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Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans


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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 12.71%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans visit their website

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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Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 18:26:03 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 03:22:44 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of DoubleJ


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2011 18:54:32 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of champ103


4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 00:37:57 | More by champ103
Photo of prototypic


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 04:02:39 | More by prototypic
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 17:15:12 | More by Squelch
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 21:12:42 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 18:59:23 | More by korguy123
Photo of robertgurley

New York

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 00:35:03 | More by robertgurley
Photo of joeseppy


4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:22:32 | More by joeseppy
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 06:16:32 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of jsh420


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 01:16:49 | More by jsh420
Photo of UTCengOwl


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:35:13 | More by UTCengOwl
Photo of hopsputin


4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:00:00 | More by hopsputin
Photo of DCon


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 01:35:15 | More by DCon
Photo of flagmantho


4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 16:10:03 | More by flagmantho
Photo of akorsak


4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 23:11:39 | More by akorsak
Photo of phiberoptik


4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 00:46:13 | More by phiberoptik
Photo of marlinsfan4


4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2012 22:20:57 | More by marlinsfan4
Photo of zeff80


4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 19:55:16 | More by zeff80
Photo of nachos


4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 04:47:01 | More by nachos
Photo of smibroncos

New York

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured a tawney red with a off-white pinkish brown, one finger diminishing head good lacing on the glass.

S. Sour cherries, raisin.

T. A little more sour than the nose lets on, alot of cherry flavor, some darker fruit as well.

M. Wow like champagne on the toungue. Nice carbonation and good duration.

O. Pretty good brew. I would recommend this brew to my friends.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 00:08:30 | More by smibroncos
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Liefmans Cuvee-Brut

25oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish color, with a nice foamy pink cap. Aroma of raspberries, cherries and candy. In the taste, unripe strawberry tartness, sweet cherry preserves and alittle bit sour. Sugary, but nicely mixed in with tart fruity flavors. Very berry, but also fairly complex and very drinkable. A nice treat from Brewery Liefmans.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 05:32:09 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of hagbergl


4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 23:13:07 | More by hagbergl
Photo of modernartblues


4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from Notes

Served in a Tulip at Prime 16

A: deep ruby red, 1" white w/pink highlights head recedes to a bare topping

N: sweet cherry rasberry w/ light tartness

T: sweet with some funky barnyard notes, cherry fruits up front with only a touch of tartness

M: sticky sweet sugar coats my mouth like a sugary syrup

D: pretty good for a lambic/sour, but one is enough for a session

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2011 19:13:11 | More by modernartblues
Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
91 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.