Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) Beautiful reddish brown beer, nice full and stable head. Very spicy and sophisticated with enough bitterness to balance the sweetness. Believe this is my Leffe favourite together with "Radieuse". My version was 7,8% ABV. 270593
hefevice (72) - Brisbane beer desert, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Unfortunately I tasted this after Chimay Blue followed by the white. Leffe does not seem to balance the high alcohol of its strong ales anywhere near as well as others it seems. Looks fantastic, a wonderful clear deep strawberry amber with a good dense head and plenty of lacing. Aroma is a little spicy, a little fruity, with a lot of alcohol apparent. Taste is a more subtle and balanced than the Radieuse but it still finishes very dry and alcoholic. Mouth is light and fluffy, seems to be quite complementary. Wondering whether the Leffe strong ales could do with some secondary fermentation to improve balance.
ALLOVATE (2621) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This one turned out to be a right gem of a beer, possibly the finest from this Conglomerate owned Brewery. Tasted from the bottle and poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip, a wonderful big beige head formed atop a clear ruby-teak body. The fine carbonation held the head on and laced well down the glass. Spicy and tart hops initially dominated the aroma, with candi sugar, plums, yeast and burnt caramel coming through as it warmed. A carbonic bite obscured things a little at first (I served it too cold) but this waned as it warmed. Rich, well rounded flavours of tart fruits, plums, cherries and cranberries, light candi sugar sweetness upfront, a generous malt feel, with a mild huskiness in the back and a warming ’Sherry’ swallow. Medium big bodied, lightly carbonated, mildly sweet throughout, and very well balanced. Not sessionable, but a decent drop for a cold winter’s night.
stouby (4067) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, at GB.
Redbrown with large off-white head, mostly lasting, nice lacings. Aroma of coriander and fruit. Flavor moderate bitter og light sweet, well balanced. Long finish. Medium to full body, creamy, lively carbonated. The strenght is first felt at last!
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2005 The best of Leffe’s dark beers. Poured a teak colour with reddish tinges. 2cm tan head. The yeasty aroma also has some intriguing sour grape characters and spices. The 8.1% alchol is well to the fore in the tasting but is much better integrated than in the Tripel and Radieuse. This is full-bodied and hoppy, with a restrained sherry-like finish. Cherries and spices dominate the initial flavour palette. A satisfying nightcap. (Bottle)
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cellared two years. Dark copper with firm beige head.
Spicy aroma with notes of apple, pineapple, merengue and cheese.
Spicy flavor with notes of pepper, almonds, cream, fruit and plastic. Decent bitterness and very belgian in style. The best one of the Leffes
Garrat (1309) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Amber red in colour,nice head.Same fruity,malty,spiced flavours,big warming alcohol,not my thing again at the mo.
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber/red with a fizzy, creamy head and descent lacing. Spicey and fruity nose (raspberries) with vinous notes. Warming body, medium-full and complex, with a long, drying finish.
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark Amber in colour with big creamy head, spicey fruity aroma. warm mouth feel that lingers for ages.
AndrewGeoff (27) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown colour with good, lasting cream/beige head. Creamy, slightly syrupy texture but with lively effervescence. Sweet, spicy and full-bodied flavour. Long-lasting aftertaste but somewhat bitter (almost too spicy!)