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Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans


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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.71%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans visit their website

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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Photo of victory4me


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tasting glass at an epic beer party/tasting I attended last night in Philly.

Pours a muddy maroon with a white effervescent head. Big aroma of tart cherries. A light funkiness but the overwhelming aroma was the cherries.

Taste is surprisingly tart with a light sour quality. Initially sweet, but beautifully balanced by the sour tartness. Just an excellent balance that is extremely difficult to pull off. Mouthfeel is prickly and perfectly carbonated. High drinkability with little cloying sweetness.

A really enjoyable beer at a great price. I don't understand the reviews that are calling this too sweet or comparing it to Lindemans. A very well crafted kriek.


Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 23:23:00 | More by victory4me
Photo of DaveHS


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Mahogany/plum with a ring of cherry red bubbles.

S-Cherries, red wine vinegar, light finky/earthy yeast.

T/M-Fizzy, lightly tart, refined. Sugary cherry sweetness. Not much going on here in terms of complexity,but the flavors are so well balanced it doesn't matter. My only complaint is the lack of sourness. This beer would be served by a more aggressive tart flavor.

D-Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 18:23:08 | More by DaveHS
Photo of emerge077


3.2/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 06:00:59 | More by emerge077
Photo of comfortablynumb1


3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Bellegems Bruin flute glass...

Cork dated 2010...

A - Pours burgandy with a one finger off white/slightly purple head. Head dissipates at a good pace, but there is a little lacing to be had...

S - Cherries, cherries, and more cherries. Smells a little sweet...

T - Starts sweet with cherries and ends on tart note. Not to complex, but has a nice balance between sweet and tart. Abv is well hidden...

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation...

D - Probably not something I would buy again for myslef, but the wife loves this one, so definitely something that is going to be in the rotation...


Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 04:04:51 | More by comfortablynumb1
Photo of Wisconsinality


3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerwolf77 for busting this one out.

A- Deep crimson red, a finger worth of head and just a small amount of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S- Slight medicinal smells, metallic and surprisingly, only a faint amount of cherries.

T- The first thing this reminds me of is artificial cherry juice. There is also some good malt, chocolate covered cherries and a little bit of oak.

M- Medium to lighter bodied with crisp carbonation. Fairly dry on the finish.

D- Decent but I think it could use some age to it. Not overly complex but not bad by any stretch.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 14:49:18 | More by Wisconsinality
Photo of RoyalT


4.5/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 02:51:16 | More by RoyalT
Photo of rarbring


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clouded, rather dark red-brown, a pinkish head that settles rather quickly, leaving some lacing.

The smell has red fruits, cherry and black currant, some earthy musky stable notes as well.

The taste is rather sweet, very much ripe cherries and cherry jam.

Medium carbonation, soft and pleasant body, rather complex.

A good kriek, and being rather sweet more for dessert than refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 16:07:34 | More by rarbring
Photo of Keffa


4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by date of 08/2020.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a dark, dark red, almost brownish, with a thin pink tinged head, settles into a solid yet thin cap, leaves lacing everywhere. Nice.

S: Wow. Vinegar, cherry, oak, a little bit of Brett like funk, and a nice sweet, chocolate like malt in the background. A little bit of a sour note as well. Again, nice.

T: Again, wow. Starts out a little bit sour/tart, but turns away from it for a slightly sweet, funky cherry. Notes of oak and chocolate here and there. Finishes dry and slighly sour/tart. One of the best flavors I have had in a beer. Maybe the best.

M: Medium body, perfect carbonation and slightly creamy. Good here.

D: Very easy drinking. Alcohol is hidden, the finish leaves you wanting more, and the complexity of the cherry between sweet, sour, tart, and funky is just fantastic.

This one was an impulse buy after hearing of the brewery from a thread on here. The people in that thread suggested the Goudenband, which was on the shelf too. I figure, I will play it safe and get the Cuvee since it is cherry. And I am glad I did. This one is amazing. I will be buying a couple of these to keep in the fridge at all times. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 01:00:32 | More by Keffa
Photo of jsh420


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 on the cork

pours dark reddish brown with a 1+ finger head that coats the glass with lacing

smell is not very strong but you get the sour cherries

taste is very good - you get the oak some funk the sour cherries

mouthfeel is just what i wanted in this beer - light heavy carbonation that plays well with the sour cherries that give it both the a sting and a crisp bite

drinkability - while some enjoy wine with dinner i could see myself drinking this beer at every meal or after - now i got to go back to the store and by another bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:16:49 | More by jsh420
Photo of modernartblues


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes

Served in a Tulip at Prime 16

A: deep ruby red, 1" white w/pink highlights head recedes to a bare topping

N: sweet cherry rasberry w/ light tartness

T: sweet with some funky barnyard notes, cherry fruits up front with only a touch of tartness

