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Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans

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Reviews: 183
Hads: 653
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 22.72%
Wants: 50
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
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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 kingcrowing
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a clear light brown with a reddish hint and a small white head. Nose is very fruity but still sour.

Taste is really balanced, it's sour but not killer, the fruit is light and balances it out well. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a nice big mouthfeel. Overall quite good!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle, 2010 stamped on the cork. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a very dark ruby red/purple color with about a half inch light pink head. The brew is dark enough that I can't see through it at all. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is mostly tart and sweet cherries along with some wood, funk and vinegar. Taste is similar to the aroma, the cherry flavor is a good mix of both sweet and tart, and there's also some wood and funk noticable. However, this brew is all about the cherries. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with good, soft carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, this brew is very smooth and goes down easy. I like this beer a lot, I might have to buy another bottle and see how this ages.

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Photo of SuperInga
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Slightly cloudy, tawny port hue; light, crisp carbonation.

Smell - Strong cherry scent with a hint of wood.

Taste - Semi-sweet cherry with a nice tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Cidery with a little syrup, but still very refreshing.

Overall - Delicious kriek. An excellent compromise between supersweet Lindemans and champagne-dry Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek, bearing in mind that this is not a lambic proper.

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Photo of starkmarvelo
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

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Photo of fragilehearted
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to see Liefmans bottles back in the area, you guys better not run away again. Never had the Cuvee Brut before though.

Paper off, cage detached, cork removed, POP, Brut goes into the Weyerbacher tulip glass looking brown in color with a nice amount of off white semi tan suds rising up around two inches, going down to a ring, leaving tonz o lace.

Smell is all that sour cherries and some more cherries. They really packed a wallop in this one. Slight hit of vinegar and maybe some acidity. Warming brings out some malt flavor and thats about it. Simple yet banging.

Taste is what I expected, a big blast of sour cherries to the face. I also expected a ton of medicinal and cloyingly sweet flavors as well but Im not bombarded by them. It's sweet but not off the edge. Tangy cherries and some malt flavor, this is heaven.

Very lively on the mouth. It sparkles in the beginning yet fizzes out mid palate going into a smooth finish. Not surupy. A perfect balance. Tangy but not lemonhead sour. A light build with life.

I think I may like this better than my beloved goudenbom(SP). This exceeded expectations and I drank the whole bottle by myself very easily without a hitch.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of scott451
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation was a plain bottle wrapped in paper which was the label. Date on the cage was 10-2010.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A very dark ruby - almost brown, with a thin tan head which soon dimminished to a strong ring. Surprisingly strong lacing.

Smells of ripe plums and cherries. Some phenolic dark woody notes. A touch of sourness. The taste is of sweet black cherries with a smooth tart very astringent finish.

Medium body. Sweet up front with a dry finish. Good carbonation. Drinkability is good. Well balanced between sweet and sour. A good example of the style and a great introduction to sour beers.

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Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of korguy123
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liefmans Cuvee Brut from notes

A- Dark ruby red pour with a slight muddy appearance to it. Two finger foamy white head with a slight pink tinge. Lacing is excellent.

S- Cherries, cherries and more cherries, candied sugar with a slight oak and vanilla. Literally smells like cherry pie. Slightly medicinal.

T- Super tart cherry, with a quick sweet finish.

M- Medium bodied with very lively carbonation. Mouth watering and puckering.

O- Just wonderful kriek with just enough sweetness to keep.your tongue going to finish the whoke bottle.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to see this on-tap at Commonwealth Lounge in Newport Beach. I was even more surprised to get 14 ounces of it, but the shocker was getting it all for $4 during their extended happy hour. On to the beer:

Reddish violet color with very little head on the pour, leaves a few tiny spots of lace on the glass. Smells like cherry jam, fine enough for me. Not much of a surprise to me, we've got a sweet and tart beer, and a very lovely one at that. Here we go again with the cherries; the first half seemed a little more tart, the second half of the glass seemed to sweeten up. What's real sweet is the aftertaste, and I mean that in a literal sense.

I'm a big fan of Liefmans Kriekbier. Cuvee Brut isn't far off the pace of that, which is to say that this is still a kick ass, cherry dominant beer.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really starting to like the sour cherry beers. This one did not dissapoint. Lots and lots of cherry flavor. Poured a red pink color. Aroma of mild lambic and tart cherry. Sour yeasty cherry flavor.

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Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Brut pours a blood stained copper color. It's mostly clear, and has distinct scarlet highlights when held to light. A very light tan head covers the top. It's roughly a finger deep, and recedes to a surface covering fairly quickly. Due to active carbonation, it holds steady there for a bit. Lacing was sticky and moderate.

The nose is good, but isn't a classic. Up front, it's mostly musky and earthy. There are some sweet, malty notes that make things interesting. I was expecting a strong fruit presence given the wrapping (that suggests strong cherry). There are some definite cherry notes, but they're subtle and do not come through very strong. I'm not a huge cherry fan, so that doesn't bother me too much. It's there, but seems complementary. I like that. Alcohol is masked extremely well.

