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Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 32
Gots: 50 | 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 UCLABrewN84


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

10-21-2011 03:22:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of smibroncos

New York

4.22/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

10-15-2011 00:08:30 | More by smibroncos
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

10-08-2011 21:12:42 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of Filosoof


4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

10-07-2011 21:23:02 | More by Filosoof
Photo of AdamBear


4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

09-25-2011 05:45:45 | More by AdamBear
Photo of UTCengOwl


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

09-23-2011 02:35:13 | More by UTCengOwl
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.03/5  rDev -1.7%

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?

09-02-2011 00:17:19 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of Knapp85


4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

08-31-2011 21:41:47 | More by Knapp85
Photo of billab914


4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

08-28-2011 23:05:20 | More by billab914
Photo of John_M


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

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).

08-27-2011 18:26:03 | More by John_M
Photo of allengarvin


3.63/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

08-19-2011 02:43:44 | More by allengarvin
Photo of sweemzander


4/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

08-19-2011 00:47:17 | More by sweemzander
Photo of peabody


3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

08-15-2011 01:12:02 | More by peabody
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%

Sampled at Julio's Belgian Beer Festival on August 14, 2011. The color is dark amber with a purple-reddish hue a short-lived head. What stands out at first is this extraordinary scent of hard liquor in the aroma. It took a few more sniffs to latch onto the cherries. Maybe they were one in the same as this is a style I do not regularly drink. The body felt thin but smooth. The taste behan with a malty sweetness and concluded with a sour-tart finale.

08-14-2011 20:49:48 | More by puboflyons
Photo of TheDudeRules


3.98/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into my Founder's snifter.

A very dark cola looking color. Several fingers of brownish colored head. Lacing is evident. Smell is of sour tart cherries. Fairly carbonated but it is welcome. Taste is in line of smell. A slight bit of sweetness to counteract the tart. I'm not the largest fan of this style but I really thought the experience was pleasant tonight.

08-13-2011 02:15:55 | More by TheDudeRules
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance: Opaque. Maroon colored. Pink head that dissipates fast

Smell: Subtle cherry smell. No malt or hop aromas.

Taste: Sour tart cherries. no fake cherry flavor here. Mellow and subdued. Can taste the lambic. Wonderful

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sour. Wonderful

Overall: One of the best lambics I've had.

08-07-2011 17:15:12 | More by Squelch
Photo of fragilehearted


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%

750ml, wrapped, corked, & caged into a snifter. I miss the retired Liefmans kriek, so I had to try this out. I'm such a sucker for kriek.

A - deep brownish red, not much head. Pretty! Not much lacing hangs around.

S - lots of tart cherries. Woodsy funk & vinegar. Not too complex, but not simple and not artificial, thankfully.

T - So good! Sour cherries, but not puckeringly sour. Like the smell, not very many elements, but it's very well balanced. Can't taste event a hint of booze.

M - Really light, great for summer drinking in this "How many days of 100 degree highs have we had" Texas heat. Medium carbonation makes for smooth drinking.

D/O - outstanding. It's a great example of the style and is very drinkable. If you liked the old Liefmans kriek, you should like this.

07-31-2011 05:03:42 | More by fragilehearted
Photo of flagmantho


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from 750mL bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: rich brown hue which proves to be a deep red when held up to the light. Head is a very thick finger of dark ivory foam with a touch of red to it. Quite nice.

Smell: nice malty aroma with a very good fruity tartness. The cherries here are just right for me -- well-represented, but not overdone.

Taste: tart and astringent, but with a nice sweet mild malt toward the end. Cherry flavor is good, and again not overdone. Rather sweet, but still very tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a great carbonation. This is a creamy, delightful beer which would be simply stellar with a little more body.

Overall: I simply love cherry-infused beers, especially those from the Low Countries. The next time I feel like I need one there's a good chance it will be Liefmans Cuvee-Brut again.

