Leffe Radieuse (BEL)

Belgians know how to brew beer. The Belgians at the Leffe Brewery have being doing their thing since 1240. That’s the year 1240, not the time. Traditionally, the beer was brewed by monks, some say this was because they weren’t allowed out of the abbey to go to the pub. I for one am glad they stayed in and put their time to good use.Leffe


Leffe Radieuse is a thing of beauty. Amber in colour, it is clear as a bell with a uniform, tightly bubbled head.  It’s  quite sweet on the nose with a hint of barley wine. I’m not a fan of barley wine, but the Radieuse stops just short. It’s a sipping beer that weighs in at hefty 8.2% and is better left to warm a little.  The taste is complex and bittersweet with hints of orange peel. Possibly the original boutique beer, it is one for the connoisseur.

Drink with moules et frittes ………….. et chocolat

Here’s another for the connoisseur, Radieusehead with the achingly beautiful ‘House of Cards’ ………..

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2 thoughts on “Leffe Radieuse (BEL)”

  1. Ahh the monks eh. Funnilarily I had a nicely puled Pennycomequick which is a Stout made by Skinners. Creamy creamy baby, I reckon it’s head and shoulders above any religious based drink – a proper bishop basher! I usually have between 3 and 5 Skinners with meatballs or coq au vin, with background music from Japanese I-tunes. fffnar

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