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Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 32
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Goudenband & Oud Bruin blended with cherries. Not a lambic.

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 02-15-2010)
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Reviews by BeerDocT:
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%

The final entry in KRIEK WEEK!!!! Listen up, KRIEK HEADS!!!

Yes, I just have to wonder if the best has been saved for last...after all, this beer does have its own giant protective wrapper... . Poured into a chilled tulip glass.

Appearance 4.25: Beautiful and unique-looking deep, dark, almost brown-red. Opaque. Looks very much like a big tulip glass filled with blood. Head was excellent (1/4") and a light pink in color. Excellent lacing.

Smell 4.0: Great nose on this brew. I smell lots of wood and a deep, dark, cherry bouquet. I also smell a very faint hoppiness to this beer, way in the back. Other notes are leather, cherry pits and certain flat smell of green leaves.

Taste 4.25: Front is tart and somewhat dry. This fades quickly into a middle that is silky smooth, semi-sweet and it is at this level that a medium-sized wave of cherry flavor attacks your tastebuds from the middle of the palate. Finish is smooth, balanced and features brief hints of a light cherry taste, almost like Mt. Rainier cherries. Delicious. Finish is short, light and dry and features a top-palate cherry taste that fades far too quickly leaving the imbiber wanting more.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Outstanding match with the carbonation. I could almost believe it was bottle conditioned.

Overall 4.25: Outstanding/Excellent kriek. This kriek is higher in ABV (6% ABV) than many others, but it is so smooth and delicious. Wonderful and complex at every level, Liefman's is a hard act to follow, so remember that when planning a session. Session? Yes, this baby is entirely sessionable. I would highly recommend drinking the entire 75 centiliter (that's 1 pint, 9.4 ounces) in one sitting. Highly recommended for all kriek heads. Not the best from Kriek Week, but darn close.

09-02-2013 06:03:03 | More by BeerDocT
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Appearance - This is a gorgeous beer. The red color has the slightest tint of bright brown and the head is reddish and fluffy.

Smell - The cherries are so soft it's amazing. The tart aroma is like green apple but it's not strong or overpowering and somehow harmonizes perfectly with the cherries. The malt base has a nice sugary sweetness to it without coming off as artificial.

Taste - The afore-mentioned aromas come out nicely at the taste and again work incredibly well together. You get the wonderful cherry flavor, very natural, a balancing light tartness, and a wonderful malt structure.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with excellent carbonation.

Drinkability - Lambics can get long after 25 ounces but this one just kept calling out my name. It goes down so well and is so efficiently balanced that you could really session this ale. It showed the smoothness of their Goudenband with the distinctive flavors of the kriek. Incredibly well executed.

02-21-2011 02:51:16 | More by RoyalT
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

11-17-2013 04:39:51 | More by cam477
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

Brouwerij Liefmans Curvee-Brut Fruit Beer 6.0% alcohol. Contains a cherry infused aged beer 18 months to 3 years, blended with different vintages for flavor. Poured from corked and caged 750ml bottle to Ommegang Goblet

A- Pours a brownish red fluid with murky darkness when held to a bright source of light. Very unactive head falls before it starts leaving a 1/8 of an inch ring around the glass. With a swirl or drink of this on show some sign of lacing but not much.

S- Rich scent of fresh cut cherries and sweet brown sugar dominate the nose with slight hints of alcoholic fumes and malt.

T-M- Upfront I'm not much of a fan of fruit beers Lambic or non Lambic but this on is not bad at all. First off is a huge kick of sweet cherry flavor that almost sours before you realize its sweet... strange but a complex factor to its mixture. From the scent of this beer you wouldn't expect that its pushing a bold malt backbone but a smooth almost nutty maltiness which is noted when this one sits on the tongue. Finishs with a tightly carbonated sweet roll over the buds.

Overall I enjoyed tring this one especially after having the Goundenband last week. I boast incredibly fresh flavors making you think you just had off the vine picked sweeted cherries, but also enough malt to make it have beer blended in... Cheers!

02-17-2012 03:35:46 | More by wesbrownyeah
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

07-12-2014 02:28:53 | More by DaftPatrick
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

02-08-2014 17:56:47 | More by DWolf
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

06-26-2013 19:55:32 | More by tainted
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

04-06-2012 19:50:38 | More by jisak74
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4.4/5  rDev +7.3%

750ml bottle poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a clear light brown with a reddish hint and a small white head. Nose is very fruity but still sour.

