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Cuvee-Brut - Brouwerij Liefmans


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466 Ratings
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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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North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

@ Busy Bee

Hazy garnet topped with a slim, creamy head. Cherry aroma upfront with some almost chocolaty/nutty notes, slight brown sugar, and an increasing woody dryness. Super smooth cherry tartness and mild spicy wood flavors. Sweet, yet dry. Medium bodied, slick, and a real pleasure to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2013 14:06:06 | More by wedge
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New York

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A short and quickly thinning head tops this brown elixir. It smells like rhubarb, and has a taste to match. The taste, to be more precise, is that of rhubarb pie, including the delightful, mitigating sweetness of the sugary aspect of the filling and the crust. What Southern Tier's Pumking is to pumpkin pie, this brew is to its rhubarb counterpart, with a certain, sour, cherry cast. A fun concoction, with the characteristics of a dessert for a sophisticated palate. The refreshing character of the carbonation is just right.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 19:02:51 | More by Altrurian
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 6% abv. Fairly clear, lighter ruby color. Lots of tiny streaming bottles making their way to a thick, foamy pinkish-white head. Very nice retention, with some spots of lace.

Nose is slightly sour cherry, musky and slightly funky. Stops short of the horse blanket character. Other ripe fruits. Earthy hops at the end.

Some sweetness up front, without being overbearing. Very subtle tartness. Great cherry flavor, only slightly sour. Earthy hops balance, without getting in the way.

Lighter body, with a refreshing amount of carbonation. Cherry flavor is pronounced, but not heavy, making this an easy drinker. Very nice here.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 01:34:00 | More by Bierguy5
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a deep red with a three finger very slight pink hue head that subsided to two fingers slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, dark fruit, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, raspberries, slight cherry, and funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Ovearll this was a pretty nice brew. Definitely had a great flavor profile going on here. They were not in-your-face strong which was nice as it made it very enjoyable and drinkable. The funk definitely surprised me quite a bit in a good way. A definite must try on tap if you get the chance!

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2011 13:23:59 | More by thagr81us
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cuvee-Brut from a 750ml bottle into tulip glasses.

Pours a dark raspberry red-brown with a lacing off-white head.

Smells like a cherry cordial. Tart and liqueur-y. A bit of oak and sour raspberry notes, as well. A little wild. Balanced sweetness.

Very similar to some Krieks that I've had, but this one has a rich Oud Bruin base that brings some other dark viny fruits to the table in supplement to the cherry. Hints of raspberry and lemonade. The cherries are tart and a tad medicinal, but authentic. There's an appreciated burly woody character to this brew that starts with vanilla and ends with a bite of the bark. Puckery with a prick of acetic acid, but more reminiscent of a tangy tart fruit.

Light for what it is. I wouldn't say refreshing, but quenching. Nice tartness evolves into bitterness. Okay on the effervescence. Not protruding nor underwhelming.

Big time guilty pleasure for me right here. Gotta rank among my favorite fruit beers. Mysterious enough to keep savoring, yet easy to enjoy now and even up to a year after the bottling date.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 03:10:42 | More by thecheapies
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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 01:26:16 | More by jwhancher
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4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2012 05:16:28 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tasting glass at an epic beer party/tasting I attended last night in Philly.

Pours a muddy maroon with a white effervescent head. Big aroma of tart cherries. A light funkiness but the overwhelming aroma was the cherries.

Taste is surprisingly tart with a light sour quality. Initially sweet, but beautifully balanced by the sour tartness. Just an excellent balance that is extremely difficult to pull off. Mouthfeel is prickly and perfectly carbonated. High drinkability with little cloying sweetness.

A really enjoyable beer at a great price. I don't understand the reviews that are calling this too sweet or comparing it to Lindemans. A very well crafted kriek.


Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 23:23:00 | More by victory4me
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: 750mL wrapped bottle. little pre-birthday gift to myself. deep, blood red until i hold it up to light, where it transitions to a bright ruby. red/white fluffy head keeps building from the rapid, effervescent carbonation.

S: an oak-like aroma that almost come across as pomegranate. an obvious cherry aroma. sweet, but a significant amount of earthiness as well.

T: tart, earthy cherries. cranberry juice. pretty sweet. not puckering, but certainly similar to fruit punch.

M: effervescent like a champagne. medium body dominated by the fruit.

D: super easy to drink. overall, it's a fruit beer and a good one at that. interesting complexity from the young and old fruit blends.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 21:14:17 | More by Jimmys
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Old Town. Served in a tulip.

Pours an enticing dark crimson with a bit of a purplish tint. Thin ligh tan head forms up and persists through. A bit of spotty lacing forms on the walls of the skinny tulip. Good collar throughout, along with some persistent foam. The nose draws me in at first with mild, creamy oak along with a nice acetic bite which follows up on the woody notes. Beneath the acid lies a mixture of sour cherries and a few other darks fruits, most notably red plum. Smooth and mellow, the acid, fruit, and wood all play well together.

