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Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 35
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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 ferrari29
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a stemmed-Tulip shaped glass

A - Beer has a cherry reddish colored body; formed a small half finger size head; cloudy body; little visible carbonation; nice layered lacing formed; viscous in appearance, kind of thick

S - Cherries - you can smell it from across the room; sour apple smell; red-wine - grapes; sour vinegar; very sparkling champagne-esq

T - Deep cherry flavor; slight sour champagne wine taste; mostly berries; fruit citrus flavors of orange and pineapple are in there as well

M - Full body feel; effervescent; sweet fruit, cherry-strawberry aftertaste

D - Good dessert or summertime drink; nice complex fruit flavors

ferrari29, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of KAP1356
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 750 ml bottle at Smokin' Joe's in Pittsburgh and split it 3 ways with 2 friends. Not sure what the BOD, if it had one, was. Poured into those weird glasses SJ's has...

A - Poured a really lovely reddish tinted dark brown color with a nice foamy, 1 finger tannish cap. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Sweet and tart cherries right off the bat. Woody oak and a slight wild aroma comes next. Sweet toffee notes come out as well. Really nice nose here.

T - Taste follows the nose with a bit of a sour tinge to it. Not a mouth puckering flavor, but close to it from the tart cherries in the mix. Really nice cherry flavor mixed with oak and light malts in the background.

M - High carbonation level and a lighter bodied beer. Nice tartness and a slightly sour feel as well. Really nice feel and kept me coming back for more.

O - Really impressed by this one. Really made cherries the star and was a great end to a night at the bar, I will definitely be looking for this one again soon.

KAP1356, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of mnixon86
4/5  rDev -2.2%

mnixon86, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev -2.2%

codynevels, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of adrian21
5/5  rDev +22.2%

adrian21, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of horrorspecialty
5/5  rDev +22.2%

horrorspecialty, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -2.2%

bpfrush, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Thehuntmaster, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red color w/ a one finger off white head. Great carbonation and lacing on my snifter glass. Very dark in appearance- impossible to see through. Nose is very sweet/tart w/ cherries and wood being the primary characters here. A somewhat sour vibe here as well. Taste is very similar, with good carbonation and tartness/sourness in the flavor and feel. Beer really opens up with warming. Really smooth/sweet aftertaste on this one- no sour on the back end of this beer. Really very tasty, and very nice feel. Overall, this is a winner. Highly recommended if you appreciate this style of beer. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Nov 01, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liefmans Cuvee-Brut

25oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish color, with a nice foamy pink cap. Aroma of raspberries, cherries and candy. In the taste, unripe strawberry tartness, sweet cherry preserves and alittle bit sour. Sugary, but nicely mixed in with tart fruity flavors. Very berry, but also fairly complex and very drinkable. A nice treat from Brewery Liefmans.

Stinkypuss, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Brut has a brown body with lots of bright red highlights. The head is thin and tan, and it doesn't do anything in the lacing department.

The aroma is all lightly tart cherries, with maybe a hint of malt in the background.

Once again, the flavor is all cherry. Very natural and fruity tasting, with a little bit of tartness from the cherries. I would guess that whatever strains were living on the cherry skins are also in here due to the tartness, but I can't really be sure about that. Very faint malt in the background, with just a hint of wood.

Highly carbonated; with a lighter body it might remind me of champagne.

Very nice overall; this is a good fruit beer.

Hojaminbag, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage.

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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of smibroncos
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a tawney red with a off-white pinkish brown, one finger diminishing head good lacing on the glass.

S. Sour cherries, raisin.

T. A little more sour than the nose lets on, alot of cherry flavor, some darker fruit as well.

M. Wow like champagne on the toungue. Nice carbonation and good duration.

O. Pretty good brew. I would recommend this brew to my friends.

smibroncos, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This tasty treat comes wrapped and corked in a champagne bottle, which is the perfect way to present such a wonderful beer.

