Cuvee-Brut | Brouwerij Liefmans

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Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Goudenband & Oud Bruin blended with cherries. Not a lambic.

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Photo of steagall
2.45/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

A: It was darker/muddier than expected. It wasn't bright like it should have been.

S: Smell was ok. It smelled a little harsh sweetness.

T: the taste was entirely too sweet. It was actually very hard to pallet. Kind of had to choke it down. not enough acidity either.

M: mouthfeel was fine. not too much or too thin.

O: 2112 vintage. Hard to drink. Had to choke it down what we could and pour out the rest. It was entirely too sweet. It wasn't clean tasting and proper acidity was just not there.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.71/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On-tap at Tustin

A: The pour is a dark, blood red sort of color with a huge off-white head, maybe a bit pink.

S: Sugary and sweet cherries and cherry candy. Perhaps just a touch of wood in there, a mild acidity, but not enough to counteract the sugary nature of the beer.

T: Even sweeter on the palate. Like cherry soda or fruit punch in terms of the sugar content. No real balance to it. Tough to drink.

M: Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: If you're looking for a kriek or lambic here, just move along. No thanks.

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Photo of corby112
2.71/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.

Pours a dark copper, almost brown color with deep amber edges and a one finger off white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lace left behind.

Vinous dark fruit aroma with underlying dark malt and acetic vinegar qualities.  Hints of tart dark cherries, grape and other dark berries along with some caramel malt and  dark chocolate.  Smells kind of like a chocolate covered cherry dipped in vinegar.  

Medium bodied with sweet and tart dark fruit notes followed by a strong acetic vinegar flavor.  Lots of tart dark cherry and other vinous fruit with a strong acetic vinegary presence mid palate that lingers throughout.  Dark malt flavor underneath with some caramel and cocoa.  A bit too sweet and vinegary for me yet it never becomes harsh or solvent like.  Slightly sour but more tart with lots of fruit.  Could use a stronger malt backbone and less acetic acid.

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Photo of emerge077
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This kriek is made with a completely different method than Kriek Lambic." -

Dark reddish brown, slightly pink parfait foam rises to the rim of the glass and recedes slowly. In the light, the color is an attractive dark scarlet with bright clarity. Delicate Belgian lace rings the glass.

Smells like barrel aged cherry kool-aid. Some slight complexity from the barrel, minimally funky, maximally artificial. Overly sweet with noticeable artificial sweetener in the taste. Chalky cherry vitamin tablets. Sweet cherry juice spiked with lacto and sweetener... bleh.

Slight tartness, but not sour. Obviously sweetened, even more than Liefmans Kriekbier used to be. Cherry cough syrup, Ludens cough drops. Dry chalky aftertaste with soda carbonation. Drinks like soda, easily and numbingly sweet, just weird and cloying, absolutely one-dimensional. Basically nothing like the old Kriekbier that was blended with Goudenband, then again, Goudenband is nothing like it used to be either (currently backsweetened also). Waste of money...

Here's hoping that Duvel will return to a "more traditional" product with less added sweetener (as they are fully capable of, see Kriekbier) with the Liefmans brands.

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Photo of Pencible
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear garnet with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like musty and sugary cherry juice with some honey. Not far from cough syrup.
T: It tasted like super sweet cherry juice, somewhere between cough syrup and grenadine. It had a sickeningly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. At least the bubbles helped break up the sweetness a bit.
D: This was like liquid Luden's. Not difficult to drink if you have a huge sweet tooth, but this is definitely not what I look for in a beer. I wish it had more complexity or bite. Maybe throw in some brett, or at least charred oak for balance?

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to beerwolf77 for busting this one out.

A- Deep crimson red, a finger worth of head and just a small amount of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S- Slight medicinal smells, metallic and surprisingly, only a faint amount of cherries.

T- The first thing this reminds me of is artificial cherry juice. There is also some good malt, chocolate covered cherries and a little bit of oak.

M- Medium to lighter bodied with crisp carbonation. Fairly dry on the finish.

D- Decent but I think it could use some age to it. Not overly complex but not bad by any stretch.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy reddish brown color with good carbonation and a dirty white cap

S: Sour cherries, wood and Earthy notes

T: Nicesour cherry blast, woody and some Earthy notes. Very much cherry forward and mild on the sourness; for my liking anyways.

M: Well carbonated, medium body, dry and tart finish

O: Not to bad, good for the style

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Photo of RickS95
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like you'd expect--a deep reddish brown (mostly red) sitting under an offpink head.

You can smell the tartness from the cherries. Has a vinegar-like nose to it.

Clear cherry taste with a tart vinegarness.

It's a very strong and almost astringent feel. It's got a good pucker to it, particularly with the very dry finish.

