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Cuvee-Brut | Brouwerij Liefmans

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4.09/5
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699 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:
#2,374
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
699
pDev:
11.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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56
Gots:
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Photo of DonDirkA
3.41/5  rDev -16.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BeerDocT
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The final entry in KRIEK WEEK!!!! Listen up, KRIEK HEADS!!!

Yes, I just have to wonder if the best has been saved for last...after all, this beer does have its own giant protective wrapper... . Poured into a chilled tulip glass.

Appearance 4.25: Beautiful and unique-looking deep, dark, almost brown-red. Opaque. Looks very much like a big tulip glass filled with blood. Head was excellent (1/4") and a light pink in color. Excellent lacing.

Smell 4.0: Great nose on this brew. I smell lots of wood and a deep, dark, cherry bouquet. I also smell a very faint hoppiness to this beer, way in the back. Other notes are leather, cherry pits and certain flat smell of green leaves.

Taste 4.25: Front is tart and somewhat dry. This fades quickly into a middle that is silky smooth, semi-sweet and it is at this level that a medium-sized wave of cherry flavor attacks your tastebuds from the middle of the palate. Finish is smooth, balanced and features brief hints of a light cherry taste, almost like Mt. Rainier cherries. Delicious. Finish is short, light and dry and features a top-palate cherry taste that fades far too quickly leaving the imbiber wanting more.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Outstanding match with the carbonation. I could almost believe it was bottle conditioned.

Overall 4.25: Outstanding/Excellent kriek. This kriek is higher in ABV (6% ABV) than many others, but it is so smooth and delicious. Wonderful and complex at every level, Liefman's is a hard act to follow, so remember that when planning a session. Session? Yes, this baby is entirely sessionable. I would highly recommend drinking the entire 75 centiliter (that's 1 pint, 9.4 ounces) in one sitting. Highly recommended for all kriek heads. Not the best from Kriek Week, but darn close.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TruePerception
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Liefmans Cuvee-Brut: Belgian aged with cherries, Taste/Mouthfeel: hint of cherry, slightly sweet/tart; Appearance: dark cherry, slightly lighter than black cherry skin; faint transparency, good

Poured into a pint glass.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A short and quickly thinning head tops this brown elixir. It smells like rhubarb, and has a taste to match. The taste, to be more precise, is that of rhubarb pie, including the delightful, mitigating sweetness of the sugary aspect of the filling and the crust. What Southern Tier's Pumking is to pumpkin pie, this brew is to its rhubarb counterpart, with a certain, sour, cherry cast. A fun concoction, with the characteristics of a dessert for a sophisticated palate. The refreshing character of the carbonation is just right.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Cuvee-Brut from Brouwerij Liefmans
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 699 ratings
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