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Beer – #479 – Leffe – Radieuse

Belgium, beats, bingo and brainwork

Strong and generous amber-coloured abbey beer

Amber-Coloured with delicate hints of citrus and coriander seeds. 

Brewed by InBev Belgium in the style that is Belgian Strong Ale and they hail from Leuven, Belgium

8.5% ABV of beer, in a 330 ml bottle, 2.21 standard drink units in this and 255 calories.

This beer combines a very complex taste palate and the fruity flavours of banana, citrus fruit, coriander and cloves, with a mild sharpness.

Went the matching top

Went the matching top

Leffe Radieuse is an amber-coloured beer, rich in flavour and deliciously refined. Its complex taste is particularly enjoyed by true connoisseurs. It is a beer to drink instead of complex wines, with sophisticated and complex cuisines.

An emblem of age-old tradition, Leffe Radieuse’s amber hue reflects its magnificence. Its character is elegantly balanced out by notes of orange rind, coriander seeds and roasted malt. The distinct bitter flavour shows bold signs of a beer that knows how to conquer the heart of a connoisseur.

Incredibly rich and wonderfully full-bodied. However, only in a Leffe chalice will this beer truly relinquish all of its eccentricity.”

A beer that has a bit of a swagger in the description, but on investigation may or may not meet that. But if you don’t set a bar how do you know. What’s the worst that can happen?

Nice presentation, purple foil over the cap makes for something a bit different.  Familair fruity aroma on opening, and a lively hiss.

Leffe RadieuseRich brown colour on the pour, small and disappearing head but a fantastic aroma of sweet malts.

Over carbonated if you want me to instantly judge. High alcohol astringent in this too, all at the front in a bit of a clash with whatever the fruits or malt things are trying to do.

Lightly bitter it’s not intrusive, it does come together more as it warms slightly and ends up a mellow and rich beer that compliments the snack age that I rustled up, being mostly the home made pate and the rest of the camembert cheese from yesterday.

This though, for me, not the beer of the description, which I’d sum up as “talk’s a good game” or “good on paper not so flash in the glass”  I don’t this is complex, and I don’t get many of the hints of things that I was expecting or might enjoy. I like the Leffe beers otherwise and I don’t really have a bad thing to say about this, but it would be my 3rd pick after the blonde, and the sweeter bruin.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 a of its things from the thing.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? Not as much as I wanted to hang read their own descriptors.
  2. Would I have another? I probably would.
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? It is a posh looking beer, and I’d be impressed if someone brought me one over.

What’s the best track for a great beer? Blue Oyster Cult of course , Don’t fear the reaper, I found the longest version I could in some weird hope that you might listen to it all. It does occur to me that reading time v drinking time are not the same… ah what the heck, I listened to it 3 times.


Belgian Strong Ales can vary from pale to dark brown in color, darker ales may be colored with dark candy sugar. Hop flavor can range from low to high, while hop aroma is low. The beers are medium to full-bodied and have a high alcoholic character. Types of beers included here include tripels, dubbels and ultra-strong abbey ales.


One comment on “Beer – #479 – Leffe – Radieuse

  1. beernotwar
    October 6, 2014

    Reblogged this on BEER not WAR.


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