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Cuvee Soeur'ise - Brouwerij De Leite

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10 Reviews

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Reviews: 10
Hads: 34
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 14.53%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: sonorb7 on 01-11-2014

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 34
Photo of mick303
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the LCBO. Poured a deep crimson with a fluffy pinkish head, showing good retention and lacing. Beer itself is quite hazy.

S - Aromas of tart cherries, hay, a bit of barnyard mixed in, but very clean with some nice floral and citrus hints, lemon and apple. Some oak as well, creamy (oats) with a nice balance to it.

T - big initial carbonation, with an initial sour acetic kick, coating tartness and minty cherries, and a balanced yeasty character with some balanced, but not overpowering sourness, of creamy oaky notes, and sharp acidic notes, it smooths out in the middle with some maltiness and a lingering cherry pith note towards the end. Cherries are not over dominant at all, contributing a balanced leading character that complements the flavour of this beer. Even some of the earthy hop character is present. Quite an earthy beer all around,

M - high carbonation, very effervescent, leading to more of a balanced acetic body coating through to the finish, alcohol is well balanced and quite drinkable.

A complex and tasty kreik, I enjoyed the incorporation of the cherries which did a lot to enhance the overall character of the beer, the strength is deceptive and creeps up on you. All around an excellent example, highly refreshing and complex, lots of pleasant yeast/malt integration. Well done.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice red color with a very fliuffy pinkish head that lasted quite a while before breaking and leaving some lacing behind.

S: Sour and tart cherries and some woodiness. Otherwise, pretty tame.

T: dry sour, subtle cherry, some woodiness, and a bit of a vinegar taste on the end.

M: smooth, with very fine carbonation, a dryish finish.

O: a nice beer, with a nice feel, but there is just something I can't put my finger on that kept me from truly enjoying this beer to its full potential. I would recommend it, as I think it may just be my palate today.

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Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red colour, 1.5 fingers of pink head, some lace. Smell is oaky and funky, vinous points, big fruit throughout, cherry and red berries, moderate acidic notes. Taste is oaky and dry out front, fruity though cherry is much more subtle than the nose indicates, berry, apple, a malty core is more evident as this warms a bit, bit of cereal-grainyness, drying finish. Light-medium carbonation, medium body, dry mouthfeel. This, while good and very quick drinking, was not quite what I expected going into this. Still a solid effort worth trying, would have liked more cherry flavour.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Lovely dark red in colour with a quickly subsiding bubbly head. Cherry aroma with some woodiness. Very mild tartness with high carbonation. Alcohol is imperceptible despite the listed 8.5% ABV. Good stuff and better as it warms, but certainly not at the pinnacle of the style.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle served cold and poured into a wine glass. Purchased from the LCBO for $4.35 CDN.

Appearance - pours a hazy dark cherry coloured beer. Small amount of pinkish head rests on top and dissipates quickly. Looks like what you'd expect from a fruit beer.

Smell - sour and tart cherries of course, a refined underlying woodiness from the oak- aging. Not a lot else but there's something rather refined about the aroma, a half notch above some of the other sours out there.

Taste - rather tart, but restrained, champagne esque in its execution and the slow cherry and vinous tartness is profound, yet never exceeds an intensity threshold.a little vinegary and salty too, rather complex. Alcohol is imperceptible, if the label read 4% ABV, I would believe it.

Mouthfeel - smooth and well carbonated, with a dry, but not too- dry finish.

Overall - a very good and quite tasty sour. The flavours didn't open up as much as I was hoping for but quite refined and delicious in the execution. Wouldn't purchase again for the price, but definitely good. Gets better as it warms and after multiple sips.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into snifter. "17FEBR2017" on the cap. consumed september 4, 2015

a: man i love this look. murky raspberry red with pink head

s: jammy cherry & strawberry with strong funky woody oak notes

t: quite dry in comparison to the nose. tart and dry barrel notes first, then come the cherry and strawberry flavours

m: medium-minus with carbonation that's a bit too bubbly/airy. also, it's not as sour as i was hoping

o: delicious stuff, didn't quite meet my expectations though

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Luscious plum red colour with blush colours on the edges of the glass where light passes through more easily. Totally cloudy. One finger of lively head completely pink like a rose, fades quickly.

