Cuvee Soeur'ise | Brouwerij De Leite

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Brouwerij De Leite

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews by shleepy:
Photo of shleepy
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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 biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cherries make up only 25% of the beer but 100% of its appearance. Nevermind a rosy blush - this is a dense, considerably dark red that allows no clarity. Its head, on the other hand, is a "It's A Girl!" shade of pink and decorates the glass accordingly. I don't know that I've ever had a beer with pink foam that I've disliked. Indeed, it looks like Cuvee Soeur'ise and I are going to get along just fine...

Make that great. This aroma has all the sour bacterial funkiness I was hoping for. It also impressively manages to hold on to at least some of its ripe cherry fruit flavour, though it's plainly apparent not even a drop of syrup or juice concentrate ever touched the batch. However, herbs (unspecified) were added and certainly lend some extra aromatics, a difficult to define spicy/savory quality.

I'd love to see the reaction on the face of someone expecting a candy-coated, commercial fruit beer. There will definitely not be any "it tastes like cough syrup" complaints here, unless you're talking about the kind that burns going down. Astonishingly sugar is found on the ingredients list - imagine how sour this would be without it? The oak aging also adds a further drying effect on the mouthfeel.

Minty cherries are easily appreciated. But the prominence of tangy, acidic tartness make lemon the first flavour to come to mind. Reduced to overly simple terms this drinks something like a cherry lemonade, although if you bought this from some kids on the corner you'd wonder what the hell they added to it. Put under a microscope I wouldn't be surprised to see plenty of little critters swimming around...

Which means one thing: Cuvee Soeur'ise is a well-executed sour. Crazy though it sounds, the subtlety of the fruit, the prominence of tartness, and the overarching funkiness are exactly the qualities you want from a beer like this. The further facts that some cherry flavour held up, the carbonation sparkles, the tangyness tickles and the 8.5% alcohol apparently never made it to bottling are all big pluses too.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #89 (June 2014):

Oak, Fruit, Tart, Warming

All fruit beers should be serious, bold and be able to dominate your palate. If not then, things can get boring real quick. Not one moment sipping Cuvée Soeur´Ise are we tapping out fingers on the table. Superb oak aging, perfect level of lactic acidity, and the cherry is there but a bit subtle. Epic.

STYLE: Tripel Kriek | ABV: 8.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -2%
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 stephenlee
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BGDrock
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant, ruby red body, near clear, thinly veiled by a rose coloured head that fades to a rim within the minute. Intriguing and exciting. Swirl it around a bunch and it picks right back up, so the carbonation is there.
Very light aroma, unless I'm getting a cold. Berries, bubblegum, woodiness, funk.
Delicate and refined red apple, raspberry, cherry fruit flavour, lightly tart, complimented beautifully by a sense of Christmas spice - clove or nutmeg. In the finish an odd bitterness kicks in, difficult to identify, but reading the ingredients it must be the herbs. It's unique, somewhat medicinal. Super dry finish, long, with a variety of curious flavours lingering. Medium body and carbonation. Soft on the tongue, with a sense of being powdery.

Lot's of weird things going on with this, it's certainly a different experience - and an enjoyable one. Great mix of fruit, tart, funk, woodiness, herbal notes and distinct mouthfeel. Try it if you find it, on it's own, and contemplate it's definition. Just plain interesting.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.05/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Bugs318
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Highbury09
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Antyk
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JamFuel
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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 DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for $4.35 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high slightly red head that lasts for 4-5mins before film out. Dark red color and unfiltered

S- Cherries and malt.

T- Very fruity and fresh. Light flavors and rather mild. All around nothing sticks out at you but it is an excellent well rounded brew.

M- Dry and tart

O- Very tasty and refreshing. No heat so watch out. Glad I have a couple more for the cellar as this one should go well with many different dishes

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went very well with...... Caribbean oxtail stew. The heavy curry, oil and tomato still got cut through by this nice brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a deep bright red color ale with a huge pink foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of fresh cherry notes is quite powerful. Taste is also totally dominated by fresh cherry notes with light sugary notes and light tart notes are also noticeable. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. I really enjoy this fruit beer which is very refreshing and doesn’t end up tasting like fruit syrup.

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Photo of desint
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Anatole
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ludachris
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
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 thehyperduck
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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 yuno
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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