The beer is brown-red with a slightly pink head that soon turns into a simple lace skirt around the glass.

The aroma is of cherries, cherry, alcohol, raisin, and aromatic malt.

The beer starts off sweet and crisp and finishes with a lightly sour/acidic finish.

The whole time you are drinking the beer little bubbles are playing on your tongue accompanied by a nice medium mouthfeel.

Overall this was a wonderful beer and if it was not 15 dollars a bottle I would run out and buy another.

LeeryLeprechaun, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Filosoof
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the 'modern' krieks Cuvee-Brut is one of the best. It looks like Rodenbach with cherries added to it.

A: ruby brown colour with an almost brown head;
S: nice, sweet, touch of sourness (but not so very much), cherry and vanilla;
T: cherry, touch of wine, creamy;
M: round, complete, not very complex; light alcohol;
O: I appreciate the Oude Kriek more, because of there funk and sourness, but in case there isn't any: this is a very good alternative.

Filosoof, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark red with a brown tint. basically no head except a cream colored border around the glass.

S-really dark cherries and alcohol. a hint of cinnamon and tangyness. medium strength

T-comes in with a fresh and slightly tart taste of candied cherries.its a quality taste and the tang stays for awhile in to the after-taste of surprisingly unique and awesome taste of cherry Phillies...you know...the cigarillos..its spot on and great.

M-low creamy carbonation with a good crisp finish

O-i've noticed that many readliy available fruit bees/lambics are very similar and predictable. this has a great twist on it.i love the tobacco aspect to it, even though i hate tobacco. it also has a good aged aspect to it.

AdamBear, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of UTCengOwl
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rocking the fruit tonight. This stuff has been in TX for a while and I keep passing it up. After tasting it tonight, I definitely will pick it up again. Head and shoulders above the Lindemans Kriek and I will definitely suggest it to non beer drinkers. Served from a 75 cl bottle into a Maudite snifter.

Unwrapped the paper from the bottle to reveal a clean, classic presentation. The bottle and wrapping on this definitely bump the points. The beer itself was much more brown that I expected. More brownish garnet than overpowering red, which definitely bumps up the score relative to the category.

The nose is surprisingly real and organic. Fleshy, juicy cherries dominate the nose. There's a tart bite somewhere underneath that, somewhat calling forth a vastly tamed hint of the Cantillon Kriek. The wood also makes an appearance. However, the main attraction is the cherry flavor. Sweet, almost heading towards a cough syrup flavor, but controlled enough to make it real and inviting.

The taste is also much better than I expected. Dryer. More complex. Still dominated by the cherries, but mixing more aggressively than the nose. Wood? Yeah, we've got that. Tart? Heck yeah. Vinegar? Slight enough to be interesting, yet not effect the drinkability. This stuff just flows down my throat. I could drink half a gallon of this stuff. It's very well done and ever so drinkable.

Is this beer a New Glarus? Nope. Is this beer a Cantillon? Nope. However, is it a Lindemans? Nope, it's better than that. I'm glad to have this around TX and I might have to get another bottle for the girl that's visiting this weekend.

UTCengOwl, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this beer up at the Woodland Specs recently also since it was new to the area. Let's give it a shot.

Appearance: Pours a pretty dark garnet color with a small slightly pink-red to mostly tan colored head that really never grew after a pretty fast pour for such a beer. There was about 1/8" of head for a little over a minute, and then there were just bubbles rising, hitting the top, and popping.

Aroma: I can easily pick up the cherries and a little bit of wood along with a slight hint of wild character. This beer is really cold, and it is already pretty inviting, I am anxious to come back to it when it warms. As the beer warms up, the aroma gets a bit sweeter with some toffee notes coming out to accentuate the fruit and wildness. Overall it has a very pleasant aroma.