07-27-2011 16:10:03 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Domingo


3.9/5  rDev -4.9%

Had this at the Cheeky Monk. Arrived a blood red color with a pinkish head. The carbonation is a little like champagne, but still thicker.
The nose is definitely heavy on the tart cherry character. A little bit of yeast character and some clear fermentation (so you wouldn’t fool anyone into thinking it’s juice) but it’s pretty mild.
The flavor profile definitely has more depth. Sweetness upfront, balsamic and a citric twang in the middle, and a lingering finish of sweet and sour cherries and a little bit of wood/vanilla.
The carbonation is a tiny bit on the fizzy side and is really my only complaint.
Like many of the sweeter Belgian fruit beers, it’s not the most complex thing in the world, but sometimes simple can be good. I like the way the balsamic-like notes work with the fruit.
I paired this with a chocolate fondue dessert and found it to be an excellent companion before, during, and after.
Plus, the cost of this wasn’t too crazy either, especially if you can get it on any kind of special. I think I like this more than some other similar (often sweeter) brews and appreciate that it does keep some residual sweetness without going bonkers. It’s a good in-between when you don’t want Lindemann’s, but you don’t want Cantillon either.

07-12-2011 14:21:11 | More by Domingo
Photo of rootbeerman


4.08/5  rDev -0.5%

A: pour a mix between dark red and lighter brown. Thin white with a touch of red head, mostly just a halo in the glass.

S: a touch of funk, a little band aid, and wet barn hay. Then the tart cherry, also a little sweetness.

T: sweet cherry, with a touch of tartness on the back end. Other than the cherry there is some funk but not overly.

M: prickly yet a little bit sticky. I'm glad I'm splitting the bottle.

O: could stand to be a bit drier, but the tartness somewhat covers for the lack of dryness.

07-09-2011 03:18:50 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of RickS95


3.43/5  rDev -16.3%

Looks like you'd expect--a deep reddish brown (mostly red) sitting under an offpink head.

You can smell the tartness from the cherries. Has a vinegar-like nose to it.

Clear cherry taste with a tart vinegarness.

It's a very strong and almost astringent feel. It's got a good pucker to it, particularly with the very dry finish.

This is totally different than a lot of American cherry beers as the American beers typically focus on sweetness and the Belgians have a more tart feel to them. That being said, this is probably the best tart fruit beer I've had.

07-09-2011 01:30:01 | More by RickS95
Photo of BEERchitect


4.05/5  rDev -1.2%

A delcious fruit-forward sour ale with a robust burst of cherries, oak, tannin, and acidity with the dryness and stillness that any Merlot fan can appreciate.

Russet brown with garnet and maroon colors aiding in the deep rusty palate. Light carbonation releases a fine creme that creates a dainty lace around the rim. A dim glow illudes to the medium haze and dark color of the beer.

Mouth watering acidity of tart cherries, thin cider, oak, sherry, and sharp lactic tartness give a complex aroma of vinous fruits, alcohol and woods.

Cherries, crabapples, under rippened berries, black currants, plumbs, dates, and dried appricots carry the early sweetness and tartness into a mid palate of full blown tartness, oaky tannins, and a robust note of vanilla, almonds, and leather. Finishing with a thin cidery tartness dry red wines or sherry, the beer's complexity over-rides a mild vinegary note that persists as the beer warms.

Medium creaminess and robust textures fade quickly, allowing for the acidity to play on the palate in the absence of carbonation. Mildly astringent with the feel of cherry skins and oak, the tartness is exacerbated. But so is the sensation of dryness and powdery coat that leaves you wanting another sip just as the last one fades.

A very dry fruit-forward ale that borrows what's best about Flanders Red Ales and Oude Bruins. True lambics, but with an exciting twist with fruits, woods, and youth.

06-29-2011 04:06:06 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. It has a small off-white head on it. The head has okay retention and leaves some scattered lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of sour cherries, not cherry flavoring, real cherries. There is also a toasted malt background and some funk.

T - It tastes of real sour cherries up front. It has a toasted malt backbone, and I am getting a little bit of funk. There are also some slight flavors of caramel and brown sugar. The finish if quite sour, and leaves some lingering cherry flavor behind.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a good sourness to it. The finish is sour and the cherry flavor lingers in the mouth for quite some time.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy, and I really enjoyed the flavor. Overall I thought this was a very interesting and good beer. I could easily drink a few glasses of this in a row. I recommend giving it a shot. I'd drink it again.

06-20-2011 07:25:27 | More by JizackFH
Photo of champ103


4.35/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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


3.49/5  rDev -14.9%

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.

06-13-2011 21:00:48 | More by Tone
Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
91 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.