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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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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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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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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Leffe Radieuse from Abbaye de Leffe S.A.
3.79 out of 5 based on 308 ratings.
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