Taste: The flavor is pretty malty and sweet with evident cherries that come across more like dark cherries in the flavor than I picked up in the nose. The body is medium to light with ample carbonation in the mouth. The subtle tartness is coming out in the flavor as well and is giving a nice earthy edge to the flavor. As the beer is starting to warm up some, there is a dark caramel or toffee character coming out. The finish is owned by the sweetness. The carbonation provides a bit of balance, the alcohol is contributing slightly here too. It is definitely getting better as it warms up.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty darn good fruit beer. I personally would like the funk turned up a bit to make it more tart, and add some complexity to the finish, but as it is, it is a good beer and I wouldn't mind drinking it again someday...maybe on tap or something. I am not a huge fan of fruit beers normally, but there is nothing wrong with this one. I would probably start my session with the beer a little warmer next time...maybe 55F?

SkeeterHawk, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Knapp85, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a dark cherry color with a frothy white head rising an inch above the top of the beer. Nice head retention and lacing as I drank it.

The aroma really shows the cherries to it, and I love cherries. I get a mix of sweeter, cherry juice and tart, slightly sour cherries. It's pretty nicely balanced, and very flavorful.

The taste also has very cherry dominated. It almost tastes like straight cherry juice at times. I get more of the fruity sweetness to it up front while the finish brings a big tartness with a hint of sour cherries.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate for the style. Overall it was an excellent cherry flavored beer. The cherries were very fresh and bright and at the same time balanced between sweet and tart. Excellent beer overall and one of my favorite cherry flavored beers.

billab914, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly deep cherry red, amber color, with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer quickly lets me know that I'm in for some serious stuff. The aroma profile consists of some pretty intense sour, plum, lavendar soap and cherry. Not too many beers out there that smell anything like this. On the palate, this is mighty, might tasty. The sweet cherry is much more pronounced than I expected, and in combination with the sour component, there's an intense sweet tart flavor to this beer. There's also a hint of barnyard funk in the finish, which much to my surprise, adds an unexpected, unanticipated bonus to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and the finish is long, sweet and tart. Alcohol is completely undetectable in this outstanding beer.

Yumm... I'll be ordering this one again for sure (at least whenever I'm fortunate to see it on tap).

John_M, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new Liefmans... well, giving it a try. The cork says 2010--about a year old, more or less. A vigorous pour generates a small head on top of this dark, ruby-tinted beer, but it quickly disappears--hard to give it a fault there, since lambics often have side-characteristics that make head retention difficult. The aroma offers plentiful sweet cherry aroma, with a moderate tartness. So much for the hope of a real lambic. The taste offers moderately sweet cherries, with a pleasant tartness. It might be a little drier & less sweet than the Liefmans kriek, but I haven't tried any in several years, so not sure. It's not bad, per se--there are certainly sweeter lambics. But it's not what I look for in the style. Certainly, it's not worth the $10 price tag.

allengarvin, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. 2010 Vintage.

(A)- Pours a rather dark plum color. Produced a decent gray colored head that dissipated to froth. Plenty of lacing left behind.

(S)- A nice ripe and tart cherry pit with maybe even hints of raspberry before some dry oak. Very mild medicinal bits.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Ripe plum and cherry bits with mild tartness and dry oak. Ever so mildly funky.

(M)- A nice crisp carbonation level and balance. Good fruit profile and oak. The mild tartness helps this out.

(D)- A nice crisp beer. A good tartness combined with the fruit. Thankfully not overly sweet. A bit straightforward but enjoyable.

sweemzander, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of peabody
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours out a slightly cloudy amber with a few bubbles.
The smell is very strong of cherry and some malt. Wish it had more aroma.
Taste is less than sour cherries, more like cherries jubilee. The sugar is not overpowering and neither is the malt, which should be.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky, really wish these guys would do a 10%er, I bet that would rule.
Overall a 4. I really wished this one would bread out and get malty. Eh! my first wife can attest to that.

peabody, Aug 15, 2011
Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
91 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.