Leffe Radieuse | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
294
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
21.9%
 
 
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27
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Reviews: 132 | Ratings: 294
Photo of daydesiang
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell of cherr and strong alcohol. Taste of cherry, very little bitter and very smooth. Medium body and medium carbonation. For the price (in Malaysia) - very good beer!

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Photo of davidperez
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Leffe chalice, it pours a copper, clear, with a thin layer of head that dissipated quickly.

The bouquet is citric as in orange, it has a boozy, malty sweetness, caramel, a hint of vanilla and a herbaceous note that I suppose must be the coriander seeds.

A lot of carbonation right after this beer enters your mouth. The flavor follows the nose, but the citric and herbaceous note are subdued to the prominent sweetness of this beer. Well blended in flavors, they appear simultaneously, and start fading until a boozy note appears that spikes the sweetness once more before the finish.
There is just a slight reminiscence of bitterness in this beer's aftertaste, along with some decaying sweetness and the boozy note again.
Nice-length finish. Smooth yet slightly watery mouthfeel.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of Zet
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Red brown colour with a small but very steady soapy head. Smell of bread, cloves, cherry and some alcohol. Taste of malts and marmelade, with a dry and bitter finish. A nice full mouth feel with a smooth finish. I'm not a huge Leffe fan myself, but this one is actually quite nice for a try on a cold winter evening.

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Photo of jonmikel
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
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 drmeto
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of hansavijaticar
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Red-brown, weak head. Smell and taste: candies, caramel, peaches, honey, cinnamon, raisins. Nicely balanced, but not very exciting, just as Leffe Blonde and Bruine. Winter beer, goes well eith brown cake.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Kgoldsbe
4/5  rDev +5.5%

A dark strong ale much more similar in texture to its dark ale counterpart than you would expect. Subtle bitterness to start that mellows quick and transitions into a sweet toasted malty finish as it leaves your mouth.

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Photo of titvs
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18E). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 49 02:38. AROMA: sweet malty notes with some background notes of dried grapes. mild spicy alcohol notes. no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: amber color and translucent. average ivory and moussy head with low retention. low lacing. TASTE: sweet malty background with low esters and phenols. some spicy alcohol character. medium-low bitterness. finishes medium-dry. PALATE: medium-low body with medium-low carbonation. OVERALL: a not so complex belgian strong ale. average at most.

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Photo of lmaduells
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

When looking for reasonable beers in Spain have a serious shopping problem. Spanish industrial beers good and there is little cost to find. So if you are lucky enough to find something professionally made, but without being right is a exelent luck. This is an industry that does not deceive beer with some complexity and subtleties worth, but have nothing better

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Reddish Brown colour, it pours a 2 finger head which shrinks into one finger. It’s a cloudy. Nice lacing.

S: Smells of peaches and apple sauce, and caramel, and malt.

T: Tastes of the typical Belgian Trappist / Abbaye ale flavour, sweet, dark fruits. More licorice becomes evident, and alcohol, as it warms.

M:Heavy body, with high carbonation. Smooth, hides the alcohol well.

O: Cool looking bottle with red and yellow. Would get again. Can certainly be drunk by itself, but would go well with desserts- apple pie, anything with apples and cinnamon, peach and fruit desserts, creamy desserts, etc. Awesome with Thai Yellow Seafood Curry. Have had this one at least 3 times since first reviewing it over a couple years.

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Photo of magpieken
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. BB 24/10/15. Pours bright, amber colour with a large, dense off white head. Aroma of coriander, roasted malt, plums, cherries, banana and citrus. There’s a bit going on here. Medium sweet, malty taste, quite reminiscent of a Scotch Whisky. Full body and luscious texture with a gently warming alcohol sensation. Medium dry finish.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper colored body; small head with good lacing

Aroma: Malty; slight hops; dried fruit

Taste: Malty start with dried fruits in the mid; light hop finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores

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Photo of MTNboy
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A red amber body that is slightly clear. There is average carbonation to the body. The aroma is a little fruity and has a mild spice. The flavor is malty, very sweet and some tones coriander. There is a bit of prune and raisin esters. There is a dessert like finish. It has full body with some warmth but not as much as one might think.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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 metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish brown in color. It poured with a half finger high light beige head that died down rather quickly, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits and spices are present in the nose - cloves seem to stand out in particular among the spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and seems to be dominated by favors of dark fruits and cloves along with some hints of yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The alcohol is well masked from the taste so this beer is rather easy to drink considering its strength.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a brown copper colour with off white frothy two finger head that retains fairly well

S - Strong sweet candy like aromas with malts. Plum, some cherries with a hint a vanilla.

