Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 636
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 4.7%
Wants: 46
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: IronDjinn on 02-15-2010

Goudenband & Oud Bruin blended with cherries. Not a lambic.
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Photo of utopiajane
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours semi opaque. The color of cranberry. Streaming effervescence and a thin head of loose bubbles that fell away to a thick ring and left patches of lace. Nose is intense with sour cherries. A bouquet of juicy and tart fruit with a little wood and earth to show it off. There is a powdery dry scent on the nose and it smells crisp and clean. After a good dive into the glass I decided that I smell bandaids but it's very faint. As it warms there are hints of vanilla.

Taste just kept growing on me. At first I wanted to say this tastes too much like fruit juice and not like beer. Then the wood and oak came out. After that a light vinegar note, a bit of acetic puckering tartness and that vanilla to smooth it all out and make the body feel creamy. Creamy? The cherries are both tart and sweet and the brut dryness cleanses the palate with each sip so that the sweetness doesn't really linger but the tartness and the sour does. it has a faint touch of cinnamon . The wood and dry earth take hold in the middle and stay through the finish for a lovely drink. The vanilla is captivating after all.

Dynamic and strong. Resonating with complexity and character. (1,164 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle, drank Oct. 2013

a: dark ruby red, purple, amber. 2 finger off white fizzy head

s: apple cider vinegar, tart apple peels, cherry. ever so slight hint of orange molasses

t: right away i notice much more cherry than in the nose. sweet and sour cherry. nice caramel sweetness, concord grapes, tart vinegar. ends with more cherries, and finishes dry. definitely on the sweeter side

m: light with nice amount of carbonation. really helps the cherry flavor pop

o: much better than the appearance and aroma indicated. this is a 2 year old bottle. still taste cherry nicely. the tartness is very mild and works well with the sweet dark cherry flavor. no flavor in here overwhelms the other, and sweet and tart are harmonized nicely. real nice stuff (757 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,756 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Liefmans Cuvee-Brut: Belgian aged with cherries, Taste/Mouthfeel: hint of cherry, slightly sweet/tart; Appearance: dark cherry, slightly lighter than black cherry skin; faint transparency, good

Poured into a pint glass. (270 characters)

Photo of Altrurian
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A short and quickly thinning head tops this brown elixir. It smells like rhubarb, and has a taste to match. The taste, to be more precise, is that of rhubarb pie, including the delightful, mitigating sweetness of the sugary aspect of the filling and the crust. What Southern Tier's Pumking is to pumpkin pie, this brew is to its rhubarb counterpart, with a certain, sour, cherry cast. A fun concoction, with the characteristics of a dessert for a sophisticated palate. The refreshing character of the carbonation is just right. (527 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass. Paired with a traditional bavarian pretzel and Dusseldorf (spicy) mustard.

Appearance - Pours a deep hue of red, like cranberry or oxidized/dried blood. At a glance, you might not even know it was red at all. Atop the body sits a one-finger head that is mostly white, but with some pinkish twinge to it. Retention is not for long, but lingers a bit before turning into a thin layer of foam over the top. Lacing is light and slick/watery.

Smell - A pleasant combination of sour cherries, some mildly piercing acidity, with overtones of cinnamon candies and some notes of spicy red wine, like a malbec. I do get some tannin elements as well. Encouraging, because I don't get the sense that this will be overly sweet from the aroma. Let's see...

Taste - While there is some sweetness, it is far from the overpowering and cloying sweetness that often comes with other beers in the "pseudo-lambic/fruit beer" style. I won't name any names, but their brewery also starts with "L". Complexity continues, with lactic tartness and more sour cherry notes amongst some softer compliments like oak and faint vanilla. The cinnamon essence again seems present here, but none of the spiciness that the nose let on. The sour is just enough to give the drink punch and fight off the natural sugar from the cherries so that the sweetness remains in balance.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation and light-bodied, allowing for easy drinking, but enough carbonation to give it a little bite. Dry finish that entices the next drink far sooner than is probably wise.