The flavor is damn impressive. It's explosive compared to the nose. There's a strong cherry presence that's nothing short of delicious. Yes, that's coming from someone who's generally cherry averse. It's nearly a perfect mix of sweet and tart. The tart aspect is enough to add some pizzazz, but it isn't mouth puckering. There are ancillary earthy and musky notes that work very well. I'm not getting any funky notes. Perhaps they're too subtle for this palate. Alcohol is damn near buried. I'm not getting much at all in that department. Finishes with a slightly tart cherry flavor.

Cuvee Brut has a body that leans medium with warming. Carbonation, while active, feels light and subtle. It has a nice, smooth feel overall. Drinkability is very good. Despite my lack of affection for all things cherry, this is delicious beer. I'm really enjoying it. It's tasty, and goes down so smooth and easy. I should've known that Brouwerij Liefmans wouldn't fail me.

Cuvee Brut is excellent beer. My expectations were tempered, but it delivers. I'm not a cherry fan. Never have been. But this cherry flavored beer is delicious. Go figure. Frankly, I'm stunned at how much I'm enjoying this. I should've known better...this is Liefmans after all. Find a bottle.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Squelch
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Wanne
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has a deep red color, which resembles a cherry coulis, and a pinkish head. Aroma is sweet and sour. Taste is a bit sour and the sweet taste of the cherries makes this a well-balanced beer.

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Photo of robertgurley
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got a nice autumn day with leaves in their peak. Usually have an IPA going but with all the leaves changing their color palates, I decide to go with this cuvée. Pours a red crimson with almost a pinkish head and some lacing. Sediment noted throughout.

Sour mash cherry aroma with a cider vinegar pungency.

Taste is superb! Tart cherry, oak and scant vanilla. I love this especially at colder temps which tastes more like a cherry pop with low sugar. As this warms, more cider vinegar is noted which makes this more tart and welcoming.

Medium body with a dry finish and prickly carbonation.

This is better than any cherry soda I've ever had. If your crazy for cherries with an abv you gotta pull the trigger on this.

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Photo of DCon
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap (Tap #2) @ the Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO for $8. Poured into a 12oz Snifter and enjoyed thoroughly! (Never have had anything from Liefmans).

Appearance- Is a dark amber, light brown bodied beer with a 2 finger off white head that has a fantastic retention! Leaves a good amount of lace on the sides.

Aroma- Black cherries, sour, tart aroma, with a nice malty background. A hint of sour apples as well.

Taste- Nice cherry flavor but then has a cough medicine aftertaste... Still has a nice body, well-balanced, tartness all the way through, and a nice complexity.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and nice sour finish! Cherries forever.

Overall- What a great Lambic! Nice sour feel and brewed with all attributes purposely nailed and well executed. I am ready to explore more Liefmans coming up in the near future. Could drink many of these, so I had to move on.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a 375 ml green bottle, caged and corked, that is wrapped in red paper that has the actual label and info on it. Pours out a deep translucent garnet hue, thin splash of loose creamy dusty rose coloured head that quickly dissipates.

Intense sour, balsamic cherry aroma, some earthy wood.

Wow, here's a fruit ale with a fair amount of complexity. Starts out with sweet sugary cherry, which then gets smothered by tart, acidic cherry notes, a dry woody character in the middle, with a dry sherry-like finish. Then in the aftertaste things take a curious twist, where a cake-like maltiness suddenly appears, like a dry spongy devil's food cake, chocolate wafer. The closer it gets to room temperature the more this chocolate wafer moves up into the core flavour along with the sour cherry.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, spritzy carbonation leaps out on the finish with gusto, dry yet with some thin residual stickiness on the palate.

Very impressive for what it is, a great deal of character for a fruit beer, all that aging and blending does it justice and and validates all that effort. Go get some, if it's available to you it's worth the price of admission.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle, drank Oct. 2013

a: dark ruby red, purple, amber. 2 finger off white fizzy head

s: apple cider vinegar, tart apple peels, cherry. ever so slight hint of orange molasses

t: right away i notice much more cherry than in the nose. sweet and sour cherry. nice caramel sweetness, concord grapes, tart vinegar. ends with more cherries, and finishes dry. definitely on the sweeter side

m: light with nice amount of carbonation. really helps the cherry flavor pop

o: much better than the appearance and aroma indicated. this is a 2 year old bottle. still taste cherry nicely. the tartness is very mild and works well with the sweet dark cherry flavor. no flavor in here overwhelms the other, and sweet and tart are harmonized nicely. real nice stuff

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Photo of flagmantho
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of jsh420
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 on the cork

pours dark reddish brown with a 1+ finger head that coats the glass with lacing

smell is not very strong but you get the sour cherries

taste is very good - you get the oak some funk the sour cherries

mouthfeel is just what i wanted in this beer - light heavy carbonation that plays well with the sour cherries that give it both the a sting and a crisp bite

drinkability - while some enjoy wine with dinner i could see myself drinking this beer at every meal or after - now i got to go back to the store and by another bottle

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Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
90 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.