Taste is really balanced, it's sour but not killer, the fruit is light and balances it out well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a nice big mouthfeel. Overall quite good!

11-19-2010 23:10:49 | More by kingcrowing
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

11-16-2011 03:35:48 | More by bpfrush
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4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark red brick in color with a very thin, though creamy, off-white head. The beer eventually leaves dots of stick down the glass. Appropriate and pretty.

The aroma is a wonderfully pleasant combination of fresh, authentic, plump cherry juice and just a bit of the skin. There's a hint of yeast character, but the fruit dominates and smells quite nice.

The flavor is both sweet and very slightly sour, with fresh cherry juice dominating most of the flavor. There's some earth and wood character in the background, along with a bit of biscuit, though the sweetness drowns much of this out.

Thin to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A joy to drink.

A very nice, somewhat sweet, cherry beer.

03-02-2012 17:10:04 | More by ehammond1
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -9.8%

Poured from a beautifully paper wrapped 750 bottle into a Lindemans Framboise flute glass.

A: Pours a brownish-red with a nicely formed pinkish head and slight lacing.

S: Fermented cherries & oak, especially as it warms; sweet cheap pipe tobacco and a faint trace of lemon, maybe it's just the tartness?

T: Cherries, not overtly sweet, slightly tart, bitter.

M: Dry, almost like a champagne because of this and the carbonation.

D: I'm not a lambic connoisseur and was worried this would be overtly sweet: it wasn't and I'm left wishing there were more to it, more complexity, more alcohol, more fruit. I wasn't looking for bombastic flavor, but was hoping for more than this. It's been brewed once a year since 1679, they must be doing something right. Interesting that it's a blend of different vintages. Good beer with an amazing history, ultimately left me wanting more.

12-08-2011 00:53:16 | More by Mantooth
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Ontario (Canada)

4.49/5  rDev +9.5%

Appearance: rich, deep red, the colour of raspberry jam, with a faintly pink head like Himalayan sea salt, fine and fll

Aroma: vibrant berry aroma - cherry but also raspberry and currant; hints of the the tart flavour to come

Taste & Mouthfeel: the taste of cherry candy (like a life savour...better) is an immediate delight, sweet and vibrant and tart all at the same time, exciting the tastebuds to no end; cherry pie filling comes to mind - this is a great match for dessert, perfect for a rich chocolate fudge cake; fine carbonation with above average effervescence and perfect for the style, putting a buffer on the sweetness while at the same time opening up the palate to fully appreciate the fruity flavour - blackberry and currant could also be accounted; last thought - a good black cherry soda

Overall: a pure pleasure to drink, actually gets you excited, and remarkably it doesn't tire with all the sugar, a credit to the excellent carbonation; get your hands on this

06-01-2014 23:22:11 | More by BGDrock
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3.96/5  rDev -3.4%

Cracked a bottle of this during the Fourth of July pool party. Really does the trick on a hot summer day.

Pours out a reddish light brown color, similar to a flanders/oud bruin blended beer. Small thin beigeish head on it. Aroma was all cherry. Just loads of cherry all over it. A little bit of brown sugar. Mild oaky notes.

Taste, not overly sweet, I sat on this one for over 2 years, and it was much more attenuated to my palate than it was when it was sweeter. A tiny bit more tart and sourness than I was expecting at this stage, man, I'm really impressed with what age has done to this fruit beer. Ah conventional wisdom, I turn thee upon thy head. A sturdy body with darker brown kind of malts, caramel is barely there.

This isn't a beer that is going to impress anyone looking for a lambic or kriek. But if you want the cherry flavor, with the rare culmination of both mild sour and balanced fruit without overwhelming sugaryness, this is the beer for you.

07-25-2013 16:41:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-29-2011 01:08:48 | More by damuts222
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West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +8%

Poured into my old Liefman's Goudenband chalice with a deep cherry tinted mahogany brown body. The head is a pink tinted light beige color with fine even speckled lacing. Tart cherries within a blend of oud bruin and Goudenband. Excellent blending here tart cherries with hints of wood aging, mild soft oak. Flavor is so balanced with tart cherries/with a brown aged ale going strong underneath. Big bold tart cherries, aged sour brown ale blends, bring out layers of complexity. Not a candy sweet cherry, real tart cherries oak aged notes with a mellow breadiness. Tart lactic acid hints of yogurt but not so sour that it turns your stomach. Effervescent carbonation the body is smooth, rolling layers of complexity. Awesome beer I will be getting more.

