Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans
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4.13/5 rDev +0.7%
Great drinking beer, anytime anyplace. Had on tap at The Ginger man NYC. Dark reddish colour , spider lacey. Smooth, very natural cherry juice taste that is both tart and sweet. Alcohol and cherry aromas, a little oud flemish in the nose. A sipper, but I could have this many more times.
05-19-2011 14:13:07 | More by Sammy
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours a clear dark cranberry juice color with a 1 inch foamy reddish-white head that fades to a small cap. Foamy streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour unripe cherries and some funky and earthy aromas. Taste is actually pretty sweet with overripe cherries, slight funk and sour flavors, and some earthy wood-like flavors. This beer has a very good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. A bit puckering with each sip and very refreshing. Overall, this is a very good cherry beer that is extremely easy to drink. I killed the whole bottle by myself in less than 5 minutes. A good alternative to the Lindemans fruit lambics.
10-21-2011 03:22:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town. Served in a tulip.
Pours an enticing dark crimson with a bit of a purplish tint. Thin ligh tan head forms up and persists through. A bit of spotty lacing forms on the walls of the skinny tulip. Good collar throughout, along with some persistent foam. The nose draws me in at first with mild, creamy oak along with a nice acetic bite which follows up on the woody notes. Beneath the acid lies a mixture of sour cherries and a few other darks fruits, most notably red plum. Smooth and mellow, the acid, fruit, and wood all play well together.
The flavor is mildly puckering and tannic from the start. Berries blossom more and more as it warms. Plum and light oxidized malt character lingers in the background. Acetic acid takes the reigns here. Good smooth and creamy body that coats the palate and lingers after a fairly-full, yet still acidic, finish. All around, an extremely well crafted brew that I'll be looking for a few bottles of.
03-28-2011 00:31:28 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -2.4%
A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that died down and left some lacing on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of tart cherries in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of tart cherries; the beer has a sour finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the tart and sour flavors are not overpowering. No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.
05-22-2011 14:07:01 | More by metter98
4.05/5 rDev -1.2%
A delcious fruit-forward sour ale with a robust burst of cherries, oak, tannin, and acidity with the dryness and stillness that any Merlot fan can appreciate.
Russet brown with garnet and maroon colors aiding in the deep rusty palate. Light carbonation releases a fine creme that creates a dainty lace around the rim. A dim glow illudes to the medium haze and dark color of the beer.
Mouth watering acidity of tart cherries, thin cider, oak, sherry, and sharp lactic tartness give a complex aroma of vinous fruits, alcohol and woods.
Cherries, crabapples, under rippened berries, black currants, plumbs, dates, and dried appricots carry the early sweetness and tartness into a mid palate of full blown tartness, oaky tannins, and a robust note of vanilla, almonds, and leather. Finishing with a thin cidery tartness dry red wines or sherry, the beer's complexity over-rides a mild vinegary note that persists as the beer warms.
Medium creaminess and robust textures fade quickly, allowing for the acidity to play on the palate in the absence of carbonation. Mildly astringent with the feel of cherry skins and oak, the tartness is exacerbated. But so is the sensation of dryness and powdery coat that leaves you wanting another sip just as the last one fades.
A very dry fruit-forward ale that borrows what's best about Flanders Red Ales and Oude Bruins. True lambics, but with an exciting twist with fruits, woods, and youth.
06-29-2011 04:06:06 | More by BEERchitect
2.68/5 rDev -34.6%
On-tap at Tustin
A: The pour is a dark, blood red sort of color with a huge off-white head, maybe a bit pink.
S: Sugary and sweet cherries and cherry candy. Perhaps just a touch of wood in there, a mild acidity, but not enough to counteract the sugary nature of the beer.
T: Even sweeter on the palate. Like cherry soda or fruit punch in terms of the sugar content. No real balance to it. Tough to drink.
M: Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation.
O: If you're looking for a kriek or lambic here, just move along. No thanks.
03-21-2011 04:07:55 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev -2.4%
This beer poured out as a deep reddish brown color. The head was fizzy and tan in color. The head faded pretty quickly, not much lacing here either. The smell of the beer was a little funky, but had a lot of cherry in there to balance it out. The taste of the beer was sweet and tart. Really nicely done in my opinion. The mouthfeel was smooth and like a slightly carbonated wine. Overall this was pretty tasty, the whole thing wasn't too sour and it wasn't too sweet either. Just a well rounded brew.
08-31-2011 21:41:47 | More by Knapp85
3.2/5 rDev -22%
"This kriek is made with a completely different method than Kriek Lambic." - liefmans.be
Dark reddish brown, slightly pink parfait foam rises to the rim of the glass and recedes slowly. In the light, the color is an attractive dark scarlet with bright clarity. Delicate Belgian lace rings the glass.
