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Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans

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547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 35
Gots: 56 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

patre_tim, Jun 23, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

carlitosbronson1, Jun 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

pathead, Jun 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

AndyEdgar, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Kramerwtmf, Jun 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Ejayz, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Tarso, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of JessaKay
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Visual: Color consists of a cloudy red color. Almost looks like a creamy red. Clarity is foggy, you cannot see through the beer. Head is a light pink in color and sticks around for a long time.

Aroma:Incredibly strong aroma of fruits with cherries dominating the smell. Other smells consist of citrus, with sour and sweet notes.

Taste:The first taste is sour and a bit dry, the citrus presents itself and then fades in the sour/sweet taste with a hint of oak. This beer is like a sour patch kid, first it is sour and then it is sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body but not too thick with still plenty of flavor

Overall: I fell in love with this beer at a local pub called Pale Nine Ale House in San Diego. This was the beer that developed my love for sour beers. I find this beer to be a refreshing change from most other beers. It is the perfect combination of sour tastes and fruity tastes for me.

JessaKay, Jun 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

david18, Jun 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

jayluf, Jun 08, 2014
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4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: rich, deep red, the colour of raspberry jam, with a faintly pink head like Himalayan sea salt, fine and fll

Aroma: vibrant berry aroma - cherry but also raspberry and currant; hints of the the tart flavour to come

Taste & Mouthfeel: the taste of cherry candy (like a life savour...better) is an immediate delight, sweet and vibrant and tart all at the same time, exciting the tastebuds to no end; cherry pie filling comes to mind - this is a great match for dessert, perfect for a rich chocolate fudge cake; fine carbonation with above average effervescence and perfect for the style, putting a buffer on the sweetness while at the same time opening up the palate to fully appreciate the fruity flavour - blackberry and currant could also be accounted; last thought - a good black cherry soda

Overall: a pure pleasure to drink, actually gets you excited, and remarkably it doesn't tire with all the sugar, a credit to the excellent carbonation; get your hands on this

BGDrock, Jun 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Herky21, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Boski, May 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

crob3888, May 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Molson2000, May 19, 2014
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4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Liefmans Cuvée Brut looks more "bruin" than "cherry" (though slivers of the latter are easily appreciated). Though technically clear, the beer's relatively deep tone prevents much visibility, to say nothing of the blinding highlights. Its head is unexpectedly bubbly and has a greyish tinge.

While notes of musty oak and a slight sourness can be appreciated in the aroma, this still smells ostensibly like candy for adults; there is more than enough fruitiness to go around. The aroma of mixed field berries and balsamic gives me a tantalizing idea for dessert (and a summer salad too).

A blend of Goudenband & Oud Bruin that is aged with cherries, it's no surprise this beer has all the black and tart cherry flavours in the world. Equally expected are the hallmark hints of treacle, molasses, red currant, raspberry, and toffee that are generally appreciated with the style.

What distinguishes this offering, however, is its overt sweetness; while Flemish reds characteristically exhibit a 'sweet and sour' profile, the edge is usually in favour of sour. But this one is notably sweet, which wouldn't bother me except that it likely stems from the added glucose.

That one important blip notwithstanding, it's hard not to champion Liefmans Cuvée Brut as an exceptionally delicious example of this wonderfully complex, distinct style. Anyone that doesn't enjoy this beer must be just plain miserable. That being said, I too would opt for the more traditional (read: unsweetened) version probably 8 times out of 10.

biegaman, May 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Fitze, May 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Jsmick, May 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

chefbigjon, May 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

irthesteve, May 10, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red with glowing red edges. The foamy pink tinged head lasts a long while, draping the glass in lace. Sweet cherry and raspberry fill the nose, not much sourness or acidity noticed. The taste is much more complex. Lactic tartness mixes with a plethora of cherry, raspberry, lemon, apple etc. flavors and a light oakyness. Some bretty funk is apparent in the background, but restrained. The mouthfeel is light bodied with an extremely creamy, textured carbonation, very nice. The finish is sweet and moderately sour.

A very nice fruit beer with lots of intense, sweet, but real (not syrupy) fruit flavor with a sour backbone keeping things in check. Complex and very approachable for a sour beer. Highly recommended.

CAMRAhardliner, May 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

davidwhatshisnam, May 03, 2014
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Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
91 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.