M: sticky sweet sugar coats my mouth like a sugary syrup

D: pretty good for a lambic/sour, but one is enough for a session

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2011 19:13:11 | More by modernartblues
Photo of LordAdmNelson


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, clean, easy-drinking kriek by Liefmans. Pours an attractive cloudy rose/pink/red color. Nose is cherries with a bit of wood and funk. Flavor follows with a nice fruit beer--it's a bit subtle on the sour for me though. Moderate body, not very dry on the finish. Easy easy drink, pleasant little beer, but nothing to blow you away.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 19:34:07 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of dborginis


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Monk's and now again in a bottle. Pretty pink-ruby color with a lingering puddle of head. Smells a bit of vinegar and cherry. Taste is very sweet, lightly of vinegar but the cherries make it just sour enough. Very enjoyable. Light on carbonation. Pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:56:52 | More by dborginis
Photo of Sunnanek


3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Murky reddish brown with a pink, large, light, foamy head. Slow dissipation leaves rich lacings.

S: Lots of cherries, kind of bitter, sour cherries. Sweetness. Some brett, gives it a sour, acidic smell.

T: A sour, acidic, kind of sweet but still bitter cherry-taste. Some spices, some yeast - brett(anomyces).

M: Aftertaste is rather short. Carbonation is light but kind of offensive. Body is light.

D: This is a nice Kriek!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 19:33:18 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of beachbum1975


3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just moved my family to a new home, so my wife and I decided to celebrate a bit by sharing this beer together. Served at about 55 degrees, with the cork dated 2010.

Pours rose in color leaving a nice, white lacing down the sides of our wine glasses.

Sour cherry on the nose with light bretty funk.

Super sweet, sugary cherries and a mildly sweet caramel malted base. Light funk if you can get back the wave of cherries. After just having Drie Fonteinen's Schaerbeekse kriek just a week prior, it was very hard for me to tolerate all the sweetness in this one. If I had to pick, I prefer a drier and less sweet kriek.

Carbonated just right, but a bit too syrupy for me.

My wife really enjoyed it, and it's a done made beer, but too sweet for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 14:26:56 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of BARFLYB


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see Liefmans bottles back in the area, you guys better not run away again. Never had the Cuvee Brut before though.

Paper off, cage detached, cork removed, POP, Brut goes into the Weyerbacher tulip glass looking brown in color with a nice amount of off white semi tan suds rising up around two inches, going down to a ring, leaving tonz o lace.

Smell is all that sour cherries and some more cherries. They really packed a wallop in this one. Slight hit of vinegar and maybe some acidity. Warming brings out some malt flavor and thats about it. Simple yet banging.

Taste is what I expected, a big blast of sour cherries to the face. I also expected a ton of medicinal and cloyingly sweet flavors as well but Im not bombarded by them. It's sweet but not off the edge. Tangy cherries and some malt flavor, this is heaven.

Very lively on the mouth. It sparkles in the beginning yet fizzes out mid palate going into a smooth finish. Not surupy. A perfect balance. Tangy but not lemonhead sour. A light build with life.

I think I may like this better than my beloved goudenbom(SP). This exceeded expectations and I drank the whole bottle by myself very easily without a hitch.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 09:08:14 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of crossovert


4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml paper-covered, corked, and caged green bottle.

It pours a deep, alluring red with a frothy pink foam head. The head recedes quickly, then slowly leaving some decent lacing.

The smell is tart cherry, some oak,and a hint of typical lambic funk, quite a suprise after having the Fruitese.

the flavor is sweeter, but still pretty solid for a fruit lambic. It has a nice underlying sour, nice honey-like malt notes, and a nice bit of oak. Very well crafted, and it was pretty cheap too at only 7$.

It is cheaper and better than Lindeman's Kriek, a good low-level lambic.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:44:01 | More by crossovert
Photo of TheSupremeAJ


3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 75cl bottle into two Lindeman's flutes. Served at about 55 degrees F. Cork dated 2010.

A- Pours a light rose color. Very nice head. Transparent red rose color. Leaves a beautiful white lacing down the sides of the glass.

S- Very sour fruity cherry scent. Noticeable wild yeast scent from the bretts.

T- Complex. Not too overpowering on one aspect and not all cherry like one would believe. This is not noticeably hoppy or malty. The aged cherries lend a distinct flavor to the beer.

M- Carbonated appropriately. Not very sticky/syrupy but still maintains a full mouthfeel.

D- Alcohol is lightly detectable. Anyone who likes cherries could drink these all night. This is a great chick beer in my opinion and my wife loves it. Not too sweet like a Lindeman's framboise and much more palatable to her girl tastes than a malty or hoppy lambic.