T - get the sweet malts and dark fruit straight up and slighty bitter and a little boozy on the finish.

M - medium bodied with medium carbonation

O- Fantastic aromas on the nose which promised so much but I thought was a little disappointing in the end. Worth a try but not he best of the Leffe variety.

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Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice thick and consistent head. Copper red color.
Fruity aroma from cherry, also cloves and coriander. Good carbonation.
Sweet taste from malt combined with spices, and hints of plum. A little citric and not so bitter.
Alcohol (8.2%) was very well hidden, just left a slightly warmth in the aftertaste. Very balanced beer. Being Brazilian, I see Inbev products with some caution, but in this case we should be thankful that they are able to produce beer with such quality at decent prices.

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Photo of Arno
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 eduardolinhalis
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a dark clear amber color forming a big beige fluffy head. Medium to low retention and some lacings left. Beautiful beer

S: Very fruity. Dark fruits esters, mainly plums. Sweet candy and strong notes of sweet malts. Belgian yeasts. Hints of alcohol

T: Follows the nose. Sweet upfront. Sweet candy, caramel malts, dark fruits (mainly plums). End is composed of a smooth hoppy bitterness which is just pleasant

M: Medium to heavy mild molasses body. Sweet upfront and mild bitter hoppy aftertaste

O: Easy drinking beer. Despite of being a large scale beer, Leffe is still a nice Belgian style beer

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Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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 sfprint
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

exp 3/4/13
A: Dark orangy red, scum on the surface as a head. Transparent, no visible rising carbonation.
S: Sweet plum, very similar to plum wine but less sweet than that.
T: Nice. Perhaps plum like, but not so sweet. I've had similar ones that I can't remember the name of, but I don't think any were as good as this one. Nice blend. Very slight tartness in the aftertaste.
M: Almost no carbonation, medium body.
O: Good, special flavor. Well blended.

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Photo of paulozanello
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark rubi color, slightly hazy. The head is tan and very exuberant, with good retention and an average lacing for a highly carbonated belgian abbey beer.

Aroma is caramel malts, nuts, clove, honey and burnt sugar along with fruity notes mainly cherries and plums.

Taste starts with sweet caramel malts, cristal malts, clove, with lots of residual sugar and a certain burnt note as well. Although not as intense as the aroma there is again a cherry like fruity note. It ends very dry and abruptly despite being sweet at first.

Body is medium with very high sparkly carbonation. Little to no bitterness perceptible. Abv is very well hidden.

Like many belgian beers brewed with high performance yeast there is a perfect balance between the initial sweetness and a dry finish, even for a large scale brewery such as Leffe.

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Photo of jjkatter
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a Trappistes Fochefort goblet...

A- nice copper color, with plenty of carbonation. wispy white head settles quickly

S- fruity with hints of cherry, citrus and pleasant yeast

T- surprisingly heavily malty flavor. caramel with cherry and a sweet, toasty, malt finish. Pleasant, but not on par with other Belgian offerings.

MF- nice mouthfeel, but lacks balance. A somewhat dry finish

Overall- While this beer far exceeds most beers on the market, it falls below average for Belgian brews. I do drink it regularly, but that is because of the limited offering here in Eastern Australia and its priced a full $1.50 per bottle below Chimay Cinq Cents.

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Photo of Raebies
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In the glass it is a golden brown with medium fizz. I drank it a little too quickly straight out of the fridge, but the complexity still came through. Clean, distinct flavours of pine hops and banana fruitiness. A mild to medium acidity. I am definately curious about trying other beers in the Leffe range. It packs a whollop at 8.2% ABV.

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Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.79 out of 5 based on 294 ratings.
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