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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 thierrynantes


4/5  rDev +6.4%

Sorry but this comment is in french :

Appearance : Couleur brique, cristalline, peu saturée , mousse beige abondante, serrée et de belle tenue.
Smell : Arôme caramélisé et très subtilement acidulé et épicé.
Taste and mouthfeel : Saveur puissante, caramélisée, assez douce, légèrement piquante et poivrée Bouche moelleuse, alcoolisée. Bonne post-amertume caramélisée.
Drinkability : une bonne bière

10-27-2007 13:28:03 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of janubio


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Amber colour, pours a reddish head that is not very big, but last for a while.
Smell is sweet cherries, dark fruits, cinnamon, caramel, spicy.
Dry flavor.
Taste: Cherries, a hint of chocolate, floral, spicies and a bitter touch. Fruits, caramel.
A good one, though I think something is missing, not sure what.

09-18-2007 11:58:43 | More by janubio
Photo of Hautacam


3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

On tap in Lyon, France.
Clear deep red with almost no head.
Smells of caramel and fruit....some spices.
Tastes very sweet , malty ..light..caramel..kind of clovey..strawberry....a bit thin in taste.
Mouthfeel was light ....carbonation medium.
A decent thirst quencher , but not as good as either the brune or blonde.

08-05-2007 16:55:36 | More by Hautacam
Photo of LittleCreature


3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance - 4.5
Poured 3 fingers of thick cream coloured head which lingered before reducing to a still impressive 2 fingers and leaved fantastic lacing while I drank it. The colour is a clear reddish brown, very attractive.

Smell - 3.0
Not particularly alcoholic, the predominant smell being of sweet malt. There is also some berry-like fruitiness and a little banana.

Taste - 4.0
Moderate to strong alcohol upfront, but this disappears behind the sweetness. A little fruity, bitter caramel, bready and a slightly woody taste are detectable amongst the sweet malt. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and quite smooth.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Carbonation is moderate, with fine chamagne like bubbles. Smooth and moderate in weight.

Drinkability - 3.5
The more I had of this, the more I was liking it. I could definitely go for a second in one sitting, although it is a little too sweet for ultimate drinkability.

OVERALL - 3.85
A better score than I though I was originally going to give this beer, but I think it deserves it. A smooth aftertaste with very little alcohol character is the highlight, along with the big fluffy head. A fine belgian.

07-20-2007 07:50:28 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of basica


4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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.

06-09-2007 17:27:43 | More by basica
Photo of Edmund

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

04-22-2007 23:31:50 | More by Edmund
Photo of Vancer


4.6/5  rDev +22.3%

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.

12-06-2006 16:16:26 | More by Vancer
Photo of Beeryce


4/5  rDev +6.4%

With a large thick and creamy off-white, ruby hued, head this beer is very appealing to the eye. The head unfortunately has little stability and retention, but still manages to produce excellent lacing; ringing my glass with each sip. The beer itself also has a ruby hue to its deep opaque amber brown color.

The nose is magnificent; so complex and diverse it is hard to believe. The major smell is red raspberries with sweet malty sugar in the back. The complexity and diversity is from the blackberries, cranberries and cherries as well as spices and alcohol. These all combine to produce one of the best noses I have smelled.

The taste is equally as complex, superb and diverse. There is an excellent balance between sweetness and more of a tartness, as apposed to bitterness, to the malt character. The raspberry flavor also dominates the palate, being simultaneously both sweet and tart. However, the other flavors intertwine themselves together creating and excellent taste. The front is of berries and cherries then spices and a little bittersweet chocolate kick in. The finish comes full circle; sour berries and cranberry tartness with the alcohol accentuating the taste perfectly. With an aftertaste of sweet and sour red raspberries which leaves the palate fresh and clean. The high amount of alcohol the beer contains is very well hid only pleasantly complementing.

There is a slight weight to the mouthfeel, which harmonizes nicely with the taste. Carbonation appears to be very low as there are no visible bubbles, but there is effervescence to the mouthfeel as well.

The drinkability is high despite the 8.2% alcohol as it is very well hid in exquisite flavors. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and encourage others to give it a try.

11-28-2006 00:31:25 | More by Beeryce
Photo of roblowther


3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours a reddish brown with a thin, lacy head. It looks and indeed smells a bit like wassel. Smells of malt rather than hops and taste is not far behind. A trace of sharpness up front and a surprisingly acidic and metalic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit watery given the beer's color, but not so much as to ruin the experience. Has a warming, alcohol finish much after the rest. Bare notes of fruit in this, coloring the flavor but not really adding much of any sweetness. All in all a decent brew but that aftertaste needs some work.

11-16-2006 12:21:14 | More by roblowther
Photo of Kulrak


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

10-15-2006 12:13:20 | More by Kulrak
Photo of vancurly


3.33/5  rDev -11.4%

Bottle quotes a best by 12/2/08. Don't know if that's dd/mm or mm/dd.
Poured into an old Leffe chalice that I got in a gift pack.
Dense beige head, holds for a time, fades with drinking. No obvious carbonation.
Colour of russet, burnt orange, chestnut... appealing.
The nose is initially subtle, but picks up with the ambient temperature... fresh hops are first to come out, but then sweet candy, orange, a hint of raw steak. As it warms further, some malt becomes apparent.
While no obvious carbonation, the fluid expands in the mouth, releasing the dissolved CO2.
The flavour belies the nose... it's all spice. Cinnamon, musk, clove. You could marinade a pork fillet in this beer... What malt there is makes a late appearance, as the ale warms in the glass. There is a light hint of hop flavour at the finish, but by then the bitterness kicks in.
With this, there are notes of fennel/anise... this seems to carry into the mouthfeel, where the bitterness is more reminiscent of absinthe or campari.... more of a harsh digestive bitterness, than the more familiar hop bitterness.
An interesting drink, but I don't know exactly how to tackle it....