The flavor is mildly puckering and tannic from the start. Berries blossom more and more as it warms. Plum and light oxidized malt character lingers in the background. Acetic acid takes the reigns here. Good smooth and creamy body that coats the palate and lingers after a fairly-full, yet still acidic, finish. All around, an extremely well crafted brew that I'll be looking for a few bottles of.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 00:31:28 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Verobeerguy


4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is amberish-brown with light white lace. Nose of
Light malt overwhelmed by a wonderful cherry aroma. Taste of slightly caramelly malt, overshadowed by cherry-sweetness without any bitterness or much of any tartness on the follow. Overall, this is a very nice, if somewhat girly beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 19:47:41 | More by Verobeerguy
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red color w/ a one finger off white head. Great carbonation and lacing on my snifter glass. Very dark in appearance- impossible to see through. Nose is very sweet/tart w/ cherries and wood being the primary characters here. A somewhat sour vibe here as well. Taste is very similar, with good carbonation and tartness/sourness in the flavor and feel. Beer really opens up with warming. Really smooth/sweet aftertaste on this one- no sour on the back end of this beer. Really very tasty, and very nice feel. Overall, this is a winner. Highly recommended if you appreciate this style of beer. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 00:51:50 | More by jayhawk73
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 750 ml bottle at Smokin' Joe's in Pittsburgh and split it 3 ways with 2 friends. Not sure what the BOD, if it had one, was. Poured into those weird glasses SJ's has...

A - Poured a really lovely reddish tinted dark brown color with a nice foamy, 1 finger tannish cap. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Sweet and tart cherries right off the bat. Woody oak and a slight wild aroma comes next. Sweet toffee notes come out as well. Really nice nose here.

T - Taste follows the nose with a bit of a sour tinge to it. Not a mouth puckering flavor, but close to it from the tart cherries in the mix. Really nice cherry flavor mixed with oak and light malts in the background.

M - High carbonation level and a lighter bodied beer. Nice tartness and a slightly sour feel as well. Really nice feel and kept me coming back for more.

O - Really impressed by this one. Really made cherries the star and was a great end to a night at the bar, I will definitely be looking for this one again soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:19:42 | More by KAP1356
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2012 00:33:31 | More by mdfb79
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4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 16:07:07 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of NODAK


4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really digging the aroma. Fresh, sweet and tart cherries. A good mix of both sensations without tilting too much in either direction. I'm about to drink cherry juice I think.

Pours a nice ruby red with a fair, loose head that dissipated rapidly.

Taste is refreshingly tart. I had worried perhaps it would be too sugary sweet but I'd say it actually tilts more towards tart than anything. That's not to say that it isn't sweet, because at first there's a great sweet cherry taste that goes into a more tart sensation that especially gives a sour kick at the end. Very drinkable of course. Who doesn't like alcoholic cherry soda?? With a tart kick of course.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 00:50:23 | More by NODAK
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4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City. Poured into a small Belgian-style tulip glass. Paired with a traditional bavarian pretzel and Dusseldorf (spicy) mustard.

Appearance - Pours a deep hue of red, like cranberry or oxidized/dried blood. At a glance, you might not even know it was red at all. Atop the body sits a one-finger head that is mostly white, but with some pinkish twinge to it. Retention is not for long, but lingers a bit before turning into a thin layer of foam over the top. Lacing is light and slick/watery.

Smell - A pleasant combination of sour cherries, some mildly piercing acidity, with overtones of cinnamon candies and some notes of spicy red wine, like a malbec. I do get some tannin elements as well. Encouraging, because I don't get the sense that this will be overly sweet from the aroma. Let's see...

Taste - While there is some sweetness, it is far from the overpowering and cloying sweetness that often comes with other beers in the "pseudo-lambic/fruit beer" style. I won't name any names, but their brewery also starts with "L". Complexity continues, with lactic tartness and more sour cherry notes amongst some softer compliments like oak and faint vanilla. The cinnamon essence again seems present here, but none of the spiciness that the nose let on. The sour is just enough to give the drink punch and fight off the natural sugar from the cherries so that the sweetness remains in balance.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation and light-bodied, allowing for easy drinking, but enough carbonation to give it a little bite. Dry finish that entices the next drink far sooner than is probably wise.

Overall, I'm disappointed to see that this is classified as a "fruit beer", because the experience of drinking it just doesn't seem to fit with what I would expect from that general style. I suppose this is one of those beers that sort of falls between the cracks of standard classification. There isn't really a beer style that ladders up to a blend of oud bruins fermented on sour cherries. If it were American-made, it would almost certainly get the "American Wild Ale" classification in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2013 21:19:55 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured in Dark Lord snifter.

A: Pours to a beautiful ruby red, perfectly clear with an everlasting pink head. Very highly carbonated. Lacing like concrete.

S: Slight sour pungency is shadowed by delicious, sweet cherries. If it tastes anything like it smells, I'm in for a treat.

