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Cuvee Soeur'ise - Brouwerij De Leite

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BA SCORE
88
very good

12 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 12
Hads: 47
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 15.52%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Leite
Belgium | website

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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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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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 mattfancett
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Bugs318
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Highbury09
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 Phyl21ca
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep bright red color ale with a huge pink foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of fresh cherry notes is quite powerful. Taste is also totally dominated by fresh cherry notes with light sugary notes and light tart notes are also noticeable. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. I really enjoy this fruit beer which is very refreshing and doesn’t end up tasting like fruit syrup.

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3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Feb 17 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours an opaque, reddish-burgundy colour, producing one finger of pink-tinged foam at the surface. It dissipates at a constant rate over the next couple of minutes, leaving behind a wide, frothy collar and a modest-sized flat cap, along with some scant lace. Very nice aroma; lots of tart cherry fruitiness, with accents of raspberry, oak, and vinous red grape. Mildly funky/sour - this smells every bit as good as I was hoping it would.

This 'triple kriek' is not as fruit-forward as I was expecting - instead, it takes a more balanced, even-handed approach. Subtly tart notes of cherry, along with suggestions of raspberry, cherry pit, vinous grape and sugar comprise much of the initial flavour profile. It then takes a sharp turn in the latter half, as notes of oaked wood, vanilla, grassy hops and herbs lead into a funky, vinegar/acidic finish that precede a drying, astringent aftertaste. Almost no sign of the 8.5% alcohol - if this came in a bigger bottle, I'd call it dangerous. Medium in body, with aggressive carbonation levels like I'd expect from a bottle-conditioned Belgian beer - it feels very prickly on the tongue, but not in an overly harsh or distracting way.

Final Grade: 4.25, an A-. De Leite's Cuvée Soeur'ise is a delightful Belgian-style soured ale. The cherry flavours are not as dominant as the aroma might have first suggested - but I don't consider this to be a negative, because it allows the subtle complexities of the oak, the acidity and the herbs to come through more clearly. Excellent stuff with wonderful balance; all sour beer fans should consider this one well worth looking for.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of ber12
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Long813
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerQuebec
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BakaGaijin
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SweetChicken
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexFields
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaisell
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DeDolleLou
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Cuvee Soeur'ise from Brouwerij De Leite
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