Cuvee-Brut | Brouwerij Liefmans

Cuvee-BrutCuvee-Brut
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86.8%
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4.09 w/ 697 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Liefmans
Belgium
liefmans.be

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.

Added by IronDjinn on 02-15-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,293
Reviews:
191
Ratings:
697
Liked:
605
Avg:
4.09/5
pDev:
11.49%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
93
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 697 |  Reviews: 191
Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage.

Pours a clear dark cranberry juice color with a 1 inch foamy reddish-white head that fades to a small cap. Foamy streaks of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour unripe cherries and some funky and earthy aromas. Taste is actually pretty sweet with overripe cherries, slight funk and sour flavors, and some earthy wood-like flavors. This beer has a very good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. A bit puckering with each sip and very refreshing. Overall, this is a very good cherry beer that is extremely easy to drink. I killed the whole bottle by myself in less than 5 minutes. A good alternative to the Lindemans fruit lambics.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep reddish brown color. The head was fizzy and tan in color. The head faded pretty quickly, not much lacing here either. The smell of the beer was a little funky, but had a lot of cherry in there to balance it out. The taste of the beer was sweet and tart. Really nicely done in my opinion. The mouthfeel was smooth and like a slightly carbonated wine. Overall this was pretty tasty, the whole thing wasn't too sour and it wasn't too sweet either. Just a well rounded brew.

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Photo of nmann08
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's in Baltimore. I loved this beer.... fruit beers can be hit or miss for me but this one was on spot. A nice tart, cherry beer with tons of flavor and a nice well balanced, smooth taste. Drink it way too quickly and could have easily ordered a few more pints. Haven't delved into the foreign beers too much, but after trying this I just might have to.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that died down and left some lacing on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of tart cherries in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of tart cherries; the beer has a sour finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the tart and sour flavors are not overpowering. No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A delcious fruit-forward sour ale with a robust burst of cherries, oak, tannin, and acidity with the dryness and stillness that any Merlot fan can appreciate.

Russet brown with garnet and maroon colors aiding in the deep rusty palate. Light carbonation releases a fine creme that creates a dainty lace around the rim. A dim glow illudes to the medium haze and dark color of the beer.

Mouth watering acidity of tart cherries, thin cider, oak, sherry, and sharp lactic tartness give a complex aroma of vinous fruits, alcohol and woods.

Cherries, crabapples, under rippened berries, black currants, plumbs, dates, and dried appricots carry the early sweetness and tartness into a mid palate of full blown tartness, oaky tannins, and a robust note of vanilla, almonds, and leather. Finishing with a thin cidery tartness dry red wines or sherry, the beer's complexity over-rides a mild vinegary note that persists as the beer warms.

Medium creaminess and robust textures fade quickly, allowing for the acidity to play on the palate in the absence of carbonation. Mildly astringent with the feel of cherry skins and oak, the tartness is exacerbated. But so is the sensation of dryness and powdery coat that leaves you wanting another sip just as the last one fades.

A very dry fruit-forward ale that borrows what's best about Flanders Red Ales and Oude Bruins. True lambics, but with an exciting twist with fruits, woods, and youth.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml caged and corked bottle. The paper packaging reminds me of how I wrap wine bottle gifts at Christmas time.

This beer pours a murky, rusty dark reddish amber hue, with two fingers of weakly puffy, tightly foamy, and soapy pink-tinged white head, which leaves a decent array of thick roaming storm cloud lace around the glass as it lazily falls away.

It smells of bittersweet cherries, both of the fleshy and candied varieties, soft pale malt, candi sugar, a mild yeasty funk, a suggestion of apple cider vinegar, and a subtle leafy hoppiness. The taste is moderately tart/sweet cherry juice, a sourdough-tinged malt, more gritty candy sugar, sour apple, some vanilla/caramel wood extracts, and well-restrained earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, just a plain, underwhelming frothiness to tide us through, the body pretty full in weight for the style, well fruity, and commensurately smooth, with a touch of acid edginess. It finishes off-dry, still big and fruity, and clean, the weirdly sugary cherries persisting.

An enjoyable enough sour fruit beer, more or less balanced by the complex nature of the cherry fruit itself - the subtle, sometimes sour in their own right side players providing a bit of extra oomph. Edgy, and attractive, sure, yet hardly in the same class as some of their countrymen's more dry and acidic offerings.

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Photo of emerge077
3.21/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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, but minimally funky and 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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with little to no head. It left very little lacing.

S - It smelled of sour cherry. Not overpowering but nice.

T - Good sour black cherry flavor. Some malty sweetness for needed balance.

M - It was fairly crisp and sharp. A medium bodied ale with a slight pucker factor.

O - This is a really nice sour ale. I don't feel like the style it is listed under does it any justice.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of mothman
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an off white head. Color is a hazed dark ruby.

Aroma: Sweet cherry pie filling, brown sugar spice, vanilla, light sourness and oak. Reminds me of New Glarus Enigma.

Taste: The cherries mimic the nose. Very dominate in the beer. Brown sugar and spice. Vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Fruity and a bit sour. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, really easy drinking beer. Love the cherries here. I’d definitely drink this again.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml{?} champagne bottle wrapped in red paper.

Pours a clear amber-brown with a very durable off-white head. Leaves some nice lacing.

The nose has both plum and cherry notes, although I think no plums are used in production. Odor of an oud bruin in here too.

The tart taste has an excellent balance of sweet and sour. Flavorful but not bold or brash, with excellent use of cherries. Aftertaste is disappointing and, to nitpick, the cherries flavor could be a touch fresher. I suspect the later is not possible given the production method.

Effervescent, but the carbonation level seems to be just what is called for. Medium-light body.

O: an excellent sour ale for fans of krieks and lambics, particularly if you'd prefer something a bit less sweet. Superb after dinner beverage.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Rattle N Hum in New York, NY

A: Pours a clear light to medium brown in color with lots of garnet red highlights and some light visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy pinkish red head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There are moderate to strong aromas of sweet cherries and sour cherries along with some vinous notes and some light funkiness.

T: The beer has a light amount of sweetness that balances out with the sour cherries, vinous notes, and slight syrupy sugar sweetness.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue.

O: Very nice, there is a good balance between the sweetness of the cherries and the sourness/funkiness. Enjoyable and easy to drink, I think of it more of a sipping beer than a sessionable beer.

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