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Leffe Radieuse - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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very good

214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A. visit their website

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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Photo of RyGlas

1/5  rDev -73.4%

12-25-2012 17:59:26 | More by RyGlas
Photo of Julian4077


1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

07-30-2012 09:30:55 | More by Julian4077
Photo of kojevergas


2.28/5  rDev -39.4%

33cl Leffe bottle poured into ZBF 2010 stemware in me friend's gaff in Ghent, Belgium. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of fair cream and thickness, but good retention, especially for the ABV. Very dark copper colour; nontransparent.

Sm: Floral and fruit ester hops. Very fresh. Refreshing. A mild scent, but rather appealing.

T: Caramelized malt alongside poorly balanced floral and slight ester hops. Maybe even some grape is there, but it's so indistinct and muted it's hard to isolate. Not bold or particularly complex. Unrefreshing. Very boring.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a touch of dryness towards the finish - the reason for it isn't clear. Not at all complementary of the flavours on the body.

Dr: High ABV, but it doesn't come through. Drinkable but fairly low quality. Skip over this one; there are better beers in Belgium.

06-28-2011 21:16:35 | More by kojevergas
Photo of DaPeculierDane


2.42/5  rDev -35.6%

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.

01-21-2006 20:52:24 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of Stoutsman


2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

01-14-2012 22:01:37 | More by Stoutsman
Photo of Bellonc


2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

06-16-2013 13:32:20 | More by Bellonc
Photo of Troublebar


2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

06-30-2014 09:09:00 | More by Troublebar
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

08-19-2012 23:00:43 | More by Wantedandlisted
Photo of GreenCard


2.73/5  rDev -27.4%

Appearance: ruby-brown, great clarity, medium layer of off-white spongey foam that slowly collapses leaving a few strands of lace, OK head retention

Aroma: hints of tropical fruite (pineapple? banana?), fresh bread

Flavor: initially quite sweet (like all Leffe's), then it calms down a bit as the peppery alcohol kicks in along with a generic "hop flavor", hint of cinnamon and/or clove, finishes semisweet with a sugary aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, fine but zesty carbonation, fair amount of alcohol warmth

Other comments: I have a lot of animosity towards Leffe for many reasons which I will not go into here (OK, perhaps I'll mention one reason: newbie Belgian beer fanatics tend to think Leffe is a good example of Belgian brewing), but I think I have done pretty well in being objective in this review. This is the only passable Leffe beer. The rest are utter crap and I refuse to review them.

02-22-2006 18:54:27 | More by GreenCard
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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

01-27-2014 11:05:45 | More by Saind
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -25.5%

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.

11-03-2003 18:04:56 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of ThaCreep


2.85/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

01-02-2010 16:16:50 | More by ThaCreep
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -22.9%

Pours a chestnut amber, clear, with good carbonation and a thin film of head. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma is dried fruits, cherry, yeast with light notes of spice, with figs and rose petals at play.

The taste is all raisins and plums, cherries, banana, with yeast and yeast pepperiness in evidence. Dry finish. Some iron in the aftertaste. Alcohol is noticeable.

I don't know. This just doesn't work for me. Everything seems to clash and just hit my palate a little too harshly. It's kind of sweet and dry at the same time. Very unusual.

Medium to full bodied with decent carbonation.

I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this again.

11-21-2009 02:22:40 | More by MeisterBurger
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

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

05-13-2002 00:55:51 | More by rastaman
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-16-2012 21:07:46 | More by brinch
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

05-24-2013 12:51:36 | More by desint
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

05-21-2013 18:06:27 | More by pin
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-27-2011 01:55:21 | More by educorgan
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-18-2011 23:16:55 | More by LambicKing
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

01-10-2012 00:35:18 | More by Robje
Photo of joecast


3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

forms a large foamy biege head that settles to a dense cap while admiring its other properties.
lightly carbonated clear deep amber color.
aroma of sweet fruity maltiness. almost thickly so. slight bit of alcohol makes its way through.
somewhat uninspiring taste pushing the malt but lacking much complexity. again, slight alcohol in the taste which could be overlooked if there was more to cover it.
smooth, though light mouthfeel once up to drinking temp.
why heavy, dark beers are filtered i will never understand. imo, bottle conditioning gives the chance for so much more to be experienced by the drinker (mouthfeel, flavor, aroma).
well, a lazy effort - maybe.
uninspiring - yup.

12-17-2004 21:28:37 | More by joecast
Photo of crnipeter


3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

250 ml poured in Leffe glass.

Clear ruby-brown, tan short lived head.

Caramel, cherry, clove, some light alcohol.

Corresponds to the aromas: sweet malt, cherries, clove. Not much to talk about.


No problem to drink several in a row, but why would I?

Overall, very average, indecisive brew - a mixture of different styles without really belonging to any of them. Characterless.
I found Vieille Cuvee being much better.

07-05-2009 08:57:45 | More by crnipeter
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

330 ml bottle, in the Leffe christmas pack we got.

Pours a clear bronze, some reddish highlights, a bit of orange, very thin off white head forms, settles to a disappointing and thin ring, no real lacing, doesn't look good for a Belgian.

Smell is okay, sweet and sugary, some dark fruit, alcohol, banana, some decent esters, cherries and strawberries, pear juice, fusel, brown sugar, a bit of biscuit, one dimensional.

Taste is interesting, very sweet, brown sugar, honey, fruity sourness, some iron, fusel alcohol, cherries, banana, pear, dry finish, almost a little brett like, but very sweet and boozy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not doing anything for me, alcohol is in your face and much too sweet.

11-19-2009 23:07:13 | More by Viggo
Photo of philphilphil


3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

pours a deep red colour, with decent off white head, goes off quickly though.
Smells of cloves and spice, not a bad smell.
Tastes of the same.
Mouthfeel isnt good like the leffe blonde, but still decent.
Drinkability is less than blondel,but okay, woyldnt buy again.

08-31-2010 06:31:44 | More by philphilphil
Photo of revdrjbob


3.15/5  rDev -16.2%

Another brew sampled from my Leffe glass, but I find it's not as good as the Blonde. Different styles, yes, but not the best.
Poured a dark amber/ red colour with the usual white fluffy head and active carbonation.
Aromas of slighty dark malts (CaraAroma?), spices, and a hint of alcohol.
Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, dark fruits, slight malt, and spices (cinnamon and corriander?). Little to no hop. Finished with an alocohol warmth and a clean snap.
Easy drinking, but not my fave.

12-07-2004 04:14:42 | More by revdrjbob
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Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.