Leffe Radieuse | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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#173 ranked Belgian Strong Dark Ale | 8.20% ABV

Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Photo of basica
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Happened across a bottle straight from Belgium.

A - Crystal clear amber nut brown with deep orange/maroon highlights. Pours a thick creamy head that peaks well and lasts throughout the drink. Above average lacing.

S - Lovely ester character. Bananna, dark nuts, soft yeast. Light spice.

T - Delicious. Biscuits and honey. A low layer of orange marmalade. Reconstituted raisins. Ripe bananas. Mellow booze. Soft malt throughout. Backdrop of spicy herbal hops and yeast. I enjoyed it even more as it warmed.

M - Silky smooth. Round with a sweet finish. Refreshing carbonation and a boozy tingle on the backend.

D - Great smooth mouthfeel, and a well balanced flavor profile. Great drinkability for 8.2%.

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Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this at the Tobu department store in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Poured into a white wine glass. Amazing dark hue with smells of banana and clove that pop out prominently, as well as apple and coriander. The taste matches with banana coming through the strong ethanol presence. Overall, this was a wonderful strong Belgian that I would definitely recommend and that I will be looking for again!

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Photo of drmeto
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-pours a clear deep amber with a big,frothy,off-white head
-high carbonation visible
-caramel,toffee,banana,white bread,plums,raisins,vanilla
-Follows the nose
-medium-high carbonation,medium-full body
Might be my fave Leffe Beer

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Photo of John
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I really enjoyed this beer. Dark and rich prune juice appearance...(forgive the analogy and any unpleasant associations). Aroma and flavors of dark ripe fruit; plums, raisins, prunes, yeasty spiciness and alcohol interplay with the senses. Hops subtly but effectively balance out the equation. Outstanding brew that paired perfectly with a delicious, rare steak. A nice find on tap this past weekend in Toronto.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 2000 vintage.
Look: poured a deep red-brown color, leaving almost no head
Smell: Heavy sweet malts, caramel, nuts, vanilla, dark fruits and spices.
Taste: Sweet plums, caramel, but also some red cherries. Spicy and creamy.
Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation, thick body
Overall: By far my favorite leffe, and as shown by this bottle, with great aging potential

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Photo of TheSarge
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of Edmund
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of kflorence
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lovely deep amber, cherry in color with half an inch of frothy white foam atop. The cherry notes really shine through when held up to the light. Plenty of lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look good.

S: Smells of dark fruits, sweet malts, vanilla and yeast which lends the beer an overarching "bubble gum" smell. Reminds me a lot of Leffe Blonde, with the addition of a darker fruit and roasted malt characteristic. Enticing, if a bit on the sweet side.

T: Surprisingly, the dark fruits don't shine through much on the tongue, with the exception of some subtle raisin and cherry. What really comes through to me are the sweet, roasted and caramel malts, vanilla, spice and the yeast, which, like in the aroma, blends to create a "bubble gum" flavor. Hops are hardly noticeable and the alcohol is masked superbly well, almost undetectable. Very similar to Leffe Blonde, but with a bit more of a fruity/roasted characteristic.

M: This is a medium bodied beer with perfect carbonation and a lovely, creamy and slightly chewy mouthfeel. It is highly drinkable for a higher ABV brew and goes down super easy.

O: Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer after having tried some of the other Leffe beers and being only mildly amused. Leffe Blonde was the first offering of theirs I tried and I really enjoyed it, so I was very interested to see what their other brews were like. This one is a tad bit on the sweet side, but not overly so, and has enough flavor and complexity to keep me happy. It's high drinkability for such a high ABV brew is also quite impressive. I am usually not too fond of Belgian strong ales, but this one is certainly an exception. Cheers!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip glass.

pours copper colored with a 2 finger head which dissipates with moderate lacing

mostly malts, some fruits in the nose, plums and raisins.

taste is fairly sweet, malts and same fruits throughout, with a noticeable alcohol sweetness at the end

overall, I quite enjoy it. better than several other Belgian Strong Dark Ales I have sampled

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Photo of atigerlife
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of SmashPants
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Format: traditional 330mL bottle, stylish label. I like it as a package; stylish.

Appearance: poured into a wide-mouth trappist glass. A clear, mid red-brown in colour with a finger of creamy beige head that leaves extremely thick lacing down the glass. Looks pretty darn good.

Aroma: some fruits here with a touch of sherry, bread malts and plenty of Belgian yeasts.

Taste: definite heavy fruits here with strong Belgian yeasts and an almost cake-like biscuit and bread malt character. A touch of warming alcohol. Very, very drinkable.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger through. A lovely beer.

Mouth feel: medium in body with a moderate to medium carbonation. Quite smooth in feel.

