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 VncentLIFE
4.51/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nose is astringent and sour, with loads of sour black cherries.

The taste is amazing. Sweet cherry pie, crust and all, richness from the oak.

Chewy finish that has a feel of a heavily barrel aged Bruery beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Dark purplish red, almost getting into brown color for the body. Nice fine pink light bubbles that cut through on the side. A bit of clarity towards the top, but quite dark to see through. Off pink to a tannish red colored head, easily makes two fingers and a creamy top. Settles with a thin half finger creamy head and a nice populated big collar. Thin sheets of leggy lacing while drinking.

Cherry juice waffs over large on the nose. Does manage to stay away from medicinal but does come off with a good deal of sugar quality. Luckily stays away from overly sticky and syrupy, or medicinal.

Palate is a fruit lovers joy. Deep tangy and sweet cherry, even a little bit of sweet malt and good sucrose that manages to really pick up the fruit character nicely. Rich and great washing body while staying away syrup and medicinal flavors.

A real simple fruited Belgian, but so easily enjoyable and drinkable that is just hits high on the chart of satisfaction.

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Photo of JHouse11
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this yesterday at Stone in Escondido. I enjoyed the beer. The cherry aroma and flavor were quite apparent. The one thing that I didn't really care for was the sweetness they add to it (stevia?). The color, aroma, mouthfeel, and flavors are great.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap poured into snifter

Deep ruby red with a red tinged pencil thin cap

Aroma of cherries

Taste of cherries. Lambic? No Oud Bruin!

Smooth with some sweet tart cherry flavors

Good beer

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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 rodbeermunch
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish and light brown, like a flanders pretty much appearance wise. Cherry aroma and almost nothing else besides some oak in the background.

Sweet is the first descriptor. Cherry is the next taste wise. I think this is a decent fruit beer to check out on a warm morning. If you don't like cherry, walk on home boy. The oak gives it a nice dry tannin feel, the goudenbond gives it a slight 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 drmeto
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-pours a slightly hazy ruby-red with a small,creamy rose' head
-low carbonation visible
-cherries,raspberries,oak tanin,black currants,slight chocolate,faint tartness
-cherries,raspberries,black currants,sugar
-low sourness
-finishes dry
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium body
Doesnt taste as artificial as other fruit sours.
Good Beer for sour novices

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A great bottle of beer for early morning summertime pool parties, such as 4th of July or whatnot. Really fits in on a hot summer day.

Pours out a light reddish brown color, almost oud bruin lite. Looks like a flanders and oud bruin blended together at times. The head is beige in color. The aroma is just straight up cherries, all over it. Mild notes of oak and brown sugar.

Taste is not overly sweet, I've had bottles fresh and with age on them, the sweetness does seem to fade with time. The malt base isn't heavy at all there is just a twinge of caramel to it. Keep in mind, this beer is one of those rare non wild fruit beers that does the trick. Not as good as the New Glarus stuff, but this is a good second tier option for when you want cherries without sour, and avoiding the outright sugary type of Lindeman's fruit beers.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really starting to like the sour cherry beers. This one did not dissapoint. Lots and lots of cherry flavor. Poured a red pink color. Aroma of mild lambic and tart cherry. Sour yeasty cherry flavor.

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Photo of pat61
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant deep cherry red with a 2” pink tinted moussey white foam cap with exceptionally fine bubbles.
S: Big cherry aromas with bread and a slight funk aroma off over ripe fruit.
T: Starts like a medium dark cherry bread then the tart comes forward with a moderate bitterness in the background.
F: Very soft in the mouth, medium to medium light body, medium carbonation.
O: Very refreshing with an amazing balance between cherry tartness, hop bitterness and rich malts.

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Photo of Wanne
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It has a deep red color, which resembles a cherry coulis, and a pinkish head. Aroma is sweet and sour. Taste is a bit sour and the sweet taste of the cherries makes this a well-balanced beer.

