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Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 28
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 champ103


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy cherry red color. A two finger light pink head rises with excellent retention. The foam sticks throughout, with rings of sticky lace left behind.
S: Sweet cherries up front and center. Real fruit. A great musky basement like funk as well.
T: Tons of cherries up front that are slightly tart and vinegary. Oak/wood flavors with a great earthy and musky funky. I love it.
M/D: A medium body with soft carbonation. Very smooth. So easy to drink. I will finish the bottle without a problem.

I am really enjoying pretty much everything I can get from Liefmans. This is certainly not a lambic, but a wonderful fruit beer. Something I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 00:37:57 | More by champ103
Photo of Tone


3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, a dark amber color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of cherry, sweet malt, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of cherry, sweet malt, tart malt, and slight pale malt. Overall, good aroma and decent body.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 21:00:48 | More by Tone
Photo of aasher


4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied reddish brown with bright red highlights and a barely pink one finger head. It really does look like Goudenband mixed with a Kriek. It smells of slightly tart cherries, cream, and it has a nice cherry pie like sweetness as well. It could be confused for a light Kriek. The flavor is of sweet cherry pie with ice cream or whipped topping with a barely tart finish. It is very flavorful and really does draw you back in for more. The sweetness is well maintained and the tartness is ever so slight but they work well together. It doesn't drink as sticky as it could, which is a good thing. It is medium in bodied and drinks really well. I've been told that this one is "really, really sweet" but I didn't think it was too sweet at all. I consider it well balanced and I really enjoyed it. I love Goudenband and this one isn't too shabby at all. I highly recommend trying the Cuvee Brut.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 04:36:21 | More by aasher
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is of two 37.5 cl bottles given to me during a trip to the blending house in Oudenaarde (Nov 2010).

The bottles had a life up to Sept 2020, I however opened the corks late April 2011.

Poured into a selection of Belgian beer glasses: the look is good, proper cherry red body, with no real head after twenty seconds.

The smell and taste is all about semi-sour cherries, but this isn't a cherry-aide, the alcohol is only just below the surface and can be found with every sip.

I am not a fan of really sour beers, or the polar opposite, those extremely sweet Belgian Krieks on the market, this however sits nicely inbetween and I liked it, as did the others in the tasting.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 20:29:06 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tumbler]

Poured a dark clear plum color with a large frothy pink head that lasted a little while but left some really nice retention floating on top which allowed for some excellent lacing. The aroma was overwhelming with the scent of cherries and a definite sour or tart odor. It tasted moderatley sweet with a strong cherry flavor in the beginning then became a bit tart with a nice sour finish. Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a very fizzy carbonation. Overall the flavor was very interesting with sour and sweet melding so nice, giving way to a nice cherry ending.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 22:38:39 | More by KajII
Photo of DCon


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap (Tap #2) @ the Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO for $8. Poured into a 12oz Snifter and enjoyed thoroughly! (Never have had anything from Liefmans).

Appearance- Is a dark amber, light brown bodied beer with a 2 finger off white head that has a fantastic retention! Leaves a good amount of lace on the sides.

Aroma- Black cherries, sour, tart aroma, with a nice malty background. A hint of sour apples as well.

Taste- Nice cherry flavor but then has a cough medicine aftertaste... Still has a nice body, well-balanced, tartness all the way through, and a nice complexity.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and nice sour finish! Cherries forever.

Overall- What a great Lambic! Nice sour feel and brewed with all attributes purposely nailed and well executed. I am ready to explore more Liefmans coming up in the near future. Could drink many of these, so I had to move on.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 01:35:15 | More by DCon
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork in my bottle says 2010 on it, although I have only purchased recently from the store's cooler.

A. A dark murky purplish red. Bruise-colored. Very foamy and flamingo pink head threatened to spill everywhere, easily four fingers in height with only a gentle pour into stemware. Holy head out of control, batman!

S. Now this is odd. I find that the nose of this brew transforms quite radically depending upon if the glass has been swirled or is steady. When sitting still, the scent of sour tart cherries and faint vinous notes dominate. When swirled, the scent instantly mutates into sweet maraschino cherries mixed with a fresh lemonade. And ten seconds later, it has returned to the original lactic kriek sour scent. Bizarre, yet enjoyable. I can't resist playing around with this magical transformation the entire time I sip my way through the bottle.

T. Sweet and sour cherry cobbler. Absolutely delicious. I will say, however, that a 750ml bottle needs to be shared with friends or you will eventually start to find the cumulative sweetness build up in your mouth cloying. Without question this was meant to be a dessert. In the background there is an occasional glimpse of a Saison-like grassy funk which is the factor tying the sweet and sour together so that it is not quite so polarizing. This is partially made from Old Ale after all, it seems. My nitpick is that I would have preferred a wee bit more sourness, but that's just my personal bias talking. For somebody normal who doesn't like sucking on lemons like I do, its probably really well balanced.

M. Very tingly on the tongue and the finish just keeps going and going with no sign of stopping. However, that is a double-edged sword, if you want to taste something else without interference for a while, you are up a creek without a paddle. If you are content to taste sour cherries and nothing but, you're golden.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 00:17:40 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of metter98

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that died down and left some lacing on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of tart cherries in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of tart cherries; the beer has a sour finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the tart and sour flavors are not overpowering. No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 14:07:01 | More by metter98
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Pours an off white head. Color is a hazed dark ruby.

Aroma: Sweet cherry pie filling, brown sugar spice, vanilla, light sourness and oak. Reminds me of New Glarus Enigma.

Taste: The cherries mimic the nose. Very dominate in the beer. Brown sugar and spice. Vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Fruity and a bit sour. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, really easy drinking beer. Love the cherries here. I’d definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 16:54:49 | More by mothman
Photo of Patrick999


4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass. Nice red color with tinges of brown. Pinkish foam with good retention.

Aroma of ripe cherry, and lots of it.

Lots of tart (but not sour) black cherry. Sweet, comes off as a little better, more tart version of Lindemans Kriek. Good tart/sweet balance. If I'm complaining, I could probably do with a little less sugar...BUT...with the understanding that this is not a lambic, this is tough to beat for warm-weather drinking.

Carbonation is kinda filling here...it doesn't feel overcarbonated on the palate, but in my gut it's awful burpy and filling, which I find annoying.

A good fruit beer - would be fun to play around with cheese and dessert pairings for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 18:58:17 | More by Patrick999
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 14:13:07 | More by Sammy
Photo of FosterJM


3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2011 02:41:30 | More by FosterJM
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 05:03:00 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of DoubleJ


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 18:54:32 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Greencoat


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 21:37:41 | More by Greencoat
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 13:23:59 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Chizoad


4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 22:03:12 | More by Chizoad
Photo of Offa


4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 20:54:20 | More by Offa
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 19:49:04 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Verobeerguy


4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 19:47:41 | More by Verobeerguy
Photo of Pencible


3.25/5  rDev -20.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 19:52:49 | More by Pencible
Photo of Thorpe429


4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 00:31:28 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Jimmys


4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 21:14:17 | More by Jimmys
Photo of womencantsail


2.68/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2011 04:07:55 | More by womencantsail
Photo of beerwolf77


3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:18:46 | More by beerwolf77
Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
91 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.