Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 186
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 43
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: IronDjinn on 02-15-2010

Goudenband & Oud Bruin blended with cherries. Not a lambic.
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Photo of hagbergl
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a bottle of Brouwerij Liefmans Cuvée Brut at Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA on the recommendation of Kate, one of the store owners. Served in a pint glass (there was no other glass around! Argh!).

Appearance (4.5/5): Cuvée Brut is a stunning scarlet red, translucent, and is topped by one finger of beige foam. Good head retention. The head reduces in that typically Belgian fashion to a thumbnail-thin layer of creamy beige foam. This is a very cool looking beer.

Smell (4/5): Aroma is of black cherry, semi-sweet berries, faint lactic sourness, vinegar, woody, oaky. Not a very strong aroma overall–pretty mild actually–but nonetheless pleasant and promising.

Taste (4.25/5): Cuvée Brut exudes cherry flavors, but (thankfully) feature none of that candy-like maraschino cherry flavor I despise. Instead, I taste deep, semi-tart, semi-sweet black cherry. The beer also has winey characteristics similar to Flanders Red and Oud Bruin ales; I can also detect some woodiness here that those styles also showcase. Very nice. Refined.

Mouthfeel (4.25/5): Mellow, soft, medium carbonation and a medium-light body give this beer an easy-drinking texture. It features a nice bit of effervescence and the lactic sour notes cause a light puckering sensation to set in during the finish.

Overall (4.25/5): Brouwerij Liefmans Cuvée Brut was an unexpected treat–usually I'm wary of fruit beers, but this one was quite good. I especially like how the cherry aspects of the beer are not so dominant that the beer's woody/oaky and sour characteristics are not overshadowed. Excellent taste, mouthfeel, and beautiful looking in a glass. A good fruit beer for people who are unsure of them.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny’s in Champaign, IL
Bottled: 2010
Glass: US pint glass

Reminiscent of a more obviously beer-based New Glarus Belgian Red, Liefman’s Cuvee Brut blends tart cherry with malt and mild sourness in a very respectable fashion. Slightly disappointed at the "added natural flavors" aspect of the beer, I would probably not get this again as a result.

Pours a 1cm, light pink foam for a head, composed of small bubbles, with fairly poor retention. Head leaves minimal lacing along sides of glass as it descends, eventually fading to a thick ring of bubbles around the glass’ perimeter. Body is a medium-darkness brown color with magenta hues, light bringing out the red tones in the color. Body is semi-hazy from sediment.

Aroma is of tart cherry juice alongside mild apple cider-like vinegar.

Taste opens with tart cherry juice mixed with medium-dark malt sweetness and light acidic tartness. Cherries, malt, and tartness persist through the close. Tasting concludes with tart cherry juice, mild sweetness, and a bit of lactic acid tartness lingering on the throat and tongue.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium to medium-high carbonation. The result is a crisp, easily drinkable beer that finishes dry and with little residual stickiness on the palate.

Photo of harrymel
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Manito tap house

Rusty brown on cherry with a little white etch atop the beer. Smells of cherries, wood, some leather and a delicate tartness in the nose. I feel like it might have a good dose of wood to match the acidity of the beer. Flavor is tart cherry with some interwoven wood and pepper, a surprising sweetness in the middle there that lightens the flavor into a near fine candy character, reminds me of a hand made cherry cola honestly. Medium bodied with low carb and a semi dry finish. Decent beer, dunno if it's worth the price tag I've seen it at though.

Photo of DavidST
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a goblet, can't find a bottle date (12/2020 is on the top), bought it this year. This pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a small extremely short lived tan head. The smells are nice, you get the apple cider vinegar, sour cherries, tartness, a hint of funk. The feel is medium, with med carbonination. The taste is as expected, a load of tart cherries, vinegar. A beautiful sweet and sour, I really wish I could find this stuff closer to me.

Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle from 2010
A: pours into a duvel tulip to a deep reddish brown with a small greyish red head with decent retention
S: smells of vinegar, sour cherries, and a bit of vanilla and a slight oak as well
T: nice and tart with flavors of sour cherries, acetic acid, vanilla, and mild woody oak, aftertaste is some residual sweetness, light cherry, more oakiness and a slightly medicinal aftertaste that reminds me of cough syrup.
M: light to medium with prickly carbonation. slightly drying finish as well
O: great beer aside from the cough syrup taste at the very end of the drink. other than that it has nice flavors, good drinkability and a great sourness to it.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.5

Pours red-tinged brown with no head.
Nose shows sweet cherries, a soft funky notes, light sweet malt and faint confectionery. Very enticing.
Quite sweet flavours but with a soft tartness and a prominent funky note. Over-ripe cherries are the main show.
No carbonation, with is a big disappointed as the beer seems cloying and feels watery.
Very drinkable, would have been great if it was carbonation.

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml{?} champagne bottle wrapped in red paper.

Pours a clear amber-brown with a very durable off-white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

The nose has both plum and cherry notes, although I think no plums are used in production. Odor of an oud bruin in here too.