Overall, I'm disappointed to see that this is classified as a "fruit beer", because the experience of drinking it just doesn't seem to fit with what I would expect from that general style. I suppose this is one of those beers that sort of falls between the cracks of standard classification. There isn't really a beer style that ladders up to a blend of oud bruins fermented on sour cherries. If it were American-made, it would almost certainly get the "American Wild Ale" classification in my opinion. (2,142 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.96/5  rDev -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. (968 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@ Busy Bee

Hazy garnet topped with a slim, creamy head. Cherry aroma upfront with some almost chocolaty/nutty notes, slight brown sugar, and an increasing woody dryness. Super smooth cherry tartness and mild spicy wood flavors. Sweet, yet dry. Medium bodied, slick, and a real pleasure to drink. (296 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really digging the aroma. Fresh, sweet and tart cherries. A good mix of both sensations without tilting too much in either direction. I'm about to drink cherry juice I think.

Pours a nice ruby red with a fair, loose head that dissipated rapidly.

Taste is refreshingly tart. I had worried perhaps it would be too sugary sweet but I'd say it actually tilts more towards tart than anything. That's not to say that it isn't sweet, because at first there's a great sweet cherry taste that goes into a more tart sensation that especially gives a sour kick at the end. Very drinkable of course. Who doesn't like alcoholic cherry soda?? With a tart kick of course. (660 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from tap into goblet at pizza plant in buffalo ny. Awesome murky red pour. ..little lacing. Nice funky wild woody aroma...mild but funky and fruity.
Taste is syrupy fruit...almost grainy sugary sweetness. Cherry cough syrup and some wood. Its ok...not sure why it has such a high rating. I think its just too sweet..couldn't finish the pour. (349 characters)

Photo of Efay
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Beer has a dark, reddish mahogany color, and the beer is translucent. There is minimal foam and lacing.

S- Sweet, fresh, earthly cherries, that gives it some characteristics of wine. I can also get some wood, maybe oak.

T- Taste like a cherry tart, so its sweet and sour at the same time. It almost tastes like there are mixed berries in here, like raspberries and black cherries.

M- Moderate body and high in carbonation. Didn't even have to touch the cork, just loosened the cage and it exploded.

O- Wow, I really enjoy sour beers, it's just another side to beer that needs to be exposed. I feel like it could of used some more booze, and it would be perfect. Still world class in my book. Extremely balanced. (719 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a deep mahogany cloudy colour with an off white head that reduces to a film

S - Plenty of sweet sugars and cherries, and hints of oak

T - Up front tastes like lolly water then followed by sour, oak aged qualities that almost balances out the sweetness.

M - Medium body and carbonation

O - These beers aren't really my thing however I appreciate the balance in this one. If they used real fruit it would be outstanding (458 characters)

Photo of jandadeboer
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Liefmans Cuvee-Brut is a solid Kriek. It is not as sweet as other Krieks, so those that don't enjoy Krieks too sweet, try this one. It doesn't pour much head, but the taste is not flat. If you are thinking about trying a Kriek and hesitant on the fruit beers, this is a good one to try first. (292 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looked for this beer for a long time and finally found it in a little shop in San Diego. This poured a lot darker than i was expecting. Amber with a strong red hue. Light head that has good retention, slightly pink. Smell is yeast, cider, lime and cherries. Wonderfully refreshing taste, just a touch too sweet. Tons of cherry, slightly tart from citrus. Feel is light and crisp. Super refreshing. No booze. This is terrific, and was a big hit with the ladies. Only qualm is its slightly too sweet, and could use a touch more carbonation. Cherries galore! (555 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.75

Today is Valentine's Day! Sheryl said, "Let's do a Valentine beer." I was wanting something hoppy, but she wanted to do a "red" beer! So we grabbed a bottle of Liefmans Cuvée Brut. I stare at this beer all the time at Total Wine & More, but am exited to upward it. After reading about this beer, I can't wait! I don't normally like the flavor of cherries, but they mention tart and sweet. Sounds like me! The cherries sit for 12 months? That is awesome!

