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Leffe Radieuse - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001)
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Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Radieuse reminds me a lot of the Leffe Vieille Cuvée, only a little less malty, and with a slightly different nose. The beer itself is a wonderfully clear chestnut color with a firm tan head. Nice smell that has elements of smoke, gourd, and alcohol. Peppery, slightly spicy, moderately malty, and very rich taste. Mostly sweet, but not overly so. Extremely smooth mouthfeel, despite quite high carbonation. Good brew.

Suds, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber/ruby. Inch-high off-white head fades to a thing covering. Good lacing.
Typical Belgian yeast aroma, some white rum, lots of phenols, then some banana, nutmeg and cinnamon and a fair whack of sweet malt. Remarkably like the dubbel I brewed the other day.
Flavour is mostly alcohol, some fruity malt, doughy yeast and some lemon. The alcohol and high sweetness combine to make a cloying finish.
Loads of alcoholic heat on the palate and too much carbonation. Used to think Leffe was the be all and end all of intense expensive beers. Thank god I got over the stage.

CrazyDavros, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of goblet
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured it out of a 330 ml bottle with a date of 09/20/09 .the bottle has a foil wrapping over the top that runs down the neck .i`ve had it a few times.

A, the beer make a nice white froth head after the pour but quicky dissapates .it looks ruby red with a brownish tint to it .no lace .

S a mild scent of fruit like cherrys maybe flower .you got some malt,suger characteristic to it as well .

T,it`s got a bitter fruit taste like dark cherrys ,clove along with alcohol perhaps wood and flowers like roses .

M,an alcohol and bitter malt after taste medium body little hops flaver some suger feel on the palate afterwards.

D.i enjoy this beer i`ve purchased this on occasion and find it goes well with roast beef even a cheese burger .

goblet, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of atis
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250 ml bottle from Nice supermarket, had never seen this one before.

Pours deep amber with off-white head that fades to thin layer and ring around the glass, patchy lacing. Aroma is complex sweet and spicy malt with light alcohol with hints of toast and caramel.

Taste is similar, but simplier - sweet alcoholic caramel malt with weak bitterness towards the medium dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium with smooth alcohol warming.

Overall, the beer is not bad, but taking into account all the amazing Trappists I would buy this one only if there is nothing else in the shop.

atis, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of shwami
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Six pack of .25l bottles. Purchased at a Cora in France. Had never heard of or seen Leffe Radieuse before and was intrigued by the newly discovered offering.

A: Ruby red with thin layer of foamy head. High carbonation and appealing to look at in my Westmalle Trappist goblet.

S: Not much to speak of here. Faint phenolic character...fruity notes.

T: Complexity is evident and enjoyable. Slight sweetness quickly overwhelmed by lasting alcohol and refreshing bitterness, boosted by hops. Malt goodness appears as it warms with every sip.

M: Bite mellows as the tiny bubbles sooth the tongue. Loved the level of carbonation within this tasty Belgian concoction.

D: Pleasant, strong sipper...great on a cold, rainy day...this is a keeper.

shwami, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of AlexLMS
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: ruby colour. Good clarity. The head is beige, moderate in size and kind of creamy. It may not be long lasting but presents lots of lacings.
Aroma: sweet malts, red fruits and alcohol.
Taste: sweet but not cloying, alcoholic vinous, very light herbal hops and spices.
Mouthfeel: unctuous, average to low carbonation, high but very well disguised alcoholic strength (beware!) and a full body.
Finish: starts with a sweet alcohol feeling that turns to a harsh aftertaste.

Overall: nice Leffe with an interesting aroma and reasonably distinct character. Not the best Strong Belgium Ale in the market but quite enjoyable.

AlexLMS, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great starting head which dies to a single bubble layer. The color is dark brown and cloudy.

Aroma: Pleasantly earthy, like freshly tilled soil.

Great balance--darker malt flavors with a strong level of alcohol warmth. There is hop in the background providing some balance. Lots of carbonation but the body holds up well against it.

smcolw, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice...A good 1.5" tan foam to begin with, which recedes down to about 1/2 an inch, leaving heavy lacing and clinging to the glass...LOTS of lacing! Light brown, ruby colored.

Smell is fruity, fairly complex and very balanced. A mild spiciness is apparent...

Taste is fruity and sweet up front, then mellowing out into a slightly chalky aftertaste with a sour bite at the end.
A little bit of alcohol warmth as it gets closer to room temp.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, yet it sticks to the tongue.

This be an easy drinker, but the 8.2% ABV will limit continued consumption...

