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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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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

458th review on BA

App- A very crimson looking red with a faint hint of bubbles on the edges. About what I expected but wanted a little bit more carbonation.

Smell- Another expected sensory experience. Muted cherry juice with just a touch of tartness.

Taste- Just like fresh squeezed juice with a slight touch of booze to it to know its a beer.

Mouth- Light and high. A bit creamier than I expected.

Drink- This was pretty tasty. I would enjoy this one again if given the chance to see if a bigger or fresher keg would make it a tad better.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Toronado in San Francisco.

Pours a bright and deep cherry red colour with a pale fine head of pink noticeable bubbles. Thick, but fine. Gorgeous. Almost looks like the ultimate kriek. Just perfect.

Fragrant and organic on the nose, with an odd juxtaposition of cherry pip and artificial sweetness. Sourness is not noticeable at all on the nose (if it's here at all)—it's just clean, crisp and sweet. Very much like candy. That makes it a somewhat guilty pleasure.

Taste is sweet with a hint of cherry acidity. For the most part is smooth, and round with very little skewing it in an unusual or uncomfortable direction. A hint of late marzipan, a dash of acidity and a pleasant, but very moderated midstream funk. Dry finish with a bit of cherry-skin aftertaste. Very refreshing, biting and clear.

A nice brew, and an example of the beautiful Belgian sour beers that are so classic and well done. With few exceptions, no one does it like them.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to see this on-tap at Commonwealth Lounge in Newport Beach. I was even more surprised to get 14 ounces of it, but the shocker was getting it all for $4 during their extended happy hour. On to the beer:

Reddish violet color with very little head on the pour, leaves a few tiny spots of lace on the glass. Smells like cherry jam, fine enough for me. Not much of a surprise to me, we've got a sweet and tart beer, and a very lovely one at that. Here we go again with the cherries; the first half seemed a little more tart, the second half of the glass seemed to sweeten up. What's real sweet is the aftertaste, and I mean that in a literal sense.

I'm a big fan of Liefmans Kriekbier. Cuvee Brut isn't far off the pace of that, which is to say that this is still a kick ass, cherry dominant beer.

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Photo of Greencoat
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in Dark Lord snifter.

A: Pours to a beautiful ruby red, perfectly clear with an everlasting pink head. Very highly carbonated. Lacing like concrete.

S: Slight sour pungency is shadowed by delicious, sweet cherries. If it tastes anything like it smells, I'm in for a treat.

T: First and foremost is delicious cherries. It's by no mean overbearing sweet. I was hoping for maybe a little more sour out of it, but instead of being a bomb, it's very nicely balanced. It's like drinking cherry cobbler.

M: A nice semi-sweet beer with nice, lively carbonation. Cherry flavor lingers in your mouth for a long time.

O: Fantastic beer. Well worth the price of admission ($10 for a 750ml) and worth buying at the store. I can't say that I'd go out of my way to hunt it down, but it is very good beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep red with a three finger very slight pink hue head that subsided to two fingers slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, dark fruit, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, raspberries, slight cherry, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Ovearll this was a pretty nice brew. Definitely had a great flavor profile going on here. They were not in-your-face strong which was nice as it made it very enjoyable and drinkable. The funk definitely surprised me quite a bit in a good way. A definite must try on tap if you get the chance!

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Photo of Chizoad
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red beer with an tan cap that looks like a breaking wave. Really pretty coloring and great looking beer.

Slightly sour nose that doesn't overwhelm. Very strong aroma of cherries.

Taste is pretty much identical. Mild tartness up front and then sweet cherries all the way. Not complex, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is not exactly too thick, but nearly bordering on it. Relatively low carbonation, and a little more would buoy the beer a tad.

Enjoyable, would have it again, but wouldn't go out of my way. I love the fact the local bar has rarities like this rotate through their taps.

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

Deep red, med-big pale pink-tan head steadily shrinks to foamy ring, a little weak lace.

Aroma is metal, sweet-sour fruit, cherry, wood, yeast.

Taste is sweet-tart cherry, fruit, wood, hints of yeast and mineral, very juicy light sourness. Overall, it has a wonderful, engaging character, some nice complexity of elements underneath the dominant cherry character, and it’s lively and extremely drinkable.

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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 Verobeerguy
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is amberish-brown with light white lace. Nose of
Light malt overwhelmed by a wonderful cherry aroma. Taste of slightly caramelly malt, overshadowed by cherry-sweetness without any bitterness or much of any tartness on the follow. Overall, this is a very nice, if somewhat girly beer.

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Photo of Pencible
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear garnet with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like musty and sugary cherry juice with some honey. Not far from cough syrup.
T: It tasted like super sweet cherry juice, somewhere between cough syrup and grenadine. It had a sickeningly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. At least the bubbles helped break up the sweetness a bit.
D: This was like liquid Luden's. Not difficult to drink if you have a huge sweet tooth, but this is definitely not what I look for in a beer. I wish it had more complexity or bite. Maybe throw in some brett, or at least charred oak for balance?

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: 750mL wrapped bottle. little pre-birthday gift to myself. deep, blood red until i hold it up to light, where it transitions to a bright ruby. red/white fluffy head keeps building from the rapid, effervescent carbonation.