She's right, this beer looks like a holiday beer! Low ABV, but I am sure the sweetness will be enough to share a bottle. Ready to start drinking and get this holiday started. Bottoms up, people!

In the Glass: Well I could smell the cherries as I was pouring this out. Sheryl made a good point… I don't usually like cherries. The older I get, the more I appreciate the flavor… but this is different. These cherries have been sitting for 12 months. That is absurd. I am sure they have mellowed out, and the beer (an oud bruin) produces a more enjoyable sour experience. The beer appears thick and creamy in the glass, and has a nice thin white head. No lace. Of course, my glass is so full I could barely carry it into the office. But the beer looks enjoyable in the glass.

Nose: I expected the aroma to be a little more sour, but it has a nice malty backbone to it. There are times I will grab a bottle of scotch and think, "This beverage has been in a barrel for 3, 8, 12, 28 years." 12 months isn't that long, but to think the amount of attention and dedication that went into this beer helps me appreciate it even more. A second whiff leaves more sour aromas. I do like a good sour, so let's taste this beer.

Flavor: WHOA! That is incredible. It is VERY complex, too. Sour, no doubt… but very tart. Imagine taking a sour piece of candy, biting down, and the flavor that explodes across your palate. That is what you get here. I mean, the flavor is incredible, but if you don't like sour beers, stay away. The sour doesn't last long, but it is there from the time the beer hits your tongue until you swallow.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is fun. It starts sour, then bubbles kick in, and then you swallow with more sour flavors and a nice polished finish. (The burb is quite nice. It brings some of the sour flavor back, but not overwhelmingly so.) Now that I have room to swirl the beer, I am seeing little lace, and a lot of tiny bubbles rushing to the surface.

Also, I will mention that as I drink this, the sour (tartness) becomes less and less intense. That's not a bad thing as you drink through the bottle, you get several conflicting and complex flavors. Makes a bottle this big (750ml) more enjoyable if you are not sharing. But sharing is what craft beer is all about!

Aftertaste: Those same sour flavors are hanging on, but not as much as you would expect from what your palate just went through. With every the sour becomes less and less evident, but the flavor from the cherries really comes through. It's a dark cherry flavor, not like biting a fresh one off the stem. That is the flavor I don't like. Cherry typically tastes like medicine to me. Not in this beer.

I have been looking at this beer every time I walk down the beer aisle at Total Wine. Glad that I picked one up. There is a blue one (I assume blueberry) next to it. That is also on our "list". We will get to that soon, I am sure. VERY happy with this bottle, and glad that we could drink this to celebrate Valentine's Day. Hope everyone had a good beer to share, regardless if you are drinking alone! (3,549 characters)

Photo of safaricook
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Just as nice this beer looks on the shelf with its flashy wrapping, it is a bit disappoiting from an aesthetic point of view once poured into the glass with its thin dirty brownish foam, though a thin layer is persistently found on the top and the lacing is great. Body also looks a bit dirty due to the brownish tone on the red. Body is clear and bubbles are plenty and fine.

Aroma is rich sour cherry juice, which I like, with a nice hint of tartness to remind you this is still a sour beer.

Taste follows nose entirely. Again juice from sour cherries, maybe morello, with some sugar balanced by sour and finally nicely restrained refreshing tartness that hits you as it leaves the mouth. Alcohol is barely detectable.

It has a medium body that is a bit sirupy in the beginning as it warms up, but who cares when you have this smooth effervecence on your tongue from middle to finish were it mingles perfectly with the tartness.

