherries and caramely malts. Nice tropical fruit back tones. This translated nicely to the taste. I'm getting sweet cherry, malt and caramel. Nice aftertaste, not heavy on the alcohol yet lovingly warming.

The body is smooth and moderate, probably due to what I thought was a prefect amount of malts.

This is a surprisingly easy beer to love, er drink. Lots of nice flavor with that underlying sweetness make you want another and another. Another tasty from Leffe.

garcia2a, May 02, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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

RodneyFarva, Nov 03, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a café next to a canal in Brugge (the perfect location). I saw this in Europe 2 years ago (along with the 9 degrees) and have never seen it in the States since then, so I was glad to try it. Reddish-brown color, extremely good nose with estery and malty swirls, delicious malt bomb. I'll keep looking for a way to stock my fridge with this.

TurdFurgison, Oct 19, 2008
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Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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