This is totally different than a lot of American cherry beers as the American beers typically focus on sweetness and the Belgians have a more tart feel to them. That being said, this is probably the best tart fruit beer I've had.

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Photo of DonDirkA
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

The nose is still a little fake smelling, like the Fruitesse, but it just doesn’t smell like straight cherries, it smells more like cherry juice. Cherry juice, red grapes, cherries, plums and just a bit of the malt on the way back end.

The taste is a lot more like a legitimate beer than the Fruitesse but it has a very sweet, almost artificial tasting finish. Tart cherry juice, sour cherries and sour grapes start out in charge then quickly give in to a fake “from concentrate” cherry juice taste with too much sweetness. Not bad, but definitely not on the level of the Goudenband. Too bad.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is dominated by wonderfully tart cherries and nothing else. Not a bad thing, just one-note.

Appearance comes across as a very dark ruby when held to the light, but in normal light it just looks brown. The head is slightly pink, and somewhat soapy in nature. Lacing seems to be pretty good.

When tasting, there is a kind of big sweetness right up front that quickly paves a road to cherry flavors and ends with a puckering tartness.

Moderate body and highly carbonated with a fairly dry finish, this beer is easy to drink and not too strong, if you can take the sourness.

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Photo of harrymel
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Manito tap house

Rusty brown on cherry with a little white etch atop the beer. Smells of cherries, wood, some leather and a delicate tartness in the nose. I feel like it might have a good dose of wood to match the acidity of the beer. Flavor is tart cherry with some interwoven wood and pepper, a surprising sweetness in the middle there that lightens the flavor into a near fine candy character, reminds me of a hand made cherry cola honestly. Medium bodied with low carb and a semi dry finish. Decent beer, dunno if it's worth the price tag I've seen it at though.

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Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tumbler]

Poured a dark clear plum color with a large frothy pink head that lasted a little while but left some really nice retention floating on top which allowed for some excellent lacing. The aroma was overwhelming with the scent of cherries and a definite sour or tart odor. It tasted moderatley sweet with a strong cherry flavor in the beginning then became a bit tart with a nice sour finish. Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a very fizzy carbonation. Overall the flavor was very interesting with sour and sweet melding so nice, giving way to a nice cherry ending.

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Photo of denisconrado
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Out of curiosity, I think corresponds to the proposal, but I saw no difference with a champagne cooler or cheaper... Appearance: inviting bottle with paper wrapper; in translucent red glass with little foam, but persistent. Aroma: here I remembered some beer, because the malt appears slightly. Taste: sweet, actually has cherry leaves an aftertaste of malt and sweet; said despite the 6% alcohol, did not find them.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review is of two 37.5 cl bottles given to me during a trip to the blending house in Oudenaarde (Nov 2010).

The bottles had a life up to Sept 2020, I however opened the corks late April 2011.

Poured into a selection of Belgian beer glasses: the look is good, proper cherry red body, with no real head after twenty seconds.

The smell and taste is all about semi-sour cherries, but this isn't a cherry-aide, the alcohol is only just below the surface and can be found with every sip.

I am not a fan of really sour beers, or the polar opposite, those extremely sweet Belgian Krieks on the market, this however sits nicely inbetween and I liked it, as did the others in the tasting.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from tap into goblet at pizza plant in buffalo ny. Awesome murky red pour. ..little lacing. Nice funky wild woody aroma...mild but funky and fruity.
Taste is syrupy fruit...almost grainy sugary sweetness. Cherry cough syrup and some wood. Its ok...not sure why it has such a high rating. I think its just too sweet..couldn't finish the pour.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - tart cherry, light wood, nothing too funky, but still good

S - clear, deep red, white ring, already sticking to edges of my glass

T - it is not alco-pop, but it is definitely backsweetened (I had a hunch when I removed the wrapper and saw no sediment in the bottle), there is a good bit of tartness, but still has that sugary-sweet soda thing going on, which takes away from the base beer, as well as the cherry character, and again, there is not much funk

M - not hugely carbonated, but still soda like, sticky sweet, feels like I'm gonna need to give my teeth a good scrubbing afterwards

D - this isn't quite a drainpour, but it is nothing to get excited about

I picked up a few sours last time I was through Calgary, and I was craving one tonight, so this guy got the call. It is definitely a let down, though there manages to be some redeeming qualities. In terms of a sour brown/red ale with cherries, the Verhaege Kriekenbier is superior in every way. This is just too damn sweet.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Deep clear ruby red, two finger bubbly head

S-Funk, cherries and a touch of oak.

T-Nothing like the nose, lots of sweet cherries, more sweet than sour, not much tartness. Not a sour beer at all.

M-Light in body and well carbonated.