The tart taste has an excellent balance of sweet and sour. Flavorful but not bold or brash, with excellent use of cherries. Aftertaste is disappointing and, to nitpick, the cherries flavor could be a touch fresher. I suspect the later is not possible given the production method.

Effervescent, but the carbonation level seems to be just what is called for. Medium-light body.

O: an excellent sour ale for fans of krieks and lambics, particularly if you'd prefer something a bit less sweet. Superb after dinner beverage.

Photo of KTCamm
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Champgane style bottle poured into red wine plastic glasses. Pours a dark crimson with white foam. Cloudy. Cherry smell, some malt. Cherry taste too, with a light sour. Very pleasant carbonation. Very flavorful, but balanced. Good mix of fruit and sours.

Photo of confer
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle at Ommegang.
Color is brown with red hints fluffy tan head.
Smell is sour makes you expect a big tart taste.
The taste is not near as tart as the aroma. It is definitely sour cherries but on the sweet side, not mouth puckering at all.
Very light, and dry but not carbonation bubbles can be seen.
Overall a really good fruit beer. I'd buy again.

Photo of corby112
2.71/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a dark copper, almost brown color with deep amber edges and a one finger off white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lace left behind.

Vinous dark fruit aroma with underlying dark malt and acetic vinegar qualities.  Hints of tart dark cherries, grape and other dark berries along with some caramel malt and  dark chocolate.  Smells kind of like a chocolate covered cherry dipped in vinegar.  

Medium bodied with sweet and tart dark fruit notes followed by a strong acetic vinegar flavor.  Lots of tart dark cherry and other vinous fruit with a strong acetic vinegary presence mid palate that lingers throughout.  Dark malt flavor underneath with some caramel and cocoa.  A bit too sweet and vinegary for me yet it never becomes harsh or solvent like.  Slightly sour but more tart with lots of fruit.  Could use a stronger malt backbone and less acetic acid.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig. Review from notes.

A: The beer is a nice dark red color with a small off-white head on top with minimal head retention and no lacing.

S: A nice cherry aroma with some light spice and a hint of tartness.

T: more cherries, a bit more sour than the aroma mixed with a little bit of oak and vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

O: It was ok, easy drinking and fruity, but not really a beer I want to drink over and over.

Photo of robertgurley
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750mL bottle corked in 2011, poured into a tulip glass and consumed in one sitting.

Caramel color, thin w/ very little carbonation, an almost cider-vinegar aftertaste but sweet and hints of cherries. By far my favorite beer I've had this month.

Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 on the cork.

Pours a reddish brown color with a couple of fingers of pinkish head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Very little lacing is left behind on the glass.

Aroma of cherries and vinegar. Smells like it will be interestingly acidic.

I was hoping for more tartness. Does have good flavor of cherries. There is a little bit of funkiness in the background that compliments the acidity that I find the most interesting.

Could of used more carbonation to excite the palate more. The promise of sparkling carbonation did not deliver.

Much more interesting than most fruit-centric beers that are not lambics.

Photo of nachos
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork says its 2010 vintage.

This is a really good beer.

Its seriously almost exactly like New Glarus Belgian Red, but a little less sharp cherry taste, and its a little more tart, sour.

You get that borderline Luden's cherry flavor, its a little more subdued than Belgian red though, but its really nice. Good carbonation, coats the mouth, proper thickness.

I have no problem downing a 750 of this to myself very easily, but I really like sours and fruit beers that don't taste fake. I also really like super hoppy ipas and deep dark stouts so don't fret. This is just a super well made beer thats easily drinkable, refreshing, provides ample delicious cherry flavor and its a bit sour. And its a at a generally at a great price point.

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at Beer Authority in NYC.

a - Pours a hazy deep reddish-brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet cherry juice, Belgian yeast, spice, sweet dark fruits, and fruity malts. Very nice nose.

t - Tastes of sweet cherry juice, sweet dark fruits, spices, Belgian yeast. Taste has a little more yeast and spice than the nose. Not too sweet which is nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Body is very smooth and easy to drink. Great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a really great fruit beer. Reminds me of Lindemans, but not quite as sweet....it has a little more of a Belgian yeast/spice kick to it. A great beer I'd love to have again.

Photo of haazer
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork says 2010. Love the fancy wrapping.

A- Large frothy head, big chunks of a pinkish foam sit atop the dark maroon brew. Some cranberry highlights. As the foam settles there is some lacing on the sides.

S- Smell is of sweet and tart cherries. Cherry chuice is evident. There is some biscuity malt in here too. A bit of hay and funk, but pretty subtle. Best thing though is it doesn't seem artificial.

T- Bitter and tart cherries, and a sugary sweet lollypop like taste. Everything cherry, juice and fruit. Theres just enough malt flavor on the backend to say, yes I am a beer. Could use some funk in here, but it's still good.

M- A light body that is suprisingly smooth and thirst quenching. The tart/bitter flavor coates the mouth and leaves a lasting presence.

O- I enjoyed this "beer". A bit one dimensional, but it does the trick. It definitely is natural in taste, and real fruit is evident.