Nose is super sour fermented cherry, like cherry pie filling. The initial sour note is so sharp its almost like when pork goes rotten.

Super dry sour note off the top, cherry is far more subdued than in the nose but present in the back. Still the tart sour lemon/rotten fruits dominates - you know there are crazy bugs at work here. Finishes warm and with bitter wine grape skin lingering in the back of the mouth. Pretty wild.

Bright carbonation and light on the tongue like a sparkling wine, dry like a white wine or rose but less oily.

Overall the wicked play between the sharp yet fruity nose and the punchy sour yet faintly cherry sweet taste works well. Definitely will perk up your buds and maybe pucker a lip or two. Nice sour profile keeps this refreshing and drinkable, where some krieks Ive had are dominated by an artificial sweet cherry juice taste. Im still new to this style but this is the first kriek Id say I really enjoyed.

edit: when pouring the second half of the bottle out I gave it a good swirl to pick up all the bright red sediment on the bottom of the bottle. This added more cherry flavour and slightly more sugar sweetness to the taste.

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cherries make up only 25% of the beer but 100% of its appearance. Nevermind a rosy blush - this is a dense, considerably dark red that allows no clarity. Its head, on the other hand, is a "It's A Girl!" shade of pink and decorates the glass accordingly. I don't know that I've ever had a beer with pink foam that I've disliked. Indeed, it looks like Cuvee Soeur'ise and I are going to get along just fine...

Make that great. This aroma has all the sour bacterial funkiness I was hoping for. It also impressively manages to hold on to at least some of its ripe cherry fruit flavour, though it's plainly apparent not even a drop of syrup or juice concentrate ever touched the batch. However, herbs (unspecified) were added and certainly lend some extra aromatics, a difficult to define spicy/savory quality.

I'd love to see the reaction on the face of someone expecting a candy-coated, commercial fruit beer. There will definitely not be any "it tastes like cough syrup" complaints here, unless you're talking about the kind that burns going down. Astonishingly sugar is found on the ingredients list - imagine how sour this would be without it? The oak aging also adds a further drying effect on the mouthfeel.

Minty cherries are easily appreciated. But the prominence of tangy, acidic tartness make lemon the first flavour to come to mind. Reduced to overly simple terms this drinks something like a cherry lemonade, although if you bought this from some kids on the corner you'd wonder what the hell they added to it. Put under a microscope I wouldn't be surprised to see plenty of little critters swimming around...

Which means one thing: Cuvee Soeur'ise is a well-executed sour. Crazy though it sounds, the subtlety of the fruit, the prominence of tartness, and the overarching funkiness are exactly the qualities you want from a beer like this. The further facts that some cherry flavour held up, the carbonation sparkles, the tangyness tickles and the 8.5% alcohol apparently never made it to bottling are all big pluses too.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $4.35 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high slightly red head that lasts for 4-5mins before film out. Dark red color and unfiltered

S- Cherries and malt.

T- Very fruity and fresh. Light flavors and rather mild. All around nothing sticks out at you but it is an excellent well rounded brew.

M- Dry and tart

O- Very tasty and refreshing. No heat so watch out. Glad I have a couple more for the cellar as this one should go well with many different dishes

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went very well with...... Caribbean oxtail stew. The heavy curry, oil and tomato still got cut through by this nice brew.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #89 (June 2014):

Oak, Fruit, Tart, Warming

All fruit beers should be serious, bold and be able to dominate your palate. If not then, things can get boring real quick. Not one moment sipping Cuvée Soeur´Ise are we tapping out fingers on the table. Superb oak aging, perfect level of lactic acidity, and the cherry is there but a bit subtle. Epic.

STYLE: Tripel Kriek | ABV: 8.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Cuvee Soeur'ise from Brouwerij De Leite
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