Brewed by InBev Belgium
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Leuven, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 853   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Strong and generous amber-coloured abbey beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2008
Clear brown with a moderately sized long-lasting beige head. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavours alcohol, fruity and malt. Low to moderate bitterness. Sweet finish. - 330ml bottle

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - APR 14, 2008
Bottle - clear red with a large off white head. Medium carbonation. Medium to full body. Slightly frothy mouth feel. Smooth. Sweet, malty, with caramel. Slightly spicy. Alcohol present. Sweetish finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 In short: A boring sugary Belgian ale with no character.
How: Bottle, 330ml, about 3 to 4 months old.
The look: Clear amber body with a small beige head.
In long: Basic sweet malts, medium-high sweetness level, some brown sugar and some candy sugar, some redeeming woody notes both in the malts and hops profile, light caramel, expansive carbonation, short finish. Leffe Radiant?!? I don’t remember anything being so radiant since the foggy cloudy London weather.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (9253) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2008
2008-03-08. Mahogany brown body with a large creamy off white head. (4+) Mild aroma, lightly yeasty, hint of play-doh? Odd notes that I can’t decide if they are really there or not, hint of butterscotch and odd fruity notes. Strange. Sweet flavour, muddled sugars and malts, dry modestly alcoholic finish (6+). Average plus palate. Meh, decent but by Belgian standards it is average at best.
Bottle at Leffe Plaza, Airport, Brussels

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyobon (1262) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle. Poured deep red brown with a slight off-white head. The aroma developed as the beer warmed up. Initially just malty, a toffee aroma developed and then some notes that were less pleasant (cheesy, barnyard?). Full bodied with ample, but refined, carbonation giving excellent mouthfeel. The flavour is very complex, but predominantly rich and malty. When cold the initial taste has fruity (maybe apples) hints, passing through toffee / trecale and dark malt to some bitterness in the finish. As the beer warms up more flavour is released with chocolate, cherries, plums and spicyness (cloves?). Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Malty, caramel, herbal spicy aroma. Copper brown. Spicy, absinthe like flavor. Very little head. Alcoholic spiciness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
renffisch (890) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2008
33cl bottle with ethereal at home. aromas of raspberry and strawberry, dark reddish brown in colour with a quite decent head. Boiled red berries, roasted malt and treacle in taste. long balanced finish. decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Theis (14943) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2008
Bottle in Antwerp - shared with Mette. Clear amber - white head. High malty, caramel, vegetables, pepper, yeasty, licorice, a bit wierd.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Bottle, 26th Feb 2008. Reddish amber with an aroma of red berries and raspberries. Treacly and sticky in the mouth with a nutty malt flavour. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (12779) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 7, 2008
330ml bottle.
Rich red. small foamy head. Caramel banana and a little alcohol on the nose. Slightly sharp mouthfeel from the carbonation and alcohol, but not offensive. Fairly sweet alcholic taste with a range of accompanying flavours that go from decently roasted malt to yeast to nuttiness to sticky bitterness later. However, the alcohol is a little too prominent, if they could crank that down, I’d like it a lot more. No disaster, certainly, but I prefer their brune any day.

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