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Leffe Radieuse - Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

221 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 14
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

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 +0.8%

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 17, 2008
Photo of Bitzy
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%

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 +10.7%

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 +15.5%

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 -12.5%

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 +6.1%

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 +6.7%

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 -2.7%

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 -8%

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 -0.5%

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 +26.7%

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 +16.8%

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 22, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%

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 +6.7%

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 -9.3%

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
Photo of Kulrak
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

Kulrak, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of vancurly
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%

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....

vancurly, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of ernie
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

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!

ernie, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of GreenCard
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%

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.

GreenCard, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

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...

mdagnew, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.42/5  rDev -35.5%

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.

DaPeculierDane, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of JohnW
3.9/5  rDev +4%

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

JohnW, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of Finite
4.05/5  rDev +8%

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!

Finite, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of atigerlife
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

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
Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
85 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.