Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 636
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 4.7%
Wants: 46
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
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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 chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of confer
4/5  rDev -1%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of corby112
2.71/5  rDev -32.9%
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. (937 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of robertgurley
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (640 characters)

Photo of nachos
4.2/5  rDev +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. (739 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of haazer
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (904 characters)

Photo of Converge
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,015 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of starkmarvelo
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of david131
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (920 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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. (860 characters)

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

Cork imprinted with 2011.

Pours a rust red color with an off white champagne bubbling that dissipates quickly leaving just a ring of small bubbles.

Sour, funky, dried fruit. Tart cherries with a musty barnyard finish.

No hiding the tart cherries in the taste. Lingering candy cherry flavor with a pleasantly funky finish.

Thin, prickly, and satisfying.

This is a great treat of a beer. An experience in a bottle. While I wouldnt drink this often, its definitely something to try. (485 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At one point, the Liefmans Kriek was basically my everyday beer. Then they had that whole bankruptcy thing, or whatever, and the supply got interrupted, and blah blah. Needless to say, I am always up for anything Liefmans.

Flavor profile is what I expect for Liefmans. Sweet, but just sweet enough and not too syrupy (though slightly so). Very smooth feel. Way too easy to drink. (381 characters)

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

A paper-wrapped, corked & caged 750 mL bottle; from the Ommegang general store. In a snifter.

A: The ale is dark, red colors standing out amongst the brown, let's call it a crimson color all things told. A white head, closer to off-white, is a wispy band.

S: The nose has sour cherries, soft with an aroma that could pass for apple butter. The tartnes isn't biting, just a pleasant aspect hanging over everything.

T: Cherries, sweet and sour upfront, set the tone for the entire beer. As the tartness ebbs, darker malts stand in, carrying the load. Oak adds flavor, vanilla sublety. Very low in alcohol, an added bonus after that last train wreck. The sweet bite of the sour cherries is divine, a well-made Belgian ale.

M: Well carbonated with the apple butter bite of sour cherries. A good pairing with flank steak tonight - delicious. An excellent offering from Liefmans. (877 characters)

Photo of RossLaird
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a belgian tulip glass. Pours an almost-but-not-quite opaque dark maroon with a cream colored head about an inch and an half that dissipates rather quickly.

The nose is dominated by the cherries. My first impression was of a freshly opened roll of shocktarts.

Again, the cherry is the dominant character. The taste is boldly sweet at first and turns almost instantly tart. A bit of oak flavor and belgian yeast. Dark grapes come through on the finish leaving a dryness reminiscent of champagne.

Carbonation is strong, but perfectly so. (549 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is dominated by wonderfully tart cherries and nothing else. Not a bad thing, just one-note.

Appearance comes across as a very dark ruby when held to the light, but in normal light it just looks brown. The head is slightly pink, and somewhat soapy in nature. Lacing seems to be pretty good.

When tasting, there is a kind of big sweetness right up front that quickly paves a road to cherry flavors and ends with a puckering tartness.

Moderate body and highly carbonated with a fairly dry finish, this beer is easy to drink and not too strong, if you can take the sourness. (579 characters)

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

Bought a bottle of this down in Total Wine in DE. Came corked & caged with a red paper wrapping. On top of the cage said "12-2020". Seems like I could have let this one age quite a bit.

A: Pours a clear cranberry red with pinkish head that hangs in there a bit. Some particles evident but mostly clear. Great presentation with the packaging!

S: Smells of tart cherry, some funk - a little barnyard like, and a nice dosage of wood.

T: Tastes of mostly tart cherry with a bit of puckering sweetness at the end. Has an oak quality to it as well, but the sour cherry notes dominate.

M: Nice & spritzy like. Ample carbonation gives it an effervescent feel. Feels medium to medium-light. Sour notes throughout. Alcohol seems subdued at 6%.

O: I'm still getting into sours and I found this one a treat. Great tart cherry notes that aren't too overpowering with a nice bit of oak and funk. Glad to have tried. (908 characters)

Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
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