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Photo of Sydney10
4.89/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Visual: unique interesting label. Pours a red brownish color.
Smell: Very strong smell of cherries. Pick up tones of chocolate and bbq.
Taste: Tart and sweet taste of cherries. Bubbly and refreshing.
Overall: Hands down the best beer I've had. Great work!

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Photo of dhfreak
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

By far my favorite beer in this style; very nice, punchy, soury taste. It can be a bit overwhelming if you're not to keen on sour things, but then again you probably wouldn't be drinking this beer if you were.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Brouwerij Liefman's Cuvee-Brut last month for $10.99 at The Lager Mill. I've been trying more of the fruit beers from Belgium lately and I thought I should give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. 2012 Vintage. Poured from a red papered 750ml bottle into a Teku.

A- The bottle looks nice, the paper wrap gives it a unique look and it's eye catching. It poured a weird muddy brown/red color that took on more of a mahogany color when held to the light with a half of a fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to pretty thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is an ok looking beer, but I think the color and head could be better.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with a nice funky yeast aroma being the first to show up and it imparts just enough funky and light barnyard like aroma and it's followed by a vinegar like aroma. Up next come the sourness which seems to be on the higher side and it's followed by the cherry which impart a nice tart cherry juice aroma that has a nice natural aroma to it. This beer had a good aroma, I liked how it was a little funky, it worked well with the tart cherry juice aspects.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of high sweetness with the funky yeast still being the first to show up and it imparts those nice aspects that it did in the aroma and there's still a little bit of that vinegar aspect showing up. Up next comes the cherries which impart that same natural cherry juice aspect and it goes well with the funky yeast. On the finish there's a sweet and sour flavor with a nice cherry aftertaste. This a good tasting fruit beer, the sweetness isn't out of hand and I like the funky yeast,

M- Smooth, a little refreshing, not too acidic, not overly sweet, a little crisp, medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a good example of the style, it was very fruity just as I expected, but the it still had a little bit of complexity to it and that made for a pretty tasty dessert beer. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little refreshing, not too acidic, not overly sweet, a little crisp, not too filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, a whole bottle might be a little too much for me, but a couple glasses of it would be nice. What I like the most about this beer was that it wasn't overly sweet and it was a little complex. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it just wasn't a great looking beer. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I would recommend it to anyone who likes cherry beers. All in all I liked this beer, I was expected it to be overly sweet and it wasn't, I really liked that and the added complexity was nice. This made for a good first impression for this brewery and it's one of the better cherry beers I've had. Good job guys, this was a tasty beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of bnes09
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber-ruby color. Dense haze blocks most light. Sweet cherry aroma. Fresh cherries hit the tongue right away. Mostly sweet and only mildly tart. Almost no hop character. Just the slightest hints of wood in the finish. Extremely well balanced. Medium bodied and somewhat sticky from the sugars. Sharp, snappy carbonation adds a dryness to the finish to contrast the fruit. I am not a huge fan of fruit beers but everything is so well put together in this one that I just can't put my glass down. This would be a great beer with just about any dessert, especially those made with chocolate or berries.

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Photo of wonothesane42
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

2011 vintage from bottle. Pours deep reddish brown with a fluffy white head that has a reddish hue to it. Smells very strongly of cherries with a hint of other dark fruits and earthiness in the background. Taste is very tart cherry, hard to describe as it is a strong taste of cherry but mellow at the same time, there is some darkness to the taste too in the end like plums and figs, but the cherry is the star here. The mouthfeel is way above average for a fruit beer, it is very smooth and creamy, not highly carbonated; a great aspect of this beer. At first I was worried that I picked up a 3 year old fruit beer, but this came out very well, the cherries toned down and some of the Oud Bruin came out, simply delicious!

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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 Sinfull
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Red-brown color , pink head. Aroma of cherries , grain , currant , notes of wood. Taste is light sweet and light sour , notes of cherries , oak and some caramel. Medium body , moderate carbonation. Very tasty!

