Leffe Radieuse | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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Leffe RadieuseLeffe Radieuse

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

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Photo of kojevergas
2.33/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl Leffe bottle poured into ZBF 2010 stemware in me friend's gaff in Ghent, Belgium. Reviewed live.

A: Three finger head of fair cream and thickness, but good retention, especially for the ABV. Very dark copper colour; nontransparent.

Sm: Floral and fruity hops. Fruity esters. Very fresh. Refreshing. A mild scent, but rather appealing.

T: Caramelized malt alongside poorly balanced floral and slightly fruity hops. Esters from the yeast. Maybe even some grape is there, but it's so indistinct and muted it's hard to isolate. Not bold or particularly complex. Unrefreshing.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with a touch of dryness towards the finish - the reason for it isn't clear. Not at all complementary of the flavours on the body.

Dr: High ABV, but it doesn't come through. Drinkable but fairly low quality. Skip over this one; there are better beers in Belgium.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.43/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of GreenCard
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pourred a nice copper brew with a huge head that stayed on for a while (What a start!). Mix of spice is not present enough for my liking and would have expected better body from a belgian strong ale. Alcohol is well hidden. Overall, I wasn't impressed and I had better brew from Leffe. I had this from the bottle and wondered if it wouldn't better in a draught format.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.85/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

In a mahogany color with pronounced red glare, the draft gives off aromas of red fruits with a sweet odor of alcohol. The taste is pretty much alcohol that the mouth is relatively soft. One thinks then wood but in the end, we immediately notice that the flavors seem artificial, are far from being pleasant to the taste.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of philphilphil
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a deep red colour, with decent off white head, goes off quickly though.
Smells of cloves and spice, not a bad smell.
Tastes of the same.
Mouthfeel isnt good like the leffe blonde, but still decent.
Drinkability is less than blondel,but okay, woyldnt buy again.

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Photo of Viggo
3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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Photo of joecast
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

forms a large foamy biege head that settles to a dense cap while admiring its other properties.
lightly carbonated clear deep amber color.
aroma of sweet fruity maltiness. almost thickly so. slight bit of alcohol makes its way through.
somewhat uninspiring taste pushing the malt but lacking much complexity. again, slight alcohol in the taste which could be overlooked if there was more to cover it.
smooth, though light mouthfeel once up to drinking temp.
why heavy, dark beers are filtered i will never understand. imo, bottle conditioning gives the chance for so much more to be experienced by the drinker (mouthfeel, flavor, aroma).
well, a lazy effort - maybe.
uninspiring - yup.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another brew sampled from my Leffe glass, but I find it's not as good as the Blonde. Different styles, yes, but not the best.
Poured a dark amber/ red colour with the usual white fluffy head and active carbonation.
Aromas of slighty dark malts (CaraAroma?), spices, and a hint of alcohol.
Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, dark fruits, slight malt, and spices (cinnamon and corriander?). Little to no hop. Finished with an alocohol warmth and a clean snap.
Easy drinking, but not my fave.

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Photo of koolk
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber to red colour with a slight head and light carbonation.

A spicey, sour aroma with only touches of sweet malt smells.

Palate struggles to hide the high alcohol and it ends up becoming warm and drying. At least its not sweet and cloying. Again spice and white fruit flavours dominate.

Not the best Leffe, but like I said it isn't sweet like the Blonde, but struggles with the alcohol.

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Photo of 77ships
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber/light ruby coloured with 1 finger head that quickly thins but does remain for quite a while. No lacing.

S: It has a sweet aroma with a hint of raisins and yeast.

T: The taste itself is a bit too watery at first with an aftertaste that is really heavy on spices and not much else, some very minor hints of sugar and raisins are to be found.

M: It is surprisingly easy to drink given its ABV, the body is a bit too thin, the carbonation is generous.

D: Overall Leffe Radieuse comes across a bit too much like a weaker and less balanced version of Leffe Brune. Too much of the taste is trapped in the aftertaste and most of that is spices without much else to balance it.

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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 ATPete
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of vancurly
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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....

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Photo of Macca
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of kjc51478
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark appearance with small head.

S: Chocolate and spice with noticeable hop scent.

T: Very pronounced hoppy flavor with chocolate and spice notes. Not enough balance for me though.

M: Good carbonation and smooth finishing

O: Has some overall weaknesses with balance but a decent beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of roblowther
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of hefevice
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours clear redish dark amber with a bug bubbly biege head which in my case did not stick around for long (although I think I am having a bad day, on the previous drink in a different glass a hefeweizen went completely flat on me) but left reasonable lacing. Aroma is phenol spices with light molassis/golden syrup (you may need to be an Aussie to get that reference). Taste to me is quite dry, again the golden syrup and a little spiciness peeping through momentarily before being dominated by the alcohol. Nowhere near as subtle with the alcohol as a other Belgian Strongs I have tried and for me this was the main disappointment to an otherwise reasonably solid brew.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.45/5  rDev -9%
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.

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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 paterlodie
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Long time since I tasted this brew last time. Probably cause I don't like most of their other beers. This one is worth trying though. Nice appearance; nice foam and a clear and nice and bronze-brown colour. Smell is malty, most carmel but also some yeastarome. Taste is matly and full with an alcoholic and dry finish. Good beer but like most of the big breweries nothing real special.

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Photo of benfons
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: copper-brown colour, small head that lingers

S: very sweet: banana, cherry, rock candy

T: malts, pear, loads of spices, more bitter then you would expect with the smell

M/D: alcohol is in your face, and the carbonation isn't what it should be

Overall not really my cup of tea, a bit as expected, typical Leffe: ok, but nothing great

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