Cuvee Soeur'ise | Brouwerij De Leite

Cuvee Soeur'iseCuvee Soeur'ise
BA SCORE
4.07/5
66 Ratings
Cuvee Soeur'iseCuvee Soeur'ise
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Leite
Belgium
deleite.be

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by sonorb7 on 01-11-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,279
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
66
pDev:
7.37%
Bros Score:
4.25
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
13
Trade:
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Photo of JamFuel
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cafe Rose Red in Bruges.

Pours a blood red with thick foam.

Smell is very berry forward, tons of raspberries, cherries and red currants.

Taste is tart, with loads of the berries from the smell. Pretty complex, and no hint at all of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very enjoyable tart fruit beer. Lots of berries!

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/light copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy black cherries, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, cherry skin/pits, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, grass, oak, almond, pepper, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, vanilla, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of huge sour/tart/tangy black cherries, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, cherry skin/pits, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, grass, oak, almond, pepper, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, vanilla, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour/tangy black cherries, raspberry, strawberry, blueberry, cherry skin/pits, plum, lemon, green apple, red grape, hay, straw, grass, oak, almond, pepper, wheat, cracker, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/sourness balance. Lightly increasing pucker, but not astringent on sourness. Light-moderate dryness from tart/sourness and yeast/oak spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately acidic/tannic/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is a fantastic imperial kriek! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, oak barrel, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, even with the increasing lactic/tannic/drying finish. Even though this is listed as a fruit beer, this could easily be classified as a Oude Kriek lambic right now. Likely has a good amount of age on it. Nice amounts of Brett funk, Lacto, and oak; but not huge amounts like others. Nice jammy fruit presence and solid malt balance. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Antyk
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of desint
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of metalspice
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared thanks to kermis and deanso. Clear ruby pour with a thin pink head. Notes of cherries, cherry jam, almonds. Medium body, medium carbonation and a sour and lightly sweet finish.

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Photo of shleepy
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown or dark red color. Lightly pink head. Smells like sweet-sour cherry. Tastes like a slightly sweeter (but not sweet) kriek, and that's a good thing. Pretty good stuff!

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Photo of BigSmooth12
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anatole
3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ludachris
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The cherries define its appearance. Its body is a deep, luscious black cherry shade of red. On top rests a thick layer of creamy, dense head with a tinge of pink, which retains itself exceptionally well. Its near complete lack of clarity gives it a weighty look.

A puckering dryness leaps from the glass and tickles the nose. Sour red cherries sit alongside green grape skins and lemon juice. There's a definite lick of funk at the end; salty, raw, and earthy. Mellow, rounded oak lies unobtrusively underneath.

Everything comes at once. At its core is a shy but sturdy oak quality. I get more of its weight as opposed to its flavor. Its earthy character helps to flesh it out. Tart cherries with a streak of sweetness zig zag in and out. Lemon juice is basted on its underbelly, furthering its liveliness.

The weight of its body is the only way I pick up on its elevated alcohol content. Its dryness comes first and fades into a clean finish. Its carbonation level works to compliment the liveliness of its fruit qualities in their tart and sour glory.

I'm getting acquainted with this style and what a treat this was. The cherries used during fermentation didn't fully define its aroma and flavor. Instead, they played a part in the bigger, funky picture of a complex fruited gueuze.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MathiasO
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of byronic
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BakaGaijin
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SweetChicken
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Feb 17 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours an opaque, reddish-burgundy colour, producing one finger of pink-tinged foam at the surface. It dissipates at a constant rate over the next couple of minutes, leaving behind a wide, frothy collar and a modest-sized flat cap, along with some scant lace. Very nice aroma; lots of tart cherry fruitiness, with accents of raspberry, oak, and vinous red grape. Mildly funky/sour - this smells every bit as good as I was hoping it would.

This 'triple kriek' is not as fruit-forward as I was expecting - instead, it takes a more balanced, even-handed approach. Subtly tart notes of cherry, along with suggestions of raspberry, cherry pit, vinous grape and sugar comprise much of the initial flavour profile. It then takes a sharp turn in the latter half, as notes of oaked wood, vanilla, grassy hops and herbs lead into a funky, vinegar/acidic finish that precede a drying, astringent aftertaste. Almost no sign of the 8.5% alcohol - if this came in a bigger bottle, I'd call it dangerous. Medium in body, with aggressive carbonation levels like I'd expect from a bottle-conditioned Belgian beer - it feels very prickly on the tongue, but not in an overly harsh or distracting way.

Final Grade: 4.25, an A-. De Leite's Cuvée Soeur'ise is a delightful Belgian-style soured ale. The cherry flavours are not as dominant as the aroma might have first suggested - but I don't consider this to be a negative, because it allows the subtle complexities of the oak, the acidity and the herbs to come through more clearly. Excellent stuff with wonderful balance; all sour beer fans should consider this one well worth looking for.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of linnymtu
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 66 ratings
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