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Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans

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581 Ratings
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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 36
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans visit their website
Belgium

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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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of RossLaird
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a belgian tulip glass. Pours an almost-but-not-quite opaque dark maroon with a cream colored head about an inch and an half that dissipates rather quickly.

The nose is dominated by the cherries. My first impression was of a freshly opened roll of shocktarts.

Again, the cherry is the dominant character. The taste is boldly sweet at first and turns almost instantly tart. A bit of oak flavor and belgian yeast. Dark grapes come through on the finish leaving a dryness reminiscent of champagne.

Carbonation is strong, but perfectly so.

Photo of jisak74
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is dominated by wonderfully tart cherries and nothing else. Not a bad thing, just one-note.

Appearance comes across as a very dark ruby when held to the light, but in normal light it just looks brown. The head is slightly pink, and somewhat soapy in nature. Lacing seems to be pretty good.

When tasting, there is a kind of big sweetness right up front that quickly paves a road to cherry flavors and ends with a puckering tartness.

Moderate body and highly carbonated with a fairly dry finish, this beer is easy to drink and not too strong, if you can take the sourness.

Photo of jwhancher
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this down in Total Wine in DE. Came corked & caged with a red paper wrapping. On top of the cage said "12-2020". Seems like I could have let this one age quite a bit.

A: Pours a clear cranberry red with pinkish head that hangs in there a bit. Some particles evident but mostly clear. Great presentation with the packaging!

S: Smells of tart cherry, some funk - a little barnyard like, and a nice dosage of wood.

T: Tastes of mostly tart cherry with a bit of puckering sweetness at the end. Has an oak quality to it as well, but the sour cherry notes dominate.

M: Nice & spritzy like. Ample carbonation gives it an effervescent feel. Feels medium to medium-light. Sour notes throughout. Alcohol seems subdued at 6%.

O: I'm still getting into sours and I found this one a treat. Great tart cherry notes that aren't too overpowering with a nice bit of oak and funk. Glad to have tried.

Photo of squarebottle
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Pellinore1
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of KevdoggNasty
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of tbeckett
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. 2010 on the cork.

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black. Red edges. One finger of beige head. No lace and a ring of retention.

S - Sweeter fruits with cherry. A very mild sourness and some woody notes.

T - Wood, sourness, and tons of sweet cherry. Not close to a natural Kriek Lambic due to the sweetness, but interesting nonetheless. Quite a bit of sweetness but you can tell the Oud Bruin elements are there, but the fresh cherry is evident.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and a clean finish with dryness but a cherry flavour that lingers a bit.

O/D - Not too bad. Not as sour as I'd hope, probably b/c of the fresh cherry and cherry juice. The Oud Bruin element is subdued compared to the sweetness but it's still a tasty beer. Just not something I'd reach for before an Oud Bruin or Oud Kriek or the like.

Photo of StoicBeast
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Cresant
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 750 mL green bottle (paper wrapped) into a Lindemans flute glass. Corked with wire, coded 12 012303. 08-2020 LFK. Cork said 2010.

The beer was deep ruby-caramel color with a pinkish head. Modest lacing remained.

The smell was cherries. Cherries, cherries, and cherry pie.

The taste was prickly tart cherries and light grain. Sweetness but only enough to keep it from being one dimensional. Drying finish.

The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied. Plenty of carbonation - rich and scrubbing - but not too much. Nice. Overall even better than I expected.

Photo of bbadger
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Majorwolfe
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of tfidler
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ElGallo
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of leodarko
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of rbmjr1
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at an event along with Goudenband and Fruitesse. Notes are recent and thorough.

A brown-tinged crimson brew in the glass develops a cap of pink head, thick and rich. It fades off a little quickly but leaves a compact foam that drops spotty lacing behind it.
I'm glad I got a chance at a sample recently because the first bottle I ever tried had definite band-aid in it. This time, it's all tart and sweet cherries, a bit of wood, just a bit of acidity that isn't too harsh and adds a nice complexity and gentle sourness, and something dry and wine-like. The flavor brings out a bit more of a creamy sweetness than the nose. The dry woodiness is really nice and reminds me of a good red, though stopping short of the beauty of, say, a Russian River sour.
The body is on the light side of medium, crisp and well-carbonated but smooth, flowing nicely.
This is a very nice fruit beer. I wondered at first is the base was a Lambic. Either way, a tasty beer, though the price keeps me away.

Photo of Hendral
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of pwsoldier
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of thecheapies
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cuvee-Brut from a 750ml bottle into tulip glasses.

Pours a dark raspberry red-brown with a lacing off-white head.

Smells like a cherry cordial. Tart and liqueur-y. A bit of oak and sour raspberry notes, as well. A little wild. Balanced sweetness.

Very similar to some Krieks that I've had, but this one has a rich Oud Bruin base that brings some other dark viny fruits to the table in supplement to the cherry. Hints of raspberry and lemonade. The cherries are tart and a tad medicinal, but authentic. There's an appreciated burly woody character to this brew that starts with vanilla and ends with a bite of the bark. Puckery with a prick of acetic acid, but more reminiscent of a tangy tart fruit.

Light for what it is. I wouldn't say refreshing, but quenching. Nice tartness evolves into bitterness. Okay on the effervescence. Not protruding nor underwhelming.

Big time guilty pleasure for me right here. Gotta rank among my favorite fruit beers. Mysterious enough to keep savoring, yet easy to enjoy now and even up to a year after the bottling date.

Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
92 out of 100 based on 581 ratings.