They say a happy wife makes a happy home so I will rate this well!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 01:51:37 | More by TheSupremeAJ
Photo of Halcyondays


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark red with a moderate white head, average retention, some lace.

S: Great true cherry nose, pie, very inviting.

T: Dominated by the cherry flavour, real fruit. Interesting acid, but the sugar stands out.

M: Medium-bodied, light acidity, smooth, well-rounded.

D: Just a tasty beer. Not a huge complexity from the base Flanders ale, but if you like cherries you'll enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 04:01:36 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of bluejacket74


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, 2010 stamped on the cork. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a very dark ruby red/purple color with about a half inch light pink head. The brew is dark enough that I can't see through it at all. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly tart and sweet cherries along with some wood, funk and vinegar. Taste is similar to the aroma, the cherry flavor is a good mix of both sweet and tart, and there's also some wood and funk noticable. However, this brew is all about the cherries. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with good, soft carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, this brew is very smooth and goes down easy. I like this beer a lot, I might have to buy another bottle and see how this ages.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 00:26:08 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep cherry red with some brown tint to it. Head left quickly and not really much lacing left on glass. Smelled of Cherry, wood and a bit like a dirt floor basement where I used to live. Taste hits you with a quick tart flavor at first but the majority of it is ripe cherry and a bit of that woodiness. Effervescent but not overly, clean aftertaste and easy to drink quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 10:49:21 | More by thepeter
Photo of drtth


4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a stemmed tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a bright ruby or cherry red color with black undertones and a ¼" white head that recedes early on. Throughout most of the beer there is little or no lacing left when sipping

Smell: The aroma of tart cherries fills the nose like a perfume. There also seems to be some woody and almond character here but it is well in the background. (If this is what is meant by "funk" I think I like it.)

Taste: Both the sweetness of the cheery and the tart vinegary character here are in perfect balance in that neither dominates the other, rendering both pleasant. The brewery describes this beer as "a well balanced sour and sweet Kriek of great complexity," and I can't argue with that. (I'm reminded of Cherry Heering liqueur and the furthest thing from my mind is the medicinal cherry used in cough syrup.)

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full bodied and quite smooth. The finish is medium length and dry, leaving just the hint of an astringent character.

Drinkability: From the first sniff of this beer I decided I would probably like it. The first sip did nothing to make me change my mind. As I had more of the beer I liked it better and better. This was an easy sipping beer both on its own and with the salad I choose for dinner. Although I'd not want a second right after the first, I'll be having this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 02:51:17 | More by drtth
Photo of tempest


4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a small glass on-tap at Tap and Table. It reminds me of a fruitier Flanders Red Ale with a strong kick of cherries. There was a musty, dusty basement aroma over the fruit and spice. This is a legitimate fruit lambic that pairs the funk and tart feel of Belgian wild yeast with sweet and juicy fruit. The end result is a pleasant, drinkable fruit beer that's both interesting and delicious thanks to the mild barnyard and herbal spicing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2010 13:49:43 | More by tempest
Photo of Brad007


4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burgundy color with hints of garnet. Thin-head forms, leaving a dash of lacing on the inside of the glass.

Tart, sweet cherry greets the nose first, followed by the slightest hint of sour funk.

Sweet, slightly tart cherries dance around on my taste buds followed by just the right amount of funk. Has a sherry-like quality to it.

Carbonation is dialed up a bit but it doesn't do much harm. Just a hint of lingering cherry and funk.

Very good for what it is. Think of Lindemann's Kriek, but not as cloying.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 03:55:18 | More by Brad007
Photo of kingcrowing


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 23:10:49 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of uno99

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought 2 bottles of this at the Brussels airport. We had spent 4 days in Brussels and Brugge, and 3 in Paris on our honeymoon, and I had some euros I wanted to spend before we boarded the plane. Best Before 07/2019

A: Love the presentation. I'd like to see more brewers do this. It makes it feel more special to unwarap and pop the cork. Also makes a great gift as well.

Beer itself is very deep red. almost a murky brown. Nothing like a regular Kriek. Off white head is minimal, but lacing abundant.

S: First thing you notice is actually the sour and funk, then the cherries. Quite complex actually. stemmy and leafy. sort of a wine tannin quality. Funk isn't extreme, but definitely some barnyardy-nes.

T: Very sweet of course, but balanced with sour vinegar, and funk. The blending is evident, it is well balanced.

M: Why is the mouthfeel so good? it's very thick... really thick(for a kreik)! and its not sticky. I like a hardy mouth feel but I hate having sticky lips and teeth. this beer does it right. Carbonation is lively.

D: Not one I'd like to drink a lot of, but certainly a good beer to pop when you want to celebrate. My occasion tonight was my Wifes new job offer. Santé!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 00:16:46 | More by uno99
Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
91 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.