04-16-2011 19:49:04 | More by WVbeergeek
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South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

750ml{?} champagne bottle wrapped in red paper.

Pours a clear amber-brown with a very durable off-white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

The nose has both plum and cherry notes, although I think no plums are used in production. Odor of an oud bruin in here too.

The tart taste has an excellent balance of sweet and sour. Flavorful but not bold or brash, with excellent use of cherries. Aftertaste is disappointing and, to nitpick, the cherries flavor could be a touch fresher. I suspect the later is not possible given the production method.

Effervescent, but the carbonation level seems to be just what is called for. Medium-light body.

O: an excellent sour ale for fans of krieks and lambics, particularly if you'd prefer something a bit less sweet. Superb after dinner beverage.

10-08-2012 13:46:41 | More by chinchill
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4.21/5  rDev +2.7%

Bought a bottle of Brouwerij Liefmans Cuvée Brut at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA on the recommendation of Kate, one of the store owners. Served in a pint glass (there was no other glass around! Argh!).

Appearance (4.5/5): Cuvée Brut is a stunning scarlet red, translucent, and is topped by one finger of beige foam. Good head retention. The head reduces in that typically Belgian fashion to a thumbnail-thin layer of creamy beige foam. This is a very cool looking beer.

Smell (4/5): Aroma is of black cherry, semi-sweet berries, faint lactic sourness, vinegar, woody, oaky. Not a very strong aroma overall–pretty mild actually–but nonetheless pleasant and promising.

Taste (4.25/5): Cuvée Brut exudes cherry flavors, but (thankfully) feature none of that candy-like maraschino cherry flavor I despise. Instead, I taste deep, semi-tart, semi-sweet black cherry. The beer also has winey characteristics similar to Flanders Red and Oud Bruin ales; I can also detect some woodiness here that those styles also showcase. Very nice. Refined.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Mellow, soft, medium carbonation and a medium-light body give this beer an easy-drinking texture. It features a nice bit of effervescence and the lactic sour notes cause a light puckering sensation to set in during the finish.

Overall (4.25/5): Brouwerij Liefmans Cuvée Brut was an unexpected treat–usually I'm wary of fruit beers, but this one was quite good. I especially like how the cherry aspects of the beer are not so dominant that the beer's woody/oaky and sour characteristics are not overshadowed. Excellent taste, mouthfeel, and beautiful looking in a glass. A good fruit beer for people who are unsure of them.

01-15-2013 23:13:07 | More by hagbergl
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

ST: 750 poured into a tulip.

A: Dark brown-red (it looks like ice tea) with a think white head that vanishes quickly. It does not leave very much lacing.

S: Strong sour, juicy cherry aroma with a bit of funk.

T: Starts with very sweet cherry but it finishes tart and sour with a refreshing zing of carbonation.

M: Light and zingy

O: While it can be very sweet at times, the alcohol, carbonation, and tart, sour flavor balances out this wonderful summer and salad companion. Ripe cherries pour from the glass, and its mouthfeel is light and slightly spritzy (it would work well in some sort of beer cocktail). If you are not in the mood for something light and sweeter, you should stay clear. If, however, you are in the mood for such a beer, this would be such a beer worth trying.

06-16-2012 18:38:26 | More by ianjsullivan
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

01-28-2013 13:12:57 | More by sgttibbs
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-31-2012 01:12:52 | More by acurtis
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

09-10-2013 03:05:19 | More by TheLevi4000
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

09-23-2013 04:14:34 | More by ste5venla
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3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

I tried this at an event along with Goudenband and Fruitesse. Notes are recent and thorough.

A brown-tinged crimson brew in the glass develops a cap of pink head, thick and rich. It fades off a little quickly but leaves a compact foam that drops spotty lacing behind it.
I'm glad I got a chance at a sample recently because the first bottle I ever tried had definite band-aid in it. This time, it's all tart and sweet cherries, a bit of wood, just a bit of acidity that isn't too harsh and adds a nice complexity and gentle sourness, and something dry and wine-like. The flavor brings out a bit more of a creamy sweetness than the nose. The dry woodiness is really nice and reminds me of a good red, though stopping short of the beauty of, say, a Russian River sour.
The body is on the light side of medium, crisp and well-carbonated but smooth, flowing nicely.
This is a very nice fruit beer. I wondered at first is the base was a Lambic. Either way, a tasty beer, though the price keeps me away.

03-05-2012 18:44:39 | More by Brenden
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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

05-27-2012 17:16:19 | More by Tomblerone
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Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
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