S: an oak-like aroma that almost come across as pomegranate. an obvious cherry aroma. sweet, but a significant amount of earthiness as well.

T: tart, earthy cherries. cranberry juice. pretty sweet. not puckering, but certainly similar to fruit punch.

M: effervescent like a champagne. medium body dominated by the fruit.

D: super easy to drink. overall, it's a fruit beer and a good one at that. interesting complexity from the young and old fruit blends.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.71/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle and split into to tulips.

A: Dark red nearing plum purple. About a finger of pink head recedes quickly and leaves a tiny soapy lace ring.

S: Pure cherry syrup. Bordering on medicinal cherry cough syrup. Hint of oak and sourness. A faint metallic note in there as well. Ludens cough drops come to mind.

T:The flavor is much better than the nose lead me to believe. Rich tart cherries and hints of oak. Berry snow cone syrup.

M: Medium to light body. Rather light carbonation.

D: This one is much better with age. I had some older bottles that had way more sour and complexity. Not terrible but nowhere near what it can be.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So, I typically will enjoy this type of beer in a flute, tulip or some other glass like that. This is technically called a Fruit beer and they suggest a pint glass. I figured, what the heck, let's try it.

I am shocked at the strawberry shake type creamy head that I get when pouring this into this type of glass. The head is a pink, almost purple color with awesome structure and retention. The beer itself is a dark purple color that's fairly bold in color. Clinging lacing hangs everywhere.

Aroma is nice. Certainly cherry with a slight earthy depth. I wouldn't call it barnyard or funk, but something is up. Perhaps a touch musty, but not in a negative way. I picture dark ripe cherries, vs, their lighter less sweet brothers.

I had the Liefman's Goudenband and loved it. This is no different, what a wonderful beer. Light perfectly sweet cherry flavor with a hint of depth and roasted nuts. A touch bready as well. What I love here is the cherry flavor is that of the real fruit and not the artificial (although great) artificial cherry we've all become accustomed to tasting. I guess I have to type the word tart at some point, but it's so balanced with the sweetness it doesn't jump out at you.

Light spritzy body and carbonation. Springs to life on your tongue and quenches the thirst. Really refreshing. Gotta serve this at a brunch.

What a wonderful beer to drink. I popped this to enjoy the extra light as we celebrate daylight savings and the end of this terrible winter. Perfect call.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Blood orange red tinged brown. Medium, thick, small bubbledl white head with pinkish hue. Some sparce cling.

S - Barn funk and tart cherries.

T - Fantastic blend of tart cherries and cooked cherry pie.

M - Good carb, tasty blend, nice clean finish.

D - Very easy to drink and a fun beer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 6% abv. Fairly clear, lighter ruby color. Lots of tiny streaming bottles making their way to a thick, foamy pinkish-white head. Very nice retention, with some spots of lace.

Nose is slightly sour cherry, musky and slightly funky. Stops short of the horse blanket character. Other ripe fruits. Earthy hops at the end.

Some sweetness up front, without being overbearing. Very subtle tartness. Great cherry flavor, only slightly sour. Earthy hops balance, without getting in the way.

Lighter body, with a refreshing amount of carbonation. Cherry flavor is pronounced, but not heavy, making this an easy drinker. Very nice here.

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Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Brut pours a blood stained copper color. It's mostly clear, and has distinct scarlet highlights when held to light. A very light tan head covers the top. It's roughly a finger deep, and recedes to a surface covering fairly quickly. Due to active carbonation, it holds steady there for a bit. Lacing was sticky and moderate.

The nose is good, but isn't a classic. Up front, it's mostly musky and earthy. There are some sweet, malty notes that make things interesting. I was expecting a strong fruit presence given the wrapping (that suggests strong cherry). There are some definite cherry notes, but they're subtle and do not come through very strong. I'm not a huge cherry fan, so that doesn't bother me too much. It's there, but seems complementary. I like that. Alcohol is masked extremely well.

The flavor is damn impressive. It's explosive compared to the nose. There's a strong cherry presence that's nothing short of delicious. Yes, that's coming from someone who's generally cherry averse. It's nearly a perfect mix of sweet and tart. The tart aspect is enough to add some pizzazz, but it isn't mouth puckering. There are ancillary earthy and musky notes that work very well. I'm not getting any funky notes. Perhaps they're too subtle for this palate. Alcohol is damn near buried. I'm not getting much at all in that department. Finishes with a slightly tart cherry flavor.

Cuvee Brut has a body that leans medium with warming. Carbonation, while active, feels light and subtle. It has a nice, smooth feel overall. Drinkability is very good. Despite my lack of affection for all things cherry, this is delicious beer. I'm really enjoying it. It's tasty, and goes down so smooth and easy. I should've known that Brouwerij Liefmans wouldn't fail me.

Cuvee Brut is excellent beer. My expectations were tempered, but it delivers. I'm not a cherry fan. Never have been. But this cherry flavored beer is delicious. Go figure. Frankly, I'm stunned at how much I'm enjoying this. I should've known better...this is Liefmans after all. Find a bottle.

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Photo of victory4me
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.


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Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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...


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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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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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Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
90 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.