O-Overly sweet, not much sourness/tartness.

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Photo of Zorro
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reddish brown colored beer without much of a head.

Smells strongly of cherries and chocolate. Smells a little smoky and sour. Scent of caramel candy.

Starts out tasting of sour cherries. Taste of chocolate cake. Flavor is tart but not what you could call really sour.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall tasty beer, a decent approachable fruit Lambic.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Julio's Belgian Beer Festival on August 14, 2011. The color is dark amber with a purple-reddish hue a short-lived head. What stands out at first is this extraordinary scent of hard liquor in the aroma. It took a few more sniffs to latch onto the cherries. Maybe they were one in the same as this is a style I do not regularly drink. The body felt thin but smooth. The taste behan with a malty sweetness and concluded with a sour-tart finale.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just moved my family to a new home, so my wife and I decided to celebrate a bit by sharing this beer together. Served at about 55 degrees, with the cork dated 2010.

Pours rose in color leaving a nice, white lacing down the sides of our wine glasses.

Sour cherry on the nose with light bretty funk.

Super sweet, sugary cherries and a mildly sweet caramel malted base. Light funk if you can get back the wave of cherries. After just having Drie Fonteinen's Schaerbeekse kriek just a week prior, it was very hard for me to tolerate all the sweetness in this one. If I had to pick, I prefer a drier and less sweet kriek.

Carbonated just right, but a bit too syrupy for me.

My wife really enjoyed it, and it's a done made beer, but too sweet for my palate.

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Photo of RossLaird
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a belgian tulip glass. Pours an almost-but-not-quite opaque dark maroon with a cream colored head about an inch and an half that dissipates rather quickly.

The nose is dominated by the cherries. My first impression was of a freshly opened roll of shocktarts.

Again, the cherry is the dominant character. The taste is boldly sweet at first and turns almost instantly tart. A bit of oak flavor and belgian yeast. Dark grapes come through on the finish leaving a dryness reminiscent of champagne.

Carbonation is strong, but perfectly so.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375ml bottle into a tulip. Paid £3.59 for a single bottle.

Pours a deep, dark, reddish brown coloured body, that when held to the light, turns to a bright ruby and displays plenty of fine carbonation towards the edge of the glass. A one-finger in height, pinkish-white, foamy head reduces quickly to a thin patchy film and collar, leaving behind only a small amount of soapy lacing.

The nose consists primarily of sour dark cherries and slightly funky, earthy yeast. In the background, aromas of red wine vinegar, alcohol and oak are also evident. Taste roughly follows suit. It leads briefly with a much sweeter, juicier, cherry flavour than the nose implied, but quickly transitions to the expected tart, tangy and acidic profile. Mid palate, sourness tops out at beyond puckering levels as an acidic red wine vinegar character joins the tart fruit. Towards the end, complex notes of earth, hay, vanilla, almond, wood, oak, cherry skin and tannins combine to provide a dry balancing bitterness that lingers long into the finish together with sharp tartness. In the mouth a medium body and moderate carbonation starts slick, smooth and slightly sugary but quickly dries out, to finish crisp, clean, dry and a touch astringent. On the very end, taste comes full circle, as sweet juicy cherry makes a return in the aftertaste.

Overall this is a decent beer. To my tastes the middle is a little too sour, (that puckering effect detracting slightly from the enjoyment) but it remains well balanced, complex and plenty drinkable.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig. Review from notes.

A: The beer is a nice dark red color with a small off-white head on top with minimal head retention and no lacing.

S: A nice cherry aroma with some light spice and a hint of tartness.

T: more cherries, a bit more sour than the aroma mixed with a little bit of oak and vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation.

O: It was ok, easy drinking and fruity, but not really a beer I want to drink over and over.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new Liefmans... well, giving it a try. The cork says 2010--about a year old, more or less. A vigorous pour generates a small head on top of this dark, ruby-tinted beer, but it quickly disappears--hard to give it a fault there, since lambics often have side-characteristics that make head retention difficult. The aroma offers plentiful sweet cherry aroma, with a moderate tartness. So much for the hope of a real lambic. The taste offers moderately sweet cherries, with a pleasant tartness. It might be a little drier & less sweet than the Liefmans kriek, but I haven't tried any in several years, so not sure. It's not bad, per se--there are certainly sweeter lambics. But it's not what I look for in the style. Certainly, it's not worth the $10 price tag.

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Photo of gatornation
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-a clear light red color with an off white head slight lacing and fresh looking in glass
S-cherries and baked bread some cider and hay
T-some tart cherries with with a slight sour vinegar smell a sweet cherry pie finish
M-dry and sweet champagne like tart and slight sour on the tongue medium/high carbonation
O- if you like tart krieks you will like this

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