It doesn't taste quite as complex as it smells, and it leaves you wanting something more...Overall an enjoyable (and affordable) Belgian Strong Dark Ale...

darklordlager, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Nickls
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Ruby brown color, with a nice thick slightly off-white head

S - Fruity and malty, with a little bit of sourness that reminded me of cherries

T - Definitely strong on the malt (good for the style), but back to the fruity characteristics found in the aroma. A little spice seems added, which is OK, but not too spectacular

M - Medium to thicker, and pretty viscous. I would have expected a bit more carbonation

D - Not too bad in this department, alcohol was well-hidden, but this is a bit to take down.

Overall, this was a pretty good brew and would recommend it. But don't set your expectations too high.

Nickls, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
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
Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown and has a spicy yeastiness. Above average mouthfeel. Satisfying though not exceptional Belgian. Yes got a little cherry and orange, cinammon,a little chocolate. Appropriate carbonation. Sufficient caramel sweetness to make itt drinkable.

Sammy, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of Bitzy
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark mahogany color with a 1.5 finger head. The smell was quite nice with hints of caramel, fruits like cherries, orange, and raisins, there was esters given off by the alcohol. Tastewise I was not blown away by this beer. However, I could see myself drinking more than one. I recently tried 3 other Leffe beers and this one can second to Leffe Brown.

Bitzy, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of scootny
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 330 ml bottle courtesy of ggaughan. It pours a clear ruddy brown into my Chimay chalice. A two finger head and decent lacing along the rim. No carbonation evident but something has to be keeping the milky wisps on the top of my glass alive. A nice looking BSDA.

Smell is dark fruits and malt. Heavy banana and yeast esters. A hint of bubble gum and light alcohol.

Taste is more of the same. Sweet malt and dark fruits, (figs and dates). The malt is more prominent than the fruit but the two of them come first. Some caramel comes through. Banana in the middle with fruity yeast and just the slightest bit of alcohol heat. Clean hops in the finish with toasted biscuit lingering on the palate.

Mouthefeel is wonderful,a medium weight with a slight chewyness. Carbonation is works with the dry finish to leave a clean mouth in a state of anticipation.

Drinkability is very good. The alcohol does not call attention to itself and as such I went through my glass faster than I wanted. I could quaff a few. It is strong though so watch out!!

scootny, May 29, 2008
Photo of garcia2a
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
Photo of ATPete
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

33ml bottle purchased from The Beer Koning in Amsterdam, NL.

A- pours a translucent amber/brown, nice highlights, with a monster of a white head and tons of lacing.

S- roasted malts, burnt toast, plums, dates, candi sugar.

T- prominatly malty, some cherry notes, booze, chocolate, think of a Amber on steroids.

M- Beefy, good carbonation, a nice malty aftertaste and some bright tannin, slightly weighty...

D- the 8.2 limits this one i think, too big of a body...but excellent for 1 or 2, add some balance with extra hops and this is a winner.

R- i probably wont buy it again, Leffe, although a very commericial brewery they do produce some well made beers, but this one just didnt do it for me.

ATPete, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of soulgrowl
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pillowy, massively impressive eggnog-hued head with thick lacing. Body is a yeast-dusted root beer brown-orange.

Smell: Yeasty spice laid upon a moderately toasty-sweet malt base; clove, wintergreen, and bubble gum, along with graham crackers and cranberries come to mind. Light apple-juicy character accompanies a fuller toffee-caramel sweetness from the malts and a leafy earthiness from the yeast, perked up by a touch of floral hops and a bright orange-like character. Smells like Christmas!

Taste: Balanced and somewhat subdued, but with plenty of character. A solid mix of fruity-vinous and spicy-earthy notes, with loads of apple, pear, and limoncello countered by bready, caramelly malts, sparkling champagne-like alcohol, and a faint, floral hop smack. Finish is surprisingly dry for an otherwise sweet beer. This doesn't quite offer the depth I like in a dark Belgian, but it's nice if you think of it more as a pale Belgian.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated; spritzy to cut through some of the sweetness and enhance the spicy notes, but not so spritzy that it interferes with the malts' flavors.

Drinkability: This is a very tasty ale. Again, it would make a better Belgian pale ale than a Belgian dark ale, but whatever it is, it's pretty good, and deceptively drinkable for its strength.

soulgrowl, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

thierrynantes, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of janubio
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

janubio, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Hautacam, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

LittleCreature, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of basica
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
Photo of Edmund
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
Photo of Vancer
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
Photo of Beeryce
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beeryce, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of roblowther
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

roblowther, Nov 16, 2006
Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
84 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.