Leffe Radieuse | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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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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Ratings: 313 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml red foil-capped bottle. Props to tbeckett for this bit of less than readily available abbey ale.

This beer pours a clear, dark copper hue, with three fingers of foamy, billowy pale ecru head, which settles slowly, but surely, rendering some decent 'Old Lace' lace around the glass. It smells of bready caramel malt, burnt brown sugar, vinous black fruit, and some zippy floral/earthy hops. The taste is more big bready toffee malt, dark candy sugar, some mild Belgian yeast, and a surprisingly prominent, and bitter, forest floor hoppiness. Lurking in the background, one can detect the simmering booze, but it remains a mere wraith at this point. The carbonation is on the down side of front and center, the body nice and full and a bit spritzy, and smooth nonetheless. It finishes with a relative echo of grainy, sugary malt, against a rising hoppy specter and booze warming.

The regular Leffe Blonde bores me, mostly because it's just, well normal. Lately, I've been macking on the BSDAs, as a sort of antidote (or partner in crime) to my DIPA predilection, and have made my way through all of the locally available offerings of the former. Great to try an another well-wrought example of big, boozy malts, but Belgian-balanced. Phew.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.33/5  rDev -38%
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 brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with several fingers of head atop; great retention and stickage

Smell: Fruity aromatics, with raisins and apple spice cake elements

Taste: Opens with a fruity character - the raisins and apple spice cake from the aroma start things off; by mid-palate; the spicy complexity of the yeast adds depth and balance; after the swallow the sweeter flavors linger while the spice fades

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A good beer but not in the same class as the top flight BSDAs; easy to drink and rather enjoyable

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
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 zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
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 paulish
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of dcmchew
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great starting head which dies to a single bubble layer. The color is dark brown and cloudy.

Aroma: Pleasantly earthy, like freshly tilled soil.

Great balance--darker malt flavors with a strong level of alcohol warmth. There is hop in the background providing some balance. Lots of carbonation but the body holds up well against it.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Hayley_86
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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 sweemzander
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goodness gracious great balls of fire! By that I am referring to both the beer's fiery, well kindled amber tone as well as its sprightly and stalwart head that literally forced its way out the top of the bottle before I could even bring the glass near. This is one visibly spirited, hot-blooded beer and I love the way it looks all furnished in light.

I don't know that Leffe has been around since 1240 (as their labels claim) but I'd believe that the yeast they use has. It is seasoned, fervid and stratified into parts spicy, savory and fruity. It leaks hints of spice (clove, cinnamon) and the underlying malts briefly suggest custard and burnt sugar, or creme brulee as it's more eloquently known as.

It's usually at this point in sampling a Leffe product that I am let down. The proper physique, the enticing bouquet - it all adds up to nothing if the beer tastes of corn and malt extract, as more often than not these beers do. Leffe Radieuse, I'm sorry to say, is really no exception. The beer's flavours are timid and insipid.

Drinking this beer is like working my way through a box of stale chocolates somehow left-over from two Christmas' ago. There's the rubbery, plastic-like caramel chocolate, the now stale, powdery almond one, the long festered cherry-centered chocolate as well as the questionably toxic brandy-filled one. The chocolate itself is flavorless.

More malt (and better quality malt) is definitely what the doctor ordered. This mouthfeel is every bit as limp as the flavour is insipid. InBev is saving money somewhere - either skimping out on the grains or watering down their batches, the texture suggests they may even be doing both. Corn and ethanol roll on in what is an astringent aftertaste.

Leffe isn't bad beer; it's great beer compromised down to merely OK beer. I don't know what it tasted like in the 700 plus years before it was bought out by brewing giant InBev but I'd bet it depreciated significantly in the time since. I've never had a Leffe beer I didn't like - but I've never had one I cared enough for to want to have again neither...

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl Bottle, best before 9th Feb 2013, reviewed Apr 2011. Poured into a Leffe chalice.

The body was a clear Mahogany Browny/Red colour above sat an off-white head of large bubbles that was to leave some good lacing as the beer level fell.

The beer gave off a slight hop aroma with red berries and summer floral smells mixed in.

The beer came across as a well carbonated, semi-sweet beer with hints of red berries in the flavours, especially in the aftertaste. The alcohol wasn't evident in the brew, well hidden considering it holds 8.2%ABV.

One of the Leffe stables better beers.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of bylerteck
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice big two finger, white head on top of a bright and copper body with medium carbonation. Nice lacing all around as the head goes down too.

S - Really, really nice aroma. HUGE dark fruit aromas that present themselves sort of like booze soaked dates or raisins. I love the smell of this beer. Slight yeast character presents itself with some mild spice as well. Almost like a barley wine, great.

T - Yeast shows up alot more here with some more of the spice. Less of that great dark fruit character I enjoyed so much but still nice. Some sweetness presents itself in the finish with that boozy, dark fruit flavour. Didn't come close to meeting the expectations set by the aroma.

M - Lot's of carbonation, I'd say a bit too much. Lacks body as well.

D - Very easy to drink. Goes down smooth and has good flavours. Just wish it'd live up to that aroma. A decent ale from Leffe though.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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 harpus
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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