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Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans

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91
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553 Ratings
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Ratings: 553
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 35
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans visit their website
Belgium

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 WastingFreetime
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The cork in my bottle says 2010 on it, although I have only purchased recently from the store's cooler.

A. A dark murky purplish red. Bruise-colored. Very foamy and flamingo pink head threatened to spill everywhere, easily four fingers in height with only a gentle pour into stemware. Holy head out of control, batman!

S. Now this is odd. I find that the nose of this brew transforms quite radically depending upon if the glass has been swirled or is steady. When sitting still, the scent of sour tart cherries and faint vinous notes dominate. When swirled, the scent instantly mutates into sweet maraschino cherries mixed with a fresh lemonade. And ten seconds later, it has returned to the original lactic kriek sour scent. Bizarre, yet enjoyable. I can't resist playing around with this magical transformation the entire time I sip my way through the bottle.

T. Sweet and sour cherry cobbler. Absolutely delicious. I will say, however, that a 750ml bottle needs to be shared with friends or you will eventually start to find the cumulative sweetness build up in your mouth cloying. Without question this was meant to be a dessert. In the background there is an occasional glimpse of a Saison-like grassy funk which is the factor tying the sweet and sour together so that it is not quite so polarizing. This is partially made from Old Ale after all, it seems. My nitpick is that I would have preferred a wee bit more sourness, but that's just my personal bias talking. For somebody normal who doesn't like sucking on lemons like I do, its probably really well balanced.

M. Very tingly on the tongue and the finish just keeps going and going with no sign of stopping. However, that is a double-edged sword, if you want to taste something else without interference for a while, you are up a creek without a paddle. If you are content to taste sour cherries and nothing but, you're golden.

WastingFreetime, May 26, 2011
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a gorgeous beer. The red color has the slightest tint of bright brown and the head is reddish and fluffy.

Smell - The cherries are so soft it's amazing. The tart aroma is like green apple but it's not strong or overpowering and somehow harmonizes perfectly with the cherries. The malt base has a nice sugary sweetness to it without coming off as artificial.

Taste - The afore-mentioned aromas come out nicely at the taste and again work incredibly well together. You get the wonderful cherry flavor, very natural, a balancing light tartness, and a wonderful malt structure.

Mouthfeel - This is a solid medium-bodied with excellent carbonation.

Drinkability - Lambics can get long after 25 ounces but this one just kept calling out my name. It goes down so well and is so efficiently balanced that you could really session this ale. It showed the smoothness of their Goudenband with the distinctive flavors of the kriek. Incredibly well executed.

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Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
91 out of 100 based on 553 ratings.