This maybe my favourite sour beer. The purist in me is not too happy that they are using sugar and I guess they could at least reduce the amount a bit. But it is balanced and very drinkable. The combination of the smooth carbonation and the tartness is just devine. I love sour cherries and I love to drink this beer on a summer day. (1,269 characters)

Photo of Bashao
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours scarlet red from the bottle with nice foam.

Smell: Great smells of berries, very appealing.

Taste: Great berries flavours, starts sweet but ends sour. Mildly carboneted.

Mouthfeel: A medium body.

Overall: Great lambic beer. I loved it. (258 characters)

Photo of JudoJeff
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As you might expect from the brightly wrapped 750 mL bottle, this beer has a strong cherry flavor. The cherry is bittersweet and feels thin and sharp in your mouth at first. The appearance is a transparent red, with a thin head. The sweetness can be a bit over-powering at first but did mellow some after a few sips. (316 characters)

Photo of hagbergl
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (1,702 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny’s in Champaign, IL
Bottled: 2010
Glass: US pint glass

Reminiscent of a more obviously beer-based New Glarus Belgian Red, Liefman’s Cuvee Brut blends tart cherry with malt and mild sourness in a very respectable fashion. Slightly disappointed at the "added natural flavors" aspect of the beer, I would probably not get this again as a result.

Pours a 1cm, light pink foam for a head, composed of small bubbles, with fairly poor retention. Head leaves minimal lacing along sides of glass as it descends, eventually fading to a thick ring of bubbles around the glass’ perimeter. Body is a medium-darkness brown color with magenta hues, light bringing out the red tones in the color. Body is semi-hazy from sediment.

Aroma is of tart cherry juice alongside mild apple cider-like vinegar.

Taste opens with tart cherry juice mixed with medium-dark malt sweetness and light acidic tartness. Cherries, malt, and tartness persist through the close. Tasting concludes with tart cherry juice, mild sweetness, and a bit of lactic acid tartness lingering on the throat and tongue.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium to medium-high carbonation. The result is a crisp, easily drinkable beer that finishes dry and with little residual stickiness on the palate. (1,266 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Manito tap house

Rusty brown on cherry with a little white etch atop the beer. Smells of cherries, wood, some leather and a delicate tartness in the nose. I feel like it might have a good dose of wood to match the acidity of the beer. Flavor is tart cherry with some interwoven wood and pepper, a surprising sweetness in the middle there that lightens the flavor into a near fine candy character, reminds me of a hand made cherry cola honestly. Medium bodied with low carb and a semi dry finish. Decent beer, dunno if it's worth the price tag I've seen it at though. (577 characters)

Photo of DavidST
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet, can't find a bottle date (12/2020 is on the top), bought it this year. This pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a small extremely short lived tan head. The smells are nice, you get the apple cider vinegar, sour cherries, tartness, a hint of funk. The feel is medium, with med carbonination. The taste is as expected, a load of tart cherries, vinegar. A beautiful sweet and sour, I really wish I could find this stuff closer to me. (484 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from 2010
A: pours into a duvel tulip to a deep reddish brown with a small greyish red head with decent retention
S: smells of vinegar, sour cherries, and a bit of vanilla and a slight oak as well
T: nice and tart with flavors of sour cherries, acetic acid, vanilla, and mild woody oak, aftertaste is some residual sweetness, light cherry, more oakiness and a slightly medicinal aftertaste that reminds me of cough syrup.
M: light to medium with prickly carbonation. slightly drying finish as well
O: great beer aside from the cough syrup taste at the very end of the drink. other than that it has nice flavors, good drinkability and a great sourness to it. (664 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Pours red-tinged brown with no head.
Nose shows sweet cherries, a soft funky notes, light sweet malt and faint confectionery. Very enticing.
Quite sweet flavours but with a soft tartness and a prominent funky note. Over-ripe cherries are the main show.
No carbonation, with is a big disappointed as the beer seems cloying and feels watery.
Very drinkable, would have been great if it was carbonation. (400 characters)

Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
90 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.