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Leffe Radieuse | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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3.77/5
Very Good
310 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Belgium
abbaye-de-leffe.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#19,835
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
310
pDev:
14.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
87
Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

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1.12/5  rDev -70.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

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2.33/5  rDev -38.2%
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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2.43/5  rDev -35.5%
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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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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2.76/5  rDev -26.8%
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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2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
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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2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
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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2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
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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3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its OK, but like the other Leffe brews i've tried its perhaps a bit sweet, still drinakble and a decent body, pretty good.

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Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 310 ratings
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