Leffe Radieuse | Abbaye de Leffe S.A.

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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 Dukeofearl
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a 33 cl bottle brought back from my recent trip to Italy (this is what they carry in grocery stores in Europe- I am so jealous!). Pours a medium reddish brown, with translucent orangish-red highlights into a Leffe goblet. Quite pretty, actually, although the thin head quickly disappeared.

Aroma is very nice- sweet caramelly toffee & roasted notes, with high-sugar fruits (apples, dates, figs) and some chocolatey feelings.

The flavor is nice and creamy- not as sweet as the aroma (which is good). The alcohol went right up into my sinuses from the first sip. Flavor is slight sweetness, bready & malty, with root beer characteristics. At the end of the swallow, the flavor turns sharp (yeasty and musty and a little hoppy). Generally the flavor was excellent at the beginning, but I did not care for the finish. After I went to bed, I was trying to think about this beer, and that's when I thought of a good, slightly sweet root beer (not like the really sweet varieties). Mouthfeel is excellent.

Overall, I really like this, but I wish the end flavors weren't as distracting from the rest of the presentation.

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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 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 Naerhu
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Massive white head on a deep red body.
Aroma: Light sour apple aroma.
Taste: Unripe cherry and apple flavor. Solid long lasting bitterness with apple juicey finish.
Mouthfeel: Lightish in body considering the hops. I guess it is the corn they use in this.
Drinkability: This was a joy to drink, though I will not be looking for it again.

first tasting on 1 may 03.
drank again on 7 Nov. 03 with same results

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Photo of Mitchster
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this in Venice, Italy. Sparkingly clear, reddish caramel brew forms a beautiful, peaking light tan head atop small bubbles with excellent retention and exquisite lacing. Carbonation is moderately strong. Aroma is phenolic cloves with a nice amber malt character, hints of bananas and red fruits. Mouthfeel is immediately spritzy but ends with a smooth and pleasantly dry finish...moderate body throughout. Taste begins with spicy phenols and bright herbal hops, followed by a feel of alcohol without any discernable taste of it. The most pleasant character of this brew is the finish, which has a light molasses character and a sweetness towards the back of the throat which complements the phenols. There is a dry, slightly woody character with just a hint of alcohol in the finish. Despite all these nice characters, they don't seem to form a cohesive whole and are in competition with each other...the beginning is too harsh and doesn't blend into the finish...it's very abrupt. A 33cl bottle gives me a pleasant buzz. A well made brew, but it doesn't compare to superior offerings by Unibroue in a similar style (think La Fin du Monde).

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Photo of BeerGlassesCollector
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a prune-juice like colour topped by a nice thick head. Aroma and taste are dominated by fruits with alcohol hints. Nice fruity long lasting after taste. Alcohol level is 8.2% but it felt around 5.5% when i drank the beer. It goes down quite easily and is very pleasant to drink. Another wonderful beer by Leffe

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Photo of Kwak
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Nice head thick bubbly rich and creamy head, great tan color. Great thick body with a nice brown/amber color. good prune like aroma a little spicy. Very good flavor fruity with hints of cherry and orange zest. A tinny bit of roasted spice in the end kind of port like in the Finnish. A very strong ale butt easy to drink!

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours that deep ruby brown color that I love; the beige head is greathearted, with fine lace that clings mightily to the glass. Nose is malt, fruit sweet, hint of plums? Sweet malt start, with a skinny top, middling carbonation, hop spicy, very dry long lasting aftertaste. Complex flavors, and a quite interesting beer to say the least.

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Photo of John
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
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