Overall: one of my favourite Belgian strong dark ales. I do love myself a tasty Leffe. I'll pay the AU$100 a case - every now and then.

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Photo of Arno
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Light brown / amber. Creme head, which fades quite quickly. Good lacing.

smell: I get a mixture of rye and plum mainly. With some light caramel, almost honey like sweetness. Yeasty.

taste: Like the smell suggests actually. You get the rye and light caramel/honey like sweetness. Then some plum comes through.
The finish has still a mild rye flavor, more bread like. Very mild bitter coming through from the yeast and candy sugar sweetness.

mouthfeel: Medium bodied, quite round and smooth and a little bit sugary. Medium carbonation.

overall: It's a fine beer. It has a nice sweet but balanced flavor signature. With the rye, plum and caramel/honey/candy sugar it's more a winter beer i guess. It's yout typical fresh beer, but very enjoyable nonetheless :)

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from the local liquor store; one of the few things I hadn't reviewed there. Depressing there isn't a better liquor shop close to me, but the fact that they have this is a shining beacon.

Pours a very clear deep amber-ruby colour (no sediment here), with a thick and buoyant head of off-white suds. Lacing is pretty thick and decent, leaving nice rings as the head collapses. Body is quite light, and the bubbles that form as carbonation are large. Overall, looks very decent.

Nose is sweet and strong, with good fruity Belgian esters, and some deeper meaty elements. A little spice comes through as well to sharpen the characters and cut through the sweetness. Overall, it's a thoroughly classic, and very pleasant Belgian ale nose.

Taste is also very nice, with spice cake sweetness, a little dried fruit and peel bite, and a vanilla smoothness that progresses from the front to the back as other notes dip in and out. Almost no hint of the booze except to highlight and accentuate some of the sharper notes. This creates a lovely balance between the spice and the sweet, smooth underbelly. Delicious.

Wonderful Belgian brew, and one that balances drinkability with richness and character so pleasantly. Top notch.

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Photo of The_Bujon
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In all reality this is the best offering from Leffe. The Aroma is one of the best I have had from any beer, a genuinely deep rich inviting dark fruit and banana going on.

The head falls fairly quickly, which is a shame, but the taste is so good you really don't mind. This one has a plum taste, not too heavy, not remotely strong given its 8.2% guts.
Aftertaste is still more ripe plum, it really is a characterful beverage, surprising from a mass market brewery like Abbaye de Leffe.

I used to buy the multi variety pack from these guys, just stick with the rituel and this these days.

A very tasty beverage indeed!

Footnote: This is being reviewed after several big hitting Belgians, which definitely compliments the switch from tripel. Try this after a westmalle trappist.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark reddish-brown with a one finger off white head. Some nice lacing.

Smells of dark dried fruits, banana bread, spices, caramel and chocolate malts, some alcohol as it warms up.

Tastes like it smells, nice rich dark fruits, cloves, spices, caramel and chocolate overtones, the alcohol is very well hidden.

Nice somewhat thick mouthfeel, slightly carbonated. Extremely drinkable, I can't believe how fast I consumed this. My favourite Leffe beer to date.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had a taste of Radieuse before, but being at Leopold in Den Haag brought me a chance to drink a bottle on my own. Coming from a 330 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Beauty in a glass is a ruby red with orange and brown hues, a long lastng head, and webbed lacing around the glass. The aroma of dark candi sugar, soft yeast, prunes, and red grapes sets the tone for a fun aroma. Even more fun is the taste; while sweet, brings a lovely fruitiness, toffee, clove, and soft enough to continues to be consumed. It's medium bodied witha slight syrupy feel.

Given my lack of previous success with Leffe, I'm a little surprised by how much I enjoyed Radieuse. I would be glad to meet this beer again.

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Photo of Kulrak
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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!!

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4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 33 cl into a tulip glass. (Bought at Carrefour in Brussels).
-More or less opaque. Bubbles of carbonation present. Garnet color. About a finger of foam head.
-Very nice smell.
-Good taste. Nice body.
-The feel is very nice, with a hint of spices at the end.
Overall, I would describe it as a very nice beer.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fine light brown head of even little bubbles. The body is brown and transparent. Head sits nicely on top of the brew. Looks chic and refined. About 2 cm. of head endures and hazy ring soaks up the droopy lacing as it falls.

Smell is poignant cooked apples and cinnamon.

Dry and earthy elements dominate the palate. Chewed coffee beans with only a small current of sweetness--which helped me imagine some red fruits thrown in, like black cherry liqueur.

A creamy mouthfeel emerges after an initial watery carbonation blast. Overall light in body, I found this beer to be refreshing and drinkable. Exceptionally smooth for it's over 8% ABV. My favorite of the Leffe's I've tried.

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Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 319 ratings