08-31-2006 09:58:05 | More by vancurly
Photo of ernie

Russian Federation

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Dark red color, very deep, big head with a little tan, propler lace.

Aroma very complex and rich, a mixture of malts, dark caramelized sugar, fruity yeasts, honey and cherry brandy.

Start warming, malty, sweetness restrained. Big body that make you realize the real gravity and alcohol content dut doesn't abuse you. Nice interplay of malts and yeasts, hoppy and medicinal tones in the finish, great long bisquity aftertaste.

Good beer, recommended!

07-01-2006 18:58:54 | More by ernie
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
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

330ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a dark red / chestnut brown colour... Slightly off white head poured medium sized and faded to almost nothing...

Aroma - Sweet toasted malts, dark fruits - prunes, figs. Light treacle notes, some spiciness / pepperiness, nutty...

Taste – Sweet toffee / treacle maltiness, light spicy hops, nutty, raisins, quite noticable alcohol...

Feel - Quite sharp. Medium body. Pretty drinkable for the strength..

Overall - A pretty good beer... well worth a try...

02-20-2006 11:35:37 | More by mdagnew
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 JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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

01-18-2006 22:25:14 | More by JohnW
Photo of Finite


4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

In-offencive smell, very nice with a hint of fruit and smooth malt. Smell was a little faint for me and a bit hard to pick

Head formed to about 1 inch then settled down after a few mins, with constantly inviting blubbles and a resting head which disipates to a thin film of very light tan brown froth. Its colour is dark amber red.

Sits very nice in the mouth with a nice hint of thickness to the whole mix, not much carbonization at all. Definate coffee and malt blended taste, then comes the cherry or fruity sudgestions. After taste is malty and of alchohol but no where near offencive. Im surprised this beer is 8.2% because its hard to spot yet not totaly evasive still a hit of it if very small.

I quite enjoyed this beer and being one of my first dark ales in a very long time I will be back for more!

11-21-2005 10:06:36 | More by Finite
Photo of atigerlife


4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

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!

11-15-2005 05:30:50 | More by atigerlife
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

BB date 03/07/07.
A: I choose to serve it warmer than the recommended low temp. (5-6C are you kidding?!) in a big, tulip-shaped wine glass; a dark chestnut-brown hue with a little reddish intervention, the beige beer-head is short-lived but settles to a very thin, foamy layer sustaining well.
S: besides the expectable note of preserved dark-fruits, slightly sour spice, candyish-orangey peel, and a pinch of brown sugar, a rather refreshingly sharp hop aroma makes itself felt in the background. The sweetish malty note deep in the background is even similar to a strong pale malty lager--quite nice actually.
T: pouring in the mouth a very creamy texture of dark malts accompanied with a lively spicy touch...quickly leading to an intense bitter taste like herbs or root-vegetable on top of a typically Belgian spice-mix--coriander seed and curacao peel. Hops make a more explicit presence well in the aftertaste, and the finish is quite clean and light, without any unpleasant residual sugary and alcohol taste.
M&D: quite lively mouthfeel for such a strong beer of 8.2%abv., remaining not too gassy and not flat. However in the aftertaste it turns a little bit thin. Overall a medium-bodied and quite flavoursome strong dark ale, this is a balanced beer b/w sour-spiciness and sweetness, with a finer taste than Leffe Blond and Brune.

09-11-2005 01:38:33 | More by wl0307
Photo of Beersignal

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Beautiful chestnut brown colour, with ruby highlights under a decent cream coloured cap of medium lasting foam. Crystal clear, no lacing.

Subtle notes of malt are picked up at first whiff and are followed by hints of cinnamon and cloves. Some ripe berries in the middle and slightly syrupy in the finish.

Medium bodied, warming alcohol. Flavours of fruit soaked in rhum near the middle, followed by faint notes of cloves and nutmeg. Finishes on tones of bitter alcohol and metallic hardness.

All around decent beer, but lacking the imagination I have come accustomed to in Belgian brews not to mention there was hardly any hop aromas and flavours to speak of.

07-05-2005 23:35:54 | More by Beersignal
Photo of hefevice


3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

Bottle. Pours clear redish dark amber with a bug bubbly biege head which in my case did not stick around for long (although I think I am having a bad day, on the previous drink in a different glass a hefeweizen went completely flat on me) but left reasonable lacing. Aroma is phenol spices with light molassis/golden syrup (you may need to be an Aussie to get that reference). Taste to me is quite dry, again the golden syrup and a little spiciness peeping through momentarily before being dominated by the alcohol. Nowhere near as subtle with the alcohol as a other Belgian Strongs I have tried and for me this was the main disappointment to an otherwise reasonably solid brew.

04-22-2005 09:26:13 | More by hefevice
Photo of Weizenmensch


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

04-14-2005 11:46:05 | More by Weizenmensch
Photo of watermelonman


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

01-13-2005 04:13:52 | More by watermelonman
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 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
Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.