Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans
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4.09/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
05-17-2014 23:50:39 | More by biegaman
4.14/5 rDev +1%
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.
05-06-2014 02:16:06 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.85/5 rDev -6.1%
On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a Liefman's wine glass.
Appearance - Murky reddish body. Thin collar. Off white head.
Smell - Lots of cherry. Almost cherry juice. Slight must.
Taste - Slightly tart. Mostly sweet, though. Cherry. Raspberry. Dark caramel. Slight oak. tart finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium low carbonation.
Overall - Well it isn't a New Glarus fruit beer, but it's similar. Too sweet, though.
04-18-2014 01:34:45 | More by Alieniloquium
4.65/5 rDev +13.4%
This was an amazing ale to grab! I saw it and thought to myself, "an aged cherry ale? That could be interesting!" Once I got back with it, I put it in the fridge and let it sit and waited to open it until my birthday celebration with a few friends a couple of weeks later. As soon as I pulled off the wrapping, I felt like I made a great choice. The bottle is very clean - it looks professional and minimalist. It has everything it needs, and nothing more.
Once I pulled the cork the aroma burst into the air and the smell was fantastic! It, of course, smelled like cherries, but it was subtle enough to allow the rest of the ingredients come out. I just could not stop smelling it at first.
The taste is just as good, too! It is not overly tart like most other cherry brews, and it's soft and smooth as well. It tingles a little, and the aftertaste is superb. It doesn't linger, but the first breathe after each drink is very refreshing.
As soon as this hits your lips, it immediately begins to relax you and carry you away. As I said before, it is smooth, and it cradles your lips and tongue. After you drink a fair amount (most of the bottle), the tart flavor becomes a little stronger and you can begin to "feel" it on your teeth. So, please, do have something nearby to refresh your mouth (water or even an apple).
Overall, I am very happy I grabbed this bottle on a whim. It's very good, and I'm pleasantly surprised. I would recommend it to anyone who has any interest in fruit flavored brews of any sort!
04-08-2014 02:48:27 | More by Abendschein
Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
91 out of 100 based on 534 ratings.