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Leffe Radieuse - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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very good

241 Ratings
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 16
Gots: 25 | 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 ecoastman
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Leffe is tasting much better than the Blonde and Brun but then again this is the third beer of my Leffe tasting night. A little like the others but a bit more fruity and a touch boozy. I look forward to tasting this on a fresh palate.

It pours nice in the chalice with a good head but less lacing than the Blonde and Brun. The colour is beautiful though with a brandy coloured hue.

The aroma is a bit fruity and boozy..

Less metallic than the other Leffes...

A nice level of carbonation.

Good stuff I think... the next tasting will tell for sure.

Photo of mrmanning
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep ruby/amber pour with a large billowing and frothy off white cap. Lots of nice lace is left on the glass, and the head retention is great. Immediate nose of banana and bubblegum, some perfume, with toast and dark bread and spices. Tastes great. Of banana and tropical fruit, plum, spicy with good concentration of toasty notes. Overall very malty, sweet-ish, with a good zip of citric hops right at the finish. Creamy finish, balanced, very good.

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Viggo
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rude crimson colour, slightly brown-tinged with voluminous cream-coloured head, sinks but retains to about a finger thickness. Fine threads of bead, lacing is pretty minimal though. Interesting and quite good.

Nose is sweet and fruity, with big hints of strawberry, sultanas and a slight buttery edge to it as well. Slight tart aspect and a mild pine wood aroma. Very Belgian, with a lot of rich, sweet aromas. Très pleasant.

Taste is very pleasant indeed with the deep, textured flavour of roasted barley providing the backbone to the palate. Elements of strawberry, light coffee characters and a nice burnt sugar edge. Finish is long and powerful and has a strong dried fruit flavour, mixed with a fresh citrus texture. Mouthfeel is nicely thick and has quite a grainy sensation to it, but leaves you really quite dessicated at the end. A lot of yeast spiciness helps with this, this has a definite savoury edge in spite of the potent sweet flavours.

Nice alcohol warmth to it as well; it permeates the palate without drawing attention to itself. This is a very pleasant beer. Doesn't scream at you or beg to be embraced, just warming and charming for its own sake. At 8.2% I'd call it eminently drinkable.

Photo of TheSarge
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of crnipeter
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of adamette
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle purchased at a Brussels bottle shop for probably 2 Euros into a clean, clear glass.

A Frothy, white head over a copper, tranlucent body.

S Minimal Kriek like bitterness (nothing too bitter, like a cherry bitter) with the backdrop of a Leffe Blonde.

T Carried right from the smell, a nice Kriek like bitterness over the base of a Leffe Ale. Mostly grainy, hides alcohol VERY well.

M Light to medium despite elevated ABV.

D Very good. This one can sneak up on you since the ABV is hidden so well.

Notes: It was a treat to have in Brussels!

Photo of Macca
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark amber colour with a centimetre of head. Drops away quickly. Clear.

Aroma - dark caramel, cooked apple, something not quite right in there as well, a bit skunky, cherry?

Taste - the alcohol comes through straight away with some sweet malts, reasonably well balanced. Definite spicey elements.

Mouth feel - a biy cloying

A well made beer but I am not a big fan of the style.

Photo of Jeffo
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

Into my Leffe chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium-thick off-white head with decent retention. Color is a sangria red and chestnut brown and is very clear with lots of carbonation in the form of small bubbles. Head slowly settles to a thick cap. Good film stays and leaves some decent lacing down the down the glass.

SMELL: A relatively strong nose of toasted and caramel malt with hints of sweet malt too. Some sweet fruit is there, red apples and some green grapes as well. Some floral elements as well as a touch of Belgian yeast in the background. Pretty nice overall.

TASTE: Toasted and caramel malt sweetness up front. A definite floral touch and herbal elements as well, as the label advertised. Some spicy Belgian yeast through the middle and then finishes with some hop bitterness. A mild but long lasting bitter aftertaste is pleasant and enjoyable. Not nearly as sweet as the nose had indicated and the alcohol is nowhere to be seen. A very nice job here.

PALATE: Medium body with medium-low carbonation; lower than expected given the carbonation visible. Creamy and velvety smooth on the palate, goes down easy smooth with no bite and finishes crisp and slightly dry on the palate. Good here too.

OVERALL: A very solid effort here. Leffe certainly makes some great beers, and this is probably their best one I've sampled to date. Unfortunately, the brewery gets forgotten sometimes, as their brews are so readily available here in Europe and across the pond. An enjoyable and drinkable brew, this one definitely comes recommended.

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33c bottle chilled just below room temperature and poured into a Leffe chalice.

A thick egg white head builds immediately upon pouring from the bottle held at an angle to the glass, however the head doesn't stick around for long. It falls away to a thin head that leaves healthy amoun of lacing.

Held to the light the Leffe Radieuse is a deep tea hue moving towards rust territory.

Smell is very much floral with garden herbs and roasted, perhaps even smoked, fruits.

The taste is very much in line with the nose of this beer with the exception of fruits like banana. The roasted fruits are evident and the garden herbs note is easily identified as coriander.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a hefty coating of a very smooth beer.

Not the best Leffe, that honor goes to the Tripel for me, however it definitely ranks highly

Photo of Suds
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of goblet
4/5  rDev +7%
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 .

Photo of atis
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of shwami
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of darklordlager
4/5  rDev +7%
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...

Photo of Nickls
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Bitzy
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of scootny
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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!!

Photo of garcia2a
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.