Smells like barrel aged cherry kool-aid. Some slight complexity from the barrel, minimally funky, maximally artificial. Overly sweet with noticeable artificial sweetener in the taste. Chalky cherry vitamin tablets. Sweet cherry juice spiked with lacto and sweetener... bleh.
Slight tartness, but not sour. Obviously sweetened, even more than Liefmans Kriekbier used to be. Cherry cough syrup, Ludens cough drops. Dry chalky aftertaste with soda carbonation. Drinks like soda, easily and numbingly sweet, just weird and cloying, absolutely one-dimensional. Basically nothing like the old Kriekbier that was blended with Goudenband, then again, Goudenband is nothing like it used to be either (currently backsweetened also). Waste of money...
Here's hoping that Duvel will return to a "more traditional" product with less added sweetener (as they are fully capable of, see Kriekbier) with the Liefmans brands.
02-27-2011 06:00:59 | More by emerge077
4.23/5 rDev +3.2%
A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with little to no head. It left very little lacing.
S - It smelled of sour cherry. Not overpowering but nice.
T - Good sour black cherry flavor. Some malty sweetness for needed balance.
M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a slight pucker factor.
O - This is a really nice sour ale. I don't feel like the style it is listed under does it any justice.
07-26-2012 19:55:16 | More by zeff80
3.9/5 rDev -4.9%
375ml caged and corked bottle. The paper packaging reminds me of how I wrap wine bottle gifts at Christmas time.
This beer pours a murky, rusty dark reddish amber hue, with two fingers of weakly puffy, tightly foamy, and soapy pink-tinged white head, which leaves a decent array of thick roaming storm cloud lace around the glass as it lazily falls away.
It smells of bittersweet cherries, both of the fleshy and candied varieties, soft pale malt, candi sugar, a mild yeasty funk, a suggestion of apple cider vinegar, and a subtle leafy hoppiness. The taste is moderately tart/sweet cherry juice, a sourdough-tinged malt, more gritty candy sugar, sour apple, some vanilla/caramel wood extracts, and well-restrained earthy, leafy hops.
The carbonation is fairly sedate, just a plain, underwhelming frothiness to tide us through, the body pretty full in weight for the style, well fruity, and commensurately smooth, with a touch of acid edginess. It finishes off-dry, still big and fruity, and clean, the weirdly sugary cherries persisting.
An enjoyable enough sour fruit beer, more or less balanced by the complex nature of the cherry fruit itself - the subtle, sometimes sour in their own right side players providing a bit of extra oomph. Edgy, and attractive, sure, yet hardly in the same class as some of their countrymen's more dry and acidic offerings.
05-01-2010 00:10:03 | More by biboergosum
4.16/5 rDev +1.5%
At one point, the Liefmans Kriek was basically my everyday beer. Then they had that whole bankruptcy thing, or whatever, and the supply got interrupted, and blah blah. Needless to say, I am always up for anything Liefmans.
Flavor profile is what I expect for Liefmans. Sweet, but just sweet enough and not too syrupy (though slightly so). Very smooth feel. Way too easy to drink.
05-09-2012 05:16:28 | More by RblWthACoz
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
4.14/5 rDev +1%
a nice fruity blend here. pours fairly clear, half way between red and brown in color, with a small but lasting off white fizzy head. some yeast floaters and a peculiar density. smells intensely like cherries, some notes of oak and brown sugar too, but primarily a tart cherry nose. flavor is very different from other fruit beers ive had. starts off with a one or two second blast of almost artificial cherry, like a red jolly rancher candy. that sugary sensation fades to a lambic sour/tartness, and then finishes with some notes of vanilla and molasses behind a prominent and robust Belgian yeast. very cool flavor journey. feel is nice, very tart and acidic in the mouth, strong carbonation and a body that hovers in the medium range. not sure i would drink a lot of these, but it was neat to try. definitely one of the finer fruit forward beers out there.
05-19-2012 16:07:07 | More by StonedTrippin
4.15/5 rDev +1.2%
Had on tap tonight at Beer Authority in NYC.
a - Pours a hazy deep reddish-brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of sweet cherry juice, Belgian yeast, spice, sweet dark fruits, and fruity malts. Very nice nose.
t - Tastes of sweet cherry juice, sweet dark fruits, spices, Belgian yeast. Taste has a little more yeast and spice than the nose. Not too sweet which is nice.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is very smooth and easy to drink. Great mouthfeel.
o - Overall a really great fruit beer. Reminds me of Lindemans, but not quite as sweet....it has a little more of a Belgian yeast/spice kick to it. A great beer I'd love to have again.
08-17-2012 00:33:31 | More by mdfb79
Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
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