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Photo of kellyej
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

A: Dark brown/red/purple color, wispy head
S: Cherry, plum, artificial grape, cough syrup
M: Tart, pucker, light body
T: Very sour, unsweetened grape juice, cola, chocolate covered cherries, cough syrup, sour cherry; sweet syrup

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours dark brown (dark ruby into the light), small pinkish head that goes very thin very fast, leaves just some lacing.
Balsamic vinegar in the smell from afar, closer in a lot more dark cherry, some blueberry, raspberry, a big sugary sweetness creeps up, some faint hay, some faint wood barrel notes. Nice sweet/sour balance, somewhat tilting towards the first.
Aaand taste is very sweet. Starts with heavily sugared pitless cherries (exactly like the ones prepared for making jam), with the sourness in the back, gaining ground bit by bit, with a nice dark cherry flavour. Some blueberries, faint raspberries. A touch of vinegar and cider apples. Alcohol and some wood notes, creating something extremely similar to homemade cherry brandy. Some vanilla and marzipan. Very low green hay. Finishes as it starts, sweet.
Medium body, medium carbonation, almost smooth actually.
It's refreshing, it's tasty, but it's way too sweet for my taste. I know it's not a full-on sour beer, so the rating will be given considering usual Belgian fruit beers.

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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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Photo of JessaKay
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Visual: Color consists of a cloudy red color. Almost looks like a creamy red. Clarity is foggy, you cannot see through the beer. Head is a light pink in color and sticks around for a long time.

Aroma:Incredibly strong aroma of fruits with cherries dominating the smell. Other smells consist of citrus, with sour and sweet notes.

Taste:The first taste is sour and a bit dry, the citrus presents itself and then fades in the sour/sweet taste with a hint of oak. This beer is like a sour patch kid, first it is sour and then it is sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body but not too thick with still plenty of flavor

Overall: I fell in love with this beer at a local pub called Pale Nine Ale House in San Diego. This was the beer that developed my love for sour beers. I find this beer to be a refreshing change from most other beers. It is the perfect combination of sour tastes and fruity tastes for me.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: rich, deep red, the colour of raspberry jam, with a faintly pink head like Himalayan sea salt, fine and fll

Aroma: vibrant berry aroma - cherry but also raspberry and currant; hints of the the tart flavour to come

Taste & Mouthfeel: the taste of cherry candy (like a life savour...better) is an immediate delight, sweet and vibrant and tart all at the same time, exciting the tastebuds to no end; cherry pie filling comes to mind - this is a great match for dessert, perfect for a rich chocolate fudge cake; fine carbonation with above average effervescence and perfect for the style, putting a buffer on the sweetness while at the same time opening up the palate to fully appreciate the fruity flavour - blackberry and currant could also be accounted; last thought - a good black cherry soda

Overall: a pure pleasure to drink, actually gets you excited, and remarkably it doesn't tire with all the sugar, a credit to the excellent carbonation; get your hands on this

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Photo of biegaman
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Liefmans Cuvée Brut looks more "bruin" than "cherry" (though slivers of the latter are easily appreciated). Though technically clear, the beer's relatively deep tone prevents much visibility, to say nothing of the blinding highlights. Its head is unexpectedly bubbly and has a greyish tinge.

While notes of musty oak and a slight sourness can be appreciated in the aroma, this still smells ostensibly like candy for adults; there is more than enough fruitiness to go around. The aroma of mixed field berries and balsamic gives me a tantalizing idea for dessert (and a summer salad too).

A blend of Goudenband & Oud Bruin that is aged with cherries, it's no surprise this beer has all the black and tart cherry flavours in the world. Equally expected are the hallmark hints of treacle, molasses, red currant, raspberry, and toffee that are generally appreciated with the style.

What distinguishes this offering, however, is its overt sweetness; while Flemish reds characteristically exhibit a 'sweet and sour' profile, the edge is usually in favour of sour. But this one is notably sweet, which wouldn't bother me except that it likely stems from the added glucose.

That one important blip notwithstanding, it's hard not to champion Liefmans Cuvée Brut as an exceptionally delicious example of this wonderfully complex, distinct style. Anyone that doesn't enjoy this beer must be just plain miserable. That being said, I too would opt for the more traditional (read: unsweetened) version probably 8 times out of 10.

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