T: First and foremost is delicious cherries. It's by no mean overbearing sweet. I was hoping for maybe a little more sour out of it, but instead of being a bomb, it's very nicely balanced. It's like drinking cherry cobbler.

M: A nice semi-sweet beer with nice, lively carbonation. Cherry flavor lingers in your mouth for a long time.

O: Fantastic beer. Well worth the price of admission ($10 for a 750ml) and worth buying at the store. I can't say that I'd go out of my way to hunt it down, but it is very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 21:37:41 | More by Greencoat
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great drinking beer, anytime anyplace. Had on tap at The Ginger man NYC. Dark reddish colour , spider lacey. Smooth, very natural cherry juice taste that is both tart and sweet. Alcohol and cherry aromas, a little oud flemish in the nose. A sipper, but I could have this many more times.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 14:13:07 | More by Sammy
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee Brut has a brown body with lots of bright red highlights. The head is thin and tan, and it doesn't do anything in the lacing department.

The aroma is all lightly tart cherries, with maybe a hint of malt in the background.

Once again, the flavor is all cherry. Very natural and fruity tasting, with a little bit of tartness from the cherries. I would guess that whatever strains were living on the cherry skins are also in here due to the tartness, but I can't really be sure about that. Very faint malt in the background, with just a hint of wood.

Highly carbonated; with a lighter body it might remind me of champagne.

Very nice overall; this is a good fruit beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 14:19:55 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The final entry in KRIEK WEEK!!!! Listen up, KRIEK HEADS!!!

Yes, I just have to wonder if the best has been saved for last...after all, this beer does have its own giant protective wrapper... . Poured into a chilled tulip glass.

Appearance 4.25: Beautiful and unique-looking deep, dark, almost brown-red. Opaque. Looks very much like a big tulip glass filled with blood. Head was excellent (1/4") and a light pink in color. Excellent lacing.

Smell 4.0: Great nose on this brew. I smell lots of wood and a deep, dark, cherry bouquet. I also smell a very faint hoppiness to this beer, way in the back. Other notes are leather, cherry pits and certain flat smell of green leaves.

Taste 4.25: Front is tart and somewhat dry. This fades quickly into a middle that is silky smooth, semi-sweet and it is at this level that a medium-sized wave of cherry flavor attacks your tastebuds from the middle of the palate. Finish is smooth, balanced and features brief hints of a light cherry taste, almost like Mt. Rainier cherries. Delicious. Finish is short, light and dry and features a top-palate cherry taste that fades far too quickly leaving the imbiber wanting more.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Outstanding match with the carbonation. I could almost believe it was bottle conditioned.

Overall 4.25: Outstanding/Excellent kriek. This kriek is higher in ABV (6% ABV) than many others, but it is so smooth and delicious. Wonderful and complex at every level, Liefman's is a hard act to follow, so remember that when planning a session. Session? Yes, this baby is entirely sessionable. I would highly recommend drinking the entire 75 centiliter (that's 1 pint, 9.4 ounces) in one sitting. Highly recommended for all kriek heads. Not the best from Kriek Week, but darn close.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 06:03:03 | More by BeerDocT
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml paper-covered, corked, and caged green bottle.

It pours a deep, alluring red with a frothy pink foam head. The head recedes quickly, then slowly leaving some decent lacing.

The smell is tart cherry, some oak,and a hint of typical lambic funk, quite a suprise after having the Fruitese.

the flavor is sweeter, but still pretty solid for a fruit lambic. It has a nice underlying sour, nice honey-like malt notes, and a nice bit of oak. Very well crafted, and it was pretty cheap too at only 7$.

It is cheaper and better than Lindeman's Kriek, a good low-level lambic.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:44:01 | More by crossovert
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, clean, easy-drinking kriek by Liefmans. Pours an attractive cloudy rose/pink/red color. Nose is cherries with a bit of wood and funk. Flavor follows with a nice fruit beer--it's a bit subtle on the sour for me though. Moderate body, not very dry on the finish. Easy easy drink, pleasant little beer, but nothing to blow you away.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 19:34:07 | More by LordAdmNelson
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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a dark red with a moderate white head, average retention, some lace.

S: Great true cherry nose, pie, very inviting.

T: Dominated by the cherry flavour, real fruit. Interesting acid, but the sugar stands out.

M: Medium-bodied, light acidity, smooth, well-rounded.

D: Just a tasty beer. Not a huge complexity from the base Flanders ale, but if you like cherries you'll enjoy this.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 04:01:36 | More by Halcyondays
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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pour a mix between dark red and lighter brown. Thin white with a touch of red head, mostly just a halo in the glass.

S: a touch of funk, a little band aid, and wet barn hay. Then the tart cherry, also a little sweetness.

T: sweet cherry, with a touch of tartness on the back end. Other than the cherry there is some funk but not overly.

M: prickly yet a little bit sticky. I'm glad I'm splitting the bottle.

O: could stand to be a bit drier, but the tartness somewhat covers for the lack of dryness.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 03:18:50 | More by rootbeerman
Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
91 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.