Photo of Converge
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a 12oz tulip flute.

A - Highly effervescent pour, with a fizzy tan head that vanishes in seconds. The beer itself is a less-than-fantastic murky burgundy. Girlfriend says it looks like muddy water. No head retention or lacing, as expected, but some nice legs.

S - Big cherry character right away. Notes of musty hay and funk, with subtle oak. A nice blend of tart cherry and funk, with a touch of sweet.

T - Lots of cherries, with a balance of both sweet and sour. A touch of barnyard funk, with wet hay and just a hint of oak. A nice lactic acidity adding to the funk, and a distinct aftertaste of honey and vanilla. Very balanced, and easy to drink. Definitely something accessible for a lambic noob.

M - Quite carbonated, with a lighter body. Slightly sticky, with a thin film left behind on the palate.

D - A very tasty, drinkable fruit beer. Although not technically a lambic, the profile is quite close (closer than Lindemans anyways...) Definitely something I could drink again.

Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with little to no head. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of sour cherry. Not overpowering but nice.

T - Good sour black cherry flavor. Some malty sweetness for needed balance.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a slight pucker factor.

O - This is a really nice sour ale. I don't feel like the style it is listed under does it any justice.

Photo of starkmarvelo
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liefman's Cuvée Brut

A- deep clear red with a good amount of carbonation. Lose 1 &1/2 finger head like champagne.

Smell- smells of ripe sweet cherries. Almost kool aid like with a sweet floral smell.

T- just before the first sip, there's a rose pedal/sweet floral taste followed by cherries and a tartness not from the fruit. The only thing keeping me from believing that this isnt a beer is the slight bitterness with the cherry and very light malt flavor towards the end. I'm also getting a bit of mint at the end too.

M-bubbly, dry and crisp.

O- excellent fruit beer. Lots of cherries, not cloying at all. Well balanced and complex. I was really digging that sweet flower smell/taste.

Photo of david131
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark and slightly murky reddish brown with a thin but creamy off0white head. Not all that interesting, but not bad.

S- Very pungent cherries with a bit of vanilla. A bit medicinal with a bit of acid. Very intriguing.

T- Sweet and acidic cherries, a bit medicinal. There is a unique flavor that I am having trouble putting my finger on. Overall, the cherry aspect is amazing and overrides any problems I find in it.

M- Sweet and slightly tart with a clean finish.

O- A very tasty Belgian beer at a nice price point. Definitely worth splitting a 750. Would make for a nice dessert beer.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. I loved this beer.... fruit beers can be hit or miss for me but this one was on spot. A nice tart, cherry beer with tons of flavor and a nice well balanced, smooth taste. Drink it way too quickly and could have easily ordered a few more pints. Haven't delved into the foreign beers too much, but after trying this I just might have to.

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

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear light to medium brown in color with lots of garnet red highlights and some light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy pinkish red head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There are moderate to strong aromas of sweet cherries and sour cherries along with some vinous notes and some light funkiness.

T: The beer has a light amount of sweetness that balances out with the sour cherries, vinous notes, and slight syrupy sugar sweetness.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue.

O: Very nice, there is a good balance between the sweetness of the cherries and the sourness/funkiness. Enjoyable and easy to drink, I think of it more of a sipping beer than a sessionable beer.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 750 poured into a tulip.

A: Dark brown-red (it looks like ice tea) with a think white head that vanishes quickly. It does not leave very much lacing.

S: Strong sour, juicy cherry aroma with a bit of funk.

T: Starts with very sweet cherry but it finishes tart and sour with a refreshing zing of carbonation.

M: Light and zingy

O: While it can be very sweet at times, the alcohol, carbonation, and tart, sour flavor balances out this wonderful summer and salad companion. Ripe cherries pour from the glass, and its mouthfeel is light and slightly spritzy (it would work well in some sort of beer cocktail). If you are not in the mood for something light and sweeter, you should stay clear. If, however, you are in the mood for such a beer, this would be such a beer worth trying.

Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Deep clear ruby red, two finger bubbly head

S-Funk, cherries and a touch of oak.

T-Nothing like the nose, lots of sweet cherries, more sweet than sour, not much tartness. Not a sour beer at all.

M-Light in body and well carbonated.

O-Overly sweet, not much sourness/tartness.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a nice fruity blend here. pours fairly clear, half way between red and brown in color, with a small but lasting off white fizzy head. some yeast floaters and a peculiar density. smells intensely like cherries, some notes of oak and brown sugar too, but primarily a tart cherry nose. flavor is very different from other fruit beers ive had. starts off with a one or two second blast of almost artificial cherry, like a red jolly rancher candy. that sugary sensation fades to a lambic sour/tartness, and then finishes with some notes of vanilla and molasses behind a prominent and robust Belgian yeast. very cool flavor journey. feel is nice, very tart and acidic in the mouth, strong carbonation and a body that hovers in the medium range. not sure i would drink a lot of these, but it was neat to try. definitely one of the finer fruit forward beers out there.

Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
91 out of 100 based on 634 ratings.