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Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Reviews: 183
Hads: 653
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 22.72%
Wants: 50
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IronDjinn on 02-15-2010

Goudenband & Oud Bruin blended with cherries. Not a lambic.
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Reviews by DonDirkA:
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3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

The nose is still a little fake smelling, like the Fruitesse, but it just doesn’t smell like straight cherries, it smells more like cherry juice. Cherry juice, red grapes, cherries, plums and just a bit of the malt on the way back end.

The taste is a lot more like a legitimate beer than the Fruitesse but it has a very sweet, almost artificial tasting finish. Tart cherry juice, sour cherries and sour grapes start out in charge then quickly give in to a fake “from concentrate” cherry juice taste with too much sweetness. Not bad, but definitely not on the level of the Goudenband. Too bad.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of cam477
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of innominat
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingcrowing
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of pat61
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant deep cherry red with a 2” pink tinted moussey white foam cap with exceptionally fine bubbles.
S: Big cherry aromas with bread and a slight funk aroma off over ripe fruit.
T: Starts like a medium dark cherry bread then the tart comes forward with a moderate bitterness in the background.
F: Very soft in the mouth, medium to medium light body, medium carbonation.
O: Very refreshing with an amazing balance between cherry tartness, hop bitterness and rich malts.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of BGDrock
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
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